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    The red carpet at the Oscars is akin to the halftime show at the Super Bowl. It's not the main event, yet (not so) curiously, half the viewership drops off afterwards.

    If everyone decided to wear a burlap sack to the Oscars, we’d still discuss it because celebrity style, whether you like it or not, is half the reason many of us tune in.

    Of course we appreciate artistry, cinematography, costume design and all the little cogs that work to make an Oscar-worthy film but it’s extremely unlikely the “so who are you wearing tonight?” question will ever cease to be asked.

    With the Academy Awards just around the corner, we can't help but get a little excited about the mind-blowing gowns we're almost guaranteed to see. In particular, we're curious about what the five best actress nominees will be wearing -- because goodness knows all eyes will be on them.

    Each of these spectacular actresses have their own defining signature style and rarely do they disappoint. Here’s a quick look at their red

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  • Sick of seeing Photoshopped images of unrealistically thin celebs?

    Spanish artist David Lopera is using the editing tool for a different reason — to plump up our favourite stars, hoping to show that plus-size woman “can be beautiful, too,” he tells the New York Daily News.

    But can an image of a plus-size Kim Kardashian really challenge current beauty standards?

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    “Look at my pictures and you will see that big is beautiful…but there are many people today who don’t agree with that,” says 20-year-old Lopera, who has up-sized everyone from Iggy Azalea to Mila Kunis to “The Little Mermaid”’s Ariel.

    “However, when they see my gorgeous, fat celebrities, I think they might realize how wrong they are.”

    Since his first Photoshopped image — one of Katy Perry — went viral last year, Lopera has received more than 200 requests for plumped-up celebrities.

    However, some aren’t convinced that Photoshop is an effective tool in promoting body positivity and size acceptance.

    Iggy Azalea (Courtesy David Lopera/Facebook)Iggy Azalea (Courtesy David Lopera/Facebook)
    There are plenty of beautiful

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  • We want our food organic and ethically sourced.

    We care about packaging: we want less of it, and for it to be recyclable or reusable — or even edible.

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    And apparently we want the same things for our pets.

    Human food trends are increasingly influencing pet-food product development, in part because we humanize our pets and want to offer them treats that reflect our food-buying values, writes Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry.

    (And, like us, pets are getting fatter and we’re starting to pay closer attention to their diets.)

    Open Farm, a new family-run Canadian pet food company devoted to sourcing ethical, high-quality, local ingredients, is catering to our increasingly high standards when it comes to feeding Fido or Fluffy.

    “Consumers are more educated than ever when it comes to their own food choices and are increasingly applying high standards to what they look for in pet food. This is because, more and more, dogs and cats are viewed and cared for as members

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