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RebaMcEntire out gayReba McEntire’s album, Keep on Loving You, was released this week.  In an interview with with Out.com, a website for the gay community, the singer said she chose the title as a tribute to her fans; that includes all of her fans.

When addressing her more conservative fans who may not understand her being interviewed in a gay publication, Reba said, “I just try not to judge. Don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you. And that’s what it says in the Bible — ‘Don’t judge.'”

Keep an open mind,” Reba added. “That would be my voice. I have gay friends. I have a lot of straight friends. I don’t judge them. I take them for what they are. They’re my friends, and I can’t defend my feelings for them, other than I like ’em.”

When asked her thoughts on same-sex marriage, Reba replied, “Again, I can’t judge that. I have gay friends who have partners, and I see where they would want to get married. I understand why. So, I can’t judge that.”

Reba and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, have been married for 20 years.

dress for less suit

Ryan Kohnen, a 29-year-old entrepreneurial phenom and author of the book Young Professional’s Guide to Success,  provided Marvelous Girl with the top 5 ways to dress for an interview for less than $100 below:

1)      Go monochromatic. Dressing in one color is always polished and can make up for the fact that your suit isn’t Armani.
2)      Develop a relationship with a tailor.  Even a $20 pair of Gap dress pants are interview-worthy if they fit right.
3)      Discount retailers and off-season sales are your friends.  Last season’s perfectly fashionable castoffs can be yours for often one quarter of the price.
4)      Separates are an option, especially in neutral colors.  A navy cardigan can replace a navy jacket-especially when paired with a navy pencil skirt.
5)      Limit jewelry.  It can tend towards expensive or showy, and neither will do you any favors while you’re looking for work.

In Kohnen’s latest book he pulls together the advice of over 70 CEOs, top executives, and community leaders- people like Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea Company; Hala Moddelmog, CEO of Susan G. Komen For The Cure; Essie L. Calhoun, Chief Diversity Officer of Eastman Kodak Company; and Ellen J. Kullman, CEO of DuPontÑand to not only help readers find jobs, but how to do it.

interview wendy walker four wives

Marvelous Girl recently caught up with author Wendy Walker to discuss her debut novel, Four Wives, a deep look at the underbelly of affluent suburban housewives.  Walker, a former commercial litigator who has been a stay at home mom for the past ten years, began writing as a hobby and has edited three Chicken Soup for the Soul collections.

Here’s Marvelous Girl’s fascinating chat with the wonderful Wendy Walker –

MG:  Your latest novel, Four Wives, is about the deep secrets of suburban housewives.  What was the inspiration for this book?

WW:  I grew up in the suburbs, am a product of the suburbs and spent the past 15 years living here as an adult. I have had secrets, kept secrets and suspected secrets my entire life. I think that cultures that rely on conformity tend to breed secrets. This was a large part of what I wanted to examine and expose in Four Wives.

MG:  In the book the characters each feel the pangs of discontentment in their lives and decisions to be stay-at-home moms.  Is such discontentment a trend you believe has always plagued suburbia, or has it emerged more so in modern-day women?

WW:  Part of the inspiration for this book was the pinnacle work of Betty Friedan in the 1960’s, called The Feminine Mystique. In that work, she looked at the discontentment of educated women who devoted their lives to being suburban housewives and mothers. This issue has reemerged in the debate on “opting out.” There are no perfect choices for women, or men, in balancing the pursuit of wealth, career and family. Talking about it and being honest about it is really the best we can do!

MG:  What conclusions can be drawn about modern-day suburban marriages?

WW:  These relationships are still structured around a complete division of labor. It is simply what is efficient when the jobs driving the lifestyle are 24/7 jobs in the city. To create more balance between housework, childcare and payed work between the spouses, the family would have to seek lower paying jobs. That’s the reality of these communities and our capitalist system. Family Friendly jobs, from my experience, simply do not exist at the pay scales required to live in these places, and this is not likely to change.

MG:  What do you think your fans and new readers will like most about this book?

WW:  Hopefully, they will find the characters and issues real and relatable. That is my goal. I try to write about serious issues affecting women in a way that is fun and suspenseful. After enjoying the read, I hope people will also have things to think about when they put the book on a shelf.

MG:  In Four Wives you explore the ramifications of choosing a family over a career.  What advice would you give the modern-day mom to avoid such discontentment in their lives?

WW:  Advice is tough! I would say that every one of us has to do our own balancing act in a way that brings us the most contentment and peace. The result will likely be different for everyone. If we accept that, not judge each other, and are willing to admit to and discuss our discontentment with lives that others may think are perfect, then we have a decent shot at building lives that fit us best.

MG:  Are there any other trends you’re noticing involving suburban women/marriages?

WW:  Yes! In fact, my next novel, Social Lives, which comes out September 1st, deals with the impact of the economic downturn on women who have been career wives to wealthy husbands. This is a huge issue because these women have done incredible things for their husbands and families and their skills are finely honed. The only problem is that those skills have no earning power outside of being a wife. It is a social issue, a feminist issue, and a very real issue for many women today!

To see the book trailer for Four Wives, click here.  Otherwise, Wendy Walker’s marvelous novel is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  To purchase, click here.

heidi_klum_4kids busy momShe’s a supermodel that seems more like Superwoman, but Heidi Klum confessed in a recent interview that family life often keeps her too busy even for her own TV show, Project Runway.

“With three children and a hot husband, who has time to watch television?” she said. “I don’t even watch my own show to be honest with you. When I film it, I’m done with it.”

Klum is married to singer Seal and the couple are expecting a baby girl in October, making it Heidi’s fourth child!  The new season of Project Runway starts August 20 on Bravo.

To see Heidi’s baby bump, click here.

susan boyle makeover new lookSusan Boyle, the overnight Britain’s Got Talent sensation,  revealed yet another makeover in her recent interivew with NBC News.  In the interview she joked, “I brush up quite well,” referring to her new haircut, color and more flattering clothes. 

She’s looking pretty good.  What do you think?

Click here to see her old look.


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