Guys? Seriously...I. Am. Dying that I can FINALLY share this news with you. I was starting to annoy myself having to hashtag "MaiSecret" project across my socials because I felt like that irratating person who says "OMG. I AM DYINGGGGG TO TELL YOU SOMETHING... I'll tell you later." So thanks for still being Mai friend and standing by!
That said, I've been told that the press release is out so I can now share - for the past few weeks I've been shooting THE most epic show called Steampunk'd (press release below) and here's Mai Jeannie-jazzed version of the show: it's a skill-based competition series celebrating the talented artists and designers who create in the genre called Steampunk, a popular vein of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology with the romance of Victorian Age aesthetics.These artists are literally turning everyday objects into works of art for the win of 100,000. (Not to mention the fashion?? Is. On. Fleek.) And thank you Gawd- I am your host :)
(I had so much fun playing dress up with Mai Glam Fam, I can't wait to start sharing pics each week of the looks behind the scenes of the full look. )
Contestants will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create grandiose futuristic designs. Mai fave part of each week? The dramatic reveals that build to a grand finale of a fully realized Steampunk’d world. The geniuses behind the show? Executive producer Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard, John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) Lauren Stevens and Jen Duncan of Pink Sneakers Productions.
So why does this show mean so much to me? Well, if you've followed me through the years you guys know that I live to experiment with style. Whether it is taking inspirations from rock, euro punk, hip hop, or even classic clean lines, I find it essential for women to live out the different variations of their personality through fashion. That said, when I was about age 17 to 24, I lived out my Steampunk years back in the Bay Area. Although Steampunk means a variety of things to different people, I'm going to give an overall, basic definition here: It is a genre, a design aesthetic, and a philosophy. It has always been the first literary genre incorporating science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century. When it comes to the most commonly recognized version of Steampunk style, think the Victorian era meets the Wild Wild West, with the "punk'd" deconstruction of technology. Style wise, I always gravitated towards the more goth and whimsical side of Steampunk, upcycling bright character elements through vintage finds, gadgets, and ahem, corsets galore.
Today I've reimagined the Industrial side of Steampunk through accents in our home. It's so much fun on this show though, because I've picked up so many ideas through these phenomenally talented contestants that I kind of want to redo alot of my home!
Here's our hallway closet, wall papered with cool print outs of vintage news paper releases on fashion and old beauty products.
Oh, I live for my repurposed meat cleaver from an abandoned butcher shop in my travels across Canada. We use it to display dried plants. Do you just die? The plant did.
Freddy, (the hubs), is from Pennsylvania, so we thought it was so cool to use this old oil can as another plant vase. I'm also obsessed with vintage toys and alchemical apothecary jars and bottles.
I have a cool old filing cabinet that we've always used for keys, decorated old flowers, but after seeing a few of the contestants take distressing and aging to a whole other level, I may just reimagine this even further!
I'm so proud to see such a creative, sexy, inventive culture come to life through the experiences of these talented individuals. If anything, I pray this competition awakens the imagination of the entire world who watches to rethink how we can live out our daily lives and styles. Whether you know about Steampunk or not, one thing is for sure after watching this show: you will realize rules are meant to be broken, and there's nothing like that exotic energy which comes alive when you do it with Steampunk. What do you guys think? Are you excited to check out the show?
GSN BRINGS THE WORLD OF STEAMPUNK TO NEW ORIGINAL
SKILL-BASED COMPETITION SERIES, ‘STEAMPUNK’D’
COMING THIS SUMMER
Eight-Episode Series, Hosted by Jeannie Mai (“The Real”)
Introduces Viewers to the Growing Retro-Futuristic Trend
Jeannie Mai (“The Real”) hosts new STEAMPUNK’D series
June 15, 2015 – Santa Monica, CA – GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has started production on a new original skill-based competition series, STEAMPUNK’D. Hosted by Jeannie Mai (“The Real”), the show seeks to find the most talented and versatile Steampunk designers in the country. Inspired by the Victorian era, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion to technology to design.
In STEAMPUNK’D, 10 contestants (also known as “Makers”) will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create impressive futuristic designs. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully realized Steampunk’d manor and the winner will take home a $100,000 grand prize. Currently shooting in Los Angeles, the eight-episode series is scheduled to air later this summer (exact date TBD.)
Jeannie Mai, who will serve as host, has been a Steampunk fan since her teenage years and knows the style very well. Best known as one of the five dynamic hosts of the popular daytime talk show “The Real,” Mai continues to appear as a frequent fashion expert for “Today Show,” “Wendy Williams” and “E! News.” Before becoming a television personality, she began her career as a celebrity makeup artist and stylist from San Jose, California.
“Exemplified by the designs of films like ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ the incredibly rich and creative subculture of Steampunk is increasingly filtering into pop culture,” says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. “Like the amazing painters in ‘Skin Wars,’ these makers will astonish audiences with their talent and creativity and this show reinforces GSN's commitment to bringing cutting-edge skill-based competition to our air.”
STEAMPUNK’D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.
The leader in game show entertainment across multimedia, GSN presents original and classic game shows, competitive skill-based programming, as well as games via its 80-million subscriber television network, a dedicatedGSN.TV website and through digital game sites. GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, through GSN’s popular TV game shows and GSN Games free casual games, mobile and social games, and skill-game tournaments. GSN’s television network is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and DIRECTV. For further information, please visit GSNTV.com.
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