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LAST CHANCE to WIN $250 With Our
Throwback Photo Contest!

Posted by Andrea Welzien on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Cosmetic_Promotions_Photo_WinnerIt’s the last month of our anniversary celebration, so it’s your final chance to submit your throwback photo for your chance to win $250 for a charity of your choice.

Congratulations to Caroline,
Our November Winner!

Congrats to our November Throwback Photo Contest winner—Caroline Lynch! Caroline, who works for Maybelline, says, “Was quite young 25 years ago but still had some great style!!” She has won $250 for her charity, American Heart Association – NYC Young Professionals Red Ball.

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‘90s Super Models Part II – Where Are They Now?

Posted by Andrea Welzien on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The supermodels of the ‘90s were unique from their predecessors for their distinct looks and strong, lean builds. They ruled both the catwalk and editorial shoots, achieving both celebrity status and tremendous sums of money. As a continuation of Part I of this article, let’s take a look at four more of the ‘great eight’ supermodels – Elle Macpherson, Helena Christensen, Stephanie Seymour, and Christy Turlington, and where they are now.

ElleElle Macpherson
In 1989, Time magazine put Australian Elle Macpherson on the cover and nicknamed her ‘The Body’. So of course, you can imagine what her figure was like (and still is). Elle Macpherson’s six foot athletic build has represented Victoria’s Secret and graced the covers of Sports Illustrated and Playboy. After being discovered while on ski vacation, Elle evolved into one of the wealthiest models in the business. Elle also of course had a successful fitness video and sold her own photo calendars. She is arguably Australia’s most iconic supermodel and made millions off of her entrepreneurial endeavors. Her most recent effort is co-creating the health products line, WelleCo. Just this year, she was on the cover of BAZAAR’s annual Luxury Issue.

HelenaHelena Christensen
It seems that a good sign that you were a ‘90s supermodel is having a major music video on your resume. Helena Christensen starred with Chris Isaak in his “Wicked Game” music video, topless on the beach. Her role in the video was really impactful on pop culture. She is a native of Copenhagen, Denmark (she’s half Danish and half Peruvian), and began modeling at nine! She went on to become Miss Denmark and eventually became immensely successful as a model—Gianni Versace described her as having “the most beautiful body in the world”. Helena is now an accomplished photographer and considers that her main love. There’s more, she also owns a New York boutique, and a haircare collection (Model.Me).

StephanieStephanie Seymour
From San Diego, California, Stephanie Seymour actually caught John Casablanca’s eye and moved to New York to work for him as an Elite model. She had her first Vogue cover at 18 and was featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, Victoria’s Secret catalogs, and Playboy. Stephanie starred in several music videos, including Don’t Cry by Guns N’ Roses. In addition, she had a role in a live-action video game and had some small television roles. She was also notorious for her private life, having a history of dating married men (including John Casablanca). Interesting fact: Stephanie Seymour lived with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista in Paris at the beginning of their careers! Currently Seymour still models.

ChristyChristy Turlington
You may recognize Christy Turlington from her work with Maybelline, Calvin Klein, and Georgio Armani, or—more than 300 magazine covers. She’s from California and did not start her modeling career intentionally. A photographer asked if he could take her picture while she was horseback riding and the photo somehow got to a modeling agency. Her interesting look can be credited to having a European-American father and a mother from El Salvador. A clear indication of her success was when the Metropolitan Museum of Art declared her as the ‘Face of the 20th Century’. Not only is she considered to be one of the ‘great eight’ supermodels in the ‘90s, she also was referred to as part of the ‘trinity’ of models during this era (she, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista). The ‘trinity’ appeared in George Michaels’ Freedom video. Christy still models today and continues to represent Maybelline cosmetics. Aside from modeling, Christy also co-founded Fashion Café with Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, co-created the skincare line Sundari, and developed an active women’s clothing line for Puma.


Photo Credits:
“Elle Macpherson” by Newtown grafitti is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Helena Christensen, Chanel 1992” by fervent-adepte-de-la-mode is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Stephanie Seymour” photo credit Wikipedia
“Christy Turlington” photo credit Wikipedia

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90s Super Models – Where Are They Now?

Posted by Joann Marks on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The term “supermodel” was first coined in 1981 by artist Henry Stacy Marks. In an interview with The Strand Magazine, Marks told journalist Harry How, “A good many models are addicted to drink, and, after sitting a while, will suddenly go to sleep. Then I have had what I call the ‘super’ model.” From then on, the word became popular to describe models that have reached the pinnacle of success. 1992 is considered the height of the supermodel era. Perhaps the best example of the ‘90s supermodels in action is the iconic video ‘Freedom’ by George Michael. Let’s take a look at four of the ‘great eight’ supermodels – Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista and where they are now.

CindyCindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford brought something different to the table. Instead of the typical blonde hair and blue eyes, she’s a brunette with a mole that set her apart. From Dekalb, Illinois, Cindy Crawford’s successful career includes over 1,000 magazine covers. The peak of her career was in the ‘90s. She was even asked to host the MTV show “House of Style” which was a huge hit. As if that wasn’t enough, Crawford went on to create and star in bestselling exercise videos and wrote a best-selling instructional make-up book. Now, she has success with a collaboration with the Meaningful Beauty skincare brand, and her Cindy Crawford Home collection that’s carried at 9 furniture chains (over 500 stores).

claudiaClaudia Schiffer
Claudia is responsible for making most of America want to wear Guess jeans in the ‘90s. Originally from Germany, Claudia started her modeling career in Paris and went on to be the face of Chanel, star in a campaign for Guess, and appear on more than 500 magazine covers. At one point, she was the highest paid model in the world ($50,000 a day) and earning millions through licensing and endorsements. In 2010, Claudia won the Elle Style Awards trophy for Model of the Year just months before her 40th birthday. Claudia now lives with her film director/producer husband in England with their three children.

NaomiNaomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell got her start at 15 and went on to grace the covers of over 500 magazines. Originally from London, Naomi has the distinction of being the first black model for a number of things, including the first to appear on the cover of TIME magazine and the first to appear on the cover of British Vogue. She also flirts with acting, having appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Michael Jackson’s music video ‘In The Closet’. Now you can still see her in advertising campaigns. In 2012 she executive produced and appeared as a supermodel coach on the Oxygen’s series ‘The Face’, and this year in 2015, she starred in the hit TV show Empire.

LindaLinda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista was born in Canada and got her start as a teen doing small modeling jobs. Her rise wasn’t completely smooth however. She quit after being asked to pose nude in Japan, and then didn’t get great work until 1988 when she cut her hair into a short bob. The cut resulted in most of her shows being canceled, but then oddly she started getting more work from the notoriety of her haircut. Linda is also responsible for the quote we’ve all heard before when she said that “models like herself don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”. Linda retired in 1998 and then returned to modeling in 2001. In 2012, she appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue.

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‘90s Hairstyles You Need to Try Today

Posted by Joann Marks on Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Looking for a new hairstyle? The ‘90s is a great source of inspiration. There were a lot of styles that you can make yours today.

Friends“The Rachel”
“The Rachel” was of course inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends. It was a layered shag that women all over the country were asking for. It was easy to see why it was so popular. The Rachel had everything – texture, volume and lots of layers. Interestingly enough, Jennifer Aniston actually hated the hairstyle and didn’t see why it was quite so popular. But don’t feel sorry for her stylist, Chris McMillan. He has joined her at her hair care company, Living Proof, as their Celebrity Stylist.

Box Braids
Braids never really go out of style. But to keep the look updated, there are always trends to follow. In the ‘90s the trend was box braids. These were thick braids all over, and the style would last an amazingly long time! Typically box braids were created with synthetic hair that was burned at the end to keep the braid intact (that way you didn’t have to worry about rubber bands or beads). Brandy always had terrific braids at the height of her career in the ‘90s. Now, Beyonce and her sister Solange have been instrumental in bringing them back in the 2010’s.

Half Up
It was very popular in the ‘90s to wear your hair half up, half down. It was a very graceful, feminine style and pretty quick to do. No wonder so many movies depict princesses wearing their hair this way! This hairstyle looked absolutely perfect with the ‘90s jewelry staple – choker necklaces. When you do this style, leave a few tendrils out in the front if you really want to stay true to the decade.

Mini Ponytails
This style is distinctly ‘90s, and will be a true challenge to modernize for today. But on the other hand, it hasn’t quite returned into fashion now so perhaps you can be the one to bring it back! Mini ponytails were in heavy rotation. And they often accompanied another ‘90s hair trend—butterfly clips. It was a fun, youthful look. It was a little girlish, so you didn’t see too many older women participating in the trend.

HeadbandsWide Headbands
Wide headbands enjoyed immense popularity in the ‘90s. It seemed like everyone had one. Matching your outfit with a headband just seemed like the right thing to do. Of course, the best part was if you had frizzy hair or a bad hair day the headband was a pretty good rescue item. Since the ‘90s had a heavy ‘60s influence, it was not surprising that headbands were such an ‘in’ fashion statement. Other items borrowed from the ‘60’s included floral prints, bell bottom jeans, and hippie inspired vests.

MariahNatural Curls
Before everyone flat ironed their hair to death in the 2000s, people embraced their natural hair curls. Of course, this required a lot of hair gel (e.g. the popular brand L.A. Looks) to have a sort of wet looking frizz-free coif. There were plenty of celebrities with curly hair beaten into submission with loads of mousse and gel like Mariah Carey, Drew Barrymore, Tia and Tamera Mowry, and Janet Jackson.


Photo Credits:
“Look_45” by nycmominthecity is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“friends” by Geoffrey Chandler is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Mariah Carey” by Colin Pumfrett is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Changes were made to this photo.

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Seven ‘90s Styles We Can’t Forget

Posted by Joann Marks on Friday, August 28th, 2015

1990sEvery decade has a signature style. What made the ’90s unique was the combination of super models and more casual style. There was also inspiration from the Spice Girls musical group (1994 – 2000), shows such as Friends (1994 – 2004) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003). Each decade steals a bit from previous ones; just as you see ‘90s styles sneaking in our fashion magazines today, the ’60s and ’70s influenced the styles of the ’90s. Here are seven styles that we will always remember.

Floral Prints

Whether a jumpsuit or a dress, floral prints were in during the ’90s. It was perfectly normal to see floral print jackets, floral print shoes, and even body suits with flowers on them. From year to year there were variations in how large the flowers were and the styles of the prints, but floral prints were everywhere.

16965781089_91e09b8c8d_zDenim Jackets
Probably the most important part of the ’90s floral print style was putting a denim jacket on top. For the more loud floral prints, the denim jacket was a neutral that made the look a little less severe.

Colored Denim
Speaking of denim, colored denim was in. While soft colored denim had a resurgence in the 2010s, ‘90s colored denim was full of primary colors. It was an exciting new approach to denim. And of course if you had a floral shirt that matched the colored denim it was a win!

Spaghetti Straps
For both casual or formalwear, spaghetti straps were extremely popular. Of course, spaghetti straps were perfect to wear underneath a denim jacket.

Chokers
This style reached all the way back to the late 1800s for inspiration. There were a lot of fun variations of this necklace, including plastic ones made to look as if you had a neck tattoo. A popular material was either black ribbon or velvet.

Velvet
And speaking of velvet, it was very easy to find a velvet outfit in the ’90s. Skirts, jackets, shirts …velvet was everywhere! If you wore velvet, of course you would wear it with a choker. Velvet dresses and tops tended to have an empire waistline, so it evoked a Renaissance fair vibe.

13965856978_9dd21d0ffc_mPlatform Shoes
If you were going casual you would wear Birkenstocks. But for everything else there was platform shoes. Boots, heels, and sandals all had some very serious platforms. This was yet another ’70s style that came back in the ’90s.

Photo Credits:
“Shoes for Saturdays” by Pabak Sarkar is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Floral Romper over a Denim Jacket” by Jamie is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Spice Girls – Wannabe” by .Martin. is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Friends” by William Warby is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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