MUSIC 1968 MAGAZINE
“FROM TORONTO TO THE WORLD”
ISSUE 2 - 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS
NIGHT OUT Photographed by Pino Gomes
BLACK TO SUIT Photographed by Lior Nordman
INTERVIEW Musician Tenille
INTERVIEW Sarah Beam by Hayley Chato
INTERVIEW Model of the Issue - Aksana Samuylova
INSPIRING BEAUTY Photographed by Anna Gunselman
PREHISTORIC TREND Photographed by Cyril Lagel
VEGETARIAN LADY Photographed by Javier Galue
IN THIS ISSUE...
LABEL REBELS A Persinnal Essay by Hayley Chato
B.W. Photographed by David Benoliel
TRAVEL Maldives - Anantara Kihavah Villas
COVER Photographed by Cyril Lagel
INTERVIEW Model/DJ Xenia Tchoumitcheva
INTERVIEW Artist Thrush Holmes
INTERVIEW - MODEL / DJ
XENIA TCHOUMITCHEVA Model / DJ
enia Tchoumitcheva, born August 5th, 1989, is a Swiss actress with Russian origins and a multi facetted threat: model, DJ, and host. Compared to a young Brigitte Bardot, Ms. Tchoumitcheva has parlayed a first runner-up result in the famed Miss Switzerland pageant into establishing herself as a bankable talent with strong media ties and brand relationships.
Miss Tchoumitcheva began to work as an actress in commercials and music videos in 2007, and is remembered for one of her early spots for the Spanish and Swiss watch brand Candino-Festina. She starred as protagonist in the short movie “Les Enfants de la Hônte” of the French film maker Alain Margot, which appeared on the NIFF film festival, and the French long-met rage “Bob et les Sex Pistaches”. May 2010 saw the release of a music video with the
A native of Lugano, Switzerland, she speaks five languages fluently (Italian, Russian, English, German and French) and recently graduated from University in Science of Economics. Xenia began modeling at the age of 12, and gained notoriety as a young beauty in her hometown. Her first runnerup place showing in the Miss Switzerland stirred a national controversy (why didn’t she win?), and for the first time in history, the Miss Switzerland organization took the unprecedented step of offering Tchoumitcheva an appearance contract similar to that of the winner. Within short order, the press crowned Xenia as the “#1 most eligible single woman in Switzerland” and having the “Best Bikini Body”, while gracing the covers of Schweizer Illustrierte and several highend magazines. She is represented by Elite Model Management, and after university she took acting classes at the New York Film Academy.
Italian music artist Paolo Meneguzzi. It was Tchoumitcheva’s first video to be produced and released in Italy. She also appeared in a role in the Hollywood movie “Without Men” with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater. Xenia hosted Fashion TV and Miss Switzerland 2011 live on the 3 national channels. With a keen interest in business, Xenia has been selfmanaging herself for several years, and has interned at different financial institutions, such as Merrill Lynch, the London Hedge Fund Duet Group and JP Morgan Chase. Xenia is the spokes model for numerous brands, including: Audi, Burger King, Visilab Sunglasses, and Casino Lugano, amongst others, and travels constantly the world while pursuing her own branding business, as well as her DJ appearances, and fashion shootings. She writes a monthly column for the cultural magazine Schweizer Monats and the luxury US magazine Haute Living.
MODEL / DJ
What’s the biggest crowd you’ve ever DJed to? At the Street Parade in Zurich, that year there were about 600,000 people. How do you motivate the crowd? You have to feel the crowd, to know if they want something stronger or softer, quicker or slower. It’s all about the mood in the air. Who do you most respect in the DJ world? I like djs who can transform songs into better ones. What motivates you? The music I like, and of course having fun and dancing along.
Xenia: Model, DJ, Host, Actress. Which one do you enjoy the most? I would say it’s a package, the show business. I self manage my name and “brand it”, and get bookings via my webpage www.xeniaonline.com Having an already prosperous career as a model, what made you look into becoming a DJ? The clubs kept on booking me as a VIP presence, and I wanted to contribute somehow; I love when people dance, jump or raise their hands when I put my music on. Do you use an alias name as a DJ? Not at all, my full name works well. What makes you different from other DJs? I am a model and TV presenter who learned how to DJ, I’m not a professional, but I am not bad at all, I have a music ear as I used to do modern dance for 10 years. What was the first event you ever played at? I think it was in a club and I was with another dj, who was there in case I did something wrong :) What was your favorite city you traveled to work to? I love them all, it all depends on how warm the crowd is. I work mostly in Switzerland, as for me those are easy bookings. If you could play anywhere, where would you choose? At a private event in a big house on the sea, with my friends. Do you find it hard having to travel a lot? I travel a lot for modelling more than for my dj job, and no, as I self manage myself, I am also very flexible with my schedule.
What has been the greatest experience you have had so far? I would say very recently hosting miss Switzerland live on the three channels on TV. I love the adrenaline of a live show. Who is your fashion icon? I love Kate Moss in the model world. Do you have any dreams that you consider yet unfulfilled? Sure, having my own holding of different businesses. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Sports, cooking, friends and books. How do you see the scene 5 years from now? The clubbing world is gonna become more futuristic, visual shows and musical special effects will be integrated. What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? Are you happy? Yes, I’m very lucky.
INTERVIEW - ARTIST
hrush Holmes is a self-taught Torontobased artist, who at 29, has exhibited throughout Canada and the US, and has been placed among Canada’s topselling living artists. His work has been accessioned into numerous celebrity and high-profile collections, including the Government of Ontario Art Collection, and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Art Collection (Canada), and has garnered considerable national and international critical acclaim. Thrush Holmes creates diverse compositions in several disciplines and under multiple names (THRUSH HOLMES, C.
Thrush Holmes: artist, singer, songwriter, photographer. Which one do you enjoy the most? I would say “artist” represents the integrated whole. As I get older it becomes increasingly difficult to separate such things. The level of enjoyment and disdain is the same throughout. What does your art work mean to you? Communication. What is your favorite media and surface? I navigate through media in waves. Certain pieces necessitate a particular approach. I can’t be satisfied with the regimented use of one medium or surface. Can’t say that I really have a preference. What is your source of inspiration? OUTPUT. What are your favorite themes? Still life, Romanticism, Idealism, Mythology. Do you have an overall style and aesthetic for your art? My work is wildly varied. I don’t know if I’m the best person to address this question as I have such difficulty when generalizing what I do.
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CHANGE), ranging from abstract painting to photographicbased mixed-media compositions, both intimate and tremendous in scale. The scope of his current work is wide, tackling notions of art, myth, introspection, and biography, while maneuvering a wide range of iconography, visual vocabulary, and mediums.
ARTIST What do you consider your biggest achievement as an artist? I don’t think in these terms. I’m never really satisfied with achievements. I reconcile myself with the universe. What or who made you what you are today? Fate and perseverance. You achieved a global audience for your work that includes customers in Dubai, Japan, Korea and Germany, amongst others, and famous names like Halle Berry and Elton John. How does this make you feel? The celebration of these things is fleeting for me. I’m constantly reevaluating my situation and am too curious about things to come to linger in the history of my successes.
What message do you wish to communicate with your art? Don’t know if there is a central message. I try not to assert any lessons. Each piece has its own set of communicative characteristics. Are you seeking for a particular reaction from the viewer? I try to make the work seductive enough to be universal. When a particular piece achieves an audience, it needs to have the ability to sustain it. It should perform on a variety of emotional planes. I try to avoid indifference in the viewer - I much prefer a love or hate response. When do you consider an art piece is finished? They usually let me know when they’re through tormenting me. At a certain point the piece succumbs and there is a marked shift in our relationship. The room becomes brighter.
Do you do commissioned artwork? I don’t. I stopped agreeing to this a few years ago. I found it too compromising and I would invariably be trying with some desperation to please the unknown desires of the lone patron. I don’t have the constitution for it anymore. What does Thrush Holmes Empire mean to you? I don’t know anymore. Like anything, I think I’ll understand it with more clarity when in retrospect. I’m shutting it down to pursue other opportunities at the end of December after 5 years. What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? Perhaps I would ask what happens next - to which I would respond: I’m writing a screen play, doing a few shows, producing miscellaneous collaborative projects, setting up another studio, etc., etc....
How long does it typically take you to complete a finished work? Somewhere between 10 minutes and 10 months. How has your art evolved in the past years? Radically. I’m always in the act of becoming. I think the most considerable change is in responsibility. When I was younger I would release everything, and now I edit in an effort to have a leaner catalogue of work. What is the greatest challenge or obstacle you face when making your art? Dealing with the associated chemicals. I’ve developed a sensitivity due to prolonged exposure. It’s a drag - I have to be more cautious and take breaks, which becomes challenging given my inherent impetuousness. I’m a demon worker and have a reputation for working around the clock. I suppose overarching is also a problem.
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IN THIS ISSUE...
Thrush Holmes Self - taught Toronto based artist, Thrush Holmes has been placed among Canada’s top-selling living artists, and his work has been accessioned into numerous celebrity and high-profile collections. (Page 6)
Unsurpassed luxury at Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives. Highlighting the resort’s idylic location in the dazzling Indian Ocean, seamless style is achieved with contemporary interiors featuring local accents in every room and color schemes that take inspiration from the surrounding coral reefs... (Page 92)
Model of the Issue Introducing Aksana Samuylova as our model of the issue. Born in Belarus, started her modelling carreer at the age of 15, and is now signed with Pride Model Management, Miami. (Page 50)
We’d like to hear from you... Xenia Tchoumitcheva The other side of the model... Xenia: Model, DJ, Host & Actress. Which one does she enjoy the most? (Page 4)
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Tenille The youngest artist to be nominated for CCMA Female Artist of the year. “I’ve been dreaming about Female Artist of the Year since I started watching them as a little girl; I had no idea how soon that dream would come true”. (Page 46)
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Photographed by David Benoliel
Photographer David Benoliel www.davidbenolielphotography.com Represented by Ford Artists Stylist Veronica Camacho Represented by Ford Artists Hair Stylist Cherie Combs Represented by Ford Artists Makeup Artist Eliut Tarin Model Lindsey Hartley - Wilhemina Miami Location AD013 Studio Miami
Leather jacket LEIFSDOTTIR Leather dress MICHAEL KORS Belt BARNEYS Leggings AMERICAN APPAREL
Leather cape STASH wardrobe Pants ZARA Shoes YSL Belt BARNEYS COOP
Jacket ZARA Pants TRIPP Accessories Stylistâ€™s own
Jacket ELIZABETH & JAMES Belt NORDSTROM
Dress STASH wardrobe vintage Boots MICHAEL KORS Gloves Stylistâ€™s own
Top SPANX Skirt TRIPP Leggings AMERICAN APPAREL Scarf Y-3
Dress VIVIENNE TAM Stockings WOLFORD Accessories NORDSTROM
NIGHT OUT Photographed by Pino Gomes
Photographer Pino Gomes www.pinogomes.com Stylist David widjaja www.davidwijaja.com Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist BP Carmouche Photography Assistant Jasmine Kopp Stylist Assistant Bobby Warden Melody Won Model Kerstin Cook - miss.ch
Floral print silk crepe drape dress GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Earrings and brooch SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED Ring PAMELA LOVE Tights WOLFORD
Black tulle and wool dress with gold embroideries FENDI Lace hat by Ellen Christine Earrings, ring and cuff ALEXIS BITTAR
Black scuba and polka dot tulle jumpsuit STELLA MC CARTNEY Patent hat ELLEN CHRISTINE Earrings ALEXIS BITTAR Rings PAMELA LOVE Shoes NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD
Black leather/cashmere embroidered laque jacket, cashmere briefs, LOUIS VUITTON Earrings by MARNI Braceletes ROBERTO CAVALLI
Black tulle and wool dress with gold embroideries FENDI Lace hat ELLEN CHRISTINE Earrings, ring and cuff ALEXIS BITTAR
Black scuba and polka dot tulle jumpsuit STELLA MC CARTNEY Earrings ALEXIS BITTAR Rings PAMELA LOVE
Black leather/cashmere embroidered laque jacket, cashmere briefs, waxed fur hat and mask (on hat) LOUIS VUITTON Earrings by MARNI Braceletes ROBERTO CAVALLI
Star print chiffon gown DOLCE & GABBANA Crystal cage mask JENNIFER BEHR Shoes NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD
Black crepe embroidered dress, suede bag and glitter boots MIU MIU Netting mask JENNIFER BEHR Handcuffs LOUIS VUITTON
BLACK TO SUIT Photographed by Lior Nordman
Photographer Lior Nordman www.liornordman.com Stylist Marc Oren Makeup & Hair Stylist Nurit Chen Model Rima - MC2 Photographer Assistant Ori Carmi
Dress MARC JACOBS Shoes STEVE MADDEN
Dress ALMA Leather coat Stylist own Boots DISCO ROSSO
Jacket SHARON BUNSHER Pens TOP SHOP Boots DISCO ROSSO
Shirt XSARA Pantalon MANGO Neckless O-SHAN
Dress ALMA Leather coat Stylist own Bracelets DOGGY BAG
Jacket SASSON KEDEM Body suit ELISE Boots STEVEN MAIDDEN
Dress D&G Vest HELGA DESIGN Belt Stylist own
Dress VERED S. Jacket VERED S.
Jacket SHARON BUNSHER Pens TOP SHOP Boots DISCO ROSSO
Jacket MANGO Belt MANGO Dress VERED S. Shoes DISCO ROSSO Neckless O-SHAN
Jacket ALMA & BANKER Dress MANGO Earrings O-SHAN
Upper Jacket KEREN NAFTALI Jacket XSARA Skirt SASSON KEDEM
Shirt ZION ANNAVA Belt VINTAGE DESIGNS Skirt TOP SHOP Shoes DISCO ROSSO
Shirt ZION ANNAVA Belt VINTAGE DESIGNS Skirt TOP SHOP
Dress VINTAGE DESIGNS Jacket ELISE BUTIK Belt VINTAGE DESIGNS Hat VERNER Earrings O-SHAN
INTERVIEW - MUSICIAN
e caught up with Tenille - 17 years old, from Grande Preirie Alberta, Canada - after this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton to talk about her music career and what it feels like to be nominated for Female Artist of the Year. How and when did you know you wanted to start your career as a musician? Music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up listening to all different genres, and singing was just something I was completely drawn into and inspired by, and took a love for, at a really young age! I think I’ve always known I wanted to pursue it, regardless of a career or not, and I’m so
grateful it has turned out that way… my love for it has just grown stronger as I discover more aspects of it, like playing instruments, and writing my own songs! Becoming a singer was your dream, but how did you know it was about country music? I think that music has no limitations from the word “genre”; I love listening to all good music regardless of what it’s called, but Country music has always caught my attention the most, because it feels REAL. I find it extremely relatable and full of emotion, drawing in people of all ages who feel captivated by the stories told. I love the traditional and simple sound of the acoustic guitar, the beautiful steel and the incredible fiddle. It sounds like home for me, and I love sharing that style of music.
What message do you wish to communicate with your music? My ultimate goal is to make a difference in this world through my love for music. I dream of my music reaching millions of pairs of ears and inspiring tons of hearts to come together. I’d like them to hear REAL stories of REAL experiences and feel connected, perhaps because they have been through something similar. I want to spread the message of being true to a person’s REAL self, and not being afraid of taking chances. I’d love for my songs to inspire young girls my age that fairytales really can come true, and that everything happens for a reason. And when the ride to Prince Charming gets a little bumpy, I’d love for them to turn on one of my songs to help them get through it. I’d love my songs to spread messages of hope, smiles, and inspiration to help one another in this world. What has been the greatest experience you have had so far? I’ve been so fortunate to experience so many amazing opportunities on my musical journey. I’d have to say that watching my community come together for a concert fundraiser I started, called “Big Hearts For Big Kids”, has been my favorite. The benefits from the evening go straight to the Sunrise House, the local youth shelter that helps kids of my age in my own community. For the past two years, I’ve gone door to door for sponsorship, called on my songwriting friends, and put together two consecutive years of the show, raising over $90,000. I wish I could find a way to bottle the energy that was in that banquet hall. It’s been so overwhelming seeing everyone celebrate music to make a difference. The Sunrise House actually had to close its doors due to lack of funding before Big Hearts For Big Kids, and this event has helped open the doors to service youth in need of a safe place to go. It has been an honour being a part of this event.
Who are your favorite musicians? I have millions!! Each for different reasons! I admire Shania Twain for her originality and Canadian success, Keith Urban for his incredible guitar playing and stage energy, Martina McBride for her power vocals and strong messages, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson for her amazing songwriting abilities. How do you maintain your singing voice? By practicing and constantly working on it! Not over working, but consistently developing techniques! Just like an athlete has to warm up and stretch before big events, I always warm up my vocal chords before I sing to keep them healthy! And the vocal chords are regular muscles that work best with healthy food and good rest! What do you like most about this profession? I like the opportunity to meet tons of people who are all connected to a passion for music. I love the excitement that grows out of sharing my music with people interested in hearing it! I love the places it takes me, the people I meet, and I love that I am able to do what I love, not only as a hobby, but also as a lifestyle. What was your favorite city you traveled to work to? I would have to say that Nashville has been one of the most inspiring cities; everywhere you turn, people who have that passion for music surround you. I absolutely love travelling there to write. I feel so honoured to have worked with a ton of amazing writers, and I love remembering how the songs were created in music city! Usually, I really don’t get to see a lot of the places I travel to, as I spend quick trips in the event locations! This summer, I did get to travel to Little Current, Ontario, where the music festival I participated in was right on the water, on the beautiful Manitoulin Islands. It was incredible and it really reminded me of home!
“Music has always been a huge
part of my life... My ultimate goal is to make a difference in this world through my love for music.”
What does “REAL” mean to you? Life is REAL. Music is REAL. Love is REAL. Being true to your passion, heart and soul is living the REAL deal. REAL means being who you are and laying your emotions on the line without being afraid of the outcome. Being REAL is living everyday like it’s your last; laughing and loving the ride wherever fate takes you. The people who love you keep you REAL, and through them, you learn and grow. It’s amazing to inspire and make REAL differences by doing what you love. Enjoy the REAL thrill of hope that simple moments give you, smile when you think of the memories made while you chase your dreams, and always stay REAL. What has motivated your career? My love for it. I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else, and that desire to continue to explore music is my greatest motivator. Do you listen to recordings of your work? To a certain extent, yes! I think generally, it can be hard to listen to yourself, as we tend to be our worst critic. After I’ve finished writing a new song, I always like to listen to it a million times! If I can stand listening to it, that’s usually a good thing! And if something bothers me, then I like to go back in to edit it and take it apart! When I recorded the album, I definitely listened hard to the tracks, over and over, to listen for anything I wanted changed, to make sure they were exactly how I wanted them to sound. And, I will admit that it has been pretty cool when I hear my songs come on the radio! It takes me by surprise every time, and I’m so excited they are spinning it! I definitely listen to it then! Haha! How do you balance your artist career with your high school student life? Of course it can be challenging at times to juggle, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love school. I love my classes, friends, and teachers. I love the entire energy of high school and I am so grateful that my entire school is really supportive of my music! They help me work ahead and catch up and forgive me for my terrible attendance record! Haha! I’ve got one year left of balancing to do, and it’s going really well so far! What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I really don’t consider my music as work! I love to write in my spare time! It’s easy to get caught up in all the little things of the business, and when it comes down to it, I’d love hours and hours to song write! I also love to read fantasies and watch movies! I actually find a lot of inspirations from songs out of them!
How does it feel to be the youngest artist to be nominated for CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Female Artist of the year? I feel so incredibly honoured. To have been on that list of top 5 females, next to ladies that I’ve grown up being inspired by, was such a huge moment for me. My fellow nominees are such amazing Canadian performers, entertainers, and writers, so to be recognized by my peers in the industry in that category was really overwhelming for me. I’ve been dreaming about Female Artist of the Year since I started watching them as a little girl; I had no idea how soon that dream would come true. What are your goals in the next 5 years as a musician? I want to keep creating music that others can relate to! I’d like to write over 300 songs in the next 5 years, I’d like to release more albums with those songs, and I’d LOVE to travel the world singing my stories, inspiring a REAL positive difference wherever this amazing ride takes me. What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? A fun fact!! I always wear smiley faces on my toes! I paint them yellow and draw on eyes, and a smile on the big toe! Even if you are feeling down, and your chin has fallen, if you look and see your toes smiling at you, you know that it’s all good! It’s an awesome conversation topic, and so many people ask me about them, on stage, in elevators, while walking! Haha! Thank you so much for this awesome opportunity- it’s been awesome writing to you! I truly appreciate your support! KEEP IT REAL. Love, Tenille
BATA SHOE MUSEUM THE MAGIC OF HEELING Toronto, Canada
by Hayley Chato
s Sarah Beam, the Assistant Curator and Exhibition Manager of the Bata Shoe Museum lets me into the entrance area of this women’s fantasy emporium prior to opening to the morning visitors, my first impression is that I must have accidentally walked into a very wealthy person’s multi-level walk-in shoe closet. The open-air environment of the Bata is distinctly different and refreshing compared to that of a more traditional museum. With floor-to-ceiling windows and dark grey marble floors it’s modern in a deliciously inviting way. “I’m kind of biased… I love museums,” Sarah says as she sits down at a small round table and smiles widely. “But I’m not keen on when the curator tries to throw too much information at you.” She knows visitors aren’t either. When it comes to the Bata’s more complex exhibits, such as the one in the basement level that traces the history of shoes through many different cultures and eras, from ancient Egypt to the 1920’s in North America, they are surrounded by printed images, articles of clothing, eye-catching architecture, and dimmed lighting. Sarah knows very well how hard it is to create a memorable museum experience out of something that takes up as little space as shoes. But she knows exactly what she wants her museum to be, and knows that others will feel the same way. “Our artifacts are small. By their very nature, shoes top out at around 18” by 12” a pair. Toronto is an international destination, so we’ve got lots of different language speakers, lots of different cultures… I feel like you should walk into one of our galleries and immediately, through non-verbal, non-written cues, understand where you are… Then the shoe can stand out within that environment… because an artifact out of context is an unnatural thing.” It certainly does not feel unnatural walking through the museum’s three floors. From the permanent displays to the specialty exhibits, being close to items that are so connected to human history easily produces shivers. Sarah
points out that shoes have been prolific in every culture, so if you take a specialized item such as shoes, you can study all world cultures through all times and gain a vast understanding of what they were about. It’s for this reason that Sarah first attained an Honours BA in Cultural Anthropology from Waterloo before taking a specialty curation course. “I learned to look at the world, not as an outsider, but to try to understand a community from within.” She then pauses and brings up the ever-controversial tradition of foot binding in China, where a girl’s feet, starting at the age of six, are bound many times over the years in order to make them as small as possible. “You have to look at things without your bias included… The practice is shudder-worthy and horrible. But then you have to think maybe it was an indicator of a larger societal issue rather than just saying, well, I know better because I let my daughter’s feet grow large, and she’s comfortable, and she runs barefoot through the park! There, I’m bringing in my bias, and I’m saying that I’m better than the Chinese mother who binds her daughter’s feet, instead of looking at it and saying, well, that Chinese mother was doing the best that she could for her daughter at the time.” It’s open minded thinking like this that has led Sarah to do many unique things for the museum. She came to the Bata right from school, starting with an internship and working her way up from there, giving her a close personal understanding of the many moods and personalities of the museum. In 2006 (“Has it been that long already?” she asks, shaking her head and stating that she feels old) she started a podcast titled ‘Shoe Stories’ that chronicle the history behind an interesting pair of shoes every month. “I’m interested in the way new media can be used in museums. Museums aren’t traditionally innovative. They are often reactive instead of proactive… I thought that podcasting was an intriguing way to reach our international visitors, or researchers who want to go a little more in-depth about our artifacts… With 13,000 artifacts, we could be telling stories for years and years.” So just remember: whenever you wear your favourite pair of Converse All Star, they may one day be on display at the Bata Shoe Museum.
INTERVIEW - MODEL OF THE ISSUE
AKSANA SAMUYLOVA Model of the Issue
ksana Samuylova was born on August 1st, 1984 in Belarus. At the age of 15 she started her career as a model in her hometown. By the age of 16, Aksana got a contract with Next and left to Paris. She started to work with many worldwide brands and appeared in editorial spreads in fashion magazines and campaigns. In 2008 she graduated from a Russian State University for the Humanities in the Department of Sociology. At the same time, she continued her modeling career and now has contracts with Ford (New York), Next (Miami), Elite (Milan), Modelwerk (Germany), and her mother agency is PRIDE Model Management, in Miami. www.pridemodelmanagement.com Photography by Anna Gunselman
How and when did you know you wanted to become a model? I was about 10-12 years old. I was watching a runway show on TV and was amazed at how beautiful all the girls were and how everybody looks at them and admires them. I wanted to experience the same, I thought it would be very cool to be a model. Where were you discovered? When I was 15, I saw a stand on the street â€“ a local modeling agency was doing a casting for young, slim and tall girls. Truly speaking, I was scared to go because I wasnâ€™t really confident in myself. But, anyways, I decided to try. I met there a scout from Next Paris Agency and after two months I signed a contract with them.
MODEL OF THE ISSUE
What is your favorite part of your body? The most important part is my mind, but my long legs are my favorite. What makes you feel sexy? Red lipstick, heels and beautiful underwear. Is the fashion world what you expected it to be? It’s much more of a job than most people would expect, some don’t take it serious, they think it doesn’t include labor. It does include labor, sometimes even more than other serious jobs. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Doing sports, spending time with my family, catching up with my friends, reading books, enjoying my life. What do you like most about being a model? I love being in front of the camera, doing different expressions, poses, trying different looks, feeling like I am an actress. I also love to travel and learn about different cultures, and meeting interesting people everyday. It’s amazing! I feel blessed doing what I really love! What has been the greatest experience you have had so far? Moving to Paris all by myself when I was 16. It was my first time to leave my country. I didn’t know anybody there, I didn’t know anything about fashion, I didn’t even speak English. I couldn’t believe that all this was happening to me, I was like in a dream. So, that was the most exciting moment. What is your fashion dream? For now, I just want to be as successful as I can possibly be, and continue to work in this industry for as long as I can! What was your favorite city you traveled to work to? Without doubt NY, it is a magical city with a special energy, opportunities and fashion, of course. Who is your fashion icon? Eva Herzigova, I love her style and confidence. What are your goals in the next 5 years as a model? Being happy and continuing to do what I love! What are your secrets for a fit and healthy body? I practiced sports all my life, I was a professional swimmer in school. I go to the gym 2-3 times per week and I also love doing yoga and pilates. I have a healthy active lifestyle. I eat natural food, no meat, and drink a lot of water. But the main secret is that I LOVE my body, and celebrate the experience of being MYSELF!
What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? I would ask what is the best advice you would give to young girls who want to become models? Always be yourself and never give up on your dreams!
INSPIRING BEAUTY Photographed by Anna Gunselman
Photographer Anna Gunselman www.annagunselman.com Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Tatiana Dobadzishvili Model Lada Kravchenko Location Moscow Russia Underwear by Agent Provocateur. Shoes by Guess by Marciano.
PREHISTORIC TREND Photographed by Cyril Lagel
Photographer Cyril Lagel www.cyrillagel.com Realisation Benjamin Armand Makeup Artist Corinne Lebreton Represented by B4 Agency Hair Stylist Christian Attuly Represented by B4 Agency Manicurist Kamel Represented by B4 Agency Model Victoria Tuaz - Elite Models is wearing JULIUS Woody Coat Retouching www.onehundredberlin.com
Fake fur coat VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Necklace AND-I
Fur long coat AVTANDIL Ring AND-I
Fur jacket from IRFE, on the legg dress from QUENTIN VERON
Coat JOHN GALLIANO Shoes VIC MATIE
Coat in fur PATRIZIA PEPE Bone and feathers necklace AYMERIC BERGADA DU CADET for QUENTIN VERON
Coat REQUIEM Bracelet AYMERIC BERGADA EVA MINGE du cadet for QUENTIN VERON
Hat JOHN GALLIANO Coat GAELLE CONTANTINI Collar in shirt and shoes EVA MINGE
Woody coat QUENTIN VERON Scarf in black fake fur PEACHOO KREJBERG
VEGETARIAN l AdY Photographed by Javier Galue
Photographer Javier Galue www.atlantistarget.com Stylist Paola Daganzo - Virginia Garcia Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Myriam Jimenez Photographer Assistants Manuela Mariscotti - Emanuela Scanzani Model Natalia Gaplovska Location Atlantis Target Studio - Madrid, Spain
Dress LA PERLA Rings LUXENTER
White dress with belt BCBG MAX AZRIA Bracelet ESCADA
Jacket ESCADA Ring JUICY COUTURE
Dress RELIGION Bracelet ESCADA Rings HELENA ROHNER
Star print chiffon gown Corset MAYA HANSEN by Dolce & Gabbana Pants LIU-JO CrystalCLERGERIE cage mask Shoes ROBERT by Jennifer Behr Bracelet JUICY COUTURE Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood
Dress BCBG MAX AZRIA Shoes LA PERLA Bracelet LAURA B. Handbag SONIA by SONIA RYKIEL
Corset MAYA HANSEN
Right Page Dress RELIGION Belt LIU-JO Headdress LAURA B. Ring LUXENTER
Jacket ESCADA Short VINTAGE Shoes CASTAÑER Ring LUXENTER
Dress BCBG MAX AZRIA Bracelet LAURA B.
Jacket ESCADA Ring JUICY COUTURE
Dress RELIGION Handbag PURA LOPEZ Bracelet ESCADA
Jacket MANOUSH Shirt MANOUSH Bra LA PERLA Necklace and bracelet JUICY COUTURE
Dress HOSS INTROPIA Necklace ESCADA Ring HELENA ROHNER
A Personal Essay by Hayley Chato
saw it sitting gloriously on a decorative Ionian column at the end of the shop. It was dark and mysterious, unwilling to reveal secrets too quickly, but its tassel hinted at its playfulness. The minute I touched it, the lambskin practically melted between my fingers, and I knew it had to be mine.
“Ahh, I see you’ve found the Chanel,” the shop owner said as she swept over to me. My head snapped around to look at her. While the quilting and the buttery leather tassel had sent a signal to my brain that this might have been the origin of the bag, I didn’t think it was true. “The child of the original owner tore the double-C clasp off, so she got it replaced with this temporary one,” the shopkeeper said, explaining the reason for the amazing I-mustbe-in-a-dream-and-where-is-Karl price tag. You may perhaps have been able to come to the conclusion that I did indeed buy the bag, and I am now the proud owner of a black and gold quilted backpack. However, I had a small battle going on in my head: do I go to Chanel and get them to replace the clasp, or do I leave it as is?
Regrettably, I wasn’t born nearly early enough to experience the time of the couturiers, when fashion was considered pure art and getting dressed was a magical ritual, wherein you chose the few pricey things you had and loved them until they literally fell apart. Without question there are still designers who maintain that level of high fashion (JeanPaul, anyone?) but for the masses of girls who believe they are into ‘fashion’, the fact that they’re into the status of pieces rather than their beauty and history sticks out like a sore thumb. Having gone to an arts high school, I experienced this firsthand for four years; and it seemed to get increasingly worse each year. I want to first point out that every major had a stereotype; for example, drama kids (yes, me) were loud, hyper, and in-your-face, visual arts kids were anti-social and depressed, music theatre majors were obnoxious and never stopped singing, and the dance majors were bitchy and label-obsessed, their daily uniforms being TNA pants, UGGs, and any designer bag they could get their hands on. While I don’t want in any way to single out this specific group as being the sole reason for this label obsession (nor accuse the whole group of being like this), it was there that I first experienced it. Throughout all my four (amazing) years at this school, I noticed a steady increase in the consumer mentality of my classmates. And the interesting thing was they often contradicted themselves. I overheard many conversations consisting of girls accusing girls for not being real, and yet the accusers were all attempting to be someone that had been manufactured by social hierarchy. That’s the insane power of the consumer monster. Suddenly, it’s not so much the idea of dressing well and having pride in your look, it’s the idea of being in a constant arms race, trying to see who can come out with the best but while still fitting in. That’s when fashion has been taken to the wrong extreme, when the beauty of the item is lost and replaced by a need to be envied, when individuality is smashed to pieces.
“... the time of the couturiers,
when fashion was considereed pure art and getting dressed was a magical ritual...”
The thing is, I loved the bag for what it looked like, the design, the luxuriousness you could taste just by looking at it. So why did I need to let everyone else know what I had? I’ve noticed recently just how obsessed my generation has become with labels. Yes, humans, by nature, have felt the need to adorn themselves with the beautiful and desired for centuries, but it seems that today, this need has reached an extreme. It’s no longer good enough to simply know yourself that what you are wearing has a high status attached to it; it’s expected that you let everyone else know too.
Admittedly, for a little while, I myself was worried that the magic of designer pieces would fade for me as well. I was terrified of becoming the girl who has a pile of designer items and wears them, logos out, to show what I have. But then I realized that, whenever I walked by Hermes or Chanel or MaxMara, or felt the soft knit of a Rick Owens sweater, I wasn’t daydreaming of the social advancement I would achieve if I wore them, or the looks I would get; I was thinking about the history of the brand, the thought and work put into the pieces, the mysterious elevation just one piece can bring to a vintage outfit or a Gap t-shirt. It is one of the most magical things in the world to experience what one little item can do. Recently I became a university student studying fashion, and it’s fascinating the change that has occurred. I suppose it’s the university I go to, but suddenly the need to fit in doesn’t revolve around who has the best and most expensive clothing. I was utterly perplexed walking around campus during the first few days of school to notice that, to fit in, it was the loan-ridden student’s wardrobe that was key: nothing flashy, no heels, no recognizable logos, and the school sweatshirt. It was hilarious getting lost at one point with my fashion friends, ending up in the science wing (Microscopic Geochemistry Research Lab what?) and being stared at like we were a foreign species. And while it’s beyond amazing to be in a program where I can discuss the latest collections based on the inspiration and technique behind them, I have still experienced a form of removal. Ironically, where I was once stared at for not wearing the designer pieces that were
what people are thinking, I believe that individuality and an appreciation over need of the finer things in life is what should be admired in our fast-paced consumer society. In case you were wondering about the fate of the clasp on my Chanel backpack, it turns out that the temporary one was so inconvenient that whenever I put stuff in the bag, the clasp would open up again and leave the bag opening gaping. I
“... it’s beyond amazing to be in a program where I can discuss the latest collections based on the inspiration and technique behind them ...” called Chanel and they replaced it for me, and I have to say I couldn’t be happier. And it’s not because I want women to envy me for my possessions, but because I’ve restored the bag to its full beauty and preserved its story. And as a history nerd, some fashion history couldn’t be more welcome in my wardrobe.
“ I was thinking about the history of the brand, the thought and work put into the pieces ...” deemed worthy of fitting in, now whenever I wear my pieces to school, suddenly I’m labeled the rich kid. While I don’t care to explain myself to people I don’t, nor will ever, know, I’ve taken time to explain to my friends that I feel very fortunate for what I have and save up my money so I can buy one beautiful thing, rather than bags of things I’ll wear for one-two years and then give away. I just have to remind myself that the most comforting thing is that, regardless of
ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS - MALDIVES
World famed powdery sands, deserted pearl strung islands, and one of the greatest diving destinations on the planet, are charms which naturally catapult the Maldives to the top of most people’s holiday hot list. For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘without end’, symbolizing this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience. Anantara Resorts’ latest island hideaway in the greatest paradise on earth ushers in a new chapter of unique guest experiences in unsurpassed luxury surrounded by untouched natural beauty. Welcome to Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives.
private beach. Comprising 74 one-bedroom villas, 3 twobedroom residences and a three-bedroom residence, each hideaway boasts large personal infinity-edge pools, dining pavilions, expansive wooden sun decks and ample lounging areas complete with swinging daybeds, hammocks and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two. Sunken glass bottom bathtubs in the over water villas and residences offer a mesmerizing view of the sparkling ocean, both below and beyond the adjacent infinity-edge pool.
Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, the resort is just 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. Following the scenic flight, guests arrive to a postcard-perfect setting surrounded by the jewel-coloured waters and uninhabited islands of the majestic Indian Ocean. 78 spacious private pool sanctuaries, ranging from 260 to 1,000 square meters, are either poised over the water with sweeping ocean views or nestled along a pristine stretch of
View from ocean
All the comforts from home, and more, are provided by a Bose home theatre system and iPod docking station, 42-inch LED television, a custom stocked wine cabinet and in-suite bar, a Nespresso machine, tea facilities, complimentary highspeed internet access and a selection of books for leisure reading. To further enhance the experience, all villas and residences are indulged by a discreet yet attentive personal Villa Host 24 hours a day. Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with six restaurants and bars each offering a distinctive setting, menu and ambience. Highlighting the resort’s idyllic location in the dazzling Indian Ocean is the exclusive ‘Sea. Fire. Salt. Sky.’ signature dining experience. This unique under and over water gastronomic concept features four remarkable venues, each offering a different type of cuisine that is as unique as the perspective. View and savour the Indian Ocean’s abundance of marine life by descending into a connoisseur journey at one of the few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world, ‘Sea’. Situated at the edge of a reef, the primary view windows are poised next to a channel which provides spectacular displays of fish and sea life all around. Oenophiles will delight in the impressive underwater wine cellar with view windows, featuring one of the most balanced and diverse wine collections in the Maldives, with 250 labels from 14 countries. The octagonal shaped ‘Sea’ was designed to optimize the underwater views from a diner’s perspective; the acrylic windows are set lower than the dining tables and extend past the guests’ peripheral vision, giving the illusion that they are part of the surrounding reef.
‘Fire’ has a subtle Japanese expression and a live cooking station to showcase its sizzling theatrics. Inspired by the surroundings and cuisine, the roof of ‘Fire’ has an iconic form, shaped to resemble the bone of a cuttlefish and an ancient Japanese Edo period helmet. The Asian inspired ‘Salt’ offers unique depth and complexity of flavours. Here, a Salt Sommelier helps diners to pair their food with the perfect seasoning from an impressive selection of no less than 19 salt varieties. Guests are invited to learn the art of cooking traditional Thai dishes as well as Maldivian dishes. ‘Sky’ is a double storey lounge bar in Thai style with over scale rocking chairs, perfect for taking in the awe inspiring view of the Baa Atoll island archipelago or stargazing on the open rooftop deck. In addition to this tantalizing quartet, ‘Plates’ serves a lavish breakfast and features a Dilmah Tea Bar with 64 varieties, including a range of 16 ‘Dilmah Exceptional’ teas packaged exclusively for Anantara Kihavah Villas. Dining by Design
The restaurant comprises a main sand floored sala, an enclosed sala with an open theatre kitchen and an alfresco deck on the beach with the promise of spectacular sea views. At 49 metres, ‘Manzaru’ pool bar and restaurant boasts the longest swimming pool in the Maldives and Jhoola swing beds that hover over the water, facing a relaxing view to the Indian Ocean. Sunshine Butlers are always on hand with fruit skewers and cold face towels to cool sunbathers down. Casual lunches of Mediterranean classics are served poolside. In the evening the upstairs restaurant, ‘Manzaru’, transforms into a leisurely Italian delight offering regional specialties.
Pool and loungers
As the day slowly drifts away with the setting sun, guests can indulge in the ultimate romantic dining with personalized ‘Dining by Design’ experiences, where a specially devised menu is prepared by a personal chef, and served at a table for two in dreamy locations, from an isolated sandbank in the Indian Ocean to the deck of a private yacht - anywhere of the guests’ choosing. Recreation and leisure facilities include a tennis court, bicycles, fitness centre, boutique, gift shop and a library with a range of books and films, as well as iPads. Movie buffs can transport back in time and enjoy classic movies under the stars on a big screen on the beach.
Over-Water Pool Villa
Plates restaurant beach
Anantara Kihavah Villas also has a specially designed ‘Thiththi Boli Kids Club’ for younger guests of 12 and under, which offers daily complimentary supervised activities including full and half-day programmes, as well as a Kids menu, cooking classes and ‘Little People’s’ Spa menu.
Loungers at pool deck
instructors, first class rental equipment, comfortable dhonis (traditional Maldivian boat) and reef dive sites cater for both beginner and experienced explorers.
‘Elements Kihavah’, the resort’s experience club, is a bespoke and exhilarating journey of adventures taking guests under, on and alongside the turquoise Indian Ocean. Here dolphins, turtles and mantas can be seen thriving in their
Guests can experience an element of adventure on board an array of luxury boats, including the ‘Catcher’ big game fishing boat and ‘Freebird’ parasailing boat. ‘Ocean Whisperer is a luxurious 25 metres, two mast wooden Turkish gullet ideal for deserted island exploration or a romantic dinner on the ocean.
Beach Pool Villa swimming pool
Beach Pool Villa
natural habitat. Hanifaru Bay lies within the Baa Atoll and is one of the few places on earth where whale sharks gather to mate. In June 2011 UNESCO declared the Baa Atoll a Biosphere Reserve.
Speedboats are available for skiing and wake boarding, whilst ‘Duet’, a wooden Maldivian sailing dhoni, offers a traditional alternative. Ostensibly designed for romance, it is perfect for intimate sunset sailing with a significant other.
Guests are encouraged to descend into the ocean’s dazzling depths and discover the magical underwater world that lies below. Whether scuba diving or snorkelling, experienced
Other exhilarating options include cutting edge windsurfing rigs, catamarans, parasailing, kite surfing and ‘Seabob’, the world’s fastest water sled.
Spa relaxation deck ocean view
Other island journeys steeped in exotic rejuvenation and deep relaxation is the Anantara Spa. Offering a therapeutic range that combines traditional Asian therapies and luxuriously pampering Elemis treatments, all spa treatments are delivered by highly skilled and comforting hands. The spa comprises of six over-water treatment suites, a beauty salon, hair and nail salon and two single facial suites accompanied by a relaxation area with large sweeping decks and a Jacuzzi in between two oversized plunge pools that are suspended over the ocean. Each treatment room features a private soak tub or Thai massage area, shower and changing facilities, while the signature characteristic of each is a small glass panel under the treatment bed, inviting guests to watch a surreal underwater world of colourful marine life swimming peacefully below. The spa also offers treatments in the comfort of guestsâ€™ villas.
villas, whilst group classes are presented twice-daily and stretching classes every morning.
The resortâ€™s Yoga instructor offers tailor-made programmes for personal sessions in the comfort and tranquillity of guestsâ€™
For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com
Over-Water Pool Residence lounge
Anantara Kihavah Villas is passionate about bringing story collecting travellers closer to the natural, cultural and historic allures of this fascinating island nation, and nowhere is it more perfectly articulated than in the greatest paradise on earth. From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 15 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali and the United Arab Emirates and will see new openings in Vietnam, China, Bali, Thailand and Abu Dhabi in 2011.
Over-Water Pool Residence swimming pool
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