She’s A Lady-Why Caitlyn Jenner Looks Better Than We Do

Bruce Jenner no more. The former Olympian reveals his softer side as Caitlyn on July's Vanity Fair.

Bruce Jenner no more. The former Olympian reveals his softer side as Caitlyn on July’s Vanity Fair.

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

She’s he-ere! After months of speculation (What will her name be?What will she wear?When will we see her?) the female is out of the bag, and it’s the bag from a very high end store. Bruce Jenner ‘s long awaited spread with Vanity Fair made it’s debut today and tongues have not stopped wagging.

Caitlyn Jenner (I was still hoping for Jennerfer), as he has chosen to be called, graces the cover of the latest VF in a champagne body suit with killer hair and makeup. Stealing the thunder from stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, who announced she is expecting her second child with Kanye West just yesterday, Jenner’s big reveal seems to be the hot topic du jour.

Now I could go into the family’s reaction, the quotes in the article…blah blah blah, but really you can find that on dozens of sites. I want to take another perspective, the one that you, me, and most of the female population is thinking. God-dammit why is “he” prettier than me?

Jenner looks stunning in a very glamorous larger than life Jessica Lange kind of way. She’s got flowing hair, radiant skin, and breasts so round and perky that even my 18 year-old former self is jealous. So why is Bruce more beautiful than the rest of us who were born with a double x chromosome?

For starters the photos were shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. You can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig, but if you put lipstick on a pig and have Annie Leibovitz photograph it, it’s Christie Brinkley. In addition to the best photographer, Jenner also had the best of the best when it came to her beauty squad. Oribe for those amazing locks, Mark Carasquillo for makeup, a Deborah Lippmann  manicure (we know she loved that), and designer threads from Donna Karan, Badgley Mischka, and  Zac Posen. Toss in the magic of high end fashion mag air brushing and who wouldn’t look good?

Even though us average females may pale in comparison to Caitlyn Jenner, I’m still overjoyed for her, as is the transgender community. I reached out to  Lauren Foster, one of the first transgender models to be in Vogue magazine in the 80s (and on Housewives as a recurring appearance on Real Housewives of Miami), to get her thoughts. Foster, who is working on a website for the transgender community (she describes it as the “Cosmo for #GirlsLikeUs) had this to say to me when I asked her for her thoughts on the big reveal:

“I’m very proud of Caitlyn Jenner’s moment,” Foster says. “ I hope she continues to open minds and hearts by living on her own terms.”

Still, as happy as we are for the hard C of the Kardashian empire, it’s enough to make any average lady feel a little intimidated when the former Olympic champion face of Wheaties can rock a bustier better than she can. However, when you wait 65 years to put on a dress, in the words of RuPaul, “I’ve got one thing to say…you better work!”

You can follow Caitlyn Jenner on her new Twitter account @Caitlyn_Jenner. I bet this is why the name was so secret, so she could protect that handle!

RHOM Season 3 Ep 6 “A Cause for Concern”

Miami's social elite descend upon the Blacks' Annual Gala.

Miami’s social elite descend upon the Blacks’ Annual Gala.

By Lesley Rousso

We begin with Lea who is busy recleaning for her maid Freda. Lea calls Alexia, who clearly has a terrible cold. Lea, however, is visibly annoyed when Alexia tells her she is planning on attending the Gay Polo event before the gala. Alexia promises to only be gone a couple of hours and says she will make it to the event.

Meanwhile, at the Hochsteins, Lisa and Lenny arrive home from the fertility specialist and Lisa tells us they’ve decided to go ahead and use a surrogate this time around. Lisa is still clearly bothered and tells Lenny that he’ll never understand and he agrees. He points out though that they have failed every time. Lisa is very upset though as she want so badly to be pregnant.

The Lea Black Victims Club, as they call themselves, hop onto a party bus, complete with stripper pole, and head to Gay Polo. Alexia, despite feeling ill, says she’s too afraid to cancel on them. They sound like fun friends! Lauren Foster joins them and it makes for an interesting ride. Adriana rehashes the argument she and Frederic had in French with Romain at the Venue party. On the ride up, it starts to pour and the party bus springs a leak. Classy. The ladies arrive and head to the VIP tent and meet up with some interesting characters. This is after all, Gay Polo. Adriana’s friend Jonathan decides to stir the pot and asks who is going to Lea’s gala. The other girls take jabs at Lea and Alexia remains silent. Alexia is freaking out because she needs to tell them she is going to the gala. As they start to get on the bus, Alexia tells them she is going with the driver Herman arranged to pick her up and is going to the gala. The girls are pissed and say that Alexia is playing both sides of the fence.

Over at the Fontainebleau, just hours before the gala, Lea meets with Beth, her book editor. During the conversation, it appears that Lea has actually morphed into comedienne Amy Phillips. All the blinking and loud talking, I almost can’t take it. Then there’s a knock at the door and Lea opens it to American Idol winner Tayor Hicks. Lea tells us that Taylor has just this one night off to perform at the Gala. I’m guessing dinner theatre must have been closed that night. Lea’s jeweler Jeffrey Rackover then pops in with about a gazillion dollars worth of diamonds for Lea to borrow for the event. Lots more screaming now. Oy vey, I’m getting a headache.

Lisa gets ready for the gala, steaming the housewife favorite, green Stella McCartney dress. Lenny comes in with a surprise, a “feel better” diamond necklace. And I mean a DIAMOND necklace. Lisa and Lenny arrive at the Fontainebleau and Lisa heads up  to Lea’s room. Lea is wearing a crazy matronly black fit and flair(?)/mermaid gown. Lea shows Lisa all of her many jewels. The difference is, as Lisa points out, they are borrowed, Lisa owns her necklace. Lisa asks what happened at the Venue party and once again Lea does her Amy Phillips impression, telling Lisa about the argument in French.

Back on the leaky party bus, the girls continue to berate Alexia for going to the gala. They tell her she got played by Lea and Lea always gets what she wants. Alexia tells them to grow up because it’s not about winning or losing and exits the bus. Alexia arrives at home feeling terrible both literally and figuratively. She calls Lea, who is carrying a gigantic purse, and tells her she’s too sick to attend. Seriously, the purse is bigger than Lisa.

Now, the gala is in full swing. Lea and company are working the step and repeat, Joanna  shows up looking gorgeous and there’s a surprise appearance by last seaons’s cast off Karent Sierra. Other guests include Lance Bass, Dennis Rodman, Elaine Lancaster, and my close friends Jennifer and Barry Gould. Dinner is served and the live auction begins. Cue the silence. Really, no one is bidding. Lisa models a bracelet that is valued at $75K. They get a bid of $10K. Lea is not thrilled. Mercifully the auction ends but not before a lady donates $10,000 for the “most beautiful Polish girl in the room”,  Joanna Krupa. Flo-Rida takes the stage and we catch a glimpse of Roy Black dancing. He takes his shirt off, Flo-Rida, not Roy and Lea again does her best Amy Phillips impression yet.  The episode fades out as the other girls take the party bus home.

Next week: Lea and Alexia attend the same party, Lenny’s parents come to visit, Frederic and Romain have a sit down and Joanna is crying. .

Lauren Foster-RHOM Season 3 and Her Film with Corey Cann

imageLast season Real Housewives of Miami fans were introduced to Lauren Foster. This season she returns with what many hope wil be more appearances on the show. Recently Lauren made waves on the Miami scene with a steamy film by Corey Cann and Joseph Lally. Lauren told  us some Season 3 secrets as well as the story behind the much talked about piece called Lauren Foster Star.

**The links to Lauren’s films are included below. They are intended for a mature audience**

RHOM is now airing its third season. Has the show wrapped filming yet?


Last season you were in a couple of episodes but viewers noticed you. Did you get more Season 3 camera time as a result?

Yes, indeed. The RHOM fans enjoyed my witty banter and, I believe, as a result of this and a larger fan base, I am on camera a lot more this season.

You are very good friends with Marysol (Patton) who has taken on an associate role this season. Do you know why?

Her mother, the fabulous Mama Elsa, was very ill and could not film much. Marysol is very close to her mum and was spending a lot of time with her. I think this is the reason for her associate role in Season 3. I still think she will be in many episodes so the viewers will not be disappointed.

Can you tease any Season 3 storylines for us?

Obviously the two weddings are the stars of the season. Be prepared for lots of drama, betrayal, brides and a lot of fun! The producers, Purveyors of Pop, really amped up production and cinematography this season.

Corey Cann, is an actor and model with whom you recently starred in a short art film titled LAUREN FOSTER STAR. The film was directed by Joseph Lally. Can you tell us about the film?

I was introduced to Joe, via Daphne Guinness. I admired the film he made with her, The Murder of Jean Seberg and we talked a couple of times before he offered us this movie. Corey is an incredibly talented actor and writer and he wrote this piece. Much of his writing here is based on a snapshot of our life, with his special talent of mixing metaphors and perspective into the film. It is raw and fearless and we really bare our souls. It was a difficult film to make because of this.

According to the NY Post “art imitated life” and you two ended up involved in a, and I quote, a “torrid affair.” Tell us a bit more.

We met through mutual friends and immediately knew we would be close. We share a very special bond, and both have a laissez faire attitude toward life. We care about each other and he has a huge future ahead of him. He is deep and contemplative and is always thinking about the underdog. It’s a
sweet trait.

Is there anything else you would like to share regarding RHOM, your recent press, and things you would like to promote?

I finished LAUREN FOSTER STAR – Episode 2 last month and will be making another film with Joe Lally in October. I have started working on my autobiography  (which will be titled) Just Another Girl. I work with GLAAD and, along with Marysol Patton, Sarah Arison and Omar Sharif, Jr, we are launching the Miami Leadership Council with a cocktail party in October and gala in February. Marysol and I also filmed a PSA for GLAAD, which will air later this year.