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May 21st, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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With release of photographer Tim Richardson’s “Spiritual Machine” Models.com decided to follow up with the visionary imagemaker (and Models.com feature contributor) to talk about the new book and his body of work.  Machine is a selection of work encompassing the past 5 years from stories in Dazed and Confused to Vogue Hommes Japan. His hyper-effected images are an amalgam of fashion and futurism, glamour and distortion, form and technology–all exploring with verve the hybrid language of digital photography.

“Spiritual Machine” is available for direct purchase here

Let’s go back–What’s a defining moment for you as a artist? Something that made it all click. 

When I was around 13 I discovered David Bowie and Francis Bacon in the same week. Something in Bowie’s chameleon personae and the dark beauty of Bacon’s pictures really shook me up. The desire was already there to make images (I’d been drawing since I could remember) but they really tipped me over the edge. I remember I started making polaroid experiments with my father’s cameras…now here we are…

What was the first picture you ever took of? 

The first picture I remember consciously composing was a shot of my next door neighbor’s twin sons inside a burned out building. The roof was missing and the boys were standing in this skeletal blackened space. I think I’d just seen Mad Max 2–that bleached out light, which is so Australian, just made sense to me.

Tell me a little bit about Spiritual Machine…

The book was born out of a duality I recognized in my pictures: the tension between technology and the sensual nature of the human body. Whether it be installation, film, or photography the figure is almost always at the center of my images.

When did you start altering your work and how did that lead to exploring with other techniques? 

I’ve always manipulated my pictures–tried to get closer to the image in my mind’s eye. In the beginning I’d try altering my chemistry in the lab or manipulate the winders on my 35mm film cameras to create random multiple exposures. Before I discovered the studio I went through a period of only shooting at night… Anything to get closer to my own version of reality.

How do you approach your projects in terms of setting a direction? 

I usually research a theme or period that ties into the subject or character I am building with the creative team. Then I search for its opposite. For me duality, juxtaposing opposites, and sometimes in the most subtle ways, creates unique images.

Is there a single piece of work, idea, or person that continually inspires you the most and why? 

There is no one artist or piece of work. I look at painting and sculpture mostly for inspiration. Photography is so much about finding the moment–painting and sculpture are the opposite: they are images designed around permanence. Maybe it’s that permanence that attracts me.

How much improvisation happens in post? 

Post is often predetermined. It can dictate how and what you shoot for so many reasons. Improvisation in post is what happens when you decide to push the technology past its usual limits. Then the accidents happen and you run with it.

You mainly shoot in stark studio interiors, what is attractive to you about that environment? 

The studio is a blank canvas. Everything is possible in that context. I like that freedom, that experimental space.

Looking forward, are there new elements you’re hoping to introduce into your work? 

I’d like to develop the narrative, storytelling side of my images–push the character development further. Making the book gave me the opportunity to focus on a specific period of work (the last 5 years) and build a world around the images. To create a context beyond the single moment. I think the images and film I made with Guinevere van Seenus for the Milk Exhibition are the first step in making that change. A more filmic direction driven by identity.

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May 21st, 2015 by models.com
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It’s safe to say that fashion models know a thing or two about cosmetics. As the first to test out every product and every look known to mankind models get their beauty straight from the source and throughout their careers pick up a wealth of knowledge. As a result some of the very best beauty products found their start in lines developed and created in collaboration with well-known models. Take a look at our selection for the very best from model cosmetic lines.

Foundation – Iman

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As the first supermodel to jump into the beauty business Iman began with the goal of creating cosmetics for women of all colors. Iman Cosmetics’ foundations, bb creams and concealers offer a spectacular range of shades in darker colors, many of which are difficult to find from other beauty brands. The spectrum of colors offered is matched by the selection of formulations and coverage options – making Iman’s line a must for anyone in need of the perfect base.

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Moisturizer – Miranda Kerr

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The all-natural skincare market was in need of a touch of glamour when Miranda Kerr began her line Kora back in 2009. Since then Kerr’s certified organic products have developed a reputation for being simple, reliable and just plain good —what more can you ask from skincare? Our favorite is the gentle Hydrating Day and Night Creme.

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Fragrance – Anja Rubik

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Much has been said about Anja Rubik’s journey from top model to perfumer, but all you really need to know is that her airy green tea and lily combo smells wonderful. Rubik’s first scent has become a smash hit (and is frequently sold out at Net-A-Porter, Colette and the other exclusive boutiques where it is featured) so it’s only a matter of time before she gives the world another fragrant gift.

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Eyes – Josie Maran

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Josie Maran is the argan oil queen now and forever, but her popular label also boasts a range of enticing color cosmetics in addition to her skincare offerings. Maran’s watercolor shadows, brow duos and Argan Black Oil Mascara offer a pop of color and adhere to her luxury with a conscious tagline by being paraben free, cruelty free and packaged in recycled materials.

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Lips – Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kebede

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Though they have yet to launch their own beauty brands, superstars Doutzen Kroes and Liya Kebede have collaborated with L’Oreal for their own signature lipsticks. As part of the the L’Oreal Colllection Privee and Exclusive Reds line each contributed their own perfect nude and fiery crimson. Doutzen crafted an appealingly bright baby pink, while Liya went sophisticated with a deep wine color.

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May 19th, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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This year was the 23rd Life Ball charity held in Vienna, a festive event that contributes to the fight against AIDS. Always opening with a runway show enlisting some of fashion’s most celebrated and larger-than-life players, this year was Ball veteran Jean Paul Gaultier‘s turn in the spotlight. One of the couturier’s main muses is Alexandra Agoston who has been a Gaultier staple since she began modeling. “I first met Alexandra when she was just starting her first season in Paris. I was struck not only by her statuesque beauty, but also by how well-spoken she was,” said Jean Paul Gaultier of Alexandra. So of course she was cast to walk in his spanning retrospective fashion show for the Life Ball event–whose aim is “Fighting AIDS & Celebrating Life.” And celebrate they do, throwing one of the most fabulous parties of the year. It was 20 years ago he last showed at the event and Gaultier told Alexandra, “Life Ball helps a noble cause and I have been supporting it for many years. I first did a show in 1995 and I returned to Vienna 20 years later. Lifeball has grown, it’s an enormous celebration, a huge event; it is 20 times bigger and I am 20 years older but it doesn’t matter. My model friends walked in my show, it was a pleasure to find them again in Vienna and they inspired me to present more than a hundred looks. I hope they had as much fun as me.”

Alexandra, amidst all the Klimt inspired gold and glitter, captured the spectacle–exclusively here for Models.com:

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May 12th, 2015 by models.com
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In the space of several months, Australian model Jordan Barrett has emerged seemingly out of nowhere as one of the dynamic faces to watch for 2015. Discovered at 14, the now 18 year old golden haired Aussie, and newest member of the Hot List, with a healthy Instagram following of almost 100K, speaks to Models.com about his recent editorial experiences, how his career wasn’t an overnight success and gives us a peek into his world.

Tell us a little bit about your childhood and growing up in Australia?

I grew up on the beaches of Byron Bay, Australia. Swimming, longboarding..rockpools..and the rainforest. We rode dirt bikes, made toasted cheese sandwiches and drank banana smoothies…

After being discovered at 14, you worked selectively in Australia to work around your schooling. What kind of jobs did you do there and how did it help you get better with your modeling?

I did lots of editorial that took me to Sydney on weekends and school holidays…

You have been to quite a few cities. In one word or phrase, can you describe your experiences in each city?

Sydney- “Fun” Trouble
Tokyo- Work, Work, Work
New York- center of the universe
London- has a great beat
Milan- Jury out let’s see what happens next time
Paris- on the list
Stockholm – love the Swedes
Los Angeles – my home in the future
Las Vegas – been there done that
Miami Beach- Sun and beach

You get compared to River Phoenix but I’m getting a more young Leonardo DiCaprio vibe. Who are some of your favorite actors and/or films?

I like Leo DiCaprio in Basketball Diaries, Stand by me, Catch Me If You Can and The Beach. Love Johnny Depp. Angelina Jolie in Gia and Girl Interrupted.

So, because… Google… do you have any words to say about Paris Hilton, et al.

How very google of you. Love google, don’t believe everything you read.

In your first show season, you’ve walked for a range of designers. If you could walk for any of the top brands that you haven’t walked for, which would they be?
Tom Ford, DSquared2, Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, Chanel

Tell us about your shoots with Bruce, Steven Klein, Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus

Bruce Weber (VMan/Vogue Hommes)– he shoots film, he and the team’s energy… incredible. And I love his dogs…
Steven Klein (Arena Homme +)- Very creative and interesting
Inez & Vinoodh (Vogue Paris)– Smoke machines + disco = Love
Mert and Marcus (not out yet)– ouch Charlie over the top

Your favorite clothes to hang out in.
I like jumpsuits and slides and anything mesh.

Who are some of your fave supermodels with whom you would love to work with?
Madam Moss

In 10 years, you see yourself…..
Living on the set of the movie The Beach…

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May 8th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to pay special tribute to our favorite model moguls that are able to juggle catwalk jaunts with demanding mommy duties! With their challenging schedules of traveling around the World, it can be hard to understand how they’re able to make time for the one thing that matters, family. These models are setting up their gorgeous mini-me’s to get into the family business from shots in front of prestigious photographers to well-angled selfies. Here’s to you SuperMoms — thank you for all that you do!

Take a look at their intimate moments from Instagram!

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May 5th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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Last night’s Met Gala was one for the history books when it came to over-the-top glamour. Celebrities and models alike took on the night’s theme, China: Through the Looking Glass, with memorable interpretations on Chinese-inspired couture ball gowns, accessories and beauty looks. Take a look at our pics below of the best dressed of the evening!

With strategically placed floral appliqués, Joan Smalls was beautiful in purple Roberto Cavalli by newly returned Peter Dundas as creative director for the brand.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Joan Smalls attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Rosie Huntington Whiteley was nothing but dramatic curves and utter chicness in rose gold Atelier Versace.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrives at "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)


Liya Kebede took a daring departure from the run-of-the-mill ball gown in an embellished tunic and pant set by 3.1 Phillip Lim

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Liya Kebede attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Cara Delevingne turned up a relatively safe jumpsuit by Stella McCartney with intricate, tapestry-like temporary tattoos drawn by artist, Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Cara Delevingne attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Wunderkind Kendall Jenner wore a custom sparkly jade, Calvin Klein number with laced-up sides and Chopard jewelry.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Kendall Jenner attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Lily Aldridge was a wonder in bustled, Cinderella blue by Carolina Herrera and a fishy crystallized Judith Leiber purse to match.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Model Lily Aldridge attends "China: Through the Looking Glass", the 2015 Costume Institute Gala, at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)


Liu Wen wore a metallic, brocade Michael Kors frock with flattering cutouts and detailing.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Liu Wen attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Naomi Campbell was ever much the goddess with blunt bangs, a winged cat-eye, and her custom Burberry Prorsum gown that glittered with sequins.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Naomi Campbell attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)


Caroline Trentini wore a black Atelier Versace dress that was anything but simple with intricate lace detailing, a dramatic train, and exposed back.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Caroline Trentini attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Rihanna shut the red carpet down with her dramatic Guo Pei canary yellow, fur-lined ensemble.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Rihanna attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)


Fei Fei Sun wore a slinky, silver Michael Kors dress with a sultry back, bold beauty, and drop down jade earrings.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Sun Fei Fei attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)


Beyoncé Knowles left little to the imagination with a bejeweled Givenchy look accompanied with a swinging, side pony and fierce mood to match.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Beyonce attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)


Not to be upstage by her older sis, Solange Knowles (Next NY) took on this sculptural, holographic Giles dress that left us mesmerized.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Solange Knowles attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)


Fan Bing Bing stunned in a gold sequined gown paired with a printed, emerald cape by designer, Christopher Bu.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Fan Bingbing attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
(Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)


Finally, Mother Monster Lady Gaga wore a sensational Balenciaga coat and sparkly jumpsuit for her first appearance at the Met Gala red carpet.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Lady Gaga attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
(Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

May 4th, 2015 by Irene Ojo-Felix
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For this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art China: Through the Looking Glass curators and designers alike were asked to explore the influence of Chinese art and culture on Western fashion. The result was a memorable take on the meeting of worlds that are miles apart but uncannily alike in many ways.

To get you in the mood for this year’s sweepingly grand exhibit, take a look at our past coverage of The Costume Institute exhibits.


 

For last year’s Charles James, Beyond Fashion exhibition, vintage couture was on high display courtesy of the late, legendary designer. Known for his breathtaking silhouettes and masterful tailoring, James was a favorite of photographer Cecil Beaton and executed each detail to the highest standards of beauty.

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The 2013 exhibition focused on all things punk for From Chaos to Couture. Anarchy reigned supreme as the exhibit looked at how high fashion has been influenced by the punk movement. From mannequins with attitude to a bathroom set from the iconic CBGB club, designs from Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, & Dolce & Gabbana paired perfectly with the bold atmosphere.

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In 2012, Impossible Conversations between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli were the focus. With eccentric designs and a penchant for the peculiar, both influential creators connect their eras and share their similarities and differences.

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In 2011, the fashion world paid tribute to the late, great Alexander McQueen. Savage Beauty brought together the innovator’s luxurious designs in a strikingly beautiful way with dramatic staging and interviews from McQueen’s colleagues, teachers and friends. As the Costume Institute’s most popular exhibition to date, it has had the current distinction of traveling home to the Victoria & Albert Museum and is currently on view until August 2nd.

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2010’s theme was American Woman and explored the way clothing shaped the American vision of womanhood for the past century. Designs from Chanel, Lanvin and Vionnet were all highlighted to show the history of women in America from Victorian times to suffrage.

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2009’s The Model as Muse exhibition looked at fashion history and the importance of models in the center stage. Photographers, designers, and influencers alike shared stories and images of their defining muses, showing the evolving ideals of beauty in fashion and just how crucial models are to the final vision.

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April 28th, 2015 by models.com
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A hypnotic pulse of pink brightens the mood / Get the look with Urban Decay eyeshadow in Woodstock

No tool in your makeup arsenal is more powerful than color and a simple burst of vivid pigment can brighten a powerful impact. Bold eyeshadow was a big story on this season’s runways with smears and spatters in rich hues garnered attention, especially when paired with bare skin. See how to paint outside the lines in MDC’s newest beauty story.

Photographer: Kristiina Wilson for Models.com
Makeup & Hair: Katie Mellinger
Model: Enly Tammela @ Muse Management (New York)

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Creamy canary yellow provides an unexpected pop on lids / Get the look with Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in 24 Yellow

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Juicy orange liner worn in asymmetrical stripes for punk panache / Get the look with Kryolan HD Cream Liner in Fruity Orange

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Bright blue in an abstract smudge creates an artistic effect / Get the look with Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Cobalt

April 23rd, 2015 by Steven Yatsko
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When Nathalie Edenburg isn’t striking a pose, her creative side takes the reigns, and currently she is in the middle of year-long daily undertaking, a project entitled “How Do I Feel Today”. The artist and model paints over a single portrait of herself each day, taking the image from a neutral mien to vibrant emotional impressions–les Fauves, of sorts. The underlying portrait stays the same, but no two moods end up being identical. Her project not only has therapeutic effects, but approaches art with openhandedness: When all 365 painting are complied, the sales will fund art institutions, the donation of art materials, and helping the underprivileged children of Brazil. Nathalie also plans hold an art workshop in the favela to utilize art as a tool to encourage education. She answered a few questions to shed some light on her “How Do I Feel Today” project.


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Hi Nathalie–how do you feel today?

I’m feeling lucky, happy about the progress of my project.

How long ago did the project begin, and what inspired you to start it?

The project began exactly on January 1st. November of last year I printed a portrait of me and painted on top of my face, when I finished, I looked and I felt something different. I thought: This said a lot about me. So I showed Rogerio Mesquita, the photographer of the portrait, and together we had this idea of creating the How Do I Feel Today Project with the intent to inspire people to do art everyday as a form of self expression.

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Do you really do one EVERY day…or is there a little cheating?

Every single day, as a ritual. I carry my stuff everywhere I go, and if necessary, I paint inside the car or in the airplane, as I have done a few times. Hehe.

Bob Dylan said, “I change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else.” How many times do you feel different during the course of a day?

Countless times, I am always changing my mood during the day. But I do not put rules on the time that I should paint, the time that I feel, I paint, and the predominant mood at that moment will be expressed.

Can tell us about the charity of “How I Feel Today”?

The idea of the project is to encourage the practice of art in daily life as a form of self-expression and self-awareness. I truly believe that there is an artist in each of us and through the project I want to awaken it in people. Part of the profit from the sale of the works will be reverted to purchase art supplies for donation and in the process want to promote social actions to encourage the practice of art.

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What about the art workshops in the favela. Have you done anything like that before?

I did it once before, but this time will be a little different. I want to go in the communities and organize an art workshop, providing a day of painting to those interested in participating. We will photograph each person, print the photo and each one will paint over their faces as I do. At the end, we will make a wall with all the painted faces leaving an artwork in the favela. Each person participating in the action will win a book to  encourage art and reading.

What was your favorite class in school?

Mathematics. Kidding, it is art no doubt!

If you could paint only with one color, what would it be?

Red is my color.

You’re an art lover. Which artists, old and new, fascinate you the most? Kinds of art?

The greatest teachers for me: Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Munch, Frida Kahlo, I also really like Os Gemeos and Siron Franco. I love Expressionism and Fauvism.

Have you learned about yourself throughout this project? It must be therapeutic…

You got the feeling! Of course, I’m learning a lot about myself during this creative process. Art was always a way to connect with my inner and express myself through shapes and colors. Surely it is my great therapy.

Are you still focused on modeling in the midst of doing this?

Certainly. Modeling is my main focus, this is a side project that has been very important for my self-knowledge and development to as a model as well. My main intention here is to show people that art is good for the soul and everyone should practice it.

What’s the next project? Is there a theme you think that will be threaded into your work?

Thankfully, I still have eight months to think about the next project.

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Nathalie posts a new painting on Instagram everyday: Nathalie’s Instagram

 

April 19th, 2015 by models.com
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What’s beautiful now? Confidence, elegance and a zest for life. As embodied by newly minted Jo Malone girl Poppy Delevingne, modern beauty comes to life. It isn’t about makeup it’s about an attitude and personality that are irresistible. View Poppy in her element in front of the camera and take a look at her sweetly scented Jo Malone favorites.

Photographer: Mark Rabadan
Assistant: Dominic Cabot
Digital: Luis Valiente
Retouch: Nadia Selander

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“My home is overflowing with Jo Malone London candles and I scented my wedding with Orange Blossom, which still gives me butterflies.”

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“I’ve been wearing Red Roses since I was 22. The first thing that drew me to my husband James was his scent, and when I asked him what it was he said, Amber & Lavender by Jo Malone

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Poppy’s Picks:

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Red Roses Cologne – a lighter take on the classic floral bouquet and one of the line’s signature scents. / Orange Blossom Home Candle – transform your space into a garden oasis with this luxurious candle / Amber & Lavender Bath Oil – As worn by Poppy’s hubbie James Cook, this spicy blend merges classic ingredients to create an eclectic scent.

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