Mr. Gino-o Steals the Spotlight with Latest Collection Debut at Miss Mardi Gras International Queen 2024 Pageant

Amidst the glitz and glamour of The Miss Mardi Gras International Queen 2024 Pageant, all eyes were on Mr. Gino-o as he unveiled his latest collection with a commanding presence. At the heart of this dazzling showcase stood the House of Filipino Designers, affectionately known as Mr. Gino-o, which offered a contemporary twist on the timeless Barong Tagalog.

Led by the visionary Albert Prias, the collection breathed new life into traditional Filipino attire, seamlessly blending cultural heritage with modern flair. This groundbreaking display of fashion finesse retained the essence of the Barong Tagalog while infusing it with a trendy and globally relevant aesthetic.

The vibrant evening of February 24th witnessed the Orion Function Center in Campsie, NSW, undergo a remarkable transformation into a captivating tapestry of color, talent, and celebration. Spearheaded by Flagcom & Friends, the orchestrators of The Miss Mardi Gras International Queen 2024 pageant, now in its 14th year, the event transcended mere beauty and talent to become a powerful platform addressing crucial issues within the LGBTQI+ community. Check out some of the photos from Mr. Gino-o’s latest collection below.

Strut Your Stuff: The Ultimate Guide for Fashion Influencers to Shine Bright in the Social Media Spotlight!

Social media has become a dominant platform for fashion influencers to showcase their style and promote various fashion brands in recent years. As social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok continue to rise, fashion influencers have gained a significant following, making them valuable assets to fashion brands looking to reach a wider audience. Below are some strategies fashion influencers can use to stand out and establish themselves as trusted and sought-after influencer in the fashion industry.

Develop a unique personal style

Fashion influencers are known for their individual style, which sets them apart from other influencers. To become a successful fashion influencer, developing a unique personal style that resonates with your audience is essential. This can be achieved by experimenting with different outfits, accessories, and makeup looks until you find a style that truly represents you.

Create high-quality content

In the world of social media, high-quality content is critical to standing out and gaining a loyal following. To create high-quality content, investing in good equipment such as a camera, lighting, and editing software is crucial. Also, ensure your content is visually appealing, informative, and engaging. This can include photos, videos, and blog posts.

Collaborate with other influencers and brands

Collaborating with other influencers and brands can help to increase your reach and gain exposure to new audiences. Reach out to other influencers and brands that align with your style and audience and collaborate on content that both parties can share on their platforms.

Stay up to date with industry trends

Fashion is an ever-evolving industry, and staying up to date with the latest trends and styles is essential. This can include attending fashion shows, following industry leaders on social media, and keeping up with the latest fashion news.

Engage with your audience

Building a loyal audience requires interaction with them if you want to be seen as a trusted influencer. This can include responding to comments and direct messages, asking for feedback and opinions, and hosting Q&A sessions.

Use hashtags effectively

Hashtags are an effective strategy for gaining exposure to new audiences. To use hashtags effectively, research popular fashion hashtags and use them in your posts. Also, create a unique branded hashtag that your followers can use when sharing their own fashion content.

Be authentic

Building a devoted audience and establishing yourself as a respected influencer requires authenticity. Be true to yourself and your personal style, and don’t be afraid to share your personal experiences and stories with your audience.

In conclusion, becoming a successful fashion influencer takes time and effort. Still, by implementing these strategies, you can become known as a trusted and sought-after influencer in the fashion industry. By developing a unique personal style, creating high-quality content, collaborating with other influencers and brands, staying up to date with industry trends, engaging with your audience, using hashtags effectively, and being authentic, you can build a loyal following and make a lasting impact in the fashion industry. 

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The January 2024 Issue Of Sassy & Co: Guruji Shrii Arnav

Revered and Beloved Guruji Shrii Arnav at the Prestigious Private Screening of the Selected Works of the French Impressionist Painter- Claude Monet. The World’s first bonafide Gem Art is a Dream.

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Sassy & Co commences the year 2024 on a remarkable note, as we are honored to host the distinguished Guruji Shrii Arnav of Gemstoneuniverse, renowned as the Grandmaster, Mentor of Mentors, and Father of Astro Gemology, for our inaugural interview of the year.

We are pleased to gain insights from Guruji for 2024, as this should bring tremendous value to our esteemed readers at Sassy & Co. Check out our full interview below:

We would like to wish you a very happy New Year, Guruji. What is your advice and guidance for us this year?

I wish everyone a joyous and blessed 2024. Each year has a central underlying theme, and focusing on that theme yields better results.

As posted on social media on January 1, 2024, this is the year to cement and concentrate on solidifying one’s foundations. I’m trying to say that when you’re building and stacking cement, the cement starts soft; you need to ensure stability and a firm structure, and then it eventually hardens over time. These are the same qualities one needs to incorporate into one’s life this year. A soft approach is necessary to unite people but to maintain that unity; you need a firm and hard approach.

Can you share a pivotal moment or experience that shaped your journey in astrology and entrepreneurship?

My life’s journey has been well documented thus far. Although I come from a family of doctors, professionals, and army personnel, I want to share that a pivotal moment in my life occurred when I experienced the sheer power of astrology and healing gemstones — a power like no other. A power surpassing the combined skills of all my esteemed and distinguished family members.

In the early stages of my career and during the early days of the Internet in 1996, as I delved into online searches for astrology-related information, I was dismayed by the amount of misinformation and fraudulent activities disguised as sacred sciences. I subsequently discovered my mission and purpose: to bring these divine sciences to those who genuinely needed and could benefit from them. Thus, my journey began, progressing from Yahoo Geocities to the establishment of Gemstoneuniverse.

Guruji Shrii Arnav the Dream Within the Dream. A Divine Heart Connect with the Master that goes beyond languages, religions or anything else.

How do you balance the spiritual aspects of your work with the business and entrepreneurial aspects of running Gemstoneuniverse?

The Bhagwat Geeta, often referred to as the song of life, holds the ultimate answer to this question. When your primary focus is on action, which can be translated into engaging meaningfully, doing something you genuinely enjoy and that provides valuable rewards for all parties involved — it transcends mere work as conventionally understood.

It becomes an enjoyable journey – whether your need is physical, mental, spiritual, or transformational. It is a full 360° circle from which one can tap and take what is essential to them. I don’t micromanage Gemstoneuniverse anymore because I have transformed into Gemstoneuniverse. I am GEMSTONEUNIVERSE, and The Universe exists in all of us.

What challenges have you faced in establishing Gemstoneuniverse as a leading provider of Jyotish Gemstones, and how did you overcome them?

I would not use the word challenge because that is a pretty strong word. I would use the word “situation,” and the two situations that I feel will be perpetually there despite all the efforts or work is that one, people do not have the necessary knowledge, appreciation, or tools to discover the difference between a stone and a gemstone. Please remember I am not even talking about Jyotish gemstone therapy, etc. Two is the vast, unorganized market with no standardization or quality certification to ascertain the quality of the people practicing these sciences.

We have done much work in the last three decades, and I hope the work reaches the right audience. I am very thankful to our clients, friends, fans, family, and vendors. Basically, anybody who has been a part of the Gemstoneuniverse ecosystem because that meant a lot of sacrifices and taking up a lot of pain because we went beyond the norm of normal, predictable, and boring.

A Rare Gem. Guruji Shrii Arnav in New York in Later 90’s. Legends in gilded forums have connected the Dots with FedEx and TEDx. Guruji’s TEDx Talk on Mental Health reached 1 million views in 3 weeks and has been declared as one of the top 5 Talks of 2023 by the British Journal

Your book, “The Secrets of Jyotish Gems,” has been widely acclaimed. What motivated you to write it, and what impact do you hope it has on readers?

I have said that I had no intention of writing the book earlier. But I think this is where the divine intervention comes into play and that the Secret of Jyotish Gemstones is not just a manual about everything related to gemstone astrology. It has been used by statesmen, CEOs, and even commandoes because it essentially has the codes to live a good life. So yes, the people who read The Secrets of Jyotish Gemstones are well documented on Gemstoneuniverse as well as on my social media profile, especially on Facebook. Right from the world’s top fashion designers to prime ministers to presidents to superstars, I read the book, and I am so privileged that they sent me pictures of them with the book, which led to the post of INABSENTIA Guruji. I think you can provide a link to the readers to understand what The Secrets of Jyotish Gemstones has done, but let me tell you, I have not spent a single dollar yet on its promotion or advertising.

You work with the top fashion brands, supermodels, and signature styles from Versace to Gucci – What is your definition of fashion, and how can one be truly fashionable?

To keep it simple, fashion is your personal style, and the only thing that makes fashion fashionable is your CONFIDENCE. That is the ONLY accessory that you will ever need. Fix that, and everything else falls into place.

In your extensive career, how have you seen the perception and understanding of Jyotish Gemstones evolve over time?

In addition to Jyotish Gemstones, color, and light have extraordinary qualities, and I am continuously exploring the numerous and incredible effects of color alone. That being said, there are certain individuals who have been inspired to delve deeper into the knowledge of Jyotish gemstones, for which we hold a worldwide trademark patent and copyright. There has been a perceptible shift in mindset among a significant audience, and now, people openly wear and take pride in their gemstones. The shift has transitioned from hiding the fact that they draw inspiration from a higher power. Now, they are comfortable with it and, most of the time, are delighted and proud to flaunt it.

Guruji at the Premium Launch of the LA GEMME series by BLVGARI and that is not GUNMETAL in Le Paris

As a mentor and educator, what advice do you give aspiring entrepreneurs entering the gemstone and astrology industry?

I want to offer, or more appropriately, share two pieces of advice. The first piece of advice is to be in an innovative and learning mode consistently. There is so much to learn, and reaching the legendary level involves efficiently implementing those learnings. The second point is that honesty, courtesy, and trust in our words are never old-fashioned. Any business or individual actively pursuing and embodying these virtues will succeed.

How do you see the future of Gemstoneuniverse evolving, and what goals do you have for the organization in the coming years?

The dream of Guruji Shrii Arnav has become the dream of many other humans, and it shall now forever be dreamt because we have now reached the stage of “Squaring the Circle” and “Circling the Square.” GEMSTONEUNIVERSE does not need to see the future, for at every moment, we remain.

Thank you, Guruji, for your valuable time and input. We at Sassy & Co. are blessed to have you as our cover story for 2024. We strongly suggest following Guruji Shrii Arnav’s personal profile on Facebook for his insightful and life-changing posts.

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A Rare Gem. Guruji Shrii Arnav in New York in Later 90’s. Legends in gilded forums have connected the Dots with FedEx and TEDx. Guruji’s TEDx Talk on Mental Health reached 1 million views in 3 weeks and has been declared as one of the top 5 Talks of 2023 by the British Journal

Spotlight on a Rising Star: Camila Duque – A Journey of Exploration and Multifaceted Ambitions

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In the enchanting realm of modeling, Camila Duque, guided by the expertise of Royalle Modelling, embarked on her captivating journey a mere six months ago. Unlike traditional models, Camila refuses to confine herself within predefined notions of personality or passion. Her remarkable charm lies not only in her modeling prowess but in her ever-evolving, diverse interests that defy easy categorization.

Camila’s introduction to the modeling industry, under the astute management of Royalle Modelling, has been a testament to her innate curiosity—a quality that propels her to explore uncharted territories within the realm of fashion. Unfettered by rigid opinions, she embraces the fluidity of her personality and passions, adapting to the ebb and flow of her ever-changing interests.

In a striking display of versatility, Camila Duque envisions a future where her achievements span across multiple domains. Beyond the runway, she harbors the ambition to ascend the ranks and establish herself as a top model—a testament to her dedication and skill. However, her dreams extend far beyond the glamorous world of fashion.

Camila’s kaleidoscopic aspirations include contemplating a career as a criminologist, delving into the complexities of crime and justice with intellectual zeal. Simultaneously, she envisions herself gliding gracefully into the world of professional dance, where movement becomes an expressive art form conveying emotions beyond words. The prospect of donning the hat of a marine biologist further underscores her multifaceted approach, symbolizing her commitment to the preservation of marine life and ecological balance.

Adding a delightful layer to her persona, Camila Duque possesses a quirky and imaginative habit. In public spaces, she playfully assumes the role of a private detective, concocting imaginative backstories for those around her. This endearing quirk not only showcases her playful nature but also underscores her creative spirit—a spirit that extends beyond the confines of the modeling world into the rich tapestry of her varied dreams and interests.

Camila Duque, with her delightful quirks, multifaceted ambitions, and a commitment to constant exploration, stands as a beacon of inspiration—a model not only in the fashion industry but also in embracing the limitless possibilities that life offers.

Spotlight on a Rising Star: The Journey of Annabelle Austin

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In the ever-evolving modeling world, Annabelle Austin has emerged as a promising talent, captivating audiences with her undeniable charm and innate confidence. At the tender age of 19, Annabelle embarked on her modeling journey a mere year and a half ago, yet she has already made a remarkable impact, becoming a poised and self-assured presence in front of the camera.

Annabelle’s foray into the modeling industry began in the closing months of 2021, driven by an innate passion and curiosity to explore the fascinating world of fashion and photography. Since then, she has embraced the challenges and opportunities that the modeling realm presents, demonstrating a remarkable level of enthusiasm for an industry known for its dynamism and creativity.

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What sets Annabelle apart is not just her youthful vigor and beauty, but also her ability to embody different moods and styles effortlessly. Her portfolio showcases a diverse range of looks, from high fashion to editorial, proving her versatility as a model. Whether she’s gracing the runway or participating in a photoshoot, Annabelle exudes a rare blend of confidence and humility, making her a standout talent in the competitive world of modeling.

As she continues to hone her craft, Annabelle remains committed to her journey of self-discovery within the modeling industry. With each new project, she strives to push boundaries, challenge herself creatively, and contribute to the ever-expanding tapestry of the fashion world. Keep an eye on this budding talent as she continues to illuminate the world of fashion with her unique presence and undeniable talent.

Introducing The 10 Models Behind The Cover Of The December 2023 Issue Of Sassy & Co

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In the ever-evolving realm of fashion, a new wave of models is emerging, ready to make waves and redefine beauty standards. These rising stars bring a myriad of experiences and passions to the forefront, promising a dynamic future in the industry. Let’s delve into the stories of these top 10 models to watch out for in 2024:

1. Annabelle Austin: Annabelle’s journey into modeling commenced only a year and a half ago. At the tender age of 19, she has swiftly become a poised and confident presence in front of the camera, showcasing enthusiasm for an industry she began exploring at the close of 2021.

2. Amelia Huettner: With 2.5 years of modeling under her belt, Amelia’s evolution has been marked by growing comfort both in her own skin and behind the camera. Her passions extend beyond aesthetics, intertwining fashion with a fervent commitment to feminist ideals.

3. Paige Vickers: Embarking on her modeling journey at the tender age of 13, Paige finds joy in embracing new challenges and evolving continuously.  

4. Lilly Frost: At just 18 years old, Lilly has dedicated the past two years to modeling after joining Royalle Modelling this year. Beyond the world of modeling, she channels her free time into the arts, crafting personal birthday cards through her painting and drawing talents.

5. Camila Duque: Venturing into the modeling industry just six months ago, Camila is known for her curiosity and diverse range of interests. Her ambitions range from aspiring to become a top model to entertaining thoughts of pursuing a career as a criminologist, professional dancer, or marine biologist.

6. Yvette Saggiomo: Embarking on her modeling journey at a mere six years old, Yvette’s connection with modeling has evolved from a childhood pursuit to a genuine passion in recent years, as she delves into her endeavours with greater depth and commitment.

7. Djennah: With less than a year in the modeling realm, Djennah goes beyond the runway with a profound passion for music. Devoting at least three hours daily to immerse herself in melodies and rhythms, she brings a unique blend of interests to her burgeoning modeling career.

8. Leah Pan: Leah’s modeling journey commenced at the age of 13, initially exploring shoots around her neighborhood with her sister. Her career has soared, gracing prestigious runways like New York Fashion Week and featuring in national campaigns across Australia.

9. Annabel Bassil: Although relatively new to the modeling scene, having been signed with an agency for just a few months, Annabel is eager and excited to explore the opportunities that lie ahead in her modeling journey.

10. Charlotte-Jade Ali: Seamlessly integrating into Royalle Modelling since 2023, Charlotte-Jade’s journey in the modelling world extends back to the age of 15. Fortunate to be offered numerous freelancing opportunities both nationally and internationally, she brings a wealth of experience to the team.

These models represent the future of the industry, each with a unique narrative, passion, and potential that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the world of fashion in 2024 and beyond. Watch this space for the stories that will unfold and the trends these rising stars will set.

Say Goodbye to Fashion Clutter: Your Ultimate 7-Step Wardrobe Detox Blueprint

Detoxing your wardrobe is a great way to declutter and organize your closet while also being more mindful about the clothes you own and wear. Here are some tips on how to detox your wardrobe:

Take everything out

The first step in detoxing your wardrobe is to take everything out and spread it on your bed or floor. This will help you see everything you own and make it easier to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

Sort into piles

Once you have everything out of your closet, start sorting your clothes into piles. You can create different piles based on what you want to keep, what you want to donate or sell, and what you want to throw away.

Assess each item

As you sort through your clothes, assess each item and ask yourself if you have worn it in the last year or if you plan to wear it in the future. If the answer is no, then it’s time to let it go.

Keep only what you love

When deciding what to keep, only keep the clothes you love and feel confident wearing. This will help you create a wardrobe filled with clothes that make you feel good rather than clothes that make you feel self-conscious.

Donate or sell

For clothes that are still in good condition but no longer want or need them, consider giving them to a nearby nonprofit or selling them online. This will help you give back to your community and make extra money.

Organize your closet

Once you have decided what to keep and what to get rid of, it’s time to organize your closet. Consider organizing your clothes by category, such as pants, shirts, dresses, etc. As a result, finding what you’re looking for will be simpler, and it also helps you see what you have in your wardrobe.

Consider a “capsule wardrobe”

If you’re looking to simplify your wardrobe even further, consider creating a capsule wardrobe. A modest selection of clothing that can be combined and matched to create various looks is known as a capsule wardrobe. With a capsule wardrobe, you can simplify your life and focus on quality over quantity.

Detoxing your wardrobe is a great way to simplify your life, be more mindful about what you own and wear, and create a wardrobe that reflects your personal style. These recommendations will help you organise your closet and create a wardrobe you love.

Year-End Extravaganza: Sassy & Co’s Grand Celebration Takes Over Sir Stamford Circular Quay!

Sassy & Co Magazine, part of the StarCentral Media Group, is preparing for a spectacular year-end celebration at the prestigious Sir Stamford Circular Quay on December 17th, starting at 11 am. This event will joyfully conclude a vibrant year, commemorating the Christmas spirit and a year of accomplishments, uniting sponsors, collaborators, friends, and industry partners for a grand celebration.

In collaboration with MS Entertainment Network, Flagcom, and APCO, this highly anticipated event promises an evening filled with elegance and splendor. It will feature special events, including the much-awaited StarCentral Magazine’s People of the Year Awards and the captivating Kings and Queens fashion exhibition.

The opulent affair will unfold at the esteemed Sir Stamford Circular Quay, located at 3 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, providing a luxurious backdrop for this glamorous occasion.

Esteemed sponsors supporting the event include Cubecorp, PW Mortgage Partners, and Parramatta Community College. Their invaluable contributions have played a significant role in making this event a reality.

To enhance the event’s allure, GEM Models and TV6 Network will make a special appearance, promising an evening brimming with talent and excitement.

This event serves as the perfect occasion for networking, merriment, and a celebration of the achievements and collaborations of the past year. StarCentral Media Group warmly invites everyone to join in this prestigious gathering, set to be a truly memorable and grand finale to an eventful year.

For more information or to participate in the Kings and Queens fashion exhibition, kindly get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.

Let’s celebrate the end of this fantastic year with an evening of opulence and joy at the Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

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Navigating the Evolving Landscape: What Fashion PR & Communications Professionals Need to Know Today

In the dynamic world of fashion, staying ahead in public relations (PR) and communications is crucial for success. As trends and technologies evolve, so do the strategies and tools needed to effectively communicate a brand’s message. This article explores the key considerations for fashion PR and communications professionals in today’s ever-changing landscape.

Digital Dominance

Having an online presence is essential in the digital era. Fashion PR professionals must harness the power of social media, influencers, and digital platforms to connect with a global audience. Understanding the nuances of different platforms, staying updated on algorithm changes, and crafting compelling digital content are essential skills for success.

Sustainability Matters

Consumers are increasingly conscious of environmental and ethical concerns. Fashion brands are expected to embrace sustainability, and PR professionals play a crucial role in communicating these efforts. Being well-versed in a brand’s sustainable practices and effectively conveying these messages to the public can enhance a brand’s reputation and appeal.

Influencer Collaboration

Influencers continue to shape the fashion landscape. PR professionals need to identify and engage with influencers who align with a brand’s values and target audience. Building authentic relationships with influencers can amplify a brand’s reach and credibility, but it requires a strategic and thoughtful approach.

Crisis Management in Real-Time

In the age of instant communication, crises can escalate rapidly. Expert crisis management is a need for PR practitioners in real-time, addressing issues transparently, and implementing effective damage control. Quick thinking, strategic communication, and maintaining a positive brand image during challenging times are essential skills.

Data-Driven Decision Making

Data analytics is no longer optional in PR. Professionals need to harness data to understand audience behavior, measure campaign effectiveness, and make informed decisions. Familiarity with analytics tools and the ability to interpret data can provide valuable insights that drive successful PR strategies.

Diversity and Inclusivity

The fashion industry is increasingly embracing diversity and inclusivity. PR professionals should be aware of the importance of representing diverse voices in campaigns and events. Demonstrating a commitment to inclusivity in communications not only aligns with societal expectations but also contributes to a brand’s authenticity.

Agile Adaptation

The fashion industry is known for its fast-paced nature, and PR professionals must be agile in adapting to trends and emerging technologies. Staying informed about industry developments, embracing innovation, and being open to change are critical to remaining relevant in the competitive world of fashion PR.

Fashion PR and communications professionals operate in a dynamic environment where trends, technology, and consumer expectations are in constant flux. To navigate this ever-evolving landscape successfully, staying digitally savvy, embracing sustainability, collaborating with influencers, mastering crisis management, leveraging data, prioritizing diversity and inclusivity, and maintaining an agile mindset are essential. By being knowledgeable and adjusting to the ever-changing environment, fashion PR professionals can effectively shape and elevate the narratives of the brands they represent.

Luxury Redefined: Tina M Copenhagen Unveils Innovative Headwear Collection Marrying Purpose and Elegance

Australian-owned luxury headwear brand, Tina M Copenhagen, has just launched its latest line of hats, seamlessly merging opulence with a contemporary purpose. This new collection epitomizes sophistication and style, showcasing an array of chic and refined designs characterized by clean lines, top-quality materials, and exquisite craftsmanship.

The assortment ranges from trilby to cowboy, breton to fedora, offering an inventive and modern interpretation of classic hat styles. Distinguished by meticulous attention to detail, these designs stand out in the market. They feature innovative elements such as a ComfyFit internal wind-resistant size adjuster and the groundbreaking textile, Flexibraid®, ensuring these hats are crush-resistant, easily portable, and weather-resistant, offering UV protection up to UPF50+.

Creative director Tina Madsen-Walcott, who settled in Australia three decades ago and completed her Biochemistry degree, recognized the harmful effects of the Australian sun on the skin. Leveraging this knowledge, along with her keen eye for design and a passion for practical beauty, she founded Tina M Copenhagen. The brand’s primary objective is to safeguard wearers from the sun while upholding their skin and elegance. The result is a sumptuous collection that positions Tina M Copenhagen as the premier destination for fashion-forward headwear that seamlessly marries functionality and style.

Tina M Copenhagen is available online as well as in leading boutiques and department stores, including David Jones.

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