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Model Millionaires: Chanel Iman



By Calynn M. Lawrence

There is no doubt that you know who she is. Chanel Iman is one of the most praised and applauded inter-racial fashion models of all time! The beautiful Los Angeles native is proud of her inherited culture of both Korean and African American! With such enticing almond eyes, beige skin and dark hair, she moves us all in awe.

How did she start? She began modeling with Ford Models at the age of 12 years old in her hometown of L.A. In 2006, She won the 3rd place title of Ford’s Super Model of The World. Following, she ended up signed on with the agencyIn 2007 she was allowed two covers of Teen Vogue, alongside Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael! In November 2009 she appeared on the cover again, this time with Jourdan Dunn.

Some of Iman’s other cover work is Italian Elle, i-D, Dubai and Ukrainian Harper’s Bazaar, Lula, Korean, Teen, and American Vogue. She has walked the runway for fashion houses and designers such as Balenciaga, Max Mara, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney. She has also done editorials for Allure, Dubai, American, and Ukrainian Harpers Bazaar, V, i-D, Pop, Italian, British, and Indonesian Elle, Italian Vanity Fair, and several international Vogues. Some of her major advertising campaigns were for high-end brands like, Bottega Veneta, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Express and DKNY.

Her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel speaks for itself! She has sominated their sweet and sassy demeanor several timneshaving strutted her stuff in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was such a crowd favborite that in 2010, Victoria’s Secret crowned her as one of their beloved Victoria’s Secret Angels. As a result, she  was used in several of the company’s editorials, commercials and meet and greets!

In addition to modeling, Chanel Iman has done some television work as well. In 2007, Chanel Iman appeared on the Tyra Banks Show alongside her mother. In 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV’s brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli and she appeared as a guest judge on the season premiere of America’s Next Top Model for their 13th cycle. As far as film, she appeared in 2015’s award winning film , Dope, and played the role of character Lily.

Other than her professional career, Chanel Iman also takes time to give back. In 2011, she became  attached to USAID and Ad Council’s FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year’s drought in East Africa. She appeared on TV and internet ads to “forward the facts” about the crisis.In May 2011, Iman to co-hosted the Runway to Win fundraising event in Chicago. She also designed a backpack to raise money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and attended a dinner with President Obama at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s house.

As you can see, Chanel Iman is not only an amazing fashion model but a great fashion designer, humanitarian, and businesswoman! What a sight for sore eyes.

Mastering The Art Of Online Shopping



By Jenni Sellan

Thanks to the word wide web, fashion and all of it’s glorious global treasures are nothing more than a  clic, clack and tap of the keyboard away; before you know it, your favourite pieces of the season are beautifully wrapped and delivered right to your door.

Potentially as overwhelming as it is exciting, on line shopping isn’t without it’s flaws and finding your way through the masses can feel  like walking into an overstocked, cluttered retail store and be just as impossible to navigate, so to help you avoid the pain, and a stash of non-refundable cash, stick to our shopping tips below and become an on-line shopping savvy guru before you “add to cart”

1. Wherever possible, when you hit your favourite site, head straight to the “look book” or style guide. Viewing a single item on a blank background can be hard to envisage in terms of how it will look when being worn and these guides will give you a good idea as to how the pieces translate “off the rack” and “off the page”.

2. Always check the returns policy before confirming your purchase. Ideally you will be looking for a full refund policy. You don’t want to be stuck with a cut, style or fit that isn’t right for you. Just like a contract, always always read the fine print.

3. Know your measurements. Keep a measuring tape handy or have them written down – it takes the guess work out and if you are still unsure when comparing them to the size chart, especially if it’s a brand / label you have not previously worn, take 5 to contact the customer service line for their advice.

4. When shopping internationally, make sure you work out the calculation based on the current exchange rate. There are a number of companies out there, Mecca Cosmetics just one example, who have put a lot of work into remaining competitive with markets like the US. You want to ensure there is an advantage to shopping overseas.

5. Compare sites and save where you can, especially if you are working to a budget.

6. Do your due diligence, and make sure the site is legit – empty bank balances feel a whole lot worse when you have nothing to show for it!

Confidence is Key: Staying Street-Smart



By Naima Karp

Just a couple of days ago, model Ataui Deng was found safe and sound, in a New York hospital. She had been missing for over a week. People who’ve heard of the confirmation of Deng being alive are breathing a sigh of relief, along with asking why the details of her current condition haven’t been released. While this is understandable, I don’t think this should be the point of focus. Rather, it should be in the street-awareness of women in all metropolitan areas, not just New York, a place easy to stereotype for danger.

Try to walk wherever there are streetlights or other sources of light. If you’re walking with a phone or ipod in the street, turn up that hyper awareness! Don’t wear completely noise-cancelling headphones or distractedly stare at your phone and text non-stop on a dark walk home. People might assume that prettier girls, such as Deng, may pose a higher risk of getting attacked, but surprisingly, attractiveness isn’t a huge factor in attacks against girls and young women. It’s more about the way your stance, body language. Consider more carefully the way you carry yourself; your “street attitude” if you will.  If you walk with hunched posture, looking at the ground, it contributes to a victim stance, of sorts. Stand tall and confident with a stride, when you walk in the street. Don’t take the same route home, if possible, and if you sense footsteps behind you, don’t panic, but take several turns and stop into a shop or restaurant.

Carry pepper spray, and enroll in some self-defense classes! Martial arts are a less realistic way of protecting yourself, since the complexity of some moves and the stress of a real-life situation might make them irrelevant and endanger you further. Classes like this are available in NYC; here are links to a couple of great ones:



Thin Shaming, Just As Bad As Fat Shaming



Calynn M. Lawrence

Many people think of weight shaming as something that only people who are overweight suffer from. However, that is part of the reason that thin shaming still exists. Yes, fat shaming is cruel and disgusting and borderline dehumanising. I know, because I am a woman who has been “fat” almost her entire life. But guess what? So, is thin shaming.

Many people believe that this is not an issue because, “everybody wants to be thin.” Yet, instead of lessening the problem, let’s try to stop the problem. No one should have to feel bad about their body no matter their size. This article shares the experiences of two young women who have been skinny shamed their entire lives and have been deeply effected by it. Names have been changed for privacy issues.

Lisa, a singer song writer, tells her story:
“I am 120 pounds, 5’4, size 4. In my mind that seems to be a pretty acceptable size. When I look on my health charts, it says I am average weight. Yet, and still, I have always been made fun of for being skinny. I’m not sure if it has something to do with the way my weight falls, I’m fairly straight up and down. Or maybe it’s the way that I dress myself. Regardless, it seems like no matter what I do I can’t help but be made fun of for my weight. “

“I come from a family of curvy women. As a Dominican, I naturally have a mother, sisters, cousins and aunties with teh desired J Lo body. You know, nice bust, big bum, small waist and thick thighs. This never helped the way kids teased me in school either. I would dread attending the same school as my relatives because responses like ‘Oh your sister is so hot,’ ‘Your cousin is so curvy,’ or ‘How come you don’t got no body like that?’ were far from uncommon. In fact it was practically an every day thing. No doubt, my self esteem suffered dearly and it took my years into my young adulthood to come to grips with my body. I’m glad that can now accept myself for who I am with no draw backs. I am woman, no matter what size my tag says.”

Reina, a ballet dancer, tells her story:
“As thin as possible. That was the standard for making a career out of dance back when I was a teen. Nonetheless, I ate like a bird on the strictest of diets, danced 3 hours a day, lifted weights 5 hours a week and did everything I possibly could to maintain my small figure. As a result, I was able to have a successful career and ended up making enough money to put myself through college with no loans and move out at the age of 21 with a fully paid car.

But, this was not enough to shield myself from the bullying that I faced as a result of being so skinny. I never passed a size 2 in my entire career as a ballerina and even to this day, I am only a size 6 which feels very heavy for me. As a result, it was hard for me to secure a boyfriend because guys found me undesirable and it was hard to keep friends because of the petty back hand compliments that females would always sneak in. Now that I have retired from my dance career, I’ve put on a few pounds and it has sadly effected the way people treat me. I get more guys trying to court me and much less hate from my female associates. It’s sickening to know that my dress size determined how people treated me. This is why I can totally empathize with big girls. It seems to me that society does not want to accept you as being attractive unless you’re an ‘average size’ like a 6 to 10, but no bigger, unless you’re shaped like Kim Kardashian. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t. I love myself no matter my weight but I just wish that other people would too.”

These are merely two experiences of women who have extensively endured thin shaming. There are many women across the globe who unfortunatey have to deal with this problem. How about we as a people finally stop slapping labels on eachother and just accept everyone as their own form of beautiful? It seems like things would be a lot better off that way.

Body Talk



By Dani Denise
Modeling 101 – A Models Diary

对于年轻,有抱负的模特,请不要对如此明显的喷枪和Photoshop技术着迷。在健康和健身方面,很容易地说:“嘿,我想拥有像吉赛尔一样的身体!” 但这说起来容易做起来难。




1) More than likely, these women were born naturally thin. Because of their genetics, they inherited their body types and their height. If such genetics don’t run in your family, then realize that this makes it very hard for you to attain the same body type.

2) For a majority of these women, they model full-time and get paid well to do their job. This allows them access to the highest profile fitness resources that most of us couldn’t afford if we started saving money at the age of 2.

3) They are required to maintain their height and weight at all times, and live a life centered around a healthy lifestyle. Unlike us, they hardly have to worry about going to school, working a boring 9-5 and dealing with common, everyday stresses. This gives them all the time to focus on their bodies and health.

4) These women have expert trainers who aren’t cheap and have them committed to daily, if not weekly, workout sessions.

5) With the money they make, these models are able to afford the best chefs or health foods around. And they have access to these types of healthy meals 24/7 and have the money to maintain their unique eating habits for as long as they need to.

Now with keeping all those factors in mind, it should be easy to see why it is unrealistic to use them as examples of how your body should look. If you’re not over 5’8″, chances are you will never look like them in the first place, no matter how hard you try.

Please don’t think I’m discouraging anyone. I just want you young girls to realize the reality of the situation and with that in mind, I will tell you this: be healthy, exercise regularly, eat a balanced and well-portioned diet. Don’t compare yourself to someone who has an entirely different body type than you. Do exercises that fit you and suit your lifestyle and stick to it.

By all means, be healthy because that is an important step in having a healthy mind going into the modeling world. But in order to be good at it, you have to believe in your body image and the way that you were made. Don’t let anybody else–the media, the latest “it” model, other girls, etc.–dictate how you should look and how you should improve yourself. Do it because you want to and pick a celeb or someone who has a simliar body type as you and work to achieve that level of fitness and results. It can only help you in the long run.

7 Nail Polishes Made For You



By Simi A Mira

At some point in your life, you have to stop going for the cheap prices and start looking up for some quality. If this is all very true when it comes to clothes, shoes and accessories, it is even more relevant it the fairy world of nail polishes. If you thought your hand-bag is as fair as the eye can go, read this carefully. Whether you are playing an invisible piano in front of your date, holding your phone, touching your hair, or eating this greasy burger that you should never look in the eyes, your hands are the main attraction. And that is why they should be as attractive as you’re trying to look.  Clean hands ? Check. Moisturized hands ? Check. Nail polish? Here are 7 must-have.

1. Dazzling, by Guishem, $14

Enough with the red, this deep blue is the new bordeaux. You cannot go wrong, as it will match perfectly with every outfit you were planning to were at this party. If you are a lucky one, it’ll match your eyes. Original and intense, just follow.

2. Cosmic, by Dior, $27

I see mojitos, sand on my feet, a tanned hottie holding my hand and a beautiful sunset. Where do I see it? On my nails. There is no way you won’t be staring at the tip of your fingers, waiting for all these to become true before your eyes. Fake it until you can make it, and choosing Cosmic might be the first step.

3. Batignolles, by Christian Louboutin, $50

You wanted the shoes, now you’re going to crave the nail polish. Modern life has too little room for fairy-tales and adventure. Don’t wait and go on your own journey, with your luxury sword and your bold color. Be yourself, or no one is going to care.

4. 4, by Clé de Peau Beauté, $25

You don’t have to get a rainbow on your nails. If purple, blue, green and yellowish are not your style, stick to red. But if you are going to lack originality, at least do not lack style. A brand, a packaging and a different red, that’s all it takes.

5. Aero by JINsoon, $18

Can you handle a light color? If the answer is yes, then you will have to get the best of the light blues. It is adorable, fresh, young, exactly like you wish you would look. Well, you’re closer now.

6. Rose Illusion by Givenchy, $23

This beautiful blond girl, running on the roofs of Paris, wearing this little pink dress. She stops, close-up on her fingers. A delicate pale pink, just deep enough to make a woman of her, and so cute that anyone would risk their lives for her. Let it shine.

7. White Snow by Marc Jacobs $18

You are not a young hippie wandering around at music festivals, covered in paintings and wearing destroyed crop tops. You have a life. You are not boring, you just prefer keeping your heels clean. And that is why you threw away these blues, greens, yellows. Because Marc knows better, he has found this color. Just for you.

All you need now is seven wishes.




By Brandis Ohlsson

Recently, Scandinavian brand Lindex, which is basically a European H&M, tapped Christy Turlington, Liya Kebede, and Toni Garrn to front their #SuperRoleModel campaign. All three models are working philanthropists, and each of the models chose a charity that they work with to receive a percentage if the proceeds from the sale of tee shirts emblazed with #Super Role Model across the front.

Lindex has said, “We chose to work with Christy, Liya and Toni as Super Role Models because we believe that the spirit they convey and the example they set will inspire our customers to consider the meaning of beauty—not only on the outside but the inside too.”

I’m trying really hard to have an opinion about this, but if I am being totally honest, it’s just boring me. The most exciting thing about this #SuperRoleModel campaign is the catchy pun (good one guys!) Lindex’s marketing team came up with. The whole thing screams gimmick.

Don’t get me wrong- I am all about philanthropy. How many of us wouldn’t love to have the time and financial resources to volunteer helping others? What these women are doing is amazing, but lets get honest for a split second here; these models have all made millions of dollars because they’re pretty. Those millions of dollars sat in their bank accounts makes it much easier for them, than it would for say, an average suburban woman, to travel the world working for free for the betterment of mankind.

So while I would love to sit back and consider their spirit, and the meaning of beauty, do you know what would really impress me? A campaign that would shine light on the volunteer warriors who don’t have bodyguards protecting them when they’re in the trenches doing good. The women who spend their rare moments of free time they have between working and caring for their families to help others. Don’t these women deserve some recognition, maybe even more than the supermodels do? I think so. That, would get me to buy a tee shirt.






Which is More Permanent: Tattoos or Dreams?



By Morayo Bakare

Tattoos are not new. One must remember also that they aren’t famous now, they are trendy now. They should be a simple form of self-expression and yet, they are a danger to aspiring models everywhere. A man or woman may not land a job because he or she has tattoos and other times, he or she won’t get a job without them. Just depends on the work. As a result of a lot of old world foundations and institutions still present in the modeling world, becoming a fashion model may require one to adhere to some unwritten rules about tattoos.


Those with a large number of tattoos or large sized tattoos will find less paying work as models. Clients simply don’t want models to compete with their products. A model is a prop; the product is the star of the shoot. Picture a model with a full side dragon tattoo posing in Victoria Secret underwear. What is the focus? Not the lingerie, most likely. Consumers are the same way. People who love tattoos will be enamored by the tattoos, while those opposed will be looking judge. No one is paying any attention to Victoria’s Secret’s new cute bra and panty set. The winner in this situation is not the company that paid for the production crew, model, and advertisement. This begs the question: what do mainstream companies get out of tatted models?


A model with lots of tattoos should just aim for tattooed modeling jobs. Having large amounts of ink simply means it’s necessary to pitch to a different market. Work can be found from places such as tattoo magazines and alternative websites.


A discreet little tattoo on easily hidden parts of the body will not be noticeable. With miniature tattoos, modeling work can still be found in fashion and commercial work, since these can be easily covered. A good example is Adriana Lima, one of the most recognized faces in the world today. She has one tattoo which is on her right ankle and still makes a ton of money.


Two to three tattoos that are bigger than the size of a fist, but do not cover the entirety of a section of the body put an aspiring model in a predicament. With these sorts of tattoos, a model’s career can either go down the road of alternative modeling or intermittent mainstream work geared away from the tatted section of the body. It really depends on the type of work being sought and willing clients.


Having tattoos doesn’t necessarily mean no career in modeling. Assuming a potential model fits all the typical requirements of height, age, and others, heavy tattooing may ruin his or her chances. Which is more important: modeling or a tattoo? It is pertinent to bear in mind that the modeling world is primarily for the young and, chances are, by the age of 26, one’s career may well be over. This leaves plenty of time to get tattooed then.

Being Runway Thin Will Kill You



“From cocaine to eating cotton wool balls, the sad reality of how models are told to stay thin”

By Bibby Sowray, for The Fashion Telegraph UK

Each Fashion Week season, the issue of models and their weight is brought to our attention. Whether it’s the latest industry initiative to stop designers using unhealthily thin models, or society’s discontent with designers who consistently book underweight models, you can guarantee debate and controversy one way or another.

As New York Fashion Week ends, one model has spoken of the great lengths some models go to in order to achieve the sample-sized figure their work requires.

Russian model, Kira Dikhtyar told Fox News that “packs of cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, Adderal, prescription drugs that suppress the appetite,” are just some of the techniques employed by her colleagues to stave off hunger.

“I’ve heard stories that some modeling agents encourage girls to do speed and cocaine in order to speed up metabolism and eat less. And all kinds of injections are becoming more and more popular, from HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) injections that go with a 500-calorie [per day] diet plan to T3 thyroid injections that healthy models inject in an attempt to speed up their thyroid function, which results in a faster metabolism,” Dikhtyar said.

The 24-year-old said only one designer had turned her away for being too thin at New York Fashion Week this year. That designer was Elie Tahari. “So I guess I should applaud him,” Dikhtyar said.

HCG injections consist of a hormone which is produced during pregnancy and causes the uterus to be enriched with a thick lining of blood vessels and capillaries, so that it can sustain a growing foetus. As a prescription medication, HCG injections are often used in fertility therapy, however, they have recently received attention for their use as a weight loss aid, due to their ability to suppress appetite. Health authorities have advised against using HCG for weight loss, due to serious side effects such as gallstones, strokes and blood clots.

Dikhtyar said some models are trying hypnosis to curb their desire to eat, while others resort to eating cotton wool balls, to fill their grumbling stomachs. One model manager said a client was forced by her agent to urinate on a ketosis stick, to make sure that she was adhering to the agent’s prescribed Atkins Diet and not consuming any carbohydrates.

“From taking water pills, to fat flushes; models do everything they can to flush out any excess fat or water weight before hitting the runway,” she told us. “I’ve seen models do ridiculous cleanses and diets – the lettuce soup diet, the lemon juice diet, extreme diet pills etc. I’ve even heard of models detoxing a full month before a show and working out three times a day. It’s insane.”

So why is it that high-end magazines want more “full-figured” models on their covers these days, while high-end fashion shows are still seeking super thin, super young girls to roam the runway?

“People that pick up magazines are consumers. They want to see people that relate to them, which will make the consumer more eager to buy products. But designers are showing their garments to the majority crowd, who are mostly retailers. The collections are also considered ‘drafts’, and those drafts are fitted to a mannequin that is size 0 or 2 dress size,” explains Krystle Kelley, former model turned president of the California-based Desert Models Agency. “The other concern of the designer is for the garments to flow, as well as be mesmerizing on the catwalk, and the way to accomplish that is for the dress, pants, gown etc. to be long. The only way to fit a long garment is with a model who is thin and tall.”

Dikhtyar’s claims come shortly after two major initiatives were put in place to combat extreme and dangerous weight loss behaviour. In January this year, the CFDA released guidelines asking NYFW designers to, amongst other things, ask models for I.D., encourage those with eating disorders to seek help and to provide substantial amounts of healthy food backstage. Similarly, Vogue magazine launched ‘The Health Initiative’ in June – a pact between 19 of the magazines’ international editors to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.


Above: Martyna Budna exposes her tiny frame on the catwalk during Mark Fast’s autumn/winter 2011 collection at London Fashion Week. Photo: Rex


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The Evolution Of Nigal Barker’s Career



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Nigel Barker is one of the most weighted names in fashion photography this century! He has been at the top of the game since its beginning! Not only is a mind blowing photographer but he is an appraised Television personality, author, spokesperson, former model and film maker! His career holds so many titles that he serves as nothing short of pure inspiration for those pondering getting into the fashion industry.

How did Nigel Barker become THEE Nigel Barker? Well, it all began with his career in Europe as a fashion model! He started as a young adult and continued modeling for approximately a decade. He saw that although he had a passion for the fashion industry, being a model was not his suit. That is when he transitioned from being in front of the camera to being the operator behind it!

His photography career is famous around the entire world having worked with many big brand designers and countless supermodels. His photography studio, based in Manhattan has booming business with partnerships with GQ, Interview, Lucky, Ford, Seventeen, Ted Baker, Lexus, Nine West, Sony and many more!

With such an extensive success, Nigel Barker’s opinion has become very heavy in the fashion realm. Because of this, he was casted as a judge on the long time television competition America’s Next Top Model, where he worked as a judge for 17 cycles of the show. He also has been a judge for the Miss America Pageant multiple times, as well as VH1’s photography competition “The Shot” and he has been a host for “The Face.” His wrap sheet in television is longet than some of the most oustanding actors!

His endeavours in fashion are clearly steelar, but his humanitarian efforts are equally as impressive. He has been known to be very charitabel, donating cumulative millions of dollars towards charity throughout his career. Also, he directed the highly acclaimed documentary “A Sealed Fate?” in collaboration with The Humane Society of the United States, Elixabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Edeyo Foundation. He is also an ambassador for Make A Wish Foundation, Do Something and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer! This is in addition to the self help book that he penned dedicated towards upbuilding young models self esteem in a seemingly pressing industry entitled “Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You.”

Clearly, Nigel Barker has done loads with his career and is not slowing down for anyone! Well wishes to him and all of his endeavours. He certainly has made a huge impact on not only the fashion industry but to people around the globe.