Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Portrait #2


Runway model


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Morning Eye Candy

Justin Adamson
Male model Justin Adamson

Friday, November 21, 2008

New models don't need to take modeling classes to learn how to pose for photos

New models don't need to take modeling classes to learn how to pose for photos. Just hit the gym. A good photographer will do the rest by showing you how to pose during the photo shoot.

The best way to obtain training on how to pose is by being a model for a few photo shoots. New models learn posing from trial and error. They try a pose, then later see what the pose looks like in the resulting photo. After a photo shoot or two, models quickly learn which poses generally work best.

So, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a modeling school or modeling classes, it is smarter to spend your money on travel cost to get to a big city to be able to pose for a top-notch photographer. They shoot models for free, so you just need to get to their by paying for your airfare and hotel.

Posing Continually

Most college guys who visit have never modeled professionally. When most think of posing, they think of the movie Zoolander, where a model moves fast as a photographer rapidly takes pictures. While the male model moves, the photographer captures many photos at a rapid-fire pace.

Posing One Pose at a Time

New models need to take a slow approach to posing to find their own "Blue Steel" or "Le Tigre." Most new models follow a photographer's instructions on how to pose. The model holds still for each shot and then slightly changes his position for the next shot.

Subtle Changes Produce Great Effects

A model should avoid drastic changes when moving. Sometimes a subtle change between two very similar photos makes a photo excellent above the other. Slight changes in the position of male model's head or body can make an average photo into an incredible photo. Changes in head position of only one-quarter inch, not an inch, can sometimes make male models look younger or years older.

This gradual posing technique is best for photos that show your body because flexing can be difficult. A model must flex each muscle group separately. He flexes his abs, then moves on to flexing his quads, biceps and then extends his lats. After all this flexing, he still needs to give a good facial expression. The photo is rejected if the model forgets to flex a muscle group. When flexing, the male model does not move away from where he is standing. He moves his body while generally staying in the same spot.

Holding Poses for Long Periods

Some photographers pose their models intricately among props and surroundings. They position every prop as well as the model perfectly. The photos are treated as one would create a painting. If a model moves, the photo is ruined. This may involve holding still for 30-90 seconds, much like a statue.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Counter suit filed over 'Project Runway' rights

The Lifetime cable TV network has counter-sued NBC Universal, Bravo and The Weinstein Company over the rights to the TV program "Project Runway" in the latest legal action that has left the hit show in limbo.

The suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan late on Tuesday, seeks exclusive rights over the fashion design contest starring model Heidi Klum that had been scheduled to jump to the Lifetime Network from its cable TV rival Bravo.

It follows similar legal action filed in New York State Supreme Court by NBC Universal, the media wing of General Electric Co and the owner of Bravo, against the producer of the series, The Weinstein Co. NBC sought to keep the show on one of its channels.

In September a state court ruling temporarily halted plans by The Weinstein Co to take its fashion program to Lifetime and prevented Lifetime from marketing or broadcasting the series until the case was decided. Lifetime now seeks to have the case permanently moved to federal court.

"Project Runway," in which contestants design new clothes each week and are judged by Klum and other fashion experts, has finished showing its fifth season and has already shot much of its sixth season.

Its popularity continues to increase and last season it averaged 4 million viewers. The first episodes of the show's sixth season will be ready to air in December, the federal lawsuit said, but without a settlement the show may not be seen for months.

Lifetime, which targets women and is owned by Hearst Corp and The Walt Disney Co., seeks a judgment saying its rights to the show trump any of those claimed by NBC. It also named The Weinstein Co as a defendant, so it would not transfer any conflicting rights to NBC.

The Weinstein Co, the studio run by Miramax Films founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein, has said it is still committed to the Lifetime deal it says was worth $200 million over five years.

The state court ruling said NBC Universal had shown, among other things, a likelihood that it might eventually prove it had a right of first refusal to re-sign the show to a new cable TV distribution contract before Weinstein reached a separate agreement with Lifetime.

While the future of "Project Runway" is pending, Bravo is moving ahead with a similar design competition show, where winners will be decided by the audience.

A lawyer for NBC Universal said she could not comment on the case. Lawyers for Lifetime and a spokesperson for The Weinstein Co were not immediately available for comment.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hugh Jackman - the sexiest man of 2008

Aussie Adonis Hugh Jackman was named People magazine's Sexiest Man of 2008. He stars in the epic film, "Australia," with Nicole Kidman, which opens internationally on Nov. 26. The multi-talented Jackman can not only do action and romance, but he sings and dances. He won a Tony award in 2004 for his performance in the Broadway musical, "The Boy From Oz," about the life of Peter Allen.

Sorry, ladies, he's taken. Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness since 1996, and they have two children. He told "GMA" his wife was the sexiest woman he knew and said "the secret to romance is surprise."

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Fashion designer convicted of sexual assault

An up-and-coming fashion designer who has worked with A-list celebrities was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting seven girls and women, some of them aspiring models lured to Los Angeles with promises of jobs and stays at luxury hotels.

After nearly two weeks of deliberation, a jury found Anand Jon Alexander, once featured on "America's Next Top Model," guilty of 14 felonies, including forcible rape, and two misdemeanors.

Born in India, Alexander graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York and launched a fashion line in 1999.
Before his arrest last year, Alexander was featured on "Top Model" and touted by Newsweek as a person to watch. His Web site lists dozens of celebrity A-listers as clients, including Paris Hilton, described as a fan of Alexander's hand-printed jeans, which sell for more than $700. He has also worked with singer Mary J. Blige.
The 34-year-old designer faces a mandatory life sentence because the jury found he had committed multiple forceful acts against multiple victims. Authorities said his victims ranged in age from 14 to 21.

"The ones that we know of are probably the tip of the iceberg of what truly exists," prosecutor Frances Young said outside court after the verdicts were read.

"Mr. Alexander is a 34-year-old man who masquerades as a fashion designer," Young said. "Similar to the way pedophiles surround themselves with children, he chose a career where be could be surrounded by young, very naive, very impressionable girls ... and victimized them."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


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Earnings As a Male Fitness Model

The male fitness modeling industry is different from men's fashion modeling, with different photographers and industry players. Talent agents and modeling agencies are unnecessary in this arena. If a guy is muscular, it is easier to break into the fitness modeling business - at least on a part-time basis - than to become a male fashion model. While male fashion modeling is centered around clothing fashion designers, fitness modeling is geared toward supplements and fitness magazines. Male fashion models show off clothing. Male fitness models show off their muscles.

Male fitness models earn less than their fashion counterparts, but opportunities abound in the fitness industry - even for residents of small cities and towns. While a guy who wants to become a fashion model needs to live in a big city, a muscular guy does not need to live in a major city to get fitness modeling bookings. He simply needs to effortlessly get himself to a big city to pose for a fitness photographer. Professionals will not work with you if traveling requires a lot of their time to schedule.

Initial fitness modeling gigs with fitness magazine photographers do not pay much. Most guys want these type of modeling jobs so they can appear in a fitness magazine and possibly impress personal training clients - they do not appear in fitness magazines to get rich. The fitness photographers either pay you a flat fee at the time of the shoot, or pay you after photos are sold. With the latter payment option, the fitness photographer will submit the resulting photos to fitness magazines and products who advertise in fitness magazines. If the fitness photographer sells a photo in which you appear, he will split the proceeds 50-50 with you.

Renzo Rosso signs Marc Jacobs menswear agreement

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Renzo Rosso's Staff International SpA, part of his Only the Brave holdings, is welcoming Marc Jacobs to its designer fold.
The firm, which also counts Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf and Vivienne Westwood among its star names, has signed a five-year worldwide licensing agreement to produce and distribute the Marc Jacobs menswear collection, starting with the spring/summer 2010 collection.
"If it's good enough for Martin Margiela, it's good enough for me," says Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs International. "We have many different divisions, labels and price points in our menswear division and I think [Staff] can be of great help in developing all of these projects."
The license, which was formerly held by Gibò, has been heralded by Rosso as a "precious pearl" to add to his portfolio.
"I have always admired Marc's outstanding work, his creative independence and his capacity to create new trends," he tells today's WWD.

David Beckham and his son

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Too Skinny Male Models Banned in U.K.

Skinny male models have been banned from The Clothes Show after a rise of 67 per cent in the number of men suffering from anorexia, so-called 'manorexia'.
Gavin Brown, managing director of the live show - which banned size zero girls in 2006 - said the rise over the past five years 'has been attributed to the fashion industry's increasing preference for very slender male models'. He added: 'The show has refused to employ what appears to be unnaturally thin male models as part of an ongoing commitment to promoting a healthy body image.'
Azmina Govindji, a dietician with the British Dietetic Association, said: 'Our view is that anything that idolises skinniness in men or women is potentially harmful.'

Michelle Obama's election outfits

After years of lacklustre fashion leadership from the White House, America has finally got a First Lady-elect with a strong and powerful sense of individual style.
New York magazine hailed Obama for being able to hold her own against France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former supermodel.
"We have a feeling she'll continue to mix affordable pieces with designer pieces as First Lady, but this wardrobe choice proves this woman knows fashion and we have an exciting four years of political fashion ahead of us," the magazine said.
"What will she choose for the inaugural ball? The suspense is so exciting! And you know what else is great about this? We don't have to envy France for Carla Bruni anymore!"
Interest in Obama's fashion has soared since she won particular praise for the purple sheath dress and black belt she wore in June when her husband clinched the nomination as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate.
While Republican candidate John McCain's wife Cindy and his vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin drew criticism for their high-end wardrobes, Obama won fans for affordable style.
Obama wore a $150 dress on "The View" talk show, which became an instant hit. For "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last week, she donned an outfit from chain store J.Crew.
She has even inspired a website -- -- dedicated to taking "a regular look at what and who she's wearing" and encouraging enthusiasm for "the budding style icon, Mrs O."

Michelle Obama has signified a new order of fashion fireworks.
Her red and black “victory” dress by Narciso Rodriguez was vibrant and exciting. Narciso Rodriguez, 47, is one of America’s best-known designers. The son of Cuban immigrants, he launched his own label in 1998 and sprang to fame when he designed the wedding dress for Carolyne Bessette for her marriage to John F. Kennedy Jr.
His modernist, streamlined signature has attracted customers such as Salma Hayek, Claire Danes, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Weisz.
Designers all over New York must now be in a fever of anticipation, hoping they will be the one selected to dress Michelle Obama for the Inauguration Ball in January.