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Model: Brecken Rupp Makeup: Virna Acosta Photography: Dorothy Shi
FEATURES DAVID MECEY INDUSTRY INSIDER PAGE 08
JAX TURYNA FEATURED MODEL PAGE 18
ARTICLES EDITOR’S RANT PAGE 06
PETITE MODELING PAGE 26
HEALTHY HABITS / HEALTHY YOU PAGE 36
ARGAN OIL PAGE 38
OH, YOU’RE A VEGAN? PAGE 39
MAINTAIN YOUR MANE PAGE 40
ROLE:MODEL PAGE 42
PETITE FASHION PAGE 44
EDITORIALS DARK/WHITE PAGE 014
BRIDE/BEAUTIFUL PAGE 30
MAN/SCAPE PAGE 46
WILD/ORCHID PAGE 48
EYE/WORKS PAGE 50
Makeup Images Pages 4-6: Photography - Vince Trupsin / Makeup - Hayley Kassel / Model - Marina Mendes
EDITORIAL CHIEF EDITOR: JIM JURICA BEAUTY: SABRINA DIGIOVANNI MODELING: JAX TURYNA FASHION: WENDY EVENS NUTRITION & FITNESS: NANCY KIM MISSION STATEMENT TELL THE STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES. FEATURE THE BEST OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AND ASPIRING TALENT. PROMOTE GROWTH, EDUCATION, AND OPPORTUNITY IN THE BEAUTY, FASHION AND MODELING INDUSTRIES. MAINTAIN OUR CORE VALUES AND PROVIDE ACCURATE AND HONEST REPORTAGE THROUGH CREATIVE, ORIGINAL CONTENT. WEB BEAUTYLOOKMAGAZINE.COM FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/BEAUTYLOOKMAGAZINE TWITTER @BEAUTYLOOKMAG CONTACT EDITOR@BEAUTYLOOKMAGAZINE.COM SUBMISSIONS@BEAUTYLOOKMAGAZINE.COM
INFOCUS THE EDITORâ€™S RANT
Happy Birthday to us! We are officially one year into BeautyLook and counting. So much accomplished, and so much more to do! I have always felt there is no end to what one can learn, and I worry about the day that model photography becomes "just a job" to me. Creating BeautyLook has been a wonderful excuse to continue to learn more about my industry, and to meet all kinds of new and interesting people. And as a contributing photographer, BeautyLook has led me to travel for photo shoots from Los Angeles to Des Moines to Miami... and back again. Although it may not always be as obvious as a slap in the face, every issue of BeautyLook has an underlying theme to the articles and content. And for this, our sixth issue we have focused on petite modeling. As a photographer, I work with every age, look, ethnicity, size and sex on a daily basis. But I do tend to specialize in the unique needs of petite models. And in an industry that favors height, I've seen how petites face certain challenges during their careers. I wanted to feature a petite model in this issue who has demonstrated success and career longevity worthy of our next cover. That search didn't last long (and why would it?) when we have one of the best and brightest and most successful petite models as a regular contributor to our magazine. You can read more about our cover model, Jax Turyna, in her interview beginning on page 24 . Now I confess, I've known Jax for over 4 years and I'm very proud to call her my friend. We have worked together on eighty different photo shoots, which is a testament to her patience and professionalism. Dealing with a somewhat temperamental photographer such as myself is not always an easy task. Like many talented artists, Jax prefers to be soft-spoken and measure her words, and let her work speak for itself. More importantly, she keeps personal things... personal. But I'm going to take certain liberties in this editorial and discuss one personal moment with my good friend which has concerned me for quite some time now. A little over one year ago today, we launched issue #1 of BeautyLook Magazine. Like many magazines, it was rushed and put together lastminute in order to meet a deadline. And in that haste, I selected an image of Jax to appear on the cover that to me, was bold and eye-catching and set us apart from what you see on every other magazine cover out there. Even if it wasn't the best work, it certainly forced people to form opinions one way or another. We got a LOT of feedback on that cover! And if my opinion is to be counted as well, then I say there is no such thing as bad publicity. Well, our cover model has never really been one to complain or voice negative feedback. But she did confess to me privately, long after that issue's release, that she wasn't a fan of the cover shot. My guess? The ugly, over sized, yellow trench coat against a boring studio backdrop just wasn't her idea of making a proper fashion statement.
MODEL: JAX TURYNA PHOTOGRAPHY: JIM JURICA HAIR & MAKEUP: DIEM ANGIE WARDRBOE: MODA MUNECA JEWELRY: LH COUTURE APPAREL
So for this anniversary issue of BeautyLook we set things right and flew our team to Miami to shoot the cover image in an exotic location dripping with luxury. And once again, we selected yellow wardrobe. But this time, it was yellow of very different hue: gold. I like to think that transition from yellow to gold symbolizes how much BeautyLook has grown since issue number one. While Iâ€™m at it, I want to mention one more person who has been pivotal to our growth: Sabrina DiGiovanni. She began her BeautyLook career as one of our "Fresh Faces" featured models, with a short interview and a half-page image in our first issue. Now, she is our Beauty Editor, as well as a certified, professional makeup artist. Sabrina writes the "Maintain Your Mane" articles, updates our social media pages, and even reviews incoming submissions. I'm pretty sure we couldn't keep moving forward without her endless energy and enthusiasm. I'm very glad to see how many readers and contributors from that first issue have stuck around and grown alongside us over the last year. Without you, we are little more than talking to an empty room, or useless as blank pages. Art and information need an audience, and so I want to personally thank each and every one of you for remaining BeautyLook readers, supporters, fans and friends. Onward and upward, Jim Jurica, BeautyLook Editor
Hi David. You have a long, impressive list of credentials that includes over 20 years working with Playboy. How has your photography changed since your break away in 2002? Since leaving PB I feel I've been allowed to utilize more artistic license in my imagery. By that, the look that was for so many years required to create the Playboy style is no longer held over me. Though those years were very special and I hold them in high esteem, it was a time that required a certain style and look that only Playboy demanded. Now that I'm no longer there, I can do more of what excites me personally as a photographer with my work. This of course as it pertains to photographing women. I've had the incredible occasion over the years to photograph a number of male celebrities/ models which brings its own set of circumstances that are somewhat opposite from working with women. But the elements that I learned over the years shooting for Playboy still come into play with all my current work. It was an incredible training ground for a photographer to learn to shoot on the go/location and without the safety net of re-shoots being available. Anxiety sometimes by the bushel full, yet teaching a photographer how to make it happen, no matter what, every time you were given an assignment.
DAVID MECEY PHOTOGRAPHER
In an industry that glorifies models, designers and actors it is the curse of being a photographer that, despite constant expenditure of time and talent over decades, the people they photograph get the most name recognition. And yet this issueâ€™s Industry Insider is far from new and undiscovered in this industry. David Meceyâ€™s credentials include more than 20 years as a key contributing photographer for Playboy. Hollywood celebs such as Ray Liota, Michael Keaton, Sharon Stone and Rachel Hunter have stood before his lens.
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You have discovered something like 20 Playmates of the Month for Playboy, and one Playmate of the Year (Karen McDougal). To a model, what does it really mean to be "discovered?" And how realistic is it for models to pin their ambitions upon the hopes of being discovered? Yeah, I was kind of a Playmate finding machine during my tenure there (as I'm smiling). Seriously, finding so many Playmates was what I was told was part of my job description, so I took that very seriously. It was always a fantastic moment too when I did 'find' that special young lady who had the 'it' quality to become the feature for the magazine. They were always, as you might guess, super excited with the opportunity once it became a reality to them. But once they became a Playmate it was up to them on where they took it from there. To most, that was good enough. To a few others, more ambition was there and they used that as a kind of stepping stone into trying more modeling styles afterward. Which many have gone on to do quite well, some even moving into television, film and acting. To this day I am contacted by aspiring models wishing to 'be discovered', and due to the internet they come from around the world. So I am still always aware of who is out there, though now it's more for my fashion
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clients rather than for PB. Which means the more 'open guidelines' of what was required for Playboy are now a bit more restrained. Playboy never had height requirements while most of my fashion clients do. Even when dealing with swimwear and lingerie, some clients prefer a taller, more slender look versus the more busty, hour-glass figure of PB. It has been said that the least thing a professional photographer does on a daily basis is: photography. Many overlook the importance of the sales and marketing side of the business. Do you have any advice or wisdom you can share with aspiring professionals who are struggling with the business end of photography? Now this is a loaded question! (Now laughing). In my opinion there is no larger obstacle for a photographer than the marketing of his product in today's terms. With the economic climate that surrounds us after the downturn in '08 still hovering everywhere, aided by the fact that there are now photographers numbering in the bazillions, the market has become a tiny, tiny place to sell one's self. I am literally in the throes of that very thing as I write this. We are constantly trying new methods to reach out and meet new clients. But remember, you're one in so many, all doing the very same thing. It's a matter of trying to leverage what is your key selling point while finding clients that might be interested. It's research and development just like any corporation might do, and now, almost on a daily basis. You must find the clients that you feel are your niche potential, then make sure that you have the goods to step up should one ever hire you! To me, that is also one of the keys. Due to there being so many people out there these days claiming pro status as photographers, unless you can actually work with a client in a truly professional manner from A to Z, you're probably not going to be asked back again. So yes, it's not photography on a daily basis, but boy, when the time comes that it is photography, you had better be well prepared with all the elements to create incredible images. And in my view, without the aid of Photoshop doing that for you. Many photographers have a muse or preferred model who they go back to work with time and time again. Have you formed any special working relationships over the years? Oh my, well, there have been quite a few special models throughout my career sure. They come and go, but I try not to attach myself with only one as it sometimes limits what I'm doing, or how I can grow myself. Becoming too comfortable within this business to me is very dangerous. That goes not only with shooting with the same person, but relying on lighting that you've been doing the same way for years. If you do not reach out and stretch you tend to go stale, to 11
stop growing. To stay current is to be recognized as someone who has their finger on the pulse and to a client that is so very important. I have always tried to reach and experiment throughout my career. And to try to keep up with what is required or what is considered 'hot'. To do that, one must not stay too long in one place or work with only one person too much. BTW, it's a bit of a teaching aid to a photographer to always look for and work with new talent. Keeps you on your toes. What one, best piece of advice could you share for new models, just starting out in the industry? To me, be very, very careful with whom you work. That goes for safety and quality of what you get back in your photographs. Sadly there are a lot of 'hounds' out there that are doing so much damage to our industry. Some of them with big names, so I am a big proponent of models being super careful and doing their 'due diligence' on a photographer before working with them ( even if they're known to be 'famous'). No one wants to be put into a compromising position, even if it means possibly moving up the ladder. To me, there are so many reputable shooters out there that can help a model do just that without all the crap. Next, be selective as to what you wish to achieve with your photographs. See what the photographer can offer you for your portfolio. This is very important as you want a portfolio of a mixture of looks, so try to work with enough photographers that will give you variety. This can mean everything from shooting fashion to lifestyle to even shooting nudes. And speaking of nudes, again, if it's an idea that appeals to you as a model there's nothing wrong with doing nudity as long as it's kept professional, and the resulting images are what you think are amazing and show you off in a wonderful way. Again, it comes down to whom you're doing that with, their skill level and professionalism that results in what you get. After establishing themselves, many experienced photographers venture into the workshop and lecture circuits. Please tell us a little about your own photography workshops and experiences working with attendees. And where we can find more information? The workshop business has certainly begun to grow over the past few years for sure. I've been doing workshops since working at Playboy, so I do have a fairly long legacy doing them. Because of that, I've continued to grow the methods by which I teach and present my programs. To me, teaching a workshop is just that, teaching. I'm seeing so many workshop people talking about what they're doing in their workshops but the only work I see coming from those
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workshops is from the people putting them on! I barely have time to shoot anything during my workshops. My programs are designed to teach the student, not make it a place for me to add to my portfolio. Yes, I do shoot a few shots when showing how to light something or directing a model. But it's just that, a few shots, then I take questions and push for the students to light and shoot while under my guidance. We've gone to a program of offering my workshops over two consecutive weekends in order to accomplish two very important things. Offer the students a much closer one -to-one arrangement with me and my other program presenters. Then as important, make it affordable enough while offering them the opportunity to work with very good models in incredible locations, along with professional hair and makeup people, wardrobe stylists and Photoshop instructors of the highest level. I have a curriculum from which we teach - It's not simply having girls available for people to work with at their whim. We show studio and outdoor lighting along with a variety of lighting devices and modifiers. We do present the business side of photography, discussed in a forum by my good friend and former managing editor of Playboy's photo dept in Chicago, Jim Larson. Jim worked with the biggest names in photography while at Playboy, including Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Patrick Demarchelier, Bert Stern, Ellen von Unwerth, George Hurrell and Sante D'Orazio to name a few. So he brings such depth to the discussions about business, fashion photography and more to our program. In addition to all of that, we offer Photoshop classes from two very skilled Photoshop pros: Jimmy Beech who writes tutorials on the program and Tom Ordway, a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, both of whom are incredible. You can find all you need to know about David Mecey's Ultimate Photo Workshopâ„˘ on my website, www.davidmecey.com. You have self-published your own work, including a collection of art nudes entitled Passion. Is selfpublishing purely a labor of love? Or are there other benefits and business motives behind self-publishing? Yes, back when I left Playboy I needed something to help me diffuse the feelings I had after my departure. After working there for some 23 years, leaving them was a big deal. So I created my own project - a book, which is titled Passion. It's a collection of what I would like to think are art nudes. All were shot on location with minimal equipment and crew. All in B&W, and shot with that ancient relic, film.
To be honest it was at the time simply a labor of love but I am now thinking it might be something to share with the world. So I'm considering adding to it and creating an even larger volume that includes not only black and white but color as well. Not sure how that will pan out but it's certainly one of the items I'm considering for my future in this business. Speaking of future, I am still a working photographer. I intend to continue as such for as long as I am able. â€œRetireâ€? is a word not in my vocabulary. So I am in the midst of another reinvention of David Mecey. This entails not only books but also doing some 'how to' videos, public speaking, and seminars to go along with my workshops. And an idea that I feel is truly an amazing one that deals with only models. Something I hope to announce in early 2014.
Sometimes, we say it best by letting someone else say it for us. Do you have a favorite quote you can share with our readers? To become famous, one must first be seen and more important, recognized for something profound. Always work toward that goal, no matter whether or not you become famous, for it will make you a much better person as well as hopefully, a great 'whatever you wish to be'. Sorry, that's from me. The only other quotes that I love are about racing (my second passion in life). Okay, so here's one from racing and not mine: "To finish first, one must first finish." Think about it.
My life has always been photography since leaving college and it's been an amazing run. So for me, everything that I do, I do to somehow help say 'thank you' to that industry. My workshops, my books, videos, talks, all of those things are I hope saying it for me.
DARK/WHITE Photography FELS PHOTO & RETOUCH Models RANDI T. & SOPHIE P. (RUNWAY MODEL AND TALENT)
Makeup KOURALEA NICOLE Hair SUMMER FULLER (BLOW SALON) Styling JESSICA MILLER Photo Assistant JESSICA KOCH
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In an industry that turns over models quicker than burgers at a fast food chain, model and actress Jax Turyna has not only managed to make a name for herself, but also stick around and keep building upon previous successes. Never one to let the word “no” stop her, this petite powerhouse has appeared in national TV shows and print ad campaigns, commercials, billboards,
websites and more. In 2013, she earned the title of being the most-published female cover artist in the romance novel industry, with over 200 covers to her credit. We have been fortunate to
BeautyLook Magazine since day one, and for our one year anniversary issue, we turn the spotlight back to our resident model-savant and welcome you into the world of Jax…
Tell us about your very first photo shoot experience. What was that like, and how have you changed as a model since then?
TURYNA Featured Model
My very first photo shoot was actually in New York city, prior to me actually deciding to pursue modeling. I remember having a very freeing feeling. I loved it. I was able to freely express myself without fear or worry of others’ opinions. Some of the images came out great and others... well, they were pretty funny. But all in all, it was at that shoot that I knew this is what I had to do. From that shoot forward I would like to think I still bring a freshness to my work. However, I think I am also more consistent with better more appropriate posing for the shoot. Has the industry changed since you started modeling? Yes, I think it has changed a lot. When I first started modeling there were just a few internet sites that were for the industry. Now there’s Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and so on. Models can connect not only with potential clients, but also with their fans. I think it has worked in favor of bringing fresh faces to the industry that might not otherwise have had opportunities. Has being petite helped your career in any way? Actually, I think that being petite has been a gift. It has caused me to work harder, push myself more, and always give everything I have in me to every single gig. I need to break the perception that petite models aren't worthy of big things. As I say in my blog: Petite Girls Rock!
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Are there opportunities for petite models in fashion and runway?
seeing new places, and always being able to portray a new character or emotion. It is never the same thing twice and I guess that is what I love the most.
Yes there are some opportunities for petite models in fashion and runway. Not as many as there are for taller models, but it is slowly changing. I have had several opportunities to work runway shows. As time moves forward and designers realize more and more that the Petite market is bigger than almost any other fashion market, I can see the demand for petite models increasing. The standards are changing, but as with any change, it takes time
Most of my funny stories are connected to a shoot. I remember once, on my way back to the hotel after a thirteen hour shoot in L.A. I was stopped in a police DUI road block. Or the time I had to go to a shoot in curlers. On the way to the shoot I had to stop at a rest stop... people do look at you a little funny when you are walking around in the middle of the day in curlers. I guess in this business you just have to laugh!
In your own words, tell us about some of the highlights of your television appearances and accomplishments:
What’s the next big project on the horizon (that you can talk about)?
I have had the privilege to co-host the Mancow TV show regularly this year. It is always something different and very improvisational on the show. You never know what will happen next. But working with such a great, talented group of people who are so supportive has been amazing. It has also brought forth many opportunities for me such as filming for God, Guns and Automobiles on the History Channel. Being on Friday Night Fights for ESPN as a guest ring card girl. Attending events and meeting all sorts of celebrities and interesting people. Live Radio/TV is and adventure and I love it! I’m looking forward to doing more
I am always working on several different things at the same time, both in modeling and in acting. I usually can’t talk about projects until they’re announced, so all I can say now is that this journey so far has been outstanding and I know that the future will continue to be amazing.
How important is the support of family and friends in this industry? The support of my family and friends is crucial in this industry. They help keep me focused and grounded. They have helped in so many ways, from actual work to just listening when I need a sounding board. Without them I could not have possibly accomplished what I have. It is their support and help, along with my drive and determination that continues to allow me to grow. With a typical day that starts early, ends late, and goes seven days a week... how do you keep organized and rested with such a busy schedule?
Do you have a special message you would like to share with our readers and your fans? I am so thankful for every single opportunity that I have had, and continue to receive. I know that I could not do it alone and that the support I receive everyday from my friends, family and fans keeps me pushing forward. No one can accomplish their dreams alone. So from the bottom of my heart and with every fiber or my being… thank you all for the continued help, support and love. I am grateful to have each and everyone of you in my life.
Photography Jim Jurica Jewelry: Glitter, Inc. Hair & makeup : Diem Angie Wardrobe: Stephane St Jaymes
Rest and organization are always a challenge with a busy schedule. For me, rest is NOT optional. I need to get my sleep, so I work it into my daily schedule to ensure that I get enough rest to be able to accomplish what I need to the next day. Self employment takes discipline and staying organized, making a plan and sticking to it, and using every minute as best you can. Life sometimes happens, and flexibility is necessary - but having a plan each day helps put you back on track. Is there a favorite experience or funny story you can share from the past four years of modeling and acting? One of the best parts of modeling and acting is that you are always in for an experience. Meeting new people,
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HIGH HURDLES FOR PETITE MODELS by Jim Jurica
Kate Upton seems to be on (or in) every other fashion magazine these days. And while her womanly curves and bubble blonde Barbie doll looks may be redefining what a fashion model is supposed to look like, her 5’10” tall frame definitely conforms to the old, tried and true modeling standards.
men’s magazine based on her height. For Playboy, the average Playmate stands 5’6” or less. This is not to say you need to get naked to succeed as a petite model. But rather, there are plenty of options out there and whether you choose to take advantage of those opportunities is a personal decision.
We use the term “agency standard” to describe what many think of as the traditional model: tall and thin and walking a runway. And while the requirement may vary from one agency or city to the next, generally there is a minimum of 5’7” to 5’8” in height for women. Models under that height are considered “petite” and with that label there often comes a certain stigma or set of limitations.
Smaller agencies specializing in commercial print work, lifestyle and promotions are your best. They are more likely to accept models of shorter stature, especially if you have proven yourself with a history of freelance modeling. Sometimes this means booking paid shoots with amateur photographers, designers or beauty professionals who may not add much value to your portfolio. But the longer your resume becomes with freelance work, the more desirable you appear to agencies and clients.
It is a paradox that our industry favors height when the average American woman (translation: wardrobe buyer) stands less than 5’5” tall. But this is not unexpected, given that fashion and beauty idolize highly unrealistic ideals and expectations. The height of the models seems to stretch in proportion to the price of the product or the lavishness of the look. Shorter stature may be a speed bump on the road to modeling success, but it is not an insurmountable barrier. Yes, the upper ranks of high fashion continue to be mostly off limits. We encourage all petites out there to (gracefully) keep fighting the good fight and insert themselves into fashion every way possible. Those barriers WILL come down over time. But in the interim, focus on realistic goals and career building, and keep moving forward. There are plenty of opportunities out there for petite models, if you know where to look and keep looking… even in the fashion industry. Usually, the work is nowhere near as glamorous as a cover for Vogue or a New York Fashion Week runway walk. But these are the same issues all models face daily, regardless of height. Catalog fashion, trunk shows, look books, parts and fit modeling - all of these pay or result in publications, and height requirements are not as strict. It’s entirely possible that you may need to travel to larger markets to book work, unless you happen to live in New York or Los Angeles. On the glamour side of the industry, there seems to be little to no barriers for petites. Never have I heard a model complain she was rejected for any
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When dealing with modeling agencies, keep in mind that rejection is a normal part of the process, especially at first. The reasons for rejection may not always be as obvious as they seem: sometimes agencies use height as a convenient excuse to politely dismiss a model who doesn't interest them. And sometimes they just need to meet the expectations of their paying clients who request 5’7” or taller. The issue of height can be a self-imposed limitation as well. Many models label themselves as “short” and approach modeling with the attitude that they can never succeed because of their height. Some claim prejudice against petites as the basis for rejection when there are other, bigger issues holding them back. Lack of experience or a quality portfolio, a bad reputation, body and skin issues… these are factors that can lead to rejection no matter one’s look or height. Rarely do clients or agencies have time to spell out exactly WHY you have been passed over. But if you are facing constant rejection, it’s time for a little honest selfassessment and to solicit feedback from unbiased industry professionals. You may be simply overlooking something that is obvious to others. From personal experience and having observed so many model’s career, I’ve learned the best attribute a model can possess is not a specific height, weight or look. It is her personality and professionalism that makes or breaks her, every time.
We asked our readers to share their experiences on the subject of petite modeling. Has being petite helped or hurt your modeling efforts? Here’s what they had to say... “Being a petite model can be difficult when you are in an industry that is constantly trending and changing and the only thing that doesn't seem to change is the height of the models on the runway. But I definitely believe that that is what ultimately makes us the stronger models. Every day you submit to an agency or go to a casti ng and get immediately dismissed before even being looked over because you do not fit the minimum height requirement, is another day to prove why you are worth a second look and why you do have what it takes. Of course being a petite model is difficult, but I never thought that it was going to be easy. I knew it would take hard work and a passion to keep the drive behind me and to bring me to a point where I DID have something worth a second look. Any person or company or agency that makes you feel one step behind gives you the chance to put yourself another step ahead. Connecting with the right people in the industry (they are out there!!) and showing them that you have something more to offer than just standard height is what is going to make you stand out. And don't give up! It may seem like it will be impossible some days but if you aren't getting better every day, then what are you doing?”
“It's a small world out there, that is, in the world of petite models. The fact is that the average woman is 5'6", yet so many aspiring models set their sights on doing runway which usually requires models to be 5'8" and above. Many feel that if they can't do runway, then they might as well give up their dreams. I never allowed this industry standard to tarnish my dreams of exploring my horizons. I know I can do commercial print work, which is a more general genre. I have been graced with the opportunities of doing hair shows for reputable brands such as Design Essentials, Vidal Sassoon, Sexy Hair and Luster Products. I've had several publication features. Some local designers and producers who feature petite models gave me the chance of doing fashion shows. No matter what is said of my height, in the two years of my career my experience has not been short of good opportunities.” April Lewis Photo: Owen Roberts, Styling by April Lewis
Heidi Eigenberger Photo: Mike Wiesman
“I have been wanting to become a high fashion model for a while. I have been told I should pursue modeling since I was very young but I never bothered about it until I saw Cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model, which is where I got my inspiration from. I tried to start modeling in March 2013 once I went to college. At first everything seemed great. I have been asked to do local shows, I was put in pretty dresses and got nice pictures taken of me. But it seemed to get harder at once. I found an agent off Facebook and talked to him, he loved my look and told me I impressed him. I was so excited. However, once I told him my height, his interest seemed to disappear as quickly as it appeared. It didn't stop me though. I joined Facebook modeling groups and was added by pretty good photographers but I feel like they wanted to work with only tall girls. My look is unique and I am very thin and because of that, the ones who have given me a chance were not disappointed and often, I was asked to work with them more than once. I feel like if I were given a chance to go meet a top photographer, agent or designer in person, they would be more willing to work with me. I have been told I have am a natural so this being said, I am hoping to be given more chances despite my height. I am very small in height and size. I am 5'3 and 86 pounds and I would love to meet and work with some inspirational people in the fashion industry. “ Himani Photo: Carol Joki Casimir / Makeup: Heather Stern / Hair: Jessica Angel
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“I am 5'5 and sixteen, so far I h av e had gr e a t opportunities . I am a hard worker and and am driven to succeed in this business. A photo I posed for came in 3rd place in the World Press Photo Awards in Amsterdam this Feb 2013 and is on exhibit around the world.”
“Being short has made modeling difficult. I have always been interested In doing high fashion and runway shows. But the tall thin women take home the bacon. I have tried to audition for many modeling angencies and get told the same thing every time. "You have the body type and an original facial structure and we love that. But if you need to be a little taller". Its frustrating, but modeling is my passion and I'm not going to quit chasing my dreams because of my height.”
Kayla Caulfield Photo: Joe Harary
Carly Savannah Wendt Photo: Jessica Koch
“Yes, my experience in modeling has been effected by my height. I am short about 5 foot or 5 foot 1 and I have larger breasts, wider hips, I'm a healthy looking curvy girl. Because of my height and my body shape I can't go into runway modeling and I can't do as much high fashion modeling as a tall model could do. I've had girls comment, "you can't model because you are so short." Or I've had girls ask me how I got into modeling being so petite. Well, the thing most girls don't know is that there's not just one type of modeling category out there. There's many different options in the modeling world that a girl can pursue. Theres, fitness, glamour, lingerie, plus-size, implied work, swimwear etc. Because of my height and body shape I've become more interested in doing swimwear, lingerie, and other types of work. I don't like to stick to just one type of modeling genre because I believe you learn and get more experience by doing different types of shoots. Everyone was created with a different body type, it's not a one size fits all in this world we live in. Regardless of the body type someone was given they need to embrace it,
“I feel that if you think big, you get a big out come. I'm only 5"4' and wen I show up on go sees I always hear "I thought you were taller" and when I hit the run way all of the height doubts melt away. Because my confidence is an accessory I never leave home with out. Height is a standard or preference but if you can do the job and show up with a great attitude and have professionalism, anything is possible.” Candace Watson Photo: Christopher Photography 28 BEAUTYLOOK MAGAZINE
and take care of it. And just because majority of models are 5 foot 8 or higher, that doesn't mean smaller girls like me don't have a chance to pursue something that they are passionate about. One of my missions in my modeling career is to encourage girls with different or bigger body shapes and sizes is to be proud of who they are, and just because someone tells you that you can't do something, show them you can! So I guess me being petite has helped, and hurt me in my modeling career. Because of my height it's harder to find agencies to sign me because of all the height requirements, and it's harder to pursue anything in the runway category, it's also been something that other girls have bashed me on my whole life. But instead of using my height as my weakness and my curvy body, I use it as my encouragement to show and promote my confidence and confidence for other girls in their body types. My petite figure has made me push myself even harder and try new things that I probably wouldn't have done if I were tall and skinnier. Thanks so much for taking your time to read this it means a lot! I think it's a really great thing you're doing to put other petite models names and stories out there to other girls that may be too scared to try something such as modeling.” Sammie Accardo Photo: Phil Couillard
“I am only 5' so yes I do think the height is my disadvantage but here in South Florida there are not that many Asians, so I think people are willing to make an exception for me... especially if they are looking for an Asian girl in particular. and I do emphasize that part whenever I respond to the casting call.“ Marina May photo: Oswaldo Saiki
“I t's actually made it impossible. I always wanted to do high fashion and runway but it is no myth that only the tallest and thinnest girls get the jobs and land the paid work. I've been told by photographers often that my ability to pose is phenomenal. I have received nothing but sparkling comments and I take pride in that. I work hard, I never bring drama to a shoot and I love modeling. But getting paid for it and appearing in something like Vogue? Not happening. And it's more than a little off putting to know that no matter how much I love it and no matter how good I am... forget pursuing it professionally. The only two people I have not been turned down from is Playboy and Suicide Girls. But I don't want to get naked and settle or compromise myself to do either. But it seems to be the way of it.”
“I find it is a advantage if you know how to market yourself and you have good connections. I'm only 5"2 But because of my drive and dedication I have many opportunities in modeling including fashion shows, magazine features, working as a agent training models, styling models for event, and more. I love working as a model and behind the scenes. I just love this business and I am glad I never let anything including my height hold me back.” Sydney Corpuz Photo: Ed Duerr Photography
Velocity Lang Photo: Megan Bauer Photograhy
“I am new to modeling and what I have found so far with being petite is that agencies almost immediately shut you down because you don't fit the ‘normal’ criteria of a model. In my opinion everyone in need of a model may not be looking for that and the agency is selling themselves short (pun intended) by not broadening the variety of models they represent. And even though I have the looks, talent and personality I am considered unqualified for the job because I lack some inches. I would truly like to see a little more equal opportunity in modeling and mainly the reason i got into it.” Angie Matthies Mershon Photo: Sarah Nichol Roeder / Tandem51 Photography
“I've been trying to break into modeling for a little over a year now. I've worked with some great local photographers here in Maine. I haven't had any issues as of yet because I'm good at posing and I take directions well. However, I have not yet had a chance to do runway or high fashion work which are my passions and I can see being a petite model would make doing that difficult.” Christine Walsh Photo: Greg Bennett
“Being short has made it almost impossible to do. I usually get work for collaboration projects and it isn't paying jobs but tfp work. I do what I can but no one takes you seriously if you aren't tall in this business.” Cara Varcoe-Brush Photo: Stan Fleming Jr of XL Images
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Hair: Carina Tafulu Model: Jocelyn Christine Makeup: Taryna Hanson Designer: Elyse Reuben
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BRIDE/BEAUTIFUL Photographed by Ezra & Jen Zuniga of 135fotografiks
Hair: Melissa Guerra Makeup: Paola Rodriquez Model: Cavannah Richardson
Model: Christine Osterhaudt MUA: Roxy Davis Hair: Bridget Lopez Designer: Marisol Tolibao
Model: Kristen Viducic Hair: Carina Tafulu Makeup: Melissa Anne
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Model: Blayke Ashley Hair: Carina Tafulu
HEALTHY HABITS FOR A HEALTHIER
By Nancy Kim MS RD, NASM-CPT
Losing weight is challenging, but keeping it off is even more difficult. Most people who lose weight tend to gain it right back again within a year, especially if the weight loss is quick and severe. The key to maintaining a healthy weight is by making changes in your lifestyle. These changes do not mean depriving yourself of the things you enjoy, but making small healthful changes that turn into permanent habits that make a healthier you.
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Eat breakfast and avoid skipping meals: Skipping meals causes a decrease in metabolism and encourages over-eating during your next meal. Carry healthy snacks such as roasted almonds, fruits or energy/ meal replacement bars with you for when you don’t have time to eat. Eat smaller frequent meals: Eating frequently helps increase your metabolism. Eat every 2-3 hours.
Eat the colors of the rainbow: Foods that are colorful are higher in antioxidants. The darker the color, the more nutrients it contains. Aim for at least 2-3 servings at every meal. People who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables have decreased risk of chronic disease and better able to manage their weight.
Drink plenty of water: Strive for 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Avoid drinking your calories, such as regular soda and juices that contain a lot of sugar. By cutting these items out of your diet, you save 120 to 150 calories.
Add greens: Dark leafy greens are loaded with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, low in calories and high in water content. It tastes great and fills you up without adding too many calories.
Keep your food simple and read the food label: Avoid food that’s highly processed. They’re usually higher in calories, fat and sodium. Choose whole-grains, fruits and vegetables. The closer the food is to its natural state, the better.
Increase your fiber intake: Fiber rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables provide bulk and help you feel full and satisfied and eat less.
Portion control: Using smaller plates and avoiding second servings also help cut back on calories. The amount of food served in most restaurants far exceeds the caloric needs of an individual. Eat half the food and save the rest to take home for later. Add protein at every meal: Protein takes longer to digest and is more satisfying. It helps to normalize blood sugar levels and avoid spikes. It also helps in burning fat and preserving muscle mass. Cook at home more often, limit eating out: Although it may be more convenient to eat out, foods at restaurants are high in calorie, sodium and fat. Most grocery stores now carry pre-washed and pre -cut fruits and vegetables, or you can use pre-cut items in the salad bar to prepare your meal. They’re perfect for when you’re pressed for time. Prepare ahead and have grilled meats and cut-up vegetables on hand so when you’re in a hurry, you can make a quick salad, wraps, stir-fry or sandwiches. When you do have to make a trip through the drive thru, choose healthier options such as a side salad instead of fries, milk instead of soda and grilled chicken rather than fried. Skip condiments such as mayonnaise and creambased dressings and don’t be afraid to ask for extra vegetables in your burger, wraps and sandwiches.
Eat slow: Take your time to chew food and put your fork down between bites. It takes about 30 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full. When you eat fast, you are more likely to overeat and take in extra calories. Also, you’re more likely to gulp in air and cause gas and indigestion. Avoid emotional eating: Learn to differentiate between physical vs. emotional hunger. Identify triggers that may set off binge eating. Find other ways to cope with your emotions rather than turning to food for comfort. Increase physical activity: Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day (check with your doctor first). Rather than trying to park closest to an entrance, park your car far away and walk to increase physical activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Household chores such as vacuuming, sweeping, raking and mowing the lawn count too. Get plenty of sleep: Lack of sleep leads to increased cortisol level, poor decision making, impaired performance, weight gain, fatigue and moodiness. Make sleep a priority just like any other daily activity. Focus on the positive: Rather than focusing on restrictions and things you’d have to give up, think of all the health positives you gain by making small lifestyle changes such as having more energy, better health and clothes fitting better.
Not so long ago… Argan oil was mostly unheard of in the Western Hemisphere. Originally a food product much like olive oil, we now see this “liquid gold” use in everything from shampoos and conditioners to body lotions and night crèmes. But what exactly is Argan oil anyway… and why should it be included in your beauty routines? In a nut shell, Argan oil comes from the Argan tree, which grows only in certain regions of Morocco. Each Argan fruit produces only a few seeds, and it’s from these seeds that the oil is harvested. Hundreds of seeds are pressed to produce just a small quantity of Argan Oil.
Automated and mechanical methods have proven difficult, and the product is still produced by hand much as it has been for centuries. This scarcity, mixed with labor-intensive production methods, have justified the higher prices associated with Argan oil and earned it the nickname, “Gold of Morocco.” Oil production has created jobs for Moroccan women, who work in cooperatives to protect and further the interests of Argan production. The livelihood's of nearly 20 million people rely on Argan production, to the tune of seven billion dollars a year. In combination with United Nations initiatives, profits from the Argan industry help fund educational and social programs. Agran oil is similar to olive oil: both are organic, chemical-free products rich in vitamins and nutrients. But Argan has potentially twice the Vitamin E of olive oil. And unlike olive products, Argan is a "dry" oil, meaning it absorbs easily and leaves no greasy residue. That's a good thing. Because of it's moisturizing properties, Argan (in it's pure form, or as an additive) is used to soften dry skin and hair, minimize fine lines, soften cuticles and treat split ends. If you were paying attention, you will recall that Argan was originally used as a food product. However, don't go running to the grocery stores looking for a less-expensive alternative to pricey cosmetic varieties. Food-use Argan has been baked, and the roasting process destroys much of the cosmetic value of the oil.
What to look for: Pure Argan is a delicate product. Light and heat will cause the oil to deteriorate, as does plastic. Pure Argan should come packaged in dark glass bottles and the label should say, "100% Pure Argan Oil." The price on the bottle is a give away: a higher price does not necessarily indicate better quality. But if the price is cheap... it's fake. Sediment is normal to the manufacturing process and real Argan is never entirely clear. Try before you buy: open the bottle if you can and rub a little on your skin. Real argan will go on thick and smooth, and fee dry compared to something like baby oil. It is never think, runny or slimy.
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Oh, you’re a...
VEGAN? THEN WHY ARE YOU RUBBING A COW ON YOUR FACE?
Noelle DiLeonardo Medically Certified Licensed Esthetician
Beeswax (Cera Flava) is a very common component of lipsticks, mascara, balms and makeup. It is made by virgin bees. Biotin is an essential building block of the skin. It is found in every living cell. Caprylic Acid is widely used in cosmetic formulations. Usually found in cow or goat milk. Some alternatives with same the consistency are Coconut and Palm Oil. Carmine (Cochineal) is used in cosmetics, but more commonly in foods like hot sauce, red lollipops and food coloring. This red pigment comes from crushing the female Cohineal insect. Cetyl Alcohol is used for lubrication and as a surfactant. It is found in the sperm from whales or dolphins, unless Petroleum is listed as the alternative. Collagen is very popular and very falsely advertised as being able to help build the skin's collagen and fibrolast. It is a fibrous protein in vertebrates. Cortisone is used to treat allergic reactions and inflammation. Usually animal-derived, it is a hormone extracted from the adrenal glands.
As many people wander through life, they aimlessly latch on to ideas and follow trends that are seemingly popular. Maybe it's their need for acceptance, or perhaps it's just the mere fact that America is amazingly good at the art of imitation. One such trend is vegetarianism and the variations of this lifestyle. I am not judging or choosing sides either way, but I feel as though there is a lot of hypocrisy in this decision. For example, my favorite vegan friend chooses to omit meat and animal products from her diet due to reasons regarding animal rights (as opposed to health or dietary reasons). However, she still carries her 100% leather Coach with her like a trophy. Bless her confused heart, as I've tried to explain why people question her dedication. With that said, hypocrisy, ignorance and vanity are part of our human makeup. They're also very prevalent in the actual industry of makeup. Whether claiming to be allnatural, vegan, or just plain health conscious, it's good habit to realize words like “natural”, “organic” and “whole” don't necessarily mean they're botanical-based or plant-derived. Without mentioning a preference of plant vs. animal products, I have listed the following popular product ingredients that are frequently derived from animals or animal byproducts: Lactic Acid has anti-aging and mild exfoliating properties. It is found in blood and muscle tissue of animals and milk, which is an animal byproduct. Instead, try Glycolic Acid (sugar), Citric Acid (fruit) or Salicylic Acid (willow bark). Allantoin is Uric Acid, mammals. Comfrey or
used in sensitive skin products. It comes from which can be found in cows and most An alternative with soothing properties is Aloe.
Arachidonic Acid is used to calm Eczema and rashes. It is a liquid fatty acid that is found in the liver, brain, glands and fat of mammals.
Gelatin is used as a thickener in foods, shampoos and cosmetics. It is obtained by boiling skin, ligaments or bones from cows and pigs. A very popular alternatives is Carrageen (Irish Moss) or Pectin, but it needs to be a listed ingredient. Honey is antimicrobial, moisturizing and nourishing. It is the main food source of bees, made by bees. Hyaluronic Acid is a hydration aide used in cosmetics that attracts the skin's inner moisture to the surface. Unless it's listed as "synthetic", it is found in umbilical cords and the fluid that surrounds animal joints. Keratin is used as a “protein” for hair strengthening and relaxing. It usually comes from ground up hooves, feathers and quills of animals in order to be effective. Retinol is the most popular form of Vitamin A for anti-aging purposes. It is most certainly animal-derived unless Carotene is listed as the alternative. Squalene is amazing for nourishing the under-eye area, and for lubrication in creams. A variation being Shark Liver Oil, Squalene is derived from the shark's cartilage. Silk is known for its smoothing properties. It is the shiny fiber made by silkworms to form their cocoons. Stearic Acid is an emollient and used to keep other ingredients intact. It is a fatty acid derived from cows, pigs, sheep and other animals. This is not a complete list, just a selection of some of the most popular cosmetic ingredients. As a fellow omnivore, I simply prefer whatever works best for the skin and body. Whichever lifestyle you choose, just remember that if you're going to stand for something or hop on the trend wagon, be sure you do your research. 39
I’ll start with a confession: before working at a Chicagoland area salon, I too bought my shampoos, conditioners and styling ads from places like Wal-Mart and Target. They’re convenient and usually at low prices, right? Back then, I never looked at the label to see what ingredients made up the product. It’s no big secret that we use water when we shampoo and condition our hair. But what if I told you when you buy retail shampoos and conditioners you’re basically paying for 80% water and 20% product? Seems like a huge waste of money to me. Our salon owner recently shared a fact on Facebook stating: “Just because Wal-Mart carries salon products doesn't mean they are any cheaper than the salon. And in some cases those products are diverted. Professional products found in chain stores are diluted products and should NOT be there. So support your local salon and shop locally. Your stylist can guarantee them.” Many major retail brands claim to provide the same effects as salon brands. But generic brands have high alcohol content. One of our Junior Stylists says that alcohol in products strips the hair of its natural oils, dries out the strands and fades hair color… fast. In comparison, salon products have little to not alcohol in them. By spending a few extra dollars, you can be saving your hair a lot of damage.
SALON BRANDS FOR
Greetings from the salon! Last time we met, we discussed what styles and colors are trending at local salons. This time around we’re going to dig a little deeper…into your bathroom. Ok, get your mind out of the toilet! We’re going to discuss the hair products you keep in your bathroom. More specifically, the major difference between generic brands and brands sold in salons. Although generic brands are cheaply priced and readily available, they aren’t always the best for your hair.
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Salon brands like Moroccan Oil, Matrix and Redken also are sulfate-free and contain more product in them than water compared to generic brands. I swear by the Moroccan Oil line, and so does our staff. We are a “loyalty salon,” so we carry all of the Moroccan products. The shampoos and conditioners are sulfate-free and preserve hair color, and restore strands from damage and leave all hair types shiny, silky smooth and healthy. Not all salons carry this line, but any brands sold in salons will guarantee the best results for your hair. I personally use shampoos and conditioners with moisture -repair ingredients, since I flat iron my hair almost every day, I need the extra damage fighting ingredients. Consult with your stylist so they can suggest the best items for your hair and get those generic brands OUT of your bathroom! Until next time... keep it classy! Sabrina DiGiovanni
Beauty is a strange thing: we obsess constantly over our makeup and clothes. And especially… our hair. But what if one day you had no hair and there was nothing you could do about it? You can’t imagine that, right? Thousands of children and teens lose their hair every day due to a variety of reasons like diseases, cancer, and burns. Hair loss at such a young age can be crippling to young minds on top of the illnesses they are already fighting. Fortunately, organizations have sprung up in the beauty industry to combat this issue.
BEAUTY GIVES BACK Here in Chicago, most salons have teamed up with a charitable hair loss organization to accept hair donations. Our salon works with Children with Hair Loss. (www.childrenwithhairloss.us) CWHL started in September 2000 as the one of the first nonprofit hair donating charities for children. They provide hair pieces and wigs for children at no cost, and help kids who are not only fighting cancer but other diseases and disorders. They provide custom human hair kits for over 300 children per year,. Organizations like CWHL provide the tools necessary for these children who have lost their hair due to medical illness, and give them the confidence and self-esteem they deserve to feel beautiful. Want to know how to get involved? It’s quite simple: ask your salon (or a salon in your area) if they associate with an organization like CWHL. If they do, they will have instructions that need to be followed. If not, or you are donating on your own, instructions on how and where to send the hair can be found on your charity’s website. The guidelines below for hair donations apply to most organizations:
At least 8 inches long (some may require 10 inches in length… the longer, the better) Braided or tied in a pony tail Dry and clean Chemically treated hair is usually accepted, however natural non treated hair is preferred
Beauty is such a delicate subject in this world. If we can give the gift of hair back to these children, every opportunity to do so should be given!
More info... CHILDREN WITH HAIRLOSS www.childrenwithhairloss.us LOCKS OF LOVE: www.locksoflove.org PANTENE BEAUTIFUL LENGTHS www.pantene.com/en-US/ PanteneBeautifulLengths HOW TO CUT IT www.pantene.com/en-US/ PanteneBeautifulLengths/Details/beautifullengths-make-the-cut.asp
MODEL with Jax
This Fall... the styles are all about menswear, oversized, plaids, hounds tooth, fur, leather and punky accessories. Thereâ€™s a l ot to love with these rich, easygoing styles. But how are they for petite women? You might think this isn't going to be your season. But with just a few adjustments, you can sport the trendiest of fashions and still look spectacular. Let's take a look at howâ€Ś
The menswear style fashions on ladies are huge for this Fall. Long jackets and fitted pants could sometimes overwhelm the petite woman. So what can you do to adapt that look for your size? One of my favorite things I have seen is the coat dress: all one fabric, slightly more fitted and with stylish detailing. Keeping it all one fabric helps extend your height. You might want to add same-color tights or hose to continue the look, shoulder to toe. When looking at purchasing something like this, look for a solid color or muted stripe instead of a bold hounds tooth pattern. This way you will not add width to your small frame. Another option for you would be a simple sheath dress - belted - and with a fitted blazer over it for work . Or without the jacket for an evening look. Again, pick a solid color or pinstripe to keep the eye moving up and down instead of across your
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body. If it is pants that you prefer, then keep them fitted through the waist and hips, maybe with a cuffed dress pant to keep up with the menswear theme. If you want to add more patterns like hounds-tooth or larger plaids, you can add that with a scarf or blouse where you see just a hint of it, instead of a larger portion of your body. When wearing men's styled clothing I do like to make sure I add some jewelry to keep it feminine. A strand of pearls, a gold chain necklace around the neckline and cuff bracelets are all good options. Use caution when accessorizing so that you don't add too much. Keep accessories to three items at most, and not to overwhelm the look.
COATS Coats are over-sized as well this year and the trench coat is one of the hottest styles. In looking at wearing one on a petite woman it is best to opt for the shorter car-length styles (landing just below
your hip) as opposed to the full length ones. Look to purchase them in the petite departments, as altering them frequently takes away many of the styling details found on the cuffs of these coats. I like the belted variety to keep it more fitted.
MIX AND MATCH Needing a more casual look? No problem! Pair your favorite skinny jeans with a more oversized sweater or shirt. If you prefer a wider leg jean, pair that with a fitted top. Depending on your build, this is a good time to wear a bold strip or plaid. Flats are always a good choice too with either of these looks, and less bulky than your athletic shoes and comfortable to wear all day. Add a skinny belt and you are right on point with the style, without adding width to your small frame. There are a lot of fun fashion trends this Fall, and being petite doesn't mean you can't take wear them. Small adaptations will keep the petite woman in style and looking her best, while still wearing the most up to date looks, all season long.
TALL in a
Girl’s World by Wendy Evens
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Let’s take a poll: Will all of the 5 foot 11 inch, dress size 2 readers please raise your hands? Anyone? Anyone?
Petite fashion: Fashions for women who are 5 feet, 6 inches tall or under (also known as the majority of our population). In the United States, approximately 70 percent of all women are 5’5″ tall and under. What’s more, there are one hundred million petite and petite plus -size women in the USA. In the International marketplace there are over six hundred million petite women. In the modeling world, commercial print advertisements (selling products like toothpaste) you see in fashion magazines have petite models hawking their items and are hired more often than the public realizes. Most swimsuit and lingerie models are petite, too. You don’t have to be a six foot model to sell cars, hotels, pet food or even diamonds or make up. If you have a look that the client wants, you are booked. Take Kate Moss for example. She’s sold just about everything under the sun in fashion for just about every fashion designer around the world. In her latest Fall advertisements Kate’s 5’7” bronzed frame is selling faux tanning spray for (my favorite) St. Tropez. Yes, Kate is 5’7” and not 5”11” like her fellow Supermodel co-workers. In the acting world, petites thrive. Remember famous petite actress Raquel Welch? She measured in at 5’3”. Bob Mackie, world renowned fashion designer to the stars for over 40 years, has spent his career dressing famous women. Mackie recounts that most leading ladies in Hollywood throughout his years have in fact been petites. This list includes: Veronica Lake 4’11” Jada Pinkett-Smith 5’0” Liz Taylor 5’2”, Eva Longoria 5’2” Victoria Beckahm 5’4” Madonna 5’4” Penelope Cruz 5’6” & the list goes on…
Fun movie trivia: In the old days, actor Allan Ladd was so short (at only 5’2″) that his leading ladies often had to stand in a ditch while filming scenes next to him. As you can see, it was important to have gorgeous, petite screen goddesses like 4’10″ Veronica Lake! To this day most leading men in film are short and need petite leading ladies to enhance their small stature. Did you know Hollywood leading man Tom Cruise is 5’5” tall?
With the focus on taller fashion models selling clothes to the petite woman, what’s a girl to do? How do small women develop a signature style and make a fashion statement with confidence? DON’T let your smaller size slow you down, ladies. DO let your gorgeous self shine through. Your height is the majority; remember that. The clothing industry has acknowledged this but still has a long way to go, in my opinion. Fortunately, I’ve found plenty of fashionable, petite-friendly store nears you or available online: Allison Izu Banana Republic J. Crew AIME (Wendy’s Pick) H & M (carries petite “sizing” so try on before buying, ladies) J. Brand Ann Taylor / Loft (Wendy’s Pick) BCBG (forget the pants, they will be too long but everything else seemed petite-friendly) The Gap (great for a smaller frame) Topshop (Wendy’s Pick)
You might be PETITE PROPORTIONED if you are 5’4” or under OR 5’4” and over but:
Find full-length often means floor-length Find long sleeves require a roll up or two Find regular pant lengths fall way too low Find jackets are just too broad at the shoulders
:: Petite Styling Tip #36 :: Slip on your highest heels and walk with the tallest of confidence :: Petite Styling Tip #104 :: Choose a smaller handbag for your daytime look instead of the trendy, over-sized bags. It’s not chic and pulled-together if you are hiding behind your accessories!
Body Art: John Kulikoff Photography: Silke Gabrielle Model: Montgomery Nicholas Makeup & Hair: Charlie Montague
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