Luann de Lesseps Apologizes for Dressing Up as Diana Ross, But Assures Us it Wasn’t Blackface

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Last night’s season premiere of Real Housewives of New York was, per a friend who watches it, “insane” because they all attended a Halloween party with the theme “come as a famous person who is alive.” On a good day, the standout guest would have been the woman who inexplicably showed up as Amelia Earhart, but it was not a good day, as Luann de Lesseps one-upped that utter misread and came as Diana Ross.

Not a wrong choice, per se, but—thanks to a bit of questionable styling—it was also far from right. De Lesseps proudly wore an enormous afro wig and makeup that made many people wonder whether she had darkened her skin for the sake of the costume.

During the episode, co-star Carole Radziwill said, “Something’s a little off about Luann’s costume... I think she’s tone-deaf when it comes to cultural stereotypes. She’s generally tone-deaf anyway.”


When confronted about the questionable choice on last night’s Watch What Happens Live, she had the following exchange with Andy Cohen:

LUANN: I never meant to hurt anybody’s feelings. I love Diana Ross. I totally respect Diana Ross. It was really kind of a tribute to her.

ANDY: The issue is altering the color of your skin.

No! I didn’t. I had bronzer on, you know, that I wear normally. So i didn’t add anything... I wouldn’t ever ever dream of doing a blackface. Ever. So, I’m very sorry to everyone out there if I offended anyone.

My issue also was Diana Ross very rarely wore an afro. I mean, it was really about the long hair. But that’s another story.

I respect Diana Ross. I think she’s fabulous... And it was really my little tribute to her.


I’ll echo Andy here. Right.

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The windshield of Jaime King’s Mercedes was bashed in by a “transient” in LA while her friend and four-year-old son were inside. No one’s hurt, but the photos, published by TMZ, are nightmarish.

King does not appear to have been targeted, however. The dude seems to have been destroying property at random. He was arrested and charged with “felony child endangerment, felony vandalism, and misdemeanor battery.”


Lorde sang St. Vincent’s “New York” to surprise guest Jack Antonoff last night during her Melodrama tour and it made me very uncomfortable from way up in the cheap seats.


  • Had no idea Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper were dating, let alone for seven years. Huh. [Page Six]
  • I’d love to watch this video of Kate Mara talking about Daniel Day Lewis,, but your website doesn’t work! [People]
  • Dear Just Jared, Best Chris always looks handsome. [Just Jared]
  • Marc Jacobs is stuck in 2011, and got engaged via flashmob. [Instagram]
  • No one was supposed to see James. [Page Six]

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ooooh a Marc Jacobs mention.

(sits and waits patiently for inevitable conspiracy comment)