Memo Pad: No More Ink... Early Start... Let's Make a Deal

What does Mary J. Blige have against her tattoos these days? It's hard to say, but it seems the Grammy-winning singer requested that Hearst monthly Redbook airbrush them out of her cover shot on the May issue.

Since then, Blige appeared on Vibe's 150th special issue in March, with her tattoos in plain view, and a source close to the magazine said the singer usually doesn't request that her tattoos be removed. So did Blige clean it up specifically for Redbook? A representative for Blige did not respond to calls for comment. — Stephanie D. Smith

EARLY START: One can never start cultivating fashion's next big stars early enough — at least according to Teen Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. They've just created the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship, an annual program that aims to help high school students with financial aid and guidance toward degrees in fashion design.

Teen Vogue's editor in chief, Amy Astley, said readers constantly ask her how to best break into the fashion industry. The annual scholarships will go toward the tuitions and fees at the recipient's school for the fall 2008 semester. The participating schools are the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute, in New York City; Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.; the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I.; Massachusetts College of Art in Boston; the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles; the Academy of Art University and the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco; Drexel University and Philadelphia University, in Philadelphia; Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati; the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.

To apply for the scholarships, students must be U.S. citizens and in their junior years of high school. The recipients will be selected by a group of Teen Vogue editors, CFDA members and industry experts, and revealed at Teen Vogue's second annual 'Fashion U." weekend, Oct. 26 to 28.

The fund is supported by Teen Vogue, though Astley said the program hopes to find sponsors. The guidelines are available at, and the call for submissions is featured in Teen Vogue's May issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday. — Marc Karimzadeh
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