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Her signature style - a California chic look featuring flirty dresses and trendy tops, often complemented with a headband - has inspired many young viewers.

Now, legions of women can emulate Lauren Conrad fashion in the real world - and online.

Lauren Conrad Beauty

MTV and the girl we have come to know and love as LC have announced the first-ever celebrity-inspired digital fashion line to be introduced in the "Virtual Hills" virtual world.

In addition, The Hills star will develop a real-world fashion line that will be available in high-end boutiques, retail stores and online later this fall.

The introduction of Lauren Conrad's physical and virtual world fashion lines takes the concept of personal expression to new heights.

These days, many viewers take their online persona as seriously as their real-world presence.

The virtual clothing line, called Virtual Hills, debuted Monday on LC's hit show.

As Lauren, who interns at Teen Vogue, continues to design her fashion line, she's looking for feedback from virtual world patrons to help tailor the styles that make their way to boutiques later this year.

"Our audience has always felt a connection to Lauren since she first appeared on Laguna Beach and we've created innovative platforms online - first with MTV and now with Virtual Hills - for fans to connect with her," said Christina Norman, President of MTV.

Needless to say, America's sweetheart is ecstatic about the project.

"I was so excited to hear MTV was launching Virtual Hills and felt this was a great opportunity for me to bring fashion to technology," said Conrad, who is a fashion major at the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles in addition to interning at Teen Vogue.

"We've been working really hard to create sensible, yet trendy fashions that young girls can wear in their real life or virtual life and that project a true sense of self. I'm excited to build relationships with my fans in Virtual Hills and then apply feedback to my real-world designs."

Lauren had no comment on her ex, Jason Wahler, being sentenced to jail time, or how BFF Heidi Montag - a fashion queen in her own right - feels about the new virtual clothing line.

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If you're interested in fashion and you have always dreamed of breaking into the world of beauty and glamour and you're between the ages of 21-28 then MTV would like to offer you the opportunity show your stuff.

Oh, and you have to not only have a magnetic, sometimes abrasive, type-A personality, but it probably wouldn't hurt if you look like Kristin Cavallari (right).

The producers of Laguna Beach and The Hills are turning their reality TV sights on the catty world of clothing.

MTV is already spreading its high school "reality" melodrama to Brooklyn, as we reported recently.

Now it wants to expand its Teen Vogue appeal, which started when America's Sweetheart, Lauren Conrad, got a sweet internship there.

We've gotten a taste of what she and fellow cutie/intern Whitney Port must deal with on the job, but MTV wants to give us more. A lot more.

The new show will focus on following four interns at an undisclosed "major fashion magazine," "prestigious cosmetic line," and "cutting edge fashion PR company."

According to a Craigslist L.A. ad, MTV is "Looking for all types: small town-big dreams to urban sophisticate; quirky street fashion to uptown models. VERY interested in seeing pairs/groups of friends who share passion for fashion as a bond. Must be available to shoot pilot in NYC March 19-20 and series June-September. Compensation and housing will be provided."

The potential interns have to be "energetic," "passionate" and "ambitious."

In other words, hot as hell. Good luck, ladies!

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After filming the beaches of Orange County in Laguna Beach (right) and the exotic tropics of Hawaii in Maui Fever, MTV is gearing up to do a new reality TV show about the lives of teenagers in glamorous... Brooklyn.

According to the Brooklyn Tech High School website, MTV is now casting at their school to do a pilot for a new reality show, called Brooklyn, based on the lives of the school's talented sophomores and juniors.

Apparently they're unconcerned about criticism of MTV's depictions of party life in Hawaii in Maui Fever or of the bitchy, materialistic teens on Laguna Beach.

"With a student body of 4,000, BTHS represents the many faces of teenagers in Brooklyn," the school's website says. "Rich, poor, Asian, Black, White, Hispanic and everyone in between come here to learn."

Sure, a lot of students will be represented - as long as they are unbelievably hot, blonde and/or rich. Come on. We've all seen The Hills. Don't kid us, MTV. We demand Heidi Montag in a bikini and you know you're providing it!

The site goes on to tout the other great things about their school, none of which will ever have a chance in hell of being shown on MTV.

"BTHS offers the inspiration, education, values and glimmer of hope that all the other public schools are lacking."

Yeah, yeah. Education and stuff is great, but does it offer a hot alpha female (Kristin Cavallari) stealing the boyfriend of America's sweetheart, the girl next door (Lauren Conrad)? That's all that matters in the end.

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If you thought The Hills were a fun place, MTV wants you to know they're nothing compared to the islands.

The music channel's latest faux-reality, semi-scripted hit TV show, Maui Fever, is causing waves of anger across the island by locals who don't think the show accurately portrays life of residents.

They want you to think Hawaii is not just full of Brooke Burke bikini shots and the like. We're not sure why.

The show focuses on a group of good-looking Mainlanders living in Maui. The cameras capture them performing their daily routines, consisting primarily of drinking, hooking up, surfing, hooking up, and drinking while hooking up.

"I thought it was kind of insulting...they just show partying," Abcde Shibao, 16, of Lahaina said. "But (young people are) active in school, community and sports. We do other things besides partying."

Abcde makes a good point. So far, Fghij has refrained from comment.

The show is produced by Morgan J. Freeman, who has also produced such television classics as Laguna Beach, Dawson's Creek and pretty much every show that has to do with young good-looking people near water.

And we don't see the problem with that. Who wants to watch nerds in the classroom? Give us Kristin Cavallari topless!

Or Heidi Montag possibly pregnant!

And, you know, maybe a music video every now and then.

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According to Kanye West, President Bush hates black people.

We wonder if the rapper feels a similar way about MTV now that the channel has supposedly snubbed him at its Europe Music Awards.

Perfect Pair

West was so miffed at not winning the award for Best Video last night that he stormed the stage and went on a bizarre, expletive-filled tirade to protest.

He sounded more upset than we get thinking about Ali Lohan joining her sister on an album.

Even though he'd won the award for Best Hip-Hop Artist earlier in the evening, West jumped out of his seat whnn Copenhagenwhen Justice and Simian (yes, that's actually the band's name) won the Best Video prize for "We Are Your Friends."

Kanye crashed the award presentation. He told the stunned audience that he should've won for his "Touch The Sky" because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it, I was jumping across canyons."

He added: "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility."

Elsewhere at the awards, Justin Timberlake, who hosted, won two awards, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers won Best Album.

There's no word on how Kanye West's fiancee feels about the alledged snub.

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At MTV, reality has always been a moving target.

More than 16 years ago, the network heralded the era of Reality TV with The Real World. Three years ago, it pushed the genre further with Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, in which the mundane lives of a clique of pretty teenagers were presented in a way that appeared scripted and dramatic.

Now, the New York Times reports, the cable channel aims to push the boundaries of false reality one step further. This week, MTV will introduce Virtual Laguna Beach, an online service in which fans of the program can immerse themselves -- or at least can immerse digitized, three-dimensional characters, called avatars, that they control -- in cyber-versions of the show's familiar seaside hangouts.

The introduction of Virtual Laguna Beach is the first of three such worlds that MTV plans over the next year as part of an effort to steal a march on popular websites like MySpace and YouTube that have diverted the attention of the MTV audience.

The virtual Laguna Beach product will be making its debut two weeks after the abrupt dismissal of Tom Freston as chief executive of Viacom, MTV Networks' parent.

One reason given by Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone for axing Freston was that the company had not been aggressive enough in its online expansion.

Of the two other virtual worlds planned, VMTV is a music destination where visitors can club-hop among hip neighborhoods, buy music, watch videos, sing karaoke or even start their own bands. The third virtual destination, LogoWorld, an offshoot of Logo, the gay and lesbian cable channel, will be designed entirely by its participants.

Laguna Beach was an obvious choice for the first venture because it has a heavily female audience and because the show itself is such a blur of real, unreal and... well, sort of real. Fans know it's just layer upon layer of reality and fiction, and you can't tear yourself away.

Unfortunately, cast members from the television show's three seasons are not part of the planned online experience, although who knows -- maybe there will be some sort of Virtual Kristin Cavallari game released in the next year or two. We'd love to "play" that, if you know what we mean.

If you know what we mean, please tell us -- we have no idea. All we know is that Jason Wahler needs to get bitch slapped. What an ass.

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You thought you couldn't get any more shocked than you were from our Video Music Award history lesson from yesterday, huh? After all, look at Paula Abdul.

People magazine, however, has now listed a few startling things from last night's show. Let's see how they compare:

1. Diddy gave MTV's John Norris the silent treatment on the red carpet. The soon-to-be daddy, simply stood cross-armed as a spokesman answered questions on his behalf. Through his interpreter, Diddy did predict Shakira would win video of the year. Somehow, she didn't.

Diddy MTV VMAs Photo

2. Lil' Kim walked onstage flanked by guards, wearing an orange jumpsuit. Guess her 10-month prison stay was fun? The rapper then ripped off he outfit to display a gold bustier.

Lil Kim VMA Photo

"I want to thank you for keeping your lighters up for me," she said. "It feels good to be home, here in New York."

3. Sarah Silverman joked in a recorded video that Lance Bass hit on her backstage. When a friend off-camera reminded the comedian that Bass came out of the closet, she deadpanned:

Sarah Silverman VMA Photo

"That totally makes sense because remember that time he wanted to fly to the moon or whatever? Space travel is like the Liza Minnelli of travel!"

4. Power pop group OK GO, working out their skillfully syncopated treadmill dance for "Here It Goes Again." It was the first live onstage performance of the routine â€" which was a viral sensation on YouTube.

OK GO Photo

4. Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin, reprised her moves from the movie to "Superfreak" with Fergie.

"Oh, that's so cool," the 10-year-old cooed before presenting the best new artist in a video. "I got to dance on the VMAs."

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Quick, take a look at these beautiful people and designer choices from this week's Emmy Awards. Lovely, aren't they?

  • Halle Berry 2005 Emmys Photo
  • Kim at the Emmys
  • K-Walsh Pic
  • A JLH Image

Sear those images in your mind ... because you're about to see many worse examples of what happens when good people make bad fashion decisions.

Before tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, we thought it would be fun to take a look back. Over the years, this spectacle has led to numerous celebrities that looked far from REspectable ...

Yup, Paula Abdul has always looked awful at award shows. Just borrow Simon's black t-shirt next time, don't try so hard.

Paula Abdul Flower Dress

Hey, a pair of criminals! At least Martha Stewart looks fairly normal in this dark suit. Busta Rhymes, on the other hand? Ummm ... is that a dress?

Busta Rhymes Dress

Maybe this shouldn't be classified as a "classic" picture. After all, when it comes to Lil Kim, not much has changed.

Lil Kim Mini Skirt

Consider us speechless. When Prince sings at halftime of the Super Bowl, let's hope he wears a bit more.

Prince Performs Picture

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Although The Hills may have helped you survive, it's been a long, Laguna Beach-less summer. Now MTV has returned to the real O.C. (without the real LC, Lauren Conrad) for a third season, and there's a whole new crop of affluent teens to get to know.

The show is still about sketchy dudes, random text messages, hookups and a little dating, a lot of unsupervised partying, and even a Season 2 holdover in the won't-go-away, Screech Powers-esque Jessica Smith. But much has changed, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The guys are much better looking, the girls appear to be more diverse, there appear to be three cliques instead of two, and the aplha character this season, Tessa, does not have the last name Conrad (although LC's sis Breanna is a cast member). Let's get to know the new cast and see how they stack up with our old favorites.

TESSA: She's this season's LC, the nice girl who's going to get mixed up in a lot of not nice things. Becoming best friends with Breanna's former BFF, Rocky, makes for tension between Tessa (right) and the younger Conrad. But the real drama will come when her clique clashes with the mean, sassy popular-girl posse led by Kyndra.

CHASE: Tessa's best guy friend bears a facial-hair resemblance to veteran Jason Wahler, but -- fortunately -- he has little else in common with the former Laguna Beach bad boy. Chase's artistic pursuits (he's frontman of a band called Open Air Stereo) recall Season 1's go-to creative man, Trey, but it looks like his chances of making out with a Laguna leading lady are a lot stronger than Trey.

ROCKY: Rocky (whose real name is Raquel) is filling the best-friend role, like Lo in the first two seasons. She recently shifted allegiance from Breanna to Tessa. Rocky looks like a young Drew Barrymore, has an adorable snaggle tooth like Project Runway's Alison, and dates a hot guy from another school. But for some unspecified reason, she's hated by the Laguna Beach popular crowd.

CAMERON: A meathead heartthrob, Cameron is splitting his beefy affections between two jealous ladies, much like two-timers Stephen and Jason. Despite his hilarious Jason-bashing in Season 3's premiere, Cameron could turn out to be a lot like him. It's extremely doubtful, however, Cameron will prove to be as likable as Stephen.

KYNDRA: Kyndra (left) is the new Kristin Cavallari. She's blond and tough and has a really high credit limit. The home-schooled diva is the leader of this year's trio of trendy girls, the Bratz Pack, if you will. She's got her eye on Cameron, but it's unlikely that he'll be her only target this season, particularly once it's time for spring-break trips.

CAMI: Cami's ready to show Rocky and everyone else in Laguna the difference between queen bees and wannabes. The gossip maven's acid wit makes her more like a sharper Lisa Turtle than anyone from past Laguna Beach casts. As Kyndra's best friend, she should be the new Alex H. (that's the blond one), but Cami's bigger than that.

KELAN: Kelan is this season's jokey sidekick guy. He's got a touch of Trey, because he's able to move among cliques pretty easily -- he's Cameron's wingman and Chase's bandmate. There's something Dieter-ish about his sidekickdom and Talan-ish about how he's not the ladies' first choice, but Kelan has a lot more personality than either of those two.

BREANNA: Breanna isn't LC, although, like her sister, deep down she really wants to be popular. Unfortunately, she has a longer way to go than Lauren did. Breanna is still trying to find her clique, and the previews suggest she might do something mean just to gain acceptance. She is jealous of Tessa's friendship with her former friend Rocky and, perhaps as a result, tends to chase after Tessa's former beaus. Thus she most resembles Alex M., who pursued Jason in Season 2 while he was still dating Jessica.

LEXIE: Lexie (right) spends most of her time training to be a dancer, so her nearest equivalent is probably the equally dedicated would-be Broadway singer Christina. But Lexie is otherwise nothing like the conservative preacher's daughter. She is a demanding, waifish hair toucher who hates Rocky and Tessa. But according to the previews, she will find some time between being hardworking and snobby to have at least one hookup this season.

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There you have it. Tune in next Wednesday for an all new episode, and all the drama therein.

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For the new big man on the Laguna Beach campus, junior year is all about surfing partying, hanging out with friends and hooking up with chicks. It befuddles the staff at T.H. Gossip, though, why this dude Cameron (pictured), featured so prominently in last night's season premiere, is such a hot commodity. Where is this place? How does this even happen?

He's like Jason Wahler, only bigger. And like Jason, Cameron is hooking up with Jessica Smith. That's right, last season's cast member, now a high school graduate, is apparently still living in the area, and was back on the show last night. While on a date with Cameron, she expressed jealousy at his other social endeavors. Meaning chicks calling him.

  • Hello From Lauren
  • Kristin on The Hills

Come on girl. Maybe you can't get your own spinoff like Lauren Conrad, or become a pseudo-celeb like your former pal Kristin Cavallari.

But you can at least know when to pack it in -- and pick a guy that's not a complete a$$hole. Man, Jessica simply traded in her lying, uncaring ex for a younger model.

It's a sad, sad scene... and yet like that tragic car accident on the side of the road, we can't look away.

In other Laguna Beach news, there was little to no screen time for LC's younger sister, Breanna, although a sneak peak at future episodes (brought to us by MTV's charming personality Vanessa Minnillo) indicates that LC will be making a guest appearance in the near future. As for the alpha females in this season's cast? They're bitches. But what did you expect.

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