Pink is my favourite color… it remembers me when I was a baby.
Born in the village of Nabeul on October 13th 1988, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem comes from a very traditional conservative Tunisian family. Today she has accomplished her dream of becoming an international professional model with the full support and encouragement of her family.
The Lebanese TV program “Mission Fashion”, the equivalent of “Project Runaway” in the US, was her first opening to the modeling industry in the Middle East: after the three months experience she won the second prize.
Hanaa’s talent spread beyond the borders of the Middle East and North Africa with the leading model agency IMG Models. Hanaa was introduced to French Vogue former editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld, at the end of July 2010. Carine Roitfeld facilitated a meeting with Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy who decided to use her on exclusive basis for his A/W 10/11 PAP presentation. A few of the catwalks Hanaa walked this season were Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mugler, Tom Ford, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta.
Hanaa’s desire is to represent Arab women in the international modeling industry is very strong and deep in her heart. The reputation and image she wants to be recognized for in her professionalism and dedication make her more determined than ever to give her very best and through her success become an example to other Arab women sharing the same dream.
Her mission is to create awareness in the Arab world; the awareness and respect that modeling is a profession and a career.
My favourite colors are purple and red. I have been told purple is the color of protection. Red is the color of passion.
Actress and model Kiera Chaplin has graced the covers of Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar as well as the pages of fashion and gossip magazines worldwide. This young lady is genuine “Hollywood Royalty,” with a grade “A” artistic DNA heritage, as a granddaughter of film legend Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill, and a great-granddaughter of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning Playwright Eugene O’Neill.
Kiera began her modeling career in New York as a teenager, where she began gracing the pages of high fashion magazines such as: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle Magazine. She has appeared in various add campaigns such as Walter Steiger, And_i,Tommy Hilfiger, Asprey, Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld, Armani Exchange, and has even appeared in the Pirelli Calendar shot by Peter Lindberg.
Needless to say that Miss Chaplin has shot with many of the fashion industry’s top photographer’s during her time as a model: Bruce Weber, Herb Ritz, Greg Kadel, Mario Testino, Pamela Hanson, Michel Compte, Inez and Vinoodh, and the Karl Lagerfeld.
FHM magazine named Kiera 17th most eligible woman on their list and GQ gave her the 7th spot on the “100 sexiest woman” list. Kiera Chaplin is currently having her portrait painted by the pre-eminent artist Nelson Shanks (portraitist of Princess Diana, Presidents Clinton & Reagan, Pope John Paul II) wearing Maggie Norris’ Ekaterina Corset.
Kiera Chaplin has starred in a number of movies such as The Importance of being Ernest, The Year that Trembled, Japan, and Yatna. Her most recent movie being “Interno Giorno”, directed by Tommaso Rossellini and also stars the great actress Fanny Ardant. Her next big role is opposite Micheal Pitt in “Loosing My Religion”.
Miss Chaplin has also a couple of Producer credits under her belt for movies such as “The Professional” or the TV show “Scavengers”.
However, one of Kiera’s biggest passions is helping charities. Recently, she received a prize for her help from UNESCO. And on November 20th 2012, Kiera Chaplin was announced as first world ambassador to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Together they plan on helping troubled teenagers get back on their feet.
Purple is the shroud of mystery, it knows all secrets.
Charlotte Free, fashions “Wild Card” turned to fashion it-girl in a mere 6 months. Born and bred in Los Angeles, California, Charlotte was discovered at a mall playing video games in an arcade: punky pink hair and all. One week later, she was on a NYC-bound plane to sign with IMG Models. Almost immediately after exiting the airport, Charlotte went to see a few key clients and instantly confirmed shoots with 3 of the industry’s most renowned photographers: Craig McDean, Terry Tsiolis & Richard Burbridge.
Making her debut on the runway in the F/W 2011 shows, Charlotte walked for heavy-hitters such as Richard Chai, Charlotte Ronson, Vivienne Westwood, TopShop Unique and Jeremy Scott. Since then, she has gone on to catch the attention of fashion’s elite including, Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson, Hedi Slimane, Josh Olins, Cedric Buchet and Solve Sundsbo. Gracing the pages of some of the most prestigious magazines, Charlotte has shot for American & British Vogue, Love, V Magazine, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Interview & Purple.
Currently, Charlotte is the face of Edun shot by Ryan McGinley, 7 Jeans shot by James Franco, and Tous shot by Terry Richardson (as she is his muse). She is also featured as the face of Wildfox: one of the biggest brands out of L.A. with 5 billboards throughout the greater Los Angeles area as well as Complot Argentina (along with an accompanying video), in February 2012 Charlotte shot for the newest campaign for Forever21. Teen Vogue recently named her the “Girl of the Moment”.
Aside from being a print sensation Charlotte is one of the most talked about models in the social media world, dubbed as one of the most re-blogged images Charlotte has created a firm following in both the Fashion World and the Teen/Tween world.
Even though Charlotte has only been modeling for a little over a year, she has successfully broken the mold for runway models and became this season’s hottest model despite her 5 foot 7 inch frame.
Red is the color of love and love is the strongest power in the Universe.
Mario was scouted in Hamburg in 2006 and since then has gone onto establish himself as an international fashion model, working with clients including Hugo Boss in London, Paris and Milan.
During Berlin Fashion Week Mario walked for Michael Michalsky wearing shorts, which revealed his artificial leg extension and attracted a huge amount of media interest. Mario was subsequently invited to write the biography of his life which was published in 2011. “Mit einem Bein im Modelbusiness” was cowritten by Lars Amend and has received excellent reviews internationally.
An advisor to the leading insurance firms, Mario helps them to delegate funding for children from poor circumstances as well as organizing various workshops for kids to help them build a better life for themselves.
Mario has also stared in a high profile anti-fur campaign for PETA and there is a currently a film in production about his unique and fascinating life.
Mario is 27 and lives in Hamburg.
Black & white, so simple yet so powerful. The beginning of everything colorful.
Hailing from Canning Town in London, Dudley has been a boxer since he was 9 years old. With his father, a Pro Boxing trainer, taking over the reins when Dudley was eleven, he worked his way up through the ranks winning countless titles. The highlight being the Senior ABA’s in 2011, ranking him number one boxer in England in his category.
Dudley still trains daily but has stepped back from his illustrious boxing career to focus his energies on his equally impressive career as a fashion model, where he is currently a firm favourite on the catwalk with clients like Stone Island, Oswald Boateng and Fred Perry.
When he was cast as the lead in Rihanna’s video for her hit single “We Found Love”, Dudley showed his natural talent for acting, getting rave reviews for his role as her love interest. So much so that acting powerhouse United Agents snapped him up, and he has since been filming for various pilots and feature films.
One of five brothers and sisters, Dudley is 23 and lives in East London.
Red and white, the colors of spaghetti with tomato sauce, where each color coincides with a flavour and each flavour with an emotion, the emotion of feeling at home.
Matias Perdomo was born on 15 March 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These were the days before power finally passed from the hands of the military junta to the people, and Matias’ Uruguayan parents, as active supporters of the civilian militia, were forced to flee the country. In 1982 they moved to Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1986, following his parents’ separation and the accession to power of the new popular government inUruguay, he moved back there.
At the tender age of 9, he began to enter the world of work with his first summer job: selling bin bags door to door, saving his customers 1 peso compared to supermarket prices. At 11 he sold strawberries on the street corner in front of his home. At thirteen he worked with his uncle in his carpenter’s shop, but in his free time he and his sister Soledad dabbled in the kitchen at home, and this was the beginning of his love for cooking. His uncle sensed this passion, and paid for him to take a cookery course.
Having completed the course, he started work at a Chilean delicatessen, and was later employed by a French-style catering service, where he continued to learn and broaden his experience in matters culinary and in kitchen management. At the age of 18 he was taken on as a cook at the Italian restaurant “Paninis”, which at the time had just thirty covers. Within a few years, it became a big success, so much so that it even opened three new branches around the country. He began to take part in a weekly television programme, and when the Italian government donated two military ships to Uruguay, he joined the brigade de cuisine preparing the celebratory banquet.
At the age of 20 he moved to Italy, working at the “Al Pont De Ferr” restaurant in Milan’s Navigli district. He found a happy environment and fertile ground for his aspirations and ideas. He took internships with important Spanish chefs (Berasategui near San Sebastian and the Roca brothers in Girona). After about five years he was made Head Chef, working with owner and sommelier Maida Mercuri, a great professional partner who enabled him (and still enables him) to explore a range of styles from the traditional to the innovative, in a tranquil and flexible environment.
In 2011 he gained the added satisfaction of a Michelin star.
He and his partner Samantha are currently expecting their first child.
Blue is the color of the sky, of the infinite, of the soul. It is the boundless color.
Lea T was born in Brazil in 1981 as Leandro Cerezo. She is one on the world’s current favourites in the fashion modeling industry.
Lea T is the daughter of the well known former Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo, she was born as male and she had sex reassignment surgery in March 2012. She was discovered by Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci and became the face of Givenchy Campaign in 2010. Her first runway was for Alexandre Herchovitch during São Paulo Fashion Week in January 2011.
She has been featured in editorials in Vogue Paris, Hercules, Interview, Love working with photographers as Mario Sorrenti, Mert and Marcus, Therry Richardson. In 2011 she was also the cover star of the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Love Magazine featuring her kissing Kate Moss.
Lea T was special guest at the Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2011.
Red and Orange. Red as blood and its passionate strength. Orange for its peaceful positive loving brightness.
Elle magazine took a risk by featuring dark-skinned, Sudanese model, Alek Wek, on the cover of their November 1997 issue. However, the result was a monumental number of readers responses and letters-tothe-editor from both women and men who were ecstatic to see different standards of beauty in the fashion industry. Oprah Winfrey later commented to Alek on her show, “If you’d been on the cover of a magazine when I was growing up, I would have had a different concept of who I was”.
Alek was born in Southern Sudan and raised as a part of the Dinka tribe. At fourteen, she was forced to flee to London to escape the civil war. Alek was soon discovered at a London street fair. She quickly rose to the top of the modeling industry and was named “Model of the Decade” by i-D; one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and as one of the “50 Most Influential Faces in Fashion”. New York magazine also named her one of the “50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers”.
Alek’s influence extends far beyond the fashion world and societal concepts of beauty. She spoke at the International Black Caucus Foreign Affairs as a member of a panel, which included Hillary Clinton, Congressman Daniel Payne, Danny Glover and many other distinguished speakers. Alek has also served on the advisory board for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. She speaks in New York area schools to bring attention to the famine in Southern Sudan and to educate children on the importance of nourishment. She has also launched the Bracelet of Life campaign in conjunction with Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders. Alek also works closely with AIDS awareness benefits, children’s charities, and breast cancer research.
She has been featured in numerous ad campaigns including, Clinique Happy, Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Banana Republic, Joop, Nars, Issey Miyake, Moschino, Gap, Ann Taylor, Michael Kors and MAC Cosmetics. Alek also appeared in Coach’s “Most Influential People” campaign. More recently, she has teamed with De Beers to promote the company’s new diamond brand, “Forevermark”.
Alek has worked with the most talented photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Annie Liebovitz, Arthur Elgort, Michael Thompson, Ellen Von Unwerth, and Steven Klein. Alek has also appeared on the covers of prominent international magazines including i-D, Elle, Essence, L’Oficiel, London Style, Deutsch and New York Magazine’s Fashions of the Times, as well as the Sunday New York Times Style issue.
She has also walked the runway for top fashion houses such as, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Helmut Lang. Alek has been dedicating the little free time she has to another passion: design. She has designed multiple seasons of handbags for her line, Alek Wek 1933. Alek also enjoys acting, she debuted in the film Four Feathers, alongside Kate Hudson and Heath Ledger.
Most recently, Alek has written and published a memoir. In “ALEK: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel” (Amistad/HarperCollins; Publication Date: September 1, 2007), Alek Wek takes readers back to her native home of Wau, Sudan, to the streets of London, where her life took an unexpected turn, and of course into the glamorous, élite world of fashion.
At the heart of discrimination is dehumanization. I chose red and blue to recall two things that every single person on this planet shares, reminding us we are all a part of the human family: red for blood (family, history, love) and blue for water (a precious resource we all share and depend on for survival).
Elettra Wiedemann was born and raised in New York City. She is the daughter of Isabella Rossellini (international model and actress) and Jon Wiedemann, (former male model, now a Microsoft executive) as well as the granddaughter of the emblematic Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
Fluent in English, French and Italian, Elettra attended the United Nations International High School in New York City. She completed her undergraduate in International Relations at The New School in NYC. Additionally Elettra completed a Masters (MSc) in Biomedicine from the London School of Economics in 2010. Her dissertation was focused on “Vertical Farming and an analysis of the future of agriculture and feeding cities in light of the complex problems posed by climate change”.
Discovered by Bruce Weber, who shot her for the Abercrombie & Fitch campaign, she quickly became one of the industry’s most coveted models shooting with photographers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Craig McDean, Solve Sunsbo and Mikael Janssen. Elettra has graced the covers and has featured inside several top fashion magazines including American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Another, Muse, French and Italian Ellen as well as being the face of Le Bon Maché, Gap, Dinh Van, Salvatore Ferragamo and Mango. Since 2006, Elettra has been one of the ambassadors for Lancôme.
Elettra, together with her fiancé James Marshall, has founded a charity called One Frickin Day (www.onefrickinday.org) for which she won the 2011 “Young Environmentalist Award”. The charity raises funds for the implementation of ecological and durable natural resources. So far it has installed solar panels in clinics in Burundi, Haiti and Rwanda. She is also the CEO of the pop up, eco and bio concept restaurant called Goodness (www.goodnesspopup.com).