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Swap Your Stilettos For Sneakers

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By Stylist Jenni Sellan
@jennisellan

Swapping your stilettos for a little white sneaker? You’ve just caught my attention.

When comfort and versatility stylishly collide in the universe of fashion, women everywhere stand up and give it a resounding YES. And that’s exactly why ‘sneakers with ….everything’  (well almost) is this Summers favourite trend.

Best kept for off duty style, the perfect pair of sneakers will  accompany you effortlessly for an impromptu lunch with the girls, and save your soles from a crazy schedule that keeps you running between various social events.

A great alternative with your favourite summer dress or paired with this seasons cropped culotte or denims, and lets not forget everyones favourite, the midi skirt, a perfect pair of sneakers just makes complete sense… and..

It’s nothing less than chic xo










Reduce Anxiety The Natural Way

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By Jessica Sepel

Do you ever wake up with that feeling of unease in your tummy? That used to be me – every single morning. I suffered from intense anxiety that often felt crippling. And I realized that I wasn’t alone. Anxiety is far too common these days. Thankfully, I’ve developed some healthier habits that have helped me manage and reduce my anxiety. Give some of these tips a try – good nutritional and lifestyle habits can make a huge difference in helping to reduce anxiety.

Solid sleep. That means in bed by 9 or 10pm and rise with the sun. Aim for 7-8 hours of rest each night.

Sunshine. Spend 15-30 minutes a day in the sun. Expose skin (arms, chest) for adequate vitamin D and melatonin.

Physical activity. 30 minutes a day of your favorite way to move your body. I love walking, light jogging, yoga and Pilates. Outdoor exercise is optimal.

Mind body medicine. 20 diaphragms breaths morning and night to activate your parasympathetic nervous system. Schedule down time. Enjoy restorative poses such as legs up on the wall for 10 minutes every day. Enjoy relaxation music daily. Have a massage. Meditate (in any way- just watching your breathe rise and fall will do!)

Have fun! Joy can be found in the simplest things. Treat yourself to a movie, watch your fav TV show, go to a concert, see family and friends.

Acupuncture. This can be extremely beneficial.

Avoid these triggers. Caffeine, alcohol, smoking, environmental pollutants, and drug use can increase anxiety.

Dietary changes. Eat through the rainbow. Aim to have 5 servings of veggies daily. Eat nuts, seeds and sprouts. Increase fish intake. Enjoy good fats such as avocado, nuts and olive oil. Eat dark chocolate. Drink more water. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Reduce dairy intake. Avoid trans fats, salt, fast foods and sugar found in soft drinks, lollies, biscuits, cakes and processed foods (white bread, white pasta).

Consider helpful supplements. Under the guidance of a health practitioner, try fish oil, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin D and chamomile tea.

Gratitude. Find something to be grateful for daily. Gratitude relieves stress and anxiety.

 

Website: jessicasepel.com

Instagram: @JSHealth

Modeling Isn’t Always Fair

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I think just about every model has a love/hate relationship with the industry. Probably the most frustrating thing about this business is that there are so many do’s and don’ts that you’re supposed to follow and yet there are still those exceptions to the rule that make things very unfair.

For example, I had a casting in San Francisco at 11:00am for a hair show. I showed up early and waited patiently with the other 30 models who showed up. The people holding the casting were presenting a new line of hair care products and were looking for models to showcase the new brand.

Luckily, they weren’t planning on cutting or coloring. The lady in charge thanked us for showing up early and on time and explained that they would be pulling girls up in small groups to evaulate their hair and that the rest of us could relax and wait until we were called.

The first group was about 7-9 girls with really long hair down their back. One of the stylists explained that some of the styles they needed required a lot of length. While they brushed, braided and played with the girls’ hair, the rest of us talked amongst ourselves.

Three girls walked into the casting 10-15 minutes late but were still accepted into the audition and were added to the group of girls being considered. While I and a number of the other girls thought it was crazy for anyone late to be allowed to participate, we kept our mouths shut. It is a business after all and you can’t let your emotions get the best of you.

After about 15 minutes, the lady in charge came to the rest of us and said, “Thank you for your time ladies, the casting is over and we have found our models.” Needless to say, there was a moment of shock, confusion and utter silence. Model to model glanced at each other as if to say, “Are they for real?” But as is custom, we gathered our things, smiled politely and thanked them (of course, all of us were cussing up a storm on the way out of the building!). The three girls who came late got the gig and two of the three girls had worked for the stlylists before. Goes to show that it is definitely who you know.

Of course I was very upset, as were the rest of the girls who wasted their time sitting in a room with each other while the stylists made their pick without giving any of us a chance. Honestly, if they only wanted girls with super long hair, that is what they should have told our agencies. To reward someone who is late to a casting is beyond me and I didn’t think it was fair that they openly announced which models had worked with them before (who ended up making the cut).

In my opinion, it was a waste of time and effort but that’s what happens. Life isn’t fair and neither is modeling. It just goes to show that no matter how well you follow the rules, there will always be instances where those who break them get the gig…but that doesn’t mean that you should do the same. It may not pay off right away, but stick to your good habits and eventually you will be rewarded. For every missed opportunity, there will always be something bigger and better.

 

Modeling 101 – A Model’s Diary
By Dania Denise

Turner Talks

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Turner Talks comes direct from NYC by reporter Sally Turner with videographer Sheniqua Lewis.

From lifestyle, entertainment, to intimate interviews TurnerTalks has you covered about all that is happening in this wonderful city.

YouTube: TurnerTalks

Instagram: @turnertalksofficial

Mmm Look At That Ass – Some Of The Best Bums You’ll Ever See

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The Best Bums the Modeling World Has to Offer

By Simi Afroza Mira

Modeling isn’t all in the face. It’s also all about your backside, and these days, having a toned and runway worthy booty is a must for successful models across every genre – whether you do swimsuit or lingerie work – those sexy Victoria’s Secret Angels, anybody? To runway baring outfits that demand the perfect toosh, and even to fitness modeling. I have trawled the web for some of the best back-ends in the modeling world, and here they are – the top 10 modeling booty’s the industry has to offer:

1. How Cheeky Of you
This Victoria’s Secret runway model certainly knows how to cheekily flaunt those perfect cheeks of hers. And we thank her for it.

 2. The Barest Of Butts
I like ahem – bare – butts and I cannot lie

3. The Beach Butt
This model knows how to rock her modified boy-short bikini bottoms from Victoria’s Secret. She probably spends as much time in the gym every day as I do grooming my cats. Read: a lot.

4. Curves in all the right places
Who says you can’t be thin but still rock the curves? This alluring model proves those naysayers wrong with her jaw-dropping buns.

5. The Rockin’ Plus Size Booty
There’s a reason plus size models are becoming more and more an established staple in the fashion and modeling industry today, and this photo totally proves why. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

6. But What an Electric Ass You Have
Pretty much literally. This runway model not only can simultaneously rock electric neon butterfly wings, but still astonish us with a just as electrifying back end? Props to you, babe.

7. Buns Of Steel
This fitness model knows how to flaunt those perfectly toned cheeks. Gives the term “booty shorts a new meaning.

8. That is an Ass O’ Fury
When I happened upon this photo, my jaw dropped, and then my thoughts pretty much went something like, “I wish that ass was mine. ALL MINE! I want dat ass!!! Sigh. If only.

9. Petite Body, Pleasing Booty
Being petite and rocking an awesome toosh are not mutually exclusive, and this petite model proves that to us with her enviable curves. Like, totally enviable.

10. Hot Ass, Hot Hair, Don’t Care
I care.

This runway model’s cheeks are complete Perfection. I’m totally jealous right now.

 

 

You Want Me To Do What??

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By Carrie Lynn
OnOption Blog
@carrielynna

Starting out in the industry and knowing absolutely zilch about modeling makes for some interesting situations!

WARNING: Do NOT shoot with student photographers!  Obviously not all of them are awful, just ones with a delusional idea of creativity.  Ask what you are shooting before you go.

I had an experience with one of these geniuses.  It was my second shoot ever and the agency I signed with set it up.  Being a well-known agency I assumed the photographer would be as decent as the first one I worked with.  Rule #1-Never make assumptions.  I get to the location and the guy said I would be shooting with ice cream.

I was naive.  At the time I thought, “Okay this could be cool, I trust you.  You have ice cream!”  I think I was more distracted by the sweets than anything else. He tricked me!

Anyway, we started off shooting some beauty, and after a few shots he wanted to bring in the ice cream.  I didn’t really know what to do.  I’ve only ever eaten the stuff.  I’ve never had to make it look “fierce.”  I actually remember trying to come up with creative way to get him his shots and get a free dessert at the same time!  Smart one Carrie, add to the freshmen fifteen.  Fatty!  Okay… off subject!!!  The guy seriously had some strange fantasies.

I don’t know how he expected me to be “fierce” with a damn ice cream cone on my head!  Yep of all things to do with it, he wanted it on my head.  And I put it there!  I didn’t hesitate or ask questions!!!  I guess all the finger licking temporarily halted my brain functionality.  You could say my mood changed the second I realized what I did!

I got even more pissed when I realized how ridiculous this whole shoot was and that the idiot was only getting pictures for his book, better yet for his school project.  I’d be horrified if he thought putting these in his book would help his career at all.  It certainly wasn’t helping mine.  In fact, it definitely would do the opposite.  Ohhhh boy does it get better.  How was I going to get the ice cream out of my hair?  I was at a photo school.  They didn’t have showers!!!

Pissed is a too pleasant a word to describe my hate for this day.  I hated this guy and modeling in general at this point.  I left as soon as possible. Ice cream and sprinkles still in hair.  Let me just add, this was the longest mile walk home.  It felt like it took me ages and I was ready to knock out anyone who so much as looked at me.

Three shampoos later, still with sprinkles stuck to my scalp, I went to the agency.  My booker was totally excited for me to have new pictures until I explained to her what had happened.   Everyone at the booking table got a good laugh in.  Mean bookers!!!  She told me that I should have left the second he told me what we were doing!  WHAT?!?!?!  You mean I went through all of that and I could have just left?  Yep!  Even more pissed now!  Obviously by now I’ve learned that you have to speak up and know what you are and are not willing to do.  I will never do that again…well…if it was a paid job, I would consider thinking about it!

Very few people have ever seen the pictures from that day.  For your entertainment and because I find it hilarious now, here you go.  Laugh away!!!

Things I Wish I’d Understood In My 20’s

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By Ellen Hancock – A Not So Model Life
@gypsy_revival

The era of my 20’s is creeping towards an end. I still have until June… but I can already feel it coming… my 30’s! The feeling is a little unexpected, because honestly I’m pretty darn excited. After all my depressing birthdays over the last few years I didn’t think I’d ever be happy about getting older. But I am!

When people say your 20’s are rough they aren’t kidding! We go through so many changes during that period of time. Some changes are voluntary, and some are involuntary. We experiment with who we are and who we aren’t. Or sometimes the world sends us huge rude awakenings. We’re trying to start careers, find love, pay the bills, and still manage to have some fun. There is so much on the plate of a 20-something that it’s overwhelming just to think about it. I’m honestly ready and looking forward to the next phase in my life.

Over the last decade I have been trying to figure my life out, and guess what? I have absolutely not succeeded! And that’s ok! I think my 30’s will be a more calm, self-aware, and accepting era of my journey. Which leads me into the point of this article. As I look back on the last ten years of my life a few things really smack me as things I wish I’d grasped a little sooner. I was always stubborn, one of those people who had to learn by making their own mistakes. In some ways I’m grateful for that. I can honestly say I’ve lived a full life so far – with many ups and downs, and stories to tell. However, there are a few lessons I wish I had been wise enough to avoid. At this point though I just hope my experiences might be enough to help someone else on their journey. It’s a potential upside… so I’ll give it a shot.

1. The important thing is that you add to your value.

At no point in anyone’s life do they have it all figured out. The important thing is that you accept the journey and continually focus on ways to add value to your marketability. So many skills are applicable in ways you wouldn’t even consider, so don’t hesitate simply because you’re not sure if what you’re going after fits into the entirety of the rest of your life. Often down the line you’ll find that all your skills intersect in quite unexpected ways, or get you thinking in unexpected ways.
The important thing is that you just keep working hard and keep adding to your abilities. I wasted a lot of time not doing anything simply because I didn’t know what I ultimately wanted to do with my life. You don’t have to have your whole future planned! Just think of ways to build your value, and go from there. It will lead to somewhere, I promise.

2. Sex does not equal intimacy.

The most intimate you can be with someone does not require you to take your clothes off. Real intimacy is letting your heart be vulnerable. It is letting someone see you for who you truly are – the good and the bad. It is making a commitment knowing that things won’t always be easy. If you can wrap your mind around that it will really change the way you think about love and what it is you’re really manifesting in your relationships.

3. You shouldn’t rush into living with someone you’re dating.

Most relationships don’t work out in your 20’s, and living with someone truly complicates things. Having to split belongings and decide who keeps the place makes breaking up so much more painful, too. I wish I hadn’t jumped into living with a couple of guys so fast in my 20’s. Looking back I wasted a lot of energy I could have devoted to myself because of complicated living situations that dragged on way too long. Give yourself at least a year with someone before you even consider it.

4. If you are depressed or unhappy drugs will only make things worse.

In the age of legalized marijuana I think it is important to acknowledge it for what it really is. A lot of people enjoy it and use it, but like every other drug (ahem, alcohol) it has its downsides. It can make you lethargic, and it can bury your feelings. Sometimes you need to let yourself feel all those not so pleasant emotions rather then covering them up. Because if you don’t face those feelings and pick yourself up by your own bootstraps, then guess what? Things just get worse.

Your emotions get confused the farther you bury them, and they don’t go away – they just start to manifest in other ways. You’ll start to lose sleep, you’ll get anxious about all the things you should be doing, you’ll fail to fix the problems that are actually the cause of your unhappiness, and so on. The farther down that rabbit hole you go, the harder it is to find your way out. If you are down in the dumps that is exactly when you should not be getting high. Treat weed as a reward for a hard days work, for a happy day off, for good times with friends – or stay far away from it. If you are at all using it as an escape, don’t.

5. It’s ok to break up with bad friends.

I think women in particular feel obligated to be friendly with people. We put on happy faces and try to please others. We feel a need to do the things that friends ask of us. But what if those people let you down on a regular basis? What if they are only good time friends who fail to show up when you have a crisis? What if they abuse your friendship or take advantage of you? LET THEM GO. It is ok to let go of a “friend” who really isn’t a friend at all. You don’t have to be dramatic about it, but start to set limits. Stop giving them your valuable time and energy. You should absolutely not feel guilty about needing genuine friendships in your life. It’s better to have no friends then fake friends.

6. It is never too late to turn around or start down a new path.

Allow yourself to learn from your mistakes without judging yourself too harshly. We all screw up sometimes. Acknowledge what happened, give yourself some love, and move on. Continuing down the wrong road longer will not turn it into the right one. Get excited about new beginnings! Your whole life is one great adventure. Don’t ever be overcome by fear of the unknown or the beginning of a large task. Just the fact that you get to start fresh is a blessing – think of it that way.

Model Maison – ESTELLE CHEN

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Model Maison
Instagram: @chen_estelle @cybism

 

When Fashion Models Become Role Models

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By Jenni Sellan
@jennisellan

Tired of “apologising for her blackness”, on the 7th July 2015, Nykhor Paul (South Sudanese model) spoke out on instagram about the reality of racial inequality at New York Fashion Week.

Ignited by a make up artist’s inability to colour match her skin tone; 21, 900 likes, 5397 comments, and literally thousands of shares later, (5400 from cosmopolitan.com alone) a models passion for the message of equality and the fight against racial discrimination become a global shout.
There is no question that Paul turns heads with her physical presence and beauty; more importantly she has shown us that the voice that sits behind her incredible ‘face’ has a message fuelled with purpose and power.

Boldly demonstrating and sharing important messages about healthy body image and challenging discriminating messages stemming from the fashion and media industries, Cameron Russel’s TED Talk went viral and remains today one of the most watched Ted Talks with over 7.5 million views.

As a model Russel describes herself as having been fortunate enough to win the genetic lottery and like Nykhor Paul, is using her model status to raise her voice through social media platforms (including the launch of online magazine interrupt – a fashion mag for the unseen).
A regular voice on twitter, Russel promotes positive messages of self-image, raises awareness around issues of discrimination and represents marginalised communities.

Determined to live with purpose and connect with the world using her voice, Model and Humanitarian (and DJ!) Mari Malek uses social media platforms to promote her organisation, “Stand for Education” and to raise awareness of the issues affecting the children and women of her war-torn country, Sudan; Her instagram profile reads, “live to inspire”. Her powerful messages shared on Tumblr,

You-tube and twitter, Malek’s voice is unique and she refuses to allow people to ‘dumb her down’ because of her modelling; her influence and impact are without doubt increasing awareness and inspiring change as she uses her profile within the social media landscape to promote awareness about her home country.

Globally, fashion is a 1.5 trillion dollar industry; there is no denying its power and as the old saying goes, ‘money talks’.
Add social media to the mix and this is a stage like no other in the world and the presence of social media networks within the industry has only strengthened fashion’s position and influence.

As identified by Stylelite.com, “we’ve been witnessing the rise of models with personalities and passions”.

This is where fashion models become role models.

The rise and rise of social media and on line communities has created connection points for all and with the simple click of a button, opinions, thoughts and stories can be shared across a worldwide audience; just this week I was engaging with Publisher Jackie Frank as she answered questions from myself and others during a live Periscope feed and later that evening I was participating in an entirely different conversation with industry thought leaders on the other side of the world during an online blab chat.

Once upon a short time ago, these forms of direct interaction and discussion would have been largely out of reach, yet here I was engaging in both casual banter and meaningful discussion with prominent industry personalities and influential thought leaders whom I had never before met.

A powerful platform available for comment without limitations, there is a growing trend among models to use social media as a tool for extending their reach and influence, creating an open forum for discussion on social issues and raising awareness on topics from global injustice and discrimination, to the killing of protected animals to the next IT bag; the commentary relevant, sometimes thought provoking and other times a little bit of fun and frivolity.

As with all things ‘model’ related, there will be the haters and the sceptics who use their voice to criticise on the same platforms that some models choose to use for good, yet in their judgement and buy in of the hugely mistaken concept that beauty has no intelligent voice, they are in their own way spreading the word even further and elevating the voice of fashion as an influencer and catalyst for positive change.

Haters or as I like to call them, the small minded are no match for the collective voice of fashion; high profile models have high levels of community engagement on line and the messages they send not ignored, so lets encourage and promote the good ones!

Traditional forms of media have done very little to promote models with a well rounded perspective and there is an opinion, both spoken and not, that models are all beauty and no brains; enter social media and a new channel has been created for communication and commentary, along with the opportunity to challenge the notion that models are just a pretty face. We are experiencing a time where models have the opportunity to change and elevate outside perception and the power is finally in their hands.

So what of the argument that while a positive message can be portrayed, a model’s intentions at the end of the day are simply to raise individual profiles, make more money and increase brand awareness? Are profiles elevated through these forums? Obviously. Does an increased presence on social media result in a higher income? It’s likely. Are designers and brands promoted? Yes. And, if amongst all this, important discussions begin, ideas and stories are shared, new insights gained, and followers prompted to do more, then all power to them.

Beauty does not equal the absence of thought, intelligence, opinion or the desire to make a positive impact on the world; the fashion industry, hell yes, even sometimes the ‘beautiful’ people may want to be world changers and if social media is the gateway, then lets go.

No this is not a statement of sympathy for the “poor models” this is just common-sense judgement.
Social media has given the western world an equal playing field when it comes to expression and models are not exempt from the privilege. Who knows, maybe their voice will ignite a passion in a 16 year Old’s mind to change the world!

Social Media is a stage like no other, a platform from which to speak, engage, effect social change, spark public opinion and debate and there is no limit to how many people can fit into this stadium. It’s the perfect model.

#models #speak #listen #shout # bustthebeautymyth

What Is A Model Build?

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

If you are wondering what the typical physical characteristics of a fashion model are, then you have come to the right place. This article will break down the average things that each type of model requires.

HIGH FASHION – EDITORIAL

High fashion models indeed go through the most stress because their look is the hardest to achieve or maintain for many people. Because they are modeling live and in person, it is recommended that they be as tall and as thin as possible so that the clothes can lay flat and long like an artistic canvas. This does look quite beautiful, especially on the runway.

The average high fashion – editorial model stands at 5 foot 10, ranging from usually 5 foot 8 to 6 feet for women. Their weight is dependant upon body type, however, many fashion models have reported only weighing around 125 pounds. The deal is more about measurements. Exaggerated body types are not typically for high fashion. Therefore, many models have a modest chest size, B cup or smaller, a very slim waist, 24 inches about, and a maximum 11 inch waist to hip ratio.

COMMERCIAL MODELS

Commercial models are not asked to be very tall. They typically start off at about 5 foot 5 and up. Because they are selling a product, they are required to have a definite personality and sometimes an acting background so that they can be most efficient for the commercial. Although they are not usually heavy set, they are seldom very thin. They tend to be about average size so that the average person can relate better to them. Also, their bodies tend to be more modest so that it does not distract from the message of the advertisement. In America, the average size for a woman is between a 10 and 12, yet commercial models typically start at a size 6 to 8. They are often times required to smile so having nice teeth is a must as well.

PLUS SIZE MODELS

Plus sized models are typically made out to be very strong and sexy so casters want people to fit this category. Having a strong attitude and a love about yourself is key when it comes to making strides in this industry. Believe it or not because the camera adds weight, plus size modeling starts at a size 10 in many places. However, the average plus sized model is a minimum of a size 12 to 14. This is one field of modeling where exaggerated body types are encouraged and embraced! The more voluptuous the better!

As you can see, different field of modeling require different things. However, it is about you and what you are comfortable with. Going in with prior knowledge as to what they are expecting will be much beneficial.