Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blue Chip Sheen - Nastya Sten

IMA first met Russian newcomer Nastya Sten at castings for Oscar de la Renta for Pre-Fall 2014 and was astounded by her celestial beauty, sweet and polite banter, and her killer runway strut. In the two years since Sten has evolved into an editorial and runway tour de force with true longterm prospects. Sten's porcelain-like complexion, piercing blue eyes, and svelte elegant frame have not gone unnoticed with a flurry of editorial bookings for Numéro China, Dazed & Confused Korea, CR Fashion Book, Interview, Heroine, and the British, American, and Brasilian editions of Vogue. Sten has aced each editorial turn, displaying a refreshing versatility and illuminating presence in front of the camera's lens. The latest issue of Russh magazine showcases Sten at her best with photographer Ward Ivan Rafik training his lens on Sten's picture perfect features and statuesque 181 cm silhouette. The paired back studio images feature The Society Management-repped ingenue adorned with shimmering make-up  on her eyes and hands modelling slick tailored black and white ensembles selected by fashion editor Catherine Newell Hansen. With Couture week scheduled to kick off this week, Sten is guaranteed a free pass on the Parisian runways with the most exclusive blue chip sheen.

Nastya Sten
Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Russh - June/July 2015
Photographer - Ward Ivan Rafik
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Solstice - Andreea Diaconu

With the passing of the Summer solstice and my Australian tan rapidly dissipating, IMA seeks solace in Porter Magazine's Summer Escape issue. Photographer Cass Bird transports the reader to dreamy endless Summer days with a stunning editorial featuring supermodel Andreea Diaconu shot on location in the Caribbean. The sun-dappled waters and pristine beaches of St Lucia serve as the perfect back drop for Diaconu's radiant smile and bikini-clad toned physique. Bird captures the free-spiritied mood of Summer with Diaconu playing "Cast Away" while frolicking on the sea shore, exploring the hidden coves of St Lucia, and setting sail for the high seas. Stylist Kate Young combines comfort and beach chic decking out Diaconu in an assortment of one piece bathing suits, harem pants, and a sequinned dress by Tom Ford ideal for dancing the night away. Diaconu's blue chip appeal shows no signs of diminishing with editorial bookings this year for American Vogue, Self Service, Document Journal, and the Spanish, Korean, and French editions of Vogue. Diaconu's selling power and mass market appeal is evident in Spring/Summer 2015 campaign slots for Ralph Lauren, Boss Orange, Donna Karan, H&M, and Tiffany & Co ensuring her strong foothold in modelling's major league.

Andreea Diaconu
Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Porter Magazine - June 2015
Photographer - Cass Bird
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Monday, June 22, 2015

All For One - Sophia Ahrens, Aamito Lagum, Marland Backus, Emilie Evander, & Steph Smith

The  Fall/Winter 2015 runways came alive with a motley crew of newcomers whose beauty was matched in equal parts by bucket loads of attitude, charisma, and personality. Designers and casting directors honed in on the season's strongest faces with a clear focus on individuality, presence, womanly sensuality. Casting director Michelle Lee highlights some of the Fall/Winter 2015 season's most hotly contested newbies in "All for One" for Interview Magazine's April 2015 issue. Headlining the cast is Hamburg born Sophia Ahrens whose powerful runway presence and worldly grown-up demeanour defined the look for the season. Hot on her heels are Ugandan beauty Aamito Lagum, Canadian Steph Smith who opened for Proenza Schouler, the totally rad Brooklyn native Marland Backus, and fifteen year old Gucci exclusive closer Emilie Evander. The eclectic group of budding catwalk queens pose for photographer Josh Olins in a series of paired back studio portrait with male models Ryan Keating, Briar Motana, and Michael Sutton as their gender bending accomplices. Stylist Ludivine Poiblanc blurs the lines pairing jackets with masculine tailoring with stretch jersey knit dresses and sheer blouses forcing the reader to do a double-take at this intriguing group of runway renegades.

Sophia Ahrens
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Aamito Lagum & Ryan Keating
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Emilie Evander & Michael Sutton
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Marland Backus & Briar Montana
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Steph Smith
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Sophia Ahrens & Briar Montana
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Emilie Evander & Steph Smith
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Marland Backus & Sophia Ahrens
Interview - April 2015
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The State of Beauty - Amilna Estevao

The NY Times Style magazine remains ahead of the curve with an editorial shot by photographer Craig McDean featuring a kaleidoscope of modelling's finest from the past, present, and future. Angolan newcomer Amilna Estevao nabs the spotlight amidst some pretty stiff competition from industry icons Liya Kebede, Stella Tennant, and Amber Valletta, and models of the moment Edie Campbell, Fei Fei Sun, Julia Bergshoeff, Andreja Pejic, and Mica Arganaraz. Red hot newcomers Aya Jones and Miu Miu favourite Estella Boersma round out the diverse cast for the editorial appropriately titled "The State of Beauty". The portfolio of close-up beauty portraits in black & white and colour showcases the stunning array of beauty that has fashion editors, photographers, and stylists embracing diversity on the runway and in print. Sixteen year old Luanda native Estevao, discovered in 2013 via the Elite Model Look competition in which she placed third, is the embodiment of fashion's newly found appreciation of diversity. Estevao's smouldering gaze, tempestuous pout, and unstoppable runway strut were in full force throughout her thirty-four show appearances at the Fall/Winter 2015 collections. A key opening slot at Rag & Bone and a semi-exclusive at Alexander Wang set the wheels in motion for an avalanche of blue chip bookings for Estevao at Burberry Prorsum, J.W. Anderson, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga. In the aftermath of the shows, Estevao has resurfaced unscathed with fine editorial turns for Paris Vogue, Hunger Magazine, and her first solo cover for T Magazine's Beauty issue.

Amilna Estevao
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Mica Arganaraz
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Estella Boersma
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Stella Tennant
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Amber Valletta
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Julia Bergshoeff
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Liya Kebede
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Fei Fei Sun
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Andreja Pejic
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Aya Jones
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Edie Campbell
T Style - June 2015
Photographer - Craig McDean
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Home Land - Joan Smalls

Supermodel Joan Smalls reigns supreme in an editorial and cover story for Porter Magazine set in her native Puerto Rico. Photographer Ryan McGinley and fashion editor Alex White take a walk on the wild side with the twenty-six year old taking on the role of nature goddess while posing with the stunning Puerto Rican landscape as a backdrop. White kits out Smalls in faux fur coats paired with one piece bathing suits and sensible footwear for navigating the Puerto Rican beaches, rain forests and terrain. Smalls has in a relatively short space of time run rings around the fashion world combining high fashion moxie with undeniable commercial appeal. As part of the new generation of Insta-models, Smalls' natural charisma and dynamic personality have enabled her to amass over 991 thousand Instagram followers which translates to consumer spending and a portfolio of blue chip campaigns for Estée Lauder, Givenchy, Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli, Prabal Gurung, Stella McCartney, and H&M.  With two consecutive appearances on the runway for Victoria's Secret and recent editorial bookings appearances for Vogue Italia, Document Journal, Garage, W, and V Magazine, Smalls has cemented her place on models.com's New Supers rankings list.

Joan Smalls
Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Porter - June 2015
Photographer - Ryan McGinley
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blue Steel - Julia Van Os

Each show season unearths a fresh crop of modelling talent and the Fall/Winter 2015 collections were no exception however with a distinct return to sensual and grown-up beauty. No newcomer embodied the Fall/Winter 2015 season's predilection towards womanly sophistication more so than Dutch beauty Julia Van Os. The eighteen year old Amsterdam native was a smouldering presence at Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Versace, Emilio Pucci, and Balmain during her first full show season. Standing at 178 cm with chestnut brown hair and contrasting hypnotic blue eyes, Van Os cast a beguiling spell on casting directors, designers, and show-goers in all four fashion capitals. For Van Os, modelling success has been a slow burn since being discovered at age thirteen via the Cosmo Girl modelling contest. Van Os was swiftly signed by mother agency Future Faces Model Management and has been gradually honing her craft via editorial bookings for Wonderland, Italian Glamour, Amica, and on the runway at Amsterdam Fashion Week. Proving that timing is everything, Van Os placed modelling on the back-burner in order to focus on her high school studies only to reemerge at the Fall/Winter 2015 collections, blazing a trail through 43 show bookings. The Van Os assault continues to gain momentum with an only-girl editorial shot by Lachlan Bailey for the June 2015 issue of Vogue China. 'Sweet Temptation' features the Women Management-repped ingenue in full bloom styled by fashion editor Beat Bolliger in knee-grazing minis, halter neck tops, and tailored jackets.

Julia Van Os
Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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Vogue China - June 2015
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
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