'Walking Dead' star turns cover model
Also: Heather Mitts gets a hosting gig, DMC raps with teens and more.
YOU USUALLY see Philadelphia Style magazine's newest cover model dirty and sweaty, but now she gets a chance to go glam.
Lauren Cohan, of "The Walking Dead," will grace the cover of this month's mag.
Cohan spent the first 13 years of her life in Cherry Hill, but moved to England as a kid (which explains the British accent she uses in interviews). Cohan joined the crazy-popular zombie show - Sunday's midseason premiere raked in 15.6 million viewers - in the show's second season and has survived many cast kill-offs since. In fact, she gets to be in love, playing in one of the show's endearing romances with Glenn (Steven Yeun).
The article hits newsstands Feb. 23.
Mitts lands hosting gig
Gold-medal soccer star and Philly resident Heather Mitts will host a new Nickelodeon reality show about a subject she's quite familiar with. Mitts will host "Soccer Superstar," a reality series that will air during the Women's World Cup in June, featuring young female soccer players showing off their skills. The series, which comes courtesy of the team behind megapopular dance reality show "So You Think You Can Dance," is not a new format. It aired in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2007 and then in Australia from 2008 to 2011, under the title "Football Star."
Dress, a success
Jovan O'Connor, one of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers-in-residence, will get a special treat tomorrow. O'Connor, a Philadelphia University graduate, designed a dress for "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey to wear down the runway at the Go Red show during the all-important New York Fashion Week.
On the catwalk alongside Bailey and her dress will be pop star Ciara, "I Dream of Jeannie" star Barbara Eden, "Today" show host Hoda Kotb and Laverne Cox, of "Orange is the New Black."
DMC does Philly
Rap legend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, of Run-DMC fame, will speak at the Universal Audenreid Charter School with Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble on Feb. 19. The famed duo will discuss how they got started in the music business and how education played a critical role in their success. The discussion will be open to juniors and seniors at the charter school.
OUT AND ABOUT
* Jimmy Rollins, who will wear a Dodgers uniform next season, had never visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), but he got in yesterday, tweeting, "After 14 years I finally visited the Philadelphia Art Museum . . . nice view," along with a picture from the top of the steps. Hey, better late than never for one of Philly's more iconic views.
* Former "American Idol" contestant Casey James (he was the hot blond who came in behind Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox) dined with 92.5 WXTU's Doc Medek and Mark Razz at Hymie's (342 Montgomery Ave., Merion) yesterday.
* Eight hundred local notables showed up at the American Heart Association 58th annual Heart Ball on Saturday night, emceed by NBC10's Jacqueline London (whose boss, Anzio Williams, NBC vice president of news, showed up to support her). Former Lt. Gov. Jim Crawley, renowned Penn cardiologist Mariel Jessup, Hahnemann CEO Mike Halter, Telemundo 62 reporter Iris Delgado and mayoral candidate Doug Oliver were all in attendance at the event, which raised $1.6 million.
Have you voted in the People Paper's Sexiest Philadelphians poll? There's still time to get your vote in for the likes of state Rep. Brian Sims, 6ABC anchor Jim Gardner or NBC10's Sheena Parveen. Go vote at philly.com/sexyphilly.