"In My Skin I Win"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There's nothing regular about Shaun Ross. He's a model who looks like no one else, has talent like no one else, and makes no apologies for that. As he puts it "I'm not a basic person." His story is one that I can definitely identify with: getting picked on as a child for being different and rising above the ridicule to become what you see now. The underdog's rise to greatness. Shaun's unique look and attitude have inspired so many in and out of the fashion industry. Recently Shaun made an appearance at TEDx, one of the TEDTalks local events in London, to discuss radical beauty. His words are enlightening. You can watch the entire chat below...


Behind The Scenes: Carol's Daughter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Never too late. I know I promised to share these with you ages ago, but there's no time like the present. Remember a while ago when I shot a campaign for Carol's Daughter? Yeah that one. Well I've finally collected some pics from the shoot to share with y'all. You've already seen the billboards, the in-store signs, and don't forget the new #PerfectPerfected Target ads but you've never seen any of my behind-the-scenes photos. See how a fabulous campaign celebrating gorgeous textured hair is created...


We Are Not Objects

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This happened a few years ago when I was still doing fashion shows. I had been working all day and started feeling a little under the weather, but I had one more job to do. I was running late, so my agent called to check up on me. I told her the truth: I felt like crap and really wanted to skip out on the gig. I'd heard of models canceling at the last minute all the time, so maybe it was my turn. I figured that I wouldn't be missing out on money because it was for trade/clothing only and the show director would just get another model to fill in for me anyway. But once I talked to my agent, she said the show would be quick and painless so I should try to tough it out. When I finally arrived to the job, the crew was in a frenzy. I was immediately whisked into hair and makeup without even a "hello". I felt like everyone was turning up their noses at me because I was late, although it was visibly obvious that I was sick. Once I was out of the makeup chair, the other models and I were escorted outside to do a quick run-thru for the show. To my surprise, it wasn't a show at all but a fashion presentation. We were told that we'd be standing on boxes positioned around the pool area for two hours while guests mingled. I'm sorry, what?!


DIY: The Muscle Tee

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On a recent trip to the east side, I picked up one of those signature I love NY shirts. Actually I scored a two for one deal so I got one in white and one in black. But you know how boring those shirts are. Boxy and blah. So this morning, I looked at the white NY shirt and said 'This calls for a remix'. But how do I make this plain ol' tee funky? Aaah ha! Snip-snip. Chop-chop. Cut off the sleeves and make it a muscle tee. I mean, sleeves and I don't get along anyway. They make my arms all hot and cover up my big guns. If it's 80 degrees outside, you won't catch me in sleeves. I need my freedom. Back to the point. To get from basic to absolutely fabulous, you need a plan. Before you pick up those scissors and try this yourself, peep this easy DIY muscle tee...