Because we were attending the party with PRGayBoy #3, Emmett McCarthy, we arrived late. He was putting sparkle nail polish on his toes and it took forever to dry. When we got there, we had to sign in and we heard one of the clipboard girls mention Jaclyn's name. Our gay little heads shot up. "She's here? Jaclyn's here?" Then we primped.
Anyway, when we got there, Nicole, Charlie and Dee were all under the bright press lights ... cutting hair. Yes, they had 3 wigstands lined up in their chairs and they were doing a "benefit challenge" where the wigstands got their strands trimmed and sent to Locks of Love. Jaclyn and Roy Teeluck were sitting in the judges' chairs and Rene was yelling out how much time they had left. We felt like we were on the show! We even had the alcohol to make it complete!
Too much of a crowd around the finalists and judges, so we went to mingle. Who was the very first person we ran into?
It's so funny. All night, we went up to stylists and introduced ourselves. "Hi, I'm Lorenzo and this is Tom." *polite smile* "From Tom and Lorenzo." *eyes bug, mouth drops open* "OHMIGOD!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!" *hugs!* Lady Bird was of course no different.
"Well come on over here so I can give you a hug!" He is ADORABLE - and much cuter in person. We'd love to tell you what we talked about, but he speaks so fast, we could only catch every third word or so: "Y'all...LadyBird...all my friends...love it...y'all...so funny...business is GREAT!...y'all...Lady Bird was actually from Austin, not Dallas... y'all!"
You get the gist. He said his salon is making up Lady Bird t-shirts for his customers. How fucking cute is that?
The challenge concluded and Dee was announced the winner. "Bet she did another bob," someone we won't name* said to us with rolled eyes. "There's a shock." Mrrrow!
*no, it wasn't Daniel, Glenn or Gail.
Anyway, Rene was his usual friendly and ebullient self. He's very funny and self-effacing in person. You might assume he was some diva pretty boy, but honestly, we've never gotten that from him.
And then, it happened.
Yes, it's true. Kelly Garrett went to put her arms around Tom and he blurted out "Oh honey, you don't want to do that. I'm sweating like a pig." All class, that Tom. To his eternal gratitude, Jaclyn burst out in a genuine guffaw when he said that and it took away the sting. A little.
She was incredibly sweet and - may lightning strike us - GORGEOUS in person. Whatever she paid for that face, it wasn't enough. You would think in person she'd look like Cher or Joan Rivers or some other plastic surgery tragedy, but she looks luminous. Her skin and hair are absolutely beautiful in person.
Something else we noticed about her: at various times during the night, we saw her in deep conversation with every single stylist who was there. She could have just shown up and posed for pictures, but you could tell she missed each one of those designers and was genuinely interested in what they were doing. Trust us, you would NEVER see Heidi Klum do something like that.
And then of course...
We walked away and Emmett said "I'm not getting the vibe off him." Meaning, the winner vibe. We agreed and Emmett asked "Well who do you think it is, then?" "Dee," Tom answered. "She's been grinning ear to ear all night."
When we congratulated Dee after she won she told us that she couldn't wait to get on the phone and tell her family; she hadn't told anyone except her mother. If she was bouncing off the walls before the show, she was practically dancing on the ceiling when she got her big obnoxious check. Lots of whooping and hollering.
We'll get to the actual show and rip those facacta hair stories this week, dolls. Promise.
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