- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Picture imperfect

Elizabeth Jagger, whose daddy has long worried she was too young for the modeling business, claims she was forced to pose seminaked when she was just 15.

Miss Jagger, 20, says in Elle Girl magazine: “When I was 15, I worked with this photographer — who shall remain nameless — and she just kept going too far.

“I was made to wear this see-through top, and she even followed me into the loo to try to take photos.”

She fears the industry is getting worse.

“When I started modeling, the girls weren’t so young,” Miss Jagger says. “But recently it’s got worse. A couple of the girls at the Milan catwalks were only 13.”

Celeb donations roll in

Steven Spielberg is the latest celebrity to announce a donation to the tsunami relief effort, and he hopes his $1.5 million will spur even more contributions.

Three charities — Save the Children, Care and Oxfam — will split the money.

Mr. Spielberg’s publicist told the BBC that though the director usually keeps his charity donations private, he felt compelled to go public to encourage others to contribute.

Meanwhile, Willie Nelson will headline a benefit concert Sunday in Austin.

The Tsunami Relief Austin to South Asia concert will feature Americana artists Patty Griffin, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo and Bruce Robison.

Otherwise engaged

Sleigh bells put wedding bells on the minds of two celebrity couples this past Christmas.

Jude Law proposed to actress-girlfriend Sienna Miller Christmas morning in England, presenting her with a gold ring featuring nine diamonds set in platinum, the couple’s spokeswoman, Ciara Parkes, said yesterday.

“Both their families and friends are thrilled and, of course, Jude’s children are, too,” Miss Parkes said.

Mr. Law, 32, divorced fashion designer Sadie Frost in October 2003 after a six-year marriage and three children.

Miss Miller, 23, co-starred with Mr. Law in last year’s “Alfie” remake.

On this side of the pond, German supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal got engaged in the ski-resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

“We reached this beautiful place by helicopter one day before Christmas Eve. It was a unique experience,” a post on Miss Klum’s Web site says.

Ready for some more celebrity dating pedigree?

Miss Klum, 31, and Seal, 41, began dating last year, shortly after her breakup with Renault Formula One team boss Flavio Briatore, father of her daughter, Leni.

Miss Klum, a Victoria’s Secret model, separated from her husband of five years, celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino, in November 2002.

These will be first marriages for Seal and Miss Miller.

Poll positions

If it weren’t for the 11th-hour hit “The Polar Express,” 2004 would have been a lousy year for Tom Hanks, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered: The 48-year-old is America’s favorite actor, according to the Harris Poll’s annual survey.

Mr. Hanks displaced last year’s poll-topper, Mel Gibson, who came in second in the latest poll.

Johnny Depp climbed the highest, leap-frogging from 10th to fourth place. The only female star to make it into the top 10 was Julia Roberts.

Denzel Washington moved three places to No. 6, and Sean Connery tumbled six spots to No. 9.

Positions that didn’t change from last year: Harrison Ford at No. 5, the late John Wayne at No. 7, and Clint Eastwood at No. 8.

Booed at the bowl

Ashlee Simpson may want to go back to lip-syncing.

The embattled pop star was booed resoundingly following her creaky live performance during Tuesday night’s Orange Bowl half-time show in Miami, TV Guide noted on its Web site.

The singer — who was widely mocked after a technical problem revealed she was using prerecorded vocals during her October performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” — was booed on national TV as she took the field to perform her latest single, “La La,” RollingStone.com reports.

Miss Simpson’s number capped a show that also featured “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson and country crooner Trace Adkins.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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