Celebrity Namesakes

From Angelina Jolie to Beyonce, everybody who's anybody has something named after them
Wednesday , 07 March 2012
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Beyonce
Beyonce
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung
Madonna
Madonna
Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne
Blake Lively
Blake Lively
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Celebrities love to be reminded of how special they are, and what better way to honour your starry idol than to name a little something after them?

Some diehard fans settle for naming their pets, their cars or even their children after their favourite celeb, but several big name brands have wised up to the fact that sales rocket when a new product is named after the brightest star on the block.

Here’s Ahlan!’s rundown of our favourite celebrity namesakes...

Angelina Jolie

The namesake: The Tomb Raider mixed drink at The Red Piano Restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The backstory: After Ange finished filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia, a local bartender mixed up a drink in her honour.

In the bevvie: A heady mix of spirits and pineapple juice, it’s served with a drink umbrella, but somehow we don’t think that’s quite Ange’s style.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The namesake: The William and Catherine Rose

The backstory: The Royal couple had a rose named after them at the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show to commemorate their wedding on 29 April 2011.

The rose: The William and Catherine flowers open in a soft shade of apricot, which fades to cream and then pure white. The petals fall cleanly, so they look just like confetti – how romantic!

Beyoncé

The namesake: A type of horse fly called the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae

The backstory: The fly was first captured in Australia in 1981, the year of Beyoncé’s birth, but it was only recently named. Bryan Lessard from Australia’s science agency, CSIRO, revealed that he named the fly after the Bootylicious singer because it has a large behind. Ouch!

The similarities: So does it look like Bey? Nope! But Lessard says that its generous rear made it the “all-time diva of flies”. He said: “It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species.” Hmm, we’ve never noticed that Beyoncé’s abs are covered with “dense golden hair”.

Justin Bieber

The namesake: The Bieber Bocker Sundae in Harrods

The backstory: In honour of the launch of his fragrance, Someday, the famous London department store created the special Biebs ice cream.

Taste sensation: It’s made from vanilla and wild berry ice creams, fresh pear, lavender sprinkles and edible glitter. Fortunately, it’s not topped with masses of fluffy brown hair like Justin. Also, at Dhs117, it doesn’t exactly come cheap!

Alexa Chung

The namesake: The Alexa satchel from fashion house Mulberry

The backstory: The design of the bag was inspired by pictures of UK style icon Alexa Chung carrying a vintage Mulberry men’s briefcase as a handbag.

Hot item: The Alexa was a sell-out success when it was released in 2010, despite the Dhs4,000 price tag. Two years on, the Alexa accounts for more than 30 per cent of Mulberry’s sales and has helped to make it the world’s best-performing fashion house.

Madonna

The namesake: A spicy variety of hotdog at Hot Doug’s Sausage Superstore in Chicago

The backstory: The Madonna is an Andouille sausage, which is described as ‘mighty, mighty, mighty’ hot. At Dhs15, it’s the most expensive dog on the menu!

The other celebrity sausages: Celebrity dogs are a big deal at Hot Doug’s and the names change regularly – The Madonna has also been known as The Salma Hayek and the Brigitte Bardot. If that particular variety is too hot to handle, then there’s always The Keira Knightly, a ‘mighty hot’ Firedog, that’s also been known as The Jennifer Garner and The Britney Spears.

Avril Lavigne

The namesake: The Avril Lavigne Special pizza from a restaurant in her hometown of Napanee, Canada

The backstory: When Avril was in high school she was a regular at the local pizza restaurant, La Pizzeria. So when she made it big, they named a pizza after her, complete with all her favourite toppings: pepperoni, green olives and mushrooms.

Ditching the dish: The singer now eats healthier and is vegetarian, so pepperoni’s off the menu. Sounds like it’s time for the Avril salad!

Blake Lively

The namesake: A Christian Louboutin shoe called The Blake.

The backstory: Blake was looking around Louboutin’s atelier in 2011, when she spotted a particularly gorgeous pair. Blake says: “I saw this one pair and I said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ He said, ‘Do you love it?’ and I said, ‘I want to sleep with it under my pillow every night!’” That’s when Louboutin said, “We’re naming it Blake then.” Blake, who was once spotted spending more  than Dhs33,000 on Louboutin shoes, says that having a shoe named after her was “her greatest accomplishment”. But what about dating Leo?

The shiny shoe: It’s a sky-high black stiletto with multicoloured straps, each with a matching button fastening.

Miley Cyrus

The namesake: The Miley Cyrus shake at Dubai’s Millions of Milkshakes

The backstory: The Miley Cyrus is a super-sweet blend of cookie dough and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with vanilla ice cream.

Other celebrity shakes: Millions of Milkshakes has a whole range of celebrity- inspired shakes. If you’re not a Miley Cyrus fan, try the Kim Kardashian, which is strawberry and banana topped with whip.

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