Modeling & You

May 29th, 2017

SI Swimsuit Model Samantha Hoopes: ‘I Am Proud To Be An American’

As reported by FoxNews:

Blonde bombshell Samantha Hoopes has sizzled as a GUESS Girl, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit pinup and even as a burger-loving Carl’s Jr. star — but the title she may be most proud of is American.

“I am proud to be an American,” said the 26-year-old model to Fox News. “I appreciate other cultures, which is why I love modeling because I get to explore the world. I get to experience how other people live. But I’m just so proud to be an American because people here don’t realize we actually have so many more rights than other countries. Women are treated way differently here than in a lot of other countries. ”


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Hoopes first found fame as a coveted GUESS Girl when she moved to Los Angeles at age 22. The Pennsylvania native previously attended Penn State to pursue a teaching career. However, things didn’t go as planned, and she decided to take a chance on doing something completely different.

“I thought this school was for me, but down the line, I was feeling depressed,” she told Fox News earlier this year. “I don’t know, I just didn’t think the school and I really clicked. I was out of school for like almost a year and my mom told me she was going to find me a job. I was freaking out; I had no idea what to do. So I took Polaroids and sent them. That’s why my whole career [as a model] got started.”

The bold move worked. Hoopes’ career quickly skyrocketed and she now has a better appreciation of the lessons her struggles provided.

May 29th, 2017

Gigi Hadid on modeling: ‘It’s always going to be nerve-racking for me’

You already know how much we love Gigi Hadid. And Fox News has a great story on one of our favs!

Gigi Hadid is one of the most in-demand models in the fashion industry, but this stylish It-girl revealed she battles anxiety before strutting down any runway.

“I’ve really been working on trying to get better and to learn from every show, so I take it as a learning experience, because I always want to do my best,” the 22-year-old told Harper’s BAZAAR for their June/July issue.

But I think it’s always going to be nerve-racking for me,” she added. “There’s always a little thing, like the shoes [are tight] or the dress is heavy or whatever, so that’s what you’re focused on, to make sure your walk is going to go well.”

This isn’t the first time Hadid has opened up about her battles with anxiety. Back in 2016, the cover girl described to Glamour Magazine how she constantly dealt with anxiety, which causes her voice to shake. As a result, she described how “screaming into pillows” helped her cope.

Another thing that Hadid still has trouble managing these days? Being constantly on the spotlight, all thanks to pesky paparazzi.

I understand that it comes with the territory, but it’s also very intense to always have to consider,” she said. “I don’t think it will ever be normal, and if people ever feel like it’s normal, then that’s weird.

However, Hadid did credit her sister, fellow model Bella Hadid, for helping her overcome any fears and stresses that come with her high-profile career.

“She’s so understanding of the demands of this job, and it’s really great that I can talk to her about it, because a lot of the time I feel suffocated by my work ethic and by the expectations I put on myself,” said Hadid. “It’s really nice when you have people who say, ‘It’s okay to take time for yourself.'”


And despite being a star in the cutthroat world of couture, Hadid has developed a reputation for being approachable and friendly — just ask her friend, pop star Taylor Swift.

“As a friend, Gigi is one of the first people I go to for advice,” said Swift. “She has this incredible ability to see all sides of a situation and simplify it for you, to see the complexity of people… Gigi’s number one rule is to treat people the way she’d want to be treated, so she’s on time (or early) to work, says hello to everyone on set, asks them how they are, and actually listens to their response.”

“She is an innately kind and inclusive person who has managed to become a huge power player and businesswoman without ever compromising that,” added Swift.

May 29th, 2017

Kaia Gerber Talks Balancing High School With Her Modeling Career (& Why She Doesn’t Say No to Pizza)

As reported by JustJaredJr: 

Kaia Gerber is giving fans an inside look at her everyday life!

The actress, model, and daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerberlooks stunning as usual in her recent shoot with Byrdie, where she talked about her new modeling gig for Marc Jacobs.

Here’s what Kaia had to share:

On high school life: “I love normal high school things. When I’m working, sometimes I’ll have to miss a party or something, and I still get bummed out about stuff like that. I get as excited about something in school as I do about work, and that’s why it’s fun. When I’m not working, I’m a normal high school girl. I think separating it is good – my friends at school, we don’t really talk about this side of my life. The only connection is when they see me on Instagram and stuff, but other than that, when I’m at home, I’m just normal. I don’t think you ever really get used to being photographed; it’s not a normal thing. So when I can stay out of it, I do.”

On not saying no to pizza: “Staying in shape is definitely something I think about, but I don’t let it get in the way. I’m active, but I’m not just going to wake up and go to the gym and not eat pizza. If there’s pizza or if there’s ice cream, I’m going to eat it. If you’re not going to eat it when you’re 15, when are you going to eat it? This is probably one of the last times that I can do this, so I’m like, ‘Sure, give me everything because one day, I’m not going to be able to eat whatever I want.’”

May 29th, 2017

Stay Vigilant: Creep Holds Woman Captive After Luring Here with Modeling Contract: Cops

We always try and bring you relevant, horrific stories, just to make sure you remain cautious before meeting up with any photographer or alleged ‘agent’. Here’s a story from the NY Post about an alleged creeper, and it really is horrific. Always check references…and don’t be afraid to really dive into someone’s background before meeting up!

A South Carolina man allegedly lured a woman 2,500 miles to his home under the promise of a lucrative modeling contract before holding her hostage for five days and sexually assaulting her.

Fred Russell Urey Sr., 39, trapped the young woman inside his trailer outside the small town of Norris after she traveled 2,500 miles from Alberta, Canada, to audition for the bogus offer, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark told reporters.

The woman broke free from the home after authorities — who were responding to a coded message the victim sent to her family — arrived at the scene.

“She came busting out of a plate glass window,” Clark said, according to The State. “She came out and they went in.”

The unidentified woman was recovering after being treated and released from a local hospital.

“She’s receiving help from us and waiting for her parents,” Clark said.

Clark said Urey had lured the woman to his residence during two months of contact online by promising $15,000 in fees for “strictly modeling” work with no nudity or sex. Investigators believe Urey even paid for her airfare from Canada and picked her up from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on May 18.

While scouting possible locations in Pickens and Anderson counties, Urey and the woman stayed in local hotels for two nights before heading to Urey’s mobile home for the third night. Urey then restrained and sexually assaulted her several times over the next few days, Clark said.

The victim was forced to engage in multiple sex acts with Urey, including bondage, oral sex and intercourse, WSPA reports.

While under close supervision, Urey allowed the woman to contact her relatives, including calls on FaceTime, during the harrowing five-day ordeal. She managed to indicate she was in danger during some of those calls using coded messages, WSPA reports.

The woman’s relatives then notified the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, whose investigators tracked her to the creep’s trailer.

Urey held a knife to his throat and threatened to commit suicide before cops managed to take him into custody. He was expected to appear before a judge sometime Friday.

Urey’s neighbors, meanwhile, said they were surprised to hear of the allegations against him.

“He’s been there quite a few years,” neighbor Deloris Hughes told The State. “I’ve seen the law up there once before, but by looking at him, you’d never know him to be that type of person. I wouldn’t have dreamed that.”

May 29th, 2017

Modeling Agency For ‘Modified Humans’ Gets A TV Show

As reported by The InterroBang:   The show will be called Plastics of Hollywood and will feature 12 human dolls including Ken Dolls Rodrigo Alves and Justin Jedlica, Jessica Rabbit imitator Pixee Fox, Kim Kardashian wannabe Jennifer Pamplona and alien look-alike Vinny Ohh. The models have spent $3 million between them on plastic surgeries.This is like the X-Men…if their super powers were just looking terrifying.

A TV show is set to follow the most plastic people on the planet who have spent close to three million dollars on surgeries and procedures.

Plastics of Hollywood will feature 12 human dolls including Ken Dolls Rodrigo Alves and Justin Jedlica, Jessica Rabbit imitator Pixee Fox, Kim Kardashian wannabe Jennifer Pamplona and alien lookalike Vinny Ohh.

Talent manager and producer, Marcela Iglesias, from Los Angeles, California said: ‘We are the world’s first agency for the most modified human beings.

‘They are incredible characters who have had plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures or just have very extreme looks.



May 22nd, 2017

Lauren Bushnell Moving Back to L.A. & Modeling After Ben Higgins Split

Well there’s life after reality TV…and Lauren Bushnell is turning to modeling after her split from former Bachelor reality start Ben Higgins. WetPaint reports:

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell’s split was only just announced on Monday, but already, the Bachelor 2016 couple is moving on.

No, not in their dating lives (and not on reality TV), but in their professional lives. In fact, Lauren is already moving back to L.A.!

“I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was — for some reason — slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back,” Ben said about the breakup this week.

“That’s where my life was before the show — my friends, my siblings. I love the beach, the healthy lifestyle and the energy that Los Angeles has to offer. I’m definitely a SoCal girl at heart!”

May 22nd, 2017

‘Underwraps’ Builds First Agency for Muslim, Modest Fashion Models

NBCnews brings us a story about much needed diversity in the modeling industry.

As a Muslim fashion model, Azizah Hosein’s career has some unique elements to it.

During a recent fashion shoot for Nike, for example, a man who was on set ended up leaving to make her feel more comfortable.

As part of her modeling contracts, Hosein stipulates that men don’t touch her or see her with her hair down during her shoots. She’s represented by Underwraps Agency, which creates the guidelines for each of their modest models, half of whom are Muslim.

“One thing about being a Muslim model is not having the men physically touch you, your hair, your makeup, things like that. I really appreciated it because [the Underwraps CEO] talked to the people and talked to the company and made sure that was really clarified,” Hosein told NBC News. “When I got there, there was one male on set, but before we started getting into the makeup and dress like that, he did leave, and he completely understood.”

In an industry known for pushing boundaries and where body positivity may mean going au natural, the models at Underwraps focus on empowerment through their own personal comfort level, whether that means no skirts above the knee or wearing a hijab covering their hair.

“Women should be able to be comfortable with keeping a balance,” Underwraps Agency CEO Nailah Lymus told NBC News

May 22nd, 2017

Paris Jackson Continues To Be Fashion Industry Darling With New CFDA Fashion Awards Gig

As reported by PeopleStyle: 

They say when it comes to fashion, you’re in or you’re out — and Paris Jackson is definitely in. 

The 19-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson has quickly soared to be one of the most beloved young stars by the fashion industry — in the past year alone, she’s signed a modeling contract with IMG, sat front rows at Fashion Week, walked the red carpet during award seasoncollaborated with Jeremy Scott on her red carpet looksscored the most-coveted invite of the year at the Met Gala and, reportedly, landed a major contract with Calvin Klein.

And she’s not slowing down.Next up for the budding musician? A gig as a presenter at the CFDA Fashion Awards, the annual awards show for the fashion industry handed out by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, PeopleStyle has exclusively learned. She’ll be presenting the Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the June 5th ceremony, which will be hosted by Seth Meyers.


May 22nd, 2017

Appalling Story How Louis Vuitton Casting Director Allegedly Told a Size-2 Model She Was Too Big

When is the mayhem finally going to stop…the skinnier you are the better opportunities you have. It’s an unfortunate part of an industry that’s trying to fix itself. And now, Glamour uncovers a story that will make your stomach churn, when it comes to body size. Here’s part of the story, then jump to read the entire thing!

On Thursday afternoon Danish model Ulrikke Høyer took to Facebook to write a long—and shocking—post detailing alleged mistreatment in the industry. Høyer claims that she was dropped from Louis Vuitton’s Cruise ’18 show in Kyoto, Japan, for being too “bloated,” despite being a size 2, and that a casting agent had told her to drink only water for the next 24 hours. Høyer also alleged that the casting agent had checked her “nonexistent” plate at breakfast the next morning to see if she’d eaten. Now the casting director for the Louis Vuitton show, Ashley Brokaw, has shared her side of the story.

According to Business of Fashion, the casting agent, Alexia Cheval, emailed Høyer’s agent to say that the model was previously “fit in a dress where hips were hidden. She came yesterday in Tokyo to do her final fitting, and she doesn’t fit the exact same dress anymore. She has a belly, her face is more puffy and the back of her dress is open and you can see it is tight.”


May 14th, 2017

Paris Jackson Defends Her Love of Nudity: ‘It’s Actually A Beautiful Thing’

From ABCNews:

Paris Jackson doesn’t mind baring it all.

The model and daughter of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson recently defended her love of nudity by posting a black and white topless photo of herself on Instagram, explaining why she’s embracing her body sans clothes.

“I’ll say it again for those questioning what I stand for and how I express myself,” she began in a lengthy caption on Instagram. “Nudity started as a movement for ‘going back to nature,’ ‘expressing freedom,’ ‘being healthier’ and was even called a philosophy.”

“Being naked is part of what makes us human,” Jackson, 19, added. “For me it helps me feel more connected to Mama Gaia [or Mother Earth]. I’m usually naked when I garden. It’s actually a beautiful thing and you don’t have to make it sexual the way many Hollywood stars (and the media) do.”