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Memo Pad: Christy Does Escada... Blow Suicide Verdict... The Nose Knows...

After featuring a relatively unknown model in its fall campaign, Escada is adding some star power in front of, and behind, the lens for spring.

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"Our story questions whether Johansson, based on a photo comparison and expert opinion, ever had plastic surgery," said an Us Weekly spokesman. "The controversial subject of Hollywood and plastic surgery is a legitimate issue of interest to our readers, which we explore in depth in our cover story. Nowhere in our story do we categorically state that Ms. Johansson has had any plastic surgery."

Perhaps, but two photos of Johansson are used to illustrate the story on its cover. Us Weekly could have gone with a less controversial choice, such as Janet Jackson, who has admitted to having plastic surgery.

OK! posted on its Web site Tuesday reactions from Johansson and her rep. "I have always been straightforward with the press regarding my body image and I am very concerned that my fans (and perhaps even my employers) will feel misled. Thus, I feel compelled to take immediate legal action against Us Weekly," Johansson told the magazine. A source close to Us Weekly said neither Johansson nor her rep made any contact with the magazine since the issue hit newsstands Wednesday, and the magazine had not yet been served legal papers.
— Stephanie D. Smith

WHAT A DOLL: Even after "The Devil Wears Prada," Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Edna Mode in "The Incredibles," the iconography of Anna Wintour seems to know no bounds. This time, it's a more benign version and a self-described homage: the popular digital paper doll site Stardoll has added Wintour's image to its roster.

The site, which describes itself as an "online dress-up and make-over destination," has more than 400 digital paper doll versions of celebrities, most of them household names to the 10- to 17-year-old demographic that is Stardoll's base. Wintour is listed in the Celeb category, several slots below the only other person on the list (besides supermodels) who might be said to have a fashion background — Lauren Conrad, star of "The Hills" and perennial intern at Wintour's own Teen Vogue.

"She's been requested by our users," said Stardoll chief executive officer Mattias Miksche, adding the other dolls came about the same way. All the dolls are created by a design team that studies photographs of the celebrity. "We get thousands of requests every day. I can't say she's number one, but she's definitely up there." The Sweden-based Miksche said Wintour's fame transcended national boundaries; the site is international, with U.S. users accounting for about 35 percent of its traffic.
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