Thursday, November 29, 2007

Billionaire Daughter Vanisha Mittal

I ran across a description of the 2004 wedding of Vanisha Mittal.

Her dad, London-based steel industry billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, is only the fifth-richest man in England, so he limited the budget for his daughter's wedding to $78 million dollars. This forced them to hold the engagement party at Versailles Palace, and the wedding on the grounds of the Vaux le Vicomte chateau east of Paris, which they closed to the public for the purpose.

Those of you reading this who have a small particle of brain lodged in your head may remember Dad as the "cash for favours" scandal dude who got special treatment from Tony Blair in 2001, in exchange for...well, cash.

Here's Vanisha and her dude.

250th Eyebrow Post: More Vintage Actresses

Happy 250th eyebrow posting!

Here's Joan Collins. Fun fact? Her dad was a South African Jewish talent agent.

And here's Linda Darnell. Fun fact? She died tragically after being burned over 80% of her body in a house fire.

Wait, that's not fun. Sorry.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Liz Taylor in an Outlandish Get-up

I don't know what the outfit is, but if you focus on the eyebrows you won't be bothered by it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Kathryn Grayson

Actress/singer Kathryn Grayson's career was supposedly launched when a custodian heard her singing alone on stage in an empty theater at the age of 12. She went on to a career in films and on Broadway, initially as a kind of anti-Deanna Durbin (who looked good in a sweater, but didn't always have the brows).

Grayson ended up not only engaged to Howard Hughes, but later as a guest star on Murder She Wrote. Today, at 85 years of age, she directs a large vocal arts program at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

Who said there are no happy endings in Hollywood?

Sophia Loren with a Silk Scarf

Is it all about the eyebrows? Or the eyes?

Or the mouth. Those lips.

Or the scarf....

You decide.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Suicide Girl: Mantis

For your Sunday viewing pleasure. The eyebrows of Mantis, from Suicide Girls.

Bond Girl Caterina Murano

Caterina Murano is the actress who played the ill-fated Solange in Casino Royale. She sees Bond swimming in the ocean in the Bahamas and later wakes up dead.

She sort of looks like the bastard off-spring of Claudia Black and Elizabeth Hurley, but in a good way.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

500 Years of Eyebrows in Art

The morphtastic video 500 Years of Women in Art shows a panoply (look it up!) of women's images as seen through the eyes of artists down through the centuries. This in itself is cool, but if you're me, it also serves as a proxy for viewing the history of women's eyebrows through the ages (I feel a dissertation coming on).

Enjoy this mini-lesson in the history of Western painting, and stay tuned, because in future postings I'm going to highlight the best individual selections for eyebrow-appreciators, with info on the artist and the subject of each.

Oh, and turn the sound up. That's Yo Yo Ma playing Bach's Sarabande in G major for cello.

Mirthala Salinas and Mayor Tony Split

You're not worth your salt in California's major cities if you're the mayor and you don't have an affair that becomes public while you're in office.

Just ask San Fran's Gavin Newsom.

Or L.A.'s Antonio Villaraigosa.

And now the lady at the center of Mayor Tony's efforts, Mirthala Salinas, has split with him. Or him with her. Whatever.

The whole point is for me to show you her eyebrows. So here they are:

The Things We Put Up With

If you're a real eyebrow fan, you'll put up with the unnecessarily complicated and slow-loading Flash interface on the web site devoted to model Sarah April. A French graphic designer named Thyl put it together and what he lacks in website functionality he more than makes up for with his subject matter.

Let the site load and be patient with the quirky navigation and graphics. It's worth it.

Scroll-down Plan B: Sarah April shows up in Thyl's Flickr photostream, and if you feel like googling a little, you can find some more spots on the interweb where she shows up, eyebrows blazing. Vive la France!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bellucci by Alban Christ

New York-based photographer Alban Christ has a way of making familiar things and people look new.

Take this exotic photo of Monica Bellucci, for example. Even though we'd have cropped it differently, to leave the brows unscathed, we can still appreciate it very much.

Pulp Fiction Eyebrows

One of life's guilty pleasures is sorting through pulp novels of the '50s and '60s in musty, sketchy bookstores. There's a treasure trove of skeeve out there. And some of it has illustrations of wanton hussies with - gasp! - great eyebrows!

Here are a couple just for fun:

How great is that slug line? "On camera they violated the Code of Decency. Off camera, they violated each other." Not even an exclamation point. Pure genius.

Scroll-down juvenile delinquency seduction plot bonus: Another pulpy treasure was Kitten with a Whip by "Wade Miller." Wade Miller was really the combo of Robert Wade and William Miller. Did it really take two people to write Kitten with a Whip?

It was made into a film starring Ann-Margret (when she was still hot). If you didn't see it in theaters in 1964, don't worry. You can catch it on MST3K.

Bonus scroll-down random stupid brain-cell wasting trivia: The band Nothing Painted Blue gets its name from a line that Ann-Margret utters in the film: "How come you think you're such a smoky something, when you're so nothing painted blue?"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Natalie Portman's Magorium Laborium

I was scanning the news today, since it's the day before Thanksgiving and not a damn thing is getting done at work anyway. And I see some red carpet photos of a woman in a watermelon-colored shirt and no pants, and I think, "What the....?" And then I realize, that's Natalie Portman. Some clicking reveals several items of note.

First, that's not a shirt, it's a dress. OK, Nat, if you say so.

Second, she's in a movie about a guy who has a toy store where magical mystical things happen, but whose continued existence is cast into doubt by a lovable dork. Of course, I watched the trailer with the sound off - as you do - and it seems like the plot is "Willy Wonka meets Jumanji." Whatever.

Here are three pictures of Ms. Portman on the red (i.e., gray) carpet:

I told you pants!:

And here are three frames I grabbed from the hi-def trailer. Too bad the writers couldn't go on strike before polishing off this gem. Anyway, Portman's brows are about a B+, but she looks cute in her tomboyish haircut and all, so for that we give thanks:

Scroll-down bonus rhetoric: Who the hell makes G-rated movies anymore?

Dimitris Yeros, Eyebrows and an Iguana

Well there's a sentence you'll never hear again.

Meanwhile, Greek-born photographer Dimitris Yeros likes to photograph nude people with animals. All kinds of animals.

If you don't want to see a guy covered with snails, don't visit his web site. But if you do want to see a girl holding an iguana (and who doesn't?), just look here:

Scroll-down poetry bonus: Yeros is keeping alive the art of poet C. P. Cavafy, which deserves a place of its own. So he gets two thumbs up.

Rachel Weisz Wallpaper

I kind of don't get who would put some actress on their desktop (I mean, on their computer desktop) at full 1024 x 768 resolution.

But then again, I'm a person who writes a blog about eyebrows.

So I'll shut up and present to you Rachel Weisz, from Wallpaperbase.

Click it big.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Queen Rania Revisited

We showed Queen Rania of Jordan last month when she visited California schools.

Here she is from a while back. 

That is some quality eyebrow.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Nicole Kidman in Court

And now the news

Nicole Kidman was in an Australian courtroom this week, as part of the defense in an anti-defamation suit brought by a paparazzo against a newspaper. I frankly didn't follow the details.

Ironically the photos below are from her appearance and were taken, we presume, by...paparazzi. Fuel for the fire. The eyebrows are looking OK...not super, but not bad either.

The security guard is all "Hell, yeah!" I would be, too.

Since paparazzi are famous for invasions of privacy, why not celebrate this posting with the French version of the movie poster for Invasion?

Liz Taylor on the Beach

It's been a while since we saw Elizabeth Taylor...

Suicide Girl: Puck

She's not perfect, but there's something we like about the look, including the eyebrows. It just works. Another success story from Suicide Girls.

Thanks Puck!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday with Jennifer Connelly

What's better than grabbing a cup of coffee on Sunday morning and sitting down to Jennifer Connelly's eyebrows?

I'll tell you what. Sitting down to the eyebrows and this:

This is just one of those things that makes you say, "They have that?!"

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Best. Post. Ever? Ulorin Vex

I'll get straight to the point with this one.

There's a photo and runway model and illustrator named Christiane. Her web site is called Ulorin Vex. She is very interesting in many of the ways that a person can be interesting to someone like me. I'll let you figure it out. It shouldn't be difficult.

I received gracious permission to post a few photos from her site, as long as I mention the URL [] and the photographers' names...

This gem is from photographer Nadya Lev:

And these two are from Perry Gallagher:

Follow the links. Count your blessings for having the opportunity to enjoy something as delicious as all this. And stay tuned for more in the future.

That is all.

Femme Fatale Claire Trevor

When she wasn't her usual blondified self, film noir star Claire Trevor sported some arch brows.

Scroll-down hot stove trivia: Claire performed in The Babe Ruth Story as Claire (Hodgson) Ruth.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya

Here are two screen captures from a film called Saawariya. I could tell you what it means, but honestly I only watch movie trailers with the sound turned off. Anyway, let's just say that Aishwarya Rai has some potential competition for the title of Best Eyebrows in Bollywood.

This actress's name is Sonam Kapoor.

Can't wait for a hi-def trailer to come out, if they can be bothered to produce one.

Someone is making wallpaper out of her picture too...

Jay Parkinson, MD + MPH + Photographer

Back when I saw Jay Parkinson's photos for the first time, I thought "Wow. Smart guy." And I posted about him here on Blubrow.

Well guess what. He's even smarter than I thought.

He has a kickass medical practice in NYC and he's making a name for himself. I'll let you peep the details on your own, but for now, enjoy some more of his superb photography.

Scroll-down self-improvement blog link: When I said he's kicking ass, I meant it. On his blog he skewers everything from Big Pharma to once-famous-artificial-heart inventors.

Photographer André de Plessel & Smoking Brunettes

Into hot women smoking hot cigarettes? Lucky you. So is André de Plessel.

Part French, part Russian, born in Germany (at the Frankfurt Airport!), he has a very successful commercial career under his belt. So we are lucky he has turned his eye to at least a few models sporting strong brows. And for those uneducated, you can get turned on by the cigarettes some of his models are flashing around.

His site is slow, but additional photos from his 2008 "Smoking Calendar" are here.