10:33 AM EDT 03/07/2014
Originally posted 03/06/2014 08:15PM
Eight years ago, when a spurned suitor threw acid on her face, Laxmi thought her life was over. Finding love and achieving her dream of a career in television seemed impossible.
But on March 4, honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the International Women of Courage Award, Laxmi talked about her struggle – and triumph.
Referring to the man who attacked her when she was 16 after she refused his advances – he was jailed for what he did but apparently his sentence will soon be up – she read a poem she composed: "You haven't thrown acid on my face, you threw it on my dreams ... The time will be burdened for you. Then you will know that I am alive, free and thriving and living my dreams."
The petite 23-year-old has undergone a dozen operations to repair the disfiguring burns on her face and body. For years she felt suicidal. A second blow was the death of her beloved father, who sank into depression over his daughter's agony. Eventually she emerged from her despair with a determination to prevent other women from suffering a similar fate.
Originally posted 02/28/2014 11:30AM
Look out, Pawnee! FLOTUS is coming to town.
Originally posted 02/21/2014 12:20PM
FLOTUS wears a flowy black one-piece on the Tonight Show
Originally posted 02/21/2014 09:15AM
Originally posted 02/17/2014 02:15PM
What do mom-dancing, hashtags and children's instruments have in common? They're all topics that Jimmy Fallon, with his one-of-a-kind ingenuity and enthusiasm, was able to mine for big laughs – and, once they hit the Web, big views.
Possibly more than any other show, Fallon's Late Night understood the science of making comedy bits go viral. The formula was easy to explain, but hard to master: Take a celebrity, give him or her a trending topic and find a cutesy, nostalgic spin, then hopefully watch the views roll in.
In honor of Fallon's assumption of the Tonight Show throne Monday night, enjoy this side-splitting collection of some of his most-viewed sketches:
Originally posted 02/14/2014 08:00AM
From Kate Middleton's gorgeous (recycled) Jenny Packham gown to Bethenny Frankel's fearless makeup-free selfie, these moments had our style editors buzzing
Originally posted 02/14/2014 11:40AM
Something tells us this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner will be particularly entertaining.
Originally posted 02/14/2014 11:35AM
Happy Valentine's Day from America's first couple!
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