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Model Millionaires: Emanuela De Paula



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Emanuela de Paula is a BRazillian bombshell who is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Although she has long since retired her wings in 2011, she is still making it happen and doing a great job representing women of color in the fashion modeling industry, Many have pronounced the 26 year old beauty to be the Brazillian Naomi (Campbell). With her looks being one of a kind and her modeling skills to boot, she has not at all let the color of her skin put the slightest hault to her career in fashion. As stated by Naomi Campbell, Emanuela de Paula is a fabulous face for brown skinned babes looking to pursue modeling.

How did she get started? Well, Emanuela de Paula was born in a small town in Brazil to very supportive parents who embraced her “mulatta beauty.” By the tender age of 9 years old she began doing small contract work such as doing super market advertisements and local shop campaigns. This lower level work did not last very ong because the industry quickly recognized that she was unique, her talent beyond mere domestic gigs.

By the age of 15 years old, she began meeting up with different modeling agencies and talent management. She was signed almost instantly by Marilyn Agency. After such, she walked the stage for various household names such as Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Diane von Furstenberg, Colcci, Lacoste, Jennifer Lopez, Kenneth Cole and Zac Posen, as well as many others.

Her editorial career was not too shabby either. Having been modeled for several campaigns such as the Mac Barbie Collection, Prescriptives, W Magazine, Vogue, Next retailers, Gina Tricot and many others, she has made a reputation for herself as a master of all facets of the industry.

Her most well known portfolio pieces of course derive from her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in the years of 2008, 2010 and 2011! She often times was one of few darker skinned models in the runway shows, commercial campaigns and editorial advertisements. However, this did nothing but make her stand out even more, winning the hearts of girls and women alike across the globe who shared her surplus of melanin. In 2009, she was named the 11th highest earning Super model by Forbes and still remains to pull in a hefty income!

Now Emanuela de Paula works to find her next venture while still doing commercial modeling and advertisements. Watch out world! This pistol is surely about to give us something great!

The Wardrobe Cleanse, Part 4: The Shopping List



By Stylist Jenni Sellan

Retail is therapy, and we all know that too much of a good thing can result in other kinds of therapy, so lets put a few guidelines in place as we work towards the exchange of our well earned cash for some new additions to the family.

Remember: Quality over quantity. Stick to the list. Establish your budget

The Basics
This process is focused on building our core wardrobe  The building blocks. Establish a strong core before adding too many seasonal or on trend pieces.
The list below is a guide to what you will need.

Remember when scrolling through to keep  in mind that quantities and certain items may vary based on your budget, lifestyle,  your personal style and the climate you live in and it does not include accessories or shoes.

It works because each piece can be mixed and matched with plenty of room for play and creativity, and remember that high rotation on these pieces can be expected which is why quality will play an important factor.

The Absolute Minimum.
A coat. In warmer climates a light weight trench is the perfect solution; Navy, Black or neutral hues will work wonders.

3 -4 Jackets; Navy and Black would be my top two picks and make sure at least one is tailored. It’s always fun to have a statement piece and I also recommend a denim jacket – so versatile and the perfect weekend piece.

4 pairs of trousers / pants. This includes jeans

6 tops (shirts and blouses).  Make sure you include collared shirts, at least one white button down and add a statement making top to your selection.

4-5 Tee-shirts – at least one black and one white. 2-3 light weight knits – can include jumpers and or cardigans. 3 Skirts – include a pencil skirt, an A line and a straight or a maxi, depending on your style. Also consider a denim skirt.

4-5 Dresses – a little black dress (LBD), a dress that can be worked back for several occasions and a special occasion piece will be included in this section. AND my wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a Kaftan or three… so I’m including it here..


As you prepare for your shopping trip, review this list, consult your little black book and check it against what you currently have in your wardrobe. You are now ready to shop!

It will be nothing less than chic xo

5 Minute Beauty Tips For On The Go



By Simi A Mira

1. Be ready

Find a way to have cleansers and moisturizers easily available. Have moisturizers next to the bed and make putting it on a part of your bed time routine. Lay out your necessities so that you’re not a hot mess digging through drawers when running late in the mornings. Find a good organizer to keep things easy to grab but not just overflowing the vanity. A good idea is make a magnet board and attach small adhesive magnets to your everyday products then hang the board and your makeup on the wall. Fun and functional!! Have an emergency kit for being on the run, make sure to pack all the basics, mascara, eyeliner/shadow, concealer, lipstick, bobby pins, brush, hairspray, perfume and the all-important breath mint. Never know who you might run into out there!

2. Bold lips

Orange is the new red!! A new bold orange or berry color can have your lipstick taking your look over the top, making you look polished and powerful. Take you look up a notch in just 2 easy steps.
Step 1: Line lips using a matching lip liner to create smooth lines then fill with liner. Step 2: Apply the lipstick of your choice. Step 3: Gently blot lips and use a light powder to amp up staying power and apply a final coat to perfect you color. But there are no rules…try out a brown and dark red, even just a simple gloss, whatever matches your mood!

3. Show off those peepers!!

Once again no rules makes for a variety of quick and fun looks.   Use a shimmer pastel that will stand out from your hair for a simple, soft look. Take up the drama with a double liner look with a smooth or smudgy line of black with a line of color like blue, purple, or green for some pop! A light line of metallic liner can also help give that totally rested look we all wants

4. Let your light shine!

Brighten up your skin with an enhancer: Keep that summer glow going long into winter. Use a power complexion enhancer for oily skin and a cream if you have dry skin. Use on the elevated areas of your face including bridge of nose, along cheek bones and across the brow to show a little bit of light and give you that sun-kissed look everyone wants. It can also help you look awake and energized, even on those day you didn’t want to get out of bed. Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll go from glowing to greasy.

 5. Hurry up hair:

We ALL run into the mornings where you’ve been up all night with work or the kids, just want to sleep but got to get going and end up late. So here are a few quick fixes to keep your hair looking good even on a bad hair day.
Washing hair at night can save some time in the morning. Keep hair in check with a little mousse and braid if long enough to get a beautiful loose wave in the morning.
If you missed that shower, use a little dry shampoo and fold up into a dressed up messy bun with fun headband, or comb some strong hold gel and pull hair back to a slick and smooth low pony.
Use bobby pins to wrap hair and elevate the simple ponytail into an easy and elegant updo.


You Want Me To Do What??



By Carrie Lynn
OnOption Blog

Starting out in the industry and knowing absolutely zilch about modeling makes for some interesting situations!

WARNING: Do NOT shoot with student photographers!  Obviously not all of them are awful, just ones with a delusional idea of creativity.  Ask what you are shooting before you go.

I had an experience with one of these geniuses.  It was my second shoot ever and the agency I signed with set it up.  Being a well-known agency I assumed the photographer would be as decent as the first one I worked with.  Rule #1-Never make assumptions.  I get to the location and the guy said I would be shooting with ice cream.

I was naive.  At the time I thought, “Okay this could be cool, I trust you.  You have ice cream!”  I think I was more distracted by the sweets than anything else. He tricked me!

Anyway, we started off shooting some beauty, and after a few shots he wanted to bring in the ice cream.  I didn’t really know what to do.  I’ve only ever eaten the stuff.  I’ve never had to make it look “fierce.”  I actually remember trying to come up with creative way to get him his shots and get a free dessert at the same time!  Smart one Carrie, add to the freshmen fifteen.  Fatty!  Okay… off subject!!!  The guy seriously had some strange fantasies.

I don’t know how he expected me to be “fierce” with a damn ice cream cone on my head!  Yep of all things to do with it, he wanted it on my head.  And I put it there!  I didn’t hesitate or ask questions!!!  I guess all the finger licking temporarily halted my brain functionality.  You could say my mood changed the second I realized what I did!

I got even more pissed when I realized how ridiculous this whole shoot was and that the idiot was only getting pictures for his book, better yet for his school project.  I’d be horrified if he thought putting these in his book would help his career at all.  It certainly wasn’t helping mine.  In fact, it definitely would do the opposite.  Ohhhh boy does it get better.  How was I going to get the ice cream out of my hair?  I was at a photo school.  They didn’t have showers!!!

Pissed is a too pleasant a word to describe my hate for this day.  I hated this guy and modeling in general at this point.  I left as soon as possible. Ice cream and sprinkles still in hair.  Let me just add, this was the longest mile walk home.  It felt like it took me ages and I was ready to knock out anyone who so much as looked at me.

Three shampoos later, still with sprinkles stuck to my scalp, I went to the agency.  My booker was totally excited for me to have new pictures until I explained to her what had happened.   Everyone at the booking table got a good laugh in.  Mean bookers!!!  She told me that I should have left the second he told me what we were doing!  WHAT?!?!?!  You mean I went through all of that and I could have just left?  Yep!  Even more pissed now!  Obviously by now I’ve learned that you have to speak up and know what you are and are not willing to do.  I will never do that again…well…if it was a paid job, I would consider thinking about it!

Very few people have ever seen the pictures from that day.  For your entertainment and because I find it hilarious now, here you go.  Laugh away!!!

Damn, You’re a Sexy Bitch



When people are paying you to be beautiful, you have to come up with some way of separating the professionally pretty girls from the truly pretty girls – because not all models are pretty. Some are downright ugly. You know what I mean – those girls that turn it on for the camera, but the minute the lights go cold, they make your stomach turn quicker than a pair of cheap heels.

They don’t look good and they sure as hell don’t feel good.

I try to stay away from these girls as much as possible; because their ugliness is contagious.

What makes them ugly? Most of the time, it’s how they treat people. These diva/devils seem to get all of their power from making other people feel bad.

“What do you mean you don’t have Perrier at the shoot?”

And don’t let it be the wrong temperature.. These ugly girls will let you know what you’ve done wrong, how much you have inconvenienced them, and why you are not worthy to be in their presence. They make everyone around them dislike them- including the photographer and creatives responsible for making them look beautiful.

See, someone who is beautiful, makes people want to be around them. That’s why models get paid the big bucks – because people want to look at them. The everyday person dreams about being in their presence. They want to absorb some of that beauty.

This is because beauty is like an energy. It is something that is given off in a way that other people can recognize. Modeling is a job because professional models know how to turn on that switch to make people believe they are ‘beautiful’.

When a model is actually beautiful, it isn’t that hard to do in front of the camera. When it’s natural, the energy seems to ooze out of every part of her body. But when that beauty is learned, or imitated, girls have to work to portray it. That’s why even the most conventionally beautiful girls are able to deliver some tragic looking shoots. They are actually ugly inside, and the camera doesn’t hide it.

For this reason, it is easy for the truly beautiful girls to be successful; they don’t have to work as hard to be a sexy bitch. Pretending to be beautiful is draining, and even with large amounts of editing and makeup it doesn’t get easier.

It also helps when the people responsible for making a model look beautiful actually thinks she is.

The Anatomy Of Minimalist Style



By Simi A Mira

When I think of minimalist fashion, the following terms come to mind: neutral colors, classic lines, solid fabrics, and timeless silhouettes. Polka Dots? Poof. Houndstooth? Gone. Leopard? Lose it. Minimalist fashion is the hottest new thing on the runway, and is a major departure from the bejeweled and bedazzled styles of the past few years. This style allows the emphasis to be on the person wearing the garments, not the clothes themselves.

Traditional minimalist outfits are generally either black and/or white but can sometimes involve muted colors (but never patterns). A great example of minimalist style is a perfectly tailored black wool jumpsuit with a tailored black suit jacket. Another example of this style would be a structured white A-line tank dress with classic black leather booties – think simple, shaped, and strong.

Minimalism is a style that has been around for a few decades, but became strongest in the 1980’s. Remember those Calvin Klein commercials with white t-shirts and tailored black pants? This is a classic example of minimalism. The widely marketed fashion giant The Gap also championed this movement by promoting the crisp white tailored shirt and straight-legged ‘Audrey Hepburn’ pants in plain black. Today, designers like Alexander Wang and Chanel as well as ready-to-wear outlets like H&M and Uniqlo are paving the way to bring minimalism to the masses.

The ‘little black dress,’ or LBD as it is colloquially known, is a staple of the minimalist’s wardrobe. In fact, all black everything is a staple of the minimalist’s wardrobe! You can avoid this style from looking gothic by keeping makeup simple and neutral. A simple, light eyeliner and natural lip is a sophisticated way to bring this fashion philosophy into your beauty routine. Hair should be plain yet polished, usually slicked back into a ponytail or neat low bun.

In step with the aesthetic, keep your shoe choice very plain yet modern – and almost always black leather. A sandal, chunky-heeled pump, or plain flat are consistent options. Oh – and don’t forget to put away the flashy jewelry. Minimalists are of course quite simple when it comes to accouterments; The most that one should wear would be a simple, personal detail like a wedding ring or dainty necklace in silver or gold.

The easiest way to ease into minimalist style is to start by color blocking. Don’t like the idea of wearing all black? Break up the noir with some white – try a tailored white oxford shirt with a classic black pencil skirt. Once you’ve nailed this classic feel, work into an all-white or all-black outfit. You will feel empowered with the straightforward nature of your look!

When it comes down to it, simplicity is key for minimalists. Two main influencers from two different generations, Audrey Hepburn and Victoria Beckham, highlight the timelessness of this style. When you make wise investments into beautiful, well-made pieces, these minimalist options will never fall out of favor.

Designers Who Know Denim



By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

Denim has made an appearance in every fashion show in 2016 and there are certain designers who are heading the new denim craze. Popular styles for the fall include denim trending in the form of parkas, suits, shirt-dresses and dusters. While we have top designers such as Alexander Wang and Chanel to thank for this year’s fall fashions, there are other trailblazers that are going to close out 2016 from everything from faded to acid washed, to polished, raw and straight up washed to perfection. The following fashion icons definitely have made their denim statement this year and can speak easily to what denim trends to wear right now.

This year Alexander Wang has effectively changed the design of the traditional denim jacket, as this year he partnered up with Demna Gvasalia for his debut for Balenciaga; where he showed a plush-lined topper creating a completely new look and as a result creating the latest denim craze.

There are also several other designer labels that are going with the untailored look. Yes, it is official. MM6 Maison Margiela has gravitated to tacking on a distressed flared or tiered cuff to loose pieces and Marques Almeida offers a signature fringe seam remixing a cuff that hits below the seam of high-water boyfriend jeans. Either way any fashionista picks (tailored or not), anyone can take advantage of the perfect fitting jean look by a simple roll of the wrist, versus taking a trip to the seamstress.

It was also only a matter of time before the no-so-skinny jeans made another appearance. Formally known as “mommy jeans”, this denim trend has hit 2016 by storm thanks to Crippen among many other labels. Anyone can rock this look when you complete any outfit with a pair of snazzy heels. The best part about this trend is that if one does not have the budget for the high end labels, they can even pick up this look at local thrift stores.

Frayed, unfinished ends and denim tops are also showing up everywhere this year thanks to designers such as Marc Jacobs and Marques Almeida. The previous fashion wave for denim tops came in the form of simple button up top or a lightweight chambray. Today’s look includes new silhouette styles that feature off the shoulder ruffles, boxy tanks, long line shirts and wrap tops. The modernized version of frayed tops are not the DIY home maneuver, with the fray a little bit longer at the bottom of the jeans and the look is even making its appearance on into tops, as well as jackets. This new raw look highlights the great texture and the long threads are a great way to mix up any wardrobe.

Last but not least, denim on denim (also referred to as the Canadian tuxedo) is not going anywhere any time soon. Denim on denim is a constant again for 2016, so be sure to not clean out your closet anytime soon. Once again, this is a traditionally classic outfit and it really doesn’t matter what pieces are put together. Denim truly made a new appearance this year and the look is here to stay.


Model Maison – Noam Frost



Model: @noamfrost
Photographer: @cybism
Make Up: @Aniamilczarcyk
Hair: @frankandco

Age Is Just A Number



My resume says I’m 22. That’s because my agent said in modeling it’s not how old you are, it’s how old you look. So, truth is I’ve been 22 for about 5 years now. I wish I could say it’s been an easy job. I mean how many times can you line up next to a bare wall, making the same smile you’ve practiced for 6 years? It doesn’t matter if it’s a go-see or a cattle call – the same damn thing.

Name. Age. Agency

Sometimes I have dreams of walking into a room full of casting directors, in my designer jeans and a white camisole and having the outcome be different. Instead of the same ‘thank you’ from whomever is sitting closest to the door, they actually look at me. It is somewhat a fantasy and a nightmare because I’m not sure what I would do if this happened in real life.   I’d probably start sweating or something- God forbid.

Come to think of it, I’m glad they never look up.

Most of my friends have given up modeling. They say once you hit 25 you’re too old. But I chose to stay in the game, traveling to every casting my agent sends me to. When I was 22 this used to be fun. I’d see all my girls at the shoot, we’d go and get some drinks after the casting and pretend to care about each other’s lives. Mostly we just show off at the trendy clubs and play ‘who can get the most free drinks’. That’s how you separate the models from the club rats. Models never pay… for anything.

But now castings are followed by a quick trip to the gym for a massage and some Pilates. I have to stay flexible, looking 5 years younger doesn’t just come naturally. I don’t drink anymore because I’ve found that alcohol and fine lines have a closer relationship than models and top-ranked photographers. They flock to each other, sometimes willing to do way too much for the recognition.

I’m not trying to recognize my wrinkles – yet alcohol always gives them a welcome mat.

My friends tell me I should do something else- that I’m wasting my time trying to chase that big contract. Some have moved on to sales jobs while others have moved into acting. I’m not into any of them. I tried spokesmodeling once, but the whole part about remembering product details was too much for me. There’s only so many tight t-shirts a girl can use, and I didn’t take years developing my walk to push a vacuum cleaner either.

So I go to the castings, and I smile, and I turn and I say thank you. I may not know what I’m going to do next year, but for the meanwhile, I’m going to do what I know.

The Top Modeling Agencies In The World



By Calynn M. Lawrence
Instagram – @fairytalefacesbycalynn

If you’re an aspiring supermodel and are wondering what your goal agency is, then this article is for you! This article is going to give you a synopsis of some of the top modeling agencies around the world! If you are aiming to be an A listing super model, then this info is vital to you. Here they are:

Ford Models was started in 1946 by Gerald W. “Jerry” ford. His mission was to give models a home and to advance them far beyond what other institutions would offer. Known to be a very “family oriented” and adoptive of its staff, if you will. They are also known to be one of the most inclusive of celebrity models. Because of this welcoming environment, Ford has made it a point in the industry to be one of the most racially, aesthetically, stylistically diverse modeling agencies in the world. They host talent from all walks of life and all corners of the Earth. Some of their household names include models such as Adriana Lima, Twiggy, Chanel Iman, Lana del Rey, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Amber Rose, Raven Symone and countless others!

IMG Models is known as the world’s leader in model management. The agency has claimed vanguard for well over 20 years due to its continuos exponential growth throughout the 1990’s! This institution is very much focused on ensuring that their models have “the look” and also that they have the personality. The concept of fashion modeling may seem to be all about aesthetoc, however, IMG Models is proof that the personality of their staff appears just as well on camera as it does in person! Some of their highest ranking staff include Alek Wek, Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Daria Werbowy, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Carolyn Murphy, Stephanie Seymour, Ben Still and many more!

Elite Model Management was started in Paris in 1972 by John Casablancas and Alain Kittler. Later on, it opened its New York campus in 1977. Since then, it has been one of the top modeling agencies in the world! Part of the reason for its stark success is because of its gracefully rebellious opposition to society’s definition of what is considered the proper fashion model. Focusing less on dated feminity and more on empowering the models for their fierce fashion woes, the term “supermodel” was born. This same cutting edge mantra is why the industry has so many “misfit ” millionaire models today. To name just a few of Elite’s highest paid staff, they have represented individuals such as Tyra Banks, Naoimi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Rosie Huntington- Whiteley, Janice Dickenson, Paulina Porizkova, Cameron Russell, Cameron Diaz and many more!

These are only some of the best modeling agencies across the globe! Remember though that it is not always the agency itself that makes the models but it is the talent and drive behind the individual that really pushes them to massive success.