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Drake's Ex Maliah Michel Says He Tried To Make Her Stop Stripping

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One of Drake's exes has spilled some major tea about what the rapper is supposedly really like.

Bossip reports that during Drake's annual Houston Appreciation Weekend, he honored a few of his favorite dancers by escorting them to the party and gifting them with Louboutins and heaps of cash. The rapper even made jerseys for the women and "retired" them by hanging them up during the party.

Paid dues.

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Dancers Lira Galore and Miracle Watts accepted Drizzy's invitation, but the third woman honored, Maliah Michel, opted not to attend the party, and responded to Drake's actions on Instagram, writing, "Contrary to 'social media news' no man can retire me. I'm shaking this a** into a wheel chair. Maliah will retire Maliah."

She wasn't finished there, though. She had a lot to say about how Drake treated her in the past (without actually mentioning him by name), saying that he often tried to make her quit dancing and that he was "mean and hurtful" towards her.

"Y'all don't know that n*gga been trying to make me stop dancing. Always putting me down about it. Always telling me I'm not better than anyone else in the club selling a** instead of dancing. But n*gga can't stay out the club," she wrote on Twitter yesterday. "Y'all just don't know. My only regret is ever trying to explain how much I love dancing. And thinking so highly of him. That I let his opinion of me mold my opinion of myself. F*ck that and f*ck you if you got a problem."

"I remember pleading with him to understand. I said Beyonce wears the same kind of stuff I wear," she continued. "This n*gga got mad and told me not to compare myself to Beyonce. B*tch wha?! Don't you ever tell me not to compare myself to Beyonce! I'm a woman that's what we do!!"

"No matter how light I tried to make things. Just always mean and hurtful. But whatever I'm done," she concluded.

It is pretty ironic that a man who loves strippers as much as Drake does and dates them as often as he does would be so judgmental about stripping.

You can check out Maliah's tweets below.

Y'all don't know that nigga been trying to make me stop dancing. Always putting me down about it.

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Always telling me I'm not better than anyone else in the club selling ass instead of dancing. But nigga can't stay out the club

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Y'all just don't know. My only regret is ever trying to explain how much I love dancing. And thinking so highly of him

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

That I let his opinion of me mold my opinion of myself. Fuck that and fuck you if you got a problem

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

I remember pleading with him to understand. I said Beyoncé wears the same kind of stuff I wear

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

This nigga got mad and told me not to compare myself to Beyoncé

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Bitch wha?! Don't you ever tell me not to compare myself to Beyoncé! I'm a woman that's what we do!!

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

No matter how light I tried to make things. Just always mean and hurtful. But whatever I'm done

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

[Photo: Instagram, Getty Images]

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This Bangkok-Based, Beyoncé-Approved Label Turns Dusty Old T-Shirts Into Fashion Treasures

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Vintage T-shirts have become a somewhat ubiquitous styling tool. Once an exciting flea market find, old concert and sports team tees are now everywhere, from the fakes at fast fashion outposts to the pricey kind hung on vintage-specific racks lining the specialty stores. While there are certainly still plenty of throwback tees to discover, fashion types may be feeling a bit of fatigue when it comes to the category. Designer “Best” Patipat Chaipukdee is hoping to combat that with his Bangkok-based label Dry Clean Only. He travels between Asia and the U.S. hunting for old T-shirts, most of which were made in the '80s and include wildlife motifs, Nike and Adidas logos, and the names of various sports teams. He mashes these together and gives them new silhouettes, decorates them with Italian lace and fur, and fashions them with hand-beaded embroideries from India.

Chaipukdee started his label in 2010 after leaving fashion school a couple of years ahead of his graduation date. He had little to no financial backing, and thus, had to get crafty with found and deadstock fabric and materials. This, however, gave his designs character. As he explains, “I want something that is unique, but I don't want to make clothes the way other people do, by buying proper fabrics and making patterns—it's about using mass-produced or forgotten materials to create one-of-a-kind fashion.” After several years of building up his business, the designer was picked up by an impressive lineup of international stores including Colette in Paris and Crayon in Tokyo, and last year, Beyoncé was spotted wearing one of his creations to a show at Madison Square Garden.

Now, Chaipukdee is moving away from his signature tops and working on a collection of dresses, with more clothing categories to follow. Can you own an entire wardrobe made from dusty old vintage tees? Thanks to Dry Clean Only, it's a very cool possibility.

Above, a look at the brand's Fall 2017 collection.

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Beyoncé's Wax Figure Was “Adjusted” After Backlash But Fans Are Still So Pissed

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After receiving a lot of backlash from fans, Beyoncé's wax figure at Madame Tussauds has been updated to reflect a more accurate image of Queen Bey. But fans are still pissed about Beyoncé's wax figure because, even after the so called “updates,” the wax figure still looks nothing like her. Even if you squint really hard, it still doesn't look like her.

Fans are confused about why Madame Tussauds can nail some figures so perfectly — like Kylie Jenner's — but can't seem to get Beyoncé's wax figure right. As fans pointed out, Kylie Jenner's wax figure features the actual Balmain dress Jenner wore to the 2016 Met Gala and is accurate down to her eyelashes. But with Beyoncé's wax figure at the Midtown Manhattan Madame Tussauds, they couldn't even get her skin tone right.

This certainly looks like a whitewashed version of Beyoncé. Madame Tussauds, why can't you get this right???? Madame Tussauds said in a statement to The New York Times on Thursday, July 20,

At Madame Tussauds, our talented team of sculptors take every effort to ensure we accurately colour match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures, which is something our sculptors are unable to account for at the production stage.

Are they really trying to say Beyoncé's wax figure doesn't look anything like her because of the lighting? LMAO, yeah, OK. What's with that blue romper she's wearing, then? I've been to every single one of her tours since she went solo, and I've never seen that romper at any point in my life.

Were they trying to emulate this iconic blue jumpsuit she wore on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour? If so, they failed. Epically. And I'm not happy about it. Not. Happy.

On Friday, July 21, Madame Tussauds released a statement addressing the Beyoncé wax figure controversy further. The statement said,

We love, respect and enjoy a working relationship with Beyoncé. We have adjusted the styling and lighting of her figure and she is on display.

Fam… it's not the lighting that's making Beyoncé's wax figure look different. It just straight-up doesn't look like Beyoncé. Take this L and make a better one for all of our sakes.

Fans have visited Madame Tussaud's since Queen Bey's wax figure was moved into some more “flattering lighting,” but guess what? It still doesn't look like her. It's almost as if the lighting won't actually change anything? And also, I fail to see where the styling of the figure was changed? That blue romper is still there.

The literal only change from those two pictures is the styling of her hair surrounding her face. That's it. Still doesn't look like Beyoncé.

Fans will not be fooled, Madame Tussauds. This Beyoncé wax figure has not been changed at all. The only Beyoncé wax figure that holds a candle to Beyoncé's actual appearance is the one of her in London.

They never get Beyoncé's wax figures right. I guess she just can't be duplicated. The one in London is the closest so far. pic.twitter.com/QIrxpS0jXm

— Kyra Jackson (@ILOVEQUEENB) July 19, 2017

Can someone please just get this right?! I will donate all of the pictures from my Beyoncé shrine (yes, it's real) so you can get this right. Just let me know where to send them and I'll get them there faster than you can say “We're sorry we've ruined Beyoncé's wax figure.”

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Beyoncé Smells like Unicorns and Other Tales of the World's Pop Divas – Former American Idol …

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VANCOUVER, July 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Josh Murray, former Senior Editor of American Idol Magazine and author of American Idol: The Journey to Stardom, celebrates the greatest pop divas of the past 30 years in a new book available exclusively on iTunes. Beyoncé Smells like Unicorns and Other Tales of the World's Pop Divas is part-memoir, part-trivia tome and part-entertainment report.

From Gaga to Mimi, Riri to Cher, music's most successful divas have colorful stories behind their biggest hits, biggest crowds and biggest feuds. Murray shares famous facts, hushed-up tales and first-person accounts in this collection. "From the time I accidentally sniffed Beyoncé's hair to Madonna's R-rated attack by a famous colleague; my tequila shot with Queen Latifah to the fact Whitney couldn't dance, it's all there in tribute," says Murray. "I hope it adds to public discourse, brightening up a stale dinner party or two."

The book's foreword was authored by actress Katharine Isabelle of E! Entertainment Television's The Arrangement, NBC's Hannibal and the films Insomnia, Freddy Vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps and American Mary. She is also the book's biggest fan on social media – not to mention Murray's sister. "The random facts and juicy stories about the world's biggest pop divas that my brother whisper-screams at me somewhere over the Atlantic? Now they can be your random facts and juicy stories in flight," jokes Isabelle.

"It's perfect for a lazy day at the beach or a long-haul voyage – light, breezy and full of escapist fun," says Murray.

"Find a pool, pour a drink and dive in," adds Isabelle.

Beyoncé Smells like Unicorns and Other Tales of the World's Pop Divas
by Josh Murray
ISBN 978-0-9959876-0-9
Available now on iTunes/iBooks
Price: $4.99 US/CDN plus applicable taxes
Page Count (iPad): 189
For more information about the book, visit the US iTunes store here: http://apple.co/2ujKwxH or the Canadian store here: http://apple.co/2t1x4yX

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Beyoncé Smells like Unicorns and Other Tales of the World's Pop Divas – Former American Idol …

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VANCOUVER, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Josh Murray, former Senior Editor of American Idol Magazine and author of American Idol: The Journey to Stardom, celebrates the greatest pop divas of the past 30 years in a new book available exclusively on iTunes. Beyoncé Smells like Unicorns and Other Tales of the World's Pop Divas is part-memoir, part-trivia tome and part-entertainment report.

From Gaga to Mimi, Riri to Cher, music's most successful divas have colorful stories behind their biggest hits, biggest crowds and biggest feuds. Murray shares famous facts, hushed-up tales and first-person accounts in this collection. "From the time I accidentally sniffed Beyoncé's hair to Madonna's R-rated attack by a famous colleague; my tequila shot with Queen Latifah to the fact Whitney couldn't dance, it's all there in tribute," says Murray. "I hope it adds to public discourse, brightening up a stale dinner party or two."

The book's foreword was authored by actress Katharine Isabelle of E! Entertainment Television's The Arrangement, NBC's Hannibal and the films Insomnia, Freddy Vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps and American Mary. She is also the book's biggest fan on social media – not to mention Murray's sister. "The random facts and juicy stories about the world's biggest pop divas that my brother whisper-screams at me somewhere over the Atlantic? Now they can be your random facts and juicy stories in flight," jokes Isabelle.

"It's perfect for a lazy day at the beach or a long-haul voyage – light, breezy and full of escapist fun," says Murray.

"Find a pool, pour a drink and dive in," adds Isabelle.

Beyoncé Smells like Unicorns and Other Tales of the World's Pop Divas
by Josh Murray
ISBN 978-0-9959876-0-9
Available now on iTunes/iBooks
Price: $4.99 US/CDN plus applicable taxes
Page Count (iPad): 189
For more information about the book, visit the US iTunes store here: http://apple.co/2ujKwxH or the Canadian store here: http://apple.co/2t1x4yX

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Beyoncé: Old private photos are coming up!

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You always wanted to know what Beyoncé's birthday was like? Well, all new private photos of the singers have just been unveiled without her knowledge.

It's a return to the top for Beyoncé. Only one month after giving birth to her twins, the international star is back and she intends to mark the spirits. Moreover, one can only notice his impressive physical metamorphosis. In the space of a few weeks, Beyoncé lost a lot of weight. Is the Drunk In Love performer preparing a surprise for his fans? Meanwhile, we say that Queen B is not going to be very happy when she will discover the clichés unveiled without her knowledge. All new private photos of Bey's birthday, and her daughter Blue Ivy, have just arrived on the Web and the atmosphere is at the rendezvous …

Has your dream always been to attend Beyoncé's birthday? Well, you can get a glimpse of his last private birthday party. Solange Knowles and the former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Then we can discover the little Blue Ivy, 5 years old, doing a dance demonstration to her mother. One thing is for sure, Beyoncé, whose birth certificate for his twins, Rumi and Sir, has been unveiled, will not let this leak pass. The international star controls her image to the maximum and, even if these videos do not serve her, Bey leaves nothing to pass.

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Why Are Celebrities Rushing to Trademark Their Children's Names?

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z are continuing the trend of celebrities looking to legally protect their children's names in order to either capitalize on them or prevent others from doing so. The music industry power couple registered their daughter's name Blue Ivy Carter as a European Union trademark back in 2012. They were unable to secure a registration in the U.S., where applicants must prove that they are actually using the mark on goods or services before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) will grant a registration.

Not surprisingly, several weeks ago, Beyoncé and Jay-Z applied to register the names of their newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi Carter as trademarks. As of early this year, they are also giving it another go in attempting to register Blue Ivy's name, after their first application was shot down by the USPTO for failure to prove they were actually using the mark on products. Considering that the couple is not currently using their children's names on any products or services, these applications will likely be denied registration, in the U.S., at least.

So, why do so many celebs look to trademark protection for the names of their offspring? Well, there are two primary reasons: The first reason is so that they can derive income from the name (or better yet, the budding brand), either through licensing the name or selling their own products using the trademark.

The second reason is to ensure that a third party does not register the name themselves. While this tactic is problematic in the U.S. because of its use requirement, parties are not required to provide evidence of use in order to obtain a European Union trademark registration. However, failure to use a registered trademark within the five-year period after the registration is issued in the EU can cause the loss of rights for the trademark owner.

The second reason tends to give rise many trademark applications. It is the reason Jay Z says he and Beyoncé attempted to register the Blue Ivy Carter name. The rapper told Vanity Fair in 2013, “People wanted to make products based on our child's name and you don't want anybody trying to benefit off your baby's name. It wasn't for us to do anything; as you see, we haven't done anything.”

On the other hand, some well-known figures have looked to trademark protections to build their own brands. David and Victoria Beckham, for instance, have transformed their own names into an international super brand. “Brand Beckham,” as it has been likened by the media, has seen tremendous commercial success, including licensing and endorsement deals with Breitling, Armani, adidas, H&M, and a fragrance collection (among others) for him, and Samantha Thavasa, RocaWear, Armani, Target, Rock & Republic, and Estee Lauder (among others) for her.

It appears that the Beckhams are looking to potentially add their four children to their global brand, as well. In December 2016, they applied to register Brooklyn Beckham, Romeo Beckham, Harper Beckham and Cruz Beckham as trademarks in the EU.

With some of the children already embarking on their own photography and modeling careers, and talk of a children's line – inspired by Harper – and the relatively low barriers to entry for trademark registration in the European Union, compared to in the U.S., it makes sense that the Beckhams are looking to legal protection for their names. As for Jay Z and Beyoncé, not so much.

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