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"Fit Mom" Maria Kang is speaking out in defense of her "What's Your Excuse" photo that caused such a stir online, claiming she was just trying to inspire.

The 32-year-old mother of three revealed that she never intended to bully or shame others with her fitness photo shoot, but rather share a love of exercise.

Yet after posting this photo to her Facebook page, Maria became the target of online critics who called her a “bully” who was calling out other women:

Maria Kang was shocked when her Facebook page blew up with commenters calling her “selfish," a “fat shamer” and worse after the ad went viral.

“I did not know I was going to ruffle this many feathers,” Maria said. “I knew that not everyone was going to like the photo but I wanted to inspire others.”

“Obviously these three little boys are symbols of time. I’m able to keep them a priority. Of course it’s not always my first priority but it’s one of my priorities."

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Maria Kang, a very fit mom of three, is accused of "fit-shaming" women in a Facebook photo she shared, and now refuses to apologize for.

The 32-year-old fitness enthusiast and former beauty queen shared this image of herself in a workout bra and short shorts, flaunting her toned body:

Maria Kang (Fit Mom) Photo

Alongside her? Kang's three sons, ages 3 years, 2 years, and 8 months, with the caption: "What's Your Excuse?" Just motivating others, right?

Depends who you ask. The picture sparked a comment war, with many of 12,000 (!) responses accusing her of fat-shaming, a charge Kang denies.

After she responded with what she calls a "non-apology," the debate escalated. How did she address some of the criticism she received? Read on ...

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Get ready for some truly beautiful Katy Perry news.

The pop superstar, whose hit single "Roar" continues to light up the charts, went on Twitter to announce that she is the latest CoverGirl spokesmodel.

"Today is my 1st day as a @CoverGirl!" she wrote.

Katy Perry Cover Girl

The above image shows Katy Perry with just a touch of makeup - CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush in Roses and CoverGirl LipPerfection in Euphoria.

Perry has an eyelash line (seriously) and several fragrances, so this is not her first foray into the beauty business, but it is her biggest to date.

Her full campaign with debut in spring 2014, with the songbird joining the likes of fellow CoverGirls such as Pink, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofía Vergara.

What do you think of Katy's CoverGirl ad?

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Makeup is a powerful tool for transformation. It's also a lightning rod for discussion on the web, where the no makeup revolution has become en vogue.

To wit, a set of stark "before" and "after" makeup photos posted on Reddit have brought the question up for debate: Is makeup a good or bad thing?

Redditor water_anus posted two side-by-side photos of a woman, seemingly heavily-done makeup and hair on the right and no styling at all on the left.

The caption: "Make-up. That's it." This posting quickly went viral and has opened up debate amongst Reddit users and beyond on a number of levels.

From criticisms of her unsmiling face to praise for the masterful makeup skills to discussion over the merits of wearing makeup in general, it's got it all.

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Curvy Girl Lingerie is in the running to win a free television commercial at this year's Super Bowl as part of Intuit’s Small Business Big Game contest.

Curvz

Curvy Girl, along with thousands of other small businesses, is currently vying for online votes to make it into the top 20 and, eventually, the winning slot.

The lingerie company's main competitor at the moment is NORML, a marijuana advocacy group, according to Curvy Girls owner Chrystal Bougon.

"No matter how you feel about marijuana, there's just a higher percentage of game viewers that resonate with sexy, confident women," she said in a statement.

"We think our message will resonate with more of the Super Bowl's audience."

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Jennifer Garner, 41, looks beautiful and forever young on the cover of Allure, yet she talks as if she's been around forever and is totally washed up.

Jennifer Garner Allure Cover

In explaining why she and Oscar-winning husband Ben Affleck don't work together, she says she doubts people want to see them as a duo on screen.

"People see paparazzi shots of us all the time," the woman Allure dubs the "Action Babe Next Door" says. "There's no mystery. People are sick of us."

America is sick of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner? This is the first we've heard of it. Still, she's careful not to attend every Hollywood event with him.

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A recent survey revealed that a third of women sleep with makeup on at least twice a week, and that the effects of doing so are less than stellar.

So for a month, one woman decided to test that theory by applying make-up as normal and never taking it off. The results, as you'd expect, were horrible:

Makeup Impact

By the end, experts said her skin had aged by a decade.

She allowed herself a "cursory wash in the shower every morning," but no cleansing products and nothing before bed. The photos speak for themselves.

Not all of that damage is permanent, though some research suggests this may age one's faces by more than two days for every night that it happens.

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Lady Gaga debuted a new, decidedly different look in New York Saturday, swapping her platinum hair and striking makeup for a fresh-faced, gothic look.

  • Lady Gaga New Look
  • A Lady Gaga Photograph
  • Lady Gaga Nose Ring

At the Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit at The Watermill Center on Saturday in Water Mill, N.Y., the ARTPOP artiste turned heads in all black.

Rocking a new nose ring - a striking septum piercing, at that - along with bleached eyebrows and raven hair, this is a far cry from her usual wild looks.

Whether it's Lady Gaga nude photos or head-turning attire, she certainly knows how to create buzz for her new single (August 19) and album (November 11).

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Talia Castellano, the miniature makeup maven who became a YouTube and CoverGirl star with her own clothing line, has died of cancer at age 13.

Talia Castellano Photo

“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia earned her wings at 11:22 am,” her official Facebook page announced this morning.

“Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time.”

The spunky teen gained attention after her YouTube makeup tutorials won over legions of fans across the nation, earning over 40 million views.

Her funny, candid personality and determination in the face of a grim cancer diagnosis made her posts about so much more than just makeup.

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In an interview from December that's going viral this week, an emotional Dustin Hoffman shares how the film Tootsie and his character, Dorothy Michaels, came to be.

The 1982 film was both funny and touching. It focused on a struggling actor who can't get a gig and decides to become a woman to see if that helps.

Hilarity ensued, but to Hoffman, it was more than just a comedy.

The two-year process of getting into his character and seeing how life would be different for her changed his perceptions of female beauty forever.

Three decades later, he tears up talking about it.

As a "woman," he felt he was basically shunned because he wasn't "beautiful" in the traditional sense - something we saw this week with Marion Bartoli.

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