Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Fact List for Modelling.

Glamours, hot and success, models are portraied the symbol of a luxurious life. 
I feel it is mundane to pay over emphasis on those superficial stuff, yet I could not conceal my interest and madly adoration towards the world of fashion and glamour. 
May it be a habit of woman to overlook appearance.Nevertheless, a vacation is a vacation. Let's put some genuine effort in understanding the world of fame, sensual, power and desire.
First lesson,as I indicated right in the beginning,  is a study of models.      

A model (from Middle French modèle), sometimes called a mannequin, is a person who is employed for the purpose of displaying and promoting fashion clothing or other products and for advertising or promotional purposes or who poses for works of art.
Modelling is distinguished from other types of public performance, such as an acting, dancing or mime artist, although the boundary is not well defined. Appearing in a movie or a play is not considered modelling. However, models may be considered to express emotion in their photographs or video.
Types of modelling include fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, and body-part models. Models are features in a variety of media formats including books, magazines, movies, newspapers, and TV. The models themselves can be a featured part of a movie ( Looker, Tattoo), reality television show, or music video.

Modeling agency
A modeling agency is a company that represents a group of models which they call their model board. A model bookers (also called "booker" or "agent") are a group of people who manage a model's career. An agent helps a model find jobs, book jobs, gives advice, and emails or gives copy books and comp cards to various clients they work with. ( a comp card is a selection of pictures printed on a card, a copy book is a scanned version of a models portfolio). An agent may send models to various clients and schedule modeling interviews (also called go and see or castings).
A model does not have to work with an agent but it is highly recommended for fashion/runway models. 

Fashion Model
The job ranking for fashion models are: print (part time), print modelling (full time), runway modelling, and supermodel.

Print modeling
Print models showcase clothes in images used in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, billboards, press kits, etc. Fashion models may be used to display or promote various types of clothing, such as dresses, jeans, suits, lingerie, or swimsuit. They are known as a "editorial model" or "photographic model". They can work all over the world. The fashion capitals are London, Paris, Tokyo, Milan, and New York. Though there are markets in almost every country, shooting can take you anywhere from a studio to exotic locations like Fiji or Morocco, which can make a career exciting but also demanding.
The requirements for print models depends on the needs of the employer. Models must be well kept- hair, skin, and attractive or unique features.

Runway modeling
Runway models showcases clothes from fashion designers, fashion media, and consumers. They are also called "live models" and they are self employed. Runway models work in different locations. Models constantly travel to large cities where fashion is well known - London, Milan, New York City, and Paris.
Some runway models were discovered as print models. The requirement to become a runway model includes certain height and weight requirements. During runway shows, models have to constantly change clothes and makeup. The models turns and stands to demonstrate the garment's key features. Models also go to interviews (called go and sees) and must keep a portfolio of their work. They go to modeling interviews to find more work. The more experience a model have, the more that she is likely to be hired for a fashion show. Girls who do not get cast on the fashion show are sent home. A model can work in other areas, such as department store fashion shows, creating product lines, acting etc.
 The British Association of Model Agents (AMA) says that female models should be around 34-24-34 in (86-61-86 cm) and 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) tall.The model must be slender and in shape.
The preferred dimensions for a male model are a height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) to 6 ft 2 in (1.91 m), a waist of 28–32 in (71.12–81.28 cm) and a chest measurement of 36–40 in (91.44–101.60 cm). Male runway models have been noted as being skinny and well toned.
Male and female models must also possess clear skin, healthy hair, and attractive facial features.
The former requirement measurements for models used to be 35.5-23.5-35.5 in (90-60-90 cm), which were the alleged measurements of Marilyn Monroe. Today's fashion models tend to have measurements closer to the AMA recommended shape. Although in some fashion industries, a size 00 is more ideal than a size 0.
Recently, runway walks are less flamboyant compared to the late '80s and early '90s, when Naomi Campbell and other supermodels were known for their distinct struts. Instead, most designers want a natural stroll.

According to Forbes and the Guinness Book, the richest model in the world is Brazilian Gisele Bündchen
Supermodels are highly paid, high profile fashion models. These (usually female) celebrities appear on top fashion magazine covers, in catalogues, and in fashion shows.

Glamour models
Glamour photography emphasizes the model and the model's sexuality rather than products, fashion or the environment. Glamour modelling often focuses on the body of the subject and insinuations of sexuality serve to enhance a product's attractiveness. Glamour models may be used for mass-produced calendars, pinup and for men's magazines, such as Playboy magazine. Famous glamour models include Pamela Anderson, Jordan, Jodie Marsh, Lucy Pinder, and Louise Glover.
Fitness modelsFitness modeling centers on displaying an athletic physique. Fitness models usually have defined muscles like bodybuilders, but with less emphasis on muscle size. Their body weight is usually similar to (or heavier than) fashion models, but they have a lower body fat percentage due to increased muscle mass relative to fat mass.

Bikini models
Bikini models are also usually required to be obviously fit and with an appealing body shape. Bikini models can usually be shorter, around 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) to 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m).
Models with other objects
Stainless steel chair in use in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The model is used in order to combine her beauty with the chair design and supposedly, increase sales.
Due to various aspects, models are used to increase sales of a wide variety of products including: cars, food, furniture, electronic devices, etc.

Artist's models
Main article: Model (art)
Art models are models who pose for photographers, painters, sculptors, and other artists as part of their work of art.
Models are frequently used for training art students, but are also employed by accomplished artists. The most common types of art created using models are figure drawing, figure painting, sculpture and photography. Although commercial motives dominate over the esthetics in advertising, its 'artwork' commonly employs models.
Models for life drawing classes are often entirely nude, apart from visually non-obstructive personal items such as small jewelry and sometimes eyeglasses. In a job advertisement seeking nude models, this may be referred to as being "undraped" or "disrobed". (Alternatively, a cache-sexe may be worn.

Gravure idols
A gravure idol (グラビアアイドル gurabia aidoru), often abbreviated to gradol (グラドル guradoru) is a Japanese female model who primarily models on magazines, especially thorse marketed to men,  photobooks or DVDs. Gravure idols, in most cases, emphasize their sexual attractiveness and often model in swimsuits.
Gravure idols appear in a wide range of photography styles and genres. Their photos are largely aimed at male audiences. Gravure idols rarely appear fully nude in their photos, but their poses often can be labeled as semi-provocative.

Alternative models
An alternative model is any model that does not fit into the conventional model types, and may include punk, goth, fetish, tattooed models or models having a distinctive attribute. These mix with high fashion and art models. Publishers such as Goliath in Germany have enabled alternative models and punk photography to become known to a larger audience.
Body-parts models
Some models are employed for their particularly attractive body parts. For example, hand models may be used to promote nail products and are frequently part of most television commercials.

Despite the stereotype of modeling as a lucrative and glamorous profession, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the median wage for commercial and print models was only $11.22 per hour in 2006.MarketWatch listed modeling as one of the ten worst jobs in America. Print models may work for manufacturers, stores, etc. for little or no pay. Experienced print models can make about $200- $ 500 per hour. Some print models do not work with an agent. The ones that work with an agent must give 15 - 20 % of the model's earnings to the agent. Famous print models can make thousands of dollars.
 Beginner female runway model make less money than models that have experience. The average wage for a female runway model can range from $ 250 -$1,000 an hour per runway walk. The average salary of a runway model is $ 500,000.Well known runway models can make thousands and millions per year. Costs of travel, transportation, food, hotels, etc. are deducted from the model's pay. Fashion models can get discovered by editors, cosmetic companies, photographers, fashion industry professionals, etc. A contract girl for a cosmetic company can make about $ 300,000 to $ 2 million per year.
 Male runway model makes less than female runway models. Beginner models can earn up to $ 150 per shoot. The famous male models make at least $500,000 per year. Designer clothing and fragrance ads pay the most money. A male runway model can earn up to $8,000-$15,000 per day for high end catalogues.




还是想做金融或者传媒,留意着机会。等待,准备,努力终不会白费。你看看其他人,不是也在奋力地活着吗? CAP是浮云可是姐就让你浮一个学期。--)海文如是说。在校内上看到徐许整理的密密麻麻的helpsheet觉得惭愧。

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

If You Want People to Actually Read What You Write

Blogger: Dan Pallotta

Ever get looped into an e-mail thread on the fifth round and tried to figure out which part you're supposed to read? All you see is a tangle of text chunks indented with strange characters and punctuated with outdated header information and worthless "Thanks!" replies.
Whether you know it or not, when you compose an e-mail, you're designing. When you reply to an e-mail, you're designing. When you assemble a grant proposal, a business plan, an executive summary, you're designing.
And good design gives you an edge. How big an edge? It's the difference between getting read or getting ignored. You don't have to understand Photoshop or other design programs to be able to create clean business communications. You just have to develop an eye for the difference between visual order and visual noise.
Everyone could benefit from taking an introductory design course at a local college or reading a great design book, likeDesign Basics by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak. But if you don't have time for that, here are some basic rules:
  • Blur your eyes and ask yourself, Does this communication have a sense of order, or does looking at it give me a headache?
  • Have the decency to shorten your communication.Follow the wise insight attributed equally to Twain, Churchill, Pascal, and Lincoln ("If I had more time I'd have written a shorter letter") or Richard Bach's maxim ("Good writing is all about the power of the deleted word") and remember that length is design, too.
  • Clean up messes. If you're sending someone a conversation thread but only one sentence of it is important, delete the extraneous 42,000 words. Delete automatically generated dotted lines, indentations, and fonts in multiple colors.
  • Reduce the number of hard returns, especially in e-mails. They create visual noise.
  • Avoid huge monolithic blocks of text. No one will read them.
  • Don't get fancy. If you haven't taken a design course, stick with a classic font. Don't use more than three font variations on a page. That means changing typeface, size, or style (italics or bold). Don't underline.
  • For e-mails, pick a font that's web friendly. (Arial, Helvetica, Lucida Sans, Palatino, Verdana.) That way, you'll be sure that the way your message looks to you is the way it will appear to the reader.
  • Break some rules. Where tradition might tell you to fill every page of your business plan with text, identify the single most important sentence on a page, blow it up to 36-point type, and give it the entire page to itself.
  • If you don't know what the rules are, be careful about breaking them. The point is not to be, or look, rebellious. It's to be effective.
  • Learn to use pull-quotes. If you have a lengthy block of text, pull out the most important sentence and create an easy point of entry for the reader, the way a magazine would.
  • Learn to love white space. Don't fill the page edge to edge with content. Leave room for things to breathe.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words. Break up a business plan or a memo with a professional image. Stock photography or illustration houses like istock are your friend.
  • Don't use tacky images. If you're generally tacky, I can't help you with that. Just try not to be. Think a nice black Armani suit or cocktail dress versus, I don't know, a Worldwide Wrestling Federation t-shirt.
  • Don't give people whiplash. Don't center one thing, left justify another, right justify another, center a fourth, and so on. It makes things look like an obstacle course. Pick one justification and stick with it.
  • Be careful with color if you don't know what you're doing. You could hurt someone. Stick to one color to be safe — black — and use shades of gray to add sophistication.
If you forget all this, just think simplicity. Less is more. Good design doesn't add stuff. It takes stuff away. Don't get fancy, don't overdo anything, don't use gimmicks. Simplicity and power are not mutually exclusive. They are often one and the same.

Beautiful life--lemon-basil pasta

10 oz. dried linguine or desired pasta
1 19-oz. can white kidney (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 of a lemon
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding beans for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Remove 1/2 cup of the cooking liquids; set aside. Drain pasta and beans; cover to keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, finely shred peel from the lemon half (about 2 teaspoons). In a small skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add lemon peel; cook and stir 1 minute, or until lightly golden.

3. In a food processor combine cooked lemon peel, basil, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the juice from the lemon half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and process until smooth. Add reserved cooking liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency, processing mixture after every addition.

4. To serve, toss hot cooked pasta mixture with lemon-basil mixture. Makes 4 servings.

nutrition facts
Calories452, Total Fat (g)10, Saturated Fat (g)1, Monounsaturated Fat (g)7, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, Sodium (mg)648, Carbohydrate (g)75, Total Sugar (g)4, Fiber (g)9, Protein (g)18, Vitamin C (DV%)21, Calcium (DV%)10, Iron (DV%)26, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Testimony for 22 April 2011

Good afternoon everyone. My name is Yolanda, an undergraduate student studying in NUS. Thank you for attending this special event and witness the transformation of two lives.
Before following Christ, my life was nearly ruined by worries and anxiousness. I lived in a huge insecurity. Driven by the fear, I was desperately trying to force event happened in my way, but only end up with frustration and isolation from other people.
The way for me to convert is not easy. I was exposed to God’s word when I was 14, got my first Bible when I was 15 and was brought to know a wonderful group of people before I was 19. However I was so suborned that I turned down HIS calling. I thought God is some backwards concept left by history, and I can be strong enough to rely on scientific discovery and so-called truth. Until last term, I took an introductory model of quantum physics; I began to look at science and the physical world in a brand now perspective. And I begin to realize how limited capability we have as a human being. I saw God reveling himself in every moment of our life. I believe miracles already exist, and He is the only one in power, of almighty.
Today my life as a Christian is becoming more calm, peaceful and full of real joy. I see each and every day as a test of HIM. Problem, troubles, even suffering is no longer that terrifying, because at the end of day, he will provide, he will forgive he still love us as long as we open our heart to him and listen to his word. Grateful I felt, to reunion with the spiritual eternity. Today I offer my life, wait for his calling and pray that he can use me and put me into the place he has already prepared in his bigger plan. “’Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!’ for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it” (Luke 10: 23-24 )

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A poem shared by my coach Yu Xi

Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson
it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011


The first movie studio in the Hollywood area, Nestor Studios, was founded in 1911 by Al Christie for David Horsley in an old building on the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street. In the same year, another fifteen Independents settled in Hollywood. Hollywood came to be so strongly associated with the film industry that the word "Hollywood" came to be used colloquially to refer to the entire industry.

In 1913, Cecil B. DeMille, in association with Jesse Lasky, leased a barn with studio facilities on the southeast corner of Selma and Vine Streets from the Burns and Revier Studio and Laboratory, which had been established there. DeMille then began production of The Squaw Man (1914). It became known as the Lasky-DeMille Barn and is currently the location of the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

The Charlie Chaplin Studios, on the northeast corner of La Brea and De Longpre Avenues just south of Sunset Boulevard, was built in 1917. It has had many owners after 1953, including Kling Studios, which housed production for the Superman TV series with George Reeves; Red Skelton, who used the sound stages for his CBS TV variety show; and CBS, who filmed the TV series Perry Mason with Raymond Burrthere. It has also been owned by Herb Alpert's A&M Records and Tijuana Brass Enterprises. It is currently The Jim Henson Company, home of the Muppets. In 1969, The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board named the studio a historical cultural monument.

The famous Hollywood Sign originally read "Hollywoodland." It was erected in 1923 to advertise a new housing development in the hills above Hollywood. For several years the sign was left to deteriorate. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped in and offered to remove the last four letters and repair the rest.

The sign, located at the top of Mount Lee, is now a registered trademark and cannot be used without the permission of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which also manages the venerable Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Sign as it appears today.

The first Academy Awards presentation ceremony took place on May 16, 1929 during a banquet held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets were USD $10.00 and there were 250 people in attendance.

From about 1930, five major Hollywood movie studios from all over the Los Angeles area, Paramount, RKO, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros., owned large, grand theaters throughout the country for the exhibition of their movies. The period between the years 1927 (the effective end of the silent era) to 1948 is considered the age of the "Hollywood studio system", or, in a more common term, the Golden Age of Hollywood. In a landmark 1948 court decision, the Supreme Court ruled that movie studios could not own theaters and play only the movies of their studio and movie stars, thus an era of Hollywood history had unofficially ended. By the mid-1950s, when television proved a profitable enterprise that was here to stay, movie studios started also being used for the production of programming in that medium, which is still the norm today.