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Being a harsh judge helps in Miss New Zealand

February 24, 2008/11.12

I see Miss World 1975 Wilnelia Merced—Mrs Bruce Forsyth now—was mentioned on our blog, which takes us into the world of pageantry once again (OK, bad segue). It’s the season for it and I am unof?cially told that I will be judging Miss Universe New Zealand again.    Last year’s pageant was an eye-opener and this year […]

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Gisèle Bündchen set to get Max Factor contract, says source

February 16, 2008/11.27

Brazilian supermodel Gisèle Bündchen may have scored a two-year, $2·5 million contract to be the face of Max Factor, according to E! News.    The entertainment news service quotes a source close to the deal, saying that the campaign will break in the summer.    Bündchen is the highest-earning model in the world at the […]

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Catherine Zeta-Jones’s Pretty Irresistible


Beauty editor Michelle Perry and guest beauty editor Emma Foley give great tips in the print edition of Lucire, mixing products from a variety of brands. In emails arriving here, by contrast, companies try to encourage emulating their looks, such as this one from the people at Elizabeth Arden for its Pretty Irresistible colour collection, released […]

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Is Naomi Wolf pulling punches for Dove’s Real Beauty campaign?

February 15, 2008/23.08

In its quest to become a brand associated with more than a bar of soap, Dove has launched an enviable feel-good campaign that seeks to remake the way women feel about beauty advertising. Dove ads challenge the domination of thin, pouty-lipped supermodels in beauty advertising. When critics claim the ads are simply good for the […]

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Maximizing your chances in the StarNow Australian Model Search

February 12, 2008/4.50

I began checking out some of the entrants in the StarNow Australian Model Search. While my judging doesn’t begin till the public votes in its favourites and we get to the ?nal 20, the folks at StarNow wanted me to take a glance to see the calibre of entrants.    Yesterday, I did have one […]

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Naomi Campbell: modelling more racist than ever

February 7, 2008/5.36

Supermodel Naomi Campbell says the fashion industry is more racist than ever.    Campbell hit out at the lack of black faces on magazine covers and catwalks.    She told The London Paper: ‘Women of colour are not a trend. That’s the bottom line. It’s a pity that people don’t always appreciate black beauty. In […]

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The StarNow Model Search press release


Creating a successful career in the glamorous world of modelling is the dream of many Australian models, but seemingly far out of reach for most. Getting started can not only be expensive, but like the rest of the showbiz industry it is often more about who you know rather than what you know that launches […]

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The look of the StarNow modelling competition winner

January 24, 2008/12.19

Lucire editor Laura Ming-Wong, Miss New Zealand 2007 Laural Barrett and I will be among the judges of the StarNow 2008 Australian Model Search.     Each time I judge a competition, I get asked what I am looking for.    The requirements of a fashion magazine for models include talent that can look different each […]

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Sarkozy, Royal spent tens of thousands on campaign grooming, make-up

January 19, 2008/2.35

Echoing the expense that President Clinton was once known for (an infamous expensive haircut at LAX), a commission in France examining the make-up, hair and related expenses of its presidential candidates in 2007 revealed that the Socialist Party’s Ségolène Royal spent €53,581during her campaign.    Nicolas Sarkozy, who won the presidency, spent €34,445.    The commission would […]

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Shu Uemura passes away, aged 79

January 10, 2008/0.41

Shu Uemura, the cosmetics pioneer known for his scienti?c approach to beauty, died from pneumonia December 29 in Tokyo aged 79.    Uemura was born in Tokyo in 1928. He attended a beauty school and was the only man in his class, according to Reuter. In the 1950s, he began his career as an assistant on a […]

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