“Mirian Haney: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Mirian Haney: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con:

Sign of the times? California newcomer Miriam Haney started out in late 2013 already beating the industry at its own game, arriving freshly shorn, all bangs and no baggage – just how I like ‘em. Six months later, she’s growing that shit out. Nada to Prada-ing in reverse, as it were. Which begs the question: Is short hair over?

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“Gracie Van Gastel: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Gracie Van Gastel: From Nada to Prada” as seen on The Style Con:

In modeling, there are some girls who just start out getting it. Even in the most horribly lit,over-styled, makeup-caked test shoot taken in the bowels of some photo studio in the middle of anti-fashion hell, they manage to shine through against all odds, communicate their, I don’t know, model aura or something. I’ve seen these girls operate in real-time, and, say what you will about the talent required to model, it’s something to behold. These girls are the unicorns, the girls who, at ages as young as 14 years old, when most acne-riddled twerps are just freaking out about whether or not the shoes they wore to school were Popular Kid Approved, possess a transparency that took myself, as a model, over eight years to get, which, given the brevity of most modeling careers, is about seven years, eleven months, and thirteen days too long. But the unicorns… they’re the lucky ones. They’re like Harvard-bound dorks born understanding calculus. Only, you know, these are fashion babes destined for Vogue.

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“Xiao Wen Ju – From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

When Chinese model Xiao Wen Ju first got her start in 2010, she arrived on the scene with the over-dyed, strawberry brown hair one might find on any frightfully ordinary lass in a domestic cell phone campaign. But to be booking that haute couture ish, you better be lookin’ extra-ordinary. Just a few months into the game, Xiao got the memo and quickly took her hair back to its dark, silky roots. Voila! A star is born.

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“Agnes Nabuurs: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Agnes Nabuurs: From Nada to Prada” as seen on The Style Con:

“She’s so ‘normal’ looking to me, but it’s nice…” 

So wrote one commenter of Dutch model Agnes Nabuurs on The Fashion Spot’s message board, a place where model enthusiasts stalk, chart, post, revere, revile, and – in my case – research. It is the beta Magna Carta of careers, where you get a chronological, documented account of a girl’s appearance in the fashion world, from potentially regrettable start to laughably lucrative finish. Had I more a remarkable career myself, I would have hated this website. But I didn’t, so yay!

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“Chiharu Okunugi: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

Screen-Shot-2014-01-12-at-11.11.04-PM-1024x693The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada” featuring Chiharu Okunugi as seen on The Style Con:

When an agency is really doing their job right, making sure all the nuts are bolted down, the career plans are in order, I don’t have shit to talk about there are simply no nada model moments on record. There are no failed test shoots, no DIY fashion shows in Bushwick basements, no documentation of offensive, wayward abuse of Sun-In. Yes, when this happens, as it very rarely does, an agency can make it magically appear as though a girl has simply fallen from the sky, preordained from the heavens to be strutting down catwalks wearing $5,000 Latex bikinis to the latest EDM soundtrack. This, my friends, is model magic.

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Zlata Magnafic: From Nada to Prada on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series, “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

When you’ve got kick ass Chrissie Hynde vibes, you don’t try to cover it all up by being, you know, your average pretty chick. One of my favorite chop-chop success stories is IMG’s Zlata Mangafic, who arrived on the fashion scene in 2012 with long, mousy brown hair vaguely reminiscent of actress (and famed on-camera hair-adjuster) Kristen Stewart. The look was precious, natural, very girl-next-door-ish – the type of unassuming babe I’d want my brother to settle down with one day, who would arrive to family Christmas parties with some organic flourless cocoa kale cake topped with self-harvested sea salt that she baked herself. Apparently the wholesome, I-make-kale-cakes look wasn’t winning her too many gigs. Soon after her arrival came a good and proper rock-and-roll shag… and this new Zlata wasn’t bakin’ shit for nobody.

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Field Trip: “Stef Van Der Laan – From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

One million years ago there was a great movie called Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. For those of you kiddie bitches out there born in the ‘90s who’ve never touched a VHS tape, in a nutshell, the movie’s about a chick that moves from the country to do these horse-jumping tricks on the Atlantic City boardwalk whilst wearing totally unsexy bloomer-esque bathing suits. The goal is to hop on a charging horse and jump from the height of a three-story building into a pool of water and, like, I don’t know, entertain children or something. Anyway, it doesn’t go well and she goes blind. I mean, what do you expect when you strap a half-ton animal to your feet and go diving into a puddle? POINT BEING… the whole horse-jumping thing has gone the way of the dodo (for safety reasons clearly evident in the film), but the hairstyle the horse-jumper sportedis back like major.

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Field Trip: “Kel Markey: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Kel Markey: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con:

In our ongoing series, From Nada to Prada, we explore the transformative power of a hair switcheroo, as seen in the competitive world of Model Land, where an agency-mandated bang cut or a bleach job can make the difference between booking a Prada campaign or slaving away in the gray ether of e-commerce for the rest of your livelong days.

Today, we bring you a vintage success story, further demonstrating the long-term consequences of an excellent (or not so excellent) cut. So the next time your hairdresser fucks up your shit, you may hold up this article as evidence while you scream something like “You just cost me a Versace campaign, goddamnit!” Yes, whether you’re Giselle Bundchen or Gertrude Lewis, CPA, it’s a big deal. You have license to scream. You’re welcome.

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Playing Catchup on Lady Clever

In case you’ve missed them, all of my recent work on Lady Clever can be found here. Have a friendly read about model entitlement problems, rich girl guilt, and nervous breakdown-induced haircuts.

 

Playing Catchup on Lady Clever

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