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Speaking Dolls – The Documentary

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Manon Leloup has decided to follow her friends during the tempestuous rhythm of fashion week to understand this weird job for which they have left school. This intimate account features in-depth interviews with models and designers, and showcases personal footage shot by the models themselves, giving voice to those who are often seen, but rarely heard.

Dress To Impress: A Guide For Dressing To Your Body Shape

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Dress To Impress: A Guide For Dressing To Your Body Shape


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Job interviews. If you’re anything like me, those two words are enough to make you want to retreat to the darkest depths of your closet with no intention to return. For me, the mere concept of a job interview is an anxiety trigger. My heart rate goes up, my palms get clammy, and i spend a good twenty-four hours stood in front of my closet in a panic, clothing littering my floor in complete disarray.

My thoughts swirl around and around in my head as i try and use my inner psychic to figure out what questions i’ll be asked and what my interviewer will be like. I haven’t even left my house yet, and already i’m stressed out and a sweaty mess.

The ultimate goal at an interview is to sell ourselves to our potential boss, making us the merchandise. Each employer is unique, as is each wanna-be employee, which can make the task of dressing one-self a bit more daunting than usual. You want to impress, but you don’t know what standards you’re trying to reach. So you have to rely on looking your best, in the hopes that it’s enough to convince your potential paycheck that there is plenty more beauty beneath the surface. But, wait a minute, how to pick from the endless options? Luckily, business attire has been around for decades, with minimal changes, so designers have had plenty of time to master creating styles as unique as their buyers.

For the “apple” shaped woman who carries her weight in her midsection, getting a flattering fit can be tough. Selecting a shift is often times the hardest part of the battle, and then balancing your top half with your lower half complicates everything even more. Allow me to unscramble the issue. Stick with a flowing, simple shirt, and allow the folds to fall around your ‘trouble’ area. Pair it with a low waisted, straight leg plant to balance out your look.

As much as we all love a big bum, there is a time and place to accentuate one. The “pear” shaped woman struggles most with this, for her wide hips and curvy booty are hard to miss. With a structured jacket, an embellished top, and a boot-leg pants the big ol’ butt will be barely noticeable behind all that style!

Straight” is such an ugly name for this next shape, in my opinion, but all it means is your waist isn’t as narrow as most. That can make a girl feel boyish, which can really put a dent in her confidence. A cute, ruffled shirt with a fitted jacket can give you that curvy look you crave. For your bottom half, if you’re looking to feature your femininity, throw on a mid-length flared skirt and peep-toe heel.

The most sought after shape is definitely the “hourglass” figure. I, like most girls, seriously envy you if you fall into this category. With a slim waist, ample bosom, and curved hips, you have a much easier time dressing then the rest of us. For that extra wow factor, top off a wide-leg, belted pant at the waist with a tucked in loose fit shirt and a belted jack.

Unlike your maths exam in college, there is no syllabus for this; no step-by-step guide to success. The chance of failure is unknown, as is everything else, because every employer is as unique as every employee. All we can do is attempt to be ready for any and all possible scenarios. Hopefully these tips will make the process a little bit easier by helping you escape the stress of dressing to impress.

 

IMG & It’s Exclusivity – No Wait, Inclusivity!

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IMG & It’s Exclusivity – No Wait, Inclusivity!


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By Margretta Sowah

Candice Huffine, a 31 year old plus size model, has followed suit in IMG’s circle of luxury. IMG’s Curve division includes models Ashley Graham, Chelsea Miller, Danielle Redman, Precious Lee, Tara Lynn and, as I stated in my other article The Big Boys Club, Zach Miko.

Lane Bryant has been at the forefront of modern body inclusivity for plus size models. Her campaigns ‘I’m No Angel’ and ‘Plus is Equal’ ad campaigns sparked a worldwide debate. Is plus-size the REAL size or are we all just trying to maintain unrealistic heights of visual acceptance?  It was Huffine’s editorial feature V magazine’s ‘Curves Ahead’ and her runway debut for designer Sophie Theallet’s fall fashion show.  She also walked in Carina Roitfield’s amfAR Gala show at the Cannes Film Festive.

Previously being signed to MuseNYC, Candice is taking strides in the fight to promote all body types exposure. From 2011 editorial debut to dominating social media now, Huffine was the first plus size model in the 2015 Pirelli calender. The industry is taking notice of these rare beauties, showing you can be bigger and better. The acknowledgment of different figures and features pushes to the wider market, reminding us we are represented.




IMG representative told Fashionista.com, “we are thrilled to have Candice, someone we believe represents the curvy girl in high-fashion […] she really does fit it perfectly.” This is the kind of positive affirmation we need to be hearing from agencies concerning ALL types of models. Not just the super skinny. Not just the plus-size. Not just the Caucasian ones.

Candice, in an interview with Fashionista explains the reasons for changing management. “I’ve always admired and related to IMG’s outlook on the future of fashion. You can tell by their diverse roster of talent and their board that they have the same vision that I do, and that’s something that I was always drawn to, so it’s just a perfect fit. I’m excited to get to work! I just love the possibility that comes with being there.”

Huffine also said, when asked about the future of her career, “I know, it’s really exciting! I’m really proud to be on the board with all those girls. I’m hopeful to have a similar career, I’m excited to see what’s next. The best part of this industry is the uncertainty of what’s next — there’s always an incredible surprise around the corner. I think today is representative of that in this awesome announcement. With all the positive change that’s going on, I know that we’re on the brink of something huge, and that’s what I want for myself. I’m ready to breakout and break through!”

It ain’t over til the fat lady sings. Isn’t that how the saying goes? A tongue-in-cheek idioms means: nothing is irreversible until the final act is played out. Ranging from sizes 12 and above, the final act is not over for Curvy Models by any stretch of the imagination.

You Are What You Digest & You Are What You Absorb

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You Are What You Digest & You Are What You Absorb


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A little digestion love to help you ABSORB the nutrients you eat.
Source: Jessica Sepel

In nutrition school we learn, you are not what you eat; you are what you digest and absorb.  We also learn that the gut is the 2nd brain of the body – it is so vitally important in helping us to sustain good health.  We are taught in clinic that if your unsure what to treat, just treat the gut!

Your gut is the key to good health.

The purpose of good digestion is to turn the food you eat into fuel for your body’s cells.  Many people I meet have poor digestion and what happens when we are not efficiently turning the food we eat into fuel?  We feel fatigued, foggy, bloated, experience flatulence, endure nutritional deficiencies, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, weight gain and an inability to lose weight, cravings, low immune function (because the immune system lies in the gut…did you know that??!!) and hormonal imbalances – just to name a few.

In fact, we make serotonin (the feel good hormone) in our gut, so this may be why so many people with digestive or gut problems experience low and depressed moods.

How well are you digesting your food?  If you are experiencing the symptoms above, it is most likely that your gut needs some loving!

The secret to healthy digestion and absorption lies in…

  • Eating the right foods (clean – wholefoods) and avoiding the foods that don’t make us feel good.
  • Eliminating any food intolerances.
  • We need to have good amounts hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes in the stomach to break the food down properly.
  • A healthy gut – a good balance of healthy bacteria.  Your gut holds trillions of bacteria that help process your food, produce nutrients, and fight disease.  I truly believe when the gut is repopulated with healthy flora, our health will effortlessly blossom.  Eating and drinking clean foods, supports the healthy bacteria.
  • Less bodily stress as the digestive system likes to shut down in times of stress.  A stressed body is the number one health killer.  I go on and on about this one.
  • A clean and healthy lifestyle:  less stress, more exercise and clean living (less exposure to environmental toxins and medications – such as antibiotics), to support the good gut bacteria and keep the harmful bacteria under control.

Here are my top tips that can improve your digestion and keep the health of your gut in top shape:

1.  Apple cider vinegar  – 1 tbsp in warm water on rising or use as salad dressing.  This stimulates the hydrochloric acid in your stomach for digestion.

2. Probiotics – I take a probiotic supplement everyday.  It repopulates the gut with good bacteria.

3. Eat probiotic whole foods- Sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir – found at most health food stores.  Also eat prebiotic wholefoods – these foods feed and support the growth of good bacteria such as onions, garlic, dandelion greens, artichokes and bananas.

4. Supplement with–  digestive enzymes, slippery elm or glutamine.  A nutritionist or naturopath can support you with these supplements.

5. Lemon juice in warm water on rising – which stimulates gastric juices.

6. Eating slowly in a relaxed environment – the blood diverts away from digestive path in times of stress, oh yes it does!

7. Not drinking with your meals – 20 minutes before and after.  Water dilutes the gastric juices that are vital for the break down of our food.

8. Cutting back on gluten containing foods.  The gut just does not love the protein found in gluten.

9. Drink aloe vera juice in the morning – your health stores will assist you finding this.  It is very soothing for the gut.

10. Start each meal with something raw (e.g. salad) to get your digestive enzymes fired up and ready to break down your food!  I often chomp on a celery stick or cucumber before my meals.

11. Chew your food 10-20 times…before you swallow…please!  You will put much less pressure on your digestive system by doing it.

12. Soak your grains, nuts and seeds for better digestion.  Soaking them removes the nutritional inhibitors/phytic acid that the body struggles to break down.

13. Learn to love sprouts.  You can add them to your salads.  Sprouts are rich in enzymes.

14. Alkaline your body- avoid acidic foods like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, salt and wheat.  Stay away from the processed and packaged! Sugar feeds the bad bacteria!

15. Lay off the ant acids as they decrease the hydrochloric acid in our stomachs e.g. Gaviscon/Mylanta/ Nexium.

16. Lay off the antibiotics – they effect the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut.

16. Try to eat fruit on an empty stomach – not straight after a meal as it ferments in the stomach and can irritate optimal digestion.

17. Do not eat late at night – aim to eat 2-3 hours before bedtime.

18. Drink up!  And with filtered water if possible!  Fluid helps to remove excess waste and keeps our bowels healthy!

19. Have a cup of chamomile tea at night – it soothes and relaxes the bowel wall – and aids constipation!

20. Increase your fibre intake! Eat plenty of fiber. This not only keeps your bowels moving, but also helps eliminate excess hormones.  Love your Flax and leafy greens- they are high in fiber!

 

Instagram: @jshealth

 

Model Diaries #4 Love

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Model Diaries #4 Love


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By an anonymous model

This was when I was navigating one of my first loves. We had just met. It was a messy, confusing, all consuming, head fuck of a relationship, but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. I think this is how we learn about ourselves. Different people uncover different things in us, and it’s all part of the journey.

 

Dear: ( Do I secretly want him to read this?)

I mean, if it’s a joke, let me know so I don’t fall for you, because I can see it happening. You are the perfect guy to break my heart. You think I don’t get as jealous as I let on, but it drives me up the wall knowing that I probably can’t trust you unless you adore me, and I don’t see that. I want someone to want me and unless you are hiding it really well I just think it might not be there. The reason I stuck around? I see this one side of you that’s so pure so scared and you mask it with ignorance and cocaine. It’s buried in your lyrics and those fleeting gestures you brush off because in the end you are just the same in that you don’t want to be hurt again and you know that if you let your guard down too much theres a chance it could go wrong again. It’s not the girls you choose, it’s the mind set you have when you approach a new situation. As for me? I need to find out how to ask you where I stand and if I should hold out for you/ something and get over

 

Yes, Models Do Eat

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Yes, Models Do Eat


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We’ve all heard the jokes about model’s and their weight, including variations on, “she looks like she needs to eat a sandwich.” So it may be a bit of a surprise, considering that models are typically pretty svelte, that the new trend to hit the interwebs is model foodies. That is right; models like Karlie Kloss, Robin Lawley, Cesar Casier, and Roze Traore have all diversified and delved into the food industry.

Although I don’t have an exact timeline, it seems like the first of these catwalkers to break into food world would have been Karlie Kloss. Unlike her blogging colleagues, Kloss isn’t writing about food, rather, she’s collaborating with (lending her name to) Momofuku Milk Bar to produce the vegan Karlie’s Kookies. What’s most impressive about this venture is that part of each sale of these cookies goes to FEED, a philanthropic organization that feeds and educates hungry children. That part is awesome. What isn’t so awesome, as pointed out by the Huffington Post, is that these cookies cost $22 for 6. That’s insane. They’re also not completely clear as to how much of the proceeds are going to FEED, how much stay with Momofuku, and how much Kloss herself if profiting.

Robin Lawley is probably the most popular model foodie that there is. Her blog, “Robin Lawley Eats”, is a collective of beautifully shot food photos, positive body image messages, and Lawley’s favorite food and appliance recommendations. She’s also penned a corresponding cookbook, a collection of modern classics, and tidbits from her travels as a model, and even some dishes from her homeland of Australia.

Cesar Casier’s blog, The Cesar Kitchen, is a cute, very male friendly food blog written by Cesar, mostly in 3rd person. It’s a combination of recipes, photos of food, and what seems to be just general musings from Casier. Also a newfound author, Casier recently released his own cookbook, “Model Kitchen”, and has hopes to attain his own cooking show before too long.

Roze Traore takes his love of food a step further than his counterparts; he is an actual, real, personal chef. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu and in between high fashion bookings for clients like GQ and Ralph Lauren, Traore travels the world cooking up “awe-inspiring” meals at exclusive events and for the prestigious Jean-George Vongerichten restaurants. Not bad for a fall back option.

 

Reviving The 90’s: The Winners & Losers

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Reviving The 90’s: The Winners & Losers


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6 Trends we’ve inherited from the 1990’s (and 2 we’re thankful didn’t make the cut!)

By Lucy Shanahan

Just when we think those trends of our formative years are about to disappear into the dark abyss of regret and self-loathing, they come roaring back faster than you can say ‘jelly sandals’. A little sprinkling of hindsight and those style moments we thought painfully passé are now nostalgic and loveable. Then there are those which cause involuntary *facepalms*, because how did I EVER think that khaki board shorts with Roxy scribbled on the butt were ok?

20 years is the general rule of thumb for trends to resurface. It’s the magic stretch of time it takes for us to convince ourselves that certain looks can be cool again. If each decade tries to do the opposite of what came before, it makes sense that the double decades have some aesthetic similarities. That’s why we see hints of 70s boho and disco in 90s fashion (gold lamé skirts never went too far astray) , and why 2015 looks like season 3 of Friends if they had been glued to their iPhones. Let’s take a look at which trends stood the test of time, and which ones rightfully stayed dead and buried.

1. Normcore
The most googled and overused term of 2014, Normcore is the ‘I just rolled out of bed’ approach to fashion. Effortlessly cool and understated, Normcore advocates are all about blending in. Birkenstocks, boyfriend jeans and basic tees line the closets of hipsters, glowing new mums and middle aged tourists. Think Bassike, Jac and Jack and Levi’s 501s. Winona Ryder’s stripes and denim combo in Girl, Interrupted is the ultimate style inspiration for when we can’t be bothered to decide what to wear, and Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Dad bod’ has us feeling better about that bowl of pasta we inhaled last night. Thank you, Larry David.

2. Grunge
Deep bordeaux lips and Doc Martins are still the greatest accessories for anyone fighting the man. Kurt and Courtney did it best. Nirvana said ‘fuck you’ and everyone listened. Marc Jacobs became the grunge guru, inspired by Yves Saint Laurant’s avant grade artistry and his interest in the beatniks (the anti-establishment arts kids in the 1950s, including cool cats Jack Kerouac and Ned Flanders’ parents). Before long, grunge trickled down into the department stores. These days, we find grunge in little pockets – from Lorde’s untamed locks and broody vibes to Miley’s leather bondage. Distressed jeans and a flannel around the waist are obligatory staples for the budding blogger. If you loved Drew Barrymore’s wild child with daisy chains look, look no further than One Teaspoon’s Awesome Baggies and your dad’s cupboard for an old shirt.

3. Clueless
For want of a better name, the Clueless look is the preppy meets glam vibe found in Cher Horowitz’s revolving closet. Iggy Azalea and Charlie XCX recreated the cult classic in their clip Fancy and reminded us all that anyone with a nose for negotiation and a yellow blazer can talk there way out of a C in debate. Tartan skirts, tube socks, shearling jackets and chokers are today’s garments of choice and Princess Highway, Alannah Hill and Ralph Lauren are havens for anyone with a faux-fur fetish. Josh, on the other hand, would probably be sporting a ‘Fuck Abbott’ t-shirt.

4. Raver Babes
Girls in bubblegum pink wigs were scattered through the rave circuit, all in the name of peace and love. Imagine today’s obsession with EDM exploding in fashion form. Electrifying colours and monster furry boots made their way through exposed brick warehouses. Raver babes today can be found in secret location house parties, local renegade music festivals and bush doofs. And don’t think that their every outfit won’t be documented on Facebook by a semi-pro photographer. The neon bum bag, too, has made a comeback. It went from ‘unflattering coin purse for elderly women’ to ‘festival must’. Romance Was Born is a whimsical take on rave culture, with collections like Mushroom Magic and Bush Magic heralding quirky and vibrant pieces for our inner raver.

5. Sneaker Town
Are you desperately trying to get your hands on a pair of Adidas Superstars? Well get in line. They’re sold out almost everywhere. You can thank the greatest hip-hop/R&B artists of the 90s for this craze. Hip-hop was going through its own transition; jazz, soul, funk and Motown were transported out of the studio and back onto the streets. Biggie, Wu Tang, MC Hammer; they all had sick street wear, and soon enough, everyone had a pair of Jordans in their cupboard. Pop stars of the moment all seem to have a finger in the sports luxe honey pot, with Pharrell Williams and Rita Ora inspiring creative collabs with Adidas. Miranda Kerr modelled for Reebok and made it cool again. And let me tell you, my feet couldn’t be happier.

6. The Virgin Suicides
How could we talk about 90s fashion moments without mentioning Sofia Coppola’s iconic film? Suicides is one of Coppola’s slow-cooker movies, where nothing happens, but everything changes. There’s something about watching it that emulates what I imagine it’s like to take Ambien. The Lisbon sisters’ middle parts and waif figures underpinned the Kate Moss look that burgeoned at the time.

Wooden platforms, floaty white dresses and dreamy floral skirts intended by their mother to divert the male gaze serve as minimalist style inspiration. There’s a hint of Stevie Knicks, Kate Bush and Picnic At Hanging Rock that imbues the film with dark romance and lilting melancholy. Today we see it in Johnny Was and Free People catalogues as well as Coachella pics and local fashion markets.

 

And now for those that didn’t make the cut…

 

7. The Pop Princess
Yes I know we’ve got Ariana, Selena, and Madonna still kicking on somewhere. But I’m talking about girls in super low-rider jeans with chunky belts or sparkly scarves that looked adorable on baby Britney but were corrupted by the g-string poking out the top. *shudder*. Then there was Mariah’s take on the need for a waistband – why need one at all? Again, Mariah could pull off pretty much anything, it was everyone else’s interpretation that gives me nightmares to this day.

8. Jazzercise
Go and find your mum’s old home-aerobics videos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Floral windbreakers and polyester leotards with skinny crotch areas, terry cloth wristbands and headgear. Imagine the cast of Full House playing tennis in Disneyland. Although exercise gear like The Upside or Lulu Lemon is more sartorial than ever, Jazzercise corrupted some already questionable choices of the 1990s. Luckily, this look came right out of the 1980s and fizzled out during the 90s. Good to know our favourite decade isn’t to blame for this one.

 

Bitch? No, Model.

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Bitch? No, Model.


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You can always recognize a model. It’s not because of the high cheek bones, or the long legs. It’s not about straight teeth and shiny hair. Do you realize how much of that stuff can be bought, or imitated with creative wardrobe? No, being a model is something way more than that- it’s not a look- it’s an attitude.

See, models are sort of like divas except they don’t need to do crazy things to draw attention. They simply draw attention. When I walk in the room, you better believe people stop and look. It’s part of the job description.

So maybe that’s why the world is so quick to judge us; because we draw attention? It’s not like we’re trying to be fabulous. It just happens. For some of us, that attention is not always so flattering.

So the term ‘bad-girl model’ starts to float around. Let me explain something: models are not an over-dramatic reality show hoping for syndication. The bad stuff we do doesn’t involve stealing each other’s men or booby-trapping our girl pal’s makeup. That is so amateur.

Models are seen as bad girls because they have so much power, and some of us choose to use that power for our own interest. Why wouldn’t you voice your opinion if you had one? Oh, right, because if you are a supermodel like Naomi, you are supposed to be the world’s pile of clay that is molded to fit the designer’s wishes. ..

That’s on the runway, sweetie, not in life. Unfortunately, the more successful a model gets, the more she is expected to be compliant.

But models are canvases of beauty and fashion – not opinions. If they were canvases of opinion they’d be politicians, like the beauty queen- turned public official Sarah Palin. So, they should have their own opinion, just like any other free thinking person. Except, how could something so pretty be so mean?

That is the problem society is having. They are paying to see something soft, nice, and attractive, and bad girl models give them that, but turn around and do things they don’t necessarily like.

So you think I’m sexy, you want to see me in all of the things you desire, but you don’t want to know about my drug habit…

Then don’t ask.

I will give you my body, I will give you my smile… but the attitude- that thing you truly love- is all mine.

 

Models, Promoters & “That Life” – Part 3

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Models, Promoters & “That Life” – Part 3


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Ellen Hancock – A Not So Model Life
Instagram: @gypsy_revival

My journey past that time in my life was an emotional one. Watching this “friends” career take off with her fresh tits and Loubitans was interesting, and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt me for a while. Los Angeles photographers love testing with models with designer clothes, breasts, and lots of followers on Instagram – regardless of how they got them. And then clients love the same things too. Did she have to work at those test shoots and castings? Ya, of course she did, and I give her credit for that. But she would have never had a lot of those opportunities without turning tricks to get them.

Part of me had to think… what if I had just gone down that path, too, like so many of these girls? I’d probably be better off with my modeling career. It seemed to be true for all the girls I saw living their lives that way. The money, resources, and makeovers… the ability to give your modeling career a jump start. It can be very disheartening when you just want to follow your passions, and stay who you really are. When you want the dream and the simple life too. A lot of the enchantment of Hollywood just doesn’t exist for me anymore. I know now that it’s all a visage, often hiding quite an ugliness underneath.

After all this happened I had to leave LA for a while and take a break. I had to heal and convince myself that success when achieved at the expense of your self worth will never taste as sweet as success earned through righteous means. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t… but when you witness that kind of lifestyle and don’t choose it for yourself, it’s what you have to believe.

I moved back to LA a year ago, and It has been a blessing to find a community of genuine people this time around. Branching out into acting more has helped. I hate to say it… but just so many models have bought into the fake lifestyle in Los Angeles. It’s hard to find the ones who still have small town values in the big city. I worry about models more now… about all the things that can lead to dark places.

I’m less eager to influence people to join the business than I used to be. A well meaning young girl with dreams will have a lot to face. Moving from a small town to these big cities and seeing all of this for the first time is shocking. I know it all too well. The recent incident with “The King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian kicking a model in the face at LIV nightclub in Miami is a sharp reminder. It pisses me off, and is part of what’s spurring me to write this. I’m sadly not at all surprised by it. There are a lot of awful people all over the world who disrespect and take advantage of models. From these Vegas trips, to living in Miami and witnessing the club life there, to even meeting rich jerks during my working months in Greece… this is truly a common lifestyle little discussed by those it abuses and rewards.

I guess it just makes me want to speak out about my own experiences in this realm, something I’ve never really done before. Call it a warning, or a heads up, or whatever. It’s just what happened to me, and what I know, and I’m sure there are more stories out there… we’re just never encouraged to spill the beans. We models are replaceable, remember? I’m just at a place in my life where I’m really perfectly ok with never being asked on one of these trips again, if that be the case. These trips, or club nights, can be really fun. But they can be scary too. Especially when you’re still naive to the world.

If you’re a model, all I can recommend when these opportunities come up is that you be aware – and remember who you are and what you’re truly worth. Know that any friend who doesn’t make you feel good is not a friend at all, and it is ok to break up with those kinds of people. It’s ok to to say no to any kind of lifestyle that doesn’t make you feel good on the inside, and that doesn’t mean you’re saying no to your dreams. Outside appearances aren’t everything. The simple life is a wonderful thing, too. It just doesn’t get as much advertising.

Models, Promoters & “That Life ” – Part 1
Models Promoters & “That Life” – Part 2

How To Treat Your Skin After The Gym

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How To Treat Your Skin After The Gym


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By Gritty Pretty
@gritty_pretty

New Year = new #fitnessgoals

Whatever your health resolutions for 2016, we’re rooting for you. But we’re more interested in how you tend to your skin after you’ve demolished those reps, when your skin’s all hot and bothered.

So, here’s a list of what you should be doing if you aren’t already, to treat your skin post-workout and keep it looking as solid as that work-in-progress bod:

1. Wash Your Hands Immediately

Unless you’ve got access to the Hemsworth private gym, you’re going to want to wash your hands – thoroughly, and with soap – to avoid picking up and transferring any bacteria from hand >>> face. Gyms are riddled with germs, so first thing’s first, get your hands fresh and clean.

2. Pat Dry, Don’t Rub

You must wash your face after a workout. That’s like, the rules of feminism or something (not really, but just as important). Exercising increases your blood flow making your skin more sensitive, so go for something gentle. Pat dry, don’t rub and use a foaming or gel cleanser to easily remove oils and impurities, and glycolic acid or tea tree to fend of pore-clogging bacteria. Makeup wipes are a good idea, too.

3. Deal With Hydration

Your skin might feel oily and sweaty after training, but it could actually be dehydrated.  When you workout, you lose moisture though evaporation and the salt in your sweat can ultimately have a drying effect. Go for a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid to replenish and plump skin, as well as all-important SPF to protect from any further damage (whether you’re training outdoors or indoors behind glass windows).

4. Avoid Body Acne

Body acne. Backne. Moist. *Shudders*. It can happen to anyone, if you leave your active wear on after you’ve been sweating bullets or give unwashed gym gear a second run. If you’re going straight home from the gym, at the very least make sure you towel dry any sweat prone areas like your back and décolletage to prevent body breakouts. Once a week, it’s a good idea to give your back a good scrub.

5. Use A Fragrance Oil

As mentioned, skin becomes sensitised and dehydrated after a workout so why not try a scented oil instead of an alcohol-based EDP? With your blood still pumping quickly, your body heat will help carry the scent of the oil for a longer lasting fragrance. Plus, because perfume oils are more concentrated, they generally come in smaller, travel-friendly packaging making it easier to toss into your gym bag.