Meet Diesel’s Awesome, Unconventional New Spokesmodel

Meet Diesel's Awesome, Unconventional New SpokesmodelIt started, like most things, on Facebook. Jillian Mercado, a 26-year-old fashion blogger with a condition called spastic muscular dystrophy, spotted a casting call for models on Diesel’s Facebook page and decided to throw her hat in the ring. Cut to 2014 and Mercado is not only the face of the spring/summer ad campaign, but also the designer brand’s first model in a wheelchair.

Diesel has a history of seeking out the kind of extraordinary beauty that challenges stereotypes within the fashion industry. In August the company took to Tumblr to scout “real-looking” models — including a plus-size female graffiti artist with pink hair, a 65-year-old former fashion editor, and a female former Olympic swimmer who made a career out of posing as a male model.

At a time when clothing retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch and Lululemon appear to believe in the value of only a few body types, Mercado’s arrival in front of the camera is a welcome game changer.

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3.5 SECRETS OF “SUPER-MODELING”

DSC01643.jpgModeling – What a great word! But just what does it mean?! Everyone will have their own definition, idea, and perception of what modeling is or what they believe it to be, however, I simplify it to really one concept. Communication. Pure and simple. As a photographer, my goal when behind the camera is to capture an image that “speaks” to me and ultimately to an audience. For a model, his/her goal is the same – to express oneself in a way that has an effect upon the viewer. The model communicates to the viewer with body language and facial expressions. So I have 3.5 secrets that you can use to enhance your current modeling skills!

Secret #1. Modeling is not about posing. Modeling is about bringing an inner emotion/feeling outward in a body expression. You naturally model everyday based on how you ‘feel’. If you feel happy, you model happy. If you’re sad, you model sadness. As a model, your most valuable skill will be the ability to ‘attach’ to an emotion so that your body can ‘model’ it. AND stay in character!

Tip: Practice in the mirror to observe yourself ‘feeling’ emotions. When you do this, pay attention to the differences in how the facial features change, how your posture affects your display of the emotion.

Secret #2. Build awareness in the world of emotions. You must become aware of the full range of possible emotions so that you can identify them when you see it. Distinguish the small details among emotions and catalog what they look like in your ‘mental toolbox’. For example, the ‘shocked’ emotion is very similar to ‘amazed’, however, there is a slight subtle difference in the way the eyes express because of the context, i.e. the situation in which you’d have those emotions.

Tip: Try watching TV or a movie with the sound turned off. Observe and try to imagine what they are trying to communicate. Are they using their eyes? Body? Is the person facing toward or away from the other actor? Even better if you have the capability to rewind the scene with the volume on to determine if your assessment was accurate or close.

Secret #3. Learn the vocabulary of emotions. The better knowledge you have about words used to describe emotions the easier it will be to communicate with your photographer! Imagine if I ask a model to give me a ‘melancholic’ expression and he/she says “um, what’s that?” Now, I have to find other words in order for the model to understand what my photographic vision entails and that could translate to more time wasted. Time wasted is money wasted! Photographers love models that don’t waste time! As a model you not only need to master control over your body and facial expressions, you also need to learn how to communicate verbally so that you can be a high-valued talent that gets booked again! Your language skills and vocabulary will help you be that kind of talent.  The faster that you can translate ‘word’ into an ‘emotion’ will be a measurement of your modeling skills. Near-instantaneous is ideal. Needing longer than 15 seconds to ‘feel’ or display the emotion is too long.

Tip: An Internet search for “list of vocabulary words for emotions” is a great starting point to learn new words and review already learned words. Challenge your fellow models and friends to display their interpretation of the emotions. See how many different emotions can be displayed in 30 seconds! Alternatively, you can choose an emotion at random to express and have them guess which one you were trying to emote.

Secret #3.5. Broaden your experience by studying techniques from acting to make you a better model. I believe wholeheartedly, that modeling is acting and vice versa. Too many talents get hung up on labels and believing they are a ‘model’ and do not do ‘acting’. Or the reverse, “I’m only interested in acting, not modeling.” Really? What a waste! As a photographer, I primarily care about what I can capture in an image, not what you call yourself. A talent agent would feel the same, too. If the agent can book a talent for a modeling job, a TV commercial and a feature film, would the agent really care what you call yourself? Nope. So branch out! Try new things, learn techniques to express, interact, and communicate!

I hope that you’ve found these secrets and tips helpful! In my years of photographing models, I personally have felt more fulfilled when models are great communicators. Every photo shoot and project is a collaboration among models, photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, creative directors, and so many others. Without great communication, chaos would ensue! Your participation as model is the final home stretch of making those images a reality, so hopefully you get that chance! “Keep Calm and Model On!” Francis Chau, Professional Photographer 

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A BEAUTY LIFE-CHANGER

A BEAUTY LIFE-CHANGER Carefully dust loose face powder on your lashes BEFORE curling them. Then, apply mascara, wait 10 minutes for it to dry and then curl them again. The eye-opening effect is magic!

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Static Hair Beauty Tip

Static Hair Beauty TipRub a small amount of coconut oil between the palms of your hands and lightly pat down the top of your head. This will tame flyaways and hydrate your hair without leaving it greasy looking.

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The Mighty Purse

The Mighty PurseThe “Mighty Purse” is a wireless clutch that charges your phone while you’re out and about. It has a rechargeable battery of its own that can provide enough juice to sustain two phone refills. The charging extension is compatible with all MicroUSB smartphones and iPhones and gets recharged through your computer. It comes in several colors and costs $137.49. If answering long phone calls, taking photos, sending texts and maintaining a constant online social presence is a priority to you, then cost is totally priceless in our book!

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TOP SHOE SITES FOR SMALL FEET

TOP SHOE SITES FOR SMALL FEET If you wear a size 5 shoe or smaller then you know how difficult it is to find shoes! We think the eight websites below make for the best small shoe size shopping experience.

  • NORDSTROM
  • CINDERELLA OF BOSTON
  • ALDO
  • ZAPPOS
  • STUART WEITZMAN
  • MARMI
  • JEFFREY CAMPBELL
  • PAOLO
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WHAT IS CONFIDENCE?

what is confidenceAccording to the dictionary, confidence is the belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities. It is the belief that you are capable of doing something successfully. If you lack confidence, figure out the area that needs improvement and research how to go about obtaining what you need. Do you know someone who can help you? Do you need to take a course and learn how to do something? Can you find the answers to your questions online? You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Go for it!

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Homemade Dandruff Cure

Homemade Dandruff CureIngredients:

4 tablespoons of almond oil

1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons of mashed bananas

Recipe:  Mix ingredients into bowl and massage onto scalp for a minimum five minutes. You can allow it to stay on scalp and hair for up to 15 minutes. Then wash hair. The almond oil is rich in fats and vitamin E for deep conditioning, helping to moisturize, hydrate and nourish scalp. The Greek yogurt contains lactic acids that cleanse and remove dirt, build-up and dead skin cells.

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Male Model Beauty Tips

  • Male Model Beauty TipsTHE PEANUT – The best little trimmer out there. You can trim anything that needs trimming.
  • PSSSSST! –Dry shampoo that sucks up excess oil.
  • TAN TOWEL – Since we all know the sun and tanning booths are dangerous to your health, use a Tan Towel for a natural color.
  • AQUA VELVA – A tried and true after shave that eliminates razor bumps.
  • MICRODERMABRASION – A ‘lunch hour’ deep cleaning facial that will make your skin super smooth. It should only be performed by a doctor or licensed (and experienced) aesthetician!
  • BUSHY EYEBROWS – Pluck or wax them but do something to keep them under control.
  • CLARISONIC BRUSH – Washing your face twice a day using the Clarisonic brush will keep your skin clean, smooth and photo ready.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO PRIYANKA CHOPRA!

CONGRATULATIONS TO PRIYANKA CHOPRA! Priyanka Chopra is a superstar in her native India – actress, singer, writer, UNICEF activist and former Miss World 2000. Now, she is Guess’ newest campaign model. Her photos will grace the pages of countless magazines this winter. Miss Chopra told WWD “I’m their first brown model” Guess pictures show women as beautiful, feminine, powerful and yet candid”. She is also the first Bollywood star to be signed to CAA, a powerful talent agency in Los Angeles.

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