Obsessed – Meet The Domino Artist Behind These Amazing Chain Reactions

19-year-old Lily Hevesh is obsessed with dominos. She spends hours upon hours building insanely intricate designs and chain reactions before knocking them down. Sound like a strange way to spend your time? Tell that to the nearly 2 million people who’ve subscribed to her YouTube Channel, where she posts new domino videos every Saturday.
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Meet The Clever Robot That’s Ready to Take On Your Shopping Addiction

Robots are historically pretty bad at picking things up. But that’s changing thanks to startups like Kindred, which is mixing advanced AI with remote controls to create robots that can pick and sort through objects at dizzying rates.
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Meet the college football preseason All-America team

Wisconsin dominates the All-America team with four first-teamers, while Alabama, Clemson and West Virginia have two each.
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This Carrie Underwood Superfan Had The Best Reaction To Winning Tickets To Meet His Idol

Carrie Underwood has the sweetest No. 1 fan! When Elizabeth Cowles won tickets to the country songstress’ Nashville concert from a radio station, her Carrie-obsessed teenage son Cameron – who was born with cerebral palsy – was over the moon about the news! See Cameron’s dream-come-true meeting with the star.


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Trump Star Vandals Austin Clay & James Otis Finally Meet Face to Face

The 2 guys who took a crack at demolishing President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star came face-to-face this weekend, and some wisdom was imparted … TMZ has learned. Austin Clay — the latest Trump star vandal — met up with his predecessor, James…

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Kim Kardashian West Beauty L.A. Pop-Up Hosting Raffle To Meet Her

Kim Kardashian West is giving fans who visit her first-ever pop-up store more than just a chance to buy her KKW products … she’s giving them a chance to hang out with her too. Kim’s pop-up will open Wednesday at the Westfield Century…

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They Sittin’: Meet Tig Ol’ Bitty Tease Unique [PHOTOS]

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While booty reigns supreme for most, there are some who prefer the curves up top just as much as the ones on the bottom. Unique, an active and rising Instagram thirst trap expert, has two ingredients that sit in front of her that will most certainly catch the eye.

Unique doesn’t have a lot of information about herself online but what we were able to uncover that she resides in Atlanta and works as a bartender for a club for pole athletes, you catch our drift.

While Unique mostly shows off the “girls” in an array of daring, plunging tops, she’s doing ok in the rear department too.

Enough typing, check out Unique AKA @_UniqueB below and on the following pages. Check out our other Baes & Baddies here.

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Kim Kardashian West Will Meet Face-to-Face with Alice Marie Johnson

Kim Kardashian West will come face-to-face with the woman she helped to free from prison … TMZ has learned. Alice Marie Johnson had her life sentence commuted on Wednesday by President Trump after spending 22 years behind bars. Kim championed Alice’s…

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Meet the new Blake Bortles, a confident QB with peace of mind

After three frustrating seasons, the Jaguars quarterback turned things around in 2017. Now he has a new contract, job security and a fresh outlook.
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Meet the Robots on a Quest to Clean Up Fukushima

Seven years after an earthquake devastated Japan, humans and robots are still trying to clean up Fukushima.
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Meet the New Line of Sustainable Clothes From Frank And Oak

When it comes to staying ahead of the fashion curve, Frank And Oak never fails to disappoint. The Montreal-based brand’s newly-released “Minimal” line makes shopping for sustainable clothing way easier.

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Kourtney Kardashian To Meet With Congress Over Cosmetics Regulation

Kourtney Kardashian is about to dip her toes into D.C. politics … and it’s all in the name of cosmetics. Our Kardashian sources say Kourtney will come face-to-face with several members of Congress Tuesday in hopes of helping to reform the laws that…

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Kim Kardashian & Millie Bobby Brown Finally Meet: See Their Cute Hangout!

Millie Bobby Brown’s wish has been granted! The “Stranger Things” star and noted “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” fangirl finally met Kim Kardashian on Friday, months after the two sparked a Twitter friendship. See the cute photo and video the duo posted to celebrate their long-awaited hangout.


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Meet the $25 Shirts That Look Like A Million Bucks

If you’re the kind of guy who wears button downs as often as other guys wear t-shirts, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find the right combination of style and value. You’ll also likely have to replace them a lot more often than everyone else. And with many quality clothiers opening the floor for dress shirts and button downs around the $ 80 mark, that can get pretty pricey, pretty fast.

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Meet The Clever Robot That’s Ready to Take On Your Shopping Addiction

Robots are historically pretty bad at picking things up. But that’s changing thanks to startups like Kindred, which is mixing advanced AI with remote controls to create robots that can pick and sort through objects at dizzying rates.
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Meet HomePod, Apple’s New Siri-Enabled Speaker

Apple has unveiled the HomePod, a $ 350 wireless speaker with Siri baked right in.
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Meet Busty & Booty Banging Brooklynite SymbasErothick [PHOTOS]

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SymbasErothick might not be known to many outside of her loyal fanbase on Instagram, but her head-turning curves are making waves across social media as of late. During last week’s Trinidad Carnival and playing mas, Symba stole the proverbial show by way of her powerful bustline and backside.

Not much is known about Symba but she has been online stunting with her curves for at least the past five years under the name Sibongile Cummings. According to her IG bio, Symba is a “Carnival Enthusiast. Travel Addict. No F*cks Giver. Brooklynite. Shopaholic. Rude Big Batty Gyal. Jokes Queen.”

We’ll take it.

At any rate, check out the busty and booty banging Brooklynite Symba AKA SymbasErothick below and on the following pages. Be sure to check out our other Baes & Baddies entries here.

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Meet the Affordable French Menswear Giant That Just Landed at Macy’s

The list of things that you can only buy in countries like France (cafe a la noisette, creme de marrons, and the kind of stinky, unpasteurized cheeses that the FDA maligns unfairly among them) got shorter this week when clothier Daniel Hechter started selling its wares at Macy’s.

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Danielle Herrington: Meet The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s New Cover Model!

Danielle Herrington is the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model! Get to know the up-and-coming star and hear how excited she was when she heard the news about her huge gig. See more at SI.com/swimsuit. The issue is on newsstands now.


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Kevin Hart Helps Young Minnesota Vikings Fan Meet His Favorite Player Harrison Smith

Kevin Hart proves Hart isn’t just his last name, as the Philly native brightens the life a young Vikings fan living just south of Minneapolis who’s battling leukemia. Watch Kevin surprise the eleven-year-old with special guest, Vikings safety Harrison Smith.


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Meet Marvelous Marilyn Maye – Marilyn Maye

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Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: December 31, 1964

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Meet 4 of NASA’s Newest Astronaut Candidates

Twelve new astronaut candidates just joined the ranks of those with the right stuff. Picked from a pool of 18,000 they may be among the first to journey to Mars. Four spoke with WIRED about getting the call and what they hope to accomplish.
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Meet the Stereotypes, the Guys Who Help Give Bruno Mars His Bounce

This production and songwriting team was in a fallow period before reconnecting with one of its early collaborators: Mr. Mars. Now the group is up for three Grammys.
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Meet the New York Clothing Company Making the Strongest T-Shirt on the Market

Have you ever stopped to think about how hard it is to find a really good t-shirt?

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Meet the 89-Year Old Who Built a Train in His Backyard

The future of train transportation might be pneumatic tubes and magnets. Meet the 89-year old entrepreneur who wants to disrupt the railroad with a modern twist on a very old train idea.
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Meet the Parents – Jay Roach

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Meet the Parents

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Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: October 6, 2000


Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is poised to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) during a weekend stay at her parents' home. But here's the catch… he needs to ask her father first. Alas, the fur flies as Jack Byrnes, Pam's cat-crazy, ex-CIA father, played hysterically by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, takes an immediate dislike to her less-than-truthful beau. Greg's quest for approval gets seriously sidetracked as Murphy's Law takes over and a hilarious string of mishaps turns him into a master of disaster and total pariah in the eyes of the entire family… all except his shell-shocked girlfriend, who can't believe she still loves her one-man wrecking crew. Meet the Parents, from the director of Austin Powers, is an uproarious blockbuster hit that bombards you with one laugh after another, as true love tries to conquer all, against all odds.

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Meet the Crime-Fighting Robot That’s Stirring Up Controversy

Five-foot-tall, 400-pound robots are on a mission to take a bite out of crime. The path there, though, is fraught with ethical pitfalls.
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Meet Proof, the Clothing Brand Designed to Withstand Modern Life

That there is difficulty in life today goes without saying: There’s no shortage of us who complain about our challenging commutes every morning, and society certainly isn’t lacking for people who struggle to keep up with the demands of long hours, multitasking, shrinking salaries, and searching through the barrage of posts from an ever-growing number of sources to separate fact from fiction.

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man – Charles Lamont

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

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Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: March 19, 1951


Abbott and Costello portray private detectives in this fast-paced comic thriller. Recent detective school graduates Bud and Lou are minding their new business when accused killer Tommy Nelson (Arthur Franz) bursts into their office. Proclaiming his innocence, he convinces the two to get him to his beautiful fiancee Helen (Nancy Guild). Just as the police arrive to investigate, Tommy injects himself with invisibility serum being developed by Helen's uncle. Nelson convinces Lou to go undercover as a boxer to help flush out the real killer. With Nelson's unseen assistance, Costello reluctantly goes into the ring as "Lou the Looper" for one of the most hilarious fight sequences ever filmed.

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Meet Me In St. Louis – Vincente Minnelli

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Meet Me In St. Louis

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Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 28, 1944


St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however, barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair.

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Meet Proof, the Clothing Brand Designed to Withstand Modern Life

That there is difficulty in life today goes without saying: There’s no shortage of us who complain about our challenging commutes every morning, and society certainly isn’t lacking for people who struggle to keep up with the demands of long hours, multitasking, shrinking

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Meet Harmony, the World’s 1st AI-Driven Sex Robot

Learning our habits, our likes and dislikes, AI systems like Siri and Alexa have become invaluable confidants — while keeping it strictly professional. If you’ve ever felt like taking your relationship to the next level, with RealDoll’s latest innovation, there’s an app for that — and her name is Harmony.
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Meet the Musicians Who Gave Isaac Hayes His Groove

A new boxed CD set helps shine a light on the band — born out of the Bar-Kays — that backed this soul star on “Hot Buttered Soul” and beyond.
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Meet the Clever Hospital Robot That’s Helping Save Lives

Think of Tug as a self-driving car, only for the indoors. Oh, and it delivers drugs.
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Meet The Five Scholarship Winners Of Tuition Request Live

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Meet the Affordable French Menswear Giant That Just Landed at Macy’s

The list of things that you can only buy in countries like France (cafe a la noisette, creme de marrons, and the kind of stinky, unpasteurized cheeses that the FDA maligns unfairly among them) got shorter this week when clothier

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy – Charles Lamont

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Genre: Comedy

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Release Date: May 23, 1955


Pete and Freddie (Abbott and Costello) overhear a Cairo archaeologists's chatter about discovering a legendary mummy and decide to apply as chaperones for the corpse's journey to America. But when they arrive at the archaeologists' home, he has been murdered, the mummy seems to have have disappeared, and to top it all off, the boys become owners of a sacred medallion that holds the key to the location of an ancient buried treasure that many would kill for! Learning that the medallion is cursed, Pete hides it in a most appetizing place and Freddie bites the bait. Then it's up to the bumbling American's to preserve the legend of the mummy and keep the treasure from falling into the wrong hands. Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy is loaded with surprises. One of the most interesting is Lou Costello's daughter Carole appearing as the cigarette girl who pours water all over her dad! This gem of a film is filled with laughs for everyone in your family – especially Mummy!

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CNCO, Vicente Garcia, Sofia Reyes & More: Meet the Latin Grammys’ Best New Artist Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 Latin Grammys were finally announced on Sept. 26. As usual, one of the most exciting categories is best new…
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Meet Kevin Hart’s Scam Tramp Monique “Momo” Gonzalez [PHOTOS]

Monique Gonzalez, also known as Momo, had Kevin Hart pouring out his, ahem, heart to his wife live on these here Internets. After Momo essentially admitted she was trying to fleece Hart for some coins, folks were definitely curious to see who was the woman that the superstar comedian and actor risking it all for.

Gonzalez, a Miami-based singer, found her name hot in the streets after video surfaced of her and Hart in Las Vegas last July. While Hart laughed off the exchange initially, it appears there was something more afoot. Gonzalez even turned the heat up on Hart, saying that she’s just one of several women that he’s been entertaining on the side.

Hope this means that Kevin Hart is coming with pure heat in his next comedy special.

We won’t waste time here. Check out Monique Gonzalez aka Momo below and on the following pages.

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Meet Taurus, the VR Controlled Bomb Disposal Robot

This is Taurus, SRI’s tele-operated robot, which ventures where human beings dare not.

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Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 (Unabridged) – Lizzy Goodman

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Meet The 21-Year-Old Musician Who’s Helping Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

MTV News speaks to Ron Bultongez, a 21-year-old musician who’s lifting the spirits of Hurricane Harvey victims at a Dallas convention center.
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Meet the New Face for an Old-School Beard Oil Brand

The world of beard models is small and homogenous — and as a result, incredibly boring. But Captain Fawcett, a British grooming brand, just collaborated on a hydrating hair oil with the only interesting beard model out there: Harnaam Kaur, a 26-year-old British-Sikh woman whose beard puts most to shame.

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Meet the Mane Master Behind Adele’s “Hello” Hair


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Meet the Woman Behind the Modeling Industry’s Dutch Dominance

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Having long been a destination for scouts in search of elegant new beauties, the Netherlands is responsible for some of fashion’s favorite faces: Modeling icons like ’90s super Karen Mulder, Doutzen Kroes, and Bardot doppelgänger Lara Stone all got their start at home in the Netherlands. One of the reasons behind the current Dutch dominance on the high-fashion scene? Code Management’s Marit Simons, the woman responsible for the careers of several of the current era’s biggest stars, from Imaan Hammam (whom Simons spotted on the streets of Amsterdam) to Prada campaign star Nimue Smit (whom Simons discovered via social media). This season alone, several of the most successful girls—including J.W.Anderson opener Nirvana Naves and Céline star Vera van Erp—got their start thanks to Simons. With the Dutch wave showing no signs of slowing down, Simons explains what separates the new generation of Dutch models from their predecessors and which faces to keep an eye on for 2016.



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How did you first become interested in scouting?
As long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in photography, design, and architecture. My plan was to become a photographer or a fashion designer. I’m part of the first generation that grew up with the Internet, so I was doing my own research about the things I liked—discovering new bands, building websites, taking pictures. That led to discovering fashion designers, models, and photographers. When I was about 15 years old I became intrigued by models like Gemma Ward, Lily Donaldson, and Lisa Cant, who were all over Italian Vogue, and I became fascinated with the idea of discovering such unique faces. I became curious about the infrastructure behind the models. At the time, I was asked to do some research for a popular website that kept track of up-and-coming models. Through them I got in touch with some agencies in Holland and started scouting.

After a while, I felt like these agencies were missing out on some opportunities. They did not see things the way I saw them as a young person. I became friends with the photographers I met and started to understand what they needed to accomplish their ideas for a shoot. I started to have my own vision about what an agency should be, a haven that focuses on a few select girls in a very personal way with high-end international goals. That’s when I started Code.



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Who was the first model you discovered?
The first model I discovered was Nimue Smit. I spotted her picture on a social media website and asked her to meet me with her mom or dad. I was very young at the time for an agent, and her mom later on confessed to me she thought her daughter would be doing some local modeling, nothing too big. A year later, [Nimue] went to New York to shoot the Prada campaign.

What makes scouting in the Netherlands different than scouting in other locations?
In general the people in our country have “tall genes”: We’re a tall—and friendly—bunch of people. That makes a lot of girls more likely to model.

Dutch models have a very pure kind of beauty that radiates health and happiness: high cheekbones, strong eyebrows, full lips, and a fit body. Holland is known for their blonde-hair, blue-eyed beauties like Doutzen [Kroes], Karen Mulder, and Daphne Groeneveld, but there is another generation of young, racially mixed kids growing up into stunning adults. Imaan [Hammam] comes from that generation with a Moroccan mom and dad from Egypt, and Nirvana [Naves] with a Dutch dad and mom from Guyana.



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Why do you think so many successful models come out of the Netherlands?
Dutch people have a softness and positive energy about them that makes them very likable. We also tend to be very active, ambitious people with over-planned agendas. We grow up riding our bikes through the rain, we’re sporty and persistent. We work hard and don’t expect too much. When good things come our way, we’re appreciative and will work harder to keep it up. This down-to-earth mentality allows a lot of Dutch models to stay on top. They’re rarely one-day flies.

Who are the girls we should be keeping an eye on for the future?
Kiki Boreel and Kim van der Laan are two girls with a lot of potential. Kiki just cut her hair, giving her a rock ’n’ roll edge, and Kim looks just like an angel with her light blonde curls and full lips. We also just signed a new, very cool girl by the name of Alex Neij that a lot of people are excited about.



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Meet Jerry Lorenzo, the Man Behind L.A.’s Coolest Menswear: Just Ask Rihanna and Bieber

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“It’s just humbling,” says the soft-spoken Jerry Lorenzo via phone, about the rapid success of his menswear label, Fear of God. The line, whose latest offering is available for preorder starting November 1, might only be four collections deep, but it already counts stylish A-listers—including Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber—as fans. “I essentially started to go to downtown Los Angeles to make pieces that were missing from my closet,” he says. “Selfishly, so I could look cooler.”

That approach seems to be paying off: Many of his signature jeans and plaid shirts sell out within weeks of posting on the brand’s website. Citing the style of basketball star Allen Iverson and grunge legend Kurt Cobain as his two main influences, Lorenzo attributes the popularity of the line to a foundation of the most essential items in an everyday wardrobe. “Nothing of what I’m doing is anything that hasn’t been seen before,” he says. “It’s sweatshirts, it’s bombers, it’s a dad shirt. It’s classic American menswear with my take on it.”



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Using the imagery of iconic American rock bands as a starting point, his vintage-inspired band tees have that evergreen cool factor, too, and have been spotted on the likes of Justin Bieber and David Beckham—which only makes sense, given that the brand’s name sounds like it was swiped from the lineup of an alt-rock music festival. “I’m not a graphic artist. For me the best version of a graphic tee is a vintage band tee,” Lorenzo says. “It’s the fact that when you wear it, it might spark a conversation with some 40-year-old fan of Metallica that you bump into in the grocery store.”

It doesn’t hurt that some high-profile women in music have shown interest in the label, as well, including a certain bootylicious superstar. “I had to pause and screenshot Beyoncé when she wore the Fear of God thermals in the video for ‘7/11,’ ” he says. “That was one of the most awesome things.” Lorenzo says his focus is strictly on menswear for now, but who knows— perhaps a Fear of Goddess women’s line is on the horizon.

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Meet The High School Hero Who Jumped In To Defend Legally Blind Teen From Accused Bully

Cody Pines, 17, is being hailed as a hero after the teen was caught on tape taking down an accused bully who was allegedly beating up his legally blind high school classmate, Austin Higley, 16. Video of the incident went viral, with more than 26 million views, showing Higley being attacked by another student as Pines swiftly steps in to help him. The accused aggressor has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

Pines and Higley, students at Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, CA, speak out together for the first time exclusively to Dr. Phil on Wednesday’s episode, with Austin giving his account of the incident, and Cody explaining what he was thinking when he jumped in to save Austin.

“I saw the kid getting into Austin’s face and stuff. I didn’t even notice it was Austin until I got closer and whenever I noticed it was Austin, that’s when I went to go help him,” Pines says in the video above. “I just ran up there and I just swung my arm. I was only trying to hit him once, I was just trying to get him off of him.”

“Honestly, I feel like you saved my life,” Higley responds.

“Exclusive: High School Hero Defends Blind Teen in Alleged Bully Attack Caught on Video,” airs Wednesday. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Giowana Cambrone is a charming woman with an incredible story. A transgender woman, LGBT activist, lawyer, professor of family law with a master’s degree in public policy and human development from Rio de Janeiro State University, Giowana participated in the coordination of the Rio de Janeiro branch of Rede Sustentabilidade (Sustainability Network) — a political party founded by Marina Silva– and played a key role in preparing the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB)/Rede coalition’s program for the 2014 elections.

In an interview, she told us about her personal experience, her view on the hetero-cis-normative society she lives in, and explained Rede’s views on sexual minorities.

Giowana also offered details on the controversy around chapters that addressed LGBT rights in Marina Silva’s program during the 2014 presidential elections.

Let me start with a personal question: How did you realize you were a woman? What was going on in your mind then?
I’ve known I was different from the hetero-cis-normative standard ever since I was a child. I remember watching the Silvio Santos show, a talent show where drag queens were performing. And then the host asked one of the drag queens how she felt. She gave an answer that would be considered inappropriate today, but I completely related to it. She said she felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body. From that moment on, I got to know myself better and I thought: “I am not alone, there are other people like me.” But I lived in the state of Minas Gerais, and there was a lot of prejudice. I didn’t feel accepted. I felt guilty, abnormal and even sinful. But I overcame all that.

What has changed since?
A lot has changed. Today I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I lived a life that wasn’t mine. I was unhappy. I was trapped for 30 years, with an identity that wasn’t mine. Gender rules that are imposed on us are very strict, and they oppressively dictate our behaviors. The transition process was not without struggle and pain– both emotional and physical. I had to deconstruct an identity shaped by the gender assigned to me at birth, and build another one that actually represented me. It was like I was impersonating a character. There was no Giowana in the old Giowana.

In an earlier interview, you said: “We live in a state with an imaginary heterosexual population.” Could you explain to our readers what you meant by that?
Actually, this is a concept proposed by a feminist named Ochy Curiel, who developed the notion of the “heterosexual nation.” Using this concept, I realized that heteronormativity and cisnormativity are very prevalent among the hegemonic ruling class. And this is reflected in public policies, legislation and the entire structure of the state. As a result, it is very hard to approve legislation that favors the LGBT population, even when it addresses very basic things, such as same-sex marriage or the recognition of trans as an identity. This suppresses access to essential citizen rights.

What do you think about the controversy around the Family Statute?
The Family Statute is a stillborn law. Today, the definition of family is much more pluralistic and diverse. Laws often become irrelevant due to the changes in the social dynamics, thus losing their purpose. But this law has been proposed without a social purpose. That is why I say it is stillborn. Moreover, they are proposing a Statute that goes against the interpretation of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), which is the guardian of the Constitution. In fact, it proposes a threatening political discourse. The main problem is that it is a prohibitive and hate-oriented discourse. The proposed Family Statute violates the constitutional principles of equality, fairness and freedom. They are trying to approve a law that discriminates against other, non-standard family configurations…This greatly concerns me. What defines a family is the bond of love and affection, which cannot be extinguished by a law. The families outside this imposed “normative standard” will exist, regardless of the law.

You were the first transgender person to be appointed as part of the Sustainability Network. How was this experience? Are you no longer a coordinator?
I participated in the coordination of Rede Rio. It was a very good experience. I had to leave for personal reasons. I was busy getting my master’s degree and also going into the job market, which took up more of my time than I had hoped. But I’m still active with Rede and I’m dedicated to the project.

Many people mention the editing of Marina’s campaign program in 2014. How do you feel about what happened then?
I helped prepare that program. We held meetings with representatives of the LGBT groups in the coalition, and I drafted the proposals that would be submitted to the program. As a human rights activist for many years now, I learned that one must go for the whole package. And that’s what we proposed. However, we knew that there would be mediation. That is, the program would not include everything we proposed. Because a program means goals, for which you will fight with all your political capital to accomplish. In the meantime, between the proposals for the a program and the mediations, everything changed. Eduardo Campos died in an airplane accident, the campaign was reset, and Marina Silva had to take the lead. All of this disrupted the normal flow of events. On that Friday when it [the LGBT program] was launched, people called me and said: “The program is out, the program is out!” When I read it, I saw that the proposal had been published in full. They even kept my original punctuation. I was very pleased, of course, but I found it odd that they had published it in full. Obviously, there had been no mediation. The final, mediated version of the document was published the following day. I was very upset, not so much because of the program, which hadn’t been changed substantially, but because of the mistake [in the editing process].

Nevertheless, one must recognize that the proposed program was still the most advanced compared to those of the other candidates, because they kept the chapter that allows adoption by same-sex couples in the program, and upheld the João Neri Act, which provides for the civil requalification of transgender people. However, the misunderstanding that took place during the publication stage unfortunately weakened the campaign, and we started being attacked and accused of having changed the program after Malafaia’s (a conservative evangelical minister) opportunistic tweets.

Malafaia was never an ally of Rede, and is an extremely opportunistic public figure. Saying that Malafaia had a role to play in Rede means you know nothing at all about the movement. As I see it, Marina has no restrictions on LGBT civil rights. I think Marina is someone who is very open to this human rights issue. You just have to read the final version of the program to understand that. In the heat of the campaign, though, the winners were those who resorted to marketing strategies, rather than those who presented proposals and made written commitments.

Is there room for the LGBT population in Rede?
Of course! Rede was born with sustainability in mind. You cannot think of sustainability without considering diversity. Diversity applies to all aspects of life. There is cultural diversity, biological diversity, human diversity and, of course, sexual diversity. That’s one of Rede’s commitments.

It is a party that welcomes human diversity, a party that welcomes pluralism and the diversity of voices. Rede is not a party of one color. It was born with special attention to the human condition.

The Diversidade em Rede (Network Diversity) has used a horizontal approach and a knowledge-sharing exercise to discuss and build an LGBT agenda within the party. We have already gotten two resolution proposals approved, in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, to guide the party’s policies regarding sexual diversity, as well as push for a secular state. Additionally, we have welcomed new congressmen and members of other parties, and shared our values and agendas with them.

Finally, what can people do to help improve the quality of life of the trans population?
There is so much, but at the same time it is very simple. The main problem is disrespect. It is as if society wished it could make transgender people invisible. But they exist. They are a reality that most people would rather not see. They are bodies that challenge the concept of gender. “Abnormal” when compared to social standards and relegated to societal margins.

The main problem is in not acknowledging transgender identities, which leads to other problems, such as difficulties in finding jobs. The labor market rejects them. There is a lack of opportunity. Today, approximately 90 percent of this population are employed as sex workers. No other oppressed or marginalized population, women, black people or any others, has ever been reduced to a single economic activity. I am not judging those who work in this industry willingly. The problem is when it is the only option.

If you don’t work, you don’t live and you don’t eat. Some people think that the transgender population lives on air, or glitter, or glamour. No, transgender people have to eat, have to drink and have to dress. They must have at least two meals a day. They must have access to health care and education. Now. And from time to time, they should be able to go to the movies.

However, these needs are neglected. While the rest of the LGBT community is discussing and claiming their civil rights, transgender people still have to discuss their rights to the most basic needs. Even the physiological ones, such as which restrooms they are allowed to use, or social rights, like work, health care and education. Something unthinkable in the 21st century.

This article first appeared on HuffPost Brazil and was translated into English.

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With her singular beauty vision, the makeup artist Lucia Pica is bringing a cool new attitude to Chanel.

Lucia Pica’s big love of color should hardly set alarm bells ringing. And yet it has. Literally. At London’s Tate Modern. It’s a Saturday afternoon, and in her attempt to really inspect the brushstrokes and exacting undertones of a Sonia Delaunay masterpiece, Chanel’s new global creative makeup and color designer has accidentally tripped the security borders, and the alarm is now reverberating across the busy exhibition hall. Mortified, the Italian makeup artist slides away from the scene until she safely turns a corner, whereupon she bursts into a fit of can-you-actually-believe-I-did-that giggles.

Bold pops of color are her thing, and Pica—who will be responsible for conceptualizing and developing Chanel’s cosmetics—represents something of a brave move for the French luxury house. She thinks nothing of applying glossy acid orange to lips, dusting lids in canary yellow ombréd-out to sooty black, or artistically painting a single stroke of Wite-Out white just below brows with the style of an Abstract Expressionist. But that’s not all she can do; Pica can just as skillfully turn her hand to a natural no-makeup makeup look. It’s a versatility honed on set with photographers Mario Testino, Mikael Jansson, Alasdair McLellan, and Willy Vanderperre, and backstage at shows like Roksanda and Peter Pilotto. She’s also behind Chanel’s beauty campaigns, making up the faces of Keira Knightley and the model Sigrid Agren.

At lunch at Brawn, one of her favorite local restaurants, not far from her home in neighboring Dalston, East London, she’s wearing vintage black Levi’s 615s paired with a chic white turtleneck. Her oversize stone-colored trench from Armani menswear is jauntily accessorized with Margaret Howell’s foldaway trilby and—what else?—Chanel’s classic monochrome ballet flats and 2.55 bag. “I’m really into black and white at the moment,” she says, smiling and sipping an Americano. “I’ve been Chanelified.

“Coco Chanel was such a punk in the way that she approached style and feminism,” Pica continues. “She gave power to women, made it about how we wanted to look and not about dressing to please others. She pioneered that, and it couldn’t have been easy.” The heavy-fringed brunette pauses before adding, “Yes—I’m reading a lot of her biographies. . . . ”

Pica, who grew up in Naples, was always interested in makeup but didn’t consider it as a career until much later. She moved at 22 to London, where she waitressed, working the night shift at Soho’s lively Cafe Boheme. After completing a brief makeup course, she did a stint at Shu Uemura’s counter and assisted a roll call of legendary female makeup artists, including Charlotte Tilbury.

“I knew she would be a star,” says Tilbury. “She’s got creative vision and really knows her art, film, and fashion references. It’s been great to see her develop her own makeup style over the years, which has a fresh, cool edge to it.” Plus, she adds, “I love her naughty sense of humor!”

Though Pica’s first full collection for Chanel won’t launch until late 2016, she is already clear on one thing: “I want the lineup to be modern and very straightforward. I want it to be super now, precise, and strong.” In preparation, she has been spending her time creating mood boards, gathering visuals that inspire her. Her references are broad: Art Deco postcards, images of Brutalist architecture, a snap of an edgy young girl spotted in an L.A. nightclub, a series of Polaroids of single-stem flowers pulled from the vast congratulatory bouquets she received when news broke of her appointment, and a handwritten note from an ex-boyfriend. When we duck into the florist Grace & Thorn on Hackney Road, a spriggy purple shamrock—otherwise known as a love plant—catches her eye. “Everything translates to a palette or a lipstick,” she says. “Whatever I look at, I see makeup.”

 

Fashion Editor: Sara Moonves
Hair: Holli Smith; Makeup: Lucia Pica for Chanel

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With soulful eyes and dramatic cheekbones that recall a latter-day Vermeer painting, it’s easy to see why model Slyvia van der Klooster was plucked from a small farming town in Holland and thrust into the fashion spotlight back in the late ’90s. In a recent email interview, the Dutch beauty said that the best birthday present she ever got was making her runway debut for Prada when she was just 20 years old.

She soon became part of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s famiglia, too; for years both she and Giovanna Battaglia, now a much-photographed stylist, were the fit models for the house. Dolce & Gabbana weren’t the only ones to fall under Van der Klooster’s spell, she was a face of Versace beauty and walked for British showmen John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Eighteen years later, and she’s still walking the runway.

These days, Van der Klooster does fittings and walks for Dries Van Noten, the romantic Antwerp-based designer, whose studio is a quick train ride from Amsterdam, Van der Klooster’s hometown, and just as bicycle friendly. She is a woman on the go, and on the rise: The demand for the handmade organic leather handbag often outstrips supply (though fellow Dutch model Saskia de Brauw scored one); her first movie, Debiel, is released this month; and then there are those street style photographers to pose for . . . .

Here, Van der Klooster talks about her inimitable style—a mash-up of vintage, prints, and flannel—working with Dries, and the Céline skirt that got away.



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How would you describe your style?
My style is a mix of prints and colors. I don’t even own anything black. I have always had a crush on the ’70s and the grunge era, so I dress with a lot of layers and mix all kinds of prints and proportions. My closet is full of Dries Van Noten, which is fantastic to mix. His clothes are seasonless, so they suit me very well.

What are your favorite pieces in your closet right now?
The purple velvet boots from Dries Fall 2015—they are heavenly—and my flower-printed coat from Dries as well.



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When did you start working with Dries?
I walked for Dries in the late ’90s, three times I think. He was always my absolute personal favorite. Three years ago I started doing the fittings with him in Antwerp. I live in Amsterdam and it’s only an hour and half away from his office.

What’s it like?
We start three or four months before the show with fittings. It is so very inspiring to see a Dries collection come together, as I said, I have been a fan for as long as I can remember and love the humble mentality of the Belgian people in general. Dries and his team are the nicest, down-to-earth people who work super hard. It doesn’t even feel like work sometimes because I am very interested in his way of thinking when it comes to making a collection.



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How did you get into bag design?
I started making bags four years ago; I went to a bag-making school in the south of Holland where you learn everything from scratch: patterns, cutting, stitching. I make all my bags myself with organic vegetable-tanned leather. It takes me about a week to make one. Right now I have a long waiting list of people who want to order one, so I try to make them in between my work as a model.



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Do you have any tips for dressing for bike riding?
Anything goes on a bike! I have [worn] a long evening gown on my bike to go to a Dutch Vogue party. [When I do that] I try to either tuck it under my bottom on the saddle or put a knot in it—you become creative. I lost a Céline skirt once because it got stuck in the wheel. I hope that never happens again.

Do you dress differently in Paris than at home?
Yes, in Holland I am more practical, especially when I work on my bags. In Paris I dress up more, [in] heels, dresses. I love how people dress in Paris as well, [and] that gives me more inspiration to dress up.

Do you have a favorite shopping spot in Paris?
I always love to go to Kiliwatch, the vintage store close to Rue Étienne Marcel. I always find something there.



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I have a particular fondness for comedians, and have had close personal friendships with some of the great ones over the years. Even as a teenager in the 1960s, my favorite reading material was not comic books, but rather biographies and autobiographies of comics– W.C Fields, Jack Benny, George Burns, Steve Allen, Groucho Marx, Red Skelton, Woody Allen, and many others, all of which I still have in my library. I also have maintained a collection of volumes of one-liners by Robert Orben, Joey Adams, and other comedy writers.

I want to introduce you to a comedian who I have never met, but with whom I have frequently communicated with since he first gained my attention about 5 years ago. Joe Wong is Chinese, and came from Beijing to the U.S. as a student in 1994. He ultimately obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from Rice University in Houston– and he looks exactly like a guy who holds such a degree. In spite of this impressive accomplishment, he went into stand-up comedy, a decision I am sure thrilled his Chinese parents.

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How he transformed himself from an egghead to a comic is remarkable. He went to a comedy club in Houston, where he understood nothing and loved everything about it. He joined Toastmasters International to help him with his English and public speaking. Later he moved to Boston to accept a job with a pharmaceutical firm and at night took a comedy class at a local high school. He read dictionaries, and honed his English and comedy. Eventually he qualified for the Boston Comedy Festival, and ultimately was spotted by David Letterman’s bookers.

Joe became a favorite of David Letterman and Ellen Degeneres, having made multiple appearances on both of their shows. He received a standing ovation at the White House Radio/Television Correspondence’s Dinner in 2010– a notoriously tough room.



He has a unique style, pace, delivery, look, and material. But, most importantly, he has something going for him that most comics wish they had– a stance. Like Jack Benny or Phyllis Diller, his comedic characteristics make him stand out from the crowd. He’s like a deer in the headlights, a bit surprised he’s in the spotlight, slightly reserved with a touch of socially awkwardness.

One of my favorite moments was after he finished his first national television appearance on The Late Show in 2009, Letterman approached him to shake his hand. Joe seemed unsure as to where to go or what was expected of him. It was a Wally Cox, Don Knotts, or Woody Allen moment, and the audience loved him for it.


One night I took a DVD of some of Joe’s television work to show my pal Phyllis Diller. We sat in her den watching, but Phyllis was both hard of hearing and had difficulty understanding foreign accents. After 5 minutes, Phyllis said to me “Is he speaking Chinese? I don’t understand a word he has said– but he is FUNNY!” Although she couldn’t figure out what he was saying, she did comprehend that his very essence was comical– a nerdy and nervous Chinese guy doing American style stand-up.

Ironically, Joe was discovered in and returned to China because of his U.S. television appearances. Over 50 million people in China have watched him on various internet sites, both in English and with Chinese subtitles. He was offered a gig hosting a comedy/investigative reporting show on a Chinese TV network CCTV2, and returned there to do so– with 5 to 7 million viewers per episode. In the meantime he is also performing American style standup comedy in Chinese venues and has garnered international attention, including being featured on the CBS Evening News and in the New York Times. He can perform 2 hour standup comedy shows in either English or Mandarin Chinese!

My friend, Emmy award-winning comedic actor Fred Willard, shares my passion for books on comedy and comedians, and we often exchange them with each other. He recently gave me Fred Allen’s 1954 book “Treadmill to Oblivion.” Fred Allen concludes his publication with this bittersweet observation, “When a radio comedian’s program is finally finished it slinks down Memory Lane into the limbo of yesterday’s happy hours. All the comedian has to show for his years of work and aggravation is the echo of forgotten laughter.”

I have a hunch Joe Wong’s best laughs are yet to come. It wouldn’t surprise me if he returns to the U.S. with his own sitcom that would be watched worldwide. Stay tuned.

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“She wears the crown for all the work that she’s put into the industry,” says Beyoncé’s personal wardrobe curator, Zerina Akers. “But I also want her to have fun. After all she is a woman.”

Over the past year, Akers has worked with the multiplatinum superstar analyzing the right cuts, fits, and silhouettes solidifying Queen Bey’s place in fashion royalty–one which the consummately best-dressed singer maintains through not only her own wardrobe, but a forthcoming partnership with Topshop, too. But there’s another, equally stylish side of the pop icon, and anyone who visits the 33-year-old’s Instagram or website will notice: Recently she has been upping her fashion game with seemingly impromptu shoots no matter where in the world she happens to be. We’ve also seen Bey sport some names outside the runway regulars including Harbison, Marco de Vincenzo, and Romeo Hunte–courtesy of Akers. “I really wanted to bring in some new designers, some younger kids to see what they’re doing,” Akers told us recently, adding, “and then incorporate more international designers and underground streetwear designers out of London.”

It’s been a masterful evolution for the singer who has lately taken to bold color, feminine prints, and punchy accessories. For the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Mrs. Carter slipped into a cardinal Harbison jumpsuit, while another occasion saw her opt for a tailored, canary yellow Zadig & Voltaire suit emphasizing the star’s renewed focus on rainbow-like shades. “I wanted to be a little more experimental with color,” says Akers, adding, “like the orange Cushnie et Ochs top and pink Dsquared2 shorts. She’s such a bright person and I feel like in fashion today everyone strays away from color.”

However, one outfit that Akers references as a favorite was an all-cream look Beyoncé wore earlier this summer, which hinted at the shift in wardrobe that’s sophisticated and clean, but accessible: Pairing a topper from Barneys New York with Frame Denim jeans, her ensemble was a study in how to approach neutral dressing at all price points. “High-low is all about color selection, shape, and fabrication of the garment,” explains Akers. “I can get a skirt for $ 50 in matte jersey. It’s going to move and hug the body in a similar way as a skirt that’s $ 795.” Akers says the secret to her A-list client’s style comes down to the fit: She and Bey have been gravitating toward asymmetrical and bias cuts.

But the best part of her role, the stylist maintains, is being able see Beyoncé excited about the looks. “That’s the reward,” says Akers matter-of-factly. “That she’s enjoying herself and feels beautiful and confident.” How else, after all, to run the world?

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Right now, customized denim is at an all-time “in-your-face” high. And this is not your hippie mother’s embroidery, usually falling into brash (and sometimes crass) styles of stick-and-poke illustrations on low-slung jeans and through-the-wringer thrashed and slashed pieces. But what about those who want to take part in the decorated denim boom sans the crude and rude genres? Take it from the Tu Es Mon Trésor (translation: “You Are My Treasure”)—a label that has Rihanna stepping out of her graffiti-inspired denim and into the romantic, polished pairs.

With delicately embellished jeans dotted with pearls, a bricolage of crystals splashed on the knees, or cuffs scattered with blossoms rendered in tulle, it’s clear that the label is embracing its feminine origins. Yes, John Wayne’s favorite textile really can be ladylike. The brainchild of Tokyo-based Miki Aizawa and Aimi Fukumoto, Tu Es Mon Trésor was the result of an inability to find jeans to go with a collection of Hermès and Chanel It bags. “I felt that [the bags] would not look good with a tweed jacket!” says Fukumoto. “I wanted to wear casual clothes like denim pants with them.” She launched the Japanese denim label soon after. “For a long time now, I have had an image of a girl living in the countryside hankering for big cities,” says Fukumoto of the inspiration behind her designs, which riff on bijoux and beyond. “When she goes to cities, she borrows a Burberry trench coat and an Hermès scarf from her mother’s closet in order to be as fashionable as possible.” And with these jeans, she won’t need much else.

 



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It was the “I get no respect” debate, featuring seven sad sack GOP presidential candidates who were relegated to the “Lower Tier Debate,” at 5 PM ET on Thursday.

These candidates had the lowest poll numbers– they were like the unpopular kids in high school. They were all dressed up, but no one invited them to the prom. I swear they all looked so humiliated and rejected that I felt sorry for them. None of them wanted to be there, but were required to attend– exactly how I felt in gym class.

Take a look at their sad little faces in this video when they are introduced by the substitute teachers. If this doesn’t tug at your heart strings, you don’t have one. I always have had a soft spot for the underdogs.

They had only 1 hour to make their pitch– although it seemed much longer. Again, as in high school, everyone was waiting for the final bell to ring so we could all go home.

I suppose if you wanted to put a positive spin on it, at least it was a Trump-free zone. The class bully got to play with the popular kids at 9 PM ET.

The highlight of this entire pity party was this exchange, where all (except Rick Perry), demonstrated that they had flunked math class.

MODERATOR BILL HEMMER: I need a two-word answer to the following query. In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama described Hillary Clinton as, quote, “likable enough,” end quote. What two words would you use to describe the Democratic frontrunner? Governor Pataki to start.
PATAKI: Divisive and with no vision. No vision at all. (9 words)
FIORINA: Not trustworthy. No accomplishment. (4 words)
SANTORUM (Presumably; heard but not seen on camera): Secretive and untrustworthy. (3 words)
PERRY: Well, let’s go with three. Good at email. (3 words, but at least he stated he wanted the extra word.)
MODERATOR BILL HEMMER: Governor Jindal?
JINDAL: Socialist and government dependent. (4 words)
GRAHAM: Not the change we need at a time we need it. (11 words)
MODERATOR BILL HEMMER: Governor?
GILMORE: Professional politician that can’t be trusted. (6 words)

My two-word thoughts on this: Politicians can’t be brief, count, or follow instructions.

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Meet Two Of The First Gay Dads To Foster-To-Adopt In Florida

In this installment of the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US Let Love Define Family” series, contributing writer David Humiston is inspired by two foster and adoptive dads in Tallahassee, Florida, and shares their story.

Inspiration is a living thing. In the act of making ordinary people do extraordinary things, it gets passed on. Those inspired become those that inspire and, in this way, one candle is used to light another.

Couples like Daniel Nurse and his husband, Casanova, a thirtysomething couple from Tallahassee, Florida, are inspiring. Together since 2006 and married on Valentine’s Day of this year, Danny has taken on the Florida House Judiciary Committee (testimony against anti-gay adoption, i.e., Bill 7111), biased caseworkers and even an attorney who initially (and illegally) refused to represent them during adoption proceedings, and have successfully adopted three beautiful children into their loving home. The process was not easy for them, and they admit to moments of difficulty and even self-doubt. However, they persevered and can say that they were among the first same-sex couples to foster-to-adopt in Tallahassee. Daniel, already from a family familiar with the beautiful rewards of adoption, related to me that he was inspired to take his first steps by the annual CBS television special, “A Home for the Holidays.”

In 2010, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals struck down a 1977 law banning adoption by gay parents, declaring it unconstitutional. Danny and Cas were among the very first to subsequently apply for fostering. 

Their first adoption placement, a precious girl, was challenging. The family struggled to adapt and parent, as any family would, and the young girl placed in their care blossomed, but was ultimately reunited with her birth mother. The experience made them wiser, perhaps more patient, but no less eager to try again. And so they did, with two adorable and, as Danny says, “amazing” boys. Sadly though, neither child ended up staying with them for the long haul, but Danny and Cas remained positive and persistent.

Determination has paid off, and they have now successfully adopted three children through the foster-to-adopt program. Two boys, Neijal and Cameron — both 4 — and Ava Rose, who is only 22 months old. The children have brought more joy and meaning into Danny and Cas’s life. 

Cas’s family, long apprehensive and unaccepting of his sexuality, have even been won over by the children, and family meetings have engendered deeper respect, love and understanding. Cas’s father, the children’s “Paw-Paw,” was instantly smitten upon meeting them and insisted on showing his love by cooking them a “hearty meal,” as Cas puts it. That meeting, and those that followed, were “critical in mending many years of misunderstanding and misperceptions about my husband’s life, and gay life in general,” says Cas.

Danny and Cas are happy. They are optimistic. They know that struggles are likely to come their way, but it is nothing they aren’t willing to face together. In Daniel’s words, they “may face issues, ridicule, embarrassment, but it is all worth it to be able to give back and provide a loving and committed family for those that would not otherwise have one.” This is a common theme among foster-to-adopt families, perhaps even more so among same-sex couples who have faced struggles for the opportunity to raise children. Nonetheless, this family is a heartening inspiration for all of us to reflect upon. Their candle of inspiration will, hopefully, be used to inspire the flame of other candles yet to be.

RaiseAChild.US is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adoption to meet the needs of the 400,000 children in the foster care system. RaiseAChild.US recruits, educates and nurtures supportive relationships equally with all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving and permanent homes. For information about how you can become a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.RaiseAChild.US.

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What the Most Stylish Women Wear 9 to 5: Meet Fashion Blogger and Social Media Director Juliana Salazar

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Juliana Salazar always loved fashion; she just never saw it as a career. “I always thought of fashion as a pastime,” says Salazar, who studied business at George Washington University instead. “I guess I wasn’t really thinking of my actual future when I should have been, because it got to the point where I hated all my classes and all I was doing was looking at stuff online.” One day, bored in class and particularly smitten with a dress she glimpsed online, Salazar decided to start a blog, Made in Chicistan, to chronicle her passion. When that site started taking off, Salazar realized she might be onto something: Fashion could be more than a hobby. And the rest, as they say, is history—after college, she went on to work for Intermix and eventually landed at luxury store Hirshleifers, where she is social media director. Here, the jill-of-all-trades tells us how she approaches dressing for everything from market appointments to Instagram shoots to Fashion Week after-parties.

Mood Dressing
I’m social media director at Hirshleifers, a specialty luxury store. Within the past year since I started, I think our digital audience has increased by 300 percent. I also help with buying and with creative projects too—ways to up our social presence so we can progress and stay modern. I’m kind of a social brand ambassador—Hirshleifers is a huge business but it’s very tightly run, so going to fashion shows is not something they did before I came on board. It’s funny, people ask me what I do and I never know exactly how to explain it—it doesn’t fit that neatly into a job title.

I dress depending on my mood and what I have going on for the day. Today it’s raining and gross out, so I’m wearing slouchy pants [from Calypso St. Barth] and a slouchy denim button-down [from Current/Elliott] and sneakers [from Saint Laurent]. I feel like I’m in my pajamas. I wear a lot of denim shirts—they’re just easy to throw on. My Canadian tuxedo is like my sweatsuit—like when I don’t want to think about anything but I can’t wear sweatpants to work, that’s what I throw on. I’m all about comfort. I never wear anything where I feel like I can’t breathe, but I don’t like looking like a bum either.

Last week, I was having a terrible week and I thought, I need to do something to change this, so I put on these bright yellow silk wide-leg pants from Rag & Bone—like, hopefully this brings the sunshine in. I wore them with a denim top from Gap and strappy sandals from Dolce Vita. People say dress for the job you want—dress for whatever it is you want—and it’s kind of true. For instance with the yellow pants, I got so many comments on them; even guys on the street were making funny little comments about my bright yellow pants. It’s things like that that can actually help take your mind off of whatever is actually bothering you. Fashion is not a serious thing at all; it should be fun.



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Current/Elliott The Perfect denim shirt, $ 89; theoutnet.com; CP Shades Talula plaid linen culotte pants, $ 225; calypsostbarth.com; Saint Laurent leather and fabric sneaker, $ 595; mytheresa.com

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Hirshleifers is such a hidden gem and my job is to expose it as the jewel that it is. My day-to-day usually involves shooting pieces for our website, Instagram, and blog—I’m also basically the in-house model so there are days when I’m trying on clothes all day. When it comes to our Instagram, I notice that people are really into labels—I’ll post a Louboutin and even when it’s nothing special, that red sole will still get a thousand likes. Same with the Alexander McQueen skull scarves. Whereas then I’ll post a really sick Céline scarf and it won’t even break 100 likes. I guess you have to know your audience, especially if what you’re after is user engagement.

For my personal Instagram, I try not to think about it too much. If I really like what I’m wearing, I’ll post my little selfie in my hallway. But if I think too much about it then I second-guess myself and I feel dumb. Instagram, when it’s personal, has to be done on a whim for me. I’ve actually gotten styling gigs through friends who have seen me on Instagram.

Contrast Is Key
I’m all about contradictions—I love, for example, a really feminine flirty skirt or a little lace dress with sneakers. Or if I’m wearing boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt, I’ll wear really sharp oxfords. I rely a lot on statement accessories. I’m obsessed with these Dries Van Noten shoes that have cowrie shell straps—one strap is red snakeskin-stamped leather, with a wooden sole. They’re such a standout shoe, but I wear them with everything. Another recent go-to is these Sophia Webster heels that are pretty crazy—they’re black and white with pink racing stripes. They look amazing with just a plain white T-shirt and jeans.

During the workweek I wear a pretty big bag because I have to carry my laptop: The bag I’m carrying right now is from Ready-made, a Japanese company that uses all U.S. Army recycled materials. It looks like a Birkin but it’s made from all this vintage army material and in a way, it’s so much cooler—I Googled some of the sayings on mine, and it turned out that it was made from material from a warship in World War II.



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MiH Grace denim overalls, $ 345; net-a-porter.com; J.Crew vintage cotton tee in metallic, $ 35; jcrew.com; Dries Van Noten leather sandal, $ 250; mytheresa.com; Ready-Made bag, price upon request; hirshleifers.com

Photo: (Clockwise from left) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of J Crew; Courtesy of hirshleifers.com; Courtesy of mytheresa.com

Wearing H&M to Chloé
Then there are days when I’m going to market appointment after market appointment, and there, I’m representing Hirshleifers so I try to wear things that are more current instead of just my favorite shirt from however long ago. During market week recently, I wore this off-the-shoulder blue top that I really love. It’s from H&M, if you can believe it. I was literally stopped at every appointment—I felt so bad, I was in Chloé telling them about my shirt from H&M. But when it’s good, it’s good! I wore it with these Zara wide-leg gaucho pants in a baby-blue denim.

All day I’m surrounded by all these really amazing clothes—but let’s face it, I can’t afford everything. So I’ll do my research and see what’s out there, what my best option is. If anything is too much of a designer knock-off, I won’t buy it.

During Fashion Week I have access to a lot more things that I wouldn’t normally get to wear because brands will lend me: I got to wear this awesome Chanel tweed dress that was my favorite thing ever; and another day I wore a full Céline look. But if you feel comfortable in something it exudes confidence, and sometimes actually just a basic outfit will do that best. Recently during Fashion Week, I had shows all day and then I went to a Kanye West concert, and then to the Stella McCartney after-party. I wore a black blazer, boyfriend jeans, and comfy Chelsea boots—very laid-back. It wasn’t that special, but I felt very cool in it. You know how some clothes you put on and you kind of have a “pimp walk” in them? That makes all the difference.



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Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of H&M; Courtesy of Zara; Courtesy of mytheresa.com; Courtesy of caseify.com

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ASSEMBLAGE: Meet Queer Punk Band bottoms

“ASSEMBLAGE“ is an inquiry into the different ways artists utilize performance and technology to explore and express different notions of identity. An effort to push forward marginalized artists with a focus on people of color, non-western nationalities and those along the queer/trans spectrum, “ASSEMBLAGE” provides a platform for analysis of how art and performance intersect with the lives of these individuals who are visibly and openly existing in the digital age. This is the eighth installment.

Queer punk band bottoms is a musical grouping unlike any other. Made up of two performers — Jake Dibeler and Simon Leahy aka Babes Trust — and drummer Michael Prommasit, bottoms is a project that in many ways explores the complicated, nuanced relationship queer people have with themselves and the world around them in 2015.

bottoms came into fruition a bit over a year ago following the break-up of Leahy and Prommasit’s previous band Teeth. Dibeler joined the group as the lead vocalist — a style of vocalization that can only be described as high-pitched screaming in a way that almost sounds manufactured but, in reality, is Dibeler’s actual voice.

Dibeler’s voice aside, what makes bottoms so unique and important is the hyper-political nature of their work and the shades of queer identity and experience encapsulated in the group’s lyrics.

The queer community is at a strange and significant moment in time, as we move out of the aftermath of the AIDS crisis and into an era marked by PrEP, instantaneous access to sex, mainstream transgender visibility and the legalization of same-sex marriage. As specific types of queers become more visible and our relationships with sex, institutions and governance shift, we are at a place where many people are reimagining or rethinking what it means to be queer.

bottom’s music heavily explores the intersection of this complicated history marked by violence and disease and modern day realities surrounding visibility and sex.

“We’re really interested in a lot of the culture surrounding the gay community during the time of the AIDS crisis,” Diebler told The Huffington Post. “There was a great resistance from the conservatives to acknowledge the crisis, so the gay community had to look to each other for support. I hope that bottoms can harness that same sort of energy — angry queers with a message. I think that we’re in this place as gays that’s very apathetic. Being able to fuck dudes from your phone in minutes is amazing, PrEP is amazing, but it really makes for this sort of ‘pre-AIDS-there’s-nothing-wrong’ mentality — and maybe that’s true, maybe nothing is wrong and this is the end of HIV and AIDS. But at the moment — I think we need to balance this ‘have unprotected sex with a stranger in an alley’ attitude with one of respect and care for a community that lost a huge chunk of themselves in the 90s.”

bottoms also deals with notions of shame and self-hatred, shared realities for queer people navigating the world we operate in since the beginning of time. As with any way of existing the world, it can be hard to communicate the realities of queer experience to those who haven’t felt the effects of growing up as a faggot, trans person, or anywhere along the queer spectrum. For this reason, music — or more broadly, performance — serves as an immensely valuable tool to tell these stories authentically and unapologetically and, hopefully, change our culture.

As Dark Matter mentioned in a previous installment of ASSEMBLAGE, “no matter how many policies we change, no matter how many legislations we pass, people’s hearts and minds aren’t going to change. The only way to actually change people’s hearts and minds is to engage them with feeling and emotion. Because often oppression is incredibly irrational.” Using art and performance to open a dialogue about these different shades of queer experience, like learned shame and self-hatred, is very present in the work of bottoms. The group’s first music video, “My Body,” is about the complicated relationships queer people have with their bodies, from issues of gay body shame to the spectrum of transgender identity. Brooklyn performer Macy Rodman stars in the “My Body” video, below.

Performance, of course, also serves a dual role for the performer in the exploration of their own sense of self throughout this process of authentic storytelling. Within the context of a queer punk band like bottoms, the experiences being talked — or screamed — about are tangible, real and felt by every queer person in the room. At the risk of making a claim about universal queer experience (of which there is none) it can often feel very much that the pain, struggle, freedom and history of what it means to be a queer person bleeds through bottoms’ performances in an unapologetic way that truly does connect with any random queer watching from the audience — which is truly a remarkable accomplishment for any artist.

“I’m definitely always performing — literally always,” Dibeler elabprated. “‘All the worlds a stage,’ all that bullshit. It’s true, every moment is basically a standup comedy show for me, whether you want to be there or not. bottoms doesn’t really step into a role when we get on stage, and it’s the same with my own performances. I think a reason why it’s relatable in this way is because you can actually see a real person on the stage. That’s actually why I don’t really like being on stage when I perform. I’d rather be in the audience because I think it’s important to break down that wall of this ‘We’re a band and you’re an audience and you’re here to stand and listen to us.’ We want the audience to be, like, ‘Those fags in wigs are screaming about death and disease and fear are me, and I am a part of this too.'”

bottoms

As the nature of what it means to be a queer person shifts and changes with the passing of time, one can only hope that we always have art and performance that accurately reflect the intricate nuances of what these experiences are like — politically, socially, emotionally, physically.

At this strange and complicated period for the queer community, bottoms seems to be accomplishing this in an impressive way that is not only informed by our history with AIDS, persecution and violence but also the current climate of agency and self-identification that parallels mainstream LGBT “acceptance.” We hope to see more work like this from others along the spectrum of queer performance in the future.

bottoms is currently prepping to record the group’s second EP later this summer.. Their first EP, “Goodbye,” can be found here or head here for their Soundcloud.

Missed the previous installments in ASSEMBLAGE? Check out the slideshow below.

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Meet Bridget Everett: The Raunchy Cabaret Comedian You’ll Never Forget

Bridget Everett

It’s perhaps not surprising that Bridget Everett—a six-foot-tall, classically trained singer, who uses her breasts as props, and routinely sits on the faces of her audience members—would feel at home in the amorphous, anything-goes community of New York City’s downtown performance scene. Her act is neither a comedy show nor cabaret—it’s vaudeville meets raunchy storytelling, set to filthy, hilarious, and really pretty vocals. But ineffable as her act may be, when it started getting attention from more mainstream venues, Everett found herself with a foot in both worlds.

“I’ll walk into a room and I’ll be on a lineup with a bunch of guys or just comics and I’ll have to work twice as hard because they’re not used to seeing a six-foot-tall woman without a bra,” Everett told us by phone. “And, in the world of cabaret, people are also not used to seeing a six-foot-tall woman not wearing a bra. So there’s challenges wherever I go because I don’t feel like I fit a particular mold.”

Despite this balancing act, Everett has been embraced by almost everyone. In 2013, she performed at Carnegie Hall with Broadway mainstay Patti LuPone. She closed out two season finales of Inside Amy Schumer. In 2014, Everett began performing her uproarious, expletive-laden, boob-brandishing show Rock Bottom at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Now, Everett is breaking yet another boundary and taking her act to television with her first Comedy Central special, Gynecological Wonder. We chatted with the “alt-Cabaret provocateur” about her new special, becoming friends with Amy Schumer—and their shared devotion to chardonnay.

How many shows did you film to make the special?
We did two shows in one night but it’s almost all taken from the second show. I was a little bit more warmed-up, and I had a little more chardonnay. I was in the zone.

Have you always brown-bagged chardonnay for your performances?
That was actually a gift from friends and they gave it to me on Christmas, it’s actually an insolated wine bag. It helps keep the wine cold throughout the show, which is nice because if I really get talking it can be like two hours.
 
I feel like you and Amy Schumer need to start a chardonnay company.
You know, you are 100 percent right about that. And we both love the same chardonnay: Rombauer. And we’re like, “Why won’t Rombauer sponsor us?” I don’t know if they want to keep their distance from us or they just don’t know how deeply in love we are. When Amy and I text each other, it’s not even, like, “Hey, do you want to get a drink?” It’s, like, “Rombauer?”

Was your friendship with Amy born out of your shared love of chardonnay?
That’s what’s kept us together. No, we met at a comedy festival up in Montreal and I sort of, like, hang back in my room during those sorts of situations because there are so many comics and so many people and it can be a little overwhelming. And Amy was like, “Get out of your room, come down, let’s have some chardonnay, walk around, and say hello to people.” I wasn’t always like that but it seems like the wilder and more outrageous my stage persona becomes, the more withdrawn and reserved I become in real life. I just think just takes so much out of me on stage, so when I’m not on stage, I like to sit at home with some Rombauer and my dog Poppy.

 

Has your stage presence gotten more outrageous over the years?
Yeah. When I’m stage, I just feel like the beast is out of the cage and I’ve got to go fucking crazy. And the more fun the audience is having, the further I’ll go. I want it to be memorable for them and most importantly, I want it to be memorable for me. That’s what makes me think I have the best job in the world. I get to drink all night and sit on people’s faces. It’s not a bad way to make a living.

Has your audience involvement ever backfired?
Oh, it’s backfired before, sure. And I’ve definitely had my fair share of walkouts. But that for me is a good sign that I’m doing something right. I want people to have a very clear and distinct reaction. I don’t want to participate in something that’s, like, take it or leave it. I really want to have an impact.

Do you feel like the comedy scene has changed a lot since you began performing?
It’s funny because I really consider myself more of a singer and a cabaret performer . . . I would have to say the comedy world has evolved at least to the place where it’s allowing and embracing something like what I do. I can’t recall a time in recent years you’d see someone doing cabaret on Comedy Central. I think people are more willing and open to see not just the guy standing there in the hoodie telling dick jokes but like a woman with a plunging neckline with her titty hanging out and thinking that’s funny, too.

Gynecological Wonder airs on Comedy Central on Saturday, July 11

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ASSEMBLAGE: Meet Queer Punk Band bottoms

“ASSEMBLAGE“ is an inquiry into the different ways artists utilize performance and technology to explore and express different notions of identity. An effort to push forward marginalized artists with a focus on people of color, non-western nationalities and those along the queer/trans spectrum, “ASSEMBLAGE” provides a platform for analysis of how art and performance intersect with the lives of these individuals who are visibly and openly existing in the digital age. This is the eighth installment.

Queer punk band bottoms is a musical grouping unlike any other. Made up of two performers — Jake Dibeler and Simon Leahy aka Babes Trust — and drummer Michael Prommasit, bottoms is a project that in many ways explores the complicated, nuanced relationship queer people have with themselves and the world around them in 2015.

bottoms came into fruition a bit over a year ago following the break-up of Leahy and Prommasit’s previous band Teeth. Dibeler joined the group as the lead vocalist — a style of vocalization that can only be described as high-pitched screaming in a way that almost sounds manufactured but, in reality, is Dibeler’s actual voice.

Dibeler’s voice aside, what makes bottoms so unique and important is the hyper-political nature of their work and the shades of queer identity and experience encapsulated in the group’s lyrics.

The queer community is at a strange and significant moment in time, as we move out of the aftermath of the AIDS crisis and into an era marked by PrEP, instantaneous access to sex, mainstream transgender visibility and the legalization of same-sex marriage. As specific types of queers become more visible and our relationships with sex, institutions and governance shift, we are at a place where many people are reimagining or rethinking what it means to be queer.

bottom’s music heavily explores the intersection of this complicated history marked by violence and disease and modern day realities surrounding visibility and sex.

“We’re really interested in a lot of the culture surrounding the gay community during the time of the AIDS crisis,” Diebler told The Huffington Post. “There was a great resistance from the conservatives to acknowledge the crisis, so the gay community had to look to each other for support. I hope that bottoms can harness that same sort of energy — angry queers with a message. I think that we’re in this place as gays that’s very apathetic. Being able to fuck dudes from your phone in minutes is amazing, PrEP is amazing, but it really makes for this sort of ‘pre-AIDS-there’s-nothing-wrong’ mentality — and maybe that’s true, maybe nothing is wrong and this is the end of HIV and AIDS. But at the moment — I think we need to balance this ‘have unprotected sex with a stranger in an alley’ attitude with one of respect and care for a community that lost a huge chunk of themselves in the 90s.”

bottoms also deals with notions of shame and self-hatred, shared realities for queer people navigating the world we operate in since the beginning of time. As with any way of existing the world, it can be hard to communicate the realities of queer experience to those who haven’t felt the effects of growing up as a faggot, trans person, or anywhere along the queer spectrum. For this reason, music — or more broadly, performance — serves as an immensely valuable tool to tell these stories authentically and unapologetically and, hopefully, change our culture.

As Dark Matter mentioned in a previous installment of ASSEMBLAGE, “no matter how many policies we change, no matter how many legislations we pass, people’s hearts and minds aren’t going to change. The only way to actually change people’s hearts and minds is to engage them with feeling and emotion. Because often oppression is incredibly irrational.” Using art and performance to open a dialogue about these different shades of queer experience, like learned shame and self-hatred, is very present in the work of bottoms. The group’s first music video, “My Body,” is about the complicated relationships queer people have with their bodies, from issues of gay body shame to the spectrum of transgender identity. Brooklyn performer Macy Rodman stars in the “My Body” video, below.

Performance, of course, also serves a dual role for the performer in the exploration of their own sense of self throughout this process of authentic storytelling. Within the context of a queer punk band like bottoms, the experiences being talked — or screamed — about are tangible, real and felt by every queer person in the room. At the risk of making a claim about universal queer experience (of which there is none) it can often feel very much that the pain, struggle, freedom and history of what it means to be a queer person bleeds through bottoms’ performances in an unapologetic way that truly does connect with any random queer watching from the audience — which is truly a remarkable accomplishment for any artist.

“I’m definitely always performing — literally always,” Dibeler elabprated. “‘All the worlds a stage,’ all that bullshit. It’s true, every moment is basically a standup comedy show for me, whether you want to be there or not. bottoms doesn’t really step into a role when we get on stage, and it’s the same with my own performances. I think a reason why it’s relatable in this way is because you can actually see a real person on the stage. That’s actually why I don’t really like being on stage when I perform. I’d rather be in the audience because I think it’s important to break down that wall of this ‘We’re a band and you’re an audience and you’re here to stand and listen to us.’ We want the audience to be, like, ‘Those fags in wigs are screaming about death and disease and fear are me, and I am a part of this too.'”

bottoms

As the nature of what it means to be a queer person shifts and changes with the passing of time, one can only hope that we always have art and performance that accurately reflect the intricate nuances of what these experiences are like — politically, socially, emotionally, physically.

At this strange and complicated period for the queer community, bottoms seems to be accomplishing this in an impressive way that is not only informed by our history with AIDS, persecution and violence but also the current climate of agency and self-identification that parallels mainstream LGBT “acceptance.” We hope to see more work like this from others along the spectrum of queer performance in the future.

bottoms is currently prepping to record the group’s second EP later this summer.. Their first EP, “Goodbye,” can be found here or head here for their Soundcloud.

Missed the previous installments in ASSEMBLAGE? Check out the slideshow below.

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Forget the odds, true love only happens once…twice. Ex-lovers Lina (Linnea Saasen), a Norwegian dancer and Anderson (Alex Holdridge), an American filmmaker, meet by chance during a visit to Berlin. Their romance is rekindled despite the fact that they are both moving to opposite ends of the earth in the next forty-eight hours. Meanwhile, Anderson’s friends, Stephen (Rupert Friend – "Homeland", "Agent 47") and Friederike (Jennifer Ulrich – "The Wave") toy with exploring the sexual boundaries of their long-term relationship. This globetrotting, funny romance filmed on location in 5 countries over 4 years takes us on a cinematic journey from the cliffs of Montenegro to the underground clubs of Berlin and beyond.

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Meet Byron Mann of AMC’s Hell on Wheels

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Byron Mann’s Twitter: @Byron_Mann , Photo by Kevin Thomas Photography

Byron Mann is the new guy on the set of AMC’s Hell on Wheels. Byron also stars in the Lionsgate actioner ABSOLUTION opposite Steven Seagal which was just released on DVD/Bluray. Byron also babysits my hatchlings, cleans my house, recites every line from my favorite 1983 mini-series “V” and reads me bedtime stories. Hey, a girl can dream!

You play Chang in the fifth season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels. What’s it like being the ‘newbie’ on set? Who was the first actor you met from the series? How’d you feel your first day on the set of Hell on Wheels?

The first actor I met on Hell on Wheels was Tim Guinee, who plays ‘Collis Huntington’ this season. He called my hotel room the second day I arrived in Calgary (where the series is shot) and actually woke up me from a nap. I had just flown in from Hong Kong the day before, and was severely jetlagged. I answered the call in a haze. He introduced himself to me, and wanted to invite me out to dinner. He told me he felt weird for actors to just land in a foreign place not knowing a single soul, so he wanted to break that pattern by cold calling other cast members like myself and inviting them to dinner. I thought that was the most gracious act any cast member has ever done for me and I’ll always remember it.

I’d never seen this show before, so I didn’t really have any expectations. However, production scheduled the most difficult day of the episode to be shot on the first day. On my first day, I had to recite pages and pages of monologue, some of which included passages from King Lear, and at the same time play poker with Anson Mount (who plays Cullen Bohannon) and Reg Rogers (who plays Jim Strobridge). Problem is: I’ve never played poker before, and trying to remember the rules of the game, my long Shakespearean monologue, and establishing my character all on the first shoot day was pretty challenging, to say the least.

Tell us a story about being tough in real life and a story about you being weak in real life.

Well, they’re both wrapped up in the same story. I was filming this movie called The Man with the Iron Fists near Shanghai, China. During the shoot, most of the crew had fallen ill to a vicious virus. I was one of the last men standing. But one day, I too caught the virus, and it made me so sick and weak, I could hardly get out of bed. I had a high fever and hadn’t eaten all day. I had to literally drag myself out of bed to the hotel restaurant to get some food in my stomach. I was so weak it took me about 30 minutes to walk from my hotel room to the hotel restaurant, which was just down the hall from my room. Now the next day, I was scheduled to film the most important scene in the movie, where I had to give an impassioned speech to rally the troops. It was pages of monologue (again!) and the speech had to have a lot of energy and passion to it. But I was so weak, I could hardly speak. I was this close to calling the producers to say I can’t show up. But I knew the scene involved hundreds of actors and extras, so doing so would cause a logistical nightmare.

So I toughed it out… The next morning, I dragged myself out of bed, popped some aspirin and got to set. I drank gallons of hot water, hoping to flush the evil virus out of my system. I mustered up whatever energy I had and gave it my all. Funny thing was: the more I did the scene, the stronger I felt. I kept telling the director (RZA) I had a high fever, but he kept going for more takes. By the end of the day, I was spent. Interestingly, I was told that that scene turned out to be one of the strongest in the film.

What’s your workout routine?

I keep it simple. No diets, no nothing. I eat as much vegetables and fruits as I can, and stay away from fried food, processed food and alcohol. In the gym, I do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights. And wrap up with 15 minutes of stretching. That’s it.

What was the saddest moment of your life?

When one of my relationships ended.

Have you started work yet on the film The Big Short? How’d Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell get lucky enough to be in a film with you?!

I had to Google these actors to find out who they were (just kidding). In the audition, I worked with the director Adam MacKay (Anchorman) and before I started doing the scene, he asked if I wanted to eat some chips — during the scene. I said sure, why not. So, he passed me a bag of chips and I did my scene while munching away at them. Turned out, that’s the way he envisioned the scene, my character stuffing himself with food while interacting with Steve Carell’s character. All I can tell you is on the day of our shoot, I ate an obscene amount of food.

So you know @TimGuinee ? Spill the beans.

He relaxes by walking a tight rope (I’m totally serious) and he is the biggest prankster on the Hell on Wheels set, one of which involves a set of purple dildos… (again, I’m totally serious). [READERS – what’s my fixation with Tim Guinee? He was in “V” 2009, dah!]

How do you feel about Asian representation in TV and Film today? I read somewhere that the % of Asians in TV/Film is very low. Why do you think this is?

I think that’s because we’re all silent ninjas. Seriously, I think it has to do with writers and producers — people who are writing the roles. Most of them are not Asians, so therefore, most of the characters written are not Asians. Having said that though, I have noticed that things are changing slightly with the emergence of the China market.

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Why did you attend an all boys’ school? What was it like?

Hong Kong was an English colony, so most of the better schools are either all boys’ or all girls’ schools, patterned after the English educational system. In that system, there is something called “hazing” which means older boys can bully younger boys and get away with it. A rite of passage, if you will. So, when I was 13 years-old, I was dragged by a bunch of older boys into the “boys scout” room, which everyone knew was the “evil” room. They took our pants off and dripped wax onto our privates. And then they’d kick us out. I know it sounds horrific. Like this could be a lawsuit if this happened in the U.S. But that was the order of the day back then. It was horrific then, but now, I look back with pride that I made it out of the “boys scout” room alive.

Tell us about your family history.

Funny you asked. My ancestors are Cantonese, and they are from a district called Taishan. Most of the railroad workers who worked on the Central Pacific railroad (from San Francisco) were from Taishan. Isn’t it a wonderful coincidence that I am now filming their story on Hell on Wheels?!

Ever eat jellyfish?

All the time. Jellyfish ain’t that exotic where I come from 🙂

What are some of your pet peeves?

Incompetence in others. I don’t expect everyone to be a genius, but people should follow through with what they say they will do. And dishonesty. That’s a deal-breaker.

Do you have a special method for memorizing your lines?

I only read scripts on paper. I learn my lines usually by doing something physical. Like driving a car or washing dishes. If I’m really in a time crunch, I lock myself in my bathroom and learn my lines inside there. Don’t ask me why, but it works.

Did you grow up religious? What about now?

Yes, I grew up in a Christian family. I still subscribe to the faith today. I find that most people become religious when they find out they have cancer. Just an observation.

Anything else you’d like to say?

The season premiere of Hell on Wheels airs Saturday, July 18th. Check out the latest news on my current/upcoming projects via Twitter: @Byron_Mann

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Meet The Evangelicals Who Cheered The SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

After the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage last week, the heavyweights of evangelical Christianity — like Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention — charged forward to voice their discontent.

Yet a smaller but equally impassioned group of evangelicals celebrated the fact that marriage equality is no longer just a dream for LGBT couples across America. And it’s these leaders who may be pointing to the future of the movement.

About 100 evangelical pastors and leaders signed an online letter published Friday supporting the ruling, and then went one step further by calling on Christians around the country to continue to work for LGBT rights in other areas — like bullying in schools and employment and housing discrimination.

“As Evangelical pastors and leaders, we believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of good news for all people,” the letter read. “For far too long, we have been silent and complicit in the discrimination and marginalization of LGBTQ people around the world. Today, we commit to no longer stand by while discrimination and inequity flourish, but to lift our voices on behalf of all of God’s children.”

The letter, released by the evangelical RISE Network, included signatures from Richard Cizik, a former leader within the National Association of Evangelicals, Dr. David Gushee, a Christian ethicist, and Randy Thomas, a former leader of the defunct ex-gay ministry Exodus International.

Many of the pastors who signed the letter have faced backlash for showing their support for gay marriage, including Rev. Danny Cortez, the pastor for California’s New Heart Community Church. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, kicked the church out of its fellowship after Cortez changed his views on marriage equality.

“I believed for years that marriage should only be between one man and one woman,” Cortez said. “But as I began relationships with LGBT persons, I saw that my beliefs had been destructive and not in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The church doesn’t have to fear the positive changes happening in our nation.”

On the same day RISE released its letter, more than 100 evangelical leaders signed their own letter defending the idea that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Evangelicals are the largest religious group in America, making up 25.4 percent of the country, according to The Pew Research Center. They have been relatively slow to support same-sex marriage compared to members of other religious traditions. But that doesn’t mean their views haven’t changed — about 27 percent of white evangelical Protestants support same-sex marriage in 2015, compared to 11 percent in 2004.

This change in tone towards LGBT people appears to be resonating the most with younger evangelicals. White evangelical millennials are much more accepting of LGBT couples than older generations. About 43 percent of white evangelical Protestants between ages 18 and 33 support same-sex marriage, compared to 19 percent of those who are 68 and older, according to a 2014 Public Religion Research Institute survey.

Still, Rev. Stan Mitchell, pastor of Nashville’s GracePointe church, lost about one-third of his weekly attendees after he announced in January that he would fully affirm LGBT members. But he’s refused to budge.

The response Mitchell received from fellow evangelicals falls in line with comments from Rob Schwarzwalder, the Family Research Council’s vice president. In a piece written for Real Clear Religion, he suggested that evangelicals who support same-sex marriage no longer have a claim to that name.

“Those professed Evangelicals who are willing to jettison the Bible’s teaching regarding homosexuality can no longer claim to be persons of the Gospel — Evangelicals,” Schwarzwalder wrote. “They are diminishing what God’s Word teaches about sin.”

But according to Time magazine, Mitchell has traced his change of heart back to the four basic tenets of the evangelical tradition — scriptural authority, a focus on the cross, personal conviction and conversion, and finally, activism.

“As Christians who believe in the resurrection, we see that our LGBT friends have long suffered,” Mitchell said. “It’s my Christian and evangelical tradition that reminds me that suffering is always joined to the suffering of God, and will not only be overcome, but redeemed. This is just the beginning, and we have a long way to go.”

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The Rookie Cup is Heating up. Lisa Tiffian has made it to the finals. Today we see who will meet her there. Savanna Fox and Angel Allwood have both dominated their first Rookie cup matches. Tournament Matches are high stakes. Today the Loser is utterly destroyed and fucked properly with a anal and DP. The Ref is so disappointed by the loser’s performance, She joins in to give the winner a nice tender prize.
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You Know That Waxy Turquoise And Purple Cup That’s So ’90s? Meet Its Genius Designer

You may not know its name, but we know you’ve seen the classic squiggly design that’s most recognizable from paper cups.

Yeah, you know what we’re talking about — that purple and turquoise pattern that hits you with giant pangs of nostalgia. The “Jazz” design began showing up on paper cups about 23 years ago. Recently, an AMA request came in from a Reddit user who wanted to know who the designer was. That pushed reporter Thomas Gounley of Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader to do some digging.

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The iconic design.

After much investigation, Gounley was successful and last week he discovered that 50-year-old Gina Ekiss, who lives in Aurora, Mississippi, is the iconic design’s creator, according to his piece in the News-Leader. Ekiss, who’s now a custom frame shop manager at a Hobby Lobby, was met with Internet acclaim as the discovery spread across social media outlets.

“I’m just still pretty stunned about the whole deal,” Ekiss told ABC News in reaction to her Internet stardom. “I’m thrilled that it’s still popular.”

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The path to finding Ekiss wasn’t an easy one. The reporter only knew the designer’s first name as well as the fact that she had worked for the Sweetheart Cup Company, which was later bought by Solo Cup Company. He eventually found a tweet from a person claiming to be the creator’s daughter, according to his article. After looking through public records and coming across Ekiss’ name and address, Gounley drove to her house and confirmed his suspicions.

Turns out, Ekiss had created Jazz as part of an internal cup design contest at the Sweetheart Cup Company in 1989, after outside design firms had came up with unsatisfying results. Ekiss said that Jazz was among three or four different designs she had submitted, and its colors are just ones she felt meshed well.

“I just did turquoise, or teal, because that’s one of my favorite colors,” she told ABC News. “I wanted another overlapping color that would work well together. I just liked the purple with it and everybody seemed pleased with that.”

The 50-year-old still keeps a few products with the Jazz design in her house, and says it’s “insane” that her artwork has become such a memorable part of ’90s culture.

Phew! We can all breathe easy now that this pressing mystery’s finally been solved.

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What the Most Stylish Women Wear 9 to 5: Meet Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise of Sakara Life

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Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise, cofounders of the organic food delivery service Sakara Life, might just be their own best advertisement: The preternaturally photogenic, blonde, and trim duo don’t just look healthy and happy, they glow. “We eat the Sakara food every single day,” says Duboise. “We talk a lot about the idea of something tasting pretty. It’s one thing to eat really well and it’s another thing to make sure you enjoy eating well.” Since its launch in 2011, Sakara Life’s deliciously good-for-you meals have built up a cult following—so much so that Duboise and Tingle recently expanded the business to Los Angeles, with more surely to come. While they’re definitely ambitious when it comes to Sakara Life, these entrepreneurs are certainly not afraid to have fun—a dichotomy that plays out in their working wardrobe. From swapping clothes, to taking risks and dressing like a boss, Tingle and Duboise give us the scoop on what they wear nine to five.



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Dressing the Part
Whitney Tingle: We just moved offices and we have a team that’s growing really fast, so every day we start with a check-in with our team. We’re in the office every day and checking in with all the different departments. Our roles are really around business development—making decisions, asking questions . . .
Danielle Duboise: . . . Putting out fires; maybe creating a little fire!
Whitney: I used to work on Wall Street in a corporate environment and I was really confined in terms of what I could wear. It was a lot of suits, and things like that. Having our own start-up right now, I can wear whatever I want and I take advantage of that. I use it as a form of self-expression: wake up in the morning and just feel whatever I’m feeling and throw something together. But I still have a lot of pieces from working on Wall Street, so I’ll mix them in: I might wear high-waisted black jeans with a crop top and then throw on a classic blazer. It’s business but business-sexy.
Duboise: I think it’s really important when you’re in start-up mode to dress for the occasion and take it seriously, even when you’re busy and you could really just be in your PJs and yoga clothes. What I’ve found is that when you feel good in your clothes, it changes your energy. Our office is full of girls, and we have to set the pace. I love Mara Hoffman jumpsuits because I only have to pull one thing and I really love Cushnie et Ochs when I’m feeling a little more serious. I feel like a badass businesswoman in those jumpsuits.
Tingle: One thing about Danielle is she kind of likes to make people feel a little uncomfortable. Sometimes she’ll wear things that are a bit weird—she’ll wear, say, a statement piece from Moschino to the office.
Duboise: Whitney wore a fanny pack to the office the other day! But I think that’s also part of setting the energy of the office, you know, to encourage thinking outside the norm and making sure everything is done with intention and creativity. Plus, we’re from Sedona, Arizona, so we kind of have that hippie vibe. We wear a lot of cowboy boots!
Tingle: I wore the fanny pack with high-waisted black jeans from Topshop, with a vintage belt that has silver conchos on it and a tank; a sort of Southwestern vibe.
Duboise: It’s a hippie vibe but we dress it up a bit. I haven’t worn flats in years.
Tingle: Even our flip-flops have heels in them!
Duboise: I’m a platform girl. I just need my shoes to be comfortable and have height. I have a pair from 3.1 Phillip Lim that are really comfortable; they have a chain around the ankle and are really cute.



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Walking Advertisement
Tingle: Some days we have to go up to our kitchen and work with our people there—we’re currently under construction so we’re up there a lot making decisions. I think it’s important that the kitchen understands the brand just as much as the girls in the office, so we typically don’t change to go up there, even though we’re sometimes inventing new recipes and getting dirty.
Duboise: Whitney got spirulina on her white pants the other day! Even so, I agree: It’s important that the kitchen understands the vibe and the inspiration about it all, so the only thing that changes when we’re in there is we have to wear hairnets.
Tingle: Otherwise we’re just in our regular office gear, which, when it’s hot out, is usually flowy pants and a tube top. The tube top is great because you don’t have to wear a bra. The less to worry about, the better.
Duboise: I just got these cool pants from a vintage store that are bright, bright blue and are perfect for the heat; they’re literally two pieces of fabric sewn together with ties in the front and back. We both wear a lot of vintage and go to What Comes Around Goes Around a lot. I’d say half my closet is vintage. I really love pieces that have a history, especially jewelry. I wear a lot of my mother’s and grandmother’s pieces.
Tingle: We’re also really into stones and crystals—things that come from the earth. We’re friends with Bliss Lau and her jewelry is really sexy. I wear a gold quartz ring from her everyday.
Duboise: I have this chain bra from her—but I don’t wear it everyday!
Tingle: In terms of bags, the only thing we ever carry are the Sakara Life totes. I haven’t had a real bag in years.
Duboise: It’s free advertising!
Tingle: We definitely keep in mind how our own personal images reflect the brand.  But I think what we try to do is be as much as ourselves as possible.
Duboise: And as much thought as we put into things, we’re also the girls who will show up with a wrinkle in our pants and messy hair.
Tingle: That’s kind of how our brand is too: We’re a premium luxury brand, but we’re definitely a little messy and totally approachable.



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Partners Who Dress Together, Stay Together
Duboise: When we have important meetings or events to go to, we typically like to match in all white. We started wearing white a lot when we started the company just kind of the brand color. If we’re going to meet new investors we want to make a strong impression. So we show up in all white and looking sharp. I’ll wear a white blazer with these wide-leg pants and a white linen shirt that’s cropped and boxy. And Whitney’s usually in skinny jeans and a blazer.
Tingle: For the launch of our L.A. office, we wore matching white silk dresses from Shareen that had a really low cut and a halter tie. They were so low we had to wear a bikini underneath—good thing it was a pool party! For evening, we pull a lot from Naeem Khan; he has amazing stuff. I just wore a sparkly sequin dress from him the other night.
Duboise: It’s bad, sometimes we’ll show to the office in the exact same thing and we’re like . . . oh. It happens all the time. We’re also basically the same size and shoe so we share a lot of things.
Tingle: Sometimes it’s not by choice. I have a pair of shoes that I loaned Danielle ages ago and she still has not returned them. I think it’s rubbed off in the girls in the office. We’ll leave some clothes at the office in case we need to change—someone borrowed one of my cardigans and I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting that back!
Duboise: That’s the nice thing about having an office full of women. It’s basically a big closet.



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Rookie Cup Semi Finals. The Body meet Big booty Fox.

The Rookie Cup is Heating up. Lisa Tiffian has made it to the finals. Today we see who will meet her there. Savanna Fox and Angel Allwood have both dominated their first Rookie cup matches. Tournament Matches are high stakes. Today the Loser is utterly destroyed and fucked properly with a anal and DP. The Ref is so disappointed by the loser’s performance, She joins in to give the winner a nice tender prize.
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Rookie Cup Semi Finals. The Body meet Big booty Fox.

The Rookie Cup is Heating up. Lisa Tiffian has made it to the finals. Today we see who will meet her there. Savanna Fox and Angel Allwood have both dominated their first Rookie cup matches. Tournament Matches are high stakes. Today the Loser is utterly destroyed and fucked properly with a anal and DP. The Ref is so disappointed by the loser’s performance, She joins in to give the winner a nice tender prize.
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Rookie Cup Semi Finals. The Body meet Big booty Fox.

The Rookie Cup is Heating up. Lisa Tiffian has made it to the finals. Today we see who will meet her there. Savanna Fox and Angel Allwood have both dominated their first Rookie cup matches. Tournament Matches are high stakes. Today the Loser is utterly destroyed and fucked properly with a anal and DP. The Ref is so disappointed by the loser’s performance, She joins in to give the winner a nice tender prize.
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Rookie Cup Semi Finals. The Body meet Big booty Fox.

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What the Most Stylish Women Wear 9 to 5: Meet Fashion Consultant Roopal Patel

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Fashion consultant Roopal Patel’s resumé reads like a who’s who of the luxury retail world: Her stints include serving as senior fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, senior fashion director for Neiman Marcus and the executive fashion director at Moda Operandi. Now that she’s on her own at Roopal Patel Consulting, Patel is bringing her hard-won expertise to an array of clients. And as a mentor to designers in the CFDA, she believes in spreading the wealth of knowledge; recently she hosted a Pay it Forward dinner, bringing together fledgling and established designers to build a strong support system. “The more information designers can have and the more connections that are made for them, the better they are,” she says. “In the end, it helps all of us.” Patel’s philosophy is in sharp contrast to fashion’s stereotypical reputation. “People always say to me, ‘Oh my god, you work in such a cutthroat industry,’ ” says Patel. “Actually, fashion is a very nurturing industry. We take care of our own and we support each other.” Here, Patel tell us her work wardrobe philosophy.

Up for a Challenge
Most of my day is dedicated to meeting and seeing clients. I usually start my day with a workout and then I might have a breakfast meeting and then run to the office for a few hours, then a lunch meeting, and then I might head to showrooms and walk through a collection. I try to have a day-to-evening component to my outfit, because I often have to meet clients for cocktails or go to an event.

Right now I’m obsessed this Altuzarra striped shirtdress. I could live in that. It’s really beautiful to wear during the day. With my Mansur Gavriel bag and Céline wedges, it’s a little bit more work-oriented. For evening, I’ll swap the wedges for great Alaïa sandals, and carry a graphic Celine clutch—easy changes that allow you to feel more dressed up. I also love Proenza Schouler’s long skirts with pleats or fringe because you can wear them casually in the day with a short jacket and a chunky sneaker or you can dress them up with a strappy heel and a great leather jacket.



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Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, $ 495; mansurgavriel.com; Altuzarra Jessica blanket-striped dress, $ 818; matchesfashion.com; Azzedine Alaïa Chamois leather sandal, $ 630; brownsfashion.com

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I have two sides to my personality and fashion supports that—one side is very minimal and the other side is colorful and vibrant and loves prints. I can wear a superchic white crisp tuxedo shirt from Céline with Céline black tuxedo pants and feel really confident and professional without standing out too much. But when I go out at night I like to be a little bit more daring, so I’ll wear a bold stripe from Rosie Assoulin or one of her floral patterns—you know, have fun with it, which is what I think fashion is about. Fashion influences me, or rather it challenges me, to wear novelty items that I might not otherwise. For instance, that Céline fringe sweater—I still haven’t figured out how to wear that but I’m up for the challenge.

Different Cities, Different Clothes
I travel a lot for work—sometimes I’m meeting with clients in Paris, Los Angeles, or London, and when I’m there my schedule is much more hectic. No day is the same. Even if I plan my day, it’s so unpredictable. I have a tendency to overpack because it’s been my experience that you can be called to a great cocktail party at the last minute or have three extra days added to your original itinerary. So more is better. I like to have a couple classic go-to dresses and blazers. I love a good white jean from Rag & Bone—I always travel in a white jean for some reason, with a great black sweater or black turtleneck from The Row that’s cozy and a little blazer. And then I take Céline espadrilles in leopard or high-top Vans.



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Rag & Bone Marilyn mid-rise boyfriend jeans, $ 192; matchesfashion.com; The Row Gia silk-blend fine-knit sweater, $ 890; matchesfashion.com; Repossi 18-karat rose gold ring, $ 2,450; net-a-porter.com; Wes Gordon Celadon tweed blazer, $ 2,031; matchesfashion.com; Céline leopard espadrille, price upon request; for information: celine.com

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I absolutely dress differently in different cities. In New York City, I tend to dress up with heels and a great dress. When you go to L.A. the vibe is a bit more mellow and low-key. The culture is much more jeans and T-shirt, which is still a little foreign for me being a New Yorker. So in L.A., I always take my Vans out, and I might pair those with an Isabel Marant miniskirt or a little sweater or a denim jacket or a cargo jacket—very relaxed and casual. In London or Paris, it’s not as fashion. That’s where my minimal fashion sensibility comes in. It’s a bit more classic, a bit more tailored.



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3×1 oversized boyfriend denim jacket, $ 227; matchesfashion.com; Proenza Schouler cotton, cashmere and wool-blend sweater, $ 950; net-a-porter.com; Vans sk8-hi slim zip high-top sneaker, $ 60; madewell.com; Isabel Marant Etoile Vera embroidered seersucker skirt, $ 203; matchesfashion.com

Photo: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of madewell.com; Courtesy of matchesfashion.com

Pay It Forward
With evening I always like to wear something unique and special and maybe a little under the radar. Last month I hosted a Pay It Forward dinner that brought together a great group of designers from Derek Lam, Suno, the Tome boys, Rosie Assoulin, Misha Nonoo—the idea being that they could ask each other questions about the business and just connect and relate at a time between collections when everyone has a little time for that. To that I wore a Katie Ermilio two-piece ensemble: a beaded bandeau (basically a very chic beaded bustier top) with a full embroidered skirt, Alaïa shoes and a cuff from Dezso by Sara Beltrán.



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Katie Ermilio Florette bandeau, $ 1,250; modaoperandi.com; Katie Ermilio Florette circle swing skirt, $ 3,980; modaoperandi.com; Gianvito Rossi velvet pump, $ 670; mytheresa.com; Dezso by Sara Beltran black diamond cuff, $ 3,000; barneys.com

Photo: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Courtesy of mytheresa.com; Courtesy of barneys.com

I tend to gravitate towards separates for evening, I like to not be so traditional. I love jumpsuits and tuxedos. I think the key to wear a tuxedo is to pay attention to proportion. It’s all about proportion. And with tuxedos there’s always a tendency to feel too clean, so I think you really have to get the right shoe—maybe a velvet shoe from Gianvito Rossi, or a deep satin purple, or a great pink—to add a little twist and adding a little shine with jewelry or a clutch. I like novelty clutches, or something with a bold pattern. As for jewelry, I’m pretty minimal. I wear Gaia Repossi’s stacked rings and I love a cuff—Maiyet has a great one and I love the Elsa Peretti for Tiffany’s one. For me, one great piece of jewelry is enough.



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Saint Laurent iconic le smoking jacket single breasted in black grain de poudre wool, $ 3,590; ysl.com; Saint Laurent wool tuxedo trousers, $ 990; mytheresa.com; Saint Laurent cotton-poplin shirt, $ 1,190; net-a-porter.com; Maiyet asymmetrical cutout-cuff, $ 850; barneys.com

Photo: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of ysl.com; Courtesy of mytheresa.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of barneys.com

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Rookie Cup Semi Finals. The Body meet Big booty Fox.

The Rookie Cup is Heating up. Lisa Tiffian has made it to the finals. Today we see who will meet her there. Savanna Fox and Angel Allwood have both dominated their first Rookie cup matches. Tournament Matches are high stakes. Today the Loser is utterly destroyed and fucked properly with a anal and DP. The Ref is so disappointed by the loser’s performance, She joins in to give the winner a nice tender prize.
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Meet Ruby Rose, The New ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Breakout Star

Are you currently knee-deep into your binge of “Orange Is The New Black” Season 3? Yeah, us too.

While you’ve been devouring the new season like a fresh batch of prison cheesecake, you may be wondering who that new character is. Viewers who are halfway through the season — spoiler alert — have already met Litchfield’s newest inmate, Ruby Rose’s Stella Carlin. Piper first meets Stella — who is rumored to be involved in a love triangle with Piper and Alex — while sewing lingerie, her new prison job assignment. So who is Ruby Rose after all? Here’s eight things to know about her:

1. Rose is an Australian model, but doesn’t really consider herself a model.
Rose scoffed when Rolling Stone called her a model in a recent interview. “‘Model,'” she said. “I don’t think of myself as a model. I’m genderqueer, and I’ve got tattoos.”

2. Rose made a powerful short film about gender fluidity.
Last July, the 29-year-old made headlines when she released her short film “Break Free,” which explores gender fluidity and the ways gender is performed in culture.

3. She used to be an MTV VJ in Australia.

4. She and her fiancée Phoebe Dahl are absolutely adorable.
Rose got engaged to Dahl, a designer and the granddaughter of author Roald Dahl, last year. The two have an adorable engagement story — Dahl broke into Rose’s house at 6 a.m. with flowers and proposed — and are pretty cute on Instagram as well.

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5. She’s not exactly like Stella Carlin.
While speaking to Vanity Fair about her “Orange Is the New Black” character, Rose said she identifies with the inmate on a physical level. “Physically and mannerisms-wise, we’re very similar,” Rose told the magazine. “Stella’s very androgynous and comfortable in her skin. But I have insecurities, and I get shy, nervous. Whereas Stella doesn’t really give a fuck.”

6. She has a sense of humor.

No words needed

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7. She hangs out with the “OITNB” cast a lot.

@msjackiecruz @dianeguerrero_ @sheisdash just my crazy girls.

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8. She’s also friends with Kate Moennig of “The L Word.”

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What is that you’re feeling right now? Deep pangs of jealousy? Yes, most likely.

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If you’re not already following Rose on Instagram, we strongly suggest you go handle that now. Then get back to your “OITNB” binge.

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Turkey held parliamentary elections on Sunday in a vote that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party lose its single-party majority after over a decade in power.

As support for the AKP waned among voters, a progressive new pro-Kurdish party helmed by a charismatic young leader made surprising gains. The Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, is one of the biggest stories to emerge from the election, and it represents a new power player in Turkish politics.

The HDP garnered about 13 percent of the vote in Sunday’s polls, overcoming Turkey’s high barrier to enter the national parliament, where parties must carry at least 10 percent of the electorate in order to join the chamber. This will be the HDP’s debut in Turkey’s parliament, and it will mark the first time in Turkish history that an overtly Kurdish party has made it in. Its 80 seats put it in a position to block Erdogan’s efforts to consolidate power for himself, potentially stopping the ruling AKP from achieving the majority it would need to pass legislation endowing the president with more influence.

Headquartered in the southern city of Diyarbakir, the HDP formed in 2012 from a collection of smaller pro-Kurdish political groups. Due to Turkey’s electoral rules, it had previously run its candidates as independents in order to skirt around the 10 percent threshold for parliament, but increased popularity and a wider base of support led to a unified run this time around.

The party as it stands now is not solely a pro-Kurdish party, but one that incorporates a variety of liberal interest groups that have helped it break into government.

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Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), celebrates following a news conference in Istanbul, late Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

It’s impossible to discuss the HDP’s surge without also bringing up its celebrated co-chair, Selahattin Demirtas. Born in southern Turkey, Demirtas, 42, is Kurdish and was a human rights lawyer before entering politics. His family-friendly appearance, youthful looks and exciting rhetoric have won him significant support.

Demirtas came in third in Turkey’s presidential election last year, and he’s been nicknamed the “Kurdish Obama” by his fans. The young politician’s rising clout has not gone unnoticed by Erdogan, who called Demirtas a “pop star” and a “pretty boy” in the lead-up to Sunday’s vote.

While the HDP has its base of constituents in Turkey’s minority Kurdish population, which makes up about 20 percent of the country, Demirtas has broadened the party’s appeal. Under his lead, the HDP has reached out to a variety of minority groups excluded by the socially conservative AKP, such as environmentalists, LGBT rights activists and secular Turks.

These groups were the target of vitriol from Erdogan, who has attempted to rile up his conservative base with derisive talk of “the Armenian lobby and gays,” notes Reuters.

The HDP has also provided a political platform for women’s rights groups, and has signaled a commitment to gender equality. The party is led by female and male co-chairs — Figen Yüksekdağ and Demirtas, respectively — and the party charges female candidates half what it does men to run for office. Creating a ministry of women is also among its promises, reports The Guardian.

Around 40 percent of the HDP’s newly elected members of parliament are women — a remarkably large share in comparison to the parliament as a whole, where women hold only 17 percent of the seats.

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Young supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) hold Kurdish flags as they celebrate the results of the legislative election in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on June 7, 2015. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Analysts say that by shifting its focus from Kurdish nationalism to a more inclusive platform, and campaigning on issues of minimum wage and anti-corruption, the HDP has garnered a hugely favorable impression with the Turkish electorate. A poll conducted by the party found that the percentage of voters who would “never” select HDP on a ballot went from 85 percent in August 2014 to just 15 percent in March of this year, according to The Washington Post.

Kurdish issues are still a central part of the HDP’s platform, however, and on Sunday Demirtas stated his commitment to reviving stalled peace talks. Conflict between the Turkish government and the left-wing Kurdish militant group PKK killed more than 40,000 people between 1984 and 2013, until a ceasefire was reached.

Demirtas has said that many of his friends died in the conflict, and as a youth he even