Independent Woman

Friday 29 August 2014

Irish fake tan queen parties with Hollywood elite for Oscars week

Joyce Fegan

Published 27/02/2014 | 23:01

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Marissa Carter wears a dress by Irish designer Gay DePaor. Photo Barbara McCarthy

Irish fake tan entrepreneur Marissa Carter joins Hollywood elite for the hottest Oscar party attended by Robert De Niro, Bill Clinton and Robert F Kennedy Junior.

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The owner of Cocoa Brown is in LA this week exclusively providing the tan to Oscar ticket-holders and Hollywood A-listers ahead of Sunday night’s awards.

Tonight the 30-year-old business woman is to attend the Unite4:Humanity dinner where former US president Clinton is giving the key note speech.

“I asked myself if there was only one party I could go to in Hollywood this week which one would it be so I said aim for the top and contacted the organisers of Unite4:Humanity,” explained Ms Carter.

Other guests include Martin Scorsese, Selina Gomez, Demi Lovato, Irish woman Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keyes is performing at the exclusive event.

“I got a Google alert saying Cocoa Brown had been mentioned in Variety magazine and that’s when I saw the list of the top Oscar parties in LA,” said the award-winning Dublin entrepreneur.

After walking the red carpet and enjoying a cocktail reception the mum-of-one will sit down for dinner as the awards for humanitarian achievements are given out. Ms Lee was awarded “Everyday Hero”.

Actress Eva Longoria also is also attending the event, presenting Ms Lovato with the “Young Luminary” award and Mr Kennedy is presenting Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus an award for her creative commitment to television.

Ms Carter, who said she was “the proudest Irish girl in Hollywood right now” is wearing a dress by Gay DePaor who also designed the entrepreneur’s wedding dress.

Ms Carter, whose fake tan business celebrated its one-year-anniversary last November and is stocked across Ireland and the UK, is in talks to sell her product in America.

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