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Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Overview of the Nigeria's Next Super Model 2012 Grand Finale

The Nigeria's Next Super Model 2012 is a record breaking event which held at Oriental Hotel, Lekki in Lagos Nigeria. After the screening which commenced in June 2012 to the Final Screening in September, the shortlisted 23 models moved into camp in preparation for the grand finale.
After the normal tensed atmosphere which surrounds the kick off of a great event, the Red carpet started, Models, Celebrities, Fashionistas, Contestants, Friends, VIPs, Guests, Crew, Artists, even Parents trooped into the venue and as at 5pm, the hall was filled and everyone was seated.
The rest of the story is best told in pictures so... start scrolling.
Yatch delivery of the Contestants by Prest lunch and dinner cruise
At 5pm, the hall was filled to capacity with Dignitaries, Guests, Friends and everyone invited.
Crew setting up to ensure a perfect event
A very busy back-stage - Dark and Lovely fully operational
A performance by the contestants marking the begining of the event, this started the difference.
FashionTV fully represented at the event with the amazing f88
All these crew making sure they grab as much as they can... they just ain't gonna settle for a reported story.
Judges - Walid Attalah, Vivian Oputa, Deon Redman, Jemma and One other judge
First Designer to showcase - Kibonem NY
Designer 2 - Zohi Taglit
The top 10 in Walid Attalah Collection
The recipient of the Scholarship Award - Courtesy Bouygues Construction Company Nigeria Limited.
Awards to various Models from different countries in Africa

Fifi Ejindu receives a Fashion Icon Award
Bunmi Ademokoya and Parent receiving the Brand New Car from Joan Okorodudu as the Most Outstanding Model of the Year.
The Top Five for Nigeria's Next Super Model 2012
The Top Three - Favour, Desola A, Desola O, Imade Ogbewi and Joan Okorodudu
Favour Lucky emerged the Winner of the Nigeria's Next Super Model 2012
Favour won a brand new car as the grand prize for NNSM 2012 - Studio24
Oh Buoy.... I can't believe this!!! Thank you NNSM!!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Sportswriter Recalls Scary Scene 10 Years Later | Plane Crash with Bob Arum

In more than 30 years as a journalist, I've been called clueless more times than I can imagine. It's an occupational hazard, I guess.
But, at least for a while on a brilliant summer morning 10 years ago in Big Bear Lake, Calif., I truly was clueless, and, I'll admit now, happily, blissfully so.
That day, I was one of five passengers on a Cessna Citation 550 jet that left Las Vegas bound for Big Bear, where that afternoon Oscar De La Hoya would host a media gathering to promote his Sept. 14, 2002, bout with archrival Fernando Vargas.

Then, as now, I was a combat sports writer. I was working for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and had traveled with colleague Royce Feour, promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and Mandalay Bay executives Scott Voeller and H.C. Rowe to De La Hoya's workout.
As we were making the final descent, Feour, seated at my left, remarked how we were right on time. We were scheduled to land at 11:15 a.m. I checked my watch and it was 11:14. We were at the top of the trees and would touch down within seconds.
I turned to Feour, intending to answer him, but I never got the chance. Feour and I were facing the back of the plane. Voeller was sitting on the other side of the aisle from me, facing forward, directly in front of Feour.
As I was about to respond to Feour, Voeller shouted, "Hang on! We're going down!"
The next thing I remember was a hard crash. Then there was a series of very rough bumps, and then a second, very hard crash. The force of that second jolt threw me to my right and I banged my head on the wall on the side of the plane.
I gripped the arms of my seat tightly and hung on in an attempt to keep my balance.

And then, suddenly, we were stopped and things started happening quickly.
When we had taken off, Feour had difficulty getting his seat belt to tighten properly. It was very loose, and so when we landed, Feour was moving around the plane far more than anyone else.
When the plane stopped, Feour was leaning across the aisle, his head touching my leg.
This is where being clueless benefitted me. I hadn't realized we had wrecked and would suddenly become mini-celebrities for having survived a plane crash.
I just thought it was a rough landing and that the pilot wasn't particularly good. You just don't survive plane wrecks, and so I never gave a thought to the fact that we had, indeed, just crashed.
As soon as we came to a standstill, the first thought that had come to mind was why Feour hadn't moved back to his seat. But before I could process that information, Voeller shouted again. The urgency and intensity in his voice grabbed my attention instantly.
"Get off the plane!" he shouted. "The wings are on fire."
The way the plane was configured, I had to move to see out the window. As I did, sure enough, flames were dancing on the wings.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

See zombies invade Manhattan in 'Walking Dead' viral video

All you "Walking Dead" fans out there probably feel pretty confident you could handle a zombie apocalypse. But how would you really react if you witnessed actual in-the-rotting-flesh walkers hobbling through the streets of your town? You'd probably scream and run away, if this "Walking Dead" promo clip is any indication.

AMC teamed up with viral marketing agency Thinkmodo to unleash a horde of supremely gross zombies (expertly created by makeup artist Sue Lee) on the streets of Manhattan, dressing them up as paramedics and mailmen and filming bystanders' reactions to the undead invasion. And the clip has been a huge success, racking up more than 2.5 million views in less than a week. Thinkmodo co-founder Michael Krivicka gives us the inside scoop on the shoot: "We shot this video over the course of eight days in various parts of Manhattan with 13 different zombie characters. The challenge was to keep the zombies hidden and have them pop up at the right moment to scare people and crowds."

Makeup artist Sue Lee with one of her undead creations (Thinkmodo)Another challenge: keeping the zombies from going viral too early. "The moment a zombie was revealed, people from across the street started running towards the zombie to take photos and videos," Krivicka reveals. "So we had to keep hiding them and have them reappear again on a frequent basis." And he says the craziest reaction actually happened off-camera: "A woman and her child were walking past one of our zombies and the woman screamed out loud and started cursing at our zombie. It was hilarious. The zombie was actually 'in transit' to his location and already scared the crap out of this poor lady and her child. The child was actually amused."

The clip isn't just intended for pure shock value, though; it also serves as another salvo from AMC against satellite-TV provider Dish Network, which dropped the network last month. The clip ends with a walker dragging a Dish satellite behind him, with the tagline, "Zombies don't belong here. Put them back on TV." They'd better hurry: "The Walking Dead" returns with all-new episodes in two short months, and if Dish doesn't bring back AMC before then, they may be facing an invasion of their own... and angry "Walking Dead" fans might be even scarier than zombies.

Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" premieres Sunday, 10/14 at 9 PM on AMC.


Spain's Alvaro Rodriguez falls during the men's 1500m round 1 event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic StadiumEYES ON LONDON: Phelps again, beware poppy seeds
Reese Hoffa of U.S competes in men's shot put final at London 2012 Olympic Games

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Fashion agenda: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, Britain Creates 2012

As the fashion world enters into its quietest phase of the year, there are still plenty of events to look forward to outside the fashion capitals including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and Lakmé Fashion Week in India.
British designer Sir Paul Smith is one of the designers taking part in the Britain Creates 2012 project.Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town
July 25-28
Cape Town, South Africa
The inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town includes a line-up of South Africa's leading fashion designers, with the theme of "icons" to represent the various aspects of the South African design aesthetic ranging from timeless elegance to sporty minimalism.
Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion
Throughout July and August
London, UK
Taking place to mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Britain Creates project has seen leading designers such as Paul Smith and Matthew Williamson each team up with a leading contemporary artist to create a work of art to represent London as a capital for creative excellence. The specially created exclusive pieces are on display at London's V&A museum until July 29, followed by an installation in department store Selfridges' ‘Wonder Windows' during July and August.
Lakmé Fashion Week
August 3-7
Mumbai, India
Jointly organized by beauty brand Lakmé and fashion events company IMG, Lakmé Fashion Week aims to integrate India into the global fashion world. Now in its 13th year, the event will host over 80 designers, while the Gen Next program, encouraging debutantes, will welcome renowned designer Aki Narula as a mentor to the rising stars.
Copenhagen Fashion Week
August 8-12
Copenhagen, Denmark
Kicking off fashion week season in the Scandinavian countries, the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Copenhagen Fashion Week will feature a range of Danish and international fashion talent, with homegrown designer Anne Sofie Madsen presenting alongside global labels including French Connection and Odeur.
Stockholm Fashion Week
August 13-19
Stockholm, Sweden
While August is traditionally a calm month in the realm of fashion, this isn't the case for Scandinavian countries, with Stockholm Fashion Week and Oslo Fashion Week taking place concurrently. On the line-up for the former are top Swedish designers including Heart of Lovikka, Kay Senchai and Aniv von Borche -- who has already charmed fashion capitals including Milan and New York.
Oslo Fashion Week
August 13-19
Oslo, Norway
Established in 2004, Oslo Fashion Week is well known for being the first country to ban fur during a fashion week back in 2010. It attracts top Norwegian creators including Fam Irvoll and Kristine Vikse.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012




Friday, 6 July 2012

Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) | Boxing Kitten

The majority of textiles used by Boxing Kitten are Ankara fabrics which are 100% cotton veritable wax hollandais prints. Wax hollandaise is a method using wax block prints and batiking techniques. Patterns are printed in wax on long strips of cloth, which are then immersed in vats of dye, usually indigo. The parts of the cloth not covered in wax absorb the dye, laying down a basic pattern. The wax-printed fabric can be sent through machines that partially break off the wax; since the wax breaks arbitrarily, no two lengths of the cloth are quite alike, which is what gives wax-print fabric its characteristic organic richness. Then the fabric is pattern-printed with other colors, anywhere from one to three times. This is a part of what makes each garment from Boxing Kitten particularly unique. Maya A. Lake, designer of Boxing Kitten also finds large inspiration from the vibrant prints and irregularities of the fabric, which is why she uses it so enthusiastically. The fabric is largely bought, worn and marketed in Western African countries.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

PLUS Model Magazine: January 2012 Issue Plus Size Featuring Kasia from ANTM Cycle 16

Plus Size Bodies, What Is Wrong With Them Anyway?

Magazine: PLUS Model Photographer: Victoria Janashvili
Model: Katya Zharkova,

“The statistics and photos in this article have had a global impact,” says Tulin Reid, Executive Marketing and Creative Director of PLUS Model Magazine. “As a plus size fashion magazine we are thrilled with the results as it expands the conversation that we have monthly between advertisers, designers, readers, and the modeling industry.”
Some of the statistics include:
- Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.
- Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.
- Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
- 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.
“The response has been overwhelming,” says PLUS Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones, “We have received messages, emails and support on our social networking sites from all over the globe. Women simply want to be validated and desire to have equal options in the fashion world. We are not advocating an unhealthy lifestyle; health is not determined by a size or what you look like. I’m pretty sure there are many unhealthy models on the runway during NY Fashion Week.”
This has not only touched plus size women, but women on the other end of the size spectrum as well as men, hospitals, eating disorder organizations, yoga outlets and much more while the article continues to spider the globe.
PLUS Model Magazine continues to rally and express the thoughts of its readers, the confident plus-size woman.

Hair Weaves: A Tradition Started Thousands Of Years Ago That Continues To Thrive

Hair weaves are big business: Celebrities and women all over the country spend thousands of dollars on all natural human hair weaves and extensions, following a tradition that started thousands of years ago.


Erigi Emumena Samuel is the originator of Erigks Modeling Agency located at No 14, Iwaya Road, Onike, Yaba Lagos, Nigeria.
He's known to be one of the best Nigerian Top Model's Scout.
He is currently an active part of Nigeria's Next Super Model Pageant and Africa's Next Super Model.
He is also a photographer under ISIS Models as well as in his own modeling agency "Erigks".
Samuel has been able to scout out several top models in Nigeria for ISIS Models, Nigeria's Next Super Model and Africa's Next Super Model.
As a result of his active participation in past pageants and his success stories in successfully scouting top models who are currently making ways in the modeling industry, he has been invited as a photographer alongside the media crew for the Africa Fashion Week London holding in London which is starting on the 3rd of August.
Africa Fashion Week London is an annual fashion event held in London where fashion designers all over Africa and in the diaspora in general converge to showcase their various creative designs to the public.
Listed below are the pictures shot at different Modeling Screenings, Shows, Scouting, Jobs and Events.
Keto Couture Fashion Show at Oriental Hotel

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Sexy Bryan

Hot, sizzling and more-hot are just a few words to describe Bryan Okwara, the first ever winner of the Mr. Nigeria pageant in 2007. As a model, Bryan has graced the catwalk of stages across Africa and America and has served as ambassadors for brands such as Audi, Guiness, Knorr and Globacom. He made it to the semi-final stage at the Mr. World pageant in 2007 and won the award for Most Outstanding African Male Model at the Nigerian Models Achievers Awards 2010 and Model of the Year at the Mode Men Awards 2011. His acute dancing skills were brought to the fore as a contestant in the Reality TV Show, Celebrity Takes 2 and more recently, he has graced our TV screens with movie roles in “Heart To Heart”, “I’ll Take My Chances” and yet to be released “Weekend Getaway”, “True Citizens” and “Awakening”. The 6 feet 1” model with well-chiseled abs and an attractive face is a favourite for magazine covers and has graced the covers of magazines such as WOW, Bloke, Shakara and Greenland.

Five years after winning the title as Mr. Nigeria, Bryan Okwara is still being called “Mr. Nigeria”. At the E-center in Lagos where we meet for the interview, everyone still calls him that. He is friendly, greeting the security guards, waiters and shop attendants who all seem to be familiar with him. “Silverbird is my home”, he says about the organizers of the Mr. Nigeria pageant whose office is just beside the E-center. We sit down to chat at Koko Lounge which is quiet in the morning and I had an interesting time getting to know Bryan behind the glam of lights and cameras.

The “Bryan of All Trades”

Tell me about your journey across your different careers – TV presenting, modeling, acting…
I originally started out as a model, and coming from back then, it wasn’t anything to look forward to. And then, I went in to NIGEZIE and started working as a TV presenter for a couple of years before I went in for Mr. Nigeria pageant. Luckily I won and then moved on from there. For someone who is multi-talented, you get to a point in life where you ask yourself that “Are you going to die with all these talent, why don’t you just explore” so I came out and here I am.

You’re quite famous for TV presenting, modeling, dancing and acting. Which one do you feel more comfortable with?
Surprisingly you haven’t mentioned it. I have a passion for singing. If you hear me in the bathroom, you’d think I was Michael Jackson. My manager is pushing me to go to the studio but I haven’t done anything yet. I’d love to sing R&B.

So you’re still just a bathroom singer (pun intended)
Honestly, I really love singing.

The Nigerian modeling industry is more saturated now than when you started out with a lot of new models and new faces. How do you remain relevant as a model now that you have more people to compete with?
You have to be very consistent and hardworking. You’re not getting any younger, any fitter, any faster so you have to train yourself. But with us experienced models, we’ve been there and we know what the clients want so it gives us a little bit of an edge over the new models.

Mr. Nigeria

You entered for the Mr. Nigeria Pageant during its maiden edition which was a time when male pageants weren’t as popular as they are now in Nigeria. What made you take that decision?
Initially, I didn’t want to go for it because I thought I wasn’t cut out for it. The image I had of a Mr. Nigeria was someone who could speak all the Nigerian languages, someone who was very Nigerian in his ways, had tribal marks and stuff like that. But a lot of people advised me to go for it. I went for it and saw that it was actually bigger than what people perceived. They take someone who is an all-rounder. I won the competition not by myself, but because a lot of people brought out things in me that I really didn’t know that I had.

Bryan with some of his award 
What was your experience like during your reign as Mr. Nigeria?
It was amazing. I won Mr. Nigeria in 2007 and people still call me Mr. Nigeria until tomorrow. I think I made a great impression on people but I really don’t know what it is. Going for Mr. World was also a great experience for me.

Getting On to the Big Screen
How did you get your first movie role?
My first movie was shot in South Africa called Heart To Heart. A lot of people don’t know that. It was directed by Mr Remi, the CEO of Africa Awake in 2008. He got a group of people, gave me a crash course and handed me my first script. It was a really good story but acting is very rigorous. I did my very best. It was later when I came back to Nigeria that I was casted for “I’ll Take My Chances”. They called me and offered me this really huge role. Desmond actually took time off to coach me. I spent four hours every day for two weeks learning a dance routine. It’s an accomplishment that I was happy to be part of.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Video: Wedding entourage takes a plunge

A pair of newlyweds quite literally took the plunge on their wedding day – falling into a lake at their reception.
The incident, caught on film, shows an entire wedding party line up for photos on a nearby dock, only to plunge straight through the platform. Newlyweds Eric and Maegan Walber were among the 12-strong group on the platform waiting for the pictures to be taken, but just moments after they were swimming back to shore at the Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan.

Fortunately no-one was hurt in the incident.

“We were out there for probably 30 seconds, standing on the dock, and it started to lean and tilt,” said groom Eric Walber. “We went right under. Everyone was laughing, it was one of those things that it just happens and you roll with it.”

His bride Maegan added: “I came up laughing. It makes for a good story, we'll be telling our grandkids.”

Waterway to make a splash as newlyweds!

Thursday, 21 June 2012


Mr Dany (Petit Prince), Rays Inn, ISIS Models and Crew arrived Senegal for Zara Photo Shoot lodging in Hotel La Lagon, Dakar Senegal.
Arrival at the Lagos Airport
The sessions starts tomorrow...
At the Airport VIP Lounge
First Photo Shoot.... lol
Prepared for takeoff
Checking in...
But for now... we zzzzzzz.....

Olucapri | Rays Inn | Joan Okorodudu | Dany (Petit Prince)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Art Of Rap

 QNS: What Is Hip Hop

Answer: Hip-Hop is the Art of Rap

Yes Yes Y'all The World finally gets to witness a Realistic tribute to the five elements of Hip Hop, MCing, DJing, B-Boy & B-girl, Graffiti, and most importantly The  Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding of the Cultures.   The movie premier " Art of Rap" in New York City, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Lincoln Center,  Displayed Hip Hop Royalty from East Coast to West Coast,  Such Hip – Hop / R& B Iconic Legends graced the Red Carpet, Busta Rhymes, Crazy Legs( Rock Steady Crew),Michael K. Williams, Neo,  Ice-T, Cold Crush, Brothers, Grand Master Melle Mel, Rah Digga,  Raekwon(Wu-Tang Clan) Treach, GOD MC Rakim Allah, Chuck D, Fabulous, Lord Jamal(Brand Nubians) Chief Rocker Busy Bee and a host of others. Art of Rap Producer, Ice T. paints an accurate reality of this misunderstood art form. Ice T, with Various Hip – Hop Icons, I.E… Grandmaster Caz, GM Melle Mel,  Busy Bee, Rakim Allah, MC Lyte,  NAS,  Salt( Salt and Pepper), Kanye West, Ice Cube, Crazy Legs, Immortal Technique, and Busta Rhymes,  The East  and West Coast take you into their world on what Hip Hop is and what is required to maintain the Culture for future generations of fans.
The Art of Rap is a required must  see in theatres now for anyone that is truly into HIP HOP.

Written by: Kenya Smith / Director of Photography / RunwayNews.comRed Carpet Photos

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