Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ana Paula Araújo, Body Painting Pioneer


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Ana Paula Araujo.

Ana Paula Araujo (born October 25, 1981) is a Brazilian model who works mainly outside the United States. Ana appeared in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In addition to working with world-class photographers on her SI shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in the 2007 edition.

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Ana was born in Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil. A photographer spotted her in her hometown when she was 14, and that changed her life. She quickly moved to  São Paulo, which took a bit of convincing of her mother.

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After that, Ana was on her way. She became one of the country’s most popular models, zooming to the top of the Brazilian modelling firmament. Since 2003, Ana has appeared on the runway for many top-flight designers, including Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Mark Ecko, YSL Rive Gauche, Zac Posen, Sebastian Pons and Liz Claiborne.

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The 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover was a group shot, and Ana was thrilled to be chosen. “To be in Sports Illustrated is such a huge thing,” she gushed. “I’m excited!”

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The 2007 SI Swimsuit Edition also featured rookies Bar Refaeli, Selita Ebanks and Raica Oliveira.

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Ana Paula Araújo is a Scorpio.


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Ana continues to model and appears in Victoria's Secret and top fashion magazines around the world.

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Ana Paula Araújo.

There is a famous broadcaster in Brazil with the same name, and they bear a faint resemblance to each other, so it is easy to mix the two up.


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Ana Paula Araujo


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Barbara Palvin, Hungarian Sensation


Stunning Barbara Palvin


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Barbara Palvin.

Barbara Palvin quite possibly is the most beautiful girl in the world. My aim in this brief article is to make the case for that.


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Barbara Palvin at Cannes.

I know, there is lots of competition for "most beautiful girl in the world." Whoever you love will fit that description. It depends upon your personal taste and what is important to you. There are the usual suspects for that title, the ones that make the tabloids every week and whose every trip to the market makes headlines.


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But if we're talking about portrait-style, classic beguiling looks, Barbara Palvin has them.


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Barbara Palvin walked in the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion show and consistently ranks among the top-paid models.


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Her career continues to reach new peaks.


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And, well... just look at her!

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Picking out any one girl as the prettiest is certain to raise hackles of just about everybody, because beauty is subjective. "How can you say this girl is prettier than that one!"

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Barbara really is stunning, but so are lots of models. Is there something that makes Barbara Palvin stand out in particular? Well, yes there is. She has "The Look." Either you have it, or you don't. Barbara Palvin has it. You may blow that off as nonsense, and your opinion is as valid as anyone else's - but fortunes are made and fashion empires rise or fall on it. Fortunes rise with Barbara Palvin.

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Barbara as the cover star of the fourth issue of Spain-based publication Tiger Magazine. Photographer: Papo Waisman.

Anybody asked to name top models will tick off names like Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Adriana Lima, and whoever was in the tabloids last week. Or, they might just go to the "highest paid" list and pick out Gisele Bundchen, who pretty much has that title retired forever. There are many other supermodels, of course, and everyone has their favorites. Barbara Palvin is among them, she just isn't as big a celebrity as many of the others.

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Few people outside the business are going to immediately be able to name Barbara Palvin based on a picture here or there. She's that girl that people go, "I've seen her everywhere... is that who she is?" You can bet that everybody in the fashion industry knows exactly who Barbara Palvin is, and they all want to hire her - if they can.

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Despite her beauty, Barbara Palvin is not a household name, at least outside of her native Hungary - or, should I say, at least not yet. She certainly is not one in the United States except among the truly knowledgeable.

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I hate to even mention this, but if you are to understand the Barbara-verse, it needs to be mentioned. The rap against Barbara is - get this - that she's a little heavy. The haters say that is why she doesn't walk in the Victoria's Secret show every year, where you have to be truly stick-thin (the people at Victoria's Secret itself have never said that, but it is common knowledge). Let's be real, Victoria's Secret does not like girls who don't fit the usual thin mold, like Kate Upton and Barbara Palvin. And, Barbara Palvin is hardly thick. You be the judge, but it's not like Barbara's a plus-size model. I mean, let's be real.

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Anybody who into fashion or, well, just hot girls, though, should know about Barbara Palvin.

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Barbara's pictures are splashed across the pages of the hottest fashion magazines in the world, just about everywhere. In Europe, she rules.

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So, this is the hottest girl in the fashion world today. It literally is unusual to open a high fashion magazine in Europe today (and many in the States) and not see Barbara Palvin somewhere inside. No, they don't mention her name, she's just... there.

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Anyway, just to start somewhere, Barbara Palvin (born 8 October 1993 in Budapest) is Hungarian fashion supermodel and quite proud of that fact, thank you very much.

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Palvin was born in Budapest, Hungary, and has interests in singing and football (soccer).

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She also is branching out into acting, appearing in the Dwayne Johnson film "Hercules" that was released on July 25, 2014. Barbara played Antimache. She also has played herself - a fictionalized version of herself - in television short series "Love Advent" (2016) and some other projects.

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Since it was shot in Budapest under Brett Ratner's direction, Barbara was at home during the "Hercules" shoot, which must have been nice for her. Must be nice to have a top Hollywood production that you are appearing in come halfway around the world to film in your own backyard.

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The "Hercules" film was loaded with pretty girls, as Irina Shayk also appeared as Megara. Shayk and Palvin are generally considered two of the most attractive women in the world and they are good pals.

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Young Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin has way too many covers to list. Just a small sampling from 2016/17 should suffice:
  • Elle Russia August 2017 
  • Maxim December 2016/January 2017
  • Elle Hungary, October 2016
  • Nero Journal N 3, Fall 2016
  • Elle Hungary, July 2016
  • In Style Korea, June 2016
  • Glamour Hungary, June 2016
  • Allure Russia, June 2016
  • Elle Italia, May 2016
  • Marie Claire Hungary, April 2016
  • Women in Chanel Collector's Edition, March 2016
  • Reckon Albums, February 2016
  • Elle Serbia, February 2016
  • Cartier De Lune Fragrance, January 2016

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Some more Barbara covers (way too many to list all of them):

2015
October Elle Hungary
June Harper's Bazaar Korea, L'Officiel France
February 10 Magazine Australia
January Vogue Portugal

2014
December Vogue Portugal
November Black Magazine
June Harper's Bazaar Spain
May Marie Claire 2 Italy, Marie Claire Italy, Marie Claire 2 Italy
March glass UK

2013
November Cosmopolitan Bulgaria
October Elle Korea
August Cosmopolitan Hungary, Cosmopolitan Hungary
July Glamour Italy
June El País Semanal
May L'Officiel Turkey, L'Officiel France
April Marie Claire Italy
March Elle UK, Cosmopolitan Mexico, Antidote
February Cosmopolitan Hungary


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Barbara enjoying the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

The story goes that Palvin was innocently walking along a street in Budapest one day at the age of 13 when a photographer spotted her. It couldn't have been hard to spot such a beauty, and that is how dreams are made.

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After doing some local modelling, Barbara, an ambitious girl, moved to Asia to further her career. There, she gained such fame that Paris came calling. Paris, of course, is the Mecca of modelling, and when it calls, models grab their stuff and run.

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Since then, Barbara Palvin has been the face of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Emanuel Ungaro, Christopher Kane, Julien MacDonald, Jeremy Scott, Vivienne Westwood, Etro and many other lines.

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If you open any glossy, oversized fashion magazine, odds are good you will see Barbara somewhere inside. And that includes the Victoria's Secret catalog and fashion show.

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While perhaps not one of the best known fashion models outside of fashion circles, Barbara Palvin is at the top of the list with those who know what is going on in the fashion world.

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Barbara is perhaps best known for being a Victoria's Secret Angel, though her career goes way, way beyond that. If you have ever heard the term "top Paris fashion model," think of Barbara Palvin.

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Barbara has a knack for looking like just a regular girl when she wants to

Make no mistake, when Barbara Palvin enters a room, people take notice. She's not some old warhorse who saw her best days in the '80s and '90s, she's here and now, the face of the 2010s.

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She's one of the top earners in the fashion world, with contacts filling up her bank accounts around the globe. Take that, haters!

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Fortunately for us, Barbara still has a playful sense of humor and you can usually see her sparkly personality shine through in her shoots.

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There's also a lot of depth to Barbara, she has perhaps the most expressive eyes in the business.

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Even in her private moments there's just something about Barbara Palvin.

Barbara usually keeps a fairly low profile about her private life. Sometimes, though, she gets a little more notice than she probably wants.

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Barbara gained notoriety when rumors hit a few years ago that she was dating Justin Bieber. It wasn't true - apparently - but you know how it goes, "So-and-so was spotted with so-and-so," which in the tabloid press means they're already married and having babies.

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A Vogue Netherlands editorial September/October 2014. She does the dead-eye model look as well as anyone.

Of course, Selena Gomez, who was Justin's girlfriend at the time, took notice of the feeding frenzy. She started a little twitter feud with Barbara, just as the tabloids hoped. Since Bieber has proven since then that he's totally into Selena Gomez, or into himself, or however you want to put it, the rumors probably weren't true, but you never know....

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Barbara Palvin has the most haunting eyes

However, indications are that Barbara Palvin never lost sight of where she came from and it was all just a media concoction, foisted on a gullible public because she is the latest pretty girl. It later came out that while she was supposedly dating Bieber, in fact she was dating Kristóf Somfai, her high school classmate from far-off Budapest.

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Barbara literally could have dated anyone in the world, and it turned out to be someone from her home town with whom she went to school at one point. She must have had a crush on him for years or something like that, just an ordinary interaction between people. Barbara, of course, is just your average nice, simple, ordinary girl who happens to be famous around the world and can pretty much name her own price for fashion shoots. Fabulous.

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As of 2016, Barbara Palvin is:
  • No. 4 on the Maxim Hot 100;
  • No. 14 on the Money Girls list of Models.com
  • A member of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie Class
  • the new face of Armani's signature scent "Acqua di Gioia."
Not a bad year.

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Barbara is 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in), with brown hair and blue eyes. So far, so good. Barbara's weight, though, is a matter of some controvery among fans of top models.

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Barbara reacted personally on Twitter when some people made unkind comments after her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit pictures were released.

As mentioned above, the rap against Barbara is that she is a little heavy. That became an issue in February 2016 when Sports Illustrated released the shots from her Swimsuit shoot. Let's be plain: Barbara Palvin does have curves, and they are gorgeous curves. But people take that way too far. Okay, some people actually use the "F" word.

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It's a shame that people feel they have to fat-shame Barbara, because Barbara Palvin makes any swimsuit or gown or lingerie look perfect. Plus, let's take a step back and take a deep breath: the people who decide these things, be it at Victoria's Secret or Sports Illustrated or casting directors, don't think that Barbara Palvin is fat. And that is what counts.

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Anyway, thanks for learning more about the hottest fashion model in the world today, Barbara Palvin.

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