navratilova receives glaad award

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Photo from GLAAD

Martina Navratilova received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at last Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

The media nonprofit did a good job getting A-list TV stars to attend (photos via Just Jared here), including castmembers from Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives (very ABC-centric), plus a smattering of others, including Eva Mendes, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and former Miss Universe Dayana Torres, whose Edward Lucero-designed dress my friends obsessed about — up close and personal — at a WeHo bar later that evening.

A few tidbits from the ceremony, via Planet Gossip:

Lance Bass, on [presenting to Martina]: “When I came out in People magazine, she wrote a letter to the editor calling me courageous.”

[Martina], after watching a video retrospective of her career: “Those hairstyles! Sanjaya has nothing on me—but at least I can play tennis.”

The Stephen Kolzak Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.

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the graf-agassi machine

graf and agassi at the Ivy

The publicists for Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are working double-time, and their work is clearly paying off.

Save for yesterday’s on-court goof — and even that had a silver lining (Agassi and Graf were in town filming a segment for The Big Give) — press coverage of the couple has generally been favorable.

First there was news of the $5 million memoir and sold-out Idaho resort development.

Then they followed that up with a sweet but totally fluffy piece on Good Morning America. (Video here, transcipt here.)

As the Q rating goes back up, the paparazzi go in for the kill. People published a photo of the whole family in their April 9 issue. (via Celebrity Baby Blog)

And Just Jared posted photos from a dinner the two had at the Ivy in London. Look at Steffi’s outfit! yowza.

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sharapova update: new tv ads, clothes from nike, etc.

Lots of Maria Sharapova bits on the interwebs from the last few weeks…

maria-sharapova-gatorade1.jpg– Adding insult to right shoulder and left hamstring injury: the Body Mass Index (BMI) categorizes Maria as obese.

– Her April 11 doodle refers to a new commercial for the “Make Every Shot a Powershot” campaign. The ad will make its debut at the French Open. (Photos from the shoot available here.)

– And speaking of ads, her first ad with Gatorade (an endorsement deal announced at the beginning of this year) started rotation. Element 79 Partners shot the ad in Costa Rica. It uses melodies from the song “Maria” in the West Side Story. (Click here to watch the ad.)

– On her recent design meeting with Nike: “We basically sit around on couches, with magazines and architectural books piled up on the floor and brainstorm ideas…There is always a story behind everything they do or create… Our goal for that meeting was this year’s US Open…..after last year’s dress there’s a lot of pressure on creating something even more amazing…”


As a refresher, here are the dresses from the U.S. Open 2006; from left to right: her day dress, the bolero, the bolero from the back, her little black dress, and from the lbd from the back.

(Photos from the Masha Picture Thread at WTAworld.com)

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valencia: the trophy + fashion show photos

Nicolas Almagro took this trophy home after defending his title in Valencia. Wesley Moodie and Todd Perry, the doubles winners, received the same. (via Yahoo! Sports)

And here are photos from the fashion/style show (sponsored by American Crew) at the tournament:

Creepy.

(via Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana)

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Bjorn Borg recycles. So should you.

The Wimbledon master loves, loves, LOVES his striped sweater. He wore it while promoting his London underwear model search last month, and got cozy with it watching McEnroe play Wilander.

You’d think someone who owned his own clothing line would use this opportunity to push variety. But I guess there’s something to be said about promoting a sense of habit. And anti-consumerism. A sweater, in the end, can be worn more than once in public. Cheers to you, BB.

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tattoo watch: venus williams follow-up

In case you were keeping track, the tattoo that we showed you yesterday — on Venus Williams‘ left arm — was non-existent in today’s Family Circle Cup final against Jelena Jankovic.

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women's purses getting smaller?

Normally, it would need to fit a couple of tennis rackets. Perhaps a change of clothing. Maybe a banana.

But all functionality flew out the window at this week’s Family Circle Cup. Take a look at what Venus and Serena brought off the court.

What to make of this Har-Tru trend? Are these women getting valet service for their gym bags? If so, it was clearly a perk not provided for everyone; even Charleston darling Patty Schnyder had to schlep her own bags to the locker room.

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(temporary) tattoo watch: venus williams

Here’s a photo from today’s quarterfinal match between Venus Williams and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Look at the inside of her upper arm. What is that tattoo? All I know is that it’s temporary; it wasn’t there yesterday.

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the cyantists

Cyan, teal, aqua, aquamarine. Whatever name you wish to call it, that light shade of blue/green was out in force this week.

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From left to right: Davide Sanguinetti (Houston), Marion Bartoli in Nike (Family Circle Cup), Rafael Nadal in Nike (Mallorca), and David Nalbandian in Yonex (Mallorca).

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(OT) A step in the right direction

navratilova subaru ad A New York Times article debunks some car owner stereotypes — specifically, the one associating Miatas and Mini Coopers with the gays.

The conclusion? While we can afford two-seaters (no kids) and more expensive monthly payments (again, no kids), at the end of the day, we end up buying the same cars as everyone else.

…which isn’t to say that you won’t see the occasional blue Miata speeding down the main drag of your local Boys’ Town, its presence announced by the Deborah Cox song blaring from the speakers…

…which isn’t to say we aren’t grateful for Subaru: they led the pack of car manufacturers with direct advertising to gay consumers. Martina Navratilova began endorsing the brand in 2000. Other car companies have followed suit.

(via Gay Market News)

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