Party Beat: Spinning, Agyness-Style

By Bianca Posterli

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Blond pixie locks in place, Agyness Deyn spent the whole night dancing in the DJ booth to her favorite songs, headphones on, right next to her man. Last November, Manchester cutie Agyness and Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes played DJ at the Cool versus Cruel Awards at New York’s Bowery Hotel. Whether you were there for the music or merely for the eye candy, you didn’t leave disappointed. Agyness, dressed in black pants and a T-shirt accessorized with Charlotte Ronson’s red-and-black “anti-fur” pin, ran down the list of her current fave bands and solo artists: Dire Straits, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, and the Den Trees. (Don’t worry if you weren’t in attendance—we have the playlist right here.)

“If you DJ,” says Agyness, “you can totally choose what you want to hear, rather than go to a party where it’s like, ‘This is nice, but it’s not my kind of music.’’’ Her choice of tunes varies from night to night. “I change it up every time based on my mood. I can start off quite chill, but I always like to insert some random stuff in there, like the music from ‘The Jungle Book’ or ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’’’ And the crowd loved it: The entire second floor of the Bowery Hotel was packed with fashion insiders who stayed until the very end.

Sadly, we won’t be getting any original songs from Agyness, since she denies the rumors that she’s starting a band. “I love that everyone’s like, ‘I hear you’re doing this.’ My mom does that, too. She’ll say, ‘Are you going backpacking around Europe?’ I’m like ‘no,’ and she’s like, ‘But I read about it in the paper!’’’ Agyness adds sensibly, “I’m just focusing on modeling and chilling out, really.”

They may be a busy couple, but Agyness and Albert still find time to hang out together despite their hectic schedules by mixing work and play. During the Strokes’ recent concert tour, she’d fly in to see his gigs. “I was working at the same time as he was so I flew in, saw a few gigs, and flew back. We bought roller skates and when the stadiums were being set up we would skate around the stadium. Me and Albert were roller-skating everywhere!”

Agyness and Albert’s Playlist:
The Clash – “Lost in the Supermarket”
Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing”
Pixies – “Here Comes Your Man”
Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself”
Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.”
My Morning Jacket – “Off the Record”
The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”
The Cure – “The Lovecats”
Talking Heads – “Once in a Lifetime”

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By Sarah Horne

At Your Service

Milla Jovovich and Helena Christensen Want to Feed You

By Lisa Germinsky

A shocking one in eight Americans is at risk for hunger, and in these difficult economic times, our nation’s food banks need more support than ever. If you’re looking for a good cause to get behind this year, then help feed America.

Feeding America

The Facts:

  • Each year, Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, provides food assistance to more than 25 million people.
  • network of more than 200 food banks in 50 states distributes an astounding 2 billion pounds of food and groceries.

Photo: Jemal Countess/WireImage

Photo: Jemal Countess/WireImage

Model Citizen: Milla Jovovich

Milla does whatever it takes to help this cause: The multitalented beauty posed nude for Clothes Off Our Back’s celebrity auction, which benefited Feeding America.

Why This Org Rocks:

Because Barack Obama says so! All proceeds from the Recording Industry Association of America’s Presidential Inauguration Charity Ball, which featured a performance by Rihanna, went directly to Feeding America.

Ways to Make a Difference:

  • A little goes a long way. Every donated dollar provides 10 pounds of food.
  • Love thy neighbor. Use the site’s “Food Bank Locator” to help in your community.
  • Advocate. Go to the site’s “Hunger Headquarters”; write to your government representative.
  • Get real. Share your experience or read other people’s contributions on the site’s “Real Stories.”

Food Bank for New York City

The Facts:

  • Food Bank feeds 1.3 million New Yorkers annually.
  • For 25 years, it has been New York City’s major hunger relief organization.

Photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage

Photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage

Model Citizen: Helena Christensen

Helena’s dedication to fighting hunger in the five boroughs recently earned her the Food Bank for New York City’s Can-Do Award. She gives her time at community kitchens and visits the Food Bank warehouse.

Why This Org Rocks:

Food Bank received its fourth consecutive Charity Navigator four-star rating for effective and fiscally responsible management. Its efforts in the fight against food poverty also earned the organization the Robin Hood Hero Award (www.robinhood.org).

Ways to Make a Difference:

  • Virtual reality. Organize an online food drive. Visit the site to register.
  • Socialize. Use Facebook to educate your friends about this issue.
  • Be the solution. Organize a local event for World Hunger Day (October 16).

Other Orgs Working to End Hunger:

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