Rio de Janeiro, Gay Rights, Fashion Rocks, And Brazilian Day In New York

  • Rio de Janeiro is named the world's happiest city by Forbes: "Carnaval is very important- it's the classic image that people have of Rio, and it's an image of happiness."
  • A law criminalizing sexual discrimination has been approved in Florianópolis, just in time for the city's annual Gay Pride parade this coming weekend.
  • Sunday is Brazilian Day in New York.
  • Monday is Independence Day in Brazil, and Sonique bar in São Paulo is hosting another edition of Café com Vodka late in the afternoon.
  • Bb090409 Brazilian Rodrigo Lopes is one of the five finalists on Big Brother UK 10.
  • Check out the gay animation festival taking place in Rio on September 8 and 15.
  • It was about time: the city of São Paulo is developing a website in English catering to gay tourists.
  • Gay marriage is saving marriage in Massachusetts.
  • Madonna and Jesus visit ancient ruins in Jordan.
  • Mariah Carey, Pharrell, Ja Rule, and Brazilian singers Wanessa Camargo and Lulu Santos will be performing at Oi Fashion Rocks next month in Rio.
  • Listen to Carrie Underwood's new single Cowboy Casanova.
  • Leona Lewis' new single Happy is going to be available on iTunes on September 15. The song is produced by Ryan Tedder. Can't wait.
  • Kiehl's is launching an açaí organic skin care line by mid-September.

Junior Lima, Mr. Gay Europe, Gay Destinations, And Leona Lewis

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  • Singer Junior Lima hit the beach in Rio yesterday.
  • Spanish Sergio Lara was crowned Mr. Gay Europe 2009.
  • Rio de Janeiro is up for Best Global Destination at the 2009 TripOut Gay Travel Awards, while São Paulo's nightclub The Week is nominated for Best Gay Bar In The World. Now why is it that Carnival is not running for Best Annual Gay Destination Party or Event? Click here to see all the other categories and vote.
  • A preview of the Dieux Du Stade 2010 calendar shot by Tony Duran.
  • Put on a happy face: Bruce Weber pays tribute to Liza Minelli in the September issue of Vogue Paris.
  • Another September Issue clip: André Leon Talley's tennis lesson.
  • Love Kris Van Assche's fall 2009 sneakers.
  • Love Lady Gaga performing Paparazzi at the V Festival.
  • Leona Lewis' new album Echo has been scheduled to drop on November 17. I already can't wait.
  • Now did MJ and Lorenzo Martone get hitched this past weekend or not?

Ricky Martin, Fernando Fernandes, Divas, And Marc And Lorenzo

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  • How cute are Ricky Martin and his babies at the beach?
  • It's all about the clutch bag for Marc and Lorenzo.
  • Jesus Luz is rumored to be spinning at Royal club in São Paulo on August 28. He is DJing at Pacha in Búzios this Saturday.
  • Pedro Andrade says Minetta Tavern is his favorite restaurant in New York right now, and recommends you try their black label burger.
  • Model Fernando Fernades talks on national television for the first time since his car crash on July 4. The accident resulted in severe spinal cord injuries which caused Fernando to lose movement from the waist down. He is undergoing three physical therapy sessions a week, and is focused in recovering from the accident.
  • More shots from the new Tom Ford eyewear campaign.
  • Where are they now: Project Runway designers.
  • The VH1 Divas show will be back in September, with Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, and Leona Lewis.
  • Watch Nelly Furtado's new video for Manos Al Aire.
  • Check out pictures of the first edition of the Dalva party this past Sunday in São Paulo.
  • Rio's governor Sérgio Cabral has sanctioned the smoking ban law. In 90 days, smoking will be prohibited by law in all closed public and private spaces in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Smoking will still be allowed, however, in hotel rooms, theater stages, and movie or television sets.

With A Little Help From Chace Crawford

Even though I still wish Misses Glass would have been released as a single, Leona Lewis' rendition of I Will Be is also one of my favorite tracks on her album.

A Semana: Tufi Duek, The White Party, The Golden Globes, Leona Lewis, And Madonna

It is going to be an expensive campaign season for designer Tufi Duek. While Kate Moss was shot for his main label, Daria Werbowy was photographed by David Sims for the Forum line. The shoot took place last week in NY, with styling by Joe McKenna and art direction by Giovanni Bianco.

The recession apparently hasn't hit Brazilian jeweler Jack Vartanian either. He opened his first American flagship store yesterday on Madison Avenue.

Aline Weber closes the year with a double-feature in the latest issue of i-D, confirming that she was the coolest Brazilian girl to book in 2008.

Designer Rogério Figueiredo will host his annual White Party for over 4,000 people this Sunday at Clube de Regatas Tietê in São Paulo. The party is by invitation only, and guests are required to donate two toys each. The toys are distributed to charity institutions for Christmas.

Wanda Sykes talks Prop 8 and gay rights on The Tonight Show.

The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Frost/Nixon lead the pack with five nominations each.

Leona Lewis was named top new artist of 2008 by Billboard magazine. Her debut single Bleeding Love was the best selling single of 2008, as well as iTunes top selling single of the year.

Madonna is expected to land in Rio tomorrow afternoon. She will fly straight to the Copacabana Palace in a helicopter. Her first concert is on Sunday night.

What About Misses Glass?

Leona Lewis just released a video for Run, a Snow Patrol cover included in the deluxe version of her debut Spirit. She sounds amazing, but the song reminds me of something you would only listen to on Christmas night. I would have much preferred if Misses Glass had been released as a single.

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