Interview by Yolanda Shoshana, Luscious Lifestyle Diva
Rachel Fine is a “triple s” when it comes to being a siren. She’s a sexy and sultry singer based in New York City that is on the rise. She also does voice over work and she hit the red carpet during Fashion Week to conduct interviews of Project Runway people. Called a major piece of ass by Howard Stern, there is more to her than meets the eye. It’s clear that she has talent, ambition and drive.
Fine shares her lusciousness with us this week as we find out more about her music, what she knows for sure, and of course what hits her Jew Spot.
Keep your eyes and ears open because she is definitely going to blow up.
YS: What lead you to music and how did you find your sultry sound?
RF: Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The sultry sound is a more recent development. On prior music projects, I felt like I was singing as “big” as I could, trying to prove something, hitting people over the head with what I could do. When I started working on this cd with my producer, Timothy Schletter, I really wanted to explore intimacy. What if I made the listener come to me? It felt like a maturing. I was vocally inspired by Billie Holiday and her broken, gentle, emotionally-driven approach. And the music we started creating felt good- it felt deliberate and dangerous. I felt like I was sharing dirty little secrets with the listener. As our sound continues to evolve on the next album, I’m interested in finding a way to blend both approaches- give a little more vocal range but keep the confessional nature which has become our signature style.
YS: You recently got a full new band, tell us more about that.
RF: To me there’s a difference, in spirit, between hiring a band to play a gig for you and having a group of people who believe in your music, are committed to the project and willing to selflessly invest their time and energy into your vision, because they share it. It took a while to find the right group of people, people I believe will be with me for the long haul. I’m so excited to tour with these guys!
YS: How does it feel to be called a major piece of ass by Howard Stern?
RF: Ummm, awesome!! Honestly, he’s a legend. And he doesn’t mince words when it comes to “pieces of ass” lol. It is a HUGE, HUGE compliment. Good as it gets :)
YS: What is one thing that you know for sure?
RF: That there’s never a crowd on the leading edge. You don’t need someone else to understand you or agree with you to make you “right”- if something feels good to you, if you’re passionate about something- even if no one else really gets it at first- follow your gut and go for it. Like minded people will start to come out of the woodwork- people who truly resonate with your vibe. You have to stop looking for external approval and be your own cheerleader.
YS: What hits your Jew spot?
RF: Box-mix latkes, not the made-from scratch kind, with a ridiculous amount of sour cream.
To find out more about Rachel Fine: www.rachelfine.com
Interview by Simona Kogan, Fashion Israel
Carlen Altman, the creator of the Jewish Rosaries line that gave model Agyness Deyn that pendant, says that was the moment the line really took off, but believes perhaps it was because Jews were looking for a new, unique, and innovative way to proclaim their pride.
Jewish Rosaries does just that, taking on the trend the way the Christian faith has made wearing a cross on your chest the trendy thing to do. In fact, Carlen says she used the prayer beads worn by devout Catholics like Madonna to add Chais (the Hebrew letter and Jewish symbol for life), Hamsas (protection against the evil eye), matzahs, Torahs, and of course, the quintessential Star of David.
Carlen’s brand Jewish Rosaries, operates out of her Brighton Beach, Brooklyn home, where she dwells with a stand-up comedian father and a theatrical agent mother and where she taught herself how to make her own jewelry.
JS: What do you hope your brand will bring to the Jewish community?
Carlen: It’s funny, since I’ve been running Jewish Rosaries, I get so many nice letters from my customers saying how much they’ve been wanting jewelry like this for so long. I think there is a big demographic of Jewish people who (like myself) are really proud to be Jewish, appreciate their Jewish culture and where they’ve come from, but have a modern fashion sensibility and don’t want to buy jewelry from their local synagogue gift shop (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
JS: Do you feel under pressure to be someone great because you’re the daughter of comedian Uncle Dirty?
Carlen: This is a funny question because (sadly!) not very many people my age know who Uncle Dirty is.
But it’s interesting because success is something I think about all the time. I do feel a lot of pressure to be someone great though I don’t know if this is specifically because of my father’s comedic career. Instead, I think my desire to be “someone great” is partially genetic, partially because of my family’s encouragement, but mainly because of the realization that there is only one chance to be alive and you might as well take advantage of it and become the greatest person you can be, as there will never be another person as special and unique as you. (I am thankful for my parents helping to remind me of this sad but beautiful fact.)
JS: Subliminal wears the Star of David, Jeremy Piven wore one in a Gap ad…are you hoping that your jewelry will be the next step in making this symbol more hip?
Carlen: Kind of, yes! But like I said, I don’t ever want my jewelry to be so “hip” that it alienates elderly people from wanting to buy it. I love elderly people so much. I live in Brighton Beach Brooklyn where most of my friends are over 75 years old. I would never want them to feel like they can’t sit in the cafeteria with me and the other “Jewish Rosaries cool kids.”
Read the entire interview at www.TheJewSpot.net.
When I first started out, critics would say I was “sexing” up the music. But what I was doing was only taking poetry from 500 years ago —which clearly I didn’t write- and the lyrics are right there! They’re incredibly expressive and sensual. Some of the songs even make me blush!
If anyone can save the world one animal, one human, one frizzy-haired girl at a time, all while looking entirely put together, it would be Chloé Jo. Ditching her ankle-length skirts at Yeshiva the age of 15 for a NYC nightlife, Chloé has put her 15 years of networking skills toward repairing the world, and bringing people along with her for the chesed life.
Now the founder of Girlie Girl Army, and event planner for Farm Sanctuary, Chloé Jo has only begun to put a mark on the globe. Chloé was kind enough to interrupt her Tony Award’s watching to tell me about her causes, and how others can be inspired to go on and rule the world while looking good too.
JS: So we have to ask, how you were able to get a dream job at the age of 15, planning elaborate parties in NYC?
Chloe: I was very motivated, busy busy busy doing things. A wannabe entrepreneur. I wanted to bring together everybody, which I loved doing. I loved booking bands, and go-go dancers, and planning drink specials.
I left yeshiva for Columbia Prep, a school full of barely behaved New York rich kids. I became culture shocked. I wore skirts down to my ankles and these girls were making out in the bathrooms, doing coke. That’s the time I started doing parties and didn’t stop till I was 27. Had a good run of it; had great great press.
I kind of do what I did then now, but on a much greater level.
JS: You really rock a confidence of being yourself and going for what you believe in - What would be your advice for other girls to better themselves and the world?
I used to be really, really shy. I was an acting major. I forced myself because I was so scared, so shy. Really, really self conscious. I forced myself to be silly, to construe myself to be really silly or weird. Now I have the confidence to walk into a room and talk to everyone and have them want my card.
Being a strong Jewish woman, I have an immense sense of pride. Something about the Jewish women I know just reek of confidence, and sense of know-it-all mamishe in a really good way. Every young Jewish woman needs to find that. Needs to speak up, do too much. Speak to everyone. Talk to every guy that talks to you. Stay open and talk to everyone; everyone has something really beautiful to share with you.
Look for the beauty in each person who comes your way. What can you do to change the world? Do everything! That’s the best advice. What are you possibly losing? Coming into yourself, making yourself really confident.If you feel you will be super confident being beautiful, then make yourself beautiful. There is no such thing as ugly women, just lazy ones, Helen Gurly Brown said.
If you are soul searching; read everything you can get your hands on. Don’t stay home too much. Go out and try new things. I’ve tried everything – twice. I want to try everything in this world. I don’t think women should be afraid to use their sexuality. The kind of sexuality that you own by batting your eyelashes, a smile that can change the world. I am an incredible fan of young women.
I was lucky enough in my 20s to have these amazing women in their 30s guide me. Anything they said to me was gold. Befriend women in their 30s who have the kind of life you want. In the past, I think I chose friends badly. I chose friends because I thought they were cool, or beautiful. Now I choose friends because they challenge me, because they wow me intellectually, because they are deeply kind. At 31, I feel like I’m 100 because I’ve lived so many lives, and yet my journey has really only just begun.
Read the entire interview at www.TheJewSpot.net.
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There is so much wisdom in Yiddish music. It is always teaching; always has a message and always has an answer. It is this thoughtful philosophy, this sense of ‘and the moral of the story is…’ that I personally get so much from.
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Who says nice Jewish girls can’t eat fire, swallow swords or escape straightjackets? The Lady Aye can and she may be the only Jewish female fierce enough to actually be doing so. Not to mention, she dresses it all up in burleque making sure no future mother-in-law approves.
JS: How did your Jewish family react when you told them this is what you will be doing for a living?
Lady Aye: My mother was thrilled! Jut kidding. She was petrified. I doubt there’s a Jewish mother on the planet who wants their bubbelah to grow up to be a blockhead (esp. my mom since she’s PhD in Immunology and was convinced I’d get meningitis!). But they grew to be pretty cool about it. I like to joke my dad is the “Dina Lohan of sideshow,” too. He bought me my straitjacket for Chanukah one year and I’ve performed for their friends at Passover and Rosh Hashnah.
JS: You’ve said there are fewer than 15 recognized female sword swallowers on Earth and that you may just be the only Jewish female sword swallower. I have to ask if there is anything from your Jewish background that has given you the oomph to go ahead making it a part of who you are as a Jewish woman?
Lady Aye: Well, the number is an approximation, and while there’s not a direct inspiration, Jewish broads are fierce and funny and I feel like I share some of the inheritance of all those ballsy, funny, sexy performers who came before me. Humor is so much a part of who we and our survival that it’s practically a tenet of the religion, as well as a cultural identity.
JS: You’re also able to do these risky tricks in risque outfits. Tell us about the burlesque component to your show.Lady Aye: I always joke: fire eating is easy, stripping is scary.
I wanted to have those elements of sexy and funny in my work, but I just don’t have the nerve to do it naked. So, I sort of grafted the basics of burlesque performance onto my acts. Also, I like to think it makes me unique as a sideshow performer. Like, sure I could just come out there and and eat some fire and that’s great and it’s showmanship, but other people already do that. What if I did it dressed as Elvis or Wile E. Coyote and made it a little scenario, the way good burlesque performers do? Now there’s something you don’t see every day.
JS: So it must be hard to find a nice Jewish boy who isn’t intimidated by you? (Or are they all really just masochists in disguise?)
It’s hard to find a nice anything that isn’t put off by the whole thing. I also wonder if it’s more just Gen X guys, who are used to being the rock star themselves and don’t exactly know what to do with a girl who carries her own bed of nails around from gig-to-gig. That, or y’know, it’s my personality.
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