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STIG MAGAZINE

Edition1: THE GOLD LABEL

by: Mardy Co


DESIRE. ACHIEVE. INSPIRE. Individuals from across the globe who are breaking barriers by sharing their story and works, to instigate change, fuel DESIRE, that we may dare to ACHIEVE our dreams, and in turn INSPIRE others to do the same. It’s a cycle. It’s infectious. It’s what STIG Magazines are made of.. page per page.


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Looking beyond with no great expectation As the sun will rise & set before your eyes You’ll see that all is a gift of life That every turn & road leads to a discovery That every season is a different view of a journey & if by chance you’ll see a shoreline nearby Turn the wheel, set it aside & drop by Take that much desired walk and be calmed by each wave In life’s unconventional beauty be saved Nothing but your being simmering down through the ocean breeze Up to a soothing point of silence be seized Where there is nothing left but the sea & the sound of you breathing Lavish in it & feel your life unraveling & for the first time in a brink of innocence Open yourself up for something new...

- Mardy-

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Pack light for an endless road & horizon


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Great Photographers (Exclusive Interviews) p.11 MASSALO ARAUJO p.13 MIKE LEWIS p.31 DAVID LESLIE ANTHONY p.51

STIG DIARY

Sequel 1: Stars p.27

LOST IN PARADISE PART 1 Find Out Mystery Place p.95

STEPPING UP

Exclusive Interview w/ Sarah Sheue p.113 (A Story Of A Shoe Designer)

COVER GIRL

Micaela Santos (Exclusive Feature) p.123

CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST

Mario Dedivanovic (Exclusive Interview) p.135

MICHAEL CINCO

AND OTHER TOP FILIPINO FASHION DESIGNERS p.151 Make Waves, In The Middle East, Asia & Europe (Exclusive Interview)

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MEET THE GENERATIONS OF


Truth be Told

Truth be Told You have every right to be here No matter where you are, what you’ve become and who you are You are born a part of and in perfect alignment with the universe You are made in the image and likeness of a creator And that makes you a creator yourself. You are gifted with free will in your life’s creative process … seize it You are made a little higher than angels You are without wings so you can walk the land and rule your own reality You are carving your way into a masterpiece You are a proof of heaven and hell on earth Because you are what you make of it Your purpose is what you say it is You call your own calling Your uniqueness exemplifies the greatest story ever told

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photography is multi-faceted in terms of its style, direction subjects.

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photographers whose passion and not surprising that each has their own reasons for falling in-love with this craft. Each photographer has their own unique way of expressing their creative selves when it comes to showcasing their talents and skills in photography. This in turn allows them to capture the very essence of their individualism. As you turn the pages, you will get the chance to experience three very emotive and talented individuals who took an interest in this craft and reveals how it has affected them and their life as artists.

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desire differs in so many levels, it is


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Exclusive Interview w/

Massalo Araujo

Africa (Angola)

All images are © 2015 Massalo Araujo

“While I really appreciate the interest (and I do, believe me) I’m one of those that shy away from showing themselves too much.... Ok, so I’m shy.....”

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The short answer: I’m just a young Angolan photographer who is trying to tell stories through his camera. The best answer is: I’m still trying to figure that one out myself. What I do know is that photography is more than a passion for me; it has become as essential as breathing. What is your background in photography? I’m mostly self-educated. I started somewhere in 2000 with throw away cameras, and it has been an uphill since then. The learning never stops. I’ve got a dozen exhibitions and two photography books under my belt, the last of which holds the interesting fact that it was the first Angolan photography book dedicated to nude photography.

How would you describe your style in photography and how has it developed over the years? While learning how to use a camera, through reading photography books and through the internet, what became apparent was that the technical side of photography was as crucial as the story telling part. Photography has the ability to tell different stories from a single image. With regards to my style in photography, I owe a lot to photography masters such as Rodney smith, Tonspi (a great Angolan photography) , Waclaw Wantuch, Thorsten Jankowski and of course Helmut Newton. These are true story tellers and they inspire me everyday. Also, I wouldn’t have progressed so fast without websites like flickr, deviantart and photo.net. Putting it simply, my work is the result of a mixture of influences from all forms of art and it has a strong emphasis in telling stories through people’s faces, bodies and energy.

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“..my work is the result of a mixture of influences from all forms of art and it has a strong emphasis in telling stories through people’s faces, bodies and energy.”


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What inspired you to take up photography? Originally it was my deep love for dance - in all its forms. I wanted to be able to capture bodies on stage in motion. As time passed the inspiration evolved and changed. Today it’s people and their energy that inspires me. If you can capture anything with your camera, what would it be? I think I do that every time I do a photo shoot: an idea. Words of wisdom for aspiring photographers. Learn your craft as much as you can, then forget everything and concentrate in creating. End >

“Today it’s people and their energy that inspires me.” About Massalo Massalo is a highly experienced photographer based in Luanda, Angola. Though he avoids commercial work traps, he does enjoy collaborating with models and artists. The only commercial work he does would be those that interest him - as well as those that contribute positively to his portfolio. To date, he does a lot of TFDVDs but prefers to work long term with the same models given that virtually, all of his pictures are collaborations and have a story to tell. However, he is open for new photo collaborations where he tends to normally work with a team of two or three people (makeup and producer). Massalo is on the look-out for crazy and somewhat whacky models especially those who are not afraid of trying new things. Website: www.massalo.net

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Sequel 1:

Stars

Sequel 2: Remembering (STIG Magazine Edition 2)


It’s funny how you used the STARS within

two members of the family died early

the title of your email, because when I used

2015. I was reborn to a new perspective

to live there, I would take walks at night on

with the END in mind.

the road, just looking up at those stars. I’m a

Let me begin this story with part of a letter that

star gazer (if you didn’t know) and somehow,

I sent over to my father, after my grandfather’s

looking at those stars gave me comfort. Stars

death, followed by my uncle’s passing only a

have so much wonder, mystery, beauty in it,

few weeks after.

and are always in abundance.. just like life.“

“Whatever happened to our life and family

Some say that your destiny is written on

Papa, it’s for a good reason and I want you

the constellations. Some fortune tellers tell

to believe that. I would have never been this

of your future through the palm of your

strong and independent if I didn’t grow up

hands. Some think that everything had been

in such. We must trust that those who had

planned and we should just follow, while

already been taken had finished their mission

others think otherwise. Life gives you a lot

on earth. But as for you, I want you to stay

of options on what to believe in, and the

strong as you have always been. You still

truth is, everybody just wants to believe

have the sight and life to witness the changes

in something. An ease or a shortcut for

that will take place in this lifetime. You’re still

the unexplainable, of what is beyond our

here, because it is also within reason. Sooner

understanding and control.

or later, you will experience why it had been

I hope you will experience through these

like that for us. All the hardship, you will

sequels, a beautiful anecdote of being,

experience the exact opposite Papa. I chose

becoming, letting be and letting go.

to believe that while I was growing up. That life is just telling its story and it’s plotting a beautiful one, regardless of the situation.

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mike lewis

Canada (Toronto)

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“I want them to get lost in a story or an idea. I want them to feel something.”

What is your background in photography? I started as a film maker and even went to film school at SFU in Vancouver. I picked up photography as a way of improving my eye as a director and cinematographer. I found that I was very moved by the power of the still image to evoke an emotion or tell a story - especially fashion photography. It’s great fantasy. So much is left to the imagination. The viewer is left to create their own fiction. I love it. Anyway, I was instantly hooked on photography and knew that’s what I wanted to spend my time thinking about and doing.

How would you describe your style in photography and how has it developed over the years? I guess I would describe my work often being cinematic. I watch a lot of old movies for inspiration. I especially love classic black and white foreign films for the cinematography. My favourites are Fellini, Bergman, and Kurosawa. I want my images to feel like they exist outside of our day to day reality. I want to create works of fiction. I don’t want people to look at my images and see a pretty girl wearing pretty clothes in a photograph taken by a man who knows how to operate a camera. I want them to get lost in a story or an idea. I want them to feel something. My style has evolved over time. Mostly, I think it is just becoming more refined as I get better at what I’m doing. I’m more attuned to the subtleties now. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Well, I guess you could say I’m a fashion photographer in a city filled with great fashion photographers. What makes me different; I don’t know….maybe nothing.

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“I’m just trying to make images that inspire people. I want to take people out of their world if only for a moment”

What inspired you to take up photography?

If you can capture anything with your camera, what would it be?

It was the feeling I got from looking at a great photograph. Whether it be Richard Avedon, Nick Knight, Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Brassai, or Weegee, the feeling is like a drug. I feel a little giddy inside when I see something that I know is really great. I think it has to do with the dichotomy of the nature of the photograph. On the one hand, it is a medium that simply captures the reality of what is in front of the lens. But somehow in freezing a moment, it manages to create something that is very personal and subjective to the person who took the photograph. In any given situation, no two photographers will take the same photo. And great photographers consistently take great and moving images. I don’t know. For some reason I find that exciting and fascinating.

I’m just trying to make images that inspire people. I want to take people out of their world if only for a moment - Just a little candy for the imagination. Words of wisdom for aspiring photographers There’s no shortcut to experience. Don’t settle. Keep shooting. Get good. I believe that talent is just a seed that needs constant watering and pruning and other gardening metaphors. Basically, it’s constant, unending hard work….but so worth it. End >

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Photography Known for his attention-to-details and his well-thought-of “points-of-views,” Mike Lewis has a keen understanding of his craft while having the ability to work with clients in order to achieve “the look” needed to represent a variety of brands. Best known as a photographer who has the ability to “bring-to-life” still images, he is capable of turning these into “living breathing stories.” With images that are eye-catching, stunning and interesting, it is not surprising that Mike has been a favorite photographer with those that he has done business with. Website: www.mikelewis.ca

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daviD Leslie anthony United States

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I’m in a different place in life - I’ve returned to a place in life, and on and on. Sometimes I see things dark and moody; other times, bright and clean. Sometimes I see the model with elaborate fashions, other times nude. I see the photographs as small films that tell an individual story, which when coupled together, ask as many questions of the viewer as they answer. What is your background in photography? I began in 1990 and am self taught.I bought some books on understanding exposure and how a camera works, and began reading them. The first camera I bought and began working with was a Canon AE1. And I started to shoot photographs. I shot all the time, and every chance I got. I was terrible technically, but I kept notebooks (which I still do today), and would record everything I did, along with clips of the contact sheet or transparency.

Later, I bought another Canon and would shoot with one camera, and hock the other so I could pay for film and processing. I began photographing my own work for the magazines; and feeling that I had accomplished all I wanted in the beauty industry, decided I wanted to embark on a whole new career. I would buy magazines and study various photographers whose work inspired me, and made me “see new things”. In the fall of 1989, I discovered what happened when you “cross-processed” film, by accident. The lab told me what I did “wrong”, and I was so fascinated by what I was getting, I bought and experimented with every type of film and filters I could get my hands on. I learned how to control the colors and the skin tones, how to “bend” the look to my way of thinking through understanding and knowledge of light AND the quality of light. During this time, only a handful of photographers Continuation On The Next Page >

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That’s a question I always ask myself. I’m complex. I never like shooting all my work with “just one style of look” because each story is different; each magazine has a different set of demographics.

I would record my “mistakes” as well and learned from them. I made friends with the people at the lab that I went to, and they would teach me more about “why” certain things happened, and what it created. To me, “mistakes” were simply wonderful opportunities to make better photos.

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were doing this kind of work. One such person was Javier Vallhonrat, a Spanish fashion photographer who was just doing amazing work in crossprocessing! I studied all the work I could on this person. I studied the black & white work of Peter Lindbergh, the energy of Arthur Elgort, the clean lines of Herb Ritts, etc. By this time I had “retired” from hairdressing and became a “photographer”. Friends I had met began teaching me more things and model agencies gave me people to “test shoot” to build my viewpoint and “style”. In 1990, I got hired to shoot the national Z. Cavaricci campaign - shooting it in my “cross-processed style”. This was followed by Kad Clothing Company, Khaki & Whites, and a handful of various denim companies shooting their ad campaigns. I traveled to New Orleans where I shot a few jobs down there and up to Vancouver, Canada, shooting some work there. In 1994, I sat down and began thinking about all that had happened, thus far in my new career. Unlike MANY of the young “photographers” today (who have huge ego’s and “legend in their own mind” attitudes), I realized I had JUST been lucky and that I really didn’t know a damn thing. I realized that IF I really wanted to earn the right to call myself a photographer, I had to relocate to Europe and train and assist under some of the best photographers I could find.

I packed some clothes, packed my two cameras, and took what money I had saved and moved to Paris. I needed to be in the heart of fashion and photography IF I truly wanted to be where I wanted to be in the profession. I sacrificed a lot at the beginnings of my career. I got a job assisting one of the top photographers in the business, but I had nowhere to stay. I learned another valuable lesson once in Paris. Before you travel somewhere, make sure you know what the true value of your money IS in the country you are going to. I “discovered” that due to the exchange rate, my money was now worth half of what I had brought. So….I lived in a hedge grove in a park, bathed in the park restroom, and worked until I had enough to get a small cheap room in the 14th Arrondissement in Paris. I lived and worked in Paris and Madrid for just over 5 years. It was the best education I could get, and provided the foundation for where I am today in my career. I learned about the technical aspects of photography, the business side and how to work with budgets, how to work with clients, and how to make a photograph “feel”, to say what I wanted to say. FINALLY, I felt I could call myself a photographer.

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For example if you are only shooting things “dark and moody”, then you won’t be working much in spring time where everything is brighter, more colorful. Also, be aware of the business and economy climates of your country, other countries, the World. These also tend to influence the visual look of fashion for example. Getting back to my first sentence, the photograph must have emotion - it must make you “feel.” Whether you love it or hate it, you must feel some kind of emotion. I tell my assistants that they can never create what I can. NOT because they are less talented or less driven, but because they have not lived MY life. They have not traveled and lived in the countries I’ve lived. They have not experienced the ups and downs I have. They have not seen the various time-frames of history I have, they have not loved the same people I have - nor encountered the same experiences I have. ALL of that goes into developing your “style” or viewpoint in your work.

What inspired you to take up photography? I had always loved fashion and photographs growing up, because I’d sit with my Mother and pore over fashion magazines with her as a child growing up. Later, when I began college, I was getting my hair cut, and I noticed all these great looking women getting their hair done. So I began attending Beauty School in Los Angeles during the day, and college at night (because I figured it was a great way to get laid). Making a long story short, I ended up quitting college, finished Beauty School and found I was actually good at the creation of design and imagery. I soon became a sought-after platform artist, creating hair designs for product companies. I moved up the ranks quite quickly (at a very young age) to become an International Creative Director at the age of 21, with a major hairdressing company. Continuation On The Next Page >

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I think what is most important is that you have a distinct viewpoint to your work. How you “see and view” the world, life, loves, Art, etc. These all shape your viewpoint in photography. The visual “look” with your work (the way a photo looks) will constantly change as the fashion seasons change - as life changes.

“I had always loved fashion and photographs growing up, because I’d sit with my Mother and pore over fashion magazines with her as a child..”

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There, my job was to not only create hair designs for the company, but to also oversee the hair fashion photo shoots and advertising. I also traveled worldwide performing on stage throughout the world at the major hair shows. My work was in numerous Hair magazines, and eventually I began teaching myself photography. This was something I always felt drawn to. 5 years later, I then assumed this same position with another company and also began photographing all the press release photos and designing the staging for our shows. I was 30 at the time and I felt I had achieved all that I could in the beauty industry and wanted to “retire” before I had nothing more to offer; that, and because I had always loved art, fashion, film, and photography. So in October of 1989, I embarked on a new career…that of a fashion photographer. If you can capture anything with your camera, what would it be? Passion. Words of wisdom for aspiring photographers I have been a Photographer for 21 years now, and I’ve always looked at it this way and still do - the ONLY person’s opinion that matters is the person paying me. People will always have “opinions” about someone else’s work. That is inevitable in this business. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here: You always will have people who think Terry Richardson is a “bad photographer” blah, blah, blah. Terry is a great photographer! He creates a tremendous amount of feeling and “at the moment” in his work. AND, if you have any technical knowledge at all, you’ll see that the lighting with his photos could not possibly come “only from an on-camera flash”. Continuation On The Next Page >


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I was shooting denims and T-shirts and the look I wanted was “perfectly imperfect”. The models treated the cameras “looser” and became less serious. Thus creating the “perfect” look for what I/we wanted. I’ve found that it always seems to be the people at the bottom levels of this industry who have the biggest egos about their own work, and have the biggest opinions about those at the upper and top tiers. Back when I started, you had to KNOW photography before you could ever call yourself a photographer, and before anyone took you seriously as one. Today the photo schools are turning out nothing more than “digital technicians”. I’ve had some of these people contact me wanting to be assistants, and they don’t know how to work a light meter, have never shot film, never been in a darkroom, don’t know any other camera formats other than Hasselblad. Today everyone “calls themselves a photographer”. They buy a digital camera, do a 5 minute photo and then do everything in the computer. That is NOT being a photographer. That is being a technician. Why spend 5-10 hours on a computer doing something that in a few minutes you can do on set??? I shoot both digital and film, and I do 95% of my image on set, at the time of shooting. That includes lighting, metering, creating any special effects, etc. so all I have to do in post is clean up the skin of the model. Continuation On The Next Page >

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He uses multiple lights and light sources, and he knows how to use them quite well. People place too much importance on what equipment one uses, when the most important thing is the person behind it. I shot the entire 2005 Von Dutch Clothing Campaign using only “throw-away” cameras.


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In New York (the market I work in), they now have “two schools” of thought. They say there are the Photographers and there are “digital illustrators” who ONLY know digital and Photoshop. Do these people even realize that the SAME plug-ins and filters THEY buy and use are the SAME ones the person down the street can buy?? The argument of “oh but I do it different” does NOT hold water. Why? Because all the plug-ins work the same way; giving the same results, at the same angles… for, and to everyone. The people AT the top of this profession are NOT some 20 somethings, but are photographers who CAME from a film background and are in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and older. THEY are the creators, the innovators and the true Avant garde! They are the one’s creating the looks and visual styles that the young are trying to copy. They are the one’s you always see in the major magazines such as French and Italian Vogue, W, and others. These magazines also are (in my opinion) the true Avant garde publications. Many of the so-called “trendy” publications are nothing but poor clones of mediocre digital work. In fact you often have to look for the name to see if the “photographer” has even changed from one editorial to the next.

Where as, with Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, David Sims, Steven Klein, and more…you know their style, their look, their interpretations. It’s unmistakable. I always tell my assistants “You MUST know the past, BEFORE you can create the future,” because the future is made up FROM the past. Also, if you are aware of what has happened in the past, THEN you’ll also realize when you are looking at copies of what has already been done, and know the difference between good work and bullshit. Also the vast majority of Fashion Editors, Creative Directors, and Ad Agency Art Directors are in their 40’s – 60’s, and again, there is NOTHING these people have not seen in both Photography and Art! These people worked with Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Chris Von Wangenheim, Avedon, etc., so you better have something more than just pictures of “a model lit by strobe on the street”, or some person “staring blankly at the sky”. Don’t believe me? Check and see how old Grace Coddington, Creative Director at Vogue is; or Fabian Baron, Brana Wolf, Carine Rotfield (French Vogue), Franca Sozzani (Italian Vogue) and more. Continuation On The Next Page >

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“..if you are aware of what has happened in the past, THEN you’ll also realize when you are looking at copies of what has already been done, and know the difference between good work and bullshit.”


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Things to always bear in mind: 1st - Learn the past. Study the photographers who are at the top and WHY they are at the top: meaning their work, their work ethics, etc. 2nd - Realize, and I DO mean realize that A LOT was accomplished by many, long BEFORE you were born. That you are dealing with numerous people in this business who know MUCH MORE than you have SEEN; much more than you have EXPERIENCED, much more than you, and did so when you were simply “just another sperm cell.” 3rd - Don’t mistake “a photographer’s style” as how a photograph looks. The visual imagery will change every season just like fashion AND life changes. A “photographer’s style” is how they see things; how they view the world, how they view music, life, sex, the people they love and have loved, etc. THIS all goes into creating a “style.” “Style” is a viewpoint. If you look at my work, see the kind of models I book, the strength in how I have them move, what I get out of the shoot. THAT is my “style.” The physical look is simply that. The look I chose for that particular shoot. Business: Learn the business side. If you don’t learn business, then you just might be a “photographer slinging burgers at McDonalds”. End >


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He was nominated for a JUNO Award (Canada’s Grammy Awards) in the CD Cover Art category for his photography work for Sony recording artists 54-40. (1999). David’s Michelob Campaign was chosen by the U.S. Ad Review as one of the best campaigns for that year. (2003) His work is also featured prominently in the 2004 book “Outdoor Lighting: Fashion and Glamour” published by AVA Publishing, London, England, and his photographs have appeared in both solo and group exhibitions in New York, London, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.. Advertising campaigns include: Pepsi U.K. (with Britney Spears); Blake-Standard; Von Dutch Originals (U.S. and European campaigns 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008); Michelob Fashion Campaign 2003/2004 (U.S., England, & China); Bakers Shoes (2005, 2006, 2007); Cino Clothing, NYC; Alberto Culver; Office (London, England); and Samsung DigitAll. Website: www.davidanthonyphotographer.com www.creative-24.com

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As one of the top photographers in the fashion industry, David’s editorial work can be seen in today’s most prestigious publications such as Vogue Italia, British Cosmo, Chicago Magazine, Conde Nast Publications; Cosmopolitan, U.K.; ELLE Canada; Essence; Harper’s Bazaar, Intl.; Lavish Magazine; Marie Claire, Intl; Modern Luxury Publications, Rolling Stone and Zink Magazine – just to name a few.

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arah Sheue is the style maven behind GlamRockChic who christens her brand as a democratic luxury for fashionistas. She sells highend quality designer shoes without the designer price tag with a goal to diminish cheap knockoffs. In short, she creates stylish pumps that you can afford. GlamRockChic’s mission is to exclusively design luxury shoes that fit your individual image to a tee – after all, Sarah understands the importance of “looking-the-part.”

With a signature look that meshes edgyglamour with classic-chic, this luxury brand tries to always incorporate comfort in the mix. Note that quality materials are a must for GlamRockChic while still being cruelty-free.

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Exclusive Interview w/ Sarah Shue What is the inspiration behind the inception of GlamRockChic and what statement do you want your brand to make? The inspiration came from my own frustration of seeing beautiful designer shoes from Louboutin, Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo, etc and not being able to afford them. I have the greatest respect for designers and the amount of work spent on the creation of each shoe which warrants the high price but it is tiring to know only the elite can afford them. I hated the look and feel of mass brands but couldn’t afford the designer brands. So last year, I decided to create GlamRockChic which stands for accessible designer luxury. Shoes that are edgier than mass produced brands without going too over the top - catering to the practical fashionista and with a price range that will not hurt their purses. That’s the statement I want

my brand to make – accessible luxury in terms of design and price. I design all my shoes and do not buy private label designs and claim that it is mine. So, what comes thru is uniquely my own taste and style.

Normally, what type of customers do you attract and who is your niche market? The brand is still an infant, less than 3 months old since its official launch – at present, based on our fan page on FB (Facebook), we are attracting women from age 24 – 35. Generally, I specialize in 4” – 4.7” for the practical fashionista – those people who spend hours drooling over a pair of Louboutin or Jimmy Choo but cannot afford to buy or wear them, because of the towering price and heel height – that is the niche I am aiming for. Continuation On The Next Page >

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If you could sell something to me from GlamRockChic, what would it be and why? I would sell Heart & Soul shootie – it is edgy, easy to slip on and very comfy, plus the heel height is 4.7” – is relatively easy on the feet and calf muscles for work or for the night out.

If it was my first time to purchase your products, what experience would you want me to take from this? The easy to navigate store, easy payment options – is something I work hard on, ironing out the issues and stumbling blocks that one could face when buying online to ensure that the customer gets a great buying experience from my online store.

What do you want the “first words” to come to mind when people to think of GlamRockChic? Affordable luxury.

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As a start-up, I rely mostly on word of mouth via Facebook, usage of web 2.0 tools like Blogger, free PR dissemination services and fashion bloggers’ reviews. At present, I am enlisted to our Malaysian trade body and hope to participate in some exhibitions to showcase my shoes to the international market later.

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For my debut collection, the inspiration is me. I left a high paying job with one of the world’s most respected companies to start this from ground up; without any background experience or important contacts from the who’s who in the fashion industry. I call this collection Step Out, literally it’s stepping out into the world, facing your greatest fears and owning it – to portray that, I use a lot of gold as gold is a bold color; it suits women who have confidence, panache and style. To be seen in gold accented shoes, you need confidence as people will stare a lot more – they are very eye catching!

“There are 3 things. I would like to change the mindset that not all designer brands warrant the killer price you are paying for.”

What excites you about GlamRockChic? In terms of design, it is the ability to control my designs 100%. It is all me. In terms of the brand, it is being able to offer something to the world at a moderate price range that is edgy, comfortable and affordable.

If you could change the way people think in terms of the way they choose to buy things, what would you like to change? How can you make that change possible? There are 3 things. I would like to change the mindset that not all designer brands warrant the killer price you are paying for. Being in the production business now, having met so many factories and understanding their prices, I would say that not all expensive things are of great quality. They are just expensive because of branding. Also, the overrated mindset of that ‘Made in Italy’ always means the best in quality. It is not quite true these days. I have seen famous designer shoes made in Italy that are very ‘rough’ in workmanship. Continuation On The Next Page >

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From anything really! It could be a color combination from a dress that I see, a pattern cut out from a blouse, jewelry, bags, people and unique shapes on buildings, etc.

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Lastly, on my brand – I wish I could change the mindset that it is not the same league as a main stream brand. I design my shoes; I do not tweak ready made designs or make inspired copies of high end shoes. So the time that I spent designing, the travelling to my factory, the sourcing of the best materials plus the R&D has to be accounted for. It is a common thing for people to think that if it is a designer brand, it must be USD700 and above, and because my price range is not like that, my brand is automatically categorized with the main stream brands of lower price. I realize people are just too used to either extremely high prices or extremely low prices - nothing in-between. How can I make that change possible? Well, it is such a deep rooted mentality that I don’t think it can be changed at all. All I can do is just focus on keeping my cost low so as to continue offering moderate pricing to an emerging group of customers who seek individuality and quality at affordable price points; and also, ensuring that each product I manufacture continues to be of respectable quality.

What is your ultimate vision for GlamRockChic? To be listed into cult boutiques and major department stores internationally and locally.

In one word, describe GlamRockChic Luxury. End >

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MICAELA SANTOS

Brazil

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s we at STIG proudly present our REVAMP Edition, we though it would be fitting to feature a burningly hot cover model whose aura of sophistication, wit and charisma can enthrall you in a huge magnitude.

STIG’s April Cover Model Micaela Santos is currently modeling in New York and L.A. She is pursuing acting and finds that modeling is a great venue for numerous possibilities related to her interest and career; which is why she feels blessed to be a part of this industry.

Luckily we chanced upon Micaela Santos, a 5’9 stunner from Brazil, who was more than happy to introduce us to photographer Elias Tahan who took awesome shots of her to share with you, our beloved STIG readers!

So while Micaela dips her feet in numerous projects, you can catch a glimpse of this beauty as you go through the pages of STIG.

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Celebrity Makeup Artist

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mario dedivanovic United States (NY, LA)

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Mario’s talent and professionalism has secured him a spot as one of the most respected makeup artists. Working with Natasha Bedingfield, Kim Kardashian, Eliza Dushku, Michelle Williams, Amanda Bynes and Gina Gershon has cemented his status as a celebrity makeup artist; in addition to having many of his works featured in magazines such as Ensuring the perfect color and hue; Glamour, Teen Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, technique and style, this is an essential Bazaar, Allure and People. aspect in bringing forth the “look” intended for the subject at hand – and Mario delivers Although all of these sound good, what it effortlessly. It is no wonder he was able really makes Mario truly appealing would to obtain his first agent at 21, and by 23, be his thoughts, words, and experiences he has already begun working on major which he happily shares with you. fashion and beauty campaigns together with today’s top models, designer and photographers. pon viewing the book of Mario Dedivanovic, one of the most indemand and highly celebrated make-up artists, you will find yourself catching your breath as you see how he paints a woman’s face similarly to how a master artist would have done so on his canvas.

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How did you develop a passion for being a make-up artist and why did you choose to become one?

Having “made it” as a celebrity make-up artist, what was it like when you were just starting out?

I discovered the art of makeup at 17 years old while working in retail cosmetics and since day one I knew I had found my career. I naturally developed a passion for being a makeup artist. Since childhood I’ve been passionate about all things beautiful.

Starting out as a young makeup artist was tough. Being in NYC made it not only tougher, but very competitive as well. Early on I realized that the only person I should compete with is myself and that helped me to stay more focused and motivated.

In your portfolios, you have created numerous looks that are truly riveting; where do you get your inspirations?

I had doors shut in my face and dealt with rejection from agencies and photographers but I loved being a makeup artist so much and knew that it would be hard work. For years, I paid my dues, assisting other makeup artists on set for free. It was not glamorous having to carry 8 or 10 huge bags up and down the stairs at 5am for a shoot that lasted 16 hours, but it was those experiences that I gained so much knowledge from.

Thank you! Lately, I’ve been getting inspired by the letters and messages I receive daily. People from around the world take time out to tell me that I inspire them or that I taught them something. To feel inspired is such an amazing feeling so I consistently work hard. Fashion, film, history and architecture inspire me, amongst other things.

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Assisting the top people in the industry helped prepare me to deal with the challenges that artists face and made me ready and able to execute whatever was asked of me. This kind of experience is priceless and although it was at times grueling, I’m very thankful for having had those opportunities.

Who are the celebrities that you have recently worked with?

“Assisting the top people in the industry helped prepare me to deal with the challenges that artists face and made me ready and able to execute whatever was asked of me.”

In between catching up on my fashion/ beauty stuff, I’ve worked with Melanie Fiona, K Michelle who is a new, brilliant R&B singer with Jive; Nicole Ari Parker and the gorgeous Kim Kardashian. I’m currently working with Kim everyday for the filming of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” season 6.

Recently, I have been focusing more on my editorial work because when you work with too many celebrities, you don’t have time to really shoot editorials for your book.

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Celebrities work very hard and are under a lot of pressure. They have to go out there and face the public and the media, no matter what they’re dealing with in their personal life. At times they sit in the makeup chair not feeling so pretty or they’re just having a bad day but when the makeup is all done, they smile with great confidence, ready for anything. I love to witness that reaction and to know that I was able to brighten up someone’s day by making them look and feel more beautiful.

I swear by La Mer products for the skin. The moisturizing lotion is a favorite of mine. There are so many products that I love! The Murad eye cream…and the list goes on. With makeup, I swear by Eye M Glam highlighter and use it on everyone to give them a gorgeous and natural glow. Continuation On The Next Page >

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What make-up and skincare product do you swear by? What make-up line do you gravitate towards?

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Fashion Eye M Glam is available at Giella.com. As for makeup lines, I gravitate towards many of them from MAC to Dior to Urban Decay, L’oreal, Givenchy, Giella Custom Blend, Smashbox, Josie Maran, etc etc etc. Most lines have at least one great product.

If you had to describe your “signature style” as a make-up artist, what would it be? I think my signature style is polished, feminine and pretty. It’s hard to answer this question but it would be interesting to know what others think my signature style is. (winks)

Who is your ideal muse and why? I’m fortunate to work with some of the most beautiful models and women in the world but my ideal muse is Kim Kardashian. Kim is a stunning beauty and she always allows me to create. She is patient, calm, interested and understands the art of makeup. On top of all that, she carries the makeup with such grace. Kim Kardashian is the modern- day beauty icon. Her face inspires girls and women alike around the world. Continuation On The Next Page >

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What advice would you have for young, aspiring makeup artists? What’s the most important thing they need to know to get to the level you’re at? I’m humbled by many of these questions! (Laughs)

“Whichever level one desires to be on, it’s crucial to be consistent with your work and have a good attitude.”

I began to host workshops/seminars recently where I spend a whole day giving career advice and teaching makeup to aspiring artists and artists in general. I really share everything so for those who are into learning and getting advice, I highly recommend attending a workshop/ seminar that I host in the near future. Continuation On The Next Page >

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The “feeling.” Looking beautiful means feeling beautiful

I love to share advice with young and/ or aspiring makeup artists. I recommend assisting as much as you can. I can’t speak highly enough of the benefits of assisting. Whichever level one desires to be on, it’s crucial to be consistent with your work and have a good attitude.

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What do you think is the “true beauty” behind what you do?


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Out of curiosity, if you weren’t a celebrity make-up artist, what do you think you would be instead? A teacher or Interior designer, or maybe a professor of interior design. (Grins) I love teaching people. Thankfully, the workshops enable me to do makeup and teach simultaneously.

If you were to sum up the total experience that made you stay in this craft, what would it be? When I think of my craft, a few key words come to mind: Beauty, Art, Creativity, Style, Glamour, Success, Fashion, Celebrity, Inspiration. Now who wouldn’t want to stay around all of that? End >

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It could be what the designer offers – which should be exciting options and new trends. Or perhaps you appreciate quality and craftsmanship from the garments that they produce. Whatever your reason is, as an individual, you’re drawn to certain designs and aesthetics that forge diversity among designers. So what makes a fashion designer desirable? Their creativity and originality of course! - As well as their craftsmanship; the wearability factor and how their clothes look and feel on you. Having said that, it gives us pleasure to introduce to you designer who has been recognized for their work and continues to build their name as one of those designers to watch out for!

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hat is it about a fashion designer that makes you want to be associated with his or her brand? Do they represent your style? Maybe you wish to portray an image and they become a vehicle for you to “look-the-part.”


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Philippines / UAE (Dubai)

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“With all the calamities, war and uprising that is happening now in the world... I want to create a beautiful world around me.”

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Who is Michael Cinco as a Fashion Designer and what inspired you to become one? I believe that I’ve always been lucky. There are a lot of designers who work hard and don’t make it. I always believe in myself and try to excel in everything that I do. I was a state scholar in a prestigious university in Manila studying Fine Arts. I studied fashion design in Slim’s Fashion School. Then I was trained by some of the best fashion designers in the Philippines and eventually took up some special courses in one of the most prestigious fashion school in the world - The Central St. Martin’s in London. It was a big leap for me moving to the Middle East. However, I took the plunge because this region is reckoned to be the haven of haute couture.

“Way back in Samar, while other children would frolic in the afternoon drizzle, I await the inevitable rainbow and gazed at it with the wonderment of a child.” My first job in Dubai was very challenging...I was about to change the image of a slightly staid fashion house. I reinvented the image of the house and the Dubai fashionistas eventually saw the cachet of an edgy, new young designer. Soon the fashionable women of Dubai have begun choking on their Carpaccio as I started to inject a new vigor into couture.

What is your background in fashion design and how have you evolved as a fashion designer? I must admit, I didn’t have a normal childhood in the sense that I was not much into kid’s play. Way back in Samar, while other children would frolic in the afternoon drizzle, I await the inevitable rainbow and gazed at it with the wonderment of a child.

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The clearing skies were my canvas as I mix and match the colors of the rainbow in my imaginary easel. I envisaged women wrapped in the cacophony of colors; juxtaposed in the clouds that provided an eternal backdrop to my childhood fantasies. Thankfully, I never outgrew them (dreams), as I believed we all need the curiosity; the wild imaginings and the ephemeral joys of a child to be able to create something tangibly beautiful and lasting.

What are your accomplishments? I am in constant competition with myself – and rightfully so, as I deal only with my own demons and muses. Whatever I have achieved as a fashion designer, big or small, I owe it chiefly to myself and therefore they make me even prouder of each of them. Moreover, I would like to think that I am a work in progress and that the best are yet to come.

What inspires you in creating your designs? I travel a lot...my visual research ranges over many cultures and period. Every item that interests me is collected in my mind to be used as possible future stimuli. I believe all fashion designers are eclectic “borrower;” throwing wide their nets in the search for inspirations. I broaden my horizon like there is no tomorrow. I try not to be influenced by any designer as opposed to be inspired by any designer – like John Galliano, he is an inspiration; and so is the Incas in Peru, the Mayans in Apocalypto as well as the marquee that launches the Palazzo Versace - and so is the wilted rose petal on my table top and the curly tops wrapper in the bin. Continuation On The Next Page >

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I am in constant competition with myself – and rightfully so, as I deal only with my own demons and muses. Whatever I have achieved as a fashion designer, big or small, I owe it chiefly to myself..


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I try to see beauty in everything. I marshal my ideas for a collection which contains visual references of anything that has stimulated my imagination that will help to create a story for my designs.

Who is your ideal muse? I don’t have an ideal muse but the Michael Cinco woman is tastefully done. She is a woman in her own terms. She is moneyed and she knows exactly what she wants. She may not be born into royalty but she better be married into one...

If you could teach something to an aspiring young designer, what would you teach? I don’t give advices because I hardly listen to them anyway (laughs hard)...Seriously fashion is a cruel world. You must go with the flow to survive.

As the famous phrase says “One day you’re IN, the next day you’re OUT”. People who want to be in the fashion business must realize that they must have passion and talent for it. Couture is not all about fun and glamour...behind those fabulous masterpieces lays the painstaking hard work and patience to create a certain couture piece. The most important factor in fashion is when you sell the clothes and make money from it.

As an accomplished fashion designer, if you could do it all over again, would you change anything? I love fashion. I love couture...I breathe couture...I eat couture...I sleep couture... and I could not imagine myself not into what I am today. Continuation On The Next Page >

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“Music feeds my soul like no other. It inspires me. In my sanctuary, opera resonates majestically;� Apart from creating beautifully crafted clothes, what other activities make you lose track of time? I love music, from opera to modern classics. Music feeds my soul like no other. It inspires me. In my sanctuary, opera resonates majestically; as I live next to the tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa, I savor from my balcony the best view of the man-made wonder with Maria Callas in the background.

As a fashion designer, when was the last time you tried something new? While I am answering your questions.

How do you celebrate life every time you have achieved or accomplished something? I travel and I buy everything that my heart desires. End >

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Brazil

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“It’s impossible to find perfection if you don’t make mistakes along the way. So it is necessary to try.”

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What is your background in fashion design and how have you evolved as a fashion designer? My background in fashion is quite vast, because I started developing it at a very young age. I’ve studied so many courses (sewing, drawing and so on) and at same time I was starting my career.

Even though my parents were not so confident that I would become a designer - actually, nobody was, especially when someone comes up with this kind of plan (laughs). But they really supported me. My evolution of style and design developed on each project that I worked on. Nobody is born knowing everything, so I think it’s pretty important to put all your skills in proof and not be afraid about it. It’s impossible to find perfection if you don’t make mistakes along the way. So it is necessary to try - and gosh, I’ve been trying a lot!

What are your accomplishments? My first goal in fashion was being one of the winners at a local competition created by L’oreal. After that, I was invited to do an internship in the richest fashion company here in Brazil; and I can say that I learned a lot of things there. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Marie as a designer is someone who is always looking for new and original ideas. I’m not really basing all my designs in an image, but mostly, it comes from abstract things, like feelings. I think once you’ve born as a creator, you don’t have too many options, since to create is part of existence. To see other creative people working (mostly in music, cinema, photography and cooking) inspires me a lot.

“Nobody is born knowing everything, so I think it’s pretty important to put all your skills in proof and not be afraid about it. It’s impossible to find perfection if you don’t make mistakes along the way.”

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Later, I did a fashion show at Fashion Rio (a newcomers project called Rio Moda Hype), and participated in several photo shoots (Brazil and one in Germany). A couple of years back, I was a part of the International Freeform Guild’s show and had my works showcased in their books. I also did an exhibition in Colorado, USA.

What is the inspiration behind your design creations? Mostly my feelings and it can be caused by music, different cultures, colors, forms, somebody… Everything that directly affects me is part of my creative process. With all these information I create my own universe where I find some ideas to start doing new designs.

Who is your ideal muse? Strong, but sensitive and determined people really inspire me. It’s difficult to say a single name, but maybe I can say Marilyn Monroe or Madonna – they both have really strong personalities.

“..but I find that you need to observe what people like to wear on the streets. I have a strong connection with urban style and art..” Nowadays I’ve been watching Torbjørn Brundtland from Röyksopp and Japanese guitarist Miyavi. Wow! Their style is quite incredible - mixing two elements. I really love to mix in my life and style; dark and comic.

What is your philosophy about the “art of fashion” and about “fashion as a business?” I think if you want to be a good designer, you have to develop both at same time. I always try to create some designs I know people can easily wear everywhere, but I don’t give up on the most complicated ones. These complicated ones really fulfill my artistic side. The art of fashion is pretty interesting because you can really create a dream world for each design but I find that you need to observe what people like to wear on the streets. I have a strong connection with urban style and art, so I try to develop them together. Continuation On The Next Page >

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“Believe in yourself and never give up!” Maybe it can seem a little bit obvious, but I think people need to listen to that all the time – for them to feel more confident about their career choice. This profession is not that easy and sometimes you’re going to find yourself trapped in your own creative universe where you’re taken far away from the normal life. Sometimes it can be a little bit painful and even robotic to some, but you have to follow your inner voice if this is what you really want to do in life. Believe in your designs and believe that you always have something to improve on. Once you see people wearing and believing in your ideas, it is going to be worth all the difficult times that you’ve been through! There’s nothing better than this, believe me! I would like to advice everyone to follow your heart, no matter what. As with everything that you do in life, you have to do it with intensity and passion. You have to live what you’re creating. Continuation On The Next Page >

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If you could teach something to an aspiring young designer, what would you teach?

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“This profession is not that easy and sometimes you’re going to find yourself trapped in your own creative universe where you’re taken far away from the normal life.”


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“Sometimes I stop to think about some stuff I’ve done in past, and I really catch myself saying “Gosh, I was so brave of doing it!”

Well, of course, if I had the knowledge I have now, some stuff would have been done in a different way. But I got this knowledge because I’ve been through those things, so I prefer not to focus on changing the past, but instead, building a wiser present and future. Sometimes I stop to think about some stuff I’ve done in past, and I really catch myself saying “Gosh, I was so brave of doing it!”…

Apart from creating beautifully crafted clothes, what other activities make you lose track of time? I really love music, so I spend a good time listening and playing it. I also love writing, so if I find some free time, I’m always writing some story. But I really lose track of time when I’m talking to people. I like to maintain a strict contact with all kinds of people. It’s possible to learn a lot with so many different points of view! Being frank, I love doing a lot of things… Even cooking; taking some amateur photos, helping others, traveling… Continuation On The Next Page >

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As an accomplished fashion designer, if you could do it all over again, would you change anything?


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As a fashion designer, when was the last time you tried something new? Everyday I try something new. I believe that we really need to be connected with modernity, so if I find a new way of doing something (and this new way seems to be better than the old one), I’ll definitely try it!

How do you celebrate life every time you have achieved or accomplished something? I meditate, and try to keep my mind focused on my goals. Of course, sometimes I want to party, scream or even cry because it feels so good to succeed in something that nobody believed in at first.

At this point in your life, what matters most to you as a fashion designer and as a person? Love! I think in both “lives” that is what moves me inside. Life is pretty boring if you are not in love with “it” (what you enjoy doing). It is this feeling that makes me want to carry on with my goals. End >

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We woul like to end this edition with a beautiful poem by our Ghost Poet


An alphabet is a home to strange bed fellows, Them letters, all once orphaned, Were saved from their old stories, Stripped of their former accénts, And given their own crawls and drawls when penned down, To papers, like contracts, which they happily signed See how each letter gained its freedom. Here in this alphabet of chances, the letters have forged alliances, As groups, they’ve gone to the strange comfort of consonants, or the few and far between vowels. As individuals, each one was allowed to form new meanings in their lives, Lives they may not own, but freely offered to gods, lovers and poets alike, Spoken, written and smithed on the anvil Of inspired exchanges, varied persuasions and eternal dedications. Here in this alphabet of hope, there were inevitable creations and recreations, Some letters have married one another, Giving birth to new sounds, While others remain silent of their secret affairs, Never to be pronounced in public utterances, Except maybe by chance, when a child, a first-time reader, Makes that beautiful mistake in order to learn. And though in every alphabet, words do come and go, I will treat every letter as a chance. For while I am not the first word you’ve loved, I will be the one you’ll always want to read. The one that means the most. And will write back to me. @iampi314

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“An Alphabet of Chances”

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