I have a special treat for you today! I’d like to welcome the always fabulous musical star Ricky Rebel to MCLV for his first – Of many I hope – Interviews on fashion, beauty, and fitness.
My first glimpse of the lead singer & front man for glam rock band Ricky Rebel was at a resort in Maui – As we were picking our way through a crowded poolside I spotted a guy with a gorgeous complexion wearing a sailor’s cap. I pointed him out to my friend who immediately started laughing. We were in Maui for her elopement and the charming gentleman in the hat was her future brother-in-law.
When she’s told me that she ‘wanted to introduce me to someone’ I assumed she had matchmaking in mind and was hesitant… But instead she introduced me to my new Instagram crush and beauty guru, Ricky.
MCLV: A big part of the Rebel aesthetic is making a statement. It’s being bold, making an entrance, being memorable. When you’re choosing a costume for the stage – What do you take into consideration? What about for the red carpet or a music video? What’s the criteria for a piece to make the Rebel cut?
RR: When I am performing, I need outfits that reflect the lyrics of my songs and help tell the story. During my show I play different versions of myself, so each Rebel character that I create has an outfit to reflect that particular persona.
On the red carpet, it really depends on the event and how I am feeling at the time. I try to meld my own personal Rebel flair to the vibe of the event that I am attending. For the America’s Next Top Model season premiere for instance, I was going for the Rebel version of Rock / high fashion / runway.
My personal style is inspired by bold, avant garde, and couture designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Givenchy, Ann Demeulemeester, and Gareth Pugh. My goal is to be the only person in the room who could wear what I am wearing and pull it off.
Being a fashion consultant for UsWeekly also helps me stay in the loop with what’s trending in fashion. My job is to write about some of the unfortunate choices that celebrities wear and it’s helped me to create my own personal do’s & don’ts of fashion.
MCLV: Given the energy of your stage performances and the acrobatics often seen on the red carpet – #RebelLeg – What do you have to take into consideration with your clothing and costume choices? Do you test everything in the dressing room, have pieces custom made, take everything to a tailor…? How does a Rebel avoid wardrobe malfunctions?
RR: No joke, All my clothes need to have a reinforced crotch area because I am so flexible. I have taken my clothes to countless tailors who have had to revive some of my coolest pants in my wardrobe due to torn holes ripped right through the middle. A lot of the clothes worn for key red carpet events and photos shoots have been custom made by this company called Grace And Murk.
When I try clothes on, I usually dance around in them to see if I am able to move well. I need the freedom to move in order to avoid wardrobe malfunction. I have been known to do the #RebelLeg in the dressing room once or twice and/or the #RebelSplits to see if they pass the flexibility test. If they don’t restrict me, then they make the cut.
Recently Michael Kuluva, the designer for Tumbler And Tipsy, asked me if my pants had enough room to do the #RebelLeg at the end of the runway. Michael has used Kylie Jenner as a model to walk the catwalk, so it’s in honor that he asked me to model in his fashion show in the first place, but the fact that he actually is making sure that I have enough room in my pants to perform the #RebelLeg move at the end of the catwalk is classic. The leg has become it’s own celebrity. Paparazzi know that when I get on to that red carpet it’s going to be a spectacle. This is why I have to take extra precautions when it comes to my clothing. I want to avoid having a Lenny Kravitz type wardrobe malfunction at all costs.
MCLV: Having traveled with you, I know that you take your skincare routine very seriously. And your luminous skin clearly reinforces the importance of the right products. What are your can’t-live-without-them products for daily use? Any new favorites you’d care to share?
RR: My #1 skin care product goes to DR. Perricone Face finishing moisturizer. I literally can’t live without it. My new favorite is the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30. It literally feels like silk. I HATE the sun and sunscreen feels disgusting on my face but this product glides on my skin like a primer. I love it.
MCLV: Your makeup – Both daily and for special occasions – Is always well done and flattering. What are your favorite makeup brands? Any tips to share with the MCLV audience for finding the right look?
RR: Thank you very much. When I do my own makeup for a day look, I like prefer to just keep it looking fresh and natural. I add more glitz and glam for special events and concerts. I am currently working with Starlooks who happen to carry an excellent makeup line for men. It’s a Professional Makeup line that is clean and effective on HD cameras which is important for the kind of work that I do. I am also a big fan of Makeup Forever.
Lately I have been getting into lipsticks. I used to not like wearing any lipstick because I felt like the second I put lipstick on my face it turned me into a woman, which isn’t a bad thing per se, but I pride myself on being able to be a good balance of masculinity and femininity.
When it comes to the MCLV audience and finding the right look, I would suggest going out of your comfort zone every now and then. You need to “audition” your makeup, take creative chances, and try new things. Like the blue lipstick experiment I tried recently, you may surprise yourself with the reaction you get from people. Sometimes wearing a sassy new lip shade or a glamorous smoky eye will bring out a part of your personality that you’ve been hiding. I learned that I still feel masculine when I wear lipstick now but I had to take a leap in order to figure out what felt good on me. The right look is all an experiment.
MCLV: Those following your Instagram feed are often treated to gym and mirror selfies showing off not only your flexibility but your envy-inducing abs. Can you tell us about your workout and dietary routines? We’d love to know how you always look fabulous and still have the energy to perform!
RR: Yes, I love working out and eating healthy. I do Pilates 3 times a week (I am certified in Pilates), dance, lift weights at the gym, and do cardio. When it comes to food, I love blueberry smoothies, food rich in antioxidants, green tea, lean protein, brown rice, veggies, etc. The trick is to find the healthiest food possible and become addicted to it in exactly the same way that we train our minds to crave unhealthy food. I had to learn how to do that. I used to be addicted to Mcdonald’s and Pizza but I exchanged french fries with brown rice and instead of cheeseburgers & pizza, I now reach for Delicious salads with grilled chicken & salmon. I’ve trained my mind to crave healthy food.
My abs are a product of my eating habits and Pilates. If you want a svelte sexy core, I suggest you take Pilates. Mix that with a sensible meal plan and you’re golden. One day soon, I am going to launch my own Ricky Rebel Fitness Videos. It’s all going to be a part of Ricky Rebel Inc. Music and performing are the trunk of my talents, but my company is going to branch out into the fitness, fashion, and ion the skin care world along with helping other people become Stars themselves.
In my new official music video and single “Star (Hector Fonseca & Tommy Love Remix)” I literally proclaim that “I am a Star” because I believe that nothing is true until we say it out loud and inspire people with the possibilities that we invent for ourselves. It’s an incredible phenomena to see an audience transform before my very eyes and turn into their own stars when they hear the track and watch us perform.
I live to inspire people to shine and be themselves. My soul mission is to “Rebel The Darkness & Shine The Light.” When I am being that possibility, I am creating a space for other people to do the same in their lives. The stars in my life are the rebel dream team that I have surrounded myself with. I have an amazing PR team (ChromePR) and manager/executive producer David Keeton and I call my band “The Rebel Mafia” and together we electrify the stage.
If you are interested in coming out to any of our upcoming performances and/or want more information regarding Ricky Rebel, you can check out our official website Ricky Rebel Rocks.