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Svala Lind

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Came across the stunning Icelandic model Svala Lind while slouching around the Internet:

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Photo of Svala Lind by Kristinn Magnússon for Icelandic label Kow, detail


Karen Elson’s “The Ghost Who Walks”

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

After seeing that Spin Magazine included supermodel Karen Elson’s performance at SxSW as a “Best Moment“, I got curious. I first came across Elson in a musical capacity several years ago with Melissa Auf der Maur covering Danzig’s “Devil’s Plaything”. Elson has improved since then. “The Ghost Who Walks” is a very pretty song, and her album releases May 25th on husband Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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photo of Karen Elson by David Swanson

Elvish Tanya Dziahileva

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Tanya is a Belarusian model that has been very popular over the past couple of seasons. Her strength lies in the the ability to morph easily from Pre-Raphaelite fantasy - heavy on the nostalgic view of nature - to Chobit, a modern fantasy dreamed up by CLAMP.

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Tanya Dziahileva, Versace s/s 2007, detail


Bone Structure, Darling, Bone Structure

Monday, September 11th, 2006

So said the quotable Tallulah Bankhead when asked about the most important quality in acting. Too bad even this standard has been compromised in Hollywood. Bone structure is the first thing you notice about Iekeliene Stange, apart from her unusual name.

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Iekeliene Stange in Vogue Nippon, September 2006


English Rosie

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a British model with great potential. Though she has shot campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, SportMax, fellow countryman Paul Smith and has done some catwalking, she’s a girl I would like to see more of. As with all models who have successful careers, she has the gift of transforming herself in front of the camera.

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image: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


The Fruit Seller of Nizhny Novgorod

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Natalia Vodianova’s story reads like a fairy tale. In her early teens she helped support her family by selling fruit on the streets of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Today she’s a mother of two, married to a wealthy Englishman and one of the world’s top models. Fortune has been very good to this 24- year-old, but the success she has found is also due to her tenacity and positive attitude.

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image: Natalia Vodianova Vogue Italia, March 2004


Uncommonly Gemma

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

“Gemma’s in a different stratosphere. She’s got that extra thing, that inexplicable thing.” This from Vogue Australia’s editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements. Australian Gemma Ward emerged a couple of years ago with the crop of “bug-eye models”, but was immediately set apart as a favorite of designers and photographers alike.

Gemma in Rochas