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Live... on set!

at the National Ballet School


Tenika in makeup
9:00 a.m. - Welcome to Modelresource's live coverage of the a photo shoot for Vervegirl's Holiday Glamour Issue, and a special welcome to Vervegirl readers.

We've just taken our first shot of the day, and many of you may recognize the model. It's Tenika from Season One of Canada's Next Top Model.

Applying Tenika's makeup is David Goveia, while photographer Alvaro Goveia stands by in the background.

If you have questions about modelling, photo shoots, whatever... Modelresource will be on set all day getting answers.

Registration for our discussion board is simple. Simply go to the section we've set up for this event, click "Register" in the top right corner and confirm that you agree to the terms.

We're standing by!



Tenika on set with MaHa
9:45 a.m. - It will be interesting to pick up the Holiday Glamour Issue of Vervegirl to see how this shot matches up with what appears in the magazine.

Tenika is now done with makeup and setting up for the first shots. That's our stylist, MaHa, adjusting the outfit.

I see we have questions on the Discussion Board now too. We'll be getting to those as quickly as possible.


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards


Irina Funtikova
Sweet Lulu asked:
I've always heard that dance training is good for models. Why is that?
Publisher (that's me) replied: Great question!

The general public generally doesn't understand how difficult it is to move in front of a still camera. The most interesting photos are often the ones where movement is projected through a still lens.

Dancers generally have a very good understanding of their body, and become naturally expressive. If you look at photos of Irina Funtikova, who was part of our last Live... On Set! feature you'll see how her years of training as a rhythmic gymnast have taught her to project gracefully.

The other major advantage dancers have is physical discipline. There is a certain body type fashion prefers, and models that danced for years generally understand how to maintain a healthy appearance through exercize.

The general public still likes to assume that models eat almost nothing. The most successful models actually eat well, but combine a healthy diet with physical activity.


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

Ellie* asked:
How much modelling is there in Canada? Is there enough or is it necessary to go overseas to find work? Also, I was wondering what your fitness/diet regimens were.
Publisher (that's me) replied: Thanks for the questions Ellie*.

We only have one model on set so far, so it might take a while to get a full answer, but please check back.

As to the money issue, the top models working in this country can definitely make a comfortable living without basing themselves in other markets... but without a doubt the most lucrative money markets are elsewhere.


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

Jem asked:
For everyone on set today...

I'm curious about everyone's thoughts regarding beauty:

What is beauty?

What does beauty mean to you? How would you define it? What does it mean to be beautiful?

Any favourite quotes about beauty? Any photos that sum up what beauty means to you?

What role does beauty play in society today? Is beauty important? Why?

Publisher (that's me) replied:

We actually have Vervegirl's Beauty Editor here today, so I'm going to let her take a first crack at that one... we'll have an answer shortly.



Tenika's second outfit
10:30 a.m. - Tenika is now in her second outfit and is positioned in one of the corridors at the new National Ballet School.

This new facility is flooded with natural light which makes it ideal for photoshoots.

The day is mostly overcast which means no harsh shadows. Conditions don't get much better than this.


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

effe asked:
I was also wondering how much work there is in Canada? Also are there model apartements in toronto and montreal? I've been in Europe for over two years now and i wanted to stay closer to home for awhile so any information on the canadian market would be appreciated!! thanks!

Publisher (that's me) replied:

The Canadian agencies themselves don't typically have models' apartments, but are very helpful in finding suitable places for those that choose to base themselves in Toronto or Montreal.

Agencies in both cities generally prefer for models to stay in town for at least a couple months. One agent in Montreal told me recently that generally after about three months of always being available in that city, models can expect to work steadily.



Tenika close up
11:00 a.m. Makeup & hair artist David Goveia, who made this beautiful face even moreso, shared an interesting story with us this morning. You probably noticed he shares the same last name with our photographer, Alvaro Goveia.

The pair are actually first cousins (their fathers are brothers) and Alvaro got his start as a photographer when he assisted on a photoshoot David was working many years ago.

The model at that shoot was none other than Shalom Harlow (wearing hot pants, so the story goes), and that experience is what set Alvaro on the path to being who is today; one of the most respected fashion photographers in the country!


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

effe asked:
Thanks for the reply! I didn't realize that it would take that much time to get going into the market! In your opinion is it worth having an agency in toronto and montreal if I plan to stay outside of Canada?....I mean of course its good to have agencies promoting you all over the world, but in my case it would mean stopping in toronto and montreal on my way home to Vancouver from milan! Any advice?

Publisher (that's me) replied:

It can never hurt to have representation in these markets. Quebec's textiles market is second only to Southern California in North America, and Montreal companies like Buffalo Jeans and Bikini Village, or Toronto's Holt Renfrew do direct-book Canadian models for shoots outside Canada.

Agencies here are happy to display your overseas card on their wall, so you likely won't be paying a lot for materials to open yourself up to Canadian opportunities.


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

Jem asked:
For everyone on set today...

I'm curious about everyone's thoughts regarding beauty:

What is beauty?

What does beauty mean to you? How would you define it? What does it mean to be beautiful?

Any favourite quotes about beauty? Any photos that sum up what beauty means to you?

What role does beauty play in society today? Is beauty important? Why?

Vervegirl's Beauty Editor, Charmaine Gooden replied:

Beauty is an alchemist; a magical, ever transforming element that we as human beings are drawn to. From my years of experience, beauty comes down to personality. I've worked with many physically beautiful models who aren't at home in their own skin, hence the photos look hollow.

The greatest models have interesting personalities. A great personality can make an average girl look absolutely radiant. Conversely, a beautiful girl who dosen't feel happy with her looks or who is insecure won't project a beautiful energy.

The French have an expression called 'jolie laide' which means ugly beauty, something that is unconventional -- like say, big lips or nose. At first glance they are not at all arresting, but can they ever "turn on" in front of the camera! The camera loves their face.

Standards of beauty also change over time. The beauty aesthetic of the 20's may not seem so pretty to us now. So I would say that the one constant element that is the foundation of beauty, no matter what the style, is being happy with yourself. That's what they say about Kate Moss, who by industry standards is not the ideal beauty, but she is so at ease with herself, we overlook any other imperfections.

Here's looking at You!

Very Best,

Charmaine


 
Tenika holds her pose for about 45 minutes.
12:30 p.m. I accidentally crashed the computer, so live updates have fallen a bit behind.

Throughout the offline period however, Tenika stayed busy making a similar pose look great a thousand different ways.

The shots to the left were taken close to 45 minutes apart, and as you can see she hasn't moved much in that time. The difference, if you could see more closely, is in the way she used her eyes and swayed her hips to give movement to the outfit.

I did have a chance to ask Tenika about her fitness regime, in response to one of the earlier questions. The Sutherland Model did Tae Kwon Do for six years but now maintains her excellent figure simply by getting to the gym often.

That's the kind of answer Modelresource loves!



Note the paper
under the shoes.
1:00 p.m. Lunch just arrived, but while that gets sorted I wanted to post this shot for new models that aspire to work on professional sets.

Occassionally models or stylists provide their own accessories for magazine shoots, but almost always everything in the shots is borrowed.

Note there is paper under these shoes to keep the soles from getting scuffed. These shoes will be returned at the end of the shoot and if they are not in resaleable condition the magazine or stylist will be charged... and you will never be re-booked by this crew.


From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

CatherineJane asked:
I'm shopping around for an agency and I was wondering what would be some ideas for a nice outfit to make a good impression?

Publisher (that's me) replied:

Excellent question.

Agencies want to see that you have a sense of style, so go with something current, but something simple. You have to know they want to see your figure, so even though big and layered is popular this season choose something that flatters your figure. One timeless outfit as far as visiting agencies goes, is jeans and a t-shirt.

Even more important that the perfect outfit is to come with a clean face (little or no makeup). Have something to tie back your hair.

If the agency is really interested they will also want to take your measurements and may want to see you in a swimsuit to make sure you have no obvious scars, birthmarks, piercings or tattoos that will affect your chances to model successfully.



NAM's Vishana.
1:15 p.m. Our second model, Vishana has now arrived and is in makeup.

This is probably a good opportunity to announce that Modelresource's profile on NAM (Vishana's agency) goes on line tomorrow.

Be sure to check back for that.



MaHa's must-haves for this season.
1:30 p.m. Between looks, stylist MaHa has offered his three must-haves for the coming season:

  • Tartan skirt, worn with bulky knits on top
  • Empire waisted baby doll dress, best paired with leggings
  • Wide-leg trouser, worn with suspenders


  • Tenika's third look
    1:45 p.m. Our third model, Elite's Jenna Lee has just arrived and is currently sitting in David Goveia's makeup chair (picture coming shortly).

    We're on the second floor, but on the fifth floor Tenika is shooting her final look in an adorable baby doll selected by MaHa.

    From here the Canada's Next Top Model finalist is off to Hamilton to participate in a talk about the modelling industry.



    Elite's Jenna Lee
    2:00 p.m. A first look at Jenna Lee, now in makeup



    The Karen Kain studio
    2:15 p.m. One of the cool things about shooting in the National Ballet Centre is coming across a studio dedicated to Karen Kain.

    I was watching an interview with Canada's best known ballerina yesterday and she's just as beautiful now as she ever was.


    From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

    Ellie* asked:
    How much modelling is there in Canada? Is there enough or is it necessary to go overseas to find work? Also, I was wondering what your fitness/diet regimens were.
    Vishana replied:

    I have always been a vegetarian so I have to make sure that I eat enough protein and lentils. As for my fitness, I am not part of a gym, however I do yoga to help my posture and flexibility. Also I enjoy snowboarding, rockclimbing and playing volleyball. I walk a lot, I guess I keep myself fit, but it is more my lifestyle rather than a conscious effort.


    From the Modelresource Discussion Boards


    Tenika replying to
    Jem's question
    Jem asked:
    For everyone on set today...

    I'm curious about everyone's thoughts regarding beauty:

    What is beauty?

    What does beauty mean to you? How would you define it? What does it mean to be beautiful?

    Any favourite quotes about beauty? Any photos that sum up what beauty means to you?

    What role does beauty play in society today? Is beauty important? Why?

    Tenika repied:

    Beauty is whatever you want it to be; I truly believe it can be found in anything and everything!

    With respect to the modelling industry there are more conventional definitions of "beauty", for instance, having a symmetrical face, prounounced bone structure, height, weight etc. However, I find that nowadays more unique or unconventional forms of beauty are being accepted by the industry.

    What really matters is how you feel about yourself. Essentially if you think you're beautiful eventually you will find someone who agrees, just be persistent! As the classic saying goes, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."



    Vishana's beauty shot
    3:30 p.m. Unlike Tenika, who had several looks to get through today, Vishana was brought specifically in for a beauty feature.

    Since her face is the focus of this shot, note how the straps are pulled off the shoulder.

    When the final image is selected the straps will be cropped out of the shot.



    A Model Mom
    3:45 p.m. Sometimes Modelresource likes to provide advice to the parents too.

    This is a model mom, in more than one way.
    1. She escorted her 16-year-old daughter, Jenna Lee, to the photoshoot
    2. She waited in the makeup area while her daughter was on set (makes everything easier)
    3. She remained pleasant and chatted while her daughter was occupied
    4. She complimented me on my eyes



    David Goveia and Jenna Lee
    4:00 p.m. As we wrap things up here, this shot make me happy. At the end of a long day people are still smiling.

    These shots will be part of an instructional beauty feature for NYC cosmetics, which will also appear in Vervegirl's Holiday Glamour Issue.


    From the Modelresource Discussion Boards

    Jem posted:
    I couldn't help but notice and be thrilled with the ethnic diversity on the set of Vervegirl today. Very cool.

    Though, the fact that I notice when there actually is some diversity might be indicative that there often isn't enough in fashion currently.

    It is so exciting to see a photoshoot that is representative of the multi-cultural fabric that this country is made of. And, especially so since this is a Canadian magazine and because of the age the readership is geared towards. I really believe that part of what makes us all beautiful is that we are all different in our appearance and personality - true for both models and non-models alike.

    Way to go Vervegirl!