Posted on April 7, 2016
It is extremely important to know and accept who you are. Tall/ short, dark/fair/wheatish, fat/slim..embrace yourselves and others around you. I came across something that inspired me and i thought of sharing it, knowing the struggle of a woman in the world of today. Remember, being you is what defines real beauty!
Out of all the newish fashion trends the ‘plus-size’ is the most sensational one. The first-rated fashion houses all over the world refill their modeling families with gorgeous plus-size girls. More and more fashion editorials and brands expand to include larger sizes. The high-profile ad campaigns can’t stop to highlight the exquisite beauty of voluptuous bodies. Instagram ‘plus-size’ hashtags and accounts go viral. The beauty bloggers and critics discuss the pros and cons of full-figured beauty. In a word, the plus-size trend has revolutionized the modeling industry with her long-standing standards of body type.
Nevertheless the ‘plus-size’ is still a loaded term and causes a stir at every turn. So while everyone all over the web is trying to offer up an opinion on the ‘genetically gifted’ bodies, missing the thought and stories of the models themselves. These are must-know names of the plus-size modeling world. They really have a lot for you to know.
“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me!’
This outsized diva has skyrocketed to fame in the fashion world owing to her outstanding shape. She never dreamed she would be high fashion model and one of most talked about personalities all over the world. After her debut in Sports Illustrated she had the extended-size monopoly featuring the 10-size swimwear. She smiled from the covers of fashion magazines showing off her sun-kissed skin and beach curls. Kate is pretty sure that there is no reason to hide the curves. Being plus-sized is a reason to flaunt this fact. That’s why she is blatantly upfront about her body. She keeps the meal plan under control and works out hard at the gym. The full-figured bombshell admits it was hard for her to conceive so many negative statements and non-stop questions like ‘Is she really so fat?’ Now she’s learned to ignored the critics and just enjoy. And you know what? We’re happy she can.
I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.’
Once in an air-punching moment of scandalous plus-size stream the 16-sized girl in a tiny black bikini blew up the world. Ashley Graham is one of the most famous oversized ladies. Her over-the-top career includes the spreads of the best editions like Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Elle. She has started her modeling career at the age of 12. That’s why the 27-years old model feels absolutely free in the co-working environment of perfectly skinny models. Her considered opinion is that there society needs more body education in schools, because that’s where eating and mental disorders start. Teen girls take the beauty standards too literally and simply have no chance to love their gifted bodies. Changing the fashion industry has never been easy but Ashley broke the barriers down. Let’s give her a standing ovation!
‘I like to believe that my pictures are used as an inspiration for girls who struggle with a poor self-image. It encourages them. I get a lot of messages from girls who tell me that looking at my pictures, or from one of my colleagues, makes them feel better and more secure in their body. They are happy to see someone they can identify with.’
The next plus-size trendsetter is body conscious Tara Lynn, who gets men’s heart racing even more than slim models counterparts. She is best known for the cover of Elle France. Then her gorgeous photoshoots spreads appeared in Vogue Italia, CR Fashion and others. She often shares her thoughts about plus-size mainstream and hardly strives for the oversized models rights on their way to being seeing as full-fledged fashion icons. By the way Miss Lynn’s French and Spanish are fluent and moreover she has a degree in linguistics. Who else but the lady like she is capable of stirring a fashion-revolution?!
I’ve got big hips and a big body. I’m double, triple the size of other models – and I embrace that – I own it.
This ‘body-gifted’ model is well known for her covers of Italian Vogue, GQ and Cosmopolitan Australia. She amazed everyone with her stunning spread of Elle France and the ad works with Mango, Ralph Lauren, Marina Rinaldi, Persona Collezioni. She debuted the exclusive line for H&M. This year she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015 showing off the bikini from her own line.
You’ll be surprised but moreover she has her own food blog, takes viral photoshoots of her plus-sized colleges and writes articles for the Daily Beast. Now please take a seat because at the beginning of the March 2015 she gave a birth to her first child.
She smiles when someone asking her ‘How is it possible to manage all these things?’ Still people around continuing to guess the secret of her magnetism and unquenchable energy, I just want to call her the true women. Amen!
‘Being you is what defines real beauty.’
The advocate of curvaceous women and the international plus-size model who exploded the fashion standards with a size 14. She was praised to be present on the catwalk by Anna Wintour (OMG!). This full-figured leading diva is a famous TV personality. She even was a part of J Lo and Tyra Banks shows. But she thinks that her main task is to learn the ‘plus-size’ industry and to spread a worldwide message that the only limit of beauty is located in our heads.
Posted on March 30, 2016
We begin our interviews this month and first up is someone from the infinite world of photography. He is very passionate about his work and today he tells us all about it.
Meet Mr. Rizwan Gill, a photographer whose work speaks for itself and creates images that are emotional, edgy, original and capture a unique moment in time.
W&S: It’s often been said that mathematicians do their best work when they’re young, philosophers when old, and photographers…?
Mr. Rizwan: Photography and photographers do not have age limits and they are best at every stage of age with new innovative and interesting ideas to capture in their camera what they want to.
W&S: Tell us about yourself
Mr. Rizwan: I’m a Pakistani national, born 4th October 1989. I have done my BBA Hons in Marketing and currently working in the corporate sector. I started off with photography but then entered the world of videography and currently my focus is weddings and I must say I’m immensely enjoying myself.
W&S: Where is home?
Mr. Rizwan: For me Home is Family. Doesn’t matter where we are as long as I’m with my family. Home is located in the twin cities of Pakistan.
W&S: What inspired you to be a photographer?
Mr. Rizwan: It’s a quite interesting and funny story actually. At first I was interested in modeling and because of my interest my photographer friend often clicked various shots of me. The final result seldom came out according to my expectations and I often picked out errors and faults in them from them being out of focus to wrong angles and well the list is endless. That’s what compelled me to learn more about cameras and use of different lenses etc. My research and interest led me to this wonderful field and then there was no stopping me. I wanted the pictures to be saved for my entire life and that’s why I started capturing moments for myself as well as for others. I challenged myself and went onto the journey of becoming better with every click.
W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?
Mr. Rizwan: One moment would be difficult to choose, I guess.
W&S: What do you specialize in?
Mr. Rizwan: I believe that there should not be a photographer who specializes only in one area only
W&S: What type of camera do you shoot with?
Mr. Rizwan: Canon 7 D and Canon 60 D
W&S: What lighting equipment you like working with?
Mr. Rizwan: It really depends on the location and the subject in case of lighting equipment. Sometimes it’s the daylight, sometimes the ambiance light and of course our own speed lights and LED’s.
W&S: Can you as a photographer relate to the importance of using Photoshop?
Mr. Rizwan: I do not relate photography with Photoshop because it takes the true essence and feel of a photo. What I believe is that a person should take a perfect picture using the camera and it should not require photoshop.
W&S: A website or blog you often visit?
Mr. Rizwan: Facebook and the good old google. I’m a simple guy (laughs)
W&S: A photographer who inspires you?
Mr. Rizwan: Joe McNally
W&S: How long have you been a photographer and did you go to school to study photography?
Mr. Rizwan: It’s been almost 7- 8 years that I have been photographing and I did not go to any school to study photography.
W&S: How do you deal with difficulties of the ever changing weather?
Mr. Rizwan: For me, if you really want to capture a memory or you really want to capture whatever the situation is, there is nothing that can stop you.
W&S: Each location can have many different stories so how do you decide what you want to craft out of it?
Mr. Rizwan: Whatever the location is there are always moments that can be captured and there is always a storyboard that can be made from beginning till the very end.
W&S: For people who want to get into photography, what kind of images do you want to see in their portfolio? How do you build to attract clients in this industry?
Mr. Rizwan: I would like to see photos that are able to portray a complete story and reveal its true essence and that’s what a client is attracted to.
W&S: How important is it today to diversify, to work with multiple clients, or do you work solely for yourself?
Mr. Rizwan: Diversification in today’s world is very important. You can get complete different stories from different clients.
W&S: Books that have inspired you?
Mr. Rizwan: I don’t really read much.
W&S: Your favorite song of all time?
Mr. Rizwan: Right here waiting for you by Richard Marx
W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?
Mr. Rizwan: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
W&S: Artists/photographers that inspire you?
Mr. Rizwan: Ray Rommans and Joe McNally
W&S: Your take on selfies?
Mr. Rizwan: I’m not a selfie fan and I really do not like to take selfies
W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?
Mr. Rizwan: I think that would be Photoshop
W&S: You have many images that talk to this, you picture environments that feel very personal either to you or the subjects in the photos. The spaces seem emotionally invested, feel like part of a scenario. Is this something you work for?
Mr. Rizwan: Yes, that’s the main purpose of photography.
W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?
Mr. Rizwan: That’s difficult to say, so many wonderful things out there. How about a camera, I have to admit that I would have loved to design a camera of some sort.
W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?
Mr. Rizwan: I just wanted to be a part of any feature film as a cameraman, DOP or in direction, as I love doing this.
W&S: What have you learned from your journey?
Mr. Rizwan: People out there and our society is very unpredictable. I had good and bad critics at the same time but obviously hard work, passion and honesty makes you and your work just amazing.
W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Mr. Rizwan: I would like to see myself as a free teacher of photography where people who really are interested in learning can eventually learn and implement.
W&S: Lastly, if you could wish upon a star, what would you ask for?
Mr. Rizwan: World peace lol. No seriously I want everyone to live peacefully, there is so much pain, so much misery around the world that it breaks my heart. I wish people would accept each other and live in harmony.
W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?
Mr. Rizwan: Work hard, have patience and just be yourself. No matter what, Just believe in yourself and your work.
Thank you very much!
You can follow Mr.Rizwan’s photography page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rizphotography5/
Follow Rizwan on Instagram: rizzz89
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Posted on March 6, 2016
Posted on January 30, 2016
Hand painted denims remind me of the awesome 90’s. The best thing about denims is that you can take your old ones, paint them and turn them into a magnificent new pair. Imagine what all you can do with a little paint and your imagination, customize all your jeans if you want to.
So when are you planning to start your jean project?
Let us know when you find or create your perfect pair!
Posted on January 22, 2016
Speaking of red, Coca Cola has over the years launched various Coca Cola statement shirts, caps, bags etc. How many of you rocked Sophia Webster “Share a Coca Cola” pumps in 2015?
Rita Ora look absolutely stunning as she wore these classy pumps to celebrate 100 years of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle at the Coca-Cola Contour Centenary Bar in London, England.
Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com
Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com
She wore a Veni Vici Couture strapless peplum gown with a flowing train and for her second look at the event, she went for a halter-necked red dress and paired with Sophia Webster’s ‘Share a CocaCola’ pumps. Not only she looked stunning, I’d say it was just the right marketing strategy. Thumbs up!
Posted on January 21, 2016
Shopping is an experience in itself. How it turns out to be depends a whole lot on stores and the way they deal with customers. Mostly, you come across salesmen with annoyed facial expressions, OK i get it, customers can be annoying at times but that’s where your expertise come in. I just had to share my experience from day before yesterday. I went shopping at a mall in Islamabad. I had my list of things and as I was scanning the stores looking for that perfect pair of shoes to go with my winter wardrobe, I ended up at the UK based brand Insignia. Of course it felt like any other store at first but then this salesman came towards me with decent, polite expressions and a way with words. He gave me a few minutes to scan through the store and meanwhile I believe that he was doing his job by assessing what I would like and voila! He brought forward 3 pairs and to my surprise I liked them all. The finish, the design, the look Ah! I fell in love 🙂 I tried them of course and then picked two of them, one in red and one in black. The salesmen seemed well versed in his job and treated me with utmost respect. Once I paid them and was ready to leave, the entire staff came forward and thanked me in a delightful way! What a wonderful experience indeed! Highly recommended! 🙂
#insignia #shoes #fashionbloggers #beauty #bloggers #glam
Posted on January 20, 2016
Says it all…!
Much love 🙂
Posted on January 20, 2016
Wow! What a day! Each season brings with it the promise of everything good and so do the malls. Nothing like end of season sale! Stores are filled with gorgeous things and people. So it was more like a shop till you drop kinda day for me. Got my hands on some really nice clothes, shoes and make up products. So what are you waiting for, hit the stores. Happy Shopping!!! 🙂