Modeling news roundup

April 2, 2012

This week’s highlights: SI Rookie of the Year 2012; MM’s Jenna Talackova – transgender Miss Universe Canada finalist disqualified; MM’s Stevie Christine becomes “Sullen Angel”; Jim Fredlund’s book, Liquid X-tasy, features over 40 MM models, and more!

MM’s Jenna Talackova – transgender Miss Universe Canada finalist disqualified

Model Mayhem member, Jenna Talackova, made it into the Miss Universe Canada final but was disqualified for being transgender. Such an accomplishment is something that very few aspiring beauty queens ever get to experience, but what makes Jenna’s story even more unique is that she was born a biological male and has undergone sexual reassignment surgery. Unfortunately, the rules of Miss Universe state that the contestants must be “naturally born females”, which means that Jenna was disqualified from the competition.

Jim Fredlund’s book, Liquid X-tasy, features over 40 MM model

Award-winning American photographer, and MM member, Jim Fredlund, releases his collection of true erotica in a book titled “Liquid X-tasy”. Although much of Jim’s work is fine art nudes, he is a well-rounded photographer having shot landscapes, monuments, masonry and still life. “Liquid X-tasy”, with the beautiful Harlette on the cover, is comprised exclusively of over 40 models from Model Mayhem. All of these wonderful models come from the Mid-Atlantic area, primarily Maryland. Some of the other MM models featured in this volume include: BeautyScapes, Orseis, Suspect, Beth Caldwell, Sister Dee, Mellisa Kay, Natasha240, and Nicole Moser.

Photographer: Jim Fredlund

MM’s Stevie Christine becomes “Sullen Angel”

Congratulations to Model Mayhem member, Stevie Christine who is one of the newest models for Sullen Clothing. Although she has been modeling since she was three years old, her most recent successes in her career have been phenomenal. It is clear that this young beauty has defined her goals and understands the work that it takes to succeed in this industry. Stevie is a great example to many aspiring models.

SI Rookie of the Year 2012 talks about fitness

Nina Agdal is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s rookie of the year for 2012. During her interview, she places a lot of emphasis on the importance of working out and keeping in shape, especially if one wants to succeed as a bikini, fitness, or lingerie model in the mainstream market. Nina also indicated that it is important to diversify your workouts so you do not get bored of doing the same thing all the time. Besides being able to work as a mainstream lingerie, fitness, and bikini model, being fit contributes to an increased confidence level as well as improvement in physical and mental well-being. It is also very crucial to find activities that you enjoy doing because that is what will motivate you to keep going.

Fashion insiders react to new Israeli law

Although the new Israeli law, which banned the use of models with a BMI below 18.5, has been well-received for the most part, there are some opposing views. First of all, BMI is not always an accurate representation of how healthy an individual is because it does not take into account muscle mass. Second, such drastic changes will not happen overnight, and society will take some time to change how it views mainstream fashion models. Some members of the fashion industry said that they did not intend for models to be unhealthy when they set those standards, and that the only thing they had on their mind was whether or not the models will fit the sample sizes. What are your thoughts?

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