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It’s Not Cheating If You’re Only flirting

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I’ll admit – I’ve cheated- but what girl hasn’t done it every once in a while. It’s completely unfair to believe that a model will stay faithful to an agent forever, that’s why they have contracts. You can’t expect someone to stay just because they should… I mean it’s a modeling business isn’t it?

Yet, I always feel a little bit guilty when I shop around for other agents. Yes I’m exclusive, and my agent takes care of me, but who’s to say another agent couldn’t do it better?

I actually have no allegiance to my agent. He scouted me one day and used every trick in the book to talk my parents into going along with it. We’ve had some moments along the way, the business coaching, a shoulder to cry on, the late night freak-outs and emergency facials. He has always been there.

But sometimes it feels like I’ve outgrown him. When I’m at my shoots, I see the other girl’s agents, and they seem so much more put together. It’s like I’ve got the hometown hero and they’ve got the big-dealing city agent. I watch as my agent talks casually with the other agents, and he seems so out of place. He’s like the boyfriend from high school that just doesn’t fit in at the college social.

I’m not saying my agent isn’t qualified. Not at all! I was at the shoot thanks to him. It’s just that I think I could do more with someone else. Someone more impressive; someone worth my caliber.

So I creep… just a little though because I couldn’t bear hurting his feelings. He has done so much for me, and I know that it would take me years to build that type of relationship with someone else. If he knew what I was doing, he probably wouldn’t be as willing to book me on the good jobs. I can’t risk that.

So I keep my other agent on the side. My backup guy that treats me good and doesn’t ask for any commitments. He knows I have another agent and he keeps it very discreet.. and besides, we just talk, so what’s the harm?

That doesn’t make me a bad girl, now does it?

Raw, Vegan & Gluten-Free; But How Much Is Too Much

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By Jessica Sepel – The Healthy Life
@jshealth

I’ve noticed a pretty fascinating trend lately, within both my nutrition practice and  on social media: there is an overabundance of “healthy treats.” And while I am all about savouring indulgences (and take part myself!) it seems that we find it really challenging to incorporate the words “balance” and “moderation” into our lives.

As a nutritionist, my whole philosophy is that we can eat anything in moderation; a balance of the nutrient-dense and not-so-nutrient-dense.

With the world becoming so much more health conscious, perhaps we’re now using the label “healthy” as a license to go overboard with those foods.  The fact is there’s a lot of false advertisement going on. Just because something is marketed as “healthy or “natural” or “fat free” (the worst!) doesn’t mean it’s doing our bodies any good.

I’ve been spending some time in Los Angeles, which some argue is the mecca of healthy food. There is a divine juice bar around the corner that sells delicious-looking “healthy cookies.” I was tempted by the pecan pie cookie, which looks absolutely heavenly, and was labeled “gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan.” A trifecta of health, right? Not necessarily. It was loaded with maple syrup (natural, yes – but still sugar) and preservatives, none of which your body needs in abundance. If you want to have a cookie, have a cookie! But enjoy it, and don’t be misled by buzzwords. A treat is a treat.

Even foods that legitimately are all natural and packed with nutrients can be tricky. As more and more people decide to remove gluten from their diets, it makes sense that they’re filling it in with something else – and for most, it seems to be nuts. Almonds, cashews and coconut are the replacements du jour. Almond butter, cashew flour, coconut milk – again, these are delicious and very nutritious in moderation. But just because it’s not gluten isn’t license to overdo it every day.

Ultimately, my recommendation as a nutritionist is that a healthy balance is one nutritious treat per day. But more importantly, develop the habit of reading the labels of all packaged food with a “healthy” claim. Be informed, not deceived!

Binx X Superga

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It’s always great to see models turn the tables and dive into something new. This time it’s supermodel Binx Walton (full name: Leona Binx Anastasia Walton). She’s graced the catwalks for the likes of Chanel, Miu Miu, Valentino, Balmain, Alexander Wang and a whole lot more. The list goes on and on… She’s a huge success.

And now she has teamed up with classic Italian shoe label Superga. Not only to model, but to design and take over total creative direction. Binx has created a raw and classic four piece collection. A mixture of high and low end style all rolled into one.

The Not So Typical Models

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By Gabby Neal

Oh so you’re short? No, you can’t model. You’re pregnant? You definitely can’t model. You’re bigger than a size 8? Nup you won’t be successful. You’re over the age of 25? Jeez…too old. You have boobs? A bum? Wow na uh, sorry – clothes won’t fit. You were on reality TV. Come on, really?

All bullshit.

These are the models doing what most are told they cannot do.

The Short Girls Making It Big

Anja Konstantinova and Mimi Elashiry. Two house hold names who both stand below 170cm and are defying the model mantra “you must be this tall to model”.

(Anja 163cm and mimi 167cm)

Anja and Mimi were scouted numerous times by various agents only to ultimately be rejected for their height. Rejection after rejection and look where they are now.

Anja has appeared in Vogue, Oyster, Marie Claire, walked for the likes of Ellery and fronted stores such as Stylestlaker and French Connection. Not bad huh?

And since rising to fame on Instagram (she has over 777k followers…) Mimi has now featured in both Glue Store and General Pants campaigns, walked the catwalk for David Jones, been appointed MTV’s style ambassador and has shown interest by Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret.

These are the short girls making it big.








The Old Duck Proving It’s Never Too Old To Model

Carmen Dell’Orefice definitely won the genetic lottery. I mean she’s 82 and look at her… Modelling since she was 13, she’s sticking it to everyone and anyone who ever said she was too old to model.

Landing her first (yes, I said first…her first of six) Vogue cover in 1947 when she was 15. She has continued to hold her own in front of the camera. Recently featuring on the cover of New York Magazine looking every bit the super model she is. She’s starred in campaigns for Rolex, featured in Vogue Italia and walked the runway for designers Galliano, Gautilier and more. I mean wow. What a career and she’s still going.

You go glen co co!








The Mums Who Model

Come on, lets face it. These supermodel mums are something else. They’ve all had a baby, got their post baby body back in action and faced the critics to walk the runway.

Adriana Lima, Gemma Ward, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio are only a handful of the working model mums out there. But it’s nice to know that the stigma of a working mother is definitely on its way out and even more so in the fashion industry. With the wider growing acceptance for women of all shapes and sizes. Just recently, Dolce and Gabbana dedicated a whole runway show to the model mum, with all the models strutting the catwalk, holding their loved ones on display.

Granted, these ladies all had the help of some very special people in the process but they made it back to the runway, looking fabulous as ever.








Those With Boobs And Bums

Hellloooo Tahnee Atkinson and Steph Claire Smith. The girls proving that you can be a model with boobs and a bum.

These drop dead gorgeous Aussie bombshells are the epitome of the Aussie beach babe, and are making waves all over with their not so waif-thin frames. I’m not saying all models are waif thin, but it’s great to see girls who struggle with the same problems of having boobs and bum that a lot of other women out there do.

They’re helping women find clothes, swimwear and lingerie that flatter and accentuate all the right curves in all the right places.

Photographer Josie Clough under the name It’s Now Cool, has a knack for showing off the best assets these woman posses.








You Don’t Have To Be Waif-thin To Be Successful

Some of these girls have had more success in “plus size” modeling than half the girls who manage to get into the industry at all. Sporting the likes of covers of Vogue, Harpers and Sports Illustrated, it’s hard to deny their success.

They’re the girls empowering women all across the world that you don’t need to be thin to be a success Nor do you have to have the 32-34-36 measurements to land a vogue cover.

Tara Lynn, Robyn Lawley, Crystal Renn and Candice Huffine are the girls proving that sexy is sexy at any size.








The Reality TV Success Stories

It is a common mis-conception that those who participate in reality TV shows cannot be taken seriously, especially those who participate in the likes of ANTM

I’m sorry but have you heard of Montana Cox… Alice Burdeu…Cassie Van Den Dungen?

If you haven’t heard their names I’m sure you know their faces. They’re the successful Aussie contestants who made it into the international circuit. Walking show after show, landing Vogue after Vogue and starring in campaign after campaign.

Yes, they are only a select few of the hundreds that participated in the show, but it just goes to show, it can be done. And it can be done well!








Models Can Act too

Ok, so most models who try their hand at acting aren’t necessarily the best. But there are the exceptions.

Take Cara Delevingne, Emily Ratajkowski and Abbey Lee Kershaw.

While they have all managed to actually convince us that they can act. They’ve also managed to juggle both careers while doing so. Impressive huh??

Although Cara and Abbey have now put their modelling careers on hold to focus purely on their acting, featuring in films such as Paper Towns and Mad Max (as well as a long list yet to be released). Emily has continued to pursue both, previously appearing in the office box hit Gone Girl and the soon to be released film We Are Your Friends.

These girls once again proving that models can be actors too…ok, again, maybe only some.




Those Who Go Behind The Camera

They’ve spent hours in front of the lens so it’s no wonder they want to get behind it.

Working with some of the best photographers in the world, it’d be hard not to spark up an interest. To be fair, they’ve practically been given free photography lessons their whole modelling careers. Learning what to do and what not to do. So really… no wonder.

You’ve got the incredible supermodel Helena Christensen (a former victoria secret angel thankyou very much) who has since turned to photography, shooting for magazines like Vogue, ELLE and Nylon etc.

Then you’ve got the models slash photographers, Luci Taffs (check out #shotbyluci on instagram) and Suki Waterhouse. Both have always had a passion for photography and somehow find time for both.

It also helps that some of your best friends are models and can pose for you… cue Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne.








My New York Journal- Part 3

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The casting agent is looking at me. “Will you be casting with a book or with Snaptch?”. I hold up my iPad as an indication. She nodded & winked “Good answer!” She took my iPad and handed it to the three people sitting behind her. They all gathered around and took a few notes while the initial lady asked me to pose for a digital. One of the men sitting at the desk then stood up & smiled at me. He walked over & handed back my iPad.

“Impressive, I have to say! You have a lot of potential in this city.”

OH MY GODDDDDDDDD!!! I am so excited!!!! In fact I don’t even need to pee anymore! Or do I? Oh for God’s sake, shut up!! Focus and listen to the man speak! Shit. Yes. Man Speaking. Sorry.

“With those shots & social stats like yours, you’re a force to be reckoned with! I’ve emailed myself what I need from your portfolio & I’ll be in touch with your agent.”

YES!

I looked over at Liu-tini (my new friend). She was waiting for me in the door way. She gave me a thumbs up. “Good work lady. I heard the feedback… it seems New York is beginning to fall into place for you!”

We went down the road & had a coffee. Sitting & watching this city unfold was very cool. It was also amazing to use the cafes bathroom & slip my shoes of for five seconds so I could once again feel my feet. As I sat and twiddled my thumbs, I watched as my new mate eagerly unpacked her iPad and started to play with her Snaptch folio. She was importing new shots from Drop Box & Instagram, changing the layout & then she proceeded to hide all of her bridal shots. “Isn’t your next casting for a bridal show?” I had to ask as I was perplexed why she would hide the work that made her look like a bridal designers dream!

“Yes but this designer is very particular! She doesn’t want to see models in any bridal wear other than her own. It’s a bit weird but it only takes me a second to hide all of these shots. I’ll just unhide them when I finish up”

Ok…it seems that Liu-tini is now giving me Snaptch tips. I immediately open up my portfolio & hide anything to do with a dishwasher. Oh and while I am at it, I take a leaf out of her book and import some of my latest shots from Facebook. As I flick through my folio to check that it all looks ok, I decide that now is a good photo opportunity for my agency back home! I grab out my iPhone and take a cute picture. A quick post with the comment …

Digital Models & The City. What on earth will be next?! #snaptchapp”

#liu-tini. #LOL

As I refresh, I have 566 likes already. It seems that models in-Vogue are also on-line. Ha! See what I did there!? #grinning. Oh god .. It seems like I have accidently packed my Australian humour. Thank god I didn’t say that one out loud.

Note to self: keep on making notes to self.

 

This is the Final Edition of My New York Journal.

My New York Journal Part 1

My New York Journal Part 2