Recent estimates say it costs upwards of a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child to adulthood, and it seems many people have taken those numbers to heart: a new survey indicates the American birthrate is at is lowest point since 1987.
Models with Down syndrome aren’t new — earlier this year, Target drew praise for featuring a boy with the chromosomal condition in one of its ads. But in a first, a little girl with Down syndrome is now fronting a whole campaign.
Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:
Nelson Mandela Age: 94 Occupation: South African Activist and Politician Known For: His tireless anti-apartheid work, surviving 27 years in a brutal prison, being the first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election, and receiving more than 250 awards over four decades including the Nobel Peace Prize
Sir Richard Branson Age: 62 Occupation: Entrepreneur Known For: Founding the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways, his environmental work, a wicked and self-deprecating sense of humor, and generally using his $4 billion fortune for good and not evil
Madonna isn’t exactly known for being a big ol’ softie, but that doesn’t mean she’s heartless (unless you come bearing hydrangeas, of course). So at a concert in Amsterdam recently, she gave an assist to a girl proposing to her boyfriend — and even offered up a little marital advice to the happy couple.
Ladies, next time you’re at work and — horrors! — notice the eyeliner you so carefully applied that morning is fading away, help may be no further away than the black markers in the office supply closet. That’s according to country phenom Taylor Swift, who recently copped to once using a Sharpie for her signature cat-eye look.
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