Category Archives: The Perfect Body

Fun in the Sun


Rio Summer 2012: Salinas Swimwear

Picking up a bathing suit and putting it on can be a frustrating thing for most. But every year we do it. So mine as well have a little fun with bright colors and cute designs. Don’t forget the SPF and your ready to get out there and have fun in the sun.


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Supermodel evolution

  • The 60’s

Records show that these first female “supermodels” ranged in looks and heights from 5’5 Twiggy ~ 6’3 Verushka

 Verushka’s height is 6’3

 Twiggy stands at 5’5

 First Japanese “supermodel” Hiroko Matsumoto. Height unknown.

 Naomi Sims regarded as the first black supermodel.

In February 1968, an article in Glamour described 19 models as “supermodels,” of whom were: Cheryl Tiegs, Verushka, Lisa Palmer, Peggy Moffitt, Susan Murray, Twiggy, Susan Harnett, Marisa Berenson, Gretchen Harris, Heide Wiedeck, Irish Bianchi, Hiroko Matsumoto, Anne DeZagher, Kathie Carpenter, Jean Shrimpton, Jean Patchett, Benedetta Barzini, Claudia Duxbury, and Agneta Frieberg.

Naomi Sims, who is sometimes regarded as the first black supermodel, became the first African American to feature on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in 1968

  • The 70’s

In 1970, the model wore a very conservative long sleeve top

Sports Illustrated editor Jule Campbell abandoned then-current modeling trends for its fledgling Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by photographing “bigger and healthier” California models[48] and printing their names by their photos, thus turning many of them into household names.

At the end of the 70's the focus is definitely more on the model and her body, but her suit still isn't super revealing

The first African American model to be on the cover of American Vogue was Beverly Johnson in 1974.

  • The 80’s


 Brook Sheilds

During the early 1980s, fashion designers began advertising on television and billboards. Catwalk regulars like Gia Carangi,[57] Cheryl Tiegs,[57] Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley,[15][58] Kim Alexis,[57] Paulina Porizkova, Brooke Shields, Heather Locklear, and Elle Macpherson began to endorse products with their names, as well as their faces, through the marketing of brands such as the beverage Diet Pepsi to the extension of car title Ford Trucks.

  • The 90’s

This is when Supermodels began to make Millions of dollars instead of thousands.

1990 began with a January British Vogue cover presenting five of the top modeling stars of the era hand-picked and photographed by Peter Lindbergh. The five models were Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.[62] In 1990, their status as top models ended and a new era for the “supermodel” began.

These new Supermodels did talk shows, were cited in gossip columns, partied at the trendiest nightspots,[59] landed movie roles, inspired franchises, dated or married film stars, and earned themselves millions.[15] Fame empowered them to take charge of their careers, to market themselves, and to command higher fees.

As the 1990s progressed, the supermodels were joined by Claudia Schiffer and then Kate Moss. They were the most heavily in demand, collectively dominating magazine covers, fashion runways, editorial pages, and both print and broadcast advertising.

 Kate Moss credited with beginning the “heroin chic” look.

  • Late 90’s

Emerging in the late 1990s, Gisele Bündchen became the first in a wave of Brazilian models to gain popularity in the industry and with the public. With numerous covers of Vogue under her belt, including an issue that dubbed her the “Return of the Sexy Model,”.

 Tyra Banks

  • 2000

 Jessica Stam

 Chanel Iman

American Vogue dubbed ten models (Doutzen Kroes, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, and Jessica Stam) as the new crop of supermodels in their May 2007 cover story. They get critisized for looking anorexic.

Again I think they got it right in the beginning. In the 1960’s they had all types of female models from 5’5 – 6’3. They had very skinny Twiggy to larger sized women as supermodels. They all had a different look and I think that’s better than just seeing the same type of models. I think fashion needs to go back to the basics.


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Male model evolution

  •   THE 80’S

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Jeff Aquilon one of the few to pioneer the term “Male Super Model” emerging in the early 1980s. He stands at 6’2. Little is known about him because back in those days male models were paid very little and no one documented much of anything because there was not much internet use.


 BRUCE HULSE He worked during the industry’s most glamorous and edgy era–the 80s and 90’s. He stands at 6’2

  • THE LATE 80’S ~ EARLY 90’S


Marcus Schenkenberg was discovered in 1989. He stands at 6’4.  Best known for his Calvin Klein ad.


Rick Dietz became famous by building Chippendales into a house hold brand. He changed his look and desire to be “model like.” In 1995 Herb Ritts shot the world wide campaign for Valentino and labled Dietz a “male supermodel.”  He stands at 6’3.

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Djimon Hounsou stands at 6’3, originated from Africa. He went to Paris and was homless until discoved by a fashion photographer in the 90’s. He has since graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model, been in numerous music videos and in several films.

  • THE MID 90’S


Mark Vanderloo  standing at 6’2 landed, by being in the right place at the right time, a national commercial for Holland’s dairy board in the early 1990’s. In 1994 he became Calvin Klein’s Obsession model. He then began the assault heading to Milan where he would end up being connected to what is now known as the Fab 4, who included good friend Alex Lundqvist.


Alex Lundqvist modeling career began in the summer of 1994. He stands at 6’0

  • EARLY 2000


 Lars Burmeister height 6’1, presence and strong looks were felt instantly by fashion observers and especially to photographer Craig McDean, who recruited him in 2004 as the spokes model for Hugo Boss.


 Robert Konjic stands at 6’1. He’s been hot since 2009.

  • 2012

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Clement Chabernaud height 6’0 was ranked #3 most sucessful model in 2012.

Mathias Lauridsen Mathias Lauridsen

Mathias Lauridsen was discovered in 2003. Stands at 6’1 and was recently named #1 most sucessful male model on but then was beaten by Sean O’Pry.


 Sean O’Pry  height 6’1. In June 2009, he was named the world’s most successful male model of 2009 by Forbes publications. He is currently the most successful male model in the world on

For me, I think they got it right in the 80’s.  Jeff Aquilon and Bruce Hulse are my favorite looking guys. There body’s are perfect! They look like naturally active, fit men. I’m also a fan of the 90’s models Djimon Hounsou and Mark Vanderloo. Sexy!!!  Why have the male models body type and facial features gotten more feminine in the past 30 years? I can’t wait when the 80’s & 90’s look comes back IN! As if, anywhere but in fashion, it was ever out.



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Healthy weight gain

While my entire family and friends try to lose the pounds, for the last week I have been trying to gain. I feel discouraged as I have not gained 1 single pound. My friends are baffled. My family is over it.

I have usually eaten 2000 calories a day. In order to gain I must eat at least 500 calories more each day. I’ve stopped all cardio exercising and will just focus on weight training to gain pounds.

Since I have always been a size 0 and now it seems size 0 is out in the industry and EVERYONE has been telling me I look unhealthy, I’ve decide to try to get bigger but in a healthy manner. Is this possible? I tend to store fat around my stomach and never in my legs, arms or hips. I want to get a flatter, more toned stomach at the same time gain weight…I have been lifting weights and counting calories to make sure I am in taking enough calories to gain. I am and still want to stay a pescatarian, a vegetarian but I also eat fish, putting on the pounds can be tricky

My goal: A size 2.

This morning I went to Ihop. I didn’t exactly order extremely healthy today (the red velvet pancakes) and this could put on unwanted fat around my stomach…but hopefully that will turn to muscle during my weight training.


2 eggs scrambled (added bellpeppers and onion) with hash browns with the red velvet pancake combo ( i opted for no meat) – roughly 1000 calories

OJ – 100calories

=1100 calories for Breakfast


1Tortia – 150calories

with 3 pieces of melted cheese -330 calories

with Tahini spread – 90 calories

with an egg – 65 calories

and I ate natto on the side ( this might sound gross to most but Natto is really healthy and has always been one of my favorite foods. It’s a Japanese thing) – 373 calories

a glass of coconut almond milk by almond breeze unsweetened – 45 calories

=1053 calories for Lunch

I just lifted weights

Legs – squats(3 sets of 10 with two 15 pound dumbbells), Lunges (3 sets of 10 with two 15 pound dumbbells), Leg extension machine ( 3 sets of 10 with 30 pound weight)

Arms – dumbbell curls ( 3 set of 8 with 10 pounds), Bar curls ( 3 set of 10 with 5 pound weight on each side of the bar), Bar Row (3 sets of 10 with 5 pound weight on each side of the bar)

Stomach – Lower ab leg lifts ( 3 sets of 20), Inclined sit ups ( 3 sets of 30)

= I lifted as heavy as I could, I felt a burn during the lifting but now I feel absolutely fine. I stretched before and after. I’m not sure how many calories I’ve burned but I still have dinner to go. Maybe that will be another 1000 calorie meal or at the lowest 500 calories depending on where I go tonight.

So far Breakfast and Lunch I have eaten roughly 2153 calories. I am usually averaging 2500 -3000 calories a day. A big fish with some grilled veggies and a salad sound great to me for dinner. That should bring me to over 2500 calories for the day.

If you don’t struggle to gain but are like the rest of my family and want to lose, this way of eating might be right for you too. Ditch the junk food that my brother always stashes. Opt for clean foods, and maybe even consider going Vegetarian. But unlike me, instead of weights, jump on the treadmill. You may have to restrict yourself from the red velvet pancakes and choose the egg white omelet but like they say “no pain no gain” or maybe in your case no lose.


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Loosing weight vs Gaining weight

It’s all hard! Maintaining the “perfect” or “ideal” body weight, while keeping healthy, for everyone is hard. Most people in America struggle with loosing weight. However, there are a lot of others who struggle with gaining. I am one of those people who struggle to gain weight. My goal is to gain 10lbs. I want to do it in a healthy way. My friend wants to lose 10lbs.  Let’s see who will get there first. How should we go about it?


To gain weight :

Eat more calories. Calculate how many calories you were eating each day. Now add at least 500 calories per day more.

To lose weight:

Eat fewer calories. Calculate how many calories you eat per day. Now decrease at least 500 calories per day.


To gain weight:

Change your eating habits. Aim for three large meals and 2-3 hefty snacks per day. Drink shakes, milk, or juice. No coffee, tea or diet anything. Focus on:

  • Breads – hearty and dense (whole wheat, oat bran, pumpernickel, rye) are more nutritious than white bread; cut thick slices and spread generously with peanut butter, jam, honey, hummus, or cream cheese.
  • Vegetables – look for starchy vegetables (potatoes, peas, corns, carrots, winter squash, beets) in addition to watery vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers).
  • Fruit – choose dense fruit (bananas, pears, apples, pineapple, dried fruit) over watery fruit (oranges, peaches, plums, berries, watermelon).
  • Soups – Go for hearty cream soups instead of broth-based soups. If you have trouble with edema or high blood pressure you may want to avoid all store-bought soup.
  • Added oils – in cooking, add a generous amount of oil. The healthiest oils are unrefined (extra virgin) oils such as olive, coconut, canola, palm, and of course butter. The less healthy but still acceptable sources of oil are those high in omega-6 fatty acids (pro-inflammatory) such as safflower, sunflower, and peanut oils. The unhealthy oils are those containing trans fat such as shortening, and the anti-nutrient-rich soybean oil (aka vegetable oil).
  • Spreads! – Spreading delicious calorie-rich toppings on toast, crackers, pita, and any other carbohydrate source is an excellent way to increase caloric intake. Some good high-calorie spreads are guacamole, olive oil, cream cheese, hummus, butter, nut butters, sour cream, cheese slices, mayonnaise. Even better is to mix these with shredded meats like chicken or fish.

To lose weight:

Change your eating habits. Aim for three small meals and 2-3 snacks which consist of fruits and vegetables per day. Don’t drink sodas, sugar filled drinks or shakes. Do drink unsweetened tea or coffee and a lot of water. Focus on:

  • Vegetables – (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers).
  • Fruit -(oranges, peaches, plums, berries, watermelon).
  • Soups – Do NOT go for hearty cream soups. GO for broth-based soups. If you have trouble with edema or high blood pressure you may want to avoid all store-bought soup.
  • Spreads – Leave off spreads where ever you can. No mayo, or butter. The healthiest alternative is unrefined (extra virgin) olive oil but use it sparingly.


To gain weight: And TO lose weight:

Avoid unhealthy, high-calorie foods. Most important is to avoid trans fats, which increase your risk for disease. Foods that are high in trans fats are: pastry products, cakes, cookies, processed meats, margarine, shortening, and packaged snack foods.


To gain weight:

  • Weight train. This will not only help convert the additional calories into muscle rather than fat, but it will also stimulate your appetite. The added muscle will increase your metabolism, so you’ll need to consume more calories per day to maintain that weight. During the first month of weight training, you may experience tremendous gains if you are faithful to your schedule. However, also expect this to level off after this initiatory period (This is known in the bodybuilding world as a plateau). You overcome this by re-evaluating your weight and muscle mass, while altering your diet to include more food and heavier weights.

To lose weight:

  • Cardio Training – This will help to burn off the fat. Drink enough water to keep the body functioning properly. The more calories you burn during your cardio workout will help to lose weight. Try to work up to more miles and longer times.


To gain weight:

  • Eat more protein. Protein is essential for body function to build and repair muscle tissue. If you don’t consume enough protein from raw foods or protein supplements then gaining weight and building muscle will be unachievable. Those looking to gain weight should consume at least 1 gram of quality protein per pound of body weight.

To loose weight:

You want to eat less of everything but at the same time you don’t want to starve your body. If you starve your body, it will store your fat no matter what you do. So eat small portions of healthy protein.

 Almonds for everyone…

Add nuts to your diet. Nuts are a very convenient and a healthy snack so carry containers of nuts with you to snack on throughout the day for when you get hungry.

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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Health, The Perfect Body, Tools


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Tyra Banks too fat

Since this title is the #1 searched for today I thought I would blog about it. Yahoo put out an article comparing Tyra Banks picture with the newer Victoria’s secret model Chanel Iman. Almost all comments said they thought Chanel looked bad and Tyra good.

Tyra said “The truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy,” Banks writes. “In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”

Tyra has agreed with Vogue for banning thin models who “appear to have an eating disorder” from all 19 of its editions worldwide. While Gisele Bundchen told Brazilian newspaper Globo in 2007 “I never suffered this problem because I had a very strong family base,” . “The parents are responsible, not fashion.”

Is it fair to compare these two women? Shouldn’t they both be allowed to model? Does Chanel look anorexic or healthy but thin? I think they both look great!



Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Beauty, The Perfect Body


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Kate Moss and Twiggy types need not apply.

Short girls need not apply. This statement would have everyone in an uproar if it was racially or ethnically  pointed. This statement is made and heard everyday at modeling agencies. “Are you 5’8 or taller?” If your answer is “No” they will usually immediately turn you away without a glance at your portfolio. Not because of your look but solely on your height.
Twiggy Lawson 5’5 or 5’6”-She was one of the World’s First Supermodel (1966-1970)

5’7 ½”-Appeared in Glamour, Marie Claire, and Nylon. Also appeared in  advertising for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Levi Jeans. She is  also a well-known Victoria’s Secret Model
Whos the tallest here? I can’t tell their heights… but I know Kate Moss is 5’6 and a size 0 standing in the middle there.
Known as  the world’s shortest supermodel, 5’5″ Devon Aoki was the face of Versace by age 16 and on the cover of mainstream top magazines all around the world.
Short girls are discriminated against in this Industry worse than Plus size. There are only a couple who work a lot and consistently. It’s very rare and I couldn’t name and don’t know of any model below the height of 5’4 who has received a job from a mainstream company. Perhaps there are none… wow none… I think that should get attention. Should a couple of inches matter? I’ve never seen a picture or even seen someone in person who was attractive and thought “Oh they are a couple inches short that’s just awful.” I can’t tell with the pictures of the models above if they were 6′ or 5 foot. Why should it matter?
A web magazine I found were you can support the fight for equal high fashion rights for the petit model:

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