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Model Millionaires: Linda Evangelista



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Linda Evangelista is a Canadian supermodel . She is viewed as a standout amongst the most proficient and powerful models of all time and has been the covergirl for than 700 magazines. Evangelista is essentially known for being the long-term dream of picture taker Steven Meisel. She holds the record for her various appearances on the front of Vogue Italia, all of which were shot by Meisel.

Although she had been modeling since her preteen years, Linda decided to take a serious approach to modeling in 1984. Evangelista moved to New York City and signed with Elite where she met the widely acclaimed John Casablancas, who contrasted her similarity with the model Joan Severance. Elite then moved Evangelista to Paris, France where she propelled her worldwide career! Her first significant style magazine spread was for the November 1984 issue of L’Officiel. After that, she would go ahead to show up on the spreads and in the pages of an assortment of global distributions including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamor, Mademoiselle, Elle, W, Marie Claire, Allure, Time, Interview and more!

She additionally turned into a dream to the late form originator Gianni Versace,for whom she initially showed up in advertisement battles in 1987. Notwithstanding her work for Versace and Lagerfeld, Evangelista likewise displayed for different other style brands, for example, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, Donna Karan, Jil Sander, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti and the list goes on for miles!

In 1996, she was the beneficiary of VH1’s Fashion Awards Lifetime Achievement Award . In June 2003, she got a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. In 2005, she was named as a World Fashion Icon by the Women’s World Awards in Leipzig, Germany. In March 2008, she was picked as “The Greatest Supermodel of All Time” by a viewer survey for the CBC Television show Fashion File.

Since the 90’s and early 2000’s, she has made several reappearances in the fashion industry. However, she has chosen to focus moreso on her humanitarianism and her family. After such a long stretch of being able to “never wake up for less that $10,000 a day,” this supermodel success story feels it’s time she retire and use her awesome talent for the benefit of others.

Evangelista is an activist for HIV/AIDS examination and mindfulness, and in addition for bosom growth research and awareness. She was one of the poster girls in the Viva Glam crusade for the Mac AIDS Fund. In October 2013, she was the host of AMFAR’s Inaugural Inspiration Gala in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Clearly, she balances her fabulous funds and spotless beauty with selfless acts for bettering the community.

Fashion For Relief Fights Ebola



by Morayo Bakare

Despite the freezing temperatures during Valentine’s Day weekend, nothing stopped fashion-lovers and show-goers from huddling in Lincoln Center to see Supermodel Naomi Campbell’s runway show. Her annual charity catwalk, Fashion for Relief, has organized fashion shows to benefit victims of various tragedies, such as those affected by Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. Founded in 2005, the organization has branched out to address a number of humanitarian needs. As a result, it has raised over four and a half million pounds, or over seven million dollars.

This year, the supermodel tapped designers, models and celebrities for the show to raise money for the fight against Ebola. Lincoln Center was filled with viewers anxiously waiting to see garments donated by Diane Von Furstenburg, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and more. Campbell and many other associates modeled for the line. Some of those who walked the show were NeNe Leakes, Mary J. Blige, Quincy, Tyson Beckford, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, and Brad Goreski.

Not only did the celebrity-filled catwalk showcase donated pieces from famous fashion houses, but there was also a live auction with the donated items after the show in order to raise money for Disaster Emergency Committee, Ebola Crisis Appeal and the Ebola Survival Fund. The Disaster Emergency Committee, or DEC, brings leading United Kingdom aid charities together in times of crises. The Ebola Crisis Appeal is one of the appeals DEC has started to stop the spread of the disease and support those affected by the outbreak in western Africa. The Ebola Survival Fund plans on using its donations to support a coalition of community organizations in Liberia and Sierra Leone to complement the efforts of larger-scale programs.

As a frequent traveler to Kenya, where the supermodel has a home and frequently works with orphanages, Naomi feels a close tie to the cause and hopes to educate others about Ebola as well. In the past, Fashion for Relief has received donations from some of fashion and Hollywood’s biggest names including Kate Moss, Beyonce, Jane Fonda, Karolina Kurkova and more in order to raise funds for disaster relief projects. Naomi Campbell will stage another Fashion for Relief runway show and open London Fashion Week. This show will also be used to raise money for the Ebola crisis.

Famous for being Famous?



By Kristopher Fraser 

“As a model you used to have to work to become famous. Now you have to be famous to get work.” Sasha, our beloved editor over here at All My Friends are Models, spent hours in her apartment marinating over this quote said to her by her friend Abbey Lee Kershaw. Still rustling with her own feelings on the quote, she came to me and asked me what I thought. It was quite revolutionary to me, and really got me thinking about the contemporary state of modeling. I remember as I was educating myself on fashion history I looked back at magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and saw the likes of Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista gracing the covers and advertisements. Those were women who started at the bottom and worked their way up to supermodel status becoming some of the most highly paid and coveted models in the world.

If I had a nickel for every time I have recently heard that the era of the supermodel was over I could probably retire tomorrow, but, when I take a look at the state of modeling nowadays I have to ask myself, “Where are the supermodels?” Don’t get me wrong, there is an incredibly talented and stunningly beautiful new generation of models out there that I truly admire, including Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, but, they fit that mold of Abbey’s quote that now you have to be famous to get work.

Kendall Jenner who has walked the runways from everyone to Diane von Furstenburg to Chanel at this point is the daughter of iconic Olympian Athlete Bruce Jenner, Gigi Hadid became a name among fans of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Cara Delevingne is the goddaughter of Golden-Globe winning actress Joan Collins and Condé Nast Executive Nicholas Coleridge. When you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth it’s not too much of a challenge to rise to stardom. With modeling already being a contest of the genetic lottery, it seems like the days of being lucky enough to have good genes giving you that perfect model height and the right face for the camera landing you a job are over.

You have to hit jackpot with the genetic lottery and pray that you are related to someone famous or extremely well connected, or some network will find your family interesting enough for a reality series. But, while there are those girls who may come from a prized lineage, there are still plenty of models out there who have worked for their own. What about girls like Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, and Chanel Iman who pounded the pavement to be on the catwalk for Chanel and on the covers of Elle and advertising campaigns of Burberry? There are definitely girls out there who have put in their share of work to get noticed and became the superstar models they are of today, but all these girls do fall into one category without question: they are all “it girls.”

I must say that I disagree with Abbey, although she does have a point. Already being famous does help designers, editors, and stylists notice you, but, there are still plenty of other girls getting work, and not work to scoff at either. But, the era of the supermodel is over. Now to really be a top model you have to not only conquer the runways and ad campaigns, but you also have to conquer the press, get people to never stop talking about you, constantly be in the public eye, be connected with celebrities, and above all else have more instagram followers than some countries have citizens. If there is any proof to back up my statement I can go through the 2014 Vogue magazine archives and point to their biggest issue of the year: their September issue.

Instead of just their usual one big name star on the cover who can either boast some recent, upcoming, or long string of success Vogue took it back to the days when there were models on the cover. Emphasis on the plural, because their cover was a 3 page fold out dedicated to the “it girls” of that year including everyone from Joan Smalls, to Cara Delevingne, to Fei Fei Sun, and Imaan Hammam. These were the models known for their instagram presence, being some of the most googled models on the internet, and the most talked about names by the biggest designers. Karl Lagerfeld even referred to Cara Delevingne last year as “the new Kate Moss.” When you have earned the praise of a designer so major you know you have made it. So, on the state of modeling today I have to say, while it is unfortunate that the era of the supermodel might be over, there is still plenty of hope for those girls who don’t have show business parents or a contract for a reality series anytime soon, but, I caution that you invest some energy into your instagram account because “it girls” are the trend for the moment.

5 Lazy Girl Inspired Outfits For The Holiday Season



By Simi A Mira

We are coming up to the crazy frenzy of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are all approaching fast. I’d hate to admit, I am a lazy girl at heart. I don’t always feel like spending hours constructing the perfect outfit or wardrobe. I want to get dressed quickly and feel comfortable while I’m out and about.

If you are anything like me, comfort comes first and style comes in at a close second. But sometimes, I am not too willing to compromise style for comfort– and strive to reach balance in both comfort and style. Here are five “Lazy Girl”holiday inspired looks for seasonal parties, winter casual wear, family gathering attire and just a bit of everything for the holiday season.

Winter Noir: Sleek All Black Street Attire

Sometimes we must wear black. Sometimes we must wear all black. This entirely black ensemble, minus the scarf, is the perfect winter street clothes. It pairs black pants with a black jacket, gorgeous black velvet heels, and the warmth of a knitted scarf giving you a slimming and sleek look while out strutting on the snowy streets of your downtown. It’s easy and simple as well as comfortable. Who said it was impossible to look fly and be comfy at the same time?

Lazy Comfy Winter Outfit: Grey Sweater and Pants With Black Shoes

This, my friends, is literally the most comfy outfit you can put on and still be considered publically acceptable. Pairing a grey sweater and sweat pants, you can’t get any more comfy than that. The black satchel and boots dresses up the outfit a bit to leave you feeling less guilty about feeling so good in this outfit. This attire would be great for lounging around the house with family or for Thanksgiving dinner, mostly because you can eat whatever you heart desires without unbuckling your belt loop. Yeah, you’re welcome.

Dress Up Your Fit With Embellished Beaded Blazer

Don’t feel guilty to totally dress down in a basic tee and jeggings because what will dress you back up is an embellished sweater or jacket and a fetching handbag to add a little something something to your basic wear. Simple, easy, and great for going shopping, meeting up with friends for drinks, or out at a get together Saturday night.

Pair A Neutral Sweater With Black Leggings And Bright Flats

Pair a neutral sweater with black leather leggings and bright pointed flats. Simple, lazy, comfy, and effective. Enjoy the cold weather, holiday parties and family get togethers in this super cozy fit. The flats add a pop of color to enhance and dress-up this rather cozy ensemble.

Perfect Lazy-Girl Holiday Party Wear

This fit counts as a double whammy: both comfy and perfect for Christmas or New Years parties. And guess what? You don’t have to compromise your comfort for this look. Pair a long sleeve shirt (any color that you desire) with a medium length ruffles skirt and strappy black heels. A dressed-up dressed-down paradox, but quite effective for keeping your comfort while still being fashionable while entertaining during the holidays.


Beauty, Redefined.



By: Rachel Eydlish

You wake up in the morning, throw on a face full of makeup, put on clothes somebody else told you to wear, and stare mindlessly at the mirror in an effort to perfect an image that you hope satisfies those around you. In doing this, you are pained with resentment: any idea you had of yourself is lost and here you are basing your identity on the opinions of other people, people whom you will never know. Yet a part of you feels justified in being bitter as you fall victim to the delusional excuse that beauty standards have become irrevocably finite, claims of society manipulating natural beauty with superficiality, forcing you to look and be “perfect”.

But self-pity, my friend, is not exactly your shade.

Now, hold your head up high and stop crying because this advice is overdue. These standards are just that: standards, used to compensate for what you may lack. However, the only person with access to this lack is you and, by falling into the lie that you are not enough, you are proving that you are nothing special. A low self-esteem screams every time you step out beautifully dressed, staring down at the floor as you walk, readjusting your shirt every few minutes to make sure nobody sees your birthmark. Thereby, would you be much happier if you gave up the notion of others imposing beauty standards on you and, rather than mask it, embrace that deeper beauty that dwells in your imperfections?

Rather than feed your neuroses about what you lack, glorify your differences. Because each time you go to adjust your shirt, you are sending the message that what you are hiding underneath is hideous. But what is so wrong about your birthmark? Let it be seen as perhaps that birthmark is your very allure. By redefining beauty, those “standards” are dispelled, even refined to compete with your unwavering confidence.

Shaun Ross, model, pictured with Lana Del Rey.

Take Shaun Ross, a young Albino model, who coined the phrase “in my skin, I win” to inspire youth to be comfortable with their bodies despite any traits deemed “flawed”. Being Albino, his difference is clear, straying far from the norm, but that has not stopped him from landing in music videos of big names like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, inspiring his own TEDxTalk, walking NY Fashion Week, or creating a name for himself by cultivating his individuality.

As Ross has stated previously, “It’s the DIY generation. Kids are becoming muses because they understand that what it takes to be successful is to be desirable and confident” (CNN). Confidence is key.

Akin Chantelle Brown-Young, a model with Vitiligo, a rare skin pigmentation disorder, who is making her debut on America’s Next Top Model’s current season and has been seen in music videos as well as on the runway (Daily Mail).

We are living in a time of change, a breaking away from passivity, and, in these times, everything is questioned. Especially those pillars on which we have stood for so long. And those who are staying put, clinging vigorously to tradition, are only succeeding in looking foolish. Because the truth is that nobody can predict what will work tomorrow or a month from now or a year or five years from now. The Shaun Rosses, the Chantelle Youngs, the beautiful among us have always been those who dared to push the status quo and, knowing full well their own worth, stopped allowing themselves to be victims.

Those who have the confidence to believe in their own voices are those who will go far. These are the people who do not get upset about the airbrushing of models or the apparent beauty standards because they have abundance. By redefining the standards, they no longer worry about what others are telling them to do because their awareness that others are only grasping at beauty is firm. For they know beauty, they know they have it, and, with that self-assuredness, they set the example in a time when everybody else is struggling.

Think big and redefine beauty. Who knows? Maybe that birthmark will have you gracing the cover of Vogue.

IMG & It’s Exclusivity – No Wait, Inclusivity!



By Margretta Sowah

Candice Huffine, a 31 year old plus size model, has followed suit in IMG’s circle of luxury. IMG’s Curve division includes models Ashley Graham, Chelsea Miller, Danielle Redman, Precious Lee, Tara Lynn and, as I stated in my other article The Big Boys Club, Zach Miko.

Lane Bryant has been at the forefront of modern body inclusivity for plus size models. Her campaigns ‘I’m No Angel’ and ‘Plus is Equal’ ad campaigns sparked a worldwide debate. Is plus-size the REAL size or are we all just trying to maintain unrealistic heights of visual acceptance?  It was Huffine’s editorial feature V magazine’s ‘Curves Ahead’ and her runway debut for designer Sophie Theallet’s fall fashion show.  She also walked in Carina Roitfield’s amfAR Gala show at the Cannes Film Festive.

Previously being signed to MuseNYC, Candice is taking strides in the fight to promote all body types exposure. From 2011 editorial debut to dominating social media now, Huffine was the first plus size model in the 2015 Pirelli calender. The industry is taking notice of these rare beauties, showing you can be bigger and better. The acknowledgment of different figures and features pushes to the wider market, reminding us we are represented.

IMG representative told Fashionista.com, “we are thrilled to have Candice, someone we believe represents the curvy girl in high-fashion […] she really does fit it perfectly.” This is the kind of positive affirmation we need to be hearing from agencies concerning ALL types of models. Not just the super skinny. Not just the plus-size. Not just the Caucasian ones.

Candice, in an interview with Fashionista explains the reasons for changing management. “I’ve always admired and related to IMG’s outlook on the future of fashion. You can tell by their diverse roster of talent and their board that they have the same vision that I do, and that’s something that I was always drawn to, so it’s just a perfect fit. I’m excited to get to work! I just love the possibility that comes with being there.”

Huffine also said, when asked about the future of her career, “I know, it’s really exciting! I’m really proud to be on the board with all those girls. I’m hopeful to have a similar career, I’m excited to see what’s next. The best part of this industry is the uncertainty of what’s next — there’s always an incredible surprise around the corner. I think today is representative of that in this awesome announcement. With all the positive change that’s going on, I know that we’re on the brink of something huge, and that’s what I want for myself. I’m ready to breakout and break through!”

It ain’t over til the fat lady sings. Isn’t that how the saying goes? A tongue-in-cheek idioms means: nothing is irreversible until the final act is played out. Ranging from sizes 12 and above, the final act is not over for Curvy Models by any stretch of the imagination.

The Top Internships To Land You A Job In Fashion



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Are you someone who is looking to get their feet wet in the fashion industry? Well, if you are then you need to try these internships because you will not be sorry!


Nordstrom BP Fashion Board is an amazing opportunity for those in high school who are looking to really explore the work force in fashion and retail! This program is indeed beneficial as you can intern for all for years of high school and gain valuable experience, networking connections, skills and friends! Throughout this program, you will learn all aspects of fashion from merchandising to retail management to modeling to light design. Because you have the ability to do this program at such an early age and gain up to 4 years of work until your high school graduation, with the right steps you could land a career in fashion directly after high school.


For all those who are huge on writing and advertisement, this internship is certainly something that you need to consider. Seventeen magazine is one of the most high ranking youth magazines geared towards fashion across the globe. With this internship, you will learn the ins and outs of being a fashion journalist, editor and advertiser! You can experience that is very applicable to many areas of business and it is a great experience! All applicants must be able to work out of their New York office and receive the option for seasonal renewal.


The Fashion week Internships – London Program is best for those who are choosing to pursue a career geared in fashion design. Although the option is presented to work in areas such as Fashion Business and PR, this program is great for those seriously considering becoming a designer. The intern gets to travel abroad to London and work under some of the best designers to date. The only thing that is a draw back is the fact that there are fees associated with the internship. Although it is open to people of all back grounds, the starting price is around $1000 for a four week internship.


Dream Careers is a job placement and training service for those who are seeking advancement in creative fields of work! This is an awesome opportunity for those working in any artistic or unconvential field because their sole mission is to assure you a career, or at least the start of one, in any field that you choose. Thus, after you complete the training program and customized internship you are sent through a process where you are matched by one of their HR professionals into a job that fits you perfectly! They take the stress away from finding a job because they do it for you!
These are internships that are very great to look into. If you are considering starting your career in fashion, you best ought take a look at them.

Turner Talks


Turner Talks comes direct from NYC by reporter Sally Turner with videographer Sheniqua Lewis.

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By Gabby Neal

“tailered ready-to-wear, avante-guarde seperates and show stopping red carpet gowns”

As one of Australia’s most electrifying and diverse labels, ZHIVAGO – meaning “daring” in russian, sure did not disappoint at this years MBFW. Co-designed by friends Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko, the duo kicked off their show with a theatrical performance by which they poked fun at the superficial lives we lead now-a-days through social media. A theme which continued throughout the show.

In terms of fashion, we saw a lot of blacks, navy’s and metallics oh and who could forget those killer heels…it’s moments like these when you truely feel guilt and admiration for the models. Those heels looked incredibly difficult to walk in and yet they did so without anyone falling – just.

Apart from the theatrical performance and killer heels and amazing craftsmanship, it was the hair and make-up which stole the show. Backstage we saw the girls getting their make up done and we were like “omg this is amazing” but it wasn’t til the end when we saw them getting the fishing wire adorned that it all made sense.

You know… the concept of social media and how its distorting what we perceive as beauty etc etc..


Photographer: Brooke James – @brooketjames



The Wardrobe Cleanse, Part 2: The Edit



By Stylist Jenni Sellan

The goal is to have a fabulous and functional wardrobe that you LOVE and to never again spend unproductive time aimlessly staring into what currently feels like the black hole. You have made a date with your wardrobe and have promised not to stand her up.

As a side, before you get started it is important to realise that the process of editing your wardrobe, particularly if it has been a while between cleansing, it can feel exhilarating, terrifying and sometimes emotional. So in order to create a fun experience ask a friend who is both honest and trustworthy to join you… and may I suggest a sip of champagne?

Time to edit!

The first step is to remove all of your clothes from your wardrobe. If you have limited floor space, the bed is best. Once everything is out, categorise your clothing and create piles for each; jeans, shirts, skirts, pants, coats etc, and don’t forget about your shoes and accessories.

You have your 3 bags ready; “toss”, “sell” &  “donate” (garments you are keeping will be hung back in your wardrobe), and your storage boxes are on hand for accessories and the items that need to be stored and secured until next season. It’s also a good idea to create a space for the pieces that you have trouble deciding on.

Style Tip #keep a full length mirror handy as you will no doubt be trying things on throughout the process

One pile at a time, you need to look at each individual garment and ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do I have multiple items of this piece in the same styles and of the same colour?
If you are really committed to this process, you will narrow it down to 1 or 2.

2. What condition is the item in?
Is it damaged, frayed, ripped, faded? Has it lost it’s shape? Can it be repaired, and if yes, is it a quality piece worth repairing?

Style Tip# Any items that are beyond repair or their lifespan, need to be placed in the ‘toss’ it bag. It’s a long way from chic to donate clothing that is not in a wearable state.

3. Have I worn this item to the point that it needs replacing? If so, make a note of it. (This will be important information for your first shopping trip after the editing process is complete)

4. Does it fit? If not, is it worth having altered?

5. My favourite question, can I wear this item with a minimum of 3 other pieces in my wardrobe? Versatility is essential for a functional wardrobe.

6. Is this style flattering and does it suit both my personal style and my lifestyle?

These questions will need to be considered for each piece. Once you have answered them, place each item in the appropriate space.

At the end of this process, you will be left with 3 bags containing items that need to be tossed, donated or sold and quite likely a pile of clothing that you need to make some decisions about. For the pieces you are unsure of,  go through the list of questions again and  wait a few hours or even a couple of days before making your decision. (For those you decide to keep, a great tip from wardrobe 101 is to make a note of the date and see how long it takes before you actually wear it again).

Everything else will either be in storage or hanging in your wardrobe.

The next step is to get your wardrobe organised but before we do that…..it’s time for some champagne!

You are half way there to creating a wardrobe that is nothing less than chic xo

And if you missed Part 1 – then go have a read!