My 22 Favorite Travel Accessories for 2022

In heated anticipation that travel will soon be something we can all look forward to, the best thing to do in the meantime is be prepared. Many years of traveling extensively for work (oh and vacations too), have given me the opportunity to thoroughly curate my list of discoveries and must-haves that come along on almost every type of trip, work or play.

This is not a comprehensive list of course, what you like to travel with depends on your own unique preferences hence you won’t see any neck pillows recommendations from me. Perhaps, however, you’ll find one or two things here worth giving a shot.

What’s the criteria for this list? For me, the best travel accessories should give you the feeling of having the same conveniences of home without being overly inconvenient to take with you. More than anything though, as Marie Kondo would say, they should spark some joy, and have you saying to your self ‘Oh I’m glad I brought you with me,’ at least once during your trip.

Note: everything here is something I’ve personally purchased myself and put through the paces. For any items that do have affiliate links I’ve included them to help support this blog.

1. The 6 foot lightening cable

Have you ever been to a hotel where the outlets are everywhere except where they should be? Or perhaps you find yourself not social distancing around one of those ‘charging posts’ at the airport pre-flight because you forgot your backup battery (see next item). The 6ft charging cable is a life-saver and you’ll be astounded at the difference those 3 little feet can make.

2. The Portable Backup Battery

Here’s one item where a little bit of weight is an acceptable trade-off to avoid the anxiety of being without google maps. I usually opt for a bright color so I can easily see it in my bag. Get the biggest one you’re willing to carry so know you can get multiple charges if needed and perhaps even someone (far less prepared than you) out. And while you’ll have the 6ft charging cable in case, the other reason to have a battery is so you can avoid those communal USB charging stations which can potentially install malware onto your device. I’ve found the Anker ones to be the most reliable and sturdy.

3. The Universal Travel Adapter

You don’t want the humiliation of having to shell out 15 quid at Heathrow for a UK-only adapter that probably cost 50 cents to make.  Not that I’ve ever done that, twice. Instead, be ready to charge anywhere with one of these babies. I’ve not found any particular brand better or worse but it’s worth the $30-40 dollar investment if you think about it.

4. The old school wired headphones

If you’re an over-ear diehard, then move on but having a set of old school Apple EarPods with the headphone plug can come in handy when your bluetooth buddies die. Also nice to have if you want to avoid having to pay for those crappy airplane earbuds or use the shared over ear ones. Just don’t forget the lightning adapter and they’ll come in handy if you need them for taking calls from your phone. I keep mine attached to the EarPods and just remove it when I don’t need it. Corded earphones are also really trendy now, so there’s that as well. Get inspo from wireditgirls on how to style them and get a pair (or two) while they still make them!

5. The bluetooth speaker

I have a friend who brings full-size scented candles with her anytime she travels. I tend to think this is a bit ridiculous, but I imagine she feels about those candles the same way I feel about music. If aural ambiance is your thing, the ‘Wonderboom’ from Ultimate Ears brings the big speaker energy in an incredibly small and cute form factor. Whether you’re parking yourself in a conference room or on the beach, a little music can do wonders.

6. The laptop bag

Where to keep all the dongles, doodads oh and where’s my lipbalm when I need it? There’s nothing worse than getting halfway to the presentation (or pool) to realize you forgot ‘the thing.’ Since I rarely go anywhere without a laptop I wanted to find a bag or sleeve that could stow all these accessories without compromising protection and style. So like a good dress, I set out to find something with pockets. I found the perfect solution from Yoshida Company’s Porter called the ‘tanker.‘ It has a section for your laptop and two large pockets on the front for all the things. This one is probably a bit more than you’d expect to pay for a laptop bag but it’s amazing quality and if you use yours as much as I do it’s totally worth it. Tip: if you can afford it and travel a lot, get two of the most important accessories so you can worry less if you remembered your charger.

7. The masks

While the N95 is the gold standard for masks, if you need something that will do in a pinch and does a semi-decent job of protection but still lets you breath I’ve found the AIRism masks from Uniqlo to be the best so far. They’re a bit stretchy which makes them easy to put on and they don’t make behind your ears hurt. They also come in 4 sizes and a few colors. They’re easily washable as well, just remember to put them in a lingerie bag when you do.

8. The hand sanitizer

If the last couple of years has given us anything, it’s been the rare opportunity to test a slew of hand sanitizers and dispenser formats. While at least one car cup holder is dedicated to a full-size pump bottle at all times, my portable favorites are the slim, card-shaped spray ones. These ones are from a company called Ritual360 and you can get them in packs of 4. They’re less bulky, and the spray does a good job of dispensing just enough product. Best of all, not having to replace a cap each time leaves far less room for user error.

9. The water bottle

While I’ve tried many others, I always came back to the Nalgene. For me the most important criterion for a good water bottle is that it must never (EVER) leak, it has to be very lightweight, and finally, be easy to fill and wash. There was a time where the hot-cold dual-duty type came into the picture, but in the end, if we had to choose (and we did), regular old water always wins over any hot beverage so Nalgene it was. I’ve never had a Nalgene leak; and they weigh almost nothing empty and are dishwasher safe. I do also like that they’re transparent so you can see how much liquid you have left. They also come in a slew of colors, although one will last a lifetime. The 16oz wide mouth version is the perfect size.

10. The Rydir band

Probably the best invention since the spinner suitcase. How often have you tried to use that L-shaped ledge where the pull handle meets the top of your suitcase to rest your bag? After a few steps, you think, ‘oh great, this is working’ and then your bag decides it’s not and does the ‘swivel and spill,’ putting you back where you started. The Rydir band is an invention that’s kind of like a tube top for your tote that you slide over your suitcase’s pull handle and keep it in place. And while I accept that some dirt and germs are part of travel, I love that I can leave it on my bag until I get to the hotel to keep my bag as germ free as possible – and wash it when I get home.

11. The tote bag

I used to have so many bags it was just plain irresponsible but I knew finding ‘the one’ was not going to be easy. Keeping the faith paid off and one day, I did finally meet my ‘totemate’ and we’ve been together ever since. The Longchamp le Pliage is truly a bag for all seasons. Once you give it a try, you’d be hard-pressed to find something better. It’s durable, incredibly roomy, and having the full top zip is especially useful. I love this bag so much and have created many converts over the years. Lonchamp really should consider compensating me. I’ve got my eye on this one in Cognac next. Tip: I throw mine in the wash, hang to dry, and voila, good as new!

12. The convertible purse

With the deal on the tote bag relationship sealed, I was free to move on to the next mission, finding the perfect purse. The goal was to find something just big enough to fit all the very basics, that would work casually but also support semi-fancy, work cross body as well as transform into a belt bag if I so desired. It also had to be durable, made of quality materials and work with any type of outfit. I had given up before I started looking but my prayers were answered on day in San Francisco when a friend of a friend walked in wearing it on her waist.

Enter the Lotuff mini-luna bag. The search was over, and now I have two (so far). The perfect purse that I now use every day. It’s the perfect size for all the basics (phone, keys, lip balm, pen, credit cards, ID, hand sanitizer, mask and mints). I use mine almost everyday and certainly never leave home without it, and it comes with 2 strap lengths for cross-body and belt-bag lengths. Some things were just meant to be. Lotuff also makes the Tripp purse which I think it the one they’re most known for, if you prefer a more classic shape. P.S. I have one of those too.

13. The shoe bag

I love shoes, of all kinds. I love heels, I love sneakers and everything in between. To this day I don’t feel like I’ve lived the fullest day possible if I haven’t put on at least two different pairs of shoes, even if the pandemic meant they were both slippers. There are the shoes you wear en route and then the shoes you put on at your destination. When going into the office was still a thing I was usually the one with no fewer than seven pairs of shoes under her desk. That quickly changed once they started to allow dogs in the office and the filing cabinet quickly adapted.

Shoes, especially the heeled variety are incredibly awkward to carry and those shoe bags they come with are flimsy at best. Plastic shopping bags usually became the go-to but that rustling sound they make as you attempt to untangle a heel is rather embarrassing when the whole point is to look more professional.

The presto-chango moment where you transform from commute shoes to the ‘yes of course I can walk in these don’t I look fabulous’ should be effortless and there was just nothing that satisfied me so I just invented what I would like to use. Long story short, it’s called SHOOFIE and you can see them here.

13. The silk scarf

If you’re travelling light (or not!) and want to perk up an outfit, accessories are a great way to do it. And accessories that have dual function the best kind. A silk scarf in a great print will give some some immediate oomph with the added benefit of being incredibly warm and very lightweight. You won’t even notice you’re carrying but it will come in vary handy in those freezing cold conference rooms or if you happen to spill something at breakfast on your last clean sweater. Hermes scarves are the highest quality and come in the most amazing prints. While they’re not the most affordable they’re certainly aspirational and a buy-it-for-life accessory. Tip: if you want some ideas on how to style a scarf here are 25, and non of them is a tube top.


15. The elastic laces

You can turn any laced shoe into a slip-on with these ‘elastic’ laces. They’re not laces but more like bands that fit through each lace eye to mimic what laces do. If your feet tend to swell on the plane, these have some give you don’t need to worry about not being able to get your shoes back on or having to tie your laces every time you go to the bathroom. You’ll be able to get your shoes on faster than it takes to bring your seat back to an upright and locked position. The most annoying part of these is getting them into the lace holes but you only need to do that ones and most now seem to come with a small tool that makes it super easy. There are always a few options on Amazon. They do make them for kids as well so just be sure to check you’re ordering the ones for adults.

16. The slipper slides

Walking around barefoot anywhere but on a beach kind of freaks me out. I  like to have slippers that work as in-room slippers but can also work as ‘go-get-coffee’ sandals or even shower shoes. I used to be fine with those Havianas flip-flops but the older (and more sophisticated me) needed a more arch-supportive option for my super flat feet. The Adidas Adilette slides are perfect. They’re lightweight and are inexpensive enough that you can always keep a pair in your suitcase at the ready.  There’s also the bonus that in the wintertime, you can keep your socks on. They’re always coming out with new colors but classic navy and white is timeless.

17. The travel pants

If there were to be another instalment of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, these would be the star. My original intention was to find some non-legging-type pants for travel, hikes and generally running-around-doing-errands. With these pants I found they’re all that as well as the pants-that-look-real-enough-to wear-to-the-office pants.

Based on the ‘great reviews’ (yes, risky), we gave these Rectrek Plants from Outdoor Voices a go, and they turned out to be an accurate reflection of all those 5-star reviews and be everything we’d ever wanted. They pull-on, have the perfect amount of stretch (but don’t stretch out) and also repel water quite well if you happen to spill something or get caught in the rain. Best of all, they have two side zip pockets and one welt-pocket on the back. As of this writing we’re up to six pairs.

18. The hair turban

Especially if you have thick hair, a hair turban will significantly cut down on drying time, and you’ll become surprisingly more mobile post-shower, not having to balance the hotel beast of a towel on your head.  Aquis makes the best ones, and they have them in so many colors, so there’s no risk of it being swept up with the towels by accident. Tip: its shape makes it the perfect thing to wrap delicate or fragile items, so they don’t bounce around in your Suitcase. 

19. The foldable drying rack

You may consider this one a bit excessive, but once you have one, you might be surprised with everything you can do with it. Especially for beach vacations, it’s convenient for drying your suit on the deck versus using that line over the tub. Nothing worse than putting on a damp swimsuit!  If your beach is more of a boardroom, it’s excellent in the closet to hang things like scarves, stockings, undies and gloves, etc.  Find one that’s foldable or collapses flat like this one. It should be super lightweight and you can just leave it in your suitcase to keep your slippers company.

20. The flattenable tray

What’s missing in most hotel rooms is where you can put all the small things like day jewelry, a watch, and key cards. A collapsible tray will snap (literally) to attention and make itself useful on any trip. I always leave one in my suitcase so it’s always there for the next trip. You can find them almost anywhere but the Longchamp le foulonné coin tray is sturdy, lightweight, and just the right size but you can find an endless number of these elsewhere, and get them personalized too. Tip: a lighter color makes it much easier to see what’s in it.

21. The packing cubes

Packing cubes have several benefits and the two biggest benefits are to keep like items together (like underwear or socks) and organize items that need to go together (like an outfit) in one place together. There are so many types of packing cubes to choose from these days but I personally prefer ones that are not rigid, washable and have a clear or mesh top so I can see what’s in them. Packing cubes also make it super unpack and repack quickly at the hotel, just plop them into drawers as is keeping your things clean and easy to see and access.

22. Clear Ziploc bags

Clear plastic bags in all sizes are endlessly useful and tres economical. From toiletries to snacks (but probably not together), keep messes at bay and find what you need in a flash. They can be reused almost indefinitely but once they’ve outlived their use they now makes ones that can be composted. I always keep a few in the suitcase as you never know when they’ll come in handy.

I hope that you might find something on this list that’ll help you on your next trip. We’ll see if 2023 brings any new discoveries that merit an update here.

One item I’m still looking to add to this list is the perfect jewelry case. I’ve yet to fine a great solution and would love to hear about anything you’ve found works for you.

90s Fashion: The best fashion ads from the best fashion decade

In the 90s there were no smart phones, no social media, no 24 hour news cycle. If you wanted to know about something back then you had to do the work. In the case of Fashion, that meant going to the store and buying fashion magazines; or at least being willing to stand around for hours ‘just browsing’ until you were told to buy something or get out.

I think the decade you become a teenager is special and I consider my self lucky to have been around during the era of 90s fashion. The ads then were still, had no soundtrack or sound effects and you were never in a rush to skip them. I looked forward to seeing the ads often more than the content itself. They are captivating and made you dream. Here are some of the ones I’ll always remember.

Guess Jeans

Even before my obsession with Fashion glossies began , Guess Jeans was probably the first fashion thing I became aware of. I had just started grade school and knew little about clothes but I could sense that Guess Jeans were some form of status as all the older girls we were wearing them, and the older girls were always the cool girls. I remember seeing them in the bathroom, usually fluffing their bleachy blonde hair and putting shiny stuff on their lips. They wore them high and really tight tight like a second skin, and never with any kind of top that would cover the red Triangle logo on the back right pocket.

Getting them skin tight down the the calf was really important. There was a trick I’d see these girls use where they would pull them as tight as possible around the calf, then fold over the excess and roll them up at the bottom to keep them in place. I imagined it was necessary to do this in order to make sure your jeans didn’t cover your leg-warmer style slouch socks that became an extension of their high-top Reebok or LA Gears.

LA Gears

I remember Guess Jeans being the first fashion thing I really wanted fashion. I cared nothing for the socks and found the high-tops hideous but I really wanted the Jeans.

Fast forward to the 90s when Guess transcended 80s style to make it to a new decade. Claudia Schiffer was the first Guess girl I remember. I thought she was impossibly beautiful and it was Claudia in her Guess ads that started my bedroom wall postering obsession that lasted throughout most of high school. It was always exciting to open a new month of YM (I’ll admit it) to see a new one to add to my collection. You had to be extremely careful to press the spine of the magazine super flat so you could extract the ad, in tact, with no tears in order to get the most perfect wall collage.

At the time it seemed impossible that there could ever be someone more sexy and glamorous than Claudia, but then came along Anna Nicole Smith. Anna Nicole became insta-famous (which back then just meant instantly) when Guess campaign launched. The media loved her cinderella story, a poor single mom from Texas who at the urging of her then boyfriend, went to an open call for models, was ‘discovered’ and soon found herself on the cover of Playboy.

Cover Girl: Anna Nicole Smith has appeared on the cover of Playboy 47 times in 20 countries. 5x in the US.

Back then you couldn’t just look someone up on Snap or Insta and see pics of them IRL, sharing their struggle with acne or learning about their morning green-juice routine. All you had were the ads. Anna Nicole was total glamour, platinum blonde curls, smoky cat eyes, full-red lips, perfect teeth and cleavage that was risky but still sexy. I don’t think the term ‘plus size’ had even made its way into the mainstream yet and I remember them calling her voluptuous either, she transcended and was just Anna Nicole, superstar. She had a natural vulnerability which looking back, was probably added the je ne sais quoi.

If you don’t know the whole Anna Nicole story, it did not end particularly well. If she was here today perhaps the support millions of followers would have made a difference but we’ll never know. I will always remember lying on my bed, flipping through Guess Jeans ads, and wondering what it would feel like to be beautiful as she looked.

Anna Nicole Smith, Guess Jeans
Anna Nicole forever

Calvin Klein

In sharp contrast to the overt sexy of Guess jeans, there was a new kind of sexy that emerged in the 90s, almost a non-sexy sexy that started with one image.

This image started so much of what 90s fashion was. You may know Mark Wahlberg as the actor who made a whole series about being an actor, owns a chain of burger joints but back then he was Marky Mark of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and Good Vibrations was his biggest hit that could heard across high school gym dances.

The cover of Women’s Wear Daily, September 15, 1992 seems to attempt a play on ‘Marky Mark’ with ‘Calvy Cal’.

I think Kate Moss was maybe 18 and this shoot and these ads contributed to making her the defining figure for a decade. She had a raw, streetwear inspired aesthetic referred to back then as “heroin chic” and in an era of the “supermodel”, singlehandedly brought back the waif. 

We know now that this shoot was so traumatizing that it sent her into a depression. She told Vanity Fair, “it didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die” Wahlberg had also said some less favourable things about her to the press, in Nuts magazine he is quoted as saying “I wasn’t into the waif thing. She kind of looked like my nephew…she’s a very pretty nephew”. Today their publicists would probably get them to hug it out on Twitter, the brand eating up the hype.

But even if I’d known back then that they had zero chemistry it wouldn’t have mattered because for me this picture had nothing to do with him and everything to do with Kate. I was in love with everything about her. And clearly it was not just me because this campaign revived Calvin Klein’s fortunes and cemented Kate Moss the next big thing for decades to come.

Donna Karan

“In Women We Trust”, Rosemary McGrotha as the American President. Peter Lindbergh, 1992.

Donna Karan ads were never the I put on my wall but I always remember finding them sophisticated and cool, never old. Perhaps a big more ‘business’ than i was looking for back then but nonetheless I would always say to myself, ‘yes, you’re going to wear a lot of Donna Karan one day’. (and years later I learned I was right but realized I could have more DKNY than Donna Karan but basically the same thing right?)

In 1992 this editorial-like campaign was the first to really show a woman on the Presidential campaign trail. It was a story over several pages, in black and white with the slogan “in women we trust” which always felt like a powerful statement. And at the time while I was only a teenager and owned no Donna Karan, I remember thinking that Donna Karan would be perfect presidential wear, fancy enough for meeting world leaders comfortable enough for all the traveling a President must have to do. I realized only year later how progressive and ahead of her time Donna Karan really was.

At the time, Karan told New York magazine that it wasn’t a “real feminist statement” at all—it was more of a commentary on the screwed-up state of U.S. politics. “It’s simply a statement that when times are bad—and this country is in trouble—you turn to the motherer, the nurturer,” she said. Karan said she wanted “In Women We Trust” to be timeless, not recognizable as any particular moment in time, since women don’t like to change clothes every season.

Forever timeless (and very presidential)

Tommy Hilfiger

Aaliyah 1997

Tommy Hilfiger in the 90s was really a pivotal moment in culture. In the 90s fashion started to make a mainstream crossover into music, starting with hip hop.

Tommy Hilfiger and with Destiny’s Child, when they were still four, at the Billboard Music Awards 1996

Somewhat ironic considering Tommy Hilfiger back then was probably like the essence of white-boy preppy America wear.

Tommy Hilfiger in the late 80s.

Today fashion and music exist as one and it would be hard to see one existing without the other. Could you imagine seeing Billie EiIlish or Cardi B without noticing their clothes? For the latter perhaps but it just makes total sense that Rihanna has Savage Fenty, Jay-Z Rocawear and that everyone on the billboard top 10 have a fashion collaboration at some point in their career not matter how short lived.

It seems like moment that really kicked it all off for Tommy Hilfiger was in 1992 when Mary J. Blige released What’s the 411? featuring Grand Pupa, who mentions Tommy in the song (watch on MTV Raps)

Well, I be Puba on this here
The n**** from last year
Girbaud's hanging baggy
Tommy Hilfiger top gear

It’s also interesting to note here the reference to Girbaud, (of Marithé + François Girbaud) and early sign of the not-yet-mainstream relationship between hip hop and fashion. Pupa says “I wrote What’s the 411? ‘cause that’s what I was wearing. Tommy was my new wears. In the industry, we always shout-out whatever’s fresh or whatever’s dope. At that time, I came up on Tommy Hilfiger, and I was rocking that for a little minute.”

And in 1994 Snoop Dogg performed on SNL wearing a rugby shirt, with a massive “TOMMY” across the chest. Almost overnight ‘street style’ was born and and Tommy Jeans blew up. I think this must have been the birth of the big-ass logo.

Aaliyah was probably one of Tommy Hilfiger’s biggest supporters. She was in the ads campaigns and did red carpets and music videos clad in the label’s jeans, boxers, and bandeaus. While a lot of what she wore was actually from the men’s line, she became an inspiration for the brand’s women’s collection. She was unique and her style is still referenced today.

Aaliyah for Tommy Hilfiger, 1997

Miu Miu

Into the early 90s, fashion ad campaigns featured exclusively models, supermodels if they could afford it. This is just how it was, models were models and actors acted, there was a dividing line and people stayed in their lanes. So when Drew Barrymore turned up in a Miu Miu campaign in 1994 no one really knew how to take it. “She’s not a model!?” But for us on the verge of being actual teenagers this was monumental. We all knew Drew Barrymore because she was in E.T., and everyone saw ET so we all kind of had this connection to her.

She was like the cool girl two grades ahead who you knew, but you know she had no idea you existed. She was cool, and she smoked, had funky hairstyles, and used actual swear words in interviews.

Most of all, she had the impossibly thin Marlene Deitrich skinny eyebrows every girl wanted in the 90s. She ticked all the boxes and up she went on my bedroom wall next to Anna Nicole.

Versace

Gianni Versace, Sprint Summer 1993 by Richard Avedon.

The Versace ads were the ones I looked forward to the most. The most fantastical creations in prints and colors that somehow all came together so magically. It was ‘sooo Italian!’ which I had no really idea what it meant back then, I just know that I wanted it. The medusa head was so cool and Versace campaigns always featured all my favorites – Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Yasmin and Helena.

In the 90s wearing Versace had the power to launch careers, and many he did, many with just a single dress. It’s impossible to pick a single year that stood out, high fashion in the 90s really belonged to Versace.

Versace 1993, Richard Avedon
Yasmeen Ghauri, Versace

Gucci

Gucci fall 1995, Amber Valletta shot by Mario Testino. The one I’ll never forget – I’d wear this today in a second.

Today when people talk about Gucci they talk bout Alessandro Michele, they talk about sneakers, they talk about NFT wearable collaborations with The North Face. But back in the early 1990s, not one was talking about Gucci, in a good way anyways. Gucci was known mostly for their leather accessories, and over-expansion combined with internal family feuding that almost tanked everything. Enough drama it seems that they could make a movie about it. Of course I knew little about the history of the house of Gucci but Tom Ford changed all that.

The 1995 Fall campaign ads were unforgettable. Sexy, sophisticated and so modern – it was everything people didn’t know they wanted.

Madonna in the exact look from the ad. 1995 MTV Music Awards.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted fashion’s almost overnight transformation from grunge and toward glamour. But this is what happened when Tom Ford took over at Gucci.

Today none of what you see here would get likes or reposts but in the 90s, Gucci felt so new, glamours and exuded well, sex. Tom Ford’s years at Gucci were strongly associated with provocation that had never really been seen before. 

The Gucci Thong, 1996 – so wrong but just so right.

Unsurprisingly, Kim has one.

Fern Mallis (who basically started New York Fashion week), has said that “He [Tom Ford] understood more than anyone else that sex sells.”

Amber Valletta has said similar, “Tom did something that nobody had done. He brought back an era of sex and glamour that hadn’t been around in a while; he brought back sex and and, I don’t know, like luxe gorgeousness.”

Looking back on these to they don’t seem incredibly risqué but back then these ads were basically porn, alluding to the voyeur, a new concept given mobile video was still a long way away – people ate it up.

MAC

Seeing as though the 90s were the height of the supermodel, it made sense that make up companies would want to get on board. When the first Viva Glam campaign launched, I had no idea what a drag queen was but I knew I loved RuPaul. Supermodel is still on my top 10 party songs playlist.

RuPaul was the very first MAC Viva Glam ambassador in 1994 and made Viva Glam an integral part of the brand’s identity. The campaign made him the first drag queen to secure a major beauty contract and the initiative it launched was unprecedented, with the entirety of proceeds from sales going to the MAC AIDS fund (which, since its inception, has raised more than $500 million dollars)

There was also some variations on the original that followed, this one featuring KD Lang alongside Ru. I believe the other guys is actually MAC co-founder Frank Toskan making a cameo.

The original Viva Glam: RuPaul + KD Lang

For its 25th anniversary (OMG really!?), MAC took some inspo from its archives and recreated the first Viva Glam campaign from 1994 with Winnie Harlow as Ru. Actually she apparently dressed up as RuPaul for Halloween and recreated the ad herself.

Hope you enjoyed this trip down the memory runway, would love to hear about your favorites.