“when my sorrow died: the legend of armen ra and the theremin” premieres in nyc


If I am not mistaken, Cynthia Powell told me once that the first time Armen Ra got dressed up happened in her New York home. Well, little did she know then that his life journey would become a beautiful and enchanting documentary. The movie “When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra and the Theremin” is premiering in New York City tonight at Cinema Village, running from 13th to 19th. For sure it will be a happening, since Armen Ra, who now lives in California, has a large catalog of the most fabulous friends…from Amanda Lepore to Patricia Field, who both also appear in his movie.
I never had a chance to know him personally, although many years ago I photographed him and a friend at the entrance of Crobar, where I used to work, however, we do have many friends in common, which means he is already fascinating. I came to learn more about Armen Ra and his life when I received his movie DVD at home. It is a lovely history about a survivor, but in this case a super glamorous and talented one, and quite frankly a very captivating human being who creates beautiful music. Yes, he taught himself to play his theremin…and her name is Octavia…amazing !!!
For more info visit the movie website !!

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by Gazelle Paulo

dressed wrong to the right haLLowEEn party



*models John Kolic & Stacey Louise Grant with moi (dressed I don’t even know as what but my mask is by Scooter LaForge)

** moi with lovely hosts Ryan Hahn & Harris Levinson

This year I had decided to not go out on Halloween; I mean these past almost 15 years have been completely insane…and last year, artist Scooter LaForge and I went above and beyond with our HalloQueens costumes…
But, what can I say? The NYC party bug was still inside me, and among so many party invitations I decided on the last minute to go along with my darling friend Matthew Hars to a party he was invited.
For my surprise, when I got to the lobby to the fancy building – where I was going to meet Matthew – I couldn’t help to notice a large number of people arriving in Egyptian theme outfits. Of course I immediately texted my friend to inquire about, and his answer was “yes, I think the theme is Egypt”. I wanted to die…not only I was going as a “plus one”, but I was completely in the wrong costume…oh dear…me, of all people.
The super chic and fashionable hosts Ryan Hahn & Harris Levinson were simply darlings and made me feel so welcomed. And if you wondering what was my friend’s costume…well, he was dressed as Kim Davis. What a mess and what a fabulous Halloween party.



*Mikey, Abe, hosts Ryan & Harris and Nicholas

** models everywhere with their IPhones


moi with Matthew Hars as Kim Davis


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by Gazelle Paulo

amanda lepore X heidi klum: the jeSSica raBBit battle

amanda now

amanda now 2

photo by Richard Machado
concept by Amanda Lepore
art direction & styling by Gazelle Paulo
make up by Sylwia Rakowska
hair by Shawn Mount
Amanda Lepore wears Andres Throckmorton


At some point, everybody will be Jessica Rabbit…
It feels good when a pop moment reminds some people of the work you did in the past. From Sao Paulo, the fabulous DJ extraordinaire Johnny Luxo uploaded on his Instagram a montage of Heidi Klum in her Jessica Rabbit Halloween NY costume party from last night together with the Amanda Lepore image we created for Gazelland in 2005. People are comparing both photos and discussing who did it best? My opinion is that BOTH did.
Both Jessicas were made for different reasons; Amanda’s image has a more fashionable appeal to it because it was specific created for a fashion shoot with photographer Richard Machado. Amanda already has the body of Jessica’s to start with, so in a way, we “simply” had to style her as Jessica, and we spent about four to five hours in Machado’s studio, in Tribeca, to achieve that final result in this very special photo above. Heidi’s impressive prosthetic and make up work was designed to transform her in the real iconic cartoon, and since that’s not her real body, which by itself complicate things…that’s a real commitment, I applaud Heidi and her team with the final result achieved: simply amazing !!!
Heidi Klum always brings it to the next level. In 2013, I went to her “Insanity” themed VIP pre-Halloween party at Marquee in New York, and she stunned everybody when she appeared as a very old and wrinkled lady….and me, yes I was dressed as as ” A pussy cat ghost coming out of a painting with wings ” ….. check us below 😀 !!!


amada 10

Prosthetics & Design by Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine
Wig styling and beauty makeup by Nikki Fontaine
Dress by Christian Siriano


amanda 3

amanda 5

moi and Heidi at her 2013 “Insanity” Halloween party.


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by Gazelle Paulo


gazeLLe the love iSSue nyc premiere night at newfest

1 by Andreas Hofweber


*popcorn shot by Andreas Hofweber

** Stephen Jones and moi by Cesar Terranova


Last week, since its world premiere in Sao Paulo at the Mix Brasil Film Festival in November 2014, the movie Gazelle The Love Issue, by Cesar Terranova / Terranova 8 Films, finally arrived in New York City at the opening night of NewFest on October 22nd, at Bow Tie cinemas. It was special to me because this was the first time that many characters in the movie had their chance to have a look at Cesar’s work since his movie has been going full force around film festival’s world circuit. I am very honored to have been invited to be part of his project and vision.
If you miss this screening, “Gazelle The Love Issue” will have two more appearances in Manhattan; first on November 6 at 10;15 at the BAFF (Big Apple Film Festival) and on December 9th at NewFilmMakers .
It was indeed a lovely time spent with friends and loved ones, and it was an special night to me because on the same night my partner Mark Anthony and I celebrated our 9th year anniversary. I believed that there was no need to pull a major look for the screening; so I decided to wear something fun, cool and meaningful to me, so my choices were;

Two hats: Silver Party Hat by Tiffany & Co and an Airplane Hat by Dumpster Chic
Jacket by Orschel Read
Shorts by Alex Mallet
Stockings by Wolford
Shoes by Yves Saint Laurent

You can visit the Facebook NewFest photo gallery to check how fun the night was.

23 by Cesar Terranova

moi with the wonderful NewFest 2015 volunteers by Cesar Terranova

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by Gazelle Paulo

gazeLLe the love iSSue premiere at newfest on october 22nd


The movie Gazelle The Love Issue, featuring moi here, by director Cesar Terranova will premiere at the opening night of NEWFEST on October 22nd at 10:30pm in New York City, at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas on  260 West 23rd.

All the info about the movie and tickets are HERE

NEWFEST FACEBOOK event page  for Gazelle The Love Issue

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by Gazelle Paulo

aNNa & kayvon: the weDDing













If the subject of lavishing or iconic New York City nightlife weddings pops up on a dinner conversation, it will have to include the fashion show wedding of Susanne Bartsch to David Barton in 1995, at the Manhattan Center, the lavender ceremony of Ladyfag to Rainblo in 2007 at Club Cain, and the bloody wedding of Julie Atlas Muz to Mat Fraser at the Abrons Art Centre in 2012. I guess, it is safe to say that we were overdue to another big nightlife moment … Anna and Kayvon came to save the day…or lets’ say the night !!!
It was pouring down early late afternoon, when guests started to head their way to New Jersey to the historical Loews Landmark Theater located at Journal Square; the rain delayed a little the ceremony scheduled to start at 6pm …WE (moi, Kyle, Mao and Roger) miraculously managed to arrive few minutes before the requested time. Believe me, if you RSVP it, but didn’t show up, you did indeed missed a marvelous time, a glamorous party, in a room filled with love, where people really wanted to be there…Anna literally rose to the occasion…it was a beautiful wedding, it was over the top but quite classy, indeed a night to remember.
Anna met Kayvon six years ago in New York, in the basement of a goth bar; Anna is from Leary, Georgia (a town of 600 people in a swamp) and Kayvon is from Wilmington, North Carolina although he’s first generation American and his parents are Persian. Anna’s dress was custom made, she wore a veil and gloves with a gorgeous rightstone work by Lincoln Ward. Esteban Martinez did the beautiful bride make up on Anna, and Lorenzo Diaz did the hair on both. Reverend E. Bruce Vaughn, Anna’s daddy, officialized the union. Anna, who is a gorgeous burlesque performer, and Kayon, a musician and performance artist, together have become such a visual force anywhere they go…I am very honored to have witnessed such a special moment in this new phase of their lives, and if you are wondering about which perfect song they danced for the first time as a couple…then listen to it !!
















*cocktail after the ceremony and before dinner

**Anna Zand is hugged by Mao Padilha

***ambiance at the cocktail hour after the ceremony

****Kenny Kenny and Minoo Misairdi

*****Ava Patron

******Amanda Lepore

*******moi, Mao Padilha and Roger Padilha

********Johanna Constantine and Shien Lee

*********Gerry Visco

**********moi with Raquel Reed


************cake moment

*************cake moment

**************Anna Zand and Kayvon Zand


the gorgeous Kyle Farmery and moi

by Gazelle Paulo

partying in paris with the padilha brothers








*moi with Emily and Gia

** my Scooter LaForge shoes on the iconic carpet of Castel

***our lovely table corner on the mirror

****Castel’s Foie gras

*****the forever stunning Allanah Starr

******Mao Padilha, moi and my headpiece by Dumpster Chic

*******Roger Padilha and Galia Salimo

After Stockholm, I stopped in Paris for another celebration of the “GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim” fashion book by authors Mao Padilha and Roger Padilha. The Padilha brothers reunited a small group of friends – Maripol, Gia Genevieve, Emily Elicia Low, Allanah Starr, Victor Osborne…- for an early cozy dinner at the legendary Castel, followed by a dancing party at the basement of this iconic private club where other fans of the MAO PR brand joined in to the continuing celebration that started in New York City with the big bash, during New York Fashion Week, thrown by Marc Jacobs, to honor Mao and Roger’s formidable work.
I had a lovely time during dinner with Emily and Gia, who sat next to me. It was a fun evening. The next day Mao and Roger had a book signing at the Bookmarc store in Paris . I wonder where will be the next party stop? 😀




*Bookmarc window with the GLOSS book

**Bookmarc windows with the GLOSS book

***moi at Castel, wearing a headpiece by Dumpster Chic, suit by Walter Rodrigues and shoes by Scooter LaForge in a photo by Flavio Goldenstein

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by Gazelle Paulo

the preview of “the exhibit” by eryc taylor at howl! haPPening





*artist Scooter LaForge, Jesus Oliveira, Eryc Taylor, Timothy Patterson and Samuel Asher Kunzman

The show How to Create a Monsterpiece by artist Scooter LaForge, that was presented at Howl! Happening, had many events on location to keep the energy flowing with the art pieces created by Scooter. One of them took place few days before the show closed, when choreographer Eryc Taylor, a friend and collaborator of LaForge, brought three dancers to the gallery for a preview performance of his upcoming show “The Exhibit”, five contemporary dance works choreographed by Eryc Taylor in collaboration with company members. For this performance, Scooter, who was assisted by Jorge Clar, painted the dancers Timothy Patterson, Jesus Olivera and Samuel Asher Kunzman with neon colors that became extremely alive when the lights were off and they started to dance!
The Exhibit will consist of six performances starting on October 15th and running until the 18th. One of Eryc’s dance piece numbers explores the searing sense of loss when a loved one passes. Very promising indeed!!




Eryc Taylor and moi

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by Gazelle Paulo