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The Guy Responsible for Some of the Most Iconic Looks in American Music is Mexican

Remember that famous white jumpsuit Elvis was known for?

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A Mexican dude designed it. This Mexican dude:

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His name is Manuel Cuevas and he’s designed some of the most ICONIC looks in rock history.

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Nicknamed the “Rhinestone Rembrandt,” Cuevas turned Johnny Cash into the man in black…

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He also put the Beatles in colorful military-style outfits on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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And he used Dia de los Muertos as an inspiration to introduce the Grateful Dead to skulls and flowers.

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READ: This Kid From Compton Sings Corridos Like a Mexican

His client list looks like a who’s who of music royalty.

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The Rolling Stones. Jimi Hendrix. Bob Dylan. John Lennon. The Jackson Five. Elton John. Dolly Parton. Do we need to keep going? Cuevas has also designed outfits for several presidents – Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush – and the artist Salvador Dali.

Cuevas is still going. He’s continued to design suits for musicians such as Jack White, Kid Rock and The Killers.

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Cuevas says when someone wants a custom suit, he usually decides what it’s going to look like – not his client. “I don’t deal with other people’s ideas, because they just don’t work for me. What I want to do for you is something that that you always thought that you could have, but you didn’t know how to identify it,” said Cuevas to CBS.

Cuevas, who was born in Mexico, moved to the US when he was 22.

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Cuevas, the fifth of 11 children, learned to sew when he was just 7 years old. After studying psychology at the University of Guadalajara, he moved to the US. He worked several gigs in the fashion industry and then became an apprentice of Nudie Cohn, a designer famous for creating the outfits of country music legends.

Despite being an immigrant, Cuevas says he didn’t face many of the struggles that others do.

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Cuevas told The Huffinton Post: “Everyone wants me to tell the sad immigrant story. But that isn’t my story. We were comfortable. My father was a salesman, and he was very smart at it. He could sell condoms to the Pope. I worked hard, I still work hard. But we weren’t hungry or wanting of things.”

Cuevas says he first got attention by wearing his own extravagant designs.

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Cuevas says Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, noticed his eye-catching outfit once and asked him to design one for Elvis. Cuevas designed the gold suit worn by Elvis on the cover of Elvis’ Golden Records, before designing the famous white jumpsuit. Cuevas also says partying didn’t hurt his business, either. “Actually, drinking is how I’ve met practically everyone that I’ve worked with. Then the famous ones introduce you to the new guys — George Harrison, Yoko Ono, Elton John, John Travolta. It was like opening a candy store; all the kids just came to buy,” said Cuevas to Ozy.

Want your own Manuel Couture original? It’ll cost you.

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A rhinestone-studded jacket, like this blue one on Manuel’s official site, will run you more than $5,000. A custom-made suit can be more than $15,000.

Cuevas, who is now 86, continues to sell and design garments out of his store in Nashville.

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Jason Derulo Tried To Eat Corn Off Of A Power Drill And The Level Of ‘Ouch’ Is Just…

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Jason Derulo Tried To Eat Corn Off Of A Power Drill And The Level Of ‘Ouch’ Is Just…

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Like many of us practicing social distancing, Jason Derulo is bored and taking part in the modern-American past time of TikTok trends.

Though a bit late to the game, Derulo’s latest TikTok post sees him trying out a trend we saw taking off last year: you take corn on the cob, put it on a drill, and then power up while you try to eat. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, just wait.

In a recent post to his TikTok account, Derulo shared a video of himself attempting to eat corn off of a drill for the sake of the Gram and things went south real quick.

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The singer kicked off the video by asking his fans and viewers if they’d ever seen anyone eat corn off of a drill. Speaking about the life hack, Derulo said that he’d always wanted to try it out. The video starts off slowly, with Derulo slowly powering up the drill and then going faster with the drill while he attempts to eat the corn. He keeps going for a few more seconds until he cries out in pain.

When he pulls away he shows that he’s chipped a tooth.

“Don’t try this,” Derulo wrote in a caption on Instagram with two sad emojis.

Users have suggested that Derulo’s chipped tooth might be fake but it’s pretty convincing.

Yeah, we know all about the magic of editing and fake teeth but… it looks pretty insane.

Check out the chipped tooth moment here.

Comments about the big flub were far from easy on Derulo but also quite a bit funny.

“Ooooooooo shit 🤣🤣🤣 “jathun darulo,'” – tydollasign

“Why do I cover my eyes while watching this for 12th times?” – rudybundini

“VerifiedThere’s no way! You would be bleeding! I can’t handle this lmfaooo,” a doubtful TikTok user wrote thekalenallen.

“We need to know! Did you really just take out your 2 front teeth?!?” _thareal_mccoy_wrote begging the question that has the entire internet pulsing with questions today.

There’s A Group In Colombia Throwing Virtual House Parties With Amazing DJ’s And Supporting Vulnerable Communities In The Process

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There’s A Group In Colombia Throwing Virtual House Parties With Amazing DJ’s And Supporting Vulnerable Communities In The Process

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With the pandemic forcing millions of us into lockdown and self-isolation, we’ve had to get pretty creative when it comes to socializing. One consequence of the lockdown has been the total shutdown of bars and clubs.

But let’s be real: the desire to perrear hasn’t gone anywhere.

So that’s where digital dance parties come to the rescue. And one group is creating super fun virtual parties with serious DJs spinning everything from EDM to reggaetón, while also supporting at-risk communities.

Dona En Casa is throwing virtual dance parties and supporting local communities with every peso they raise.

The Coronavirus pandemic may have spurred the group into action, but Dona En Casa is working on solving issues that existed long before Covid-19 threatened communities around the world.

Poverty, homelessness, lack of medical care and education – these issues all existed long before the virus hit but imagine how much worse they have become for impoverished communities in Latin America… Things have only gotten worse.

So, Dona En Casa decided to step up and try and do something about it while creating a platform for others to give back and have fun doing so – all from the safety and comfort of their own home. The group is also creating a fun space for people to escape the daily reminder of self-isolation and quarantine with lineups featuring amazing DJs.

Dona En Casa has helped frontline medical workers and has plans to help even more organizations – with your support.

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The group started off raising money for families in need of food assistance – and so far, the Dona En Casa and its partygoers have helped feed 100 families. But the group has also helped raise money to buy face masks and PPE for healthcare workers stationed in remote parts of Colombia that don’t have easy access to necessary equipment.

In an interview with Felipe Galvis, a founder of Done En Casa, he said the group is also looking to expand its giving programs by partnering with other organizations – including a dog shelter and a sanctuary for monkeys trafficked in the wildlife trade.

OK – but a digital dance party? What does that even look like…?

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Trust me, I had this question, too. But it actually sounds amazing! I mean basically you get to party from the comfort of your home, get dressed up or stay as dressed down as you want, make your own favorite beverage, and hang out with tons of other like-minded people.

The party takes place on Zoom and typically goes for two hours – but Galvis noted that their first party stretched on for four hours because people were having such a good time.

And this isn’t like something you’ll just stream while doing something on the side: Galvis said that at least 70% of people are really active and engaged – there’s tons of chatting, dance challenges, games, and even private chatting going. Can we expect a Done En Casa wedding some day?

Galvis pointed out that the last thing he expected to do in a quarantine was meet new people, but thanks to these parties that’s exactly what’s happened. Together, they’re building a community and in the process supporting vulnerable groups and helping out the entertainment industry and DJs along the way.

Mitú is joining Dona En Casa for two digital fiestas that will benefit TECHO – a major NGO across Latin America.

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This Friday and Saturday (May 22/23), Mitú is joining Dona En Casa for two crazy fiestas that will take place to benefit TECHO – a Latin American organization that provides support to communities in need.

TECHO is an organization that Dona En Casa co-founder Felipe Galvis holds close to his heart. As a former volunteer, he has seen the impact the organization makes. They provide food assistance, medical aide, supplemental education such as English classes, and they help small businesses with microcredits and coaching. The organization also constructs emergency housing for families who need them most.

You can join in on the parties with a donation that will 100% benefit the organization. The group is asking for a $9 USD donation – since with $9 USD they can feed a family for 10 days. And with your $9 donation you get access to both parties on Friday and Saturday.

Colombia has had a pretty strict response to the Coronavirus pandemic leaving many people with increased anxiety and loneliness.

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As soon as it became clear that Coronavirus was spreading across Latin America, Colombia sealed off its borders – including banning its own citizens from returning to Colombia. In fact, the country has been home to some of the strictest measures against the pandemic in Latin America. While this has had a positive effect at combating the outbreak, it’s also led to increased anxiety and loneliness among those who aren’t even allowed to leave their homes to visit family.

The Dona En Casa initiative is a win-win situation that helps people in need while also letting others dance and hang out in a socially distanced digital platform. If you’re interested in signing up for the event, check it out here.