Tag: V

editorialesque » tao oakmoto, fei fei sun, shu pei + liu wen for v

for the pages of V magazine’s first ever asian issue, top asian female models tao okamoto, fei fei sun, shu pei & liu wen all appear through the lens of terry tsiolis for this girls on top editorial. poised for career longevity of true supermodels, each girl has had noted success on the runway, through editorial & on the campaign circuit. represented by ford, tao okamoto has been a forerunner as an asian female model, being of japanese decent & having booked every runway show from chanel to yigal azrouël. in the game since ’06, tao is a regular in american vogue & has booked campaigns with the gap, ralph lauren, kenzo, kenneth cole, zac posen & uniqlo throughout her career. fei fei sun is still considerably new to model but has made a large impact on the model front, appearing for british vogue, vogue japan, vogue china, vogue korea, elle china, marie claire china & american vogue; rapidly building a presence on the editorial circuit. represented by women model management & modeling since 2008, fei fei already ranks as fashion’s no. 31 female model within the top 50.  represented by next models ny, shu pei hit the scene & hard when she began modeling in 2007. debuting on the runways of new york fashion week for rachel roy & malandrino, fei fei modeled alongside tao for the gap FW10 campaign & has also earned a cosmetic contract with maybelline while securing campaign bookings for espirit & vera wang. quite possibly the biggest & brightest asian female model star of the moment is liu wen. represented by marilyn management, liu wen began modeling in her native of china in 2005 & rapidly rose to fame working with a number of chinese based fashion & beauty publications, only to become signed by the marilyn agency in their paris division. on the runway, liu was quickly closing shows in milan while walking for burberry & soon the campaigns came crashing in. campaigns with calvin klein, DKNY & historically, her contract with estée lauder soon followed as liu became the first asian victoria’s secret angel to appear on the runway- all while securing regular editorial appearances in french vogue, british vogue, vogue china & american vogue. dubbed the girls on top, their stats & bookings leave no room for criticism or argument. i love the images & think each of these girls has more than secured a future in fashion modeling. appearing together for the historical givenchy haute couture collection january of this year, it seems as though the fashion industry is finally allowing diversity to be represented much more freely. styled by jay massacret, with hair & make-up by esther langham & yadim, these girls should be, without a doubt on your radar. this marks a new ear in modeling. 

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memoirs of a gaga: the v magazine cover series

through the lens of inez + vinoodh, lady gaga appears for the highly anticipated asian issue of V magazine. a total of four covers will be released & each cover sees gaga, styled by nicola formichetti, outfitted in mugler. known for her over the top approach to style, gaga has changed our peception of musical artistry & challenged our views of beauty while creating a clearer path of relativity between both music & fashion. while i love the covers & admire the styling direction taken- i don’t quite understand how lady gaga fits into the definition of “asian” for the asian issue of V magazine. granted the explosive presence of asian models in fashion this year; wouldn’t it have been more suitable for them to devote an all-asian model cast for the cover series? with models liu wen, shu pei, tao okamoto & fei fei sun slaying the high fashion scene, an asian female model cover series would’ve been more than possible. granted the popularity of gaga, im leaning more towards the fact that she can sell a cover faster, to the masses, than a couple of chicks us fashion kids are screaming for every month in the glossies. with contents that focus on asian models on the inside, beyond gaga, there is much more of this issue that is far more interesting & historical. a year in the making, this is not an issue you want to miss. purchase the hard-bound collectors edition here.

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editorialesque » the dreams of lea t.

represented by women models milan, lea t. appears editorially for the pages of V styled by olivier rizzo. notorious for being the world’s first transexual model, lea proves that her poise stretches far beyond the realm of masculinity & exudes authentic femininty, allowing a new type of model to emerge in the confined spaces known as high fashion. described by V magazine as a ‘transgender icon’ & labeled a ’21st century supermodel’ lea has not only changed the game but has largely affected the world over with her bravery to stand & be looked at as an example & hardcore statement for other to accept differences. born leandro cerezo, lea continues to dominate with major editorial bookings not limited to her extensive work with givenchy. for modeling as a whole, there is no other female that has done what lea has done, to the extent of how she’s done it.

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britney spears for v

shot by mario testino, britney spears appears on the cover of V’s issue no. 70. through sophisticated styling by panos yiapanos, spears appears in designs by tom ford, ralph lauren & ferragammo in her three part cover series. yellow, blue & pink shades are seen as the defending queen of pop returns for another killing season & uses her good girl image to do so. with connections to donatella versace during the early 2000’s, not many can compare or compete with the star of britney spears, concerning pop culture, music & image. beyond the parameters of fashion, britney transcends as a living icon of the american dream & remains untouched as the world’s greatest pop star. on the heels of her new album, femme fatale, britney graces the cover of V’s star power issue & clearly, there is nothing beats spears. as image has become heavily intertwined into the packaging of britney spears, as an artist, we first seen britney in 1999 when she debuted on the scene with her massive hit, “..baby one more time”. appearing in the music video clad in a school girl uniform, the pop scene was on-fire & britney single handedly revived pop music for the next generation. her first album, “..baby one more time” debuted at no. 1 on billboard & reached double platinum cerification within one month. after one year of release, britney’s first album moved 8,358,619 units & britney still holds the record as the youngest american artist in history to sell a million records. through the years we’ve seen britney in red patent leather jump suits, with boa constrictors around her neck & even seen her dark side during her blackout era. as britney gears up for the release of her 7th studio album, femme fatale, the world has come to know britney through media turmoil, record breaking music, failed relationships & meteoric rises both on & off the chart.

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editorialesque » carolyn murphy for v

through the lens of danielle + iango, supermodel icon, carolyn murphy appears stunning for this strictly carolyn editorial for the pages of V. shot for the publication’s issue no. 70, carolyn demonstrates her ability to still remain on top, even after sustaining within the fashion industry for many years. discovered at the age of 15, murphy began modeling as a career at the age of 16. after completing modeling school, her career expanded rapidly as she modeled abroad in both japan & paris. hired for prada in ’94, murphy’s work with mario testino, french vogue, harper’s bazaar & an award as 1998’s model of the year award eventually led to an estee lauder cosmetic contract that is still active. as one of the top earning female models in fashion, murphy is considered a modern muse, continuing to book jobs that keep her relevant in fashion’s revolving door of an industry. here, murphy demonstrates her timeless appeal through grey scaled innovation & black styled pieces. her piercing eyes & immaculate features are still translated into classic beauty in today’s industry. carolyn is represented by IMG, she is american.

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editorialesque » nicki minaj for v by inez + vinoodh

while some readers had complained about nicki being more subdued on the cover of V, for the publication’s discovery issue, it seems as though they allow nicki to transform in releasing a double cover. seen in prints, facepaint along with signature pink lipstick, minaj shines in what she describes as her most bad ass photoshoot yet. while her album continues to remain in the top 10 on both the billboard album chart as well as the R&B rap chart, the cover & wild editorial spread allow more of the public to ask themselves- “who is nicki minaj?”. a stunning performance by nicki seen here & im thrilled to see her becoming even more of a household name, even beyond the world of hip-hop. as an artist, nicki’s style has evolved greatly & though not completely expected, her style remains laced with some of the finest in high end footwear, womenswear & yes, multi-colored wigs.

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nicki minaj for v: the discovery issue

shot by inez + vinoodh, nicki minaj lands the cover of V magazine’s discovery issue in what appears to be a commercial crossover. as a rapper & singer, minaj has earned her spot in hip-hop & has even been praised by industry icons jay-z, lil wayne & kanye west. after murdering the rap mixtape scene with her mixtapes ‘sucka free’, ‘playtime is over’ & the acclaimed ‘beam me up scotty’; minaj quickly gained notoriety & a throng of hardcore followers in the process. after releasing her first studio album, ‘pink friday’, the album was certified platinum after only five weeks on the shelf. in addition,  the release of her limited edition pink friday lipstick, an exclusive with MAC cosmetics intended to help promote her album while raising money for breast cancer; nicki has made an indelibly large mark on hip-hop & has her sights set on launching a full force massive attack as music’s next big act. through lyrical slay & image dominance, nicki is one of the biggest talents that hip-hop has ever seen in history. this cover is a defining moment for nicki. as the cover reads, this is the birth of a star.

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