Elite's Coco Rocha, for Fashion photo: Miguel Jacob makeup: Hung Vanngo
We have nearly recovered from fashion week, and so have time to get caught up on some other updates.
First of all, congratulations to Addison Gill who won Best New Face at Thursday evening's P&G Beauty Awards. We'll have the Sutherland model's new Elle Canada story on Monday.
Top photographer honours went to Chris Nicholls (www.chrisnichollsphotography.com), with Hair Stylist of the Year going to Dylan K. Hanson (Artist Group), and Makeup Artist of the year to Simone Otis.
The best cover went to Fashion Magazine's August 2008 cover featuring Elite's Coco Rocha (shot by Miguel Jacob, makeup by Hung Vanngo), once again demonstrating that models do it better than pop stars and actors.
Speaking of Mr. Vanngo, the Vietnamese-Canadian artist is currently featured in www.makeupmag.com. Something big is coming soon for Vanngo, and we'll tell you about it as soon as it happens.
Next's Eva Shawin Contra photo: Justin Borbely makeup & hair: Robert Weir styling: Claire Edmondson
While we were at Fashion Week, Contra Magazine published Issue #6, featuring a broader mix of editorials and street style.
Filler Magazine, meanwhile, just added "Reflected," a new Felix Wong story featuring Next's gorgeous new face Nicole S.
We're still finishing up our coverage of Toronto fashion week, including a look at the men's side of things by Matthew Lyn (www.matthewlyn.com"). While we do that, here (below) are a few shots from Lyn's latest editorial - featuring Ford's Kenneth - in www.ohlalamag.com
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Ford's Kenneth, by Matthew Lyn
October 19, 2009
The latest issue of German Vogue features a couple of Next Canada models in the same story.
Kim Cloutier and Cailin Hill both appear "Berlin in My Soul," by renowned photographer Bruce Weber.
Next's Kim Cloutier (top left) and Cailin Hill (top right), by Bruce Weber
October 15, 2009
Hi-Fi's 6'2" Joe MacMillan
One of Canada's newer agencies - Hi-Fi Models in Edmonton - is quickly establishing itself in the international markets.
Northern Alberta's Joe MacMillan - someone I had the chance to meet while in Calgary recently - just arrived in Shanghai, where he is now working with PT Models.
Edmonton's Danee meanwhile, has been in Bangkok for about a month.
16-year-old Paige Underhill jets off to Asia soon, as well. The 5'11" Calgarian will be in Singapore with Phantom, and will be writing about her experiences for Modelresource while she's away. We're super excited for her!
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Hi-Fi's 5'11" Paige Underhill photos: Dan Grant
October 14, 2009
Supermodel Linda Evangelista
Canadian Supermodel Linda Evangelista adds yet another coveted cover to her collection, appearing on the face of the fourth annual W Magazine "Art Issue."
Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, the St. Catharines native is as breathtaking as ever.
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Linda Evangelista in W Magazine, by PierPaolo Ferrari
October 9, 2009
NEW FACE ALERT
LizBell has added a sweet new face to its West Coast roster.
Lisa B stands 5'7", with blonde hair, green eyes and oh-so-charming freckles.
Modelresource is anxiously looking forward to semaine de mode de Montréal next week. A few years ago we spoke with the lead artists at Toronto's L'Oréal Fashion Week, and got these tips for models. It's a very worthwhile read if you're doing the shows.
Before we turn all our attention to La Belle Province, a few other notes:
Another event on our October calendar, but still a few weeks off, is the inaugural East Model and Performing Arts Convention (EMPAC). Scheduled for October 28th to November 1st in Halifax, the event has been in the planning stages for two years. For more information, check out www.eastmpac.com.
Vancouver's Van Mook, by the way, continues to build an impressive international following. Just yesterday the 5'10" brunette was featured in an exclusive interview by popular model tracker Pony Ryder. A couple days earlier she appeared in Australia's Yen magazine, while walking for YSL, Chanel and Givenchy in less than 24 hours.
Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!
Alana Zimmer (left) opening Hussein Chalayan (Paris) Kelsey Van Mook (center) opening Sportmax (Milan) Kate Somers (right) opening Tracy Reese (New York) all photos: style.it
October 8, 2009
Back in May, Modelresource shared Ruby Brown's very Québec flavoured Clin d'œil cover with the our readers.
This you already know: Chantale Nadeau's model searches boast an impressive record for finding new faces that go on to big things.
With that in mind, Modelresource is happy to share the next in line to Santa, Addison, Magalie, Simona, et aliæ.
Chloe C. is a 5'10", blue-eyed, 19-year-old from the West Coast.
Nadeau's last model search winner, Jordan is already finding success, and can now be seen on the cover of the new Kill Magazine (below).
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Chantale Nadeau model search winner Chloe C. full-length shot: Felix Wong
Chantale Nadeau's Jordan, for Kill
October 7, 2009
A couple days ago Modelresource promised a look at the new Spade editorials as soon as we collected them, and procrastinate we did not!
Samples from four editorials, complete with credits, are featured below for your viewing pleasure.
female models: Amanda Tataryn and Alex Marshall (Sutherland) male models: Kendal (NAM), Emanuel, Andrew Coatsworth and Jamie MacColl (Elmer Olsen) photo: Mckenzie James; styling: Corey Ng makeup & hair: Jukka & Vanessa Jarman (Plutino Group)
And if her castings weren't going to keep her busy enough the sites in the French Capital probably would. And then, of course, the Grade 12 student also has homework.
Coyle though, is someone that needs to be busy ALL THE TIME (or so we've decided), so as part of her ongoing role with Modelresource, Coyle will be channelling any excess energy into this site's newest set of overseas reportages.
We'll start providing the images as soon as they reach us...
Elmer Olsen's Jessica Lewis, for Spade, by Greg Swales styling: Corey Ng; hair & makeup: Vittorio Masecchia (Plutino Group)
October 2, 2009
Next's Stacey McKenzie with scout Corey Mann at B.C. Fashion Week
Modelresource is wrapping up a busy week, that leads into a busy month ahead (fashion week is coming!).
Before I clear off the desk for the desk for the weekend, a few other things you should know about:
B.C. Fashion Week is in full swing on Canada's left coast. The five-day event got underway earlier this week, with Next's iconic Stacey McKenzie in full support.
Up-and-coming Toronto photographer Rayan Ayash just launched his website, www.rayanayash.com. Modelresource really likes the direction Ayash's photography is going.
Kim McCullough is quickly establishing her runway presence in Europe. After a London fashion week that started with an opening slot in Marios Schwab, and a closing position at Pringle of Scotland, the Mode model was whisked off early to Milan, to fit for a spot in the presticious Jil Sander lineup.
Kelsey Van Mook continues to assert her own position on the global catwalks. Following 16 shows in New York, the Next model followed-up with a busy calendar in London and Milan, and is currently all over the Parisian scene. Vancouver's Van Mook is also the featured girl on Elle U.K.'s write-up of new model faces to watch this season.
On the event calendar, check out Hamish Kippen: An exhibition of his photography, on until October 31st at The Great Hall Gallery in Toronto (1087 Queen Street W., at Dovercourt).
Have a great weekend!
October 2, 2009
by Christopher Massardo
Calvin Klein, Levis, Versace, GQ, Victoria's Secret; All of these are obvious relations to a supermodel but what you may not find so obvious is the supermodel attached to all those high-calibre clients. Then again I'm sure you'd recognize him. Yes, HIM as in male and still I will continue to use the term supermodel. The term "super model" is usually directed towards a woman or women but, in this situation that is far from the case. Bruce Hulse is very much a groundbreaking name like Christy, Linda and sweet Naomi, but! He has so much more to say. As a model Bruce has traveled the globe and has been in the most top notch glossies and campaigns of his era. He judged and hosted Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model. His book "Sex, Love & Fashion: the memoirs of a male model" is a sensational journey into Bruce's soul searching and his extravagant male supermodel days. I had the opportunity to speak with Bruce and ask him some questions about the book
. Where did the idea to write a book about your experiences come from? Was is something you thought you would do down the road in your career? Or did somebody or something spark the idea?
After modelling 20 some years I was thinking what I could do to tell about my experience. I thought I would write a book to help new models out and it would be a "how to succeed in modelling book" or something like that. I had a lot of experience and felt some of it might be valuable to models just starting out. It turns out no agents or publishers felt that a book like that would sell. I pitched this idea to an agent, Alan Nevins over lunch. He said no, but loved the stories I told him about the business so much, that he asked if I would be interested in writing a memoir. I realized I had really been on a remarkable journey in a world that few got to travel so intimately in.
Were you happy with published result of the book?
Yes and no. There was so much to write about and so many interesting stories and people that I met, I feel I left a lot out. I wanted the story to move like a good movie so I tried not to get bogged down in too many details. I could have written an entire book about my relationship with Bruce Weber. I did want to call the book Sex, Love, Fashion and Death but the publisher was aghast about the Death in the title. The Buddhist in me wanted to honour that teaching of impermanence.
I was happy to see a male models perspective for a change. Would you agree the male supermodel needs to be in the spotlight more?
Yes. We need some attention too! The male supermodels that I have known are a pretty cool and interesting group of characters.
Unlike lots of American models, you really didn't get your start in the States; it was in Paris. Did you realize at the time how amazing that was?
At the time no. I thought that even though I had shot some pictures with Paolo Roversi for French Mens Vogue, it was a bit of a fluke. I didn't have great expectations for myself. i just thought it was cool to be able to spend some time in Paris and that it was just going to be a little vacation before I went back to school to work on a PHD in psychology. It wasn't until I worked with Bruce Weber that I thought I could make a longer career out of it.
In one part of your book (sorry to give it away to those who haven't read it) you walk into a casting and the reference image they have was actually an image of you. Could you tell me how surreal that experience was?
That was pretty surreal. The TV commercial world and the model world didn't intersect much in the 80's. So I was really psyched when they showed me this postcard I had shot for an underwear campaign in Paris! I tried to be cool about it but I was thinking inside they better hire me now! I had been on enough TV commercial auditions to realize they could easily say something like we love this shot of you but maybe not you! We want someone that looks like this shot but not the actual guy in the shot. TV people can be insane!
There is a lot about spirituality in the book and you trying to understand yourself better. Would you agree it's important for models to have a good grasp of who they are and to understand their morals in this business?
I think its important to develop a sense of compassion and love for others. I have known people to get caught up in their spiritual search and not be polite or kind to the van driver. Or become rigid and judgmental in their beliefs. I think real spirituality is about learning to love and accept yourself and then learn to spread that love and acceptance to others.
What did your wife think of the book?
My wife has yet to read the book. She has to live with me day to day. I think that is enough.
You met a lot of the top female models of that time before they took off and during their fame of that time, what is it like seeing a lot of the top girls from that era now back in Campaigns and Cosmetic ads?
I love that they are still out there killing it in the business. They look amazing and have some life experience that makes them even more attractive. I just wish they would do the same for the guys. I had lunch with John Pearson and Bernard Fouquet the other day and we were talking about that. We still look great and are fit. Why only the girls. Oh well! Maybe someday.
Have you received any negative comments from people whom are mentioned in your book?
No negative comments. I had old lovers and girlfriends contact me and thank me for writing about them in a loving way. One old lover asked me to forgive her for any harm she did me. Of course, I said she didn`t have to ask. We were all just young and trying to find happiness. I believe everyone deserves forgiveness especially if they ask for it.
How is modelling for you now? Does it have that more of a "regular job" feel to it now?
When I do a model job now it makes me really happy. To be on set or location focuses me and relaxes me. I feel grateful that I can spend time with a group of creative people trying to create something beautiful, fun or interesting. I always thank God when I book a job! It is a daylong gabfest also as I catch up with every ones lives. It is a small world, two degrees of separation.
What plans do you have for the future?
Keep modelling as long as I can. Also continue to develop as a professional photographer. I just got representation by a really great photo rep Renee Rhyner.
Write that how to be a successful model book and also a book on health, fitness, and style.
Also try to get another show about male models on TV. I loved hosting Manhunt.
And just being a good Dad, husband ,friend and world citizen
What advice would you give to all the younger male models at the top right now?
Enjoy the journey and don`t be a jerk. Give back in whatever way you can. Be kind, have fun , and save your money. Also say no to drugs! I have seen too many lives destroyed and practice safe sex!
Bruce still models when he can and is now a fantastic photographer. You can check out more about Bruce or view his photography work at: