Dear Fairy Model Mother: How Can A Southern Belle Become a Model?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Homegrown Southern Style

Hello lovelies. It's been a little bit since I opened the hotline, but the "On Air" sign is lit up now. It's time for another edition of Fairy Model Mother!

A few months ago, I got a question from a trusty reader who hales from the Deep South. She asked me a whole lot of questions from how I got my start to can she find paid work in her area. It might take a few posts to fully address those concerns, but I've got to begin somewhere. Basically, the reader's quetion boils down to this: "How Can a Southern Belle Become a Model?"


Midnight Beauty

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Getting glam for a night on the town?  You can never go wrong with a smoky eye.  It's classic and sultry.  A smoky eye can add a little drama to monotone look or can spice up a colorful ensemble. 


It's a Thin Line, Vogue Italia

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Bad

The Good
For a split second when I heard that Joan Smalls had landed the latest cover of Vogue Italia, I was ecstatic.  Joan became the first black woman to grace the cover in four years.  But when I actually saw the spread called Haute Mess, I was sick to my stomach.  This fashion editorial makes a parady of a certain part of African American culture, and it's despicable.  Why oh why does the same magazine that gave us the famous Black Issue present us with this buffoonery?


Fresh Air

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to a colorful new season full of renewed hopes and dreams. Remember those New Year's resolutions you made to kick your career into high gear? Well here's another chance to actually follow through.

In the winter months, you wanted to do something different with your life but you weren't really inspired. Trust me, I know the feeling. Now that the flowers are blossoming and the sun is shining, you should be in bloom too. Don't know where to start?



Monday, March 12, 2012

Photographer Fernanda De Sa Schwartz, Makeup artist Annah
On a Sunday evening in downtown after the sun went down, we turned off the lights... and turned on the projector.  There I was standing with this image shining on me and through me onto the wall behind me. It's like trying to find your way through a dark tunnel with a single beacon to guide you to the end. I couldn't see exactly what it was, but I could feel the warmth. I couldn't see the heavy black lines cutting through my face and my arms.  I couldn't see this huge graphic work projecting on the screen. I could hear the photographer Fernanda giving me directions, but I couldn't see her.  

And this is what was at the conclusion of the journey. The treasure that was discovered. There I am blinded by one really bright Moebius light. 


Marni, Melody, and Me

Sunday, March 11, 2012

From waking up at  the crack of dawn for Marni at H & M to rocking these fly nail wraps by Melody Ehsani x NCLA... and somewhere in between there's room for ice cream. Here's my week-in-review in photos.


"In the Light"

Friday, March 9, 2012

Experiment, play, and color. Spring is officially in bloom and it's the perfect time to step up your beauty game. Let's go!

Get inspired by these three different beauty looks modeled by the gorgeous Jasmine Tookes for The first is called Nude Glow for those of us who love that "no makeup" look. Next up is Violet Fantasy featuring a deep purple lip. Finishing things off with a burst of rouge is The Classic Red. I love how the gold on her eyelids and cheeks shimmers ever so perfectly on Jasmine's skin.

You can try out these makeup looks too. Check out all the details here.

Stay beautiful!


Parents, Don't Pimp Your Kids

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jailbait: 16-year-old Hailey Clauson

What I am about to say will be brutally honest, but somebody's got to say it. Seeing the latest pervy spread in Pop Magazine really pushed me to my limit. So here goes... Parents, stop pimping your little girls!  This has been going on for far too long and I'm tired of holding my tongue.  

When I see photos of young models that are still in training bras posing all sexy, my stomach hurts.  What do these children know about being seductive?  I've seen models like 10-year-old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau and teenager Hailey Clauson pouting in pictures and looking far too mature for their ages. It's awful. And who is giving them permission to do it?  Yeah, it's the parents.  If a child in under the age of 18, his or her parents or guardian must sign off on the work that model does.  Whenever you see photo shoots of a young model half-naked or provactively posed, many times her mom or dad was on set telling her daughter that it's okay to make the sexy face.  

The heat is on for these young girls, and it's not fair.  Sometimes they may know the situation isn't right, but they're being pressured by their parents, photographer, or their agent to keep being sexy. The parents want the kid to make them money and the model doesn't want to upset anyone because she just wants to live out her dreams.

Well mommas and poppas, I've got news for you. The babies you brought into this world are not here just to make you money.   Let them be children instead of sex kittens.  Don't pimp your kids!

Sound off:  Who do you think is at fault for underage models looking sexy for the camera?


My Style: The Good Life

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Aah, the weekends.  Between the hustle and bustle of the week, you've got to take a breather. Most of the time we move too fast to enjoy the good life.  Don't let it pass you by.  

Shirt by Bon Bon Vie, sweater from Romeo & Juliet Couture, Denim and boots by Old Navy.


"Daydream Believer"

Friday, March 2, 2012

United Colors of Benetton Spring '12

As a kid, I had a big imagination.  I'd pretend I was a princess, a ballerina, and even a superstar. I had big dreams! My childhood best friend and I would put on talent shows for our families to show them just how well we could dance or sing.  Okay maybe we weren't all that great, but they always encouraged us.  I learned that it was okay to play out loud. 

As we get older, reality starts sinking in.  We settle for the practical instead of the magical. Some of us may not achieve those lofty hopes we once had.  We may never be the next pop sensation or movie star, but the future's still bright. 

Imagine that your inner child is double daring you to do something big.  If there's a goal you've been wanting to to accomplish all your life, then go for it.  If it doesn't work at least you won't have any regrets about not trying. 

Take a leap with no fear, just love. Be a daydream believer!

This one's dedicated to Davy Jones.


Think Healthy, Not Skinny

Thursday, March 1, 2012

There's a body image war waging on in our society. In one corner weighing in at 110 pounds and 5'10" is your average model. In the other corner coming in at 5'4" and 164 pounds is your average American female.  Each contender is vying for the chance to represent for all womankind, but one size does not fit all.  In our fight between our ideal body size and our actual weight, we're forgetting what really matters.

Every year around Fashion Week, I get all worked up about models and their weight. My concern is that many of them will go without proper nourishment to look skinny for a show. (It's similar to when a bride-to-be tries to lose weight before her wedding, but the ramifications are even worse.)  Even though the CFDA's health initiative has been in effect for five years, noticeably thin models still walk the runways and grace the pages of fashion magazines.  

If these young girls are looking for positive reinforcements to stay skinny, all they have to do is look online.  Try twitter for example. You'll find messages from models, entertainers, and from well-known fashion bloggers almost promoting being thin.  It's quite disheartening.

When I first started modeling, I knew a few girls who chain-smoked and were on laxatives just to stay skinny. After a few months of that regimen, they looked tired and emaciated. Those once beautiful models were now suffering from mood swings and a lack of energy because they gave in to the temptation to stay thin no matter the cost. It just proved to me that some women will go to extremes to maintain their girlish figures: dieting, surgery, and eating disorders.

According to statistics, the majority of models are thinner than 98% of Americans.  Yes many people in our society are overweight, but many fashionistas are just too thin.  We need to meet somewhere in the middle. The bottom line is- I would rather be a happy, healthy average-sized female than a sickly skinny model chick.

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, what beauty standards do you think need to change to improve body image?