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Models: @chelsringring_ & @b_hepburn from @londonmgtgroup

Hair & Make up: @vicanderson

Montauk Dreaming

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By Brandis Ohlsson

English born New Yorker, Ben Watts, releases his latest photo book, “Montauk Dreaming” this month. Dreaming is a fun and vibrant homage to the photographer’s second home in the states and a look into one of the east coast’s most laidback surfer towns. In comparison to other city dweller getaways, like the Hamptons, Montauk is the hipper, younger option to beach and relax commuting distance to the city.

Shot almost entirely on an iPhone, the bold and bright imagery captured for “Montauk Dreaming” feature Watts’ friends and family having fun on the beaches of the oceanfront town.

‘Montauk is a candid, casual place,’ he says. ‘It has changed a lot, but now there are options. If you want it, you take it; if not, you stay at home and cook. Either way, it’s a magical town.’ Ben Watts

Typically you would find Ben Watt’s work in numerous international fashion magazines, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and many more. He started his career as a photographer by becoming an assistant after studying at the Sydney College of the Arts in Australia. In 1995, Ben Watts moved to New York City. A bit obsessed with urban culture, he began hitting the clubs and on the streets to find his inspiration. He eventually moved on to shoot campaigns for brands such as Nike, Jockey, Miller Light, Kodak, Tommyboy Records, The Gap, Sony Music, and many, many more. He has also contributed work to several New York City Group exhibitions, including but not limited to “Art in Photography” and is a regular Victorias Secret photographer. Not too shabby.

Ben is a regular contributor to AMFAM, shooting our more notable and star studded Dining in the Spotlight events.

“Montauk Dreaming” by Ben Watts is available for preorder on Amazon now & will be holding a launch at The Surf Lodge on Memorial Day weekend.

The Model In The Mirror – Self Acceptance Dominated By Influence

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By Margretta Sowah

The scrutiny of our genders is a source of contention for adolescents across the globe. Young men and women are constantly being reminded of physical inferiority. When we talk about Model rights we rarely acknowledge that perception of physicality is the emotional response the industry silences. What about the model in the mirror? Let’s take a step back and get a full picture of the situation regarding health within the modelling industry and how it seeps into the larger Zeitgeist.

There is no denying the correlation between models (or, to put it in the broader sense – people in the spotlight) and regular consumers who can’t help but be influenced by their peers. This is not peer pressure, it’s behavioural psychology.

According to All Party Parliamentary Group for Body Image, ‘Body image dissatisfaction is seen to undermine self-confidence, contribute to depression, and lead to the onset of a range of physical, emotional and societal problems. Promoting positive body image is fundamental to addressing other social and public health problems facing young people.’

If all behaviour is learnt from the environment then where is the primary place we form a negative body image? In the context of the Fashion Industry, is it too easy to blame the marketing machine? Perhaps. And this is a long standing debate that distracts from the solutions available to break social structures and ingrained in society.

Another point made on Dove’s #BeReal website was: Around half of girls and up to one third of boys have dieted to lose weight, children and young people with body image dissatisfaction are less likely to engage in learning and participation in school, and over half of bullying experienced by young people was because of appearance.

“Body image dissatisfaction has never been higher, particularly among young people. The pressure to conform to the impossible body ‘ideals’ we are bombarded with in advertising, magazines and on the catwalk is overwhelming and damaging.”

Dove UK, seeing there needed to be a change, launched ‘The Dove Self-Esteem Project’, beginning with the #NoLikesNeeded campaign at Women in the World. Dove is encouraging girls to realise: the only ‘like’ that counts is their own.

According to Dove’s #BeReal website: Generation of social media ‘like-chasers’ revealed as girls admit feeling prettier online than in real life – this is why the #NoLikesNeeded campaign has been launched:

1 in 2 girls say they are using social networks ‘all the time’, across an average of 4 different networks and are increasingly considered as being ‘always on’

The average UK girl takes 12 minutes to prepare for a single ‘selfie’, thus spending 84 minutes a week getting ready for selfies

The number of girls who say social networks make them feel worse about their appearance doubles between the age of 13yrs to 18yrs – 30% agree at 13yrs vs 60% at 18yrs

Girls aged 18-23yrs want three times more ‘likes’ on social media than girls aged 13-17yrs.

During research for this article I was reminded of the sense of urgency body image pressures can severely weigh down adolescents. When I was younger – pre-social media days – I definitely had anxiety when I compared my body to others. I knew I was different. But I also knew others were different too. I am glad I didn’t have the proverbial social media status intimidation. Can you imagine how the youth are coping? Being overexposed and underdeveloped – in the sense that the body still is growing. I read somewhere it takes 24 years for the brain to full form. So if you are 13/14/15 with a warped sense of value because of the behavioral pressure society puts on us to be ‘thin and free’, how can you fully live out to your full potential?

If we have the validation from our peers and ‘the mirror’ (our eyes are mirrors, too) then our lives will be perfect; or at least a little lighter. And if you are lighter, you will be accepted. And if you are accepted, you will be happy? Well, boys and girls of the world, that is not the case. Top Models, industry leaders, CEO’s and even your garbage man will all tell you there is fault in relying on others approval because it will always be undermined by their own approval of themselves. What I am saying is to #BeReal we have to ask ourselves some tough questions. We might have to ask others some tough questions, but trust that you are worth more than you think or feel you should look.

Dove truly believes everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem and the Dove Self-Esteem Project is centred around their #NoLikesNeeded campaign. Their ambition is to help inspire and encourage young women and girls to recognize their God-given potential, pursue excellence, and be undeniable by showcasing real role models for real girls.

There is no fast-track path to happiness or even body positivity, but it does start with the model in the mirror. Be a model for yourself – there is no likes needed, only love.

All About The Numbers

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I’m Just an Instagram Number

When I first started writing this, I was interrupted by my phone buzzing to tell me I had two new followers on Instagram. I used to be happy about it – like when I had 1000 followers- but now, each notification is just a reminder that I am going to need to find something interesting to post as well as make it to all of my castings.

Social Media Can Be Revolting

Back in the beginning, I didn’t use social media. My brother was way into it though. He has a Twitter account that he constantly tweets perfectly obnoxious things:

“Saw my sister on a magazine cover. Still think she is a dork.”

And he does it In less than 140 characters.

I’m just not into that type of stuff. I much rather have my time sitting back in a pair of yoga pants, watching some reality TV while giving myself a pedicure.

That is my idea of fun- not posting a picture of my half-painted toes so that some creepy guy can repost it on a foot fetish site.

But my agent wants followers and followers want crazy. You know, like Kim K crazy. Sure, make me a celebrity, but isn’t this borderline working for free?

Get To Know Your Everyday Model

A lot of times, my agent posts things for me. She’ll grab snapshots from backstage, OMG moments that are safe to share, and paparazzi style on-set pics. Still, everyone at the agency has been hounding me about finding my own things to share so that fans get to know me.

Let’s see…. I’m a human being. I eat, sleep and poop. Occasionally I paint my toenails.

That’s worked to get me the first couple thousand, but how do I reach the 500,000 my agent is pushing for.

Smile and Wave

The whole Instagram situation reminds me of when my mom had me do pageants. There I was, parading around like an overdressed clown smiling big and doing whatever I could to impress the judges. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized pageant life was not for me. Too much smiling and acting. I just wanted to strut.

So when my pageant coach told her infamous modeling vs. beauty queen joke, I knew it was time to take decisive action…

“What’s the difference between a model and a beauty queen? Personality.”

She sure had a lot to say about my personality when I left to sign with an agency.

I dodged the bullet of endless smiling and waving only to enter an industry where I’m judged by my ability to share personal pictures of my life.

Well – now you now – I suck at it, but I don’t think that has anything to do with my skills as a model.

Binx X Superga

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It’s always great to see models turn the tables and dive into something new. This time it’s supermodel Binx Walton (full name: Leona Binx Anastasia Walton). She’s graced the catwalks for the likes of Chanel, Miu Miu, Valentino, Balmain, Alexander Wang and a whole lot more. The list goes on and on… She’s a huge success.

And now she has teamed up with classic Italian shoe label Superga. Not only to model, but to design and take over total creative direction. Binx has created a raw and classic four piece collection. A mixture of high and low end style all rolled into one.

Models And Their Fiercest Competition Yet

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By Jenni Sellan
@jennisellan

It’s model Vs celebrity…

Just last week, Oracle Fox’s’ Amanda Shadforth, released a campaign in collaboration with internationally acclaimed design duo Viktor and Rolf for their fragrance, Flowerbomb. In February, fashion bloggers Chiara Ferragni, (The Blonde Salad) Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl) and Zanita Whittington, (Zanita) graced the covers of Lucky; Olivia Palermo for La Mer, Jennifer Lawrence for Dior and Keira Knightly for Chanel.






We could go on for days citing examples of how super bloggers’ and celebrities are infiltrating the most coveted spaces and scoring the most lucrative contracts and collaborations that the fashion and beauty industries have on offer; the very same deals that a model knows represent the pinnacle of their career and guaranteed success in the industry.

The space is fiercely competitive and fashion models are no longer competing only amongst themselves. Actors are not just acting, musicians are not just playing and bloggers are doing a whole lot more than writing for a hobby on a Sunday afternoon.

Much like most traditional pathways the boundaries are blurred in the age of digital disruption; the rules are, there are no rules and bloggers and the celebrity set are taking front row seats and getting their model on.

In response to the recent signing of Kendall Jenner to Estée Lauder, proving to be quite the controversial move, Baze Mpinja for Yahoo.com said this, “It’s becoming clear that tapping a sought after ‘instagirl’ with a massive social media following just might be the smartest and fastest way to get a new generation of beauty junkies hooked on a venerable brand”

Decisions like the signing of Kendall are calculated commercial moves by the biggest corporate players in the industry and with just 15 models in 45 years being granted the holy grail that is an Estée Lauder contract, it might be fair to say that those places will be even harder to fight for in the next 45!

So how do models sustain themselves in this space that has become increasingly crowded, because it seems that insane genetic blessing and the perfect portfolio will not hold enough weight without influence over an army of followers?

What does the competitive edge for fashion models look like both now and in the future?

It’s a brand unto itself. It’s diverse (Cara Delevingne, the perfect example expanding her reach and influence through film) and engaging, it’s connected and certainly not without a degree of reality.
And it’s this reality piece that the blogging industry has nailed, with blogs ranking as the top 5 most trusted sources of info on the net, (technarait.com).
Bloggers are trusted because of their unique voice and to a degree have become our daily dose of reality; the unscripted opinion that we can identify with.

Keeping it real is a huge part of the appeal and while there is no denying that our everyday lives are miles away from the Gigi’s, Cara’s and Karlie Kloss’s of the world, it’s the little bites of reality that keep us ‘swiping like’, and working for 12 months to save for the “IT” bag that Chanel sent them for free.

To be competitive in what was traditionally a space that largely belonged to them, models will need to be focused on creating a mass following and ensuring that their voice has influence and of course back it up with the numbers, demonstrating to the big brands that they can create a high level of exposure at a fraction of the cost of an advertising campaign.

Modelling requires so much more than a pretty face; determination, the ability to get back up in the face of countless rejections, and a resilience that most of us on our best days would struggle to own, and while these are all admirable personal qualities, they won’t keep fashion models in the game without an equally strong social media presence. It has become as critical to a models profile as their portfolio.

You can be the most beautiful girl in the world, and have the intelligence to match, but if you aren’t considered a brand unto yourself, then chances are the lucrative deals will not come your way. Genetic blessing will never be enough, but combined with the strength of the social media platform to extend their influence and reach, models might just start to tip the weight their way for those lucrative contracts.

Models. – Be fun. Be fierce. Be social media savvy and strike an instapose

Getting Rid Of Acne: The Ultimate Guide

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By Gritty Pretty
@gritty_pretty

Pimples, who needs ’em?

Bloody no one.

Alas, they’re an unavoidable part of life (thanks for the warning, absolutely no one), but we’ll be damned if we let them take anything away from us, especially our confidence.

So here’s a lesson on dealing with breakouts; whether it’s a giant under-the-skin mother effer, a region of little mounds, or those terribly tempting white heads. Good luck.

1. DRY IT OUT

OK, so assuming you’ve cleansed your skin and haven’t picked, prodded, squeezed or gone full Tarantino on your pimple, apply a purifying charcoal or clay-based mask to draw out the dirt bag. Both dry out the area by absorbing impurities and moisture, so you really only need to apply these to your T-zone or wherever your spots are sprouting from. Leave until completely dry, usually 10 minutes.

2. SPOT TREATMENT

After you’ve washed off the masque, if all has gone to plan, your skin should feel a lot less inflamed and irritated. Some white heads might even come to the surface – nice! The others are on their way. Now, instead of trying to pop your zit – GROSS, but intensely satisfying – apply a killer spot treatment to knock it down once and for all.

FYI: Treatments usually go on AFTER cleansing and BEFORE your moisturiser so they don’t have as much work cut out for them.

Look for the following active ingredients:

SALICYLIC ACID

…is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid), aka a chemical exfoliant that penetrates deep into the pore to remove dead skin cells that might be clogging it up. It’s great on blackheads and blind pimples.

Bonus tip: Continue using your salicylic treatment on breakouts after they’ve cleared to remove any traces of bacteria left in the pore that might cause the pimple to reappear.

BENZOYL PEROXIDE 

…is a vigilante that kills pimple-causing bacteria and bleaches your clothes. It’s effective on milder acne, especially whiteheads and pimples that have already come to a head. Always start with the lightest concentration as Benny P as it can be too drying for sensitive skin types and increase sun sensitivity.

NATURAL SPOT TREATMENTS

If you’d prefer to go the natural route, forget toothpaste. Instead, try tea tree, witch hazel and AHAs (natural exfoliants) including glycolic and critic acid, which can help with unblocking pores and tend to be more gentle on the skin.

A FEW GOOD YESES: YES, after treatment the blemish may peel. YES, the spot may dry out. YES, your makeup (including concealer) might not sit as nicely on the spot while this is all happening. And YES, you should absolutely wear sunscreen all the time.

3. MOISTURISE

You should also be moisturising your skin evangelically after applying an acne treatment – leave a minute in between. Don’t be afraid of an excellently moisturised face. This isexactly what you should be doing so your skin doesn’t dry out and produce even more sebum to overcompensate. If your skin is acne-prone all the friggin time (we feel you), go for something containing a small concentration of salicylic acid, that’s both lightweight and oil-free.

A touching, final note: If you feel like all is failing you and your breakouts are in still in full blossom (arghh!), it’s definitely worth paying your GP a visit. (This beauty editor has been in your shoes.) Your GP will be able determine exactly what’s going on (diet, hormones, bacterial infection, environmental aggressors, etc), and prescribe the right over-the-counter treatments to sort out this bull zit once and for all.

A Real Man And His Man-Bag

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“Are accessories – more specifically, handbags – accentuating gender stereotypes or hiding them?”

Fashion, for concerned and cultured individuals, shouldn’t be underestimated by the power of accessories. The right piece can add to the way the wearer feels and also how others perceive them. This is has been proven in Social Psychology with the rise of the Red Lipstick, the High Heel and of course, the Status Bags. These options are available for both sexes as self esteem in the Fashion industry comes in many shapes and sizes, with one agenda – to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. This means that Fashion aims, at its most practical and holistic level, to provide expression and functionality through aesthetically pleasing embellishments.

The term Manbag has been associated with the negative side of the Fashion industry since its conception. Its acceptance has relied heavily upon ambassadors in the male hegemony who are deeply rooted in industries that praise aesthetics as well as masculine endeavours such as acting, modelling, competitive sports, outdoor activities and the like. Does having a ‘Manbag’ mean you’re man-less? Let’s investigate.

Man Baggage

According to TheSack.org, the handbag has been referred to in writings for centuries but it was not til the 1500’s that modern day artefacts were found that showed the utilitarian and decorative aspects of bags. We use bags to hold possessions we consider valuable; to add to our “look”, to give the illusion of protection because it allows for collective curation and, of course, to stand apart from our fellow counter-paths. Women, since their liberation in the 70s have taken it upon themselves to transform Fashion into their armour and identification badge because of its obvious links to social and cultural progression that allowed freedom of expression.

An article by Sonja Kudei via The Atlantic entitled:  The Problem with ‘Man-Bag’ and Other ‘Man’ Words. What’s really going on when we use “male” versions of terms for typically feminine things? states that; “The addition of “man” to the above fashion-oriented words implies that the original words are somehow inherently feminine and it takes the prefix “man” to linguistically neutralize them and, in a way, redeem them. […] The “women=superficial consumers” stereotype gets entrenched in our minds. The presence of glaring stereotypes about women in the unconscious does leave a mark on our environment through the aesthetic standards, social norms, and expectations we create.” So, who is really at fault?




Real men and real needs

Real men have real needs. A fashionable (or should I say stylish – those are not the same thing) man has a few more needs. These include (but are not limited to): Finding a (relatable) icon and emulating them. Finding a culture you identify. Finding a place in that pact and, of course, finding a women who can hold you down while you hold her up (these are just a few suggestions).

Kyle Chayka, a Guardian journalist stated in his article: “Why every real man carries a tote bag: Ditch the briefcase. Don’t call it a ‘murse’. And don’t you dare call it ‘gay’. Totes are the bags we have been waiting for”: “I am a young, urban-dwelling male, and a canvas bag with straps on it is essential to my daily existence. […] The tote communicates my attitude toward the day as much as it helps me carry things […] they are a chance to say something about yourself. Like: I enjoy intellectual literature – or want to appear as if I do!”

In another article via TheDailyTelegraphUK written by Claire Carter states that; “more than half of men now carry a ‘man bag’. Handbags are no longer seen as a female-only accessory after a survey found men are choosing to carry around a “man bag”, often containing contents worth £900.” Carter’s point is reinforced by Anita Naik’s, consumer editor of Vouchercodes.co.uk, survey that concluded that;

“The research shows men are starting to embrace the manbag and recognise the practical benefits of carrying everything in one place, especially with expensive tech to carry around every day […] One in nine (11 per cent) said having a bag is more of a fashion statement, while one in 14 (seven per cent) started carrying a bag because their partner complained about being asked to carry extra items in their already over-laden handbags. The survey of 2,000 men revealed one in ten per cent pack spare underwear in their bags.”

A bag for all reasons

Whether for men or women, bags are a statement of choice and personal dialogue in our society. It would be beneficial to society allow this sort of semiotics to be played out without the instinctual fear of social and cultural codes that have been programmed in our psyche to deny unconventional avenues. Unfortunately there will always be questions and theories that are unavoidable and deeply rooted into our cognition when sectors of the market like Manbags come into play.

Are Manbags a Freudian symbol of repressed envy for female genitalia or perhaps of the archetypal Mother figure? Does size really matter? Are the signals of personal language, style, convictions and habits of the wearer translated and understood when an ‘average’ man in the 21st century decides to buy a $2,000+ CHANEL tote to hold his designer sunglasses, designer laptop, designer perfume, designer notebook, designer wallet and, let’s not forget, the epitome of masculinity in Fashion – his Calvin Klein briefs? You know, just in case he runs into a Victoria Secret’s model that happens to speak his language.

Anything can happen in a society that has just begun to identify with the multiple social facets of its liberated society.

Challenges of Going Global: The Indian Fashion Industry

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By Simi Afroza Mira

The Indian fashion industry relies heavily on India’s beautiful, authentic, and poignant history and rich, diverse culture, to make its beautiful, unique, and radiant clothing. India is proud of their heritage and culture, and that is reflected in the clothing they wear. The rising popularity of the Indian fashion industry, which hinges on its cultural and its billion dollar industry of the “Bollywood” style and movement, has many of us wondering just when and if the Indian fashion industry is going to go international. There are some disputes, though, that the Indian fashion industry would not be popular in the main-stream fashion world. Here are a few reasons why:

Indian Fashion Doesn’t Conform

While in some instances, India’s unique fashion and designs are celebrated and lauded internationally, (think “Bollywood,”) many of India’s fashion designers do not yield to what is hip and trendy in our pop culture, and what is immediately sellable. The background, culture, and style of Indian fashion is breathtakingly unique, with its deep, rich colors in abundance, and its well spun, beautifully soft fabrics. Seeing a piece of Indian fashion is like seeing an exquisite and enchanting piece of art. India’s top and most revered fashion designers most often design clothing that is very traditional, and usually reflects India’s unique history and diverse, poignant, and honored culture. And while it is beautiful, and that is what makes Indian fashion so unique and breathtaking, it is not typically the type of fashionable clothing you see in the very popular fashion markets like New York, Paris, and Milan.

Sales are Mainly Domestic

It is well-known that the sales of Indian fashion in an international market are not of any real significance at all, and at Lakme Fashion Week, which is India’s premiere and most prestigious fashion gathering, it is estimated that 95% of the sales generated as a result of their fashion week were domestic, leaving only a paltry 5% of sales given internationally.

International Markets are Much Different than the Domestic Market

There is a rising number of Indian fashion designers who want to go international, especially among the young, new and rising stars of Indian fashion. However, they are facing significant challenges of competing in an international market because of the shorter deadlines and higher demands for a higher quantity of clothing. The Indian fashion industry is well-known and revered for its extremely high-quality pieces. However, this high quality often comes with a price – a slower output of clothing made, and international markets demand more clothes, more quickly. It is not known if Indian fashion designers will be able to conform to the international fashion industry’s standards of high quality clothing made very quickly.

Just the Beginning

The Indian fashion industry is still in its infancy; with Lakme Fashion Week having run for thirteen consecutive years, respectively. In markets such as New York, Paris, and Milan, the fashion industry has well been established for many, many decades. The Indian fashion industry can certainly still grow and extend its popularity, but while it is still so young, it may take longer to establish itself and its roots both domestically and internationally.

There is no question that the clothing made by India’s elite fashion designers are not only beautiful, but unique, exquisite, and one-of-a-kind. India’s fashion world has captivated our hearts and minds with their “Bollywood” movement, and it remains to be seen what’s next on the horizon for the Indian fashion market. Will they remain mostly domestic, or will they eventually break that international barrier? Only time, (and some really beautiful clothing) can tell.

From Alaska to Australia Part 2: The Cosmo Shoot

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By Jasmine Alleva
@jasminekalleva

The taxi driver arrived at 4:30 AM, hours before the sun would help me navigate the path to his car. I rubbed what little sleep I got from my eyes and tiptoed out the door, careful to not wake my flat mates on their only day to sleep in. My call time was 5 AM and because this was my first big shoot, there was no way I was going to be late. The driver and I exchanged small talk as we drove the dark streets of the Sydney morning. I was dropped curbside in front of a high-rise building, the taxi driver had already peeled off before I could even thank him for his service. I took a deep breath and walked up marble steps to the sliding glass doors of a lavish lobby. Fluorescent lighting stung my eyes while I waited on designer couches that looked like they had been ripped from the pages of the magazine I was shooting for that day. Was I still asleep? Was this all a dream?

I found myself lost in thought, pondering all of the steps I had taken to get myself to that couch, and then the sliding glass doors startled me out of my daydream and in walked a stunning 5’10’’ model. She began to introduce herself and I immediately knew we would get along swimmingly. She was from Texas, I was from Alaska, and while our states have a rivalry back in America, we practically became best friends due to our nationality. The editor of Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine came down to greet us in the lobby and led us back to the “lift” that would bring us up six stories to her gorgeous flat. I looked at my Texan counterpart and whispered, “What’s a lift?” under my breath. “An elevator,” she replied. “Oh, duh.”

The make up artist and hair stylist showed up shortly after. They were both so damn beautiful, I confused them for models and almost instantly barraged them with questions about how long they had been modeling and what agencies they were with. The editor laughed at my naivety and offered us all drinks and snacks while the sun started to light up the city below. I was taken aback by the entire process. I had only been in Australia for a week and was already working with a team of absolutely amazing, talented, and creative people. As I would find out over the months to come, this was not a unique situation and the stereotype of Australians being some of the nicest people on Earth is completely and entirely true. It was such a relief. The nerves that had kept me tossing and turning throughout the night had settled in my stomach and I was overcome with ease.
As our every flyaway hair was pinned back and our faces were contoured to perfection, the rest of the models and support team trickled in through the door. Finally, before 8 AM, the entire group stacked into a rented mini van and zoomed off to our first location of the day – an idyllic street corner in one of Sydney’s many suburbs. It was adorable and so were all the people enjoying their Saturday morning coffees at the cafes surrounding us. The models undressed in the street and attracted a crowd of onlookers. I had no idea where I was and had only just met the people I was with, but I trusted them and was ecstatic to be there.

A majority of the day was spent waiting around. I had been cast as a bridesmaid, so I wasn’t the most important person involved in the shoot, nor was I mad about that in the slightest. I was comfortable goofing off with my new Texan best friend, taking silly selfies in the van while the rest of the group was shooting. The locations were strung out all across Sydney, with stops in places that I had seen in books and movies my entire life. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of a place that was an entire ocean away from where I grew up. A vintage Fiat 500 rolled in, male models who looked way younger than they were played our male companions, we faked dined at an Italian restaurant, and we shared more laughs than my abdominal muscles were ready for.




The shoot ended in a Victorian style hotel room, which served as the backdrop for a fake honeymoon. An entire fourteen hours had passed me by like nothing at all and I wasn’t ready to head back to my model apartment three bus transfers away. I wanted to live out the life I was portraying in the shoot. Nevertheless, I had to part from the people I had suddenly become so close with. We said our goodbyes, gave our hugs, and I walked out onto the street with my stomach growling and my feet aching from high heels that were two sizes too small. With my eyes glued to Google maps, I meandered my way through an unfamiliar neighborhood to the closest bus stop.

The bus I waved down came to a halt at my feet and the driver opened the door. It was such a drastic step down from the sliding glass doors earlier in the day. “Wow, you look lovely. What was the special occasion?,” the driver asked. “Oh, thank you! I actually work as a model -” He cut me off, “A model? Why are you riding the bus then, love?” I gave a courtesy laugh and made my way to the back, slumping my exhausted body into a vinyl covered seat. I had gone from modeling for Cosmopolitan Magazine to the back of a city bus in a matter of minutes and I couldn’t have been more enthralled. Ah, the model life.

Feature Image:
Photographer – Thuy Vo, @vophotography
Stylist & MUA – Christine A Eagleson, @xpressionista