Photo: Luigi Murenu
Photos courtesy of Luigi Murenu
photo of Naomi Campbell because she is F.I.E.R.C.E.
Cathy Horyn for NY Times Style
You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing. – Marie Stopes
Marie Stopes, an author and one of Britain’s first advocates for women’s rights and a pioneer in the field of birth control. As a matter of fact, she and her husband Humphry Verdon Roe found the first birth control clinic in Britain in March of 1921. Also she wrote a book Married Love or Love in Marriage when hers was falling apart. That book became a best seller; publishers could hardly keep it in print. Yeah, that’s right. The first year there were 5 editions released. Wow. Right? This is someone whom when told she couldn’t legally get a divorce, read legal papers and documents to find a way. And she did. She legally divorced in 1913 on the stand that the marriage had never been consummated. So basically, she’s bad-ass.
Now, onto the quote I chose for today. The idea that one can take no credit for ones beauty at sixteen is confusing for a lot of models. Most people assume that modeling is simply being genetically blessed and while that is definitely a part of a model’s success there is still an entire different skill set that makes a model “a model.” And most girls don’t realize they have it.
So, when a model doesn’t understand what it is that makes her a model, then the craft of modeling gets lost in the pursuit to “stay beautiful.” Many many models and actresses fall into this category and their careers end before they reach their prime.
Beyond this, most agents, photographer and editors don’t understand why one girl is awesome and another falls flat. Modeling schools don’t understand this either. Currently there is no support for models to cultivate the craft of modeling and it becomes a game of hit or miss.
Those that have innately figured it out or have been fortunate enough to have longer careers that have afforded them the time it takes to hone in on the talent and craft it find a beauty that is everlasting, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring.
So, what is this craft of modeling I speak of? It’s difficult to fit in all into one blog post. Most simply put it is the ability to capture a feeling and process through the filter of image and project it back out to be captured.
I speak of this process to shine a light on Stopes’ second half of the quote: But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.
And this is where the craft of modeling transcends into art. Once a model is able to craft an image, the challenge becomes constructing a framework to project their soul into. And this is where we find true beauty.
Because you see, it doesn’t really matter if one is a conventional beauty. What matters is the self awareness, emotional control and an ability to access one’s soul and spirituality.
Gah! So yes. All of us can be a model. And all of us are beautiful and all of us need not be afraid to practice our beauty today. Go ahead, try it. Find yours and express it!
…and I happen to agree.
From Advanced Style: Thank you Ari Seth Cohen
Are you afraid of aging? Do you embrace it? or do you fight it?
I’m proud of my experiences in life. I’m proud of all I’ve survived and accomplished. I’m grateful for the blessings that have been given to me. Much like Iris, I too feel that if you’ve been blessed, it’s important to share those blessings in a way that benefits others positively.
What blessings do you have in your life today that you can share with your communities?
1. Coconut Kefir:
I walked into the studio where the casting for Scott Barnes’ new coffee table book was and there was a shoot already going on. The first thing I do is scan the room for the gatekeeper. This is the person, normally a producer, that controls the flow of information and peoples’ comings and goings. Once I spot him or her, I’ll go over and introduce myself. I’ll say something like, “Hi, I’m Emily. Is this where the casting for Scott is?”
The producer finishes and signals for Scott to come over to meet me. She then looks at me and begins to explain the shoot and what they’ll need. This is my turn to listen and, if there are any questions, keep my answers short. I still maintain a professional and friendly boundary.
I’m meeting with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes to discuss shooting photos for his next coffee table book. I’d like to take this opportunity to go over what I’ll wear and how I’ll do my hair and makeup for this kind of meeting. Continue reading
My friend James Van Alden asked if I would sit in a my living room chair and let him photograph me with no makeup, no lighting and no hair. Just me. In a tank top.
My first thought was no (expletive) way am I letting anyone photograph me without at least a bit of concealer. But James wouldn’t have it. It was a barefaced challenge. I considered the challenge and countered back. If he wouldn’t let me use concealer or color of any kind, I would accept the challenge if he let me use two products: clear lip gloss and mascara.
And… he said Continue reading