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Up In Flames

July 3rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Lurve Magazine is on fire – literally – watch the flames rise on the striking new cover starring Aline Weber. Shot by Tetsuharu Kubota and styled by Maher Jridi, the white hot cover is an expressive start to an issue set around ideas about “the other” and exploring the importance of the outsider perspective. The heat doesn’t stop there, a second cover featuring Shanina Shaik turns up the temperature, with a slick black and white image of the sultry beauty. Inside Marlon Teixeira strips down in Jeremy Kost‘s intimate polaroids, which show a private side of the popular star.

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Ph. Tetsuharu Kubota | Fashion - Maher Jridi | Model Aline Weber | Hair - Charlie Taylor | Makeup - Aya Komatsu | Cover Creative Direction – Maher Jridi

 

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Ph. Tetsuharu Kubota | Fashion - Maher Jridi | Model - Shanina Shaik | Hair - Yoichi Tomizawa | Makeup - Aya Komatsu | Cover Creative Direction – Maher Jridi

 

Kost_01-1marlonPh. Jeremy Kost | Model - Marlon Teixeira

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First Look: Russh

May 31st, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

The new issue of Russh is focused on beauty and it is evident right from the start; with Jourdan Dunn channeling Sade circa Smooth Operator on Benny Horne‘s sleek cover it is hard not to think about all things glamorous. Rather than simply listing cosmetic tips, Russh attempt to explore the issue from all sides, asking what constitutes modern beauty and why our society is intrinsically fascinated with the concept. Naturally, there is plenty of eye-candy to enjoy – from Marte Mei van Haaster shooting a revealing artistic story, to Daniella Rech‘s exploration of clean, fresh scrubbed faces, this edition is filled with a chic, feminine take on what’s gorgeous now.

For even more, check out Russh Magazine.com 

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Photographer: Benny Horne | Fashion Editor: Gillian Wilkins |  Hair: Brian Buenaventura (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Makeup Kaoru Okubo (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Casting: Paul Isaac | Model: Jourdan Dunn (Storm Model Management)

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RHS52_BEAUTY-3Photographer:  Daniella Rech | Fashion Editor: Billie Iveson| Hair: Lauren McCowan | Makeup: Casey Gore | Models: Nicole Pollard, Montana Cox & Shanina Shaik (Chic)

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Photographer:  Ward Ivan Rafik | Fashion Editor:Raquel Franco | Hair: Tamara Mcnaughton | Makeup: Georgi Sandev | Casting: Paul Isaac | Model: Anais Pouliot (Models 1)RSH52_BowieGucci-1

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Photographer: Marte Mei van Haaster

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Photographer: Karen Inderbitzen- Waller & Delphine Avril Planqueel | Hair & Makeup: Shirley Simpson | Model: Ashleigh Good (RPD Models)

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Global Beauty

March 29th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Let’s face it, models of color on magazine covers is not something that we see enough of. In spite of the diversity that exists all around us, fashion still has a very homogenous physical ideal. The lack of African-American, Latino, Asian faces on covers and in campaigns is disconcerting to say the least, but every so often a major magazine turns the focus towards an ideal that is more inclusive. The latest issue of Vogue Australia looks to the new faces of global beauty, with the unstoppable Joan Smalls on the cover and rising star Shanina Shaik in the editorial pages.

With her Estee Lauder contract and continued editorial domination, Joan is the perfect representative for fashion’s push towards diversity. Her stellar cover shot by Kai Z Feng is a testament to her posing prowess and she’s also conscious of her role as the leader of a new group of multi-ethnic models who are rising to the top of the heap. Smalls told WWD back in Feb“It’s nice to show the world that we don’t only have to be one thing or categorized in one box. It’s important to show the world—and fashion—that diversity is beautiful.”

While certain male model boyfriends might be claiming credit for Shanina’s rise to the top, her elegant Vogue shoot by Nicole Bentley shows she doesn’t need any help, she’s a natural in front of the camera. The South Asian beauty hails from Melbourne, but is a mix of Lithuanian, Pakistani and Saudi heritage. Considering that it is even rarer to see South Asian faces in major magazines, Shaik’s success is landmark. When asked by Aussie journalists how she felt about the lack of representation on the runways Shaik had this to say. “It does actually bother me quite a bit. I think there’s so many beautiful mixed and South East Asian girls and sometimes i don’t think we really get the chance to show our potential. People will cast for one certain look. Hopefully that changes.”

Joan Smalls by Kai Z Feng | Fashion Editor - Naomi Smith | Hair - Roberto Di Cuia | Makeup - Jessica Nedza

Shanina Shaik by Nicole Bentley | Fashion Editor - Meg Gray | Hair - Kevin Mancuso | Makeup - Justine Purdue

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Paris-Bombay

December 7th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Liza Golden – Image Credit Chanel.com

One of the highlights of yesterday’s lush Chanel‘s pre-fall show was the diverse cast. Amidst familiar Lagerfeld favorites like Arizona Muse and Stella Tennant a host of Indian & Pakistani beauties glided down the runway and caught our attention. Girls like Lakshmi Menon are already bonafide fashion stars, but the show brought a host of newer faces to the Grand Palais. Willowy beauties Jyothsna Chakravarthy, Smita Lasrado, Kelly Gale looked elegant in Chanel’s gold and cream palette. Fresh from the brand’s beauty campaign, Alyssah Ali traisped down the Chanel catwalk. Buzzed about beauty Shanina Shaik proved her versatility by pulling a complete 180 from her sultry Victoria’s Secret look. With her strong brows and refined look Liza Golden radiated classic beauty. Months after Vogue India labeled her the next supermodel Ashika Pratt hit high fashion’s big leagues.

When it comes to presenting a cast that represents the melting pot we all live in, fashion still has a long way to go. It is only in the past few years that brands truly began to embrace Asian models, but as beautiful as the women of South Asia are they are still a rarity on the runway. The theme of Chanel’s pre-fall collection dealt heavily with Indian influences and the casting attempted to reflect that, but out of 70 plus looks only a handful were worn by ethnic models. It remains to be seen if these young ladies will build on this momentum and dominate the catwalks next season, but we’re hoping this is the beginning of a moment.

View the entire show and complete cast at Chanel.com

 

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