Monday, June 13, 2016

Jourdan Dunn - Model Crush Monday!

British supermodel of Jamaican heritage, Jourdan Dunn is truly an icon of her time.  At just 26 years old, she is already a veteran of the modeling industry after being scouted at age 15 by Storm Model Management in London. 

Jourdan has been awarded “Model of the Year UK” in both 2008 and 2015, and “Model of the Year” by Harper’s Bazaar US in 2013, for her dominance of the modeling industry, walking hundreds of designer runways, and fronting major fashion and beauty campaigns worldwide.  Not to mention starring in TWO BeyoncĂ© videos, and appearing as herself in Zoolander 2”!

Jourdan was the first black model to appear solo on the cover of Vogue UK for February 2015 in twelve years, and is applauded for being vocal about racial discrimination in the modeling industry.  Dunn is on Forbes’ list of highest earning models for 2014 and 2015 – no mean feat considering the barriers that have existed throughout her career for non-Caucasian models.  In 2015 Jourdan was named a face of Maybelline NY, starring in their campaigns throughout the world. 

Jourdan became a mom at age nineteen to her son, and was so focused and determined to support her child that she went right back into modeling three months after giving birth. This supermodel – and mom - knows her way around the kitchen and has turned her cooking passion into a series called “Well Dunn”, joining fellow models and other celebs cooking up their favorite foods on Jay Z’s You Tube channel. 

We love Jourdan for using her power and influence to help break down the barriers in the modeling and fashion industry, making careers possible for a wider range of women that truly represent all of us, and proving that beauty is colorblind!

Jourdan Dunn’s Instagram:

#jourdandunn #supermodels #blacksupermodels #highestearningmodels #racialdiversityinmodeling #racialdiversityinfashion #modelmoms 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Yoga your way to a toned Model body!

Yoga has so many benefits, from increased flexibility, body toning, to the calming effects of breathing and meditation.  So it’s no wonder that it is often a part of many models’ fitness routine. Combined with another form of exercise such as running, boxing, pilates, dance, or swimming, it can really round out a fitness regime to give you a “model body”.  

Models need to be flexible to be able to get themselves into sometimes-awkward positions for photos – and then holding that position for what seems like forever! Yoga gives you core strength which really helps to be able to maintain these positions and to really stretch your torso, or arch your back.   Yoga also helps with balance, which again is great for holding those poses, not to mention helping you to be more stable when walking or standing in heels, which is key for models.

Amy from Jeans and a Tea ( ) shows us some amazing stretches that are great for flexibility, and even how to put your hair up in a twisty so you can look cute while you practice your tree pose. 

Setting aside time to do a proper yoga session can really help models to work on lengthening their muscles, toning, and strengthening their core, all while relaxing and stretching.  Breathing and finding your “center” are so important for stress control too, which is often an issue with models.  Being in the moment can be a really good thing.  Ohmmmmm…….

#yogaforamodelbody #yoga #tonedbody #bikiniready #jeansandatea

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sara Sampaio - Model Crush Monday!

You know that face – and that body – Portuguese supermodel Sara Sampaio is everywhere – and we can’t stop looking!  

She was voted Rookie of the Year in 2014 for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, has been crowned a Victoria’s  Secret Angel, and appeared on a very successful cover of Maxim Magazine. Not to mention her campaigns for Calzedonia, and her runway work for Fall/Winter 2016 where she walked for Tommy Hilfiger, Balmain, Miu Miu, and opened for Elie Saab.  

Sara appears on many international magazine covers and shoots fashion editorials with the biggest names in the industry, but we suspect she is most at home on a beach in a bikini, mesmerizing everyone with her green eyes and dark hair.  And we love her for it!  

Sara Sampaio on Instagram:

#sarasampaio  #supermodels  #victoriassecretangels  #maximmagazine  #editorialmodels  #swimsuitmodels  #runwaymodels  #sportsillustratedmodels

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

From Teen Models to Movie Stars


Kids and teens can learn a lot through modeling from being professional on set. Everything from understanding their part in the creative process,  to overcoming shyness, taking  on-camera direction for TV commercials, and how to present themselves on castings.  That explains why many successful child and teen models transition into careers on TV and in film.

Many Hollywood stars cut their teeth in modeling before their big breaks.  Ashton Kutchner, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, January Jones, Emma Roberts, and Channing Tatum all modeled as teens for Abercrombie and Fitch.  Peyton List was a top child and young teen model in NYC before she became a Disney star and red carpet darling.  Bella Thorne modeling from a very early age in her home state of Florida, even appearing in an ad for Guess Kids.  






The industry has the potential to open many doors in some of the major US markets such as NYC, LA, and Miami, through TV and film, fashion, music, and dance.  Kids and teens in these markets are able to meet agents, casting directors, producers, and scouts.  They are able to take acting classes and get on-camera training.  They are able to appear in acting and dance showcases, and to try out for pilot season in LA, or audition for kids TV programs with Nickelodeon and Disney in Florida.  A good track record as a successful child or teen model can open doors to those looking at modeling as a stepping stone to acting, dancing, or singing.


Everyone has to start somewhere!  Learning how to present your best and brightest self – for any career path – can be an invaluable experience for young models.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Angela Lindvall - Model Crush Monday!

Instagram:  @angelalindvall

Angela Lindvall is a true American supermodel, having graced dozens of international covers and countless campaigns, including Jimmy Choo, Covergirl, Victoria’s Secret, Dior, Versace, Prada, Calvin Klein and John Hardy – just to name a few!

This all-American beauty and mother of two sons is an active environmentalist and advocate for clean living, encouraging others to do the same and to limit their carbon footprint.  Angela is a practicing yoga teacher and gardener, and a lover of vintage and sustainable fashion. 

Angela has made the transition into movies and television, including “Somewhere”, directed by Sofia Coppola, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and has been the host of “Project Runway: All-Stars”.

Angela has shot with every top photographer and is a long-time favorite of the biggest fashion magazines and designers, carrying the torch for all-American beauties such as Lisa Taylor and Lauren Hutton.