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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. 



Vogue Paris 2010 Calendar

1 Dec

This year’s pinup themed Paris Vogue calendar raised more than a few eyebrows. Louis Vuitton clad and Carine Roitfeld styled, the calendar was deemed super sexy. Next year’s calendar, shot by Mario Sorrenti, only features 3 models (Iselin Steiro, Natasha Poly and Raquel Zimmerman) compared to this year’s 14 but it has lost none of the sex appeal. In fact, the 2010 calendar practically makes the 2009 one look PG. This is burlesque/disco glamour at it’s very, very best.

The calendar comes as a supplement to the December/January issue of Paris Vogue, out now.

* Source TFS

Spring 09 Campaigns

21 Dec
Life has been hectic and I haven’t had a chance to post for a couple of days. But what I will do for you, my lovelies, is post all the Spring 09 campaign images which have surfaced recently in one place! Enjoy x

Armani Jeans
Sara Blomqvist and Sigrid Agren by Mert & Marcus


Eden Clarke and Lily Donaldson by Mario Testino

Donna Karen

Catwalk images (one of my favourite campaigns for Spring 09)
Lakshmi Menon and Eniko Mihalik for Max Mara by Craig McDean
Oscar De La Renta
Raquel Zimmerman by Craig McDean

Prada Womenswear

Viktoriya Sosonkina, Toni Garrn, Ymre Stiekema, Katrin Thormann, Nimue Smit, Sigrid Agren and Giedre Dukauskaite by Steven Meisel
Prada Menswear
Louis and Claude Simonon (non-model sons of the bass player and manager for The Clash) by Hedi Slimane
Yves Saint Laurent
Claudia Schiffer by Inez & Vinoodh

Stephanie Seymour by Mert & Marcus
Louis Vuitton

Madonna by Steven Meisel
Kate Moss and Sasha Pivovarova by Mert & Marcus

Fall 08 photos for you!

3 Jul
The photos came in trickles, now there’s a tidal wave of Fall 08 campaign images. What’s your favourite?

Daria Werbowy for Dior

Raquel Zimmerman at Fendi

Hilary Rhoda at St. John (Replacing Angelina Jolie)

Kate Moss at Just Cavalli


The Cavalli Four

13 Jun

Cavalli is replacing Kate Moss for a supermodel super Fall 08 campaign. The Cavalli Four consists of Angela Lindvall, Raquel Zimmerman, Frankie Ryder and Isabeli Fontana. The advert was inspired by the film II Gattopardo and was photographed in LA by Inez Lamsweerde & Vinoodh.

* Sources Vogue, Image, Image, Image, Image