Wednesday, 16 November 2011

I Like Kimbra!

Kimbra's musical style harbours “smoky soul, flights of dazzling invention and jazzy pop” and you could compare her to a ‘cleaner’ Amy Winehouse.  Her songs are heavily thematic and laced with “quirky” jazz chords.  Kimbra’s music pertains beyond the “four chord cliché” but still maintains strong hooks and catchy melodies that are sometimes unpredictable but satisfying. 

Born in New Zealand, she remained there for the majority of her childhood.  Her upbringing was not particularly influenced by music, but at the age of 10 she began writing songs.  Her first single “Settle Down” was released last year with the music video directed by Guy Franklin.  The video is strangly cool, and maybe a little creepy.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton featured the track on his set citing “if you like Nina Simone, Florence & The Machine and Bjork, then you’ll enjoy Kimbra – her music reminds us of all those fierce ladies!”  

 She first caught my attention when doing the intriguing single “Somebody That I Used to Know” with Aussie/Belgian artist Gotye.  The single was a commercial success charting nationally and internationally.  The song peaked at number 1 in Aus, New Zealand, Belgium and the Netherlands.  

My favourite: Cameo Lover:

Friday, 11 November 2011

Adam & Anne for Vogue Russia

This may be the hottest shoot I've seen in a while. The mix of boots, skin, leather and rock n roll makes for steamy photography.   Here is the gorgeous Adam Levine posing with his girlfriend, Victoria's Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna.  Sorry girls, he's taken.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Candice Swanepoel by Terry Richardson

Born in New York City, eccentric photographer Terry Richardson caught my attention with his very unconventional shooting styles.  Raised in Hollywood, he started an interest in photography when his band broke up.  His mother introduced him to Tony Kent, a photographer who then hired him as an assistant.  His subject matter often contains graphic images; however a lot of his prized work consists of advertisements for fashion designers and editorials.  He has produced several award winning campaigns for Diesel, and several private portraits for the company’s founder Renzo Rosso.

In this range, he portrays a very shabby-chic relaxed vibe of Candice which is quite refreshing.  His trademark is to end the portraiture series with a picture of himself posing with his subject.  

Check out his very quirky blog ‘Terrys diary’ that boasts his strangely provocative photography of celebrities and models from around the world.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Sports Illustrated Model Search Winner

Being the proudly Durban girl that I am, when I heard one of our local girls had won the SA Sports Illustrated Model search I decided to find out more about her... 

Article for YCLAD Magazine : 

With her sultry, European demeanour, Chiara Moreira has the natural ability to turn heads.
At just 18 years old, this gorgeous Durban girl has already graced the pages of the 2011 Sports Illustrated swimwear edition.  We decided to chat to her and find out how it feels to be steaming up the camera lens on a tropical island with world renowned photographers...

YC: At what age did you start modelling?

CM: I started modelling at about 13 years old and then did my first portfolio at 15.

YC: How did you get involved in the industry, and how did ICE Model Management discover you? 

CM: I always wanted to model from a young age, and then co-incidentally someone approached me from ICE, and asked me to come in for an interview, and it basically started from there.

YC: You are a very beautiful girl - any European genes in your family?

CM: [Laughs] yes actually my mom is Italian and my dad is Portuguese, so I've got a mixture of both!

YC: Congratulations on taking the title of this year's Sport Illustrated Model search winner! How does it feel to be part of such a big publication, and to have entered the next height of your career? 

CM: Thank you so much! I definitely feel extremely lucky to be a part of something as big as Sports Illustrated, especially at such a young age, as I know there are many models out there who have always wanted to be in my position. I'm certainly excited to have taken my modelling career one step further, as it opened so many more doors for me which will definitely create greater opportunities for myself in the future.

YC: How was the 2011 Sports Illustrated shoot experience in the Seychelles?  

CM: It was definitely an eye-opening experience for me, and being surrounded by such professional people.  It was intimidating at times, but I loved every bit of the experience!

YC: What are your favourite things to do/ hobbies? And what makes you happiest?

CM: I love keeping fit, being outdoors, going to the Spa, travelling and shopping.  I'm definitely in my happy place when I'm surrounded by my wonderful friends and family

YC: How would you advise other girls wanting to become a success in the modelling industry - any tips and advice?

CM: I think keeping humble is such an important part of wanting to be successful, but also being confident and happy about yourself and using your uniqueness to the best of your ability.  Never give up, and your hard work will pay off!

YC: What are your goals and aspirations for the next 5 years?  And where do you see yourself? 

CM: I see myself living in Cape Town and modelling professionally, and also hopefully doing some international work!  I’d also hopefully like to get my honours in psychology in 5 years’ time, and once I’ve done that, I'd like to travel around Europe!