Liv Tyler

, whose bounteous, curvy lips and cardamom eyes to die for so perfectly accentuate her body curves to die for, says (in so many words) that for years she was enthralled by the femme-crushing hegemony of the Male Gaze. It made her wage war on her own corporeal corporeality with diets as her weapons.

"I've been a model and actress since I was 14, so I've been on a diet my whole life," Steve Tyler's girl tells Glamour (via

That cruel inner conflict ended when Liv said yes to the biological imperative: "Once I gave birth, I didn't want to think about myself or feel insecure. . . . I wanted to think about my child. So I stopped worrying about diets."

J.Lo's message art

Jennifer Lopez

continues growing, maturing into an artist with gravitas. Wednesday,

Ben Affleck

's former was presented with Amnesty International's Artists for Amnesty award by none other than Nobel Peace laureate and East Timor Prime Minister

Jose Ramos-Horta


J.Lo was cited for producing and starring in Bordertown, a flick examining the murders of women in a Mexican border city. Costarring with Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen, J.Lo plays an investigative journalist who uncovers the serial rape and killing of women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez.

Lopez described the massacres - as of '93, there were more than 400 victims - as "one of the world's most shocking and disturbing, underreported crimes against humanity."

Idolic antinomies


Simon Cowell

, who doesn't seem to have a

soupçon of mercy, was right to boot

Robyn Troup



(telling her her voice needs maturation), then the Recording Academy is way stupid for having the Houstonian duet with


at the Grammys,


TimberMan is a moron (

hm . . .

) for signing the slinky 19-year-old with his record company.


Idolic (local) setting

Nicole Tranquillo

, 20, a vocal performance major at the University of the Arts, made the cut on Wednesday's

American Idol

. Tranquillo, from suburban Reading, is among 12 women and 12 men vying on the Fox reality show. On her contestant profile, she listed her goals: "Recording contract, tour, multiplatinum albums, marry my boyfriend JP, have kids."

Dance party!

Bob Pantano

expects a slew of celebs tomorrow night at Benny the Bum's at the Holiday Inn in South Philly as he marks the 30th anniversary of his Saturday Night Dance Party. It airs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on WOGL (98.1) and WILW (94.3).

Bend it like twins

Gurinder Chadha

, whose surprise smash hit

Bend It Like Beckham

changed the globe, is pregnant with twins and says if they're a boy and a girl, she'll name them after recently engaged Bollywood stars

Abhishek Bachchan


Aishwarya Rai


Chadha has been blessed with so many blessings lately: The Kenya-born, London-raised filmmaker was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Inquirer staff writers Peter Mucha and Michael Klein and wire services contributed to this column.