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Category: topSource: celebuzzJan 11th, 2019

Alexis Mateo — The Socialite Life Interview

With the premiere of the third season of the runaway hit RuPaul’s Drag Race only weeks away, we want you to get to know a little more about the dynamic divas fighting […] More The post Alexis Mateo — The Socialite Life Interview appeared first on Socialite Life. With the premiere of the third season of the runaway hit RuPaul’s Drag Race only weeks away, we want you to get to know a little more about the dynamic divas fighting for the crown of “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. To kick things off, we introduce you to the fiery (and fierce, of course) Alexis Mateo. This Sunshine State stunner and Puerto Rican transplant took some time to talk to us about his influences, style and the surprising place where he picked up a lot of the skills that have made him a Florida favorite! Socialite Life: Hi Alexis! How are you? Alexis Mateo: I am great! It’s cold in Florida, but it’s cute! SL: Now I know you are from Puerto Rico, when did you move to the US? Alexis: I moved here in 2001, and it wasn’t until 2006 that I started performing. SL: How did you get started performing? Alexis: It’s complicated, girl! (Laughs) I moved to Orlando because I wanted to be part of Walt Disney (World) entertainment and you know how we are – one day all of my roommates wanted to try this talent show, and we dressed up for the first time for this talent show and I won and everyone was like “You should take this seriously!” (Sigh)…and here I am! .IRPP_minimalist { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#FFFFFF; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #141414!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist:active, .IRPP_minimalist:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .IRPP_minimalist .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#000000; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist .postTitle { color:#E74C3C; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } RELATED:  Talking Race Chasers and A Star is Born with Willam SL: Did you work with Disney? Alexis: Yes, I worked with Disney for five years and it was great. I was a character at Disney and I became a dancer after my first year. It was fun. I love Disney, Disney is everything for me. I’m still with Disney – I’m a seasonal (part-time) cast member there. View this post on Instagram #christmas #dragrace. #bam A post shared by Alexis Mateo (@miss_alexis_mateo) on Dec 26, 2018 at 7:19am PST SL: Is drag your full-time job now? Alexis: Yes, yes it is. SL: What do you enjoy most about performing? Alexis: That’s interesting (laughs)! It’s all about you and the rest is partying, girl! And that’s why I love it so much! At Disney, I’m a background dancer, normally in parades or something – I always do The Lion King and shows like that. I love drag because it gives me the chance to be myself and be the main attraction. SL: How would you describe Alexis? Alexis: Alexis is crazy, gorgeous, classy, sassy and you know, she can go get ‘em sometimes, but it’s always fun. You’ll always have a great time with Alexis. SL: Who inspires you as a performer? Alexis: A lot of things I’ve seen in my life inspire me. I take something from everybody and put it into me and it becomes the person that I am. Alicia Markstone is one of my idols here in Orlando and my best friend Coco Montrese (Miss Gay America 2010) has always inspired me. Out of the drag scene, I live for Beyonce – sometimes I think I’m Beyonce! She’s one of my favorite idols on TV and I always love her music and everything, so I always take everything from her style and dancing, performing and everything. That’s my idols. SL: Have you had dance training? Alexis: Yes. I went to dance school in Puerto Rico and when I came back here I went to dance school for Disney as well. SL: Do you sing? Alexis: Sometimes, girl, in the shower – like everybody else- or when I’m on a trip in the car. I do my own concerts when I’m driving around. View this post on Instagram #halloween gigs #bam A post shared by Alexis Mateo (@miss_alexis_mateo) on Oct 20, 2018 at 5:23pm PDT SL: I was just wondering because a lot of queens this season were boasting that they sing live now and I was just curious. Alexis: Oh, no girl! I keep it serious and I keep it professional. I’m not a singer. I can do my makeup good but I cannot sing well! I mean, I can try, but I’m not a recording artist (laughs). SL: When you got the call to be on Drag Race, what was your first reaction? Alexis: I passed out. I freaked out. I cried – and then I called back again to make sure it was true. And then I again cried, freaked out, sweated and got nervous. All of the above at the same time (laughs)! SL: Had you tried out before? Alexis: I did, I actually followed from the beginning of the idea of RuPaul…before season one, I was following very closely. I did audition for the first season and then I did it for season two and I did it for season three. I was like “I’m going to continue until I make it” – and I did! SL: I read that you sew and do makeup and hair. Were you formally trained in any of these, or did you just pick up these skills up along the way? Alexis: No, that’s all that I learned on my way here. At Disney, they actually teach you some stuff, but they don’t train you in it. When you’re a character at Disney, you have to know all of this for parades and such. By this time, everything I know (about that) is everything I have picked up on the way here. SL: When you got to the show and saw another Puerto Rican queen there (Yara Sofia), did you feel any special competition? Alexis: No. I was mad at first – I wanted to be the only Puerto Rican! I tried to plan how to make her “disappear” from the show but I was like, no, because I could see myself in jail so let’s just keep her near to you (laughs). And I became friends – we’re really good friends now. I love Yara Sofia and it was funny because my town in Puerto Rico and her town in are so close together and my house and her house are so close – from her house to my house is only five minutes – and I have never met her in Puerto Rico. It was so weird! I was like, “Are you sure you lived there?” And she’s like, “Yes”. It’s so weird. And Puerto Rico is so small, everybody knows each other and it was like “Oh my gosh!  Cool beans! Fun times…I was excited to see her there. SL: There’s such a diverse cast this season. What was it like working with such a wide variety of queens with such different styles? Alexis: (Laughs) Girl, it’s horrible (laughs)! It was fun to meet everybody. It was horrible to try to compete with everybody. The girls are amazing in different ways and you never know who’s the best just because everybody is so different and unique that it actually makes you work harder and it makes you sweat a lot. It’s a horrible feeling inside because you know it’s a competition, but at the same time, it’s wonderful to see that everybody else has a different idea about something. View this post on Instagram Cinderella dreams…#bam A post shared by Alexis Mateo (@miss_alexis_mateo) on Jul 28, 2018 at 4:55pm PDT SL: Did you enjoy working with RuPaul? Alexis: I love RuPaul. RuPaul was a big name for me because in Puerto Rico you don’t see a lot of drag stuff – there’s not much of a gay scene. But, because RuPaul was in videos and music and all of that, that was the only drag that I could see and to have him in front of me was an amazing experience – just to see him “He’s in front of me!” and I thought I would pass out or something. But it was wonderful to work with him because he is a really nice person and he actually talked to us like we’re human beings. It was fun times. I don’t regret anything because I got to meet RuPaul (laughs)! SL: When you do drag, what is the one thing you can’t be without? Alexis: Oh my gosh, my thing is ponytails! You know, I can do my makeup and I can be completely dressed up, but if I don’t have my hair on I don’t feel complete! And I am a fan of ponytails. I love to have ponytails. I love moving them around. Everything that has to do with ponytails and hairpieces is my favorite stuff. I don’t wear full wigs, all I do in my hair is pieces. If I don’t have my hair, I’m not complete, so that’s my favorite part. No facial hair though (laughs)! .IRPP_minimalist { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#FFFFFF; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #141414!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist:active, .IRPP_minimalist:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .IRPP_minimalist .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#000000; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist .postTitle { color:#E74C3C; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } RELATED:  Latrice Royale – The Socialite Life Interview SL: Do you have a beauty secret you can share? Alexis: A beauty secret…hmmm…a lot of Chinese food can make you gorgeous! I eat a lot of Chinese food and I’m gorgeous, so I’m sure it works for everybody else as well (laughs)! SL: What are you looking to accomplish for yourself by appearing on Drag Race? Alexis: What I was looking for ways to get noticed because it’s very difficult here in Florida – especially in Florida because we have so much competition – that you can actually get your name out there and be recognized for your job. I would love to travel. I would love to tour. I would love to perform in different places – especially in Puerto Rico where I have never performed in my life – I would love to accomplish that with Drag Race. SL: So there’s not really a big drag scene in Puerto Rico? Alexis: No, there’s actually a big scene in Puerto Rico. Drag in bars in Puerto Rico is very nice – it’s very competitive as well – but because I started doing drag in the United States, I never had a chance to do it in Puerto Rico, so I want to go back and actually do it in Puerto Rico, in my hometown. View this post on Instagram #bam A post shared by Alexis Mateo (@miss_alexis_mateo) on Sep 21, 2018 at 9:34pm PDT SL: How can your fans find you? Do you have a Facebook, Twitter, etc.? Alexis: Yes, you can find all of that at my website, AlexisMateo.com. Check out Alexis – and all of this season’s fabulous queens – when season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on Monday, January 24th on Logo! And make sure to visit Socialite Life every day to meet all of the queens competing to be “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. This article was originally published on January 12, 2011. 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Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 28th, 2018

Carmen Carrera — The Socialite Life Interview

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Category: topSource: celebuzzJan 11th, 2019

Latrice Royale – The Socialite Life Interview

Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. This past week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, our featured “queen-testant”, the self-described “chunky […] More The post Latrice Royale – The Socialite Life Interview appeared first on Socialite Life. Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. This past week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, our featured “queen-testant”, the self-described “chunky and funky” diva Latrice Royale, has finally, deservedly, come into her own – and has quickly become a fan favorite! With her infectious, boisterous laugh, nurturing demeanor and boundless enthusiasm, this lady is large, in charge and has definitely shown she’s got what it takes to be America’s Next Drag Superstar. This beautiful “bitch” (that’s “Being In Control of Herself” – in case you didn’t know) chats with us about how she was able to overcome adversity and make it to the top of the drag scene and shares some of her best beauty secrets – and once you get to know Latrice, it’s easy to see that she’s beautiful inside and out. Good God Girl, Get a Grip and get to know this South Beach stunner in our exclusive interview! Socialite Life: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Latrice Royale: I am a California native, 39 years of age. I’ve been in the art of female impersonation and living in South Florida for nearly 20 years. SL: How did you get started in drag? Latrice: My career started as a dare – and from that moment on, I was hooked. SL: You said in your video that you looked like a “hot mess” the first time you dressed in drag. Can you tell me a little more about that? Latrice: LOL…WOW!! I had no clue what I was doing…liquid make-up without powder to set it…frosty blue eyeshadow, because I thought that was the only thing that would show up on my skin tone…LOL…Need I say more??? Lipstick for blush and for my lips…Child, please!! HOT MESS!! SL: How did you come up with your name? Latrice: Well the name “Latrice” came from a childhood friend who I thought was such a beautiful girl. To me, she looked like her name. And “Royale” came from my dear good friend Matt, he said I was “thick and chocolaty, like fudge royale”. Plus when you say it, it’s pleasant on the palate. SL: Who are your biggest influences or inspirations? Latrice: I have to say that I was exposed to some of the finest in the art of female impersonation. South Florida is the home of legends, one, in particular, has had a great influence on me and my career. Her name is Tiffany Arieagus – a living legend. View this post on Instagram Another great shot by @thisisntaj from @mppresent #ADragQueenChristmas Thank you. #latriceroyale #EatIt #AllStars4 This beautiful dress was designed by @thl073 #mybestie and brought to life by @daffneydeluxe A post shared by Latrice Royale (@latriceroyale) on Nov 25, 2018 at 1:36am PST SL: How would you describe your look? Latrice: My look is very eclectic, I don’t just do one specific look. In this business, you have to be a chameleon. And I can fit in and bring fierceness to any situation. SL: You also mentioned in your introductory video that there are “standards” for representing big girls. What does that mean to you? Latrice: Aaah yes…well, simply put? I hate it when people use their size as an excuse to fail. You knew you were big coming into the competition, your size should not be a factor if you are confident in yourself. I make people eat their words all the time, and I LOVE IT!!! SL: You tell us you’ve been through “19 years of boot camp” – what was the most important thing you’ve learned as you’ve developed as a drag queen? Latrice: Be HONEST with yourself! Know who you are and stay true to the good things, and let the “drama” go. SL: What do you enjoy most about performing? Latrice: I absolutely love making people scream and lose their minds! It’s all about shock value for me, and that’s priceless. SL: Where is your favorite place to perform? Latrice: I work at place called Palace Bar on South Beach…baby, when I tell you! It is the most awesome job I’ve had in my nearly 20 years in the business. It’s outside right on Ocean Drive, and we have BLAST! SL: What can people expect to see when they come to see you perform? Latrice: I promise you this, you will be FULLY ENTERTAINED! You are going to see things that will amaze you in every possible good way. SL: Have you ever had an embarrassing moment on stage? Latrice: Oh dear…haven’t we all? LOL! I remember some years ago after I had won my very first pageant, I had a moment. I was entertaining at another pageant and my wig flew off. “Oh Lawd!”, I screamed. I ran, picked up my hair, put it back on and didn’t miss a beat. View this post on Instagram In my #Christmas #Onesie Looking like somebody’s #auntie #adragqueenchristmas @mppresent #meetandgreet A post shared by Latrice Royale (@latriceroyale) on Nov 25, 2018 at 5:01pm PST SL: What do you think separates you from the other queens? Latrice: I can honestly say I am like NO other. My sheer size and the way that I carry it is very unique. SL: What was it like working with RuPaul? Latrice: Although our one on one time with Ru was very limited, it only takes a split second to connect with someone. I truly felt an amazing connection with Ru, he is an incredible soul! SL: What was it like working with the other queens? Latrice: Ya know? I loved meeting the other girls. It’s always interesting to see other people’s art. I can learn to appreciate all forms of art, as long as you can call it “art”. Sometimes it’s just “GRAFFITI”. LOL! SL: What would people be surprised to know about you? Latrice: Can we talk about that in this interview? LOL! No, I’m KIDDING!! What I have learned as of recent, people seem to be surprised at how nice I am. I am very grounded and as real as it gets. SL: You shared a very surprising fact about your personal life in the first episode of the show. What was it like to have cameras in your face while you revealed so much about yourself? Latrice: Going into this situation I decided that I was going to be an open book. Anytime you put your self in a situation where you can be judged and ridiculed, it’s better that you put it out there yourself. There is no shame in my game and the cameras weren’t there to me. SL: What do you hope people will learn about you from the show? Latrice: I want people to see my “person”, I hope I can help someone by telling my story. Ultimately it’s about perseverance, overcoming adversity, and never giving up on your dreams. SL: What song would be your dream song to “lip sync for your life”? Latrice: Hmmm…I would love to do any of my girls, Gladys, Aretha, Patti, Jennifer Holliday. Any of those divas. SL: What words of wisdom do you live by? Latrice: “The only thing constant, is change”. I am always striving to be the best person that I can be, and with that comes “Change”. Changing and evolving. View this post on Instagram I’m just gonna sit this right here. @rupaulsdragrace #allstars4 @worldofwonder @vh1 A post shared by Latrice Royale (@latriceroyale) on Nov 9, 2018 at 7:39am PST SL: Could you share one of your beauty tips with us? Latrice: It is so important to blend when applying eyeshadow. LOL! SL: What one beauty item can you not live without? Latrice: I can NOT live without my BODY! (hip pads) SL: What are you hoping to gain from your experience on the show? Latrice: I honestly pray that this experience will open other doors to further my career in the direction I want it to go. SL: Any upcoming news, future projects or events you’d like to share with us? Latrice: I am planning on going into the studio to record some club tracks, so hopefully by spring I will have my single out. SL: How can your fans best stay in touch with you? Latrice: Oh baby! You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or on my website www.latriceroyale.com. And, if you’re in South Beach, I work at the Palace every Friday. Shows begin at 6 pm, and I’m also at Drag Race Mondays, also at the Palace from 8pm-10pm! This article was originally published on February 27, 2012. Latrice will be one of the returning queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 which premieres Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. The post Latrice Royale – The Socialite Life Interview appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 10th, 2018

Manila Luzon – The Socialite Life Interview

Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. With the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race only a day away, it’s time […] More The post Manila Luzon – The Socialite Life Interview appeared first on Socialite Life. Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. With the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race only a day away, it’s time to meet our last queen, the magnificent Manila Luzon! This fierce, funny Filipino is taking her glam from the red carpet to Drag Race! From the busy streets of the Big Apple during the pre-Christmas shopping rush, Manila took some time out of her busy schedule to chat about how she made it to Drag Race 3, her fabulous life in heels and makeup and her special connection to a season 2 standout! Socialite Life: Where are you right now? In New York? Manila Luzon: Yep, I’m walking the streets and Santa’s Salvation Army is ringing their bells! Sorry, it’s so loud! SL: You are the successor to Ongina and Jujubee in being the Asian queen this season. Manila: I am glad to represent the Asian community here in America, in the trans world! So, I’m happy to do that. SL: You’re from Minnesota, right? Manila: Yes I am. Born and raised! I spent the first part of my life there before I turned to bigger and better places – like New York City! SL: Is your family from the Philippines? Manila: My mother is originally from the Philippines and she moved to the States to pursue her education and she met my father here, he’s from Minnesota – just a jolly little red-headed white boy – corn fed! So I’m actually a mix. The genes managed to make two beautiful children – well, three if you count Manila! SL: How did you end up choosing Manila Luzon as your drag name? Manila: I chose Manila because I wanted to celebrate my Filipino heritage. Growing up in Minnesota, where it’s mostly white people, I thought that bringing my Asian-ness to my drag would be fun. So I chose the name Manila because I think it sounds pretty and that’s where my mother was born, that’s where she’s from and Luzon is an island that Manila is on in the Philippines. It’s kind of like the equivalent of calling yourself “Albany New York” if you’re a queen from New York. So far, from the feedback I’ve gotten, some people love it and some people think it’s ridiculous. Whatever, it’s a drag queen name! Honestly, I couldn’t think of anything funny, like Rhubarb Pie or some funny, pun name that drag queens come up with. But I love my name and I think it suits me really well! View this post on Instagram She means business! On top of the Empire State Building in my Manila envelope suit by @marcosquared #allstars4 A post shared by Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) on Dec 7, 2018 at 8:34am PST SL: When did you get started doing drag? Manila: When I first came out of the closet, I decided that I would start doing drag, pursuing it for real. I’ve always loved it and been intrigued by it and as a child, watching RuPaul and Dame Edna on TV – I’ve always been very interested in it. And I love the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and my mother took me to the opening of To Wong Foo and I loved it. It was just something I really, really wanted to do all my life and any excuse that I could get when I was a little kid to put myself in a wig and my mom’s lipstick and some dresses she had in her closet – I would jump at that opportunity. So, when I came out of the closet as a homo boy, I thought what better way to come out than to go full out and be a drag queen? SL: What do you enjoy most about performing? Manila: Well, actually I don’t perform on stage that much, lip-syncing numbers because I live in New York City and there really isn’t that much opportunity to do it. I do like getting dressed up and going out to parties. I use it as a way to express myself creatively. I love to doll myself up and make myself pretty and I love the attention people give me. And, when I go to parties, all I have to do is drink alcohol and talk to people in the clubs and not even learn one song! It’s easy because I don’t have to lip sync. I do occasionally perform but I don’t – like most drag queens that I know, where they have a show and they do a weekly thing, and they do numbers – I don’t actually do that. I have when I started in Minnesota but when I moved to New York City it’s just a different environment here. SL: I saw some of your red carpet pictures with Sahara Davenport (from season two of Drag Race – and also Manila’s boyfriend), and you two make a great couple! Manila: That’s what I mostly love doing – getting glammed up, I’ll spend all my time and energy putting my look together and we jump in the cab, we go to the party and we just mingle with people and have a good time, drink, dance, laugh and stumble our way home at the end of the night – or morning! SL: I love Sahara. Did she give you any tips before you went on the show? Manila: Well, honestly, having Sahara going before me really wasn’t that much help in the competition; but I did kind of pretty much know the workings of post-show, like what’s happening now. The challenges are all different, the girls are all different, Ru had some fiercer looks this season and she asked so much more of her girls this year, so in the competition I really had no more of an advantage than any of the other girls who had talked to their girlfriends who had already been on the show. Not girlfriends – I mean like, “Hey, girlfriend!” Like that! (Laughs) It was anyone’s game. We were all getting the information that day, that moment at the same time. So Sahara being on the show wasn’t that big of an advantage. View this post on Instagram It’s the Happiest Season of All!! #christmasqueens4 #AS4 : @sistemichcom A post shared by Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) on Nov 19, 2018 at 8:53am PST SL: Would you wanted to have competed against Sahara on the show? Manila: Well, I think that we would have ended up becoming a tag team and we probably would have kicked some girls’ butts if we were on the show together and then we would have probably gone all the way to the end and then it would have been a free-for-all! We do have a little bit of a rivalry between us but it’s out of love of what we do. So, when we’re getting ready for a night on the town, and she’s putting some rhinestones on her face, I’m going to put some rhinestones on my face – I’m going to put on extra ones! If she’s going to jack her hair up, I’m going to jack my hair up! So, in that aspect, we like to compete – but once we hit the club, we are so done that people don’t know what to do. We are so sickening because we’ve been sitting in front of the mirror getting ready, trying to one-up each other! SL: How long does it take you to get ready? Manila: You know, the actual process is hard to measure because, for me, there’s a lot of preparation time, but if someone called me up and said, “Hey, there’s a party tonight”, it would probably take me about two hours to jump in the shower, shave, throw my makeup on, style a wig quick and find something in the closet. SL: I heard that you brought 1,000 pairs of eyelashes with you to the show, how true is that? Manila: Well, I think 1,000 might be an exaggeration! But, because I stack all of my eyelashes on top of each other, it maybe was 500 pairs – and I was probably also counting individuals! SL: What beauty secret can you share with us? Manila: My beauty secret would be…well, I could give you this whole “beauty comes from within” spiel, but a lot of pancake makeup really helps! And powder yourself, you don’t want to be shiny! SL: When you were told you were going to be on the show, what was your first reaction? Manila: Well, I felt bad because I was at the office – I have a day job – and I got the phone call and I was trying to be really quiet because I didn’t want to start screaming in my office and I’m trying not to draw attention to myself because I needed an excuse to leave work for a while. So, I was really, really quiet. I was really relieved. I was screaming in the inside but I was trying not to make a scene at work. The producer who called me was like, “You don’t seem very excited” and I was like (whispering) “I’m sorry. I’m at work!” and that’s why I wasn’t jumping up and down and screaming. But later that night, I was jumping and screaming and running around in the streets in Times Square, just ecstatic. I was relieved because the audition process was really, really long! SL: What is your day job? Manila: I am a graphic designer and I work for a design firm here in New York. So, I am a creative person, I always wanted to be an artist when I grew up and the career I chose as a graphic designer just seemed like so much fun and I enjoy doing it a lot. But, when you’re working in an office job and you have clients – and you’ve got to answer to them and working in a company, it’s not your own artistry all of the time. So I like to use my drag as my creative outlet, despite the fact that I work in a creative field. During the day, I make fun pictures on the computer, and at night, I get to make fun pictures on my face! SL: What was it like working with RuPaul? Manila: Oh my God, it was totally amazing! She looks exactly the same as she does on TV, it’s creepy. When we first walked up on the runway and saw her sitting there, I was like, “Am I watching TV?” because she was so beautiful and so nice and genuine. And she has so many positive things and life lessons to teach, which was so weird because in “drag queen land” we’re all fighting to find a bigger and better place and she’s been there and she’s really willing to share her stories and give us advice and life lessons – and it applies not just to drag, but to everyday life as well – which I thought was great. She’s just a Very sweet person and very beautiful. SL: When you were starting out in drag, who did you look up to? View this post on Instagram Backstage A post shared by Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) on Aug 29, 2018 at 10:36am PDT Manila: You know, that’s a tough question because there’s not one particular person that I’ve tried to emulate. I love getting my inspiration from different kinds of places and from different people. I think I get a lot of my style from my mother, she used to dress me when I was a little kid and everything was always “matchy-matchy”, like I’d have a pair of green pants to go with my green shirt. I have to say my mother had a little bit of a costume designer in her because she’d put me and my sister in themed outfits for holidays. My sister and I would always be wearing red and white with little heart pins on Valentine’s Day and she’d always buy me a pair of white pants to go with my green sweater for St. Patrick’s Day and she loved making our little costumes for Halloween. One of my earliest memories is the smell of my mother’s lipstick – I don’t know, lipstick smelled different in the 80s than it does now. I had it all over my face when I went as a clown one year, I loved that particularly. So as far as getting my style, my mother I’d have to say, but I also really like finding inspiration in completely random things. Like, I go to the dollar store a lot try looking for cheap things like, “Oh, look, cotton balls are on sale. Let’s make a cotton ball dress!” It’s interesting because you’ve just got to be crafty. You don’t make a lot of money as a drag queen so you’ve got to find ways to make glamour out of sometimes nothing and it was really helpful when I went on the show and they were asking us to make some crazy things out of crazy things! I can’t go into any more detail than that, but you’ve seen the show before! SL: What are you looking to do as far as your drag career after the show? Are you going to release any music like Sahara did? Manila: I am no one’s singer, I can hold a tune but if Ke$ha can have an album, I suppose I could if I wanted to but…I don’t know…I’m just going to see the response I get from being in the show. I won’t know until I see it on the show. I do really want to pursue my drag now. It’s a promise I made when I sent in my tape – if I make it on the show, I’m going to try to see if I can pay my rent doing this because I enjoy it so much and being on the show would really give me the opportunity to do that. I’ve been at my day job for going on six years now and it was my first job out of school. I need any excuse to find a new thing to do and this is a godsend, honestly, because it’s something I love doing and I’m good at it. I think! It’s helped me keep pushing myself to excel at it. In my drag, I always leave room for improvement. When I get home at the end of the night and I look at my face in the mirror – and the makeup’s all melting off after drinking and partying, I always think that my next time in drag is going to be even better than this one – and that’s what I was doing on the show. I was trying to push myself to do something extra, pushing myself creatively and pushing my drag further. I have come so far from when I first started that I can only imagine how amazing it’s going to be – and feel – down the road. SL: How can fans stay in touch with you? Manila: I have a website, ManilaLuzon.com and there you can find links to my Twitter and I have a Facebook fan page, so follow me! Hopefully, after the show, I’ll have a lot of gigs in the future and be traveling the world so maybe I’ll come to a gay bar or Ramada Inn near you! If you want to see me, go to your local gay bar and say “Come up with the coins and call Miss Manila!” This article was originally published on January 23, 2011. Manila will be one of the returning queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 that premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. The post Manila Luzon – The Socialite Life Interview appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 14th, 2018

Netflix Reveals First Look at "Carmen Sandiego" Animated Reboot!

Carmen Sandiego is coming back! Netflix revealed the first stills from the upcoming animated reboot of the series on Tuesday (December 11). PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gina Rodriguez The upcoming series will star Gina Rodriguez as Carmen Sandiego and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard as her accomplice Player, based on the original [...] Carmen Sandiego is coming back! Netflix revealed the first stills from the upcoming animated reboot of the series on Tuesday (December 11). PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gina Rodriguez The upcoming series will star Gina Rodriguez as Carmen Sandiego and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard as her accomplice Player, based on the original games and TV series Where in The World Is Carmen Sandiego, which originally aired on PBS from 1991 to 1995. The reboot promises to explore Carmen’s origin story, and show audiences how the international, hard-to-catch thief came to be. The upcoming reboot will feature 20 22-minute episodes, and is set to debut on the streaming service on January 19, 2019......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredDec 11th, 2018

Socialite Life Talks To Brad Goreski About It’s A Brad Brad World

Socialite Life caught up with Brad Goreski ahead of his new Bravo series, It’s A Brad Brad World (premiering January 2nd @ 10 pm EST). We discovered that Goreski digs […] More The post Socialite Life Talks To Brad Goreski About It’s A Brad Brad World appeared first on Socialite Life. Socialite Life caught up with Brad Goreski ahead of his new Bravo series, It’s A Brad Brad World (premiering January 2nd @ 10 pm EST). We discovered that Goreski digs us (awesome sauce, as we dig him) and that much will be revealed in his new reality show, including the elephant in the room. On transitioning from assistant to lead stylist: It was very hard. It was a whole different amount of stress. It wasn’t so much the fear of disappointing somebody else, but more like disappointing myself. I got the courage and the confidence to be a really good assistant, but it’s taken me a little bit to develop the confidence as my own stylist. It was a major transition for me and definitely a theme that we explore on the show; How I go from being the number one assistant, to whom the responsibility doesn’t really fall on the shoulders of. It falls on the boss. It falls on the stylist. And so transitioning into that role was definitely new for me. Just being a boss, in general, was something I really had to learn, and we definitely explore that throughout the season. On how working with former co-worker Taylor Jacobson prepared him for the tough stuff: She was very, very tough and I have to say in the moment I really didn’t understand what she was doing. At times she was very sweet, but then at other times she was evil and at other times we were laughing. And I never knew who I was going to get. In the end, I actually believe that Taylor really helped shape the way that I work and the way that I speak to and treat my assistants. The semi-abuse had a very strong impact on the way that I work today. So yeah, in the moment it was not so good, but in hindsight, it was all good. On the much-publicized rift with former boss Rachel Zoe: I think you’ll see from the show the reality of what my world was when I left Rachel, and indeed a lot of time was spent at home while I was waiting for work to come in with my dogs and my boyfriend. But, the whole point of me going off on my own and also I think the point of assisting people is you choose a profession which you want to learn from somebody who is the expert. And then once you get to a place where you feel like you’re ready to go off on your own into that profession is what I did. And my intention was to always be stylish and my intention when I left was to create my own business and they were aware of that. .IRPP_minimalist { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#FFFFFF; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #141414!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist:active, .IRPP_minimalist:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .IRPP_minimalist .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#000000; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist .postTitle { color:#E74C3C; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } RELATED:  Andy Cohen Is Going to Be a Daddy Working for Rachel is a very special experience. To work with somebody of her caliber and her talent and to be able to learn from her and watch her work is a really incredible thing. I really wanted to leave with a clean slate just because of what had happened with Taylor when she was dismissed. And I really didn’t want things to turn out that way. I didn’t want it to be that Rachel and I could never speak again. And I felt – and that’s why I say in the first episode that I felt like I was very honest and I felt like I carried myself with a lot of dignity and grace because I had seen what happened with Taylor and I didn’t want it to be that way. And unfortunately, it turned out to be that way a little bit for reasons that are unknown to me. And so I don’t really want to make assumptions about Rachel and how she feels. But I just think it’s unfortunate that as people who devote a lot of time to working for her and working very hard for her that it has to – it seems that it kind of ends in similar ways. Yeah. And it’s too bad because I did really enjoy – I did really enjoy Rachel and I do respect her very much. Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. This article was originally published on December 23, 2011. The post Socialite Life Talks To Brad Goreski About It’s A Brad Brad World appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 22nd, 2018

Carmen Electra Goes Nude In The Afterlife

  Carmen Electra has been dead for a decade, but that isn’t keeping her sexy ghost from stripping down for some porny pics. Before we get too far into this breaking development of a used up stripper showing the world that she’s still got it, can we agree on the fact that Charmin Electra would […] The post Carmen Electra Goes Nude In The Afterlife appeared first on WWTDD - What Would Tyler Durden Do?.   Carmen Electra has been dead for a decade, but that isn’t keeping her sexy ghost from stripping down for some porny pics. Before we get too far into this breaking development of a used up stripper showing the world that she’s still got it, can we agree on the fact that Charmin Electra would be an amazing name for a pornstar specializing in anal play? It’s a Sam original, but please someone, take it. You’re welcome. The new nude pics from photographer Eli Russell – who also specializes in photographing depressing old drag queens – prove that a postmortem Electra is just Khloé Kardashian’s face Photoshopped onto Katie Price’s body. And by the way, we can file that away in the compliment folder. See we’re not one-note. Another compliment is that even though she’s dead, Electra seems to have kept her body amazingly tight. Oh, she didn’t have kids. There you go. Big fake tits, enough makeup to spackle a skyscraper with, a sensibly-priced gas station weave, and no kids. Does a body good. And Charmin Electra. Use it. Head HERE for the NSFW-ish pics Photo Credit: Instagram The post Carmen Electra Goes Nude In The Afterlife appeared first on WWTDD - What Would Tyler Durden Do?......»»

Category: topSource: wwtddSep 19th, 2018

Gina Rodriguez to Star as Carmen Sandiego in Live-Action Movie for Netflix!

Gina Rodriguez is set to star in an upcoming live-action movie based on the classic character Carmen Sandiego! The 33-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress will also produce the movie and she will voice the role for a separate Carmen Sandiego animated series set to debut in 2019. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gina Rodriguez [...] Gina Rodriguez is set to star in an upcoming live-action movie based on the classic character Carmen Sandiego! The 33-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress will also produce the movie and she will voice the role for a separate Carmen Sandiego animated series set to debut in 2019. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gina Rodriguez No writer or director is attached to the project yet, according to Deadline. Gina most recently starred in the movie Annihilation and she is still playing the title role in the CW series Jane The Virgin......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredMar 26th, 2018

A Socialite Life Holiday Programming Note

Due to the joyful season that is upon us, we are going to be taking a few days off and enjoying a cocktail or two. Regular programming will resume on […] More The post A Socialite Life Holiday Programming Note appeared first on Socialite Life. Due to the joyful season that is upon us, we are going to be taking a few days off and enjoying a cocktail or two. Regular programming will resume on Thursday, December 27th. xoxo, The Socialite Life Team The post A Socialite Life Holiday Programming Note appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 24th, 2018

Shangela: The Socialite Life Interview

Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. The most shocking moment in the season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race occurred […] More Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. The most shocking moment in the season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race occurred when season two contestant Shangela (a/k/a Shangela Laquifa Wadley, the Debutantess of the Deep South) returned to compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Although she may not have as much experience as her fellow competitors, she’s surely got just as much heart and passion for performing. You can’t not be in a good mood when you talk to Shangela! We chatted with Shangela about her return to Drag Race, how she got her start as a drag entertainer and her future plans. With her infectious personality and homegrown charm, it’s easy to see how this queen got a second chance to compete for the title! Shangela: Halleloo, somebody! Socialite Life: Halleloo! Hi Shangela! How are you? Shangela: I am fabulous! How are you today? SL: I’m great because I’m talking to you! Shangela: Aww, yay! Thank you for that, I appreciate that. SL: I was so happy to see you come back on RuPaul’s Drag Race Shangela: Well, honey, only half as happy as I was to be back! SL: On the premiere, they made sure to let the viewers (and the other queens) know that you had to audition again to get on Drag Race 3. Shangela: That’s right, just like everyone else! You know, there were tons and tons of applicants – even more than the first two years – this year, so the competition was stiffer. But, you know, I felt like I worked so hard over the last year and why not? I really wanted to come back and show that I am America’s Next Drag Superstar – not because I’m specialized in one specific area, just because I work hard in all of the different areas. I feel like I’ve been in “drag boot camp” over the last year! So, I was excited to put in an audition tape and hopefully come back and I was just lucky that RuPaul felt the same way. SL: What was it like to get that second chance? Shangela: Girl! I’ll tell you this, the day I got the call, I really, really almost didn’t believe it because, going on the show, doing the second season, I’d only been doing drag for five months – and to get a huge honor like that to compete with 12 other of the best divas out there, I already had such a great opportunity. And I was only on one episode, you know this, but I worked it as hard as I could over the next year, just to get better and take what I learned from that one episode and go farther. So, I was like, “I’m going to try this” and to get that call saying “We’re going to bring you back” and you get another shot at this – it’s a second chance at life really. And you play it in your head like, “Okay, what am I going to do better? How am I going to turn this time?”, but it’s so much more pressure too because when you get a second chance, I feel people judge you more critically. View this post on Instagram Last night I joined @EqualityUtah to help raise more than $160,000 for LGBTQ activism and work. Swipe right to see some great pics from the night with @tanfrance @danreynolds of Imagine Dragons @senatorjimdabakis and Savannah, the outspoken young teen that courageously came out to her Mormon church. Let’s keep standing united to end conversion therapy everywhere and make our community even stronger. Halleloo! (And can I take a quick sec to feel my oats about Dan Reynolds standing and jammin to my live performance of Uptown Fish last night lol) A post shared by Shangela (DJ) (@itsshangela) on Nov 4, 2018 at 7:14am PST SL: Was the reaction of the other girls when they first saw you this season creative editing or did they really have those expressions on their faces when they laid eyes on you? Shangela: Girl, if it was creative editing, I need to hire that person to get the reactions for everything I say in life! Those were the most real expressions on their faces – you know, I jump out of a Christmas box – first of all, I look like “jack-in-the-box Shangela” – and I come popping out of this box and to see all of those faces, their jaws were just on the ground. And I thought that – you know me, I’m Shangela, I hug everybody – so I’m like “Hey, I’m back! How is everybody?” and everyone’s looking at me like, “Who? Oh, really?” SL: Do you feel like the competition is stiffer this season? Shangela: Well, you know, I was only there for one episode last season and this year’s girls are a completely different batch from last year’s girls. I can’t really comparatively judge them – but I can tell you that this year’s girls were sickening! Because as more people are competing, Ru and the judges – and everyone who chooses the contestants on the show – they’re having to see everyone pulling out the best of the best. So, definitely, it was a tough competition and these girls are stiff competition, period. SL: So, let’s talk about you. How did you get your start in drag? Shangela: Well, you know, this is pretty much my anniversary month. I’ve been doing drag now for exactly two years but going on the show, I’d only been doing it for 4 months. I kind of fell into it, to be honest with you. I was choreographing a number, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, for these three guys who were doing a charity event here in West Hollywood and, the night before the guys were to go on, one of them got sick. So they called me and said (of course, I wasn’t Shangela yet), “DJ, is there any way you can help us out? You know all of the steps and we really want to do this as a trio” and I’m thinking, “I don’t have any wigs, I don’t have any makeup.” But…well, you know, I’m gay, honey! So, just a man around the corner has a wig, a dress, something in your size, a bra, some pads…and the next thing you know, I was filling in for him. And the guy who runs the show said, “I would love for you to come back and I would love to book you for our show” and I said “Oh, this isn’t my thing. I’m not a drag performer, I was just filling in” and he said, “You can win money” And girl, you know we’re in a recession! (Laughs) But, to be honest with you, I’ve always been a performer. I’ve been a backup dancer for some of the best drag queens in the business back in Texas and I always watched them and I learned by watching but I just love to entertain. So I say it chose me and I fell into it and now I’m just loving it. View this post on Instagram LaQuifa HOME Collection A post shared by Shangela (DJ) (@itsshangela) on Oct 6, 2018 at 3:17am PDT SL: How did the character of Shangela come to life – and how would you describe her? Shangela: Well, she’s evolved, okay? (Laughs) I’ll tell you this – Shangela is a little bit bougy, but she’s also your homegirl. I’ve always stuck to that and I also have affectionately titled myself “The Debutantess of the Deep South” – and that speaks a lot about Shangela. Shangela is sweet, she’s somewhat refined but she’s also your girl from the block. Anybody you want to call or go out with – the party girl who’s going to tell it like it is – that’s Shangela. SL: I saw you do stand up on Logo and I thought you were hilarious! Is that something you had done before you started doing drag? Shangela: Well, you know, the really cool thing is – and I don’t know if you know this – but before I went on Drag Race, I’d been working a 9-to-5 office life in PR for the last couple of years and, you know, sometimes you just feel – I don’t know if you ever feel like this – but I felt like this just isn’t everything that I want out of my life. It’s great, it works for a lot of people but, for me, I felt almost trapped. I was getting up at seven to be on the road by eight, be at the office by nine and then leave at six, get home at seven, go to bed at ten to get back up at seven – you know? And that was every day of the week and I just felt like when I got the opportunity to go on Drag Race, this was my shot. And my job told me, “If you go there, we’re not going to be able to keep your job for you”, so I quit – in the middle of a recession – and that’s not an easy thing to do but when you have a passion, sometimes you’ve got to step out on a little bit of faith – halleloo! So that’s what I did, and luckily, it worked out really well for me. It opened the door for me. I didn’t go back to work…here’s the thing, when I left to go on Drag Race, I was like, “Baby, yes, I’m going to win this. I’m going to take care of my family and I’m going to be the next drag superstar” – and I went home after the first episode. And I kind of had a little moment of shock like, “Oh my God, what have I done? I quit my job. I don’t have any checks coming in. What’s going on?” – but that opened the door for me to really do what I’m supposed to do with my life – and that’s being an entertainer. I started doing stand up comedy at a couple of clubs here in Los Angeles and they picked me up at The Comedy Store. They said, “We think you’re funny. We want you to come every two weeks.” and from there, they cast me to do stand up comedy and host the Logo comedy special. So all of that’s kind of come as a result of me following my dreams – and starting it with Drag Race. SL: Do you think being able to do stand up is a benefit to your drag career? Shangela: Oh my God, yes! Any time I can be on a stage and perform is a benefit to my career. Any time that I can make someone else laugh or touch someone’s life – because you really don’t know how much laughter impacts our world, it really does. And that’s what I think I bring to my everyday life…you ask my friends, honey, their stomachs are hurting all of the time because we just sit around and laugh! But I love to bring that to the stage so I think that, yeah, being in drag definitely helps me have more experiences that are crazy and funny – and I can take them right to the stage. SL: When you’re on stage, what do you enjoy the most about performing? Shangela: It’s the connection that you get with the audience. You know, a lot of people can put a great look together and get on stage and they look gorgeous and they do their song – if it’s a lip sync – or they do their form of entertainment; but if you don’t connect with the audience, then the people in the audience don’t get the full experience of being at the show. And that’s what I bring every time I hit the stage – that’s what I really want to bring is an experience. It’s not just, “I’m going to see Shangela”. It’s “I’m going to experience Shangela” and that’s what you get! That’s what I love about being on stage, the way you can really connect with people in the audience and have a good time! SL: As far as inspirations for your drag performances – do you have any? Shangela: Oh, definitely! I have so many because I’m new – so everything is so wide-eyed to me. I get so much from so many different people. I look at people’s fashion or I look at the way people bring fire to the stage, there’s always me in the performance but a lot of times – especially makeup, honey! I have a drag mother who I got after I started doing drag – but I used to dance back-up for her. Her name is Alyssa Edwards out of Dallas, Texas. Now she is the most winningest…can I say, bitch? She is the most winningest bitch in captivity, okay? She has won every pageant because she’s refined and what I have in entertainment I’ve had to really try and gather fast to meet that or match it with refinement, with makeup and the ability to sew and create costumes and just to be organized with your drag – because it can be a lot. So, I learned a lot from her. I’ve learned a little from afar by watching Ru as a businessperson – making drag, not just a past time or a hobby – but, as I said, I left my job and this is what I do full-time now. It’s now a business. It’s about marketing, it’s about branding, it’s about connecting to your fans, it’s about being fresh, new and re-inventing yourself – and that’s what I hope to continue to bring. SL: Do you think your background in PR has helped you in your drag career? Shangela: You know, my background in life helps it out! And, I’m just fortunate – definitely the PR piece, because you can go into a meeting and people are talking about, “We’re going to do these t-shirts with you” and you can know that there needs to be a strategy behind just putting some t-shirts together. There needs to be a business model that works with doing everything in drag – you know, a big misconception about drag queens is that this is what they’ve done all of their lives. And there are some drag queens who have – and that’s great for them – but I know drag queens who are attorneys, I know drag queens who, you know, have full, married lives and have children and I know drag queens who are creative in the arts – artists, stylists, everything – we come from all walks of life. So I think a lot of us – including myself – bring what we have from our background and put it into our drag to make us successful. SL: Were you able to learn anything or take anything away from this season’s experience? Shangela: A check! (Laughs) I’m telling you, what I always take away from last year’s experience on Drag Race and this year’s experience on Drag Race is not only the connection, the family with the other girls – because you know there are some catty bitches in that room, okay? There are! And they will fight tooth and nail to get to the top, as when you’re in a competition you sometimes have to. But what the viewers at home don’t get to see is that after the show and even during in the show, we develop such great relationships between a couple of us – and that’s what I love – the sisterhood of drag – because you can’t get far without helping someone else and someone else has to bump you and that’s what I really believe in. I get so many emails and so many calls from new drag queens on the scene – because I think that’s part of the genre of the group that I represent as well because I’m so new – and fierce! I really have to be a role model for them and I think it’s important that we help each other – and, on the show, you don’t get to see it, but we’ve built a great sisterhood there – a family. SL: What kind of advice are you giving to these aspiring drag queens? Shangela: Well, I’d say watch, listen, learn and always do you! That’s it! You can watch a lot of people – but you don’t want to become anyone else – the whole thing about drag is that its self-expression. It’s unleashed, okay? Anything that you think that can’t be done in drag…yes, it can! If you’re a nasty, stank ho and you want to get on the stage…that’s you’re drag – you do you! That’s not Shangela! But you do you! And that’s my advice to all of them. Makeup…that’s the “watch, listen, learn” part – the makeup, the putting yourself together, the hoe to be organized, the how to make it work…but when you get on stage, ain’t nobody there but you and the lights! So you have to do you! SL: Is there a lot of DJ in Shangela? Shangela: Yes, but Shangela takes it to the next level – a different level. In my day-to-day life, I’m entertaining, I’m funny, I love my friends, we have a good time, that kind of thing…yes! Shangela’s more of an all out-there partier. You’re going to see me on the stage at the club, having a good time, toasting it up with the girls. I’m a little bit louder – if you can even imagine that because I’m mighty loud today! But, I just take it up a notch and when you’re a girl – or when you’re putting on an illusion – it’s a full-on illusion to me. When you meet Shangela, you get the Shangela voice, the Shangela essence, the Shangela smell – I mean, I am Juicy Couture fish! I love just putting all of that together as Shangela. Now, in my day-to-day life, I’m not so glamorous all of the time. Right now, I’m just sitting here – I just helped my friend with a photo shoot this morning at the LA river, and I’m very “call me up, I’ll help anyone” and I was holding a reflector, I’ve got my hair snatched back in a bun with a baseball cap on with sunglasses – that’s the farthest thing from glamour that you can get! But you’ll never see Shangela in a pair of sweats – I don’t even show up at the club in a pair of tennis shoes, no ma’am! SL: What do you think separates you from the other queens this season? View this post on Instagram #AStarIsBorn #UKPremiere Dress: @diegomontoya3d; Styled by: @derekanthonypurcell Hair: @ashleiiman; Hair Styled by @justmaydoes; Jewelry: Maria Isabel; Body Bronzer: @bludline A post shared by Shangela (DJ) (@itsshangela) on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:13pm PDT Shangela: We’re all very, very different. You’ve seen the first episode, you can already see a lot of the really sharp differences. I think what sets me apart is that…well, two things. One, I’ve been in this setting before, so I feel like I have something to prove this time around. So, the fire in me, I feel is burning a little bit brighter – it’s a little bit hotter because I feel like I have so much to prove…I have a huge weight on my shoulders, being brought back to represent those who haven’t been doing it for a long time, to say it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing something, you can still rock it and you can be the fiercest bitch in the room! It’s not years of experience, it’s how hard you’re willing to work, and I think that’s what really sets me apart in this room is that I’m here to work – and that is W-E-R-Q! – with the exclamation point! I’m going to work, so I think that’s what sets me apart. I don’t want to be the baby of the group this time around even though I have the least amount of experience in drag. I’m nobody’s baby. My years of experience are less than the other girls, but then again, the fire is burning hot and somebody better step back or you’re going to get burned! SL: What would people be surprised to know about you? Shangela: I’m a very open book, a lot of people don’t know that I’m from Paris, Texas. I tell everyone that as soon as I meet them, but they look at me and say, “You don’t have a Texas twang.” Well, you know, give me a bucket of chicken and a Coca-Cola and the next thing you know, I’m just as country as can be! But, I am from Paris, Texas. It’s a very small town and I grew up with my grandparents and my Mom came back from the military and I grew up with her in a single-family home and I really worked a lot to have the experiences in my life that I’ve had. But you wouldn’t know that I’ve worked on the hill for a year or that I studied abroad in Madrid in art history…nobody wants to know all of that, they just want to see what you have on the stage. But there are so many layers to me, and I love just sharing a lot and everything about me, so there’s not a lot people don’t know about me – if you choose to get to know me. SL: How would you describe your look? Shangela: Sickening – that’s pretty much the way you would describe my look! To be honest with you, I think that my look just…there’s so many looks because it’s drag…the everyday Shangela is glamour and homegirl – all together. It’s glamour girl from the streets – because, with me, I always keep it real. I can have on the Alexander McQueen, straight off the runway, and look fish sickening boots – and we can still roll in that to the Taco Bell. That’s who I am and that essence of me keeping it real just comes with everything – and I think that’s the best way that you can connect with people – there are no walls, there is no diva attitude – I am a diva, make no mistake, when I come into a room, I feel like it’s important to say, “I’m here”, but you don’t have to say that out loud to do that, you just have to walk in and be – and that’s Shangela. SL: What does the future hold for Shangela? Shangela: Well, specifically, on the show, I want to win – so, my aspiration is to go home as America’s Next Drag Superstar. In addition to that, I really just want to be able to show that there’s so many different talents to drag queens to me, as Shangela, that I hope I’m able to express to the full extent on the show. I’m a comedian, I’m an entertainer, I’m a host – I would love after the show to go on and represent – whether it be brands or a show host, having someone sitting on my couch every week and keeping it real and talking. Be the Andy Cohen, have a Life on the D List – I live here in Los Angeles and I am a diva on the rise. So, with all of those experiences, people should be able to see those and experience those as well and hopefully, one day, I’ll have a platform to share that with them. SL: Do you have any interest in a singing career? Shangela: You know, I think that a lot of girls have done great with their careers, from season two especially – and season one. I know that my sister Sahara Davenport just put out a new single “Pump with Me” which is kick-ass, it’s a dance track. And I love to sing, I’m a Tina Turner fanatic. But I think where I’m going to start is by doing a one-woman show and my calling is entertaining people, making people laugh. Whether it’s singing, putting out a hot dance track – you know, I can disco dance – and I love the Pussycat Dolls – bringing that kind of fire to the stage. But I’m really going to focus on entertaining any way I can right now. If it comes later in a song, it comes later in a song – but I’ve got to write it, it’s got to come from me because I feel that only I can really have my voice and we’re just going to work it out. SL: Are you going to continue doing stand up? Shangela: Yes! Most definitely. I’m bringing a show to New York, I think it’s going to be at Caroline’s on Broadway later this spring so I’m really about that. I work here at The Comedy Store and we just started a new night at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood, and I’m hosting that show as well. You know, I do those shows in drag and out of drag and it’s always a good time! SL: Are you planning on touring after the show? Shangela: Oh, honey, I’m touring! I just launched a new website, Shangela.com – please send everybody and their grandmother to it! It has my entire touring schedule there. I’m on the move, honey! SL: Besides your website, is there any other way fans can keep in touch with you? Shangela: Most definitely! You know, I’m a Tweet from the street, girl! You can follow me on Twitter @itsShangela and on my Facebook fan page! Oh, my God, I have to tell you about the new film! I’m in this new film, as Shangela, called Body of a Barbie, okay? It’s a short film we produced in Los Angeles and it got picked up by BET, it aired last fall, and it’s actually now in the top seven finalists of the BET Lens on Talent program. So, they had this huge competition for short films and our film was in the top seven in the US. It’s called Body of a Barbie and it’ll be back on BET this spring and I’m really excited about that. SL: Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I thought you were awesome on Terriers! Shangela: Oh, thank you! That was my first guest starring role and the writers were so awesome. You know, when I auditioned, I was only on three pages of script, and when I got to San Diego to film it, they thought that the character needed more involvement in the show and it went from three pages to 28 pages of a 42 page script and I wanted to bring the fire, because that episode was directed by Adam Arkin and he was fabulous to work with and they were so great and so respectful and I got to be in drag and out of drag and it’s done a lot of great things for me. Actually, I’m going to be on an episode of this show on ABC called Detroit 1-8-7. We just shot that – me, Coco Peru and Jai Rodriguez – and it airs February 15th on ABC. SL: Thank you so much for your time and good luck with everything! Shangela: Aww, thank you! I wish I could give you a big hug! Halleloo! This article was originally published on January 25, 2011. RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular featuring Shangela airs Friday, Dec. 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET on VH1......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 7th, 2018

Talking Race Chasers and A Star is Born with Willam

While he may never compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, Willam Belli certainly deserves the title. One of the hardest working queens in the biz, this outspoken performer has done […] More The post Talking Race Chasers and A Star is Born with Willam appeared first on Socialite Life. While he may never compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, Willam Belli certainly deserves the title. One of the hardest working queens in the biz, this outspoken performer has done it all. From acting in Nip/Tuck, Hurricane Bianca and most recently, stealing scenes from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born to recording music and letting YouTubers have it on his web series Beatdown, Willam truly defines what it is to be an all-star. He can now add podcaster to his resume, as he and fellow RPDR alum Alaska bring us Race Chasers, which is described as “a podcast devoted to the discussion and dissection of every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race starting from the very beginning.” Each Wednesday, the queens recap the series and spill some behind-the-scenes tea. Willam took some time out of his busy schedule to talk about the series what he’s been up to. Socialite Life: What was the inspiration for Race Chasers? Willam: Alaska and I listened to a Golden Girls podcast while leaving Burning Man because an Amber alert was issued so they shut down the exit and we had to wait for 7 hours. Turned out a 17-year-old girl was off fucking her boyfriend and the parents reported her missing. Good for her, I say. But, yeah. I got the idea from that podcast and decided that if RuPaul’s Drag Race wasn’t gonna pay us for repeat airings, I was gonna find a way to make some money offa them by talking about it. SL: How did you come to choose Alaska as your co-host? Willam: She’s the voice of reason and I’m the voice of treason. We complement each other well and she’s my favorite Ru-Girl other than Latrice Motherfuckin’ Royale. .IRPP_minimalist { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#FFFFFF; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #141414!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist:active, .IRPP_minimalist:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .IRPP_minimalist .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#000000; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist .postTitle { color:#E74C3C; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } RELATED:  Willam – The Socialite Life Interview SL: Has revisiting the show changed your feelings about working on it? Willam: Nope. SL: Aside from your season (of course), which season are you most looking forward to giving the Race Chasers treatment? Willam: I think season 9 had a lot of strong contenders but I’m also interested in 6 because that’s the one I saw the least of so far. SL: Which season are you least looking forward to? Willam: I dunno. Everyone says 7 is bad but I like having nice things to look at like Violet and Pearl and Fame. SL: Are you going to take on the All-Stars seasons on the podcast? Willam: YES. We’re currently skipping ahead and doing AS4 right now. SL: Have you managed to get a part in whatever they’re filming outside of where you’re recording? Willam: Not yet. But I recently started watching How to Get Away with Murder and they use Boardner’s, the bar next store to my production center, a lot. SL: You have a Race Chasers live show coming to LA in January. Do you have any plans to do more live shows? View this post on Instagram Git 2 da GIG! Race Chaser Live – Jan 11th in LA! Get your tickets at racechasertickets.com @racechaserpod @theonlyalaska5000 A post shared by WILLAM (@willam) on Dec 18, 2018 at 11:19am PST Willam: As long as the donkey doesn’t die in the first show. SL: Shangela said she auditioned for A Star is Born as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. What did you do for your ASIB audition? Willam: I did a dead Marilyn Monroe character and then a Barbra Streisand character. I sang and I improvised and read some scenes. It was fun. SL: What was your experience like working on the movie? Willam: It was the best professional experience of my life. SL: Manila Luzon wore the “Jackson breastplate” for a Dolly Parton look for the video “Jolene”. Where is it now? Willam: It’s in a drawer. I drew a reindeer on it and wore it to a Christmas party yesterday. SL: You’ve appeared in a number of movies (and I loved you in Hurricane Bianca) and television shows. What has been your favorite experience? Willam: Nip/Tuck was pretty fuckin’ great. Ryan Murphy is a genius SL: Your book Suck Less is amazing. What inspired you to write it? Willam: Coaching Neil Patrick Harris in all things drag for his role in Hedwig was the genesis. He made some off handed comment like “you should write a book,” so I did. He gave me the best forward for it too. He’s hilarious and great at everything (as is his husband David). .IRPP_minimalist { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#FFFFFF; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #141414!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist:active, .IRPP_minimalist:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .IRPP_minimalist { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .IRPP_minimalist .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#000000; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist .postTitle { color:#E74C3C; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .IRPP_minimalist:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } RELATED:  Shangela: The Socialite Life Interview SL: You have made a name for yourself in music. Is that something you always wanted to do? Willam: I’m a comedian who uses music. Chris Hardwick is my idol in that sense. Tenacious D, Weird Al, people like that SL: If you aren’t busy enough, you are also a viral video sensation with your Beatdown series. Has anyone ever taken offense at your critiques? Willam: I’m sure they have. People come up to me and tell me they were on it and I can’t even remember. Then they get offended again that I forgot them. SL: When do you sleep? Willam: No one ever looks back on life and says, “damn I wish i slept more.” You only live once. SL: Who do you think will win All-Stars 4? Willam: RuPaul. SL: Is there anything else you’d like to promote? Willam: My album Songs in the Key of Nope (available at www.willambelli.com/nope) and my YouTube channel which has had two new videos a week for the past year now going strong: www.youtube.com/noextrai. You can catch new episodes of Race Chasers every Wednesday and follow the show on Instagram. Keep up with all things Willam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The post Talking Race Chasers and A Star is Born with Willam appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 21st, 2018

Merry Christmas From Socialite Life

Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas! And tip it! More The post Merry Christmas From Socialite Life appeared first on Socialite Life. Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas! And tip it! The post Merry Christmas From Socialite Life appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 25th, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors 2017 - Performers, Presenters, & Honorees!

The 40th Kennedy Center Honors is airing tonight on CBS and we have all the details about the star-studded presentation. This year, the five honorees are actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL Cool J, TV writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician and record producer [...] The 40th Kennedy Center Honors is airing tonight on CBS and we have all the details about the star-studded presentation. This year, the five honorees are actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL Cool J, TV writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician and record producer Lionel Richie. The event was pre-recorded on December 3 and features a full lineup of performers and presenters. Tune into CBS tonight (December 26) at 9pm ET to catch the full special! Click inside for the full list of performers and presenters at tonight’s Kennedy Center Honors… OPENING REMARKS: Author, attorney and diplomat Caroline Kennedy (daughter of former President John F. Kennedy) Gloria Estefan Tribute Presenters/Performers Eva Longoria (Spoken Tribute) The Cast of On Your Feet! The Musical (Performs “1, 2, 3”) Chaka Khan (Performs “Coming Out of the Dark” with the Howard University Gospel Choir) Jon Secada (Spoken Tribute) Becky G (Performs “Mi Tierra”) Emily Estefan (Performs “Reach”) Miami Sound Machine (Performs “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”/“Oye”/ “Conga”/“Turn the Beat Around”/“Everlasting Love”/“Get on Your Feet”) Norman Lear Tribute Performers/Presenters J.J. Abrams (Spoken Tribute) United States Airforce Singing Sergeants (Performs “America, the Beautiful”) Dave Chappelle (Spoken Tribute) Rob Reiner (Performance Tribute from “All in the Family”) Rachel Bloom (Performance Tribute from “Maude”) Kenya Barris (Performance Tribute from “Good Times”) Anthony Anderson (Performance Tribute from “The Jeffersons”) Rita Moreno (Performance Tribute from “One Day at a Time”) LL COOL J Tribute Performers/Presenters Queen Latifah (Spoken Tribute) Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Spoken Tribute) DJ Z-Trip (Performance Tribute) Busta Rhymes (Performs “Mama Said Knock You Out”) MC Lyte (Performs “I’m Bad”) Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (Performs “It Gets No Rougher”) Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (Performs “Rock the Bells”) Carmen de Lavallade Tribute Performers/Presenters Meryl Streep (Spoken Tribute) Jon Batiste (Performs “Soul Bossa Nova” with dancers Stella Abrera and Brandon Victor Dixon) Sheléa Frazier (Performs “Wade in the Water” with dancers Alicia Graf Mack, Linda Celeste Sims and Matthew Rushing) Jacqueline Bolier (Performs “Deux Bourées: N’aï Pas léu De MîO” with dancer Lindsey Croop) Misty Copeland (Spoken Tribute) Rebecca Luker (Performs “Bill” with dancers Misty Copeland and Tony nominee Robert Fairchild) Finale Tribute Performance (Performance of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” featuring all of the Carmen de Lavallade tribute participants and the Howard University Gospel Choir) Lionel Richie Tribute Performers/Presenters Stevie Wonder (Performs “Hello” and “Easy”) Kenny Rogers (Spoken Tribute) Luke Bryan (Performs “Penny Lover” and “Sail On”) Quincy Jones (Spoken Tribute) Nicole Richie (Spoken Tribute) Leona Lewis (Performs “Say You Say Me” and “All Night Long”) Finale Tribute Performance (Reprise Performance of “All Night Long,” featuring all of the Lionel Richie tribute participants).....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredDec 26th, 2017

Denzel Washington & Carmen Ejogo Attend "Roman J. Israel" Screening in NYC

Denzel Washington suited up for a screening of his new movie Roman J. Israel, Esq. tonight! The 62-year-old actor hit the red carpet at the event held at Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place on Monday (November 20) in New York City. He was joined by his co-star Carmen Ejogo, as well as writer [...] Denzel Washington suited up for a screening of his new movie Roman J. Israel, Esq. tonight! The 62-year-old actor hit the red carpet at the event held at Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place on Monday (November 20) in New York City. He was joined by his co-star Carmen Ejogo, as well as writer and director Dan Gilroy, Amanda Warren, Sam Gilroy, and Elisa Perry. Brandon Victor Dixon, Alex Lundqvist, Jeffrey Wright, and Rosie Perez also stepped out to show their support, along with Carmen and Jeffrey‘s daughter TK. Denzel both stars in and produced the crime drama, set to hit theaters on November 22. He plays Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. FYI: Elisa is wearing a BCBG dress with Vince Camuto shoes. 20+ pictures inside of Denzel Washington and more at the screening….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 21st, 2017

Carmen Ejogo Set to Star in "True Detective" Opposite Mahershala Ali

Carmen Ejogo has just joined the cast of the third season of True Detective on HBO! The 44-year-old actress is set to star in the upcoming season of the anthology drama opposite Mahershala Ali. Season three is said to focus on “the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a [...] Carmen Ejogo has just joined the cast of the third season of True Detective on HBO! The 44-year-old actress is set to star in the upcoming season of the anthology drama opposite Mahershala Ali. Season three is said to focus on “the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.” Carmen is set to portray a schoolteacher from Arkansas who has a connection to two missing children in 1980. Mahershala will play a state police detective......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 17th, 2017

Alec Baldwin Taught Daughter Carmen, 4, His Donald Trump Impression - Watch Now!

Alec Baldwin went on The Ellen Show today to discuss his new parody memoir “You Can’t Spell America Without Me” and brought along a very cute clip of him and his daughter Carmen, 4. The 59-year-old actor brought a video of him teaching his daughter how to do his famous impression of Donald Trump that [...] Alec Baldwin went on The Ellen Show today to discuss his new parody memoir “You Can’t Spell America Without Me” and brought along a very cute clip of him and his daughter Carmen, 4. The 59-year-old actor brought a video of him teaching his daughter how to do his famous impression of Donald Trump that he brought to Saturday Night Live last season. He also confirmed he’ll be doing the impression again on the show this season, though did not confirm how long he could return. Watch the clip of Carmen Baldwin doing a Donald Trump impression….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 13th, 2017

Socialite Life Launches Clickable!

Say hello to Clickable, brought to you by Socialite Life! Clickable features an evolving collection of news articles, links and product deals curated by Michael Prieve, the founder of Socialite […] More Say hello to Clickable, brought to you by Socialite Life! Clickable features an evolving collection of news articles, links and product deals curated by Michael Prieve, the founder of Socialite Life, Hashtag Sad Trump and the former Editor-in-Chief of Celebuzz. Michael scours over 100 websites daily to curate the latest headline-making US & world, political, entertainment, LGBT, and social injustice news stories as well as some of the best shopping deals and products. All that said, you can contribute your own links to Clickable as well! Sign up and start submitting. Are you a super fan of a certain celebrity, TV show, or musician? We’d love to have you be a featured link contributor for Clickable. Shoot us a message with your info and why you’d like to contribute, and we’ll be in touch!.....»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzNov 19th, 2018

Adam Lambert Looks Super Sexy For ‘Billboard’ Magazine, Talks About Toning Down His Fashion

Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. Dead. Dead is what I am after seeing Adam Lambert in Billboard Magazine‘s […] More The post Adam Lambert Looks Super Sexy For ‘Billboard’ Magazine, Talks About Toning Down His Fashion appeared first on Socialite Life. Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. Dead. Dead is what I am after seeing Adam Lambert in Billboard Magazine‘s “Men of Style” issue today. As the Taylor Swift fans would say, “RIP, Me.” Along with Sam Hunt, Wiz Khalifa, and Miguel, Adam covers one of Billboard‘s four magazine covers, all about each of them approaches fashion. So what’s the big takeaway from Adam in his interview? If you guessed that it’s about how he’s toned down his fashion sense from the past, clearly you know what Adam has been talking about recently! Or you just read the title. Haha. In any case, that is what Adam had plenty to say. “I’ve put down a lot of the makeup,” he explained. “I put the flat iron in the attic. I’m looking at people like Elvis and James Dean.” Clearly, it’s working. Still, his new look isn’t something that he very strategically planned. “I’ve been asked with this album campaign, ‘Did you want to tone it down?’ It wasn’t that I was consciously [doing that], though. It just shifted.” And that shift totally makes sense with where Adam is in his career. The Original High has a totally different feel to it than For Your Entertainment or Trespassing, and Adam’s fashion sense has shifted with it. Also, this quote from him in Billboard made me giggle, “I’m not a waify little 22-year-old model, as much as sometimes I’d like to be, for fashion’s sake. Margiela is cut for, like, men.” Well, thank goodness you’re not “a waify little 22-year-old model”! We love manly Adam. Especially when he posts photos like this. Check out the rest of his interview over at Billboard, and make sure grab a copy of the magazine. I’d do it sooner, rather than later if you want Adam on the cover. But before you do anything, you should launch the gallery for a whole slew of Lambert. Billboard posted a bunch of great shots, and Adam fan @14gelly was kind enough to screenshot a bunch from the video below! Basically, you guys, bask in the Adam glow. This was originally published on August 20, 2015. The post Adam Lambert Looks Super Sexy For ‘Billboard’ Magazine, Talks About Toning Down His Fashion appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzAug 21st, 2018

An Early Halloween Treat – Socialite Life Chats With Elvira!

Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. Who better than to kick off your Halloween celebration than the Mistress of […] More Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. Who better than to kick off your Halloween celebration than the Mistress of Dark herself, the one and only Elvira! Actress and comedienne Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind the bewitching black dress and the scary, sexy and sassy attitude, took some time to chat with us about how she landed the role that made her a household name, fills us in on her latest projects and dishes about her experiences on RuPaul’s Drag Race and her affinity for drag queens. And, since Halloween’s right around the corner, she lets us in on her favorite candy treat! We promise our interview won’t give you unpleasant dreams! Socialite Life: First off, I have to ask. Is there a painting of you aging in an attic somewhere? Elvira: (Laughs) No, but I should get one! No there isn’t, I don’t know what it is! My outfit is very forgiving…sort of! (Laughs) SL: I’ve seen photos of you as your alter ego, Cassandra, and you still look fantastic. Elvira: Thank you. You know, I don’t know what that is – I have no idea! SL: You’ve become sort of synonymous with Halloween, what have you been up to lately? Elvira: Well, I’ve been working on a bunch of projects. I got involved with a huge convention – it’s going to be kind of the new pop culture convention – it’s probably going to end up being one of the biggest in the world. It’s called Comikaze – it’s called Stan Lee’s Comikaze now – and I’m part owner of that. I’m also working on an independent horror film festival that I just got done with called Elvira’s Horror Hunt. I’m also out there pitching television shows – I have one that’s making the rounds right now and pitching another film. During Halloween, I make appearances all over the country and I head up to Seattle and then Portland. I’m going to be going to Australia soon and then England, so it’s pretty busy right around now. That’s a long answer, huh? SL: I saw that you’ve even got your own wine now. How did that come about? Elvira: Well, I do a lot of merchandising. Over the years, I’ve had my own beer, called Elvira’s Night Brew, and I had my own perfume and all kinds of things. Now I’ve got an Elvira wine (Elvira’s Macabrenet) and an Elvira soda pop – I’m moving into the beverage world! SL: That’s great! So, how does it feel to have so many people dress up like you for Halloween? Elvira: You always have a good time when you’re dressed as Elvira, I gotta say! It feels fantastic! I mean, I love it, it’s very flattering…well, of course it depends on the person who’s doing it. I see a lot of truck driver types doing it and..yeah, not so flattering! But I’m always happy when people dress up as me because I know they’re buying my costume! (You can too, on Elvira’s website!) My favorite things to see, which I consider the sincerest form of flattery, is people tattooing Elvira on themselves. At first, I was kind of shocked, but now I see people by the hundreds literally with Elvira tattoos. That really is the sincerest form of flattery in my book. SL: Do you get people who ask for your autograph on their body and then they get that inked? Elvira: Yeah, a lot of them. I actually got one this morning, who a really fabulous Elvira tattoo on the whole entire side of his body and I signed it and he sent me the pictures of him getting my signature tattooed in across it. SL: Since I’ve been such a fan or yours, I’ve always wanted to know more about how you got started. I know you were a member of The Groundlings. How did improv help you in your career and with the development of characters like Elvira? Elvira: The improv – learning to improvise is absolutely invaluable. I think in any career, especially, of course, if you’re going to be in the limelight and be an actress, celebrity, whatever – it’s invaluable. Even if you’re a person who has to speak in front of people – I actually talked my doctor and my lawyer into taking classes with The Groundlings years ago. (Laughs) They both said, “It was the best thing I ever did!” I did not have the character (of Elvira) developed in The Groundlings but I did have a character that the director of the local television show where I ended up – KHJ – saw me and really liked this character I was doing, which was just sort of a goofy Valley Girl actress and he encouraged me to do that character for the audition – and I did – and I got the audition that way. I also improvised – they gave me a really bad script and I kind of just took off in a different direction because I didn’t see how you could be good reading a really crappy script. So I just went off and improvised and that’s definitely how I got the part. And, after that, I had to come up with the look – and a friend of mine who was an artist drew a picture of what he thought I should look like…so I certainly wouldn’t be doing Elvira now if it wasn’t for The Groundlings and my improvisational background. SL: Did you work with John Paragon (best known as Jambi from Pee Wee’s Playhouse) when you were with (legendary LA-based improv group) The Groundlings? Elvira: When I was in the Groundlings, Phil Hartman, John Paragon and Paul Reubens (a/k/a Pee Wee Herman) were the guys I looked up to. They were my heroes. I worshiped them and became, I feel, like family with all of them. In fact, we spent every Christmas and Thanksgiving and New Year’s together for 20 years. So, John Paragon became my writing partner and he was in Groundlings before I got in there and later, on Movie Macabre, he became my writing partner. We wrote everything together. We wrote the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark movie. we wrote a pilot for CBS called The Elvira Show and we wrote my second movie, Elvira’s Haunted Hills, together. After 21 years, we dissolved our working relationship, but we’re still great friends. And Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman helped me out immensely too. They made all kinds of appearances on my TV show and helped me write things – and Paul actually sang back-up on one of my albums. I remember we recorded it standing in my bathtub because the sound in there was awesome. It was called “Elvira and the Vitones” – it was John Paragon and Paul Reubens. It was really a family. SL: I’ve love Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and I’ve seen it at least a hundred times – and I’m definitely not the only one. Are you surprised that the movie is still a beloved cult classic? Elvira: Thank you! Yeah, I’m happy that it still holds up. It’s funny how many movies I see that I used to worship and then I go to see them again and show my daughter and I watch them and think, Oh my God! What was I seeing in that movie? But I’m happy to say that I think the Elvira movie really does hold up and is as good today as it was when it came out. I’m very proud of that movie. I think it…it reminds me of The Wizard of Oz or something! (Laughs) It’s one of those classics, but a little sick and twisted. SL: One of our favorite scenes in the movie is at the end when you show off your tassel twirling talents! Elvira: Yeah, people didn’t realize I was so talented until they saw that. Tassel twirling is something I learned when I was 14 years old. It’s so bizarre – when other kids were practicing piano, I was standing in front of the mirror learning how to twirl tassels on my boobs! It came in very handy when I was a go-go dancer and later a showgirl. It also happened to come in handy when I was making the movie. I was like. “Hey! I have this special talent, let’s use it!” And so many people ask if I have little motors in there or if it was special effects and I’m like no! It’s just me doing my thing! SL: I’m so jealous that you’ve been a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race – what was that experience like for you? Elvira: Oh, God! It was fantastic. I love the show first of all. I love RuPaul and I’ve known him for a long, long time, so getting the chance to be a judge on there was one of my dreams and I had a blast! I’m actually judging again on that show that’s coming up soon, RuPaul’s All-Stars Drag Race. I tell you, I could work on that show every week. I loved it. I was sort of raised by wild drag queens and it just feels like home to me over there! (Laughs) I sort of consider myself a drag queen. I really feel like a female drag queen. SL: Was that what attracted you to the show? Elvira: Well, I mean, honestly, from the time I was 14, drag queens taught me everything I know. They taught me how to dress and walk and put my makeup on and do my hair and I just hung out with not just drag queens but gay men my whole life and I really was so influenced by them – and I ended up being Elvira. I think it’s really cool now that drag queens are dressing up as Elvira. I mean, oh my God, it’s coming full circle! SL: I remember you had two drag queens on your reality show, The Search for the Next Elvira. Elvira: Yes. Christian Greenia and Patterson (Lundquist) – and Christian works with me – he was the “Manvira” who was super catty (laughs). He is one of the best Elvira drag queens – I think he is the best that there is because not only can he make himself look better than me – which is really sad, when a man can look better than you – but he knows every nuance, every way I move, every facial expression and every line from everything I’ve ever done. When I can’t remember something, I call him and he can reel off whole scenes from my movies. SL: You scared a lot of people when the reality show was launched. Do you have any plans to retire Elvira? Elvira: No, I don’t really and that’s the funny thing about that show. It really wasn’t meant to replace me, it was meant to have additional Elviras that I could send out to shopping malls across the country and do kind of the lower-scale Elvira appearances but the name The Search for More Elviras didn’t really cut it, so the network insisted on The Search for the Next Elvira which was a little bit catchier but confusing to people. But no, I always have plans to retire, but then I never do! I was going to retire every milestone, every birthday and I just keep going. I don’t now how long it’s going to last – it’s scaring me! But you know, I do try to stay in shape and look good, so that’s kind of a side benefit. I have a feeling that if I quit being Elvira, the next time you’d see me, I’d weigh 300 pounds! (Laughs) SL: Do you have any beauty tips you can share – I’d love to know how you stay looking so great! Elvira: Well, you know, I do live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I was a vegetarian for 13 years, but unfortunately, I kind of fell off the wagon. I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and I do work out 5-7 days a week. I walk, I spin and I do yoga. I stay pretty active. I think that and the mostly vegetarian diet is pretty much what keeps me going. That and a little vodka! (Laughs) SL: You’ve pretty much done everything. Is there something you haven’t done yet that you still want to do? Elvira: Hmmm…my major thing that I want to do is an animated feature of Elvira and move Elvira into being an animated character – so I don’t have to play her anymore! And, although he doesn’t know it yet, Tim Burton’s going to be doing the film! (Laughs) He’ll be surprised when he finds out! SL: Elvira and Tim Burton would be a match made in heaven! Elvira: That would be awesome, wouldn’t it? I actually worked with him when I did a little part in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. I almost hired him as the director for Mistress of the Dark and Pee Wee hired him out from under me – a little rivalry going there – so the last time I saw him was, God, between 25 and 30 years ago. I just got to see him the other night (at the Frankenweenie premiere) and catch up and that was really cool – and Frankenweenie was awesome! It’s really not a kid’s movie. It’s my favorite thing he’s done since Edward Scissorhands, it’s kind of like a beautiful fairy tale. SL: I saw you on the VH-1 documentary about rock groupies and learned some things I never knew about you. You’ve had such an extensive career and you’ve pretty much done it all. Would you ever consider writing your memoirs? Elvira: Yes. (Laughs) You know, I have been trying to do that for so many years. It’s insane. I always think I’m going to get this chunk of time to do it and then I never do. I did start out writing it the first of the year, and that lasted a couple of months and then I went astray on other projects. That is something I really want to do but I don’t feel like I have enough time to do it. I guess you just have to make time. When you’re writing, you just have to sit down and write. SL: Do you have a special message for your fans? Elvira: Go to Elvira.com and tweet me at @TheRealElvira. I want everybody to have a safe, insane Halloween, as usual! This article was originally published on October 17, 2012......»»

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Madonna Falls On Her Ass In Real Life As In Her Divorce

Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. This was not Madonna‘s weekend. First off, it was reported that Guy Ritchie […] More The post Madonna Falls On Her Ass In Real Life As In Her Divorce appeared first on Socialite Life. Socialite Life debuted back in 2003. SL Flashback showcases some of our favorite content from years past. This was not Madonna‘s weekend. First off, it was reported that Guy Ritchie will be receiving $75 million+ out of her coffers in their divorce settlement. Oh, and their country estate Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, England. And you know that had to sting her in her overmuscled ass a little. Secondly, as she was performing in Rio – bitch went down. Hard. The rainy stage got the better of her. Or it might have been the heart-shaped sunglasses. It must be dark to her with those on! I saw the show, it’s very strobe-lighty! Ritchie’s payout is supposed to be record-setting over in Jollie Ole’ England. And Madge is reportedly miffed that people were under the impression that he was receiving nothing. “You can imagine how Madonna feels,’ said a source. “She has been very generous to him. It isn’t about being acrimonious. It is just so inaccurate and unfair and people believe he walked away with nothing. The sums are huge. It is much bigger than the amount paid to Heather Mills by Sir Paul McCartney. Madonna just wants to make that point.” However, other sources say that the figure isn’t that high and it’s actually between $37 and $45 million. Still….that’s a lot of fish and chips. This article was originally published on December 15, 2008. The post Madonna Falls On Her Ass In Real Life As In Her Divorce appeared first on Socialite Life......»»

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