Winners take all


My bff Crazy Janey on “The Price is Right.”


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.

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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.


Slippery when wet


Tom Ford new campaign for Neroli Portofino. Magnificent. I can’t.


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

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Golden globe


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.


Save our Girls


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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.