Monday, December 30, 2013

The Sweetest Thing - Pauline Hoarau

One model who completely charmed IMA during the Spring/Summer 2014 season with her timid yet naturally friendly demeanour was the French Réunion's Pauline Hoarau. The nineteen year old self-professed island girl burst onto the modelling scene just two years ago via the Elite Model 2011 Look of the Year competition. Hoarau's 180 cm svelte frame, classically symmetrical features, and endearing hazel brown eyes were embraced immediately by the fashion set with the ingenue debuting at the Fall/Winter 2012 Paris collections for Anthony Vacarello, Vionnet, Loewe, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton. Hoarau has since emerged as a key runway stalwart amassing a staggering 44 show bookings at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Recent Fall/Winter 2013 campaign bookings for Top Shop and Armani Exchange, in addition to editorial appearances including French Revue des Mode, Interview, Glass, Numéro Tokyo, Elle Italia, and American Harper's Bazaar attest to Hoarau's current status as one of the most promising newcomers with true long-term prospects. Hoarau continues to broaden her list of editorial clients with an appearance in the November 2013 issue of German Interview lensed by Bjarne Jonasson. Hoarau is as pretty as a picture styled by Clare Byrne in fur jackets, vests, leather skirts, and a divine Bambi print sweater shirt from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections of Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Trussardi, Miu Miu, and Valentino. IMA anticipates Hoarau making the leap to modelling's major league at the impending Fall/Winter 2014 collections.

Pauline Hoarau
Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Bjarne Jonasson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Bjarne Jonasson
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Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Bjarne Jonasson
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Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Bjarne Jonasson
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Interview Germany - November 2013
Photographer - Bjarne Jonasson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Long Distance Traveller - Iselin Steiro

The fashion industry's ongoing fascination with Norwegian top model Iselin Steiro shows no signs of abating with a stunning cover and accompanying editorial feature in New York Times travel style supplement T. The twenty-eight year old's pristine beauty is captured by photographer Karim Sadli in the staid confines of a train cabin for the editorial "Far and Away". Fashion editor Jonathan Kaye dresses Steiro for long-haul comfort in slouchy trousers, collarless tops, and tailored jackets from the collections of Maison Martin Margiela, Calvin Klein, Max Mara, Victoria Beckham, Louis Vuitton, and the most divine Céline sandals. Modelling since being discovered in 1999 at the age of fourteen while shopping with her parents in London, Steiro has evolved into one of the most iconic models of the past decade with a model as muse presence in publications including Paris Vogue, W, Another Magazine, Vogue Italia, and Interview. In 2012 Steiro relocated back to her native Norway, taking a break from modelling to focus instead on pursuing architectural studies at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Steiro's transient approach to modelling appears to only have added to her industry caché with recent Fall/Winter 2013 campaigns for Roberto Cavalli, ICB, Hermés, and Dior. With her powerful womanly presence, icy blue eyes, and striking bone structure, Steiro can afford to selectively dip in and out of modelling as she charts her own individual path towards personal fulfilment.

Iselin Steiro
T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
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T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
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T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
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T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
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T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
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T Style Magazine - F/W 2013
Photographer - Karim Sadli
Source - thefashionspot.com

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sparkle Aplenty - New Generation

Purple Magazine gets its sparkle on just in time for the New Year's festivities with a motley crew of models for Fall/Winter 2013 issue of the blue chip publication. Photographer Theo Wenner assembles a cast of the most distinctive faces in modelling including Anna Ewers, Ondria Hardin, Meghan Collison, Julia Nobis, Anais Mali, and Juliana Schurig. The cast of eclectic beauties are glammed up to the hilt with neon hued eye shadow, jewel encrusted lips, and Studio 54 styled hair courtesy of hair and make-up artists  Odile Gilbert and Aaron de Mey. Fashion editor Delphine Danhier ensures the girls are ready to bust a move for the appropriately titled "Nights Out" editorial kitted out in Peter Pilotto, Rag & Bone, Reed Krakoff,  and Comme des Garçons. Newcomer Anna Ewers shines alongside edgy it girls Meghan Collison and Julia Nobis, while sweet teen Ondria Hardin, comeback kid Juliana Schurig, and the oh so chic Anais Mali round out the cast. As the countdown begins to 2014, IMA looks forward to bringing you more exclusive interviews and content with the most promising new modelling talent.

Julia Nobis
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Anais Mali
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Ondria Hardin
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Anna Ewers
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Meghan Collison
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Anais Mali
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Anna Ewers
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Juliana Schurig
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Meghan Collison
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Juliana Schurig
Purple Magazine - Issue 20
Photographer - Theo Wenner
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Karma Chameleon - Jessica Hart

Australian top model Jessica Hart rings in the new year with a spectacular display of modelling versatility for the cover and accompanying editorial feature for Australian Vogue's January 2014 issue. Photographer Will Davidson and Fashion Editors Jillian Davison and Christine Centenera showcase Hart's chameleon-like modelling range in flesh-baring ensembles from the collections of Lanvin, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Australian design talent Dion Lee. The twenty-seven year old veteran model has successfully circumnavigated the worlds of commercial and high fashion modelling, appearing in Sports Illustrated's 2009 Swimsuit issue and while blowing kisses at Victoria's Secret's Fashion Show for two consecutive years running. Hart continued to build her high fashion relevance throughout 2013 looking equally at home in the pages of American Vogue, Love, CR Fashion Book, Vogue Italia, and the British and American editions of Harper's Bazaar. During the recent Spring/Summer 2014 collections Hart was instantly recognisable in cameo runway appearances at Dolce & Gabbana, Vionnet, and Max Mara thanks to her snaggle-toothed grin and her quirky yet sexy offbeat beauty. Represented by the Lions Management in New York, Hart sums up succinctly the key to her enduring allure, revealing to Australian Vogue; "Ninety-nine percent of the girls (in the industry) are pretty, but it's also personality, it's the strength to not care about what people think... "

Jessica Hart
Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Australian Vogue - January 2014
Photographer - Will Davidson
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Summer Daze - Jacquelyn Jablonski

All-American beauty Jacquelyn Jablonski lights up the pages of Russian Vogue for a tropical beachside editorial lensed by photographer Emma Tempest. The twenty-two year old New Jersey native poses wearing bikinis and resort wear along the idyllic azure waters of the Maldives. Jablonski looks every bit the sun-kissed beach babe styled by Camilla Pole in ultra-comfy barely there sundresses and swimsuits courtesy of DSquared2, Calvin Klein, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Michael Kors. Modelling since 2007, Jablonski has scaled back on the runway component of modelling appearing at select events like the recent Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 show in Dallas. As with many of her supermodel contemporaries, the Supreme Management-repped veteran's focus appears to be veering towards more high profile money jobs in the ilk of Victoria's Secret and advertising clients including Tommy Hilfiger, Emporio Armani, and Carolina Herrera. The naturally athletic Jablonski has made four consecutive appearances in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show since her 2010 debut, imbuing the lingerie label with her own brand of natural and unforced All-American beauty.

Jacquelyn Jablonski
Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
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Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
Source - thefashionography.com

Vogue Russia - January 2014
Photographer - Emma Tempest
Source - thefashionography.com

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Cindy Bruna

When your runway resumé includes a Calvin Klein exclusive in addition to Spring/Summer 2014 appearances at Givenchy, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, and Bottega Veneta, you know that something's definitely up. For newcomer Cindy Bruna, a December 2014 Vogue Italia cover lensed by model-maker Steven Meisel and a scintillating turn on the runway at this year's annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show confirmed the Saint Raphael native's status as a bonafide breakout star amongst the current generation of runway rookies. Represented by Wilhelmina Model Management in New York, nineteen year old Bruna gives off some seriously retro supermodel vibes thanks in part to her 180 cm svelte atheltic physique, her cascading tumble of brown va-va-voom locks which engender visions of eighties top model Shari Belafonte, and the incandescent personality which translates to pure runway gold in each of her Spring/Summer 2014 appearances.

Bruna's phenomenal success may be attributed in part to the sudden embrace of a more global beauty aesthetic by casting directors and designers throughout the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Indeed Bruna's bi-racial Italian/Congolese background and her classic relatable beauty make her a surefire choice for design houses looking to appeal to a wider demographic of potential consumers. With her luxuriant caramel skin tone, endearing puppy dog brown eyes, and her infectious heart-warming smile, Bruna has managed to eclipse the modelling field with a milestone of achievements including a Steven Meisel lensed Vogue Italia cover and a riveting debut at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion extravaganza. Bruna took time out from her holiday festivities to chat exclusively with IMA about the sensational events of the past few months, the second family that she has found in her agency Wilhelmina Models, the imminent return of the supermodel phenomenon, and the importance of focusing on the present.

Cindy Bruna
Image courtesy of Wilhelmina Models


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Cindy, congratulations on a magnificent Spring/Summer 2014 season and on making it onto IMA's Top 10 Newcomers list! Now that the dust has settled, have you had the chance to take in the enormity of your achievements over the past show season?
Cindy Bruna (CB): I haven't really full realised what is happening to me as yet, but I am aware that it was a really great season. I am very happy with my work and extremely proud to be on IMA's Top 10 new arrivals list.

IMA: Tell us a little about your background?
CB: My father is Italian (from Piedmont) and my mother is Congolese (from Brazzaville). My father went to live there for six years and he met my mother there. I grew up in the south of France in Frejus/St Raphael. I was discovered in Nice by Dominique from the Metropolitan Agency during a casting. That was when I started going back and forth to Paris during my school vacations.

IMA: You are the first black model in history to be accorded a Calvin Klein exclusive! Can you tell us how this exclusive booking came about and what was your reaction when you found out you had been confirmed?
CB: I found out in the office of one of my agents Roman at Wilhelmina. It was a wonderful surprise, I was very moved at first and then I had a hard time comprehending the enormity of what was transpiring. It was only on the day of the show that I really understood what was truly happening.

IMA: A lot of casting directors had diversity in mind for the Spring/Summer 2014 season, Maida & Rami for instance selected five black models for the Calvin Klein show. How does it feel to be a part of this collective of black models who are obtaining recognition within the industry? And do you think that it might possibly be only a passing trend?
CB: I am honoured to be a part of this group of black models. The industry is currently opening up to diversity more and more, and I think this phenomenon is going to continue to develop and expand.

Bottega Veneta - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Alexander McQueen - S/S 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com


IMA: Your list of Spring/Summer 2014 runway appearances included Bottega Veneta, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, and of course Calvin Klein. What were your most memorable moments both on and off the runway?
CB: Each show has its own specificity, which is why I appreciated and enjoyed each one. I loved modelling for each of these brands because each moment on the catwalk was unique.

IMA: With literally hundreds of girls in attendance at casting calls during Fashion Week, what factors did you rely on to make a favourable and lasting impression?
CB: I think it is important to arrive at a casting call with a positive attitude. To let your determination and desire show through. Competition isn't a problem because regardless of what happens after a casting, it is important to stay serene and positive. You can't appeal to everyone and I think that once you understand that, nothing can bother you (personally though, I'm not afraid of competition!).

IMA: With the emergence of street style photographers and bloggers, a model's sense of style is becoming or paramount importance. How would you describe your street style and which three designers best encapsulate your street chic?
CB: My style is elegant and rock... Balmain, Givenchy, and Isabel Marant!

IMA: What was it like growing up in your home town of St Raphael and how have you adapted to life in the Big Apple?
CB: I was lucky to grow up where most French people go to spend their vacations. Therefore I have nothing to complain about. It is a beautiful city where I spent a happy childhood with my family. Leaving home has been an amazing adventure, it's at that point that I really understood what the modelling profession was and it confirmed my desire to go far in the business. I was anxious about leaving for New York, but in the end, everything went well. It is a city I like a lot. New York is a cosmopolitan city so even though I'm not American I feel at home there. And if I feel so comfortable in New York, it's because I love my bookers at Wilhelmina, they're like my second family.

Cindy Bruna
Image courtesy of Wilhelmina Models

Vogue Italia - December 2014
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Anna Ewers, Ophélie Guillermand, Cindy Bruna & Gracie Van Gastel
Vogue Italia - December 2014
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Cindy Bruna
Victoria's Secret
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IMA: Having the right look, at the right time, and in the right place with sound management support is vital to a model's success. What role has Wilhelmina Models played in guiding your modelling career, and what is the best advice that your agency has offered you along the way?
CB: Wilhelmina immediately believed in me and provided me with the support I needed. They knew how to put me at ease and accompanied me in each moment along the way. They became my reference point and family in this city that I didn't know.

IMA: It seems these days that every second model IMA encounters is French! What is it about French women that is contributing to the current influx of French modelling talent?
CB: I think it is because French women differentiate themselves by their authenticity and style, so this helps us to stand out.

IMA: What to you like most about your chosen profession, and do you have any specific long-term career objectives in mind?
CB: What I like most about this business is the unique moment when I am on the catwalk. I have lots of expectations but I'll keep them under wraps for the moment ;-).

IMA: Models today are encouraged to explore or develop other interests beyond modelling to add to their overall allure. What are your interests outside of fashion and modelling?
CB: I've just started taking theatre classes, and I must admit I've discovered a new passion. It gives me a chance to relax and clear my head. I also like taking care of my body and sport helps me to relieve stress.

Balmain - S/S 2014
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Givenchy - S/S 2014
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013
Source - CindyBruna/tumblr.com


IMA: The interest in models as public figures seems to be growing with the emergence of star models including Cara Delevingne, Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls. Do you feel that the supermodel phenomenon of the early 90s can make a comeback?
CB: Indeed I do think this phenomenon can be revived. It can only be positive, in the sense that supermodels can become beautiful spokeswomen that serve the brands and excite the general public.

IMA: Speaking of supermodel star studded covers, you just landed Vogue Italia's December 2014 cover alongside Anna Ewers, Ophélie Guillermand, and Gracie Van Gastel. What was it like shooting with the Godfather of Modelling Steven Meisel amongst such a stunning grouping of rising stars?
CB: I am so proud. It was honour to work for Steven Meisel. He is an artist. I respect his work a lot and that is one reason why it was a real pleasure to be among his chosen models!

IMA: Another milestone of 2014 arrived in the form of a coveted spot in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Was it nerve wracking going through the casting process with John Pfeiffer and his casting panel, and what went through your mind as you strutted down the runway before a potential worldwide audience of millions?
CB: During the casting I was nervous, but I had been preparing for months for the event. I wanted it to be perfect. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is an unbelievable event and I was lucky to be part of this show. It was my dream to be a part of it and It actually came true! The day of the show I was more relaxed and confident. I was so excited and I couldn't wait to be on the catwalk!

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
CB: I think it is my zest for life, my simplicity, and my kindness. People often talk about my endless legs and my smile, so they must be two important elements aside from my personal characteristics. I think being the first model of colour in history to be a Calvin Klein exclusive might make me unforgettable, even if it may not be a notion that is very important to me. It is always better to focus on the present moment than to think about what I will leave behind. I prefer never to cheat on my future with the past.

Cindy Bruna
Image courtesy of Wilhemina Models

Cindy Bruna
Image courtesy of Wilhemina Models

Cindy Bruna
Image courtesy of Wilhemina Models

Senait Gidey, Grace Mahary, Maria Borges & Cindy Bruna
French Elle - December 2013
Photographer - Maurizio Bavutti
Source - thefashionspot.com

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