Melina Querel – Model Was Asked to Go From Size 0 to 00 !

Melina Querel is one extraordinary Canadian girl who make a living modeling. One can say it was kismet our meeting backstage at America’s Next Top Model Live in Toronto, then again if you believe in magic like I do this meeting was just magical.

This was a meeting thanks to mistaken identity. I thought Melina was someone I had met the day before, and asked her if she was “Jackie”? “No” said Melina and then shortly afterwards asked me “Who’s Jackie, because your the second person who’s asked me if I was Jackie”, and so began a delightful journey of discovery of Melina and her exotic beginning in modeling in Dubai.

Talk about hitting the jackpot of information, well I had hit the bulls-eye. Melina, is so interesting to talk to and has such a “keep it real” perspective on life that it is refreshing and utterly delightful to just sit and listen.

Melina told me about the pitfalls of modeling, when she was asked to go from size 0 to size 00. The thought that raced through my mind like a bolt of lighting was “WTF”!. I did not have a clue that there was a size 00.

Speaking eloquently with her hands Melina went on to say that yes, she tried to get to size 00, achieved it, got very sick, and then quit modeling. Her health had taken it’s toll.

Vogue, as we all know said it will not use underage models, nor those models who it seems have been deprived of food.

Pierre Dukan, French nutritionist that is as famous as discussed for his protein-rich diet, has been asked to be removed from the medical society of France. The object of the controversy is a statement that Dukan makes in his latest book, Lettre ouverte au futur président de la République, published in France on January 5th, 2012, in which the doctor suggests of giving a higher grade to students that reach the “Bac” (the French baccalaureate test) with a body mass index between 18 and 25 points.

Dukan has also looked after Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Hallyday and Gisele Bündchen. It is said that even Kate Middleton chose to be treated by him to fit perfectly into her wedding gown.

Part of the problem of fashion is that designers send in small size for models to fit into. Many don’t want to take the risk that they can not fit into anything, so they just go into the 00 zone and that’s when bad things can happen to the body. Considering models are getting younger and younger, with the pressure of size and weight the risk that is too high to force on teens, because it could provoke or accentuate bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders.

Melina however has returned to modeling found herself in a comfort zone of size 6, this is a new niche in modeling. She loves a long walks having once walked 800 km. Even today she feels guilty when taking the bus, or other means of transport, thinking to herself, I could have walked that.

I found that Melina and I had much in common, Dubai being one, Clafouti Toronto, and it’s almond croissants.

Melina is living life and modeling now on her own terms, and occasionally being the 007, of fashion rather then the 00.

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Joy Okafo – Model – Tokyo to Cairo

I was on a mission to track down Joy Okafo, who also reminded me a great deal of Andy Allo the super cool guitar chick who rock the stage for the master of funk Prince.

At America’s Next Top Model Live, I did run into Joy who had just finished for the day and was on her way out but she was gracious enough to give me the time to find out a little bit more about her.

If there was a photo-shoot to do in Cairo, Egypt then I would pick Joy Okafo to shoot in some very cool spots I know around Cairo. Joy Okafo in the land that started fashion and makeup by the ladies of style of fashion from Nefertiti to Cleopatra, now that would be fun.

While I could tell you that Joy, has a great smile, or what Joy like’s on her pizza and that she would be a cool person just to hang with, there is nothing better then letting Joy tell it in her own word’s.

Here is the discovery of Joy Okafo.

So here is the very cool model who is with Sutherland Model, from Toronto, a Canadian, Joy Okafo.

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Ferrariiiii !! No It’s FARAHRI – America’s Next Top Model Live

Farahri the performer, singer, super-fun loving, who can make anyone’s body shake is have one hell of a ball at America’s Next Top Model Live. Yes, Lady Gaga, your not the only one having a ball.

I have been with Farahri and her manager the very cool Roy of Sugga-I Music Group following the adventure of a lady who leave all her soul on the stage, and re-charges herself with super-fast the give some of her dazzle to her fans.

At America’s Next Top Model Live I have seen Farahri hang off the tallest catwalk in the sky at CN Towers EdgeWalk, walk in shoes all day that are as tall as the tower itself, and rock the Pandora catwalk with her sizzling performance and dancers.

Farahri and her crew you don’t want to miss. Here is Farahri from the catwalk in the sky the EdgeWalk to rocking it on Pandora’s Open Catwalk at America’s Next Top Model Live.

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Anna Stephenson – America’s Next Top Model Live?

The crunch time is coming and one model out of the twelve Sutherland Model finalists will be America’s Next Top Model Live today.

I had great fun with last years ANTM all star Lisa D’Amato, and Sutherland Model’s Supermodel Search 2012, Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, and Heather Kelsall as they dared to walk a catwalk in the sky, at Toronto’s CN Tower, EdgeWalk.

Today I got the opportunity to sit down and have a really nice candid talk with Anna Stephenson. While I sat with her she reminded me of Elizabeth Jagger, who’s dad is the infamous lead man for the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger. The similarity was stunning. Anna Stephenson has a laugh, that is clean, clear and innocent which took me back to time spent with Elizabeth Jagger.

Anna, told me that she is having a lot of fun, would really like to model if given the chance, and had praises for the hair stylist’s Kryolan, and the makeup artist’s of Schwarzkopf Professionals.

Here is a look at Anna and my short talk with her at America’s Next Top Model Live. I really wish her all the best as I do for all the aspiring supermodels I have met because they are all so very nice. Just like some of the supermodels that I do know.

Have a look.

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From Models to Ferrari it’s all about Red and Canada!

A red Ferrari, and models are inseparable. They are interchangeable, models and red Ferrari, Ferrari and models. They have remained over time, grafted as one.

A women’s body might as well have been designed by Pininfarina.

Walking into the CN Tower towards the EdgeWalk reception the very first visual that stopped me in my tracks was a fashion editor with legs in red shoes. These where not just legs, these where legs like those of a fine wine.

This was followed by the models of America’s Next Top Model Live Canada Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall the supreme performer Farahri, and Lisa D’Amato all slipping intoCarol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall something more comfortable, red jumpsuits.

So here I was with models in red jumpsuits, a fashion editor in a short mini black trench with long legs in red shoes and dynamo performer who can make anyone’s body shake with a name Farahri, it was no surprise that my mind drifted to Ferrari.

My first time visiting the Fiorano circuit in Italy it was brought to my attention that painted on the track was a very large red maple leaf to honour the infamous, talented, fearless Canadian formula one driver Gilles Villeneuve.

My plan, and I usually don’t have a plan was to discover all the talent at America’s Next Top Models Live and then jump on the plane to Fiorano to watch Jacque Villinuve drive his father’s 1979 Formula One car at Fiorano on May 8, to mark the 30th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve’s death.

The Canadian driver was regarded by many as one of the fastest drivers ever to compete in Formula One, Gilles Villeneuve earned legendary status for his heroic driving style behind the wheel of his Ferrari. He may only have won six grand prix in his tragically short career, but Gilles’ talent, speed and bravery ensured that his memory remains alive and vivid today in the minds of race fans worldwide.

Then there was the awesome moment and I use the word awesome for what it is intended for, not causally thrown about frivolously, when the great one gave me a ride in his red Ferrari. Wow! you say. Yes, it was wow! No I tell a lie, it was freek’n awesome!

Having befriended the CEO of Labatt’s beer I was introduce to Gilles. The CEO of Labatt’s and I had the similar passion for formula one racing. Labatt’s sponsored the greatest race car driver ever to come out of Canada, the infamous Gilles Villeneuve.

It was Gilles who gave me a valuable lesson about life. He had imparted this wisdom to me. Life he had told me was like driving a Ferrari, you don’t need a rear-view mirror, because what is behind you doesn’t matter. You never look back. Just keep going forward. It was also the manner in which Gilles drove.

The 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 was the most competitive car of Gilles Villeneuve’s career, and Jacques will drive the car at Fiorano on 8 May, 30 years on from the day that his father lost his life in a crash in qualifying for the Belgian GP at Zolder.

A Ferrari statement said Jacques Villeneuve’s outing in the 312 T4 would be “a fitting occasion to evoke the memory of a man who has and always will have a place of honour in the history of Ferrari.”

It is absolutely magical how Ferrari, red, models, red jumpsuits, all intersected for me at America’s Next Top Model Live. It was a natural, just like Ferrari and models go hand in hand so does Ferrari, Italy and fashion. Those are words that can drop with easy from ones lips like apples fall from trees.

My iPhone was about to die from the tweeting, tumbling, photography, video recording and editing at the America’s Next Top Model Live kick-off at the CN Tower so I stopped into a friends coffee shop to have it charged up. I could hear Swedish being spoken, which is not something you hear often in Toronto. After the girl on the phone had finished her conversation I asked her, “so where in Sweden are you from ?”, she seemed pleasantly stunned and told me “Uppasla”. My conversation was as easy as a hot knife going through butter. After all she was Swedish, and one of my most trusted best friend is Swedish. When the nasty vicissitudes of life fell upon me it was Swedes who came to my rescue. It was like being with family. The girl in question is studying mathematics’s, speaks three languages, and occasionally models. I told her that I have a race car driver friend who is Swedish, Stefan Johansson who drove formula one for Ferrari.

This was a day of red, Ferrari, models and talent of Canada. The legendary Canadian driver to the performer Farahri on the tallest catwalk in Toronto, the talented Canadian models to the 1979 Ferrari in Fiorano where on the track is the red Canadian maple leaf.

Life is magic, and magic is real and dreams come true.



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My Date With Four Model’s In The Sky – America’s Next Top Model Live

Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Olivia Singh, Heather Kelsall

If someone had told me I would have a date with four tall future supermodels, I would have said “come on they are all tall”. This date was at 1,815 feet, 5 inches above the city of Toronto and that is just another level. That’s what I call tall.

Four finalist’s from Sutherland Model Supermodel Search 2012 , Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall, where joined by the lady who can make anyone rock their body the bombshell performer Farahri,and Lisa D’Amato winner of ANTM All-Star series 2011, to walk the EdgeWalk at Toronto’s CN Tower.

It was clear to me that the girls had come to play in the clouds making this the a catwalk that they will never forget. Yes they could walk for Dior, Chanel, do New York, Milan, and Paris but there is nothing like being above everyone else. Lady Gaga you may be rocking Hong Kong but these girls really know how to have a ball, they really are girls who where born this way to have a ball.

Trust me when I tell you this. Don’t miss the America’s Next Top Model Live it’s loaded with fun, fashion, style, music and beautiful girls. Now that is what I call a party.

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