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A Look Back at Crystal Hefner’s Journey from Playboy Playmate to Embracing Her “Authentic” Self

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Crystal Hefner Talks Removing “Everything Fake” From Body

Nearly five years after the death of husband Hugh Hefner, Crystal Hefner is crystal clear on who she is.

In a recent Instagram post, the self-described model turned traveler got candid about all the internal “suffering” she has faced while in the public eye. “As most of you know, I grew my following during my ‘Playboy’ years,” she said. “In short, sex sells.”

But now at age 35, Crystal feels she is more “authentic” than ever, saying she feels like “I belong more to myself.” That realization came in part from removing “everything fake” from her body, purging her old photos and embracing what she suggested to be the antithesis of her past life: modesty. 

“I don’t know whether I felt empowered by dressing scantily clad, showing cleavage, etc …or if I just felt it was expected of me,” she shared, “but now I can confidently and 100% proudly say, modesty is what empowers me these days.”

Crystal explained, “It feels so much better internally, it will probably be this way for the rest of my life.” 

It’s been a 13-year journey, one she embarked on in 2009. That was the year she became Playboy Playmate of the Month and starred on the TV series The Girls Next Door, alongside her future husband Hugh and co-stars Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson.

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Crystal married the magazine publisher in 2012 (about two years after he split from second wife Kimberley Conrad), and their union lasted until his death in 2017 at age 91.

Since then, she’s been open about her struggles at the infamous Playboy Mansion. Last December, Crystal posted a picture from 2016 and recalled, “It was toward the end when I started saying no to things that weren’t me. Hair got more natural, implants came out. No more fake tan or life. I was still sick physically and mentally, but on the road to recovery.”

She said she’s “torn” when talking about the mansion, “because in a lot of ways it was a sanctuary to me, but in other ways, it was my prison.”

“The same with Hef,” the health advocate continued, noting that he was “good” to her in many ways, but in others, “he wasn’t.”

“I’m still healing from certain experiences,” she added. “It feels very contradictory at times to reflect back. I really want to start opening up and being honest with you guys about it all.”

Below, take a look back at Crystal’s transition from being a Playmate to becoming her “real” self.

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Mariah The Scientist Makes It Clear She Is Not Brittany Renner

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Mariah the Scientist emerged into the music scene with her debut studio album in 2019 titled “Master.” The singer, who is signed to Tory Lanez’s One Umbrella record label, is most notable for her singles, “Not A Love Song,” “2 You,” “All for Me,” and “Always n Forever” featuring Lil Baby.

Recently, the Atlanta native sparked dating rumors with Young Thug after the SLAAT rapper cashed out on a new Porsche Taycan for the singer. The two were also spotted together at the Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots game.

The two really sent social media in a frenzy when footage of the two tying the knot surfaced on the internet, but later fans found out that the look was for a music video.

As Mariah the Scientist is making a name for herself, the singer wants people to know that she is not fitness model and adult actress, Brittany Renner.

While the two may look alike, the “Walked In” singer made a post to her Twitter clearing the air on her identity.

“I’m gone say this one time. Me and Brittany Renner r not the same person nor are we related,” she stated on Twitter with a laughing emoji.

I’m gone say this one time. Me and Britany Renner r not the same person nor are we related 😂

— Mariah The Scientist (@MariahScientist) January 19, 2022

Even after trying to clear it up, some fans still pick with the singer and insinuate that the two are the same.

I never seen you 2 in the same place at the same time, so nice try Brittany. 😉

— 👹 𝐑𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐈𝐍 𝐏𝐕𝐑𝐈𝐒 (@omgichangedit) January 19, 2022

But do a good twin bad twin music video with her for All For Me

— Witchdoctoralex (@witchdctralex) January 19, 2022

Can you see the similarities between the two women?

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Halle Bailey Gives Viral TikTok Song “Hrs and Hrs” A Shot

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Halle Bailey gives viral TikTok song “Hrs and Hrs” by Muni Long a shot.

Chloe and Halle Bailey have been in the show biz for quite some time. The two talented sisters started making a name for themselves after posting various singing videos of themselves on Youtube.

From youtube to the big screen, the sisters add a new definition to putting respect on their name as they can now be seen in movies, TV shows, dropping albums, and becoming the proteges of Beyonce.

As of lately, the sisters have been showing their talents individually as Chloe Bailey blessed the 2021 VMA Awards with a performance of her single, “Have Mercy” and Halle Bailey has recently wrapped up the live-action version to Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Before Chloe released her own single, fans were begging the star for solo music as she dropped covers of songs to her Instagram where she showcased her voice.

It looks as if Halle Bailey is showing off her talents too as she took to her social media yesterday to post a cover of her singing the viral TikTok song, “Hrs and Hrs” by Muni Long.

Although some social media users thought Halle gracefully covered the song, others criticized the singer, suggesting that she find a song that fits her voice instead.

Halle covering hrs and yall talking bout part of your world in the comments ! She a singer first y’all need to get to the back!

— Vannah🌹| Chlöe Is coming (@psavannahhh) January 19, 2022

Halle later addressed the controversy saying that she loves the song but “sang it an octave higher because it’s too low for me!” she stated. “Lol my sopranos can relate.”

To anyone that is saying that Halle Bailey’s cover of Hrs and Hrs is bad. You don’t know real talent. She was singing the song the way she seemed fit AND she was singing better then all of the people that are running there mouths.#Halle #HalleBailey #Amazing #talent

— me (@me39226050) January 20, 2022

Check out the video of Halle Bailey tackling “Hrs and Hrs.”

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Taylor Swift Is the First Global Record Store Day Ambassador

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Taylor Swift, who has long supported independent music shops and vinyl culture, will serve as Record Store Day Ambassador for this year’s event, set to take place on April 23. The artist is the event’s first global ambassador.

Over the years, the singer-songwriter has put out special releases for both RSD and RSD’s Black Friday events, and RSD organizers say that Swift’s Folklore, Evermore, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), and Red (Taylor’s Version) are consistently on indie store charts because of her commitment to putting out her albums on CD and LP formats.

“I’m very proud to be this year’s Global Ambassador for Record Store Day,” Swift said in a statement. “The places where we go to browse and explore and discover music new and old have always been sacred to me. Record stores are so important because they help to perpetuate and foster music-loving as a passion.

“They create settings for live events,” she continued. “They employ people who adore music thoroughly and purely. Those people and shops have had a rough few years and we need to support these small businesses more now than ever to make sure they can stay alive, stay eccentric, and stay individual. It’s been a true joy for me to watch vinyl sales grow in the past few years and we, the artists, have the fans to thank for this pleasant surprise. Happy Record Store Day, everyone! Stay safe out there.”

Swift quietly showed her commitment to independent retail in 2020, when pandemic lockdowns were endangering the futures of small businesses, by sending out signed copies of her albums to specific stores. She also threw financial support behind the scenes at the Nashville outpost Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, where she covered three months’ worth of health care costs for each employee.

“We’re thrilled to learn that Taylor Swift is our 2022 Record Store Day Ambassador!” Grimey’s Anna Lundy and Doyle Davis said. “Swift has shown her love and support for independent record stores by not only supporting our shop specifically during the dark, early days of the pandemic, when she directly donated to help us support our staff, but also by steering her eager, excited, and dedicated fans to independent record stores, places that many of them visited for the first time while in search of her signed CDs. As Swift has grown as an artist, we’ve watched her fans grow with her and have been delighted to see her taking control of her recordings and working with musicians like Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, artists whose music has resonated in shops like ours for years. We can’t think of a better choice for RSD Ambassador for 2022!”

“The role of RSD Ambassador is, of course, something we take seriously in the sense that it helps us do our job of shining a light on these special places,” RSD co-founder Carrie Colliton said. “We’re pretty picky about the people we invite to ‘wear the sash,’ and we always want to make sure those Ambassadors genuinely love record stores and are creative about ways to celebrate them. But mostly it’s a title we want people to have fun with, and we know that our RSD 2022 Ambassador loves having fun, loves music, and loves record stores. For our 15th Record Store Day, we’re teaming up with a woman who does all that and just happens to be one of the biggest artists on the planet.”

Previous Record Store Day ambassadors include Ozzy Osbourne, Brandi Carlile, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Chuck D, Dave Grohl, Metallica, St. Vincent, Run the Jewels, and Pearl Jam, among others.

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