Jamal Taslaq

Fashion Models Unveil Fall Winter Collection at the United Nations

The United Nations would be an interesting place to hold a fashion show.

The international center for peace, diplomacy and security opened its doors to ambassadors, models and fashionistas alike Monday night when Ambassador Riyad Mansour, head of the Palestinian permanent observer mission to the U.N., hosted the great Palestinian-Italian fashion designer Jamal Taslaq.

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Large Brands are Helping Snapchat Personalities Become Social Media Celebrities

Jerome Jarre, Shaun McBride and Chris Carmichael are some of the initial viral personalities of Snapchat, a popular mobile app produced in 2011 on the premise that buddies would send each other images, videos, and drawings that would go away in 10 seconds or less. Unlike Instagram or Vine, Snapchat was not built to be a sharing application to transmit innovative information to the masses but to be shared intimately with acquaintances. But Snapchat has grown up fast and now large corporations are trying to reach its target audience and are handing some of its most loved users huge paychecks to do it.
From a content creator’s standpoint, the attraction of Snapchat is easy to observe. The application is greatly popular with young adults, who are drawn in by the app’s top gimmick. Since Snapchat photos and videos vanish after a few seconds, the program encourage rapid exchanges that, among other advantages are easy to mask from moms and dads.
For producers used to generating six-second videos, the transition is straight forward, and Snapchat’s “Story” function allows well known users to quickly be connected with all of their devotees. Jarre now has 1.2 million followers on Snapchat, a far cry from his 6.7 million Vine followers but a significant total nonetheless.
Just as companies compensate top social media users for their Instagram and Vine abilities, they are beginning to shell out cash to those who “get” Snapchat. This is because the well liked communication program has a lock on a very young, fanatical and viral-savvy group of potential customers – although the service doesn’t reveal statistics, it has an estimated 30 million active monthly users, 71% of whom are under 25.

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Model is Suing Her Former School for Using Her Pictures

A model has launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her former college claiming they used a picture of her without permission. Christine Walker insists New York’s New School should pay $10 million in damages after putting her face on ads around the city.

The 27-year-old, from Brooklyn, claims the photos failed to show her in her best light – and have ruined her chances of getting paid modelling work with other schools.
The huge claim for damages is set out in a 21-page document filed at the Manhatten Supreme Court, according to the New York Daily News.

Ms Walker, a 5ft 9in brunette with what her lawyers describe as an ‘easily identifiable’ face and body, graduated in Music Theater from the self-styled ‘progressive university’ in 2012. She claims that, a year before she left, her picture was unwittingly taken by a university photographer as she sat in Italian language class.

Ms Walker claims she tried to avoid being in any photos, but was horrified when, a year after her graduation, she saw her image on posters in New York’s subway and adverts in newspapers.
Her lawyers have branded the images of her ‘sub-optimal’, because she had not received professional make-up or hair styling before the ‘photoshoot’.

The model’s legal team quickly sent off a letter demanding her image be pulled from adverts, but no action was taken by the university, they claim. She is now claiming $10 million in punitive damages, $250,000 for emotional distress and another $125,000 for compensatory damages, as well as demanding the institution pay her legal costs.

In a profile on the modelmayhem website, the model describes herself as a ‘theatre and film actress’ who is currently looking to build up her portfolio and find an agent. New School have not commented on reports of the lawsuit. The university, founded in 1919, runs more than 130 courses for around 10,000 students a year and, according to its website, prides itself on its ‘forward thinking educators’ who ‘challenge the status quo’.

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5 casting mistakes ‘Star Wars’ made last time around

Now that the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” has been announced, one question remains: Who will these people play? There’s no doubt that Lucasfilm has assembled a talented group of actors that includes Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Adam Driver (“Girls”) and Andy Serkis (“The Lord of the Rings”). However, giving one of those actors the wrong role could drive the film into the ground. The original trilogy featured brilliant choices in casting. Mark Hamill may not be the greatest of actors, but he was perfect as Luke Skywalker. On the other hand, casting mistakes marred Episodes I-III. Take a look back at the second trilogy’s five most regrettable casting choices:

5. Jake Lloyd as young Anakin Skywalker

It’s tough for a kid to stand at the center of what is arguably the greatest movie franchise of all-time. Jake Lloyd wasn’t terrible as Anakin Skywalker. However, a look back at his performance shows just how annoying he could be at times. Is there a way not to roll your eyes every time he shouts out “Yippee” during “The Phantom Menace?” Maybe we shouldn’t blame that on Lloyd (I’m assuming it was in the script). And hey, he was a heck of a lot better than the guy who took over as Anakin in the films that followed.

4. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

I think Jimmy Smits is a great actor. Yet, he never quite clicked as Bail Organa in “Attack of the Clones” or “Revenge of the Sith.” It’s not that Smits wasn’t the right person to play Organa. It’s that his acting talents were completely wasted. When you see Smits on screen, you expect him to have a big role that will go places. Instead, Organa was just a boring politician in a nice outfit. They would have been better off casting a no name and having him fade off screen so we could easily forget he ever existed.

3. Daniel Logan as young Boba Fett

I get it. Boba Fett was once an innocent, naive child before he became the coolest bounty hunter on the planet. Still, Daniel Logan’s performance as the young Boba Fett was infuriating. Was it that hard for the film’s creators to find a child actor who was capable of showing emotion? In the hands of a more talented young actor, Boba Fett’s back story could have been a memorable part of “Attack of the Clones.” Instead, we’re left with the image of young Boba Fett holding his dad’s severed helmet in his hands and remembering how much we simply didn’t care.

2. Jar Jar Binks

This technically has nothing to do with casting. The actor who played the voice Jar Jar Binks is named Ahmed Best. However, he’s probably just as eager to forget his most noteworthy role as we are. Jar Jar Binks was an abomination that should have never existed in the “Star Wars” universe. His role was smartly diminished in the films that followed, but the damage was already done. “Star Wars” has its Urkel/Screech-like character that will forever exist as a metaphorical black eye.

1. Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker

And here we are at what may be the worst casting error in the history of film. If you go back and watch “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” it’s shocking just how hard it is to watch Hayden Christensen’s performance as Anakin Skywalker. Every line makes you cringe. Christensen’s performance truly makes you believe you could have done it better. It’s a testament to just how great Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and others were in their roles that they were able to carry many of the scenes. Criticism of Christensen has been so harsh over the years that you almost feel sorry for the guy. But, sadly, most of it is warranted. Do yourself a favor and Google the words “Hayden Christensen” and “worst.” The results are brutal. But not as brutal as his performance.

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Bar Refaeli Joins Terry Richardson for an Interesting Photo Shoot

She’s always up for an impromptu photo shoot, and Bar Refaeli recently found herself in front of Terry Richardson’s camera.

The Israeli stunner was all smiles as she worked her magic for the controversial photographer — who even made an appearance in several sultry shots.

And of course, Ms. Refaeli couldn’t help but show off her killer curves in some skin-tight black leather bottoms and a semi-sheer black top. She added a little flare by rocking Terry’s red plaid shit and his over-sized glasses.

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Kemi Adetiba’s Does a Racy Photoshoot for her 34th Birthday

Happy birthday Kemi Adetiba.

On Wednesday 8th January 2014, the Nigerian filmmaker and music director turned 34 years old.

Just before her big day, she had a racy photoshoot with her photographer brother Remi Adetiba.

Sharing the images on Instagram. She captioned it with this;

And it’s finally heeereeee. The big 34. I’m do grateful for life, my crazy and wonderful family, my True-blue friends with that wicked wit and humour that can cut through raw leather and of course you guys. Happy Birthday me. I thank God for loving me, whether I’ve been a good girl or not. I am not the smartest, I am not the most beautiful… But to me and my God, I am the most precious and I thank him for blessing and guiding me despite all. I feel so much great energy about this year. I feel it is the year I evolve more into the woman that I am and have more courage to show it to the world. I’m so grateful for lessons of the past year. I embrace them… I learn from them… So I won’t have to go through them again. It’s promotion times. New course work, class, school shoe and bag. Lol I want to create more and break boundaries and barriers “Kick in the door, waving the 4-4…all ya heard was ‘Kemi don’t….” Let’s have a great one folks. Imma blow out this candle, and then it’s CAKE FOR EVERYBODY!!! #KemiDay

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Behind the Scenes at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Learn the Models Secrets

It’s just hours before the Victoria’s Secret fashion show — and model Toni Garrn isn’t too afraid to eat.

“My bag is always filled with food,” Garrn told us backstage at the Lexington Armory, opening up her big Miu Miu tote to show off Kind bars, coconut water and raw chocolate.

Most of the models preparing for the lingerie line’s 2013 show on Wednesday were staying away from carbs and gluten — and just about anything else that could trip them up before fashion’s biggest spectacle. (The show airs Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. on CBS.)

Not Garrn, who spent Sunday night partying with boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio at his 39th birthday party at nightclub Tao Downtown.

“I still went out,” said Garrn. “I’m a dancer. I love dancing and going out all the time. It makes me happy. I can’t cut out everything.”

Other models were more strict preparing for the showcase, which features 40 of the world’s most beautiful women including Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge strutting their stuff in outrageous get-ups and angel wings, along with performances from Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy.

British model — and Rihanna’s BFF — Cara Delevingne told us that her outfit this year is so extravagant that she isn’t even allowed to talk about it.

“It’s going to be wicked,” said Delevingne, who has worn the brand’s infamous wings in years past.

Despite her experience on the lingerie world’s biggest runway, she still feels the pressure.

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Some Models Can Make It Without Agencies Because of Connections

Modeling agencies are a common commodity, even in Utah. Across the nation, you can probably find tens of thousands, with the largest in the United States being Elite New York City, Ford Models and DNA Models.  Some models can “make it” without agencies because they have the connections. They know the best photographers, makeup artists and stylists in town. But when you don’t have that network or don’t have time to make it, that’s where an agency comes in.  Lately, especially in Utah, it’s become a question of whether or not agencies are really needed for models to find paying jobs. In my opinion, as someone who does some modeling, they are.

Why should a model in Utah sign with an agency? Agents give models exposure. Using their knowledge of the industry, they can choose your comp card pictures, edit your resume and submit you to the castings that fit you best. They should also have an established network of clients as well as good photographers who can contribute to your portfolio. If you’re by yourself, it’s harder to keep in touch with all the people you need to know and manage the tools you need.

The benefit to being a model in an industry like Utah — a less high-fashion market than, say, New York or LA — means you can book jobs with a “girl-next-door” type look. On the downside, it’s difficult to make a career out of modeling, since the market just isn’t big enough, and there is a stigma of models being snooty, anorexic bobble-heads.

Modeling in Utah is nice because you don’t need to be 6-feet tall and have exact measurements to find work. People come in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and many of our state’s models reflect that. However, competition is fierce because of the scarceness of paying jobs, so making a living solely from pictures and runway shows isn’t an option.  Niya Suddarth, owner of NIYA Model Management based in Salt Lake City, says, “There are too many scams in Utah. As an agent, I really protect my models. A model needs to focus on being a model and not trying to negotiate rates and track down money they may never see because they didn’t have a proper contract with the client in the first place.

“I deal with the clients, contracts, finances, submissions, bookings, etc. An agent teaches the model about the industry and helps get them out of Utah if they have the potential … if a model does not have an agent in Utah, there is little chance they will actually get out of Utah for modeling.”

To me, the only negative of an agency is the possibility of getting scammed, but this can be easily avoided with a bit of research and common sense. A tip from the Federal Trade Commission of the United States government is, “Try searching for the (agency) name with words like ‘scam,’ ‘rip-off’ or ‘complaint.’ ” This is a problem especially prominent in Utah because many people aren’t well-informed enough about the industry to know what’s real and what isn’t.


The second a modeling agency mentions you paying them — without them booking you any jobs — or gives you requirements to shoot with their photographer, be wary.  Modeling agencies can be a controversial subject, particularly in a place like Utah where the modeling community is fairly small and it’s possible to find paid jobs without being signed. Some models don’t like the 15-33 percent cut they lose to the agent; some think it’s worth it to be submitted to more bookings and have their images shown to more clients.

From my outlook, signing with an agency is beneficial because it gets you used to the management you’ll need if you want to model outside of Utah, it leaves the technicalities of searching for jobs and obtaining payments to a third party, and it automatically makes the relationship between you and the client a great deal more professional.


God Ispired Fashion from Former Model, Kylie Bisutti

You’ll probably remember Kylie Bisutti, the former model and one-time Victoria’s Secret gal who gave up lingerie modeling for Christianity.

Doesn’t ring a bell? Well, Kylie is here to remind you with her all-new Christian clothing line, God Inspired, or Gi. The clothing is not only religious in its commitment to modesty (although there are tank tops on offer); the clothes actually feature scripture written right on them. As the website says, “Help put God’s word back in schools. Start a revival!”

That means a hot pink racerback tank with a quote from Romans 10:10 on the back, skinny jeans with “Proverbs 4:23″ written down the leg and a jacket covered in neon slogans like “self-control” and “goodness.” (Yep, for real.)


There are also items for girls, boys and men available, all incorporating inspirational pieces of scripture on the outside of the clothing.

The website includes all the typical e-commerce features a “shopping cart” for ordering online and customer service. But there’s also a curious tab labeled “Prayer Requests”:

Whatever your needs, big or small, our prayer team here at God inspired is dedicated to praying for you. Please submit your prayer request below. May God bless you and keep you…
The clothing will run you anywhere between $16.99 and $119.99. The prayers, on the other hand, are free.


America’s Next Top Model Episode Recap: Kelly Cutrone and Bryanboy trying to get a vibe on the early frontrunners

On this episode of America’s Next Top Model, the models face their fears and still try to look fierce in their first challenge. Tyra is adding new life to the photo shoots. Some couples falter on their way to the alter in a wedding themed photo shoot. Two models are sent home. The sixteen former hopefuls barely have time to celebrate securing one of the coveted finalist berths before they are faced with their first challenge. They get the chance to flaunt their stuff in a Guess fashion show in front of the company’s CEO, Paul Marciano. As if that isn’t nerve wracking enough for the fledgling models, they’ll also have to rapel, face first, down the side of a building, land with a modicum of grace and strut down a more traditional runway.

Backstage everybody is still enjoying the afterglow of their victory. Judge Kelly Cutrone and social media correspondent Bryanboy are trying to get a vibe on the early frontrunners. Renee thinks Jourdan is probably her biggest competition. Kelly and Bryanboy also discover a potential love triangle in the making when they find out Marvin is attracted to Bianca, but Bianca has eyes for former ice cream man Mike. Sorry Marvin, Mike is definitely feeling Bianca’s vibe.
One contender is nervous about the steep drop, Don. He attributes his fear to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on by a brutal beating in 2009. He says now whenever he feels out of control in a situation, he mind reverts back to that event. The challenge is judged by Jessica Hart who was a former face of Guess. The winner of the challenge wins the key to the “Tyra Suite” a luxury private bedroom in the house as well access to the Guess closet.

As the models get strapped in, the skies open, and it begins to downpour. Nina and Chris S. are the first to take the plunge. Nina bites it, because unlike the boys who get to wear sensible shoes, the ladies have to maneuver this stunt in heels. Nina recovers, and both make it safely to the bottom. Chris H. descends looking like a zombie and while Jiana struggles, Cory doesn’t miss a beat. Chlea screams and stumbles the whole way down. Mike gets off to an awkward start, and his runway walk falls flat with Jessica Hart. Jessica thinks he’s literally walking “like he’s got something stuck between his legs.” I guess Jessica doesn’t know much about male anatomy because he does indeed have something stuck between his legs.

Bianca, who is unable to maintain an upright posture, slides down the wall. Both she and Mike are called out for their poor performances by Jessica and Rob Evans. Rob tells Bianca she appeared to give up and says Mike was too stiff. Marvin gets recognized for making hanging perpendicular to the ground look effortless, and Jessica praises Renee for her confidence and amazing poses. Renee winds up the challenge winner.  Renee picks Kanani to share the suite with her. Next the girls head to the closet which is stocked with which is stocked not only clothes but purses, jewelry, sunglasses and shoes as well.