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Beyoncé Inspired the Design of This Skyscraper

The proposed Premier Tower was inspired by Beyoncé's "Ghost" video.

If you like it then you should have built a tower after it

Beyoncé’s influence has already been felt in the music business, and now she’s leaving her mark on…architecture? Yup: the singer was an inspiration for a new skyscraper that’s been given planning approval in Melbourne, Australia, according to Dezeen. Specifically, the architectural firm Elenberg Fraser says the curved design of the Premier Tower, which will house 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel, pays homage to Bey’s “Ghost” music video.

Here’s an excerpt from the official description of what might be the most ***flawless building in the world:

The complex form – a vertical cantilever – is actually the most effective way to redistribute the building’s mass, giving the best results in terms of structural dispersion, frequency oscillation and wind requirements. Art and science? You betcha. For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic – we’re going to trust you’ve seen the music video for Beyoncé’s Ghost.

See more mock-ups of the building over at the firm’s website, and watch the video that inspired it below:

TIME World

Russian Police Launch ‘Safe Selfies’ Campaign to Save You From Yourself

Just some simple advice on how to avoid getting killed or injured while taking one

Russian authorities are promoting an illustrated guide to taking “safe selfies” on Tuesday that warns citizens not to hurt or kill themselves while trying to snap a self-portrait. Rough translations seem to suggest that the Russian Interior Ministry’s guide says “likes” on social media are not worth risking your life. Illustrations warn stick figures not to take them with tigers, while holding a gun, balancing on the roof of a building or standing in the middle of railroad tracks.

According to the Associated Press, “These are some of the ways that police say at least 10 Russians have been killed and 100 injured while taking selfies this year.”

Read next: 8 of the Absolute Worst Times to Take a Selfie

TIME celebrities

Whoopi Goldberg Still Backs Bill Cosby: ‘He Has Not Been Proven a Rapist’

“This is my opinion and in America, still—I know it’s a shock—but you actually were innocent until proven guilty," she said on The View

After a judge unsealed old court documents in which Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women before sex, celebrities who doubted the dozens of sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old comedian are speaking up.

“Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations,” tweeted R&B singer Jill Scott, who defended Cosby last year. “I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong.”

Whoopi Goldberg is one star who hasn’t changed her mind after Monday’s revelations. Unlike Scott, The View co-host considers Cosby’s own words insufficient proof of wrongdoing. “This is my opinion and in America, still—I know it’s a shock—but you actually were innocent until proven guilty; he has not been proven a rapist,” Goldberg said on the show Tuesday.

Lawyers for Cosby, who did not respond to the AP’s request for comment about the unearthed testimony, said in the documents that the women in question knew they were taking the drugs. (The documents show that Cosby was cut-off from answering a question about whether women were ever drugged without their knowledge by objections from one of his lawyers.)

“We’ll see what happens as more information comes out, people will make judgments,” Goldberg continued. “I don’t like snap judgments because I’ve had snap judgments made on me, so I’m very very careful. Save your texts, save your nasty comments—I don’t care.”

[The Wrap]

TIME Music

Hear Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Performed in 20 Different Musical Styles

From the Rolling Stones to 'Grease'

The musician who has performed songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” in 20 different musical styles is back — and this time, he’s tackled Taylor Swift’s latest single, “Bad Blood.”

Anthony Vincent, the voice behind Ten Second Songs, starts his cover with a solid impression of Kendrick Lamar, who raps in the “Bad Blood” remix. From there, he imagines what the song would sound like performed by artists like Cyndi Lauper, Pearl Jam and Coolio. He also throws in styles from Grease and even Chef from South Park.

Oh, Vincent includes Shaggy, who recently brought some “boombastic fun” to the Today show and is probably poised for a comeback.

TIME celebrities

Watch Amy Schumer Meet a Smile Consultant

To fix her 'garbage' smile

In a sneak peek at Tuesday night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian meets with a smile consultant after a coworker calls her smile “garbage” and an online poll votes that a dog dressed like her is more attractive than the actress herself. During a grueling session, the consultant, David, repeats “smile please,” “no,” and “again” over and over until he likes her smile — which is basically not a smile.

The sketch pokes fun at the absurd ways women try to change things about themselves that don’t need to be changed just to be liked more by men or random people on the Internet. It also jibes with her goal to make women “feel beautiful in their own skin” and “empower them to use their voice and not apologize,” as she explains in Glamour‘s August 2015 cover story.

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Jim Carrey Apologizes for Using Photo of Autistic Boy in Anti-Vaccination Tweet

Jim Carrey at LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles on April 18, 2015.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic/Getty Images Jim Carrey at LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles on April 18, 2015.

Carrey's tweets opposed a California law that removes personal-belief exemptions for child immunizations

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Jill Scott on Bill Cosby: ‘I Stood by a Man I Respected and Loved. I Was Wrong’

The soul singer recanted her support after reading newly-released court documents

Last year, singer Jill Scott publicly defended Bill Cosby despite allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted multiple women. On Monday, she withdrew her support and distanced herself from the comedian, explaining that there has never been any proof — until now.

On Monday, court documents from 2005 were made public, revealing that Cosby had admitted to obtaining Quaaludes for the purpose of drugging women. After reading these documents, Scott officially renounced her support for the 77-year-old comedian.

Scott posted the following tweets explaining her thought process:

Scott may have changed her tune, but as The Guardian points out, many people responded asking why it took Cosby’s admission — rather than the testimonies of more than 40 women — to finally withdraw her support.

TIME Comedy

Amy Schumer: ‘I Have a Belly. And I Have Cellulite. And I Still Deserve Love.’

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The comedian talks feminism, sexism and body image in her new Glamour cover story

Though Amy Schumer got her start in the comedy world more than a decade ago, 2015 has finally brought her to center stage. Clips from the third season of her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, become instantaneously ubiquitous after episodes air. Her first movie, Trainwreck, which hits theaters July 17, is one of the summer’s most highly anticipated comedies. And with her newfound responsibility as a feminist icon comes her very own Glamour cover. Schumer sat down with her sister, Kim Caramele, a writer and producer on Inside Amy Schumer and Trainwreck, to discuss feminism, sexism and what exactly she plans to do with her influence. Though the issue doesn’t hit stands until July 14, the magazine offered some excerpts from their interview:

Being a feminist is not a conscious decision: “I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me,” she says. “I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me.”

Talking about being able to sleep with men whenever she wants shouldn’t be equated to a man making the same comment: “For women, we’re taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don’t look like everyone else, then you’re unlovable,” says Schumer, who said at the Glamour U.K. Women of the Year Awards that she weighs 160 pounds and could sleep with a man anytime. “And men are not trained that way. Men can look like whatever and still date a supermodel. I’m proud of what I said. I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.”

She wants to do good with her influence, and take advantage of a few of the perks while she’s at it: “I want to make women laugh,” she says. “I want to make them feel beautiful in their own skin. I want to empower them to use their voice and not apologize. And I want a jet.”

TIME technology

You Can Now See Who Has Unfriended You on Facebook

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There's an app for that

BuzzFeed has spotted “Who Deleted Me,” an app that shows users who has unfriended them or deactivated their Facebook accounts. It has been added as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or the app can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices.

It will not, however, tell you why you got de-friended. Presumably you have better things to do than bring it up with these people, whom you probably do not talk to anymore anyway.

There is a similar app, Who Unfollowed Me, which tracks who unfollows Twitter users.

 

TIME society

World’s Oldest Man Dies in Japan at Age 112

The next title holder appears to also hail from Japan

Sakari Momoi, the world’s oldest living man, died at 112 from kidney failure at a Tokyo nursing home, Saitama city official Aya Kato said Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

A former high school principal who loved Chinese poetry, he has said in the past that sleep was his secret to long life.

The title of world’s oldest living man would now go to another 112-year-old Japanese man, Yasutaro Koide, according to the most recent chart tracking super-centenarians compiled by the Gerontology Research Group.

On the opposite side of the globe, the world’s oldest living woman, Susannah Mushatt Jones, turned 116 on Monday in Brooklyn, New York. She eats four strips of bacon a day and has told TIME her faith in God is the secret to long life.

 

 

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