I have been fortunate to photograph the worlds top supermodels. My photography started with filming wild dolphins, then surfing, Surfing mags, editorial, fashion then to New York.
Back home in Laguna Beach California I am still photographing/filming dolphins in the wild.
Check out the interview I shot with Nigel Barker from America's Next Top Model, talking about the new season and a bit about him ( its only a SHOW)
The fabulous "Miss J" Alexander Runway coach from America's Next Top Model, showing how a girl should stand up straight and pay attention. Are you standing up straight? Are you paying attention? Good, then please watch the short beauty video links below. After that you can be dismissed.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch the video links (below) BEFORE you send a friend request. Send it to a friend. It is short and will only take a moment. Did I say "Please"?
Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn't straight her body isn't fake
And she's always felt overweight
Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are
There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you
Little girl twenty-one the things that you've already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you've got a man but he's got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead
Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there's a man whose love is true
And he'll treat you like the jewel you are
So turn around you're not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It's not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who's strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl
Lyrics to "More Beautiful You" by Jonny Diaz
watch it here
Super Model Ali Michael was at the top of the modeling world walking the runways of Paris, Milan and New York. The following year she and her mom were sent home from Europe. She was dropped. Read her interview about eating, weight, modeling and wisdom.
A message from a MM member
I love the videos on your page. I most of the time feel like the ugly duckling & wishes I were "smaller", "taller", "tanner",etc. Those videos made me tear up and made me realize that the media is putting it into the younger generations minds that us women are to be a certain size, shape, color, figure. Thank you for taking the time to try and make a difference in someone's life everyday. Today you made one in mine (:
Message from member
No woman should feel the need to judge themselves on how another woman looks or the way commercial media portrays women. We all have our own unique beauty...I think its about time we accept who we are. Whether its tall and thin, or short and thin, a woman with meat on her bones or just the average woman next door. Short hair/ long hair, big feet/little feet. None of that matters...its the person on the inside that does.
A message from a MM member.
I have 4 daughters ...ages 12, 10, 7, and 5. All have different body types. The 12 year old is having a very difficult time. The 10 year old is tall, thin, and wants to be "America's Next Top Model" (I swear I did not encourage that). She also was born with a "deformed" although we call it "special" arm. The 7 year old cries when she tries on clothes because she says she's too fat (I swear we don't use that word in our home..nor do we use "diet".)
I can not tell you how much emotion poured from me as I viewed your video clips and read your profile. I've been a supporter of the Dove campaign from day one and have not seen these videos. My daughters will see them tonight.
Please accept my friend request, so I can continue to visit your site and feel the love and inspiration for the cause that I feel so strongly about.... to change the definition of beauty in our culture.
Another message from a female MM model
I absolutely love your work! One thing that stood out to me was the modesty of many of your shots. That's really hard to find nowadays. Im new to modeling and it seems that everyone who has offered me an opportunity just wants a sexual nudity shot. Its something im determined not to succumb to. I have respect for myself. I used to be one of those little dove girls with huge self esteem issues and hating many things about myself. But ive learned to love myself. Im unique! Hispanic, black, short and beautiful!! Hopefully one day we can work together!
A new message from a new model mayhem member
The videos on your profile are truly inspiring. My younger sister  has self esteem issues, saying that she's too fat, she has a big forehead, and "bug eyes" when the truth is, she has an adorable little figure with round, beautiful green eyes. I plan on showing her the videos you have so that she can understand that she IS beautiful. Thank you for that.
I remember that I used to have self esteem problems for a couple years. I was told when I was about twelve years old [the first time I wanted to model] that I needed to lose a good ten pounds. I was twelve, thin as a twig, and didn't understand how I could possibly be fat. I'd let it get to me, but when I hit high school, I realized that - hey - I'm beautiful. My mother is beautiful. My sisters are beautiful. All of my friends are beautiful. And we all are in our own ways, each with our different bodies. Thank you.
Another comment from a MM member/model
I watched the dove videos and they truly touched me. I was so filled up with emotion so fast. I've always been told that I was too short, too fat, had flawed skin and all that nonsense. But as I grew up I realized that I was beautiful no matter what people thought of me. We've come to the point in time where women have to be perfect but honestly, what's the beauty in that? We are perfect exactly the way we are. So I wanted to say thank you for helping those young ladies out there realize how beautiful they truly are. You have a good heart.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting those videos on your mm page:) it is really hard to tell you how much pressure some girls feel to look a certain way as I have been through it myself. I never felt that I was completly pretty and always thought like I could be much skinnier then I am. Watching those videos really opened my eyes
and those lyrics i could not tell you how emotional that got me.
Your work is exquisite and your challenge to us all thought provoking.
I love the song lyrics and links you posted. I have listened to that song many times on the FISH. You have an extraordinary Heart for those who may never grace the pages of a magazine and yet they are significant and beautiful.
Thank You for reminding all of us what true beauty is!!!!
Blessings & Happy New Year - Ashley
I just wanted to say wow. I watched the videos and they give hope to me as i'm sure they do to many others out there. Even now my self esteem isnt the best (always saw myself as dis proportioned and scrawny in all the wrong places), people told me I look like a boy, but thanks to these videos I am deciding to have yet another day were I tell myself "your pretty". I'm going to show these videos to a few others I know whom could use some inspirational words.
Love the people and pets you have around you, one day they will be gone.
In modeling, keep it clean.......later in life you will be glad you did.
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Watch my interview with SUPERMODEL Agnes Deyn on the runway and backstage New York
Meet Sasha Pivovarova . Super Sweet. She is the face of PRADA. (photo by me)
She is in the top 3 in most demand TOP MODELS in the world.
Check out these videos and get to know Sasha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ALuoA2D … re=related
Meet SuperModel Coco Rocha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1562d76c … re=related
Words cant describe how down to earth and sweet she is.
She is on top of my favorite list.
Here she is last week in New York
( p.s I am from California not New York so no excuses for those who say " I live so far away". Get off your butt before life is over)
SUPERMODEL Coco Rocha on the runway and backstage with yours truly. 2008 New York
I LOVE New York and so will you.
Here is something you wont hear often ladys. " You are perfect JUST THE WAY YOU ARE". Thats right. Beauty does not come in a bottle. Hello
Ladies please check out the short video beauty links below. They will change your life, I promise. And guess what, you dont have to take all your clothes off to be a model. Yes its true. Check the short vids
I don't want to gain the whole world, and lose my
Revelation 13:16-17 "He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark.
The door is about to close.
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