Music Video: She's a Model

The story of a high fashion supermodel going off the rails. Sean Burke is a independent musician who writes, produces and performs his own blend of hip hop and this case house music. He was lives in Randburg, Gauteng and here’s on of he’s recent songs. What do you think of this? Post a comment below the video.


Cindy Nell’s 10 Tips to Becoming a Model

Cindy Nell Miss South Africa 2002Cindy Nell’s tips for a successful modelling career. Former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell has published a handbook for aspiring beauty queens and models.

There are different ways to go about starting a modelling career and entering competitions. Below are 10 basic steps:

1. Do your homework: Research modelling agencies, top models, competitions and fashion weeks. Find out which agencies are where, who represents the top models and what kind of models each agency has on its books. The internet is powerful – use it.

Go to the South African Fashion Week and watch the shows to see how each model carries herself, the different expressions and ramp styles, how they show off garments, and what they look like.

2. Start small: Don’t expect to join a modelling agency and become famous overnight. Because of the limited success rate, you must have a career alternative. While you’re getting an education, you can start small with a local modelling agency or school that can help you do fashion shows, shoots, competitions or promotional work.

A little bit of local work will be good experience if you don’t live near a big agency, but if you seriously want to pursue modelling, you will eventually have to relocate to where the agencies are.

A fraction of models actually become overnight successes; the majority work their way up.

3. Practise: look at pictures of already successful and listed models on the internet and in magazines and campaigns.

Study their appearance – what they wear, their hairstyles, skin and height – know what you are up against. Know what will be expected of you. You can be different, but the essentials remain the same.

Have photographs taken that look like the pictures of the professionals, pose like them, have your hair and make-up styled in similar ways, use the right photographers and stylists, and go to the modelling schools that are run by successful models or have produced successful models.

Wear the right clothing – your clothes do not always have to be expensive, they can be simple. Save money by getting your look right the first time and not spending over and over again until you get it right. In front of the mirror, practise the pose and techniques that you see on television or in magazines.

4. Get involved: If you need more confidence or would feel more comfortable being taught, seek professional help. Go for lessons in ramp and photographic work, styling and grooming. All you need is a workshop or two.

Make sure you learn the same styles and techniques you see on television and in magazines, as there many modelling schools that teach girls all the wrong things, such as walking with funny, lifted knee movements or strange hand techniques that ruin your natural style completely.

Don’t stagnate: always move forward. If you have attended a finishing, modelling or grooming school for longer than a year, you have been there too long, unless you are there because you enjoy it. There are only a few things you can learn that will help you to become a good model, most of which you can teach yourself, but if you prefer to go to a school, make sure you go to a good one.

5. Groom yourself: You must not be anorexic, but (I won’t lie to you, writes Nell) you have to be thin and well groomed when you go to see agencies.

If you are not naturally all the things that a model should be, you can work at it, but you will be at a huge disadvantage, because it is a lifetime commitment and can be draining. You can beat genes, but you will have to work harder than those who are naturally beautiful and thin.

Look out for opportunities to get noticed – enter modelling competitions and attend open casting calls. Look out for dates and details on websites, in newspapers and in other media. There are a few big modelling competitions held in South Africa each year in which new talent is scouted.

Offer your services to designers or organisers who are arranging shows on their own. Perhaps do one or two shoots and shows for free to gain experience and see if they will book you in future, but be clear that you only want to work for free for the first time. You may get noticed.

6. Pictures: Take a few good pictures – these can be “happy snaps” or professional photographs, but local agencies require very basic pictures from first-time applicants. Take along one or two good head shots to show your face clearly, and one or two full body shots, with no obstructions, funny outfits or poses, to show your figure. Look at model z-cards on the agency’s website for references.

7. Get an agent: Send your pictures to an agency – most of them prefer pictures to be e-mailed to them, but others have open days. Call the agency and ask if you should send your pictures or if you can come in to see them. Try all agencies – some might like you, others may not.

Keep trying until you have a breakthrough, but try all the best agencies first. Once you are signed with an agent, you must discuss a way forward with them. They should send you for a test shoot for a portfolio and you should start attending casting immediately.

8. Be diligent and consistent: Attend as many castings as you can, work hard, and be well prepared and on time. Trust your agent to advise you on what kind of work to do.

9. Build on it: As with most things in life, the more you do, the more you will accomplish. The more money you make, the more you will keep earning. It’s a perpetuating cycle.

So start getting tear sheets and doing fashion shows or jobs, however small, and build up a CV and an attitude. (Attitude is not arrogance, but confidence – the right approach, an aura and energy that resonate when you walk into a casting.)

10. Stay focused: Keep your eyes open and your ears on the ground, stay in touch with the industry and maintain a good reputation. The modelling industry is very small, and the last thing you want is a bad reputation. I repeat: don’t do drugs, don’t be arrogant, don’t be late, don’t gossip and don’t work with other companies behind your agency’s back. Work hard, make contacts, move forward all the time and respect others in the industry.

If you can’t get an agent, do what you can on your own and try to get help from a smaller model-management institute or from your modelling teacher. Alternatively, sign up with a promotional company or a scout (South Africa has very few scouts who could really enhance your career, so be wary of them).

Getting an agency can be hard. Some successful models have just walked in and got signed up, but walking into an agency without an appointment can be risky, and you should always prepare yourself for rejection. Agencies are very busy and unless you blow them away within two minutes, you run the risk of them saying “no thank you”. And believe me they will.

Agencies see hundreds of girls who want to be models – you only get one chance.

Don’t let your mother call – call them yourself. They figure that if you cannot call them yourself, you are exhibiting low self-esteem and lack of experience. If you decide to e-mail, send some brief details with your pictures; state your age, height and clothing size, and hair, skin and eye colours.

Don’t give them a long, sad story.

Don’t expect to be accepted by the first, or even the 10th, agency. There are many agencies, and they all have very specific requirements. Be persistent, positive and polite.

Expect to work hard. Don’t for one second think that you are going to get accepted by an agency and then sit back and become rich and famous. You have to take the initiative, get involved, look after your body, help your agent, get out there and assist in getting work. Continue entering competitions and manage your own career.

Modelling criteria:

Contrary to popular belief, height is not the most important factor for a successful modelling career, but it is important. Other important criteria are: good skin, your measurements, a well-proportioned body, loose and natural-looking hair, and a body free of tattoos and piercings.

source: The Mercury / IOL


South Africa's top black models work hard

Rosette Mogomotsi black model JohannesburgSowetan looks at local models who are making it despite the industry’s hardships and fierce competition from their continental counterparts whose exotic looks have become all the rage

THEY have to walk in impossibly tall shoes on the ramp, work ridiculously long shifts and have to live with every square inch of their bodies being scrutinised.

According to Paledi Segapo, a modelling agency co-owner and a former Miss SA judge, it takes more than just a beautiful body, tiny waistline, high cheekbones, good skin and a model’s strut to be a good model.

But to get jobs you need to have that extra something, including being emotionally matured to succeed in an image-obsessed and highly fickle industry.

He says the economic climate is not making things easy for the models either. He says companies have trimmed their budgets and models have to take anything from clients.

Kgomotso Seboko of KS Models agrees that there is not too much work coming the way of models these days. He says because of hard times, clients want the best out of every deal.

“They want models with the whole package, including looks and the right attitude. This is a small industry. If a model is hot, word about her spreads fast.”

We look at local models who are making it despite the industry’s hardships and fierce competition from their continental counterparts whose exotic looks have become a rage in the industry.

Poppy Xaba black model South AfricaPoppy Xaba has one of the most sought-out faces and bodies in South Africa. Her chocolate skin and high cheekbones are her defining extras, and her waiflike strut is regal and assured. She has done print campaigns, including the cover of Edgars Club magazine, among others.

She is highly versatile and can go from high editorial to mass market and back to high editorial without blinking, yet give all campaigns authentic credibility.

Kwakho Qongqo is tall, gorgeous and her face has launched a number of products.

Qongqo came into the spotlight when she became third in the Miss Teen 2000. It was the first time in the history of Miss Teen SA that a black contestant came with natural hair. This was when her career really started to open up as she signed for Ice Models and proceeded to adorn the pages of some of the most exclusive magazines, including Glamour, True Love, Marie Claire and Cosmo, as well as major catwalk shows for household designers. She was also in the famous FHM Calendar in 2009 and has done a lot of retail magazine work and beauty products launch.

The Ice Models beauty remains hot on the runways.

TV’s it girl, Pearl Thusi, knows how to work the moment. Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal, this smouldering beauty has unique features that oscillate from fresh faced girl next door to high couture.

She has a growing number of accomplishments and a long parade of magazine covers, commercials, a Real Goboza (RGB) co-host, Zone 14 actress, and you can practically spot her face in every fifth commercial that is flighted endorsing everything from beauty to diary products.

She is highly popular with retail magazine campaigns such as Edgars, Mr Price and Woolworths. The only snag is that her height is limiting her from doing a lot of ramp work.

Anyone who doesn’t know Rosette Mogomotsi has probably been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Despite being a tabloid-magnet because of her media mishaps (her tumultuous relationship with former TV presenter Andile Ncube has been highly documented) she is still one of the best models in South Africa, and humble one.

Most stylists and photographers in the industry laud her for her anti-diva pleasant personality, her brilliant smile and kindness. She has been voted FHM South Africa’s sexiest woman, among other modelling achievements.

Mogomotsi is also best known for her role as a suitcase model in the game show Deal Or No Deal.

She has modelled in television commercials for Chicken Lickin’ and Jet Clothing and her face dominates editorial fashion and beauty shoots like the True Love, Elle, Babe.

source: Zenoyise John / Sowetan

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Meet Lalla Hirayama

Lalla Hirayama tv presenter Japanese Asian modelMy inspiration comes from within. My dreams and what I want motivate and inspire me.

Health and wellness is that fundamental element in life that allows you to live fully.

The secret to doing so much at my age? There is no secret. I was ambitious from a young age. As I kid, I wanted to do everything, and I have achieved that. I was blessed to have parents who supported me.

I’m a gym bunny. If I have the time, I’ll run into a yoga class. I’ll also do a few at-home exercises, but I’m looking at taking my fitness plan outdoors for 2013.

I have struggled with bad skin most of my life. Finally my skin has cleared, so I take really good care of it. I drink a lot of water, eat healthily and use the right products. I visit my dermatologist for peels every so often, and I always take off my make-up before bedtime. Making sure I get enough rest is also vital.

To empower women is to give us the opportunity to stand strong on our own, speak with our own voices and be respected as equals next to any other in the workplace, society and in the home. I will never be fully empowered as long as the women around me are oppressed.

The secret to my success is my unshakable drive and an incredible support structure.

source: Longevity magazine

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Was Miss South Africa a sham?

Dhesha Jeram Miss SA 2010 runner upIt’s not all toothpaste smiles and world peace in the Miss South Africa 2012 camp.

This was shocking news from late 2012 about the Miss South Africa finals we attended in December at Sun City. In fact Dhesha Jeram was our personal choice for Miss SA based on her track record, and the history of Miss SA’s delicate balancing act with choosing girls from different race groups in a politically correct South Africa.

Rumour has it that the new celebrity preliminary judges are upset by principal judge Sonia Raciti’s display of favouritism.

Highveld Stereo’s Anele Mdoda, actress Sonia Sedibe and sports commentator Robert Marawa were apparently left gobsmacked when Raciti emphatically told them “we are making Dhesha Jeram Miss SA this year”.

According to a source at Sun International, the company that owns the pageant, Marawa, Sedibe and Mdoda are “not pleased with the way the principal judge constantly muttered and pushed for Dhesha”.

“They are livid, they feel they have wasted time sitting through the regionals and workshops judging the girls, only to discover the company already has their winner,” said the source.

City Press has learned that Jeram, who was first princess to Bokang Montjane in 2010, was personally called to audition for the pageant by Raciti – with a promise that she would be the one to wear the sash and crown next. Another source who was present at some of the pageant workshops says Raciti “constantly punted the girl even when she was not the best of the bunch”.

“There was a day when Dhesha came to the workshop wearing a dreary red dress and Raciti kept saying things like ‘oh you will see her, she is the one, she is Miss SA quality’.

She even went as far as saying ‘Dhesha should win’,” said the source. But Raciti rubbished the allegations, saying the company used the auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers to tally the scores based on what the judges had written on their score sheets.

“I hope the other judges are not upset by this. I have no influence on the judging at all. I am equal to all the judges and whatever they score is their decision,” she said.

“I am merely there to guide the judges. They don’t even have to listen to me.”

Sedibe referred all queries to Sun International, while Mdoda had still not replied to City Press by the time of going to press.

source: City Press