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Natalie Portman’s Nude Shoot Benefits Charity

By Blair Thornburgh

Courtesy Dior

Needless to say, a naked Natalie Portman is naturally noteworthy. The 31-year-old newlywed has gone (tastefully) nude in a new campaign for Dior beauty (because what better way to promote a new line of lipcolor than by removing all sartorial surplus?).

The Israeli-born, Harvard-educated, and all-around awesome actress has been snapped in the buff before for Dior to hawk their Miss Cherie fragrance. But when (now former) Dior designer John Galliano hurled anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris bar early last year, Ms. Portman came out condemning him and quit the company, saying that “as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”

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Attack of the 50-Foot Natalie Portman?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Portman at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January

Natalie Portman is big everywhere in the world, including in Beirut, Lebanon, where she appears on a 50-foot billboard for Dior cosmetics. But not everyone is a fan.

Algemeiner reports that anti-Israeli Lebanese bloggers are complaining about the actress’s image in their capital city. “Since each contact or with an Israeli occupation in Lebanon is considered a crime, you do not think hanging a poster size of 15 meters with the Zionist Jerusalem is illegal?,” suggested one blogger. He was referring to Portman having been born in Jerusalem (as Natalie Hershlag) and to her public stance in defense of Israel and against anti-Semitism.

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John Galliano Ousted From Namesake Label

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

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John Galliano must be pretty sorry for his anti-semitic rant.

The British designer has been ousted as head designer of his namesake line, John Galliano. Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that the board of the label has met and decided to fire him. This comes about six weeks after Galliano got the boot from Christian Dior. Galliano’s label is 91 percent owned by Dior.

In February, a video in which Galliano said he “loved Hitler” took the Web by storm. In the video, the once-star designer is seen sitting in a Paris bar and telling someone, “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed.” He has reportedly been receiving treatment in Los Angeles for substance abuse.

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