Saturday, March 30, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Katerina Chang

Twenty-three year old Katerina Chang is stunning proof of the rapidly changing face of Australian beauty and culture. Hailing from Taiwan, Chang made the move to Sydney six years ago to pursue studies in marketing, winding up instead at Chadwick Models' offices where she has since emerged as one of the agency's most buzzed about newcomers. With exquisite almond shaped eyes, a petulant pout, and high angular cheek bones, Chang could easily make the average person feel a tad bit insecure were it not for the fact that she is so disarmingly down-to-earth and sweet natured. When IMA first met Chang at Chadwick's Sydney headquarters, her humility, openness, and impeccable manners made her beauty seem all but secondary. Which is a huge call given Chang's 177 cm runway perfect proportions, radiant smile, and spectacular dna. Chang's enthusiasm for the industry and her interest in fashion is matched by a modelling prowess which has been fine-tuned in editorials for Vogue China, Grazia, Karen, Kenton Magazine, and in a recent Fashion Gone Rogue exclusive feature. With Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week set to kick off on the 8th of April, industry pundits are hedging their bets on Chang to dominate local runways with her refined femininity and exotic beauty. Chang chatted candidly with Inoubliable Model Army in between castings about her love of Australian culture, fashion's current infatuation Asian beauty, and her key to charming casting directors and designers.

Katerina Chang
Image courtesy of Chadwick Models


Inoubliable Model Army: Hi Katerina, thank you for taking a moment to chat with Inoubliable Model Army. You have been on our radar since your Fashion Gone Rogue editorial exclusive shot last year by Mikael Wardana. Would you mind filling us in on your backstory?
KC: I'm 23 years old and have been based in Australia now for almost 6 years. I came to Sydney from Taiwan to study marketing and after I completed my degree, I decided to stay because I love the Aussie culture, lifestyle, and people.

Inoubliable Model Army: How long have you been modelling for, how were you discovered, and had you given modelling consideration prior to being signed by Chadwicks?
KC: I've been modelling for about five years. Modelling is something I had always wanted to do ever since I was young. I was approached to model in Taiwan when I was 17 but my parents were against the idea at the time, so I let it go. After moving to Australia, I walked into Chadwicks and had an interview with them. Luckily, I got signed on the spot and I feel that was the best decision I've made. I love all the bookers at Chadwicks! My parents are also now supportive of my modelling career after having seen examples of my work and realising that modelling is a real career.

Inoubliable Model Army: Australia is quite a change from Taiwan! Was it a culture shock adjusting to life in Sydney?
KC: In the beginning, it was a bit of a culture shock however it wasn't difficult for me to adapt to a new culture. I've always enjoyed learning and experiencing the new, besides I had been to other western countries before coming to Australia. I guess I already had a sense of the differences between western and Asian culture. What I appreciate most is the living environment and the Sydney lifestyle. It would be almost impossible to find another place to rival what Sydney has to offer because it is a combination of every beautiful thing like cultural diversity, amazing beaches and parks, and of course nice people as well.

Katerina Chang
Photographer - Mikael Wardhana
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Australian Grazia - Unknown
Photographer - Georges Antoni
Source - chadwickmodels.com


Inoubliable Model Army: You have been steadily building up a strong portfolio of editorial work including shoots for Fashion Gone Rogue, Harper's Bazaar Singapore, Australian Grazia, Karen, and Vogue China. Do you enjoy the editorial component of modelling and is there a shoot that you are particularly proud of from and artistic point of view?
KC: I love doing editorial shoots and I enjoy working with other industry professionals. What I like about editorial work is that it always involves a creative element which I enjoy. It's great to be part of a collaborative effort where everyone is contributing different ideas and talent. I'm proud of every shoot I have done so far as every shoot has had a different story. If I had the chance I would love to do a shoot underwater, now that would be memorable.

Inoubliable Model Army: Australian Fashion Week is just around the corner. Will you be participating and are there any key designers that you would like to walk for? Do you have plans to take on the international show circuit in the near future?
KC: I did some shows last year and loved it. I will hopefully be taking part in Australian Fashion Week this year and would love to walk for Kirrily Johnston and Toni Maticevski. I would definitely love to work in different countries. My next plan is to to travel to China to do more editorials work and then to Europe and America in the longer term.

Inoubliable Model Army: Asian models are gaining incredible exposure at the moment with models like Liu Wen, Sui He, Ji Hye Park, Sung Hee Kim, and Xiao Wen Ju dominating the international runway circuit. What factors do you feel are influencing fashion's growing interest in Asian models?
KC: I am so happy that many designers are discovering and appreciating Asian beauty. I think that Asian models will continue to attract international interest because of the booming Chinese economy and increased buying power.

Johanna Johnson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Christopher Esber
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kirrily Johnston
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army: The modelling industry is inundated with so many beautiful girls, yet being a pretty face will only get you so far. What other factors do you feel are necessary components to achieving success and longevity as a model?
KC: Being professional is the most important factor. A good attitude and personality is also essential. Besides these attributes, I also have a small tip to trying to remember everyone's name. It is good to let people know how important they are to you and they are always surprised when you recall their name the next time you meet them.

Inoubliable Model Army: The true diversity of Asian culture is now being showcased by models from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. How do you feel about playing a role in promoting diversity in modelling and the social media?
KC: It is an honour to have the chance to show people the diversity of Asian beauty and culture. I appreciate that Asian culture has given me distinct characteristics. This role is also provides good intermediary links to people all around the world to fashion and information about Asia.

Inoubliable Model Army: Are there any misconceptions about models or the industry that you would like to set straight?
KC: People tend to think modelling is an easy job and that all models have to to is dress up nicely and look pretty in front of the camera. The truth is not so! Every job has challenging aspects. We have to exercise regularly, pretty much every day for me! We are careful with our food. Models also have to wear seasonal clothing on shoots so you might be wearing a bikini during winter or a heavy coat in Summer. I'm passionate about modelling which enables me to get past the pain barrier on challenging shoots.

Photographer - Mikael Wardhana
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Photographer - Unknown
Image courtesy of Katerina Chang

Manifesto - Unknown
Photographer - Yu Ting
Image courtesy of Katerina Chang


Inoubliable Model Army: What are the greatest challenges that you face as a model and what has been the most valuable modelling advice you have received?
KC: When I first started modelling I placed high expectations on myself. If I didn't get a job, I would doubt my abilities and get upset easily. I have learnt with time to adjust my thinking more positively. My bookers at Chadwick have been so supportive, always letting me know that I am not alone and that they are there for me. I really appreciate that. Big hugs to them!

Inoubliable Model Army: How would you describe your personal street style, and which three designers are you currently obsessed about?
KC: I like timeless and elegant looks, something that can be worn for a long time and that never goes out of fashion. I have lots of black, brown and blue colours in my wardrobe. I don't really obsess about a particular designer but I do love Jason Wu, not only because he is a talented Taiwanese designer but also because his designs are elegant, simple, and feminine.

Inoubliable Model Army: In an industry where models are subjected to continual physical assessment, scrutiny and often times rejection, what are you coping mechanisms for dealing with this component of your profession?
KC: Having worked in the industry for 5 years, I don't expect every client to like my look and besides these factors are beyond my control. All I can do is think positively and have a good attitude.

Inoubliable Model Army: What do you hope to achieve in your modelling career and are there any plum assignments that you have on your bucket list?
KC: Travelling around the world is probably every model's dream. Other than that I would also like to take acting classes. I've done some commercials and loved it. Acting is more challenging to me and something that I would like to explore.

Inoubliable Model Army: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
KC: Hmm... what makes me unforgettable? That's a good question I haven't thought about before. I guess I'm easy going and have an oriental look that people would remember easily because I look like the Disney cartoon character Mu Lan ;-).

Karen Magazine - Unknown
Photographer - Unknown
Image courtesy of Katerina Chang

Photographer - Mikael Wardhana
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Chinese Vogue - Unknown
Photographer - Solo Li
Image courtesy of Katerina Chang

Harper's Bazaar Singapore - October 2011
Photographer - Georges Antoni
Source -forckwriter.com

Special thanks to Joseph Tenni at Chadwick Models. For more information on Chadwick Models Management, please log onto www.chadwickmodels.com

Mind Over Matter

Following a series of scintillating flesh baring editorial appearances for Vogue Italia, French Numéro, and Spanish Vogue, supermodel Karlie Kloss returns to the elegant form that made her a muse to many a designer and photographer, for i-D magazine's Spring 2013 issue. Showing off a newly coiffed nape grazing bob, Kloss poses for Matt Jones in select pieces from the Spring/Summer 2013 collections of Lanvin, Rochas, Dior, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Gareth Pugh, and Comme des Garçons. Kloss looks every bit the class act as she twirls, bounds, and leaps on set displaying the chameleon-like quality for which she is renowned. Twenty year old Kloss reveals in i-D's 'Ask Me' issue, "I love asking questions. I'm incredibly curious and always want to know why and how things happen. I don't know if that's because I'm young or just the way my brain is wired... " It is Kloss' inquisitive nature and presence on set beyond the mere physical which sets her in a league of her own amongst the current generation of leading models.

Karlie Kloss
i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

i-D - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Friday, March 29, 2013

Double Trouble

V Magazine sees double in an editorial shot by Sharif Hamza featuring modelling's most fashionable faces. Relative newcomers Martha Hunt, Cora Emmanuel, Mirte Maas, and Marie Piovesan are joined by industry stalwarts Hanne Gaby Odiele, Alana Zimmer, Bette Franke, Constance Jablonski, Catherine McNeil, Liu Wen, and Kasia Struss paired in matching looks from the Spring/Summer 2013 collections of Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta amongst others. Fashion editor Tom Van Dorpe has the season's hottest trends covered from polka dots, to pin stripes, the mod look, leather and lace, snake skin print, and everything in between. This editorial has an uninhibited element of fun and fantasy that makes you want to find a willing friend to engage in a little game of good old fashioned dress-ups.

Bette Franke & Constance Jablonski
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Liu Wen & Catherine McNeil
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Constance Jablonski & Bette Franke
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cora Emmanuel & Hanne Gaby Odiele
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kasia Struss & Alana Zimmer
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Marie Piovesan & Cora Emmanuel
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Catherine McNeil & Liu Wen
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Martha Hunt & Mirte Maas
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Hanne Gaby Odiele & Marie Piovesan
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Mirte Maas & Martha Hunt
V Magazine - Issue 82
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - thefashionspot.com

Exclusive Interview - Yasmin Bidois

New Zealander Yasmin Bidois is the latest in a series of antipodean models to make a mark on the modelling scene. Bidois follows in the illustrious footsteps of compatriots Jessica Clarke, Emily Baker, Anmari Botha, and Ashleigh Good who have made serious inroads on the international runway circuit. Eighteen year old Bidois' Maori and French bloodlines make for an alluring proposition which had Inoubliable Model Army transfixed at first glance. Pretty faces these days are a dime a dozen in the modelling world, so more often than not it is the shock of the new or the right attitude and demeanour which distinguishes one model from the pack. Bidois possesses a cerebral beauty which has one pondering not only her ethnicity and background but also her backstory. Added to this mix is a rebellious presence and insouciance on film that is tempered by a wonderful vulnerability. Currently in Sydney for Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week, Bidois is certain to make an impact among local designers, having recently graced the runway for the Fashion Palette event in Sydney which is viewed as a precursor to MBAFW. Bidois paused in between castings to get Inoubliable Model Army up to speed on the ongoing issue of diversity in modelling, the challenges presented by modelling, and the importance of remaining relevant.

Yasmin Bidois
Image courtesy of Priscillas Model Management


Inoubliable Model Army: Hi Yassi, thank you for taking a moment to shoot the breeze with Inoubliable Model Army. Tell us a little bit about yourself...
YB: I'm currently 18 years old and I was born and raised in Auckland city, New Zealand. I am New Zealander Maori and also have French heritage on my father's side. When I was 14 years old, I did a modelling course during the school holidays just for fun. Then a year later I was scouted three times within the space of 2-3 months. Twice by my current agency Clyne Model Management, and once by another agency. I never seriously considered being a model until the opportunity arose.

Inoubliable Model Army: You started modelling at a fairly young age and have already spent a year in New York where you were placed with Ford Models. Was it difficult to take on the pressure and challenges presented by your profession at such a young age, and do you feel that New York fast tracked your professional modelling experience and knowhow?
YB: Anything worth doing isn't going to be an easy ride, modelling is challenging and you do get put under a lot of pressure but within good reason. Although I started at a young age, modelling certainly fast tracked my maturity process and I have learned so much from it. New York was probably the best thing ever to happen to me in my short lifetime. I have learnt so much not only about my career but also about myself, my strengths and even my weaknesses.

Inoubliable Model Army: We met at the fittings for the Fashion Palette show which showcases established and up & coming Australian design talent. How was the experience of walking in the show and what are your general impressions of Australian fashion?
YB: The show was great, I had a lot of fun! It was my first show here in Australia and the all-round experience was cool. The Fashion Palette team were lovely which made it all the more better.


Fashion Gone Rogue Exclusive
Photographer - David K. Shields
Source - fashiongonerogue.com


Inoubliable Model Army: Other than modelling, what are your other interest/passions and if modelling hadn't chosen you what career path would you be interested in pursuing as a Plan B?
YB: I love writing. Everything about writing excites me. I mostly like writing fictional stories and hopefully one day I'll publish one and it will be amazing and be made into a movie haha! Plan B for me is to study journalism or something related to writing.

Inoubliable Model Army: The modelling industry is incredibly competitive with so many new faces looking to breakthrough each show season. What is your approach going into castings and what are the key attributes to wowing casting directors and clients?
YB: That's a secret haha, people might steal my techniques ;-). But confidence and a loving personality never fails.

Inoubliable Model Army: Diversity in modelling has been a contentious issue for eons with opportunities for models of colour differing exponentially from their caucasian counterparts. Do you feel in general that the issue of diversity has improved in the industry?
YB: Definitely, some of my closest friends are coloured and have been doing amazingly well. I do think fashion needs to be more diverse still though.

Relevant
Image courtesy of Priscillas Model Management

Yasmin Bidois
Image courtesy of Priscillas Model Management


Inoubliable Model Army: What do you feel are the greatest challenges that you face as a model and what has been the most valuable modelling advice you have been offered?
YB: Remaining relevant is a challenge, you have to always stay on top of your game if you want to survive in this industry. You can so easily be forgotten, it's important to stay hungry for more and what's coming next. Modelling is more that just being a pretty face.
The best advice I have ever been given was from my mum who said, "Never forget where you come from and who you are, always be professional, and make sure you are always prepared for anything that comes around the corner. Oh, and keep your nails and shoes clean." Haha...

Inoubliable Model Army: Has your own personal style evolved as a result of your exposure to the industry?
YB: In a way it has but in saying so my style always changes.

Inoubliable Model Army: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
YB: I think something that makes me unique is that I have a versatile look. I don't just look Maori, I can also pass as Spanish, Italian, and even European. Something that makes me memorable is my crazy personality, I seem like a shy girl and then the camera turns on and I am a whole new person. I love to make jokes and to make people laugh.

Turning it On
Photographer - Erik Tranberg
Source - eriktranberg.tumblr.com

Photographer - Katherine Lowe
Source - katherineisawesome.com

Yasmin Bidois
Image courtesy of Priscillas Model Management

Special thanks to Ebonie Ray and Courtney Tracey at Priscillas Model Management. For more information on Priscillas, please log onto www.priscillas.com.au

Thursday, March 28, 2013

If These Walls Could Talk

Polish top model Anja Rubik displays the magnificent form and prodigious modelling talent that has kept her in the industry spotlight for close to a decade, in an editorial lensed by Mario Sorrenti. Sorrenti makes the most of the multi-talented model's dynamic lines in the New York Times T Magazine editorial entitled "Modernism is the New Message." Twenty-nine year old Rubik echoes the editorial's strong focus on fashion's new minimalism and graphic shapes, with a stunning display of body contortions and simmering sensuality. In between plum modelling assignments, Rubik has her hands kept full as Editor-in-chief and Creative director for 25 Magazine, and as a designer of a newly launched capsule collection for shoe designer Guiseppe Zanotti. Leading roles aside, Rubik remains at the top of her modelling game in this erotically charged editorial set amidst a stark desert landscape with concrete walls and shadows as her solitary props.

Anja Rubik
T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

T Magazine - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - the fashionspot.com

The Wild Ones

It's been a while since I've featured a post on the original supers, so for all of those diehard devotees here is one of my all-time favourite editorials featuring a band of beauties whose astonishing genetics, larger-then-life personalities, and on-and-off set antics make today's generation of top models pale in comparison. Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Karen Mulder, Tatjana Patitz, and Naomi Campbell star in the iconic Peter Lindbergh shoot set in the depths of New York's meat packing district. Fashion editor Grace Coddington sets the mood for the editorial, pairing leather bomber jackets and biker caps with billowing silk Chanel skirts, gold and silver accessories, and glimmering pearls. Nearly 21 years since it's original publication date, the American Vogue editorial retains a timeless quality and relevance with Evangelista et al. connecting with Lindbergh's lens, imbuing each image with a level of intimacy rarely seen nowadays.

Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder & Helena Christensen
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Helena Christensen
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Karen Mulder
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Tatjana Patitz
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Claudia Schiffer
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Helena Christensen & Tatjana Patitz
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Linda Evangelista
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cindy Crawford
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen,
Linda Evangelista. Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell,
Karen Mulder & Stephanie Seymour
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Helena CHristensen, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Naomi Campbell,
Claudia Schiffer & Cindy Crawford
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Naomi Campbell
US Vogue - September 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com