Everyone (including my Dad who knows nothing about fashion) seems to know Andre Leon Talley because he’s everywhere these days. He’s on TV with Tyra Banks judging America’s Next Top Model, in Vogue magazine writing his monthly column and now he’s starring with Banks again for a set of informational fashion videos for her new website TypeF.com. But it wasn’t always this way.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting in on a conference call with the lovely Karolina Kurkova. She was extremely nice and intelligent. She spoke about her time guest judging on tonight’s episode of America’s Next Top Model. What I loved about her was the fact that she said she spent over three hours with the contestants. She wanted them to get some advice about the modeling world. She also spoke to them at length about healthy eating. Karolina talked about how important it is for them to learn how to eat healthy now. I love how she told the girls that only eating a piece of lettuce and drinking a glass of water was not going to cut it. I honestly think she should come out with a cookbook, because she talk the girls how to make smoothies and she was telling all of us on the phone about what she likes to cook and make for snacks. I’d buy the book.
“AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” # 1505 (Karolina Kurkova) Wednesday, October 6 at 8:00 –9:00 p.m. on THE CW.
SUPERMODEL KAROLINA KURKOVA IS THE GUEST JUDGE — Jay leads the girls to a tunnel in downtown Los Angeles where they walk in on a conveyor belt runway while wearing designs by Herve Leger. Andre drops by the house with a surprise guest, Karolina Kurkova, who speaks with the girls about healthy eating. This week’s photo shoot features the girls posing with wrestlers from Lucha Va Voom, a form of Mexican Mask Wrestling with photographers Eddie and Moshe Brakha. Kurkova joins the panel as this week’s guest judge during the elimination (#1505).
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Eungena from ANTM in VAMPD Magazine’s 2010 Summer Beauty and Fashion issue. From ONTD.
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Apparently Ricardo Tisci is using a transsexual model for the new Givenchy ad campaign. I know some people will love this idea and some people will hate it. What I want people to realize is the fact that this is nothing new and no I am not talking about Isis from ANTM. The fashion industry has had transsexual models work the runways and do things like this before. You just never knew about it because it wasn’t something that was publicized. I like the ads, and have no problems with the fashion world using transsexual models.Tell me your thoughts on this. I want to know how you feel.
The new Givenchy ad campaign is breaking boundaries by using a transexual model in the photos. Riccardo Tisci has cast transexual model Lea T. in the fall/winter campaign for the fabulous brand. Lea has known Tisci for a long time, being his personal assistant, and is also a former fit model. Tisci also explains that the use of Lea further adds to the female-male dichotomy that he has always tried to play up in the brand’s advertisements. I think the photos came out beautifully and I am so glad to see all people being represented in advertisements. Now we have plus size models and transexual models gracing the pages of magazines, it’s definitely a sign of the time we live in.
– Amy Huckabay