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Drag star Alexis Stone dressed as Jennifer Coolidge for MFW

Drag Queen Alexis Stone attended the Diesel Fashion Show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2023/24 dressed as White Lotus star and pop culture icon Jennifer Coolidge.

A professional “transformer”, Stone is a Brighton-born entertainer who has garnered a huge following thanks to their ability to reconstruct their image and transform themselves into monstrous creations and celebrity lookalikes.

Stone’s celeb transformations often centre around strong female figures, such as Dolly Parton and Kim Kardashian (as well as the fictional character of Mrs. Doubtfire during Paris Fashion Week 2022), so it only makes sense that Coolidge was next on the list.

Alexis Stone as Mrs Doubtfire

With her pouty lips, luscious locks, and distinct voice, Jennifer Coolidge is a Drag Queen’s dream role. The actress has enjoyed a cult following throughout her career thanks to her impressive CV, with memorable roles like Stifler’s Mom in American Pie and the iconic ‘bend and snap’ scene in Legally Blonde.

Recently, the 61-year-old has enjoyed a resurgence in her career thanks to her cameo in Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next video as well as her award-winning role of Tanya in Mike White’s hit show The White Lotus.

Posing on the red carpet with the actresses signature pout and tussled blonde locks, Stone embodied the treasured actress for the event.

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According to Stone’s YouTube video, the “fascinatingly complicated” process of becoming Jennifer was a result of five weeks of work using multiple prosthetics, contact lenses, a wig, and even a set of false teeth.

Stone took to Instagram to thank Diesel’s

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Belfast TikTok star Olivia Neill shares her top beauty secrets

If you’re a beauty-lover on TikTok, chances are you’ve spotted Belfast woman Olivia Neill who has garnered an incredible 1.3 million followers on the social media platform.

Although YouTube is where she first shot to fame, and where she gained over 785k subscribers, she admits that TikTok is where she spends most of her time these days.

Olivia moved to London two years ago at the ripe old age of 18, and two years later has found herself the face of Rimmel’s new Thrill Seeker Mascara, an unmissable campaign splashed across London’s blackcabs and in Superdrugs around the UK.

@olivianeill AHH i can finally share my fave mascara with you guys I hope u love the @rimmellondon #ThrillSeeker mascara #fyp ♬ original sound – rimmellondon

The social media superstar is known for her super chatty weekly YouTube vlogs where she makes videos speaking to camera about everything and anything. Her easy demeanour makes listening to her seem like the most natural thing in the world, like one long WhatsApp voice note in your busiest group chat.

A master of many platforms, I was unsurprised to see Olivia launch a podcast last November. Inner Monologue with Olivia Neill is 30-minutes of non-stop chat recorded on Olivia’s couch (with a blanket over her head and a mic in hand) every week.

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Olivia arrived to our Zoom interview looking incredible with piercing green eyeshadow and the blow-dry of dreams. I caught up with the social star to find out her skincare secrets and career goals.

Olivia, congratulations on your gorgeous Rimmel

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Inflation has Baton Rouge consumers, stores reeling; ‘it’s just almost like a perfect storm’ | Business

Thrift stores have been close to Alecia McCray’s heart since she was a teenager. But with prices climbing for just about everything, McCray has found herself venturing into them more often these days.

McCray, a 30-year-old florist from Baton Rouge, spent early Friday afternoon wandering up and down the aisles of Our Hope Thrift Store, located on Goodwood Boulevard. She perused clothes, knick knacks and whatever other treasures she could find.

McCray said she tries to keep a mental note of her weekly spending. Going to thrift stores helps with her mission.

“Buying things retail right now is just like throwing your money away,” McCray said.

With no end to rising prices in sight, Baton Rouge residents like McCray are tightening their belts by shopping for cheaper options wherever possible. They’re also leaning more on the region’s network of charitable organizations, which say they’re facing their own issues as demand for their services keeps climbing.

“Certainly, over the course of the pandemic, we’ve been busy, but over the course of the last two months, there are numbers that we haven’t seen in quite a while,” said Michael Acaldo, president and CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Baton Rouge charitable organization.

Thrifty times

Thrift stores, known for vintage selections at a fraction of their original price, are an easy first stop for customers looking to save some cash.

Mary Alexander, a 56-year-old UPS worker, said she has been going to thrift stores more than usual.

“I always check here first before I even go to Amazon or pay retail,” she said. “I’m more likely to find it at the thrift store.”

Alexander said she’s also checking as many stores as possible for sales, particularly meat or vegetables.

“I’m not a rich person,” she joked. “I’ve always known

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Another Baton Rouge thrift store is closing; this one helps formerly incarcerated women | Business

A Baton Rouge thrift store that aids formerly incarcerated women is planning on closing its doors later this year.

Connections for Life, located on Highland Road near Harding Street just north of LSU, will stay open for “a few months” as it liquidates before shutting down, said Karen Stagg, executive director of the eponymous nonprofit that runs the thrift store.

“Most assuredly, it is a bittersweet time for us because we have loved the opportunity to serve and we hope that we have made a difference,” Stagg said. “It has certainly been our intention to do so.”

Connections for Life’s thrift store is the second such store to close in Baton Rouge in about a month. Here Today Gone Tomorrow, located on Burbank Drive, went out of business in July.

Connections for Life has entered into a “collaborative agreement” with First Grace Community Alliance, which provides food, housing and other emergency needs in New Orleans. First Grace Community Alliance runs Hagar’s House, a program that helps women, children and gender non-conforming people find safe housing, among other initiatives.

As a result, Connections for Life has chosen to shutter its Baton Rouge thrift store and redirect its patrons to services provided by First Grace Community Alliance.

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The nonprofit has wrestled with the decision for months, said Stagg, who added that the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult.

“The important thing for us is that we be our strategic about our focus and such that women continue to be served and served well,” she said.

Connections for Life incorporated as a nonprofit in February 2000 to help women recently released from prison by offering housing and clothing assistance so they can live independently. The

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