Mota to Reportedly Compete on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Bethany Mota  may have reason to dance in the near future…

The 18-year-old half-Mexican YouTube vlogger and fashionista has reportedly been cast for season 19 of ABC’s celebrity ballroom dance competition Dancing with the Stars, according to TMZ.

Bethany Mota

If Mota’s casting news holds true, the decision seems to recognize that there’s more to a “star” than someone who appears on a television or film screen. There’s another screen that counts these days… the computer screen.

Not only does the charming and charismatic Mota have more than nine million subscribers across her two YouTube channels (Macbarbie07 and BethanysLife), she also has 3.6 million Instagram followers, 1.9 million on Twitter, and even a line at Aeropostale.

Mota recentlt judged an episode of Project Runway alongside Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen earlier this year, and even scored a winning surfboard at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Female Web Star.

Mota would reportedly  dance alongside other reported celebrities: Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson, Pretty Little LiarsJanel Parrish, Olympian Lolo Jones and soap star Antonio Sabato Jr., among others.

Garcia Named Marie Claire’s Creative Director

Nina Garcia is movin’ on up at Marie Claire

The 47-year-old Colombian-born fashion journalist and Project Runway judge has been promoted to creative director by the fashion magazine’s new editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider.

Garcia, who previously held the position of fashion director, replaces Suzanne Sykes, who left Marie Claire in September to be the creative director of Elle UK.

Garcia, who saw her visibility rise with her role as a judge on Heidi Klum‘s Project Runway, will be joined by the glossy’s new artistic director, Alex Gonzalez, who joins the Marie Claire team from W magazine.

Sotomayor to Serve as a Mentor on iVillage’s “DIY Beautify”

It appears that Andrew Sotomayor may soon become the Tim Gunn of the beauty world…

The Mexican-American celebrity makeup artist will be participating in iVillage’s first competition web series, DIY Beautify, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Andrew Sotomayor

The style-based series, which embraces a “how to” concept,  will showcase two women competing against each other as they apply new makeup techniques they are taught during the show.

Sotomayor— who has worked with the likes of Kerry Washington, Alicia Silverstone, Nina Garcia and other A-list celebrities—will serve as a mentor and teach techniques to the participating women. Contestants will range in age from 21-35.

Former Real Housewives of New York City cast member Kelly Killoren Bensimon will serve as a judge alongside Pat Sandora, the host of the iVillage entertainment series Likes or Yikes. They will choose winners based on their progress and execution.

“We created DIY Beautify based on the increasing popularity of iVillage’s how-to videos, and the fact that our research tells us our audience is hungry for inspiration they can use right now,” said Jodi Kahn, president of iVillage in a statement. “Beauty is a multi-billion dollar industry for the simple reason that women want to look and feel their best. As a trusted source to millions of women, iVillage can authentically deliver tips in a relatable and entertaining way, while offering brands an organic platform to reach a key audience.”

DIY Beautify officially launches on iVillage on October 1.

Garcia to Co-Host Oscars Red Carpet Special…

She’s judged the contestants on Project Runway… And, now Nina Garcia is preparing to critique celebrities on the red carpet at the Oscars.

For the first time ever, the 46-year-old Colombian fashion journalist will co-host Oscars Red Carpet Live, the only Oscar broadcast from the red carpet.

Garcia will join fellow hosts Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe and Jess Cagle on the 84th Academy Awards pre-show.

Garcia—the fashion director for Marie Claire—and her Project Runway cast mate Gunn will interview celebrities and offer their own red carpet fashion commentary.

Oscars Red Carpet Live will air on ABC at 7:00 pm ET on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Luna: The First “Project Runway” Champion?

He’s been the standout contestant on “Project Runway” this season…  And now Viktor Luna could be the first Latino to win the reality competition.

During Thursday’s “Finale Part 1” episode, judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia gave the 30-year-old Guadalajara, Mexico-born designer, along with fellow contestants Anya Ayoung-Chee, Joshua McKinley and Kimberly Goldson, five weeks and $9,000 to create their collections.

Luna’s collection featured an eye-catching white leather jacket with pearls down the sleeves, as well as several pieces featuring an abstract print that he created using photographs he’d taken in Mexico, where he grew up.

After showing a three-piece mini-collection of their favorite looks, Luna’s collection seemed to fare best with the judges. But in the end, all four finalists were sent through to compete at New York City Fashion Week.

So, after winning two challenges and receiving high-praise on his final collection, it looks like Luna—a third generation seamster who learned about construction and tailoring from his mother—may have the inside track to taking sewing up the title of “Project Runway” Champion and making history as the first Latino winner.

This week’s final episode of “Project Runway” will air on Thursday on Lifetime at 9:00 pm ET.

Images courtesy of Lifetime.