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!


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

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Keeping up with the Kardashians is an American Reality TV series airing on E! on Foxtel. The show has been going strong since October 2007 and the 4th season just finished in February. The series takes a look into the lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family. The show has a bit of everything – hilarious laugh-out-loud episodes, weddings, births and heartbreak.

A spin-off of the show, starring sisters Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashion  called Kourtney and Khloé take Miami documents the sisters opening a new boutique in Miami, Florida. Season two will be aired in June 2010.

Keeping Up With The Kadashians


Kim Kardashian, 29 – The Bombshell
Kim is the middle child and daughter of Kris Jenner and the late defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sr. She is dating NFL football player Reggie Bush. Kim co-owns the D-A-S-H boutique with her sisters Khloé and Kourtney. She also has her own online show-shopping site called Shoedazzle, has a signature fragrance and her own fitness DVD’s. She originally became famous for the infamous sex tape with her ex boyfriend, singer Ray J. Kim has appeared in TV shows like How I Met Your Mother and CSI:NY and films such as Disaster Movie. She has been on countless magazine covers and has done countless interviews.

Khloé Kardashian, 25 – Mrs. Odom
Khloe is the youngest daughter of Kris Jenner and the late defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sr. According to her she is also the wisest of the Kardashian sisters.
Khloe is the new blushing bride of  Los Angeles Lakers Basketball star Lamar Odom. We saw her get married in a special episode of KUWTK. She is extremely loyal and protective of her family. She has a sharp tongue and quick-witted sense of humor. She is also a spokeswoman (with Kim) for diet product Quick Trim, a PETA supporter (she appeared in a nude photo shoot for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” campaign) and co-owner of the Dash boutiques with her sisters. She made headlines following a DUI arrest in 2007.
She has also participated in Celebrity Apprentice.

Kourtney Kardashain, 30 – The Hot Mama
Kourtney is the eldest daughter of Kris Jenner and the late defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sr. Kourtney is the petite older sister and is now a first-time mom to son Mason with her boyfriend, Scott Disick. She still manages to take care of boutique Dash which she co-owns with her sisters. She also co-owns the children’s clothing store, Smooch with her mother, Kris. She previously appeared in the reality television show Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. Kourtney can hold a grudge and when she is mad, she gets really mad. She also has a really sweet side and always makes the room in her life to spend quality time with her family.

Kris Jenner, 54 – The Momager
Kris is the mother of mother of Kim, Kourtney, Khloé and Robert with ex-husband and the late, Robert Kardashian, Sr. She is also the mother of Kendall and Kylie with current husband, Bruce Jenner. Kris is one of the busiest moms (and grandmas) in Hollywood. She manages Bruce, Kim, Kourtney and Khloé’s careers as well as Kendall’s new modeling career and also runs her children’s boutique, Smooch, which she co-owns with daughter Kourtney. She also finds the time to being a hands-on mother and housewife. 

Bruce Jenner, 60 – Mr. Mom
Bruce is a father of 10. Bruce married Kris in 1991 and became stepfather to Kris’s children, in addition to four children from two previous marriages. Bruce and Kris have had two children together. He is an American Olympic gold medalist decathlon champion and is the glue that holds this family together. He is also a motivational speaker and holds events all across the nation. He always puts family first—followed closely by golfing and piloting his radio-controlled helicopters.

Kendall Jenner, 14 – Belle of the Ball
Kendall is the eldest daughter of Kris and Bruce. She recently signed as a teen model with the Wilhelmina modeling agency and has already landed a job with Forever 21. She still focuses on her family, busy school schedule and love of horses.

Kylie Jenner,
12 – Firecracker
Kylie is the youngest daughter of Kris and Bruce. She is also the youngest of all the girls. Kylie is a firecracker in the making. She has an outgoing personality and girl-next-door looks. Her career ambition is to get into acting. She enjoys torturing her father Bruce by wearing makeup and growing up into a young woman.

Robert Kardashian, Jr. 22 – Mr. Business
Robert is the youngest son of Kris Jenner and the late defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sr. At the start of the series Robert was very shy and let his sisters walk all over him. He has now turned into a confident young man. Robert graduated from the University of Southern California where his father studied, with a business degree. He is now the CEO of Perfect Skin where he is developing his own line of skin-care products.

Scott Disick is Kourtney’s boyfriend and father of her son, Mason. (season 1-present)

Lamar Odom is Khloé’s husband and plays as a foward for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Reggie Bush is Kim’s bf and running back for the New Orleans Saints.

Adrienne Bailon is Rob’s ex-girlfriend who broke up with him because he cheated on her. She is also an ex-Cheetah Girl.

So make sure you tune in and watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians!

Love Kirst xx

Whitney Eve Port – Love her!

While we’re on the subject of Reality TV, Whitney Eve Port is another girl who has made it to my list of style dolls.

Whitney Eve Port

I instantly liked Whitney when I first saw her on ‘The Hills’ working at Teen Vogue and People’s Revolution with Lauren Conrad. We then followed her from ‘The Hills’ to her own spin-off reality show, ‘The City’ where she started working at Diane Von Furstenberg. Now back at People’s Revolution designing her clothing line ‘Whitney Eve’. She has had plenty of opportunities including modeling, runway, countless magazine covers and Interviews and cameos on Entourage and Family Guy. 

Love her! 

Love Kirst xx