Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Discoveries - Jenny Monteiro

Since returning from New York Fashion Week, my eyes have been firmly trained on the streets of Berlin in search of untapped modelling talent. When model scouting, I look out for a combination of criteria; raw natural beauty, an engaging presence, the shock of the new and a feeling that I get which may be attributed to a combination of all of the above. More often than not, it is only on rare occasions that I feel enraptured enough by a girl's physical beauty to actually approach her. I was left with no option but to do so when I first caught sight of fellow Berliner Jenny Monteiro as she sat down next to me in a cafe just two weeks ago. During the course of the ensuing twenty minutes, I quietly stole glances at Monteiro and waited until it was time to leave before going in for the kill. 

Nineteen year old Monteiro is blessed with an astounding beauty. Her perfectly oval face shape is reminiscent of supermodel Christy Turlington whilst her luxuriant caramel skin tone and dreamy green eyes flecked with shards of gold, bring to mind the nineties modelling sensation Brandi Quinones. Standing at 170 cm, Monteiro possesses that rare mix of prettiness counter-balanced by a tomboyish androgyny that is currently trés au courant in fashion circles. Even more compelling though is Monteiro's astute mind and her genuine interest in life, people and spirituality. Monteiro has been approached by model scouts in the past, but is currently focused on completing her final year of high school education before taking the next step towards exploring her modelling potential. Monteiro posed for Inoubliable Model Army in her natural state and spoke in depth about her interests in modelling and beyond, revealing a personality that is every bit as captivating as her beauty.

Jenny Monteiro
Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army


Inoubliable Model Army: How were you discovered and how do you feel about being featured as a New face on Inoubliable Model Army?
JM: I was sitting in a coffee shop in Berlin with my boyfriend having breakfast when Neill introduced himself as a fashion blogger, and said that he liked my look and that I should consider modelling. He gave me his business card to get in touch if I was interested in knowing more. I feel truly honoured to be featured on Inoubliable Model Army!

Inoubliable Model Army: How old are you and what is your racial background?
JM: I'm 19 years old. I was born in Berlin and my mom is German and my dad is from Mozambique. But there are also Indian and Chinese roots from my paternal side.

Inoubliable Model Army: What do you think makes you Inoubliable (Unforgettable)?
JM: People often tell me that the one thing that is special about me is my gregarious personality. I always try to cheer everyone up and stay positive in any given situation. Another thing is that I'm relatively pale for my mixed ethnic background which is offset by my brown-greenish eyes. I guess these are qualities that make me stand out.

Inoubliable
Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army

Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army


Inoubliable Model Army: Why would you like to pursue a career in modelling and what do you hope to achieve?
JM: Firstly, I'm always glad and thankful to have the opportunity to experience new and exciting things. I'm just going to take things as they come and look forward to giving my best while enjoying whatever happens in the process.

Inoubliable Model Army: Do you have any favourite models?
JM: My favourite models are Tyra Banks, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth. I just love Tyra. She's a natural beauty with a strong personality and she's a true entertainer. Rosie has a gorgeous face with a baby doll-like quality that I adore. I recently discovered Bambi, who has a striking face with distinctive eyebrows and incredible bone structure. Even though she is not the typical tall model, she really knows how to use her body and looks amazing in every picture. These are all models that inspire me, each of them in their own unique way. 

Inoubliable Model Army: What are your views on diversity in modelling?
JM: I think there is more and more diversity in modelling. Not only in terms of ethnic background and mixture but also relating to height, age, tattoos... There are so many different people out there, whose diversity definitely needs to be shown.

Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army

Photographer - Neill Seeto
Property of Inoubliable Model Army


Inoubliable Model Army: What are your interests and passions outside of modelling?
JM: I'm actually really into film and TV hosting, which I would one day like to pursue to introduce people to lifestyle events and places. I also love music and enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.

Inoubliable Model Army: What do you think are the qualities which are required for success in modelling?
JM: Well, I think to be on time and to be reliable for starters. Also to be communicative, open-minded, autonomous and creative. I speak four languages; German, Portuguese, English and French, and consider myself as a person who gives their best and is willing to do what I'm asked and who is also relatable to others.

Inoubliable Model Army: Complete this sentence - Happiness for me is...
JM: To have a day off, enjoying it with family and friends, going to church, treating myself to a cafe latte and a blueberry muffin or home-cooked food by my grandma. Being done with my exams so that I can wander freely through the city dwelling in my thoughts and ideas.

Inoubliable Model Army: What insights have you gotten out of meeting with Inoubliable Model Army?
JM: I think the most valuable insight that I've gotten from this experience is an even clearer vision of my strengths and how to use them right, and also about my opportunities within modelling.

Jenny Monteiro & Neill Seeto
Photographer - Damien Miller
Property of Inoubliable Model Army

Friday, October 26, 2012

Around the World in 28 days

Photographer Janelle Okwodu and models.com turn their attention to the newcomers who possess that indefinable, oh so elusive "x" factor which will place them in true contention for success beyond the standard one or two season burnouts. The Spring/Summer 2013 collections bore witness to a smattering of promising newbies emerging predominantly from European countries. The Scandinavians faired well with Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway represented respectively by the pristine beauty of Marikka Juhler, Saara Sihvonen, Stina Rapp Wastenson and Karoline Bjornelykke. Proving that the Russains are not quite done with their modelling moment just yet were Irina Nikolaeva, Valery Kaufman and Katya Riabynikina. In what can only be described as a long overdue shift in modelling trends, the spotlight is now trained firmly on France with four classic French beauties Pauline Hoarau, Marine Deleeuw, Manon Leloup and Josephine Le Tutour dominating the Spring/Summer 2013 runways. Surprisingly, the United States of America served up two modelling dynamos in the guise of Inoubliable Model Army Top Ten place getters Juliana Schurig and Athena Wilson while the fashion industry's fascination with Asian culture continues with Korea's Ji Hye Park and Japan's Chiharu Okunugi emerging as standout faces on the whitewashed runways of Milan and Paris. 


Stina Rapp Wastenson & Giedre Kiaulenaite
Nationality - Swedish & Lithuanian
Agency - Women Model Management
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Irina Kravchenko
Nationality - Ukrainian
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Irene Hiemstra
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - DNA
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Ji Hye Park
Nationality - Korean
Agency - Elite
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Marikka Juhler
Nationality - Danish
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Valery Kaufman
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Marilyn
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Irina Nikolaeva
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Women Model Management
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Katya Riabynikina
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Supreme
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Athena Wilson
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Saara Sihvonen
Nationality - Finnish
Agency - IMG Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Juliana Schurig
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Karoline Bjornelykke
Nationality - Norwegian
Agency - Supreme Model Management
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Beauty By Example

Paris Vogue assembles an inspirational cast of beauties spanning over three decades of modelling for its November 2012 issue, proving that beauty has relevance at any age. Photographer David Sims captures seventeen year old newcomers Moa Aberg and Asia Piwka alongside top models Liu Wen, Anais Mali, Iselin Steiro and Aymeline Valade all of whom are in their twenties, and fabulous forty-something veterans Yasmin Lebon, Estelle LeFebure and Cecilia Chancellor. It appears that the CFDA's recent age restriction guidelines which ban the use of models under the age of 16 in fashion shows, may be taking full effect. The nineteen editions of Vogue magazine have responded also, perhaps in part to the public's desire to see women rather than girls barely shy of their teens playing high fashion dress-ups, by pledging to not knowingly feature models under the age of 16 within its pages. Looking at this editorial, CFDA president Diane Von Furstenburg's words, "We do impact the lives of women and we can set a strong example of a well-balanced life on our runways", never rang so true.

Eva Herzigova - 39 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Anais Mali - 21 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Moa Aberg - 17 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cecilia Chancellor - 45 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Yasmin Lebon - 48 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Crista Cober - 26 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Iselin Steiro - 27 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Estelle LeFebure - 46 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Aymeline Valade - 28 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Liu Wen - 24 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com


Janice Alida - 23 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Lucie de la Falaise - 39 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Asia Piwka - 17 years
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bad Girls Go Everywhere...

Former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Helen Gurley Brown passed away this August at the age of 90. Gurley Brown reigned supreme at Cosmopolitan from 1965 to 1997, imbuing the magazine with her signature brassy sass whilst administering empowering advice to "Fun, Fearless, Females" on topics including relationships, career and beauty. As a staunch advocate of women's sexual freedom, Gurley Brown was outspoken in her belief that woman could indeed have it all - love, sex, and money, and famously coined the phrase "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."

Helen Gurley Brown
Photographer - Fran Collin
Source - francollin.com

During Gurley Brown's tenure as Editor-in Chief, the Cosmopolitan cover was one of the most lucrative jobs that a model could land. Gurley Brown overlooked the final approval of the cover images which were meticulously photographed by Francesco Scavullo with styling by his long-time collaborator and partner Sean M. Byrnes. Every model worth her weight in gold, appeared on Cosmopolitan's cover including Naomi Sims, Lauren Hutton, Rene Russo, Janice Dickinson, Jerry Hall, Gia Carangi, Christie Brinkley, and the original Supers of the Eighties and Nineties. Here some of Cosmopolitan's all-time favourite models pay tribute to Helen Gurley Brown and reminisce about what it meant to be a Cosmo cover girl.

Carol Alt
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Carol Alt - "Helen booked me for the big September issue with Francesco Scavullo as the photographer. I was a little nervous because stylist Sean Byrnes picked a very see-thru piece of lace and just wrapped it around my body. Helen, realising that I was nervous about this, took another piece of lace and stuffed it inside right at my breast. She knew just what  a girl needed and just how much sex was right. My cover was the best seller of the year! I think that is what made her so successful in this business - she was never in your face with her opinions of sex. She knew just the right temperature and she just set the oven!"


Beverly Johnson
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Beverly Johnson - "My first Cosmo cover was photographed by Francesco Scavullo and Way Bandy did the make-up. I wore a chic black dress with Elsa Perretti diamonds. This was a big deal for me because I was known as the girl next door, which by fashion's definitions didn't include being sexual. Helen took a chance on me and with the idea that good girls wanted to be sexy, too...and that was okay."


Kim Alexis
US Cosmopolitan - June1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmpolitan.com

Kim Alexis - "I remember Helen as having a commanding presence. When I would see her, I would feel  small even though I was much taller. I never felt comfortable working for Cosmo because I felt too young and naive around the other models. I did enjoy the Cosmo covers with Francesco Scavullo. We had a blast. You will be missed, Helen."


Tatjana Patitz
US Cosmopolitan - May 1987
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Tatjana Patitz - "I am so honoured to have graced multiple Cosmo covers under the eye of Helen Gurley Brown, whose vision brought me to work with Francesco Scavullo."


Frederique Van der Wal
US Cosmopolitan - June 1987
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Frederique Van der Wal - "From the very beginning of my career I realised that doing the Cosmo covers was a celebration of the strength and sexuality of women. It was a true pleasure to be chosen so often because not only were they fun and exciting to work on, but I was always spoiled brilliantly and treated with admiration and respect. The Cosmo covers proved to make a big impact on my career."


Cindy Crawford
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Cindy Crawford - "When I first met Francesco Scavullo, I was only about 19, and he didn't know who I was. He really like the model Gia. And that made him want to meet me. Cosmo was a rite of passage for a model. You got to be a full-on glamazon. It was always dramatically lit, super sexy shots. My Cosmo cover that I remember the best is the one with the white lace pants, March 1991, because in some southern states, the copies were taken off the newsstands for being too racy!"


Kelly Emberg
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Kelly Emberg - "I worked with Helen Gurley Brown for Cosmo from 1980 to 1987 and shot a number of covers where she required the women to not only be sexy but powerful. Thanks to Ms. Brown, Cosmo was filled with controversial articles about love and sex. Like it or not, she paved the way for women to proudly put down those pots and pans, fully embrace their sexuality, get a fabulous job and look great doing it. There was only one Helen Gurley Brown, and she will be missed."


Patti Hansen
US Cosmopolitan - February 1979
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Patti Hansen - "I remember laughing and having the best times in Scavullo's studio with Sean, Scavullo's longtime stylist, Way Bandy on make-up and Harry King on hair. This was the constant crew! It was a great formula! Lot's of tape and, as you can see, plenty of dark shading! Cosmo covers were very coveted by all. I was and am very lucky to have been part of this time. I think the pink one was my favourite, so girly glam. Fantastic memories!"


Esmé Marshall
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Esmé Marshall - "I was in the skilled hands of Francesco Scavullo and his amazing team for the one cover that I shot for Cosmo. I must say it wasn't often that a short-haired brunette passed muster for a Cosmo cover. I was very honoured. Helen was a visionary."


Paulina Porizkova
US Cosmopolitan - July 1993
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Paulina Porizkova - "My favourite Cosmo cover was my very last one, July 1993, because I was three months pregnant, wearing a bikini. During the shoot, I was feeling really sick. I couldn't tell anyone because I didn't know if they'd let a pregnant woman do a cover shoot in a bikini. I had to hold my stomach in the whole time! When that issue came out, I was at the newsstand, and there was a woman looking at the cover. She didn't recognise me standing next to her, and she said to her girlfriend, 'Look at Paulina on this cover. She's obviously had a boob job!' I thought, Well, yes, in a way I did, I guess!"


Renee Simonsen
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Renee Simonsen - "The Cosmo covers always had tight dresses, some boobs showing, loads of make-up and big 1980s hair. Cosmo was in some way the essence of the 1980s look gone sexy. The girls were always healthy looking, nothing like today's skinny girls."


Brooke Shields
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Brooke Shields - "At 15, I was one of the youngest cover girls, and people remember that. It was a career highlight, and I love looking back and thinking, I was  a Cosmo cover girl! It makes me smile when I do."


Cheryl Tiegs
US Cosmopolitan - September 1980
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo
Source - cosmopolitan.com

Cheryl Tiegs - "Helen Gurley Brown was a real 'girl's girl.' She had tons of advice on how to capture a man and keep him, but she was always on our side. In that way she was a true feminist."

Two Sides to Every Story

Parisian photographer Karim Sadli trains his meticulous lens on three of the most enigmatic faces of the Spring/Summer 2013 collections for Paris Vogue's November 2012 issue. Cora Emmanuel, Kati Nescher and Nadja Bender feature in the editorial which showcases both the natural and glamourous sides of this season's "it girls." Danish newcomer Nadja Bender's sultry allure is in stark contrast to the nonchalant "come as you are" beauty of Russian born German-raised Kati Nescher and the pristine gorgeousness of Martinique's Cora Emmanuel. The beauty editorial includes the three model's beauty tips which comprise of plenty of water, green tea and listening to Chopin for Nescher, roller blading and healthy eating for Bender, and a less is more approach for Emmanuel with plenty of fruit and energy bars to get her through the show season. Sadli, whose work is featured regularly in the pages of Paris and British Vogue, the Gentle Woman, i-D, and the Last Magazine, succeeds in capturing the individual and distinctive beauty of each model without allowing any one subject to dominate the editorial.

Cora Emmanuel
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cora Emmanuel
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Nadja Bender
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Nadja Bender
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kati Nescher
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kati Nescher
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cora Emmanuel, Nadja Bender & Kati Nescher
Paris Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com