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.

Sassy & Co Magazine’s Top 12 Fashion Influencers Of The Year

Introducing Sassy & Co Magazine’s top fashion influencers to follow in 2021.

These influential influencers have shown us how to transform their sizable social media following into successful careers and breaking it in the fashion industry – simply by following their passion and working extensively on their personal branding.

Roxette Arisa

Beauty and fashion expert, wildly successful Japanese American YouTube / Social Media guru Roxette Arisa is making a name for herself in the skincare, beauty, and fashion space with over 75 MILLION views and 1.2 MILLION subs on YouTube alone. Whether she is giving tips on how to perfect your makeup for mask-wearing, providing how-to-tips for taking that lust-worthy passport photo, comparing designer and drugstore brands with a split face tutorial, or giving how-to-style basics by using clothes you already have in your closet, Arisa is a quickly rising star who is highly respected for her expertise in the beauty and fashion world.

Arisa’s rise in the beauty and fashion world is quite different from her contemporaries. Growing up in Culver City, California she always knew from a young age what she wanted to be: an Olympic figure skating medalist. She began skating at the age of 4, training and practicing to perfection. By the age of 15, she moved to Detroit where she was selected for the Jr. National Team as part of a duo ice dancing partnership. Arisa then moved to Canada, where she was being groomed to compete internationally for Canada, and in 2016, at 17 years old, she and her partner placed Silver at sectionals solidifying her stance as a competitor. But soon after, her world was rocked when her partner suddenly retired, and in 2017 she found her dreams of competing in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang all but a fleeting dream. The reality was that it would be near impossible to find a new skilled partner in time. But Arisa had found another passion.

Since a young age, she had worn makeup for skating competitions and as she got older, she realized that she had found an appreciation for applying and learning new makeup techniques. She often trained in skating for 8+ hours a day, but at night she would spend her time watching makeup tutorials online and she decided to create a YouTube page herself. To her, makeup was something that always gave her confidence and she wanted to share her advice with others. Before long, her following and views began skyrocketing and she realized that when one door closes another one opens. She decided to retire from skating and instead focus on her new passion – the beauty and fashion world. She packed up her bags and moved back home to Los Angeles. Around this time, brands began to take notice. In only a couple of years, Arisa has quickly become a favorite for beauty and fashion brands alike, and has become a beauty ambassador to Smashbox, e.l.f., partnered with brands like Revolve, Olay, Murad, NARS, Maybelline, MAC, Instagram, Clarisonic, Neutrogena, Kate Somerville, CeraVe, IPSY, L’Oreal, Lorac and created her own collections for Milani and SIGMA to name a few.

Natalija Ugrina

Natalija Ugrina is a stunning actress and fashion model who is currently based in Los Angeles, California. She was originally born in Croatia and was raised by her mother, Ketrin Buljević, who’s a writer and a poet. She kickstarted her modeling career at the age of 16 by joining Elite Model Management which enabled her to work with various fashion designers and appear in notable publications such as Vogue Italia, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar as well as grace high-profile fashion shows from all over the world. Eventually, she decided to shift gears and pursue a career in acting. She moved to Los Angeles to study acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute which led to numerous acting gigs. Some of her film credit includes the College Ball movie, Fight of Fury, and A Life Well Lived. She has also appeared in music videos such as 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” which garnered over 300 million views as well as Action Bronson’s music video for “Baby Blue” featuring Chance the Rapper. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she constantly works tirelessly to build her career.

Jarry Lee

Jarry Lee is a successful self-made entrepreneur and influencer who changed careers from journalism to entertainment and created a highly lucrative social media business empire for herself. Jarry has a following of over 750,000+ across her verified social media channels and appeared as herself on the Netflix show Dating Around (season 1), and in commercials for AT&T, Dr. Brandt Skincare, and various L’Oréal brands. As a model and actor, she has worked with Maybelline, Lancôme, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Revlon, Apple, Google, Ben & Jerry’s, Nike, and other companies.

She has been featured in VOGUE Italia, POPSUGAR, Mic, Elite Daily, NY Daily News, AM New York, Authority Magazine, The New York Times, Cliché Magazine, Thrive Global, TMS, MESS Magazine, MOVER Magazine, and many other publications.

Jarry has a following of 650,000+ on Instagram and 35,000+ on TikTok, and 350,000+ streams on Spotify, and has done social media campaigns for Clinique, Giorgio Armani Beauty, ASICS, Olay, AT&T, NYX Cosmetics, KISS Beauty Products, ModCloth, and other fashion/beauty, fitness, and lifestyle brands.

Radmila Lolly

Radmila Lolly is an acclaimed classical singer as well as a high fashion designer. Over the past few months, her singing career has skyrocketed when she reached the top 25 of the Billboard Dance Chart with her single ‘U R Moving Me’ which also featured Dani Hagan.

Radmila presented her last album “Wonderland” at the famous Carnegie Hall. She decided to combine her talents as a singer and a designer and presented her couture collection during her concert while putting up an unforgettable show.

This inspirational woman is the sole designer of the couture fashion house Eltara Casata @eltaracasata. The largest influence on her designs is her musical exploits. For Lolly, her two artistic mediums inspire and feed off each other; the textures of her designs are innately linked to the textures of her music.

Her fashion collection has been featured at Barneys Madison Avenue Trunk Show, alongside designers such as Zac Posen, Naeem Khan, J. Mendel, as well as at the Daytime Emmy’s Ceremony, and many more. It has also been featured by Vogue Italia, and Harper’s Baazar, among others. Radmila Lolly has a huge number of requests from celebrities to wear her gowns for award ceremonies or red carpet events. In fact, we have seen several artists wearing Radmila Lolly’s dresses, such as Gayle King, Bebe Rexha, Mya, Miss Universe 2018, Miss USA 2018, Miss USA 2017, to name a few.

Kaitlin Marianelli

Kaitlin Marianelli may look stunning on the outside – but she also has brains to match her beautiful face and toned body. Her field of study is in fact Nanomaterials Engineering, and she eventually wants to work in fields such as tech, robotics, or aerospace. She was initially discovered by her agency via Instagram while she was doing her Master’s degree. She immediately signed with them after graduating and for the next 2 years after that, she lived in Asia, getting signed with other agencies in Hong Kong and Japan.

Lydia Bielen

Lydia Bielen is a stunning model who hails from Georgia, USA. She grew up in a small town with her mother, her 2 sisters, and her grandparents. She was a teenager waitressing at a restaurant in her home town when she was first discovered. An agent came in to eat, saw her, gave her a business card, and said to call them and she was assured that she would never work in a restaurant again – the rest you can say is history.

Evelyn Casandra Ellis

Evelyn Casandra Ellis is currently represented by Royalle Modelling and she has been modelling for 3 years now. She enjoys every shoot equally so it’s hard for her to pick just 1 modelling job that really stands out for her. However, she loves animals so it would have to be when there was a snake on set for a QP magazine shoot. She also feels that the animal that describes her best would have to be a Honey Badger because it’s such a cute, sweet, innocent-looking animal but in reality an actual badass. Small but strong!

Hanli Hoefer

Hanli Hoefer started her career in modeling working part-time for small business owners and blog shops. Eventually, she reached out to her mother agency Avenue Management as she believed that she could model full time and she wanted to learn more about the fashion industry. After 2 years of successfully modeling fulltime, she auditioned for MTV Asia, she won the part as a presenter, and the rest you can say is history.

Vindy Krejčí

Vindy Krejčí initially never had any plans of becoming a model, but when opportunity knocked on her door – she decided to take a chance, and now she couldn’t be happier with her decision. Vindy is a half Vietnamese and half Czech model who’s currently based in the Czech Republic. She was fifteen when she appeared in her first fashion show and she loved the experience so much that she went on to appear in more fashion shows. Besides modeling, Vindy has also done quite well in the pageant world, she won the title Miss Karkulka Mácha in 2015, she placed 3rd runner up in Miss Caddy 2014 pageant and she also placed top 10 in the national beauty pageant, Miss Czech Republic.

Valeria Sizova

Valeria Sizova’s appeal is definitely in her stunning features and smoking hot body. She’s a model, dancer and a choreographer who’s based in Sydney, Australia and in fact, she recently opened her own dance and entertainment company called ICrave Dance & Entertainment. She has placed in a number of high profile modeling competitions such as Miss Supercars, Maxim’s Swimwear Model of the Year competition or the World Miss All Nations and is currently the reigning Miss Multiverse Russia.

Stephanie Hunt

Being a model can be difficult, often requiring people to make tough sacrifices. However, it can also prove to be a highly rewarding experience. For Stephanie Hunt, modeling has allowed her to travel around the world, get involved with high profile names such as Guess, Revlon, designer Melba Aros, Lady Jayne, Toscow Jewelery, celebrity hairstylist, David Babaii and magazines such as Camilla, RUSSH, Cosmopolitan, and FTV as well as meet a lot of interesting new people.

Marona Tanner

It was her family’s move to Australia that kickstarted Marona Tanner’s successful modeling career. Her stunning beauty, a result of her Egyptian heritage, drew the admiration of anyone she came across with and for good reason. Besides being a fulltime model and a high-profile Instagram star with nearly half a million followers, Marona also possesses an acting degree, she’s a sculptor and animator, as well as an accomplished belly dancer – so it’s safe to say that Marona is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

5 Bags Every Woman Should Definitely Own

Every occasion has a perfect bag. Whether you’re working in the office, hitting the beach, or going for a night on the town, here are the 5 bags every woman should own. These will help give versatility to your closet while also being functional for any situation that may arise. To make sure you’re prepared for anything you need to do, here are our picks for 5 bags every woman should own:

1- Everyday bag

This is your go-to bag. It matches all of your clothes, it holds up against anything you put it through, and it fits all of your daily essentials. Find a bag that matches your wardrobe (whether black or leather) and that fits all of your essentials including your wallet, phone, and any other bits and bobs you carry throughout your day.

2- Small or medium cross-body bag

This bag is a bit fancier than your go-to bag and isn’t one you’d wear day-to-day. This one is your choice for business casual events when you need something that looks more put-together that’s also on your shoulder and allows you to operate hands-free. The size of the bag depends on the situation. A smaller cross-body is perfect for small things like a card sleeve and your phone while a medium size can hold your full wallet as well.

3- Tote bag

Essential for those workdays and days out on the town, the tote bag will fit everything you need and more. This one is perfect for hauling around your laptop, file folder, and anything else you need. Investing in a quality tote bag will ensure that your contents stay safe and protected while you’re out and about.

4- Backpack

Backpacks are functional for a multitude of uses – day trips and park visits to name a few. With the variety of backpacks on the market from cute stylish leather ones to functional canvas ones, you’re sure to find one that fits the style of your wardrobe while also being functional. This bag is perfect to keep everything you might need for your days out while not compromising on fashion. These are also fun to personalize with cute enamel pins or keychains!

5- Clutch

For nights out, a clutch is perfect for only the essentials. These usually have just enough room for the cards you need, some cash, your lipstick, and your phone as well. A basic clutch will match all of your outfits or you can go big and get a statement piece to instantly jazz up anything you wear. Find one with a wrist strap to help you go hands-free when you need to without the fear of leaving your bag behind.

These are the essentials to start off your bag collection. While it’s helpful to start with basics, you can never have too many bags! Experiment with what works best for you and build your collection from there. What’s your favorite go-to bag? We’d love to hear about it!

The Search For Sassy & Co Magazine’s Next Cover Girl Has Just Dropped!

The search for Sassy & Co magazine’s ultimate cover girl is back on!

Sassy & Co Magazine in collaboration with MS Entertainment Network and StarGazers Production is once again on the lookout to find Australia’s ultimate cover girl!

The Grand final night is on Sunday, the 20th of December 2020.

$3000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs!

No previous experience required – you must be between 18 years to 30 years of age.

If you think you have what it takes to be the Next BIG thing then get in contact with us asap as there are only a few spots available! Please contact Krissy at kriss@starcentralmag.com, Juliet / 0482 560 503, or Maryrose Salubre on 0423 710 659 if you’re interested in entering the competition.

What are you waiting for?? Join NOW!

The Rise Of CGI Models: The Start Of A New Wave Of Influencers

Is there a place for CGI models during the climate of the pandemic due to social distancing restrictions?

The British fashion house, Ralph & Russo made headlines when they chose to showcase their collections using a CGI avatar, instead of an actual model. This choice by the fashion house sparked controversy, especially when it came to diversity and BIPOC models.

Similarly, criticisms were hurled at the casting of Shudu Gram, the first CGI model created by UK photographer, Cameron-James Wilson. The “model’ starred in campaigns for Balmain, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue.

When it revealed that a white man created Shudu, a lot of her followers were unsettled by this revelation. One of the main criticism was that the model was created by“a white man’s hollow projection of black female beauty,” as Shudu was designed in mind, to align with conventional, Eurocentric beauty standards.

Lil Miquela, another CGI avatar, was designed by the startup Brud with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Lil Miquela works like a social media influencer avatar has made lucrative endorsement deals, music merch and has human friends.

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Black Mirror might be closer to reality as you think with the proliferation of CGI influencers in the midst. It begs the question of the harmful consequences to beauty and body image in general and what makes them so unique. Are they more lucrative?

Image credit: ralphandrusso’s Instagram/Shudu Gram’s Instagram/lilmiquela’s Instagram

Boux Avenue Just Launched Its First Ever Unretouched Lingerie Campaign And… WOW

Boux Avenue has just released its first-ever unretouched lingerie campaign, as part of its ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign and it’s fronted by well-known names such as Malin Andersson and Zara McDermott, Ama Peters and Kaz Kamwi. Each brand ambassador wears lingerie styles from Boux Avenue’s new season collection to match their bold personalities, with the unretouched imagery celebrating their individuality and staying true to themselves.

Size inclusivity means celebrating bodies of all different shapes and sizes. Hence as part of Boux Avenue’s new SS20 campaign, it launched its first unretouched lingerie campaign, continuing to celebrate its ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign, encouraging every woman to embrace their own unique style and shape.

Malin comments: “I’ve always spoken openly about body image, and how in my teens all I saw were airbrushed images in magazines – and that I thought it was how I was supposed to be. I remember it consuming me so much I obsessed day after day with calorie counting and trying to look like a size 0 model – whilst also losing myself in the process… I’m so glad to be working with Boux Avenue – a brand that represents women of all shapes and sizes. I share with you my unedited shoot post lockdown, perhaps not eating the best or working out that much – but I present to you ME. I stand tall and bold with their colourful new collection and ask you all to LOVE the body you are in.”

Available in sizes 30-44, B-G cup, Boux Avenue’s new season lingerie is available to purchase now via this link: Boux Avenue

Boux Avenue’s ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ Campaign Is For All Women And Body Shapes

Boux Avenue’s ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign is designed for women by women, with their female-led in-house design team, directed by Product & Brand Director Zoe Price-Smith; they aim to provide every woman with an expert fit in luxurious styles, at affordable prices. Their new lingerie campaign created has styles ranging from 3D embroidered bralettes to high neck, cut-out bodies – there is something for every woman, of every fit.

Boux Avenue wants their campaign to encourage all women to feel confident, empowered, supported, unique, and fearless! Check it out below, new season lingerie is available to purchase now via this link: Boux Avenue

Introducing The Stunning La Métamorphose Bridal Capsule Collection

This new bridal capsule collection explores the hidden and mysterious nature of women and is inspired by the « Balsamic moon »; this suspended moment in the moon cycle which corresponds to the « Dreamtime ». It is synonymous with the Origin of the World in the culture of the Australian aborigines.

The « Balsamic Moon » is the moon of the prophets and prophetesses, and has the power to stimulate the imagination. This moon reveals a particular vision of the cycle to come. This visionary phase requires the opening of the mind channels and its limits, to allow a new creation to emerge. This phase is asking us to surrender to the power of the universe whose dream springs from the dark, through sketches, and canvasses, defining the outlines of new possibilities. All of the fabrics are “Made in France”, and part of the collection has been produced in French ateliers.

Credits :

Photos Greg Alexander
Art director Sébastien Vienne
Hair & Make-up Carine Larchet for LaRoche Posay & Eugène Perma
Assisted de Charlotte Le Balch
Models Angeline & Kellia & Lucie @ Ava Models London
Production assistant Romane Sorin
Special thanks to Château Royal d’Amboise
www.mephistopheles.fr
© Méphistophélès Productions

Olivia and Pearl Just Launched Their Elegant Yet Sustainable Keshi Pearl Jewellery Collection

As the fashion industry continues to develop more sustainable practices, shoppers have increasingly been looking for consciously-made jewellery pieces; that’s where Olivia & Pearl comes in.

Olivia & Pearl is an up and coming sustainable pearl jewellery brand. It has just unveiled its’ latest jewellery collection and the collection is definitely pure luxury. The entire collection was actually inspired by owner Olivia Smith’s passion and love for natural beauty and the power of the ocean.

The Keshi collection is unique, distinctive, original, and one of a kind. Their dazzling rainbow tones and raw, sea-evoking form make pieces of Keshi pearl jewellery a highly prized collector’s items because of their matchless shape and individual beauty. It features raw and abstract shapes, inspired by ocean waves, sea-tumbled pebbles, and the stunning natural reefs.

Abstract and non-symmetrical in shape, Keshi designs give a bold and modern edge to products. Made from lustrous Keshi freshwater pearls, the jewellery has a refined organic feel and make a forward style statement.

Below are some of the photos from the Keshi Pearl Jewellery Collection courtesy of Olivia & Pearl: