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Your Summer Fruit Face Mask



By Jessica Sepel – The Healthy Life

You don’t need to splurge on a fancy face mask – do a little DIY pampering! Most products contain natural extracts, so just go straight to the source. Chances are you already have all the ingredients you need in the fridge. I have these items on hand all the time anyway, so when I need a little beauty boost it’s so easy. This Avocado and Banana Face Mask is one of my favourites!

To get the glow factor, mix together:

– 1 avocado (great source of omega-3, vitamin E and antioxidants)
– 1 tablespoon Manuka honey (antimicrobial)
– juice of 1/2 lemon (rich source of vitamin C)
– 1 banana, mashed (full of betacarotene and potassium)

Apply to your skin and allow to absorb for 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Model Diaries #10 Alone in the City



How Often Do Models Really Work Out?



By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

This is a question that many, many people ponder. How much do models really work out? Obviously, they are in great shape and exercise in combination with a healthy diet, but the question remains how often do they really in actuality.

Before you are staring at tanned and toned 6 packs to motivate you for your 1 ½ hour workout, here is the really skinny behind the situation and what models do to keep their bodies in fighting form. The following is also what models do to break a sweat, last minute tips before a runway show and what they do while they are out on the road.

Across the board, most models work out four to 5 times per week and the workouts vary across the spectrum. Many models focus on what gets the best results for their body, while also focusing on a heathy overall lifestyle and diet. Many models like group classes and follow some of the trendy waves, such as Soul Cycle or SLT. Others enjoy new workouts such as pole dancing or Barry’s Bootcamp.

A majority of models have personal trainers and they are key especially when they are out on the road. No, the trainers to not accompany them to jobs, but help them keep their workouts on the go, by sending workout videos and exercises that are specific to small spaces such as hotel rooms or even not well-equipped gyms.. Even if a model is too jet-lagged to complete the entire workout, they do put in the effort to try and give themselves credit for doing so.

Right before a show, models are even more conscious of what they eat and make sure they do not eat foods that are high in sodium to avoid water retention and skip vegetables that will possibly cause any belly bloating. Models typically pair the right workout for the appearance they are going for. For example, some models focus on their core and glutes, so they make sure that other parts of their body, like their thighs, will not be overworked and appear bigger from the result of muscle soreness. Many models current show prep time workouts include TRX movements and walking lunges.

Most of the model daily workouts heavily involve cardio and other favorites are Pilates or Kickboxing. When it comes to closer to runway time, many models focus more on toning and even increase their workout frequency per week. Working up a sweat a night before a show not only gives a model more energy the day of their runway walk, but also helps with a good night’s sleep. Other models pack small equipment with them to help motivate them on the road such a sliders and a jump rope – both exercise items are great for small spaces. Going for a long run outside is also a great cardio activity to do on the road. The basic elements of a model workouts that anyone can do are switching up cardio routines, toning and of course eating a healthy diet.

Reduce Anxiety The Natural Way



By Jessica Sepel

Do you ever wake up with that feeling of unease in your tummy? That used to be me – every single morning. I suffered from intense anxiety that often felt crippling. And I realized that I wasn’t alone. Anxiety is far too common these days. Thankfully, I’ve developed some healthier habits that have helped me manage and reduce my anxiety. Give some of these tips a try – good nutritional and lifestyle habits can make a huge difference in helping to reduce anxiety.

Solid sleep. That means in bed by 9 or 10pm and rise with the sun. Aim for 7-8 hours of rest each night.

Sunshine. Spend 15-30 minutes a day in the sun. Expose skin (arms, chest) for adequate vitamin D and melatonin.

Physical activity. 30 minutes a day of your favorite way to move your body. I love walking, light jogging, yoga and Pilates. Outdoor exercise is optimal.

Mind body medicine. 20 diaphragms breaths morning and night to activate your parasympathetic nervous system. Schedule down time. Enjoy restorative poses such as legs up on the wall for 10 minutes every day. Enjoy relaxation music daily. Have a massage. Meditate (in any way- just watching your breathe rise and fall will do!)

Have fun! Joy can be found in the simplest things. Treat yourself to a movie, watch your fav TV show, go to a concert, see family and friends.

Acupuncture. This can be extremely beneficial.

Avoid these triggers. Caffeine, alcohol, smoking, environmental pollutants, and drug use can increase anxiety.

Dietary changes. Eat through the rainbow. Aim to have 5 servings of veggies daily. Eat nuts, seeds and sprouts. Increase fish intake. Enjoy good fats such as avocado, nuts and olive oil. Eat dark chocolate. Drink more water. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Reduce dairy intake. Avoid trans fats, salt, fast foods and sugar found in soft drinks, lollies, biscuits, cakes and processed foods (white bread, white pasta).

Consider helpful supplements. Under the guidance of a health practitioner, try fish oil, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin D and chamomile tea.

Gratitude. Find something to be grateful for daily. Gratitude relieves stress and anxiety.


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Favouritism – It’s A Thing



By Dania Dense
Modelling 101 – A Models Diary

It’s hard to separate personal feelings from business in modeling sometimes. Regardless of experience level, being neglected or looked over in favor of another model never feels good. But it is important to understand that this will happen in your career and to accept it as another part of the territory that comes with being involved in the modeling industry.

Cliques are prevalent in modeling. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. Even in the biggest markets, people run in small social circles. It isn’t uncommon for certain photographers, models and even clients to form cliques and only use each other in their projects. This can make it difficult for a model to break the ice and get invited into the group but if they happen to make the cut, it can be a wonderful social circle to be a part of.

However, there is a downside to favoritism–it feels good if you are the favorite but it sucks if you’re one of the odd ones out. I’ve experienced this a number of times. I once did a shoot with another female model and it went off without a hitch but I could tell that the photographer liked working with her more. I don’t think it was necessarily because she was a “better” model than me, but she had an in demand look and apparently it was one that the photographer just really loved. He took more pictures of her than me but I didn’t think too much about it at the time because I was focused on the shoot and was in my “model mode.”

A few weeks later, I wanted to see how the photos turned out so I visited the photographer’s Facebook page and saw he had posted an album of the shoot. Out of all the images that he posted online, there were only 2-3 photos of me…the rest were all her. That stung–especially when he posted on his FB Wall a picture he took of a large poster he had printed out of one of her shots. I thought to myself, “Were my photos not good enough to print out as a poster?” And the thing is–it was a poster for his own home, not for selling to people. If that doesn’t scream “favoritism,” I don’t know what does.

He went on to do a whole series of shoots with this particular model and he was posting all these amazing shots just about every week–shots that I knew I could totally pull off and would have been great for both our portfolios. He never once contacted me to say thanks for doing the shoot, didn’t reply back to my messages and didn’t take time to give me copies of the pictures. I ended up downloading copies of the ones he posted on his Facebook…there weren’t that many anyway. I took the hint and never contacted him again.

BUT I got over my hurt feelings and moved on. It’s human nature to feel bad or like you’re not good enough when a photographer or client isn’t very shy about showing which models he/she enjoys working with more. However, there is a time frame for feeling sorry for yourself. Having a pity party last too long because you feel you didn’t get a fair amount of attention from a client only prevents you from getting back on track and distracts you from focusing on snagging that next opportunity.

The favoritism bug shows up not just in shoots but fashion shows as well–I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to castings for fashion shows and automatically knew who was in the “clique.” I wasn’t the least bit surprised when I didn’t make the cut but all the “favorites” that knew the production crew and/or show director did. It is what it is.

Anytime I start to remember how sucky it felt to be “left out” or if I’m experiencing a bad case of favoritism, I automatically reflect on the countless photographers and clients that treated me like their favorite and remind myself that I am very well liked/loved by those I’ve worked with in the industry. They know they can count on me to deliver, which is why they always come back and hire me for additional projects. So instead of pouting because I wasn’t the favorite, I instead remind myself how lucky I’ve been to be the favorite for other people.

There’s nothing wrong with being a “favorite” of someone BUT it is wrong to act on it and make other models you’re working with feel inferior. I’ve never done that and I frown upon those that do. If I happen to be on a shoot or in a show and I’m one of the more favored or more used models during the project, I’ll enjoy the attention for the moment but always make an effort to engage the model(s) that end up being the odd ones out. During the downtime I’ll talk to them, get them to laugh, be more comfortable and eventually try to distract them from thinking about why they aren’t the favorite.

It’s okay to shine in the spotlight but never let it consume you. Shine that light on others in the process and it’ll minimize the sting. They’ll be thankful for your consideration.

The Art Of Self Promotion



By Margretta Sowah

“What makes you different from the rest?” This can be a confronting question to answer – the curse and lure of SELF PROMOTION (tooting your own horn, in other words.) In my personal experience there are two types of categories that make this topic interesting and controversial. Having discerned these differences – excusing my blatant stereotyping and generalising – there are those that love hearing their own praises and those that love singing their own praises. One does not discriminate over the other – both are valid entry points for the elusive and tricky task of Self Promotion.

Arguably these are times of the maverick – independent thought provokers who are influencing instantly. Viral videos can spell overnight success for innocent and humorous commentators. With celebrities and artists; whether recording, performing or traditional modes, there is a need for clear and direct points of view. Beyonce is probably the most notable African American recording artist of the millennium. Her relatable and beguiling mixture of talent, tenacity and force has her claiming the title of a Black Super Nova. Self-professed “shy girl” Queen B has never been one to toot her own horn – though she is not afraid of speaking in facts. If you were to ask her how she juggles the fame and praise she is quick to defend her humble roots.

Through her album; I AM: SAHA FIERCE the world was able to see her alter-ego which became a vehicle for her. Beyonce also dropped a full two disk album in 2014 (let’s not pretend we don’t know at least one person who still owns a Sony Diskman) with no PR or marketing magic, let alone a single post. A stunt like that is virtually unheard of the in the world of Pop music and no one saw this coming. Well played Queen B, well played.

Is it easier to sing your own praises when you have an alter-ego to hold the weight of your accomplishments? This is not just a luxury for singers. Writers can use fake names, designers are under an umbrella of a huge conglomerate company and there are those with different social media profiles (CatFish, though that’s a bark of a different kind).

Kanye West is known for his controversial statements and experimental music. It is no secret that Mr West loves to talk himself up; making comparisons to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and even Jesus Christ. Should we applaud him for his moxie? It depends on how you feel about self promotion. His wife, Kim Karadasian, is a perfect example of how self promotion and marketing can be done by yourself with multimillion dollar results. Her unabashed and consistent engagement with her ‘fans’ keeps her in the public eye. Her offer is a glimpse into a glamorous and interesting personal life; promotion and curating the way she wishes to be seen by the public.

Is there a difference between Beyonce and Kim in the case? Both are happy to sing their own praises but one does it often and intensely. Mind you, Kim does not have the talent of performing that Queen B has strengthened over time and Beyonce doesn’t have the freedom Kim has to pursue a multitude of opportunities.

We know the beauty industry is a competitive business. Models are constantly being weighed – no pun intended – against one another for bookings. It is no surprise in the age of Instagram that models are taking their careers to different heights by promoting their lives. Naomi Campbell is no shrinking violet. Known for her vivacious personality, striking looks and biting tongue, she is never one to back down from a challenge or afraid of telling everyone her attributes. Kate Moss, on the other hand, has never been interested in taking interviews or selling herself – at least verbally – but those close to her are quick to say what a pleasure she is to work with because of her youthful spirit.

Finding pleasure in validation is only half of the equation when choosing to Self Promote. We are told from an early age speaking about personal accomplishments reeks of arrogance. Having looked into the different ways in which people relate to the world (in true pop psychology), it’s not what you say, but how you say it. It’s not what you do, but how you do it for your own personal circumstances.

There are a few universal rules to Self Promotion that if adhered to can aid with the pride and pleasure of selling yourself to the right market. Censorship is important; being modest will allow others to transcend your message – life is best when there is mystery and wonder so we can anticipate more from each other and from ourselves. Being obvious in the delivery of your talents (whatever you bring to the table – professional or otherwise) solidifies your objectives, dreams and promises. The most daunting part of the process is perhaps picking a lane of interest and running wild in it. There is definitely a quiet dignity in refining and moulding yourself in the eyes of the public – a lifelong adventure that is not as easy as creating something you love and putting it out there.

No matter which of the two types you may fall into – sometimes it’s a combination of both – there is no denying that it comes down to you. Remember, tooting your own horn is just another way of letting people know you’ve arrived, when done with a healthy dose of humility.

The Types Of Modeling You Didn’t Know Existed



By Calynn M. Lawrence

When you think of someone who has a modeling career, what is naturally the first thing that comes to your mind? No doubt, it is someone who is ripping the runway in the latest apparel fashions. Although that is indeed one of the most popular forms of modeling, it is not the only type of modeling out there! This article is going to enlighten you of three different types of modeling that you likely did not know existsed!


Now, in fashion modeling the models are typically very clean and plain in terms of any body modifications. This is because the focus is meant to be on the clothing and not on their aesthetic enhancements. It is best for them to look as natural as possible. However, the industry of alternative modeling is the exact opposite! This form of modeling focuses on the more extreme and artistically inspired type of indivdual. Alternative modeling celebrates the idea of being physically unique and using your body as a canvas. Thus, those with piercings, tattoos or odd physical features are urged to indulge. Think of this as the sarcastic reply to society’s typical clean cut image of a fashion model.


Body modeling is often times done for commercial use. This is the type of modeling in whic a particular company uses one’s specific physical feature to enhance the odds of consumers buying their product. This is often times done with celebrities. For example, Jennifer Lopez is known for being a hair model for L,Oreal Paris. Her long silky locs attract the attention of fans and onlookers. This in turn makes them believe that the hair care products that are being advertsied will cause their hair to be just as luxurious as hers. Another example would be hand models. Surprisingly, hand models recieve a lot of work from nail polish ads to jewelry stores.


Artistsic modeling is when someone is used as a basis for a painting or drawing, typically in an art class. This person is paid to be observed and recreated on canvas or paper so as to aid in the creative process and provide a visual form that the artist can use as a basis for their composition. Many of times these types of models are thought to be nude, however, there are many who pose fully clothed. It all depends on the type of setting that they are modeling for.

There you have it. These were three forms of modeling that are becoming increasingly popular but many are still unaware. If you fit any of these categories then pursuing something in these genres may be the secret to sky rocketing your prospective fashion career.

Look After Your Skin – The 5 Things You Need To Stop



There’s a WRONG and there’s a RIGHT way to look after you skin

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If you’re prone to pimples or have an oily skin type, you might notice you tend to gravitate toward exfoliators and cleansers that reeeeeally get in there and dry things out.

In theory, this seems like a good idea, but they actually strip the skin of all its good oils (yes, there is such a thing!) and break down its own natural protective barrier. So, what does this mean? This stripping actually accelerates oil production and will increase future breakouts. Instead, use a gentle face wash with salicylic acid and chamomile. This will fight existing acne and prevent future breakouts while still calming, soothing and rehydrating the skin.


One of the key ways to get the most from your skincare regimen is to apply products from thin to thick consistency after you cleanse. Makes sense, right? To start, apply an essence/toner then serum followed by an eye cream, face cream and sunscreen.

If you’re too quick to the punch, heavier products can block lighter-weight ones from penetrating the skin and doing their job. And, no one wants that.


We are all guilty of this one but consider this: when a dermatologist drains a pimple, he or she will apply downward pressure perpendicularly to the skin’s surface. Bets are that when you try to do it yourself, you usually squeeze from the side, which causes the infection to go deeper — a major backfire that can permanently enlarge pores or worse, leave scars.
So however tempting it may be to pop a pimple, please try to resist.
If the temptation is too much, try washing your face with a clean washcloth and warm water to open up the pore. If the pimple is ready to ‘pop’, this should be all the pressure needed to drain it.


It seems like a no brainer but you know that feeling when you wake up and feel refreshed after a good night’s sleep? Well, you aren’t imagining it. A good night’s rest can benefit our energy levels, metabolism, and even our mood. But it also has a great effect on our skin, even beyond those pesky dark, under-eye circles. Because your skin cells repair at night, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your skin can become dull and lacklustre over time.
The theory that you can “catch up on sleep” is also whack. You can never “catch up” on it. And aside from stimulating stress, lack of sleep can also cause our bodies, including our skin, to generate free radicals, which in turn leads to premature ageing. Zzzzzz.


Speaking of sleep, one of the biggest mistakes women make is not cleansing properly and removing makeup at night. A quick rinse with water is not good enough! It’s important to clean your skin thoroughly at the end of the day to not only remove makeup but also remove excess oil and pollution, which has built up during the day from sitting an office, being outside or riding public transport.
If your skin isn’t cleansed properly, oil glands can become clogged and inflamed, which can lead to breakouts.

Famous Fashion Twins



By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

Is it possible to not only be lucky in the fashion in the fashion industry, but at the same time realize your luck is doubled? There are some famous fashion twins out in the fashion world and we are going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at these fashion super stars and their siblings. From print to runway gigs, these twins have found success in the fashion industry times two.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

These lovely ladies are not only television superstars, but have also transcended to be major moguls in the fashion industry. The television darlings first made an appearance in the long-running television sitcom Full House.
Following their long sitcom run and becoming millionaires by age 10, the twins launched their fashion line, The Row, over 10 years ago. The fashion line was originally known for its spendy price tag and today the line is the go-to brand for the minimal chic, as well a front row favorite worn by those in the industry. The brand is now a multi-million dollar business and the twins opened their first store in Manhattan in 2015.
Not only known for being two of the most famous fashion twins in the world, these ladies have put their celebrity status on the back burner and have taken a behind-the-scenes marketing approach for the fashion line (vs. taking advantage of their famous household name), earning enormous respect from some of the icons in the fashion industry.

Bella and Chloe



Without question, these 4 year-old twins have a better closet than most of the general population. This dynamic duo made a splash when their former entertainment television producer and reporter mom, Lucy Abir, dressed her daughters up in Breakfast at Tiffany’s outfits for a photo shoot for birthday party invitation. The girls became an instant Instagram sensation. People started to follow them during this particular photo session and upload their snapshots onto social media. The 4 year-old twins have built up a following of over 19K on social media, have received the praises from famous celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and have earned #regrams from the likes of Brian Atwood, Jonathan Cheban, and Luann de Lesseps.

Ruth and May Bell

These spectacular models known as “double trouble” have taken the fashion industry by storm. The Bell sisters were discovered at age 16 at a shopping center in Essex, by a modeling scout from Elite. Ruth and May Bell have had regular modeling jobs over the last 4 years, until one of the twins, Ruth Bell, was asked to shave her head for an Alexander McQueen campaign. While the Elite agency understandably voiced their concerns, this bold move turned modeling into a full-time job. Between the two, they built a resume to include Italian Vogue, Urban Outfitters and Top Shop, for just a few of their big campaigns. After, Ruth’s bold head shaving move, she personally worked for two weeks straight, and walked the catwalks of Milan and Paris, preceded by a Saint Laurent advertising campaign.

4 Exercises To Get You Looking Like A Super-Model



Many people are under the impression that supermodels workout morning, noon and night; this is simply not the case. In between fittings and runway shows, most supermodels and models for that matter, have a very structured day and they do need to make the most of their daily exercise routine; while planning ahead for healthy meals on-the-go. Below are a couple of basic exercises that will surprise most and can make anyone runway ready if they incorporate these moves in their daily exercise routine. Please keep in mind these moves are in addition to 30 to 40 minutes of cardio, three to four days every week.

The Archer’s Plank.

The Archer’s plank kicks up the regular plank into high gear. A regular plank consists of first getting your whole body into a press-up position. While bending your elbows and resting your weight onto your forearms, your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. The Archer’s plank steps this up a notch. as you will be in regular plank format on one side and doing 10-15 reps on each side, raising up your elbow toward the ceiling and twisting down towards the floor (think of pulling an arch arrow). This exercise when done regularly slims the sides.

The Single-Arm Superman.

If you are interested in working out your abs, back, chest, and shoulders; this challenge is for you. While there are multiple “Superman” exercises out there, the Single-Arm Superman is a little more challenging that some of the beginner exercises. Start out in a push up position with your arms straight to the floor. With feet more than shoulder-width apart, raise one arm at shoulder height, lower and repeat switching to the opposite side; completing at least 10-15 reps for each side.

The Hip and Thigh Blaster.

This exercise is sure to not only result in some sore muscles, but put anyone’s balancing skills to the test. The hip and thigh blaster starts out with the first position standing with feet hip-width apart and fists up by shoulders. This is followed by bending the right knee and extending the right leg out to the side at a 90 degree angle. Instead of lowering the leg to the floor, next the right leg should lower and lift up in front of your body. The exercise should be done 10-15 reps each side without lower the leg to the floor on each side.

The Bodacious Butt Lifter.

Most people should incorporate this exercise into their daily routine regardless, especially before any swim suit season. Please note that this exercise also requires balance, so start slow if you are not steady on your feet. Start out with your feet at shoulder level apart, fists by the shoulders for balance, knees slightly bended and shift your weight to the left foot, and place the right foot behind. Slowly raise the right leg for 10-15 reps, returning to the original position. After the first set, switch legs and repeat the reps on the other side.