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Miss Swimsuit UK 2019

  –  The last of six UK national heats of Miss Swimsuit UK 2019 was completed in Newcastle this month and we are now looking ahead to the Grand Final which will take place at the Spinningfields Conference Centre in Manchester on the 7th September.

 

The Winner on the night will not only claim the crown and the title of Miss Swimsuit UK 2019, she will then go on an all expenses paid trip to represent the country at the Miss Swimsuit USA International in Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Playa de Carmen, Mexico between November 12th and 17th. A  trip of a lifetime, worth $10,000!

 

This well-known global competition attracts the best swimwear models and talent scouts from across the globe, with 70 contestants competing to win the worldwide title and $75,000 in cash and prizes.

Now in its fourth year, the aim of Miss Swimsuit UK is to shape the beauty stars of tomorrow, meeting the demand among today’s social media generation for glamorous, accessible role models that they can aspire to and emulate.

 

Miss Swimsuit UK 2019 is a nationwide search for the UK’s next top Swimwear models. Entrepreneur, Verena Twigg, is CEO and founder of the competition and the Miss Swimsuit UK brand. She has successfully developed Miss Swimsuit UK into a nationwide, high profile event over the past four years.

 

In the lead up to the event Verena said – 

“We want Miss Swimsuit UK to help people to be themselves, to be confident in what they do, be who they are, and to have fun doing it.

It’s not just about having a healthy body, it’s about having a healthy mind too and we represent this not just in our contestants but in those who come to our events and have a great time.

Being confident and comfortable with who you are is the key ingredient to a happy life”.

VFW & VIA Dubai 2019

VIE Fashion Week

  –  Vie Fashion Week (VFW) was founded, and currently presented by, Akhil & Aiswarya – a fashion designer couple from the renowned Fashion House, ‘A Square London’.

 

VFW’s team members are from different continents and this affords VFW a very unique and creative perspective in each of their many projects. The aim is to create the biggest, most stunning fashion runway experience in the world of fashion and are committed to conducting events in all continents by 2022.

 

VFW always attracts internationally famous and emerging designers, models, celebrities and business persons from across the globe to meet on a single platform and create new opportunities and business in the industry.

 

VFW is also a great place for fashionistas and business persons to interact with people from all parts of the fashion and modelling world together with social media bloggers and influences from across the globe.

VIE International Awards

  –  The Vie International Awards (VIA) is an international Award night for the Fashion and Lifestyle industries, divided into six sub-categories.

 

VIA Night itself is always frequented by very many international designers, models, beauty pageant representatives, high-end business persons and society figures from the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

 

VIA Night is also unique in enjoying the presence of international celebrities from Hollywood, Bollywood and the Asian movie fraternity.

 

The Vie Golden Lady is the symbol of VIA. ‘A Square London’ is focused on introducing the VIA to all continents by 2022 and this will be the first International Award Night ever to achieve this.

Imossi Model Management – “Leading The Way!”

Imossi Model Management wins Best International Agency at the 2018 Royal Vie International Awards!

  –  Imossi Model Management is a UK Modelling agency and celebrity agent that connects top talent in fashion and entertainment with leading international brands across the globe.
 
The agency is quickly growing and expanding into key markets such as London, Paris, Dubai, New York, Greece, India Malaysia, Hong Kong and many more whilst working with other top celebrity agents/agency’s building great business relationships. We work with numerous high-end fashion brands across the world such as Vogue and other international fashion hubs and media outlets.
 
We’ve also teamed up with fashion week shows such as VIE fashion week, becoming their head agent, supplying models, fashion designers and even celebrities to their fashion shows globally.
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We have some of the best new faces and most established fashion models,  with global recognition from different model specifications, in areas such as commercial, catwalk, fashion, catalogue and tattoo modelling.
 
Darren Imossi launched the agency to represent a wide diversity of models. He has many years of experience and extensive knowledge of the fashion, beauty and entertainment industry.
 
Darren knows the importance of having an agent, from having been an international model himself, he knows how hard the industry can be, and wants to bring a new fresh platform to models alike.
 
The agency has become known as having a natural eye for finding talent and building dynamic careers. The aim is to transition from fashion to film seamlessly whilst all under the guidance of Imossi Model Management.

Sunseeker & You – A Modelling View

Sunseeker – Simple, ‘World-Class’ Elegance!

  –  Sunseeker Yachts is a world renowned designer and builder of luxury motor yachts, creating striking yachts from 37 metres; to well over 100 ft in length now. Sunseeker is also known for building the luxury superyacht, ‘The Snapper’ of 37 metres and the launch of their 40 metre motor yacht series, which was essentially the beginning of their superyacht foray.

 

Sunseeker is a leading distributor of new and used luxury motor yachts. At their factory in Poole Harbour, Dorset in England, you can talk to the designers, find out about the manufacturing techniques and the way the vessels are constructed. Sunseeker is synonymous with the finest designs, styles, ingenuity and practicality. Yachts they have recently launched comprise the first model in the Sunseeker 95 Yacht series. Five more of this type of superyacht with raised pilothouse designs and raised master staterooms are presently under construction. Hull number 5 in the 131 Yacht series is to be launched soon too. Sunseeker has won many awards. The company also received two International Superyacht Design Awards along with the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

 

Sunseeker make great yachts to charter having high performance, superb stylish designs and engineering. With their sleek and powerful finishes, these superyachts can travel fast between charter locations so guests can see everything that’s on their itinerary. Sunseeker yacht charters really are great value for money. There are different models to choose from which include 40 metre superyachts down to 37-foot-high performance vessels.

With their race-derived V-hull designs, which have become a trademark of Sunseeker, these superyachts are perfect for both long distance and high-performance charter holidays. This makes these fine vessels a good choice for chartering in the Med as well as in the Caribbean. Taking a Sunseeker charter vacation gives everyone the opportunity to see many parts of the world from the sea. Waking up in lovely still waters, taking a swim and sleeping with the waves lapping the yacht is all part of a charter experience. Your time on board a Sunseeker superyacht will be one of sheer luxury, surrounded by everything you could wish for and more.

 

Nowadays, each Sunseeker yacht bears a hull design which originates from the power racing world and has been skillfully constructed using composite materials.

 

The vast majority of the Sunseeker yachts produced are exported with 6 main lines of yachts that make up the fleet. They vary from 40 metre superyachts down to a 37-foot long high performance yachts.

 

The images featured are on board the elegant Sunseeker 95 yacht – with the Mediterranean glistening in the background, this yacht provides a luxurious setting for any photoshoot.

Fitness Model Revolution

  –  Fitness is a hot topic at the moment. People admire lean, tanned, trim fitness models and seek to emulate their healthy physiques. They see how happy these fitness models look and realize that they too would like to lose a few pounds and reduce the risks of dying early.

Back in the ’80s and ‘90s, you could get away with putting on a few exercise videos and working out in front of your TV. The world has moved on a long way since then, though, and we have a new generation of Instagram fitness models showing the world how you can live a healthier lifestyle.

Instagram is now the “in”-place for fitness models and trainers, many of whom have an incredible number of followers. The main reason for Instagram’s importance isn’t image, however. Fitness models are on the platform because it gives them an easy way to reach out to their followers who they can encourage to follow through and meet their own fitness goals.

This can be as simple as sharing images of a healthy breakfast, with a caption linking to the recipe. It could be a video tutorial on how to carry out a particular exercise. Or it could be before and after shots, to motivate people to lose weight.

Some of the Instagram fitness models are more into “fitness,” while some are more “models” who enjoy showing off their toned and healthy bodies. The one common feature is that all 10 of these Instagram fitness models are incredibly popular, having at least four million followers.

Here’s a List of the Top 10 Instagram Fitness Models

1. Sommer Ray – @sommerray

Followers: 17.5 million

21-year-old Sommer Ray hails from Colorado in the US. She is relatively new to fitness modeling, having begun posting her pictures and videos in September 2016. She has become an Instagram superstar in a short time.

She began to enjoy success in 2015. In that year, Sommer won the Bikini Teen and Bikini Class D titles at the NPC Colorado State Championships. She also reached 16th place in the 2015 NPC USA Championships.

Sommer began documenting her fitness journey on Instagram in 2016, posting pictures and videos of her lifestyle and workouts. The bodybuilding community responded to her postings, by following her in large numbers.

 

2. Michelle Lewin – @michelle_lewin

Followers: 12.8 million

Michelle Lewin is one of the better-known Instagram fitness models on this list. Michelle was born in 1986 in Maracay, Venezuela. She has been a Playboy cover model.

She started her modeling career on the catwalk but decided to move into bikini modeling at a friend’s suggestion.

She loved the fitness side of bikini modeling so opted to spend time working out in the gym, sculpting her body. She boosted her weight from 95 lb to 120 lb of lean muscle.

At this point, she found modeling requests started to flood in from fitness magazines and supplement companies.

She entered a variety of IFBB and NPC competitions over 2013 and 2014, winning the NPC Fort Lauderdale Cup in 2013, and coming second in the 2013 NPC Southern States competition.

Her workouts are crucial to her, as is a healthy diet. She considers the most important exercises to be sprints, lunges, and side lateral raises. She believes in high-intensity training which causes you to sweat a lot.

3. Jen Selter – @jenselter

Followers: 11.7 million

Jen Selter is a 24-year-old American, best known for her fitness modeling and overall social media presence.

She was born on Long Island, New York in 1993. She grew up believing in the importance of an active lifestyle. She began working out at age 15, and within a few years she had a well-sculpted body, with toned abs and glutes.

Jen worked at two part-time jobs while at school. She took time out one day from working in a fitness gym to post an online picture of herself wearing a bikini. The photo went viral, and Jen gained fame overnight.

She has appeared in television shows as a fitness trainer, giving lessons to the viewers.

As a result of her success, she has made numerous deals to make endorsements and perform public appearances. She has released books and fitness videos. Some of the companies she has worked with include Circus Fitness, Nike, Lululemon, and New Balance. She has signed with The Legacy Agency.

4. Ana Cheri – @anacheri

Followers: 10.9 million

31-year-old Ana Cheri is a Southern Californian.

In some ways, her career is the opposite of the majority of people on this list. While most gained fitness fame and then chose to share their journey on Instagram, Ana began as an unknown girl posting images and fitness tips.

Her posts were popular, and her support base snowballed.

As a result of her Instagram success, local California brands began to offer her modeling offers. She also gained the opportunity to endorse national brands.

She was selected to be Playboy’s Playmate of October 2015. Soon afterward, Chive named her the “New Queen of Instagram.”

However, health and fitness are just as important to Ana as modeling is. She was the Brand Ambassador and Motivational Speaker for Shredz Supplements. She featured in several fitness magazines, such as Muscle and Fitness Magazine.

5. Anllela Sagra – @anllela_sagra

Followers: 9.6 million

Anllela Sagra is a 24-year-old Colombian fitness model and bodybuilder.

She began her working life in fashion design and modeling. She deliberately kept herself skinny at this at the time, as that was the preferred body image for models, rather than a muscular build.

One day she met a personal trainer at the gym who changed her outlook on life. She gained an interest in fitness, learned about the human body, and adopted new training styles. She particularly enjoyed weight-training.

Her change in interests (and the muscle she had built as a result) moved her away from traditional modeling. She entered a bikini competition, gaining third place.

As a result, she made a conscious career change into the world of fitness modeling.

She has built up a massive army of followers on Instagram, sharing her fitness progress with them, and giving them workouts to try themselves.

6. Kayla Itsines – @kayla_Itsines

Followers: 8.2 million

Kayla Itsines is a 26-year-old South Australian personal trainer, author, and entrepreneur. Time Magazine named Kayla as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet in their March 2016 issue. She is even more popular on Facebook than Instagram – with 16 million followers on that platform.

Kayla is probably best known for her Bikini Body Guides (#BBG) which are a series of eBooks providing short aerobic exercises and meal plans. She has also released one of the most successful fitness apps – Sweat with Kayla.

Kayla started working out in a gym in her mid-teens. She enjoyed her training so much that she changed her career plans and studied to be a personal trainer.

She lectured students on nutrition and asked her students to provide Before and After photos. At her cousin’s suggestion, she organized the photos on Instagram.

Within a few months, she had hundreds of thousands of followers, and people began asking her for fitness and nutrition advice.

This led to the creation of her Bikini Body Guides, and the expansion of her online presence. Across all of her social networks, she is very much a social media superstar.

7. Julia Gilas – @juliagilas

Followers: 5.1 million

Julia Gilas is a Ukrainian-born personal trainer and fitness model. She moved to the USA in 2009, when aged 24, to pursue her dream of being a model, and has subsequently gained American citizenship.

She became a model and started to enjoy the modeling life, including extensive travel. However, she found that with extensive travel it was easy to neglect basic health and nutrition.

Julia decided that she needed to change her life choices. She made a conscious effort to live a healthy lifestyle. At this point, she decided to move into fitness modeling.

While she still travels the world for modeling purposes, she does it with health and fitness in mind. She has built her Instagram account up and shares her fitness routines and healthy eating ideas with her followers.

8. Ulisses Jr – @ulissesworld

Followers: 4.4 million

With bodybuilding once being thought of as a man’s sport, it is surprising that Ulisses Jr is the only male Instagram fitness model on this list.

New York born, Ulisses Jr, took a keen interest in fitness, even as a schoolboy. He competed in high school football and athletics.

However, he was one of the smallest in his age group. He decided the best way to compensate for this was to train rigorously in the gym.

When he reached 19, Ulisses Jr decided that he had a future in bodybuilding. He put serious effort into training, gaining a “trademark 8-pack”. He began to enter competitions, enjoying being able to show off his physique.

His first significant success came in winning the 2000 Platinum Classic NYC. This was only the beginning though, and he has a string of bodybuilding accomplishments, including winning the Musclemania World Championships Las Vegas Pro in 2010 and 2013.

In 2013 he changed career direction and became a coach, helping others to achieve their bodybuilding dreams.

9. Eva Andressa – @eva_andressa

Followers: 4.3 million

Eva Andressa grew up in Pine Nut Land, Curitiba, Brazil. She considered herself a skinny girl in her teens and worked out to help thicken her figure. Although she worked out for a while in the gym, she gave up due to not having a personal trainer or knowledge of fitness.

She eventually met her future husband, Jardel Barros, who was athletic. This inspired Eva to return to her training.

She entered her first competition at age 21 – Brazil’s NABBA Bravo Cup and was awarded the Figure championship.

The next year she entered and won, the nationals – the 2006 NABBA Parana Championships.

After a series of successful competitions in 2009, Eva “retired” form the championships, changing career to be a fitness model.

She has also become a media sensation – appearing on television and in numerous global magazines. She has continued this exposure with her successful Instagram account.

10. Izabel Goulart – @izabelgoulart

Followers: 4.0 million

Izabel Goulart is a 33-year-old Brazilian model, interested in fitness and health.

She has appeared on many top runways despite experiencing a wardrobe malfunction in her first show when her top fell open. She walked in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows.

With her emphasis on fitness, it was appropriate that Izabel should appear in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She is known for carrying out intense workouts— from boxing to Pilates – and sharing them in her Instagram posts. She uses the hashtag #BodybyIza whenever she shares her grueling fitness routines.  Vogue quotes her as saying, “Health is one of the biggest treasures we have in life and has always been my priority.”


Milan Fashion Week 2019

A glimpse of Milan Fashion Week 2019

  –  The runway show was big and long with more than 200 spring looks making their way down the catwalk in the show space akin to a concert venue, under the “Emporio” sign that’s spoken loud and clear for 22 years.

 

Emporio Armani liberated women from the pre-set schemes of the wardrobe and eased them towards an aesthetic freestyle. Opposites that co-exist in individual combinations: feminine dresses combined with latex-effect leggings.

 

Micro and macro collides with small bombers over classic suits or big puffy duvet jackets on cute short cocktail dresses. The lengths were captivating; most of the looks had short skirts or wide athletic short pants paired with ultra-high socks boots or just with bare legs that elongated the silhouettes.

 

The evening itself is a big part of the collection: precious, but the feeling was easy and fresh. White, black, and red are colours of integrity which were used to restore the aesthetic order and purity: embroidered or silk short dresses with bows and belts with the redesigned Emporio Armani signature eagle as buckles. Also, the Emporio Armani initials have been interpreted with street art letterings.

The Max Mara woman, designed by British Creative Director Ian Griffiths, also has the power; she has the energy to seduce while not being afraid of her glamourous side, but combining it with impeccably tailored wide, boxy, and leggy suits.

 

There was also office workwear and utility workwear with pocketed vests and the wilderness of the zebra decorations came together with masculine tweeds and checks.

The anatomy of romance was the title of the Prada collection. Signora Miuccia divided, instead of mixing, the opposite concepts of horror and beauty.

 

It was a way to show that both evil and good exist, but neither one wins over the other; it’s just a way to display the two faces of the world in which we are living. On one side, the horror part of the story, with the classic scary comic movie protagonists, printed on tops and dresses, and the military details and boots reminded us of functional war uniforms to recall the fear that comes hand-in-hand with war. The cute part polarized the sense of romance with lace details, delicate and weightless dresses, and silk flowers applied to military wool skirts.

 

The collection is undeniably beautiful and continues the proposal of the last men’s collection, but the sign does not distance itself from what we saw in the recent seasons and makes us recall when every Prada show was unexpected and trendsetting.


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London Fashion Week – Julien Macdonald

  –  International Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald OBE, studied fashion knitwear at the University of Brighton and received his MA at the Royal College of Art in London.

 

Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show his talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfield and was appointed head designer of knitwear at Chanel.

 

Julien Macdonald launched his own label in 1997 and there began his reputation as a leading British fashion designer whose high octane and glamorous designs were soon to be coveted by international stars such as Kate Beckinsale, Beyonce, Kristen Stewart, Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift to name but a few.

 

In 2001, Julien Macdonald was named at the Elle Style Awards, British Designer Of The Year and the same year he was appointed as successor to Alexander McQueen as creative director of the French fashion house Givenchy, designing both Haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.

In 2003 Julien received the British Glamour Designer Of The Year Award and GQ Womenswear Designer Of The Year, a further nod to his status as an important member of British fashion. It didn’t stop there as Julien was also nominated the following year at the Olivier Awards for his costume designs for the Richard Alston Dance Company’s ‘Shimmer’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

 

In 2004 Julien decided to focus on his own label and was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to the fashion industry.

 

Julien is the king of glamour and his shows at London Fashion week are always eagerly anticipated and celebrity packed fashion extravaganzas.


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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2019

Highlights of Paris Fashion Week

  –  Louis Vuitton: Nicholas Ghesquière is in a groove at Louis Vuitton, and his collection was not as much about going in one direction, but more about a futuristic approach to how his woman (aka the new and improved LV girl) should dress.
 
Everything felt forward-thinking, even the pieces that so clearly called to ’80s silhouettes. Blouson sleeves, strong shoulders, micro minis, and Ghesquière’s version of street-style worthy space suits were just a few things on offer.
 
If you’re looking for Nicholas to show full-throttle evening, don’t hold your breath; you’re going to have to wait patiently for his muses–like Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, and Alicia Vikander–to walk the red carpet in something custom.
  –  Chanel: Let’s go to the beach, the water’s fine,” said Karl Lagerfeld. Or at least he implied it through an array of by-the-sea ready looks shown on an actual sandy shore, right in the center of the Grand Palais.
 
If you’re planning the most-luxe summer trip, head to Chanel and stock up on biker shorts, summer suiting, loads of accessories, and cocktail options you can wear from the beach club to the boardwalk. Per Lagerfeld’s standard in-theme shows, this one stuck to it’s inspiration closely, veering off only towards the end when a suite of sheer, embroidered, and layered midnight blue and black eveningwear hit the sand–but in looks still easy enough to sport once you’ve kicked your shoes off for a walk on the shore.
 
The show’s branded shirting and cardigans are going to be must-haves, as are the array of hats, piped nautical blazers, and C-H-A-N-E-L branded belts.
  –  Stella McCartney: Stella McCartney shows Cali casual clothes in the most opulent space Paris has to offer.
 
Setting what she calls “dirty pastels” and washed out neons against gilded walls for the ultimate contrast.
 
There were tie-dye jumpsuits, slouchy suiting, organic denim, knit pants and silk slip dresses and satin shorts for that “just-rolled out of bed and look this cool” insouciance.
  –  Balenciaga: One can hardly utter the name Balenciaga without dollar bills virtually falling from the sky. The house that Demna rebuilt is rolling in the dough, and Spring 2019 stayed on plot, this time with a less sporty more streamlined, tailored approach.
 
Where last season you got seven or so coats at once, all with bold shoulders, Spring brought just one at a time, a great trench, a Matrix-worthy leather single breasted cost, a sculptural hot pink number.
 
Lest you forget its Parisian progeny, there were Eiffel Tower prints. And the decade to emulate continues to be the ‘80s, celebrated in richly hued silk satin draped gowns and a neon green bustier. The show took place in a video screen of flowing lava, we think it goes without saying, Balenciaga is (still) so hot right now.
  –  Hermès: Hermès brought the fashion set to the racecourse for its Spring 2019 show.
 
Much like its venue, the collection was both sporty and elegant—without delving into a campy take on equestrian style.
 
There were impeccable buttery leather separates, utilitarian-inspired pieces, pops of Hermès orange, and sporty suiting that all redefined the concept of athlesiure.
 
No yoga pants or sneakers in sight, the Hermès take on sporty is a sophisticated refresher.
  –  Balmain: Egypt served as a major source of inspiration to Olivier Rousteing this season–but he found it by way of Paris. After all, the famous I. M. Pei Pyramide du Louvre is one of many subtle hints to Egyptian art that we have long considered unequivocally French.
 
Thanks to Rousteing, French it now is, with Balmain versions of all things Egyptian. Pyramid-esque embroidery appeared later in the show, and the most stunning mummy-esque mini dress (pictured here) walked the runway right after Cara Delevigne’s opening appearance. The supermodel and actress sang along to “When Doves Cry” as she strutted the runway donning a satin tuxedo with a shirt-sleeved wrapped pant and a metal crop-top underpinning that felt like Cleopatra-esque armor.
 
Don’t worry, there was loads of straight-up Paris style too, with a sultry twist that only Balmain can provide–boyfriend jeans, Breton stripes, and loads of layering have never been so sexy.

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