Category: models

90′s Supermodel Nostalgia

September is the most important and fashionable month of the year. The magazines are outrageously thick and are filled with amazing editorials and glossy campaigns.

Thinking about this got me nostalgic about the time when supermodels used to grace the covers of Vogue.

Think more along the lines of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Brooke Shields instead of celebrities from the film or music industry.

Look at these 90′s Vogue covers, they seem like they are from a different era.

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- Neha Prasad

Supermodel Beauty Secrets



“Use a great concealer, it can hide a multitude of sins, apply a small amount over any blemishes before you add foundation, as you may find you don’t need more coverage.” – Claudia Schiffer



“My favourite Rimmel products are their eyeliners. I can’t live without black eyeliner – it’s my absolute essential.” – Kate Moss




“Use intensive masks on your tresses and have it trimmed regularly, I also take vitamin supplements to keep my hair healthy from the inside out.” – Eva Herzigova



Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award Honoring Iman and Missoni

“Patricia Wexler is my dermatologist, and 10 years ago, she told me to start wearing SPF 50 sunscreen on my face every day. I said, “I have dark skin, I don’t need that high of an SPF every day!” But I took her advice, and I’m convinced that’s why my skin has stayed in such good condition.” – Iman



“My skin is sensitive so I use mostly natural products. Less is more in my opinion. I use coconut oil for body and tea tree oil and green tea face wash.” – Candice Swanepoel




“Get your eyebrow shape right, it can make a real difference to the structure of your face” – Naomi Campbell




“For fitness, I mix it up and always remain active. I mix boxing with cardio and pilates. If I’m not busy or working, I’ll work out every day. If I am busy, I’ll try to at least sneak in 30 minutes or try to work out every other day.” – Joan Small


- Neha Prasad

Model Interview: Aisha Howard

We welcome international model Aisha from New York to the Wilhemina Dubai family. Aisha travels  all over the world not just for her exciting modelling career but takes care of herself on the inside learning and teaching yoga and meditation . She shares with us some of her insight, beauty tips and overall advice on how to stay beautiful inside and out.




How did you get into yoga, and where are some of the best places you have practiced yoga in the world?

I began practicing yoga per chance after sustaining a career ending knee injury while playing basketball.  All my life, I had been an ardent basketball player with dreams of playing in the professional league.  However, due to a freak injury, I had to undergo three knee surgeries and became devastated as my basketball dreams came to an end. 

I went from being extremely active to basically having to learn to walk all over again and as an athlete, this was extremely difficult for me.    A doctor suggested that I incorporate yoga into my rehabilitation and workout regime.   To my surprise, I found that not only was I getting an intense workout physically but mentally things were beginning to shift as well.

After practicing yoga for about 5 years, my teacher encouraged me to become a certified instructor myself.  In doing this I have been able to train and teach in some of the most exotic locations around the world.  Last year, I traveled to Thailand, Vietnam and  Cambodia.  Earlier this year, I practiced yoga at base camps along the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu and prior to arriving in Dubai, I spent some time in India where I practiced with some of the most amazing teachers.


What is your weekly exercise routine like?

As we are all unique, I found that when it comes to an exercise routine, the most important thing is that you have to listen to your body.  Everything is not for everyone and therefore, what works for me, may not work for you.   Nonetheless, I definitely think a good cardio routine or exercise is paramount, as it strengthens both the heart and lungs.  

Therefore, I always start my workout with some form of cardio which I always tend to alternate.  It can be 20 minutes of jump rope, or 30minutes on the bike a 45minute jog.  Being a former athlete I also have become quite a fan of the bootcamp workouts.  These short yet very intense workouts of 30 minutes to an hour gives you a full body workout, incorporating cardio-conditioning, strength, agility and a great core (abdominal) workout all in one.




What are some of your favorite beauty tips?

Our physically attractiveness is only one aspect of what makes a person “beautiful”  

When it comes to my beauty regime, I am a stern believer that beauty emanates from the inside out. It is our duty to ourselves to love and take care of ourselves.  Mentally, physically and spiritually.

I am quite fond Ayurvedic treatments and remedies.  Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help a person maintain health by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.   

My mother used to always tell me, you are what you eat.  Thus I try my best to avoid processed foods, eating most of my foods as natural as possible.  I have also recently incorporated juicing in my diet and normally start my day with a green juice.. and of course water is a must, It helps to keep the body hydrated and it also helps to flush toxins from the body. 

And lastly, I try to stick to the rule, if I can not eat it, I will not put it on my hair or skin.  I am not always able to abide by this but I am very mindful of the fact that whatever I put on my skin is ultimately absorbed into my body and blood stream.  


How often do you practice meditation?

Meditation for me, is on of the most powerful tool for balancing the mind and body. I find that when I dedicate an hour a day to doing some sort of mediative exercise, I am much more productive and no matter what is going on around me, I am at peace and better equipped to deal with whatever lies ahead.

I also make a point to do at least on mediative lock in a year.  During a meditative lock in I normally go into silence for 10 days.  Last year, I did a 10 day mediative lock in in Cambodia and next month I will be traveling to a monastery in Nepal where will do another meditative lock in while there.




How much has yoga impacted your life?

When the majority of people think of yoga, images of extremely flexible people in even more extreme positions come to mind.  This however is only one aspect of yoga. or the asanas,the  physical practice.  Nonetheless, yoga entails so much more than this.  In actuality, Yoga is a way of life.   Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breathe/or spirit. I am definitely more grounded and I have found a sense of peace and security in being myself.  I have learned to love and accept myself just the way that I am. Yoga has allowed me to release negative attitudes I once harbored and I am learning to enjoy and appreciate every moment of my physical existence on earth.


Highlights of your modeling career so far?

I have been extremely blessed in my career. I have always dreamed of traversing  the physical planet and my career has afforded me that.  But there are two events thus far that I would have to say have been true highlights for me.

My first career highlight was the opportunity of working with the Lebanese designer Ellie Saab. It was one of my first jobs as a model and I  will never forget the day.  I arrived at the casting and was actually rudely turned away by the casting director.  As I was leaving the building, I bumped into Ellie Saab himself, he stopped me in my tracks, asked me who was I and how come he had never seen me before.  He then insisted that I turn around and go with him.  I walked back into the casting, he handed me two dresses to try on, turned to the same casting director who initially turned me away, and said “Do you see this girl,” she is amazing,  I want her to close my show. 

Another highlight for me was being invited to Ethiopia as a guest judge, host and model coach  for modeling competition for young girls.   I have been blessed abundantly, and one thing I promised myself is that I would do whatever it was in my power to do to help others to attain their dreams and to provide the same opportunities to others that were bestowed upon me.  Being a guest judge and model coach for those young girls allowed me to do just that.  And of all the places I have been and all of the things I have done as a model.  Nothing has been more rewarding than spending that time in Ethiopia with those girls. 

Meet The Wilhelmina Dubai Team: Cynthia Gutierrez

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Originally from Madrid, Spain, Cynthia Gutierrez studied advertising and pr before moving to the Emirates five years ago. She is the head booker at Wilhelmina Models Dubai where she works with agencies in New York, Miami and across the globe in order to bring the freshest faces and most professional models to Dubai. Although she is passionate about her job and dedicates herself full time and beyond to the agency handling all the model drama and crazy schedules, Cynthia loves to travel and explore the world.   If she’s not working on raising the standards for the industry in the region, meeting with clients or supervising her Internationals she can be found dancing or singing close to the stage at most live rock concerts.


Cynthia and Farah at Mary Katrantzou Presentation

Cynthia and Farah at Mary Katrantzou Presentation

 How does a typical work morning start for you?

A typical day is everything but normal at an agency, so I wake up 6:30 am and go straight to the gym. It gives me the focus and energy I need for the long and always interesting day ahead.

Three things you wouldn’t leave home without?

I always need lipstick, my mobile and my notebook, (so I can write down ideas or check my models schedules)!

What do you love most about Dubai?

The mix of cultures this city has to offer. Dubai is very cosmopolitan and young.  I love making friends from all over the world. Sometimes you just need to scratch the surface because there is so much to explore. Galleries, events and all these new concept stores/spaces and areas like Al Quoz. I love  The Mine   for example. Creativity is rapidly developing here so its a great time to be here to be a part of the change and make a difference. 


 Art Installation at THE MINE

Who is your style crush?

I love Siena Miller’s style. It’s never complicated and always “in”.


Favorite Restaurant in Dubai?

I love Japanese so definitely Zuma.


Cynthia meeting photographer Luc Bassompierre at Capital D

Cynthia meeting photographer Luc Bassompierre at Capital D


The best way to spend the weekend?

I love working out and yoga, so I always make sure to get some time for that on the weekends. But the best is to spend a day on the beach or on a boat with friends, and ALWAYS with the phone switched off. Did I mention I love concerts?


Favorite fashion designer?

I don’t have a favorite, I love many designers but right now I really dig Mara Hoffman and Isabel Marant.


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Your signature style?

I love to wear dresses, sandals and I always accessorize with a scarf, even when it’s hot.

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Cynthia with Wilhelmina’s Hostess Booker Fabiola who will be profiled on the blog next!

Model Interview: Dominique

Wilhelmina Models Dubai has loved having international model Dominique from South Africa on board the past few weeks. Her professionalism and love of healthy living has rubbed off on our team and we  only hope to see her back in Dubai very soon. We asked her to share some of her healthy habits with you our lovely audience.



1.     How often do you work out and for how long?

I’m a fitness freak, so I work out every day, although some days I can’t due to a grueling work and travel schedule… But majority of the time I work out every day, for an hour at least. I also prefer to work out in the morning. It gives me the  focus I need to prepare for the day ahead and honestly if you leave it until the end of the day, you’ll never end up doing it.


2.     Is your work out the same each time?

No, I mix it up. I’ll always start with cardio and then I’ll either focus on arms, legs or butt. I also make sure I do a form of abs with every work out. I also sometimes do Power Yoga which is in a heated room, but that depends on which city I am in.




3.     How do you determine the best work out for you?

Everybody is different. We all need to see what works for our own specific body. Same goes with eating. So do a workout for a week and see if it gives you the results you want. If not, stop and try something else out.


4.     Some of your favourite tricks or tips for our audience to keep in mind when they go to the gym?

Always make sure you have good music… and mix it up! Working out doesn’t have to be repetitive or boring.


5.     Do you have a personal motto that inspires you?

Abs are made in the kitchen – it’s 70 % eating and 30 % working out. Also, the only bad workout is the one that you didn’t do! Get your butt to the gym and just do it.


6.     How would you describe your eating habits?

I adopt the 80/20 rule. 80 % healthy, 20 % unhealthy. It’s all about balance. We have to enjoy life and eat a cupcake every once in a while!  I eat a lot of nuts, and proteins. I don’t eat meat but I eat fish.


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7.     Any advice to motivate someone to make healthy lifestyle changes?

One step at a time. Start with something small. Make a new goal every week! Fad diets and silly detoxes might change your weight temporarily but a healthy lifestyle changes your mind AND your body permanently.


8.     Favourite beauty products?

I love Clarin’s Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. It’s great for rehydrating skin. I use it every evening… Also, Chia seeds! I know they’re not a beauty product, but every morning I put two teaspoons of chia seeds in to my water bottle which I take to the gym. They are filled with omega 3 and antioxidants. Try it.


9.     Fashion icons in your opinion?

Miranda Kerr & Rosie Huntington Whitely.


10.  What you like most about Dubai?

The energy.  It’s full of opportunity and there is always something happening. I love Dubai!


Check out our Wilhelmina facebook page and Dominique’s Instagram to follow this lovely model on all her travel and modelling adventures.


KEORO Resort Wear

Evelyn Virag Keoro

Today we interview Evelyn and Oana two young and talented UAE based Italian designers who created KEORO, a luxury resort-wear collection born in Dubai.

The collection is a direct reflection of Dubai’s lifestyle with year-round summer-like climate and mix of sea and desert that is shown through the collection by the usage of aqua green, blue, bronze and white. The prints are inspired by the culture and the sight of the region: paisleys as an ancient Persian and Indian motif, dégradé as the shades of the magical sunsets and hues of blue that denote the sea. It embodies the modern and sophisticated woman who desires to be elegant and sensual, yet looks for multi-functionality and comfort. The collection is multi-faceted and can be worn on a casual day at the beach or to a glamorous yacht party and further into the evening as the kaftan transforms into an evening dress

Evelyn, Oana what inspired you to start a resort wear collection?

Our collection is inspired by our travels, our love for the sea and our free spirits. We also realized it was difficult here in Dubai to find something different other than heavily ornate and embroidered beach kaftans, so we decided to create a clean and sophisticated design that would appeal to women like us.

What are your greatest influences or fashion icons?

Other resort wear designers like Melissa Odabash, and Heidi Klein but mainly our inspiration comes from observing people on the beach all over the world.

How would you describe the KEORO woman?

She is modern, sophisticated and sensual. Who appreciates multi-functionality and comfort.

Challenges of starting your own fashion collection?

The biggest challenge is reaching out to the target audience. Creating a collection from start to finish requires a lot of effort, dedication, and patience. Also because we decided to produce the collection here in the UAE finding the right factory that could provide the highest standards of quality.

Favorite boutiques?

Candela, Boutique 1, Sauce, Salinas

Thank you girls for the interview anything else you would like to share with our audience?

All we want to say is that we must all follow our dreams. It is our dreams that define us, our spirit that guides us and eventually our hard work that helps us grow. We all have it in us to think beyond the traditional boundaries.



Street Style – Model Edition

Do you ever wonder how models look when they are not walking the runway in oh so fabulous clothes and flawless make up? Well they still look amazing and their off duty style is top notch. Here’s to the people who made sneakers fashionable to wear with everything.

Here are some of my favourite looks.

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- Neha Prasad

Organic Products

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We got lots of feedback and comments on S.O’s post and advice on organic make up so here we are with more information.

Stefanie what ingredient one should look at while choosing an organic makeup product?

Personally, I suggest looking out for USDA organic-certified products and be aware of so called “natural” products, which only claim to be natural and they are in fact petroleum based and contain in fact only very little plant extracts and lots of artificial fragrances.

What are the advantages of using organic makeup products for long term use?

I believe that using organic makeup and skincare can definitely improve the condition of your skin but also help to limit the amount of toxins we are exposing ourselves to. By detoxing and absorbing less toxins, you start looking more beautiful and believe it or not begin to lose weight considering that you are following a healthy diet as well.

Which organic products do you recommend to keeping skin healthy and fresh?

I have begun washing with face with Manuka honey and using Organic Argan Oil as a night cream and organic Shea butter whipped with Argan Oil for Daytime. I also really love Dr. Hauschka products which I buy at the Organic Shop.

The Brave Art Exhibition


Last night we had the great pleasure in attending  the highly anticipated Brave Art Exhibition a project created by our favorite photographer Mansoor Bhatti ( aka Mannbutte) who has brought together an array of incredible talent including photographer Greg Adamski and amazing team of stylists- Ehtesham Ansari and Vasil Bozhilov among many others.

We always love the raw, edgy and creative editorials they have developed from start to finish. The Brave Store is a branded canvas art shop and a project affordable contemporary branded/emotive canvas art for your walls that are incredibly


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The Benefits of Organic Makeup

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Today we ask Stefanie Ost to discuss organic makeup and its benefits.

What do you think about organic makeup? Does it really help the skin?

I just started using organic make up two weeks ago so I cant judge its benefits yet. Generally, I am blessed with good skin but I believe that his is not only about what you put ON your skin, but much more about what you put IN your body. Consequently, I think a healthy diet is much more important. Yet, I have heard that many skin problems such as acne, contact dermatitis as well as allergies and irritations may disappear once synthetic ingredients and aluminium are removed from your skin care regimen.

My reason for using organic makeup is much more that normal makeup is full of toxic chemicals which have a negative effect on your body. What many people don’t know is due to all this toxins are absorbed by your skin and get in your bloodstream. Consequences of all those toxins in your system might be that you could be gaining weight or be unable to lose weight, though you really watch out what you eat.

How do you choose the products and which ones do you like so far?

I am currently trying the organic makeup series from Dr. Hauschka. I am happy with their Mascara, while the Blush is okay, the foundation acceptable and the concealer could be better. For my taste the foundation was a bit cakey, too much coverage and I don’t like too much that it is matte (I prefer a more translucent coverage during daytime allowing a natural shine), but now I just apply Shea butter below and I am quite happy with the result. Yet, I have to say here that I have dry skin, so I believe it would not work well for someone with oily skin.

I still want to try other organic makeup brands but so far I will be honest and say that for day time I am happy to continue using organic but for a special event and wanting to look my best, I am still going to use my regular makeup products.

S.O. is always on top of beauty trends don’t forget to book a consultation for a makeover and start the new year not only looking but feeling your best.

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