My bff Crazy Janey on “The Price is Right.”
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.
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!!.”
I mean how can you not fall in love with the beauty of this image. I love how Lara is constantly evolving as a model and brings us more and more sides of her we never knew. Craig, well enough said. His work is next level.
Franca Sozzani’s petition against Anorexia is an important one. It frustrates me when the world ostracizes the models for being so skinny when the business demands it so forcing the kids to acquiesce to it. A young girl has enough pressure just trying to act like an adult in a sea of Fashion predators, much less not having the security developed within herself yet to define her own beauty and be confidence to express it. Agreed, part of the importance of modeling is fitting the clothes and as an agent I truly appreciate a beautiful fashion frame. I’m not saying that “junk in the trunk” should become runway savvy. I worship the linear lines of a fashion body and Im the first one to fight to keep it. But while many Fashionistas cry foul with their fists in the air against Anorexia, few do anything about it. It becomes press worthy momentarily like one of our beloved trends then designers continue to design size 0 dresses. We need larger players like Franca to begin to police them, but we need more. As an agent I demand from the models the ability to focus, innovate and excite their role in assembling their greater persona. But how can you do that when your stomach is growling and your brain isn’t properly nourished? If I’m asked to finesse a 40 page licensing contract on an empty stomach, one of 2 things is going to happen, I’m going to leave the model unprotected somewhere in those pages or I’ll end up with my fist thru a wall.