IN THIS ISSUE MUSE BUSINESS 3. About Marilyn’s Muse 5. Editor’s note 7. The Original Muse INTERVIEWS 9. Muse to watch – plus-size model Jana V.
5. Marilyn’s Muse – behind the brand THE BEAUTY FILES 16. DIY - Ooh-la-la eyes 17. DIY - Catwalk hair
LIFESTYLE 13. City report – Sizzling Saigon 18. Tantalizing trends – Black & White Sophistication
COVER CREDITS Model: Josja Dijkstra Photography: Marc Haers Hair & Make-up: Thoke Delorge Fashion: TUXEDO MONROE
Marilyn Monroe’s quote embodies the essence of what Marilyn’s Muse the brand stands for, the beauty of imperfection!
Providing premium quality clothing that is tailored to fit specific body shapes at a feel better price!
way that it provides flattering and well-fitting that
accentuating each body shape’s strongest assets. Marilyn’s Muse’s tailored to shape concept allows women to show off their most powerful and prized possessions.
sizes 36 to 50+. Marilyn’s Muses are smart, fun-loving, stylesavvy women with an edge. Strong, sophisticated and self-secure because they know where their strong assets lie and aren’t afraid to work what
Marilyn’s Muse’s collection is designed in such a garments
about the body shape and not the size. Marilyn’s Muse therefore offers fashionable clothing in the
Marilyn’s Muse is a new fashion brand that distinguishes
Marilyn’s Muse believes that clothing should be
they’ve got! Marilyn’s Muse is all about positivity and strives to function as an empowering tool for women, allowing them to feel self-secure and empowered by what she wears.
A NEW Hooray , hooray!
New beginnings are
about to commence! A new season, a new brand and
researching, preparing, blood, sweat and tears we have finally arrived on the threshold of all that is new!
Season. Brand. Magazine.
Without them Marilyn’s Muse would not be as
marvelous as I believe her to be, they have helped
mould, shape and create a brand that is, truly in the business of making you feel better.
It’s been a long journey, one that took MARILYNS
They say hindsight is twenty-twenty and this
most definitely applies to Marilyn’s Muse and the long road it took to get here. A path or rather a
journey leading into many adventures, plenty of mistakes and numerous of wonderful people.
People who gave a helping hand when it was needed the most.
These people are true muses, be they long-life friends, family, supermodels, hair & make-up artists, Vietnamese hotel managers, roomies, and
MUSE from A to B. It has led me to this start, this magazine, this company that means everything to me.
It seems only appropriate to dedicate this first issue to my true inspirations; these wonderful people, muses.
To you I say this you have made MARILYNS
MUSE’S heart laugh and it seems only appropriate to dedicate this Charles Bukowski poem to you.
gorgeously sweet photographers.
New beginnings are finally here!
BEHIND THE BRAND Comfort zone
(Psychology) a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control encouraging people to work
outside their comfort zone
have never been satisfied living the
comfortable life. To some I am that
strange loud girl, that no one really
understands and quite frankly I for a long time never knew what I was really doing in
life. From a very early age my mother always told me, “Oh Joyce (sighed), before you climb a tree make sure there’s also an easy
way down from that tree.” For some reason I
but by god I passed the second time with
an 8.9 and was admitted into the International Business & Management
Studies at the age of 26. I was the oldest
girl in class but what fun I had. For my studies I lived shortly in Buenos Aires
and was living up the Erasmus live in Las Palmas for over 7 months.
always jump into something without really
Back in Amsterdam I suffered a post-
little trait of mine has resulted in some
missing my Erasmus life and had to write
about. When I one day decided, you’re 30,
Puberty hit hard and I dropped out of school
that’s when Marilyn’s Muse came into
knowing what the results will be. This nice
Erasmus-depression. I felt miserable,
unforeseen successes and many fails of epic
my thesis and had no idea what to write it
at the age of 16, but miraculously managed to
graduate with honour’s from the school of
nightlife & clubbing. I managed to find a nice
office job that paid well. And even though clubbing was my life, I did feel restless and
annoyed by those people not giving you the
time of day cause you’re ‘merely the receptionist’. So I decided at the age of 24
you went back to school for a reason, and place. I decided to write a new business plan for my dissertation. To date it is two
years ago that I handed in my thesis proposal. Now two years along the road I
am writing this in 30 degrees, sitting
under the Vietnamese sun finishing my first collection and magazine.
that I needed to find something to move me
I have been living a life outside of the
really like?” my inner counselor voice asked
I accept that it is just the way I am.
thread a needle’, ‘Soo, think outside of the
up a little. “So what is it that you really,
comfort zone and I am happy with that.
me… ‘I love fashion, but I don’t know how to
box!’ my get-out-of-the-comfort-zone voice
unconventional brand: MARILYNS MUSE.
am unconventional, but mind
replied. And that’s what I did, it was too
much of a hassle (and I was too little of a hipster) to get admitted into the Amsterdam
Fashion Institute. And with only a master’s degree in clubbing I took the 21+ test and failed miserably the first time.
Love, Joyce More about me and MARILYNS MUSE in the next editions of Marilyn’s Muse The Magazine.
THE ORIGINAL MUSE. Born
to a mentally troubled mother and an absentee father, Marilyn
a hard-knock one.
Monroe’s early life was
From wedded at 16, to iconic
movies and many scandalous love-affairs later, Marilyn Monroe half a century after her death still
speaks to the imagination. Where many starlets are quickly
forgotten miss Monroe keeps on fascinating and inspiring many of us.
If Marilyn were born in these times, would she still be
Marilyn Monroe was also a woman owning her own
of the same magnitude as she
company and a frontrunner on issues of race. It is Ella
nowadays everyone can be the next big thing: practice
who stated that back in race segregated America of the
is now, many years after her death? It seems that
and master the perfect duckface, implant your bum, and your almost there. If you’re really dedicated to the job a semi-professional it,
sex-tape will do
announcement on twitter, facebook, 4-square and instagram.
It makes you wonder, what type of icon she would be now? Would she be the one
ass off or would she be the one making it clear that
today’s true it-girl is not the one named after a random capitol or country but rather Malala
Yousafzai the heroic Pakistani girl who risked her
Fitzgerald, a woman of colour and a pioneer in music 50’s it was Marilyn Monroe who changed her life.
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. And it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again.
life and became the symbol of education for all Pakistani
She was an unusual woman, a little ahead of her time. And she didn’t know it.”
remembered for being seductive, an icon of sexuality
but also as being that slightly dimwitted platinum
So many would argue that if she were todays it-girl
She might not be known for being a feminist icon.
shots done after being arrested several times for
doing a little bit of both.. she would be the ultimate it-
she would probably be the one getting ‘YOLO’ mug drunk driving?
But I would like to think she would be the it-girl girl with dip-dyed hair rooting for Malala and her quest for equal rights. Marilyn Monroe; ahead of her
time, inspirational and truly a muse, she’s our kinda gal!
A m o d e r n d a y f e a t u r e d i n a
M a r i l y n f a k e C K
A D .
MUSE TO WATCH Interview +Size model Miss Jana V. For this very first issue of MARILYNS MUSE THE MAGAZINE we managed to interview miss Jana V.
This natural beauty has been in the business for quite some time and started at the age of 19 as a conventional size fashion model but is now working more than ever as a plus-size model.
This curvy natural beauty is definitely one muse model to watch!
started modelling at the age of 19 when I was
And in the meantime we make ourselves miserable by
thought was a hostess agency – but what turned
better to accept who you are and embrace ourselves with
‘discovered’ after sending pictures to – what I
out to be a high fashion agency. Before this I never
thought I could be a fashion model. Five years followed and because I was considered too big a size for the
industry I wasn’t able to do a lot of work, and then it hit me; Who am I kidding? I stopped starving myself
and discovered that there was a market for plus size models.
PLUS-SIZE is often badly per ceived. W hy do you think that is?
We live in a world where a size zero is considered to be the ideal beauty standard. I believe that we’ve been
‘media-indoctrinated’ by all these images of size zero celebrities. And I think it’s about time that the we get to see more beautiful curvy women in high fashion and showbiz.
Body image has much to do with social comparison.
Often, women compare themselves with celebs, and
mirror their own body image to that. If there’s a big
difference between them and what the celebrities look
like, that woman might think she’s ugly because she doesn’t life up to certain beauty-standards.
aspiring an image that’s not ours. Instead it would be
curves and all! We also don’t get to see much plus size models in high fashion. Many plus-size models get booked to do catalogues , which is lovely work to do but it would
be nice to see more plus-size in high fashion. Curvy models can be very high fashion and classy.
Cr ystal Renn aspir ed to be a fashion m odel at age 14 but w as told to lose w eight to get w or k. W hich
tr igger ed a ser ies of eating disor der s that dr ove her out of the business. Do you think the fashion industry is a healthy business to be in?
On the one hand it can help you accomplish a healthy way of living. For me working as a model made me very
conscious about being in shape. The most important thing is balance,
not overdoing it or getting obsessed.
Considering the very
strict and sometimes very
unrealistic norms models have to uphold, it’s hard not to get obsessed.
MUSE TO WATCH Do you think the ‘bizz’ encour ages or trigger s
Cara de levigne or K ar lie K loss?
are naturally slim it won’t be a problem to meet the
in the days. Neither of these two (stunning!) girls
‘bigger’ girl it can be a major battle to get and stay in
say Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes.
eating disor der s? It depends on the person. If you requirements of the industry. But if you are a naturally shape for the straight size modelling business. I know it was for me. If a girl is sensitive for having an eating
disorder, working in this industry could maybe trigger
it. But that’s always a combination of a person’s
I really love the glamour of supermodels from back
have that look. They are both gorgeous but I would
Robyn Law ley or Cr ystal Renn Robyn Lawley.
character and environment.
Muse to w atch?
B iggest m isconception about the ‘bizz’?
and killer body.
People seem to think that it’s a tough business with nasty people, and that models are arrogant and mean
girls who, when they get the chance, stab each other in the back to eliminate competition. The opposite is actually true; almost every working day I meet
wonderful people and the relationship with other
models is always warm. Most of the time the people I work with are free, creative, open and easy going.
Y our m ost am azing m odelling exper ience?
Is yet to come I hope! But of course I did some great
things, some of my highlights: Working in Lisboa
shooting the Ulla Popken Catalogue, walking for top designer Jan Taminiau, and an advertorial in Dutch Psychology Magazine.
What’s your biggest to-do on your modelling bucket list?
There are so many things that I still dream of doing. I would love to work in New York City. Maybe a feature in the Italian Vogue.
A campaign for Marina Rinaldi is the biggest thing I dream of.
Ford model Myla Dalbesio. She has an amazing face
W hat’s your body shape? A subtle hourglass I guess…
Inspir er or inspir e?
Both. Being a plus size model I really hope I can
contribute to a more realistic image of woman in the media. It would be amazing if I can help making young women feel better about themselves.
Moder n day m use?
Robyn Lawley, no doubt. She is a world class beauty. I have admired her from the first time I saw her.
CITY REPORT Southeast Asia is a continent on the rise, it’s a traveling to-do for many, South-east Asia is blooming to the fullest. One
dazzling gem in South-east Asia and one that’s
is a metropolis formerly known as Saigon; that
is special to Marilyn’s Muse
Ho Chi Minh City. If you think that New York is the city
never sleeps, think again!
Ho Chi Minh will take you for a never ending ride. You either love it or hate it, but Saigon will keep
you amazed. Ho Chi Minh is located in the southern
part of Vietnam and has 8 million inhabitants. The city is rich of
it’s the city of
bright-red banners with golden stars, hammers and
sickles, ’motorbikes’ & Bentley’s, sidewalk dining,
and rags and riches!
That anything is possible in Ho Chi Minh
evidenced by the large diversity the city offers. From decadent
dormitory rooms, Ho Chi Minh offers it all
Vien has many budget to-do’s. Bui Ven is a long
bars, restaurants and
many backpacker dormitory rooms. If you’re really on
a budget Bui Ven offers many street-food stalls (price
between € 0,75 to € 2) varying from fresh skewers and cóm (rice).
An absolute Bui Vien
they take on disadvantaged street kids and provide them with training that is mostly done by voluntary hospitality students. Your money is well spend here as all the upbringings go back into this project.
Not so much a budget tip but an absolute must-see is
the CHILL skybar located on 76 Le Lai. The award winning Sky Chill bar which is located on the rooftop of
the AB tower and is an absolute gem and decadence at
its best. It’s a place to see and to be seen. Chill the rooftop restaurant is mainly western oriented with
French and Danish inspired dishes. Price range from €
For those on a budget, the backpacker area of Bui street with art
The best fries. The charm of this place however is that
tip, is coffee bar SoZo. This
coffee lounge has a little Buenos Aires bohemian
feel to it, with terracotta coloured walls and beautiful
atmospheric black and white pictures of Vietnam everyday life, they serve western style food and have
8,- for a starter to € 65,- for an Australian imported
Wagyu rib eye, the prices are nowhere near
Vietnamese standard restaurant prices but for this you get a 27-story view over
Saigon. If you only want to
enjoy the view go for a cocktail and view the city at night, the good cocktails are pricey but the view that comes with it is priceless.
There are many, many things to see in Saigon, beautiful Pagoda’s, thousands of ‘motobikes’, street
stalls and expensive fashion as Louis Vuitton and
Versace, this worth a visit,
city breathes exhilaration and is well
Saigon is a city Marilyn’s
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THE BEAUTY FILES
HAIR & MAKE-UP PRISCILLA DE REUS
MAKE-UP TRENDS BY SHAMLEE Bling-it-up this spring! We already saw it on the runways of the four major fashion weeks; “ooh-la-la eyes” are an
absolute hit for spring and summer! Renowned fashion houses as Fendi, Christian Dior, Chanel and
Donna Karan owned the runway with colourful eyeliners, jewelled eyelids and intense colours as true
We hear ya thinking, ‘don’t I need a professional to create these stunning eyes?’ No need to worry, with these Marilyn’s Muse do-it-yourself tips & tricks it is going to be one head-turning hot summer!
Peach or yellow undertones to your skin? Use orange or red colors.
Dar k skinned? Use pastel colors.
If you have brown eyes, greens are beautiful and for blue eyes a real eye catcher will be lavender or blue.
apply eye shadow primer for fixation.
apply a neutral colored eye shadow on the
eyelid as a base.
apply a green color on the eyelid in the left
apply a orange color in the eyelid crease
and then shadow all the way to the right until you reach the brow bone.
apply eyeliner from the inside of the lashes
till the end with a nice big sweep
Step 6: apply a few coats of mascara to the
HAIR TRENDS BY SHAMLEE Brigitte Bardot made it a 60’s signature style look and Lana del Rey brought it back. Retro beehives are a definite to-do for this year’s spring and summer. How to do it yourself? Leave one small section of hair (that isn’t backcombed) Apply some hairspray at the hairline of the next section. Back-comb a few sections until it reaches the height you like. Then smooth the top of the hair with some hairspray and a boar bristle brush which gives the top some shine. Pull this first section to cover the back-combed hair and create any beautiful shape you like. Use bobby pins to secure the beehive. If you want you can leave the back of the hair down or pull it up.
D.I.Y. The (anti-) Ballerina bun - Brush your hair thoroughly from your hairline to the ends and apply some hairspray at the hairline. - Make a side parting and brush it until all bumps are gone. - Make a ponytail and tie this back. - Looking for a slick look? Apply some wet-look gel - Wrap the ponytail around the base and use bobby pins to secure the knot.
Et, voila! A slick runway tied up knot!