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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Ah - the 2005 SI Swimsuit issue DVD finally downloaded...let's see...
It starts with Ana Beatriz, Oluchi and Jessica van der Steen frolicking in Thailand. I've said before that Jessica looks about 100 times more interesting than Dewi Driegen - which I guess is the reason Dewi is the one who is the 'high fashion' success. Oluchi and Ana Beatriz are slightly unreal as usual - but if you want reality, watch 'Big Brother'...
Bridget Hall - she looked great in the mid-90s, before some Russians with a similar but more refined look came out. Bridget still manages to look 'different' and more interesting than various supposedly more 'modern' US faces...
Yamila Diaz-Rahi,Michelle Lombardo and Fernanda Motta - Michelle Lombardo looks like a bionic Kim Smith, which is an interesting concept...certainly far more impressive than your usual US/Canuck/Oz 'high fashion' queens. Yamila - I bought my first US mag, Glamour, when she was on the cover, back in late 1997 - she looks just as good today. Fernanda - people haven't yet noticed her legs, the Brazilians should give her some headlining chances in the upcoming shows...phew

Marisa Miller pretends she is both Cathy Ireland and Christie Brinkley - by today's standards, she looks respectable. She gets most of the attention in the DVD, it's obvious they were considering her for the issue cover, which IMG probably bought for C Murphy.

This DVD proves that Anne Vialitsyna is the Russian version of Alessandra Ambrosio. The Russians themselves may not be that excited about the concept - they are more 'perfection' oriented - but Anne looks original enough to attract attention. C Murphy and Frankie Rayder look like they won a NYC 'hip mod' lottery with an SI shoot as the prize - the NYC crowd regards Frankie as a 'sex bomb', which explains why US models have disappeared from the international glamour model scene for the past 10 years or so. Shakara looks very Bahamian cute.
Daniella Sarahyba, Michele Alves and Jessica White - Jessica is a very good US model and -predictably- more appreciated overseas. Michele is the classic big brunette, she would look much better with a few more kilos. Daniella is what the Brazilians think the 'Girl from Ipanema' should look like - I tend to agree.
Then we have Nemcova/Varekova, who always make the usual glamour girls look boring, and come out as far more 'modern' than any '21st century' NYC face.
I am not sure what this Mallory Snyder is doing in the DVD - probably won her spot as a prize in an MTV high school swimsuit babe contest?
Should you buy the DVD? Not a bad choice...

3 Comments:

At 4/13/2005 2:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne V looks nothing like Alessandra. Why would you even say that, because they're both blue-eyed blondes?:-) Not that I care, I like neither of the 2, especially Anne, she looks dumb and her forehead is almost as huge as Lenin's:-)))
Are Nemcova and Varekova still modelling? Eh, I never found them attractive.
If I'm not mistaken, nowadays Yamilla appears in many relatively cheap clothes catalogues. She still looks great, though.

 
At 4/13/2005 5:29 AM, Blogger FV said...

If you see the bubbly and playful Anne V in the DVD, you'll the the similarity...
the "Russian version" has to be blonde...


well, if Nemcova and Varekova aren't attractive, I don't know who is...

Yamila did some serious modelling in Europe, inc beauty/cosmetics campaigns, but she decided to go after money jobs...and it looks like even 'high fashion' fanatics started to appreciate catalogues a lot more lately

btw all the US catalogues I know sell cheap clothes - some may be regarded as "prestigious" but that is debatable...

 
At 4/15/2005 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I separate the real models from the pretenders by their willingness to once in a while take off their clothes and discard the push-up bras. These are almost all quality babes, who are beautiful nude. Varekova is a question mark. She's never done a nude or see-thruy. Without makeup she's scary looking. Anne V is beautiful, Yamilla, Marisa and Ale are right there as well.

 

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