models

Revisiting Omahyra Mota



“When I wear suits on the runway, when I’m doing a men’s show… I am not thinking that I look like a boy. [What] I am thinking the whole time is that I am just bringing the most in strength and expression; my eyes, the way I’m looking, the way I’m moving, it’s not more like a boy, it’s just strength, flavor, sauce, like swag.”

I love that Vogue has spotlighted the Y2K model Omahyra Mota, one of the most unique forces that modelling has seen in the last 20-odd years. There’s a fantastic gallery of her shows, reminding us not only of the timelessness of early noughties designers but how versatile her look really was. (more…)



Fresh face: Greta Hofer



Greta Hofer Prada SS21

I’m out of the loop when it comes to new model faces. But the Prada SS21 show featured all runway newbies and one in particular stood out. Greta Hofer has an air of Natalie Portman about her, combined with the garconne vibe of 90s Jeny Howorth and Y2K Agyness Deyn. A free-spirited Austrian, the gamine crop came not from a model agent’s suggestion but on a whim, administered by her own fair scissorhands in the middle of the night. (more…)



Yay or nay: 90’s feather cut



90s feather cut Sara Blomqvist at Viva

Just spotted this image of model Sara Blomqvist in The Gentlewoman magazine. I’m not at the cutting my own hair stage yet, but I’ve been hankering for a change on the coiff front. I like this soft messy cut.

When this cut emerged in the 90s I hated it as it was a throwback to the 70s. (If you lived it the first time, etc…) But the 90s take was minimalist and a bit grungy. Adding it to my Pinterest short hair board while I continue to ponder and grow my fringe….

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IMAGE: The Gentlewoman
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Positive fashion: On Zalando, activist spokesmodels and profitable ethics



At The Beauty Conversation* we have been talking for a while about the shift from models and influencers to ‘activist models’, as a vehicle for brands to express their ethical values. This shift is reaching its peak now with most brands hiring outspoken role models who have a strong social media following and a passion for activism or a cause rather than standard models or It Girls as their ‘face of’.

Example: multi brand e-commerce retailer Zalando, who has hired gender nonconforming model Rain Dove (above), plus-sized model Felicity Hayward and Gurls Talk founder Adwoa Aboah for its latest ‘Free to Be’ campaign. (more…)