By Melissa Hunter and Jen Jones
The Fourth of July is a day filled with age-old traditions, from barbequing with your loved ones to sitting on a blanket watching the fireworks — and, of course, Diddy's White Party. While the party normally takes place in the Hamptons, the rapper migrated west this year to party with his L.A. celeb contingency. Fundraising for Malaria No More, the party brought out a host of stars, and along with them, the requisite patriotic debauchery.
Wonderwall was there and caught up with the white-clad stars in attendance. When we asked Diddy why he moved the party out West this year, he replied, "You know, I'm out here in L.A. making movies. I'm here to stay. I've got a lot of friends out here, and it's all about Malaria No More."
The other host for the White Party was the Twitter King himself, Ashton Kutcher, with his stunner of a wife Demi Moore in tow. Ashton spent most of his tweeting time raising awareness for Malaria No More that day. But he did take a break to swing across the pool on a chain. Anything for a good cause.
Russell Brand, with a Rosary chain, a shiny silver belt, and showing off his ever-so-manly chest hair chatted with Wonderwall. So, how was he planning on spending his time once inside the party?
"I'll try to convince these people the entire history of American independence has been a travesty and they should return to the control of her Majesty, the Queen of England. God bless you, ma'am … I don't even think it will take a whole afternoon. The first 20 minutes, I'll convince people, then the rest of the time, I shall suggest that I am made king of England."
Be on the lookout next year for the London White Party after all the celebs have migrated to the U.K. Hosted by His Highness, King Russell Brand, naturally.
In spite of her "albino" complexion (her words, not ours), Shanna Moakler braved the White Party, drawing on some dark eyeliner to show a bit of contrast. So, who would Shanna consider to be a real-life firecracker?
"My husband, well, my ex-husband is a firecracker. Travis. He's quiet, but he's a Scorpio, and they are definitely firecrackers!"
Ahh, yes. Blame it on the astrological sign. Not the person himself. Nicely played.
From his white chains to the rolled-up linen pants, Tyrese Gibson certainly didn't back down from the all-white theme. With his film "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" breaking pretty much every summer record to date, are there any other movies the model-actor-host is looking forward to this summer?
"Definitely 'Public Enemies.' Go support Michael Mann." And as for hosts Diddy and Ashton, is there a project he'd like them to work on together? "A comedy. I want to see them make people laugh."
Where there's a party, tequila will be there. Where there's a celebrity-ridden party, Tila Tequila will surely be there. Decked out in white, we wondered what color party she would throw. (Hint: It's obvious.)
"Hot pink! All the fellas and all the ladies — all the ladies come dressed, and fellas love ladies, so they'll have to wear hot pink just to come check out the hot chicks," explained Ms. Tequila.
And what's the best themed party she's already thrown? "My Halloween party in Las Vegas. That's when I got in trouble the next day: I was in Page Six for supposedly hooking up with Justin Long."
"Supposedly, whatever. I don't remember. What stays in Vegas … stays there."
Ooh, nice cover there Tila. It's like you want to keep rumors about yourself alive. Weird.
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, an ex-"NYPD Blue" star, shed the uniform in favor of a white full-length gown. Aside from wearing white formal wear, how does she normally like to spend the Fourth?
"The beach is always nice, especially if you can see the fireworks. We used to go to Ron Meyer's. He always used to have a Fourth of July bash right on the beach in Malibu. They bring up the barge, and the fireworks are pretty amazing. But I'm sure tonight won't be too shabby!"
And who has she had the most on-screen fireworks with?
"Oooooh, Jamie Foxx. Absolutely, without a doubt. We worked together the longest. Our series ran for five years, and we got to cultivate and grow together. We had chemistry since our audition. And he's caliente! Don't tell my husband."
Don't worry, Garcelle, your secret's safe with us and the rest of the Internet.
"Dexter" actress Julie Benz probably has very few occasions to wear white without fear of (fake) bloodstains. So what else besides the ensemble was she looking forward to?
"It's a great way to spend the Fourth, I'm looking forward to seeing all the celebrities. I'm a bit of a dork."
And who in particular is she excited to see?
"I hope Puffy's here! (laughs) And Ashton — those two alone I'm excited to see."
Considering they were the two hosts, she probably got those stars checked off in her autograph book.
Marla Maples has fond memories of her bygone Fourth of July days. Sorry, Trump, they have nothing to do with you:
"I love the simple memories of family, popping the firecrackers, shaking the little sparklers in the air. We used to get off my friends boat when we were kids and jump into the pool into the darkness, in the moonlight. It was the best."
Aww, celebrities, they USED to be just like us! Until, of course, they marry and divorce billionaires.
Funny(ish) man Tom Green went all out with his white ensemble. He was pretty excited to be there. And we were pretty surprised to see him. He said, "Yeah, good to be here. It's exciting to be celebrating the Fourth of July with Diddy, and it's for a good cause."
So, what was his all-time favorite Fourth?
"This is probably it, right here. Oh my gosh. Normally I just stay home and watch 'Rambo' or something like that, good American movies."
His favorite Fourth and he hadn't even gotten into the party yet. Cute.
Tara Reid goes for the Grecian white look at the party. Glad she's taken a step away from her toga party aesthetic and veered more toward the Greek goddess look.
When everyone has to wear the same color at a party, you can always try Cassie's stand-out route and shave half your head. Or just wear off-white. Your call.
Former Spice Girl Mel B showed off her unreasonably fit post-baby body yet again on the white carpet.
Amber Rose looked gorgeous in her white ensemble. Unfortunately, we weren't the only ones to notice her look…
Chris Brown avoided the white carpet but he didn't avoid the drama. He was reportedly caught mid-canoodle with Kanye West's ex Amber Rose at the party. Is he a glutton for punishment or what?