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Monday, May 23, 2016

Coco Rocha - Model Crush Monday!

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha was already appearing on international runways when she had her “star turn” moment opening the Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2007 show, Irish dancing down the runway, fixing her squarely on every editor and star photographer’s radar. Talk about leaving great impression!  A model with a personality!

Appearing on dozens of international covers and countless campaigns, Coco is known as the Queen of Pose”, which she has immortalized in her book “Study of Pose: 1000 Poses by Coco Rocha”.  Every model who dreams of doing high fashion editorial must study this book and practice for themselves!! Her book is available on Amazon: Study of Pose

If you want to see Coco in action, check out these videos for yourself and challenge yourself to move like Coco!  Here is where all those dance classes finally pay off!

Nineteen jumping cover poses in thirty seconds:

Face Posing:

 Harper's Bazaar Thailand:

One of the early adapters to social media, Coco has over one million followers on Instagram and Google+.  She has appeared on TV shows and films as a fashion industry expert, and now has her own fashion line called Co+Co  (the link is www.cocorocha.comfull of gorgeous, chic, supermodel-worthy separates.  

Coco Rocha Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/cocorocha/

Oh!  And did I mention that she found love along the way and now they have the cutest little mini-Coco, Ioni James Conran, with her husband James Edward Conran, who has fifty thousand followers of her own in Instagram? https://www.instagram.com/ioniconran/
With baby Ioni the apple has not fallen far from the tree.  Supermodel in training!  


We (heart) Coco!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Study Up! Top models know their industry! #homework

Just like any business, education is the key to becoming more successful. And so it is that an informed model, is a better model. Think smart AND pretty!  It is so easy to do your homework online and research the top players in the business today ... search for the iconic supermodels of the past, and even movies stars that influence the industry.  Often a photographer, editor, designer, or advertising clients will have references that give a creative direction to a project.  

If the agency sends you details about a booking and names the photographer or client, do your homework ahead of time and know who you will be working with!  If it is for a magazine, and the editor’s name appears, look them up too. You need to build a knowledge base that covers the top international magazines and editors, the top fashion photographers past and present, fashion designers, famous models, and movies old and new.  

Hypothetical situation:  you arrive on set to shoot for a major international fashion magazine with a superstar photographer and editor, and the theme of the shoot references the movie “Roman Holiday” staring Audrey Hepburn, and you don’t know who these people are and have never even heard of that movie, then you will be lost on set and not be able to fall into the “story” or bring some imagination to the shoot – talk about a missed opportunity! Your booker will give you as much info ahead of time as they can, and it is up to you to do your homework online and arrive with more than a clue about the project.  And if you haven’t been given any prior info, then by all means ask!  It shows you are interested and invested in working with the team to create the best campaign they are creating.

Check in often with sites like www.vogue.com where you can view the latest designer collections. Follow all the top photographers, international editions of fashion magazines, and models on Instagram; Look up these same magazine’s fashion editorials online through Google, and stay on top of the business.

So, if someone says “we are shooting jeans and channeling Kate Moss and Markie Mark in the 90’s Calvin Klein ads, you will know to what they are referring, and be ready to participate in the project! 

Starter Reference list:

Top Photographers:
Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, Nick Knight, Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoodh, Arthur Elgort, Cass Bird, Ellen Von Unwerth, David Bellemere, and Hans Feuer, to name a few.

Vogue Magazine and its various international editions, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, The Face, Porter, Bon, Frenchie, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Jalouse, Nylon, W, and the list goes on.

Super models to know: 
Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Claudia Schiffer, Natalia Vodianova, Linda Evangelista, Chanel Iman, and so many more.  

Everyone loves a model who arrives and is prepared, and that means having a good understanding of the industry and knowledge of the key players.  If you are passionate about modeling, then do your homework and educate yourself – it will really help your career!

Photo Credits:

Vogue China, February 2015
Model:  Lara Stone (IMG)
Photographer:  Mario Testino (artpartner) internation
Styling:  Tonne Goodman
Hair:  Christiaan        
Makeup: Yadim (artpartner)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Caroline Trentini - Model Crush Monday!

This week's Model Crush Monday is Caroline Trentini - one of the hottest cover girls of the last decade who has been on dozens and international magazine covers, walked countless runways, and appeared in many print campaigns.

Known for her chameleon looks she transforms herself with fashions from the world's top designers and magazines setting her apart in the sea of beautiful. Even while expecting baby number two, she continues to dominate at the top of the model spectrum, season after season.  

Her expressive face, 6 foot frame, and dancer-like ability make her a favorite of both the most important magazines and photographers in the world. Editorial but equally appealing commercially for clients like Victoria's Secret and DKNY.  Not only can she move, transform herself, and inspire, but she is known for being extremely nice, a wonderful mom and incredibly professional - just another reason to adore her!

Caroline Trentini on Instagram    https://www.instagram.com/trentinireal/