Sometimes you just need a little Beyoncé in your life.
During an interview with W Magazine, Gal Gadot admitted that she hit peak levels of panic while waiting to go in for her first Wonder Woman audition.
“I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé.” Gadot said. “Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!”
The 31-year-old Israeli actress nabbed the coveted role — but that didn’t stop her from having to deal with an onslaught of haters.
“ ’Cause my boobs were too small. Yeah — that was a big problem,” she quipped. “The web really paid attention to the important side of Wonder Woman.”
What will be important, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins told W Magazine, is the timely message of the film.
“Wonder Woman stands for beauty, truth, love, and goodness,” she said. “She understands that finding the truth is complicated, but she will always be kind. There’s something very reassuring about that, especially now.”
Amy Schumer is being accused of culture appropriation and disrespecting Beyonce, pop’s reigning queen.
Schumer, along with friends Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack and Goldie Hawn, made a parody video of Beyonce’s recent single, “Formation,” a song that takes a provocative look at police brutality against African-Americans and includes references to the Black Panthers and Hurricane Katrina.
Laid over with the lyrics from the original tune, the video shows Schumer and company badly performing hip hop dance moves like twerking, and posing in a variety of outfits including sun dresses and police vests.
Some critics responded to the video by accusing Schumer — who appears in the video with a mostly white crowd — of culturally appropriation and detracting from the message of “Formation.”
“Like, wtf is wrong with Amy Schumer?! She gotta go. #AmySchumerGottaGoParty,” wrote Imani Gandy, a legal analyst and blogger, on Twitter, using the hashtag some have employed for this controversy.
Like, wtf is wrong with Amy Schumer?! She gotta go. #AmySchumerGottaGoParty— Imani Gandy Corn (@AngryBlackLady) October 24, 2016
Has anyone taken Jay to task for allowing that Amy Schumer Sour Lemonade crap on Tidal? Are there not standards over there? It was horrific.— April (@ReignOfApril) October 25, 2016
like does amy schumer even have a publicist— TrickorTracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) October 25, 2016
Schumer has been accused of racial insensitivity in the past, once after posting a Tweet she later deleted that suggested black men are more likely to commit sexual harassment than others.
She responded by insisting the video was a “tribute” to Beyonce’s original, and then said in an Instagram video, “I’m grateful. I’m grateful for all of this shit.”
Rachel Bloom won hearts this past year with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the comic musical CW show she created and stars in. In advance of Friday’s Season 2 premier, she sat down with Billboard’s Danielle Bacher to dish on her favorite musicians, first slow dance, and more. Here are 6 of the coolest things she revealed.
1) She adores Barbra Streisand
No surprises here — Bloom is crazy for Barbra! Streisand “has such a sweeping, emotive voice and it’s so unique,” Bloom gushed, “when she gets to the top and it gets this chained wailing, it makes it sound so effortless and very specific to her.” Bloom listed Streisand as one of her two favorite artists of all time. The other? Ben Folds.
2) Weird Al makes her cry
Given Bloom’s aptitude for writing subtly biting, hilarious lyrics — check out Season 1’s “JAP Rap” for some surprisingly wicked Yiddish zings — we should have known she’d love Weird Al. She told Bacher the first song she remembers making her laugh was “Weird Al’s ‘Fat’ or ‘Eat It.’” She recently saw him in concert, and still found him hilarious. “My husband and I had tears rolling down our cheeks,” she said.
3) She wants Monty Python to play at her funeral
Asked what song she’d want played at her funeral, Bloom was quick to choose something characteristically funny. “‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ by Monty Python,” she said. “I would like it because it’s a true, unsentimental look at life that still is beautiful and makes me want to cry.”
4) She was inspired by Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”
She decided to spend a lot of the budget for Season 2 on the first episode, partially to honor Queen Bey. “I wanted to do a symbolic, beautiful Beyonce [sic]-type style number,” she said. She was pleased with the result, saying “it feels like a beautiful short film.” Watch it below.
5) Her 8th-grade boyfriend was named Willy
Her first real slow dance was with him. It might have been *NSYNC. Romance!
6) She almost drowned when she was 5
“I remember the feeling of drowning and then my dad jumped in the pool and got me out,” she told Bacher. Does it still haunt her? Well, she did also say “I think every second we are not fearing death we are trying to blissfully distract ourselves.” So, unclear.
Read the full interview here.
Talya Zax is the Forward’s culture fellow. Contact her at email@example.com or on Twitter, @TalyaZax
JERUSALEM — Beyonce is wearing a line of dresses custom made by Israeli fashion designer Inbal Dror on stage during her new world tour.
Dror, of Tel Aviv, posted photos on her Facebook page and Twitter feed of the performer wearing her creations in a May 7 Houston show for the “Formation” tour, which started late last month.
The legend that is @Beyonce on stage in @InbalDror #FormationWorldTour pic.twitter.com/7b7tGhoZXS— Inbal Dror (@InbalDror) May 10, 2016
Beyonce also wore a Dror-designed wedding gown when she presented at the 58th Grammy Awards in February.
For inspiration for the custom-made line, Dror said she drew inspiration from Victorian and tribal influences that are featured in the singer’s music video for her single “Formation,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
Beyonce wore a red outfit created by Israeli designer Alon Livne for her 2013 world tour.
She is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv in August as part of this world tour.
If you haven’t heard of Lorraine Schwartz, you must not be keeping up with the Kardashians. Or Beyonce, or Barbra Streisand, or Angelina Jolie: just some of the celebrities Schwartz considers her closest friends and clients.
Every awards season, fashion houses clamor to dress each starlet, from Hollywood royalty to the next “It” girl. But jeweler Schwartz is different. She’s the designer who’s got the hottest stars vying for her designs. Her name is mentioned on the red carpet more than any other brand or fashion house.
In 1989, Schwartz became the third generation to take over her family’s diamond business. She renamed the company Lorraine Schwartz Diamonds & Fine Jewelry and changed the business model. Now her designs are sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York or by appointment in her Manhattan showroom.
With the rise in popularity of the youthful fashion so heavily featured “Sex and the City” in the 2000s, Schwartz took risks featuring color and playful designs, consciously moving away from traditional fine-jewelry. “I started to make things that I would personally like,” she said in an interview with JCK Online. “Something a little funkier.” And stars took notice.
Schwartz said she accidentally fell, literally, into the celebrity jeweler moniker in the 1990s, when supermodel Iman inquired about a large diamond. “We were so nervous,” she recalled, that she tripped on a chair and fell on Iman’s partner and future husband, David Bowie. “It was a 10-carat canary diamond, and it was a big sale for me. I ended up making her the engagement ring.”
With her ornate designs heavy on bling, the New York City-based Schwartz has herself reached quasi-celebrity status over the years. Her loyal clientele includes supermodel Heidi Klum, musician Pharrell Williams and actress Blake Lively. She even collaborated with the Queen Bey herself, Beyonce Knowles. Beyonce and husband Jay Z shout out Schwartz’s name in her song “Upgrade You” and Schwartz designed the titanium roboglove Beyonce wears in her now infamous “Single Ladies” video.
When Angelina Jolie stepped out of the limo at the 2009 Academy Awards, the only accessory anyone was looking at were the exquisite pair of $2 million, 115 carat Colombian emerald drop earrings she paired with her basic black Elie Saab gown. Schwartz’s groundbreaking emerald earrings had celebrities lining up for months to come. Some even started wearing copycat designs.
Nowadays, Schwartz is most famous for her enormous engagement rings. She designed both of Kim Kardashian West’s rings and more recently Bar Rafaeli’s five carat engagement ring. From Taylor Swift, to Sofia Vergara, it’s hard to find a celebrity Schwartz has not decked out in jewels.
Schwartz, whose mother died from breast cancer at the age of 55, sits on the board of directors and donates to the Gabrielle’s Angels Foundation to fund cancer research in honor of her mother. With her siblings Ofira and Ilan Sandberg, Schwartz founded the Shulamit Benjamini Sandberg Medical Research Grant. Named for their mother, the $250,000 grant supports cancer research and philanthropy.
“There’s only one woman of style — my mom,” Schwartz said to JCK. “My mom was regal, impeccable. I got my taste from her. Every time I get stuck on an idea, I think of her and inspiration comes to me.”
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