Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
One of my favorites in the sport - Maryam Yusuf Jamal (1500mt champ), on and off the track. One of the great beauties and champions of the sport.
British 100mt and 200mt vet Joice Maduaka (L) used to sport the "80's Hump Weave" but introduced her new sleek, blunt, bob weave in Stuttgart - I live for an upgrade. Stephanie Durst, American sprint newbie, was a real hoot. Mama fell into a fierce pose worthy of Liya Kebede when I asked for a pic. This cutie pie has a big future in athletics.
OHHHHH the beauty!!!!!! Canadian 400mt stunner Tyler Christopher (L) poses with an urban swagger; serving a cute smile with a side of cheekbones is Nigerian 100mt star Olusoji Fasuba.
Me with Francis Obikwelu, Portuguese and European sprint champ - we were a double scoop of chocolate. Me with Reese Hoffa, US shotput star and all around great guy. Don't you just want to squeeze his cheeks (and I mean on his face - don't be fresh!)? He is such a teddy bear.
Amy and Aaron. How much more all-American can you get?! Amy is also a part-time model having appeared in Playboy, FHM and Maxim:
I met Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell in the city center after the event. He is the world record holder at 100mt. Powell is amazing on the track and has the body of a super hero. But, he has the personality of a wet rag. Maybe I am used to the Americans who have personality and charisma to spare, but even Powell's bravado would induce narcolepsy, unlike former ego-maniacal sprinter Maurice Greene who you could count on for an arrogant pose and strut peacock session. Powell's rival, Tyson Gay, has it all - talent, looks and an endearing, humble personality.
Fresh Faced - 110mt hurdler Ryan Wilson and 400 mt runner Mary Wineberg both serve ivory fresh cuteness.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Jamie Lynn Spears
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I have worked with Dutch beauty Kim Noorda and she is as sweet and hardworking as she is gorgeous.
Ethiopian stunner Yordanos Teshager - I hope big things happen for this amazing girl. This is face and body for the record books.
As with pie, my inspiration and enjoyment comes from a mix of opposites: the high and low brow; chic mixed with trashy; urban with a dash of country life. In our efforts to achieve and accrue, we sometimes forget that the most simple things can bring the most enjoyment. We forget that a little trashiness can sometimes add a bit of spice to our so-called cultured lives. We get so high falutin' sometimes that we forget the quirks and customs that shaped us and brought joy to our lives at one point.
So, you know what, I love French bread, but I will still enjoy my garlic cheese biscuits from Red Lobster. I will go to the theater, but I may just go to a voguing ball afterwards. I will watch the DISCOVERY CHANNEL, but an episode of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL will always entertain.
Find what you love, what brings you joy, what makes you grow, what makes you laugh and SHAMELESSLY enjoy it. Life is too short to eat someone else's slice of pie.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I just had the guilty pleasure of reading A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE - PASSION MARKS II, which was written by Lee Hayes, author of PASSION MARKS and his newest novel, THE MESSIAH (review coming soon!).
Kevin and Darryl have survived their nightmare experience in Houston, which involved an abusive relationship, a woman scorned, secrets made public and a crazed vigilante lover with murderous intent. This installment has the couple visited by someone from their past who orchestrates a symphony of catastrophe upon their lives.
Most of the main characters are back: There is Kevin, dealing with the death of his identical twin brother, Keevan, by burying himself in the responsibilities of his new business and charity work. He is a hopeless romantic willing to go the distance for his lover, Darryl. Darryl, once the long suffering partner, is beginning to explore other 'avenues' of interest that may have dire consequences. Danea, the best friend and cheerleader, now a superstar singer, is still Kevin's rock and sounding board.
It didn't win the Pulitzer prize, but who cares when you can't put the book down. It was so entertaining, sexy and addictive. I couldn't stop laughing, gasping and wanting more. One of the things that is so great about the book is that you identify, on some level, with the characters. You see yourself and your friends in them. But, thank God my life is a little less dramatic than Kevin's!
One of the things that I love about Lee Hayes is that he infuses social messages relevant to ALL people, be they gay, straight, black, white or green. Issues of spousal abuse, fidelity, honesty, personal responsibility and safe sex are issues that affect all of us. Hayes does his part, in an entertaining and non-preachy way, to bring attention to issues that we all face.
A super-entertaining read. Get it.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Much has been said about the so called "Brazilian Invasion" in the fashion world, particularly modeling, which started in the late 90's. The Brazilian girls bring an innate sensuality and sex appeal that had been missing from fashion. They also have a very international flavor that appeals to many markets because of the diverse heritage that many of them have - Native American, African, some Asian and/or varied European backgrounds - they have all the ethnic/race markets covered. Since the first 'invasion', there has been a wave of Eastern European and Russian girls that stole their thunder including Natalia V., Euguenia V., Carmen Kass, Hana and Natasha Poly, but the Brazilians have had a resurgence and are leading the pack again. Giselle has had a mammoth push recently, snagging a zillion covers and campaigns. But, before she became the most successful model in history, before Adrianna was a Victoria's Secret Angel and before Caroline T. became a fixture in American Vogue, there were the original Brazilian bombshells.
But the originator is none other than DALMA - one of the great, iconic models of all time. Dalma ruled from the 70's into the 90's. She was a favorite of every major designer including Valentino, Blass, de la Renta, St. Laurent, Ferre, Mugler and Mizrahi. In some regards, she (along with Iman) was the embodiment of the 80's - rich, shady, larger than life, and enough glamour to make any Hollywood actress look like a peasant. She had the diva thing on lock - one of my all time favorites.
THE ICON HERSELF - DALMA
But, alas, my favorite Brazilian of them all is my house model and friend Larissa B. She brings beauty, wit, humor and maturity beyond her years. And, miss thing has a walk that can start a fire! I call her Aunt Larissa because my dog, Weezie, is in love with her as well. We always joke that she is going to take me to court for joint custody of Weezie and that we will alternate weekends!
Now I do have one question about the influx of Brazilian girls over the past 10 or so years - How is it that you can go to a country that has a HUGE African history and presence and you can't find any darker, more African looking girls to work in Europe, America and Asia? There was a gorgeous Afro-Brazilian girl several years ago who was a fave of YSL, but she has since disappeared (see below).
Thank God that Emanuela adds some diversity in the mix. When you see runway shows from Brazil, there are tons of fierce black girls - the problem is that the American and European agencies do not scout them. And fashion is supposed to be so universal - puhleaze!!!