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Vixen Chat: 'Bad Girls Club' Star Elease Donovan Launches Swimwear Line

Widely known for her role in the reality series Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas, Elease Donovan wants you to know that there is more to her than just catfights and celebrity dates! The Miami-based designer has launched her new swimsuit line (@EDSwimwear) and we got a chance to speak to her about the new endeavor and what we can next expect for the TV reality star. --Vicki Valery

VIBE VIXEN: When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?
ELEASE DONOVAN:
When I was, maybe, 3 years old cutting up my own clothes and drawing. My mom knew that's what I was going to be in life.

What was the first piece of clothing you designed?
I think it was a skirt and a top. I cut up my own clothes to get the fabric. My mom would hate that! After that, I started doing sketches and stuff...and that's how it kinda came about. It was always my thing. I wanted to start off with swimsuits because I would like to be a whole brand. I wanna do dresses, I wanna do shoes and a line of luxury watches. I wanna start with something smaller which is easier and just build from there.
Luxury watches are pretty unique. Why a line in that?
I feel like they have the Audemars Piquet for women, but when you think of Audemars, you think of a man's watch. If I say "Elease Donovan Watches," I want you to already know it's a high-end designer watch for women.Something for the ladies.
Yea [giggles], that's right! For the ladies!
Who are some of your favorite designers?

VV: Who are some of your favorite designers?
ED:Alexander McQueen, a lil' bit of a mix of Jeffrey Campbell, Charlotte Olympia and Tory Burch. I like everything that she does! That's kinda who I'd like to reach one day. She has the brand going on with the accessories and clothing and everything is going well. Love her! Brian Atwood is kinda growing on me.

You mentioned Tory Burch. Are you looking to collaborate with any other designers or celebrities?
A designer I'd like to collaborate with is Dolce and Gabbana. I mean, I feel like they could use a revamping [laughs]! Nobody talks about them anymore. Tom Ford, I like his stuff. Oh, and even Marc Jacobs. They definitely need a revamping.

So, what's next for Elease Donovan?

More reality TV. I love drama! I definitely need reality TV to sell the product and just put the product out there, you know? More expansion of my brand and people getting familiar with my face.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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