Monday, December 31, 2012

No Turning Back

When Inoubliable Model Army first came to fruition just over two years ago, I had no inkling that what had started out as a project of personal self-interest would attract such tremendous support and interest from the general public and from within the industry itself. As 2012 reaches its final climax, I'd like to take the opportunity to extend a heartfelt thanks to Inoubliable Model Army's readership for your ongoing support, and to the casting directors, model agents, scouts, photographers, PR departments, and last but certainly not least the models, who have so graciously permitted a snapshot glimpse into their lives and profession. In 2013, I look forward with anticipation to bringing more original content and exclusive interviews to the pages of Inoubliable Model Army with a view towards providing a unique platform for Inoubliable Model Army's muses to not only be seen but also heard. For the final post for 2012, Inoubliable Model Army salutes the year that was with an editorial featuring the dynamic and aspirational beauty of French model Aymeline Valade. Photographer Karim Sadli captures the bold and beguiling charms of Valade for V Magazine's December 2012 issue. Valade heralds the industry's recent penchant towards models whose beauty, personality, age and life experience make for a whole lot more than just a pretty picture.

Aymeline Valade
V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

V Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - models.com

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bust A Move

Fashion moves at such a lightning pace these days, and so as we bid adieu to 2013, Vogue Japan unveils its February 2013 issue with a dynamic editorial featuring the season's breakout faces. Relative newcomers Ava Smith, Tilda Lindstam, Kel Markey, Sung Hee, Stina Rapp Wastenson, Giedre Kiaulenaite, Esther Heesch, and Nathalia Oliveira bust a move for Sharif Hamza's lens. The models take on varying personae as they traverse the Top of the Pops covering genres including punk rock, hip hop, new wave and 60's mod squad. This editorial calls to mind the energetic, fun and creative spirit of the early 80's pseudo documentary film about  modelling entitled "Portfolio", in which photographer Steven Meisel captures models Paulina Porizkova, Kelly Emberg, Carol Alt and Julie Wolfe rocking it out with electric guitars and teased out hair to the Cocteau Twins.

Stina Rapp Wastenson, Nathalia Oliveira & Esther Heesch
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kel Markey, Ava Smith & Giedre Kiaulenaite
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tilda Lindstam, Ava Smith & Kel Markey
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Stina Rapp Wastenson, Nathalia Oliveira, Giedre Kiaulenaite,
Kel Markey, Sung Hee & Esther Heesch
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sung Hee, Esther Heesch, Tilda Lindstam & Stina Rapp Wastenson
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Stina Rapp Wastenson, Tilda Lindstam, Kel Markey & Sung Hee
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sung Hee, Tilda Lindstam, Stina Rapp Wastenson & Giedre Kiaulenaite
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Nathalia Oliveira, Ava Smith, Sung Hee, Kel Markey & Stina Rapp Wastenson
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exclusive Interview - Ninja Singh

At a time when designers and casting directors seem to be favouring models with distinctive features and a beauty bordering on aspirational, the timing could well be right for New Delhi native Ninja Singh to rise to the fore. Opportunities for models of colour, particularly those of Indian background, differ exponentially from those of their caucasian counterparts. When considering the number of Indian models who have achieved international recognition, only a handful spring to mind; Ujjwala Raut, Lakshmi Menon, Rohini Tinwari, Sonia Dara, Kelly Gale and Alyssah Ali. Twenty year old Singh could well be India's next big modelling export after placing second in the Ford Supermodel of the World competition in 2011 and relocating to New York where she is now represented by Marilyn Model Management. Towering at 179 cm, Singh's melancholic gaze and tempestuous pout are a lethal combination both on the runway and in print. Singh popped up on Inoubliable Model Army's radar a year ago when she debuted at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections, walking most notably for designers Juan Carlos Obando and Miguel Adrover. With the Fall/Winter 2013 collections looming, Inoubliable Model Army kicked back with Singh, and got the lowdown on the promising newcomer's über cool namesake, her modelling ambitions, and the importance of Plan B. 

Ninja Singh
Photographer -  Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Beauty & the Brains
Image courtesy of Ninja Singh

Inoubliable Model Army: Hi Ninja, that's a pretty unique and cool name! Is it your real name and how did it come about?
NS: Yes it is my my real name. It's funny how I was named Ninja, my maternal uncle was watching this movie called Ninja and then I was born the same hour, and you know the rest is history!

Inoubliable Model Army: Did you always harbour modelling ambitions growing up?
NS: I'm actually currently studying dentistry and have completed my first year, but yes I always wanted to be a model.

Inoubliable Model Army: Have you noticed a lack of diversity in modelling especially now that you are based in New York, and do you feel that things are improving for models of colour?
NS: There is a lack of Indian models for sure. Most of Indian models that are here in New York don't really look Indian and instead have the colouring of perhaps a Brazilian or Spanish girl. But what sets them apart is that they are Indian and it's making a difference. I'm sure every model of colour stands out differently because of the different culture she carries. As for me, it's important to be Indian but I have worked really hard to fit into the shoes of what's required to be here, and it's funny when no one believes when I tell them I am in fact Indian.

Inoubliable Model Army: You recently switched representation from Ford Model Management to Marilyn Models. What prompted this move and are you happy with this decision?
NS: Well yes, I am now with Marilyn Models and my book is currently being redeveloped with the view to introducing me as a new face at the Fall/Winter 2013 shows. There were a lot of differences between Ford and I as to how my career should go, so we came to the conclusion of settling apart. But undoubtedly Ford is amazing.

Ninja Singh
Image courtesy of Marilyn Models
Source - Ninja Singh

Ninja Singh
Marilyn Polaroids
Image courtesy of Marilyn Model Management

Inoubliable Model Army: You were noticeably absent from the Spring/Summer 2013 shows. Was this a conscious decision on your and your agent's part?
NS: I didn't do the last fashion week because of my exams... but I will be at the Fall/Winter 2013 shows in February and I'm sure you will be seeing me a lot!

Inoubliable Model Army: With so many new models being introduced to the market each show season, what factors do you feel are most vital to making a lasting impression at castings?
NS: It's about who you are as an individual. There might be a thousand girls who look pretty but the person who carries the wealth of that beauty with the brains she has, is the one to lead the crowd, and I know that I possess those qualities. I'm working really hard on myself! For the show season, you ought to look fantastic and fit, and yes, you should know that beauty, the right attitude and personal style are three important components which go hand in hand.

Inoubliable Model Army: For newcomers, modelling entails a great deal of rejection and criticism. How do you cope with this aspect of modelling?
NS: It's not only modelling, I think that every industry is the same in the beginning. So I'm prepared for this, working hard is my mantra for success and then everything else falls into place.

Inoubliable Model Army: What is the most valuable advice that you have been given with regards to modelling and the industry?
NS: Take it easy, it will happen...

Take it Easy
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Juan Carlos Obando - Fall/Winter 2012
Photographer - Filippo Fior
Source - style.com

Miguel Adrover - Fall/Winter 2012
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Inoubliable Model Army: What do you like and dislike most about modelling?
NS: Modelling is not just about walking the runway. It's about having the spirit to get to the top and the desire to fulfil your ambitions fast. As we all know the time is limited and also tough with so many girls from all around the globe. You might get to the top by doing an exclusive but the ones who stay on top are those with the mindset to never stop competing with themselves and to also improve regularly.

Inoubliable Model Army: What do you hope to achieve throughout the course of your modelling career and do you have a Plan B incase modelling doesn't work out for you in the long-term?
NS: I will do all it takes to be number 1 and Plan B goes side by side. I will complete my education which I think is important for everyone. I'm gonna be Dr. Ninja Singh!

Inoubliable Model Army: Do you have any favourite models or role models?
NS: Well, I don't really aspire to be like anybody in particular. I think everyone says models like Naomi and Gisele have made their mark and I would like to achieve similar success. But I think that it's more important to focus on how you are individually because in the end when you make it, you should know that it happened because you were UNIQUE and people chose you for that. 

Inoubliable Model Army: What makes you "Inoubliable"(Unforgettable)?
NS: For starters, my name and then when you get to know me... you just never forget ;-)!

Dr. Ninja Singh
Image courtesy of Ninja Singh

Elle India - July 2012
Photographer - Tarun Vishwa
Source - thefashionspot.com

Anjum Fakih, Ninja Singh & Tara Kurian
Marie Claire India - September 2011
Photographer - Unknown
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elle India - July 2012
Photographer - Tarun Vishwa
Source - thefashionspot.com

Friday, December 28, 2012

Take A Bow

Vogue China assembles a galaxy of modelling's brightest stars  in time for the New Year's celebrations. Photographer Stockton Johnson captures Liu Wen, Constance Jablonski, Lindsay Wixson, Sui He, Fei Fei Sun, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Emma Pei, Carolyn Murphy, Du Juan and Xiao Wen Ju in party ensembles befitting of any occasion. Standouts amongst the cast are Constance Jablonski and Fei Fei Sun both in a Viktor & Rolf, Lindsay Wixson looking as pretty as a picture in Chanel, and Carolyn Murphy and Liu Wen in red carpet gowns from the Jason Wu and Ralph Lauren collections. As much as I love this editorial and eclectic cast selection, my only quibble is, why no Joan Smalls, Cora Emmanuel, Anais Mali, Grace Mahary, Melodie Monrose or Nyasha Matonhodze? Vogue China has played a major role in bolstering the profile of its homegrown modelling talent, but shouldn't the magazine's call for diversity be extended to all models of colour? 

Constance Jablonski
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Sui He
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Fei Fei Sun
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Hanne Gaby Odiele
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Xiao Wen Ju
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Lindsay Wixson
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Du Juan
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Carolyn Murphy
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Liu Wen
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Emma Pei
Vogue China - January 2013
Photographer - Stockton Johnson
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Keep the Faith

Whatever your faith, Inoubliable Model Army would like to extend to its readership all the very best for a festive and relaxing holiday season. May the love, kindness and humanity that we share with each other during this period permeate our day-to-day lives. Thank you for your continued support throughout 2012 and I look forward to keeping the faith with more Inoubliable Model Army moments in the New Year.

US Vogue - April 1992
Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington,
Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford,
Yasmeen Ghauri, Niki Taylor, Elaine Irwin & Karen Mulder
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Monday, December 24, 2012

Safety in Numbers

Miu Miu takes a more is more approach with an impressive cast consisting of established models and rising stars for its Spring/Summer 2013 campaign The campaign lensed by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, features an eclectic grouping including Victoria's Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes, modern day muses Malgosia Bela, Bette Franke, Arizona Muse, and newcomers Martha Hunt and Tamara Weijenberg. Miu Miu issued the following statement about the campaign's model selection, "The cast itself embodies the many facets of a woman's personality, femme fatale versus innocent ingenues, playful belles versus nostalgic beauties." Amidst the big name models assembled for the occasion, it is IMG's newly relaunched Martha Hunt and former Holland's Next Top Model winner Tamara Weijenberg, who emerge as the campaign's key protagonists.

Martha Hunt, Tamara Weijenberg & Bette Franke
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Adriana Lima
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Bette Franke, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes & Malgosia Bela
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Doutzen Kroes & Tamara Weijenberg
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Martha Hunt
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Bette Franke & Malgosia Bela
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Bette Franke
Miu Miu - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - fashioncopious.typepad.com

Head Over Heels

Dutch model Saskia de Brauw is the go to girl when it comes to editorials which require an edge and a posing ability beyond the stock standard model leaps that a five year old could pull off. Dutch Vogue enlists de Brauw for an editorial in the October 2012 issue lensed by Jan Welters, which has the 29 year old model drawing inspiration from her artistic background to create silhouettes which bring the garments to life. de Brauw strikes a delicate balance between androgynous cool and ultra chic yet bold femininity for the series of inspiring images. In an interview with the Cut, de Brauw hits the nail on the head when attempting to shed light on her current modelling success, "I am far from perfect, but I have something else. I heard that people in the industry are longing for more personality and diversity. Perhaps I am more of a character than a model." de Brauw's one of a kind beauty, charisma and powerful presence are a key part of her modelling arsenal, and besides, who else would even dare to attempt to pose naked head over heels...

Saskia de Brauw
Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Netherlands - October 2012
Photographer - Jan Welters
Source - thefashionspot.com