Monday, July 9, 2018

Eugenia Volodina, Russian Star


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Eugenia Volodina for Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture, S/S 2006.

Eugenia Volodina (23 September 1984) is a top Russian model who is most famous to Americans for having walked in multiple Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. She is notable for her piercing blue eyes.

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Eugenia in a Bulgari ad, Vogue Italia, October 2004 (Mert & Marcus).

Eugenia was born in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian SSR, Soviet Union. The Soviet Union fell when she was a child, so Eugenia now is just Russian.

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Eugenia for Roberto Cavalli, S/S 2004.

Around the age of 14, Volodina answered an open call at a casting agency. The sponsors gave her contacts to a Paris modeling agency, and in 2000 the agency invited Eugenia to Paris and gave her assignments. That is one way to become a model in Russia.

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Eugenia in Elle Spain, March 2015.

Eugenia pounded the pavement in Paris, hitting up to 70 shows a year in between photo shoots. A lot of working models do that, it's part of the business and how you get noticed, Paris is not all baguettes and lattes.

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Eugenia Volodina “On the Road” Vogue Italia April 2002 (Steven Meisel).

Her next big break came in early 2002 when Steven Meisel shot Volodina for Italian Vogue. This raised her profile, and Volodina opened and closed the F/W 2002 Gucci show along with fellow Russian model Natalia Vodianova.

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Eugenia in Harper's Bazaar Ukraine, April 2014.

With Eugenia now widely recognized as a top model, Victoria's Secret chose her to walk in the 2002 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Volodina followed that up with appearances in the 2003, 2005, and 2007 shows.

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Eugenia Volodina in Amica, May 2014.

Volodina then became the face of Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics fragrance Valentino V and underwear brand Eres.

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Eugenia in Elle Spain, August 2014, "French Twist."

Eugenia was in the 2005 Pirelli calendar shot by Patrick Demarchelier, alongside Adriana Lima and Julia Stegner.

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Eugenia Volodina wearing Carolina Herrera on the cover of Woman Madame Figaro Spain, July 2018.

Eugenia Volodina remains a top model, though she has cut back on her appearances and only walks the runways occasionally now. Her covers include:

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  • July Woman Madame Figaro Spain
2016
  • August Numéro Russia 
2014
  • August Elle Spain 
2013
  • September Elle Spain, Elle Spain 
2012
  • November Harper's Bazaar Spain

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Eugenia posted this on her Instagram on 13 April 2018.

Eugenia has said that she is interested in interior design and has studied it in Paris.

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Eugenia posted this on her Instagram account on 29 May 2018.

Volodina maintains an active Instagram account with mostly model shots but a few family shots as well.

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Eugenia posted this picture of herself with son Daniel to her Instagram account on 11 June 2018.

Eugenia has a son, Daniel, who shares her bright blue eyes. Volodina keeps her private life private, at last word she was dating a dancer in her hometown of Kazan and eventually was planning on marrying him, but that may be out of date. In 2009, Eugenia reportedly dated actor Mickey Rourke. It is common for top Russian models to have quite private relationships, often with quite wealthy fellows.

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Eugenia Volodina at the 2017 F/W Balmain show.

Eugenia had a well-publicized comeback on the runways at the Balmain F/W 2017/18 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week, apparently after having taken time off for motherhood.

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Eugenia in Elle Spain December 2017, "Sube El Volumen" (Turn Up The Volume") (Mario Sierra). 
I love Russia, I mean, I think when I finish my modeling career I go back to Russia. And it's my home. I really love Russia.




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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ali Stephens, Utah Sensation


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Ali Stephens for Woman (Hunter & Gatti).

Alison F. "Ali" Stephens (May 10, 1991), known as Ali Stephens, is an American model.

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L'Officiel Russia July 2010.

Ali Stephens was born in Salt Lake City. Stephens has a sister and four brothers. Ali went to East High School and did very well on the cross-country running team.

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Ali Stephens for Italian Marie Claire, December 2012 (Nagi Sakai).

Ali was out shopping with her family in Utah when a talent scout from a local agency approached her. He said that Ali and her sister could model. Ali blew it off as a come-on, but, a few months later, the agency asked for pictures. Ali signed with the local agency and also with Elite Model Management in New York and "a week later, I went to Milan." And that, as they say, is that.

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Ali signed with her agencies in August 2007. She made her debut on 25 September 2007 in the S/S show in Milan for Prada.

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Ali Stephens on the Numéro Korea cover for March 2009.

Stephens was an immediate success. Before the year was out, she was walking for the S/S Chloé show in Paris as well as for Chanel, Dries van Noten, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. She also soon did advertisements for Victoria's Secret.

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Ali Stephens for Blanco's Fall 2010 campaign (Hunter & Gatti).

After that, Ali's success was assured. In 2008, she became the face of Chloé and M Missoni and appeared in ads for Calvin Klein. Her shoot for Calvin Klein led to a billboard of her in New York City at the corner of Houston and Lafayette Street - an area heavily frequented by members of the modeling and artistic community.

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Ali says that she is "very religious." She is a Mormon and says:
With me, that is a big thing. And then, also meditating, and like, I've been doing that for ten years now.
Stephens is a big supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes transcendental meditation.

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Ali Stephens by Hunter & Gatti for Woman.

Ali has said that she always travels with her mom or another family member. She maintains a studio apartment in New York City.

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Ali Stephens by Terry Richardson.

I'm not one of the girls willing to starve themselves for fashion, so I do what shows I can but I don’t pressure myself to fit into the sample sizes.

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Ali Stephens for Georges Rech F/W 2010 (Greg Kadel).

Ali married Nicholas Lund on 3 August 2012 and, outside of her professional life, goes by Ali Lund. She maintains a fun Instagram account, als.lund, on which she posts a lot of family, dog, and horse pictures.






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Josephine Skriver, A Sweet Danish


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Josephine Skriver.

Josephine Skriver-Karlsen (14 April 1993), known professionally simply as Josephine Skriver, is a top Danish model.

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Josephine Skriver posted this family photo of herself, her mom, and her brother on Instagram.

Josephine is from Copenhagen. Skriver is half Dutch and half Danish. Both of Josephine's parents have "come out" as homosexual, so how she came along was serendipitous. Skriver announced via i-D magazine in May 2015 that she is the product of In vitro fertilization (IVF), as is her younger brother. Her mom put an advertisement in an LGBTQ newsletter, and her dad answered it.


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Skriver took a trip with her soccer team to New York in 2008, and it changed her life. A talent scout spotted her and chatted Josephine up about a modeling career. Josephine pursued the offer, and soon she was signed with Unique Models in Copenhagen. Just like that, Josephine Skriver was a model.

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Josephine signed locally because she wanted to stay in school. She was "on hold" (though signed) until she graduated in 2011. Then, the world was her oyster.

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Josephine Skriver in Marie Claire Italia (David Bellemere).

Skriver debuted in F/W 2011, opening for Alberta Ferretti and closing for Prada. That was just the start, soon she was walking for all the top names: Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, DKNY, and rag & bone, among others.

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The world quickly took notice. Josephine began walking in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2013 and became a contract Angel in February 2016.

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Maybelline announces on Instagram that Josephine Skriver has joined the Maybelline family. Josephine, incidentally, has almost as many followers on Instagram as Maybelline itself does.

Josephine became the new face of Maybelline New York in 2018. This was Skriver's first time fronting a major beauty campaign. Josephine revealed on Maybelline's Instagram that the best beauty advice that she ever received is "Stay hydrated." Skriver's first big campaign for Maybelline was "Super Cushion Duo" campaign alongside Hong Kong pop superstar William Chan running exclusively in China.

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Skriver, like all top models, has plenty of covers. They are primarily in Europe, but Josephine has them around the world. Here is a small sample from recent years:

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  • May Madame Figaro (David Roemer), Mia Argentina (2 May 2018)
  • April Numero Japan
  • March #Legend Hong Kong
2017
  • June Harper's Bazaar Turkey
  • May Vogue Brazil (Giampaolo Sgura)
  • January Vogue Spain (Patrick Demarchelier)
2016
  • October Eurowoman Norway
  • June Grazia Germany (30 June 2016), Marie Claire Italy
  • May The Edit 
  • March Elle France (4 March 2016)
2015
  • October Elle Denmark 
  • September Elle Italy 

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Josephine models her sunglasses with Illesteva (Russell James).

Josephine embraces her origins from the LGBT community and advocates for gay rights even though she herself is not gay. She is a celebrity ambassador for the Family Equality Council, which advocates for LGBTQ families. Shriver helped to design a pair of limited-edition sunglasses for Illesteva to benefit Keep a Child Alive (KCA).

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As noted, Skriver is not herself gay despite her prominence in gay advocacy. Josephine currently lives in Nashville with Las Vegas musician Alexander DeLeon (he performs as "Bohnes") of rock group The Cab. The house has featured in Architectural Digest for its stark black and white look. Josephine says that Nashville reminds her of Denmark.

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Perhaps due to Josephine's influence, DeLeon has developed a clothing line, "42799, Be the Black Sheep," a name that is intended as a somewhat obscure reference and homage to Frank Sinatra (42799 is the number of Sinatra's famous mug shot in the 1930s).

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Josephine has become a big Raiders fan since moving to the United States (Josephine Skriver Instagram).

Josephine has a lot of personal appearances on television, particularly on Danish television programs. Skriver also appeared in the 2016 "Kanye West: Wolves" video.

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Josephine Skriver has an active Instagram page with five million followers. Five million! That's more than most top Hollywood actors. She also has over 750k followers on Twitter. There are several blogs devoted to Josephine. Clearly, she strikes a chord with the public.

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Josephine is good friends with fellow Angels Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel and kept the media informed of their new motherhood in 2016.

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For me, family is a group of people bound by love! Love is what makes a family!
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I've always liked it clean and simple, but somehow still cozy.
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Being an Angel, you have to be on 24/7, but for the show we definitely amp it up so much more. I want to enhance the curves that I’ve been trying to get so I do a lot of weight lifting and that really works wonders on me.
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I do not get free stuff… People lend stuff to me, but I have to give it right back. I still have to pay for things. Obviously there are a few perks here and there, but I am just as normal as anyone when I go to the supermarket.
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I just hope that one day the concept of 'family' will mean a lot more than the traditional straight couple, with two kids and a house with a white picket fence. For me, family is a group of people bound by love! Love is what makes a family!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Joan Smalls, Puerto Rico's Top Model


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Joan Smalls in an ad for United Colors of Benetton.

Joan Smalls-Rodriguez (11 July 1988, born Joan Smalls Rodriquez), known professionally as Joan Smalls, is a Puerto Rican model and actress.

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Joan Smalls is from Hatillo, Puerto Rico, a big producer of milk for the island that is located on the northwestern coast.

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Smalls is of African, Irish, Spanish, Taino, and Indian (South Asian) ancestry. She is 5'10.5" / 179cm tall.

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After graduating from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Joan moved to New York to become a model. Within a year, Elite Model Management signed her in 2007. Just like that, Joan Smalls was a model.

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Success did not happen for Joan Smalls overnight, but, in the grand scheme of things, it did happen before long. After getting her start with Elite, Joan grew dissatisfied with the slow pace of her career and moved to IMG Models in 2009. IMG put her on the S/S catwalks for Givenchy in January 2010. Joan was a huge hit and began getting other offers. She has continued to walk the runways for Givenchy, Versace, and other top brands ever since.

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Joan Smalls walking in the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Joan walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show from 2011 to 2016. She wore the largest wings yet in the 2016 show held in the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Constance Jablonski and Joan Smalls for Tom Pecheux's new looks for Estée Lauder.

Smalls is perhaps best known for her ads for Estée Lauder. These include Estée Lauder's Double Wear Makeup and Even Skintone Illuminator skin treatment. Joan has collaborated with Estée Lauder to design 12 New Matte Lipsticks as permanent parts of the brand's offerings.

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In 2017, Joan became the face of Moschino fragrance Fresh Couture Gold, her first such fragrance campaign. That year, Smalls also became the first Global Fashion Innovator for W Hotels Worldwide.

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Among Joan Small's covers:

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March Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Harper's Bazaar Arabia 
2017
December Vogue Italy
October Harper's Bazaar Japan
September The Impression, Vogue Japan, Vogue Japan, Harper's Bazaar Korea, Harper's Bazaar Spain, Harper's Bazaar Germany, Harper's Bazaar Netherlands, Harper's Bazaar Czech
June Vogue Brazil, Vogue Brazil
March Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Harper's Bazaar Man Malaysia
February ES Magazine
January V Magazine, Vogue Mexico 

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Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn
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and Joan Smalls, of course.

Joan has an enviable list of "firsts" as a model. These include being the first Puerto Rican to be the top model for Givenchy, Gucci, Chanel, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein Jeans, and many, many other top brands.

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Smalls has won some prestigious awards as a model. She was named "Model of the Year" at the 9th Annual "Style Awards" in September 2012. Her fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford posted on her own Facebook page that Smalls "has great style - sexy and elegant with a touch of tomboy thrown in!"

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Joan Small's in "Yoncé."

Like many top models, Joan has dipped her toe into acting. She has been in "Set It Up" (2018), "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017), and the videos "Kanye West: Wolves" (2016) and "Yoncé" (2014) for Beyoncé,  among several other projects.

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Joan Smalls in Isabela, Puerto Rico (Brock Stoneham via NBC News).

Joan Smalls has almost 3 million followers on Instagram, which is a huge number, and she posts about once a day.

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Joan Smalls in Isabela, Puerto Rico (Brock Stoneham via NBC News).

Smalls participates in Project Sunshine, Jeans for Refugees, The Garden of Dreams Foundations, and other philanthropic projects.




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