• Top of the Morning: Toni Gonzaga Weds, Gets Emotional During Dance with Dad

    The fairytale wedding caps an 8-year relationship
  • 1. Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano are married
    On their 8th anniversary, the two tied the knot yesterday, June 12, at the United Methodist Church in the bride’s hometown in Taytay, Rizal. The wedding theme was “traditional, simple, and clean.” The bride wore a Vera Wang mermaid gown, and the groom a Hugo Boss suit. Paul shed tears during the nuptials, while Toni was emotional during her dance with her dad. After the reception, the newly-married couple was spotted ordering takeout at a McDonald's branch. (pep.ph)


    2. World’s first penis transplant recipient is going to be a dad!
    It works! It was a breakthrough operation back in March when doctors announced that they had performed the world’s first penis transplant last December, but it still raised questions about its “functionality” that were left unanswered until now. According to CNN, the girlfriend of the 21-year-old South African penis transplant recipient is four months pregnant -— and yes, she got pregnant naturally. The patient had to undergo a nine-hour surgery last year after his penis was amputated due to severe complications from circumcision, and was replaced with a new one. (people.com)


    3. Photo series stunningly captures women’s “Perfect Imperfections”
    Photographer Nelly Ker-Fox struggled with her postpartum body after giving birth to her two children -— and she has turned this into a striking and stunning testament to female beauty. Her photo series entitled “Perfect Imperfections: Embracing and Empowering Positive Body Image” celebrates real female bodies and their experiences that have shaped these women. She said, “the underlying theme that most women had in common was wanting to show their children that their bodies are beautiful, that these lines that mark their curves are normal, and the unique signature left on their skin by pregnancies.” Most of her subjects are mothers and even mothers through adoption, and eventually she’d like to add more diversity in future installments. (redbookmag.com)


    4. Researchers grow breast in a lab
    Researchers are optimistic that having grown a breast in a petri dish —- technically it’s breast tissue —- could eventually help scientists better understand how the breast develops during puberty and what happens when things go wrong in breast cancer. This is the first time that scientists have taken healthy breast cells from women and used specific stem cells that can recreate it complete with milk-feeding ducts and breastmilk-production structures. Their findings was published in the journal Development. (time.com)


    5. U.K. petition calls for a ban on baby ear piercing
    The online petition, addressed to U.K. Minister of State for Children and Families Edward Timpson, calls for a minimum age requirement for ear piercing. Petition creator Susan Ingram argues that ear piercing is a form of child cruelty. “Severe pain and fear is inflicted upon infants unnecessarily. It serves no purpose other than to satisfy the parents’ vanity. Other forms of physically harming children are illegal -— this should be no different,” Ingram writes. The petition has already gathered over 35,000 signatures in a span of a week, prompting a member of parliament to declare his intention to raise the issue in the House of Commons. (huffpost.com)

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