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    In 2011, Lea T. was one of the most in-demand supermodels in the world. She had it all -- beauty, fame and a big paycheck. But, as she revealed that year on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," she had spent much of her life tormented by a painful secret.

    Lea T. was assigned male at birth and grew up the son of a world-famous Brazilian soccer star and a very religious Catholic mother. As a child growing up in Italy, T. always felt different and questioned her sexuality at a young age.

    "Realizing young [that] I like the same sex, for me was a taboo," Lea T. said on "The Oprah Show" three years ago. "I was feeling really uncomfortable."

    When T. began presenting as a woman, she felt more like her true self, but still struggled with this new life. "It's really difficult because you fight with all the world," she explained at the time. "You fight with your family, you fight with yourself, too, because you have to change everything in yourself."
    In 2008, Lea T. began hormone replacement therapy and was awaiting gender confirmation surgery, a difficulty in and of itself. "When you start your process, your heart becomes really sick. I was really disappointed with life because you walking in the street and the people laughing about you," she said tearfully. "When you start the hormones, it's really, really hard. I think it's weird seeing my breasts and the penis."

    When she spoke with Oprah back then, Lea T. was still awaiting her surgery and admitted that she was scared of both the physical and emotional pain of the procedure. A year after the interview, in 2012, Lea T. had the surgery and recently opened up to "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" about what her life has been like since her medical transition.

    "It was a really intense period," she admits. "I had a lot of pressure on me and on my life."

    At the same time, she says, she understood that the surgery wasn't going to alter anything about her fundamental personality or character.

    Hilary Swank Rocks A Polka Dot Bikini In Malibu

    Hilary Swank looked incredible as she hit the beach in Malibu, California, with her beau, Laurent Fleury, on Sunday.

    The Academy Award-winning actress was all smiles in a black polka dot bikini top, pink shorts and a hat while tossing a ball around with Fleury's two children. Swank and Fleury, a French real estate broker, have been dating for nearly two years.

    Swank, 40, has kept a low profile in recent years, despite starring in two new movies, "You're Not You," in theaters now, and "The Homesman," which co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer.

    Mama June Could Lose Custody Of Her Children Amid Allegations She's Dating A Child Molester

    Last week TLC canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" amid allegations that June "Mama June" Shannon is dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, but the 35-year-old mother of four stands to lose much more than just her show.

    On Friday, June's eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, who is now 20 and married with a 2-year-old daughter of her own, confirmed that she was the 8-year-old whom McDaniel molested.

    While her mother has repeatedly denied that she's dating McDaniel, more evidence to the contrary continues to emerge. Sources told TMZ that Shannon's recent split with Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, was actually due to her own infidelity rather than his.

    On Sunday, TMZ published photos of Shannon sitting in a stairwell with her 9-year-old daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and McDaniel, who was convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2003. He was released from Dodge State Prison on March 1, 2014, after serving 10 years behind bars.
    The scandal has already lost the family their show, but June could stand to lose custody of her three daughters, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, 14, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, 17, and Alana, according to a spokesperson for child services.

    "Generally speaking, when we receive a report that children are living around a sex offender ... it would certainly rise to the level of concern of us looking into it," Susan Boatwright, a representative of Georgia's Division of Family and Child Services, told People magazine.

    Due to privacy laws, Boatwright was unable to say if there are any ongoing investigations into the allegations against June Shannon, but did say, "If we thought a child was in harm's way in any way, shape or form, we would develop a safety plan and make sure the children are not around an offender."

    Watch Jim Carrey And Kate McKinnon Have A 'Chandelier' Dance-Off

    The child dancer from Sia's "Chandelier" music video has now inspired several individuals to don nude body suits and/or convulse rhythmically in the vicinity of a mattress.
    We had Lena Dunham, Jimmy Kimmel and can now add Jim Carrey, Kate McKinnon and Iggy Azalea to the list. Watch the good old-fashioned dance-off to Sia's "Chandelier" from last night's "Saturday Night Live" above.

    Hilary Duff And Ex Mike Comrie Go Hand-In-Hand To Halloween Party

    Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie looked like very friendly exes when they headed to a Halloween party together over the weekend.

    Paparazzi photographed Duff and Comrie walking hand-in-hand into the Casamigos Annual Halloween Party in Los Angeles Friday night. The 27-year-old actress dressed as a tooth fairy, according to Us Weekly, and was all smiles as she strolled into the bash with her estranged husband, who was decked out in a tuxedo.

    On Saturday, the duo was spotted together again buying Halloween decorations with their son, Luca, in Hollywood.
    Duff and Comrie announced their separation in January after more than three years of marriage. Although they have been seen together many times since then, the "Chasing the Sun" singer previously dismissed speculation they are back together.

    "I'm separated from my husband right now, which has been a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby," she told Billboard in July, adding that there is a song on her upcoming album "about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we're not meant to be together, maybe we are. It's very, very personal."

    Three Killed as Firing, Arson Grips West Bengal's Birbhum

    Three persons were killed and nearly a dozen injured in violent clashes on Monday in West Bengal's Birbhum district, between suspected supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

    Footage on channels showed scores of armed assailants running through paddy fields in a village and firing country-made guns indiscriminately. Several people suffered bullet injuries; three of them reportedly died at a local hospital. Many houses were also set on fire.
    No arrests have been made so far, with both the Trinamool and the BJP accusing each other for the violence.

    Questions are being raised on the alleged failure of the police to contain the violence. Police personnel allegedly did not enter the village till at least two hours after the firing.

    The area had been witnessing tension over the last few days.

    On October 24, a police party was attacked with bombs, sticks and bricks when they raided Chakmondola village, seven kilometres from the site of yesterday's clashes, following reports of bombs hidden at a health centre. The same team had earlier seized several plastic drums full of crude bombs from a nearby village.

    Kelly Osbourne Pays Tribute To Joan Rivers With New Tattoo

    Heartbroken by the loss of her close friend and "Fashion Police" co-star Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne recently memorialized Rivers with some fresh ink. On Thursday, Osbourne posted a photo of her new bumble bee tattoo, located on her shoulder, with a touching caption explaining the meaning behind it.

    "In honor of you @joanrivers...'If you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle.' Thank you for being my miracle @joanrivers," Osbourne wrote.
    Along with hundreds of other celebrities who expressed their grief after Rivers' death in September, Osbourne issued a touching statement to HollywoodLife.com about her friendship with the comedian:

        I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her.

    Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Leaks Online, Gets Immediately Removed

    Taylor Swift is seen performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Taylor Swift's "1989" is due out on Monday, and though we've only heard three official tracks, another song leaked online on Friday. "Blank Space" found its way to YouTube, and probably won't stay there for long. It's the second track and with lyrics like "Oh my God, look at that face/ You look like my next mistake" and "Darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream" we're already hooked.

    There's A Selena Gomez Song In 'Citizenfour'

    Laura Poitras' new documentary, "Citzenfour," is the kind of stirring thriller that David Fincher or Paul Greengrass could have turned into a feature film. Part of that feeling comes from the way Poitras films Edward Snowden's interviews with Glenn Greenwald, clandestine meetings that bubble with creeping paranoia and mounting tension; part of it comes from the music, which sounds like the most Trent Reznor-y score this side of "The Social Network." As it turns out, there's a reason for that second one: the two most prominent songs in "Citzenfour" are by Reznor's Nine Inch Nails.
    Both tracks come from "Ghosts I-IV," the 2008 album that was released long before Reznor won an Oscar for "The Social Network." The first, "02 Ghosts I," sets an eerie stage for "Citizenfour"; the second, "20 Ghosts IV," provides more of a hyperactive chase motif.

    But if Reznor's brand of industrial instrumental work doesn't interest you, there's this: "Citizenfour" also includes a brief snippet of Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It" video, which is on in the background during a sequence where Snowden is packing his bags. A better distillation of what life was like in the spring 2013 might not be found on screen this year.

    Toddler With Ebola In Mali May Have Infected Many People

    Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday.

    The U.N. agency is treating the situation as an emergency since many people may have had "high-risk exposures" to the 2-year-old girl during her journey through several towns in Mali, including two hours in the capital, Bamako. The girl was traveling with her grandmother.

    The toddler died in an isolation tent at a hospital in the western city of Kayes on Friday, according to a nurse at the facility, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

    This is the first Ebola case in Mali and may expand to many more. The case highlights how quickly the virus can hop borders and even oceans, just as questions are being asked about what precautions health care workers who treat Ebola patients should take when they return home from the hot zone. Doctors Without Borders insisted Friday, after one of its doctors who worked in Guinea came down with Ebola in New York, that quarantines of returning health workers are not necessary when they do not show symptoms of the disease.
    In the Mali case, however, the girl was visibly sick, WHO said, and an initial investigation has identified 43 people, including 10 health workers, she came into close contact with who are being monitored for symptoms and held in isolation. The child was confirmed to have Ebola on Thursday.

    "The child's symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures — including high-risk exposures — involving many people," the agency said in a statement.

    The girl first went to a clinic in Mali on Monday and she was initially treated for typhoid, which she tested positive for. When she did not improve, she was tested for Ebola, and she is now being treated in isolation in the western city of Kayes.

    Mali has long been considered highly vulnerable to Ebola's spread since it shares a border with the Ebola-hit countries of Guinea and Senegal, and staff from WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already there helping to prepare for a case. More WHO staff are being deployed.

    The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to five other West African countries. The virus has also been imported to Spain and the United States. On Thursday, Craig Spencer, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and returned home to the U.S. about a week before, reported a fever and is now being treated at a New York hospital.

    Some countries have banned travelers from the three main Ebola countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — and the U.S. started health screening of travelers arriving from there. But Doctors Without Borders said having its staffers quarantine themselves after leaving a country with Ebola is going too far if no symptoms are evident. A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until he or she starts showing symptoms.

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