Royal treatment: The Rose Court gets ready for a photo shoot

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By Stacey Wang

To teach the queen and princesses of the Rose Parade how to give their
faces the royal treatment, Lancome spent a day with the teens to show
them the how-tos of wearing makeup.

Each received a makeover, a cosmetics bag of essentials and instructions on how to duplicate their looks.

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Equipped
with new angle brushes, eyeliner and other effects, the court members
try to recreate their looks at the Tournament House before a photo
shoot — some more successfully on their own than others.

“The most important tip to take to heart is that less is more in some
cases,” says Princess June Ko as she puts on her makeup for the first time.

Ko
learns the meaning of her words firsthand as she examines her work.
With a cry for help, she stares at a girl with a black eye: She had
applied too much eye shadow.

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Michelle Van Wyk, a ballet dancer since she was 3 years old, is one of the more experienced girls when it comes to cosmetics.

“I wasn’t one of those girls who wore it every day, but it was fun for dress-up,” she says. Among her makeup tips, facial preparation is crucial.

“It’s really important to prep your face. Moisturizer is important,” the 17-year-old says.

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Ashley Thaxton, 17, is also one whom the rest look to for guidance.
Even though she rarely wears makeup, she’s had 10 years of practice in
front of the mirror.

Her cosmetic tip: “Toilet seat covers make very good blotters,” Thaxton says.

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Sitting on the floor near a window, Katherine Hernndez drops her hands
in frustration while another princess comes to her rescue.

“My face looks dirty,” Hernndez exclaims. “This looks ridiculous.”

The
18-year-old’s mother had previously tried to teach her how to apply
makeup, but for the girl who grew up with two older brothers, the
process was still baffling.

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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Quite a sight: The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band

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The marching band of the Ohio State School for the Blind will be welcomed to Pasadena during a special event tomorrow morning at Phoenix Decorating.

The band will be the first comprised entirely of blind musicians to march in the Rose Parade.

Their visit is timely: Jan. 1 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing.

The marching band was formed in 2005, when the Ohio School for the Deaf wanted a band to play at their sporting events.

The band members memorize all their music; Some of the musicians with “perfect pitch” can identify five pitches played simultaneously on the piano.

Check out the band’s online journal and photo gallery chronicling their journey to Pasadena.

Some more facts from Pasadena Public Information Officer Ann Erdman:

  • Each band member is paired with a sighted volunteer assistant who serves as a guide by placing a hand on the musician’s shoulder. (For example, two hands on the left shoulder means turn left.)
  • Band members range in age from 13 to 18.
  • The band raised $115,000 to cover travel costs to Pasadena for 72 people – marchers, assistants and support staff.
  • The musicians practiced by marching in three community parades in Ohio and have conditioned for the 5.5-mile Rose Parade route by marching on their school’s track and throughout its campus every Tuesday and Thursday for four months.
  • The band will also perform at halftime during the Rose Bowl Game, during which they will spell out a message in Braille.
(Associated Press image: The marching band reacts to news they were chosen to participate in the Rose Parade.)

Between takes at the Rose Court photo shoot

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The Rose Court: They’re just like us — except royal.

Princess June says, “I’m sort of a joker. … And it’s great that everyone else on the court is like that, so we have great interaction with each other. Michelle, especially — we like to make creepy faces at each other.”

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On her family, Princess Kinsey says, “They kind of make fun of me … especially my grandmother. She says, ‘Even though you’re a princess, you’re still under my roof, and I’m the queen bee.’”

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Queen Natalie is actually the youngest court member. “All the girls are like my big sisters and my moms,” she says. “They help me with everything.”

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Princess Lauren shares the court’s strategy for dealing with stage fright: “We recently learned with our speech training that you can breathe through a straw to calm you down. Before the President’s Dinner, when all the court was presented for the first time, all the girls were doing a breathing exercise with the straws.”

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Princess Ashley says, “I love to read. When I was little, when I’d get into trouble, I’d have to go to my room, and I wouldn’t be allowed to read — that was my punishment. I had to sit and do nothing.”

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Princess Katherine says, “Princesses like to eat as much as anybody else. … We can be tired after a long day of training, but the second anybody mentions food, everyone lightens up.”
 

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Of the creepy faces, as demonstrated below, Princess Michelle says, “June started it.”

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(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

Femme Royale: Extras from the Rose Court photo shoot

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From our photo session with the Royal Court, here’s some shots that didn’t make it into the magazine.

Princess Ashley Thaxton
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Princess Kinsey Stuart
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Princess Katherine Hernandez
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Princess June Ko
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Princess Michelle Van Wyk
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Queen Natalie Innocenzi
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Princess Lauren Rogers
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(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

J’adore noir: Rose Queen and Court in black and white

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Check out our noir-style editorial spread with the 2010 Rose Queen and Royal Court at Pasadena Central Library. Use the arrows in the embedded object, below, to navigate through the photos.

We’ll have more from this photo shoot, including some fun outtakes, tomorrow.

The making of a Rose Magazine ‘float’

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So you’ve seen the finished product. Here’s how we made our Rose Magazine page-o-flowers happen:

Here’s Stacey Wang working on the tiny rosebuds that comprised our logo.
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Here, Claudia Palma wrangles with the onion seeds we used for black text. We learned later from the pro builders that ground onion seed is a lot easier to work with.
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We purchased all our flowers in downtown L.A.’s flower district.
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The plan of action, like the sunlight, quickly faded into general guidelines.
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These purple orchids were my favorite flowers used in the design.
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SGVN Metro reporters Ryan and James graciously pitched in to finish off the thick band of yellow flowers.
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I think this is the point where we began to see the light. It was finally coming together (nevermind the letters scattered here and there).
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Spelling it out for the Rose Bowl teams.
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The green pom-pom flowers were really difficult to work with, but they had that dramatic pop of color that we ended up loving.
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That’s SGVN Night City Editor Kate Kealey, in red, finishing up the second yellow band.
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And the carnations — those huge swaths of white and red — were a wee bit difficult. They have ridiculously thick stems below each flower bud.
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Claudia finessing the last details before the late-night photo shoot. We wanted to capture the flowers on film before they started to wilt.
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A little hairspray makes the petals glitter under the hot lamps.
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(Photos by Evelyn Barge / Staff)

A magazine built for you … out of flowers

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So we had this crazy notion to reproduce a digitally-designed Rose Magazine page using flowers and organic material — just the way the real float builders do, in large-scale, every year.

It seemed like a tangible way of translating this year’s Rose Parade theme — “A Cut Above the Rest” — onto paper (or floral foam, as it were).

It was a harebrained idea, thrown out casually one day in the newsroom, but it was fueled on by unexpected community support. Co-workers in other parts of the office started hearing about it, and they offered up encouragement. Some even volunteered to take up a decorating shift or to cut flowers or to bring us coffee.

The coffee ended up being absolutely indispensable to our team. As our editor Pia Abelgas Orense put it in her editor’s note: “It took days of planning, two visits to the flower district in downtown Los Angeles, 15 solid hours of cutting and gluing flowers, several iPod playlists, and moments of intense labor tempered by bouts of giddiness brought on by exhaustion.”

We also learned about the glory of Styrofoam hot-wire cutters; the absurdity of trying to keep in place hundreds of tiny, round onion seeds; and that some of our colleagues could have a second career as dazzling pro florists.

And we learned still more about the blowing of deadlines — something we thought we knew plenty about after many combined years in the newspaper and magazine biz.

At the end of it all, we produced something that seemed worth celebrating; We had breathed life into a concept. There was cheering and jumping and high-fives. It was even hard to say good-bye. The shriveling remains of our once-living Rose Magazine “float” sat for days afterward in the conference room where it had been born.

The process really shocked us into a whole new level of respect for float builders and decorators, particularly the self-built teams that operate with little to no professional assistance.

What you see here is our finished product, photographed and published on Page 12 of our winter issue as part of the magazine’s index. So as to be more readable, our logo and text got a little digital assistance, but this is pretty much exactly as it looked when we wrapped our own Decoration Day.

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Rose Magazine special parade issue available now

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Rose Magazine’s winter issue is now available around town. In addition to our regular feature stories and departments, you’ll find inside the ultimate guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl and beyond. We also cover the best of local shopping, dining, arts and culture.

Pasadena Star-News subscribers received a copy of the magazine with their Sunday paper.

Additional copies are available in many city centers, including hotels, restaurants, the Convention Center and the Star-News office on Colorado Boulevard.

This commemorative issue will also be sold along the parade route on New Year’s Day.

Got a question about the Rose Parade? Send a text and get an answer

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Folks with questions about anything related to the Rose Parade and associated events can get answers via text message, Tournament of Roses officials announced today.

To submit questions, text the word “Roses” followed by a question to 95495. A tournament representative will respond.

The service will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Thursday.

The service will not be available on Friday, the day of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.

From wire reports