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The Symbolic and Historical Significance of the Queen’s Turquoise Brooch




It’s fairly unusual for Queen Elizabeth to wear turquoise jewelry, so when she sat for a national address Sunday evening—only her fourth during her 68-year reign—her diamond and turquoise brooch was yet more evidence that she is living through an usual time. The gem’s blue tone stood out against her emerald green crepe dress, its diamond-encrusted filigrees gently catching the light in the queen’s Windsor Castle sitting room.

The brooch itself is one she’s only seldom worn since inheriting it in 1953; she didn’t wear it at all in public until 2014, when she wore it on a visit to Derbyshire. It came into her possession along with much more jewelry that her paternal grandmother, Queen Mary, passed on to her when she died at the age of 85. The Queen Mary jewels are nearly only spotted on special occasions. Mary gave the queen the tiara she wore for her wedding, and the diamond jubilee necklace she’s worn to processions through the years. The tiara that Meghan Markle wore when she married Prince Harry also came from Mary’s collection. Though she’s provided the emblems for the family’s happiest moments, Mary’s reign also coincided with some of the most difficult events in world history—including a pandemic flu that may be the closest historical comparison to what we are now living through.

Queen Elizabeth meets Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, the ambassador of Iceland, and Halldora Hermannsdottir during a private audience at Buckingham Palace, December 14, 2017.

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Mary, the queen consort to King George V, whose reign stretched from 1910 to 1936, was an avid collector of jewels, art, and decorative objects, a habit she picked up from her parents, the British princess Mary Adelaide and the German Duke of Teck. When Mary married George in 1893, her parents gave her some of their jewels, including a turquoise and diamond tiara and parure that had been commissioned by her mother in the 1850s. The brooch the queen wore on Sunday is one of a pair given to Mary as a wedding present by her father- and mother-in-law, the Prince and Princess of Wales, who would later become King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Mary was photographed wearing it later in life, and when she died in 1953, the Teck tiara and parure were given to her son Prince Henry, the queen’s second cousin, and his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester. The duchess wore the tiara to formal events before her death in 2004 at the age of 102, and it was later seen on her daughter-in-law, Birgitte. The brooches, however, remained with the queen.

When dressing and selecting jewelry for a moment like this, the queen and her dresser, Angela Kelly, often think about the history of the pieces she wears and the symbolism of the colors they select. Turquoise has long been considered a color of healing and peace. But this piece’s connection to Queen Mary might hint at an even deeper message from the Queen about the current pandemic. In 1892, Mary had been engaged to marry George’s older brother, the Duke of Clarence, when he fell ill with the flu and died at Sandringham. Mary and George later wed at the suggestion of Queen Victoria, but soon grew to be genuinely close.

Originally posted 2020-04-09 02:42:47.


Bikini beauty Carol Alt, 59, shares her secrets




She can have her cake and eat it, too.

Former supermodel Carol Alt — whose jaw-dropping figure at 59 years old set the internet ablaze Wednesday — told Page Six Style that her secret to taut abs and an enviable figure is eating dessert.

“Sometimes I’ll just order a tiramisu and like, for the last three days, I’ve been eating that for dinner,” Alt admitted.

But there’s one catch: It’s entirely made of raw ingredients.

“Tiramisu is more nourishing for me than having a ham sandwich because it’s made from coconuts and all this amazing stuff so it’s very nourishing and filling,” she explained.

Ever since she went raw in 1996, Alt has been an outspoken advocate for the diet’s “life-changing” benefits and has penned several books about it, including “Eating in the Raw: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Slimmer, Feeling Healthier, and Looking Younger the Raw-Food Way,” published in 2004.

Carol Alt poses in a 1983 issue of Vogue.
Carol Alt poses in a 1983 issue of Vogue.Conde Nast via Getty Images

In the heyday of her modeling career, Alt, weirdly enough, used to live off carbs. “For so long I was eating spaghetti twice a day on the set of my movies. I ate so many carbohydrates because they kept me thin,” she said.

Today, she allows herself guilty pleasures, although they’re on the healthier side. “At Rao’s, they make me gluten-free pasta and gluten-free eggplant … it’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’m not an angel.”

As for booze? “I try to stay away from alcohol because it’s really, really addictive, but I can’t say during [the COVID-19 pandemic] I haven’t had a glass of nice white wine here and there.”

It was Alt’s love for her new, healthier self that inspired her to pose topless in a pair of tiny bikini bottoms as part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s #SwimsuitIconChallenge.

“You work out and you work out and you work out and you just want to say ‘Hey, look, I work out and I’m 60 freaking years old this year!’” she exclaimed.

Carol Alt backstage at New York Fashion Week in February 2019.
Carol Alt backstage at New York Fashion Week in February 2019.Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

And the native New Yorker’s workout regimen is no small feat: She alternates between using her Pilates PRO Chair, Core 46 machine, cycling in the sauna, jumping on a trampoline, lifting weights and doing lunges and squats, all in her own home.

Alt was still shocked by the outpouring of fawning fans, though.

“I never expected this, believe me,” she said. “When I went to push the button to share, I had to stop and take a deep breath.”

Alt, a 1982 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl herself, was encouraged by a friend to participate in the challenge, which asked fans to recreate their favorite swimsuit cover photos of the past.

The model and animal lover decided on Marisa Miller’s 2008 snap because “I always wanted to shoot a photo on the beach in the sand,” she said.

So Alt asked photographer and friend Ezequiel de la Rosa to help out — since she lives alone with her two cats — and he shot the photos on an iPhone 11 to put her on equal footing with the challenge’s other participants.

Admittedly, she did use a bit of Photoshop. “I have a scar on my belly so we erased that,” she told us. “But that’s it.”

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Carnage Is Making Moves With a 7-Figure Record Deal, Documentary and Sold-Out Music Festival




Diamanté Anthony Blackmon is the American Dream. Diamanté grew up in Guatemala and came to America at 10 years old speaking very little English in a lower-income neighborhood. Against all odds, Diamanté grew into Carnage, one of the most dominant music superstar artists in the world.

From pioneering the Trap genre, massive collabs and festival appearances in the dance world, to records with Lil Pump, Migos and Mac Miller, few artists are able to move between genres as seamlessly as Carnage.

After the recent announcement of his forthcoming “Reincarnation Tour,” international DJ and producer Carnage returns from his 2018 hiatus with his biggest single yet: “Letting People Go.”

It’s easy to feel the impact on every track the Las Vegas-based artist puts out. With a versatile mindset and deft approach, he siphons dance, hip hop, pop and trap into an intoxicating brew unlike anything out there. It’s dirty, defiant and diverse.

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Carnage, also known as El Diablo or Papi Gordo, broke onto the scene in 2012 when he uploaded his first song onto YouTube, “Teke Teke.” In that same year, Carnage produced a song for American rapper G-Eazy called “Loaded” and later collaborated with the dubstep legend Borgore.

This newfound success led Carnage to release his debut single “Incredible” with over 25 million views on YouTube. Shortly following this was the release of “Michael Jordan” and Carnage’s infamous remix for Hardwell of “Spaceman.” He then signed with Ultra Records in 2015 and released a single with ILoveMakonnen called “I Like Tuh” which went on to earn a Gold Award.

Later in October 2015, Carnage released his debut album Papi Gordo, which immediately became the No. 1 Dance Album in the United States, with countless huge records and massive features with everyone from Rick Ross and Migos to KSHMR.

There’s nothing quite like seeing Carnage live. He’s rocked stages at Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Life in Color and many more. Carnage stole the show at Ultra Miami 2016 where he performed on the Mainstage and shocked the crowd time and time again as he brought out Hip Hop heavyweights, DJ KhaledRae SremmurdWiz Khalifa and Rick Ross. “I’m a big black guy who loves to rage,” he chuckles. “I’m not what you expect. I feed off the crowd and go for it.” That’s why Carnage’s impact will be felt for a long time to come.

Read the full, exclusive interview with Carnage, below:

When did you sign the 7-figure record deal with Ultra Records and what does it mean to you?

“I have been working on my new album Papi Gordo II for well over a year now, it’s my proudest body of work to date and I can’t wait to get it out. In 2015 we released my album Papi Gordo I —  it’s the album that features the Migos, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Lil Pump and more, and Ultra really crushed it on that one. It’s been five years since then, and it’s dope to see everything come full circle now in 2020. It is amazing to ink a deal like this during the COVID times and we are ready to get to work and give the people what they want — PAPI GORDO II COMING SUMMER 2020!”

Who are your favorite artists that you have collaborated with?

“Everyone has a different experience in the lab … it’s a vibe, you know? When you can share that energy with someone, especially an artist, the music you make is just different. Mac (Miller) was someone who came to the booth with a new mindset every single time. He was a lyricist and incredible artist so he definitely comes top of mind.”

Tell us about your documentary? What do you hope people will take away from it? Any famous friends in it? 

“This documentary is so special to me, it’s something I have been working on for a half-decade, at least. From 2015 to 2017, I traveled with two videographers and together, they essentially captured my day-to-day life. The footage was raw because we had no filters. There were no barriers holding us back or making things awkward … we were best friends, you know? The documentary encompasses a personal side of me balanced with the artistic side of me, and showcases it in a way like never before.

This whole project was something I wanted to do for my fans. For the people who have been with me on this journey. I definitely show love to a variety of artists throughout the film from DJ Khaled, to Avicii to the Swedish House Mafia. I actually tease a full 90 seconds of my unreleased collaboration with Avicii, which took a lot of people by surprise. It will forever stay unreleased, but definitely a moment I will always cherish.”

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What do you hope people will take away from the documentary?

“I want people to walk away after watching the documentary with a better perspective of who I am and what my life is like. Not everyone knows I am a first-generation American. My grandma came to the U.S. on a raft illegally crossing the Rio Grande to create a path for me in the states. I am super proud of my journey and hope it inspires Latinos and all first-generation immigrants to show them anything is possible. I’m just a kid from Nicaragua. All of this is crazy, man. This film breaks down life on the road and life as an artist managing the struggles of fame and success. In the eyes of many fame equals success, but that’s not how my story goes. Ultimately, it’s all for the fans and it’s amazing to see how much the documentary is resonating with them.”

How did you come up with the drive-in festival concept? How quickly did it sell out?

“As soon as I heard drive-in movies may be able to open for business during the COVID era, I knew I needed to produce the first-ever drive-in music festival to bring people together. I also imagined a lot of other artists would try to use their platform to get it done, and there was no question promoters like Live Nation and AEG were going to as well. So there was no time to waste so I got on the call with my managers, we brainstormed for hours about who would play, when would it be, where it could be, etc. and at the end of the day, we all came together to make something special happen.

The Orlando show sold out within 24 hours — that was awesome. At the time, it was the first drive-in festival within North America, too. Moments after the sell-out my managers call me and say, “Do you want to beat your own record of throwing North America’s first festival during COVID by producing another one, one week before in Arizona?” We had promoters in Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and everywhere else calling trying to produce a Road Rave in their state. We ended up going with Arizona … which I am glad we did because our first Arizona show sold out within a day, so we went on sale with a second night of the festival, too.

This whole concept came to life because my team and I had a vision, and we knew nothing was going to stop us. It was a grind and we needed a lot of people on our side, I couldn’t be more thankful for those who are — especially Disco Donnie and Thomas at Relentless Beats. This is not a long term solution, it’s just an alternative to get us through COVID and hopefully bring some joy to people’s lives.”

What do you think it will be like to perform again in these new circumstances?

“The same but different — I’m still going to throw down an epic set but it will be interesting to read the crowd and see firsthand how people react to partying in their cars. It’s a new setting for everyone so both fans and artists need to come to the Road Rave with an open mind. It won’t be the same thing as a regular live show but it’s a new cool experience to help keep the culture alive. I feel like I am playing my first festival again in a way.”

Do you think drive-in festivals will continue post-pandemic and what do you hope people will take away from Road Rave?

“I’m not sure that this is something that will last past the COVID-19 era. We did this because we want to keep the culture of dance music thriving and give people an outlet to enjoy live music again. For me, I just want to give the world an outlet to have fun and forget about all this nonsense that’s been going on in 2020. It’s been a tough year for the world and these shows are an outlet for happiness and fun.”

Tell us about the charity you’re working with and why it was so important to you to give back to those affected in Nicaragua.

“As I said I am from Nicaragua and ANF is doing some amazing work down there to help the local citizens of the country. Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but for me, all I can see is a country that needs help and I want to be the guy that helps them. I’ve already built a school in Nicaragua but I am not done. I am passionate about giving back and making a difference and ANF shares that same vision.”

What’s next for you? Anything else we should know?

“Right now, I’m focused on producing Papi Gordo II and the new record deal. We have a bunch of awesome announcements to get us through like quarantine — some singles being dropped, season 2 of Grubbin w/ Carnage, more Road Raves, etc.

If fans want to watch the Road Raves in Arizona and Florida, I’ve partnered with OnlyFans to live stream the festivals on their app. It’s 100 percent free, all you need to do is create an account and follow me!”

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‘Married at First Sight’ Spoilers: Same-Sex Tash Herz and Amanda Micallef Split or Together?




Married at First Sight‘s first same-sex couple Tash Herz and Amanda Micallef have everyone talking. They weren’t the focus of the first episode of the show, so everyone wants to know if they are split or still together. Did they find love or did things go terribly wrong?

Married at First Sight: Tash Herz Reveals She’s a Lesbian

The first time castmates learned on MAFS Australia that airs on Lifetime Wednesday nights at 9 pm eastern that Tash Herz was a lesbian, they looked a little confused. She was also a little confused and asked if her wife was in the crowd. The other girls said that none of them was her wife, so it was a waiting game now.

Everyone on Married at First Sight was really nice and inclusive and didn’t seem to care about the same-sex relationship news bomb. But what happened after the show? Are Tash and Amanda still together?

Amanda Micallef Did Not Have a Good Experience on the Show

Amanda from Married at First Sight Australia did not have a good time on the show. She shared that things didn’t go well but she was still glad for the experience. It seems that Amanda Micallef was struggling with self-worth issues and other problems on the show.

Not only did she not enjoy being on the show, but she and Tash Herz are no longer together. It appears that Amanda is actually with a man. Some comments on her post about finding the right person ask her if she was still a lesbian. She replied to the post but she didn’t answer the question.

Married at First Sight: Amanda Micallef

Married at First Sight’s First Same-Sex Couple – Are They Still Together?

No matter who you were rooting for on Married at First Sight — spoiler! — it’s over for these two. In fact, it looks like Tash has moved on and is very in love with her girlfriend. She shares very openly about her love life and even her sex life. It seems like they have a long-distance relationship. But that doesn’t stop them from sharing steamy photos online.

Fans of Married at First Sight might not be happy about the couple splitting up. But it looks like both of them are very happy with their current relationships. Amanda and Tash Herz are both using their newfound fame to make some cash, so it looks like a win-win situation.

Do you need more from Married at First Sight? Soap Dirt has all the info you need, so come back soon.

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