Monday, June 16, 2008

Updated: Auguste Ciuksaite

Anyone remember the deeply mysterious Auguste Ciuksaite who was profiled almost two months ago (well two months to the day, as of tomorrow)? Well Maud and Penelope at FDIB were kind enough to update us all on her development. It seems as if Auguste now has a last name, and an agency in Milan, Elite. I still think Auguste is perhaps one of the strongest new Lithuanian girls at the moment, and I truly hope her time in Milan is well spent. More than anything, I'm desperately hoping that someone in Paris picks her up as soon as possible to start really developing this girl (sentiments echoed flawlessly over at FDIB).

(all images courtesy of Elite Milan)

Auguste still maintains that dark stare even in layers of sequins, and I appreciate that. Yes, I know that there have been one too many brooding, long-faced brunettes as of late, but that should be changing this week. Thanks again to Maud and Penelope for cluing me in on Auguste's developments. You girls are wonderful!

Friday, June 6, 2008

In Bloom: Magalie Daignault

Apparently we're in for a heat wave in New York; supposedly into the 90s over the weekend. It's that kind of sticky summer reference point that leads perfectly into tonight's fresh face. Magalie from Chantale Nadeau in Canada, and now at Trump, just reads like a hot summer afternoon. The kind of afternoon where you never showered that morning, and still smell like tequila and cigarettes from the night before. Or at least that's how my Sunday afternoons feel.

I wish I could take all of the credit for this analogy, but as I was preparing to blog about Magalie, my hilarious friend (and often partner in crime) Julio had this brilliant description that had me in stiches: "I tend to like things a bit more fooked up during the summer months. Magalie fits right in. She looks like she hasn't seen a shower in a week, those acid-washed jeans have a stronger smell of cig than Miss Havisham and her walk probably sucks. I love her. Plus I'm loyal to the core when it comes to Chantale Nadeau." Well said, indeed.

(all images courtesy of Trump Models)

Brilliant and altogether aspirational during these summer months. Magalie is the kind of dark and mysterious beauty that I have always found promising (read: Florence Desmidt, Amanda Laine, Virginia Guidetti). A little bit awkward and a bit hippie in her appeal. I'm dying to see Magalie styled in a shawl and moccasins, aren't you?

This Canadian beauty stands at 5'11" and has a set of 32-23-33 measurements. According to Chantale Nadeau, Magalie has already been booked for a story with Greg Kadel in Numero, and if the other options I've heard mention of are true, much, much more. Magalie just might be your new summer sensation.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Fresh Faced: Nadya Konstantinova

Remember that really cheesy song from They Might Be Giants? The one where Istanbul is no longer Constantinople? That's pretty much the only thing I can hear in my head when I read Nadya Konstantinova's last name to myself. Randomness aside, Nadya is the latest testament to the success of Eskimo models and their global scouting concept (think Heloise Guerin and Daria Bichevina). Nadya is quite an unusual model in so much that her intense features are in perfect balance with her youthful demeanor; creating a very strong and yet playful aesthetic.

(all images courtesy of Eskimo Models)

Sure, her digitals may not be the most inspired in the world, but the sheer potential of a girl as unique as Nadya is undeniable. Something about her square face, heavy (almost savage) brow line, and sullen stare makes this 17 year old Russian instantly memorable in my eyes.

Nadya is 5'9" and has a set of 31.5-23-33.5 measurements, which should make her a candidate for the runway sometime in the future. Here's hoping that Nadya is in New York and ready come September. I for one certainly wouldn't mind watching Nadya and fellow Eskimo model (and former Jil Sander exclusive, mind you) Daria Bichevina rack up some runway mileage come S/S 09.

Updated: Virginia Guidetti

I love a steady stream of polaroids, especially when they capture one of my favorite new models. Virginia Guidetti is back and comes equipped with a seriously beautiful new set of polaroids from Next. Take a look for yourself:

(all images courtesy of Next Models)

Seriously, the Danielle Zinaich similarities are haunting in some of those polaroids, especially in the brows and lips. Hopefully Virginia's career will be littered with just as much successful as Danielle's was a decade ago.