“One of Many: Dimes and Dozens” on Lady Clever

Screen shot 2014-02-01 at 9.01.17 AMThe following is an excerpt from my piece “One of Many: Dimes and Dozens” as seen on Lady Clever:

There’s no sign-in sheet. Which is bad, you know, because there’s already about forty-five girls here, all in roughly the same make and model: thin, tall, mostly blonde and usually Russian. A familiar hum of all-too-familiar conversations buzzes in between walls the color of radioactive tangerines. “It’s from Miami,” someone says. “What did you do last night?” asks another. “We’re not that young anymore!” quips a blonde on the couch, at least six years younger than myself. All the girls around her laugh in dumb chorus.

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“Agnes Nabuurs: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Agnes Nabuurs: From Nada to Prada” as seen on The Style Con:

“She’s so ‘normal’ looking to me, but it’s nice…” 

So wrote one commenter of Dutch model Agnes Nabuurs on The Fashion Spot’s message board, a place where model enthusiasts stalk, chart, post, revere, revile, and – in my case – research. It is the beta Magna Carta of careers, where you get a chronological, documented account of a girl’s appearance in the fashion world, from potentially regrettable start to laughably lucrative finish. Had I more a remarkable career myself, I would have hated this website. But I didn’t, so yay!

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“Chiharu Okunugi: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

Screen-Shot-2014-01-12-at-11.11.04-PM-1024x693The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada” featuring Chiharu Okunugi as seen on The Style Con:

When an agency is really doing their job right, making sure all the nuts are bolted down, the career plans are in order, I don’t have shit to talk about there are simply no nada model moments on record. There are no failed test shoots, no DIY fashion shows in Bushwick basements, no documentation of offensive, wayward abuse of Sun-In. Yes, when this happens, as it very rarely does, an agency can make it magically appear as though a girl has simply fallen from the sky, preordained from the heavens to be strutting down catwalks wearing $5,000 Latex bikinis to the latest EDM soundtrack. This, my friends, is model magic.

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“Andreea Diaconu: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

Screen-Shot-2014-01-05-at-11.12.05-AMThe following is an excerpt from my piece “Andreea Diaconu: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con:

“No Makeup.” That’s one of the first categories of Google-able images you’ll find of Romanian model Andreea Diaconu, second only to “Street Style” – which basically means bitch has a wardrobe and a face that will make you hate her desperately. And let’s not even talk about that body. Jesus Christ. Life, as many know all too well, is not always fair. It doles out its blessings unevenly, like a crappy saltshaker with half of its holes corroded with an old, brackish crust. Some people get nothing, most people get something, and others get it all. Andreea falls into the latter camp.

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“From Nada to Prada: Soo Joo Park on The Style Con”

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “From Nada to Prada: Soo Joo Park” on The Style Con:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock with scant access to magazine stands or high-speed Wi-Fi, you’ve probably heard of Soo Joo Park. The Korean-born, California-bred model made it big in the fashion world in 2013, following a we-don’t-fuck-around bleaching of epic proportions. The result? A new-and-improved Soo Joo, rocking an elfin, Orlando Bloom circa Lord of the Rings vibe — you know, if Orlando Bloom was a lady babe who looked bangin’ in Chanel. But torching her strands within an inch of its life seems a tiny price to pay for the success that came as a result. What girl wouldn’t risk getting her hair a little crispy in exchange for Chanel and Tom Ford campaigns?

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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: “Bare Naked Ladies” on Lady Clever

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Hey Naked Girl,” as seen on Lady Clever:

For someone who has been professionally naked for the better part of ten years, you’d think my tolerance for gym locker nudity would be higher. After all, at least sixty percent of all meals I have eaten over the course of my modeling career have been topless. Within the context of “work,” I’ve stripped down in front of employers, coworkers, friends, unsuspecting passerbys. In fact, I’ve been semi-nude around so many of my also semi-nude model friends, if you lined them all up against a wall and covered their faces, I could tell you whose breasts belonged to who. It’s fine; part of my compensation is for the general indecency of over-exposure. But outside of work, I’m still the squeamish 9-year-old who winces every time she accidentally catches a glimpse of a woman bending over with no undies on.

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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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Field Trip: “Kel Markey: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Kel Markey: From Nada to Prada” 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.

Today, we bring you a vintage success story, further demonstrating the long-term consequences of an excellent (or not so excellent) cut. So the next time your hairdresser fucks up your shit, you may hold up this article as evidence while you scream something like “You just cost me a Versace campaign, goddamnit!” Yes, whether you’re Giselle Bundchen or Gertrude Lewis, CPA, it’s a big deal. You have license to scream. You’re welcome.

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Field Trip: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Gemma Ward” on The Style Con

 

 

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “What We Talk About When We Talk About Gemma Ward,” as seen on The Style Con:

          “Gemma’s in a different stratosphere. She’s got that extra thing, that inexplicable thing.”

– Kristie Clements, Vogue Australia

In 2004, Paolo Roversi photographed then rising-star Gemma Ward for the cover of W Magazine. The Australian model was barely 17 at the time, a child with wide-set eyes and a downturned mouth, a little baby bombshell in the making. Her alien, supernatural beauty would inspire a sea change in the industry, superseding the models of Tom Ford’s oversexed Gucci days and paving the way for the subsequent success of ethereal stunners like Sasha Pivovarova, Snejana Onopka, Vlada Roslyakova, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. That cover, in all its dusty romanticist glory, signaled a new era in fashion, and Gemma Ward was placed squarely at the helm.

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