Fashion Police Chief Joan Rivers,79, has built a career making fun of her own looks and everyone else’s. When Elizabeth Taylor first packed on the pounds, Joan pounced. Liz and Dick, (when they still were Liz & Dick) refused to appear on Carson’s Tonight Show whenever Rivers hosted . Taylor described Rivers as looking “like a circus clown”. With her boas and jewels and
Louis-Loius- (the French King, not the comedian) apartment and QVC line of her Bergdorf’s influenced knock-offs, she remains our favorite glam geezer and a style icon worth emulating. Oh, and add that one night stand with Robert Mitchum to her resume.
Young enough to be Joan’s granddaughter, the delightful 23 year old fashion blogger Leandra Medine (AKA The Man Repeller) has a sassy young fashion sensibility that’s part precocious little girl playing dress up/ part Park Avenue bohemian It girl. She doesn’t show a lot of skin but will show a lot of leg. Her strong personal style and humorous, self-deprecating blogs have earned her fame, fashion followers and a front row media presence at all the shows.
She launched manrepeller.com less than two years ago with the following question and real-life phone call inspiration:
What is a Man Repeller?
2009-10; < repellius (ptp. of repellia to eliminate male attention), equiv. to L repel– (s. of repellix) unattractive, celibate, paris fashion week, M.C. Hammer + -repel –ler1
—Related forms man·re·pell·ant, noun
Who knows what sexist, personal demons possessed Johnny Carson to shun Joan Rivers forever after his favorite guest host did what all the funny guys before her had done–angle for her own late night show. But all of that (and the tragic suicide of her husband Edgar, the show’s producer) was yet to come when Johnny Carson played an elaborate practical joke on Joan in 1983 (VIDEO):