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January 23rd, 2015 by Holly Miller
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After Louis Vuitton, Serge Rigvava (in denim), Finnlay Davis

See what some of our favorite models are wearing in between shows!

Photos by Melodie Jeng for models.com

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Sang Woo Kim

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Shaun Ross and Roman Sipe

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Phillip Konrad

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Marc Sebastian Faiella

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Otto Lotz

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Lucas Santoni

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Luke Glazsher

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Jackson Hale

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Jourdan Copeland

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Daiane Conterato

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Benjamin Bernadet

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Benjamin Jarvis

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Ben Waters

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Eugen Ivanov

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After Louis Vuitton

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Jourdan Copeland, Sang Woo Kim, and Li Chen

January 21st, 2015 by Janelle
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Body beautiful doesn’t begin and end with makeup, it encompasses everything from healthy hair to glowing skin. Renata Sozzi showcases the sensual side of beauty in Blair Getz Mezibov (Visual Artist UK )’s striking story that proves you can be lovely from head to toe.

Photographer: Blair Getz Mezibov (Visual Artist UK )
Digital: Chris Luttrell for Haute Capture
Stylist: Lilli Millhiser
Hair: Joey George (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList NY)
Makeup:
Steven Canavan
Model: Renata Sozzi @ Marilyn
Producers: Clarissa Morales & Kristen Bolt

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A sensual smoky eye shines through even with a veil / Get the look with Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Obscura

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Daring to bare isn’t daunting when you’re perfectly exfoliated / Get the look with Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub

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Cascading waves and little else / Get the look with Sachajuan Volume Powder

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Fishnet stockings by American Apparel

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Shoes Manolo Blahnik highlighted by flawless legs / Get the look with Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil

January 20th, 2015 by models.com

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Richard Biedul

See what some of our favorite models are wearing in between shows!

Photos by Melodie Jeng for models.com

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Ton Heukels

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Dominik Hahn

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Justin Gossman

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Charlie Adshead

January 19th, 2015 by models.com
January 15th, 2015 by Janelle

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Portrait by Claire Lawrie

As modeling’s motion master choreographer Les Child has brought the artistry of dance to the biggest runways and best editorials. Collaborating with fashion’s best and brightest from photographers like Tim Walker and Patrick Demarchelier, to designers Miuccia Prada and Alexander McQueen, Child elevates the look and feel of fashion imagery with stylized dance moves fit for a Broadway show. If you see your favorite model sashaying down the catwalk with an extra spring in her step, or spot an editorial with posing worthy of a prima it’s likely that Les Child had a hand in it. We caught up with the talented Mr. Child to talk working with McQueen, the role of choreographers in fashion and what models need to know about movement.

Did you always know you wanted to be a dancer?

Les Child: Yes, always, since as long as I can remember.

Tell us a little bit about your beginnings.

Les Child: As a child I performed in school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. This allowed me to express my love for dance and performance. I subsequently studied at the Rambert School of Ballet for 3 years.

How does your work in fashion differ from what you’ve done in cinema, or on the stage?

Les Child: Well, as a choreographer, there is little difference in these mediums. Generally working in theatre and film etc., require specific choreographic direction of course. A director and or producer will initially present you with a brief, treatment or storyboard as a guide, not forgetting how many dancers, models are needed and what they are required to do. This will involve the input of a production manager, stylist, music director, hair, makeup and many more. The same process applies to a fashion show or a fashion shoot. Where the designer, photographer or stylist has a concept to convey. I am often brought on board to assist with movement direction and to inspire confidence.

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British Vogue, photographer Patrick Demarchelier

What do you think models ought to learn about movement?

Les Child: I believe all models would benefit immensely from attending some form of exercise or movement class, becoming aware of self and space. After all it’s all about the physical.

What is the role of a choreographer on an editorial shoot or at a show?

Les Child: A choreographer’s role in fashion is not as integral as hair and makeup, but as important. As I mentioned earlier the primary role both on a shoot and show is to inspire and to encourage confidence if they are required to play a role or assume an attitude. Basically to help realize the vision of the designer or the photographer.

When did you first get involved in fashion / what was the very first fashion project that you worked on?

Les Child: I think my first involvement in fashion, was dancing in Stevie Stewart’s (BodyMap) graduate’s show at Middlesex University… Way back! As a choreographer it was working on a film directed by Joanna Hogg starring a very young Tilda Swinton as an aspiring model with designs by Dylan Stone.

You’ve worked a great deal with designers who present their work in a very artistic manner – what was it like collaborating with Miuccia Prada or Alexander McQueen?

Les Child: Working with Alexander McQueen was absolutely brilliant. A true artist, with an extraordinary vision, whose shows were not only an extravagant showcase but an event to behold. it was a honor to be involved with him and his wonderful team. He was very particular on how he wanted the shows to look, presenting references from film, a game of chess to a particular artist he was enamored by. With Prada I was brought on board to help with the pace of the show. Helping the models to navigate and maintain a steady rhythm as the set was unusually huge with different levels and punctuated with staircases.

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Alexander McQueen Spring / Summer 2004, photographer Pierre Verdy / Getty Images

How do you work with people who may not have any dance training or experience?

Les Child: I work around the artists’ abilities and attempt to evoke their most interesting qualities; basically bringing forth their personality in the way they move.

You’ve worked with an incredible array of talent – are there any moments that stand out to you as being especially poignant?

Les Child: This a very difficult question to answer. There have been so many poignant moments in my career to name one particular moment is nigh impossible.

How do you feel movement elevates an image?

Les Child: Movement gives an image breath and life!

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British Vogue September 2014, photographer Tim Walker (Camilla Lowther Management)

January 13th, 2015 by models.com
January 12th, 2015 by Janelle

Awards shows are the domain of Hollywood’s elite, but models are making their impact on the red carpet. At last night’s Golden Globes Cindy, Naomi, Cara and more made their presence felt in show stopping dresses that landed them right at the top of the best dressed lists.

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in Giulietta

A touch of sweetness in a night dominated by va-va-voom silhouettes, Elettra’s buttercup yellow Giulietta gown provided a truly original red carpet moment.

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Image by: Steve Granitz / WireImage


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Once a supermodel, always a supermodel – Cindy’s sapphire blue Versace number was a ravishing and classic take on old-Hollywood glamour complete with Rita-Hayworth waves and a glittering clutch.

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Emily Ratajkowski
in Escada

A canary yellow showstopper from Escada sets Emily apart from the pack and amps up the elegance factor.

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Chanel Iman
in Zuhair Murad

Chanel sparkles in Zuhair Murad’s silver and black gown, which hit all the right notes including the evening’s metallic trend.

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in Mugler

You might remember Cara’s Mugler dress from when Georgia May Jagger wore it back at the Met Gala, but Cara looks every bit as lovely in it as Georgia did and adds a bit of personalization with her layered initial necklaces.

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in Zuhair Murad

On someone else a pastel pink, embellished gown would seem a little too frou frou but Chrissy makes it modern with sun-kissed makeup, a sleek clutch and plenty of diamonds.

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Alessandra’s sheer burgundy dress does transparency right revealing just enough of the Victoria’s Secret beauty to set tongues wagging, while keeping things tempting rather than tawdry.

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Naomi Campbell
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No one does it better than Naomi and in a feathered custom look from Burberry she’s every inch the supermodel.

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January 8th, 2015 by Janelle

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Call it the big chill makeup that echoes the colors and textures of winter: from the icy whites of fresh snow, to shimmering metallics that add a touch of seasonal drama. Experience the look in Saty + Pratha’s gorgeous editorial starring Carly Moore as a frozen femme fatale.

Photos by Saty + Pratha / satyandpratha.com
Model – Carly Moore @ Elite Toronto
Styling by Truc Nguyen
Makeup by David Alan Jones (THE GREEN APPLE ITALIA SRL)
Hair by Olivia Colacci
Manicure by Rita Remark
Assistant Photographer – Hannah Kiviranta
Assitant Stylist – Erin Fox

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Shake things up with a silvery brow

On Carly: Greta Constantine dress, Jenny Bird bangles

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Coppery smokey eyes keep wintry beauty warm / Try Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage

On Carly: Vaiken dress, Farley Chatto coat

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Snowy colors on the eye in matte white / Try Face Stockholm Matte Eyeshadow in White

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Or a flash of shimmering silver / Try MAC Pigment in Silver Foil

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Sleekness and face-framing waves highlight flawless skin

On Carly: Coach coat, Pink Tartan dress

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A touch of cool blue / Try NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Heat

On Carly: Bec & Bridge dress at Holt Renfrew, Beaufille necklace

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Wine colored lips for evening glamour / Try Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Cassis

On Carly: Melissa Nepton top, Alynne Lavigne earrings

January 5th, 2015 by models.com

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Photography by Conte Potier

At the end of last year Myla Dalbesio found herself at the center of a heated debate about size within the fashion industry. As the first size 10 model to be featured in Calvin Klein’s underwear ads, she inadvertently challenged fashion’s narrow definition of beauty and started a firestorm over who qualifies as “plus size” – a widely used distinction within the modeling business, but a term Myla and many other models have expressed disdain for. The ads became a talking point everywhere from the New York Times, to the Today Show, drumming up an unprecedented amount of discussion for a campaign launched with little fanfare. Where others may have faltered in the face of such scrutiny Myla turned the situation on its head, sharing her own struggles with body image and working to inspire and impact young girls. With her refreshingly honest demeanor and decade spanning career as both a model and an artist, Myla is one of the most interesting women in modeling today – we caught up with her to talk her sensational year and what the future holds.

How does this new phase of your career feel?

MYLA: It’s so weird, it feels kind of like it is all happening to someone else and I’m just their stand in. In two weeks they’ll come back and I’ll be like “here’s all that cool stuff that’s happened to you” and then I’ll go back to my normal life.

I wasn’t expecting it. I feel like I’m just a normal girl from Wisconsin, I imagine this only happens to fabulous people who drink champagne all the time and I’m just hanging out having fun with my dog.

How did you take the controversy surrounding the Calvin Klein ads?

MYLA: At first I felt bad because I felt as though I was being misrepresented and as a result it hurt people unintentionally. That was disappointing, but I got the opportunity to explain myself and reiterate what I felt initially. It was really helpful for me and in the end all the confusion and controversy has started a conversation.

I’ve always been this size and in fashion that has made me wonder just where I fit it. I’d been hoping someone would start this conversation, but I never would have expected it to be me. I’m humbled and honored to be the person who does it even if it was unexpected.

It is great and it makes people think – challenge their own preconceptions.

MYLA: It began with an incredibly benign interview. Calvin wasn’t pushing for this stuff at all – they didn’t make a fuss when they dropped the campaign which was so cool. They’re not pandering to anything and they’ve stood behind me which feels really wonderful.

You’ve been able to do some impressive things lately – what was appearing on the Today Show like?

MYLA: I’d done television interviews before but they’re usually pre-taped and edited. I’m an excitable gal and when you do a pre-taped interview they can take all that out and edit out all your swear words. On The Today Show it is all live so the whole time I’m thinking “don’t swear, don’t swear – try not to say like so much.”

 

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It’s wonderful that you’re using your experiences to impact others – especially young girls.

MYLA: I feel like I’ve spent the past 10 years figuring out how to be – and this sounds corny – live my life in the most authentic way that I can. Figure out who I am and be completely ok with that, I’ve messed up along the way but I never thought that the result of that journey could turn me into a role model. That I could use all those mistakes to help out other people – it’s surreal but it is really cool.

Sometimes people think that once you sign to an agency you become perfect and totally confident in yourself – that you’re not questioning yourself and not jealous, and sometimes the opposite is true when you’re a model and all those negative emotions can be magnified. Behind all the glamorous things you see on the outside there are real people. There are times when I’ve worked with people who I’ve seen in magazines and I realized that ok this person has flaws too, they have pimples and weird stretch marks and imperfections – they’re just like everyone else.

The images we get are so perfect so sometimes we forget that they aren’t the reality.

MYLA: Definitely, it is easy to forget what goes into making those images. The hair, the makeup, the lighting, the retouching.

What can we look forward to from you in 2015?

MYLA: Now I’m having all these great meetings about what is coming next and there are a lot of exciting things on the table . I’m most excited about the opportunity to work with teens and college-age girls, speaking with them about body image and learning to accept yourself.

I’m also getting back in the studio which is challenging – every free moment that I have I like to be in the studio just working on my art. I’m in the middle of studio visits and working on some new performances that I plan to do in the spring so just trying to fit all that in. I’ve been writing as well so I’m kind of working on a book as well prose and a few memoir-esque pieces.

I think I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to see it!

January 2nd, 2015 by Janelle

See which models made beauty waves in 2014 with a look back at the year’s beauty winners.

THE RED-CARPET QUEENS

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Making a splash on the Met Gala red carpet is no easy feat. With everyone dressed to the nines and gunning for attention a girl can get lost in the crowd, but not if you’re Joan Smalls. The Estee Lauder spokesmodel and beauty risk taker sported a purple pout worthy of Prince himself and wore it with flair. The enviable lip look created by makeup artist Sir John, makes the most of the unexpected color and Joan’s flawless complexion.

The year’s red-carpet fixtures like Jourdan Dunn, Aymeline Valade and Emily Ratajkowski also displayed an array of enviable looks. Jourdan played up her new blonde bob with warm colors and shimmering eyeshadow, while Aymeline’s platinum tresses were adorned with jewels and pinned in daring up-dos and braids as she traveled the world doing press for Saint Laurent. Meanwhile, Emily amped up the old-Hollywood glamour with glossy red lips and movie star waves worthy of Rita Hayworth.

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HAIR RAISING BEAUTIES

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When it comes to hair color most models move between blonde and brunette easily, but the boldest colors pack the most oomph and Natalie Westling’s fiery locks at Prabal Gurung’s F/W show was a bonafide fashion moment. The neon color brought to mind the days when fearless models like Sibyl Buck and Alice Dodd sported wild Manic Panic dyed tresses on and off the runway.

Brunettes had more fun this year with famously blonde beauties like Cara Delevingne, Sasha Luss, Aline Weber and Suki Waterhouse all ditching their golden locks in favor of darker hues. Cara went chocolate brown for her role in the upcoming film, Paper Towns, while Suki & Sasha dabbled with the dark side briefly just for fun.

The Evangelista award for hair color experimentation goes to Edie Campbell. Her famous mullet transformed from jet black, to strawberry blonde to platinum highlighted. She switched styles and colors with ease, looking cooler with each and every change.

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CREATIVE CLASS

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Most models are content to be the face of a fragrance but not Anja Rubik. This year the enterprising beauty took her passion for fragrance to the next level launching her scent Original by Anja Rubik at exclusive boutiques from Colette to Net-A-Porter. The refreshing green tea, peppercorn and white lily blend crafted by Rubik & nose Patricia Choux, has been a hit with editors & perfumistas alike.

After decades of starring in hair ads and serving as inspiration to anyone who’s ever coveted blonde waves, supermodel Claudia Schiffer flipped the script and launched her own haircare line. The affordable line developed in partnership with German brand Schwarzkopf, is expected to do 25 million worth of business in its first year alone.


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It goes without saying that Kendall Jenner has been phenomenally successful in 2014, but her biggest coup came when she was announced as the latest face of Estee Lauder. Jenner brought her social media savvy to the role with announcements to her millions of followers on Instagram & Twitter.

One of the most interesting & exciting developments when it came to this year’s beauty ads was the use of models over the age of 40. Brands truly embraced the “age is nothing but a number” adage and enlisted gorgeous spokeswomen from Stephanie Seymour for Estee, to actresses Charlotte Rampling & Tilda Swinton for NARS.


INSPRING BEAUTIES

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Often the best beauty moments don’t involve a product, they instead center around an individual who challenges the very way we see what is beautiful. 2014 had several such people, among them Chantelle Brown-Young aka Winnie Harlow, who as the first fashion model with vitiligo broke barriers and inspired many with her appearances in campaigns for Desigual and in the pages of Dazed & Confused and i-D Magazine.

As another of the year’s big winners, Lea T continued her exemplary career with her new role as the face of Redken, making her the first transgender model to front a beauty campaign. The move which made news globally served as an incredible milestone and is hopefully the start of inclusion and diversity becoming the norm in beauty advertising.

Airbrushing has become the norm when it comes to beauty imagery, but sometimes the most compelling photos come when someone is unafraid to show their flaws. Such was the case when Lara Stone posed for System Magazine and allowed Juergen Teller to photograph her post-pregnancy body in all its glory. In a sea of hyper-retouched images Teller’s raw, evocative photos stood out and Lara’s willingness to showcase the reality rather than retouched perfection made her all the more beautiful.

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