Slideshow April 2008

The Celebrity Hunters

David Samuels, the author of "Shooting Britney" in the April Atlantic, interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles

Janet Jackson—Katsuya Restaurant, Hollywood

Go to next photo

Brandy: “People love to talk about Janet Jackson’s body. Her yo-yoing weight. Her ever expanding and contracting body parts. She always loses weight before she does publicity for one of her albums. She can get a tiny waist going. But she’s got other body parts that don’t shrink down and cannot be reined in. Some of the best-selling magazine covers are about weight issues. How did someone lose weight. Is Jennifer Love Hewitt in her bikini in Hawaii overweight?”

Regis: “There is a lot of respect for Janet Jackson. It’s true that she loses weight and gains weight very fast, but more the interest comes from the fact that she comes from this famous musical family, and she turned out to be very talented, and not so crazy like her brother.”

Presented by

David Samuels is the author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, a collection of essays and reporting, and The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Adventures and Fantastical Lies of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue, both published this spring. François-Regis Navarre, a former journalist for Le Monde, is the owner of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency. Brandy Navarre, a former journalist for Reuters, runs the X17 agency. X17 regularly updates the images on its website, www.X17online.com."

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

More in Entertainment

More back issues, Sept 1995 to present.

Just In