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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

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. 

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

Guess Campaigns

Guess has always had iconic campaigns typically shot by one of our favorite photographers, Ellen Von Unwerth who knows how to capture a woman’s sensuality and playfulness without going overboard and vulgar. Back in the 90′s landing a Guess campaign meant a model had reached her iconic status which can be compared to landing the Victoria Secret Angel spot for their annual and highly celebrated fashion show today. Probably the two most memorable ads were shot with super model Claudia Schiffer and Ana Nicole Smith, but our favorite were the color ones with models Megan Ewing and Adriana LIma.



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The  recent superstar to be chosen to represent Guess is former Miss World and Bollywood actress  Priyanka Chopra who reminds us of a cross of the classic beauty of Sofia Loren and Eva Mendes.