Friday, 11 April 2014

Cape Town Teasers

Hamjambo, darlings!

So two weeks ago now(!) I travelled west on a very long road and ended up on a white sandy beach where things like this happened.



See how amazed my face looks? It's cause I was looking at this.

My fellow model for the day, Danica :)
Photo: Danica V Model


Haha :P but jokes aside, I went to Cape Town for a week last Saturday and had a wonderful time off uni. I thought while I was there I could also meet some people and do some shooting so I sniffed around the interwebs and found that make-up artist Ety Hercsik was visiting from London and got in touch! What followed was a brilliant day at Clifton Beach with photog Nazmo, the lovely Danica and amazing support from her mum and friend!

Stay tuned for behind the scenes pics and the rest of the finished product as I get them. For now though, look what a fabulous time was had! ;P #SorryNotSorry

That house up there tho *.*

Ety sorting out Danica

I leave you with this, one of my faves so far, until I see the rest! As always I've been pretty critical with myself, facial expressions need work as does my discipline when it comes to skincare, but you've gotta recognize your own efforts as well. Not to mention give props to the amazing  make-up and photography on this day.


Someone take me back?
Bisoux,
J.
xx

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Gaschette Magazine

Hey y’all!

So you probably don’t know this, but I’m a big fan of discovering exciting and artistic online/digital magazines and one that’s been on my radar for a couple of months now is the Jo’burg-based Gaschette Magazine. It’s name takes its origin from a French word as you may have guessed-  gascheur- apparently meaning a rower and/or a flasher. By this my mind has automatically assumed this to refer to a flasher of genitalia. It is most likely a flasher of light(s) on a boat, though. Same concept.

*NOTE: It was later clarified that the name comes from "g√Ęchette": the trigger. ;) J.

This visual feast launched in Feb of last year and according to the website, is published 8 times annually.
Like manic or alcoholic episodes/memory blackouts, my internet adventures lead me to amazing inspirational blogs and tumblrs but I never recall exactly how I got to them. This one is no different. I just know I must have been drawn to it because everything’s so shiny.
Just look!

^^ First Issue Cover ^^

NIH3

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^^ Latest Issue Cover^^
Images: www.gaschettemag.com

YUM. And what’s even more yum? They’re having a model search at the moment. I’m not sure I’d qualify as a ‘Face of Joburg’ (lol not a chance) but hey. Couldn’t hurt. I entered the search yesterday and if you’re a model somewhere in SA, follow this link and you can too.

What’s more, they take written and photo submissions so heads up for all you writers, photogs, make-up artists and stylists, info right here. Call me if you need a model, too! ;)

Stay tuned for more of my fave digital magazines, honeys!

Bisoux,
J.

xx

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Sticky Situations

Hey all!

I've been reading an a lot of online articles with all the spare time on my hands in these last days of my uni holiday. One of my fave sites to go on is Jezebel, a hilarious feminist's dream where people discuss celebrity and entertainment, fashion, sex and general life for 21st century women. While I was trolling the different posts I came across one titled 'Great Comebacks to Sexist Comments' which is basically a collection of very helpful replies and shut-downs to rude comments from misogynistic men.

Below are some personal favourites from the Everyday Sexism twitter stream who asked for examples :D


@EverydaySexism A man once pointed out loudly that I have huge boobs. I looked down at them and screamed like I'd never noticed them before
@EverydaySexism A friend heard a guy shout 'Sit on my face!' at a girl who replied 'Why, is your nose bigger than your dick?' AMAZING!


@EverydaySexism when I get harassed I always pretend I didn't hear & say "what?" The more they have to repeat the sillier they sound.
Click here to read the whole post and the hundreds of amazing comments with even more brilliance

All this got me thinking; the same approach can be taken when it comes to working as a model, whether male or female and especially if you work freelance and not through an agency. If, fellow mannequins, like me a lot of work and opportunities come to you through websites like Model Mayhem and just networking and exchanging contacts with people you don't know well, things (and people) can get inappropriate very quickly.

See my last post for one such scenario.

Ladies and gents, I give you top 5 moments to hand it to a pervert photographer/ other industry person:

5. "Mmmm"/"Daaaamn"/"Baaaby"/ similar over-familiar comment while shooting
4. Hand on photog's own boob/crotch area
3. Hand on your boob/crotch area
2. Outright request(s) for sex/ a sexual act
1. You have somehow found yourself booked for a shoot with Terry Richardson ;P (lol JK. Kind of)

On a serious note though, it's important to keep your dignity and safety intact- check references before you agree to work with somebody and if things get to this point on a set/ at an event stand up for yourself! It's never that serious ;)

#ThatIsAll #WisdomFrom20YearOlds haha

Have a great evening/day, honeys!

Bisoux,
J.
xx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Skin Debate

Hey all!

I trust everyone's week is looking as bright as it was 14 days ago? :P

I've been distracted from blogging by a number of life-halting events, namely sacrilege at the Golden Globes the other night:

This vision didn't win Best Actress. Somebody explain. [50 marks]
(Pic from naturalbelle.tumblr.com)

Aamito from Uganda winning ANTM!

Yeah girl! East Africa all day errday!

Girls Season 3 is out!!

YAAAAS!

But mostly I've been sorting out a lot of affairs here at home in Nairobi before leaving for uni in the south 6 days from now. Ermagerrrd where's my 2-month holiday gone?? But before that I'll be making a pit stop in the Mother City, Cape Town right in the middle of the fashion season. Which means booking as many shoots as I can!

This time of year is summer down in South Africa which also means designers and photographers from across the world are on holiday or checking out the fashion scene. I've been in contact with some photogs about shooting together which I'm excited about, but there seems to be an increasing interest in boudoir/ nude/ "edgy" themed shoots among a lot of these guys ie. lingerie, full or partial or implied nudity, a general sensual/sexual mood. It's something I've noticed here in Kenya as well, like the Pulse magazine documented not too long ago. In a way I think it might be our fashion industries trying to compete with the west- sometimes we kill it, sometimes it turns out like a bad immitation.

Now, being an art and design student and enthusiast, I'm all about experimentation and being daring in the name of artistic expression. What's more, I've even got my own nothing-on-but-leggings test shoots done for my portfolio.

remember this? Check my portfolio for more :)
But is it worth it for an aspiring model? Are the possibilities of it coming to bite you in the ass one day greater than the experience and new connections? There are all the modelling nightmares our industry godmother Ty-Ty has exposed us to through her show to worry about: psycho rapist serial killer photographers, scam artists who will ask for lots of money, your photos ending up on some softcore porn site for pimpled tween boys and old fat men to w*nk over, I MEAN the list goes on and on.

And then there are those of us who have other ambitions besides this. Future architects like me,  businesswomen, politicians, attorneys, we all know no job recruitment is quite complete without a Google search on you. Things could get awkward, boys and girls.

Or maybe they won't? I dunno, maybe I've just gone on this tangent when I could easily use a model-name (like a stripper name, but classier) and be done with it! Maybe I should just be happy that professional photographers even want to shoot with me in the first place.

What do YOU think? Comment below and ask your friends too!

Bisoux,
J.
xx

Saturday, 4 January 2014

'Twas The Season...


..to chicken out of swimming in waterfalls

..to sit on a throne

..to contemplate life (pose) over Kitengela


...to find out how much cooler creepy crawlies are in the ocean


...to be back here again..
...to welcome another feast of experiences that will be these next 365 days :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVERS!

Bisoux,
J
xx