By W. A. Muller
DIVAGALS DAILY HOSTS BEVERLY JOHNSON THE COLOR OF BEAUTY AWARDS HONOREE AT LATITUDE BAR & GRILL
THE COLOR OF BEAUTY Awards honoree Beverly Johnson spent the evening dining at Latitude Bar & Grill in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen district. The iconic supermodel will celebrate 40 years of being the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue magazine this August.
Latitude’s private dining area on the second floor was prepped for Ms. Johnson’s arrival. With her business partner (in love and life, she says) Brian Maillian by her side, Ms. Johnson enjoyed a light beverage, dinner and conversations with several VIP guests, including fellow THE COLOR OF BEAUTY AWARDS honorees Kimmie Smith (HSN and founder of Shoe Week), Karen Mitchell (founder, Tru Indian Hair), and Siamanda Chege (founder, Bebe Ravi), as well as awards presenter Delaina Dixon of VH1’s The Gossip Table.
Created to honor of Black History Month and NY Fashion Week, THE COLOR OF BEAUTY recognizes and supports trendsetters of color and honors the contributions of people of color to the style and cultural communities. Founded by Maureen Martin and Delaina Dixon of Amanne Media Group, THE COLOR OF BEAUTY has launched as an annual platform to connect with the multicultural consumer.
ABOUT LATITUDE BAR & GRILL:
Latitude Bar & Grill is Midtown West’s fitting locale for the after-work crowd and weekend carousers. Drawn by its 36 foot long bar surrounded by a lively crowd, friendly staff, and alluring happy hour menu, this three level dining and entertainment space has established a following of loyal clientele while continually drawing a steady supply of new faces.
ANGELO DAVID PISACRETA HOSTED REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK AVIVA DRESCHER’S NEW MEMOIR LEGGY BLONDE
Celebrity couture hair extension expert Angelo David Pisacreta hosted RHONY Aviva Drescher’s launch party for her new memoir, Leggy Blonde, at a private party at Angelo David Salon on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Notable guests included Chenoa Maxwell, Bershan Shaw and Tiffany Jones, OWN’s new reality show, Love in the City; Ashlee White, Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island; Rachel Truehart, ABC’s The Bachelor, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett; Delaina Dixon, Host of VH1’s The Gossip Table, Diva Gals Daily; Jackie Miranne, On Air Host, Style Expert, Blogger and Model, Lenay Dunn, MTV Host and David Noto, Owner of Altaneve Prosecco. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, POPchips and Prosecco provided by Altaneve, while Aviva signed copies of her book.
ABOUT AVIVA DRESCHER:
With true courage, Aviva tells her story in her memoir, Leggy Blonde, including how she lost her foot in a barn accident at the age of six and the numerous-sometimes bizarre- attempts to reattach it. After a trip to India to be “cured” by a famous mystic, young Aviva learned to use fashion and style to draw attention away from her prosthesis. She fled to Paris in her early twenties, where she transformed herself into a wild club chick and danced on tables with the crème de la crème of the big-hair supermodel era.
Through a series of tumultuous relationships, Aviva had four children by two husbands, changed religions, got a law degree and became an entrepreneur. All the while, she wrestled with chronic panic attacks and phobias (it’s not easy being terrified of elevators in Manhattan), and a few savage Law & Order–worthy civil courtroom dramas. Thanks to her loving husband, Reid Drescher, Aviva came to terms with her mother’s early death, got a grip on her anxieties and found the strength to show the world who she really is. Aviva is currently on Bravo’s sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City, which premiered on March 11, 2014.