Songs You Didn’t Know Were About Sex

Everybody has their own interpretation of their favorite songs. As fans, we pick up on the most relatable or immediately satisfying aspects of songs. Usually our interpretations are not what the musician or writer originally intended. Imagine all the songs that had us swaying and singing along. The lyrics themselves and the subtext of them is irrelevant to most. Does that stop us from jumping headfirst into blissful ignorance? Of course not. So, here are the songs that most of us were blissfully unaware were about sex. Surprise!

1. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfield.

On the surface, it’s a song about loving yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. Think ‘loving yourself’ a little deeper and a little more physically. “When I get chills at night/ I feel it deep inside without you, yeah/ Know how to satisfy/ Keeping that tempo right without you, yeah.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out.

2. “You Outta Know,” by Alanis Morisette.

She’s the ground you girl we all know and love. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, that’s for sure. Not even want to comes to sex, apparently. You all to know, that this song is it what you thought it was. Does she go down on you want to feed her? Your conscience probably skipped over that little bit while you were screaming the chorus in front of the mirror or on a whim blowing car ride but now you know.

3. “Crash Into Me,” by Dave Matthews Band.

That song you thought was poetically spelling words of love and adoration? It’s actually the secret peeping-tom anthem. “Oh I watch you through the window/and I stare at you/ you wear nothing but you wear it so well.”

4. “This Love,” by Maroon 5.

“I tried to best to feed her appetite, keep her coming every night.” I lost count of the amount of times I sang the song in front of my parents. Truth be told I’d have been OK remaining in the dark about this one. Once upon a time, this was the desperation of a man showing his love and effort to keep his girl around. Now, well now it’s a matter of fear of abandonment for lack of sexual satisfaction.

5. “White Houses,” by Vanessa Carlton.

 

“My first time, hard to explain – rush of blood, oh, and a little bit of pain – on a cloudy day.” It all makes sense now, right? When you aren’t just singing the misunderstood words with no direction, when they’re smacking you in the face with their sudden obviousness. Makes you really think about the words that you sang with such conviction… Such ignorance. I guess it’s true, ignorance really is bliss.

6. “Little Red Corvette,” by Prince

“I guess I must be dumb/ because you had a pocket full of horses/ Trojan and some of them use/ but it was Saturday night/ I guess that makes it all right.” I guess I must be dumb for not putting two-and-two together. Let’s just blame this one on the childhood innocence. One thing is for sure, Prince was just like the rest of us – looking for love but settling for Saturday night booty call and possibly with a lady of the night.

7. “If You Seek Amy,” by Brittany Spears.

This one requires little explanation. In the simplest terms possible – I had no idea the song wasn’t about a girl named “Amy”. Kudos, Britney, for your less–than-subtle, but successfully clever, ways.

8. “Here’s to the Night,” by Eve 6

The words you focused on: “Here’s to the night we felt alive…tomorrow’s gonna come too soon.” It’s a sentimental song that resonates with audiences of all ages. Reminiscent adults reliving their past, check. Angsty teenagers soaking up the sadness of the confusing lyrics. Double check. We all had it pegged as a reminder to live in the now. Except, it’s not a headbanging high school graduation tune, it’s about a one night stand, ‘hit-it and quit-it’. Call it what you will. Once you see it – it cannot be unseen.

9. “MMMBop” by Hanson.


You probably thought that because these boys were so young that they were immune to the perversions of a male dominated industry. You thought wrong. Hanson, you can’t fool us with you pubescent pale hair and innocent smiles. Maybe it’s better to leave this stone unturned.

10. “Dancing with Myself,” by Billy Idol

I saved the best for last, of course. This real meaning of this song redirected the memory of my childhood dreams- tainting what was once a fun, guilty pleasure and twisting it into something only my adult mind could comprehend. We danced to the literal interpretation of these lyrics. We would dance without a care, without anyone. Dancing, don’t always mean dancing, though. Who knew? Not me?

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Artist Spotlight: Porter Robinson

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To all my glamorous people and music lovers! Although I don’t have an exact favorite music genre to listen to, I love going out and exploring on new music. Every once in a while it’s nice to get away from all of the mainstream music.  So quite recently, a friend from work recommended me this artist to listen to. I have been hooked since then. For all you EDM fans, this ones for you, here’s my pick for music artist of the week.

Porter Robinson is an American DJ, record producer, and musician from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He specializes in electro house, dubstep, and synthpop music. A majority of his influences come from Japanese culture, Japanese anime, and gaming which he integrates into his music. Since 2010, he has been gaining popularity all over the country and was recognized overseas as a one of the music industry’s leading electronic DJs and producers. He collaborated with multiple DJs and music artists on the nation’s top hits. One you may know is Zedd’s “Clarity.”

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[Robinson (left) with Madeon (right)]

In 2014, Robinson made his debut album “Worlds” through Astralwerks and Virgin EMI. Since that time, he was on hiatus with the purpose of producing new music. He collaborated with Madeon to produce “Shelter” and the single was released on August 11, 2016.

On October 18, Robinson collaborated with A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll to release a new Japanese anime music video “Shelter.” The story tells of a 17-year-old girl named Rin, who lives alone in the confinements of an empty virtual space. She takes control of that virtual reality and with her vivid imagination, creates a world of her own. During the process, she discovers an important aspect of her past and its key help her move forward in the future.

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What attracts people to his music is his ability to not only incorporate different elements in tune with the music he creates, but his ability to have his music tell a story and to give it depth and meaning in his tracks. His music is highly praised for its worldly difference from other DJs and for its Japanese-inspired synchronicity.

If you would you like to listen more of Robinson’s music, “Worlds” is available on most digital download sites, such as iTunes and Spotify. If you want to check out more on Robinson, visit his website here or his YouTube channel.

Listen to Robinson’s music and let me know in the comments below on your favorite tracks! Or tweet it at @GlamorousPaper!

 

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Cultural Appropriation Meets High Fashion

The fashion world is no stranger to cultural appropriation. Appreciation, inspiration, admiration: call it what you want, it still doesn’t change the reality of its existence. It is a real and relevant problem in today’s society, though not a new one. Often, we’ve allowed ourselves to be blind to it. Even more so, we’ve normalized and justified the theft of countless cultures in the name of fashion.

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It was in New York at the well-known “Fashion Week” that Marc Jacobs closed out the show. The outfits of his 2016 Spring collection were – unsurprisingly- to die for, but the hair of his models? Not so much. Rather than fawning over the dazzling ensembles, most people were left trying to wrap their heads around the girls’ colorful dreads.

The poorly mimicked hairstyles immediately elicited the rage of people all over social media. They called Jacobs out for cultural appropriation for this stolen style. Except, it wasn’t just the appropriation itself, but Jacobs’s reaction to the backlash.

Understandably, viewers and fashion fans found Jacobs’ actions to be in poor taste and they had no qualms about verbalizing their complaints. Dreads are a recognized part of a cultural that has been around much longer than fashion shows and the designers whom wish to utilize them for their own selfish reasons. But, rather than give credit or apologize, Jacobs chose to go down with his sinking ship. He even had the audacity to suggest that women of color straightening their hair was no different than white girls with dreads. Probably not the best defense for his wrong doing. And it didn’t stop there.

Jacobs also admitted, “I don’t see color or race- I see people.” Its a nice gesture, on the surface, but the problem is that these cultures have color and they have race, in turn a culture. To ignore the race and background that the cultures come from is willful ignorance. And, put simply, its pretty insulting to those who consider these cultures sentimental and of great value to them.

Marc Jacobs was not the first appropriator of cultures. Far from it, in fact. War Bonnets, or Headdresses, are one of the most common cultural appropriations. They’re worn for sports teams, Halloween costumes and, of course, for fashion. What many people do not understand about Headdresses is that they hold a great deal of meaning to their Native American people. They have cultural and often spiritual (religious-like) significance. Its insulting and inappropriate no matter what the situation.

Another designer who aimed for a “culturally-inspired” look and fell a little short of successful was the one and only, Givenchy. When “Victorian Cholas” hit the runway in 2015, the name alone was cringe-inspiring. The faux facial piercings and familiarly styled baby hairs were more than good cause to throw our hands in the air and wonder when creativity became more about blind-ignorance. It doesn’t take a genius to see how tasteless and thoughtless the look was. Clearly, though, it didn’t do much in setting an example for potential future appropriators.

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Last, but certainly not the least horrifying, is Valentino’s Spring 2016 collection. With a collection that claimed inspiration from Africa, we would have hoped to see a bit more diversity on the runway. Unfortunately, there was hardly any at all.

The lack of diversity only added salt to the wound of poor taste and bad choices. It seems extraordinarily daft to unleash this level of insult; the outfits, the hair, the blatant lack of diversity of the models.It was like one, continuous slap in the face…the sting of which stays with you for days. And, for some, maybe that sting never goes away.

We get it. The fashion world is in a constant competition. Designers look for inspiration all over the world. To broaden the fluidity of fashion and the diversity of it, it is difficult to avoid looking outside your own race and culture entirely. To be honest, its not really what people are asking. The problem of appropriation is  a mix of avoiding culturally significant concepts, staying away from blatant stereotypes, acknowledging the need for diversity in race if you chose to take on a diversity in culture. Not to mention, doing it with respect, taste, and yes , maybe some well-informed guidance.

Beauty isn’t everything. And, that which we admire should often stay that way: as something we admire. Knowledge and respect are about knowing the difference between admiration and appropriation.

What do you Glamorous people think? Comment below your thought of culture in fashion (or it’s lack of appropriate appreciation). Let us know what you’re thinking!

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The Most Iconic Halloween Costumes of 2016

Halloween may be over but we’re all still recovering from a year of some truly iconic costumes. Creativity, flawless execution and well-thought out representation, these costumes have it all…

1. No-Face

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Five-year-old, Momo Lo, from Taiwan had no idea the attention her costume would invite when she dressed as her favorite animated character, No-Face, from “Spirited Away.”

“Who do you want to go as for Halloween?”
“No-face!”
“Do you like no face the most?”
“Yes!”

And play the part Momo Lu did. In a sea of princesses and childish movie characters, Momo stuck out like a sore thumb. Her classmates didn’t seem to share her love for no face, though. But, the tears of her peers only seem to make Momo feel more successful. Considering the mass of attention the costume and reactions got her, Momo didn’t do too bad for herself. Maybe next year, people will be going as, “Momo the overnight sensation.”

2. Beyoncé (“Hold Up”)

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Hold up! They don’t love you like we love these tot-costumes. This five-year-old gave Beyoncé a run for her money. Armed with a familiar gold dress and a baseball bat, this cutie isn’t playing any games. She came to win.

3. Dog and Toy; Man as Dog and Toy

The next costume is a two-part win. The first is of a man dressed as his dog’s favorite Gumby toy. The video of the dogs reaction to his owner’s costume went viral.

The result of this viral video created the next costume. “The guy who dress as Gumby and went viral.”
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The costume may not of gotten the reaction intended, though. People were slow to pick up on the creativity of the costume venture. Maybe it was a bit too soon to catch on. No worries “Gumby man and dog recreation,” we’ve got your back.

4. TLC

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This trio take the trophy for perfection- right down to the stitches of their clothes and those effortless poses. This TLC costume was bad in all the right ways.

5. The Plastics

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Mean girls costumes will never lose their charm: these three girls prove that with the iconic pink ensembles. From the look like outfits to the ‘burn book,’ these “Plastics” were on-point.

6. Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime. Talk about original. It takes a special kind of Halloween love her to reach this level of genius.

 

7. Severed Head

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There have been a lot of tutorials for ‘severed head’ Halloween make-up, but this mom takes it a step further and transforms into “a severed head in the freezer.” If you weren’t already feeling boring and basic from this list, let that feeling sink in now.

8. Romy and Michelle

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Romy and Michelle. It may not be original but it’s definitely a chronic. The dynamic duo was brought to life flawlessly.

9. Samsung Galaxy

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Nowadays, there are really no limitations to creativity or originality of Halloween costumes. There’s always that one costume that makes you want to simultaneously slap your forehead and clap your hands in appreciation.  A burnt Samsung Galaxy phone is the complete embodiment of jaw-dropping and “no they didn’t” kind of costume.

10. Bette Midler as Winifred

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Most people wouldn’t be able to pull off dressing as themselves for Halloween. It’s who you are the other 364 days of the year, so where’s the fun in that? Bette Midler as her character in Hocus Pocus is, and will always be, the exception to this rule. After all, who would have the gall to mess with Winifred Sanderson?

11. Girl as her  ‘Grandmother’

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While its hard to find a costume that hasn’t been done before, there are few who brave the unique, often misunderstood costumes. It might not be considered ‘cool’ to dress up as your grandmother, but that didn’t stop this young girl. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than dressing up as your favorite family member?

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Our Top Five Insta-No Photos

We love to post pictures on Instagram. Its a universal, guilty obsession shared by many. With so many photos getting posted every minute, there are bound to be some overdone, over the top pictures. If you post a picture of every meal, every workout or any of the Snapchat filters, you’re delving into the “insta-no” area. Here are five of the most hated types of photos posted on Instagram.

1. Food

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I think we can all agree that one of the most commonly posted pictures on Instagram is of food. And, as much as we all love it, it’s a bit overdone. Not to mention the obviously intentional set-ups. The obviously intentional set-ups can be quite frustrating for someone who is lucky to catch a quick bite of yogurt. Coffee is my fuel. Food? Oh, that’s just a picture I get to drool over in irritation as I scroll through my feed. Do us all a favor and keep the meal-photos to a minimum. Whatever you had for breakfast is your business. Stop bragging.

 

2. Workout

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We get it. You’re super ripped and you spend most of your free time lifting weights and flexing for the camera. When I pop out my phone to take a selfie at the gym, its because I’ve grown bored of pretending to workout. For some, these photos are progress trackers and motivational posts to boost their own, and followers’ confidence. I applaud you, but not everyone does. Maybe, it’s the lack of motivation or the hopelessness we (the les ripped) feel seeing the post-workout selfies. Maybe its because we’re sitting at home in sweats with an opened jar of Nutella and bone to pick. Whatever the reason, gym selfies are one of the most hated.

 

3. Hand Holding

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I think it goes without being said that these are some of the cutest photos. But, in the same breath, they are cringe-worthy and sickly sweet. Single folks don’t have time for the commercial-like posed photo. Its just another reminder of the loneliness of some and the unmet relationship goals of others. You’ve got a hand, they’ve got a hand, is the picture proof necessary?

 

4. Snapchat Flower Crown

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The two most consistent things in my life? The dog ears and flower-crown filters on Snapchat. When you’re feeling down in the dumps or having a no make-up day, snapchat filters are the answer. Fool everyone, even yourself, into thinking that your glowing skin and flowing hair is #goals. It might be better to keep them to Snapchat, though. 9 seconds of an overused filter is more than enough.

 

5. Yoga Poses

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I love yoga. Its got some of the best stress-relieving techniques and its one of the only ways I can claim a good workout. Yoga is all comfy clothes, a peaceful environment, and the perfect friend-date atmosphere. What’s not to love? The pictures, for one. Don’t get me wrong, you have every reason to be proud of your pretzel-twist look alike poses. But the intimacy and rawness of a good yoga outing shouldn’t be cheapened by an attempt for likes and impressed comments.

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