Daniela Elser

Daniela Elser

Daniela Elser is the entertainment editor of news.com.au.

She started her career at ABC Television News in production, later moving to current affairs where she worked on the production teams of the 7.30 Report and Lateline. 

Her work has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sun-Herald’s ‘Sunday Life’ and The Sunday Telegraph’s ‘Sunday’. She has also been regular contributor to The Punch since its launch.

Daniela owes the government quite a bit of money for the years she spent studying for her Arts degree at Sydney University and journalism at the University of Technology.

Articles by Daniela Elser

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Matthew Newton

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Matthew Newton

21 Nov 11 If Matthew Newton’s A Current Affair interview was his opening shot at public redemption, it was a misfire. Both the…... Read more

Kim Kardashian 2: Things to admire about Kim

Kim Kardashian 2: Things to admire about Kim

04 Nov 11 Think Kim Kardashian is nothing more than a walking, talking exercise in narcissism and lip gloss? After all, she’s a…... Read more

‘Foxy Knoxy’ and the shock of a hot chick in the dock

‘Foxy Knoxy’ and the shock of a hot chick in the dock

06 Oct 11 Amanda Knox’s looks shouldn’t matter, but they do. In court, it wasn’t just the university student who ended up in…... Read more

Eating disorders: A more weighty issue than you think

Eating disorders: A more weighty issue than you think

03 Aug 11 Repeat after me: Models do not cause eating disorders. Really, they don’t. The news which hit the headlines this week…... Read more

1048 friends, 4598 followers, 1 lonely soul

1048 friends, 4598 followers, 1 lonely soul

22 Jul 11 We worry if we’ve got too much or too little; we notch up our conquests and proudly slip that number…... Read more

Should we force kin to suffer the unkindest cut?

Should we force kin to suffer the unkindest cut?

18 Jul 11 Should circumcision be banned? Is it mutilation or a culturally and medically significant practice? That’s the question facing legislators in…... Read more

Pop princess Lady Gaga’s no Material Girl

Pop princess Lady Gaga’s no Material Girl

13 Jul 11 Poor Stefani Germanotta. Not only does she have to clomp and totter around the globe in monstrosities masquerading as shoes…... Read more

Once upon a time, being a princess didn’t suck so much

Once upon a time, being a princess didn’t suck so much

04 Jul 11 Who in their right mind would want to be a Princess? In the last week, the royal bride lark has…... Read more

Luxury bags have lost their shine among the masses

Luxury bags have lost their shine among the masses

29 Jun 11 I’m now the owner of a designer handbag and I’m not sure I want to keep it. The story of…... Read more

Miley Cyrus: Beware the smiley siren

Miley Cyrus: Beware the smiley siren

22 Jun 11 Beware of Miley Cyrus. She might look oh-so-sweet with those dewy kewpie doll eyes blinking as she tries to come…... Read more

What a load of Goop; celebrities are no gurus

What a load of Goop; celebrities are no gurus

03 Jun 11 Lord save us from the celebrity lifestyle gurus. Save us from their nettle mayonnaise and organic cotton t-shirts handmade by…... Read more

Zara’s fast fashion is as unhealthy as fast food

Zara’s fast fashion is as unhealthy as fast food

20 Apr 11 Zara is here, as this video of somewhat hysterical shoppers in Sydney today shows. Whether you’re hysterical, trepidatious or completely…... Read more

“Generation Yes” needs to learn the word “No”

“Generation Yes” needs to learn the word “No”

08 Mar 11 Oh god, it all could have been so different; for the 17-year-old girl; for the AFL; for the St Kilda…... Read more

The spinner who shagged me: why we love Warnie

The spinner who shagged me: why we love Warnie

14 Feb 11 There’s something about Warnie. A strange thing has happened in recent days while the Australian public has been on Shane…... Read more

Faddish, foolish and futile: why detox diets don’t work

Faddish, foolish and futile: why detox diets don’t work

03 Feb 11 Cookie diets, lemon detox diets, juice fasts, vegan weeks, the master cleanse. Magazines are full of them, friends bang on…... Read more

In case you missed the Golden Globes…

In case you missed the Golden Globes…

17 Jan 11 Not planning on spending three hours of your life watching Ricky Gervais gamely work his way through his agonizing but…... Read more

A horror movie, right there on my TV

A horror movie, right there on my TV

13 Jan 11 There will come a time for introspection, but for now we watch the tide. Before dawn broke this morning much…... Read more

Is it the end of the world as we know it?

Is it the end of the world as we know it?

07 Jan 11 Is the end nigh? After all, 100,000 fish have washed up dead in Arkansas; 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the…... Read more

Sydney sparkles to hide the rot beneath

Sydney sparkles to hide the rot beneath

31 Dec 10 Tonight, the City of Sydney will squeeze into its glad rags and put on the pyrotechnic razzle dazzle that has…... Read more

Playing the media can be a dangerous game

Playing the media can be a dangerous game

24 Dec 10 Who is the real victim in the AFL nude scandal case? The 17-year-old girl who alleges she slept with a…... Read more

Can men handle women economically on top?

Can men handle women economically on top?

17 Dec 10 The battle of the sexes is over. Sorry to break the bad news blokes, but women have won. Well, this…... Read more

Assange has prompted a troubling double standard

Assange has prompted a troubling double standard

10 Dec 10 In the last 48 hours only one thing is definite about the Julian Assange sex assault case – the hyperbole…... Read more

Instead of paying them to Tweet, let’s pay them not to

Instead of paying them to Tweet, let’s pay them not to

01 Dec 10 RIP Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Serena Williams, and Elijia Wood. For today at least, they are dead,…... Read more

It’s not the X Factor in reality TV, but the cringe factor

It’s not the X Factor in reality TV, but the cringe factor

24 Nov 10 This week one and a half million odd people who tuned in watch the NSW fork lift driver Altiyan Childs…... Read more

Can Kate save the English Royal family?

Can Kate save the English Royal family?

17 Nov 10 He’s finally done it. After nine years together, approximately 76 fascinators and most of Will’s head of hair, the second…... Read more

Sex by powerpoint puts the bar into bar graph

Sex by powerpoint puts the bar into bar graph

14 Oct 10 Sex, booze, a Power Point presentation. The latest raunchy tale to hit the airwaves in the US has all the…... Read more

A slightly sozzled toast to bad mothers everywhere

A slightly sozzled toast to bad mothers everywhere

06 Oct 10 New York journalist Lenore Skenzay let her 9-year-old son Izzy ride the subway by himself. The result was nothing short…... Read more

Cult leader Oprah will send her followers Down Under

Cult leader Oprah will send her followers Down Under

17 Sep 10 The screams are still ringing in my ears. Oprah’s audience, and every Australian Tourism authority, are no doubt still trying…... Read more

Young voters trampled in stampede for family vote

Young voters trampled in stampede for family vote

12 Aug 10 To the 100,00-odd, predominately young voters, who courtesy of Get-Up, will be making their first quivering steps towards the polling…... Read more

A political WAGS tale

A political WAGS tale

29 Jul 10 The visibility of Australian political partners in previous elections has largely been limited to a cursory podium-left guest appearance at…... Read more

The rise of the hot mess

The rise of the hot mess

23 Jul 10 The Lindsay Lohan story is not a cautionary tale about sexuality: to present the media coverage which has surrounded Lohan’s…... Read more

Women are fussy, and so we should be

Women are fussy, and so we should be

04 Jun 10 They’re back, those four Manolo Blahnik-shod Manhattanites, and by all accounts, they’re well past their culturally relevant prime. Reading initial…... Read more

The other inequality behind gender imbalance at work

The other inequality behind gender imbalance at work

10 May 10 The German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom announced recently they would introduce a dictate that by 2015 30% of middle and…... Read more

Bieber: underage boy and sex object for older women

Bieber: underage boy and sex object for older women

04 May 10 Sydney barely averted a potentially violent mob scene last week that would have been caused by 5 foot 3 of…... Read more

Turning thin fashion chic on its emaciated derriere

Turning thin fashion chic on its emaciated derriere

21 Apr 10 Oooh la la. French women might not get fat, but they’re happy to hold up a very curvy woman as…... Read more

How feminism became the dirty new f-word

How feminism became the dirty new f-word

15 Apr 10 It’s time to put our “I Heart Germaine” t-shirts away for another year now International Women’s Day has passed. For…... Read more

Woman who wants to be world’s fattest reveals more

Woman who wants to be world’s fattest reveals more

18 Mar 10 “We wanna see the pig in action!!” This is but one of the many comments that appeared on the UK…... Read more

Could women actually be the losers from maternity leave

Could women actually be the losers from maternity leave

11 Mar 10 Where the heart dares to tread, politicians’ chequebooks follow in an election year. Tony Abbot embraced his (sort of) inner…... Read more

Finally, modern TV masters the art of humiliating the fat

Finally, modern TV masters the art of humiliating the fat

14 Aug 09 So long, farewell, and thanks for all the flab. Goodbye “Dance Your Ass Off”. Goodbye to the lurid outfits and…... Read more

Waity Katie needs to get a life

07 Aug 09 Dear Kate Middleton, Get a life. A job would be a good start. Thing is, your boyfriend’s grandmother, the one…... Read more

Tune in, drop out, get drunk, become a hairdresser

17 Jul 09 There are currently some 700,000 university students in Australia, which I would estimate represents 145,478 cases of Chlamydia, 49,678 one-night…... Read more

Wanted: youngster to write about drugs and blow jobs

10 Jul 09 Gen Y may garner more column inches than Sarah Palin, the GFC, and Madonna’s immobile forehead combined but they are…... Read more

GFC is coming up roses for us non-material girls

03 Jul 09 Is the GFC turning out to be as good for you as it is for me? Save for any poor…... Read more

Knocked up, knocked down

26 Jun 09 Look down- do you have a uterus? Yes? Good luck with that, because no matter what choice you make concerning…... Read more

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