Dolly Parton collaborates with Drag Race star Nina West on capsule collection

Dolly Parton and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Nina West have partnered on a capsule collection to raise funds for charity.The country music legend and LGBTQ+ activist have joined forces on the three-piece Dolly x Nina: Kindness is Queen line, which is compr…

Dolly Parton and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Nina West have partnered on a capsule collection to raise funds for charity.

The country music legend and LGBTQ+ activist have joined forces on the three-piece Dolly x Nina: Kindness is Queen line, which is comprised of a limited-edition T-shirt, tote bag, and enamel pin.

Each item features the Kindness Is Queen slogan, with West hoping the concept will “foster kindness and hope during this difficult time”.

“When I approached Dolly with the idea for a collaboration between the Nina West Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, I was looking for an opportunity to continue to spread my message of kindness while building on the work I’ve done through my foundation supporting LGBTQ+ youth and families,” said West, the stage name of Andrew Levitt. “Dolly is the Ultimate Queen of Kindness and I am so thrilled that she agreed to this collaboration! We both want to spread the message that Kindness is Queen and that being kind is something that is desperately needed in our world right now!”

Items are available from West’s website, with pieces costing between $14.99 (£12) and $34.99 (£28). Proceeds from sales will benefit Parton’s Imagination Library, a programme that promotes literacy by providing free high-quality books to children of all ages, and West’s The Nina West Foundation, which supports organisations and services that aid LGBTQ+ youth and families.

West, 41, began dabbling in drag in 2001 but rose to prominence in the U.S. during an appearance on the eleventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality.

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Rachel Brosnahan’s ribs injured by her The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel corsets

Rachel Brosnahan’s ribs have “fused together” due to the corsets she has to wear for her role on hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.The 29-year-old, who has won two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards and an Emmy for her portrayal of groun…

Rachel Brosnahan’s ribs have “fused together” due to the corsets she has to wear for her role on hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

The 29-year-old, who has won two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards and an Emmy for her portrayal of groundbreaking stand-up comedienne Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, has revealed her restrictive costumes have resulted in a painful “injury”.

“We talk so fast on the show that to get all the words out you can’t really take very many breaths,” she explained while on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “And I think I wasn’t breathing a lot and I was a bit constrained and apparently some of my ribs are sort of fused together.”

“Oh my goodness,” fellow guest RuPaul exclaimed, and gasped as Brosnahan further shared her health woes.

And alarmingly, the costume problems are still affecting her breathing, as she added: “I can’t take super deep breaths anymore.”

But Brosnahan downplayed the health ailment, and called it a “Champagne problem.”

“It’s really fine guys,” she laughed to the audience.

The actress isn’t the first star to suffer serious side-effects from very tight costumes.

Oscar winner Emma Stone revealed her “organs shifted” after she wore corsets for 2018 period drama The Favourite, while Kim Kardashian said she was in a great deal of pain while in her custom-made Thierry Mugler gown at last year’s Met Gala.

“I have never felt pain like that in my life,” she confessed.

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RuPaul collaborates with Mally Beauty on cosmetics line

RuPaul is launching a line of cosmetics in partnership with Mally Beauty.The RuPaul’s Drag Race host has previously served as a spokesperson for MAC, raising money for the MAC AIDS Fund, and teamed with Colorevolution on a range of make-up products fea…

RuPaul is launching a line of cosmetics in partnership with Mally Beauty.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race host has previously served as a spokesperson for MAC, raising money for the MAC AIDS Fund, and teamed with Colorevolution on a range of make-up products featuring ultra-rich pigments.

Now, RuPaul is joining forces with celebrity make-up artist Mally Roncal on a limited-edition collection for her Mally Beauty brand.

“(Mally) embodies everything I love about make-up and the playfulness of it. When she asked me to collaborate, I thought, ‘Absolutely,'” he told Allure.

The Mally x RuPaul range includes an 18-pan eyeshadow palette comprised of warm metallic shades, blush, mascara, highlighter, blush lipstick, and lip gloss. There is also a version of Mally’s famous Evercolor Poreless Face Defender, which iconic drag queen RuPaul has used for a long time.

“Every set I go to, the make-up artists have the Face Defender because it works so well. I would buy them in bulk on QVC and pass them out to friends because I believe everybody should have this product,” the 58-year-old stated.

Items in the Mally x RuPaul collection will be available to buy from the QVC and Mally Beauty websites.

Products will go on sale on 20 September, with Mally and RuPaul to host a live chat about the products on QVC on the same day. Posting a preview of the packaging on his Instagram page, the star shared that the opportunity to appear on the shopping channel was a “dream come true!”

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Twiggy to serve as judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.

Twiggy will serve as a special judge on the U.K. version of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. The ’60s supermodel, who became a global icon thanks to her short hems, cropped hairstyle and doe-like eyes, will act as a celebrity guest judge for one episo…

Twiggy will serve as a special judge on the U.K. version of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The ’60s supermodel, who became a global icon thanks to her short hems, cropped hairstyle and doe-like eyes, will act as a celebrity guest judge for one episode of the upcoming show, alongside host RuPaul and veteran judge Michelle Visage.

The 69-year-old, who was awarded a damehood for her services to fashion, the arts and charity earlier this year, revealed in a statement that she excited to judge drag queens.

“You see the most gorgeous women in the most glamorous outfits. I love the creativity of the clothes and the make-up. I have been to a few drag shows and they’re brilliant fun,” she said.

According to a press release, the “British cultural icon” is a personal heroine of RuPaul and “her understanding of high fashion, the catwalk and her experience as a seamstress brought some dame realness to proceedings.”

British popstar Cheryl will also act as a special celebrity judge in a different episode, and she shared she was a big fan of the series.

“I have always admired the work and dedication that goes into drag and have learned over the years that it is an art form,” Cheryl said. “It is not only fun and glamorous but equally as skillful and admirable, I find it incredibly inspiring. I just love the make-up, creativity and the drama. I am honoured to be a guest judge!”

Twiggy and Cheryl join previously announced guest judges Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, Spice Girl Geri Horner, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, British actress Michaela Coel, and Hacksaw Ridge star Andrew Garfield.

Talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr will appear as rotating resident judges across the eight-part series, which will air on BBC Three in the autumn.

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Designers praise Bob Mackie’s contribution to fashion industry

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked…

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Cher.

Mackie is to receive the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA awards on 3 June, and in the lead-up to the ceremony, a number of fashion stars have shared their praise for the style pioneer, with Tom Ford describing him as a true influencer.

“Bob Mackie’s work has influenced fashion in a dramatic way, in that many of the body-fitting, seemingly transparent, and heavily beaded gowns that are worn on red carpets today are derivative of his work for stars like Diana Ross and Cher,” he commented in an oral history feature for Vogue.com. “The images of his costumes and gowns for these women have become a part of the landscape of fashion from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and in my case, become part of my hard drive of references.”

While Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele spoke about how he met the “guru” at the 2019 camp-themed Met Gala and gushed over the designer’s role in shaping Hollywood careers.

“You have to put energy inside clothes; Bob’s creations made impetuous energy of great artists and through his clothes, the artists were able to magnify their talent. Bob Mackie sanctified the voice and the attitudes of the rock stars who are the gods of the 20th century,” he insisted.

Elsewhere, Mackie’s longtime client Burnett noted that the designer always had a vision for an entire look, including wigs, make-up and accessories, while Cher noted that he is a “perfectionist” when it comes to fit.

In addition, ’90s supermodel Shalom Harlow, who wore a Mackie ensemble to the 2009 Met Gala, shared that it’s not possible to be a “shy wallflower” in one of his creations.

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Bob Mackie to receive CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having wor…

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.

“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.

Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.

He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.

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Winnie Harlow recreates RuPaul’s iconic Viva Glam campaign for MAC

Winnie Harlow has celebrated 25 years of MAC’s Viva Glam initiative by recreating RuPaul’s iconic campaign.Back in 1994, executives at the U.S. cosmetics giant launched the very first Viva Glam lipstick to help raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS, w…

Winnie Harlow has celebrated 25 years of MAC’s Viva Glam initiative by recreating RuPaul’s iconic campaign.

Back in 1994, executives at the U.S. cosmetics giant launched the very first Viva Glam lipstick to help raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS, with drag icon RuPaul fronting the accompanying marketing imagery, which featured the slogan, “I am the MAC girl!”

Now, brand bosses have tapped Winnie to star in a new campaign marking the anniversary, with the Canadian model paying homage to the original by sporting red leather boots and corset.

“SURPRISE!! THANK YOU @MACCosmetics for not only allowing me to be the new face of MAC Viva Glam, but using my RuPaul Halloween costume inspo (inspiration) creative for the campaign!” the 24-year-old captioned a snap of the updated campaign on her Instagram page on Monday (15Apr19), referring to when she channelled RuPaul’s racy look for Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party last year.

“I worked hard to pull this look and shoot together with my team, inspired by one of the greatest charitable campaigns from 1994 (the year I was born), and I’m excited to announce MAC is using it for the newest Viva Glam campaign. If you know me, you know make-up is a love of mine so I’m speechless! There is no make-up campaign more ICONIC than the @MACcosmetics#VIVAGLAM campaign and I’m honoured to work with them as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of Viva Glam.”

And a MAC spokesperson added that they were delighted with Winnie’s version of the original photoshoot.

“Talk about a #throwback. Supermodel @winnieharlow recreates the iconic first-ever #VIVAGLAM campaign! A self-described VIVA GLAM super-fan, Winnie celebrates the irreverence, outrageous style and irrepressible love of life VIVA GLAM has been serving since 1994,” they wrote on social media.

MAC continues to promote the Viva Glam range, with the full RRP less any taxes donated to non-profit organisations that they believe can make a meaningful impact on health, rights and equality. The company has also relaunched the original Viva Glam I lipstick, a deep red, as well as pinkish-beige mauve Viva Glam II, and Viva Glam III, a muted plum shade, which are all priced at $18.50 (£17.50).

In the two decades since RuPaul first appeared in the campaign, many celebrities have appeared in promotions, including Lady Gaga, Elton John, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, and Miley Cyrus.

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Heidi Klum dresses as Shrek’s Princess Fiona for Halloween

Heidi Klum unveiled another spectacular Halloween costume for her annual Halloween bash – Princess Fiona from Shrek.The supermodel has always pushed the boat out when it comes to her outfit of choice, with previous costumes including a werewolf, a butt…

Heidi Klum unveiled another spectacular Halloween costume for her annual Halloween bash – Princess Fiona from Shrek.

The supermodel has always pushed the boat out when it comes to her outfit of choice, with previous costumes including a werewolf, a butterfly and a jaw-dropping Jessica Rabbit transformation, and she and boyfriend Tom Kaulitz, who went as Shrek, certainly didn’t disappoint this time around. Taking to Instagram, Heidi shared videos of the getting ready process, which saw the pair don green paint and face and body prosthetics in order to transform themselves into the beloved ogre couple for her annual Halloween party, now in its 19th year.

And though the 45-year-old is able to seriously up her costume game thanks to the transformative powers of prosthetics, she recently admitted that the process is often “nerve-wracking”.

“When you do prosthetics and all of this stuff, I’m always having my fingers and toes crossed that it actually does work out on the day because there was no dress rehearsal,” she told People magazine. “Because we can’t actually glue all these things down and see if it actually really works. So it’s always a bit nerve-wracking for me, too, that it actually does work out in the end.”

The spooky bash, which took place at LAVO New York on Wednesday (31Oct18), has become legendary in the showbiz world and was attended by fellow fashionistas Winnie Harlow and Bella Hadid – who were also creative with their costumes.

Winnie sported a red corset, latex thigh high boots and a tumbling blonde wig in order to become American drag queen and presenter of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul. Meanwhile, Bella opted for a spiky black wig and an extravagant red dress with matching veil to embody Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, who was played by Winona Ryder in the 1988 film. Her boyfriend The Weeknd accompanied her as Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice.

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