Manhattan Bar – Singapore
Hallelujahs and Huzzahs all around, darlings! Raise a glass and throw your head back as you roar to the heavens, for we have all MADE IT. To FRIDAY, for God’s sake. Although thanks to the lovely folks at RuPaul’s Drag Race central and our commitment to having a recap up after it airs on Fridays, there is no true “end of the work week” for your ol’ pals T Lo. Alas. Sundays are always spent on behind-the-scenes site maintenance and admin stuff, so a day of the week doesn’t pass for us without at least a little bit of work to do. Not that we’re complaining. We think that’s true of every small business owner and a good portion of the regular workforce.
EVEN SO. The day must be celebrated, even if it’s only for ceremonial reasons. If we can haul a poor confused groundhog in front of an international media storm for no other reason than because we go stir-crazy every February, then we think raising a glass to the illusory end of the week is still warranted, if not needed.
Who’s got Valentine’s plans for this, the Saddest Valentine’s Day in history? Not that we were ever all that big on the holiday, although we do the usual flowers-and-candy thing for each other. Tom announced he was cleaning the oven this weekend, which will almost certainly take up more energy and enthusiasm than anything heart-themed. Such is the way of the marrieds. Alas.
Utica Queen, Drag Race’s Breakout Style Star, Is Only Getting Started
Utica Queen, now based in Minneapolis, is kookier and campier than all of her competitors this season. The 25-year-old is no doubt a true comedian who leans toward the theatrical and absurd (at times, the judges have critiqued that she’s almost too oddball, such as when she wore a strawberry atop her head). “I love to be out of the box, but as high-fashion as it can get,” Utica Queen tells Vogue. “I’ve always been inspired by old-style variety shows, and women of comedy like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. These pioneering women created little vignettes of humor and joy, and were quintessentially themselves. I created Utica Queen as my own version of that.”
A Celebration of the Tastemakers in Black Beauty
The beauty industry never designed a level playing field for all creatives to succeed. But that never stopped beauty’s biggest names from making noise.
Black people working in the beauty industry are required to not just be high-level performers but shapeshifters able to comport themselves in reaction to whatever is thrown their way. Most times, that means staring the industry’s storied history of blatant discrimination and half-baked diversity in the face. Black models are the first to point out that high fashion backstages are often a wasteland of familiar faces and beauty companies who—until very recently—rarely made foundation and concealer shades that went beyond “honey” and “toasted almond.” In the wise words of Scandal’s Papa Pope: “You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have.” Black creatives have to master the whole spectrum of skills—from learning how to apply makeup on every skin tone to expertly weaving hairstyles for different hair textures—where their counterparts often need to master technique for only one type of skin: white. This only makes what Black hair and makeup artists have accomplished that much more astonishing.
Every Day Is A Pandemic For The Chronically Ill
When able-bodied people say they “know what my life is like now,” I want them to translate those inklings of understanding into action.
“I don’t mean imagining how chronically ill and disabled people move through a world that isn’t built for them. I mean through action. I saw this on a graffiti sticker in my Brooklyn neighborhood, a quote by prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba: Let this radicalize you. Empathy is more than putting yourself in someone else’s shoes; it’s using your power to fight for changes that don’t directly benefit you. It’s more than understanding why another person feels the way they do; it’s learning about the systems that contribute to their emotions and behaviors, then figuring out how to help build—or dismantle and rebuild—those systems.”
After I Came Out, My Mother Left Our Church to Fight for Queer Youth
Growing up, I felt conflicted about my relationship with my mother, my church and myself. But when I came out, my mother’s reaction surprised me.
“The church has always been an anchor for my family in a world that left us unmoored. In the wake of my parents’ divorce, it was the church that wrapped its arms around us and offered us warmth. It gave my mom a renewed purpose, in working with the children’s ministry and eventually in studying to become certified as an evangelist missionary. The church was the body for which we were able to be hands and feet, running and reaching for something greater than the life we currently had.”
The Eight Trends That Defined High Fashion in the 1990s
Reinvention & Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties explores the styles that exemplified the era of elegance
The ’90s was indeed the era of elegance, of supermodels, and of larger-than-life runway presentations. But it was also the period that birthed grunge—which a reputed critic famously called “ghastly” after a Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis show—and embraced cultural appropriation flagrantly. There is no avoiding that fashion in the ’90s clearly had a higher-than-thou attitude, barring disenfranchised communities from inclusion. As a result, many of the collections that were promoted then wouldn’t pass muster today. And the ones that were reviled, particularly grunge, are now revered.
When a Museum Feels Like Home
As a tyro critic in the nineteen-sixties, I fell for the works in the Frick one by one, learning from my response to the art before knowing much about it.
“Welcome to my house,” I’ve said more than once while introducing people to the Frick Collection, my favorite museum. I’ve had to acknowledge an awkward domestic layout, extending to nine stops on the No. 6 train from the East Village. But I’ve meant it in a way that I share with a lot of art lovers, or even just art likers. The Frick stirs proprietary feelings as, say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art doesn’t. Big museums array works by a historical logic that is cold to the eye until thawed by your attention. Everything at the Frick is toasty at first glance. That’s an effect of the place’s having been a home, the mansion of the coke mogul Henry Clay Frick, and of the somewhat fictive sense of the collection’s memorializing one person’s passions: pre-loved, call it. Some works and even whole rooms have been added since Frick died, in 1919.
Meet Swedish Artist Markus Åkesson, a Favorite Collaborator of Undercover’s Jun Takahashi
“I grew up in a working-class family in the countryside of southeast Sweden. I had little to no experience of the art world as a child and a teenager, but I loved to draw and spent most of my days doing so. I was trained as a welder, but never really felt at home in that sort of occupation. In my 20s, however, I rather accidentally got a job as a glass engraver. I was able to work with something creative for the first time in my life, and I loved it. But after a while I felt the urge to express myself through art and started to paint. I took some art classes during that time, but I don’t really have a traditional art education. I now live and work in Nybro, a small town, not far from where I grew up. I have my atelier in an old Glass Factory called Pukeberg.”
Netflix’s New Docu-Series, ‘The Big Day,’ Is an Immersive Look at Indian Weddings
The series, produced by Conde Nast India, spotlights modern Indian couples, and takes a deep dive into the multi-billion dollar Indian wedding industry, giving the audience the ability to be part of all the action during a time when most of us have barely left our houses, let alone attended any kind of social engagement.
Focusing on six extravagant Indian weddings that take place across the globe in a pre-COVID world, the trailer, which was released on Monday, is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, florals, over the top settings, and one-of-a-kind bridal looks, all dream Pinterest board-worthy.
33 Of The Most Iconic Dresses Of All Time: From Grace Kelly’s Wedding Gown To Rihanna’s Met Gala Masterpiece
From Meghan Markle’s wedding gown to Lady Gaga’s meat dress these are the dresses you’ll never forget
There are dresses, and then there are truly iconic dresses – the ones that stay imprinted on your memory, long after they’ve left the red carpet or big screen. Sometimes it’s because they are beautiful, sometimes it’s because they are downright weird – but whatever the reason, these are the dresses that have earned their place in history.
From Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s black dress to Jodie Comer’s Killing Eve tulle wonder, these are the 20th and 21st Centuries’ most important gowns.
Hugh Bonneville Teases Next ‘Downton Abbey’ Film, After Vaccinations For Cast
The actor, who is volunteering as a marshal at his local vaccination center and has had his first jab, said that he has seen a script for a sequel.
“It’s the usual thing. The planets are circling. They are beginning to get into alignment,” Bonneville said. “There is a thing called coronavirus knocking around and until that is under control in a sensible way, we are not going to be able to get all those ducks in a row. Mixing my metaphors here.
Jodie Foster Takes on Guantánamo in The Mauritanian
Foster and lawyer Nancy Hollander, whom she plays in the upcoming drama, on the true story of Hollander’s long fight to free Mohamedou Ould Slahi from Guantánamo Bay.
Jodie Foster said she was determined to participate in the project after being deeply moved by Slahi’s memoir. “You get such a wonderful vision of who he is as a joyful, humor-filled, forgiving, affectionate guy—open, vulnerable, all those things that you would just never associate with somebody whom they tried to beat all that out of,” said Foster. “He’s a lot of contradictions as well. I think that’s good for Americans to get out of their Islamophobia and finally see a Muslim man who is a fully fleshed human being.” Both Hollander and Foster are hopeful that the film will remind audiences that the Guantánamo detention center is still operating and holding detainees.
Jennifer Lopez: The Glory and the Dream (and the Drive)
“When I came on the scene, it was kind of the time of the waif and everybody had to be stick thin,” she says. “It was like, ‘Well, you’re not. How do you feel?’ I’m like, ‘I feel great about it!’” Today, that beauty standard has been excised from our minds like a melanoma. Was that thanks entirely to Lopez? No. But she did push the needle of beauty forward — toward different body types, different skin tones, different definitions — by the sheer force of her will and talent. After all, the waifs are gone. Lopez, clearly, is not.
A Vision of Asian-American Cinema That Questions the Very Premise
Lulu Wang, Lee Isaac Chung, Bing Liu, Alan Yang, Justin Chon, Sandi Tan and Mira Nair talk forthrightly about staying true to themselves while navigating Hollywood and issues of identity.
“I had several meetings with heads of studios. And one real head of studio, after I pitched ‘Mississippi Masala’ and had Denzel Washington — he had just won the Oscar — point-blank asked me, ‘Can’t you make room for a white protagonist?’ And I just looked at him, pretty amused, and smiled. “I promise you one thing, sir, all the waiters in the film will be white.” And he laughed, and I laughed, and I was shown the door.”
There’s No Better Time for Maximalist Brownies
Stuffed or topped with the likes of sugared coconut, pecan pie filling or salted pretzels, these brownies are not about subtlety.
In the vast and varied world of brownie recipes, there are the minimalist versions: pure expressions without nuts, chips or icing nigh. Then, there are the maximalist takes, stuffed to their fudgy edges with all manner of sugary excess. To be sure, my grown-up instincts appreciate the nuances of the more understated iterations. But the rest of my pandemic-weary soul cries out for indulgence: Make mine as gooey, chewy and opulently embellished as they can be. And so, I developed these brownie recipes to satisfy the depths of my chocolaty desire, in three distinct ways: salted, nutty and candy bar inspired.
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