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BELLO Beauty

AUGUST 2015

Starring Gotham’s own

Moonage

DREAM

California

CAMREN BICONDOVA BY JOSH REED

+ Ronnie Woo

GIRLS Raw Art

STEVE OLSON by JSQUARED SOBELLO

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WEEKEND GUIDE


Letter from the Editor In this Beauty issue, we are so excited to share our cover star star, Camren Bicondova with all our BELLO readers. She portrays Selina Kyle on the hit FOX show Gotham and she is as talented as she is beautiful. You’ll also get to read two stories that showcase California’s famous natural beauty: from the endless golden Malibu coastline to the vast desert landscape outside of Los Angeles. Additionally, we bring you “Moonage Daydream”, an ethereal beauty story shot by photographer Angel V Prado. Further afield, there’s the JSquared Raw Art feature, with portraits and an in-depth interview with artist and California native Steve Olson. We also talk to Pilar Noire about her work as an in-demand manicurist in Hollywood.

BLOUSE CATHERINE FULMER BODYSUIT AND JACKET MORRIS JANKS

Finally, our Beauty Editor’s Picks shares a few of my favorite beauty products to guide you gently from summer into fall. Please enjoy this month’s Beauty issue! Sincerely, Nicole Walmsley Instagram @nicolewalmsley

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CONTENTS 83 Letter from the Editor

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Contents Intro

Moonage Daydream

Masthead

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CAMREN BICONDOVA

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RONNIE WOO

16 Beauty Editor’s Picks 20 Spotlight on the Artist 22 California Girls 24

RAW ART by JSQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY

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39 LIFESTYLE cover 46 Slot Cavern 54 Food Reviews: Summer Eats 56 + So Bello Calendar

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PHOTOGRAPHY ANGEL V. PRADO STYLING EVELYN COTA MODEL EMMA KELLY MAKEUP + HAIR ANGEL V. PRADO

INTRO T h e last golden days of summer are upon us, and how appropriate to have the beauteous CAMREN BICONDOVA from Gotham as our cover story for this Beauty issue. We here at BELLO found her to be a breath of fresh air, a talented dancer, an amazing actor, and just a beautiful person all around, so we couldn’t be more pleased to bring you this issue’s exclusive interview and spread featuring this wondrous woman. As the saying goes, beauty comes from the inside. Of course we couldn’t agree more, but it goes without saying that the outside matters too. A splendid personality is best reflected with a unique exterior look and style; and so we here at BELLO continue to celebrate different and unique aspects of entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion stories from all angles. Sitting along side Southern California’s storied surf-and-sand, gazing at the sunset as if an amazing painting unfolding in the sky, we are struck by how exciting and beautiful this summer has been. Though we aren’t sad it’s over, we can’t help but reflect on the poignant nature of beauty so fleeting... and find strength and encouragement in the postitive energy it has brought to us here at BELLO. We hope you too had a great summer, and we’d love to hear all about it! Send us your sweet summer stories @BELLOmag. In the meantime, we’re gearing up for September--we’re planning to make it the best month yet! We find that the fall season is the perfect time to change things up, surprise and delight, tickle the mind, and of course to feed your curiosity. Get ready! Ciao, Aleksandar Tomovic, Editor in Chief

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PUBLISHER

IMAGE NATION STUDIO L.L.C. California, USA editorial@bellomag.com

ADVERTISING

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Aleksandar Tomovic (editor in chief) alek@bellomag.com

Nicole Walmsley (beauty editor) nicole@bellomag.com Stephane Marquet (creative director) steph@bellomag.com Leslie Alejandro (executive director) leslie@bellomag.com Annie Y. Miller (art and content director) annie@bellomag.com Warren Alfie Baker (fashion director) warren@bellomag.com Fabio Fernandez (fashion news director) fabio@bellomag.com Kimmy Erin Kertes (fashion editor) kimmy@bellomag.com Hiko Mitsuzuka (entertainment editor-at-large) hiko@bellomag.com Brad Liberti (entertainment editor) brad@bellomag.com Dio Anthony (young hollywood editor) dio@bellomag.com Dee Trillo (lifestyle and travel editor) dee@bellomag.com Morgan Stewart (lifestyle editor at large) boobsforloubs@bellomag.com Steven Carver (international editor) steven@bellomag.com Brent Lambert (design and technology editor) brent@bellomag.com Jon Norris (european editor) jon@bellomag.com Mark Norris (european editor) mark@bellomag.com Amanda Peixoto-Elkins (creative director, latin america) amanda@bellomag.com Michelle Ganney (European Contributor) michelle@bellomag.com

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NEBOJSA DOLOVACKI

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

DIO ANTHONY (Cover) NICOLE WALMSLEY (Los Angeles) JSQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY (Los Angeles)

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

JOSH REED (Los Angeles) AARON SMITH (Los Angeles) ANGEL V. PRADO (Los Angeles) JSQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY (Los Angeles) KIRA BUCCA (Los Angeles)

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BEAUTY DRESS GERARD DAREL VINTAGE RINGS SCOTCH

Moonage BY ANGEL V. PRADO

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DRESS THALIA PRADO BANGLES HANDCRAFTED IN MEXICO

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BODY SUIT AMERICAN APPARE JACKET THALIA PRADO RINGS SCOTCH

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BODY SUIT AMERICAN APPAREL

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DRESS VINTAGE RING STYLIST’S OWN

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BODY SUIT AMERICAN APPARE JACKET THALIA PRADO RINGS SCOTCH

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DRESS GERARD DAREL VINTAGE RINGS SCOTCH

Photography ANGEL V. PRADO www.avp.photo - @angelvprado Styling EVELYN COTA www.cotaimageandstyling.com - @cota.ev • Model EMMA KELLY LA Models Makeup + Hair ANGEL V. PRADO www.angelvprado.com using Stila Cosmetics & R+Co 13

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Raw Art One-On-One With

STEVE OLSON BY JSQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY

IN A SMALL SPACE, OFF AN ALLEY RUNNING PARALLEL TO MELROSE AVE, YOU WILL FIND STEVE OLSON WORKING ON ONE OF HIS CURRENT ART PROJECTS. STEVE, A SKATEBOARDING LEGEND WHO HAS TRANSITIONED INTO A VISUAL ARTIST, IS A STRIKINGLY HANDSOME AND WILDLY CREATIVE PERSON WHO APPROACHES HIS ART THE WAY A SKATEBOARDER CAN EFFORTLESSLY DROP INTO A HALF PIPE: HE JUST GOES FOR IT. BELLO RECENTLY JOINED STEVE IN HIS CREATIVE SPACE AND GOT TO KNOW HIM A LITTLE BETTER.

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BELLO mag: How did you transition from professional skateboarding to creating fine art? Steve Olson: The transition from skateboarding into fine Art goes something like this: my older brother Bucky is, and always has been, an artist for as long as I can remember. So having an older brother... It’s simple, the influence is there, for myself, all my life. To go from skateboarding to art, it was simple too. The lines in art relate to skateboarding to me as being very similar... Colors, materials, objects, music, traveling, people, all seemed to make the transition very obvious as to “why” and the need to make art. From punk rock to soul, to fifties music and before.... Clothing, and the expression of social awareness, or lack of, was so natural to be able to have a voice... Without having to deal with someone else saying it should be like this, or that. To say something or see something, to share it with people that might dig it as well. I don’t know what I’m saying but something in there makes sense. It just happened. BM: Where did you grow up, and was art always a part of your life? SO: I was born in Long Beach, California; moved around from Minnesota to the Bay Area in the 60’s; a little bit outside of Seattle in the early 70’s. My father worked for 3M... They make tape and adhesive materials and other types of things like that. He worked with cars and trucks... Dragsters to 18 wheelers. We ended back in Long Beach in ‘71 or ‘72.... [I] started surfing and skateboarding... As well as making films with my brother... I would flip pictures for him as he was making stop frame animation cartoons ... over 5000 images... He also built surfboards, and everyone built skateboards back then. To answer the question ... Yeah, arts always been in my life... But I received F’s in all my art classes in high school... thinking I could just slide by because my brother was so amazing... Didn’t work.

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and do you think they help you maintain your creativity? SO: I still skateboard all the time... I love it, it’s part of my life until the day I’m dead... Yes it influences, and I play tons of sports... I surf and snowboard... Ski and play baseball. Tennis to ping-pong... Riding four wheelers to motorcycles... I Love my kid, my girl, the dog, Lou, my family, and friends... I do projects where I paint with kids to senior citizens, to special needs adults... There’s a lot of activity going on with my trip... A lot... And all of it influences the hell out of me... I interview a ton of people for a magazine called JUICE that’s wicked too... BM: Where can people go to find out about you and your work? BM: What are some of the exciting projects you are currently working on and where can people go to see them? SO: The most recent project I’m working on is a life-sized bronze of a BMXer getting upside down... The position is of a hand plant cross-up on the top of a “10 wall”.... People will be able to check it when it’s completed sometime soon... Within the next couple of months most likely... Social media is the platform for people to see it when finished... It’s for the city of Houston, Texas. BM: What aspects of your life have influenced your style of art? SO: My life and the experiences I’ve had, and or have gone through is what inspires me to make or create the art that I make. Music inspires me. Popular or social subject matters influence me a lot. Just random stuff.... Signage influences me quite a bit. Other artists influence me... Cars, motorcycles, skateboarding, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, LOVE--- War... Politics... A lot influences me... but not death so much... I love life... So I think LIFE is my biggest influence of all...  BM: How do you decide what medium you want to work in for a particular piece? BEAUTY issue - BELLOmag.com

SO: To decide on what medium, it’s really all about what is going to be made. What might work best, or what might not have been done before. That’s the challenge. What hasn’t been done before? I make flags... Usually American flags, but in the star field, I will use Marlboro boxes [instead].... Torn up, or Parliament boxes... Pleather for the stripes, painted or maybe not painted, just as is. Then I hear someone tell me, “oh, you’re doing what Jasper Johns did decades ago”... My standard reply, besides “ahh go fuck yourself “, is that dude ripped off Betsy Ross and that’s that... But that’s an example of what type of medium I would use on a project like that. It all depends.

SO: I don’t have a website yet... But soon...I think that’s where people would probably be able to see what I’m up to, or have been doing. Instagram is another one... Or do a search... I don’t know... Those types of places... Or they could email me... BM:If you were no longer able to do your art, what would you want to do? SO: If I couldn’t do art... Why couldn’t I do art ??? Only reason I can come up with is, ‘cause I must be dead. To follow Steve Olson and his work, follow him on Instagram at @mrolson.

BM: Where did you come up with the idea of using cigarette packaging in some of your pieces? Are you making a statement? SO: Well in [the prior] question, I’m explaining medium choice, but yeah, there’s a statement happening, but if I told you, you wouldn’t be using your imagination, so you tell [me]...and maybe yours is better then mine. But to answer the question... America’s on fire... and I like it.... BM: Do you still skateboard? What other activities do you participate in 16


In the Mind of

TODD TUCKER WHEN MEETING TODD TUCKER YOU WOULD NEVER GUESS THE CRAZY THINGS THAT ARE FLOATING THROUGH HIS HEAD. HIS COMPANY, ILLUSION INDUSTRIES, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING CREATURES STRAIGHT OUT OF NIGHTMARES. AS WE WALKED THROUGH THEIR FACILITY EACH TURN REVEALED ANOTHER BIZARRE CREATION, DEMON OR ZOMBIE THAT HE HAS MOLDED FROM HIS IMAGINATION. 

He and his team are responsible for some of Hollywood’s most memorable characters and he was kind enough to show us a little bit about how he does it. BELLO mag: Where did you grow up and was art always a part of your life? Todd Tucker: I was raised in Northern California and was always drawing and making weird things. For a long time I wanted to be a cartoonist and was actually offered a job by the legendary Friz Freleng when I was 17. 17

BM: Did you always want to be a makeup/special FX artist? TT: I was an only child and was obsessed with movies and monsters for as long as I can remember. When I was a senior in high school I started learning how to sculpt and create masks, puppets and prosthetic make-ups in my garage. BM: Where did you learn your craft? TT: I was fortunate and met two local artists, Matt Rose and Steve Wang, who

are both extremely talented FX artists. They taught me a lot about sculpting, mold-making, fabrication, and painting. Then it was up to me to perfect my craft. BM: What is the most difficult part of your job? TT: The hardest part of my job for me is simply dealing with all the politics. The entertainment business is very challenging and you have to have good business sense along with being an artist to be successful. August 2015 - BELLO


BM: Who inspires you? TT: I have been lucky and have had the chance to work with some amazingly talented people. Every time I work with an artist that is driven and passionate about what they are working on, I am inspired. BM: What is your favorite thing about working the industry? TT: I love the creative process of coming up with an idea or design and then creating it and watch it, come to life. It makes it all worth it. BM: What do you see as the biggest challenge in your field? TT: Staying current, and competitively priced in the entertainment industry is very important. You have to be able to change with the times to stay relevant. BM: What advice would you give someone looking to do this as a profession? TT: Find as much information on line as you can, then find ways to learn and perfect your craft. It is not an easy journey, so stay strong, come up with a game plan that gets you close to your goal, and try to have a good time during the process. BM: What do you do outside of FX makeup that you feel helps you stay creative? TT: I am still a huge movie fan and constantly drag my family to the cinema. I enjoy losing myself in a good film. BM: If you had to say that there is one job that has stood out to you as your favorite, what would it be? TT: I really enjoyed directing and producing my first film “Monster Mutt.” I remember people always asking me why I was smiling so much and my response was, “I am truly inspired and excited to wake up every day…life is good.” To learn more about Todd Tucker and his company Illusion Industries, visit their website at www.illusionindustries.com.

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EDITOR’S PICKS BY NICOLE WALMSLEY  Instagram @nicolewalmsley

AS WE NEAR THE END OF SUMMER AND TRANSITION INTO FALL, SKIN AND HAIR WILL NEED A LITTLE EXTRA TLC. READ ON FOR A FEW OF MY CURRENT BEAUTY FAVES.

Murad Blemish Control Clarifying Wipes for Blemish-Prone Skin are great to have on hand for after the gym or a trip to the beach. Keep a pack in your bag for when you don’t have access to a sink but would like to cleanse your skin. The pre-moistened wipes remove dirt, oil and bacteria. Witch hazel and algae extract tighten pores and tone skin. www.sephora.com SPARITUAL has created “Sparitual Gold”, a unique nail lacquer using their 2 Step Flexible Color System. The rich, highly pigmented polish mimics a spa manicure with long-wearing, smudge resistant and high shine finish. www.sparitual.com Like the idea of having your skin look better after you wear foundation all day? Orlane TEINT ABSOLU Treatment Foundation n°12 aims to not only improve the look of your skin while wearing the foundation, but also treat it with hyaluronic acids, vitamins B5, A and E. This lightweight formula reduces the look of fine lines, leaving the complexion hydrated and glowing.

Have you ever struggled with applying liquid liner? Behold the brand new So Intense Eyeliner by Sisley Paris. The flexible felt tip applicator is enriched with Gardenia extract and Pro-Vitamin B5. It’s long lasting, smudge resistant and will elevate your winged cateye to another level!

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The SMOOTHING.BRUSH by Kevin Murphy is made with pure natural wild boar bristles. The handles are made from lightweight mahogany hardwood imported from Central Africa. These brushes are great for professionals and non-professionals alike. www.kevinmurphy.com.au BEAUTY issue - BELLOmag.com

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HAIR

EYES

GET THE LOOK

For the eyes, Nicole used a mix of tones from the Rainforest After Dark

Camren has amazing natural curls. To achieve enhanced texture, Ian James tells us to “first add mousse to damp hair and diffuse the hair with a blow dryer. After it’s dry use Paul Mitchell Super Clean Hairspray to set the curls. Finish by adding some Dove Dry Shampoo”.

Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette. Apply a wash of color on the top lid and bring it around to the bottom lid, framing the eyes.

SKIN To prep the face, Nicole Walmsley used Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer, patting it into the skin. For added moisture, she used Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum, also by Kate Somerville, to lock in moisture and prepare the skin for makeup application.

FACE For a flawless complexion, apply Amazonian Clay 12hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 onto the center of the face, around the nose and blend out. Use only where needed to keep the skin looking fresh and youthful.

EYEBROWS Using the Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel, comb the small brush through the brows to enhance the shape and keep strays in place

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To keep the makeup monochromatic, Nicole used Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess. “I didn’t want to see too much color, just the right amount of shading and a healthy glow”.

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For hydration and color packed into one, Nicole used Power Pigment in Glisten. “It’s the perfect nude for Camren’s skin tone”.

BEAUTY BREAKDOWN by NICOLE WALMSLEY, BEAUTY EDITOR photo by JOSH REED Hair stylist Ian James and makeup artist Nicole Walmsley tell us how to get the look on BELLO Beauty cover star, Camren Bicondova. Nicole used Tarte Cosmetics for a warm, lit-from-within natural glow. 21

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Spotlight On The Artist

Pilar Noire, Manicurist BY NICOLE WALMSLEY

PILAR NOIRE IS AN LA-BASED MANICURIST WITH A UNIQUE STYLE ALL HER OWN. WITH A LASER-SHARP FOCUS, A LOT OF HARD WORK, AND TONS OF TALENT, SHE IS QUICKLY RISING TO THE TOP OF HER INDUSTRY. THE TEAM AT BELLO MAG IS A BIG FAN OF PILAR AND WE’VE LOVED HAVING HER ON SHOOTS WITH COVER STARS LIKE GINA RODRIGUEZ AND DANAI GURIRA. SO WE WERE PRETTY PLEASED TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH HER AND GET SOME EXPERT INSIGHT FOR THE BELLO BEAUTY ISSUE. BELLO mag: When did you start doing nails? Pilar Noire: I can’t remember ever not  painting my nails as a little girl. I became  licensed after moving to LA and realizing I was too colorful for the merchandising job I had. I was influenced by my mentor - my first ice skating instructor who was a manicurist that had owned a boutique hair salon in Palm Springs. And, I was also inspired by a friend who switched careers and  became a successful makeup artist. BM: What did you do before you became a celebrity manicurist? PN: I taught figure skating for 12 years.  During  that time, I got my BA in Marketing, directed the skating school, team-coached with a twotime Olympian, and was the Executive Assistant to one of the leading agents in figure skating.  BM: How would you describe your style as a manicurist? PN: It involves CND Additives and a lot of Swarovski stones, flashy and fun!

PN: I have always done my own. During the holidays, my mentor would do my manicure with a Swarovski Christmas tree accent nail. I loved it.

BM: Which trend do you wish would go away forever?

BM: What’s your all-time favorite nail trend?

BM: What are the hot colors for this season?

PN: A vintage soft almond-shaped nail. And I love all shades of pink.

PN: Many of my requests this summer include nudes, corals, and reds.

PN: “Duck nails” and “bubble nails”.

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BM: What are some tips for doing manicures at home? PN: Proper nail prep is important. Dehydrate nails with alcohol prior to applying your polish to help your polish last longer. BM: What questions do you get asked the most? PN: How do I keep my own nail polish on for so long? Years of training! Since I never went without polish, I’m aware of how I use my hands. I’m not rough with them.

BM: How do you feel about gels and silks? And it looks like acrylics are making a comeback? PN: Gel Polish has been a game changer in my industry. It has gotten ladies into the salon who are hard on their nails and can’t keep polish on very long. I often wear CND Shellac. I love it. It is a great alternative to silks and acrylics. Gel polish protects my nails so I can keep them at a pretty length without breakage.

BM: Top five favorite beauty products right now, go! PN: 1. Jurlique Rose Mist; 2. Chanel Nourishing & Rejuvenating Hand Cream; 3. Christian Louboutin nail polish;  4. Anna Sui nail polish; 5. CND Solar Oil Speed Spray BM: What are you most proud of in your work?

PN: How far I’ve come in such a short time. I did over a hundred shoots just last year. And, I’m now represented by Nailing Hollywood. BM:  What has been a memorable or “pinch me” moment in your career? PN: Each “pinch me” moment gets outdone by the next job. I’ve been so lucky. From my first studio job working on Lady Gaga, to Angelina Jolie for a red carpet, and recently working on actresses at Comic-Con--including Jennifer Lawrence & Lea Michele-there have been so many great moments; each job is fun and exciting.  BM: What do you do for fun in your off hours? PN: I love to sew, paint, draw, decorate, and spend time with friends and my mom in Palm Springs. TWITTER and INSTAGRAM: @pilarnoire / WEBSITE: www.pilarnoire.com

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California THE SUN IS SETTING ON SUMMER AND WE’RE DETERMINED TO SAVOR EVERY LAST MOMENT.

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ON ABBY DENIM JACKET LEVI’S SWIMSUIT PRIVATE PARTY BRACELETS STYLIST’S OWN ON JACKIE HAT STYLIST’S OWN SWEATSHIRT CAMP COLLECTION SWIMSUIT MANDALYNN

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HAT, NECKLACES AND BRACELETS STYLIST’S OWN SWIMSUIT MANDALYNN BANDANA CREW CUTS

HAIR In order to create this gritty beach texture, first dampen the hair with fresh salt water. Then combine Kevin Murphy Hair.Resort beach texturizer with Kevin Murphy Easy.Rider anti-frizz crème focusing the product on the ends of the hair. Finished by spritzing Kevin Murphy Shimmer.Shine spray and Kevin Murphy Texture.Master spray to lock in the style, add luminous shine and UV protection.

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CHOKER HAATI CHAI DENIM JACKET LEVI’S SWIMSUIT PRIVATE PARTY BUTTON PINS AND BRACELETS STYLIST’S OWN

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MAKEUP This golden, sun kissed makeup starts with a light application of The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation by Kevyn Aucoin.

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For a bronzed, radiant glow, dust Celestial Bronzing Veil where the sun would naturally hit the face; on the forehead, across the bridge of the nose and on the cheekbones. Smooth The Eye Pigment Primatif in “Champagne” over the eyelids for silky, long lasting color. The Expert Lip Color in “Sandy Nude” is perfect for a day at the beach. It’s long lasting color will also hydrate the lips wild mango fruit butter.

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Catty COVER STORY

BY DIO ANTHONY

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD CAMREN BICONDOVA HAS BEEN TASKED WITH THE VERY UNIQUE DUTY OF PLAYING A TEENAGE CAT-WOMAN (OR SHOULD WE SAY GIRL?) LAST SEASON, FOXS GOTHAM INTRODUCED THE VERY PETITE, YET MESMERIZING FORMER DANCER AS SELINA KYLE, STREET KID, ALLY, AND FUTURE FELINE-FEMALE. IN A YEAR, BICONDOVA’S LIFE HAS CHANGED CONSIDERABLY, WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE SERIES. BUT WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE THE YOUNGEST PERSON TO PLAY THE FAMED CHARACTER? LET ALONE AT AN AGE FANS HAD YET TO SEE. MEET THE NEW AND FRANKLY, GORGEOUS SELINA KYLE.

Q: You’re a California girl, hailing from San Diego. What’s it been like for you filming Gotham in New York City?

Q: What sticks out to you when you think back on your time on America’s Best Dance Crew?

A: It’s been an amazing transition from the West coast to the East Coast. I love it here! I love the people, I love the food. I definitely miss being close to the beach. The winters are really cold here. But other than that I’m really enjoying myself.  

A: It was definitely a growing experience. For one, I turned 13, so that was a big deal (laughs). Aside from that, I got to be sequestered for three months with a group of girls I was friends with, which was amazing. The difficult part was that we lost a group member’s mother to Cancer while we were competing, so that was definitely an event that taught me and the crew a lot. We learned to stay together through the good and bad. None of us really thought of it as a competition. We saw it as a showcase where we were able to showcase our art form. What’s great about dance is that you’re able to express how you feel without speaking. I would much rather

Q: You’ve been here for a full season and now you’re back for season two. Any favorite spots in the city? A: I’m a bit of a foodie so I like trying new restaurants. I also like walking around, running by the river and just chilling hanging out. Nonetheless, eating is my favorite part though! 31

express myself in movement than talk about it. In the end, we were able to form a dance dedicated to the mother of our group member, which showed how we were feeling at the time. The show’s great, great casting all around. What was it like auditioning for Cat-woman? It was a long process, that’s for sure. I auditioned four times or so. It was a mock audition. The name of my Character was Lucy. So, when I would read the breakdown it sounded a lot like cat-woman. I remember it describing her as an orphan, street thief, very,you know--agile. I thought, okay I’ll figure this out.   For the final audition I choreographed a set of cat movements. My cat; Mr. G also helped August 2015 - BELLO


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me a bit. Although he was pretty annoyed with me because I wouldn’t leave him alone for about 3 days. I’d stalk him, see how he walked or how he jumped when I threw something; little stuff like that. I took some inspiration from him as well as my dance experience. A bit of everything and just put it together. Turns out I was playing Selina Kyle!  Q:What’s to come for Selina Kyle in season two?  A:  She is going to be struggling to figure out where she fits in, whether she’s a good guy or bad guy. Because she knows the difference between right and wrong, she just has different perspectives on it. We’re also going to see a big part of her backstory, which I’m really excited about. Q: Cat-woman has been played by a few names before you. Do you have a personal favorite? A: I can’t pick. I feel like every woman who has  played her has brought a different perspective.  I love Julie Newmar because there’s this one scene in the 60s show where she’s trying to persuade Batman to do something, and he says; “you’re a beautiful woman cat-woman.” In response she goes; “Ugh, I know,” and I just thought that was the greatest thing. However, I also got to meet Lee Meriwether at Comiccon,  that was pretty cool. I’m just happy to be a part of the cat-woman clan!  Q: I know the OC wasn’t exactly a show for your generation. However, did you 33

freak out the slightest bit when you learned you’d be working alongside Benjamin Mckenzie? A: Oh yeah! I loved Ben in the OC! I watched the OC with my parents. He’s great. I was excited when I saw the whole cast honestly. You know, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Donald Lowe, Ben Mckenzie, those are pretty big names and I was intimated to say the least. This being my first TV show, with all these big names. It was and is crazy.  

My first love was ballet, but I consider myself a Hip-Hop dancer. I think it’s kind of funny how that worked out.

Q: So, you and the the cast attended Comiccon in San Diego this past summer. What was that like for you? A: It was tiring, but you have so much adrenaline that the day goes by really quickly. Last season when we went to comiccon, nobody knew what the show was going to be like, but there was still a lot of hype. This time around there was even more hype. It’s Great to know people are enjoying the work we put into it, because it’s a lot of work. How old were you when you started dancing? A: I was five years old when I started. My mother noticed that I liked to dance, so she found a studio in San Diego and she had me go to dance classes while she would go to the gym, and it just kind of happened from there. My first love was ballet, but I consider myself a HipHop dancer. I think it’s kind of funny how that worked out. When I was little, my mother said I would dance around to classical music in my room. Now I’m listening to tupac and stuff like that, so that’s interesting. August 2015 - BELLO


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BELLO Lifestyle

AUGUST 2015

Starring

RONNIE WOO

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BY JAMIE DOWNRICH PHOTOS & MAKEUP BY RIKKI RONAE

COVER IMAGE: CARDIGAN EVERLANE SWEATS H&M SHOES CONVERSE

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FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS A FASHION MODEL AND HOLDS TWO MASTERS DEGREES, BECOMING A CHEF MAY SEEM COMPLETELY OUT OF LEFT FIELD. RISING CULINARY STAR RONNIE WOO’S TRAJECTORY HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT LINEAR--DEFINITELY NOT AN OBVIOUS CAREER CHOICE FOR SOMEONE WHO COMES FROM A FAMILY OF DENTISTS. HIS BRAND NEW COOKING SHOW, FOOD TO GET YOU LAID, WHICH AIRS ON LOGO EVERY FRIDAY AT 9:30PM, IS SURE TO GET YOUR MOUTH WATERING AND SET YOUR LOVE LIFE ON FIRE.

BELLO mag: Tell us about your new cooking show, Food To Get You Laid.

BM: Tell me a little more about your background in psychology.

Ronnie Woo: I can’t even put into words how excited I am about this show! Despite the sexy name, this show is really about cooking and how a home-cooked meal can advance any relationship. In each episode, I help one half of a couple create a three-course meal, but I can only use the ingredients that are already in their kitchen. Not only that, I’m shooting in a different home kitchen every episode so there are unpredictable variables that make for really fun and interesting television. The dishes I come up with on the fly are pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. There’s also a lot of really great cooking takeaways in each episode. This show is just really fresh, informative, and, most importantly, fun to watch!

RW: I have my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and have worked with a variety of individuals, but ultimately realized that I’m much too blunt to be a good therapist. With that being said, therapists are truly assets to our society and should be appreciated

BM: What do you love most about this show? RW: My favorite thing about this show is that it’s truly inspiring and very genuine. People always say that food brings people together but it does so much more than that. The reason why food is so special is because is it a universal language. When you enjoy a meal with someone, it creates a positive shared experience and that is exactly what relationships are made of: happy memories! That’s my psychology background coming into play! 41

and just went for it! It’s pretty much as simple as that! The coolest part about my career story is that I think it goes to show that you really can do what you love and love what you do. I think the hardest part for most people is taking that initial step and diving in head first, but one thing I’ve learned is that it’s incredibly important to do what you love.

The coolest part about my career story is that I think it goes to show that you really can do what you love and love what you do. to the utmost. I honestly believe that everyone should have one. The great thing about my show is that I get to combine my love of relationships with my love of cooking, while still getting to be my blunt, crass self! BM: How did you get started as a chef and did you always know you wanted to cook for a living? RW: My family and I have always had an obsession with food and eating, but at the same time my parents really pushed for one of two career choices: you either become a doctor or a lawyer. I already kind of went rogue by getting my MFT, but it wasn’t until after I finished my schooling that I realized I could actually make food my career.  So I made the decision to become a chef

BM: What are some things to keep in mind if someone wants to cook a romantic meal for his or her significant other? RW: You should find out what the other person likes to eat and make your version of that dish.  Cooking for someone else is really about two things, the effort you put into making that meal and the memory that you are going to create when you enjoy it together. If your dish turns out horribly, don’t panic -- just order take-out, laugh about it, and try again another time! Make sure you tune in to Ronnie’s new cooking show, Food To Get You Laid, airing every Friday night at 9:30pm/8:30c on LOGO or on www.logotv.com the next day. August 2015 - BELLO


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LIFESTYLE

Slot Cavern BY KIRA BUCCA

FOR THIS BEAUTY ISSUE OF BELLO, WE VISITED ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES ON EARTH, SLOT CAVERN, IN THE DESERT OUTSIDE LOS ANGELES. IN AN EFFORT TO CAPTURE THE ETHEREAL FEELING OF TWO GIRLS LOST AND WANDERING ANOTHER WORLD, WE BRING YOU THIS LOOK INTO A SERENELY COOL DESERT LANDSCAPE WHERE A QUIETLY EPIC BEAUTY PERVADES EVERYTHING.  

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Photographer KIRA BUCCA Stylist  DOM CHRISTOPH Style by Christopher Giron Stylist Assistant  TAYLOR CAISEY Hair and Makeup: BRIANA CHAPMAN @ Agency Gerard Management Models: MARIA SENKO @ Wilhelmina LA and MILENA Z. @ Wilhelmina LA

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Summer Eats - Los Angeles

MARADENTRO BY DIO ANTHONY Until recently when you craved good food in Los Angeles you had to first consider one thing: where do we go? It’s not like there’s a shortage of sushi spots, taco trucks or hot spots in and around the LA area. Not by a long shot. But with my discovery of Studio City’s latest addition to the array of restaurants in the area, quick-yet-enjoyable cuisine is about to have a new face. Latino taste has found its way back to LA seafood. Ventura Blvd’s Maradentro, from Jesse

Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo has residents of the San Fernando Valley rushing to get a taste of the restaurant’s bacon and crab guacamole and sleeper-hit oysters, (best oysters ever!) Do yourself and your friends a solid by visiting the spot that is sure to end LA’s need for fresh seafood fare by supplanting it with a need for Maradentro. While you’re there be sure to sample some of the following menu items as well...

[LIST] • Chef Jose’s Carnitas-- so soft and unctuous that they instantly melt in your mouth. Then consider the veggies that come on the side: they’re both pretty and tasty, effetively making a veggie lover out of you. • House salad-- this is the salad of salads. Even with cheese in every bite, you’ll feel guilt-free and ready for an even tastier entrée. Filled with flavor, down to the roasted nuts. Your daily allowance of kale included! • Lobster-- you’ll never see a prettier or more luxurious dish in front of you. • Oysters--with a hint of spice, these chilled gems on halfshells will be the reason you keep coming back.

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MADERA In need of a new spot in Hollywood that hasn’t been taken over by the masses yet? Look no further. The geniuses responsible for the joy in your tastebuds after leaving Maradentro and Mercado have got you covered. Madera, located at 1835 Cahuenga Blvd is the perfect addition to their line of restaurants around the city. Madera comes to us with a bit of a Mediterranean touch, and a wide variety of menu items to enjoy, in a beautiful intimate space. The dining area includes a private room,

beautifully sectioned off in the middle of the restaurant and designed to set you apart from the rest of the weekend noise, while also allowing you to still be a part of the action. In tradition to Jesse Gomez and chef/ partner Jose Acevedo’s  restaurants, Madera is by far their most newAmerican restaurant to date, even with its eastern European feel. Things to enjoy include:

• The artisan cheese plate features a variety of fine cheeses with jams, nuts and fruits as accompaniments. You’ll relish the sweet, creamy, and tangy  all in one.  • BBQ Ribs: the portion size is as generous as it gets for LA standards, and the crispy fries perfectly compliment the sticky, mouthwatering ribs. • Grilled Artichoke: The Tapenade Aioli included with this dish is what artichokes have been missing all along

Madera: 1835 Cahuenga Blvd W., Los Angeles, CA 90068 55

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SO BELLO WEEKEND GUIDE

LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES

Whitney Cummings - HBO SPECIAL TAPING

The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys

8:00pm @ The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center1310 11th St.

11:00am @ Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)

Santa Monica, CA 90401

PARIS

LONDON

Rock en Seine

A Royal Welcome Exhibition at Buckingham Palace

France’s biggest music festival returns with a stonking 2015 lineup: Alt-J, Jungle, Tame impala, Fauve, Gramatik, Run the Jewels, Mark Lanegan Band, My Morning Jacket and Pond. 92210 Saint-Cloud , Paris

A Royal Welcome is included as part of a visit to Buckingham Palace. The special exhibition is a highlight of any visit to the palace, and changes every year.

SEOUL

AUSTRALIA

Dior’s Largest Flagship Store

The Great Wall of Western Australia

Seoul’s newest crowning jewel was designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, and features interiors from Peter Marino. Not only that, it holds the title of the largest Dior flagship in the world. The sprawling six-floor space (which counts a cafe as among its highlights) has been open since June 20, but the novelty has far from worn off.

While Western Australia’s “Great Wall” may not be crushing the competition (China), it’s still a very impressive. Designed by Luigi Rosselli architects, the 754-feet-long behemoth of a structure is the longest rammed earth wall in Australia. Behind the wall are 12 earth-covered residences that have been decked out for those with modernist sensibilities.

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Beauty Starring Gotham's own Camren Bicondova + Ronnie Woo / Moorage Dream, California Girls, Raw Art Steve Olson

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