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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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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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