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All My LITTLE Friends Are Models Too



By Michael Murchie

All models have to start somewhere. Many girls in their early teens are scouted off social media, at events or but presenting themselves at “walk-in” days through agencies. Some, however, have been involved in the industry for a long time before they even get to their teens.

Meet Meika Woollard. This girl has been at the top of the Australian kid’s commercial modelling scene since she was 3 years old.

I was always a little wary of the child modelling industry mainly due to reports about dodgy agency dealings and the fact that I wrongly associated the commercial kids industry with the pageant scene. Horror stories about “stage mums” and professional jealousy, backbiting and contract killings (I made that last one up!)

I am happy to report that the reality is much less scary. I’m sure all that exists but it couldn’t be further from the reality for Meika and her equally beautiful sisters, all of whom model kid’s fashion.

Meika is a well grounded, happy, everyday eleven year old kid – she just happens to be breathtakingly beautiful. She loves her vegemite sandwiches for school lunch, plays basketball and does normal kid stuff every day. She is not precocious, she lives a normal family life and really enjoys her modelling.

I have had the pleasure of shooting with her recently. When I first met Meika she was 10. She is tall, friendly and very professional for her years. The BEST part was that there was not a stage mum in sight! Her mum Andi is not suffering any delusions. Her girls are all beautiful and don’t need any pushing – they LOVE modelling. Andi is always there and protective but she is also very professional and patient.

Meika has had a great start shooting campaigns and walking in parades for the likes of Myer, Country Road, Witchery & Bardot Jr to name a few. She has a lot of years ahead of her in the industry yet. With her amazing face and height potential this little girl is set to make a big impression in the future.


Photographer:@michaelmurchiephotographer @michaelmurchie_kids

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The French Revolution: A Ban On Too Thin Models



By now we’ve all heard the news. France has put a ban on too thin models. Quite honestly, it was long overdue, if the millions of women with eating disorders weren’t any cue.

The French government’s recently passed law puts a ban on excessively thin models on the runway, and will subject fashion houses who use excessively thin models to fines and jail time. Specifically, the law declares that models must prove that they have a BMI of at least 18 before they are hired for jobs. At 5’9’’ (the average height of a female model) a BMI of 18 is still fairly low, and is the usual BMI for a model around the 125 pound mark. However, it is well out the realm for a model who is probably bordering on an eating disorder, or who is starving herself to be ultra thin.

The measure comes as part of a crackdown from President Francois Hollande who believes that too thin models help promote anorexia, and he has a point. Also, when did being a double zero with not an ounce of body fat become the standard for beauty (not that double zero aren’t beautiful, but they aren’t the ONLY women who are beautiful.) Back in the day it was all about the curves (cue footage of Ms. Marilyn Monroe.)

Being thin should not be the only standard for beauty, and what would be great is if society would move away from the idea that skinny means healthy, because that is not always the case. Of course, there should be absolutely no shame in being a slender size zero girl anymore than there should be in being a full figured size twelve girl. The point is that there is more than one body type, and more than one way to be sexy, which is what France is trying to prove.

Having girls on the runway who actually promote a healthy body image is important to the well being of women everywhere. France is not the first country to impose BMI minimums for models, however. Madrid and Israel have also imposed similar restrictions to discourage the use of excessively thin girls to help discourage eating disorders in women.

For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, there are certainly those who are asking, “Well, if you draw the line at models that are too thin, where do you draw the line at models that are too fat?” Let’s remember that is possible to be full figured and healthy, some girls just really are built to be size zeros while other girls are built to be size twelve’s. No one is built to starve themselves to death though, because an eating disorder is never a good look on anyone.

Even acclaimed American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour has complained about how girls on the runway have been too thin, and when the queen of the fashion bible speaks, everyone else should follow suit. In 2012, CFDA president Diane von Furstenburg did release a set of model guidelines back in 2012, but, they were more targeted toward age than size or weight. There was mention of how to target eating disorders among models, but, the guidelines stopped short of making any real change on the size or weight issue.

So, unfortunately, America does not seem poised to follow suit anytime soon. CFDA president Steven Kolb has said that rather than pushing for legislation, he would rather educate and create awareness around these issues. At least Vogue has tackled the issue of having models that are too young in attempt to put an end to the obsession with teen-like thinness.

There are women who used to be literally dying to look like those girls, but, the keywords here are women and girls. A woman of even the most slender proportions who’s the pinnacle of health can’t possibly open a magazine and expect to have the figure of a model that is sixteen years old, because no matter how gracefully you age or how well you take care of yourself unless you have some literal fountain of youth at your disposal your body changes. To hold an adult woman to the standards of teen thinness is merely ludicrous. Thank you France for doing what was long overdue, and may you continue to be a beacon of light to the rest of the fashion industry in promoting images of healthy women on the runways and in magazines.


A Sneak Peak Into The NYFW After Parties



By Michele Smith
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Let’s face it. Most people do not have front row seats to New York Fashion Week 2016 and certainly do not have access to the after parties. Do you need to be an A-lister to attend? The jury is still out on that one and basically, it boils down to who you know. This year’s fashion week ended with a bang and the parties were as usual “off the hook”.

While the performer pass comes with a price, attending the after parties is indescribable and worth any ticket – after all, downtown Manhattan has transformed into the celeb fashionista place to be. For the ticketless, the best place to hang out would be the Skylight Clarkson Square, Skylight at Moynihan Station and MADE Milk Studios. A non-ticked attendee should make sure to linger outside these venues in order to take some sick street-style pics or be mistaken for a fashion blogger. There were also some free events to attend, as typically fashion week features 7 new designers per year and these shows are either free or $12 to attend.

While fashion designer Alexander Wang, attracted A-listers to his show, his after-party was also attended by the celebrities. After all, you certainly on the map when Miley Cyrus shows up topless at a warehouse party with pasties in Brooklyn. Rihanna was listed as the hostess as the mostess and hosted her own A-lister party complete with a glamorous white gown.

Todd Snyder’s party was also the talk of the town, with pirate-style appetizers at the Gilded Lily. Todd closed the men’s wear fashion party with a splash and mirrored his brands ascetic – one part outdoor woodsmen and the other part complete elegance. While the bar was steaming with patrons, Snyder partnered up with Timex who was doling out watches for all partygoers. Apparently, this caused quite a bit of a bottleneck in the front of the room.

Moving on down the street was yet another fabulous party in the meat packing district. The Up & Down party did not start until midnight and supermodels were break dancing on the dance floor. While the party for the upstart brand Rochambeau attracted quite the crowd, the designers had not made an appearance as of 1 a.m. The bottom line is that fashion week isn’t just about this year’s latest trends, it’s about girls and some of the hottest fashion editors on the planet, and of course the celebrities who choose to make an appearance.

Last but not least was the ever so popular FCancer party and silent auction, complete with a bohemian theme and gypsy dancers. All of the volunteers helped with the event in order to support cancer foundations that did not have adequate services. This glamourous event boasted attractive head gear, food trucks and music courtesy of The Turbans and Damian Lazarus. At the end of the day, the designers were more focused on supporting a worthy cause instead of their new line.


Healthy Meal Ideas for Fashion Week



By Jessica Sepel

Meal 1 – Breakfast

Think protein rich

  • Jess’s Power Protein Smoothie made with berries, greens, protein powder and almond milk
  • 2 eggs – boiled, poached or scrambled with sautéed greens and avocado. Drizzle with olive oil and rock salt. Optional to have 2 brown rice cakes or a slice of gluten-free toast.
  • Gluten-free porridge (quinoa/buckwheat/amaranth) with water. Add berries, a sprinkle of nuts/seeds and cinnamon (add whey protein or nut milk for a creamier consistency and a higher protein content).
  • Gluten-free muesli. Buy it ready made (make sure it is refined sugar-free) or make your own mix with puffed quinoa/buckwheat/amaranth, activated buckinis, coconut flakes, mixed seeds, nuts and dried fruits) with almond milk; sugar-free yoghurt.

Meal 2 – Morning Tea

Think low GI, high protein snack

  • ¼ cup raw nuts/seeds
  • 1 tsp. nut butter with 1 green apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Veggie sticks with hummus/tahini
  • 2 sugar-free protein balls
  • Protein shake (if not for breakfast)
  • 1 low GI fruit (green apple, ½ cup berries, citrus fruits)
  • 1 raw food bar/protein bar (natural with no refined sugars)
  • 150g of lean meat and a handful of green veggies (resembles a small lunch)


Top tip:While you’re munching…this is a great time to go outside and get a vitamin D hit. 15-20 minutes of sunshine a day will keep thyroid problems, depression and weight gain at bay.

Meal 3 – Lunch

Think combination of dark, leafy greens + 1 portion of protein + 1 unit of good fat + 1 unit of starch (starchy veggies, gluten-free grains or legumes and beans). This will make sure your body slowly releases energy for the rest of the day so you don’t experience the dreaded afternoon lull.

Did you know? Most people feel fuller when they add a portion of fat to their lunch. It does wonders for energy levels in the afternoon. Goodbye, 3pm slump!

Options: About 150-200 grams of lean meat (rotate between chicken, beef, lamb or fish) grilled, boiled, poached, pan fried or oven baked; lots of veggies, raw, steamed, boiled, grilled, roasted or stir fried (the greener the better, e.g. broccoli, asparagus, spinach, kale). If you likel, add about 30g of boiled quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice or amaranth, or ½ cup sweet potato/pumpkin/beetroot, to these meals.

Meal 4 – Afternoon Tea

Think protein rich, avoiding sugar/starch to keep cravings at bay


  • Chopped carrots, celery and cucumber with 2 tbsp. hummus or tahini
  • 1 boiled egg with chopped veggies
  • Nori veggie wrap – layer nori with 1 tbsp. hummus and chopped veggies, then roll it up!
  • Protein shake with 8-10 nuts


Meal 5 – Dinner

Think protein + veg + salad

Top Tip: If you are on a weight loss journey, avoid starch at night.

Dinner should be your smallest meal of the day. As your body is winding down and preparing for sleep, it’s your job to feed it one last hit of nutrition before it ‘fasts’ overnight. So think protein with greens – lots of greens! A small portion of starchy carbs, like sweet potato, quinoa or brown rice, is okay as well. If you are on a weight loss plan, avoid starch after 3pm.


  • Grilled chicken breast with veggies. Go for greens: steamed/sautéed spinach, asparagus, broccoli and a green salad.
  • Lamb back straps. Serve with pesto green beans and a side salad and or sautéed kale (cooked in coconut oil and seasoned with rock salt, chili and pepper).
  • Cajun-spiced perch. Fry in coconut oil with steamed/pan-fried kale. Drizzle with lemon juice, sea salt and olive and serve with kale and sweet potato mash.
  • Meat or chicken breast patties. Ditch the bread and wrap in lettuce ‘buns’ instead. Add mixed veggies of your choice.
  • Chicken tenderloins. Marinate in rosemary, olive oil, 1 clove garlic and lemon juice. Serve with baked sweet potato and a green salad.
  • Chicken/beef stir-fry with vegetables. Use tamari and sesame oil as the sauce.
  • Sesame salmon fillet. Marinate in tamari, ginger, sesame seeds and lemon juice, and serve with steamed asparagus, green beans and broccoli.
  • Steamed fish with ginger, shallots, bok choy and broccolini. Super healthy and easy to make, this is a winner on weeknights.
  • Lean grass-fed beef fillet. Place on a bed of broccoli or sweet potato mash. Serve with a side of ricotta and thyme-baked mushrooms.
  • Grilled herb-crusted fish. Opt for snapper, barramundi, or John Dory, and dish up with grilled mushrooms and broccoli along with a quinoa and tabouli salad.
  • Lentil/chicken/minestrone (with beans) soup. Make sure the soup includes some kind of protein.
  • Deboned roasted chicken. Enjoy with roasted cumin-spiced cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Grilled tuna steak. Top with fresh herbs, olive oil, and Himalayan salt and serve with roasted beetroot and quinoa salad. Savour this one – you should only eat tuna occasionally due to the high mercury content.
  • Stir-fried bok choy with chicken breast. For the sauce, use lemon juice and tamari.
  • Grilled chicken breast/thigh. Drizzle with a yoghurt dressing made from Greek yoghurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Grilled Cajun spiced John Dory fish. Serve with roasted fennel, cauliflower and a side green salad.
  • Roast lamb with eggplant and tahini salad. Add grilled veggies if you’re really hungry.
  • Beef fillet with sautéed veggies. Ready for a flavour explosion? You can’t go beat mushrooms, leeks, onion and spinach.
  • Moroccan-spiced chicken salad. This is a great option if you’re looking for a light meal.
  • Veggie frittata with a green salad. Add goat’s cheese to the salad or serve it with stuffed capsicums.
  • Zucchini ‘bolognaise’ with lean beef/chicken mince. Like pasta, only loaded with nutritional value!
  • Grilled salmon/snapper. Marinate in olive oil and herbs, and serve with cauliflower or broccoli mash.
  • Lettuce cups. Fill iceberg lettuce with vegetables and protein of choice. I love to add homemade guacamole, tahini or hummus too.
  • Protein smoothie. For those nights when you just can’t be bothered to cook.
  • Lettuce cups – iceberg lettuce filled with vegetables and protein of choice. I love to add some homemade guacamole, tahini or hummus too.


Website: jessicasepel.com

Instagram: @JSHealth

Do Beauty Pageants Help Make You A Better Model?



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Beauty pageants have been around for centuries now and they are not slowing down anytime soon! Many people question the intentions and values of beauty pageants because they feel it simply teaches young women to be vain and self absorbed. However, that is actually one of the biggest misconception out there! Although they do contain a heavy emphasis on being physically presentable, they instil other traditions and idealogies within participants that are extremely beneficial to them! The question is: Do beauty pageants help make you a better fashion model? And, the answer is YES! This article is going to explain 3easons why it would be beneificial to compete in a beauty pageant when considering modeling!




This is one of the most controversial components of a beauty pageant, the fact that physical appearance is one of the most important factors. As this may easilyt be percieved as negative because one might interpret that they are judging the winner as actually being more physically attractive, that is not what they are essentially doing. The judges are actually judging the participants on how well presented they are! They have categories for hair, dress and makeup in which they rate how well presented they are. But, this ranking has absolutely nothing to do with the individuals natural features. For example, a participant who is drop dead gorgeous but has terrible presentation would almost certainly lose to someone who was more average but was very well presented! Thus, the principle is to motivate young women to look their absolute best!


By competing in a beauty pageant, you have to jump through a lot of hoops! There is an audition, a casting call, preliminaries and then the actual competition! This is great for participants because it gives them a competitive edge! By getting accustomed to the idea of having to do your absolute best in order to acheive your goals, you are preparing yourself for the very cut throat world of modeling! Fashion is an industry that requires a lot of grinding and ambition so you’d better be ready!


Believe it or not, beauty pageants involve all forms of modeling: commercial, editorial and runway! You are required to do a photo shoot in order to obtain head shots which is known as editorial modeling. This is good practice for those fututre magazine covers! You are required to do a catwalk which is known as runway modeling and is great practice for future fashion shows! Some pageants even require a video audition in which you sell yourself to judges which is considered commercial modeling or self advertisement!

There you have it! If you were skeptical about beauty pageants before, don’t be! They can surely assit you in your process of becoming a successful fashion model!

10 Things You Should Know About Being A Model



Excerpt from The Model’s Guide by Rachel Woods


1. You need to
develop a thick skin. A lot more work goes into re-touching images than most people realise. Some models can be completely altered in pictures from the way they normally look. There are many tricks used to create that perfect image – I even once had my ears superglued back because a photographer thought they stuck out too much.
It is ok to eat. Believe it or not, not all models live on sticks of celery and two grapes a day, the 
majority of models actually eat a normal healthy diet, and can even enjoy the 
odd burger and milkshake. But don’t tell anyone…

Models don’t always get paid for shoots. Especially for new models building up their experience, there are many shoots that compensate in trade, either with photos or clothes, or sometimes you may not end up with anything at all.
4. Shoots are not always as glamorous as the photos portray. There is often a lot more going on behind a photo shoot than the finished picture presents. The model may have to work on a really cold or hot day wearing completely the wrong type of clothes for the season, have had 100 outfit changes or had to pose in really uncomfortable positions to get the shots.

You have to be on your guard. With so many camera phones backstage at shoots and runway shows sometimes someone will try and capture models at times when they may not want to be photographed. I personally had a shoot for a prominent magazine and whilst the other models and I were getting changed there was a dodgy guy taking pictures with hidden cameras. Not cool.
6. Despite getting to wear the most beautiful, expensive, glamorous outfits, 
models unfortunately don’t actually get to keep the clothes. Sometimes you may get lucky and get to keep something, but this rarely happens.

Most people believe models just have photoshoots everyday, whereas in reality many models (apart from supermodels) find it tricky getting regular bookings. There can often be periods of time with nothing but castings before work starts coming in.
Modelling can involve a lot of time spent waiting around; whether that’s waiting to get your hair or makeup done, waiting for the photographer to set up, waiting to get your photos back, waiting for runway shows to start or waiting to be seen at castings. So you often see models with a book or iphone in hand as there is so much free time.
Your expectations don’t always match reality. There can be the rare occasions whereby a model can apply for, or turn up at a shoot, expecting one thing (e.g. a fashion shoot) and find that the photographer wants to try and change it to a topless or nude shoot.

Models can be any age. A common misconception is that you need to be young in order to model, however there are so many different types of modelling, if you have the right look, there are plenty of opportunities out there for the more mature lady. It’s never too late.


The Model’s Guide by Rachel Woods is published by Thistle Publishing.

Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere?



Have you ever thought about what a model does after they’re done modelling? I do. While I still have a few years before I have to think about doing something other than rocking the runway, it’s sort of controlling my mind at the moment.

I asked my agent about it, and not only did he shrug away my concern, he changed the subject. That is definitely not a good sign.

I don’t have any modeling friends that have retired yet, but some of my friend’s moms were models, and they didn’t offer any hope. One girl’s mom became a flight attendant, another one went into sales. The majority of them had achieved the ideal “I used to be a model” career- the overindulged trophy wife.

I’m not looking forward to a life of Botox and yoga while picking the best nanny for my baby. There have got to be better options!

My problem is that I started modeling really young. I have been modelling since 14, and I didn’t really have a chance to develop any other skills. If I did stop I’d probably have to do something in the modelling industry, like be an agent, or coach. Wait, isn’t there a saying about that?

Those who can’t, teach.

I could teach people how to model!

But what I am terrified of is something that is more likely to happen – I get a job in the mall folding sweaters or rearranging the clothes on a mannequin. Do you have any idea how difficult it would be to take direction from some kid who couldn’t tell the difference between J Brand and True Religion…

My God, I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it.

That’s probably the reason why I’ve started taking some classes online. I figured when the time comes, I better have something else to fall back on. I’m thinking a career in fashion buying would be perfect for me, or I could be a wardrobe consultant.

I just need it to be something- anything – that keeps me from having to answer that awkward question of “Haven’t I see you somewhere?” from some guy in t-shirts and sweats eating a hot dog in the mall. I mean, I’m not ashamed of being a model; I just don’t want that to be all I do.

Just So You Know, I’m Not Posting For The Likes



I hate the term Instagram Model – as if there were such a thing. No, there are models and there are girls who post pictures on Instagram. Having photos on Instagram does not make you a model, and, if you are a model that posts pictures on Instagram, that doesn’t make you less of a model. They aren’t related. But, somehow when any girl posts pictures on the site, people think it’s all about ego and getting people to like you.

If I wanted people to like the real me, the last thing I’d show them is my picture. Good looks can easily cloud other people’s better judgment. So the whole argument that models who use Instagram do so to make themselves feel better is silly. We model on Instagram for the same reason we model anywhere else – for money.

But is it even worth it? I mean every time I snap a picture of myself doing some random thing, I wonder who is actually looking at it. My agent says it is a way to gain exposure – and in this industry exposure is golden – but does the real money even pay attention to social media?

I’ve heard some stories about amateur models that had some success on Instagram. There they were, posting picture of things they love to do, and the next thing you know, some designer is sending them clothes and flying them to shoots. But I think they were so successful because they were amateurs. The designer wanted someone that hasn’t been seen before, someone that they already knew people would admire. Is it such a surprise they looked to Instagram?

That’s what I would do if I didn’t want to spend money on models with professional experience.

But for some reason, my agent believes Instagram would work for me.. that my posting would convince people that I’m just the ordinary girl, and that I’m beautiful even when I’m being ordinary.

I don’t mind that much. Being camera-ready, even in snapshots, is not hard when you spend so much time in front of a camera.

So, if Instagram did lead to money what would happen after my popularity attracted a client’s attention? The impressed designer would contact my agent and be told the real cost of professional beauty. I guess that works for some girls, but I don’t get why they didn’t just call a modeling agency in the first place, instead of scouring the internet for a girl that can look cute in the bathroom.

5 Petite Style Icons To Follow in 2016



Jessica Gonzalez

With the seemingly endless array of It-Girls (literally) at our fingertips via fashion blogs and social media sites like Instagram, it should be easy to pinpoint style icons from whom we can draw sartorial inspiration.

However, it is often inevitable that body type comes into play when contemplating new styles. (Not all of us were blessed with Alexa Chung’s leggy looks or Karlie Kloss’ enviable stature!) Fortunately, though, we live in a time where fashion girls of various sizes, shapes, and shades also reign — and petite women are particularly in luck.

While there are many up-and-coming women in fashion who do not live up to the stereotype of necessarily being tall, they do succeed in being equally as chic. Here are five petite women killing it in fashion today whose style we should all look out for this year. Perhaps we can take a page or two out of their look books, as well. 

Jeanne Damas



Jeanne Damas is the quintessential, effortlessly stylish, Parisian twenty-something who has been taking the fashion world by storm since her teen years. She loves heels and mod mini-skirt looks as much as she adores her casual t-shirts and broken-in, straight-leg jeans. Jeanne does not initially come across as petite because it seems she has mastered knowing what pieces flatter and elongate her figure the most. Her blazer, jeans, and heels combo is brilliantly understated.

But while Jeanne often sports the classic look, she isn’t afraid to rock a trend or two, either. She makes slightly flared, cropped jeans petite-friendly by pairing them with slim fitting, ’60s-reminiscent ankle boots.

Camille Rowe 

Camille Rowe is a French-American model who has also been on the rise for a few years now. At 24 years old, she has already accomplished so much in the fashion world. And at 5’7″, it may be up for debate to call her petite. For a model, however, she is on the shorter side of the spectrum. Either way, Camille’s accessible yet covetable style oozes chic.

In Camille’s recent short video feature with British Vogue, she shares her equal parts vintage- and designer-clad closet with viewers. She looks just as elegant in a clever, tongue-in-cheek phrase-bearing tee as she does in a Jane Birkin-esque filet dress she tries on for the camera. Her girl-next-door ease and likability are only further accentuated through her style choices.

Sabina Socol  

Sabina Socol is absolutely an honorable mention. Another petite French woman with astounding taste and style, Sabina is a friend of Jeanne Damas. She is often featured on Jeanne Damas’ blog, and her style is hard to ignore.

Per Sabina’s Instagram, she is a “Paris-based journalist,” but upon first glance, one would think her a model (and she very well may be that, too!) And why not? Her cool girl vibes make her yet another source of inspiration for all young women, not just petites.

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo continues to make fashion headlines with her unique take on preppy elegance. She looks runway-ready at 5’6″, always looking flawless whether she is donning heels or white sneakers.

We can learn from Olivia to take fashion risks but most importantly, to have fun with our style.

Victoria Beckham 


Victoria Beckham has been a mainstay in the fashion world for quite some time now and continues to lead and influence with her prestigious line. She masters working woman chic and makes it look positively easy.

Victoria’s heels are usually sky high and her makeup (and especially, her bold brows) are seriously aspirational. She knows how to dress and make the most of her petite frame. It doesn’t hurt that she is also fiercely gorgeous. From work to play, we can all take cues from Victoria Beckham.

As the year progresses, keep an eye out for these women and their ensembles. They further prove that true, chic style can be realized at any height or age.