Zlata Magnafic: From Nada to Prada on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series, “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

When you’ve got kick ass Chrissie Hynde vibes, you don’t try to cover it all up by being, you know, your average pretty chick. One of my favorite chop-chop success stories is IMG’s Zlata Mangafic, who arrived on the fashion scene in 2012 with long, mousy brown hair vaguely reminiscent of actress (and famed on-camera hair-adjuster) Kristen Stewart. The look was precious, natural, very girl-next-door-ish – the type of unassuming babe I’d want my brother to settle down with one day, who would arrive to family Christmas parties with some organic flourless cocoa kale cake topped with self-harvested sea salt that she baked herself. Apparently the wholesome, I-make-kale-cakes look wasn’t winning her too many gigs. Soon after her arrival came a good and proper rock-and-roll shag… and this new Zlata wasn’t bakin’ shit for nobody.

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Field Trip: “From Nada to Prada: Alison Nix” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

Alison Nix is one of those girls that has been around for a while (nearly a decade, yikes!) but just… hasn’t… quite… made it to the Super Big Time. When she debuted in 2005, she walked a few shows, but nothing that would send a booker to bed, dreaming of Ferraris while they counted cash in their sleep. Perhaps sensing she needed a little bit of a push, she gave herself aLouise Brooks bob the following year, earning her editorials in British Harper’s Bazaar, various international Vogues, and a cover of Flair. (Arguably her most memorable moment from this era can be found here, in this amazing family video that desperately makes me want to marry into Nix’s family.)

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Field Trip: “Lera Tribel” From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Lera Tribel: From Nada to Prada,” as featured on The Style Con:

In our ongoing series, From Nada to Prada, we explore the transformative power of a hair switcheroo, as seen in the competitive world of Model Land, where an agency-mandated bang cut or a bleach job can make the difference between booking a Prada campaign or slaving away in the gray ether of e-commerce for the rest of your livelong days.

As early as November last year, Lera Tribel was an unknown at Next Models, languishing on their board with heaps of other young, foreign, pale-skinned, dishwater blondes. (If you want to be just another dishwater blonde in this industry, you better have a face like Natalia Vodianova. That face could cure cancer; it’s that perfect.)

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