Beauty and the blog


October 04, 2006|By LAURA VOZZELLA

You'd expect to get the scoop on Charm City crime at a Web site called But beauty tips? The site reads like Glamour lately, thanks to Del. Jill Carter, who muses on micro-peels, cosmetic surgery, tattooing, dental veneers, weaves and wigs. It all began when the blogger behind the site called Carter "fake."

"I think your references to `everything' about me being `fake' refer more to the physical, than the mental or spiritual," Carter wrote. "Micro-peels, a number of years ago is as far as I've gone cosmetically (to date). But, I have always said I would be amenable to cosmetic surgery as I age if I feel I need it, and can afford it - a big If. I want work done on my teeth, but I can't afford veneers. Years ago, in 1992, I had my eyebrows tattooed. I have felt it was one of the best things I've ever done. Having naturally thin eyebrows, I used to put on eyebrow pencil all the time. When I was in a hurry, it was a real pain. With the tattoo, I am get-up-and-go with no maintenance. Say what you will, but I prefer it to super thin brows or daily make-up."

Carter goes on - and on, and on - about her hair ("unprocessed, uncolored"), her stylist (who spared her "from a life of permanent hair straightening"), not to mention weaves and wigs ("only my aesthetician knows for sure").

I called Carter to make sure she really was the one blogging about beauty. "Me and my big mouth," she said with a laugh.

Carter said she'd rather talk about the issues - education, homicides and unwarranted arrests, to name a few - than "stupid stuff." So why share so much personal info with a blogger?

"I'm very big on the truth," she said, "and I'd rather put out what the truth is than have people speculating."

Doing double duty

A sharp-eyed Dem out there recognized an older African-American woman in several TV ads for Gov. Robert Ehrlich - from a Michael Steele spot. (It's a Web-only ad on, from Steele's announcement speech.)

"I could be on to something big here or something really, really small," writes somebody who goes by nickshepDEM on The writer wonders if the woman, who criticizes Martin O'Malley on schools in one spot, is from Baltimore. "If she's not from the City, she has no credibility," he writes.

Either way, he continues, "I still find it kind of funny that Ehrlich and Steele have such little support in the African American community that they are forced to pass around this little old lady for photo ops and TV spots."

Ehrlich spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver said the woman "is both an Ehrlich and Steele supporter." She declined to identify the woman by name, but said she believes she lives in Prince George's. Not that there's anything wrong with that, DeLeaver said.

"Maryland voters have an interest in all jurisdictions, whether they reside in that particular jurisdiction or not," she said.

Walking a new beat

And how about that black female police officer in one of the mayor's ads, who appears to be at some sort of police emergency - real or staged - with a couple other cops and O'Malley? Anybody out there recognize her - from an Ehrlich ad four years ago?

The officer, Veronica Sinclair-Anderson, made a testimonial ad in her uniform for Ehrlich in 2002, DeLeaver said. She is no longer on the city force and now works in Steele's Annapolis office, as a policy coordinator.

"At least this woman is an Ehrlich supporter," DeLeaver said. "You want to talk about an old woman. Let's talk about old footage."

Said O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese: "There's a fundamental difference between a Baltimore City police officer who was photographed with the mayor and the Ehrlich campaign's attempt to portray this woman as a Baltimore City resident, when in fact she is not."

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