The Life of a Male Model

(from elq-magazine.blogspot.com)
"Sometimes I'll see another model on the street and we will nod 'hey' to each other. It's like a club." I want to join! Lol
- male model Petey Wright from Ford

In New York Magazine's article,
"Petey and the Boys:
The wandering days and bunk-bed nights of Fashion Week’s handsome rookies"

I read about the life of a male model. I never realized how expensive modeling is, (for both sexes)


"Financially speaking, male modeling is not unlike being a straight-male porn star: The men have always made less than the women, and very few become big names. For most magazine work, models are paid less than $250. Twenty percent of that goes to the agency, which also bills models for their board and expenses. “Sometimes you get charged for things you never thought of,” says Petey, “like $30 a month to be on the website.”

Almost all of the male models I meet seem straight. “Gay models will go down in history as the biggest misconception about the male modeling world,” says Ferguson.

But being straight doesn’t seem to make any difference backstage, where the female models are avoiding the male models like at recess in elementary school. The women are preened over by stylists, surrounded by fashion reporters, while the guys just hang around and smoke. Maybe it’s the discrepancy in income and age—the girls all seem to be highly paid 15-year-olds. “They seem, I don’t know, really serious,” says AJ.

Ford maintains two male-model apartments—one in Greenpoint and one in a high-rise in Chinatown—but agencies have them all over the city. In the Greenpoint apartment, there are five bedrooms, each with at least two sets of bunk beds, plus a central room with a large kitchen and living room that contains a Chuck Norris–style exercise machine. A model named Will Anderson found the place and persuaded Ford to let him be the super and manager. At 36 years old, he is like the stern Mrs. Garrett in the house. He has lived in model apartments for ten years now, and in 2006 he self-published a coffee-table photo book called Apt. 301, a collection of his snapshots of sexy boy models sleeping, eating, and horsing around in messy rooms and rumpled sheets."

He sounds a little weary, and lonely. “You get up and get on a plane, go through customs alone, your cell phone doesn’t work, you don’t talk to your friends. I’m in a weird state right now. I’m not sure what I really want.”

He’d mostly prefer to stay in Nashville, especially now that he’s trying to rekindle things with Sally.

But his agents are urging him to get back to New York, fast. “They told me it’s a vital time in my career,” he says. Vman and Ford just announced the winners of the second-annual Model Search, and the model apartments will soon be filled with a new crop of pretty faces. Last year’s boys will have to hustle. "

But Petey's cute, and he looks like he'll last. I really do hope he's successful.

(photos found on Google)



New York Fashion Week Starts Tomorrow!

AWO9 kicks off in New York tomorrow and I'm extremely excited! Even though I'm not going, I like to read about it on style.com, New York magazine's fashion section and on live-blogs. I'm extremely anxious to see new trends for fall.
Sadly, this is the last NYFW at Bryant Park, since next season it moves to the Lincoln Center. On top of that, many designers are moving their shows to their showrooms and just changing to presentations period.
But anyway,
According to COACD, this is the schedule

So many good shows going on at the same time! How do editors pick and decide which to attend which to not?
All I know, is I hope soon I can attend. Think of how awesome it'd be to have backstage photos

(photo from New Yok Times)

On the runway photos

(photo credit: James Mountford)

And to go to all the cool parties, meet the best editors (imagine just "bumping" into Meredith Melling Burke or Anna Wintour)

(photo credit: mediabistro.com)

Or maybe even finding yourself sharing a cab with a model late for a show
(imagine Chanel Iman or Coco Rocha asking you to split a cab?!)
Yeah, I know..my imagination is wild, lol

How cool would it be to write a behind-the-scenes article, or report live from the fashion capitals?

I'm anticipating Jason Wu (you know because of Michelle O., speaking of which, check her out here on VOGUE)
Marc Jacobs (of course), Zac Posen (love), Betsey Johnson...

But nonetheless, I'm very excited for the shows! You?



Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2009
The Show looked A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Click Here For it

Bruna Tenorio awes in one of my favorite looks...

Style.com's Sarah Mower said that John Galliano's (in all his awesome-ness) inspiration for the show was "Flemish painters and Monsieur Dior." About the show, considering this current recession, he says "There's a credit crunch, not a creative crunch. Of course, everyone is being more careful with their discretionary purchases. I am. But it's our job to make people dream, and to provide the value in quality, cut, and imagination."

And boy did he make me dream. Each detail of each garment was perfectly carried-out, and added to the Dutch Golden-Age Fantasy that was created in my mind as soon as the first girl walked out.

The shoes, OMG the shoes...

The hair and makeup

The accents on each look...

I would love to have been there, experiencing all the beautifully-structured pieces firsthand.

Do we need any more proof that Monsieur Galliano is some type of magical genius? I don't think so, he outdoes himself every season. Incredible.

For more on the show and Photo credits: Style.com


Look of The Day: A Little Blair Waldorf Goes A Long Way

As seen here on Lookbook

I can't think of what I don't like about this outfit, I saw it on a post on Lookbook a while ago and I haven't been able to get over it!
The Marc Jacobs shoes are lovely,the over-the-knee stockings are wonderful, the coat and the gloves are just wonderful and the bow on the headband? Adorable. Love it!

(Edit: this isn't me I just love the look)