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The fight to cure HIV and AIDS is ongoing, and while science and medicine have now developed treatments to reduce the life-threatening velocity of the illnesses, an all-out cure has yet to be discovered. 

One company who saw the necessity to support those living with AIDS, and the non-profits which provide for them, was M.A.C.

Back in 1994, M.A.C first released their VIVA GLAM range, 100% of the sale of which has contributed to the support of AIDS sufferers for a quarter of a century. 

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When VIVA GLAM was created, society was struggling to navigate the height of the HIV epidemic.

The first ever Viva Glam lipstick was launched, designed to get people talking about the epidemic – and the gorgeous Ru Paul fronted the campaign, showcasing the original bright red lip shade.  

In the years since, big name celebrities have continued collaborating with the brand to create a shade. 

In 1995, we saw fashion designers  Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett participated in creating the couture 1995 colour collection, showcasing the shade of the original intense brownish red VIVA GLAM Lipstick we have come to know and love. 

Throughout the years, the ambassadors have included Sia, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Dita Von Teese, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande and Ricky Martin – and five staple shades now make up the collection. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So far, VIVA GLAM has raised $500 million for the global fight against HIV/AIDS, helping millions of people. The UK and Ireland alone have given 540 grants to over 100 charities including Positive East, HIV Ireland, National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and George House Trust in that time by buying a lippie each year. 

This year, the brand are focused on recreating their original campaign, with the gorgeous Winnie Harlow fronting the throwback recreation – posing just as Ru Paul did in 1994.

'I was inspired to recreate the original Viva Glam campaign after my hairdresser, Jay Brumant, showed me the beautiful images,' Victorias Secret model Winnie said.  

'Working in fashion, I’m surrounded by many types of beauty, and I strongly feel that the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community are both prominent & embraced in the fashion world. I remember being invited to my first Vogue Ball. It was invigorating to see so many people from different walks of life come together and celebrate themselves freely.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Ever since then, I have loved & always wanted to try to recreate a “drag moment". I knew that if I was ever going to attempt it I would need to embrace an ICONIC look! Who is more iconic than RuPaul in the M·A·C Viva Glam campaign?'

'So when I was in full “regalia” post Adam Burrell’s make-up magic, my friend & New York photographer, Gabriel Perez Silva, helped me recreate the images, and that’s how this costume came to be! I’m so honoured to follow in the footsteps of amazing artists like Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Ru celebrating Viva Glam’s 25th Anniversary alongside raising awareness for the MAC Viva Glam Fund.'

Each Viva Glam shade is €20.00 and can be purchased at any M.A.C. counter or store, and on maccosmetics.com.

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Legendary talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr have signed on to be celebrity judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK this year, and we're GAGGING with excitement.

The pair will appear as rotating resident judges every week, and will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge.

Both iconic hosts are major fans of the iconic show, which has been a global worldwide hit since it first aired back in 2009.

Let's not forget that Norton actually appeared on the original version of All Stars season two back in 2016.

He said he has been a fan of the show forever; "Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can't wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better werk!" 

In the video announcement on Twitter today, Graham joked "maybe this is what the UK's good at."

For the Drag Race UK grand finale, both Norton and Carr will appear on the judging panel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alan Carr met Ru-Paul when he appeared on his chat show Alan Carr's Chatty Man but has been a fan for years of the pop culture phenomenon.

"Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true," he said.

"I can't wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it's going to be sickening! *does death drop*"

The Emmy award-winning show will be coming to BBC Three this year, it was announced in December.

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Bad news for fans of Ru Paul's Drag Race. 

Up until now, avid viewers of the show were free to binge watch any season of the show on Netflix. 

However, the streaming service has announced that as of April 30, seasons two through seven will be removed from the service.

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'Unfortunately series 2-7 will be leaving at the end of the month,' a Netflix spokesperson told Pink News.

'Sadly, this is due to rights and licensing issues.'

'However, the remaining series will still be available on the system.' 

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A petition has been conceived in protest of the series' removal. 

'On the 30th of April 2018 Ru Paul’s drag race seasons 2-7 are going to be taken of Netflix. This is unacceptable,' reads the petition, which has over 28,000 signatures. 

'RuPaul drag race is a groundbreaking show which has not only opened up the minds of millions to knew ideas, but also showed everyone who has watched this incredible show that it’s okay to be who they are.'

'Without this show on Netflix the messages that it’s sharing will be closed if to many who need it most.'

We're adding our names right this minute…

 

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Arguably the world's most famous drag performer, RuPaul has caused the internet to freak the F out thanks to a recent tweet.

It wasn't just any tweet – oh no. It was completely as Gaeilge. 

The tweet was penned in support of Michelle Visage, who is currently on Ireland's Got Talent.

In case you haven't looked at an Irish book since Leaving Cert, the tweet essentially reads: 'People of Ireland! What’s the craic?'

'I hear that my girl Michelle Visage is doing great on Ireland’s Got Talent.'

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'It’s clear that you queens are deadly and mighty as well, but you better work, or you’ll be sashaying away!'

The tweet is bringing international attention to the beauty of the Irish language, as confused non-Irish speakers attempted to crack the code. 

Go hiontach.

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