It's no secret that I love Drag Queens, and if I had my choice of specific queens that would rule the world, Manila Luzon would be at the top. This native New Yorker, is to me, a true talent above others. As Ru would say, she has uniqueness, nerve and talent (along with beauty to match!) Back in 2011, I was introduced to the new crop of queens on season 3 of Drag Race. I wasn't sure my feelings on most of them, but the minute Manila walked into the room I knew it was drag love at first drag sight!
Now exactly a year later, we come to a magical moment for Ms.Luzon - the release of her first music video Hot Couture. I can't exactly explain how excited I've been for the unveiling of this high definition epic, but trust me it was well worth it! The behind the scenes clips and teasers gave me hopes that this would be a glamour filled classic, but I had no idea what magical visuals I was in store for.
But let me just say that when a video starts off with a little kid version of my favorite Drag Superstar, I knew I was in for a good time. There are many incredible outfits and shots, all shot on one of the nicest cameras I've seen. The editing is fun and in sync just right. But the best moments come towards the end (Can we say Manila Antoinette anyone?) The pink orgasmic outfit towards the end was to die for. Thus I definitely say if you are at all of fan of beautiful things, frills and magic - by god, Manila knows how to serve it to you on a platter honey!
With a song that is catchy as hell and a video that is beyond even more fun to boot, Hot Couture is a masterpiece that I think even the legendary Miss Paul could take some lessons from (I'm just saying, her videos need an HD upgrade which then otherwise would be perfect!) Overall Manila has produced what I think to be the best music video from the Drag Race alumni, and should definitely keep up the good work. I can't wait to see what comes up next! My suggestion? Have Raja write some rhymes and do a collab honey! Diamond Crown Couture anyone?
Well hello there readers! It's been a while, but after an amazing vacation and a wisdom tooth removed, I found some time to make a new post. The best part about this post is that it's in celebration of the re-release of my favorite fairy tale and one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast!
So how do you celebrate such an event? Why not dress as every girls favorite book worm, Belle! Belle is more then just her name appears to tell us (Beauty, incase you didn't know!) but she is perfection with perfect flaws within her. She has become a symbol for all of us who are considered the odd girls of our town. Also why Belle is so loved is that her "want" or "goal" in life is much more provocative then say Ariel who wants legs or Cinderella who wants to dance with the prince. No, what Belle wants is something beyond those more literal items or events. Belle wants adventure and a life grander then she lives. This is what makes her beyond the usual Disney heroine and adored by all.
With that acknowledgement, it is then a great question - how does a lolita go about bringing Belle into their look? Well since this is a special Dress Up Time, why try not one but three of Belle's looks!
You can do as many variations on any of Belle's outfits. Personally, I'm a sucker for her "Something There" dress. Though I chose something much more princess looking then the casual appeal it has in the movie, it looks more realistic. I also decided to go with a more refined tone on her yellow ball gown dress. I thought a nice simple bolero is a good touch. But whatever way you decide to go about it, make sure your version of Belle has tons of roses in the details. Roses are the important symbol within the movie, along with (but not shown) mirror necklaces or pendents would be a lovely touch as well!
No matter which way you go about it, you can have a ton of fun making your own version of Belle. Her outfits in the movie are devoid of details and thus it's even more fun to fill in the lines yourself! So, feel brave enough to go into the Beast's castle in your frilliest garb? Try it! I'm sure I'll do something similar to this when I go to see the movie in the next few days.