Thursday, November 26, 2020

Elyse Taylor, Australian Lightning!

🎵I met a great lady, she made me nervous🎵
🎵She took me in and gave me breakfast🎵

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Elyse Taylor walking at the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Elyse Taylor (born 20 October 1986) is an Australian model who has made quite an international splash. This is appropriate as Elyse considers herself a water baby who feels best at the beach. Most people, though, think she belongs best in the pages of the world's top fashion magazines.

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Victoria's Secret fans probably know Elyse Taylor best from her appearance in the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (Segment 3, Pink Planet).

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For a top international model, Elyse got her start relatively late in life. Everything is relative, and being discovered at the ripe old age of 18 by the agent of a model friend is not the norm in these elite circles. It's considered relatively normal to be discovered by the age of 14 in many areas of the world, so Elyse did things a bit differently.

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Elyse Taylor on the cover of the Vietnamese edition of Harper's Bazaar.

Elyse is from Sydney, Australia. There are a lot of pretty girls in Sydney, so Elyse must have really stood out. But, one look at her and you will understand what the agent saw in her.

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Elyse Taylor, left, with fellow supermodels Erin Heatherton and Lindsay Ellingson during an April 2012 Victoria's Secret photoshoot entitled "Angela's in Love."

After getting her first catwalk appearance, the Spring/Summer 2005 show, under her belt, Elyse was on her way. She worked steadily after that, but 2009 seemed to be a high point in her career. Aside from the Victoria's Secret show, Elyse also appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia and GQ Australia. This followed covers for Elle Sweden in September 2005 and Elle Poland in January 2006, so clearly, the world was catching on to the charms of Elyse Taylor.

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Elyse Taylor posing for Victoria's Secret in 2012.

Aside from the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Elyse also appeared in the 2012 Victoria's Secret Autumn/Winter PINK catalog and the Spring/Summer Swimsuit catalog.

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Elyse Taylor posing for O'Neill.

In 2011, Elyse was named to represent surf brand O'Neill, very appropriate for a water baby. This gave her a start in judging competitions, as she judged the brand's O'Neill Model Search. This experience proved handy when Elyse appeared as a guest judge on cycle 9 of Australia's Next Top Model in 2015.

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Elyse is 5'9" / 175cm with blonde hair and blue eyes.

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Married to Seth Campbell in 2014, Elyse had daughter Lila Louise in March of that year. She and Campbell reportedly split in 2016.

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Having a baby didn't slow Elyse down, however. She was named as the face of Australian make-up brand Nude by Nature in March 2017.

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Elyse is active on Instagram, where at last look she had 152,000 followers. She is repped by IMG Australia and One Management.

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Taylor now lives in New York City with her daughter but maintains close ties with her native Australia.

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Modeling has changed so much now. We didn’t used have a voice, but now thanks to social media everyone has become three dimensional. The downside of showing every facet of your life is that if you make one wrong move, everything can end in five minutes.

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I work out every single day unless I’m spending the day with my daughter. I do genuinely enjoy exercising, and find it really clears my mind and definitely helps get my body moving when I travel so much.

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The boldest move in my life was probably moving to NYC when I was only 17. It changed my life forever.

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Living in New York City where everyone’s on top of each other can feel a little dirty. I take time to really cleanse my skin and focus on keeping it clean and moisturized.

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Someone once said: "You don't have to explain why you want what you want, do what you do, love what you love, or need what you need. You are allowed to live a life some people don't understand." This advice has always stayed with me.


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Julia Stegner, Towering Talent

Julia Stegner, German Tower of Power

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Julia Stegner (Julia Stegner Instagram page).
Julia Stegner is a German model born in Munich, Bavaria, on 2 November 1984. Stegner is very familiar to Victoria's Secret fans, having appeared in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows.
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All models are tall, that's one of the reasons they become models. Julia is a full 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall, which even in elite circles sets her apart from some of the other models.

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Julia Stegner at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Julia experienced a growth spurt in high school and acquired the nickname of "beanpole," which she doesn't seem to mind. Naturally, being tall, she played some basketball locally. B-ball, however, wasn't her passion.

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Julia in somewhat more casual wear after the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

We'll get to her passion in a moment, but the lovely Julia had a lot of other things going for her. In addition to being tall, Julia also had something else going for her. Namely, she was and is a stunning lady.

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So, having the two key ingredients necessary for the modeling world, namely, being tall and being exquisite, Julia caught quite a few eyes at a young age. In the fashion world, people can tell quite early whether you've "got the goods." It's not something that a growing young girl can exactly keep a secret.

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Julia Stegner in the Sexy Crystal Princesses segment of the 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, her debut in The Show.

So, when she was 14 years old, Julia was spotted by Louisa von Minckwitz of Louisa Models at an Oktoberfest celebration. At least, that's the official story. These things aren't always as straightforward as just being "spotted," but we'll go with it because, who knows, sometimes it might actually be true.

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Louisa Models took photos, and clients soon began biting. Julia's first gig was with Tilla Lindig. Finding she liked "the life," Julia quickly moved to Paris. Thus began an enduring tale.

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The rest is history, continuing history shall we say. You can't keep charms like that hidden, and Supreme Management signed the lovely Julia in 2003. Stegner opened that fall's Yves Saint Laurent show, not a bad gig for a rookie.

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Julia Stegner posing on the cover of the May 2019 German Vogue with, you guessed it, her pet pooch.

Within a short time, Julia was on the cover of various editions of Vogue (June and July 2003, Italy, and many since) and later Elle (November 2008, France).

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Julia Stegner on the cover of the January 2008 German Vogue.

Yes, someone like Julia Stegner gets a lot of covers, too many to list. Okay, let us look at some of this beauty's recent covers as of this writing just as a sample of Julia's work over the past two decades:

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  • May Porter
  • February Elle Italy

2019

  • November Woman Madame Figaro Spain
  • October Madame Figaro Greece
  • September Elle Germany
  • August Madame Figaro France
  • May Vogue Germany

2018

  • December The Edit

2017

  • January NumĂ©ro Berlin

2016

  • October The Edit, Elle Germany
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Julia Stegner in the 2005 Pirelli Calendar (Patrick Demarchelier).

Many will remember Julia from her work in the 2005 Pirelli Calendar, which apparently has become a bit of a collector's item, but that was just one of many prime gigs. If you want to get a very full view of Julia Stegner, look it up.

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Since her breakthrough, Julia has worked for brands such as Hugo Boss, Mercedes Benz, and Aquascutum. Despite being a model legend by this point, Julia continues walking the runway, including the Autumn/Winter New York show for Zimmerman. Hey, nice work if you can get it!

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If you want to keep up with Julia Stegner, which requires quite a bit of energy, you can follow her on Instagram. She posts quite a few photos of her dog, but you'll get your fair share of Julia Stegner, too. Or, you can just go to her website, too.

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