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Some things you might not know about Nicole Kidman

Taylah Lodewyckx

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman is one of the most talented and beautiful actors of her generation. She has taken on more than 60 roles since her debut in 1983 and is one of the more formidable A-list celebs.

Here are some things you might not have known about her.

She was inspired to act by the Wicked Witch of the West

The chief antagonist of the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West, was the main inspiration behind Kidman’s choice to pursue a career in acting. He made this decision after meeting the actor who played the Witch, Margaret Hamilton.

She had a stutter as a child that makes her shy

Nicole Kidman has always had an issue of why shyness due to a stutter she had as a child. Even as an adult, she struggles with the shyness that the issue caused her. For this reason, she is shy about going to crowded places alone.

She was introduced to Tom Cruise in her first US film

He first big American film Days of Thunder was where she met her future husband, Tom Cruise. Kidman and Cruise would start in some other films together before their divorce.

She has been the highest-paid female actor many times

At 3 different points, Nicole Kidman has been the highest-paid female actor in the world. She was also named as one of the most influential people in the world in Time Magazine for two separate years.

She has once said she still loved Tom Cruise

While she has been divorced from Tom Cruise for some time now, she has been quoted saying that she still loves and cares about him.

There you have it, a few things you might not have known about the superstar Nicole Kidman.

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Why you should get your children into a pro-sport lifestyle

Adam Brigden

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Why you should get your children into a pro-sport lifestyle

Getting your kids involved in individual and team-based sports is essential for many reasons. Community sports can build cooperative skills, teach youngsters how to engage in the development of strategies, while promoting a healthy lifestyle of exercise and enjoyment. Here are some of the most well-documented advantages of encouraging your children to play sports.

Increased stamina and strength

Sports like rugby, soccer, tennis and swimming help strengthen muscles and improve stamina. This is because both the drills and the games require these skills during play.

Better coordination

“Ball sports” as they are commonly referred to are great for developing coordination skills in adolescents. This relates to sports like cricket, soccer, AFL, rugby, tennis, volleyball, badminton and other games where coordination plays a crucial role. The positive effects of engaging with these sports as kids can last a lifetime!

Improved cardiovascular function

Engaging in both team and individual sports can improve cardiovascular health. Put simply, the more active you are, the healthier your lungs and heart tend to be. Marathon running or cross country are especially useful when it comes to improving cardiovascular health.

Better social skills

Encouraging your kids to get involved in sports also has a variety of emotional and social benefits. Team-based sports are great because they help your child to make friends, pick up social cues and learn how to compromise.

Stress reduction

Sport can also be a fantastic way to reduce stress and improve your child’s mental health. It allows them to blow off a bit of steam and forget about any anxieties they might have for a while.

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You can dress like Kim Kardashian on the cheap

Taylah Lodewyckx

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is one of the biggest female celebrities out there, so it’s no surprise that many women are inspired by her and want to achieve the same ‘look’ that she has. While Kim achieves her looks effortlessly (because she’s Kim), with money not being an issue, most other women need to take their budget into consideration.

Obviously, most women can’t afford to dress like Kim Kardashian every day, since she likes to wear very expensive things. However, there are some ways that women can dress like Kim Kardashian on a budget.

Focus on the ‘look’ and not the specific brand

The easiest way to dress like Kim while not spending a lot of money is to get a general idea of what he ‘look’ is and replicated it with budget alternatives. A lot of the time, the expensive brands she wears don’t have anything obviously unique about them that you can’t approximate with a cheaper alternative.

For example, if one of Kim’s outfits has a cream-coloured skirt, then you can find a cream-coloured skirt in the same cut from many other brands. Unless she is wearing something that has an expensive brand name displayed prominently, you can easily cheat and find a budget version.

Don’t make it too obvious

Of course, if you want to get all the benefits of looking like Kim without attracting attention as a copycat, then you need to be subtle. The best thing you can do is not talk about her with your friends; otherwise, they will have her in their mind, and you will end up being compared to her.

Start slowly and do subtle changes to the outfits you put together, so they aren’t exact replicas of what Kim is doing. Be inspired, but don’t copy wholesale.

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Life lessons from Keanu Reeves

Taylah Lodewyckx

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Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves is a celebrity who is known for being a genuine ‘nice guy’. He is beloved by millions for who he is off-screen potentially more than the characters he portrays on-screen. It’s only natural that some people would want to replicate the kind of lifestyle he has.

Whether you like his movies or not, there are some important and worthwhile life lessons that you can get from Keanu Reeves.

Don’t take yourself too seriously

The most likeable thing about Keanu Reeves is his humility. He never seems to display any kind of arrogance, even in a playful way. While he does seem to be strangely shy in interviews despite being an A-list actor, he never seems to make a fool of himself and always accepts compliments with grace.

Deal with your pain privately

One of the tragic yet notable things about Keanu Reeves is that he has had a lot of personal hardship in his life. However, you would only really hear about it from tabloids and never from Keanu directly. While he has spoken about the personal tragedy in his life now and then, he mainly stays focused on positive things and deals with negative things privately.

This does not mean to vent frustration or to not talk to people about the pain you experience. The lesson is that there is not much to be gained from making your tragedy the centre of attention, something Keanu avoided.

Be charitable

Keane Reeves famously gave more than half of his profits from the Matrix away to the behind the scenes team. He is remembered fondly because of that and all the other charitable work he has done, without claiming fame from it. He gets more sincere praise because he does not slap his name across the charity work and does it because he really cares.

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