Hey Girls, Smurfette models for Bazaar magazine's August issue, cute! She might be their smallest model yet!
In the spread, produced by Harper's Bazaar features/special projects director Laura Brown, Smurfette steps out in the hottest shoes, handbags, hats and jewelry, dancing in Dolce & Gabbana, looking lovely in Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, and prancing in Vuitton.
The August issue of Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands July 12th. The Smurfs opens on July 29th.
Photo credit: Jeffrey Westbrook for Harper's Bazaar.
Last week on my podcast I chatted with celebrity fashion designer & author Bradley Bayou, (click here to listen to the archived interview and hear more about his journey as a designer and also his tips for shorter girls, he is known for his world renowned couture designs created for all sizes, from size 2-26 ) and I am holding a contest to win a copy of Bradley Bayou's celebrated book called The Science of Sexy, an every size style guide that has a fitting room meant for petites and short girls of all shapes.
I know you will love this book. I love the petite section! And not many style books include a petite section and his is HUGE!
Calling my petite/shorter girls of all sizes: To submit to win The Science of Sexy, send me a photo of yourself wearing your favorite summer time outfit to firstname.lastname@example.org include your first name, height and city. Share how you created the look to work with your petite size.
I will showcase the top three submission on this blog and pick my favorite short and stylish look as the winner!
Deadline July 5th, 2011
I will also throw in a copy of my book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model to the winner.
All submissions will be considered for other Short and Stylish features in the future.
Check out Bradley Bayou's tips on dressing well and looking hoter than the weather this summer:
I have been true to Bare Escentuals, but WTF Bare Escentuals can you give a girl an eco-friendly packaging approach, I'm waiting on you, can you help me out please? Actually, help me, help you! I want to help you out because I have seriously MANY of these empty plastic containers (that means I've spent already over $200 on your products but really I've spent much more I just threw those containers in the recycling bin at myplace, anyway, I would like to drop these off at your store or a Sephora near me, and I don't need a discount or gift, sure of course I would take one, I mean even a dollar off would be cool or a free sample, but the point would be I'd feel better about your brand) and it's getting ridiculous. I am just waiting, hoping that one day you will have a recycling program. :( Your whole packaging is plastic. Plastic you could be re-using. Or at least encourage your customers to recycle your products. If there is a program for your company hiding in the dark somewhere, please let me know. When you consider starting one, I will promote it and be at the front of the campaign, ready! Also by the way, your recent packaging is a pain in the butt, getting the last bit of my product is what I do and your current packaging makes this tough. I squeeze the bottle for the last drop of my primer, shampoo bottle, I drink the backwash of my water bottle, I use it all! And it is very much a pain to bang, bang, bang the container to the point of anger just to get the full use of my purchase of your powder. I'd like to go back to the old packaging. The first packaging that was easy to open and swipe up the last bit with my brush. Please think about it, I still like you but I am getting real annoyed. Thanks.
(waiting on a recycling program)
However, M.A.C., LUSH, Origins, Kiehls and Aveda all offer recycling programs which is cool. Don't just throw your face wash bottle, cleanser, toner bottle in the trash bag. Recycle it!
Kiehl's has a recycle and be rewarded program, watch the video here on Facebook: Kiehl’s will offer customers a Limited Edition Eco-Tote designed by Pharrell Williams. Each tote is manufactured from Bionic® Yarn fabric, and includes 9 plastic bottles. The “Recycle and Be Rewarded” program takes place from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. Get your new recycling cards from any Kiehl’s stores and start recycling!
This is all inspiring and awesome news, but what about drugstore brands? I wonder how hard would it be to send a recycling return box to drug stores? Customers could drop off their plastics and makeup packaging material for each brand or the store itself or the brands could work something out with the suppliers and manufacturers of their goods? I would actually do this if it was available. It kind of bothers me when I recycle a mascara tube or liptick tube even in my own recycling bin at home and I can't help but think, "Um, what's going to happen to that?"
Couldn't these brands could re-use their own packaging? Wouldn't this be smart? Cost-saving? Maybe it costs more to wash and clean and re-use the material. I am not sure but I am searching for proof of why recycling their own packaging is not something it seems that most beauty brands do naturally.
Wouldn't the brands save money by re-using packaging? Why isn't this just common sense? Also so many times I walk in to a drug store SO many items are sitting there un-sold for months! Same items getting dusty and I wonder what will happen to this packaging? So their products this season may have not been as interesting to the consumer, but couldn't this plastic be re-used? Is this my nutty idea? Is it carelessness, or is this too much to ask?
I like a brand more when they do have a recycling program.
Plastics and products can be sold in these recycled packaging materials and plastics again and again, there is nothing wrong with the plastic, so why not?
Hopefully in the next years more beauty brands will decide to create their own recycling program. The cosmetic world needs to wake up when it comes to reducing waste! Even if I wasn't offered a free gift, I think it is a smart idea as a brand to have a recycling program. I don't need to be bribed to recycle. I already do it. Gift or no gift, I would be part of it.
Tune in Tuesday for a chat with Bradley Bayou, celebrated fashion designer, who is known for his world renowned couture designs created for all sizes, from size 2-20. In this segment Mr. Bayou chats about his own design journey and shares fashion tips for the petite shape and shorter girls of all sizes. Have you checked out Bradley Bayou's book yet? You should, he is the author of the popular book “The Science of Sexy,” which is also featured in this segment.
To Dad's all over the world, Happy Father's Day! I love and miss you Dad, every day I hear your voice when I think of what you'd do or say, and know you're there perhaps even more than ever as a friend and as an angel and kind soul to confide in. The greatest things we are given do not have a monetary value, they are priceless, and invisible and felt within our heart. ~IJ
Bradley Bayou, celebrated fashion designer, is known for his world renowned couture designs created for all sizes, from size 2-20. In this segment Mr. Bayou chats about his own design journey and shares fashion tips for the petite shape and shorter girls of all sizes. He's the author of the popular book “The Science of Sexy,” which is featured in this segment. His ready-to-wear collection called BRADLEY by Bradley Bayou premiered on QVC, along with handbags and accessories for women, as a huge hit. Mr. Bayou has been a featured fashion designer, style and fashion expert and author on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "Regis and Kelly," "The View," "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood," "The Early Show," "Extra," "MTV's House of Style," and "VH1's Fashion Television." He was the Host and Executive Producer for Lifetime’s "Operation Style." Bradley Bayou has dressed Oprah Winfrey, Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Felicity Huffman and many other leading ladies. This memorable segment will inspire you to celebrate, work with, and love your natural self. Follow Bradley Bayou: http://www.bradleybayou.com/
When you wake up and when you go to bed each day confront yourself and accept yourself, give love and appreciation to yourself and be true to yourself, live up to your thoughts and your actions. There are many compassionless distractions out there which may engage us but which also have the potential to low our self-esteem and value of ourselves at the same time subconsciously, there are many visual distractions that we can judge and compare ourselves upon, there are many celebrations on the selfishness out there but not enough celebration on the generous and kind hearted—all, can make us forget about our inner-self. Be sure you to fill our heart, your mind and soul with a dose of self-love each day. ~Isobella Jade
Guess what! Something awesome is about to happen! I will be chatting with fashion designer and the author of The Science of Sexy, Bradley Bayou, early next week on my podcast! We will be chatting about his own design journey, his books and topics among fashion & styling for petite shapes and shorter girls of all sizes. If you have a suggestion for a question, leave it here or email me: email@example.com
Send it over soon!
I'll have the segment info up later tonight.
Let me know your fashion concerns, and when it comes to fashion and fit, I will share them with Bradley Bayou, let me know what you like to see be improved for your own shopping experience in the next 5 years?
Size is just a number and height isn't everything!
Hanging in there can mean the difference between getting what you want and not getting it. When you’re building a dream from scratch or investing the time in pursuing something you believe in, your patience will be tested, your heart will be tugged at, your energy will be pushed to the max, and it's because you pulled through, didn't give up when you could have, kept believing even through the doubt and carried on when the load was stressful, that you can now climb a step higher on the ladder that you are creating~Isobella Jade
The foundation of his "science of sexy" is based two things: 1. Dressing to balance your body.
2. Learning to conceal your flaws and reveal your assets.
...to create a figure that looks beautifully proportioned and that gets attention in all the right places.
In the article Bradley shares, "Let’s be real here for a second. The average fashion model is about 5'10", 115 pounds, and a size 4 at most. Now, consider this: The average American woman is 5'4", 164 pounds, and a size 14. In fact, half the women in this country wear a size 14 or above. Yet most of the clothes you find in stores are designed for tall, skinny fashion models. The problem is, the majority of women might not even look good wearing those clothes!
Today, most fashion books and magazine articles fail to distinguish the differences in body types when it comes to giving fashion advice. And they use vague lists of descriptors for how to look taller or thinner."
I agree! I think you will really enjoy these features on Oprah.com on Bradley's science of sexy mindset and also his books. Here are some awesome tips for all sizes:
I encourage girls to give attention to their assets, to acknowledge what they do have and find the value in their size and shape, and not dwell on what they might not have been born with.
Learning to love and work with what you naturally have is something I believe in. NO one in perfect, we all have flaws and scars, and I think beauty is the glow on a woman's face, her inner love for herself. The word perfection hasn't been my goal, for what is perfection really? Perfect to who? Perfect to me? Perfect to someone else judging me? Screw that! I can be perfect for myself! I've learned to love my gap between my teeth, I put on that push-up bra if I want a more proportioned looking shape, and I try to understand my body (I have a booty, I have small hips, I have long legs for a short chick but I'm still short). It's good to know yourself, what you are working with! Also my own trial and error has proven I look best in certain skirts, certain styles of jeans, certain tops and jackets, to present myself in clothing that not only flatters my petite size, but also clothing that makes me feel confident and beautiful and brings out my true self. Later I will share more on what styles as a petite I love and go-to.
I am sure that, especially my shorter readers, will enjoy Bradley Bayou's insight on styling for all sizes and shapes, and follow Bradley and his tips here on Facebook and Twitter: http://www.bradleybayou.com/
You are beautiful! Size is just a number!
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It took a few days for the airbrush paint to completely come off, and my whole body was tender for the next couple of days. The soreness was a reminder of the type of creative energy that gets put into many shoots, and the endurance required to be a professional model. ~excerpt from Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model.
The five flights to my apartment weren’t as mountainous that night when I got back and my legs felt longer as I escalated, my body felt transformed, as if I grew a few inches taller. My muscles were tender and sore and I was hungry but what filled my stomach and eased my mind that night was the thought of how I had made it through the day and no one but me really knew the secret tolerance of it all.~ excerpt from Almost 5'4"
While in the waiting room I thought: This place looks kind of ghetto.
But after we got in the helicopter it was AMAZING! 20 min ride of AWESOMENESS!
Because passengers sit by weight, as the smallest one I sat upfront with the pilot, it was fun watching him work the controls and Frank Sinatra played in the headsets. Even if NYC is your city, seeing it from the sky is so impressive. OMG moment: flying over the George Washington Bridge.
If you are petite like me, live in the NYC area please reach out to me, and also if have nice hands and feet and want to get into parts modeling and print modeling, email me pics firstname.lastname@example.org
could be an opportunity for you in the works :)
Remember, it's always best to already have a comp card ready, to spend the time preparing for your photos and professionalism, and having your professional modeling tools, being ready isn't something you should rush, it takes time, it is a growth--but when you are ready you will be more likely to get opportunities. Aim high and strive on girls
Simply apply yourself, it is the method to moving in the direction of where you want to go, it doesn't matter if you feel some doubt, that's normal of any hustler and dreamer, but give yourself a chance, a real chance, you might surprise yourself with the potential that's within you. ~Isobella Jade
I write in a journal daily about life, my pursuits, things I observe, see, experience, my to-do list, and also I find writing in a journal a way to connect with my inner self, to slow down for a moment and recognize the day. Do you write in a journal?
Click the cover to check out my memoir Almost 5'4"
Almost 5'4" is about my journey as a petite model, remember "height isn't everything"
Yay! Almost 5'4" is now available in the UK
Click the cover for more on my modeling memoir Almost 5'4"
Check out my graphic novel: Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior
A graphic novel based on the early modeling adventures of Isobella Jade
Short and Stylish Submissions
On my modeling tips blog: http://www.petitemodelingtips.com you will often find Short and Stylish features. Featuring petite girls from around the world who are showing off their style. And how they don't let the long seams hold them back from liking how they look and finding something cute. If you would like to be featured here are submission details: Send with the subject of your email: Short & Stylish. Send your first name, photo, height, what you are wearing in the photo and your favorite places to shop to: email@example.com
Petite of the Week Submissions
Submit to be Petite of the Week and featured on this blog, send with the subject of your email: Petite of the Week, send your first name, headshot, height, where you are from, how you are making strides in modeling to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isobella Jade's writing series called The Beautiful Undead
The Beautiful Undead vampires have taken over the modeling world. And when the most beautiful and successful undead model commits suicide, the dark secrets of the industry are found in her journal, and every week the gruesome and bloody truth of the day-and-the-life of being a Beautiful Undead are exposed.
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