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Nelson Makamo & DeLeón Tequila Host Private Dinner For Makamo’s First US Exhibiton ‘BLUE’

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Nelson Makamo & DeLeón Tequila Host Private Dinner For Makamo’s First US Exhibiton ‘BLUE’

Nelson Makamo and DeLeón Tequila hosted a private VIP dinner to celebrate Makamo’s first solo US exhibition titled: BLUE.

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Nelson Makamo is a Johannesburg-based artist who was born in 1982 in a small town called Modimolle. Known for his vibrant portraits set in pulsating African urbanized landscapes, Nelson Makamo is a widely celebrated, young South African artist.

Nelson recently launched his first US exhibition entitled ‘BLUE’. To celebrate this occasion, the artist teamed up with DeLeón Tequila for a private dinner.

‘BLUE’ has been four years in the making and brings 44 of Makamo’s works stateside, making this impressive new body of work the largest collection he has ever showcased. The artwork explores the emotive range of the color – blue summons an age of recognition, transition, and development; it is overflowing with opportunities because it is undoubtedly of a feminine resolve.

Makamo’s exhibit ‘BLUE’ will be in residency through November 20 at 1242 Palmetto Street in Los Angeles, California. Each guest that attended his celebratory dinner were gifted 1/50 collector’s item from Nelson & DeLeón Tequila that housed a customized ‘BLUE EARRING’ print from Nelson, a bottle of DeLeón Añejo and a set of Baccarat glassware.

Guests celebrated with signature cocktails from DeLeón including the Paloma Azul, a re-imagination for the classic tequila cocktail created with both the color and flavor palette of Nelson Makamo, including a custom, edible cobalt blue paint the same hue as many of Nelson’s artworks.

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DeShanna Marie Minuto: 5 Things To Know About Jillian Michaels’ Gorgeous Fiancée

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Jillian Michaels is set to walk down the aisle with DeShanna Marie Minuto and fans want to know everything about the famous fitness trainer’s lucky lady. Find out more on DeShanna here!

Congrats to Jillian Michaels! The Biggest Loser coach announced she was engaged to her girlfriend DeShanna Marie Minuto on November 28. In an adorable snap of the happy couple posted to her Instagram, Jillian is seen hugging Deshanna, who is showing off the gigantic sparkler. “1153 days… here’s to thousands more. She said ‘yes’,” the famous fitness trainer captioned the pic. Keep reading to find out more about Jillian’s soon-to-be wife!

DeShanna Is A Fashion Designer

After graduating from NYU and working as a creative director at several agencies, DeShanna eventually founded fashion label Letterino 85, which sells reconstructed vintage jackets, per the company’s website. She started designing the jackets as a hobby, with the first transformations being her grandfathers WWII Bomber and her fathers 1960’s biker jacket.

She Was A College Athlete

DeShanna was a Division 1 athlete during her college career. “What’s interesting about DeShanna is she was like, a D1 athlete — some crazy great athlete … and is very fit, very lean,” Jillian told People. She went on to say how DeShanna quickly picked up working out after retiring as an athlete. “[DeShanna] was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to start working out. And so I was like, ‘Alright babe,’” Jillian explained to the outlet. “I gave her a little routine and she was like, ‘I can’t walk, I’ve been zombified, I hate you,’ and then, over a couple of weeks … she’s like, I just ran my mile in seven minutes and 15 seconds.”

She’s Been Dating Jillian Since 2018

The happy couple recently celebrated their three-year anniversary. In October, Jillian shared a cute photo of the couple relaxing in bed, with the caption, “We are all asleep until we fall in love’ Happy Anniversary @deshannamarie I adore you.” For their two-year anniversary, Jillian wrote on Instagram, “Thank you for making me a better person. Thank you for being you and sharing yourself with me. I love you more.”

Jillian Michaels announced she was engaged to girlfriend DeShanna Marie Minuto on November 28, 2021. (BENS / Wagner AZ / BACKGRID)

DeShanna Has Traveled The World With Jillian

In an adorable photo album posted to her Instagram in October 2020, DeShanna shared snaps of her exotic trips she took with Jillian, including stops in Japan, Uganda and the Caribbean. “Taking it back to Japan where the adventures began. From go karting on the highways of Tokyo, to being woken up by a hippo at our bedroom door for a 5am boat ride across the Nile. Hot air balloon African safaris . Pushing me to scuba for the first time… WITH multiple sharks,” read part of the caption, before she added, “From Jumping off a cliff in aspen to downhill bike suicide mission. A jet ski journey in a category 4 hurricane, dog sledding in an artic tundra only to lose our team of dogs. Trekking through the Ugandan rainforest to share lunch with silverbacks. Galloping through Wyoming in a downpour – The list goes on.”

DeShanna Was Proposed To With A 7-Carat Sparkler

Jillian popped the question to DeShanna with a 7-carat emerald cut diamond featuring two single carat diamonds on each side, per People. A family friend and specialty jeweler in Miami crafted the gigantic sparkler.

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RIP: Virgil Abloh Dead at 41 after private battle with cancer

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Louis Vuitton artistic director and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh died Sunday in Chicago, Ill, after a private 2-year battle with cancer. He was 41.

In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with malignant primary cardiac angiosarcoma, an extremely rare tumor of the heart.

His death was announced in a tweet by luxury group LVMH and the Off-White label on Sunday.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH said in a statement.

The designer was the first Black man to head a major European fashion house when Louis Vuitton named him as menswear designer in 2018.

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Abloh graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He received his Master of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006.

He first gained fame in the mid-2000s through his affiliation with rap producer Ye, formerly Kanye West, after the two met at a Chicago print shop where Abloh worked.

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Abloh interned at Fendi in the same class as Ye in 2009. He worked in Fendi’s Rome, Italy office, where he and Ye began to collaborate on designs.

In 2010, Ye appointed Abloh as creative director of his DONDA agency. In 2011, Ye hired Abloh as the artistic director for his and Jay Z‘s album Watch the Throne.

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Abloh founded his second fashion house Off-White in 2013. He launched Off-White’s women’s wear line in 2014.

In 2018, Abloh designed a custom Off-White gown and veil for Hailey Bieber‘s wedding day. On the veil, he included his famous quotation marks design around the words “till death do us part”.

In 2019, LVMH reported a 20% growth in sales attributed in part to Abloh’s appointment as artistic director.

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In July 2021, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced it acquired a 60% stake in Off-White, with Abloh retaining 40%.

Abloh leaves behind his wife, Shannon Sundberg, and their two children.

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Meredith Marks on Why Cameron Isn’t “Reliable” for Mary Info

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RHOSLC's Meredith Marks on Why Lisa's Friend Cameron May Not Have Been a "Reliable Source" for Mary Info, Why She Wasn't Present for Jen's Arrest, and Reunion Closure

Meredith Marks is revealing that Lisa Barlow‘s late friend, Cameron Williams, may not have been a reliable source for the information on Mary Cosby‘s church due to a medical condition that went unmentioned on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.

After Cameron made some concerning, yet vague, comments about Mary’s church, which has been targeted with cult rumors in recent months, on an episode of the series last month, Meredith appeared on a podcast, where she shared new information about her cast mate’s friend before dishing on Jen Shah‘s arrest and the upcoming reunion.

“I was extremely shaken up from that scene,” Meredith admitted of her chat with Cameron on the November 15 episode of the Behind the Velvet Rope With David Yontef podcast.

But according to Meredith, there was more to the story than what was shared. And, because of what she knows of Cameron, she believes he “may not be a very reliable source,” although she couldn’t absolutely confirm it.

“It’s not my story to tell, but he did have a medical condition that could potentially impair his perception of reality. And I’m not saying it was, I can’t speak for him. I can’t say that it was, I also can’t say that it wasn’t knowing about that condition,” she explained.

Either way, Meredith doesn’t feel that any solid or damning evidence was revealed.

“People call a lot of religious organizations cults. Give me something concrete… just to label it doesn’t hold water for me,” she shared.

Throughout the second season, Meredith’s relationship with Lisa Barlow has been rocky. And, when it comes to their current status, it seems not much has changed.

“I barely know Lisa’s friends, she barely knows mine. We’re in different social circles. And so, I’m learning how Lisa interacts with other people and how that impacts me and vice versa,” Meredith explained.

As fans saw during an early episode of RHOSLC, Meredith took issue with the fact that Lisa didn’t have her back against Jen after Jen “liked” a number of negative posts about her son, Brooks Marks, and his sexuality (which Jen suggested was actually done by her social media manager).

“It’s very difficult because as a mother, all you want to do is protect your children. Is Jen my friend? Because would my friend say that about my son knowing his struggle? It was very difficult for me,” Meredith recalled, noting that having her “friend adding fuel to the fire” made the issue even more challenging.

Now that the mean “liked” tweets of Jen have become a thing of the past as her legal issues take center stage, Meredith has been accused of calling the feds on her cast-mate, especially after being MIA when Jen was arrested.

“I was just too lazy. I didn’t feel like it. There may have been plenty of reasons I wasn’t there,” Meredith said of why she wasn’t with the rest of the cast at the time.

She then continued to fuel the rumors, saying, “I think what it ends up speaking to is what kind of evidence you have, you know, if it’s something that’s real and you honestly believe that, you know, the elderly are being repeatedly defrauded, I think human obligation is to do something about that.”

While Meredith noted that if she were in Jen’s shoes, she likely would have never agreed to continue filming season two, mainly out of fear that she would say or do something that could be used against her, she also said she understood Jen wanting to “tell [her] side of what happened.”

As for a misconception, she believes people have gotten about her over the past season of RHOSLC, Meredith said that although many believe she’s “cold,” that’s actually far from the case.

“People think that I’m like very cold and it’s actually kind of the opposite. It’s that I know that if I go there, I will get so emotional that that’s my way of kind of just turning it off so that I don’t go there, get so emotional and then do something that I really will regret,” she explained.

Also, during the interview, Meredith said that when it comes to the upcoming reunion, she doesn’t believe people will be getting the closure they will likely be searching for in Jen’s ongoing legal scandal.

“Given that there is a trial that is set for next March, I think it’s going to be pretty hard for the viewers to really feel closure on it,” she shared.

When Seth Marks joined the show, he looked back on his and Meredith’s debut season of RHOSLC.

“The first season was raw [as f-ck] right? We were having major league relationship issues. And so that was tough,” he admitted.

He then joked that if he and Meredith showed their 12-month couples therapy bill, as well as their individual therapy bills, fans would have thought they were “spending more than they’re making,” just on therapy.

RHOSLC Live Viewing – This is also the live viewing thread for tonight’s all-new episode of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two, so feel free to share your thoughts below as the episode airs at 9/8c on Bravo.

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