Kim Kardashian was the host and Kid Rock was the DJ for this gala event in Music City. Just inside the world class Opryland Hotel and Resort lies the new Las Vegas style nightclub called FUSE. As part of the arrival experience for the star-studded grand opening, two models were bodypainted as jaguars to flank the entrace to the red carpet. Gaylord Entertainment hired me to paint the models, Katie Babcock and Courtney Black from XCel Talent agency in Atlanta. Ironically this isn't the same Courtney Black that I have painted locally here in Arizona. This Courtney is a professional cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. I painted each of the models using Mehron paints through a Badger Airbrush and some detail brushed on using Wolfe Brothers bodypaints. Here is a shot of the models backstage before they were elevated up to their perches.
The nightclub was fantastic and the lighting was really incredible. Being a lighting designer by day, I was really thrilled with the lighting design which utilized a lot of colored LED lights and the dancefloor was with rich colored theatrical fixtures. I didn't get any pictures of the night club, but I did get a lot of shots of the celebrities walking down the red carpet. In addition to Kim Kardashian and Kid Rock, there were plenty of other celebrities trapsing down the red carpet including:
Here are a few of the celebrity pictures that I took along with the paparazzi at the red carpet:
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