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Dancing on Ice sees return of sheer tights and sparkle

Dancing on Ice sees return of sheer tights and sparkle
The line-up for this year's Dancing on Ice has finally been revealed, featuring a range of familiar faces.

This year's ITV series sees 15 stars get to grips with sheer tights and glittered leotards in a bid to winner the public's hearts - and more importantly votes - during the next few weeks.

Blonde is the hair colour of choice for all of this series' female contestants, with celebrities such as Heidi Range, Jorgie Porter and Rosemary Conley all eager to impress.

Donning the brightly coloured lycra shirts, the boys include former child star Corey Feldman and Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere.

Favourites have already been drawn up by bookmakers, with 66-year-old Eastenders actress Laila Morse receiving the worst odds ahead of next weekend's opening show.

The 2012 series format is expected to remain largely unchanged; however Philip Schofield's long-running co-host Holly Willoughby is to be replaced by former Daybreak presenter Christine Bleakley.

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Olly Murs considering launching men's underwear range

Olly Murs considering launching men's underwear range
Olly Murs has revealed that as well as his music and presenting career he is also keen to enter the world of fashion.

The Essex lad admitted to The Sun: "I would love to do an underwear range at some point and I'd model them myself, 100 per cent."

While he was keen to get to grips with designing his own men's underwear he joked "I'm not sure if I could put David Beckham and Harry Judd to shame".

The cheeky chappy has certainly become a hit with the ladies during his stint presenting the Xtra Factor, however has recently claimed that he is unsure whether to take up the position for another series, leaving him more time to concentrate on his music.

Since rising to fame as a contestant on the ITV talent show Olly has enjoyed UK number one singles such as Heart Skips a Beat and Dance With Me.
His recent album In Case You Didn't Know has also graced the top of the charts.

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Man City players told to wear compression socks

Man City players told to wear compression socks
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has advised his players to don specific leg wear to help improve their performance on the pitch, the Daily Star reports.

The 47-year-old has asked the team to slip into compression socks every evening to help their circulation and the health of their legs.

As well as wearing the specialist hosiery players have been told to take ice-cold baths before and avoid late night computer games to ensure they get enough sleep before matches and training practices.

"Once our guys are out of the bath we advise them to wear compression socks for the evening to help promote a favourable blood flow," the club's sports science chief Dr Sam Erith told the newspaper.

Mario Ballotelli and his fellow teammates have also been put on a diet of spicy curries, which Dr Erith claims if eaten regularly "may help if you suffer from general joint pain".

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Eliza Doolittle wears pink socks while out with new beau

Eliza Doolittle wears pink socks while out with new beau
Eliza Doolittle has finally made her relationship with singer Benjii Madden public after she was photographed walking hand-in-hand with him in Los Angeles.

The singer put her arm around her new man and posed happily for pictures while wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, tiny shorts, pink ankle socks and trainers.

After their stroll the pair were also seen driving around the neighbourhood in a green 1963 Ford Galaxie convertible.

Good Charlotte guitarist and backup singer Benjii and English songstress Eliza Doolittle have sparked much speculation in recent weeks after numerous conversations on Twitter, however have only just made their relationship known.

Benjii Madden has previously dated a string of famous women, including Paris Hilton, Australian model Sophie Monk and Hugh Heffner's ex number-one girlfriend Holly Maddison.

His identical twin brother Joel, who is lead singer of their band Good Charlotte, is married to Nicole Ritchie and the couple have two children, Harlow Winter Kate Richie Madden and Sparrow James Midnight Madden.

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Paris Hilton dons stockings for risque shoot

Paris Hilton dons stockings for risque shoot
Paris Hilton has boasted about her entrepreneurial fortune in an interview with FHM.

The 30-year-old heiress posed topless with just her blonde hair covering her chest, while on her bottom half she wore black underwear and long socks.

In the cover shot she can be seen in a pair of sheer black stockings staring seductively into the camera.

Paris' interview inside revealed that she is more than just a pretty face as she explained that she has earned more than a $1 billion in six years thanks to her large collection of products and merchandise.

"I have 35 stores and 17 product lines and then there's my racing team, my 14 fragrances and my new project, the Paris Hilton Beach Club chain," she told the publication.

The socialite's new club scheme would see her bring out venues which incorporate nightclubs, restaurants, bars and gyms all under one roof.

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Builders flog Cheryl Cole's underwear

Builders flog Cheryl Cole's underwear
Cheryl Cole moved out of her mansion in August after living there for just eight months, but while she has since moved to the US it seems that she left a few items behind.

According to builders who have been working on the property, the singer left a few pairs of women's underwear in her luxury pad.

The workmen admitted to the Daily Star that they are attempting to cash in on the items by selling them online and have even been offering tours inside the star's former home for a little extra money.

Daily Star journalists were offered the clothes by a maintenance man, who said: "I have some of her knickers, some tops, bras. The clothes were left in the bedroom. Give me an offer."

The reporter declined, however it seems likely that the discarded items will be able to make big money sold online.

Cheryl moved into the £3,500-a-week mansion in February 2010 and left in the summer when she travelled to the US to pursue her recording career.

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Zimbabwe bans second-hand underwear sales

Zimbabwe bans second-hand underwear sales
People living in Zimbabwe may have to fork out more money to buy fashion essentials after a new law came into effect.

The Independent News Day newspaper reports that the country has banned the sale of second-hand underwear, making it illegal to import or sell used knickers and boxers.

All imports of second-hand undergarments of any kind are now prohibited of being bought, donated or procured in any manner.

Finance minister Tendai Biti has introduced the law, after claiming he was shocked to discover that Zimbabweans were frequently buying their underwear from flea markets.

"How does that happen? If you are a husband and you see your wife buying underwear from the flea market, you would have failed," Mr Biti told reporters.

Undergarments are commonly purchased from markets or donated from developed countries around the world, however any now imported will either be banned or face hefty taxes.

Local media have claimed that this legislation will address health concerns and help protect the country's domestic textiles industry.

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Spurs team berated for sock cutting habits

Spurs team berated for sock cutting habits
Footballers from Tottenham Hotspur have been criticised by their manager Harry Redknapp for indulging in an odd fashion trend.

Harry is reportedly furious that his players are always cutting the feet off their sports socks and covering up the gaps with tape, The Mirror reports.

The Spurs boss has allegedly confronted his team in the dressing room after becoming frustrated at the unusual practice, after a referee warned the players that they should improve their taping so as to not make it obvious.

Footballers are increasingly complaining of the material of football socks, and prefer to train in short tennis socks.

In order to get more grip they are continuing to wear these shorter socks underneath, while the obligatory team legwear is visible from the ankle upwards.

Referees are beginning to tire of the practice however and have warned players not to let their different coloured socks show through.

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Nicole Richie looks seriously cool in embellished leggings

Nicole Richie looks seriously cool in embellished leggings
Nicole Richie looked effortlessly cool this weekend as she attended the NBC Universal All-Star Party.

The fashion icon and reality star wore a pair of crystal and leather embellished leggings designed by Antonia Berardi, as well as a chic light pink blazer.

She completed the outfit with a pair of nude heels, to help complement her natural and fresh look.

Despite always looking very turned out wherever she goes, Nicole has recently confessed that she doesn't know the first thing about makeup.

In an interview with InStyle.com she admitted: "I actually don't know how to put on makeup – at all. I have to get it done every time I want to wear makeup. I do not know how to wear it at all."

The daughter of Lionel Richie claimed that she only owns mascara and concealer, but revealed that she isn't completely hopeless and can style her own hair.

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Amber Rose dons leather leggings to launch music career

Amber Rose dons leather leggings to launch music career
Amber Rose has been doing her best to show off her famous curves as she debuts her new singing career.

The 28-year-old model chose to wear a pair of tight-fitting leather leggings and a figure-hugging white zipped blazer as she dined at the Hillstone restaurant in New York with friends.

To match her look she painted her nails in a bright white, while her makeup was applied naturally aside from lashings of red lipstick.

Amber was out celebrating the release of her first single, entitled Fame, which features her current boyfriend, rapper Wiz Khalifa.

The short-haired beauty has had a string of famous partners, including most-notably Kanye West, who she dated for almost two years.

Amber Rose has recently labelled reality star Kim Kardashian "a home-wrecker", after claiming she was responsible for the break-up of their long-term relationship.

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Brazilian councillor asks brides to wear underwear

Brazilian councillor asks brides to wear underwear
A councillor in Brazil is proposing a new law which would force brides to wear knickers under their dresses at the altar, the Daily Mail reports.

Ozias Zizi has claimed that an increasing number of women in the south-eastern town of Vila Velha are not wearing any underwear beneath their dresses when they turn up to church.

This is due to a superstition that claims marriages last longer should the bride not wear knickers to the ceremony.

Mr Zizi told the newspaper: "The person, in fact, can get married whichever way they like, but the moment they enter a place of worship they must show some respect. And without knickers that just won't do."

The Brazilian Republican Party representative has also proposed restrictions on brides' necklines, to ensure they are suitable for churches and spare ministers from any embarrassment when conducting weddings.

Local pastors and residents have criticised the bill, claiming that it would be impossible to enforce fairly and that women should have a choice as to what to wear on their special day.

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Little Mix perform in trademark patterned leggings

Little Mix perform in trademark patterned leggings
Little Mix have finally made the transition to professional pop stars by performing in their first concert, the Tickled Pink Girls' Night out gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

The foursome wore their trademark mix of patterned and ripped leggings, brightly coloured trainers and sports clothing as they made their concert debut.

They took to the stage and performed their number one single Cannonball, as well as several other cover songs which had featured in their X Factor past.

Little Mix stars Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson were a hit with the crowds and were joined by a host of other pop stars.

This included fellow X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays, Chipmunk and young songstress Dionne Bromfield.

Alexandra co-hosted the breast cancer event and told the Daily Mail that she has been involved with charity after her auntie passed away from the disease.

She said: "I really do this because of her. It was a life-changing moment for my family. I just want to do my part to give back."

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Elizabeth Olsen is a washout with designer bag

Elizabeth Olsen is a washout with designer bag
Elizabeth Olsen's latest look has been labelled a bit of a washout by critics, after she turned up in all-white attire to the Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch in Hollywood.

The 24-year-old actress wore a white Chloe shirt dress and blazer, and accessorised her outfit with a white bag, nude shoes and gold jewellery.

However, with her pale complexion and light blonde hair, the colours gave the upcoming star a rather sallow look.

Elizabeth, who is also the youngest Olsen sister, is more frequently seen in colourful gowns, such as the tight-fitting vintage yellow print dress she wore to the Critics Choice Awards last week.

White has been a particularly popular colour this weekend at the Golden Globes, with stars such as Elle Macpherson, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie all wearing variations of the shade.

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Sarah Harding comes out fighting in leggings

Sarah Harding comes out fighting in leggings
Despite her recent personal troubles, Sarah Harding has shown that she is battling her demons with sessions at the gym.

The former Girls Aloud singer sported a pair of black leggings, pink vest top, trainers and a skull print scarf as she headed to her workout in north London.

Sarah covered up in an oversized grey hooded sweatshirt and completed the look with some sunglasses, to help avoid some of the media glare which has followed her in recent weeks.

The 30-year-old first confessed to going to rehab to conquer her addiction to alcohol and sleeping pills after she called off the engagement to her DJ boyfriend Tom Crane.

Recently she ended up physically bruised and shaking after a fight with her now ex-boyfriend Theo De Vries on a festive skiing trip to Austria.

The newly single star has since sworn off men and rumours have arisen that she could be considering following in the steps of her former band mates Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts by carving out a solo career.

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Zooey Deschanel spotted with quirky bunny bag

Zooey Deschanel spotted with quirky bunny bag
Zooey Deschanel showed off her quirky sense of style while hopping into an awaiting limo in Los Angeles, pictures from the Daily Mail reveal.

The 31-year-old actress was photographed wearing a blue coat and matching coloured tights, while carrying a black leather bunny rabbit shaped bag.

Zooey's eccentric bag choice had large floppy ears and helped to liven up her daytime look, which also consisted of some brown slouch boots and a pair of sunglasses.

The (500) Days of Summer star is currently playing the main character in hit TV show New Girl, which follows the story of a teacher named Jess who is forced to move in with a group of guys after breaking up with her boyfriend.

It was recently nominated for a Best Comedy Series at last night's Golden Globes ceremony, however lost out to US show Modern Family.

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Lost US hiker burns socks to stay warm

Lost US hiker burns socks to stay warm
A US hiker was forced to burn his socks to stay warm when he got separated from his party during a walk up a snow-covered mountain.

Yong Chun Kim burned socks and $1 and $5 bills from his wallet after he fell down a slope in Mount Rainer National Park.

Mr Kim told reporters he considered himself "a really lucky man" following his rescue by park rangers on Monday (January 16th).

As an experienced snowshoer, Mr Kim managed to survive for two days, digging a snow tunnel and singing to himself in between brief sleeps.

Meanwhile in Australia, a hiker has been left red faced for trying to attract rescuers after he got lost in the bush.

While trekking up Mt Bogong in Alpine National Park, the walker sparked a blaze when he lit a small fire on a high point to attract attention.

The arriving police helicopter exacerbated the blaze when its downdraught caused a flare up.

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Blake Lively steals the show in ribbed tights

Blake Lively steals the show in ribbed tights
Blake Lively turned heads at a special screening of the new movie Haywire, despite not appearing in the film.

The blonde actress stood out from the New York crowd in a short-sleeved silver sequinned top, short grey skirt and ribbed navy blue tights while posing for photographs on the red carpet.

Her short skirt and sparkling top made a welcome change from the other celebrities at the event who chose to mostly wear black.

Haywire star Gina Carano opted for an understated yet chic tight black dress, while her co-star Ewan McGregor looked suitably dapper in a double-breasted black jacket.

Elizabeth Banks also chose to wear a fitted jacket to brave the cold New York weather, however she helped keep it glam in a ruffled mini dress.

Haywire follows the story of a freelance covert operative who is hired out to perform secret jobs around the world and subsequently finds out that she has been double crossed.

It opens in the US this week and also stars Channing Tatum and Michael Douglas.

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Skier causes plastic underwear dispute

Skier causes plastic underwear dispute
A dispute has begun in the International Ski Federation (FIS) as to what athletes should and shouldn't be allowed to wear under their race suits.

Gian Franco Kasper, president of the FIS, has called for the rules to be clarified after Tina Maze wore one-piece long underwear made from plastic.

Mr Kasper said: "We have to change our rules. It has to be made very clear - if (underwear) is plastified, it is forbidden."

Tina's under garment choice has sparked controversy after the Swiss ski federation complained that the Slovenian racer gained an aerodynamic advantage by wearing it.

The FIS has since confiscated her underwear, however it confirmed that the clothing had passed permeability tests.

Racers have since been recommended not to wear such clothing as its plastic parts could prevent the body from breathing while competing.

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Fearne Cotton sports lightning blue tights

Fearne Cotton sports lightning blue tights
Fearne Cotton sported loud leg wear when she arrived at the Radio 1 studios earlier this week.

A photo published by Look magazine showed the radio host wearing a pair of lightning blue, leopard print tights and Dr Martens boots.

The grunge look was a break from the outfit Fearne sported for 2012 Sports Relief.

Cotton turned disciplinarian when she posed with Jimmy Carr. Comedian Carr is pictured laying prone in a tennis outfit, while Fearne sits on his back brandishing a whip and wearing patent leather ankle boots.

Commenting after the shoot, Fearne said she thoroughly enjoyed whipping Jimmy Carr.

"Especially having spent five days of the last Sport Relief in a team cycling non-stop from John O'Groats to Lands End and Jimmy just popped along for one day. Sweet revenge," she explained.

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Kate Beckinsale wears tights to Stephen Merchant stand-up show

Kate Beckinsale wears tights to Stephen Merchant stand-up show
Kate Beckinsale looked luscious in black leg wear when she arrived at Stephen Merchant's new stand-up show, Hello Ladies.

Holding hands with husband Len Wiseman as she arrived at the Beverly Hills' Coronet Theatre, she looked in high spirits as she smiled for waiting photographers.

She was wearing a demure wrap-around coat, which she paired with knee-high boots and black tights.

Beckinsale recently hinted that she'd be interested in doing another Underworld film.

The British actress played vampire Selene in the series of films and reprises her role in the upcoming movie Underworld: Awakening.

Speaking to Collider, she said: "I always said that there wouldn't be a fourth one, so you can't trust what I am going to say at all. Part of me thinks it's so peculiar."

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Miley Cyrus goes grunge in black tights

Miley Cyrus goes grunge in black tights
Miley Cyrus showed off an altogether grungier look this week as she popped out for lunch with friends in Hollywood.

The 19-year-old wore a pair of black tights, denim shorts and a checked shirt to create a casual style complete with slouchy black leather boots.

Despite not showing off much flesh, the starlet seemed to have forgotten to wear her bra and her jean shorts were cut off very high, meaning that the outfit was surprisingly revealing.

The former Hannah Montana actress and blossoming pop star has recently been sporting a more grown up look, with the help of her now mid-length hair cut with golden ends.

As well as her more sophisticated style, Miley seems to have found love and over the past few months has rarely been photographed without her long-term boyfriend Liam Helmsworth.

Liam joined Miley and her family last week for her 19th birthday, where photographs showed him being welcomed into the family by her country singer father Billy Ray Cyrus.

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Justin Bieber experiments with patterned socks

Justin Bieber experiments with patterned socks
While he's usually a fairly dapper dresser, Justin Bieber's latest outfit has sparked confusion from his fans after he mixed and matched an odd combination of clothes.

The 17-year-old singer wore blue Aztec patterned socks pulled up high over his tracksuit bottoms while walking through Los Angeles International Airport.

He teamed this look with a white t-shirt, blue short-sleeved hoody and a large furry grey trapper hat.

Unusually, Justin was not accompanied by his girlfriend Selena Gomez, who he recently joined on her South American tour in Puerto Rico where the pair performed on stage together.

Justin Bieber's career has been under scrutiny this week after it emerged that his manager and mentor Scooter Braun could be thinking of ditching him in favour of British boy band The Wanted.

Scooter has already secured a gig on the Ellen DeGeneres show and is reportedly helping the boys to crack the US.

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Victoria Beckham poses seductively in underwear shoot

Victoria Beckham poses seductively in underwear shoot
Victoria Beckham revealed her slender post-pregnancy figure this week in a photo shoot for Japanese magazine Numero.

The 37-year-old fashion icon posed seductively in white corset underwear and a blue leather trench coat in the pictures, which each showed her impressive physique after only giving birth to her daughter Harper in July.

Despite her confident appearance the mother of four revealed to the publication that that she is too shy to let her husband David Beckham watch her model.

"My husband David has never been to any of my shows as I'm incredibly nervous and need to focus and concentrate," Victoria said.

The former Spice Girl has carved a name out for herself in fashion circles as a prominent designer, focusing on a range of figure flattering dresses.

Victoria has recently been the focus of media rumours as it has been alleged that the Spice Girls are to reform for a one-off performance for the London 2012 Olympics.

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Alyson Hannigan glows in maternity tights

Alyson Hannigan glows in maternity tights
Alyson Hannigan took a well deserved shopping trip in Beverly Hills and showed off her growing baby bump.

The 37-year-old red head appeared makeup free and radiant wearing a striped blue and grey mini-dress, black maternity tights and knee-high leather boots.

She was spotted with a selection of shopping bags from baby boutique stores, a clear sign that she is stocking up on outfits before the birth of her second child.

The How I Met Your Mother actress gave the public a first glimpse of her pregnant figure at the People's Choice Awards earlier this month with her husband Alexis Denisof, who was photographed rubbing her tummy on the red carpet.

Alyson and Alexis have been married for eight years and have a two-year-old daughter named Satyana Marie, who is rumoured to be helping out with the naming of the new baby.

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Amnesty International launches 'socks for Mexicans' appeal

Amnesty International launches 'socks for Mexicans' appeal
Amnesty International has launched an appeal for socks to give to Mexican migrants making journeys across Central America.

The charity is asking for people to donate this humble piece of clothing, which was highlighted as the item Mexicans would most like to take with them were they forced to leave their country.

Although answers to the survey were mixed, Amnesty International found that socks were often favoured to more valuable possessions, which migrants expect will be stolen off them on their journey, or increase their chances of kidnap.

Amnestry researcher in Mexico Rupert Knox explained: "Much to our surprise, the migrants did tell us that the one thing they desperately needed on their journey was socks.

"On journeys that can be up to hundreds of miles, untreated blisters risk lives and a fresh pair of socks can make all the difference."

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What leggings most suit your individual style?

What leggings most suit your individual style?
Legwear that accentuates women's individual styles could prove more popular in 2012.

Newer celebrities such as 2011 X Factor winners Little Mix will be more of an influence on fashion choices, particularly make up, according to Kissandmakeup.tv freelance beauty editor Zara Stone Rabinowicz.

She explained: "Little Mix from the X Factor [were] the poster child for the new year, with women worldwide admiring their striking looks and individual styles.

"We are also going to see more focus on individual style - and a lot of noise about what bloggers are wearing and doing, as they are the celebrities of the people and are often more relatable than A-listers."

Little Mix sported their trademark mix of patterned and ripped leggings paired with bright footwear at their concert debut at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London earlier this month.

The group have become renowned for their very different fashion styles, which is becoming a hallmark of their brand.

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South Korean activists send sock filled balloons over the border

South Korean activists send sock filled balloons over the border
Activists in South Korea have sent huge gas-filled balloons filled over the border into North Korea, AFP reports.

Each of the balloons was filled with socks and were sent to help impoverished residents to survive the harsh winters or to be exchanged or sold for food.

Around 1,000 pairs of socks were sent in five large plastic balloons from the city of Paju on Saturday January 28th, with each containing a leaflet explaining the act.

"We're not interested in sending political messages or sparking any troubles there. All we want is that people in the North wear warm socks over their frozen feet," a spokeswoman for North Korea Peace told the news agency.

She explained that socks and many other daily necessities are in short supply in North Korea and the rarity of this form of legwear means that one pair could be traded for enough corn to feed a person for a month.

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Helena Christensen dons blue tights for fashion event

Helena Christensen dons blue tights for fashion event
Helena Christensen looked effortlessly youthful and edgy in a printed outfit at the Swarvoski store in Oxford Circus, London this weekend.

The Danish supermodel wore bright blue opaque tights and a geometric printed dress and pointed nude heels.

Her eclectic look was completed by a mint green handbag and some tiny sparkly earrings, while her makeup and hair remained natural.

Helena attended the event to unveil the winners of her Unsigned Model search, who were handpicked last year.

The winners were Freya McHugh, a student from Manchester, and Reece Sanders from Nottingham.

They have both since become the new faces of the Swarvoski spring-summer 2012 campaign, which was shot by Helena herself and will feature in the UK, US, China and Russia.

Helena recently discussed the pair in an interview with Sky News Australia and claimed: "Sometimes it's better to shoot someone who hasn't done it before. There's an innocence that you lose when you've been doing it for a while."

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Jessie J shows off wild side in leggings

Jessie J shows off wild side in leggings
Jessie J gave fans a glimpse of her wilder side after she performed in Liverpool at the historic cavern club.

The 23-year-old singer opted for a pair of leopard print leggings with sheer panels and matched this edgy look with a rocky black t-shirt.

She sang in front of a 300-strong crowd of fans in the home of the Beatles and was pictured strutting her stuff and pouting with attitude throughout her intimate set.

Since hitting the big time last year Jessie J has become a poster girl for eccentric fashion, with her unique style gaining her plenty of media attention.

With a wide selection of coloured wigs and bodysuits she's shown her credentials from the early days, where she wore extravagant lip jewels in the video for Do it like a dude.

After this week's gig she praised her fans on Twitter, saying: "THANK YOU for making my 1st gig of 2012 so sweaty. Loved it!!!"

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