Secret Indulgence – Top Model


Well, it’s not so secret anymore. Australia’s Next Top Model has just begun on Foxtel and I have not missed one fabulous episode.

The series follows a group of girls as they try to prove that they have what it takes to become a top model.
Auditions were held around the country earlier this year where 16 wannabe models were chosen to star in the sixth series of Australia’s Next Top Model.
The girls are transformed week-to-week from young girls into potential working models. They are thrown into various challenges, catwalk and fashion and beauty photo shoots.
Supermodel Sarah Murdoch is the host of Cycle 6 and also leads the panel of judges which include fashion designer Alex Perry, fashion identity Charlotte Dawson and fashion photographer Jez Smith.
Each week, the judges deliberate and assess the performance and potential of each model finally narrowing them down until only 1 model remains and becomes Australia’s Next Top Model.
The winner will take home a prize package including:
Representation by Australia’s premiere modelling agency Priscilla’s.
$25,000 contract to appear in a campaign and to be the face of iconic jeans brand Levi’s.
A trip to New York to meet with one of the world’s top agencies, ELITE New York.
 A stunning Ford Fiesta Zetec.
 $20,000 cash thanks to Platinum from U by Kotex
 A cover and eight-page spread for the fashion bible, Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

I love Next Top Model – America’s, Australia’s and even New Zealand’s. I love them all and watch them all. As I am reading this back, my voice has changed into Tyra Banks. If you have watched Tyra on America’s Next Top Model you will understand how I am talking. Think fierce. WHO, will be America’s (Australia’s) Next Top Model? Hola!!!

I always pick my favourites early (Amanda & Kathryn) and I always pick the ones I loathe and can’t stand even earlier (Kimberly & Kelsey). Let’s face it, the model world is cut-throat, vicious, bitchy and full of back-stabbing, so why fight it? If we all liked each other it would be a very boring world.

I love the bitchiness of reality TV. Love it. The drama, the tears and the tantrums. I watch some of these ‘models’ and think – I could totally do that way better! In reality, I probably couldn’t (well ok, no I couldn’t) – but on reality TV, I so could! If you’re on a reality TV show you just have to go for it. Nobody likes the whingy whiny kids, we like the kids that get out there and give it a good go – unless they’re arrogant and cocky about it. This will take them straight to my ‘can’t stand them’ list.

You can even use reality TV in well, reality. You can use it in everyday life. If you find that your acting a little shy, childish, spoilt or frustrated, take a second to think about it. If you were on a reality show, what would you think of yourself and the way that you are acting.

Life’s too short for all the drama in real life. Save it for your reality show!

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Fabulosity: Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons in one word is fabulous. She is over-the-top, luxurious, stunning and vivacious. She is a businesswoman, President and Creative director for Phat Fashions, author, philanthropist, producer, supermodel, television personality and a Tony Award winner. She is one of the most dynamic and influential businesswomen in the fashion and entertainment industry. Her over-the-top style and mesmerizing, upbeat, fun and charismatic personality makes her the queen of fabulosity leaving everyone around her wanting to be just as fabulous as she is.

Kimora was born as Kimora Lee Perkins in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 1975. She is of Asian and African-America decent. Growing up, Kimora was the victim of schoolyard bullying and teasing. This was mainly because of her height. She was 5 feet, 10 inches tall by the time she was ten years old!

Kimora’s mother enrolled her in modelling classes when she was eleven years old to boost her confidence. Kimora loved it and her unique exotic mix of Asian and African-American beauty caught the attention of Paris Agency Glamour during a model search in her hometown two years later.

She was immediately sent to Paris and was signed to an exclusive modelling contract with the House of Chanel just after her thirteenth birthday. Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld declared her his ‘muse’ and the ‘Face of the 21st Century. Kimora quickly gained the attention of the fashion world when Karl Lagerfeld closed his haute couture show with Kimora, who strutted down the runway decked out as a child bride. She graced the covers and pages of International fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. She also modelled for Armani, Fendi and Yves St. Laurent among many others. By the time she was fourteen she had grown into a supermodel glamazon at the height of six feet.

Kimora met Russell Simmons at New York’s fashion week in November 1992. Russell Simmons is an entrepreneur, co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, creator of the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics and the big brother of Run DMC. They dated for six years and married in December 1998. They have two daughters, Ming Lee (born Jan 2000) and Aoki Lee (born Aug 2002). Both daughters model for the Baby Phat Kids Collection. Russell and Kimora officially separated in March 2006. They still continued to work together on Phat Farm and Baby Phat clothing lines.
In March 2007, Kimora started dating actor and model Djimon Hounsou. In March 2008, Kimora officially filed for divorce from Russell Simmons, and was finalized in January 2009. She gave birth to baby boy, Kenzo Lee Hounsou in May 2009.

Kimora has appeared almost everywhere. She was a judge on the first season of America’s Next Top Model with dear friend and former Paris roommate Tyra Banks. She has been in numerous small television and film roles including Beauty Shop. She has also appeared in music videos for Ginuwine and Usher.

In 2007, her reality TV show premiered on the Style Network. Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane focuses on her life as a mother and as the CEO of Phat Fashions. It shows her daily life and routine along with her two daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons.

Family is a top priority in the balance of Kimora’s life. Her gorgeous daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons and son Kenzo Lee Hounsou are Kimora’s proudest accomplishments. Like their mother her daughters are a natural in front of the camera as the faces of Baby Phat Girlz Clothing. Kimora’s baby son Kenzo, with her partner, Djimon Hounsou (three-time Academy Award nominated actor) is sure to continue to inspire her creativity and will continue to inspire her fabulosity.

Kimora Fact File:

  • In 2004 Russell Simmons sold Phat Farm to Kellwood Company for $140 million. Russell stepped down as CEO and made was for Kimora to be promoted to president and creative director or Phat Fashions, which includes: Baby Phat, Baby Phat Girlz, Phat Farm, Phat Premium and Phat Farm Boyz. She is the instrumental force behind the brands’ designs, ad campaign strategies, marketing concepts and overall global business strategies.
  • In 2006 Kimora’s self-help book called, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It, was published. The book is a lifestyle manual on everything from spirituality and finances to fashion and beauty. The book empowers women to cultivate their inner goddess with independence, fearlessness, and confidence.
  • In 2008 Kimora’s Barbie doll was launched which she directed and created.
  • Kimora has launched four perfumes for women: Goddess, Golden Goddess, Seductive Goddess and most recently, Baby Phat Fabulosity.
  • Kimora established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund at her high school in St. Louis to provide college tuition support for academically successful girls with financial needs and is an active member of youth advocacy organizations including Amfar, The G&P Foundation, Keep a Child Alive, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Rush Philanthropic where she is on the Board of Directors.
  • The mayor of St. Louis presented Kimora the key to the city and named March 18, 2008 “Kimora Day” in St. Louis.
  • You know you’ve made it when you have your very own E! True Hollywood Story: Kimora Lee Simmons which first aired in 2008.

Love Kirst xo

Celebrity Crush: I heart Jay Manuel!

I’m sure you’ve all heard of him and have seen his lovely face on TV many times. Jay Manuel is a TV personality from America’s Next Top Model and the E! Network as well as numerous other projects. He is also the host of Canada’s Next Top Model and Style Her Famous.

Jay was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 14th, 1972. His spunky looks and amazing style come from his mother of Italian and Czech decent and South African father of  Malaysian and Dutch descent.

Jay Manuel

Before he wound up in the world of fashion, Jay was a pre-med student and studied opera! He then eventually became a makeup artist where he has worked with the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Victoria’s Secret and Revlon. He has worked his magic on numerous celebrities and made them look amazing and he is even lucky enough to be the personal make-up artist for supermodel Tyra Banks. He has worked with some amazing photographers including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Francesco Scavullo.

Jay is a make-up artist, fashion photographer and model. His most recognisable role is the Art Director for photo shoots on reality show, America’s Next Top Model, hosted and produced by Tyra Banks. Affectionately known as Mr. Jay, his role on the show also includes being a makeup artist and a guest judge. I am a huge fan of Top Model and love watching Jay while he manages to transform these models from dull to glam in mere minutes. His designs for amazing photo shoots and runway shows are extraordinary.

Mr. Jay in Action!

Jay now hosts and is lead judge of the second and third cycle of Canada’s Next Top Model. He is the face of Match.com, the internet dating site and often appears on E! Network’s, Fashion Police and Live From the Red Carpet for the Academy Awards, The Grammys, The Golden Globes and The Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jay also hosts his own show on the Style Network called, Style Her Famous. This is a really fun makeover show where woman are styled to look like a celebrity they admire.
He has also introduced his own make-up line called Manuel Override which can be purchased on QVC. Unfortunately, QVC do not deliver to Australia yet so I will be looking out for this line on eBay (hopefully!).

Jay Manuel is my current celebrity crush. He is openly gay though, so I don’t think he will crushing back on me anytime soon!
Yes, I googled and this is the question – who is Jay Manuel’s boyfriend? Who knows, all I can say is that I really admire him and everything he has accomplished in his career so far and wish him well in all his future successes!

Kisses dolls,
Love Kirst xx