T LOunge for June 2nd, 2022

Posted on June 02, 2022

Nautic Club – Timmendorfer Strand, Germany


Who’s feeling the need for a little sexy dark intrigue today? We are, darlings! And hopefully you are too, because today’s LOunge is positively brimming with it. You’re here, everyone wants you, and you control the room with your every word and movement. Enjoy your dark power, kitten.



First look image on Russell T Davies’ upcoming ITVX and ITV drama, Nolly, starring Helena Bonham Carter as Noele Gordon
Nolly is a bold exploration of how the establishment turns on women who refuse to play by the rules, the women it cannot understand and the women it fears. And it is a love letter to a legend of television, and to the madcap soap she starred in, Nolly is an outrageously fun and wildly entertaining ride through Noele Gordon’s most tumultuous years, and a sharp, affectionate and heart-breaking portrait of a forgotten icon.


“It’s Important for People in the Public Eye to Tell Their Truth”
Michael Kors on coming out, finding love, and moving forward without fear.

When I think back to my childhood, when I was 11 or 12 I would literally be locked in my room drawing or reading or watching TV. I was an only child, and the last thing I was doing was rushing out to join the football or baseball team. One day I overheard my stepfather say to my mother, “Why is he locked in his room drawing women’s dresses all day? What is he—a fairy, or something?” That literally cut me in half. My mother said to him, “He’s talented, and he’s special, and that’s something we should celebrate.” It’s funny—I think at that point, there were little things like, if you put your hand on your hip, you’d hear someone say, “Girls do that. Don’t do that.”


Marilyn Monroe’s Definitive Bombshell Beauty Rules, Straight From the Icon’s Mouth
When it comes to defining the eternal allure of Old Hollywood bombshell glamour, no woman has made more of an impact than Marilyn Monroe. Though dozens of bright young actresses—Michelle Williams, Lindsay Lohan, and Ana de Armas—have sported platinum pin curls and white dresses to play the iconic star, Monroe’s own beauty routine is the stuff of legend, scoured over by countless women who remain captivated by her fresh-faced yet sultry look. Of course, few people have shed more light on her beauty philosophies and rituals than Monroe herself—and research turns up more than a few well-conceived pieces of advice. Here, in honor of her birthday, we break down Monroe’s five best secrets, in her own words.


Cynthia Nixon Says That Miranda Was Always Queer
“She was a stand-in for the gay women we didn’t have.”

In 2021, when Miranda Hobbes came out as queer in And Just Like That …, audiences saw one of their favorite characters (or most-hated, depending on whether viewers saw themselves as a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, or Miranda) find new love with non-binary character Che Diaz. That development would become one of the show’s — love it or hate it — biggest takeaways from its premiere season, and actress Cynthia Nixon spoke about how she believes that Miranda was queer all along, even in Sex and the City’s initial run. She explained that the character had “lesbianic qualities” and that for the time (SATC ran from 1998-2004), Miranda was a “stand-in” for gay women.


Jada Pinkett Smith Finally Spoke Out About the Incident at the 2022 Oscars
While talking about the impacts of alopecia.

“This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia,” Jada said. “Considering what I’ve been through and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories. I’m using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and to inform people about what alopecia actually is.”
“Now, about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile,” she shared. “The state of the world today, we need ’em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together.”


AIDS History Is A Remedy
When pharmacist Ruth Madievsky decided to specialize in HIV/AIDS care, she didn’t realize how important it was to know the stories of those who came before her.

The more I tweet about HIV/AIDS, the more messages I get. I get texts sometimes, too, from friends who have friends who need help. It’s shifted the way I think about my role as a health care provider and about how we educate clinicians-in-training. In pharmacy school, our few lectures on HIV/AIDS were devoid of historical context beyond a handful of grim statistics and the dates in which different antiretrovirals were released. We were taught how to medically manage HIV, and that’s about it. We weren’t told that the CDC’s definition of AIDS largely excluded women until 1993 or that marketing campaigns for PrEP have mainly advertised to queer white men and ignored communities of color, trans people, and women.


36 Times Princess Anne Was a Total Boss, in Photos
The Princess Royal is everything we hope to be.

A champion equestrian, Navy admiral, mother, survivor of a kidnapping attempt, and a royal: Anne, the Princess Royal, can do it all. Though often overshadowed by the fanfare devoted to Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Anne deserves her own time in the sun. She is tough. She is mighty. She looks great in sunglasses. Here, our favorite photos of Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter being the total boss she is.


Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: What We Lose When We Turn Real Life Into Entertainment
The mixed verdict in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation case seems, at the very least, reflective of the complex tumult that seemed to define the actors’ relationship, the details of which unfolded over six seemingly endless weeks in an unassuming Virginia courthouse. But it wasn’t wholly satisfying for those Depp superfans who decided that securing a victory for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was their new raison d’etre. For those people, who appeared to multiply with every passing day on every possible media platform, the only acceptable outcome was a total humiliation for Heard, who has been raised up the ultimate example of the #MeToo movement gone awry.


I Wish I Had The Lesbiana’s Guide To Catholic School As A Teen
Sonora Reyes’ queer YA novel mirrors my high school experience—and helped me give my younger self some grace.
When 16-year-old Yamilet came out, she lost her best friend and entire social circle. Hoping to start over, she decides to play the role of a super-straight girl in her new environment: a Catholic high school.
Sonora Reyes’ The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School follows Yamilet’s struggles to keep her queerness under wraps, especially when she meets her new crush, a girl named Bo who isn’t afraid to wear rainbow attire and speak out against homophobic teachers. The young adult novel weaves a story of teenage romance with discussions around first-generation pressures, migration, mental health, and growing pains.


The Best Celebrity Nail Art For All Your A-List Nail Art Design Inspo
Be inspired.

With celebrities putting as much effort into their nail art as their outfits (and uploading their nail selfies – nailfies? – on to Instagram for the world to see), decorating your nails has never been more popular.
Whether it’s next level acrylic extensions courtesy of Lizzo, more subtle minimalist designs as seen on Jourdan Dunn, or super natural looking, sheer nude shades that feel totally timeless, the A-list know that a spot on manicure is essential both on and off the red carpet.
From super summery, multi-coloured designs, to psychedelic 1960s styles and embellished French tips that scream ‘I’m going out-out’, we’ve rounded up the best celebrity nail art for all your A-list manicure inspo…


Pistol’s Maisie Williams On Her Mind-Blowing Transformation Into Punk Icon Jordan
The second episode of Pistol, the new Disney+ miniseries from writer Craig Pearce and director Danny Boyle which tracks the stratospheric rise and spectacular fall of the Sex Pistols, opens with a shot of Maisie Williams as Jordan. Born Pamela Rooke, the punk icon is seen cycling down a quiet street in her hometown of Seaford in East Sussex. She has her platinum blonde hair piled into a towering beehive, dramatic eye make-up and wears a yellow PVC coat that is completely transparent. Young men heckle her, elderly women cower and mothers try to shield the eyes of their children, but Jordan holds her head high, even when she boards a train to London and the stares intensify. Meanwhile, Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” plays over their chatter. It’s a remarkable moment, one of the strongest in the whole show, and one that encapsulates the revolutionary power of the woman who auteur Derek Jarman labelled “the original Sex Pistol”.


How Shahzia Sikander Remade the Art of Miniature Painting
In “Extraordinary Realities,” the artist uses a once suppressed form to interrogate the modern world.

In 2019, two Persian paintings sold in a private-auction house, in London, for roughly eight hundred thousand pounds each. The paintings were illuminated manuscripts, or “miniature” paintings, and they belonged to the same book: a fifteenth-century edition of the Nahj al-Faradis, which narrates Muhammad’s journey through the layers of heaven and hell. The original book, once an artistic masterpiece, had been ripped apart, reduced to sixty lavish images. Bound, the manuscript was likely worth a few million pounds; dismembered, its contents have sold for more than fifty million.
The dismembering of manuscripts is part of a larger story, a tale of extractive patronage and the passage of empires. The term “miniature” is a colonial creation, a catchall category for a diverse array of figurative paintings that emerged in modern-day Iran, Turkey, and Central and South Asia. During imperial rule, most illuminated manuscripts were claimed by private collections and museums in Europe, where many still reside in storage, effectively erased.


The 30-Year Journey to AMC’s Groundbreaking Native American Drama ‘Dark Winds’
How indigenous talent, including star Zahn McClarnon, teamed with George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford to adapt Tony Hillerman’s best-selling series — and potential franchise — at last.

“I’ve been [acting] since the early ’90s, and it’s been a struggle the whole way through,” says Zahn McClarnon, a Lakota actor best known for his supporting roles on shows like Fargo and Westworld, who plays Detective Joe Leaphorn in Dark Winds. “I’m really glad that I’ve stuck out this business and that I’m finally seeing this stuff come to fruition with having Native writers, Native crew, Native talent and Native directors and producers. We’re in a unique time.”


Which tiara sparkled brightest? The best of the one-off exhibition of diadems at Sotheby’s
The tiaras stole the show at last night’s Platinum Jubilee gala hosted by Tatler – where the great and the good, aesthetes and purveyors of taste deemed the showcase the most spectacular of the riches on display

Was there ever such a glittering showcase? Well – at least not for 20 years, since the V&A staged its mega tiara exhibition. Now, Kristian Spofforth, Sotheby’s head of jewellery, has painstakingly sourced a twinkling array of prized, bespoke and rarely, if ever, seen before diadems – of different styles, formations and ancestry – and brought them to the heart of Mayfair. Spofforth has called upon the landed gentry – and asked if they might lend their most precious family heirlooms for this one-off exhibition in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Given the theme, the aristocrats said yes: from Earl Spencer to the Fitzwilliam family – if they’d had more time, Spofforth thinks they might have secured even more. But, we think he’s also pretty happy with where he got to – and deservedly so.


Kim Kardashian’s New Skin Care Line Is Not for Quitters
The nine-step beauty regimen mirrors her elaborate daily routine.

“I’ll try anything,” Kim Kardashian said last month during an interview in her enormous office here. It houses a photo studio, a showroom, a video room, offices for staff, her personal office, a glam room (where she gets ready for shoots), a model glam room (where models get ready for shoots), a conference room, a theater and more. “If you told me that I literally had to eat poop every single day and I would look younger, I might. I just might.”
As of yet, excrement is not one of the ingredients in Ms. Kardashian’s new skin care line.


John Waters and Mink Stole dish out relationship advice
Waters appears in a Calvin Klein campaign alongside his friend of 56 years, Mink Stole, to remind us that the works they’ve made together are iconic. Stole holds the distinction of being one of only two actors who has appeared in all of Waters’ films from Pink Flamingos onwards. She remains a lynchpin of the Dreamlanders, an ensemble of Waters regulars so tight-knit that it trumps any idea of a chosen family.
The pair even has his ‘n’ hers cemetery plots next to one other in Baltimore, meaning together with co-conspirators Divine, Pat Moran, and Dennis Dermody, they will all share the same gritty destiny: an eternal friendship from beyond the grave. “We call it Disgraceland,” Waters jokes of his final resting place. “Come on out,” he adds, “group visit!” Love can’t quite disappear if you bury it with you, right?


Tiara of the Month: Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Day diadem, St Edward’s Crown
The historic headpiece has a dramatic history, having been completely remade following the English Civil War and the Restoration

When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June 1953, the crescendo of the day was when the Archbishop of Canterbury lowered the St Edward’s Crown onto the new Sovereign’s head.
Composed of a solid gold frame and standing 12 inches tall, the crown is set with 444 precious and semi-precious stones including rubies, sapphires, amethysts, sapphires, garnets and tourmalines. The crown features an ermine trimmed headband beneath a band of four golden crosses-pattée and four fleurs-de-lis. A velvet cap is encased by bejewelled arches which join at the top to support a central orb and cross. It’s also extremely weighty, at 4.9lb, so is only worn briefly, being replaced with the Imperial Crown after the ceremony.


The Art of Writing Beautifully
Payman Hamed keeps the ancient Persian tradition of calligraphy alive

Payman Hamed was born into what he calls “the mystic world of Persian calligraphy.”
His father taught him the art of writing beautifully with a reed pen and ink. When he was six, Hamed learned to inscribe his first words in the Nas’taliq style of Persian calligraphy, which originated in 14th-century Iran.
For Hamed, calligraphy is an important daily ritual. “Just like people who work out every day or those who meditate every morning, we as calligraphy artists enjoy the therapeutic healing power of pen and ink,” he says.
In addition to his own practice, Hamed is part of a broader effort to keep this art form alive as a maker, calligraphy teacher, and active member of the Iranian Calligraphers Association.
Determined to keep this tradition alive, the Iranian Calligraphers Association (established in 1951) took to the task of safeguarding this ancient artform. They developed a program to expand formal public training in calligraphy. They published books and pamphlets, held art exhibitions, and developed academic curricula. Their efforts were recognized by UNESCO in 2021, when the “National programme to safeguard the traditional art of calligraphy in Iran” was inscribed on the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.



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