Few teenagers have made an impact on the world quite like Olivia Wise. Not only did the 16-year-old from Toronto grab Katy Perry's heart with her cover of Roar, she raised $100,000 for a children's brain cancer charity in the process.
She may have lost her own fight with cancer on Monday, but according to an article by CBC, the battle is still going strong. Proceeds of her iTunes cover of Perry's song go to the Liv Wise Fund, while Olivia's YouTube video has been viewed over a million times since it was recorded in September.
The song is a testament to her strength and bravery. She performed in a recording studio at a time when she "couldn't walk or stand, she didn't have her full breath or the energy she used to."
"I can hear you singing with the angels now," tweeted Perry when she heard of the teen's passing. "Your spirit & strength have inspired me & so many others... May you rest in peace."
“We're hoping that her legacy will continue to inspire and give hope for a better future,” said Natalie Slavat at her friend Olivia's funeral.
You can help Liv Wise reach its goal of $150,000. Purchase Roar on iTunes (Canada).
Have you heard of Curvy Girl Lingerie? The California-based lingerie store has been posting sexy selfies of women sized 14 and up on its Facebook page. According to an article in the Daily Mail, 45-year-old Curvy Girl (CG) owner Chrystal Bougon created the page to show women they are "NOT the only [ones] with cellulite, rolls, scars, saggy breasts or stretch marks."
Since the page's inception on 14 November, women have been bravely uploading photos of themselves, sans Photoshop touch-ups, to the tune of 30,000 Facebook likes. The move to showcase women's bodies 'as is' appears to in direct opposition to the recent statements by retailers like Lululemon and Abercrombie, both of which refuse to market to larger women.
But not everyone is celebrating the advent of the CG page, claims article in Salon. Maria 'What's Your Excuse' Kang, who gained notoriety from flaunting her own body on Facebook, has criticized CG "because while I feel like it’s ok to love and accept your body, I think that we’re normalizing obesity in our society.”
And obesity, as far as Fit Mom is concerned, equates to selfishness.
It used to be that you tipped in a restaurant for good service. These days the decision to tip or skip has become a matter of political taste, with customers denying servers extra change on a whim. But an interesting twist in the tale has sprung up in New Jersey, where a lesbian worker received the following hateful note on a receipt in lieu of a tip: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle."
According to an article in Today Moms, Dayna Morales, the server at Gallop Asian Bistro, has since received an outpouring of financial support, leading the family to come forward, claiming foul play.
The family, which chose to remain anonymous, provided a copy of its credit card statement as well as their own restaurant receipt from the same date and for the same amount, as proof that they did in fact leave a tip.
"We've never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that," said the wife. "Never would a message like that come from us," added the husband.
The manager insists he is in possession of the original receipt, yet could not explain the anomaly with the Visa charge.
Morales, a former Marine, has been donating some of the money received to a charity called the Wounded Warriors Project.
"I just felt like people have a right to know that—it's fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they're doing it under a false pretense," said the wife.
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