Reviews and Blog Posts: model

Desert Flower

Desert Flower - The life of Waris Dirie

What an award winning performance by, Liya Kebede, as she portrays the life of Waris Dirie. Waris Dirie is a famous model who became outspoken about the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

The story of Ms. Waris is both thought provoking and inspirational, as she tenaciously beats the odds against her through a cultural practice of the life she was born into. Desert Flower portrays a 13 year old Somali who left her home to avoid an arranged marriage to an older man. The journey through the deserts of Somalia leads her to London where she struggles through various trials eventually leading to her discovery by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan and becoming one of the world’s most famous fashion models.

Who's That Girl?

Penelope Tree photographed by Richard Avedon

How did Penelope Tree become the enigmatic face of 1960s fashion and modeling? The right dress. The right place. At the right time.

Every once in a while, that romantic story of Lana Turner being discovered sitting at the counter in Schwab's Pharmacy repeats itself. American author Truman Capote threw a party in November 1966 for 500 of his closest friends; the party came to be known as the Black and White Ball and it is one of the most significant moments in American social history.

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