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Famous Model Children Making Their Move



By Michele Smith
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There is a new generation of child models and celebrity child models who are earning massive salaries compared to most of the general public. The average child model makes $65.00 – $70.00 an hour minus 20% that goes towards agency fees. On the flipside, this new generation of future mini-super models are earning $1500 for editorial work and even up to six-figures for commercials. The following are some of the up and coming latest mini modeling talent in the fashion industry.

Meet Ekaterina Samsonov

Ekaterina Samsonov at age eleven has already been named one of the top ten new faces to watch in the fashion industry. She even has already debuted in campaigns for DYNY, J Crew and Macy’s. The young lady earned a reported 50K in earnings last year alone. In addition, to having a lucrative modeling career, she also broke into the Hollywood scene acting in Anesthesia (2015) with Kristen Stewart, You Were Never Really Here (2017) and The Ticket (2016). Back to the earnings front, the young model also earned an unspecified five-figure sum for a one-day Nutella commercial shoot. Last but not least, “eKat” as she is known to her friends, has appeared in the fashion shows for Petite Paradise. Expect this fresh face of the fashion industry not to go anywhere soon.

Meet Hudson Kroenig

The handsome six-year-old son of Chanel model dad Brad Kroenig, has already modeled for Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and of course, Chanel, where he made his catwalk debut with his father; although according to sources he is too “cool” to walk with his father now. Hudson has also appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and W Magazine. He is quite the normal kid when he goes to go to school in New Jersey with his classmates (although Hudson has been known to bring in Chanel ads for show and tell, with himself alongside musical sensation Pharrell Williams and model Cara Delevingne). Hudson’s yearly earnings have been anticipated to be comparable to the world’s top earning child models due to his family’s connections in the fashion industry. It is not uncommon to see Hudson Kroenig alongside of his godfather Karl Lagerfeld (creative director for Chanel), while dining with the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and popstar Rhianna.

Meet Baylor and Hudson Cryder

These two mini-model siblings are making a splash to say the least and are considered two of the most beautiful kids in the word by fashion industry experts.  This dynamic duo are two of the most popular sibling models in the industry and most adult models would be thrilled with the same success. The brothers have appeared in campaigns, for J. Crew, Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta by the respective ages of 7 and 10. As a Chanel favorite, the brothers have appeared in multiple ad campaigns, as well as on the runway itself. Marc Jacobs is another top designer who has used the duo in various campaigns. Baylor appeared on the cover of Vogue Bambino while his brother Hudson was flown out to the Bahamas for an appearance with British socialite India Hicks for a Ralph Lauren shoot.


Casting Calls, What a joke



By Jenn Marie

At some point in time, someone thought it would be a good idea to line up a whole bunch of girls in one room and pick through them to find the best fit. I am guessing the idea was that if you kept it impersonal, booking agents could pick the best girl for the job and everyone would have an equal shot.

That would be nice if it were true.

Casting calls, or better yet cattle calls are actually a huge joke. They involve long lines of mostly unqualified people waiting around to be glanced over for a few moments. If you have ever been to one, you may immediately wonder how in the world anyone could choose from the hundreds of potential models that show up at these things.

They don’t.

In almost every cattle call, the models have been pre-screened or even pre-chosen prior to the event. Sometimes, the pre-screened model will show up at the casting call, just to look legitimate, but you can trust that she won’t be hanging around long. The real candidates are typically seen first and dismissed, or arrive late and whisked through nonchalantly. They don’t spend the hours everyone else does because they have already been chosen.

That is why it is crazy that these cattle calls even exist in the industry. Everyone knows that the talent does not come from them and that they are a huge waste of time. Yet, agents continue to send people to them, and young hopeful models continue to show up at them- fueling the lie.

Get caught up – believe – it’s only costing you the time you could have spent finding real work.

If you buy-in to the dream of getting booked from a cattle call, you are endorsing the industry’s disrespect for an actual model’s time and ability.

A working model should never have to spend 2-3 hours waiting to be considered for a job that doesn’t actually exist. If time is money, how much should the time wasted by the model at these things be worth? It is very clear that for those that orchestrate these pretend work opportunities it’s not worth much.

A Real Man And His Man-Bag



“Are accessories – more specifically, handbags – accentuating gender stereotypes or hiding them?”

Fashion, for concerned and cultured individuals, shouldn’t be underestimated by the power of accessories. The right piece can add to the way the wearer feels and also how others perceive them. This is has been proven in Social Psychology with the rise of the Red Lipstick, the High Heel and of course, the Status Bags. These options are available for both sexes as self esteem in the Fashion industry comes in many shapes and sizes, with one agenda – to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. This means that Fashion aims, at its most practical and holistic level, to provide expression and functionality through aesthetically pleasing embellishments.

The term Manbag has been associated with the negative side of the Fashion industry since its conception. Its acceptance has relied heavily upon ambassadors in the male hegemony who are deeply rooted in industries that praise aesthetics as well as masculine endeavours such as acting, modelling, competitive sports, outdoor activities and the like. Does having a ‘Manbag’ mean you’re man-less? Let’s investigate.

Man Baggage

According to TheSack.org, the handbag has been referred to in writings for centuries but it was not til the 1500’s that modern day artefacts were found that showed the utilitarian and decorative aspects of bags. We use bags to hold possessions we consider valuable; to add to our “look”, to give the illusion of protection because it allows for collective curation and, of course, to stand apart from our fellow counter-paths. Women, since their liberation in the 70s have taken it upon themselves to transform Fashion into their armour and identification badge because of its obvious links to social and cultural progression that allowed freedom of expression.

An article by Sonja Kudei via The Atlantic entitled:  The Problem with ‘Man-Bag’ and Other ‘Man’ Words. What’s really going on when we use “male” versions of terms for typically feminine things? states that; “The addition of “man” to the above fashion-oriented words implies that the original words are somehow inherently feminine and it takes the prefix “man” to linguistically neutralize them and, in a way, redeem them. […] The “women=superficial consumers” stereotype gets entrenched in our minds. The presence of glaring stereotypes about women in the unconscious does leave a mark on our environment through the aesthetic standards, social norms, and expectations we create.” So, who is really at fault?

Real men and real needs

Real men have real needs. A fashionable (or should I say stylish – those are not the same thing) man has a few more needs. These include (but are not limited to): Finding a (relatable) icon and emulating them. Finding a culture you identify. Finding a place in that pact and, of course, finding a women who can hold you down while you hold her up (these are just a few suggestions).

Kyle Chayka, a Guardian journalist stated in his article: “Why every real man carries a tote bag: Ditch the briefcase. Don’t call it a ‘murse’. And don’t you dare call it ‘gay’. Totes are the bags we have been waiting for”: “I am a young, urban-dwelling male, and a canvas bag with straps on it is essential to my daily existence. […] The tote communicates my attitude toward the day as much as it helps me carry things […] they are a chance to say something about yourself. Like: I enjoy intellectual literature – or want to appear as if I do!”

In another article via TheDailyTelegraphUK written by Claire Carter states that; “more than half of men now carry a ‘man bag’. Handbags are no longer seen as a female-only accessory after a survey found men are choosing to carry around a “man bag”, often containing contents worth £900.” Carter’s point is reinforced by Anita Naik’s, consumer editor of Vouchercodes.co.uk, survey that concluded that;

“The research shows men are starting to embrace the manbag and recognise the practical benefits of carrying everything in one place, especially with expensive tech to carry around every day […] One in nine (11 per cent) said having a bag is more of a fashion statement, while one in 14 (seven per cent) started carrying a bag because their partner complained about being asked to carry extra items in their already over-laden handbags. The survey of 2,000 men revealed one in ten per cent pack spare underwear in their bags.”

A bag for all reasons

Whether for men or women, bags are a statement of choice and personal dialogue in our society. It would be beneficial to society allow this sort of semiotics to be played out without the instinctual fear of social and cultural codes that have been programmed in our psyche to deny unconventional avenues. Unfortunately there will always be questions and theories that are unavoidable and deeply rooted into our cognition when sectors of the market like Manbags come into play.

Are Manbags a Freudian symbol of repressed envy for female genitalia or perhaps of the archetypal Mother figure? Does size really matter? Are the signals of personal language, style, convictions and habits of the wearer translated and understood when an ‘average’ man in the 21st century decides to buy a $2,000+ CHANEL tote to hold his designer sunglasses, designer laptop, designer perfume, designer notebook, designer wallet and, let’s not forget, the epitome of masculinity in Fashion – his Calvin Klein briefs? You know, just in case he runs into a Victoria Secret’s model that happens to speak his language.

Anything can happen in a society that has just begun to identify with the multiple social facets of its liberated society.

The Real Test, Is This Designer Bag Fake?



By Margretta Sowah

Chanel once said, “If you want to be original, prepared to be copied…” – true words by a remarkable woman.  Being fake has many connotations. Fake tan. Fake fur. Fake friends… fake boyfriend? There are only few exceptions to this statement. The fake designer goods market is huge. We are so immune to branding that particular logos are automatically associated with thoughts, feelings and events (we call this ‘brand recall’). If branding is important what is the real appeal of fakes? – Besides the price tag and amazing cross stitching?

Jewellery, bags and shoes from your favourite Luxury brand can range from triple digits to 20 thousand dollars and over. Dropping 15k on a Hermes tote may not seem a probable investment to most, but for a fortunate few indulging is nothing. With luxury sales on a steady decline over the last decade, Ready-to-Wear collections are increasingly being marketed to the younger Nuevo riche heiresses and blessed billionaire boys. Most would jump at the opportunity to share their lifestyle. Knowing you have the same bag as Cara Delevingne or Princess Mary is surely a sign of success – in a vicarious sort of way.

Designer knockoffs are a $600 billion dollar industry globally and it isn’t just proverbial Asian countries dominating in this market. StyleCaster reports an incredible 25% of ads on Facebook are for fake luxury products. These figures shouldn’t surprise us considering the emphasis on brand storytelling through huge advertisement campaigns. It is the lifestyle of the ‘IT Girl’. Don’t we all want to be that girl? Turning heads and breaking hearts with our unique style as the quirky Prada muse or the refined Chanel woman? Gossip Girl is definitely an advocate for this type of market.

Fashion is elitist. Social status is at the marketing crux of any luxury brand. We are starting to see changes with the target market of High End brands because of cultural remodelling and economic considerations. The youth want to be a part of this moment more than ever. Consumers are very aware of their power to influence and attract; to imitate and belong. The flipside? We are completely oblivious to the subliminal branding our eyes devour almost minute by minute.

Fakes in the Fashion industry could be a case of wilful blindness. Most of us are wilfully blind to more than we realise. Fight with your friend out of the blue? You saw it coming, after the fact. Your boss sits you down and says your KPI is low? You put it down to being a slow month. We turn a blind-eye to a lot of problems. We recognise counterfeit products as being a no-no in Fashion; going against its couture origins and creative license not to mention copyright laws and intellectual property. If the customer is always right then what is the influx of fake designer bags and goods telling brands and businesses? Mark ups are great for profit margins and shareholders but what about the consumer?

Walking down the streets of the Sydney CBD with my own designer bag (“Tequila is not my friend #BACONANDEGGPLEASE” – shout-out to Kate Spade NY), almost 50% of women were wearing well-known bags. I’m willing to bet 35% of those were fake. Sydney has a huge Asian market with at least one third of the population coming from Asia Pacific. Does that dictate the number of counterfeit designer goods? Of course not. It shows a small glimpse into a wider issue.

In my last trip to Thailand one of the lovely hotel staff took me around the city. We stopped in a small shopping area selling designer copies of all the latest seasons’ bags. I have never seen a room full of real fakes; it was quite a visual experience. CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Prada, Hermes, Fendi, Dior… My mind wanted to believe the price tag was indicative of the product, but I knew it was not. In Psychology Cognitive Dissonance is when ‘an individual’s behaviour conflicts with beliefs that are integral to his or her self-identity.’ When I contemplated purchasing their bag(s) I wanted to believe they were authentic. This went against my core values of respecting and appreciating craftsmanship – as an artist/creative myself. This is a personal choice; I know plenty of artistic and creative (and some that are not) women who don’t find any shame in the counterfeit game.

It is psychologically and emotionally (possibly even physically) satisfying to know you are part of a small few that can afford, invest and promote a product or service. Who can blame the rest of us wanting to look good, feel great and spend less? Fake designer goods will continue to be the black sheep in the family of Fashion.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all – CHANEL might have said that, too.

This Model Eats A Lot



Food and fashion? Eating and models? Surely not. But yes, times are a-changing. Everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Ianthe Rose is eating big and loving it. And who could forget Kate Upton in the famous Carls Jnr ad, demolishing a massive burger with finesse?

Models all over the world are rebelling against impossible standards imposed by the merciless fashion industry, the command of which is brutal in its impact on society.

The unforgiving measurements of 33-24-34 affects not only models, but trickles down to negatively influence millions of teenage girls around the world, who truly believe they need to fit within these impossible constraints in order to be perceived as desirable or cool.

This has manifested in disturbing terms on social media leading to an epidemic of young, impressionable girls trying to out-do each other in the shrinking stakes. Skeletal frames (dubbed “thinspo”) are worshipped, followed and imitated. And don’t even get us started on thigh gap envy. I mean, really?

Closer to home, personal trainer Kayla Itsines emphasizes workouts which yield bodies that are strong rather than skinny, and diet plans which include healthy, natural meals. With 3.6 million followers worldwide, this Instagram queen has definitely started a positive revolution.

More than just eating, some models are taking it one step further. Aussie model Julia Datt grew tired of the constant negativity in the international markets and decided to rebel with a food blog, cheekily titled This Model Eats A Lot.

The brand challenges the idea that models should eat the bare minimum and survive on a diet of coffee and cigarettes. With an Instagram account which celebrates the types of dishes people REALLY like to eat – not just miso soup and salad – it encourages girls to eat healthily and exercise sensibly, rather than starve themselves. Three million views on Zomato (the new Urban Spoon) later, it seems the rest of the world is finally taking a stand against the idea of punishing diet regimes.

As All My Friends Are Models promotes healthy self-esteem and a positive relationship with beauty, it seems like a match made in heaven – and we can’t wait to blow the rules!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trend if Instagram wasn’t all over it. Check out hashtags #thismodeleatsalot #allmyfriendsaremodels #modelseat and #stopmeasuringbeauty for pictures of models killing it in the eating stakes, or just generally saying NO to unrealistic body proportions.

We’d love to hear your views on this – how do you feel now that the era of starvation is over?

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