It's been a good week for ...
It used to be that only the fanciest of pants were thrown at the stars of rock and pop. But a Scottish schoolgirl has changed all that.
Jade Anderson has confessed to being the fan who threw a shoe at One Direction star Harry Styles at the band's Glasgow concert last week. A typical lassie's throw, sadly its trajectory went slightly awry, hitting the teen idol squarely below the belt and well and truly putting the throb into heart-throb. Fortunately, young Jade wasn't wearing killer heels. Gutties were her weapon of choice (although I believe they're rather on-trend these days, and not to be associated with sweaty gym halls and navy nylon shorts).
Confessing all on Twitter, the apologetic 14-year-old from East Kilbride said she just wanted the singer to touch something that belonged to her and did not mean to hurt him. "I was just thinking that if he touched it, it would be a special moment for me for the rest of my life," she said.
Awww – the wee sole.
It's been a bad week for ... shoes
BeyoncÉ has come under fire for wearing gutties of a different order. They might look like those white chavvy high-tops sold for 20 quid in discount sports stores. However, the shoes in question are made from the skins of exotic animals.
Animal welfare group Peta has described the US star as "cruel" and "spoilt" for choosing trainers made from stingray, anaconda, ostrich, crocodile and calf. In a statement, the organisation said: "These custom-made kicks come with a high price – and it's paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed."
The shoes, which were custom-made for Beyoncé by Perfectly Made Kicks (PMK), aren't the first items of clothing to get Beyoncé into bother. The outfit she wore for her Super Bowl half-time show performance was made from iguana, python and cow leather and prompted a press release from Peta saying the singer "had missed the mark" with her wardrobe choice.
PMK has previous when it comes to controversial footwear, having made a pair of trainers – the Brooklyn Zoo – for Beyoncé's rapper husband Jay-Z. They were made of alligator, python, boa, lizard, ostrich, crocodile and stingray.
Rumours remain unconfirmed that Mr and Mrs Z's next collaboration is a cover version of Tiger Feet.
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