Thursday, February 23, 2012

Androgynous Model Andrej Pejic Lands Beauty Contract for Gaultier's new Men's Fragrance, Kokorico

Summary: Jean Paul Gaultier signed androgynous model Andrej Pejic for a beauty contract. Pejic, who has modeled menswear and women's clothing, will be the face of Kokorico, the Gaultier's new men's Fragrance. Kokoriko debuted with the masculine Jon Kortajarena.

Jean Paul Gaultier by Editerna via Flickr
Andrej Pejic has become the face of Jean Paul Gaultier's new fragrance for men, Kokoriko -- a Paris shoot by British photographer Mathew Stone kicks off the new campaign for the fragrance, according to "New York Magazine." The new ad campaign features the striking, androgynous model. Pejic's long blonde hair, delicate face, sultry eyes and androgynous figure work well for both male and female high fashion looks, giving Pejikc a special advantage in runway and ad campaigns. Pejic created a stir when he modeled a Gaultier wedding gown in the designer's spring 2011 couture show,  "New York Magazine" reported. The bride role in a fashion show is a coveted honor.

Pejic also created waves with a push-up bra ad campaign. Posed in clinging knit dresses, the sexy photos of Pejic offered convincing proof that the Hema Mega push-up bra adds two cup sizes, Fashionista reported. Although there have been crass comments, Pejic has a global following. Designers have been savvy enough to recognize this striking model's versatility.

Image courtesy of Fashionista

The new Gaultier fragrance's initial campaign starred the masculine Jon Kortajarena. Pejik's gender-bending beauty creates a different image for the new fragrance. This is the first new men's fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier in 16 years, according to "The Gloss."

Perfume Kokoriko by Jean Paul Gaultier comes in several products, including a chic spray-on eau de toilette -- men's cologne, in American terms. These designer men's fragrances are available directly from the official Jean Paul Gaultier website. The site describes this men's perfume as an aphrodisiac with raw cocoa beans, fig leaf and wood. The packaging for the fragrance continues the emphasis on eroticism: from the front the shiny black bottle with red lettering is a sleek face profile. From the side view, the bottle shows a suggestive male physique.

The eau de toilette comes in choice of a 50 ML or 100 ML spray bottle and a 100 ML aftershave lotion. Other Kokoriko products include an alcohol-free deodorant stick, perfumed shower gel, eau de toilette shower gel and a soothing after-shave shower gel, creating the possibility of giving a set as gift. This also allows a man to have his products match each other in scent, rather than clash.

Gaultier introduced the new fragrance in France. It will be interesting to see how the Andrej Pejic campaign and Kokoriko's openly sexy packaging goes over with the American market.


New York Magazine: Andrej Pejic Got a Beauty Contract with Gaultier

Fashionista: Andrej Pejic Lands Major Women's Lingerie Campaign, Models a 'Mega Push-up Bra'

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day: Beauty, Smile and Posture Tips

Happy Valentine's Day!

One thing to notice -- when you drop every little criticism about yourself -- you're beautiful right now, and there are people who love you right now.

When someone's into you, he or she isn't holding up a magnifying glass to every little thing you ever felt self-conscious about. So, today, practice letting go of all that stuff that holds you back from feeling great about yourself, and just feel you. Find your happiness in everything you find beautiful today -- your favorite color, a bird, a flower -- take some inspiration from your surroundings and play up the things you like most about yourself. This will give you a glow that's much more appealing to others.

The New York Times confirmed that two underage models represented by Ford Models walked the runway in the Marc Jacobs show. These are models under the age of 16. The recommendation of limiting participation to runway models aged 16 or over was a recommendation, not a mandatory restriction. 

Think of someway to make your Valentine's Day a celebration -- even if you're spending it by yourself. Today could be the beginning of a better relationship -- taking good care of yourself is a great place to start. Treat yourself today -- being able to receive the good things can help you feel more loved and loving. It can start with you, right now.

That real smile that comes from feeling relaxed and content is a much more welcoming look than the tension that can become a habit on your face. Throughout the day, notice your face. Take a deep breath and relax your face. Making this a habit can help you prevent expression lines -- those deep wrinkles that can result from habitual expressions. Take another deep breath and notice your posture.

Check that your head is on straight -- literally -- and not craning forward. Deep breath -- drop your shoulders and check that your back is lined up from your hips. If you sit a lot, craning your head forward with your shoulders up and upper back rounded adds tension to your body, tires you out, and can lead to habitual poor posture as you get older. Just don't go there. Make it a habit to maintain good posture -- you'll feel better and look better all day.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Welcome to Secret Beauty Bleep

Enter the realm of secret beauty bleep and bring your sense of humor. We'll be exploring style, beauty tricks, moxie, body image, home remedies, homemade beauty treatments, runway fashion -- and how to create your most beautiful you -- at any size and any age.

This page celebrates beauty in all forms, with an appreciation and respect for diversity, different sizes and shapes and mature beauties.

Anyone looking for the latest overpriced bleep promising instant beauty probably won't be amused here.
Altes Museum (Berlin) - Nefertiti 01 by George M. Groutas,  Some rights reserved, via Flickr
If you think there's more to beauty than often-harmful chemical products, have an interest in taking care of your health, along with your skin and hair, and enjoy the larger issues of beauty -- such as body image, differences in perceptions of beauty in different cultures and in antiquity, the history of beauty and fashion -- and beauty of the entire human being, come along for the ride.

Here's an example of the kind of issue that affects the perception of beauty in our own time and place: Check out the controversy about underage models at New York's Fashion Week: N.Y. Fashion Week Underage Ruway Models Crackdown Ford Models Disagrees:

When I read the New York Times Article about the proposal to card runway models at Fashion Week, my main question was why are photographers shooting models undressing backstage, whether they're 14 or 16? The current proposal in to require models to show ID to prove they're 16 or over, but what makes it okay to take pics of 16 year-olds undressing? If the idea is to protect young models, wouldn't it make more sense to bar photographers from shooting pics of all the minors -- instead of barring models under age 16?

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