Aretha Franklin is a diva in the after-life. She made a costume change between days of public viewing. And has two more scheduled before she’s buried.
On Tuesday, Aretha wore a red dress and red Louboutin stilettos. Yesterday, the general public saw her lying in a 24-karat-gold-plated casket wearing a sparkly, powder blue gown and silver, open-toed stilettos. Her red lipstick and nails were unchanged. And yes, Aretha’s legs were crossed at the ankles.
The funeral director, O’Neil Swanson, said they’ll change Aretha’s wardrobe today and again for Friday’s televised funeral. Rehearsals have started for the 16 music performances. Jennifer Hudson will close the service with one of Aretha’s gospel classics “Climbing Higher Mountains.”
Confirmed guests for the funeral, like Oprah Winfrey, LeBron James and Whoopi Goldberg, may want to pack a snack because Aretha’s funeral is scheduled to go more than six hours. (Entertainment Tonight)
- Whatever the Queen of Soul wants, the Queen gets.
- Aretha did not leave a last will or trust, but apparently she made her thoughts known on how she wanted to be dressed.
- The fashions at her funeral will be next level Sunday’s best.
- Bathroom breaks will be needed for a six-hour event.
- Back-to-back funerals on cable this weekend. First Aretha, and then on Saturday Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama will speak at the service for Senator John McCain.