Securing the safety and security of top leaders of countries, celebrities and the rich and famous has never been easy as they are commonly the victims of terror threat, kidnapping and stalking. The nature of their jobs, the position they are into and the money attached to their names and positions pose as temptations to the public. Despite security measures, some well-planned schemes were almost successful, some others were not but a few crimes were really committed into action and proved to be successful for the perpetrators.

Managing celebrity security is the most difficult because of the nature of their profession as it require them to be always on the spotlight and be with a large crowd. They become more vulnerable to threats because of their lifestyles. Despite their status, many try to live as normal as possible like going shopping unaccompanied to the point of risking their lives. We hear over the radio, read on the papers and see on the television and the internet so much about paparazzis sticking their cameras in front of celebrities’ faces and stalking them for days just so to take a photo or two and how celebrities abhor being hounded in this obnoxious fashion. Paparazzi harassment, however, dims in comparison to kidnapping and death threats. Celebrities are always on guard to maintain their safety and of their families taking extraordinary security measures in place at all times to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Taking a kidnap threat seriously against Australian actor Russell Crowe in 2001, the FBI insisted on accompanying him to the Academy Awards just to protect him. The FBI later informed him that the threat came from the Al-Qaeda. It was so fortunate that the plot was discovered before it was really committed. What about those that were literally materialized into action?

In 1985, Julio Iglesias’ father, Julio Iglesias, Sr., was kidnapped by Basque terrorists and held captive for 2 weeks, repeatedly threatened with death but was later rescued by Spanish police unharmed on the day the ransom money was supposed to be release to the kidnappers. Although he was never harmed physically, he was badly traumatized by the incident.

Because of this, the need for security globally has increased. The forecasted expenditure allotted on security services alone, by 2012 is expected at $200 billion.

Before breaking into the fashion world, Don Ed Hardy was a tattoo artist from Southern California. He was born in 1945 and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1973, he had the opportunity to study Japanese tattoo design under Horihide, a master of classical Japanese tattoo. Don Ed Hardy’s tattoos are one-of-a-kind and recognised around the world.

He and his wife have published a series of books about alternative art, under the label of Hardy Marks Publications. Hardy’s publishing career began with his five-part series “Tattootime.” He now has over 25 publications to his name, including many catalogs of his work.

Although Hardy no longer tattoos, he still oversees the work done at his studio, Tattoo City in San Francisco. He continues to concentrate on other art forms, including printmaking, painting and drawing, using his distinctive style.

In 2002, Hardy made the move into the world of fashion, licensing Ku USA to begin production of clothing using his artwork and style. Saks noticed the colorful and unique designs and began to distribute the clothing. Hardy formed an LLC with Ku USA, called Hardy Life.

The Ed Hardy clothing line was later licensed to Christian Audigier in 2004, following a chance meeting. Celebrities quickly picked up on the new fashion line and a new trend was born: tattoo fashion. Ed Hardy stores were opened in fashion districts, including New York, Los Angeles and Dubai. Devotees of the brand consider it more of a lifestyle celebrating tattoo art, rather than simply clothing to wear.

An Ed Hardy line is also available for kids. The line features clothing ranging from baby sizes all the way up to clothing for teens, available up to size 16. Items available include designer T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, jeans and even school supplies featuring tattoo artwork.

A line of professional styling tools marketed under the Ed Hardy name was introduced in 2010. The tools, all featuring the Ed Hardy name and artwork, include items like styling irons, blow dryers and hair accessories.

The Christian Audigier fragrance line first introduced Ed Hardy fragrances in 2008. The first offerings were Ed Hardy for women and Ed Hardy for men. The feminine version brings to life the vibrant tattoo art. The bright fruity scents of mango, strawberries and grapefruit are instant attention grabbers, the fragrant representation of the blazing colors in the artwork. Ed Hardy for men is woody and aromatic, with mandarin orange, bergamot and sage at the top, a hint of mint and a deep base of amber and musk.

These fragrances were followed by other in the series, including Hearts and Daggers, Love and Luck, Born Wild and Villain. Most of the fragrances in the Ed Hardy collection are available in both men’s and women’s versions.

These apps help you check out your appearance and pick out makeup artist products without setting foot in a store!

Can your phone make you more beautiful? If a handful of iPhone apps have anything to do with it, the answer is a resounding yes! Here are three products that are helping women find makeup artist products and have fun with beauty right on their phones.

MakeUp This Apple App Store app lets users test out new makeup artist products without ever having to try them on or even set foot in a store. Users simply upload a photo of themselves to their phone and test out products theyre interested in right on the photo.

With 1200 real-life products to choose from, users simply use the apps facial recognition software to apply product to their virtual face and see what they like. If you love a product you can simply buy it right there on your phone or purchase it next time youre in your favorite makeup store.

RealBeautys Instant Celebrity Makeover Heres a great way to kill time on your commute: transform yourself into a red-carpet ready celebrity! This app gives your photo a virtual makeover. Makeup artist products are used to transform your visage with a celebrity hairstyle, makeup look, and designer outfit.

Once youre ready to face your own personal paparazzi, you can share your new look on Facebook or just save it to your phone.

Mirror App It doesnt get much simpler than this. DLP Mobile is busy readying an app for the iPhone 4 that turns your phone into a mirror. Instead of hitting the ladies room after lunch for that midday touchup, now all you need to do is use the app!

It seems the app uses the new phones front-facing camera to create a mirror-like image right on the screen. Can you think of a more high-tech way to check your teeth for leftover spinach?

More than just skin deep, these apps are big business for software developers.

Seven to 10 million iPhone or iTouch users have already downloaded a beauty-related app or indicated they are very interested in doing so, Sunil Verma, founder of mobile ad exchange network Mobiclix, told the New York Times.

While these apps are most popular with young women ages 14 to 17, Verma said many users are grown women interested in how these apps make their lives easier.

Were seeing a lot of single professionals and mothers downloading these apps, he said.

Copyright (c) 2010 John Howell

Sports paintings allow fans and athletes to save a moment in time and remember it forever. Sports art collectors, myself included, usually immediately think of a framed photograph to hang on our wall, which usually include an autograph by the player as well. As a matter of fact, a picture was the only kind of sports artwork that Id even known about, aside from memorabilia such as a bat, baseball, hockey stick or jersey. This was before I saw the sports paintings by sports artist Adam Port.

In 2006, Port was featured on The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports. He presented former Detroit Piston basketball player, and then co-host of the show, John Salley, with one of his famous basketball paintings. The artwork spoke for itself, as did Salleys reaction, which is typically the same for everyone – staring in amazement as they realize that its a painting, not a picture.

Salley isnt the only athlete to have this reaction. Port has created football paintings for Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens, Justin Tuck of the New York Giants, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (although he was on the Denver Nuggets at the time of the painting), Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers, Michael Jordan and John Stocktons Basketball Hall of Fame induction class, and most recently, a recreation of the Charles M. Conlon pictures, which were turned into baseball paintings. The Conlon paintings once again had Port featured on Fox Sports, This Week in Baseball.

After seeing Ports sports art, I now consider paintings of sports just as much as an option as a picture, stick, puck, bat, ball or jersey. As a matter of fact, Ports sports paintings are like nothing Ive ever seen before. They are so realistic that you might never be able to tell that its a painting until youre told, or youre standing face to face with it.

If youre a sports fan, sports art collector or an athlete you must see Adams artwork. Maybe you have no interest in sports at all, but youre an artist, or maybe youre not even an artist, you still should take a look at his sports paintings.

Many people I know believe that in order to be truly artistic a person has to be an artist. They must paint, draw or take brilliant photographs to have artistic talent. While These traits may make someone an artist, I believe that it takes something entirely different to be artistic. It is possible for literally anyone to live in ways that are artistic.

One of the most important aspects of being an artistic person is to be confident in yourself. Lack of self-confidence does not get anyone very far in living creatively. Look for positive qualities about yourself and dwell on those. If you think you are good at a particular activity you should practice it to become even better.

Think about the things you love to do most. I suggest that you can be artistic doing just about anything. Whether you love to sew, cook, or play soccer, you can do things in a way that is artistic and intriguing.

One of my favorite things to do is garden. I used to not think much about the way that I arranged or tended my garden. However, recently I have begun to see gardening in a whole new way. I have realized that I can arrange my flowers and plants in creative ways. I can care for them with tenderness and help them to grow to their highest potential. I have learned that being artistic is more about perspective than it is about what is actually being done.

Being artistic is all about seeing the world creatively and allowing yourself to do the things you enjoy and enjoy the things you do. Consider how you can do your favorite things in new ways. Think about how preparing a meal can become more than just cooking food. Look for ways to incorporate beauty and fine detail into your food and into your presentation. Being artistic is about going a step further than what is typical. If you love to play a sport, look for ways to play that sport with energy and grace. Almost anyone can hit a volleyball over a net, but few people can do it in a way that looks unique and graceful.

You will never be artistic in anything unless you are enjoying yourself. Don’t take life too seriously, but instead, look for ways to have fun and relax no matter what the circumstance.

Daniel Koren, the founder and creative director of Daniel K, is a third generation jeweler. He personally approves every piece designed by the company, scrutinizing new designs for proper attention to detail and craftsmanship. The meticulous design process uses only the highest quality diamonds, and every stone is a minimum of a half carat, with luxurious designs exceeding ten carats. Diamond color is also critical to Daniel K engagement rings: all stones must be of D to G color grades to be placed in Daniel K designs, a level of quality that less than 1 percent of the worlds diamond supply can achieve.

Because of the unique designs, and opulent construction, Daniel K designs have attracted the attention of many celebrities. Halle Berry and Debra Messing have both been spotted with Daniel K diamond rings, while Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Mary J. Blige have adorned themselves with different styles of Daniel K earrings.

When the jewelry company first debuted engagement ring designs, their focus was almost exclusive to Asscher and emerald cuts. Today, however, a number of classic diamond shapes can be found in Daniel K engagement rings, including ovals, cushion cuts, radiant gems, and traditional round brilliant diamonds.

Many Daniel K designs clearly illustrate an art deco influence with their extravagant use of accent stones. Characteristics of these designer engagement rings include:

– “Boxter” design settings where the central gem is completely surrounded by smaller accent stones, usually baguette or round diamonds.
– Eternity ring options in various sizes and styles, including pave settings.
– Distinctive use of fancy colored diamonds, most notably yellow and pink hues.
– Solitaire rings highlighting exceptional stones with minimal embellishment for sophisticated flair.
– A limited number of three stone engagement rings.
– Pure platinum settings on all rings for beauty and strength.
– Predominantly prong, bezel, and pave settings.

These Couture jewelry pieces can only be bought from authorized dealers around the world. In each unique design, careful attention is paid to ensure the ring is meticulously crafted and superbly set before sold as part of a Daniel K collection.

In addition to stunning engagement rings, Daniel K offers a range of other diamond jewelry, including necklaces, pendants, drop and diamond stud earrings, diamond tennis bracelets, and cuff links. Danielk also launched a line of fashionable right hand diamond rings with more elaborate styles than their bridal collections. Web, mesh, scatter settings, and wide bands are all available.

As we know, as the eyewear market develops at the tremendous speed, there are increasingly number of sunglasses in shades field nowadays. Certainly, it has to be admitted that the power of celebrities’ shades preference can decide trends and development of the sunglasses designs and styles to a large extent. Here what I wanna share with you guys is celebrities’ shades preference, although a wide variety of shades are preferred by stars nowadays, here I have to say white sunglasses have been added in the list. Whatever, let’s check them out then.

Starting with Lady Gaga’ s white sunglasses, actually, it is reported that Lada Gaga appears in her new video for Bad Romance with so many different pairs of shades that it is sort of difficult to keep up. In the opening scene, we can find that she is wearing a pair made out of razor blades, literally, meanwhile, she brings heaps of props for each video that are one-of-a-kind, that’s her thing! By the way, as the photo shown above, Lady Gaga is wearing a pair of red sunglasses with oversized design which have been huge for the past couple of years. More specfically, the white frames have probably been the most popular in recent years.

Differ from Lady Gaga’s oversized design, Drew Barrymore just dons a pair of traditional white sunglasses with 50s style. Curly hair and pink lip, together with a pair of cute fashionable white sunglasses with white thick frames, Drew Barrymore has brought fans so many charms and a sense of hipness.an>

Similar with Drew Barrymore ‘ s white sunglasses, Paris Hilton is seen here wearing a pair of white sunglasses just like Drew Barrymore’ s style, sexy blue thirt, and exquisite blue earring, it seems that she is going to visit a beautiful beach. Anyway, it has to be admitted that this sort of sunglasses are favored by so many female celebrities in present-day society.

Guess what, if you wanna find more choices of white sunglasses with celebrities styles, Firmoo which stocks a large selection of cheap glasses and sunglasses in stars’ designs may be you good choices.

Angelina Jolie’s secret to gaining lean muscle mass is her high speed, high endurance Kickboxing training. Taking on blockbuster action-film roles in movies like “Tomb Raider” and ‘Wanted”. Sporting a model’s amazing tall, lean physique, She is known for her gorgeous, sculpted figure.

To get a figure like Jolie’s, Brunswick Ohio Adventure Karate’s Rapid Results Kickboxing is key. Kickboxing is a high intense activity that can burn anywhere from 600 to 800 calories per session. Step aerobics, pilates or weight training doesn’t even come close. The reason that kickboxing is such a great fat-burning exercise is that the high speed and high hitting- kicking involved gives your body the extra jolt it needs to burn off stubborn fat. While burning this fat you are also simultaneously toning up the muscles in the body and gaining muscle strength.

Kickboxing takes a lot of breathing and muscle endurance. Great for the heart and cardiovascular, it keeps your heart rate in the target zone so you lose weight fast. Starting a routine is very exciting one, as one will discover after the initial empowering “warm-ups”.

You’re channeling your frustration, stress, adrenaline into a source of power and confidence. A great antidote to the toxic buildup of frustration in your life.

The punches and kicks that you do will help you relax. It is through this program that you will loosen up and let your inhibitions go as you unload anger, stress, frustration and bottled up emotions.

Don’t give up if the pace of the class is too much to handle at first. Kickboxing training is an intense activity that may be intimidating to beginners. So stick with it, commit yourself to it and exert a lot of will power to keep up, because the results are far more worth the effort.

Joints are strengthened and range of movement is increased by the routines required in Brunswick Ohio Adventure Karate’s Rapid Results Kickboxing Program. A wonderful benefit you will experience is a sharper mind in your work, at home, doing tasks or with the kids. It helps you to develop balance and coordination that allows for increased stability and form.

A lot of celebrities put kickboxing atop their weekly workouts. Kickboxing is great strength, cardio, and core training all in one. Celebs like; Angelina Jolie, Daisy Fuentes, Gwen Stefani, Samantha Harris, Kelly Clarkson and Marisa Miller. Male celebrities like; Matthew McConaughey, and Nick Carter use kickboxing as part of their exercise program to stay trim on and off the movie set.

It is no secret that celebrities seek plastic surgery to improve their curves-just like many non-celebrities. It is also no secret that celebrities usually deny getting plastic surgery, thus feeding endless rumor and speculation. The results of some procedures are too obvious to be seriously denied-like Nicole Richie’s breast implants or Ashlee Simpson’s nose job. The “evidence” of other procedures, however, might be harder to detect. One such procedure is tummy tuck-a treatment that removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen. Read on to learn which celebrities have admitted to receiving a tummy tuck surgery or simply look like they had one.

Star Jones

The popular TV personality admitted that she received a tummy tuck to improve the shape of her midriff. While Ms. Jones remains a plus-size woman, the surgery helped her accentuate the curves of her body and achieve a more proportionate look.

Kate Gosselin

The star of a reality show documenting her life with eight young children underwent a mommy makeover surgery to correct some of the aesthetic issues caused by her second (and very large) pregnancy. After delivering sextuplets, Kate’s abdomen required surgical intervention to remove the over-stretched skin and repair torn abdominal muscles. As shown by the before and after photos of tummy tuck, the surgery helped Kate achieve a stunning figure that bears no signs that she has borne eight children.

Anna Nicole Smith

The notorious sex symbol was mainly known for her over-sized, double-D breast implants. However, rumor has it that Anna Nicole also received a tummy tuck and perhaps liposuction. She slimmed down rapidly when she became the face of the Trimspa diet pill. While Anna Nicole might have lost much of her weight through dieting and taking weight loss pills, the tautness of her stomach skin after the massive weight loss likely could not have been achieved without the help of plastic surgery.

Britney Spears

After having two children, Britney Spears had at least 30 extra pounds around her midriff, buttocks, thighs, and arms. However, the singer managed to slim down almost overnight, which caused speculations about tummy tuck surgery. Perhaps Spears did not opt for a full-blown tummy tuck but merely underwent a tumescent or laser liposuction (SmartLipo) to shape up the trouble areas of her lower body.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is another Hollywood mother who is rumored to have received a tummy tuck. After giving birth to twins, Angelina returned to her skinny pre-pregnancy shape within weeks. If she did get a tummy tuck, her trusted local plastic surgeon has kept her secret well, as no one has been able to confirm the story or find any incriminating before and after photos.

A local plastic surgeon, such as a Seattle tummy tuck provider, can show you before and after tummy tuck photos and supply more information on tummy tuck surgery, mommy makeover surgery or laser liposuction.

Dangerously bordering between a healthy habit to an obsessive fetish, perusing images of shirtless male celebrities have slowly crept into the daily routines of most teenage daughters, mothers, and even grandmothers. Apparently, a lot of men also seem to include this ritual in their daily tasks, no doubt to compare whose abdominals are tighter or which shirtless guy would most probably land him a lot of women. Still, there are those who need to simply because of the pleasure viewing male teats brings, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and sexually.

Without going to the merits of whether this is actually moral or not, we need to realize that there exists a real need to see male celebrities without their shirts. Looking at these photos remind us non-celebrities that basically, there is nothing different between us and them. The just happened to have great paying jobs, better looking one-night stands and lots of days-off than the rest of us. But seeing them without their shirts shows us that in reality, they are just people. When you look at a lot of naked pictures, the pictures begin to lose their differences and appear common and usual. Male celebrities rely on looks, acting and influence. But without garments, they all look like typical males, complete with your nipples and belly button. Sure, most of them have well-chiseled bodies but still, seeing them uncovered reminds us that we have the same parts as they do, only less sculpted and more insulated.

Also, the world is in agreement that there is nothing wrong seeing a male without his shirt. Now, if that were a female, then that would be totally banned, although it would have made great viewing for a lot of people, in my and their very humble opinion. Men are always the protectors of their tribes or social units, and women and children look up to their males for protection, food, comfort and security. And what can be more comforting than the sight of a strong, able-bodied male? But sadly, the grandeur of the moment is dampened extensively with the presence of covering, thus, the need to see them shirtless.

The comforts of modern living has somewhat diluted the primal beast within the males of our species. Layers of clothing continue to alienate our naked bodies from the perusal and scrutiny of those who would most benefit from it. Fortunately, those who were gifted with the popularity to become celebrities have used their stature and social standing to remind us of the rawness and beauty that is the naked male body. The shirtless male celebrities of our society strive to encourage us all that there is nothing more adorable and pleasing to behold than the uncovered male form.

Of course, whether the actual adoration for such a thing leads to certain acts or behavior is beyond the point. Since time immemorial, and for many more years to come, the shirtless male celebrities will continue to be held in the highest praise and standard.