The Phoenix and the Sword

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Photography by Christian Shorter

Ever since I was a teenager playing Mortal Kombat in arcades and pizza joints, I've wanted to be an action star. Hero or villain. That doesn't make a difference. I just want to kick ass and look cool doing it.

Call it luck. On my way to find a cool spot to snap a few pictures, I ran into my neighbor Jim. He said he knew of a great place and took me to Shaolin Taekwondo around the corner. He starts pulling out all these knives and swords for me to play around with. To my good fortune, Jim actually teaches a martial arts and sword training class for actors there. Score!

After a few pointers, wielding those weapons of annihilation felt so natural. It's like the instant I picked up a sword, the force was with me. I must have been a ninja in another life.


Ooo la la!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Look who's the model of the month in Ghubar Magazine. Now if I could just get to Paris to work.



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another reason I love blogging, more blog love. Focus Tradeshow found my post about last week's show, so they posted a link to my blog.

I can't wait for next season.

Click here for more from Focus.



Lunch Break: Designer Launchpad

Monday, June 21, 2010

Focus Tradeshow at the California /Market Center- Designer Launchpad- Fall II/ Resort- June 15, 2010
Photos courtesy Focus Tradeshow and Apparel News

Nothing better than doing a little fashion show for lunch, no? I'm a big fan of the wonderful knits for this season: comfortable and chic.
Thanks to everyone behind the curtains who made all of the models look fantastic.

Until next time.


We Are Animals

Thursday, June 17, 2010

There was blood, real and fake. There was sweat when we were not cold. And there were tears.

Nothing I did could have prepared me for the "agony and the ecstasy" of shooting the Wrangler Red campaign. Twelve models on a two-day shoot in Simi Valley, California climbing sand dunes and playing in a man-made pond might sound fun, but it was grueling. It felt like we were stuck in The Lord of the Flies. But we were on no island, and this was not fiction.

At first, we were pretending to be animals. By the end of the shoot, we were. All humanity was stripped, and we acted purely on instinct. When we were hungry, we ravaged the food. When we were cold, we huddled together like a pack of wolves. We fought like animals and we played like animals.

Only when we stripped down and began to wash off the fake blood and sand did we start to feel like people again. It was in that moment that I realized that the pain I'd been feeling all day was genuine and not synthetic. Underneath the dirt and grime, I was actually bleeding.

For days thereafter, I continued to find grains of sand in my hair and fake blood in my ears. I still have flashbacks, and all I see is red.

Shot by Jeff Burton and assisted by Robert Hamada. Wrangler Red: We Are Animals Spring/ Summer '10.



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mom and Me in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific

Entering into a new decade of my life couldn't feel any better. I'm shedding some baggage, because I don't need those doubts and fears on the journey that I'm taking. The things I need now I carry in my heart.

My mother is here with me to commemorate this day. My life may have begun at conception, but I didn't really know it until I came out of the womb crying. Mom says I was funny looking, but I like to think it's because I was a stranger to this world. No matter how odd I appeared, she wouldn't let anyone talk bad about her baby.

I look at Mom as if I'm studying her. She catches me and says "This is what you're going to look like in 30-something years." I smile at her. God, I hope so.


I ♥ Doughnuts

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's National Doughnut Day! In honor of this sweet holiday, I decided to over-indulge at Krispy Kreme. Original Glazed, Powdered cake, Chocolate iced, Kreme filled, Glazed cruller, Cinnamon Apple filled... the delectable possibilities are endless.

Aah, this takes me back to my college days. We'd make late night trips and get so excited when we'd see that "Hot Now" sign illuminated. We'd sit in the drive-thru and see the doughnuts rolling down the assembly line. Our mouths would water, and we'd leave with at least a dozen.
This time I cozied up with an Original Glazed and an ice blended coffee. My old favorite never lets me down. Yummy!

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