GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) announced Wednesday, October, 20, the “Spirit day” and asked everybody to wear purple. This national flash mob was to call attention to deaths of 6 teenagers, who committed suicide after bullying for being gay.
There was a lot of purple everywhere that day.
If America forbids any kind of discrimination – by race, religion, gender etc., then sexual orientation should be on this list, too. Otherwise – we live in a free country, until it comes to the bedroom?
On Saturday night October, 16, beautiful House of Sweden right on Potomac riverfront was receiving huge crowd of beauty connoisseurs. Second Miss Sinergy was about to be crowned that night which made everybody so nervous and excited! First Miss Sinergy ever was Ally Rose (who is, by the way, is about to compete for yet another crown soon, Miss Maryland).
Miss Sinergy is an annual beauty pageant benefiting breast cancer society.
Twenty finalists, chosen by public voting earlier, got to compete in final “battle for the title”. Swimsuit competition, evening gown competition, and then final questionnaire for the best six. In between the competitions viewers were entertained by comedian Tehran SoParvaz, magician Josh Norris, singer Krista McClellon.
The judging panel included: former Project Runway cast member Emmett McCarthy, star of Blonde Charity Mafia Katherine Kennedy, Miss Slovak Republic Anna Amenova, director of Sustainable Iceland LLD Baldwin Jonsson, adjunct professor of trial advocacy Justin Daniel, assistant coach for the women’s rowing team at Columbia Malcolm Doldron, author Matthew Christian Davis, social entrepreneur Nakeva Corothers, Miss Universe New Zealand Ria Van Dyke, fashion entrepreneur and stylist Robin Fleming, Miss Maryland USA 2010 Simone Feldman, Miss Universe Sweden 2009 Renate Cerljen. Event was hosted by comedian and reality-television personality Dan Renzi and Miss Oklahoma USA 2010 Morgan Woolard.
Christa Taylor Aiken was titled as “Miss Photogenic”, Dana Filatova – as “Best in evening gown”, Lauren Ashley – as “Best in swimsuit” and Chardelle Moore as “Miss Congeniality”. And (********drum roll**********) Miss Sinergy 2011 became Megan McConville!!! Congratulations, well deserved!
Huge event in humongous facility (Washington Convention center), showcasing latest trends in beauty and style, happened on Saturday October, 16. Just 6 hours of open doors included fashion shows, seminars, on-site styling and beautifying, plus all the services that more than 50 vendors could offer – no wonder it was packed and loud! Designers featured: Natalia Sanz, Tristan Blake, Kenny Flanagan of KAS collection, Elizabeth Stajka of “Elizabeth St.John”, bridal, Tashia Senn, Hush Boutique&Accessorize, and Korto Momolu for Grand Finale!
Enjoy some pictures and video interview with incomparable Korto!
Another fantabulous event just thunderstormed in Artisphere – 6th Annual “Fashion fights poverty” gala! When you hear “fashion show”, you usually expect runway and models gliding back and forth. Surprise! Not in this case. In huge hall, actually, I would say, ballroom, models were standing on special pedestals, showcasing each the only piece. No rush behind the curtains, no latecomers (usually one piece of clothing spends about 10 seconds on runway and then disappears, right?) – it was something special, unique and very likable by everybody. Photo ops were through the roof! Three designers were featured that evening – Chez Kevito, Crooked Monkey and Nomi Ansari – all very different but united with same idea: stay RAW!
Lovely Matisse beautified the end of the evening with her fabulous performances.
This rainy Thursday New Zealand Embassy was brightened by visit of Ria Van Dyke, Mis Universe New Zealand 2010. She arrived to the US as a member of judge panel for beauty pageant “Miss Sinergy 2011″ which is being held at House of Sweden this Saturday. Apart from this duty, Ria has very busy schedule and visiting motherland embassy was one of the first tasks on the list. In honor of her “homecoming” there was very warm and hospitable tea party organized by embassy staff (great thanks to Michelle Parish). Miss NZ gave a speech, answered the questions, paid a visit to Ambassador himself, had a tour in the Embassy and had her pictures taken with all who desired, and guess who did not! It is, truly, full time job (and a hard one!) to be Miss Beauty Queen.
October is National breast cancer awareness month. You can help and support not only by attending/volunteering/donating, you may also eat your favorite yogurt and part of the sum will be transferred to breast cancer organizations.
On Wednesday night Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase, MD combined their efforts to support The Heart of America foundation. What was special about the event? First, it was strictly men who showed new trendy clothing. Second, they were not professional models but top capitol region’s techies, a.k.a. “geeks” who supposedly had to turn into “chics” (and they did!) Seemed like these men were not even tired after long weekday, and really enjoyed “walking the walk” and raise the excitement in the crowd. Karen Sommer Shalett, the Editor-in-Chief of DC Magazine, was MC and host of the evening. All proceeds from tickets sale, plus 10% of shop sales that night were donated to The Heart of America foundation.
Here is how my annoying questions with key words “men” and “fashion” are answered by very knowledgeable and polite figures of the event…
During breast cancer awareness month, there is lots of events happening in DC area. One of the beautiful exhibit reception happened yesterday at ArtDC gallery, “Alien inside” benefiting “Pink Jams“. About 22 professional artists, breast cancer survivors, or both, presented their pieces at the gallery, which will be open till November, 6!
Jesse Cohen (founder of the art forum), Deidree Bennett (curator of the exhibit), Christa Floresca (founder of "Pink Jams!"
On Friday night, October 8, MOCA in Georgetown presented new exhibit for art connoisseurs: “Artists without borders”. Curated by Pakistani American artist Fareeha Khawaja, show features 13 innovative artists from various countries, who share one vision – art bringing peace and harmony and uniting nations. This project is traveling exhibition which makes its start in DC and then travels within the US and abroad. The show is free and will last in MOCA till October, 30.
Have you ever wondered what happens behind museum doors at night? All exhibits revive, war starts, dinosaurs fetch bones, you think? Well, not at the Kreeger! Marketing team there had much better idea of what should have happened at night at their place. Gallery tours – that’s to start! Live music by jazz band, DJ music, French film screenings, sculpture workshop and scavenger hunt! Not to mention champagne and hors d’oeuvres which have been everybody’s favorite. Night worth coming! This place was crowded on Thursday night as on Sunday noon.