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Although the Golden Globes were a couple weeks ago, it is award show season and with that comes red carpet fashion. What better way to celebrate this year’s Golden Globe do’s and don’ts than dressing up your toddlers in identical evening wear!? Yes, I’m talking tiny tot celeb look-alikes garbed in mini Chanel dresses and teeny tuxedos. Welcome to the world of photographer Tricia Messeroux. Her series Toddlewood is adorable, pageant-y, and…slightly creepy.
Do these not scream “Toddlers and Tiaras”?! As funny and ridiculous as these images are, I’m slightly disturbed by how similar the kids look to the real A-list celebrities. I mean who taught that Halle Berry munchkin to pose like that? (Not going to lie, I admire her sass.) I’m just disappointed that my girl Jennifer Lawrence (J.Law) wasn’t among the little kiddos playing around in Toddlewood.
Messeroux not only photographs children on the red carpet, but she also uses children in other similar scenes, such as toddler versions of the Spice Girls’ group pose and an Oprah Winfrey interview. The photos are silly and a tad wacky, but they sure made me laugh. Hopefully Messeroux will have more to share for the Grammys and the Oscars later this month!
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Tagged celeb lookalikes, golden globes, Grammys, marlo m/c, oprah winfrey, oscars, photography, Spice Girls, toddlewood, tricia messeroux
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Like many third grade girls of the late 90’s, I had an acute case of Spice Girl fever. I danced around my living room, “Wannabe” blaring from my Walkman headphones. I owned all of their merchandise, from ChapStick to t-shirts to their very sought-after set of figurines. I even celebrated my ninth birthday with a Spice Girls theme and dressed up as Sporty Spice, complete with slicked-back, high ponytail and those Adidas pants that snapped up the side (you know you wore them!). So imagine the giddiness my 10 year-old self experienced when I heard about the creation of a musical based on the British pop girl group that I idolized in my early years (whether or not I like to admit it). Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer is behind the musical, which is written by comedian Jennifer Saunders.
Though Saunders once mocked the feisty girl group in a tribute act called Sugar Lumps, she is completely serious about Viva Forever! becoming a hit on stage, just as Mamma Mia! was. She told Huffington Post that the musical aims to capture “the joy that they brought, their energy and their positivity.”
Viva Forever! was announced by all five former superstars, as well as Craymer and Saunders, in the neo-Gothic hotel where the video for “Wannabe” — the hit that put them on the map — was filmed. Sadly, the musical is not set to make its way to the States. Previews begin November 27 and opening night is December 11 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.
The way I see it, if Legally Blonde can see success as a musical, there’s no reason this tale of friendship, family and stardom can’t follow suit. Or, it could just as easily be laughed at by critics and audiences. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
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Tagged girl groups, girl power, jennifer saunders, judy craymer, mama mia!, marlo m/c, musicals, pop groups, Spice Girls, viva forever!
When I was just a feisty, albeit dorky, sixth grader, the coolest thing (in my humble 12 year old opinion) happened—Spice Girls.
The hit single “Wannabe” shot to the top of the charts, and like just about every other tween girl and aspiring Adam Lambert, I became obsessed. Pretending to be fiery redhead Sexy/Ginger Spice, natch, I locked myself in my room with my karaoke machine and belted out the lyrics to each song accompanied by my own choreography. My little sister even joined in the fun, taking on the role of Baby Spice, which considering she was only 5, today seems both fitting and seriously inappropriate. On the other hand, this group promoted girl power, and I learned a lot:
Smilin’, dancin’, everything is free—all you need is positivity!
Make it last forever—friendship never ends!
Set your spirit free—it’s the only way to be!
The reason for my admission and trip down [embarrassing] memory lane…word on the street is that a reunion might not be too far off. While fans and industry insiders have been hoping for and whispering about this for years, it looks like the Girls are in talks for a potential ‘nostalgic performance’ at the London Olympics this summer. Um, YES PLEASE! And, like my fellow colleague, Amelia, who’s followed Hanson’s career (and even attended a concert in Boston last year), I, too, totally plan on returning to my middle school self for a visit to Spice World.
‘Til then…people of the world: spice up your life!
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