The former Disney Channel star and pop chart topper Selena Gomez has an unusual secret for keeping her vocal chords in tip-top shape.
Ms. Gomez credits the American Idol season one winner, Kelly Clarkson, with giving her the idea.
"Before I go onstage, I drink olive oil. It's disgusting, but it's good for your throat,” she told the UK’s Top of the Pops.
Sounds like her people are not sourcing the best olive oils for the budding diva.
In 1997 the Police frontman and his wife, Trudie, purchased a 900-acre, 16th-century estate in Tuscany where they produce wine, honey, pork and extra virgin olive oil. The 62 year-old British rocker says picking olives is “therapeutic.”
“We eat well. We breathe well. We sleep well. We live well. It feels healthy,” he said.
Since 1967, legendary fashion designer Norma Kamali has been a pioneer in an ever-changing and fast-moving business, but one thing has not changed.
"The one constant in my life has always been olive oil," she said. "As far back as I can remember, my mother had a solution for everything with olive oil."
"Not only does olive oil nourish, it has an extraordinary ability to enhance life, increase the quality of it, and most likely, extend it."
TV’s Dr. Oz is a vocal proponent of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. The Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, addressing issues like anti-aging, diabetes and heart disease.
On his own wildly popular show, Oz has tackled food fraud, including the mislabeling of lesser-grade oils as extra virgin.
"An anti-aging wonder food with head-to-toe benefits," is how Dr. Oz describes Liquid Gold. "I want every one of you to start using it every single day."
Seventy-nine-year-old Sophia Loren certainly looks stunning for a woman of her age. The Italian bombshell says her secret is ingrained in her culture -- the Mediterranean diet.
The legendary actress says she’s sure to include at least two tablespoons of olive oil in her food daily, and as a facial moisturizer.
Her way to live by? “A love of life, spaghetti and the odd bath in virgin olive oil.”
Many think the British celebrity chef, restaurateur and media personality, Jamie Oliver, is responsible for the skyrocketing popularity of olive oil in the U.K. over the past ten years. There are even those who complain he uses it too much (we beg to differ).
Oliver was awarded the TED Prize for his campaigns to "bring attention to the changes that the English, and now Americans, need to make in their lifestyles and diet." Here, here.
Australian model Miranda Kerr swears by mixing olive oil with a little lemon juice for shiny locks.
"At least once a week, I mix the two together and leave the mixture on my hair for as long as possible. It's a home recipe my mother taught me and I have yet to find a better way to repair my split ends after a catwalk show," she told French Elle magazine.
Some of her KORA Organics line of skincare products feature olive oil as an ingredient.
You might not recognize him, but you've seen his work. Canadian media and mining mogul Frank Giustra is the founder of Lions Gate Entertainment, the company behind the Emmy Award-winning television drama, Mad Men and films like American Psycho, Dogma and Fahrenheit 9/11.
Frequently required to jet around the world for his various business and philanthropic ventures, Giustra’s favorite travel companion might surprise you. “I won’t go anywhere without my olive oil,” he told the Vancouver Sun. His very own Domenica Fiore organic olive oils, produced in Umbria, Italy, have been perennial award winners at the New York International Olive Oil Competition.
Mayes up and left the States and moved to Tuscany, where she purchased a rundown villa in Cortona. Her best-selling memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy -- later adapted into the Golden Globe-winning film starring Diane Lane -- tells the story of its renovation interspersed with recipes of Mediterranean favorites.
Mayes produces the award-winning Bramasole olive oil, from a blend of olive varieties handpicked “under the Tuscan sun.”
Last, but certainly not least, is olive oil goddess Rachael Ray whose playful use of the English language includes gems like “Yum-O” (yummy), “GB” (garbage bowl), “sammie” (sandwich) and of course, the now-famous “EVOO.”
"EVOO" was added to The Oxford American College Dictionary in 2007, with the cook credited as the phrase’s creator.
In addition to her cooking shows, Ray hosts a syndicated daytime talk show, and has her own line of dog foods featuring, you guessed it, EVOO.