The 5 Best Colour Trends We’ll Be Wearing in 2021

2020 still has more than a month left but has been a challenging enough year for everyone. Many regions are recovering from economic issues and massive unemployment. Various states have experienced civil unrest. As if that was not enough, this election cycle has been one of the most divisive and bitter in modern U.S. history. A way to a brighter outlook is needed. And the fashion industry is answering that call with colour trends for 2021.

How will the fashion industry create a better outlook?

Scientists have long known that color can affect mood, and designers are using this advantage. Hopefully, 2020 color trends encourage; relaxation from connecting to the earth, evoking warmth and comfort, refreshment, optimism, joy and conviviality, and soothing, restorative cleansing.

With this in mind, during the upcoming year, look for brighter and bold hues. You will see happy and bright shades, but also one that calm and soothe. Designers have chosen colors to provide hope, optimism, and playfulness.

Connect with nature for a down to earth grounding mood

Nature plays an integral part in our sense of balance and mental health. Connecting with nature to achieve this balance is not always easy, especially in the cities with the parks closed. To evoke nature, designers have gone to the tried and true technique of using earth-inspired neutral shades of greens, dark yellow earth tones, and cool orange hues.

Call forth the warmth and comfort of autumn

Picture yourself curled up on your favorite armchair in front of the fire, and you are wrapped up in your softest, warm blanket. In your hands, you have a mug of hot chocolate, and your pet is napping on your lap. To create this sense of comforting warmth, designers chose dark reds, rust, and pumpkin shades. Marigold has always been associated with autumn, and reds elicit a sense of home.

Arouse hidden energy to revitalize

Ocean inspired hues are the best choice for a refreshing feeling. Cerulean blues bring forth the revitalization of a clear, blue sky on a bright spring day. These shades are illuminating and stirring. Blues are also known to increase feelings of serenity and stability.

Rekindle optimism with bright and bold colors

Studies have shown that bright yellows increase positivity. They can also be joyful and friendly. Purples are sensual, while pink can be euphoric. Other shades of pink are also calming, hence the use of pink in the drunk-tank to calm occupants.

Elicit a sense of calm and restoration

Soft hues inspire restorative feelings and are regenerative and refreshing. Well-chosen shades are cleansing and anchoring. Mint is restoring, and mentholated greens are cooling and soothing. For a sense of calming, look for soft blues. These gentle colors can also provide a sense of anchoring and quiet.

From the catwalk to the sidewalk, 2021 will usher with it calm, optimism, and revitalization. Just what the doctor called for as we recuperate from this stressful year. Get the best mood-enhancing clothes from your favorite designers. Then you can walk down the sidewalk as if it was a catwalk.

5 Beauty Products Every Fashionista Has in Her Medicine Cabinet

These five beauty products are must-haves for every woman. This includes the natural woman who decries the use of makeup. These products keep your skin and hair healthy, so their natural beauty will always shine through.

Find Your Best Facial Cleansing Product

Your skin may be oily, dry, or a combination. This is a critical factor in determining the best facial cleansing product. Having adequately hydrated skin is essential to looking and feeling great. It also helps reduce the appearance of aging. After this, you will consider irritants and chemicals.

For generally oily skin, you want something that will remove the extra oil without stripping it all off. If you tend towards dry skin, you need a moisturizer that eliminates impurities and provides additional hydration. Dry skin is also more sensitive, so find a cleanser that is gentle but still cleans well. A creamy or milky cleanser is best.

Next, look for one that has no irritants such as perfume, alcohol, or detergent. You want it to clear away the makeup, dirt, and impurities without removing the natural oils from your skin. Last, if you are concerned about chemicals, find one made from all-natural or organic ingredients.

Moisturizer

You already know your skin type, but do you have acne or sensitive skin? For normal skin, find a light, non-greasy moisturizer. For dry skin, look for a creamier option. This may require you to try different versions. Pay attention to how it feels on your face and check for signs of irritants. Stop using the product immediately if you have any reactions.

A Facial Mask Is A Must

A facial mask made from clay or charcoal is best for thicker skin with a lot of oil. Those with sensitive skin should look for ones with a jelly or biocellulose base. Finally, there are anti-blemish or anti-aging options as well.

Invest in a Good Hair Mask

Do you have oily, dry, or chemically treated hair? Is it dry, frizzy, or curly? How porous is your hair? Low porous hair will repel moisture, and high porous hair will soak it up. Deep conditioning products make fine hair feel oily. For colored treated hair, look for one that will help slow down the color fading process. If needed, look for products that help repair damage caused by chemical or excessive hot air use.

Pimple patch

These are not just for teenagers. Pimple patches absorb excess fluid, suck out dirt or oil, and stick them to the patch. Patches can help you if you touch your pimple, thus reducing irritating and further inflaming it. Also, look for aloe vera or vitamin oil, which will help reduce inflammation as well.

Now that you know how to stock your beauty basics, you are ready to take the world on. Look and feel your best. Add a smile, and you will get noticed everywhere you go.

5 Women’s Shoe Rules That Will Keep You Looking Totally Fabulous

Women love to buy and wear shoes and they can’t get enough of them. We tend to buy every pair of shoes we like. This shouldn’t be the case because we will end up buying things we don’t need. Before buying shoes, we should look for various aspects. Here are 5 women’s shoe rules that will keep you looking fab. Follow them and make a fashion statement!

  • Prefer Comfort

The first rule which you should follow before buying a shoe is that you must always look for comfort. If your shoes are too tight or too loose then you will feel uncomfortable in them. Always check three sizes before buying a shoe; one size smaller, your usual size, and one size bigger. Walk in them and try them at the end of the day when your feet are swollen. Comfort is the key to look good so if your shoes are comfortable then you will surely look great as well.

  • Buy Basic Colors

Another rule that no one will ever tell you is that when buying shoes buy basic colors. These colors go well with almost every color of the dress and look really decent. The basic colors include black, beige, fawn, nude, white, etc.  These colors suit every woman as well. Your closet must contain shoes of basic colors. If you have bought shoes in basic colors then you should go for colors like red, blue, green, etc. They also look really cool and sassy.

  • Ballet Flats are Your Best Friends

Whether you are a fan of heels or not, ballet flats can surely become your best friends as they are so comfy. If you are working as a woman, then you should own a pair of ballet flats because they are quite comfortable to wear, and they are used to dress up and dress down as well. You can wear them with your professional attire and with your casual outfits as well. They will make you look chic and you would surely feel great in them.

  • Find your Own Style

If you have seen a model on Instagram wearing a 4 inches heel and you want to buy one for yourself then you should stop. We think if we have seen something, we like we should buy it because if it looks good on others then it can surely look good on us as well. We should always remember that finding our own style would only help us to look great. We should only buy those shoes that look good on us and are super comfortable to wear as well.

  • Buy Shoes of each Type

Every woman should own shoes of each type. Your shoe rack must-have shoes of all types because we never know when we need them. Buy sneakers, flip flops, heels, ballet flats, and boots, etc. All of these shoes are used for different purposes. You can wear flip flops at home or while going out shopping. Heels are good for formal occasions or a professional environment. Similarly, sneakers can be worn while going out with friends and even for biking or hiking.

Meet The Stunner Behind The Cover Of The November 2020 Issue Of Sassy & Co Magazine: The Beautiful Roxette Arisa

Photo Credit: Lasonic Sivongxay

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.

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

Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you get started in the industry?

Growing up I was a competitive figure skater for 20 years and was always doing my makeup and hair for competitions to match the competition dresses I would wear. The confidence I felt when I put on a red lip or a smokey eye was a little bit addicting and I just fell in love with the world of beauty which led me to find the beauty community on YouTube and to eventually start a channel of my own. For my first couple of videos, I remember filming on my floor with my laptop webcam and a lamp turned sideways to give me some “light,” which is so funny to look back on. It’s been an amazing journey getting from those lamp and laptop days to now when I’m able to combine my two passions – beauty and fashion – on all of my platforms.

How did you develop an interest in fashion and what drove you to pursue that passion onto social media?

I’ve always loved fashion. I think fashion and beauty go hand in hand. Fashion is a form of self-expression and at the end of the day, I’m an artist – whether that be in makeup or in putting together an outfit in my head that I know is going to make me feel and look bomb. To me, fashion is a feeling – I want to feel confident and I want to inspire my followers to be confident.

What do you like most about being an influencer?

I love being able to connect with people all around the world. It’s such an amazing feeling to meet someone and know that you touched their life in any way possible. I definitely would say I have a special bond with my followers and think of them as my friends and my little online family.

In what way has social media changed your life?

I think at this point social media has really changed the world. I mean it’s the fastest-growing form of advertisement/marketing, it’s a way to connect with anyone and everyone around the world, and it’s a place to share what means the most to you. I know I definitely would not have had half of the experiences and opportunities that I have had without social media. It’s still surreal to me that I have built my career from the ground up by sharing what I’m truly passionate about. I’m forever grateful to my fans and followers because I really would not have the life I have today without their support.

What are some of the difficulties of being in the industry?

I think the biggest difficulty is comparison. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others online but you have to realize that everyone has their own journey and their own path. My dad always says “Everything that is happening to you, is happening at the right place and at the right time for YOU, because that’s just the way it was meant to happen.” That’s something I like to think about when I feel myself falling into that deep hole of comparison.

How does your thought process differ when creating content for Instagram versus content for YouTube?

Instagram and YouTube are totally different platforms. Instagram is all about the aesthetic and when I’m creating content for IG, I’m looking for something that will catch the viewers’ eye while scrolling. On YouTube – I feel like I get to share every part of me. I really get to connect with my followers on YouTube so my content is more laid back and truly a piece of me.

Photo Credit: Lasonic Sivongxay

What are your long-term goals for your social media accounts?

I really do think of my social media accounts as an art form. I want to continue expressing my creativity and growing and learning with my followers. I love photography and cinematography so I would love to expand on those art forms and implement it into my work on social media!

When choosing whether or not to work with a brand that wants to work with you, how do you decide? Which brand sponsorship(s) are you most proud of?

It’s actually really easy for me to decide what brands to work with because I never work with a brand or promote products that I don’t genuinely use. That’s something I’ve always stood by ever since I started making videos. I think of my followers as friends so I would never want to break their trust by promoting a product that doesn’t work for me. I’m super proud of the work I’ve done with Maybelline New York. They are a brand that I have been using since I was a teenager so it’s just so surreal to be able to work with them now. I also did a really cool AR video with MAC Cosmetics where my subscribers could actually try on different shades of lipstick in the video. That was a fun project! Smashbox Cosmetics and Dior Makeup stand out to me as well when I think of projects that I’m super proud of and grateful that I got to be a part of.

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Miley Cyrus! I love her and everything she stands for. A lot of people say we look alike!

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

I have lots of plans and aspirations when it comes to my career, some of which I can’t talk about yet *wink wink*, but one of the things I would love to do is get into more traditional media – super interested in hosting and acting! On a personal level – I’m trying to give my apartment a little makeover right now and finally start decorating it. I’ve only lived here for 3 years – wish me luck!

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie you’ve seen. How Do You Know? with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? I’m a true believer that beauty shines from the inside – that’s what my mom and dad always taught me.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? One of my dreams is to go to the South of France!

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” try to recreate Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs! Unfortunately, with my fear of snakes that definitely won’t be happening any time soon.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? One of my figure skating coaches once told me I needed to get my ears stapled back because they were too big. I think it’s important to love every part of yourself – this is a journey I’m still on but I think my ears make a nice little setting place for all the gold hoops I wear.

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.

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The Fashion Do’s and Don’ts For 2020

When it comes to fashion, trends can be pretty predictable but the outcome can be a total disaster. Time and again, we have seen cringe-worthy fashion statements that never missed sharp biting comments from the interested public, even famous celebrities get lambasted after a red carpet display of tragic fashion sense. But really, how does the fashion world define elegance and style?

The fashion world is a big open space where everyone expresses himself or herself with utter braveness. It can be a frightening place for someone who does not grow accustomed to fashion success so here’s a quick peek on how to avoid embarrassing fashion fails.

Fashion Do’s

1. Do wear bright and bold colours with equally expressive prints. Often, the fear of becoming a fashion victim is so consuming that people rather stay on the safe side. Remember that most of the time, even the most seemingly inappropriate match can turn out edgy and highly fashionable.

2. Do wear clothes that you are comfortable in regardless if it’s the latest trend or not. Fashion is a form of self-expression. How else do trends start if no one is brave enough to try them first?

3. Do invest in basic yet classic apparel. Buy white shirts, leggings, jeans, tights, black socks khaki pants, and black dresses. These pieces are timeless and never go out of style.

4. Do fall in love with great accessories, from shoes to pieces of jewelry, belts, bags, and clutches. Learn to mix and match each item, as they will help reinvent your clothes and give a totally different look even if you’re wearing the same outfit from your last event.

5. Do break fashion rules. Endless exploration brings the fashion world to where it is now. Do not be afraid to try different things. This might transform you into a fantastic social flower so wear whatever you want but don’t overdo stuff.

Fashion Don’ts

1. Don’t over-accessorise.

2. Don’t wear clothes just to please or impress others.

3. Don’t wear white to a wedding party if you’re not the bride. Surely, the last thing you would like to happen is to steal the special celebration.

4. Don’t show your undergarments and definitely, no bra straps exposure ladies. Fashion is evolving and that means strapless bras are in existence. Get them!

5. Don’t be the fashion faux pas. Always dress appropriately and never lose your sense of style.

Can you keep up with these fashion rules to be glamour-ready?

Meet The Model Behind The Cover Of The October 2020 Issue Of Sassy & Co Magazine: The Beautiful Abi Grigsby

Abi Grigsby, the beautiful, charming, and angelic model has established herself as one of the hardest-working models in the industry. She initially got into the modelling industry by entering beauty pageants. She first joined the Top Model of the World Philippines pageant back in July 2016 within 2 weeks’ notice. The pageant needed a certain number in order for the competition to go ahead and she was contacted by the director of the pageant to join. She eventually became the second runner up, which shocked her as she had no previous experience at all in pageants sho she wasn’t even expecting to make it into the Top 5.

The following year she entered a pageant called “Mutya Ng Pilipinas Australia” (Pearl of Australia) beauty pageant. She gained a lot of exposure in the modelling industry by joining this pageant which lead her into me meeting the majority of the photographers that she now works with regularly. When she competed overseas she also gained several contacts with various modelling agencies and photographers over there and throughout 2017 she also competed in the Miss International Australia pageant where she finished as Second Runner Up, as well as winning the Miss Model of the World Title. Furthermore, she competed in the Miss Teen Universe Australia pageant in December of that year. All of these competitions lead her to meet so many creatives in the industry; photographers who were looking for fresh faces to shoot, as well as makeup artists who needed a model to work on for skill enhancements. Slowly, through these connections, she was able to build the network that she currently has.

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

What do you like most about being a model?

The thing I enjoy most about being a model would have to be the newfound confidence that I have gained over the years as a model. I was someone who really used to struggle with self-esteem issues, but it wasn’t until I started modelling that I came to accept and be happy with how I look, and the person that I am.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with various creatives who each provided a different style for each shoot, which has given me the option to explore with different looks. I started modelling For Milliner’s designs in late 2018, my first designer being Anna Bella Millinery, who is based in London. I modelled at the Melbourne Derby Day, showing off her dress designs and her hats with other models. I also modelled for Felicity Northeast Milliner for her spring collection in 2019, which was featured in Mornington Peninsula magazine.

I had never modelled such high-class designs before, so this experience itself really helped me feel comfortable in my own skin, and opened me up to another world!

The Downside to being a model?

The downside to being a model that I have encountered would have to be that people tend to make assumptions about you and your personality when you tell them that you’re a model. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they thought I’d be a snobby/conceited person because of the fact that I model, rather than taking the time to get to know me first.

A lot of people will make assumptions about you based on your profession, but I try not to let this bother me and stay focused on what I want by working hard and not allowing room for distractions.

Another downside is that many people who aren’t in the industry assume that modelling is easy, or requires little to no effort at all. To be a model takes great perseverance and determination, as many models such as myself face constant rejection and negative comments about our appearance/body. It takes a lot of work to get into the industry, which is something that many people look over. It can get discouraging at times, but I find it’s best for myself to always remind myself of the hard work I have gone through, and to realise that I don’t owe everyone an explanation.

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

Thinking back to when I started, I can’t actually pinpoint an exact memory from modelling that has stuck with me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every step, but the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry would have to be the whole experience that comes on the day of a photo shoot. I live an hour and a half away from Melbourne city, which is where the majority of my shoots takes place. I always enjoy the travel into the city, as well as travelling to where my photoshoots take place, as the majority of the time it is not at the same place. Aside from the travel, I do enjoy dressing up and getting glammed up for my shoots. I feel most like myself when I am dolled up and in front of the camera!

The Photo Studio Fitzroy;Fashion Satomi Matsura; Abagail Grigsby

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

I’d say the most interesting people I’ve met would have to be some of the photographers and makeup artists that I meet while I’m on set. Many of the creatives that I work with are a lot like me, they often take up photography/makeup as a side job, rather than their full-time job. It’s nice to meet people who are similar to you, and share similar interests while also working other jobs, and working incredibly hard so they are able to project themselves further in the industry.

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

The most valuable lesson I have learned would be to not compare myself to others. Before I began modelling I never thought I would have a chance, as I compared myself to many other high profile models, such as Miranda Kerr. I always assumed that because I didn’t look like these girls I saw in billboards and commercials that I wouldn’t make it at all in the modelling world.

However as continued on and booked more jobs, I realised that every different look will serve a purpose for each job/photographer. There will always be someone out there who will need a look like yours for a certain job/promotion, so I’ve learned that I shouldn’t bother worrying about looking like someone else when looking exactly the way you do is more than enough.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

Yes, fortunately, my family is very supportive of my modelling! My mother wanted me to start modelling when I was 13, however, I had very little confidence back then and I was also very shy. I did not see myself as someone who could get far in the industry at all, and I also at the time had assumed that people would think of me as very conceited if I started modelling. I didn’t have a very positive view of the modelling world, or of models themselves, which was a real deterrent for me at that time.

As the years went by and as I developed a love for beauty pageants, it also shifted my focus onto modelling, and it wasn’t until I started my first few photoshoots that I really started to enjoy what I was doing, and then made the decision to go as far as I possibly could in the industry.

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

The main thing I would do differently would be to not jump at every opportunity that comes my way, no matter how big of a deal it may seem to be at first. I used to do this a lot when I first started in the industry, and I would just throw myself out to any opportunity that came my way, without thinking things through clearly. This resulted in a lot of waste of time and money for myself, as I was promised certain jobs would lead to very high exposure/good money, while actually resulting in none of that.

So if I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to rush things too much and to take it slow. Not every opportunity is what it claims to be, and when the time is right, the right opportunity will come!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to take my time. Often I’ve been really impatient and have compared myself to others who have gotten further in the industry in a shorter amount of time. I’m fortunate to have a close group of friends who support me fully and encourage me to remain patient and on track, and who assure me that things will work in my way if I continue to remain focused and not be put off by others in any way.

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

My future plans are to travel overseas and to pick up both modelling and acting overseas. With the current Covid-19 situation, that will likely be put on hold for a while. My plan was to travel towards the end of this year for a few months and to then see if I could establish a career in a different country, but again, I will need to remain patient in my endeavours, and hopefully, things will be able to pick up for my career in the near future.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Just go with it. (On Netflix)

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? As cliche as it sounds, inner beauty will always be more important than physical beauty. The way you treat other people and your kindness is something that greatly impacts another person, without even realising it. It’s always better to be beautiful on the inside than on the outside!

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel the world!

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d… ” try bungee jumping.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? The one “flaw” I will never change is being too picky/ too much of a perfectionist. I’ve often been teased about this by my friends, saying I care too much about things that they don’t perceive as important. But it’s this trait that I have that has caused me to get to where I am today, as I’ve focused a lot of my energy towards what I know I want in life, and have not allowed distractions to get in the way.

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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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Swipe for the thickness 🍑

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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?

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