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2014 March 11
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Lena Dunham and her tats cover the April issue of Glamour and reveals inside that she might throw in the towel on acting after this Girls gig winds down. “I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore," she says. "I’m always relieved on the days I don’t have to. I’d rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts.” Say it ain't so! The new issue of Glamour hits newsstands on March 18th.
2014 March 10
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Oh, America! What are we going to do about you? Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes teamed up to poll Americans about fashion, and the results are pretty fascinating. When asked, 'Who is André Leon Talley?', only 9 percent of those polled knew he was with an astounding 72 percent answering they don't know. Meanwhile, 3 percent of those polled answered that he was a famous lion tamer. Some of the other results were more promising, with 64 percent answering that low-hanging jeans are the fashion they would most like to see die, along with fake glasses, Uggs, harem pants, and clogs following. As for the most feared fashion critic around? Closer to home than you might expect: 32 percent answered their significant other, with Joan Rivers coming in second at 27 percent among those polled. The poll was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions in Pennsylvania, among a random sample of 1,016 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone in December 2013. Check out the rest of the results at VanityFair.com.
2014 March 10
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It was "take your kids to the movies day" on Saturday when The Cinema Society and Disney hosted a special screening of Muppets Most Wanted at The Tribeca Grand Hotel. Getting their Muppet on with their kids were Nigel and Cristen Barker, Alex and Keytt Lundqvist, Deborra-Lee Furness, Lucy Sykes Rellie and Euan Rellie, Rachel Dratch, Jemina Kirke, and Jeanann Williams. A most inspirational, celebrational, Muppet-ational way to spend a day! Muppets Most Wanted hits theatres on March 21st.
2014 March 10
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Don't miss the stunning spread with Malaika Firth in the March edition of Vogue Italia. Sølve Sundsbø shot the rising star with Lera Tribel in a layout styled by Patti Wilson. Get thee to a newsstand to check it out. After a jammed fashion month, Firth appears to be taking a little break and took to Twitter over the weekend to reveal what she looks for in a guy. What's on her list? "Confidence...but not too cocky" "He gotta be independent, have his own money." "He gotta have an explosive personality and mind. I like that sh*t." Duly noted.
2014 March 10
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Just in time for the spring thaw, Yoana Baraschi is adding a touch of new charm to her namesake collection with a fresh site launch, which officially goes live today. Her recipe for success included graphic details, simple touches, and a picture perfect blog. Click away...
What can we expect from your new site?
We’ve redesigned the website with a brilliant company called Lemonade. They’re all about clean lines and a very graphic aesthetic; they made the shopping experience on the website extremely user friendly and simple to use. We also used images from our Spring campaign photographer, Erik Madigan Heck.
What fun features can we find on the site?
We’re doing a lot more with our blog! We’re planning to have little video clips that show my travel moments in addition to showing the whole design process, from what inspired us to the final product. We’re going to layer in all sorts of comments, behind-the-scenes views, and make it witty and interesting, to reflect the life of the design team in our creative environment.
Will you be writing any of the posts for the blog?
Probably down the line, now that the shows are over and I have time to travel.
And you’ve unveiled a new logo as well?
A lot of our customers fell in love with the vintage-inspired logo, but we didn’t feel that it fit the aesthetic of the brand, which has evolved and cleaned up since I started it. I worked with a graphic artist to design the same logo we’ve had, without the graphic silhouette in the background. By next fall, we are going to change all of our labels and branding materials to reflect this.
2014 March 10
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Time for another riotous tête-à-tête with Cosmo’s Sergio Kletnoy. This time around, he grilled RuPaul on, well, whatever he wanted to. Read on for the full, titillating discussion…
“The first time I saw RuPaul Andre Charles sashay across my television screen was back in the early ‘90s. Ru was wearing five-inch 'hookah heels', a dark green dress, a very expensive blonde wig while performing 'House Of Love' on BET’s Video Soul. I was mesmerized and in complete awe of this 6’4” blonde goddess singing to me from inside the tube. First time I actually met Ru was backstage at VH1’s The RuPaul Show, during my two-year stint as an intern at Arista Records. Our artist Deborah Cox performed on one of the episodes and I begged to come along. When Ru introduced himself to me I couldn’t utter one word, but inside I wanted to scream. When by chance we ran into eachother years later, during my first year at Marie Claire at the home of a mutual friend, we talked about music and our favorite artists for hours. I was playing it cool and didn’t get the chance to tell Ru how much I appreciated, loved and respected him. Of course all of this changed when after lots of begging and pleading, Ru finally granted me an interview a few days ago…”
What was your earliest musical memory?
It was watching The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show. I remember feeling like heaven and thinking oh my God…I loved these girls; I thought they were so beautiful.
Tell me about the first time you met Diana Ross…
I met her in Paris in 1995. We were both in the waiting room to catch the Concord to JFK. I was going back to New York to film To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! I remember I could hear her voice before I saw her. I was reading the paper and I was thinking oh my God, this is it, this is where it’s going to happen. I cried a little—then I collected myself. I went over to her and I said "Hi Diana, I’m RuPaul, pleasure to meet you.” And she said “Oh my goodness, hello!” I was very polite. Having been in show business, I didn’t want to scare her off with my enthusiasm. And we just hit it off. It was a great experience and it was a perfect first meeting. So cinematic that we've remained friends ever since.
What has been the best thing about doing RuPaul’s Drag Race?
The best thing is being the launching pad for the careers of these brilliant, courageous, fabulous entertainers who are working all over the world. It’s just great for me to see this happen because for so long it was just me and a handful of other girls who got real attention. This season [the show’s 6th], will mark 75 girls we will have released into the wild. I love it. My favorite moment(s) is each time I get to crown a new girl.
I think your favorite moment is yet to come: When Diana Ross finally appears as one of the guest judges on the panel.
That would be great. Or Cher—she is the ultimate drag queen.
I was with Drew Barrymore two weeks ago and she was talking about contouring and shading, and the only reason I knew what that meant was because of RuPaul’s Drag Race. You always look incredible on the show. How long does it take you to get ready?
I could do it in an hour, honestly, but we like to take our time. It’s all thanks to the genius of Matthew Anderson, who does the hair and makeup and the photography. He is the architect of the look that I’ve become synonymous with. We like to have coffee and have lunch and listen to music. We take our time.
Your partner in crime and fellow judge on the show is Michelle Visage, of the late ‘80s girl group Seduction. Did you know Michelle prior to working with her? Have you danced to her music when you were a club kid?
Oh yes, I knew her from the late ‘80s New York club scene.
I think she was 42 back then…
[Laughing] I met her at a club called Red Zone. She came to perform with her group and I saw her walking across the dance floor, and I thought oh my god, who the hell is that? She looked just like Madonna. It was so funny. Still funny.
What has been the biggest lesson in the last 20 years since you became world famous with “Supermodel”?
It’s to not take it for granted and that it is a gift. When “Supermodel” came out, I had already been in the business for 11 years. I knew what hard blood, sweat, and tears it took to get to that spot. I didn’t take it for granted then, and I don’t take it for granted now. The pendulum swings to both sides.
Two mega successful TV shows, major movie appearances, many albums, books, appearances…what’s the one thing you haven’t done that you want to do?
I want a child. [Laughing]
You want to adopt me? I will move to L.A.
Well, I think we’re just going to have to do that. I don’t really want a child, but I do want you.
You’re at the forefront of the acceptance movement; the drag movement. How does that feel?
I think the reason I’ve been successful this late in my career is that I’ve persevered and stuck around. I love color, I love to laugh, I love beauty, so that’s what inspires me to stay interested. But drag is really all there is. The role of a drag queen in our culture is the same as a shaman or a witch doctor or a court jester, which is to remind our culture to not take itself so seriously. That’s why I called my new album Born Naked, because it’s always been my philosophy to not take life too seriously, have fun with it, enjoy the colors!
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