I’m here in Vegas preparing for Miss Universe airing tomorrow (NBC at 8pm EST), but wanted to share this lovely interview from Asian CineVision.
I discuss the challenges faced in this industry, mai inspirations, and mai advice on how to hustle. Click HERE for the full interview.
Perception is reality, especially in this Newtown resident’s case. Came across this post on Reddit and think it might be the most informative piece of news I’ve heard through it all.
“I’m from Newtown and I have something to say to the world.”
- From Reddit
I don’t care about karma, that’s why I made this throwaway.
I was raised in newtown from aged 8 until my graduation from N.H.S. I walked the hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary school and have nothing but positive memories of the place. I remember Mrs. Chard in the library, always smiling and never having a bad thing to say about us. I remember when, in 4th grade, the teachers decided to let us have a bit of fun during lunch and they brought in a karaoke machine for anyone to use. I remember seeing the same sign you’ve seen on tv every morning before I entered a school full of love, happiness and innocence. Like you, I always considered my hometown a bit special, a bit above the violence and carelessness of the world; a safe haven for my development into the young man I am today.
I was torn apart, as was the rest of the world, when I awoke Friday morning to the news. My best friends mother was freaking out, I knew I had to be with them, and I stayed with them all day.Bit by bit our neighbors and friends chimed in, letting us know their children were safe. Some stayed quiet, and we knew why.
We all gathered, at Saint Rose to mourn the death of children so young, and the teachers who saved them. If you can imagine what it’s like mourning the death of the little neighbor you used to babysit, or the kids you watched hop up on the bus every morning, you can understand that it’s a solitary moment. As a community we gathered, forgoing the feuds (and trust me, we’re human, we aren’t perfect to one another at all times in this town, just like in yours) all the bitterness and anger, and we came together in love.
You can comprehend my anger at hearing cameras go off as I watched my best friends father break down. You can relate you wanting some alone time to be able to talk about how to get over this as a community without the intrusion of public opinion, reporters, and all the like. To the reporters hoping to get a Pulitzer prize for their efforts yesterday I ask: Is your soul worth it?
Are you happy, 24 hours news media? You’ve got what you wanted, right? You’ve got something to talk about for days, and every December 14th you can remind us of a day that will haunt Newtown until the earth shatters into the emptiness of space (although for us that happened yesterday). Now you can have 25 pieces of fodder to discuss mental illness, gun control, safety regulations, and what ever else you need. You have a list of 20 children and 5 heroes and you can call up every one of their names, hardcore atheists and Christians, when trying to convert people. Wonderful!
Come on, let’s keep talking about Adam, a kid who I went to school with. Let’s give more psychopaths a folk hero to rally to when this happens again in another state. Good job media, people who can’t shut down their opinions for 5 fucking seconds, and camera man looking for prizes. Don’t patronize us, you don’t care about the deaths, you just want ratings. And everyone will keep watching. As if you deserve to toss out your opinions.
I’m glad we can become another Columbine, (to you residents there, I never understood until now, and we are in a morbid club, inexplicably intertwined by violence) another cold useless fact. You can do all of this and be happy, because you wanted it.
For the record, no one in Newtown was talking about gun control laws, mental health issues, or anything. We were just holding each other, trying to make sense of the senseless. We are ok with you grieving with us, but put down the camera and help us try to piece back together our lives. We need that more than media coverage of this sad day in our history.
I’ve got AMAZING news to share. I am honored and thrilled to be a Commentator for the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas! I will be co-hosting the show providing all the fashion and backstage exclusives. I luv being around such inspiring women, all exuding strength and beauty both inside and out. They’re out here working hard reppin their countries, and I couldn’t be prouder or more invigorated by their passion and positivity.
So be sure to tune in to all mai pre-show posts and catch the pageant airing LIVE this upcoming Wed, December 19th at 8pm EST on NBC. You can also catch it en espagnol with the Spanish simulcast on Telemundo. This year’s show is going to be fab, hosted by the dashing Andy Cohen from Bravo and mai girl, E!’s Giuliana Rancic. And of course, I’ll be showin you all the fierce fash from evening gowns to swimsuits along the way.
You hyped? Here’s how YOU can participate! Vote for your fave 2012 Miss Universe Contestant from now Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4pm ET til Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6pm ET. You can vote up to 10 times per day, so get those fingers a’clickin here.
You can also check out videos at youtube.com/OfficialMissUniverse. And follow along with my exclusive updates on twitter @JeannieMai, posts on mai Facebook Page, and Instagram pics @thejeanniemai. Let me know which country you’re rootin for and what you want to see from mai!
I get it. Sometimes the stress of gift-giving can leave you feelin like the Grinch. The holidays can especially bring on the grumps when trying to find the right gifts for the right people. Stress no more, mai loves. Here are mai easy gift ideas for the Not-So-Easy people in your life.
Take a look at this sleek, wood-style iPad case from Zazzle.
That Guy You’re “Sort Of” Seeing
The Birchbox Man is great general gift many men would appreciate.
I additionally think a lil inside joke gift is great to personalize your pressie. Think about references he’s made (Phobia of spiders? Maybe give him a book to get over it), childhood memories (His first candy he fell in love with were pixie sticks, what about a box of them?) Have fun with it!
Also, if he’s a foodie .. and a dude, chances are he loves bacon. Score:
Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale. Recommended to be paired with pork and doughnuts. Awesome second date food.
Your Bestie Who Has Everything
Memories! Drop the idea of buying of something additional to add to her stash and crank out something memorable instead. Maybe a box of quotes she’s said that’s either made you laugh or get over a rough time. She can pull them out each day and get a lil smile from rekindling the moment.
Or find something she uses every day (her smartphone, daily cup of coffee..) and personalize it with a silly ‘oh no you didn’t’ picture from your smart phone. Glam it up with the nostalgic Lisa Frank app and get it printed for cheap at Kinkos or Target.
The Distant Family Member You Don’t Know Too Well
I love these Brit kits that the brill babe Brit Morin has come up with. The kits are DIY craft supply boxes for home decor, party essentials, food + treats, fashion accessories, and more. Not only are they wonderful creative ways to spend time over the holidays, but they’re things that can be used or displayed to remind them they’re on your mind.
Another easy peasy gift I’m obsessed with is FOOD. Who doesn’t love food? I heart I heart pies. This could possibly be the gift from Jesus if you were ever wondering what to get me
Hope to see you soon
Talked to designing face of Swarovski Yiqing Ying. Such an honor!
Arrived in Singapore, so excited to be here for Fide Fashion Weeks: the largest event production company for fashion weeks in Asia. Everyone was preparing for the show, I spoke with the only labeled Haute Couture designer in China, Guo Pei.