It was a glamorous evening that was very fitting for the glamorous Lisa Vanderpump Tuesday at the opening of her newest venture PUMP Lounge. The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, along with her husband Ken Todd, hosted a star-studded party to celebrate the launch of what is sure to be a new West Hollywood hot spot.
“I want people to come in here amidst all this mayhem in West Hollywood and to walk in through those gates and to sit down and have a cocktail, sit under the olive trees and have a great salad or chicken dish and really feel that they're on vacation; that they have been transported somewhere else. And I think that we have achieved that,” Vanderpump said on the kind of haven she hopes PUMP Lounge to be for people.
Feeling like they're on vacation when they're at PUMP won't be a difficult task for people as when sitting in its' outdoor garden one feels as if they're sitting in an outdoor restaurant in the French Riviera. Both the lounge's interior and exterior possess a very elegant and inviting decor.
“It's stunning,” said Vanderpump's friend and “Beverly Hills Housewives” co-star Carlton Gebbia on the carpet covered with rose petals. “I can't wait to see everything. I saw it when she was building it and when she was planting the olive trees.”
Fellow “Housewife” Joyce Giruad also joined in on Vanderpump's special night. “I'm really excited because I know how much effort Lisa has put into this; every detail she has done to perfection. I know how hard she has worked on it so I wouldn't miss it for the world,” said Giruad. “I'm really excited for her.”
Someone else who was really excited for Vanderpump was her long time friend Lance Bass. “I have been looking forward to this for a very long time,” said Bass, whose friendship with Vanderpump began before her “Housewives” debut.
Another proud friend at the party was Victor Ortiz, who first got to know during both of their stints on ABC's “Dancing with the Stars”. “What brings me tonight is Lisa's kind invite. Lisa and I, when we did “Dancing with the Stars”, we built a solid foundation of friendship. She and I we were the best of buds on the set of “Dancing with the Stars”. We just clicked that way,” said Ortiz. So between her, Ken and myself; they call me for holidays or even just to say hi and vice versa. Lisa and Ken, they're great, beautiful, real loving people. That's what I like. That's what I respect.”
What is also to be respected about Vanderpump is her strong advocacy for human rights. In response to the current scandal with the Sultan of Brunei and his looming penalties for homosexuality, among others, Vanderpump emphasized on the importance of public figures using their voices to fight mistreatment of homosexuals.
“I'm the hugest gay advocate. It's not even about gay, straight, it's about equal rights. And that's what I stand for. So that's why I say with everything that's going on with the Sultan of Brunei; people don't choose to be gay,” said Vanderpump. “I'm doing a PSA as a heterosexual. I'm the “normal” one who has been married 32 years, I have two children, and I'm a huge supporter. If we continue with this hatred, wherever it is in the world, with another generation it's a ripple effect and that to me is very worrying. So we have to stand strong. And I wish every celebrity would come out and make a difference and stand with me on this. Nothing towards the Beverly Hills Hotel for me personally because I love that place, but with what's gone down I can't support that.”