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POP INTERVIEW: Lady Gaga’s New Shoe Queen, Kira Bundlie, of Hourglass Footwear

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Currently, she and her team are working on a pair of custom shoes for Lady Gaga, but the Hourglass Footwear shoes made by Kira Bundlie and her business partner Lisa Ström, all about $200 a pair, are easily affordable and provide a unique look. No worrying about someone else having your same logo shoes here! Each pair is vibrant and hand painted. Some pairs, like my personal favorites online I am pasting below, have bold colors, cute flowers and an almost Bohemian look.

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Check these out. They seem like I’d become a Celtic goddess in them. I just love forest green.

Kira is also a great example of a non-stereotypical LGBT role model. Unlike the “rough cut, tough and rude” LGBT characters the media shows us on TV reality shows, she doesn’t fit the shoe mold. Kira is a hardworking businesswoman all right, but she is someone who also happens to be super girly-pretty and runs, well, a company all about looking hot for yourself or a significant other through your footwear choices. Because as we who wear these crazy, tall shoes know well, you’re nothing without a great pair of shoes that look professional for work and great for fun!

Hourglass Footwear ladies

When you were researching footwear, what did you have to do?
We launched our company with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Through that process we got a ton of feedback on what types of shoe shapes women wanted to see on our site–turns out, everyone wanted something different! We settled on five of the most popular heel heights (platforms, stilettos, mid-heels, flats and Mary Janes), and also offer a “Your shoes, our paint” option on our website, which lets our customers send in their own shoes for us to paint.

Did you work with foot fit models? (How’s that for a tongue twister.)
Absolutely. Us! We started our little company-that-could on a very tight, shoestring (ha) budget. Lisa and I wear Hourglass shoes every day, and our artists pretty much do the same. We can personally vouch for their fit and durability.

Did you take shoes apart? Did you obsess over shoes and their construction until you dreamed about them when you went to sleep?
We currently wholesale most of our “blank” shoes, which means that we glue in our own custom labels to each shoe bed before they ship. We’re working towards sourcing our shoes–having them made and branded for us–and have already chosen our leather and insole material. Since we’ve only been in business for six months, we’re just waiting until our bank account to tell us we’re ready to take that leap. And yes. We are perma-sleep deprived and dizzy with images of shoes swimming in our heads. But in a good way. 🙂

Which of your designs is the most popular?
Right now, the Sriracha-inspired Rock Out design is uber-popular and getting a ton of attention. Some of our other really big sellers are Smoke and Mirrors, Force Majeure, Champagne Supernova, Silk Stockings, and Anime-trix.

How can women wear your shoes?
We carry everything from flats to platforms–they can pretty much be worn in every way imaginable. Maybe not hiking, though. But you’d want to keep them in your backpack for photo opps at least.

What kinds of clothing?
Lisa wears a lot of cute, girly dresses with Hourglass platforms. I’m partial to pencil skirts with stilettos, and skinny jeans or leggings look great with both flats and platforms.

If people want to order a pair of shoes, how do they run? How can someone determine the best fit at home so they won’t have to return them due to the wrong size, fit or width?
Our flats, mid-heels and Mary Janes run very true to size and are also available in wide width. Our platforms are also true to size, but don’t come in wide at this point. Our stilettos run about a half size small, so we usually recommend ordering a half size up–in that case, we always include heel guards to be safe. We also have a very fair exchange policy–if your shoes don’t fit, we’ll swap them out for a pair that does.

How many of your own shoes do you own?
We probably own about 15 pairs each. We both need bigger closets! It’s a burden we’ll just have to suffer, I guess.

How do you personally wear them and make them your own special wardrobe?
The shoes speak for themselves. They really compliment and enhance both of our individual styles. We like to say that they make any occasion a special occasion–cheesy maybe, but true! They are one-of-a-kind, work-of-art, walking signature pieces.

Your shoes aren’t extremely cheap, but they aren’t terribly expensive either. Do you ever want to be in a store like Nordstrom?
SO many people have asked us when we’re going to partner with Nordstrom in particular! We really wanted to tighten our business model and be 100% confident in our product before we approached a dream company to work with like Nordstrom. We now know the right combination of paint brands, and the perfect way to prep and seal our shoes, and our behind-the-scenes, daily business operations are pretty seamless. It’s just a matter of timing.

I could totally see you blending in with the price range and styles at Nordstrom Chicago…the ultimate shoe paradise.
Absolutely!

I love that you are openly lesbian with a straight business partner and nobody makes a big deal of it, as most people think it’s either two straight women or two lesbian women working together.
Yeah, it’s really never come up as an issue at all…except that we have to be very careful to stress the business part of “business-partners” when we’re referring to each other in interviews! Seriously, though, Hourglass Footwear is made up of some pretty amazing, open-minded, wonderful people. It has never felt weird at all.

How do you think you can change the world so more people can be OK with people as business partners?
I think the only way to change the world is to be genuinely yourself as much as possible, and perhaps be patient with people who are simply scared of the unknown. It’s central to our company’s mission to help women be more fully who they are.

Why do you think people think all LGBT women wear frumpy flats and look, paraphrasing Legally Blonde‘s infamous pool line on how she wanted to go to law school, “boring, ugly and serious?” Embarrassing but true. Men seem to have that idea!
Lisa and I are both blondes. There’s a stereotype that all blonde women are dumb. There’s also a stereotype that all lesbian women are frumpy and humorless. I will tell you from experience that neither is the rule. Also, we were very recently commissioned by Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis to design and paint a custom pair of shoes for Lady Gaga as a thank you gift for performing there next month. We’re going to be traveling to Minnesota ourselves to hand-deliver the shoes. The concept for the totally brilliant design comes from Hourglass artist Debbie Faas, and she and the talented Rachel J. E. Sprague are collaborating and painting the shoes together. They’re going to be amazing!

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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!

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Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

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Chatting With Charo: The “Hair” Edition

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Brace yourself! There is a lot you don’t know about Charo’s hair! Listen, learn – and laugh your ass off – all along the way!

I got to visit Charo at her home just a week ago (I’ve known her wonderful family for many years) and we started out chatting about food (which explains all the tapas on the table!) But not so shockingly, we got sidetracked! This conversation about her hair had me laughing until I was crying!

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Lizzo Is An Icon In The Making – And Here’s Why

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Mirror, mirror on the wall don’t say it ‘cause we know Lizzo cute. And by cute I mean extremely talented, gorgeous and totally inspiring!

A few months ago I was watching The Ellen Degeneres Show when I witnessed one of the most fun, exciting and awe-inspiring performances I’ve ever seen. Lizzo popped onto the screen in a sparkly, pink getup and began singing what would become her big hit song, “Juice,” – I was immediately hooked (more like obsessed). During this performance she also jammed out on her flute alongside her plus-sized backup dancers and suddenly I knew I had been changed forever. I did some more research on the rapper/singer and found out I had been sleeping on this gem! Lizzo has been doing bad all by her damn self for years, having already released two albums in the past. I am suddenly mad at every single person who neglected to tell me to jump on the Lizzo train sooner! If you’re like me and need a bit of catch up, I’m going to break down exactly why you need to know this icon in the making.

You can throw a stone in any direction and hit a triple threat nowadays. Lizzo’s brings talents we have yet to see in the mainstream music industry.

If singing, rapping and dancing make Lizzo a triple threat, what does flute playing making her?!? A STAR THAT’S WHAT! Lizzo has displayed her abilities as a talented flautist, which is not an instrument you would necessarily think of in conjunction with the rap genre making this talent all the more extraordinary. Lizzo even used her flauting skills to compete (and defeat IMO) with Ron Burgundy. Not Will Ferrell, but Ron Burgundy.

Oh, and she can also twerk while playing the flute. 

As if playing the flute wasn’t impressive enough, Lizzo can also twerk while playing. I really hope some high school kid is deciding to take band just so he/she can flutwerk their way around campus like their fav flautist, Lizzo.

Lizzo uses her platform to inspire and raise up everyone around her.

Lizzo uses her voice for more than just creating fire music, ya know. She uses her platform to defend the belief that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Her Twitter is filled with positivity and strong messages about acceptance.

 

Uhm…she’s straight up gorgeous. 

We cant forget to mention that Lizzo is a straight up beauty queen. She is known to switch up her look but I’ve never seen a bad pic of this queen. To solidify my point, she is now officially the first, plus sized black woman to be featured in Playboy magazine!

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Move over Avenger’s, Lizzo has been in a comic book too!

Ok indulge the nerd in me on this one…Lizzo was even featured in a comic book!!! That’s right, she has become so influential that even Marvel comics wanted a piece of the Lizzo-pie. Check out this shout-out in Unstoppable Wasp #4!

 

So now that you have become as obsessed as I have, you are probably wondering how you can get even more Lizzo in your life. Well lucky for you, her new album dropped TODAY! Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, is available anywhere you listen to music and let me tell you, YOU WILL LOVE IT. The album is varied and showcases all of Lizzo’s incredible range with some songs being upbeat and funky, and others being slowed down and heart wrenching. For a taste of what to expect, click below to listen to the title track of the album. If the new album still doesn’t satisfy the hunger for more Lizzo, she’s also on tour! You can click here for more info on tour dates.

Oh Lizzo…you are most definitely 100% that bitch.  

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