The Poinciana Ballroom at the Fairmont Southampton played host to a mini-invasion of international designers, models, photographers, writers, and fashionistas on Friday night. It was a rare gathering of designers from the United Kingdom, New York City, and Bermuda that had the international fashion industry abuzz.

The show was dubbed ‘Some Like It Hot: An International Fashion Excursion’ and featured exciting new designs from four up-and-coming designers. Ms Phyllis Garraway emceed the show with considerable humor and charm, and United Dance Productions presented a delightful opening act.

Sidnie Pee out of Manchester, England was the first designer to show, bringing chiffon, lace, and satin to the party early on. Bold glossy prints collaborated with sharp whites and ethnic sensitivities to deliver some stunning ensembles from this collection. Flowing chiffon-trimmed dresses and majestic prints exuded class and sophistication, while summer-themed pieces added funk and fun to the proceedings. This was a nice collection that ranged from spectacular to bizarre, and struck a lot of classic fashion chords throughout.

The next designer to show was a local, Regina Simmons, whose Regina Q designs represented very well for local textile tinkerers. Glossy print tops with long, flowing white bottoms, accentuated with pastel coloured sash belts, lace, teal, animal prints, and shiny satin; oh my! This was a very satisfying collection; a collection to make Bermuda proud, and a wonderful show for a young designer.

Local retail outlets 27th Century Boutique and Marion’s Fashions presented stock showcases on either side of the Regina Q collection, which gave the event a bit of an amateur feel. The clothes were fine, and the models were good, but the idea of an international fashion excursion kind of makes boutique stock showcases passé. Perhaps these were added late to accommodate the unmentioned no-show of Theo Sealy from the Bahamas. In any event, the hype surrounding this show was deflated considerably by the community centre style shop showcases.

The next actual designer to show was Bermuda’s own Shay Ford. Shay presented a small but cute collection of summer wear that was clearly inspired by the eccentricities of a Bermuda summer. Print swim trunks, gregarious drawstring skorts (skirt shorts, shorts, and skirts), and bright, glossy prints dominated this sunny little collection, giving the pint-sized local designer a decidedly impressive seminal showing.

The last and biggest collection to show was from the New York City-based designer Thomas Lavonne. Guest model Kamela, from the Bahamas, stole the show in a dazzling silver sparkling gown during this portion of the exhibit. Other standout designs included a red ‘leaf’ dress, various sequined delights, and a plethora of flowing print dresses in bold colours with subtle, nuanced cuts.

Lavonne’s offerings were sometimes glamorous, sometimes practical, and always beautiful. It was the kind of collection from which you could find a nice summer dress for your mom or a sizzling evening gown for your lady; a collection designed to be shown on the runway, and worn for a sunset stroll on the beach. Lavonne closed the show, which was fitting, as every model seemed to glow in his luminous, flowing designs.

Technically, ‘Some Like It Hot’ was not a memorable spectacle. The designs, models, and designers represented well, the make-up and hair teams did excellent work, but disorganised music and downright surreal video displays left a great deal to be desired as far as technical production goes. I mean, music stopping in the middle of a model’s walk is not cool, and not professional at this level of the game; and why did I watch a very well-produced commercial for Sri Lanka tourism? (Apparently I can find my miracle in Sri Lanka, who knew?!) I don’t even want to mention the Norah Jones karaoke video. No really, it was the full ‘Don’t Know Why’ karaoke video track, complete with words being highlighted in time; very confusing.

The fashions, however, were good, and the models delivered, so as far as the fashion show goes: this was definitely a solid one of those. In conclusion, a delightful showcase of up-and-coming international designer and model talent all wrapped up in a technically weak and frustrating production.

The event was covered by international fashion photographer Dave J Hogan, who has already posted several shots from the show on free site , as well as New York City-based fashion TV show BTE. If this sort of event is to become a regular occurrence, then local production values need to be examined and improved.

The conspicuous patronage of Premier Paula Cox and Minister of Tourism Wayne Furbert certainly added prestige to the proceedings, but the technical issues were often inexcusable in a setting so elegant.

Serial conman emerges in model revival.

SERIAL fraudster Brenton Jarrett is back with a new name and a new game just six months after pleading guilty to a string of frauds committed under a fake identity in Albury.

Using the name Joshua Rankin Kells, the 40-year-old convicted conman has resurfaced as the boss of a modelling agency. As well as heading Vexus Models, Kells is a former designer for Italian fashion label Versace – or he would be if he were real.

Vexus was registered as a business in New South Wales on January 31 by Brenton Jarrett. On March 19, ownership of the business was transferred, official documents show, to Ernest Brian Hitchcock.

The relationship between the Jarrett and Hitchcock names is a strong one. In March 2010, The Age reported that Brenton Jarrett, whose list of convictions stretches back to the 1990s, had surfaced as ”Joshua Hitchcock”.

Professing to be the grandson of film director Alfred Hitchcock, Joshua claimed he was about to launch film and television production company Hitchcock Media International (HMI) with a Melbourne-based remake of the US sitcom Cheers. But the Cheers remake, HMI and Joshua Hitchcock were all fabrications.

The Age investigation revealed how Jarrett had constructed an elaborate web-based identity over many months in support of his Hitchcock scam, complete with fake websites for his company and doctored entries on legitimate Wikipedia pages, whereby references to ”Joshua Hitchcock” were strategically inserted in a bid to lend his fictional identity credence.

In 2010, police investigated claims that Jarrett’s motivation had been to meet women in a bid to lure them into having sex with the ”powerful” producer. It was alleged he had met up to 60 women and at least two had had sex with him, but no charges were ever laid.

The construction of the Josh Kells identity follows a similar pattern. In early October 2011, references to Joshua Rankin Kells began to appear on fashion forums online. On October 12, ”Joshua Kells” posted: ”As a designer at Versace I try to be influenced by anyone and everyone. If you were working for a high-profile label how would you separate pressure from creativity to get a result?”

What makes that entry especially notable is that it was posted just hours after Brenton Jarrett had appeared in Albury Local Court on charges relating to a fraud at Woy Woy on the central NSW coast in 2007. He pleaded guilty and was convicted, but given an 18-month good behaviour bond.

The Age is not asserting that Jarrett is not running a legitimate modelling agency, albeit under a false name. Attempts to contact Josh Kells on several numbers met without success. A female employee of Vexus offered a brisk ”no comment” to inquiries.

Documentary Is Another Voice in the Underage Model Conversation.

The documentary “Girl Model” opens with hundreds of scantily clad adolescent and teenage girls lined up in an auditorium. A model scout calls models one-by-one to the stage and begins commenting on their weight, body shape and signs of acne.

Heavy scrutiny of young supermodel hopefuls won’t come as a surprise to most people familiar with the business, but the film illuminates and personalizes some details that even fashion insiders may not be privy to.

The documentary, by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, was first shown in the United States at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, and at the IFC Center in New York City shortly after.

The narrative intertwines the stories of Ashley Arbaugh, a model scout, and Nadya, a 13-year-old girl from a poor family in Siberia. Ms. Arbaugh’s and Nadya’s paths cross on one of the scout’s trips on the Trans-Siberian Railway as she looks for girls who might be attractive to the Japanese fashion market. Nadya, who speaks only Russian, is handed a contract in English and Japanese and is promised $8,000. She is not told that her living costs will be deducted from that amount.

After many unsuccessful castings, Nadya returns to Russia in debt.

In one scene, Nadya’s modeling reel shows her staring and posing suggestively at the camera for what seemed like forever. “Nadya had images in her room of models and fashion images plastered up on her family house,” said Ms. Sabin. “And I think that as a young girl, when you see those images every day, that’s how you get drawn into that glamor and the allure and the mystery behind it. And the idea of being a top model was probably something she had considered. But at 13, 14, 15, how much can they really understand about the dreams versus the reality?”

“Girl Model” comes about two months after The Council of Fashion Designers of America issued guidelines in hopes of regulating age standards in the industry. The mission statement on their Web site reads: “Support the well-being of younger individuals by not hiring models under the age of sixteen for runway shows; not allowing models under the age of eighteen to work past midnight at fittings or shoots; and providing regular breaks and rest.” Still, it is a designer’s choice what model he or she uses. During New York Fashion Week in February, Eric Wilson reported that Marc Jacobs hired a 14- and 15-year-old for his fall 2012 runway show.

At the screening were representatives from Models Alliance, an advocacy group that aims to create better working conditions for models. Ms. Sabin said she hopes that organizations can use the film as a tool to create regulation, “or at least have a conversation about why there is such a lack of transparency in a marketplace that is predominantly young women.”

CALLING ALL CURVES: Curvy Kate Lingerie Launches in America with National Model Search; Renowned Bra and Style Guru Enlisted to Educate, Motivate and Inspire Women.

Award-winning, fuller-bust British lingerie brand Curvy Kate is celebrating its U.S. debut with Star in a Bra, a model search of impressive proportions that is open to all confident and naturally curvaceous women who are D plus cup size. The winner has the opportunity to receive an exclusive one-year international modeling contract with Curvy Kate, and become the U.S. face and body of the brand, fronting a marketing campaign that includes website, video and print components.

“The average American breast size is now a 36DD, and the average dress size is a 14 or larger, but many fashion brands still choose a model that is, on average, 23 percent lighter than the typical woman,” said Steve Hudson, Curvy Kate managing director. “We use our real customers as models because beauty comes in all sizes, and women need to see how fabulous a shapely figure can look in well-made lingerie created just for them.”

Star in a Bra has already taken place five times in the U.K., becoming a widely anticipated event garnering thousands of entries, and has since launched in Australia, and now for the first time, America. Curvy Kate uses only amateur models found through Star in a Bra, and have signed a diverse set of women with dress sizes from 8 – 16, and cup sizes from E – J.

Jene Luciani, nationally renowned bra fit and style expert, TV personality and author of The Bra Book: The Fashion Formula to Finding the Perfect Bra, has been enlisted to help launch Star in a Bra. She will provide expert advice, fashion styling tips and tricks, and behind the scenes content to fans during the search, as well as mentor the top 10 finalists when they are flown to New York for a professional photo shoot.

“I’ve dedicated my life to educating women on the importance of finding the right bra, and fuller-busted women face an even greater challenge because there aren’t enough brands like Curvy Kate who are offering bras for them,” said Luciani. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Star in a Bra because it’s about real women with real curves who need to be represented more. As a fuller-busted woman myself, I’m constantly looking for new ways to help women of all shapes and sizes look and feel great, and I can’t wait to share my insider advice.”

Previous winners have found international stardom including 2011 U.K. winner, 31-year-old Lizzie Haines, who went on to win Plus Size Model of the Year at the Plus Size Awards. “I entered Star in a Bra to prove I could, and then against all my expectations, I won,” said Haines. “The search is a fun, enthused and eclectic event celebrating life, diversity and passion. It’s so much more than underwear, it has changed my life.”

Star in a Bra was born out of necessity when Curvy Kate launched in the U.K. in 2009, and company executives couldn’t find a professional model that wore the product well and also fit the “flirty, fabulous, full-busted” brand image. The U.K. winner from 2009, Lauren Colfer, is still signed to the brand, saying, “I entered the search by taking pictures of myself in my bathroom mirror. I sent them to Curvy Kate, and here I am now. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! It’s great seeing curvier girls in the fashion industry to relate to.”

Starting today, women ages 18 and over with natural D plus cup sizes can create an entry profile on Curvy Kate’s USA Facebook page. This is the only place to enter. Entrants must upload five pictures* of themselves wearing their favorite lingerie or swimwear, and write a short summary of why they want to be Curvy Kate’s Star in a Bra.

On April 27, contest registration closes and the Curvy Kate team of expert panelists chooses the top 30 finalists to be featured on Curvy Kate’s USA Facebook page.

On May 10, the top 30 finalists are posted on Curvy Kate’s USA Facebook Page. The public will have two weeks to vote for the top 10 finalists.

On May 30, the top 10 finalists are announced.

On June 6 – 7, the top 10 finalists are flown to New York for a professional makeover and photo shoot with the Curvy Kate team of experts.

On June 13, the professional photo shoot images will be posted and the final public voting round begins for the model search winner.

On June 27, the voting closes. The winner is announced June 29.

The winner will be flown to the U.K. for a series of photo shoots to execute the marketing campaign with other winners from the U.K. and Australia. In addition to the modeling contract, the winner will also receive a year’s supply of Curvy Kate lingerie.

Dates subject to change. Curvy Kate Star in a Bra official rules are posted .

*NOTE: Only the top 30 finalists will have their photos shown publicly on Facebook. All photo uploads are private, secure, and only the team at Curvy Kate has access to images.

About Curvy Kate Curvy Kate is a fuller-bust lingerie line that caters to fun and flirty women who are a D plus. Passionate about making real women feel fabulous about their curves, Curvy Kate utilizes gorgeous designs and clever engineering to create supportive, flattering and fashion-forward styles normally seen in smaller cup sizes. Bras and matching panty sets are available at, and select online retailers and boutiques across the U.S. Follow Curvy Kate on Twitter @CurvyKateUSA and on Facebook .

Fly Them to Kearny Mesa: “Fashion Flights,” the third annual Golden Avenue School PTA fashion show fundraiser, was such a novel idea that local TV stations requested personal appearances by the models. The show’s flight theme featured 15 models, ages six to adult, portraying travelers garbed for trips to distant lands.

Casual to formal fashions from Lemon Grove shops included leopard printed jumpsuits, frilly party dresses, snappy suits with peplum jackets, the ubiquitous hats with veils and flowers without which no self-respecting woman left home in those days, and plenty of Samsonite luggage.

The Lemon Grove Review ran a front page photograph of seven models piling into a “woodie” station wagon for the trek to KFMB, San Diego’s first TV station, established 1949, up Kearny Mesa way.

Fly Them to Paris:  Not to be outdone, the PTA of Vista La Mesa School held its fifth annual fashion show, “Ooh La La,” in the cafeteria, which had been transformed into a Parisian sidewalk café. As models strolled past signs reading “St. Germain,” “Right Bank” and “Christian Dior,” pianist Betty Means and the Balladears warbled a medley of French songs. Frank Black was the commentator and parents and kiddies modeled stylish stuff from area shops.

Fly Them to Vegas: A “Three-Day Las Vegas Vacation for Two,” sponsored by the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce, boded well for the group’s annual budget with nearly 2,000 raffle tickets sold, reported Chamber president Larry Folda.

Western Airlines contributed the flight tickets, the Desert Inn the digs, the Chamber $300 in spending money, Michael’s Steak House a filet and champagne dinner, and local shops an array of baubles, shoes and swell duds.

Ransack 1959 issues of the Lemon Grove Review though we will, we can’t find the winners of this snazzy getaway. It’s been 50 years, but if you’re out there, sing out.

Fly Them to Harvard:  Seven Lemon Grove students made the Dean’s List at San Diego State College (SDSU) with grade point averages ranging from 3.8 to 4.0. To qualify students had to carry 12 units and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The envelope, please: Barbara Proppe (straight As), James Henderson, Richard Sheresh, William Glazebrook, George O’Hare, Michael Roehm and Barbara Edwards.

Fly Them to Hollywood:  A trio of Lemon Grove Ford salesmen, Leon Floquet, E. E. Grable and Kenneth Dewey of Spears Ford, 7220 Broadway, were inducted into the Ford 300-500 Club in a ceremony held at the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood.

Jim Spears, owner of the dealership, hailed the pitchmen for their “energy and smart sales technique” and predicted they would make the trip to L.A. in 1960 as their sales records were “well ahead” of everyone else in the Southern California Ford market.

The Moulin Rouge Theatre and Night Club lives on in neon splendor at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine in the heart of Hollywood. When it opened in 1953, you paid $5.50 for a deluxe dinner, floor show and dancing.

Fly Her to the Moon: And let her wish upon the stars. She could be as wrinkle-free on Jupiter or Mars. Dorothy Haizlip, owner of Haizlip’s Pharmacy, 7801 Broadway, ran a woman-to-woman ad in the Review, promising to rid milady’s chops of pesky lines and dryness.

“Tiny unnatural lines are robbing you of your true beauty,” wrote Haizlip. “Polyderm by Prince Matchabelli can be the answer. This wonderful new face cream developed by chemists and doctors for women with dry, lined skin takes but seconds to apply at bedtime. Please stop by tomorrow and let me tell you more about Polyderm. $2 and $3.50 plus tax.”

The real Prince Matchabelli was once the Russian ambassador to Italy. He and his wife, Princess Norina Matchabelli, fled to the U.S. after the Russian Revolution and launched a perfume and cosmetic line in New York. It was later sold to Saul Ganz, then to Vicks Chemical, then to Chesebrough-Ponds, then to Unilever, then to Parfums de Coeurs.

Today, Matchabelli perfume bottles sell on eBay for $10 to $300, while Polyderm is the name of a wound dressing used on battlefields and in emergency rooms.

Fly Him to Madison Square Garden: Archie Moore, light heavyweight champion of the world, addressed the Lemon Grove Men’s Club at Michael’s Steak House. Then 42 and a Madison Square Garden favorite, Moore was fresh from his 1959 win over Sterling Davis by a knockout in the third round.

Moore still holds the record for the most wins by knockout (131) and is in an elite group whose boxing careers spanned four decades. He retired to San Diego and started a film career, garnering praise for such roles as Jim, the runaway slave in Michael Curtiz’s production of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Honors continued to accrue to “The Old Mongoose,” as he was nicknamed, until his death in 1998, age 82.

About this column: Compiled by Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, from newspapers archived at the H. Lee House Cultural Center. Each week, we’ll take a peek at the past with some news and advertising highlights from a randomly chosen edition of the Lemon Grove Review.

‘Slit’ wide open that dress.

Slit at the thigh dresses seem to be ruling the roost on the red carpet among actresses both in Hollywood and Bollywood.

Who can forget the gorgeous Zeenat Aman, dressed in that sexy white ensemble, crooning Laila Main Laila…? But, getting behind her gorgeous good looks, let’s focus on the dress – that white dress, slit, ever so provocatively at the thigh. Although a very retro style, here are a few hotties who have made the style their own:

Deepika Padukone: This leggy lass sizzles in a grey floor length dress which is slit at the thigh and cut provocatively at the waist. She opts to keep the look minimalistic with an au naturale make up and almost no jewellery or other pompous accessories. We love the silver peep toes too!!

Priyanka Chopra: The off-white gown sure is a stunner on this ex-beauty queen, who sported the outfit at the GQ Men’s awards recently. The naturally wavy hair and that hint of a smile on her luscious lips are more than enough accessories for the slit-at-the thigh dress, but we aren’t complaining about her shiny bracelet or the ring either!

Kristen Stewart: The new addition to the vampire community, Bella Swan/ Kristen Dunst/ Edward Cullen’s one true love, sports a slightly bling version of the slit-at-the-thigh sequined purple and black gown (worn at the premiere of The Twilight Saga). While we love her peep-toe heels, we can’t say the same for her black nailpolish.

Fashion without function?

It is that time again when the fashion-conscious Kochiites can see unconventional outfits with funky shades and designs enhancing the mystique of the female form and the brawny male models assuming stoic expressions as they walk the ramp. Yes, the Kingfisher Ultra Kochi Fashion Week is back for its second edition allowing the bigwigs of the fashion fraternity to showcase their exquisite collections.

The fashion week introduced to the city last year was expected to change the outlook of the average Malayali towards fashion. Kochi model Nibu Joseph says, “A drastic change is visible in the second edition of the Kochi Fashion Week. As you can see, international designers have stepped in this time and good crowds have come in despite the IPL fever and Easter celebrations. This in itself shows the change in the mindset of people and reflects the interest they have in becoming a part of this extravaganza.”

There are no two arguments about the fact that Kerala has a long way to go when it comes to fashion but many believe that the potential that the State has is huge. Miss Kerala 2011 Elizabeth Thadikaran remarks, “The fashion scene here is slowly changing. It is indeed a huge initiative to organise an international fashion week in Kochi. People will get to know the changes happening in the fashion world and this will help alter the conservative mindset of people. With regular events, people will also get used to this culture.”

Not all experts agree, however, that the fashion week has any significant impact. For instance, casting director and stylist Lukman is of the opinion that public awareness is limited in Kerala. “People are just coming in and plainly enjoying the show while there are no potential buyers. If there are no buyers, what is the purpose of hosting a fashion week?” asks Lukman.

Fashion guru Hari Anand, who used kasavu to blend tradition and modernity on the second day, quips: “Last year, the fashion week was for three days, this year it is four days and next year hopefully we can expect seven days of the event.” He agrees that a lot needs to change in Kerala before it can catch up with the other hot spots of fashion.

Supermodel-turned-actor Rajeev Pillai is a bitter critic of the fashion week that is being hosted in Kerala and calls it “an inflated balloon”. “Hype is being created in the name of fashion week and the organisers are making money and spoiling the name of our State by attaching an international tag to it,” he says.

“The title is Kochi International Fashion Week, so where are the international buyers? There is not even a single buyer for this event. If the front row at the event is occupied by the celebrities the next three rows should be occupied by buyers but this is not happening here. A certain international designer who has been flown in is just a beginner in this field; Kochi International Fashion Week is just making a mockery of fashion,” he claims.

Supporters of the fashion week, on the other hand, point out that it takes time for any movement to grow in size and stature.

Brooklyn Decker Retires From Modeling, Gets Crap For Stating The Obvious.

Whoa there, Brooklyn Decker! You’re liable to get charged with first degree arson with the number of bridges you’re burning.

Brooklyn Decker, who is currently best known for being hot, having boobs, and landing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, recently sat down with a very excited Daily Mail writer to discuss her retirement from modeling and subsequent transition into acting. Perhaps in an effort to make sure she has no fallback option, she spoke about her former profession like so:

‘I loved the travel but I didn’t love the work,’ she confesses candidly, rolling her eyes. ‘I mean, come on, modelling is only so stimulating!’ (“For me, I mean.” I would have then added, in a nod to SI’s popularity among boys too young to buy porn. “It’s only so stimulating for me.”)

What’s that, model? You mean sitting still for hours while people put makeup on you and then making sexyface for several more hours while people fuss over you is not the crowning intellectual achievement of your life? Blasphemy!

This might seem like an incredibly obvious statement, but here’s the thing: to fashion people, this is akin to a model squatting down and taking a huge, stinking dump right on their Louboutins. If it’s poor form to shit talk your job in the straight world, it’s poor form times a dillion to do it in the fashion world, because fashion is magic and special and you should pay it just to hang around it.

This is not to say that models are stupid. On the contrary, I’ve met a lot of smart, driven people who were and/or are working fashion models, and if I looked anything like a fashion model, you can bet I would’ve taken a crack at it by now, too, because money. But all of them have intellectual lives outside of work, and when you ask them what they aspire to someday achieve within their lifetimes, the answer is almost never “to be a living mannequin in the prettiest picture ever taken.”

One really liberating thing about leaving any industry is being able to say things like the above quote without fear of repercussions, so I can totally see why Brooklyn Decker felt like letting loose. And judging from her tour de force performance in Just Go With It, I think she has many stimulating years as an actress ahead of her.

Ultrathin is not in!

Recently, Israel passed a law banning models who’re underweight from ramps and commercials. The who’s who of the Indian fashion fraternity weigh in on whether we need a similar law here

When most people think of fashion, they picture wafer-thin models. The “size zero” fad has become a global epidemic in the past few years, not helped in the least by high profile magazines that put unrealistically skinny girls on their covers, or ads that promote this as a concept of beauty. This has led to an increase in the number of anorexic and bulimic girls across the globe. To nip this problem in the bud, a new Israeli law states that models cannot be hired for jobs unless a doctor stipulates that they are not underweight and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no less than 18.5 (according to the World Health Organization, a BMI of less than 18 is classified as underweight; between 18.5 and 25 is healthy).

One of the lawmakers associated with this bill, Rachel Adato, was quoted as saying, “With this bill, there will be a new way to protect the kids and a new way to see what is beautiful. Beautiful shouldn’t be anorexic. Anorexia is a very dangerous disease and that’s the justification why we need this legislation.”

Recently, Victoria Beckham featured on the cover of an international fashion magazine in a ribcage-baring photo. Talking about the 37-year-old who was spotted at an eatery last month, an onlooker stated, “All I saw her eat was arugula – not even any salad dressing!” Supermodel Kate Moss caused outrage in 2009 by proclaiming “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, but the death of models like Luisel Ramos and Ana Carolina Reston due to anorexia led several people in the fashion world to embrace and promote a healthier way of living.

Considering there are professional demands, there’s no doubt models deal with serious pressures of being ultrathin. With Israel being the torchbearer, will we see other countries follow the trend to set a hard and fast rule that encourages a healthy lifestyle? Is there such pressure in India, a country that proudly celebrates curves? Speaking to people from the blue book of the Indian fashion industry, we received varied reactions.Runway choreographer Lubna Adam says, “Personally, I haven’t seen one model in India who is anorexic, eats less or throws up her food in order to be thin. In fact, I’ve seen clients shocked to see models have a whole meal just before or after a show. The mantra in India is to have a fit, lean body.”

But surely there’s no harm in putting down preventive guidelines to avoid being influenced negatively? Lubna states, “I’ve seen designers reject extremely lean models as the Indian market caters to clothes that fit the Indian body type. The beauty of an Indian woman lies in her curves; here there’s no preference for skinny models.”

Former beauty queen Diana Hayden thinks this is an excellent law. “Around the world there’s a bias towards skinny models. It is an unwritten law and girls want to conform. However, BMI is measured according to a height-weight variant, so it differs for different people. It is important that the youth understand that it is all about being fit and toned and eating healthy and not about being wafer-thin.”

Fashion choreographer Anu Ahuja says, “Anorexia and issues like that are not an epidemic in India as far as I have seen. It is more of a disease of the West. We are a nation where men want a little meat on women.”

Are we really curve-loving?

Veteran model Nayanika Chatterjee avers, “I have noticed that in the past couple of years, designers have started catering to 12-year-olds; I wonder who else they could sell a size 2 or 4 outfit to? Indian women belong to sizes nowhere near those numbers. This is one reason I quit walking for fashion weeks.”

She adds that considering the Indian fashion world is such a small industry, we hardly have any laws and guidelines. “Even if we come out with a law, do you think it will work here, considering we’re known for bending laws? More than a law, I think we should spread awareness.”

Being ultrathin is not a way to live

According to the Eating Disorders Service and Research Unit at King’s College London, between one and two per cent of young adult women worldwide suffer from eating disorders and most are 15-25 years old. It kills somewhere between 13 and 20 per cent of its victims. While one would not want a woman to be glamorised by extreme thinness or fall prey to eating disorders, is sanctioning stringent laws in the modelling world the only solution? Model Amrit Maghera says, “I don’t think this law makes much sense. A model can be skinny because of high metabolism and not because of cutting down on meals. Moreover, in India, I have not come across cases of anorexia or bulemia.”

Fashion facts

-The region government of Madrid banned women with a BMI of less than 18 from participating in the fashion week. CNN reported in 1996, 30 per cent of women who had previously modelled were not allowed to participate in the fashion week

-In 2011, the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) blocked an advertisement for a clothing brand which featured a model whose ribs were showing in her bikini, citing the campaign as “socially irresponsible”

Slightly tarnished reputation. Just do not try to stained his reputation by stealing or killing. It is best if the hot women will think that you can kill, but only for the sake of it. As you should have something vaguely unholy and demonic: in the past – a scandalous affair, and in the present – an echo of suffering from long-time break with his beloved hot women, which you move like a real man, clenching his teeth and kept in an easily accessible place a torn photograph traitor . Hot women love to spare and save the demon of men. In the team for you to walk at least one gossip. In extreme cases, can create the legend you are. Some gullible souls feminine enough stories about rowdy childhood spent on the streets of his beloved city you. In half ostepenivshihsya hooligans lies deep fascination.

Delicate taste and inclinations gourmet. Learn how to taste wine or French to understand the Japanese cuisine. In general, learn something culinary and aesthetic, exotic, or at least tasty and healthy. Learn, in short, to prepare, to understand the latest literary novelties and colors. By the way, the flowers give the lady a must! Even if you ripped them at the nearest flower bed.Unusual hobbies. Adopt-ka himself a tricky hobby. On collecting stamps, beer cans and matchboxes advise immediately forgotten. Here’s a collection of old cars – is it! Oh yeah, you have a problem with money … You can start collecting snakes preserved in alcohol, but most model this is somehow not close. Johnny Depp, for example, among other things, collects pictures of maniacs and serial killers. An excellent hobby – collecting talismans, amulets, magic items and books. Model tend to go crazy all over the mystical and the Sorcerer (even if not particularly believe in it) and you will find your soul mate. You can still learn the basics at your leisure martial arts. Buy a black belt I do not recommend you: ever have in fact ever to demonstrate their skills. Surprise model!


MILAN – Russian girls Vlada Roslyakova and Russian girls Yulia Kharlapanova were two of the top models for the Spring/Summer 2011 season and FashionTV has the scoop on these breathtaking beauties walking in shows like Alberta Ferretti for their Model Talk segment. “I think the clothes are really nice,” Russian girls Yulia says backstage, “and look at the makeup. It’s so fresh and wonderful that everytime I look at myself in the mirror, I think, ‘Ooo I’m so pretty!’” Russian girls Vlada agrees, “Yea, it’s very beautiful. Its like we came out of the forest,” she says of the nature-themed show. FashionTV’s very own Russian girls are perfect to look at. Russian girls Vlada models at shows like Versace, Gucci, and Moschino and Russian girls Yulia models at shows like Gucci and Elie Saab. Music: Grace – Discodeine See more

June 29 at Golden Palace Entertainment Complex hosted a beauty contest “Elite Russian Models -2005″.

Is not the first production center “Star calendar” with the support of the National Academy of Arts Model holds that competition among the girls of the modeling agencies from different regions of the Russian Federation.

Elite Russian Models names, which became the opening to competition of “Elite Russian Models” is now on everyone’s lips. Mastermind behind the project is Yuri Dushin, which at this time to judge collected the most authoritative judges: actor and film producer Mel Borz, Victoria Talyshenskaya singer of the group “Nepara”, Development Director, Bosco di Ciliegi, Kostos Andrikopulus, artist Kay stamps, VJ Archie.

Thirteen beautiful women, appeared before the public in all its splendor and charm of youth, the competition for the official title of the contest: – Elite Russian Models-2005; – Vice-Elite Russian Models-2005 (2nd place); – Vice-Elite Russian Models-2005 (3rd place).

All contest participants already have some experience in modeling. In order to have the choice was the most sure-fire, the jury suggested contestant to go through several stages.

Presentation of participants started with the plot – they all took the stage in evening gowns, their faces concealed carnival masks. Contestants were alternately presented to the public without the masks, and in his brief summary of each of the candidates described their hobbies and named names of idols. Casus funny was that the list of heroes at once with several girls got Kay stamps.

The most exciting for the audience member was out in bathing suits. The fiery rhythms of the musical accompaniment in the spirit of the Caribbean party girl, one more beautiful than the other, defiled in bathing suites from the new collection of “Spido”.

The most dynamic phase of the contest was showing a new collection of designer clothes from the brand “Sneshana Walker”. The final part of the competition “Elite Russian Models-2005″ was the fashion show of wedding fashion.

Third place and the title of “Vice-Elite Russian Models-2005″ was awarded to Catherine Borisova, earned second nomination Yahnovskaya Nona and the first prize – “Elite Russian Models-2005″ won Monofeeva Julia.

Talent. Each of us has talents that distinguish us from others. Furnish all the competitors in any field, you prodemonstriruesh leadership ability – an important component of what Russian models want – a high status.Sensitivity. Some of the vulnerability, manifested from time to time, not only does not cause damage to your status, but also strengthen it. In appealing from the standpoint of Russian models, the male character is the so-called androgyny – fusion of male and female. This, above all, means the ability for compassion and understanding, tenderness and care. However, these qualities must be combined with a firmness and reliability of financial issues – the fact that Russian models are called “to it – like a stone wall.” That is, the sensitivity in any case should not mean helplessness.Cool. The so-called “African passion” is often associated with increased sexuality. Nothing. The demonstration of unbridled emotion rather frighten a woman than excite. Much more meaningful experience for your status – stability and composure of this woman want. On a subconscious level, these quality signals that you can not lose your head in extreme situations.

Easy jealousy. For women, light signals of jealousy – evidence of your affection. A crazy unfounded jealousy lowers the status, because talking about your self-doubt. If you want to you like a woman, avoid the manifestation of evil aggression towards imaginary opponents, or of imaginary they become real.Tact. Manifestations of sexual incontinence a woman, even the most free-thinking, regards as a threat to its security. Deranged males who do not understand that the human language “no” means “no”, women do not trust.Humor. Women want to witty and gay men. And all because of that joke and feel relaxed can self-confident people with high status. People with low status often afraid to appear ridiculous.Voice. Low velvet confident voice attracts women. Squeaky, squeaky and nasal – on the contrary. Sympathy for the children. Women willing to forgive a lot man for the love of children. If she sees you as a child teteshkaeshsya without irritation or willing to answer his questions, it is not just evaluate your potential as a dad. If you are caring for children, then you are generally a caring person. And hence, she can rely on you.A bit of fame. The right way to conquer a woman – is to become famous. Glory – the most visible evidence of your status. As long as you have not yet received the Nobel Prize, try to be “widely known in narrow circles.” A woman who goes with you, it’s nice even then, that you greet neighbors at home. Do not miss the opportunity to expand their circle of acquaintances. Anyone can become if not famous, at least, is indispensable for many people. And women want to be a part of life “celebrity.”