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Hello, beautiful

1 Jun

When I have a minute to sit and think about the celebrity and fashion-centric culture we live in, it sometimes makes me a little sad. It seems like there’s no such thing as real beauty anymore – if a celebrity/model isn’t a myriad of plastic surgical enhancement, she’s getting airbrushed to death. Why on Earth do young women need botox? Why would you choose to get cheek implants? The real beauties of yesteryear – the likes of Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn – are timeless icons because they are naturally beautiful without having had nips and tucks.

Surgery aside, I’m glad that I have my head screwed on enough to see beauty in imperfections and know that real women have pores, laughter lines, stray hairs, lumps and bumps. But I’ve sat through hours (I kid thee not) of makeup and looked in the mirror, barely recognising my own face and then had a photographer airbrush or “digitally enhance” the image. The end result could be seen as a ‘more perfect’ version of me, but it’s like a distorted version, it’s not me. It’s a cold, hard, mannequin version. But that’s the standard that has been set these days I guess. The effect of seeing fake perfection forced upon us on a daily basis can be wearing to say the least, especially for young, impressionable kids.

That is precisely why I think it’s such a smart move by Viva Model Management to release raw images of some of their models without make up, hairstyling or retouching. The images were shot by Scott Trindle and feature the likes of Natalia Vodianova and Raquel Zimmermann as they really are – naturally beautiful. The raw images were strange; they actually let you SEE the real person, rather than buffing away their character and showing a human mannequin ready to be adorned with clothes, jewellery, sunglasses, make up or whatever commodity they need to promote. These pictures really are worth a thousand words. Here’s to showing real beauty. 



Model Spotlight: Eniko Mihalik

24 Aug

Hungarian model Eniko Mihalik was discovered after taking part in Elite Model Look in 2002. After coming fourth, she had a quiet couple of years. She debuted at the Chanel couture show in 2006 and walked for a handful of designers before her big break last year. During the Spring/Summer 2009 shows, she walked for a staggering 50 designers including Givenchy, Diane von Furtenberg and Marchesa. This year, she has opened or closed for the likes of Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Jeremy Scott and Carolina Herrera.

Shortly after her super season, Ines van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin put her on an exclusive 6 month contract. She now has the honour of being their muse.

She’s a regular on the campaign trail, and is the face of Gucci, Kenzo and MaxMara under her belt. She’s also a magazine regular and has had a couple of stunning cover shots, my favourite is her i-D cover. She has been featured in editorials for the likes of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar  and W magazine.

Hair: Blonde 
Eyes: Green 
Height: 178cm/5’10” 
Bust: 81cm/32″ 
Waist: 60cm/23.5″ 
Hips: 87cm/34.5″ 
Shoe: 39 EU/8 US/6 UK 
Dress: 34 EU/4 US/6 UK

The Love Magazine covers

23 Aug

Love Magazine is out today! The highly anticipated issue has eight different cover looks, the Rosie one has been circulated for a few weeks now and previewed the rest over the last week. Though I love the Rosie cover, I thought she looked almost unrecognisable from her normal self. A few of the other covers also follow suit – Gisele and Sienna both look very different to how they normally do. The Burla cover is also very interesting, a lot of people are suggesting it’s either Gemma Ward or signals her return to modelling. Which is your favourite?!

I’m sure there are plenty of other reasons why this issue is so highly anticipated, but one (major) reason for me is that my gorgeous dwarf lop ear bunny Bob Snufflekins has made it to the Love Magazine Britain’s Next Top Bunny final! We had a shoot in a studio a couple of weeks ago, poor Bob was so traumatised by the tube that I don’t think he photographed well, he was too tense and frightened to let his personality show. But anyone who follows me on Twitter and sees the twitpics I post is sure to agree he’s got to be the winner! This picture was taken from their website, how exciting! 

Elite Model Look Final 2010

31 Jul

Last Thursday I attended the Elite Model Look Final 2010, how exciting! Their model competition has discovered many a household name including Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Gisele Bundchen. On the night, the 12 lucky UK finalists competed to be crowned the UK winner of Elite Model Look and go onto the international competition. The 12 finalists were all stunningly beautiful, as you can expect but very young. The youngest girls were 14 and the oldest was 17. 

I have to say, the event was a little disjointed as there were lots of videos and then a bit of presenting and then catwalk shows, with a few musical and dance performances thrown in. The girls did so well though and I did like the modern dance performance. I bumped into Marian and Carina too which is a bonus. Here’s a video of the highlights:

Model Spotlight: Lais Ribeiro

18 May

Brazilian (relative) newcomer Lais Ribeiro is touted as the ‘next big thing’ and the ‘new Gisele’ by many in the fashion industry. That’s a hell of a lot of expectations on the pretty 19 year old’s shoulders, especially since she was only signed by her agency, Woman, earlier this year and has only done one season of runway shows. I say only, but Lais walked for Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Proenza, Versace, Alberta Ferretti. Gucci, Cavalli. Dior, Galliano and Givenchy to name but a few! The is without a doubt one of the prettiest models I’ve seen for a long time. Her face is flawlessly stunning. She also has a very versatile look from the runway images I’ve seen. What do you think of Lais? 

Backstage images

Runway images

* Source The Cut

Model Spotlight: Karlie Kloss

13 Apr
Seventeen year old Karlie Kloss is already a sensation. Her resume to date is rather impressive for someone so young, her first shoot was for Teen Vogue at the tender age of 14! She’s spends part of her life as a regular high-school student and the other part as one of the most in demand models in the industry, last year she was the most photographed model for American Vogue.
She is a catwalk favourite, she studied ballet for 6 years before becoming a model so she has natural poise and grace. She’s also racked up an impressive number of editorials, in some images her literally leaps out of the page at you. It’s no surprise that many big names in the industry have pegged her as the next American supermodel.
One of the nicest facts I’ve learnt about her is that she loves baking, she baked Alexander Wang cookies when she went to a fitting! How adorable is that? 
“She’s a chameleon,” says Dior designer John Galliano. “She becomes this other creature in front of the lens. She thinks about her role, her pose, her part. She’s able to step in front of [photographer] Steven Meisel and all of us and be totally in control and self-assured, delivering pose after perfect pose”.

“She’s my lucky closer,” says Jason Wu, who has assigned her the coveted finale spot at his show for the past four seasons straight. “She has such presence. You see so many girls who are so young; it’s not very often that you find one with Karlie’s poise. I don’t think we’ve seen that since the supermodel days.” Galliano agrees, “She has a frisson of old-school glamour.”

Model Profile: Mirte Maas

9 Jan
The very first model profile of 2010! I’ve chosen a relative newcomer, Dutch model Mirte Maas. Mirte was only signed to her agency, Women Management last year but has already been featured on as one of their top 10 newcomers! She appeared in a Russian Vogue editorial in August, a month before making her debut opening the Alexander Wang Spring 2010 show. She also opened for Donna Karan and closed for Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, not a bad start. She also went on to open the Yves Saint Laurent show in Paris and also walked for a whole host of fashion’s finest, including Balenciada, Chloe, Valentino, Chanel and Louis Vuitton!
As if that wasn’t enough to keep a girl busy, she’s also in the Balenciaga Spring 2010 campaign, alongside Particia van der Vliet and Iselin Steiro shot by Steven Meisel. Definitely one to watch.