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Friday, 21 November 2014

Roxy Jacenko: 'The Spotlight' - Interview + PHOTOS

Roxy Jacenko's profile has certainly become more prominent and obvious since the last time Josie's Juice spoke to her, talking about book number one 'Strictly Confidential' - it was 2011, and back then, although Roxy had been in the PR business for seemingly an eternity, she was yet to appear on Channel Nine's 'Celebrity Apprentice'. Read that interview here.

It was during her stint on TV that Roxy's profile skyrocketed, and she has not looked back, building on her profile further by launching another two business (see below for more), and generally never staying still. Girl is on fire more than ever, and Josie's Juice again managed to wrangle ten minutes of this PR maestro's time to interview the inimitable Jacenko.

Roxy Jacenko and her daughter Pixie

Much has been said about how close this book is to happenings in your own life, and around you. Can you shed some light?

I certainly draw inspiration from the day to day happenings in my personal and professional life when writing my books, but that said, what you read is fiction, heavily embellished at that!
Of particular interest is the guff around whether the main character's husband is aligned with your own husband, in his disdain for her child/Pixie being entrepreneurial (for the record, I love what you're doing with Pixie's profile - the haters should keep their thoughts to themselves…)

There has certainly been conversations (and at times heated)! with Oliver regarding Pixie’s Instagram @pixiecurtis – but that was early on when there was so much publicity that Oli was a bit shocked, now he is busy taking snap shots with her and sending them to me for upload!!

Tell me what you love about the writing process? Having just written my first book, I know it can be incredibly solitary. How does an extremely busy, social person cope with that? ;)

I think the best thing about the books is that is a chance to uncover some of what happens in the world of PR and showing the reader that no matter what you do in life that everyone has ups and downs and has to fight to stay at the top of their game. I am busy, yes, but no busier than any other working mother, so I guess for me its just about being a great opportunity and making the most of it.

If readers start with The Spotlight, will they get the gist of the story? Or best to start from the first one?

I would suggest starting with book number one, 'Strictly Confidential', moving onto 'The Rumour Mill' and then on to my new book 'The Spotlight', which is out this week. It’s a series and I think the journey is all part of the excitement of experiencing all three books!

Is there a book number four?

Look, I didn’t think there would be a one or a two, let alone a number three!

Okay, now: there MUST be film in thea works! Have you been approached?
Day to day life is most certainly film-worthy; even I baulk at the goings on! And so, if there is, I pick Cameron Diaz to be me!

What is the next for the indefatigable, energetic Roxy Jacenko?
I guess just the continued growth of both Sweaty Betty PR and The Ministry of Talent  [a blogger talent agency] as well as further developing Pixie's bow range into additional products for babies and toddlers – www.pixiespix.com.au

'The Spotlight' is on sale now, from all bookstores. Look for as an e-book too!

Here are some more fab new photos of Roxy with her beautiful daughter (that hair!), Pixie Rose Curtis.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Pirelli Calendar: 2015 - PHOTOS

The 2015 Pirelli Calendar is here - and it's beautiful.

It's now into year 42 of this highly-sought project and yes, it's as difficult as ever to get your hands on one.

Lucky for you, we have a (NSFW) behind the scenes clip of the shoot:

Shot by the legendary Steven Meisel, styled by Carine Roitfeld, with hair and makeup by Guido Palau and Pat McGrath, the supermodel-filled calendar features Carolyn Murphy, Isabeli Fontana, Anna Ewers, Cameron Russell, Sasha Luss, Natalia Vodianova, Gigi Hadid, Karen Elson, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls and Raquel Zimmerman.

The calendar also presents a first for models with curves: Vogue Italia fave Candice Huffine has also features in the 2015 calendar.
Steven Meisel revealed in a statement, “They represent the stereotypes that the fashion and star system impose upon us right now.”
“I didn’t want to make a conceptual calendar, or link it to some particular location, but rather to create 12 posters in which women, in all their sensuality, are the absolute protagonists of 12 very different images,” Meisel adds.
Carine Roitfeld said, “Sometimes, to show a bit of fashion is even more sexy than to be totally naked. I think that is the point of this calendar.”
Only 40,000 copies of the calendar are produced each year and are a highly prized collector's items. Photographers from past editions have included Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier, and supermodels have (my fave!) included Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Helena Christiansen.
Here are the 2014 calendar photos:

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Kim Kardashian on 'The Project', Rove balances glass: VIDEO

This clip (via news.com.au) shows Kim Kardashian on tonight's The Project'… and, you guys, she's kinda endearing and fun

Here is the clip (and, Rove balances a glass, with Kim's help).

Watch the video here.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

'A Different Brilliant': Aspect Autism - VIDEO

If this post had a 'like' button, I'd hit it a million times over. If only just for the fantastically brilliant header just above.
Aspect has released a positive awareness campaign on its Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages called, 'a different brilliant.' The campaign includes a centrepiece film and microsite (www.adifferentbrilliant.org.au), which celebrates our differences by introducing viewers to seven quirky real-life characters on the autism spectrum in a beautifull shot, positive and inspiring montage. 
Seven real-life ASD heroes tell the story
The captivating short film captures the stories of seven unique individuals as told by them, their friends, families and communities:
CALLUM THE PUZZLE WHIZ. 14 year-old Callum is enthusiastic about puzzles and completes them in record time without looking at the finished image on the box. He represents the unique talent for sorting and visual problem solving some people on the spectrum possess.
CHELSEA THE DRESS-UP SUPERHERO. Like many girls her age, four year-old Chelsea loves pink, dressing-up, and playing with Barbies™. But thanks to her unique way of expressing herself, rather than dressing up as a fairy like all the other little girls going to a birthday party, she arrives in a self-designed superhero outfit. Those with highly sensitive nerve endings as part of their ASD often delight in specific fabrics and textures that are gentle and familiar to their touch.
SUPERMARKET SURVIVAL, NATHAN. For an ASD child with super-hearing powers, like seven year-old Nathan, supermarkets are a deafening cacophony of disharmonious sounds: buzzing fridges, in-store announcements, checkout noises and errant trolleys. A two-year old is shown sitting in a trolley with ear defenders as an example of how many children on the spectrum with auditory sensitivities, like Nathan, bravely tackle the experience.
SCHOOL BOYS AT HEART, BEN. We see 10 year-old Ben () at the school gates as other children come and go around him. Both he and his brother, Nathan (7) attended Aspect schools and have now successfully transitioned to the mainstream education system. The scene reminds us that people with autism don’t look any different – they could be any school friend or classmate; but take the time, and you’ll discover a different brilliant.
ALEXANDRA, THE DREAMER. Sometimes people on the autism spectrum have trouble with communication, social interaction and sensory overload. The story of 29 year-old Alexandra is told in a café scene. She gazes out the window while conversations happen around her, brilliantly finding a “safe place” in her own mind to block out the overwhelming nature of her surroundings, but eagerly joining in the conversation when a friend asks her a direct question.
ROBBIE, THE VISUAL ARTIST. Passionate photographer and business owner Robbie is in his early 20s. His story is told creatively via a class field trip montage. As others take similar shots to each other, Robbie sees the world through a different brilliant lens.
CAMERON THE WORKER. Cameron is in his 40s and an active member of the workforce. Aspect supports both Cameron and his employer via the Aspect Capable specialist employment service, which offers person-centred employment training and support to jobseekers with ASD, and their employers through coaching, mentoring, job preparation and training.
“So often wonderfully talented, brilliant people with autism spectrum disorder are overlooked by society as being odd, or quirky, or obsessive. With our a different brilliant campaign, we hope to inspire a wider understanding and respect for how people on the autism spectrum are just like you and me, in many ways, but with their own uniquely brilliant take on the world,” says Adrian Ford, CEO of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).
The 'a different brilliant' short film was released to the public via social media today, on Thursday 13 November on the Aspect Facebook page facebook.com/AutismSpectrumAustralia, as well as via Twitter and LinkedIn.
The public is encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’ the 'a different brilliant' short film with the hashtag #adifferentbrilliant and include links to the a different brilliant microsite in any social media posts: www.adifferentbrilliant.org.au/
And so, I am doing my part, to honour my beautiful son Rafael, who is six, and (to borrow a line from one of the best films on the planet, and one of my fave flicks ever, 'Temple Grandin') "different, not less", here is this exceptional video:

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi: Holiday Christmas Card 2014

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have just released their 'holiday card' (or what we in Australia call a 'Christmas card').

On Monday's Ellen, DeGeneres revealed her latest card: a take on Paper magazine's "Break the Internet" campaign that featured a nude Kim Kardashian.

Their card reads: "Happy Holidays And a Shiny New Year," with their heads Photoshopped onto Kardashian's oiled-up body.

"A shiny new rear," DeGeneres quipped as she showed the studio audience the finished product on Monday's show. 

Monday, 17 November 2014

'Do They Know It's Christmas' 2014: VIDEO

It's here!

The just recorded 'Do They Know It's Christmas' 2014 video.

In 1984, it was about Bob Geldof's Band Aid and wanting to "feed the world" in response to the Ethiopian famine.

Now a new generation of pop stars wants to heal it, raising money to fight the scourge of Ebola.

The new version The incredibly emotional line sung Bono – “Well tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you”, which, in the original song, was an apparent rebuke to western audiences. In the new version, this is now: “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you”.

Here is the 1984 version:

Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell: Married - PHOTOS

Anthony Callea and his partner Tim Campbell have married.

Anthony just posted on his Facebook page:

Happy Monday! It's extra special today as we finally get to share our exciting news..... Tim Campbell and I were married last week! There's a whole bunch of pics and and what went on over two days of celebrations in this weeks Woman's Day! Yep.... he liked it and definitely put a ring on it!

Here is the cover, and the photo posted on the Woman's Day Facebook page: