4 Surefire Tricks to Look Better in All Your Pictures

Posing can be a struggle both for the model and the photographer. This is because some of the less-experienced models tend to wait for the direction of the photographer before striking a pose. They normally freeze in front of the camera and are mostly clueless about what to do. This situation makes it difficult and troublesome for the photographer to produce good photos.

The preparation for any modeling job starts even before the photoshoot. You need to be aware of what kind of shoot it is. You can start looking at the related fashion magazine on the type of pose that they are doing. Not all of the tips here will work for everyone since the right kind of pose will vary in every genre.

1. Your Mirror is Your Friend

Stand in front of your mirror, take a pose and see how you highlight the shape of your body. The mirror is an ideal tool to show you the thing that the camera can produce. Consider the features and things that can be seen depending on the angle. For instance, in case you put your feet closer to the lens, then there is a possibility that your feet will look larger in the photo.

2. Create a Space on Your Limbs and Body

Squashing your limbs closer to your body will make you appear to look fat. Separating your limbs from your body will also create a slimmer appearance. This is a tiny cheat in the modeling world that can make a huge difference.

3. Understand the Light

For instance, in case you raise your arm on the light, it will basically look brighter compared to your face. There is also a possibility that it will cast a shadow on your face and body. A simple way to counteract this is by using your other arm. You may also adjust your arm backward to avoid the casting of the shadow. Having an understanding on how the lighting falls is a basic necessity in modeling. Ask the photographer about the key light and think about how you can work with it.

4. Elongate the Neck

In order to show class, poise, and height, elongating your neck would be a great solution. It is also one of the most difficult things to remember when modeling since this action feels a bit unnatural. Look in front of the mirror and stand in a normal position. Let your face come forward by rolling your shoulder backward. By now you have seen the huge difference in the neck’s width. You may even advance your pose by popping the jaw in front of the camera to create a shadow that will highlight your jawline.

Hopefully, the modeling tips that we provided above can provide some help for our aspiring models. These are just some of the tricks that most professional models wish they knew when they were just starting out.

Meet The Stunner Behind The Cover Of The August 2021 Issue Of Sassy & Co Magazine: Kristina Menissov

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Kristina Menissov began her career as a model in Los Angeles back in 2017. Since then she has worked with several famous designers such as Robert Cavalli, Michael Ngo, Michael Costello, and Jovani Dresses. She has also graced the runway in Los Angeles Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week, not to mention starring in Tyga’s “IBIZA” music video, modeling for Chris Applebaum’s YouTube Channel, and appearing in Model’s Talk. A former Italian-trained Opera Singer, Kristina has parlayed her modeling career into a blossoming singing career. She recently signed with the famed music producer Andrew Lane who is known for such superstars as the Backstreet Boys and Irene Cara. Her first single, “Taking Over LA” was released last summer to rave reviews. She will soon be releasing another hit single with Italian DJ Marzia D’orlando entitled “Breakout.” When not working, Kristina loves playing the piano and spending time with her 4-year-old son.

Sassy & Co Magazine recently caught up with Kristina to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what went down:

How did you get started in the music industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was so lucky to meet a great and talented music producer Andrew Lane, he is the one who believed in me and still guides me and we are preparing many more hits together.

What do you like most about singing?

When I am on the stage and performing I feel alive. When I sing at the studio or practicing at home it’s like a meditation to me. I connect with myself. I breathe the right way. And everything becomes so bright and beautiful.

Can you tell us about your song Breakout?

It’s an EDM song with the Italian DJ Marzia Dorlando. When we were writing this song with her it was after our conversation about how much we want to have our breakout moment. That we are ready for it. So all those thoughts inspired us to create. And we love our creation.

What sort of person is going to love this song?

Someone who loves EDM music, someone who loves to dance, and if you need to hear that message that’s it’s time to do that next step you should check it out.

What inspires you to be creative?

It could be everything, I am feeling happy? I’m gonna write a song. I am feeling sad or depressed, I am gonna write a sad song. The way I feel today will inspire me to do so.

Is there anything special that you do to get into a creative mindset?

When I don’t feel like doing anything or creating anything but I have a deadline or an urgent need. I say this: you don’t have to be inspired to be functional. And creativity comes when you start doing something.

What message, if any, do you try to put into your work?

I want to inspire people. That’s definitely what the “BREAKOUT” song was about. On my first single “Taking Over LA” I wanted to show the realistic moments of all the models that live here. So my message is: inspire to create and don’t forget to have fun.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Making my first music video “Taking Over LA” I did almost everything myself, starting from location scouting and production ending with styling my outfits. I had a great videographer Maxim Puchkov and amazing and talented HMUA Tetiana Kazak. It was so fun to learn how to do it all. But I hope in the future I can have more help and a bigger budget to have the whole team.

Do you ever find yourself unable to express your creativity to the fullest? What kinds of things inhibit you?

I have ups and downs just like all of us. Some days I would have an idea and without even properly thinking about it I would criticize it so much and put it aside without even giving it a chance.

So answering your second question I would say that the biggest things that inhibit my art are my insecurities and self-judgment mentality.

Who is your greatest influence?

I can’t really think of one specific person who would be a role model for myself, but I definitely had quite a few examples of who I don’t want to end up like, so I tried to do everything the opposite of what I’ve seen they did.

Do you feel that you chose your “passion,” or did it choose you?

I feel like we’ve chosen each other. Since I was a little girl looking so different growing up in Kazakhstan so everyone would always say that this is what I should be doing, so I grew up and chose to do it.

If you hadn’t chosen your field, what would your alternate field have been?

I would’ve been an attorney and fight for human rights.

433What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I am aiming for a Grammy in the nearest future.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Mauritanian.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? The way a loving mother looks at her child. Because there is nothing more touching and pure than that.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I didn’t buy a dogecoin 6 months ago.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” parachute jump.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My stubbornness.

This New Lingerie Range From Dita Von Teese Will Definitely Take Your Breath Away

This vintage-inspired lingerie line, dreamed up by Dita herself, offers show-stopping details and intricate lace. The exclusive plus-size collection is only available at Playful Promises.

This collection offers show-stopping details and intricate lace. With a cult following on social media, with 222k followers on Instagram, The Dita von Teese range shouldn’t be missed. 

Multiple sets are on offer and boast luxury lace in delicious colour-ways, perfect for fans of the pin-up and lovers of all things opulent. This beautiful lingerie line captures the spirit of retro glamour, while being accessible and functional from moments of everyday beauty and luxury. 

Evelina 

Dita created Evelina combining her love of embroidered detailing on soft tulle bases. The blue and black monotone floral embroidery is dramatic against the fine soft stretch mesh but is still easy to wear, beautiful lingerie. The bra is a sheer cup bra with a soft subtle lift from the unique satin petal inserts. The straps are velvet with velvet bow trims. The high waist brief has a full embroidered front with delicate scallops along the waist and a sheer mesh back with fine elastic trims. The suspender features a wide embroidered front that sits high at the waist. The suspender had 6 velvet garters for stability and function. This is a must for lingerie lovers! 

 

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Photo Credit and Article Source: Laura Lambert of The Authentic Agency

Fashion Designer Of The Week: Introducing The Talented Erick A. Lemos

Erick A. Lemos is a fashion designer who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At a young age, he has always been very curious. He has always liked creating things with his hands and experimenting in all branches of art itself. His first introduction to the world of fashion was in 2012 when he saw a Comme des Garcons show and since then it has been an adventure. But in 2017 was when he got his big break because he was able to break into the fashion industry after working backstage at various fashion shows and appearing in several editorials for magazines.

Sassy & Co magazine recently caught up with Erick to discuss his journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a designer?

What I enjoy the most is the creative process behind a collection, researching and creating everything from scratch, like textiles and silhouettes. Also, the connections that can be made in the creative industry.

Downside to being a fashion designer?

I don’t think there is a downside, only that it is a very competitive industry, but on the one hand, it is good because it requires you to give your best.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

I would say to be part of fashion productions in magazines and runaways with wonderful people. But also having met my classmates who have become more than friends.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

All the people I have met have been interesting and important in my life. I have learned many things from them and I will always be grateful.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

“All hard work has its rewards” no matter if it is in the fashion industry or outside of it.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

Yes, they have always been, regardless of what I have dedicated myself to. From taking art classes to playing the guitar. I can say that I am lucky.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I would travel back in time to tell myself that I must be more aware of the moments that I have lived and appreciate them a little more.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

“If it fits in your mind, it fits in your world,” meaning; if we trust in ourselves we can achieve many things.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it

The first thing I want to do is work with some established fashion brands, to get more experience and then start my own brand. I am clear that the future is uncertain so I will let it surprise me.

Fashion Designer To Watch Out For In 2021: Introducing The Talented Elle B Mambetov

Elle B Mambetov was originally born and bred in Texas, she moved to London in 2011 to begin her career in fashion. The 2012 debut of her womenswear label Elle B Zhou at London Fashion Week was a hit and she quickly became the new designer to watch. While her star was on the rise, Elle was dealt an unexpected blow derailing the launch of her empire for two years. Betrayed by a friend she was falsely accused of a crime and spent time in a maximum-security UK prison before the U.S. Government stepped in to free her. Elle documented her unbelievable story in her 2019 book A6347DW: American Captive which can be found on Apple. Through perseverance, she was able to turn tragedy into triumph when she moved to Los Angeles to relaunch her womenswear line Elle B Zhou which is now bigger than ever. Along with her flagship store in the Beverly Center, Elle is poised to change the perception of modest fashion with her bold luxury designs. Elle’s multi-brand boutique showcases not only her own brand but other Middle Eastern brands such as Yataghan, Okhtein, Azzi & Osta, SemSem, and European brands such as Ecriteau and Dreamboule. Her latest womenswear collection “Let the Stars Be Our Guide” exhibits a constellation map over Mecca in an industry pioneering online virtual presentation with the help of Egyptian actress Huda El Mufti. This hot young designer is making headlines in such publications as Forbes, Essence, Glamour UK, Vogue Australia, and Marie Clare Arabia. A recent partner with Farfetch, Elle made exclusive color-infused modest designs for this international platform in celebration of Ramadan. Elle lends her voice as a FEED Ambassador and together with Lauren Bush Lauren is helping provide meals and support to children all over the world. When not working or giving back to her community, Elle enjoys bike riding, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Sassy & Co Magazine recently caught up with Elle to discuss her journey in the fashion world and here’s what went down:

1.How did you get into the fashion industry?

No one invited me that’s for sure. I had this plan in my mind and just invited myself in. I moved to China to learn about manufacturing before moving to London and making my debut as a London Fashion Week Designer.

2.What do you like most about being a designer?

I am a creator, so being a fashion designer allows me to be innately who I am. It’s such a blessing to be able to do what you love. Making custom prints and then imagining them into garments is such a dreamy experience.

3.Downside to being a fashion designer?

There is no downside to being a fashion designer when it is your dream. Being a business owner has its ups and downs and its own challenges, but being a fashion designer is as truly magical and whimsical as one would imagine. I love it.

4.What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

My very first opening of London Fashion Week with my womenswear line Elle B. Zhou is something I will never forget. That moment for me represented so much more than just the unveiling of a new collection. It was proof to myself that I had evolved in fashion in a way that I never thought I would, as I had always been afraid of womenswear. I feared that women wouldn’t understand the designs I was making for them. The positive feedback was something I will always hold dear in that moment.

5.Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

People are people, whether celebrities or some of my best clients in the Elle B Zhou boutique, I am so honored to have to love and support of so many people who love the brand and the boutique.

6.What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
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It’s important to be true to yourself and your own design aesthetic. It’s that, that people will love and respect you for in the end.

7. Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

Absolutely! My mom was very supportive from day one of me finding my passion in life. As a child, while I was very immersed in arts and crafts and sewing lessons, I also took tennis, ballet, basketball, soccer, and baseball. My mom was adamant we find our passion. She got a little bit nervous at times when I would do something random in my career like up and move to China, but she has always been supportive.

8. If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

Never take that Virgin gym membership where I met the man who stole my identity…. In some ways, it’s such a hard question to answer. I believe that everything happens for a reason so I try to learn from the things that have happened that I didn’t like and would want to change, no matter how dire they have been.

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My mother has always called me her magnum opus, meaning “a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer.” I was always told I was special, and I believed her. Even when it felt like the world was against me, and in the moments I felt alone, I believed in myself. Even if no one believes in you, always believe in yourself.

10. What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it in yourself.

The Elle B Zhou boutique is growing in some exciting new ways, and I am looking forward to the future of the company, the brand, and my own personal growth. I think I’m nearly ready to start having kids so that will be an exciting adventure of its own! We’ll see what happens, whatever Allah wills.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Woman In the Window with Julianne Moore and Amy Adams

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Color, I just love it. It makes me very happy.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I really want to visit Tokyo, Japan.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d ” Relax.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I have no concept of time and my internal clock is genuinely off. But it allows me to work fast and accomplish things faster
because I don’t seem realize it’s only been one week instead of
one month, or two months instead of 5 or 6.

Emerging Designer To Watch Out For In 2021: Introducing The Talented Isla Campbell

Isla Campbell is the designer and maker behind Studio_icampbell.

Studio_icampbell is a small and sustainable fashion studio based in Cornwall. Her core principles are to produce high-quality garments designed with the functionality of workwear whilst upholding style and comfort, and she deliberately designs and develops her garments with time, care and consideration.

She’s inspired by the natural world and the people she meets to produce artistic yet functional workwear.

Her designs start as simple line drawings in a sketchpad, then morphed into patterns laid out on linen, in such a way as to minimise material wastage. When meticulously cut from the cloth and sewn together, these garments, made to last, may begin their life full of love and adventure outside the studio. The sustainable fabrics and earthy colours that she chooses are particularly important to her work as they inform her design process.

When you buy a piece from Studio_icampbell you can be assured of the quality and sustainability of my practice. The nature of the fabrics is such that it will change with time to embrace the uniqueness of the wearer’s body and its movements. So, as you live and change so too can your clothes. In this way, your clothes gather your life stories and become more fitting, more ‘yours’.

As another important element of her sustainable approach to designing workwear clothes, Studio_icampbell offers a bespoke mending service where you can bring your favourite pieces back to where they were made to be mended.

Sassy & Co magazine recently caught up with Isla to discuss her journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

How did you get into the fashion industry?

Since GCSE’s I have always known that I wanted to be working with my hands and so I did work experience in both Interior Design and PR for Fashion Brands, working in the behind scenes of fashion I was able to go and work at LFW on three separate occasions. It was there that I saw the team of sempstress’ sewing before the show that I knew then I wanted to be the one making the garments.

What do you like most about being a designer?

Being able to design clothes that I myself would wear and then seeing these 2D sketches come to life when created in a unique fabric

The downside to being a fashion designer?

The downside is that it really never stops, I love keeping busy but as this is my own business there is always something to do…especially the business side and making sure that everything will run smoothly.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

Definitely when I went to Amsterdam having differed a year of uni after my second year to intern for 8 months for the couture designer Iris Van Herpen.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Other creators, I believe that collaboration is an integral part of my process and so I’ve worked alongside a number of really creative designs to create something totally unique.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

To trust yourself, that everything is a risk, whether it’s buying a roll of fabric for £200, it’s super important to know that no matter what you’ll make it work. And also to keep going, no matter what!

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

My mum and sister and brother are very supportive. My sister actually just got engaged this morning and she’s asked me to make her wedding dress.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I would have looked for my own shop from the start, and also do a business module…but there’s still time for that.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

From my experience in Amsterdam, I was told to never be scared to ask questions or ask for help.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

With this upcoming new shop, I hope to make a name for myself as a slow fashion Designer in Cornwall. I would really like to move more into creating unique bespoke clothes that are made to measure and continue to explore sustainable fabrics. I also really want to move into menswear clothes as most of my designs and fabric choices are gender-neutral.

 

In Photos: Here’s Looking Back At The 2021 Australian Multicultural Fashion Festival

The (AMFF) Australian Multicultural Fashion Festival brought together the modelling and fashion industry last March 2021 at the luxurious PIA Grand Auditorium. The magnitude of originality and fashion design excellence at this event definitely stayed with us.

Everyone walked away from the show with a new respect for the diverse cultures and their innovative designers. Each of the remaining highlights were riveting to partake in and further enhanced the AMFF experience. This event was brought to you by AMBN (The Australian Millionaires Business Network), The Millionaire Alliance, The Multicultural Business Centre, StarCentral Media Group powered by the Poperty Investors Alliance, Aland, Deicorp, Villoni Boutique, Lepou, Lux Modelling & Fashion Academy, International Fashion & Beauty, Model & Mode magazine, Sassy & Co magazine and The Australian Millionaire Magazine.

These were the highlights of the night: Fashion Show featuring PIR CEO Fai Peni’s collection – Lepou, Villoni Boutique, Leatheron, Visage Boutique, Belle Epoque, and The Silky Lane.

Designer Spotlight: Make Way For The Talented Rozalia

Ever since she was a child, Rozalia continuously developed her passion for fashion. In her creations, you’ll be able to celebrate the beauty of nature and the wonderful architecture of your body. She feels inspired and attracted by the “modern,” but always with faith in love for traditional reasons, and the handmade embroidery, which makes your special outfit unique. She believes that women are designed to shine and be admired. But women’s sensual way of being is indeed empowered by what they wear and how they wear it. This is why she allows herself the challenge of complimenting your truly complex architecture. Some of her greatest accomplishments are NYFW, Abu Dhabi, Bratislava, Beijing(with the price for The Most Creative Designer), Paris, and she also has plans this month to open her own showroom in Timișoara, Romania, Iulius Mall Locațion.

Meet The Model Behind The Cover Of The February 2021 Issue Of Sassy & Co Magazine: Madison Croft

Madison Croft is currently 19 years old and she has been modelling and acting internationally since the young age of 14. She’s a personal trainer and owner of MadBodz Fitness – a thriving small business. She loves her job as every day she gets the blessing of helping people on their journey to improving physical and mental health. Maddie has always loved the saying “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” and she feels she has definitely achieved this! Her ultimate goal is to have a successful career in the modelling and acting industry and she always says that she will never give up on that goal.

Towards the end of last year, Madison was crowned the first runner-up at the first-ever Australian Multicultural Fashion Awards for the year 2020. It has been a long time coming since she has been participating in pageants and modelling since the age of 14. She is currently a personal trainer and owner of MadBodz Fitness, and she is very passionate about educating people on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. She also works as a gymnastics coach, a model, and an actress.

Most people won’t know this, but at the age of 14, she was suffering from depression because of constant bullying at her school and even on social media. It was at this point that she was advised that by joining pageants, she would be able to make friends with similar interests and likes, and she would become much more confident and self-reliant – that’s the main reason why she started competing in pageants. After three years in the field, she says that she has made more friends and now possesses much more confidence in her communicative abilities.

Being a beauty queen and a model has its own perks of course. Madison enjoys having the opportunity to meet new people, encourage, empower and educate other teens on several issues, do charity work, and be an ambassador. The kicker for her is that she’s able to do all of these amazing things at the age of 16!

Of course, every upside will also have a downside as well. She does not look at them as downsides though – she prefers to look at them as lessons from which she can learn from. During her stint at pageantry, she has learned to stay true to herself, be who she wants to be, and not conform herself to the opinions of others.

Being successful in the fashion industry is tough. She has learned to be confident in her own skin and form, and not to be concerned with changing anything about herself for other people. She doesn’t focus on her looks too much these days, instead, she is more focused on her charity work and public speaking instead. She has always had her family’s support and encouragement in her foray into pageantry and she believes that her family’s support is the key reason for her tremendous success at such a young age.

Moving forward, Madison dreams of having a successful career in acting, modeling, and the fitness industry.

In Pictures: Pacific International Runway At AMFA 2020

The (AMFA) Australian Modelling & Fashion Awards brought together the modelling and fashion industry last December 2020 at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. The magnitude of originality and fashion design excellence at this event definitely stayed with us. Everyone walked away from the show with a new respect for the diverse cultures and their innovative designers. Although the awarding session by various industry heavyweights was the main event; each of the remaining highlights was riveting to partake in and further enhanced the AMFA experience. Here’s an exclusive look at the Pacific International Runway collection by Lepou, Kovie Richardson, and Ikii Haangana at the 2020 Australian Modelling and Fashion Awards.