Amanda Lepore | Cotton Candy | SINGLE
Peace Bisquit | May 5, 2009
Cotton Candy | Limited PR Campaign | PRESS CLIPS
You've seen her starring videos for everyone one else–Tiga, The Dandy Warhols, Girl In A Coma and David LaChapelle–now Amanda Lepore has her very own solo video, "Cotton Candy." Directed by Bec Stupak and guest starring Cazwell, this is the first single from Amanda Lepore's full-length album "I...Amanda Lepore" out later this Spring on Bill Coleman's Peace Bisquit label. "Cotton Candy" was written by Cazwell and produced by Goodandevil. Those who can't wait, can snatch up Amanda's "Fierce Pussy: The Remix Album," released about a year ago, which includes club mixes of "My Pussy," "Champagne," "My Hair Looks Fierce," and "I Know What Boys Like." Visit Amanda on MySpace to hear these songs, check tour dates and see more videos! Want more? Meet the man behind the madness–and Amanda Lepore's record label–Peace Bisquit's Bill Coleman.
Amanda has just introduced Amanda Eau De Parfum. The coffret containing the Swarovski crystal atomizer is $950.00. Read the press release
AMANDA LEPORE by MICHAEL MUSTO
The world’s most famous transsexual and an effervescent fixture on the New York scene, Amanda Lepore has been at the cutting edge of culture since the club kid era, breaking and re-making the rules for music, marketing, and gender. Her new album, I…Amanda Lepore, is the culmination of her long reign as the queen of Gotham’s button pushing (and button popping) carnival, cementing her status as the most prevalent risk taking creative artist and good-time gal after dark.
A sort of woozy inflatable doll, Amanda comes off like a Jeff Koons statue of Marilyn Monroe, a walking work in progress whose nonstop array of surgeries have made her a unique comment on womanhood, and every inch a dame.
In Milan, she was dubbed La Silicona.
In New York, she gets paid to enter a room, lips first. It’s not a party until her benevolent presence is spotted on a banquette, like a space alien sex goddess crossed with a curvy Disney goldfish, doling out insights, giggles, and occasionally free drink tickets. A dominatrix and a regular member of Michael Alig’s clubland circus at Limelight’s weekly Disco 2000 in the early ‘90s, Amanda went on to work Patricia Field’s makeup counter while finding her constantly changing face the most marketable object in town. It’s been used to promote Heatherette, M.A.C., and Swatch, to name just three trendy brands, and in 2006, way before he designed for that other first lady, Jason Wu did an Amanda Lepore doll, which represented her in plastic—a creative act that made perfect (dollars and) sense.
“But who is Amanda Lepore?” is an often overheard remark, second only to “But WHAT is Amanda Lepore?” Well, back in the ‘90s, a newspaper column blithely called Amanda a drag queen, so she mailed them a Polaroid of herself giving them the finger (with no clothes on, by the way). “I’m a transsexual,” the exasperated diva explained to me at the time. “I have a vagina!” She’ll even show it to you! In person! And as with a lot of her transformations, it came pretty cheap. (As a boy in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Amanda got hormones from a trannie friend in exchange for outfits. She ended up dating a surgeon who gave her a free nose job, a later boyfriend paying for her sexual reassignment. Who needs nationalized health care when you can just marry well?)
Things happen pretty enchantedly for Amanda, though this obscures the fact that beneath her vavoomy exterior is an unflappable person with a will of steel who invariably gets what she wants. Her obsessive dabblings in rhinoplasty, liquid silicone injections, eyelifts, and breast implants are calculated to make her the world’s most beautiful lab experiment—an iconic presence that gay artists from Elton John to Cazwell have used to enhance their videos and that anyone with a camera—and half a brain—automatically aims her way.
“Amanda has no interest in being a girl,” photographer David LaChapelle—one of her longtime mentors—once told me. “She wants to be a drawing of a girl, a cartoon like Jessica Rabbit. When I told her that silicone is dangerous, she said, ‘I don’t care, as long as I look beautiful in the coffin’. There’s something kind of profound in that, that she’s creating this moment of beauty for herself and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.”
Amanda’s music also takes pains to serve a challenging product that, in its post-Warholian way, sardonically comments on capitalism while wholeheartedly embracing it. Playing a ditz comes naturally to her (she sang “I Know What Boys Like” for Another Gay Movie and “My Hair Looks Fierce” on her first album, 2005’s Introducing…Amanda Lepore), but it’s a pose, a winky attempt to portray a sort of modern day Ann-Margret, albeit one who once had a penis.
Usually, Amanda would rather sing about more important things than just boys and hair—like her privates! Her 2007 club hit “My Pussy (Is Famous)” giddily reminded the world that, while it arrived without a pricetag on it, her fertile crescent is now worth millions.
COTTON CANDY PRESS
A Shaded View Of Fashion
Out.com ("Cotton Candy" premiere slideshow)
New York Press (online)
New York Press (print)
Noize Magazine (Pride Issue 2009)
FIERCE PUSSY press release and press clips here.