Archive for December, 2012

December 7, 2012

High Paid Careers: Supermodels

Only an elite few women make it to the ranks of the supermodel. These women are mostly known by their first names, and can command many millions for an advertising campaign or for promoting a new perfume or fashion brand. Faces come and go out of fashion like the clothing brands they promote, but who is on the top of the catwalk league?

Gisele Bundchen

At the very top of the model pecking order is Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, who earns an estimated $45 million per year. Her success is due not only to her catwalk and catalogue modelling assignments but also due to her endorsements of products as diverse as shampoos and flip flops. She is married to a well-known American football player and has a son, Benjamin. Although at 32 Gisele is coming to the end of her modelling career, her high profile and budding acting career should keep her in the public eye for some time to come.

Kate Moss

One of the most enduring supermodels is Kate Moss, the girl from Croydon who was famously discovered standing in a queue at an airport. Kate was at the peak of her fame through the 1990s when her elfin, almost emaciated look was highly fashionable. She still works as the face of Rimmel cosmetics and has designed her own line of hourglass dresses and other items for Top Shop, and her total earnings are estimated to be around $10 million per year.

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia is not a household name in the way that Kate or Gisele are, but she shot to fame at the age of just 15 when she enrolled in a modelling academy and was immediately snapped up by top agencies. She is one of the hardest working catwalk and fashion magazine models, and has worked with top designers such as Stella McCartney, Chanel, Calvin Klein and Versace. Her “look” is sporty and athletic rather than overtly skinny, and she looks equally good in clingy hourglass dresses as in jeans, and it is this versatility which leads to her earning upwards of $8.5 million annually.

Adriana Lima

Another Brazilian, Adriana Lima’s career began when she won a modelling competition sponsored by a large US modelling agency. She is best known as being the face of lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, which is huge in America but has yet to make a large scale impact on the UK market. Adriana also promotes Maybelline cosmetics and has two children with her basketball playing husband.

Doutzen Kroes

Another Victoria’s Secret model is Doutzen Kroes, who was born and raised in the Netherlands. She also promotes L’Oreal products and fronts high profile advertising campaigns for brands such as Valentino and Gucci. Since having her first child she has taken a step back from the catwalk work and has recently done campaigns for jewellery brand Tiffany. Since moving to New York to further her modelling career she has also been taking acting lessons and hopes to start taking on movie roles as her modelling career declines.

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December 4, 2012

Kate Middleton Pregnant. Now for Her Fashion Choices

It’s officially been confirmed that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. The speculation surrounding her fashion choices lately and her constantly touching her stomach went into overdrive with the couple eventually spilling the happy beans. Now, not only will the world be waiting to meet the new little royal, but with Kate considered a fashion icon, her clothing choices she will be closely monitored, as she will soon be sporting a baby bump.

Dressing HRH

The news of the pregnancy came a little earlier than the royals would have liked because Kate was taken to hospital earlier this week due to acute morning sickness. Once she’s back to her royal duties it will be just a matter of time that fashion houses will be designing maternity outfits for Kate Middleton to comfortably showcase her pregnancy. All Kate’s outfits have been selected by her and she has made a point of never endorsing designers, rather preferring to wear classic and chic designs by the likes of Stella McCartney and several other high-end brands.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were recently at St Andrews where Kate was seen in one of her many stylish dresses, wearing heels, and playing hockey with the students. The lady does not protest too much to doing any form of sport, pregnant or not. Clearly not wanting everyone to know their fantastic news just yet, the couple happily went about their royal duties and nothing was out of the ordinary, apart from the twinkle in Kate Middleton’s eye. Even then she couldn’t stop herself from wearing a dress that gave nothing away across her midsection.

Her recent fashion choices appear to have been anything chic that would not tell the story of an impending birth. Recently the Duchess was seen looking effortlessly chic in a Matthew Williamson dress, which had a flap across the front that gave nothing away. Kate Middleton knows her dresses, designers and how to keep the public guessing.

The royal pregnancy has the public waiting with baited breath and it’s been said that the royals are extremely delighted that William and Kate will be parents. Considering William’s protective nature surrounding Kate Middleton’s introduction to the life of a royal, it’s easy to believe their little one will have all the necessary love, nurturing and protection possible. If it’s a girl, there’s no doubt that the little Kate Middleton’s will be among the best dressed and most popular celebrity babies ever.

Vida Denning is a freelance writer who is a huge Kate Middleton fan. Her choices of formal jackets for William and herself as well as her dresses are turning her into an icon. All fashion fans are waiting to see her stylish maternity choices in the near future.