Beige and the Flesh Tones

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hot tamale reds and sweet oranges on my lips with flirty corals on the apples of my cheeks. I absolutely adore those colors on my skin. But when you're already wearing summer clothes that really pop, toning your makeup down may be a good idea. You want a soft look, but you don't want to be completely bare. I experienced this dilemma as I was getting ready for a day of meetings and auditions. I knew I wanted to wear this tangerine dress and cream heels with a little orange strap near the toes. But trying to match bright lips and nails with a bright dress seemed way too loud. I definitely didn't want to look like Ronald McDonald's freckled little cousin. Since it was the middle of the day, smoky eyes didn't seem like a good idea either. So what else could I do...Go nude!


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Dear Fairy Model Mother: I Want To Dye My Hair

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Clockwise: photo by David Sims for Marc Jacobs, model and dj Eve Speciall, Azealia Banks for Dazed and Confused, & me
Hello lovelies! It's your Fairy Model Mother here. I got a question a while back that I thought you'd be curious about too. Here goes. It's from Faith, a newcomer to the modeling business with a head full of natural hair. It's big, it's black, and it's gorgeous. But Faith wants a bold update for her fro that is a bit untraditional. Here's what she says "I would like to change my hair color or cut or something which I've never done before. How is that received? Or once I get with an agency, do they do like American's Next Top Model and decide the best hair style for you?" So I asked Faith what hairstyle or color she's considering. She sent me a photo of a girl with Kool-Aid red hair and asked " Too drastic?" Oh honey!


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My Style: Around The World

Friday, July 18, 2014


Make a statement. When I first gazed upon some of the pieces featured here, I knew I had to have them. It started with the map necklace years ago. It's been one of my favorites from Melody Ehsani since forever. Next came the shades. They are exquisite and so retrosuperfuture cool. That red is fire. How could I pass these babies up? Aah, now the top and skirt combo. It's something I usually stray away from... that matchy-matchy thing. But this is different. It's really chic. Individually all of these pieces are amazing, but together they are unstoppable. Out of this world!


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It's Mine, All Mine

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eight o'clock on a Saturday night and my phone rings. It's my mother. Wait shouldn't she be asleep? It's already late on the east coast, and somebody's got to get up early the next morning. "Hey Ma. What's up? Are you okay?" She starts speaking in low like a whisper "Nikki, I'm looking at this picture of you on Facebook and I just don't know what to say." Whoa. What! For a second, I'm in a bit of a panic. What pic is she talking about? Then she goes on to explain that it's a photo of me practically naked. I know for sure I didn't post a nearly nude image of myself on Facebook for this very reason. Apparently, one of our mutual friends liked it on Instagram and it showed up in her feed for my own mom to see. Go figure. Anyway, an argument ensues. At first I felt like a teenager who'd been caught making out with a boy in a parked car. "I can't believe you would do this. I mean, you're putting it all out there for people to see," she says. Then something inside me clicks and I buck up. "Hold up, Mom. Can you see my nipples? Nope because they're covered. No harm done." She comes back swinging with "Well, I can see everything else. Is this pornography?" Oh no she didn't!


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