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Erykah, Rihanna: New faces in haute couture

Florence Anthony | 12/26/2013, 12:26 p.m.
Beyoncé planted a sweet kiss on Madonna’s daughter Mercy James during her concert on Dec. 19 at the Barclays Center ...
Florence Anthony

Beyoncé planted a sweet kiss on Madonna’s daughter Mercy James during her concert on Dec. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following the show, Queen Bey took the party from the concert venue to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square. Chicsters who attended the bash included jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and the face of Maybelline, Jessica White. Earlier that day, Beyoncé reportedly had a top-secret photo shoot at her offices in New York to promote her new hit album.

Chris Brown was granted permission to leave his rehab center in California for a few hours on Dec. 22 to co-host a charity toy drive. The crooner is currently in a court-ordered 90-day anger management program, but he honored a previously scheduled appearance at the toy drive, organized by Brooklyn Projects and Brown’s clothing company, Black Pyramid.

Based on the alluring story of one the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, “American Hustle” tells the story of a brilliant con man who, along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent who pushes them into a world of Jersey power brokers and mafiosi. Starring Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” is now in theaters.

The producers of “Motown: The Musical” have announced that Valisia LeKae, who received a 2013 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Diana Ross, has withdrawn from the Broadway production at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City for medical reasons. LeKae confirmed her departure in a statement on her personal Facebook page. On behalf of the company, the producers said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Valisia during this challenging time, and we, along with the entire ‘Motown: The Musical’ family, are hoping for a complete and speedy recovery.” Felicia Boswell is currently playing the role of Ross.

The other week, Erykah Badu was announced as the face of French fashion house Givenchy, and now Rihanna has snagged a campaign with Balmain. Dressed in a chain-embellished pink and white robe, Rihanna is the face of the new spring/summer 2014 campaign, which hits magazines in January.