Category Archives: Models

Glowsticks required

When Kylie Minogue rolls into town it’s usually with her long time boyfriend and our beloved Wilhelmina model/fashion obsession Andres Velencoso. Papi hooked us up with private balcony seats for a crystal view of the show, hovering atop a sea of fashion queens smushed and pushed up inside the Hammerstein Ballroom for ferocious laser beam-video drone=creatine pumped rave-a-palooza. Grown men burst into flames when Queen of Dynasty Joan Collins arrived in balcony above us. This tour should be sponsored by the Shamwow to mop up the buckets of sweat from the colossal Ibiza-like dance party.


Rockin Robyn

Aussie plus size model robin lawley slices into the fashion coolness by getting booked by steven meisel for italian vogue. This morning she just went live on vogues’ website homepage as the hot new face of the moment. Robyn is a true plus size at size 14 and after shooting her video for the site I realized what an extraordinary model she is. The business needs visionaries and Franca Sozzani is one of them.  Have the courage to re-define the borders of beauty.

The Cheshire Cat

Sam Way. This kid is one of my favorites. He’s always smiling and has this constant look like he has a secret that he can’t keep inside. You know him as the current face of tommy hilfiger. He’s an incredible magician and its rare that were with him where we don’t starting chanting for magic. No tricks necessary.


Bienvenidos a Panama

It can be hard finding tall, skinny girls in a place that there are few and far between.  But I love the challenge. And I love Central America. For 3 years I got to choose Mr. and Mrs Panama with the help of my dear friend Raul Cubilla who organized the competition and I have since made a part of our Wilhelmina family. He knows I love the local food too so always finds a way to fill my insatiable appetite, and always features a churrasco along the way. This past trip I was a judge in the Panamanian tv Star 23 competition which was a VH1 esque mix of “Dancing with the Stars” and a ruckus New Years Eve party; the studio deafening by families armed with whistles, posters and thundersticks cheering on their favorite candidate. Check it out.


Rebel yell

I gets terrifyingly serious at the office. Sometimes to the point where the models are afraid to say hi. When I can I’ll try to take the time to get to know them and take them out for dinner or a night out.  I’ve always been inspired by album covers so when you get a group of guys out on Mexican night at my favorite “Festival Mexicana” and after to the usual watering hole “The National Underground” for some Johnny Cash music, there’s bound to be some legendary moments made for film.

That’s “Mr. K” to you

The thing that is so special about Jon Kortajarena is his complete presence as both a model and a person.  As a model (and now actor) he is both dashing and dangerous. Both men and women alike were left is pools of slobber after seeing him in Tom Ford’s movie “A Single Man.” In person Jon brings so much warm energy into the room.  His eyes and smile are engaging, his energy infectious.  He tends to mysteriously slide in and out of New York as his high fashion clientele calls but whenever he does, I start to get calls from people saying “omg I just saw Jon K on the street!!.”

Stopping by the Agency


The New Boys of the Season