Ivana Alawi, One Of Philippines’ Top YouTube Content Creators Stuns In Her First Metro Cover

Ivana Alawi, one of the Philippines’ top YouTube content creators appearing in videos with views up to 30 million, is Metro’s latest digital cover star. The online personality and actress is making her star turn as Cherry Red in “A Family Affair,” ABS-CBN’s newest TV series that follows the Estrella family—four brothers played by Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby, Jake Ejercito, and Jameson Blake.

In a Metro editorial inspired by a look from one of her many viral vlogs, Ivana is stunning and smoldering as she channels that one-of-the-boys vibe in gorgeous, disarming photographs by Dookie Ducay. From her earliest role in “Precious Hearts Romances Presents” to capturing the attention of talent managers everywhere after appearing in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” Ivana is only getting started, a star about to shine brighter.

Her exclusive interview on Metro.Style tracks her early years as a child of two worlds: a Moroccan father and Filipino mother, and growing up in a close-knit family. Ivana talks about her beginnings in vlogging, becoming a digital star, launching her own beauty brand, and her similarities to—and deep connection with—Cherry Red.

This cover, which kicks off the #MetroxStarMagic30 content series, was photographed by Dookie Ducay, under the creative direction of Eldzs Mejia and supervision of Metro Editor-in-Chief Geolette Esguerra. The glam team was composed of makeup artist Mickey See, hairstylist Brent Sales, and fashion stylist Adrianne Concepcion, with associates Vince Abarra and Dodley Gallardo, and tattoos by Tattumundo. The production design was by Rocket Design Studio. The video outputs were by Fold Canela.

The cover story was written by Metro staff writer Janelle Roa Cabrera-Paraiso. The shoot was also made possible with coordination by Metro People section editor Grace Libero-Cruz and Managing Editor Red Dimaandal, with assistance by Metro writer Carla Buyo. Shot in Studio LAJ, this shoot is also thanks to Star Creatives, Mico del Rosario, Des de Guzman, Keia Inciong, Star Magic, and Lauren Dyogi.

In Pictures: The Miss Earth Australia 2022 Grand Launch and Fashion Show

On Saturday, July 30, Stargazer Production and the Miss Earth Australia Organization hosted a fashion show to celebrate the latest Earth warriors at Hyatt Regency in Sydney. The event featured Stargazer models showcasing designs by Tommy Ge of Leatheron, Faten Lawn, Lily African Wares, Alies Bol, and Armando Crisostomo. It gave an introduction to the Miss Earth Australia 2022 finalists.

Check out some of the images from Stargazer Production and the Miss Earth Australia Organization below, courtesy of Paul Vasquez:

Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky Crowned Among Instagram’s Most-Loved Celeb Couples

A new research that names Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth & his beautiful wife Elsa Pataky among the most successful celebrity couples in the world. Read on to see why…
DC Jewellery has revealed the world’s top celebrity couples: From the longest-lasting couples to the most Googled and the most popular on social media.
So, which are the most successful celebrity life partnerships?
The top 10 celebrity couples in the world:

Rank

Celebrity Couple

Combined Search Volume

Combined Instagram Followers

Combined Twitter Followers

Couple Since

Married Since

Celeb Couple Score

1

LeBron James & Savannah James

70,036,800

121,800,000

121,800,000

2002

2013

7.79

2

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson

30,558,000

10,300,000

10,300,000

1986

1988

7.38

3

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi

13,771,000

120,400,000

120,400,000

2004

2008

7.18

4

Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen

57,552,500

31,000,000

31,000,000

2006

2009

7.13

5

Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds

109,540,000

77,100,000

77,100,000

2011

2012

6.87

6

Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth

55,982,000

59,100,000

59,100,000

2010

2010

6.82

7

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel

29,680,000

75,600,000

75,600,000

2007

2012

6.62

8

Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

25,151,000

19,885,000

19,885,000

2004

2008

6.56

9

Lisa Kudrow & Michael Stern

14,740,700

8,519,600

8,519,600

1990

1995

6.31

10

Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone

15,455,000

10,808,000

10,808,000

1998

2005

6.21

According to the research:
  • LeBron James and his teenage sweetheart turned wife, Savannah are the most successful celebrity couple, whose relationship is turning 20 years old this year.

  • Among the top 10 most successful celebrity couples feature popular high-profile couples including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Ellen and Portia De Rossi and Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds.

  • The celebrity couples that got married the quickest – taking their wedding vows the same year they started dating, are Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in 1996 and Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky in 2010.

  • The celebrity couples that have lasted the longest – a whopping 36 years are Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson and Oprah Winfrey & Stedman Graham. While Tom and Rita are married, Oprah and Stedman were engaged to be married in November 1992, however, the ceremony never took place, and Oprah has since said in interviews that she simply liked how the relationship was and didn’t want it to change.

  • The celebrity couple that dominates Twitter (with the highest combined following on the platform) are Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn, with as many as 90.39 million followers between them.

  • The celebrity couple that rules Instagram (with the highest combined number of followers on the platform) are Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn (yet again) taking the top spot, with a combined 209.87 million Instagram followers – double their Twitter following.

  • The celebrity couple the world is searching for the most, AKA, the most popular celeb couple are Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, with 106.54 million searches between them over the last year, followed by Adele and Rich Paul, in second place, with 72.99 million searches.

See the full research including the top celebrity couples, the longest-lasting celebrity couples, the celeb couples who got married the quickest, social media dominating celeb couples and the most popular celeb couples here: https://www.dcjewellery.com/couple-goals
Editorial credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
This article was sourced from a media release sent by Rachel Fernandes of Digitaloft

Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Comedian, Actress And Writer Catherine Cohen

CATHERINE COHEN: THE TWIST…? SHE’S GORGEOUS. Catherine Cohen in CATHERINE COHEN: THE TWIST…? SHE’S GORGEOUS. Cr. Aaron Ricketts/Netflix © 2022

 

By Allison Kugel

Comedian, actress and writer Catherine Cohen is a throwback to the likes of musical comedy acts like Carol Burnett, and Bette Midler, but add in a twist of ultra-femininity, glamour, and unabashed self-love. Cohen spent years cultivating an impeccable musical comedy act that made its way from intimate cabaret theatres in New York’s West Village and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in London to our television screens as part of a new comedy boom being championed by Netflix, with her hit comedy special, Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous. For audiences, the twist, it seems, is that a one-woman musical cabaret act can be laugh-out-loud funny with the right comedienne at the helm.

In 2019, Catherine won the coveted title of Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She’s the co-host of the popular podcast Seek Treatment and author of GOD I FEEL MODERN TONIGHT: Poems From A Gal About Town. Currently filming the hour-long dramady series, While You Were Breeding for the Freeform Network, Catherine took time out of her busy schedule to chat with me about her unique approach to comedy and what she is currently developing for her next act

Allison Kugel: Your Netflix special, Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous, that title grabbed me so hard when I was thumbing through Netflix. 

Catherine Cohen: Thank you very much. I’m so glad.

Allison Kugel: How did you come up with such an in your face, ironic, and amazing title?  Not ironic in the sense that you’re not beautiful (laugh)

Catherine Cohen: Yeah, I’m thinking, “Okay Allison, are we fighting right off the bat?” (Laughs) The title came from a tweet I did a million years ago. I feel like I will often tweet things, and then if I’m trying to come up with material for a show I’ll go through old tweets and look at [my] thoughts that I’ve had. I was just thinking about movies like She’s All That or just that classic kind of romcom tropes where at the end the nerd is really hot. It’s like, “Yeah, they were hot the whole time. I was kind of playing with that trope, and in my work, I’m always trying to be hyper-confident, deciding I’m hot and making everyone else believe it, because I believe it.  It felt in line with that (laugh).

Allison Kugel: Love it! So, tell me, how does one get a Netflix special? Walk me through that… 

Catherine Cohen: I’m sure it is different for everyone, but this was a show that I was doing on my own for five years in New York. I did m show for the first time in 2017 at The Duplex [piano bar] in the West Village, along with [music composer] Henry Koperski, who plays piano and helped me write all the songs. Then we did it at Joe’s Pub in New York. I wanted to take it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and right before I was going to do that, I got a message on Facebook from Steve Brill, who directed the Netflix special.  I thought, “Is this spam?”  He said, “Hey, I just directed Adam Sandler’s special, and I really want to do another one. Is that something you are interested in?”  I thought, “Duh!”  But then I thought, “This feels too good to be true.” We ended up meeting for coffee and just totally vibed and had the same vision, so I said, “Let’s totally do it!” Having Steve Brill on my team really helped a lot. He had a relationship with Netflix, so he helped me make it happen. We had a bunch of meetings with them. Robbie Praw, who works at Netflix, came to see my Edinburgh show. I remember the next day we went for a long walk, and we talked about what it could be and what my dreams were, and what would make sense for the platform. Then I got the offer to do the show as a Netflix special in 2019, and we were going to shoot it in 2020… LOL. Now this has become a very long boring story…

Allison Kugel: (Laugh). No, no, no! Go ahead…

Catherine Cohen: We finally got to shoot it September 2021, and it just came out in March 2022.

We shot it in Joe’s Pub, which was nice because that was a place where we had done early versions of the show and I felt really comfortable. It was a total dream come true. I’m so happy it is out in the world. It’s been many years in the making.

Allison Kugel: Amazing. What is so incredible about your story is that this is a show you have been cultivating and working on for so long, so it was completely organic. It’s not like you got this Netflix offer and then you are writing material for a standup special. And I love the fact that it was done in an intimate setting. It was very different from your typical Netflix standup special for so many reasons. 

Catherine Cohen: Thank you so much. I was actually just talking to a friend who said, “Don’t wait to get a book deal. Just write a book, you’ll have it, and at the right time someone will publish it.” I didn’t ever think when I started doing this show, “Obviously, it should be a special.” But it wasn’t like, “Oh, time to scramble and come up with an hour of material.” It was very much a labor of love and came very naturally.

Allison Kugel: You are super smart. You went to Princeton, right?

Catherine Cohen: Yes, I did go there. I don’t feel super smart these days, but I guess I did well enough in school to get there, yes.

Allison Kugel: That is incredible to me, because I got through school by the skin of my teeth. 

Catherine Cohen: It’s a very bizarre skill set; it almost has no reflection on your intelligence. It’s just like, are you obsessive? Uptight? Really hard on yourself and a fast reader?

Allison Kugel: Oh my God! My son is going straight to the Ivy League, because you just described him (laugh)

Catherine Cohen: You just have to memorize a bunch of stuff, be absolutely psychotic, and evil towards yourself, and then maybe you can get in (laugh).

Allison Kugel: Your comedy has a musical element. Do you consider yourself a stand-up, or more of a cabaret performer who is also really funny? 

Catherine Cohen: I think I’m a comedienne, an actor, a writer… I do it all.  I’m a singer, but yes, I definitely think I’m a stand-up who does a cabaret show. The jokes in between the songs, I will do those around town as just normal stand-up shows, and stuff like that. I like to do it all.

Allison Kugel: When you were putting this show together in the beginning, were you working out your comedy set and then you decided to add the music? How did this very unique show come together?

Catherine Cohen: I had been doing improv and sketch comedy at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) in New York, and saw people doing stand-up and I thought, “This looks fun, but I’m scared.” I started doing it and really enjoyed it, but I really missed singing because I grew up doing musical theater. So, I thought, “Is there a way to write a comedy song that isn’t really embarrassing?” I met this amazingly talented pianist Henry Koperski and said, “Can we get together? I want to try to write a song, and I want to run some ideas by you.” Pretty much as soon as we got together, it felt very magical. It felt natural, and we just started writing a bunch of songs together and I said, “I think I have enough to do a full show. Will you play with me for a full show?” We’ve been on that journey ever since.

Allison Kugel: You have an interesting background. Your dad is Jewish, your mom is Catholic, and you grew up in Houston, Texas? For starters, are there many Jewish people in Houston? 

Catherine Cohen: (Laugh) I think there are, but I did not meet very many of them because, as you said, my mom is Catholic, and we were all confirmed Catholic. We went to very religious private schools where everyone was very evangelical, and it was totally damaging and creepy.  Thankfully, I went to college and met a bunch of Jewish people and thought, “These are my friends. This is my vibe. I forgot I had this side.”

Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous. c. Aaron Ricketts/ Netflix © 2022

Allison Kugel: So, you felt more of a kinship with the Jewish part of yourself?

Catherine Cohen: Definitely. I just hated all the arbitrary rules, the way the Evangelical church teaches woman to be so ashamed of everything; to hide their bodies, their personalities, and be submissive to their partners. It was just so against everything I had ever felt, and everything my parents had taught me. My parents didn’t teach me any of that. At one point I did get really into it, because it was intoxicating. You’re going on ski trips, meeting boys from different schools, so it was like, “Church is cool. Church is fun.” Then you realized you were kind of brainwashed into believing things you didn’t stand for.

Allison Kugel: How does your mom feel about that?  If she sent you to Catholic school, I would imagine that she was all in. 

Catherine Cohen: I think her mother was very religious, and she did it because it meant a lot to her mother. I think my parents were always supportive of whatever I wanted to do, whatever I believed, which was very lucky, obviously.

Allison Kugel: Nowadays it is very common to have mixed religious households or people celebrating Christmas and Chanukah, as they say. So, generally speaking, people don’t think very much of a mixed religious household because it is so common now. But from the perspective of a kid growing up in a home where you have a Jewish parent and you have a Catholic parent, what does that feel like from the perspective of a child? 

Catherine Cohen: I think it felt like my dad wasn’t very religious and we were just doing what my mom wanted to do, which would sometimes result in us saying, “Dad, please don’t make us go. Why do we have to go?” He would say, “Because you have to go.”  I would say, “This doesn’t make any sense.” I remember one time we were all waiting in line for Communion, which my dad wasn’t going to take, because he hadn’t been Baptized or had his first Communion, and he snuck it. My mom got really mad. My dad then said, “This is so ridiculous.  I deserve this. Everyone deserves the spirit of Christ.” He took Communion even though my mom was mad at him. They are both very smart, funny, supportive, and open minded, so I feel like when I was younger it was a big deal, but eventually we weren’t forced to go to church. One of my brothers got really into exploring our Jewish side one year and wanted to learn all of the Hannukah prayers. But I feel like I got a taste of both. It’s nice.

Allison Kugel: Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person at all.

Catherine Cohen: Definitely. I believe in God. I don’t know what God is, but to me there is a God. I’m endlessly feeling aware of synchronicities, and I believe everything happens for a reason, and that the universe is taking care of us. All of that kind of stuff I love. My friend just got me a tarot card deck for my birthday, and I’ve been taking some quiet time to draw a tarot card in the morning and journal and think, “What is going on with the planets.” Honestly, I will believe anything anyone tells me.

Allison Kugel: (Laugh)

Catherine Cohen: Literally, I say, “Okay, that sounds great.” How stupid.  I feel like it’s so insane when someone says, “That’s definitely not real.” I think, “How do you know anything, babe?”

Allison Kugel: Same.  I think it is the height of arrogance when someone says that something is definitely not real. We are limited by our five senses and there is so much more in the universe. How can you possibly say with assurance that something is not real?  You can say that you don’t know. That makes sense. But you can’t say it is not real. If you could travel back in time and have an effect on any famous historical event, or even just bear witness to it, where would you go and what would you attempt to change or bear witness to?

Catherine Cohen: I’m laughing, because I’m actively not trying to change the world. I’m just trying to enjoy my life and have a good time. I actually did past life regression therapy, recently.  Have you done that?

Allison Kugel: I did get hypnotized and do that once.

Catherine Cohen: In my first past life I was an ugly old lady who made bread, and she wasn’t allowed to go to the ball unless she brought a loaf of bread. I would actually go back in time to that first life and say, “Girl, you deserve to go to the ball, and you don’t have to bring bread. Just bring yourself.” That is where I would go. In my other past life, I was this big warrior soldier caring for my blonde wife, which is interesting because I’m not usually into blondes. Then I had a past life where I was a nurse caring for a soldier in a war who was actually my boyfriend in real life.

Allison Kugel: So, you would go back and alter your own past lives…

Catherine Cohen: And I would have to say this… I don’t think about the past much besides thinking about the fashion. I think about going back to the 1970s or dancing at Studio54.  Sometimes I wish I was part of that era, before social media, where you can just be an artist and a little freak. Just dance around and not have everything documented and measured against the success of your peers. I’m sure people throughout history have been very hard on themselves, but I feel like it is especially hard these days, being constantly bombarded with the accomplishments of everyone you’ve ever met, or even ever heard of. It is exhausting.

Allison Kugel: I can definitely say the same thing about my coming-of-age decade, which was the 1990s. I’m 47. It was so much freer in that way.

Catherine Cohen: You look so young. What is your secret?

Allison Kugel: I work hard at it.  That is my secret. Skincare is my religion (laughs).  And lots of nutrition. Tons of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, water and sunscreen!

Catherine Cohen: I know. I finally started doing daily sunscreen.  For so long I was so bad about it, but now I’m 30. There is no time and I have very fair skin.

Allison Kugel: Also, no drinking, no drugs, no smoking cigarettes. No nothing. Sorry!

Catherine Cohen: Have you always been totally sober?

Allison Kugel:  Yes, pretty much. I don’t touch alcohol or drugs.

Catherine Cohen: I definitely like a little bit of that stuff (laugh). I definitely enjoy that stuff sometimes. I actually, just last night, started the process of freezing my eggs. I just started the medications, so I’m feeling [weird]. First of all, I’m not drinking and I’m drinking lots of water, but I can’t exercise. I can only walk, and I’m feeling out of my body, but sort of a beautiful human experience, I guess.

Allison Kugel: So, when freezing your eggs, you can’t be extremely physically active during the process at all?

Catherine Cohen: Yes, which I didn’t expect. You’re getting your ovaries huge, for lack of better scientific terminology, and so there is danger of twisting or damaging them because they are so big. I’d been trying to spend more time at the gym, but now I’m just going on slow strolls, and I’ll think about the spiritual questions that you’re asking me.

Allison Kugel: You’ll come up with a better answer tomorrow and you’ll be kicking yourself, but don’t. Don’t beat yourself up (laughs).

Catherine Cohen: I’m sure. I’m sure.

Allison Kugel: If you don’t mind me asking, how old are you and why have you opted to freeze your eggs?

Catherine Cohen: I’m 30. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so my cycle is very irregular. I don’t get regular periods and I have been told it might be difficult in the future to get pregnant. I’m definitely not ready at all, so I figured I have some time this summer. I have some money saved, so why not do it. Then I can just not have it on my mind and enjoy the next five years of my life and revisit the matter at a later date.

Allison Kugel: Let’s talk about your show some more. Are you still touring? 

Catherine Cohen: No, I’m not. As soon as the [Netflix] special came out, I was done with that material. I’m doing all new stuff. I did some shows in London. I did some shows in Austin and LA, and now I’m just working on new [material]. I’m going back to the UK this summer. I’m going to do some dates at the Edinburgh Festival, and I think I might do an encore performance of The Twist. But emotionally, I’m ready to move on creatively.

Allison Kugel: What is your creative process?

Catherine Cohen: I was just sitting down this morning thinking, “Okay, girl. You’re so all over the place.” I think what is so hard is that any kind of creative work requires slots of time, and it requires getting bored and reflecting.  It is so difficult to do that when we are constantly bombarded with emails, calls, and obligations. I do a weekly show in the East Village where I will try out new material every week. It’s a great way of making sure I’m trying out some ideas.  With songs, I’ll usually sit down with Henry or another musician. I’ll come in with lyrics or a melody and we will try to throw something together. It’s a lot of improvising, and then with jokes, it’s just a lot of talking, looking at tweets, and seeing what sticks.

Allison Kugel: Do you find that your greatest ideas come to you when you are not trying to come up with material? 

Catherine Cohen: Absolutely.

Allison Kugel: Okay, so give me an example of something that you would be doing when an idea strikes; something PG-rated. 

Catherine Cohen: (Laugh) I was just thinking, everything I say is so disgusting.

Allison Kugel: (Laugh)

Catherine Cohen: I’m very big on the idea that you can’t force it. I have a new song called, “Blame it on the Moon,” about blaming all my problems on astrology and saying it’s not my fault at all. I’m a mess or I’m rude or whatever, because of the planets. I think that phrase popped into my head when I was just lying in bed one night, and so I wrote it down. If I wake up at 4am or 6am and I’m lying in bed, my mind starts racing and I’m like a genius, and then it all goes away.

Allison Kugel: Those genius moments, I feel like they’re not inside you, they come through you. It’s like you channel something inadvertently and then you better record or put it down on paper, because just as fast as it came through you, it can evaporate if you don’t put it down. 

Catherine Cohen: I totally agree. With everything I do I think I’m literally so talented and a genius, but I think that is just because of luck. It’s not mine. Things just come to me. It’s what’s in my heart at the moment. I didn’t put it there. Who knows who did? Life is all completely random, and it’s like a balance of being confident and realizing I have nothing to do with any of this.

Allison Kugel: There is a wisdom in knowing that it didn’t come from you.  It came through you and having a healthy respect for that. Once you made the deal with Netflix, do they micro-manage everything, or do they just have you do your thing, and then they air it on their platform?

Catherine Cohen: I’m sure it is different for everyone. In my experience, the show was already done, and they had seen it. The director and I had the same vision, so they just gave us a budget, we had a production company come on board, and we just shot the show. That was pretty much it. I got to be in the editing room. I was one of the producers, so I got to make all the calls and I felt very supported and lucky. Steve is such an amazing director. He accomplished visually what I was seeing in my mind but lacked the skillset to do on my own. It was a seamless process, because as you said, it had just been an organic thing of, I had this piece I was ready to share and then it was just capturing it for the camera.

Allison Kugel: Will you do another comedy special for Netflix at some point?

Catherine Cohen: I hope so, if they ask. Who knows? I don’t know how this works. I would love to do another one. We will see what the universe brings my way. I very much feel like with any of this showbiz stuff, no one knows until you’re doing it, because no one tells you and there are no rules. You work on things that disappear, or you do something like this where you made this [show] and all of a sudden, it’s on Netflix, so you never know.

Allison Kugel: I used to always say that I never know why people say no, and I never know why people say yes. So, I just don’t analyze it.

Catherine Cohen: That is a good way to be. It is hard to do.

Allison Kugel: That is what I’ve done. It’s like “Oh, you want to do this?  Great.” Or “Oh, you don’t? Okay.” 

Catherine Cohen: Exactly. I feel very strong. I was just pitching a project and got a lot of “No’s,” and I felt like, “Okay, this has nothing to do with me, ultimately. It’s out of my control.”

Allison Kugel: From what I’ve studied and all the people I have interviewed, one thing that everybody has in common is that they were all so set on a vision that nothing could interrupt that vision. There might be a little blip here or there, but otherwise it was like tunnel vision. 

Catherine Cohen: I definitely connect with that.  I think, “Of course I’m going to make a fabulous TV show, movie, or whatever. I don’t know when or how, but of course.”

Allison Kugel:  You should watch the TV show, The Food That Built America.  I believe you can watch it on The History Channel or Hulu.

Catherine Cohen: What is that about?

Allison Kugel: It goes into how the guys that made Heinz ketchup, Hershey’s chocolate, Kellogg’s cereal, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Birds Eye Frozen Foods invented their brands. Nothing was getting in their way. I was floored, because I’m like you went broke several times, this or that didn’t work, your factory burned down, and you kept going?  It’s amazing.

Catherine Cohen: I don’t know where the belief comes from, but it is definitely there. It has to be there.

Allison Kugel: That’s what it takes. Netflix has this new brand called Netflix Is A Joke.

Catherine Cohen: That is their comedy arm. They just did a big festival in LA, which was super fun. I did a bunch of shows.  It was like two weeks ago, and it was great.

Allison Kugel: I love that they are supporting the artform of comedy, and that they created that division. 

Catherine Cohen: It is amazing. I feel so lucky they gave their huge platform to something that I do, which has been described as very niche, though I think it is universal.

Allison Kugel: The style of your show feels niche and extremely unique to you, although I think it has universal appeal.  Apart from you, the only other name that comes to mind would be Carol Burnett.

Catherine Cohen:  Love it…

Allison Kugel: The way that she would sing a little, dance a little, and do jokes. 

Catherine Cohen: Thank you. I think when you are doing it all the time, it feels different to you.

Allison Kugel: What is the greatest advice you have ever received?

Catherine Cohen: There are so many good ones. One that I think about a lot is that you can only control yourself. I think about it a lot in terms of romantic relationships. You can’t force someone to love you, and it’s the same with creative partnerships. If it’s not working, it’s not working. Just trusting that you can only do what you want to do, and you can’t really concern yourself with or take personally why other people do what they do. It is very difficult, because I take everything personally.

Allison Kugel: Who gave you that advice?

Catherine Cohen:  My friend’s mom. Shout out to her (laugh). I think whatever you are worried about, if it involves someone else, it has nothing to do with you.

Allison Kugel: What is something about yourself that continues to be a work in progress?

Catherine Cohen: (Laugh) Everything. Literally, everything. The main thing that I haven’t begun to deal with and don’t even know how, is that the way I talk to myself is so mean, and I would never talk to my friends this way. I don’t know how to begin unlearning it, but I don’t know how life would be if I wasn’t constantly telling myself I wasn’t enough.

Allison Kugel: Do you think that is a driving force that propelled you to getting where you are so far? 

Catherine Cohen: Yes, definitely. I’m constantly convinced that if I wasn’t successful, I would be inherently unworthy. My boyfriend told me I wasn’t allowed to use the word “loser” anymore.  I would say, “They are a loser,” or “I’m a loser.” He says, “What are you even saying?  Don’t use the word loser anymore.”  I’m constantly convinced that I have to be the most successful person in the world, or I’m a loser. It’s a very Princeton mentality. I actually just went to my college reunion last weekend. I was just thinking about how hard on myself I’ve been for so long. It does often yield results, though it’s taking a toll, so I’m trying to figure out how to be productive without losing my mind.

Allison Kugel: Do you think, “If I stop being hard on myself, I may not continue to succeed,” so it’s almost like a superstition?

Catherine Cohen: Absolutely. Since the [Netflix] special came out, I’ve been trying to rest, refocus, and figure out what I want to do, which makes sense, but I feel guilty.  Like, I haven’t done anything today. I’m just looking at my phone, but then I try to remind myself that the way I got to making the first show was sitting around on my phone being bored, and I had some kind of creative spark.

Allison Kugel: What do you think you came into this life as Catherine Cohen to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

Catherine Cohen: Wow, these are really getting into it!  I came here to learn, I don’t know, to chill out? To slow down, chill out, and that it is just for fun. It’s just a game, so enjoy it. To teach? Literally, to teach everyone that they are absolutely fabulous. You’re deserving of everything. You should laugh, you should live. You deserve all of the extravagant things that you want. Every day should be glamourous and fabulous, and don’t take “No” for an answer. I sound like a total hedonist, but maybe I am.

Allison Kugel: No. So even the wardrobe, the set, and everything in your Netflix special is very girly girl, frilly, pink, and over the top glam. I’m guessing it’s an extension of your personal philosophy and how you see the world.

Catherine Cohen: Yes. Clothes are so important to me. The way people dress and decorate their rooms, and the way we choose to express ourselves visually, I’m obsessed.  I’ve always been drawn to very elaborate over-the-top fashion and styles. I’m also hyper-feminine, which I feel like I hadn’t seen a ton of with standup [comedy]. You see a lot of jeans or hoodies, and obviously, I’m wearing something incredible.

Allison Kugel: It is so funny that you say that, because I had this really stupid thought in my twenties that I could either be funny or pretty, but not both, so I chose pretty (laugh).  It’s stupid.  I don’t know why I thought that. What is that about?

Catherine Cohen: I think it’s what we are told. I think because I was not considered pretty, or because, like I sing in my special, “Boys never wanted to kiss me,” I thought, “Well, I better be funny to get attention.” We are raised in this world where we are supposed to pick a lane, and I think I, and many other women, are saying that is absurd.  Look at us LOLing and looking absolutely gorgeous.

Allison Kugel: And by the way, you are very pretty.  I don’t know where you got the idea that you weren’t.

Catherine Cohen: I don’t know. I think everyone has their insecurities, especially when your younger sense of self-worth was so directly tied to male attention and affection, and I didn’t get any of it. Thank God!  I would be so boring if I had just decided to worry about that stuff instead of myself.

Allison Kugel: I hear you have a TV show coming out for Freeform Network. Tell me about it…

Catherine Cohen: Yes, I’m so excited. I shot this pilot. This amazing TV writer named Kristin Newman wrote this memoir a few years ago called, “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding,” about her decision to end a long-term relationship and travel the world as all of her friends were settling down.

Allison Kugel: And having kids. 

Catherine Cohen: Exactly, breeding. She has turned the memoir into a TV show. We shot the pilot in the fall, and we just found out that it got picked up, so we are going to do a full season of it for Freeform and we start shooting sometime later this year. I play the lead girl’s best friend and the lead character is played by Chelsea Frye, who is so funny and talented, and we’ve become totally obsessed with each other. I feel really lucky to get to work with her for a few months, instead of shooting something and never seeing each other again.

Stream Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous on Netflix and follow Catherine Cohen @catccohen and Catherine-Cohen.com.

Watch or listen to the extended interview with Catherine Cohen on the Allison Interviews podcast @ YouTube, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Follow Allison Kugel on Instagram @theallisonkugel and AllisonInterviews.com.

TikTok’s Top 5 Favourite Hairstyles And How To Recreate Them

New research reveals this season’s trending hairstyles.
From the copper colour that’s taken over TikTok to festival-proof face-framing braids, Hey Discount has analysed social media data, listicles, and beauty reviews to reveal the 5 trending hairstyles this month.
1. Copper hair 
The copper hair trend exploded after Kendall Jenner’s Prada autumn/winter 2022 show appearance and generated 123 million views on TikTok. Copper hair can be the perfect option for summer, with its shades echoing the hues of orange sunsets and the fleeting moments of golden hour. One of the best things about this colour is that it can be tailored and made to work for any skin tone and undertone.
  • In terms of maintenance; you want to focus on enhancing your colour with tinted products, as well as protecting it from heat and environmental factors. Your minimal toolkit would have to include: colour-protecting shampoo, tinted hair gloss/glaze and heat and UV protectant.

  • Another vital step to maintaining the vibrancy of your colour is to ensure that it is sufficiently hydrated, especially if in order to achieve the copper of your dreams your natural colour underwent some pre-lightening.
2. 90’s blowout 
One of the defining hairstyles of the supermodel era – the bombshell blowout is making a loud comeback. With over 30 million views and endless tips and tutorials on TikTok, it is a tempting trend to get behind.
  • This hairstyle is all about using the right tools: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Brush is a staple in this routine, as well as a set of large velcro rollers.

  • To protect your hair from the heat and combat frizz, try a cult favourite like Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil.

  • In terms of technique, when following tutorials, remember that direction is key: to achieve the most volume where your hair frames your face, direct your strands away from the face. At the top of your head, direct the hair upwards and toward your face, which will make it take the most flattering shape when it falls back.
3. Half up half down 
Hair up or down? This summer trend lets you do both at the same time, so it is not surprising that it generated a staggering 161,800,000 views on TikTok! Dakota Johnson wore this style to this year’s Met Gala which proves that it’s not reserved just for the casual girl next door outfits.
  • In order to achieve your best version of this hairdo, prep the hair by giving it your preferred type of blow-dry. Dakota Johnson’s hair stylist created her Met Gala look by straightening the hair with a flat iron before securing the top part with some hairpins.

  • If you are going for a more effortless look, add dry shampoo or texture spray after styling (Klorane Daily Dry Shampoo or OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray will do the job), and secure the hair at the top with a discreet elastic or a hair clip.
4. Elevated sleek bun 
Sleek buns have been having a moment for a while (with over 76 million views on TikTok), but now we are seeing more inventive versions trending on social media.
  • To create your regular sleek bun, part your hair in the middle and straighten your hair with a hot tool – this will ensure that your hair’s texture is consistent and suited to create a perfect sleek bun.

  • Next, brush your hair back into a ponytail, twist it into a bun, and secure it with an invisible hair net.

  • Top it with products depending on the effect that you want to achieve: OUAI Matte Pomade for a matte finish or Bumble and Bumble Sumogel for an ultra-glossy look.

  • As a final step, your sleek bun can be elevated with braids, a fun hair clip, or some baby hairs pulled out for a less dramatic appearance.
5. Face-framing braids 
Yet another 90’s signature style, face-framing braids, is enjoying a revival and was seen on celebrities like Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber at Coachella.
  • Before braiding, add some texture back into the hair, especially if your hair has been styled or is naturally straight and fine. This can be done by using any texture spray.

  • Choose a style that complements your face shape: you can add an equal amount of braids on either side of your face or go asymmetrical and have more braids on one side.

  • Tie at the ends with discreet micro elastics for a more effortless, natural look, or add some neon-coloured ones for a pop of colour.

  • This article was sourced from a media release sent by Alexandra Munko of Digitaloft

Will NFT’s Be The Key To The Future Of Fashion In The Metaverse?

Following an exciting month for fashion that saw Victoria’s Secret filing trademark applications in the metaverse; Gucci having purchased a plot of land in The Sandbox, a virtual world on the Ethereum blockchain; and now Roksanda debuting an NFT* collection at the upcoming London Fashion Week;

Amrit Dhami, Thematic Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view on the potential of fashion NFTs and the metaverse:

“While there is significant uncertainty about what the metaverse will look like, we do know that it will be populated by avatars. Gamers already pay substantial amounts of money for in-game skins, so it stands to reason that metaverse visitors will also naturally invest in clothing and accessories for their avatars.

“NFTs are all about certifying ownership of an asset (such as an image)—receiving something that is personally assigned to you and only you. This is perfect for fashion in the metaverse. The ability to buy fashion, or ‘NFT clothing’, is equivalent to getting a custom-made dress or suit. These clothing items will not only allow people to build up virtual premium fashion wardrobes to express themselves in the metaverse, but these digital versions may become more valuable than their real-life counterparts due to their ‘non-fungible’ nature. We have already seen this when the Baby Birkin NFT sold for more than an actual Birkin bag.

“Not only that, but the possibilities for digital fashion NFTs are vast. Designers can unleash their creativity without physical barriers like gravity or practicality. Moreover, designers can use NFTs to build up private communities that get exclusive access to upcoming NFTs—such as Dolce & Gabbana’s ‘DG Family’. The mystique around NFT communities has already spurred extensive media coverage, and there’s no reason why fashion houses can’t use their own metaverse communities to bolster sales.

“With gaming set to be a major part of the metaverse, there is room for collaboration between fashion houses and game developers to create new skins for gamers. From a marketing perspective, multiplayer games present a good opportunity to raise brand awareness and advertise unique outfits to fellow players.

“Away from avatars, there is also the potential for fashion shows in the metaverse, with information about the garments overlaid on the runway and viewers able to get a closer look at the fabrics than at a real-life show.”

* A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data stored on a blockchain to certify ownership of a digital asset, such as an image, video, tweet, or audio.

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Beauty Giant Revlon Reportedly Files For Bankruptcy

CNN confirms that Cosmetics Giant Revlon just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being in business for almost 90 years.

Revlon has reportedly lost its market share to newcomer cosmetic lines backed by celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.

CNN confirms though that Revlon is expected to receive $US575 million in financing from its existing lenders, which would enable it to keep its day-to-day operations running.

“Today’s filing will allow Revlon to offer our consumers the iconic products we have delivered for decades while providing a clearer path for our future growth,” Revlon CEO Debra Perelman said in a release. She also said, “challenging capital structure has limited our ability to navigate macro-economic issues in order to meet this demand.”

Revlon was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and Charles Lachman. Revlon (REV) went public in 1996 and in 2016 it was bought by Elizabeth Arden. It’s home to several high-profile brands, including Britney Spears Fragrances and Christina Aguilera Fragrances.

CNN further confirms that Revlon’s sales dropped over the years and in 2021 fell 22% from its 2017 levels. Shares have reportedly fallen more than 80% since the beginning of the year. ABC also confirms that in the latest quarter that ended in March, sales rose nearly 8 percent, but still lag pre-pandemic levels in excess of $US2.4 billion a year.

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Woman Of Style Of The Week: Introducing The Beautiful Tiana Memon

Tiana Memon is a 21-year-old marketing student and former model since she’s now focusing more of her time on fashion styling and content creation for many Slovenian fashion brands. She’s always loved writing about fashion, traveling, and life in general, so she decided to create a blog called Limemoncello, which features her surname and a known Italian drink Limoncello. Italy has always inspired her style, and she has always loved how Italians lived their life so carefree and positive.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Tiana to discuss her journey as a fashionista, and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I can honestly say that I’m proud of how much my look at fast fashion has changed. I’m always trying to either work with brands that don’t exploit employees and/or use low-quality materials. My wardrobe used to consist of 90% Zara, but now I use the Zara website for inspiration and try to find sustainable alternatives at Nu-in, Benetton or second-hand shops, which offer amazing vintage pieces.

When it comes to designer pieces, I use the website called Lyst, since It gives me a look through all the luxurious brands.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

Layer up! Layering is insanely fashionable, and people shouldn’t worry about wearing a blouse, a sweater, a blazer, a coat, or a puffer jacket over. If the colors match, it can honestly look amazing. It shows styling skills better than just putting on a dress.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I make sure that I always check all the fashion runways; after all – fashion designers are the ones that create trends, and everyone copies them after. My favorite ones are Michael Kors, Jacquemus, and Dior.

Social media, of course, can be very inspiring, but I like Pinterest even more than Instagram.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It definitely takes effort, and I’ve got days when I’m not in the mood to be dressed as my best self, but then again – I feel best when I wear something that’s the latest trend. After all, fashion has always been my passion, and it always will be.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

I think my ethnicity helps with the uniqueness since my biological father has Pakistan roots and my mother has Russian roots. I don’t know what to say for commercial appeal – maybe I get inspired by other influencers and try to post similar content. However – I always post and say and tag only the things I genuinely love and believe in; I’d like to stay completely true to myself even if that may not give me thousands more followers.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

Video posts are booming thanks to reels and Tiktok, it also shows a non-filtered version of you, and it’s kind of more personal, so videos are definitely the future, even when it comes to fashion.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I’m happy it’s moving into a more sustainable point of view and the “less is more” mentality, which helps stop the over-purchasing and polluting the planet.

What clothes can we rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

Good question! Ripped skinny jeans have been out of fashion for quite some time, but I’d also say oversized models are now replacing tight blouses. Basically, anything tight except dresses are being replaced with loose models, and it will stay that way for quite some time.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Get inspired by other influencers/models/bloggers you love while still keeping your own identity. Don’t be afraid first to get feedback where they laugh at you, because from my own experience and from the experience of the people who made it, it’s always true that people laugh first, and then they copy. Also, make sure you post content you genuinely love and content that resonates with you; followers will notice if you’re doing something from your heart or not.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years; what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

Again, being yourself, studying the algorithms and insights, inspire, get inspired, support other influencers/models/bloggers and work on creating a community (liking, following, and commenting back is a part of that). Sometimes you have to fake it till you make it, but I believe everyone can do it if they’re consistent and do it from the heart.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The June 2022 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Kristin Venae

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Kristin Venae is an Australian actor, singer, songwriter, and model – she graduated from the Sydney Academy of Film and Television. She was a host of the documentary series ‘Topical Punch,’ and she’s due to appear in the upcoming Kyle Lovett feature film ‘Lickerish.’ Kristin also happens to be a triple threat performer with soulful and rhythmic vocal tonality. Starting her live performance tours and artist development as a member of various bands such as the Latin group ‘Ritmo De Tropical’, ‘Loose minds’, and The Magnificent Companeros;’ She launched her debut album ‘Black Widow’ last year – a nostalgic and refreshing blend of Pop/RNB/Rock & soul.

Her debut single ‘Still Here’ has been described as an ‘ode to love.’ Its first review described Venae as having ‘the same gripping and soulful vocal eminence as Shania Twain, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey. Keep an eye out for her next single release, ‘I am Woman’. ‘Still Here’ and ‘Lullaby’ which are available now on all streaming platforms.

Model & Mode Magazine recently had a chat with Kristin to discuss her journey in the industry and here is what went down:

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I always find this question difficult to answer because in the types of settings this question is asked, you always want to put your best foot forward and sum yourself up in a way that in a short time showcases who and what you are about. So to avoid self-deprivation or sounding Narcissistic. I’ll say I’m a Cancerian who loves to dance, loves music, literature, movies, tv, and long walks (laughs).

How did you get started in the industry?

I always sang in school; I was part of a Latin band as a teenager, then shot a commercial for Motorola and did a few catalogue print kind of stuff. Then this particular day, I was asked on the spare of the moment to replace an actor who pulled out of a project (the person was asked who they thought could do what was needed without prep, etc., and my name came up). I assumed the role and really fell in love with the creative part and the visual and conceptual aspects and then pursued that further. Even as a kid, I loved getting my picture taken, so later on, it just felt natural and fun to dress up and embody different versions of yourself.

How did you develop an interest in music, and what drove you to pursue that passion onto entertainment?

I think entertainment as a whole is all very similar in the creative approach. How the marketing works, you either are the brand, selling the brand, creating the brand or being the face of the brand—all feeding into the other. I’m very expressive and creative by nature, so I think that drove me here, plus my influences.

Can you tell us about your modelling experience?

I’ve only recently become more focused on pursuing these endeavours. From doing the catalogue stuff as a teen, my focus was music, and you’re in front of a camera for that – a lot for stills and cover art and promo posters. Then I did my first runway show and then another. It happened organically from there; I’m lucky to work so closely with my cousin Natasha Bentancort (BeautyCosmo), a super talented makeup artist and photographer. We work so closely together and with other photographers like Aleksandr Eremeev (Photoshootimage).

What inspires you to be creative? Anything and everything.

What do you like most about being an influencer?

The influence part that I love is when someone tells me that, for example, my song inspired them to do things, like going back to making music themselves, or to peruse a dream they had let slip into the background, or be more themselves. Those things touch my heart and make me happy that I can positively impact someone’s life.

In what way has social media changed your life?

I only recently went from a private account to a public one – you can follow me via @kristinvenae on Insta and Twitter – shameless plug (laughs). Social media is a lot of work. I see why agency staff are assigned tasks for it. I like not to let it change my life too much and just post what’s fun and interesting to me and, of course, as a promotional tool for my projects.

What are some of the difficulties of being in the industry?

Budget, self-promotion, and marketing. When you are independent, it’s hard because it doesn’t matter how amazing your product is; if no one knows about it or you have a limited reach, that affects its success.

How does your thought process differ when modelling versus singing?

I often approach projects from the perspective of themes, what is the direction, what is the content; if the song is light, then your demeanour should be light and happy; if the song is somber or dark, your aesthetic shifts, and the colour palate changes because it needs visual and lyrical support to evoke and emotion from the listener/watcher. Modelling is similar in this regard but driven by the product; a perfume campaign can be more seductive and more flirtatious, whereas clothing is more relatable and grounded. So to answer the question, I believe my thought process is the same.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion?

When it comes to style, for me, confidence is vital. For me, how I define confidence is knowing that I don’t have to be the prettiest or the most talented or even the most interesting person in the room – but that I can still be secure in knowing what I have to offer, take fashion risks and style risks, it helps you develop your own unique sensibility and make getting dressed way more fun. I live by ‘better to be overdressed than underdressed,’ and I encourage others to really embrace who they are and what they like because we are now in a time where self-expression is such an art form.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I’m always just inspired by what catches my eye, unconventional things, people who push boundaries and take creative risks, as well as other artists like Prince and Michael Jackson. I’m very driven career-wise by actor Pedro Pascal. I’m all about the small wins; they are what I believe builds the foundation for the bigger picture and help you achieve your goals. Do what you love for fun, and success will be a bonus.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I’m just happy to keep doing what I love. I have goals, and I’m working towards achieving them. My attitude is much more level-headed. If I get a project, I’m ecstatic; if I don’t, then that’s okay too. It’s all an opportunity to learn, cultivate, and grow within your craft. Don’t be afraid to go for what you want; you’re just asking the wrong person if you get a no.

Kristin Venae’s music is available on various streaming platforms.

Photo Credit: Natasha Bentancort of BeautyCosmo

Sustainable label Gyre Unveils Its 2022 Collection At The Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022

Sustainable label Gyre dives into a creative ocean of ethereal simplicity with its 2022 collection, Oceania, which was launched Friday, 13 May, at the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. The Oceania showcase was Gyre’s debut showing at AAFW.

Launched in 2020, the Gyre brand is built on the philosophy of sustainability and a strong commitment to protecting the planet through local Australian manufacturing and the use of natural, recycled, and organic fabric in every piece. Each Gyre garment is carefully designed to ensure longevity, championing circular fashion.

“We are increasingly aware of the impact that traditional fashion industry practices have on the environment, but we believe that fashion and a healthy planet can co-exist,” says Gyre founder and Creative Director Elena Ballantyne.

“It is our responsibility, as an emerging brand, to be part of a more sustainable present and future in turn by being a lighthouse in the ocean of fast fashion.”

Oceania represents the essence of the Gyre brand. The collection captures a passion for classic and refined monochrome silhouettes and celebrates Australia’s natural beauty and creative talent by featuring hand-painted aquatic elements from NSW artist Prudence Demarchi.

The collection starts with luxurious resort wear, featuring classic flowing lines and lightweight linens. Expressed in the choice of stark black and white, these pieces represent boldness and empowerment. This is interspersed with pieces made from beautiful organic peace silk featuring gorgeous ocean-themed and floral prints.

Oceania’s swimwear complements the resort wear and includes a variety of classic and timeless one-piece styles and bikini pieces made from Italian ‘Econyl’- regenerated ocean waste.

Gyre showcased 29 looks throughout the show and was proud to welcome transgender model, speaker, author, and activist, Chaye Hartwell. This was also Chaye’s debut show and made a positive statement on diversity and inclusion on the runway.

Styled with beautiful hats by Lorna Murray, an ethical and sustainable Australian brand, where effortless glamour meets coastal bohemian, and thoughtfully composed elegant jewellery by local Newcastle-NSW Kate & Kole.

Photos Courtesy of Dave Choo