Rocco Leo Gaglioti-Creator,Producer & Host
Rocco Leo Gaglioti is a self-made triple threat — creator, producer and host. He founded the televised on-line fashion magazine,FashionNewsLive.com, which almost overnight has become ranked as one of the top ten out of the 150 million fashion and celebrity sites around the world.
He hit the ground running in 2004 with his very first interview on the red carpet with Anna Nicole Smith. Not bad for a rookie. And the fact that she tried to make out with him didn’t even scare him away from pursuing his lifelong dream of working in the fashion industry. But making dreams come true takes more than good looks and charm. It takes hard work and determination as well.
Even though he makes it look easy, Rocco came from humble, though very loving beginnings. He learned to communicate with his hands through sign language before he could even speak because of his mother, who was born deaf. This naturally gave him a lifelong appreciation for the underdog, along with the advantage of a much more enhanced “sixth sense”.
Being in the right place at the right time doesn’t hurt either. And so it was a Miami model scout with an obvious eye for spotting talent who advised Rocco in 1994 to try his hand at modeling. Miami quickly turned into Milan and Paris, which turned into New York and the rest is history as they say.
Within a short time, he was signed with Boss and Zoli. Rocco wanted more though, and it was when he picked up a camera in Germany that he discovered his own eye for photography. He was a natural behind the camera, impressed several major publishers and soon after secured gigs from Maxim Magazine and Ocean Drive. But the model-turned-photographer still wasn’t satisfied. In 2000 he founded his own production company, RLG Productions, and set up shop at the back lot at Universal Studios.
His vision for a unique televised fashion magazine format was soon picked up by the now defunct UPN and maintained a strong presence on the network until its demise. He quickly transitioned his vision into an online media empire, which continues to grow and thrive today as he provides a steady stream of compelling entertainment and fashion content for millions of fashionistas around the world.
The 6’3” former model may dress from head to toe in Marc Jacobs and Gucci, but that is not what makes him fashion’s latest “It Guy”. It’s more than likely the combination of his soulfulness, his uncanny ability for discerning the next big thing and his beguiling quintessence that landed him on the pop culture radar and will undoubtedly make him a household name.
The rising star is certainly not going to slow down anytime soon. Rocco currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles, California.
Jewel Mignon-Executive Assistant
Always an adventurous soul, Jewel Mignon lives life on her own terms. Traveling and living all over the world, meeting interesting people from Heads of State to “Movers and Shakers” in the Business world, experiencing many different aspects of culture and living allows Jewel to tackle life from a position of “Nothing is Impossible and the Impossible is Nothing”. An intrepid spirit gives the gumption to conquer everything from foods unknown to jobs that ceased to amaze her. From Journalism to Executive Partner in a Major Business, to the Education System, to Radio Host of a Weekly Show, Jewel enjoys every experience she has blitzkrieged. Every hurdle she blasted, jumped, or gotten a ladder and climbed her way over has only refined her NOT defined her. Ecstatic to be a member of the “The Fashion News Live Family”, she continues this outrageous journey called life on yet another pathway and rides it all the way home.
Writing no nonsense articles and news about shoes, she pontificates her own opinion in her personal blog called theshoelooker.blogspot.com
Tammy Forchion-Social Media Director
Tammy Forchion, Social Media Marketing Manager, is the owner and director of 4Chion (fortune) Marketing. Her passion is analytics, writing, research, and marketing. 4Chion Marketing, assists business owners getting their business online and customers through the door. Her education includes: professional writing certificate from Washington State University and Masters of Science in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. Her recent accomplishments includes Online Marketing Certified Professional. Her passion for marketing brings positive results.
Chrissy Marquardt – Webmaster
She was born and raised in Jamaica. She moved 3,000 miles away to the Pacific Northwest on an academic scholarship when she was 17 years old to attend college as an international student – no family nearby.
She met a guy after college, fell in love, he proposed, she said yes – but then had to go back home to Jamaica for a fiancé visa first. The story has a happy ending.
She is a fluent Spanish speaker – the result of living in Spain for 6 months during college and working as a Personal Banker in a largely Hispanic neighbourhood. She left the corporate banking world in 2012 to stay at home with her sons, rediscovered her passion for web design and then decided to start her own Web Design Consulting business. Chrissy is our current Webmaster for Fashion News Live and clearly she is not afraid to step outside her comfort zone and try new things.
When Chrissy is not busy running our website or chasing after her two boys at home she helps small business owners, bloggers and non-profits to enhance their online presence over at WebSpyred Media.
Kandee Johnson-On Camera Host
Kandee Johnson is a Youtube beauty and style phenomenon, with over 130 million views on her videos. She shares her tips, tricks, and inspiration with millions of viewers worldwide. Her bubbly and fun personality combined with her unique style and genuine spirit make her loveable and addictive to watch.
She began her career in Hollywood as a make-up artist for tv, movies and print, even dabbling in wardrobe styling for several commercials, TV shows, and a movie.
Kandee has been featured in magazines like ELLE, Glamour, and NYLON and industry specials like Make-Up Artist magazine. She also won the very first ELLE and Cover Girl video star award for the year and was featured in a special Cover Girl ad. Online her work has shown up everywhere from InStyle to the Huffington Post. Her work has been shown on Good Morning America and she has been a guest make-up artist, performing all the make-up transformations and guest hosting/judging on the Style Channel’s “How Do I Look” for their big 2 hour special.
As well as being a guest Judge on Oxygen’s Hair Battle Spectacular, she has shared her tips on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers show on the CW.
She causes websites to crash with a mere mention of a product she likes, and after having her hair cut at a salon in LA, they had girls calling from all over the world to schedule appointments and tell of how they scheduled their vacations to include a hair cut at the same salon.
She has worked with cosmetic companies to create colors and was asked to design a handbag that will be out this December. Kandee grew up designing clothes, drawing, taking photographs and her love of all things fashion, style and make-up have become a lifestyle and trusted source for all things beauty and style for millions of viewers a month.
Angela Simmons-On Camera Host
Angela Simmons is the star of two Hit MTV Shows: “Run’s House”, in which America gets an insider’s look at the lives of the first family of hip-hop, as well as her own MTV Show, “Daddy’s Girls”, chronicling Angela and her sister’s jet-setting bi-coastal lives as they navigate Hollywood and step out as role models for their millions of young fans. At 23, Angela is the second eldest sibling in the Simmons family and has already accomplished a great deal both personally and professionally. She graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries and has continued to pursue fashion by attending the world-renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
That same year Angela and her sister Vanessa founded the ultra-popular clothing, sneaker and handbag/accessory line PASTRY, which has catapulted into a million dollar brand and has become a hit with girls across the country. The success of Pastry has established Angela into a fashion powerhouse and entrepreneur in her own right.With international appeal, Angela alongside her sister Vanessa have graced the pages of PEOPLE, ESSENCE, TEEN VOGUE, SEVENTEEN, VIBE, OK! Weekly, Star Magazine, US Weekly, InTouch Weekly, and Life & Style. They’ve appeared on THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, EXTRA, GOOD DAY NY, FOX BUSINESS and many more media outlets. They turn heads on A-list red carpets such as The EMMY Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, NAACP Awards and New York Fashion Week.In addition, Angela is committed to empowering and uplifting young people and has become an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network – visiting children in hospitals and providing them with hope and inspiration.
Elaine Lancaster-On Camera Host
As if she stepped right out of the pages of a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine Lancaster is as glamorous and beautiful as the characters of HollywoodWives. Elaine Lancaster was actually named after two characters from that very novel, Elaine Conti and Karen Lancaster. As befitting a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine’s life has been filled with glamour, travel, celebrities and a few twisted scenarios. One being the fact that the gorgeous Elaine Lancaster is in reality a man when not performing.
The actor (James Davis) behind Elaine was born in Alabama and raised in Georgia, while Elaine was born in the lap of luxury, pampered by all, and spoiled rotten. Like the true diva she became, she managed to spend every dime thrown her way developing an unquenchable quest for more. Not just more jewels and designer fashions, luxury brands, but more of everything. Driven by the need to live life in the spotlight, fame had to be hers so the world became her stage.
She’s in demand as a hostess all over the world in clubs, for charities, DJ & emcee. Elaine travels the Globe DJ-ing for Fortune 500 companies. Elaine hosted The Aspen Gay Ski Week from 1995-2002. Executive host committee member for the Blacks Annual Gala. Hostess for the crown jewel of HIV/AIDS fund raiser since 1997, White Party Week. Louis Vuttion Global store openings. Polo Ralph Lauren store opening. Host Pamela Anderson’s parfum launch, Malibu. Visionaire Magazine Parties. Bulgari Jewelry Store opening. House of Field fashion show celebrity guest.. plus way too many to list. Since 1997, she has helped raise over 20 million dollars for numerous non-profit charities.
Elaine Lancaster has caused waves ever since she first landed on the sandy shores of South Beach. In less than a year the diva earned celebrity status from local to Global Diva gracing the pages of every local publication The national glossy Genre selected Elaine as one of the top 10 Drag Queens of the decade while TIME reported on her antics hosting the political fund raiser for Janet Reno. Fresh back from Vienna, Austria where Elaine Entertained the party goers along side; Patti LaBelle, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Kenneth Cole, President Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane von Furstenberg, Richie Rich etc. For Life Ball 2010.