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Here is a video compilation, maybe more like a photo montage, of male models. These are just a few of the male models found on the ExploreTalent.com modeling and acting talent community and job board. This photo montage was made from the models online portfolios. Both male and female models can put up a free online portfolio for promotion and join the largest modeling community on the internet. Exploretalent.com also has a huge job board for showbiz industry related work offering 20k+ new jobs every month in just about every city in the U.S. and Canada. Exploretalent lists everything from this summers Victoria Secrets casting calls to castings for hair and makeup models for local shows. Definitely a great modeling resource to check out.



These are some pictures from a Givenchy fashion show and I gotta say, I really love these very hot outfits… wish I had them. I also hear that last winter the Givenchy brand brought back some of the classic scents from previous decades as “mythical”. The Givenchy “mythical” perfumes were available for a limited time and discontinued at the end of 2007.

Here is also a classic dress from Givenchy, circa 1950’s

and a pic of the classic Givenchy perfume Le De



{June 18, 2008}   Helena Christensen

The supermodel, Helena Christensen does an interview and gives her tips on how to survive the fashion industry. This interview was done when she was in Cairo, Egypt.

Helena is probably the most famous Danish model ever and has appeared in numerous TV commercials, magazine covers and print ads.  She is also known for some of her personal relationships, especially that with Michael Hutchence.

Helena Christensen was born in Copenhagen on 25th December 1968. Her mother is Peruvian and her father is Danish. She walked into the public eye in 1986 through declared the title of Miss Denmark at the age of 18, and showing her nation at the Miss Universe show. She went away from her residence to continue her profession as modeling in Paris.



I normally like the Calvin Klein shows, well as far as the overall look. Calvin Klein shows like to use models with very natural looks and little makeup, but this vacation show takes it a bit to the extreme. I mean they could have used some concealer to cover the bags and dark circles under the models eyes. At this vacation fashion show, it may be the models that look like they could really use the vacation.

However, I gotta say, I love the textures and detail in this line.



{June 1, 2008}   Outrageous hair shows

This is one outrageous hair show for sure. This is an Asian show, but I am not sure what country. The stylist is one of the performers and applies that hair magic to first cut his way onto the stage and then use his styling talents on the model’s hair. very entertaining for a hair show and hair modeling. Want to be a model? check out the auditions.



Alexandra MichaelI saw a post the other day about Alexandra Micheal and her speaking out against the fashion designers who are putting extreme pressure on the models to be unhealthfully thin in order to be able to work.

She told her story on a TV show, The Today show I believe, and how she was pressured to lose 30lbs by constantly being asked to lose a pound here and a pound there. After some time those pounds added up and she was down at 102 lbs and 5’9″… thats finally when they loved her look and she became the perfect fashion model. The problem with being the image of fashion perfection is that her hair began to fall out in clumps as her body ate itself in starvation.

That seems to be the time she realized she could not lose anymore weight because her career would be meaningless if she died.

Here is part of the thin model article from the modeling blog

When she started modeling, she was 5′ 9″ and 130 lbs. That is by no means skinny-model-thumb.JPGoverweight, that is actually thin. As her career took off and she found herself traveling for fashion shows, designers kept asking her to lose a few pounds. A few pounds for this show, a few more for that one and on and on. Finally, she realized she was 102 lbs. and losing her hair at 18.

“My kind of wake-up call was I was on a plane from Paris to Texas, which is where I’m from,” Michael told TODAY’s Ann Curry Wednesday in New York. “I ran my fingers through my hair and when I took my hand away, there was a dry, brittle clump of hair in my hand.”

I know many shows and some designers have taken a stand against anorexia but many others still are under the impression that the only way their clothing will look good is if it displayed on a walking hanger so that there is no possibility that a small curve in the body may cause an unflattering crease in the clothing.

The problem arises when regular teen girls buy those clothes and realize it does not look the same on them as it does on the fashion model and begin a string of diets so they too can have that just hung-on, crease less look.

Alexandra gained a few pounds and at 108 lbs., only a few more than the 102 she was previously(hair falling out weight), she was unable to get work in Paris as designers told her she was just too fat! 5’9″ and 108lbs? The look the designers are going for only seems to work in high fashion and clothing that covers most of the body. I just can not see how this super skinny anorexia look is appealing when more skin is exposed such as a swim suit. This picture below of a well known supermodel is very disturbing.

Here is Tyra Banks on the cover of Sports Illustrated from some years back, Tyra Looks great.

Its kind of sad that to model clothing some designers expect you to have one foot in the grave (and look it) or else. The designers must feel that the lack of body shape and the squareness of the bones makes the girls a walking hanger and the designers clothing looks flawless when hung with nothing underneath substantial enough to  give the clothes any other shape. Thats too bad. I mean clothes are there to be worn and not simply hung. Maybe the designers thinking is a bit reversed. Should it not be the woman who gives the clothing its shape and not the clothing giving shape to a walking stick that has none of her own. I guess when every model is a stick and identical, then they have no worries about fit. Fitting the model is as simple as hanging up the dress on a hanger.



So do you? here is an article I found about becoming a successful fashion model and the physical requirements needed to get the job.

Now remember, the following are guidelines for fashion and runway modeling. There are many other types of modeling such as promotional modeling, parts modeling, hair and makeup modeling and commercial modeling. The height requirement does not always apply to those. Also, check out the casting calls modeling sections.

Either way and regardless of height and body type, if you want to be a model of any kind you should probably be in the best possible shape you can.

But here is a short checklist I found for fashion modeling.

Virtual physical exam for models

Once you begin to see yourself as a successful model you’ll start doing the things to make it happen. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it does require work but so does working a 9-5 job.

So, now that you’re visualizing yourself as a successful model, let’s get to some basics you must know …

The Physical Requirements of Modeling

If you plan to model, especially as a high fashion or runway model, you need the following physical attributes …

a) You need to be at least 5’8″ tall or taller

b) Your body weight and proportions need to flatter your height

c) You need to have a good skin complexion without lots of pimples or blemishes

d) Your hair should be in good shape (no excessive split-ends or over-dying damage)

e) Your teeth should be well taken care of, straight and white (a dynamite smile)
Look closely in the mirror and be honest with yourself. We all have limitations. Some of these things listed above you can work to improve and some (like height) you were born with.

Even if you don’t have all these model attributes. There are other opportunities in modeling not mentioned in this article by Bob Pardue (www.bobpardue.com). So Don’t Give up Hope!



Here is Ford Model Dana Power in a video talking about how important moisturizers are, especially if you do part modeling like she does. I guess you can’t model nail polish with rough, dry, hands.



Behind the scenes of Andrew Christian’s appearance on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency TV Show, featuring models Dominique Sharpe and Danny Nunez posing by the pool. Janice seems to be all about the underwear models. Actually, the show has many, many episodes of male underwear models at work and at play.



{April 30, 2008}   Miss Texas the New Miss USA

Miss USA 2008Not sure how many of you follow pageants, but beauty pageants are linked to the modeling world and last week Miss Texas, Crystal Stewart, took the yearlong crown of Miss USA 2008.

Here is the story from pageantry
Las Vegas, NV – April 11, 2008 – during one of the year’s most exciting live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Texas USA, Crystle Stewart, as MISS USA® 2008. Donny and Marie Osmond hosted the 57th Annual MISS USA Pageant from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in one of the world’s most electrifying cities, Las Vegas.
Ms. Stewart completed her degree in Consumer Science and Merchandising at the University of Houston

Final Results:
First Runner Up:
Miss Mississippi USA, Leah Laviano will assume the duties of MISS USA 2008 if the titleholder is named MISS UNIVERSE 2008 or for some reason cannot fulfill her duties.

Second Runner Up:
Miss New Jersey USA, Tiffany Andrade
Rest of Top Five:
Miss Pennsylvania USA, LauRen Merola
Miss Oklahoma USA, Lindsey Jo Harrington

Rest of Top Ten
Miss Massachusetts USA, Jackie Bruno
Miss Missouri USA, Candice Crawford
Miss Tennessee USA, Hailey Laine Brown
Miss Indiana USA, Brittany Mason
Miss Florida USA, Jessica Rafalowski
Congratulations to all the winners and contestants!

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