T LOunge for April 16th, 2021

Posted on April 16, 2021

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GRANDEUR! Pronounced with a French accent!

Today, let’s all dress like it’s 1929 and we think the Champagne’s gonna flow forever. After all, delusion is the main component of every T LOunge. Also, it’s FRIDAY and that absolutely demands a party atmosphere.

We, for our parts, are off to drum up content for the day and record a fabulous little podcast for y’all. It’s been a relatively light week around here, but we did manage to conquer the rest of media in our off-time. In addition to the brief appearance we make in the Vice article below about the financial burdens of being a Drag Race queen, we also had a lovely time being interviewed by Brooke and Aricia for the “Even the Rich” podcast on the topic of Jackie Kennedy’s game-changing First Lady style. You can listen to the whole thing here.


Shantay, You Pay: Inside the Heavy Financial Burden of Going On ‘Drag Race’
As drag has gotten more mainstream, it’s gotten further from its DIY roots—and performing on the biggest stage is becoming prohibitively expensive.

The idea of investing a ton of money in a drag career and having it pay off is a relatively modern one. According to Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, authors of Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life, performers simply didn’t have access to many venues for most of drag’s history—largely because cross-dressing was illegal throughout the United States until the 1970s. Most drag performers never left their community, and while their local gigs may have been emotionally rewarding, they weren’t particularly lucrative.


The Invisible Women Of Iraq
Despite the groundbreaking nature of the new Yazidi Survivors Bill, the trauma experienced by the victims of ISIS is far from resolved.

Even though the bill contemplates material support, such as providing survivors with plots of land, pensions and access to mental health clinics, repairing the identity of a nation cannot be accomplished only by legislation. The civil society sector has recognized this fact and is stepping up to fill the gaps.
Various charitable organizations have set up mental health clinics, social groups, and art programs for survivors. Though incremental, the establishment of these programs in the country emphasizes the importance of addressing survivors’ mental health and well-being, a subject not often embraced in the region.


Buckingham Palace confirms final details for Prince Philip’s funeral
The ceremony will be closed to the public for health and safety reasons

Buckingham Palace has announced the final details for Prince Philip’s funeral, which will take place tomorrow, 17 April, at 3pm. The duke’s coffin will emerge from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle at 2.40pm, followed by members of the royal family who will walk behind in a procession. Those whom will follow the Land Rover hearse will include his four children, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, as well as Prince Harry and Prince William.


What Kajal Means to South Asian Women and How to Incorporate It Into Your Beauty Routine
“[It] just seemed like a requirement as an Indian girl.”

Beauty practices all around the world have blossomed from historical and cultural traditions. And for Indian beauty in specific, it’s all about celebrating the eyes.
For centuries, kajal — otherwise commonly referred to as kohl eyeliner — has been used in Indian makeup, and is the go-to product for women in the South Asian community.
As I was growing up, wearing kajal just seemed like a requirement as an Indian girl — I never thought twice about it. I even remember seeing my mom gracefully rubbing a black stick on her eyes everyday right before work and I would just think, “Ooh, pretty.” Soon after, I started wearing it myself.


Call My Agent! Will Return for Season 5—and a Movie Spinoff
Everything we know about the critically acclaimed French show’s fifth season and film.

The critically acclaimed dramedy-slash-satire, about a dysfunctional group of ambitious talent agents who manage the careers and clean up the messes of their A-list clientele—featuring real cameos by the likes of Monica Bellucci, Isabelle Huppert, and Charlotte Gainsbourg—while juggling their own personal lives, has been around since 2015 but recently introduced to a wider audience thanks to Netflix. So imagine the disappointment for late entrants to the world of ASK agency, to learn that their new favorite binge was coming to an end: the fourth season, which dropped on the streaming platform in January, was meant to be the series’ last and ended, if not necessarily on a happy note, at least with a bit of closure for Andréa, Gabriel, Mathias, and co.


16 Cocktails to Serve at Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Margaritas and more.

When celebrating Cinco de Mayo is there really any other choice than a tequila cocktail? This year, whether you opt for the traditional margarita or shake things up with a smokey Mezcal drink, avoid the crowded and pricey Mexican restaurants and mix up these tasty cocktails instead. We’ve rounded up the very best cocktails to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fun fiesta at home.


Audrey Hepburn TV Series to Be Penned By ‘Good Wife’ Writer Jacqueline Hoyt
U.S. writer-producer Jacqueline Hoyt (“The Good Wife”) is set to pen drama series “Audrey” about Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, which is being produced by Italy’s Wildside, the Fremantle company behind “The Young Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend.”
The previously announced series on Audrey Hepburn‘s life is based on a treatment co-written by her son Luca Dotti and Italian journalist and writer Luigi Spinola. Dotti’s father was Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, whom Hepburn married in 1970 and divorced 10 years later.



The Best Wines to Drink This Spring (and What to Serve Them With)
Put away your winter coats (and heavy winter wines). This spring, give your at-home wine list a spring cleaning and take your pick of this fresh crop of wines that are just right for the season.

With spring right around the corner, it’s finally time to grab a bottle and head outdoors. These wines are some of our favorites to sip in spring, and range from crisp and light to fuller-bodied. We hope you’ll discover new favorites to sip solo or to pair with anything from freshly grilled ribeye to vibrant salads that make the most of springtime produce.


Get to Know Chet Lo, the Visionary Knitwear Designer with SZA and Doja Cat as Fans
A twist of fate brought the Asian-American creative to the United Kingdom in 2015, where he embarked on the BA knitwear course at the prestigious Central Saint Martins. At the heart of Lo’s designs is a “nostalgic Asian influence” spurred on by his fascination with “old Japanese comics and the Godzilla and Ultraman [Japanese film series] visuals.” Between interning for luxury heavyweights Maison Margiela and Proenza Schouler, the New York native is becoming a force to be reckoned with.


These Tops Are Made From Tea Towels—And They Sell Out Fast
Designer Selina Sanders’s upcycled fashion label began somewhat accidentally. About a year ago, the Altadena, California–based artist came across a random hashtag from influencer and YouTuber Beth Jones, #alwaysplaydressup, encouraging people to dress up (if only for themselves). As Sanders perused the hashtag, she saw a bunch of creators not only posting amazing outfits, but also creating things for themselves to wear. Inspired, she made her first shirt. “I had a bunch of floral tea towels, so I took one with a beautiful Bermuda flower on it, and paired it with a vintage quilt from the ’90s,” she says of her creation.


Writer, Entrepreneur, and Activist Hoda Katebi on France’s Proposed Hijab Ban
While it may not officially become law, such measures in the name of laïcité, or French secularism, are common tactics by conservative powers to test public reaction in order to determine how and when to actually push them through. Whether this is perceived as a symbolic case study to gather data or an actual attempt at lawmaking, the very introduction of this proposal is cause for alarm. If it doesn’t pass this year, it could certainly pass in the near future; in fact, other anti-Muslim laws in France share similar origin stories. The once “outrageous” early 1990s proposal to ban hijabs and “all ‘ostentatious’ signs of religious affiliation” from schools, for example, was ratified and enforced within the decade and continues to affect young Muslim women today. The new measure would build on that existing ban by outlawing the hijab for young women everywhere in France, not just in schools.


From Doubt to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a Look at Viola Davis’s 10 Best Roles
Viola Davis is accustomed to making history. The 55-year-old South Carolina native and Juilliard graduate got her start on the stage, winning a Tony Award in 2001 for her part in August Wilson’s King Hedley II. Small but memorable turns in film and TV followed, before her breakout as a fearful mother in Doubt (2008), for which she received an Oscar nod. Since then, she’s become the first Black person to achieve the triple crown of acting—she won a second Tony in 2010 for the Broadway revival of Fences, was the first Black woman to take home the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for How to Get Away With Murder (2014 to 2020) and then secured the Oscar for best supporting actress with her work in Denzel Washington’s big-screen adaptation of Fences (2016).


7 Celebrities Who Have (Surprisingly) Never Won an Oscar
Awards season: It doesn’t always go the way you think it will! Snafus like 2017’s Moonlight/La La Land mixup have proven that, although sometimes Oscar night surprises are more subtle—snubs, for example. Occasionally, an actor that you could swear is drowning in Academy Awards actually has no wins to their name. Is it fair? No. Should you and all the attendees at your Oscars party fight for hours about why these actors actually deserve the industry’s biggest awards? Yes. Below, find 7 Hollywood actors who are surprisingly Oscar-free (despite their many nominations).


Birds by the Billions: A Guide to Spring’s Avian Parade
For birders across the United States, it’s a rite of spring: heading out to woodlands and waterways to track down a favorite warbler, vireo, tanager or other bird, many of them migratory.
Back in the mid-1930s, there were only about 25 breeding pairs of sandhill cranes left in Wisconsin. But today — thanks to protections like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — the count tallies nearly 10,000 of these regal, crimson-crowned cranes across Wisconsin.


Experts say Instagram for kids is a terrible idea
Facebook is working on a new version of its popular app that’s targeted at children under 13

The new app, which Facebook says will not include ads, is being designed for children under the minimum age for Instagram, which is 13. Facebook also says it’s trying to find new methods, including using artificial intelligence, to confirm that users on the main Instagram platform aren’t under 13. That age restriction is a product of a 1998 law called the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), which establishes more stringent requirements and potential financial liabilities for online platforms that collect personal information about users under 13 without their parents’ consent. Child safety experts worry that social media poses additional threats to young children, too.


How Working From Home Changed Wardrobes Around the World
It wasn’t all sweats and leggings. A whirlwind tour of how the pandemic affected what we wore, from India to Italy.

Have months of self-isolation, lockdown and working from home irrevocably changed what we will put on once we go out again? For a long time, the assumption was yes. Now, as restrictions ease and the opening up of offices and travel is dangled like a promise, that expectation is more like a qualified “maybe.” But not every country’s experience of the last year was the same, nor were the clothes that dominated local wardrobes. Before we can predict what’s next, we need to understand what was. Here, eight New York Times correspondents in seven different countries share dispatches from a year of dressing.


A who’s who of the most scandalous, daring and dangerous duchesses in history
There is nothing Tatler loves more than a Duchess with attitude. Gratifyingly there are quite a few terrors in tiaras to consider, as they swish past us, admiring themselves in the looking glass. As she releases her book about the Georgian’s era most outrageous one, Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston, here are Catherine Ostler’s top five Duchesses of drama…





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