Billionaire Model in the Making?

Already Kate Moss has made her mark in the modeling world, become a fashion designer, and is a celebrated style icon—but she’s not finished yet.

She may be continuing her partnership with Sir Philip Green, as the duo might join Simon Cowell to create a brand-new company, which will own rights to Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor. According to Telegraph, Kate’s role would include promotion as well as finding new bands for talent. “Kate has been signed as a figurehead and style setter for the fashion end of the business,” The Daily Mail reported. “She will also be involved in finding and signing new bands and promoting them. She has a big network of people they have no access to. In return, Kate will net a share of the profits.”

If anything, this venture would explain the appearance of Simon at the Topshop celebration back in April. First billionaire supermodel?

UPDATE: Sources close to Kate say this isn’t true, but there’s no official comment yet.

Heidi Klum’s Wonders of the World

An excerpt from Camilla Morton’s A Year in High Heels
I love travel—it’s nutritious for the spirit to try things that may seem (at first) weird or difficult. I always want to discover more about myself, and the only way that happens is if I expose my mind (and senses) to things it’s unused to, and I like to explore and savor another culture, and to feel what a welcoming place the world can be. I’ve been to lots of breathtaking, “the-postcard-doesn’t do-this-place-justice” destinations in my life, but these romantic, beautiful, and fascinating spots are among my all-time favorites:


For the Sports Illustrated shoot, I had to ride an elephant with no saddle, wearing nothing more than a bikini. (Nobody told me that elephants are nearly as prickly as porcupines.)

Hong Kong

The city still has a British-inspired elegance—the fancy old hotels, high tea service—but the underworld is what makes it riveting: pigs and chickens hanging in restaurant windows, not to mention some rather peculiar aphrodisiacs on the menu, and at night the lurid little alleys and nightclubs. The view from the peak of the city’s gleaming high-rises is jaw-dropping, and the shopping (including the huge jade and pearl markets) is overwhelming (in a good way). It’s a modern bazaar.

The Mongolian desert

There’s nothing there. No cars, no congestion, no white noise, practically no trappings of civilization. And never has that word trappings seemed so apt. Almost nothing that seems to matter here—how you look, what brand you wear—matters there. The people could not be friendlier, and if you have a chance to stay in a yurt, do it.

Heidi plays with her boys at a park in New York City. Photo by INF Photo.

New York

There’s no place like it anywhere in the world—crazy, dirty streets giving rise to soaring silver office towers. European-style cafés and shops in Soho contrasting with the wide, elegant boulevards of the Upper East Side. From the yellow cabs and 24/7 delivery options to the melting-pot citizenry and New Yorker’s brusque, efficient energy, it’s my kind of city, my kind of home. Right now, it is home. Every spot in the world has something about it that sticks with me and compels me to return.

And some travel tips:

• For some ten years (and counting), there’s one companion I will not travel without: my Samsonite hard case, covered with stickers from all over the world.
• DON’T BE A PACK RAT. People often suggest bringing things—a favorite pillow or candle—to personalize your hotel room and make yourself feel cozy, but I am a minimalist. Try not to carry your entire home with you; otherwise, you might as well just stay there.
• For up to a week, I bring two cute outfits—a little black dress and a nice pair of jeans, maybe a jean jacket (which you can wear with the black dress). They all adapt nicely to dressy or casual situations. I also stuff in a great purse, shoes that go with both outfits, and a wrap that can be worn with anything.
• For makeup, I forgo all the colors and steps and just pack a little bag with bare necessities: gloss, lipstick, concealer, sunscreen, and mascara.
• Don’t forget those adapters for international outlets!
• I leave room in my suitcase for new purchases…or I pack an empty bag or knapsack. (If I buy a lot of clothes and there’s no room in my bag, I just wear lots of layers on the flight back.) The combo of suitcase-bursting-at-seams and stern-looking-suspicious-customs-officer makes for an unpleasant reentry.

Love, Heidi

See more Heidi here.

Modelinia Morning Reads

Image via foto_decadent

On Modelinia:

Where has Julie Henderson traveled? We’ll show you ~ Modelinia

Why is Coco Rocha pleased that Tim Horton’s came to NYC?  ~ Modelinia

Take a look into Dayle Haddon’s personal photo album ~ Modelinia

Off Modelinia:

MAC’s off to Milk Studios, which means Maybelline may be taking over the Tents ~ WWD

How to score a snap from the Sartorialist ~ Refinery 29

Can’t wait for the next season of Gossip Girl to start up in September? Here are a few pics and speculations at what may be in store… ~ The New York Observer

But it seems Target isn’t in on the GG love ~ The Cut

Behind the Scenes at Couture

Images via The Fashion Spot

Couture came and went, and we brought you details from Chanel where Lara Stone played the bride, Givenchy had all the models dye their hair black, Anna Selezneva took three turns at Elie Saab, the lucky girls who walked in what might be Christian Lacroix’s last show, and much more.

But now it’s time for a look backstage at a few of the moments that were missed by those attending the shows.

At Dior, the ghost of Christian instructed the models to be elegant, chic, and intensive in their poses.

Meanwhile, Givenchy pressed the issue that everyone should be well fed before strutting.

Image via The Moment

Magdalena Frackowiak read Proust backstage at Dior while a hairstylist from the team of Orlando Pita fixed her crimps.

Iekeliene Stange danced in her gown backstage at Chanel.

The girls posed with Mr. Armani.

Georgina Stojilkovic showed off her cat eyes backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier.

Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova struck a pose backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier.

What was your favorite moment from couture?

The Master, Mr. Meisel

Steven Meisel is a masterful photographer. So much so that he was a part of the model-infused May 2009 issue of Vogue. His influence and vision is legendary. This we know.

But it’s interesting to note that in just one week, three models have discussed the importance of Steven and even gone on to describe working with him as “model school.”

First Daria Werbowy explained that he taught her “all the old-school tricks; how to move, how to jump, how to pull back my ears to prepare my face for the camera. Working with him is a little like modeling school.”

Then Agyness Deyn referred to his way of teaching as if she went to a special university, saying “Steven basically started my career. I always say it was like going to the Steven Meisel school of modeling, ’cause I was, like, dead tomboy. Working with him made me be so much more body-aware and mind-aware and creatively aware.”

And finally, Ubah Hassan has major love for the photographer ever since she was featured in the Black issue of Vogue Italia.

But did you really need anymore reasons to think that Steven was amazing?

Your IMTA Cheat Sheet

Ask a model where she was scouted and you’ll get answers like being approached in a coffee shop à la Jessica Stam, on vacation in Cape Town like Behati Prinsloo, or at Oktoberfest like Julia Stegner.

Chanel Iman won third-place in Ford Models' Supermodel of the Year contest in 2006.

But while many beginnings are random tales, for some girls their careers start at model conventions and competitions. Gemma Ward participated in a competition under the advice of her friends, then was signed by Vivien’s Model Agency; Miranda Kerr began her career after taking part in the Dolly magazine and Impulse fragrances search; Chanel Iman won the Ford Supermodel of the Year contest; and Hilary Rhoda was still in high school when she took part in a modeling convention, which led to her first job with Bruce Weber.

Either way, there are many things to keep in mind when attending model conventions and model competitions. A former model herself, Karen Lee began advising models over 20 years ago as the health and fitness director for Camp Model, transitioning to work for agencies such as Wilhelmina and Elite, finally becoming the latter’s director of scouting. And just this year she began the Karen Lee Group, which scouts for new faces. In preparation for this year’s International Model and Talent Association (IMTA) convention in New York City (July 18 to 25), Modelinia got the renowned scout to give us a few dos and don’ts on the rules of the trade.

1. Look like a model: Wear jeans, short shorts, or a short skirt, with a simple tank and current heels for girls 14/15 and older. Kids should look like kids.
2. Keep your hair healthy and simple.
3. Skin should be clean and healthy looking.
4. Nails should be clean, short, and bare.
5. Maintain a positive inner dialog—avoid negative thoughts toward yourself or others.
6. Walk with confidence on and off the runway.
7. Attend as many educational seminars as possible.
8. Express your personality.
9. Be yourself.
10. Research current models and trends.
11. Research the agencies attending.
12. Express your other interests.
13. Thank your parents for giving you the opportunity to attend the convention.
14. Appreciate your local modeling school for the education.
15. Show gratitude toward the convention for the experience and the opportunity to meet hundreds of scouts, agents, and managers.
16. Make sure you’re in shape by eating healthy and exercising.
17. Be engaging when talking to scouts, agents, and managers.

1. Don’t blow kisses or wink at the judges.
2. Don’t spend your family savings to go to a convention.
3. Don’t approach agents or scouts unless you are approached.
4. Don’t give your phone number or e-mail out to anyone. Even though you’re looking to get signed, have someone ready to be your stand-in agent (until you strike gold, of course) and give out their contact info instead.
5. Don’t wear makeup.
6. Don’t be late for events.
7. Don’t wear baggy clothing.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a model? Sign up through IMTA’s website at to be a contestant. Good luck!

A Model Birkin

The iconic Jane Birkin with her namesake bag

A Birkin bag is like the holy grail of purses. There’s the long wait list, the hefty price—not to mention simply finding one.

So obviously a select few would own such a bag. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rutherford, and Rachel Zoe show theirs off with pride, but just which models actually own their own Birkin bags?


Images via Birken Watcher, Purse Blog

  • Naomi Campbell has at least two Hermès bags: a Lindy in bright orange, as well as a Ficelle 25cm Alligator Birkin with gold hardware.
  • Erin O’Connor apparently loves to match her brown leather and plaid toile Birkin, 35cm, to her outfit.
  • Kate Moss has a surprisingly demure bag given her clothing and style habits: a Kelly 28cm Crocodile. But never fear, she also has a white one.

What would be your color of choice?

Joe Zee Hearts Brooklyn

Photo by Kwok Chan

It seems we at Modelinia aren’t the only ones impressed with Brooklyn Decker‘s style. Elle’s August issue just hit newsstands today and Creative Director Joe Zee gave her a shout-out: “When I saw these pictures of her…I was intrigued.” So are we, Mr. Zee, so are we. And how happy were we to hear that he’s crushing on one of our favorite all-American girls’, too? Said Zee, “She is a star in the making.”
~Jessica Mahler