Candice Swanepoel's New Hair Color Is Gorgeous

Candice Swanepoel platinum blond Victoria Secret modelYou probably know Candice Swanepoel as a gorgeous, honey-blonde Victoria’s Secret model with a certain pouty-lipped expression that never fails to catch the eye. She’s still a VS model, she’s still got that coy smile, so you’d think a slight change in hair color — from honey to platinum — wouldn’t make much of a difference, right?

Well, turns out, it makes all the difference. Swanepoel debuted the look at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York City earlier this week, and we’re actually quite impressed. Icy-platinum blonde experienced a heady heyday a few years back, but since then, we haven’t given the tone much thought. That said, this new ‘do might be the perfect shade to bring us back on board!

Of course, she owes it all to a great colorist somewhere. She’s relatively fair, and that can often be a disastrous mix with super-light tones, but this looks like a pretty good match. And while it’s clear this color is, shall we say, salon-induced, all-natural isn’t really the goal with intense platinum — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Kudos are also in order for the makeup artist who chose to pair a smoky eye with a natural, nude lip…although we’d love to see how Swanepoel’s new look fares with a high-gloss red, too.


Gabriella Demetriades a global sensation

Model Gabriella Demetriades enjoyed a cup of coffee
Model Gabriella Demetriades enjoyed a cup of coffee at the Friendly Stranger in Bridge Street Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

INTERNATIONAL model Gabriella Demetriades is one of the world’s most recognisable faces after gracing the covers of magazines in South Africa and worldwide.

A little more than three years ago Demetriades was an ordinary girl from Parsons Hill in Nelson Mandela Bay but her life was turned upside down when she was spotted in a crowd and went on to compete in Miss Indian Premier League (IPL) Bollywood in 2009.

Beyond her striking good looks lies an astute businesswoman with a marketing and communications degree, a clothing line recently launched in South Africa and a budding Bollywood acting career.

The clothing line, called Demi, is a higher end clothing line, with the more affordable Dill clothing line to be launched soon.

Demetriades, who is of Greek parentage, said she sees her meteoric rise to fame and her booming modeling career as just “another career and every job I go on is seen as part of a business I’m running”.

Demetriades took time to have a chat over coffee with La Femme at the Friendly Stranger about her modelling career and her business ventures before jetting off back to India where she now lives.

I love my career because … I get to travel and I have the freedom to explore other interests.
I have a soft spot for … bacon.
I should have studied … psychology.
I’d love to party with … Winston Churchill.
I’m listening to … The XX.
When I was 16, I wish I knew … How important family is.
I’ll know I’ve made it when … I’m on holiday for six months of the year.
The people who taught me the most are … my parents.
My music weakness is … alternative country.
Nothing makes me happier than … a good conversation.
I absolutely hate … small mindedness.
I am saving to buy … a pair of Isabel Marant slouch boots.
I share my life with … those I love.
I can’t go a day without … my boyfriend.
In 10 years I see myself … as an improved version of myself.


Oluchi talks "Africa’s Next Top Model"

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Nigerian International Model Oluchi Orlandi. Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlandi was in South Africa to launch Africa’s version of Tyra Banks’ Next Top Model TV show. She spoke to Munya Vomo.

‘When I went to America after winning the first M-Net Face of Africa, I struggled,” said Nigerian international model, Oluchi Orlandi, as she tried to hold back her tears.

“I want to dedicate the next five to 10 years of my life to giving back to my African community and bringing Africa’s Next Top Model here is the place to start. I may look 22, but I am not, so I can’t keep doing this; someone has to take over from where I have left off,” Orlandi said.

Africa’s Next Top Model will seek out beauties across the continent and have them converge in Cape Town to compete for the job.

“We are trying to have a show that will celebrate the beauty of the diversity of Africa. I have people in New York who said I would never find beautiful women here and that bugs me. I want to change that perception,” she said.

With South African Tourism on board, it makes sense for the show to be shot in this country. Orlandi also said she had a personal reason for honouring this country with the hosting rights.

“The show will showcase the beauty of Africa, and South Africa in particular, but personally I am doing this to pay homage to the southern African region. My career started out around here so I would like to begin a young girl’s dream around here,” the model explained.

Oluchi Elle Magazine Africa's Next Top ModelOrlandi will be the show’s host and executive producer. She confessed that it took a while to put the show together and there is still a lot more work to be done.

“It is no easy feat to be in my shoes. Being the executive producer means being the one to call CBS in Los Angeles and ask for the rights of such a show. It also means meeting South African Tourism and showing them what a show like this will do for the country and the continent’s image in terms of tourism and fashion. It also means convincing M-Net and Multichoice on who Africa needs in a show like this. There are a lot of pieces that need to add up before you even get to announce it,” she shared.

In Sandton, Joburg, to await the local auditions, Orlandi had just jetted in from Mozambique where she had conducted their auditions.

“The turnout was great and we may or may not have found girls we are looking for there. We are optimistic South Africa will show more promise,” she said.

Eight countries will take part in the auditions – Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa. However, all African women are urged to audition and those whose countries are not holding auditions can visit a neighbouring nation to do so.

“It is open to anyone with an African passport because they will need to travel to Cape Town where most of the show will be shot,” explained Orlandi.

The definition of African beauty is a subject that always sparks debate. What is perceived beautiful to the Western eye is not necessarily what Africans agree with. So with this show coming to the continent it was also important to find out what kind of woman Africa’s Next Top Model is looking for.

“There is a specific height and weight we are looking for. Our girls should be about 1.7m. We even have a quota for plus-size girls, as long as we agree that they can get work after the show,” she said.

“The thing is, I don’t know what to expect, because Africa is vast so we have diverse cultures and there will be many surprises for us. Look at Big Brother Africa, the show keeps thriving mainly because Africans celebrate their differences and we’re hoping our show will do the same.”

There are loose ends in the development of the show, however, such as the winner’s prize and the members on the judging panel.

“The winner will come back to New York with us, but there are things we need to tie up with regards to what their contract will entail. Also, we are looking for the right judges for our show. They have to be people with a sound understanding of the continent, its cultures, fashion and what would work at an international level,” she said.

While there are several TV channels in Africa which will air the show, Orlandi also pointed out that there are some international markets that have expressed an interest in the programme.

“I recently learnt from the marketing guys at CBS International that they had received a call from Australia where some channel in Sydney wanted a piece of the cake. This helps us, especially when we consider that this is a rare moment when we get to tell our own story. We don’t have a lot of that,” she said.

Africa’s Next Top Model will air from October on these channels: Vuzu (domestic and Africa), Mzansi Magic (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic Entertainment (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic Family (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic World (Africa), as well as terrestrial rebroadcasts.

source: IOL Tonight


Models with Skin Problems on Face

black model skin problem on faceHere’s some advice for black girls with skin problem on their face. I’ve spoken to a Sh’zen skincare consultant with > 10 years experience in working with women with these kinds of problems and here’s her advice.

From what I see in the pictures she will definitely need to use our Natural Essence Range of products which is for the more oily to acne prone skin type

Please note that she will need to use the whole range of Natural Essence products but can build this up slowly month by month. It is also not a quick fix – once she starts using the products the healing process will start and initially will detox her skin so her skin very well might look worse before it gets better – but that is a good sign as detox is essential to healing

Black model with oily skin problemThe reason for this is that the products will first get rid of all impurities in the skin and only once that has happened will her skin start looking better and start healing. She will of course then start having a beautiful looking skin

Good news is that some of the products are on special every month and she can take advantage of that. Firstly I would suggest she start with the Natural Essence Purifying wash which is essential to clean the face of all impurities – this was on special for June 2013 in the Sh’zen brochures. Same aplies to the Clearing Lotion which is a brilliant product for pimples – She needs to apply this at night to get rid of the pimples.

Some other Sh’zen products I recommend on special in July 2013 is the Mattifying day cream which she will need to use daily and also has an SPF of 30 as well as the Skin Life oil to heal and balance the sebum output which is essential for oily skins

Hope this helps all black girls with skin problems on face. To get Sh’zen Natural Essence skincar range, call our office on 081 4399 555.