Almost Famous

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A rogue editor gets a taste of the red carpet for MTV Movie Awards season.

Oh, to be famous. It really is as fabulous as the movies—and tabloids—make it seem. OK, I’m not a celebrity, but I got to (pretend to) be one for a day. The 2009 MTV Movie Awards were in town—so were the gift baskets—and I was invited to a few events in honor of the awards.

My first stop was Melanie Segal’s 5th Annual Celebrity Gift & Charity House, which donated 100 meals to LA’s needy for each celebrity that attended the event. Ian Ziering, Beverly Mitchell, Caleb Carr and Monique Coleman were just a few of the stars on hand. We strolled around the beautiful three-story chateau-ish house and visited the vendors who were promoting their celebrity-worthy products. Among the many items was a manicure/pedicure station, where I was treated to a fantastic pink polish job by the techs from ManiPediCutie Salon in Hermosa Beach, California. (This was after the eyelash extensions by Makeup Mandy and before I stopped by the L’eggs booth to pick up a pair of their new Profiles—a spanx-style wardrobe piece that I will call hold-inners. They’re amazing!)

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After capping my time at the event with a new pair of Cosabella undies (one size fits all—only in Hollywood), a perfect-fit pair of Mavi jeans and a one-year supply of Glowelle beautiful-skin drink, I headed out to my next event: The MTV Awards Red Carpet Style Lounge at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. It was tres chic with an actual red carpet leading into the packed room of vendors. I got to meet Dimitri James—as in SKINN by Dimitri James—take pictures and check out the latest products. Some of the other celebrities to stop by Dimitri’s booth included Saved By The Bell alum Mario Lopez and Marisa Ramirez from FOX’s new drama Mental. After hitting a few other booths to check out some products, it was the end of the day.

There are always reports of celebrities complaining about paparazzi, lack of privacy and damaged reputations. But I say, totally worth it! For the free stuff alone, the perks of being a Hollywood bigwig seemed to weigh out the cons of not being able to leave the house without makeup or flashbulbs in your face. My time as a semi-famous person went by too fast!

Courtney Roach, senior editor