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Sexy Models in the Flesh at This is London

Posted by Briony / July 18, 2009

Sexy ModelsModels are strange creatures. Seeing someone that beautiful close-up is always a little odd--since so few people are that gorgeous, it's like seeing a funny-looking dog, or a bright pink building. Out of the ordinary, but a little thrilling, too.

Some of the city's most promising models were out in fierce effect on Thursday night at the annual Bootcamp to Bigtime event held by Elmer Olsen, the country's best model agency.

Sexy ModelsInternational agency reps and model scouts, along with fashion industry folk, filled This Is London to see the newest members of the Olsen family--and Canada's Next Top Model winner Meaghan Waller--shake their little tushes on the catwalk and mingle with the more seasoned faces represented as well. (The following day, the models were scheduled to meet with the reps in person at a local hotel in a sort of mass go-see.)
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I chatted with a few of the old-timers, including brother duo Darryl and Ryan Thomson. (After having met Darryl and being introduced to Ryan and asking what he did, he replied, "I'm a model." "A family of models?!" I laughed. "How disgusting!" Being a model is one of those occupations that is hard to keep a straight face when people say that's what they do. Same goes for rocket scientist or location scout or icecream designer, or any one of those other gigs that are hard to picture real-live people doing.)
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I asked Darryl and his best friend Joe Weir--also a model--about some model facts.

Top 5 Model Facts:

1) Models are not stupid. They need to work with the photographer and the client to achieve the exact look that the company wants.
2) Models do party all the time.
3) Models get secretly sad that they can't eat junkfood.
4) Models do not sleep in bunkbeds, a la Zoolander. There are model cots, however.
5) Models attending go-sees are sometimes asked to take off their shirt. They can't be too eager or too reluctant to do so--the fine line between cockiness and vulnerability is a difficult one to master, but of utmost importance.
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The range of models that participated this year had many different looks--while they were almost all white (there was one Asian model and one black model), there were girls with a few different looks, from the standard Slavic ice princess to the raven-haired Eastern European types.
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Most were thin, although there were a few girls with slightly bigger bums and legs than usual. This is, apparently, a little bit unique to Canada, where a lot of models can get away with being smaller than the going size 0's and 2's, since a lot of the work is catalogue, rather than the more exacting editorial standards.
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It was interesting to see which of the models got more reaction than the others: one male model--a beefy brunette named Nick--got the loudest, wildest cheers, due in part to his ridiculous face and body, but also because he had a lot of swagger from his few years of experience so far. This set him apart from some of the newbies that were a little more wobbly on their perfect gams.

As to whether we'll see these faces at Fashion Week soon, we'll see. Ten-hut!
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Photos by Carl W. Heindl.

Discussion

18 Comments

Jessica / July 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm
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"The range of models that participated this year had many different looks--while they were almost all white (there was one Asian model and one black model), there were girls with a few different looks, from the standard Slavic ice princess to the raven-haired Eastern European types."

Slavic people inhabit Eastern Europe and therefore are Eastern European. However, you said there was a range of model looks - which made no sense, because of the example you used. You might want to check your facts in future.

Also, is it just me or are most of the male models just unattractive in the face? Ugh.
bro / July 18, 2009 at 11:21 pm
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It's just you.
J / July 19, 2009 at 12:14 am
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Did you miss Nick - ninth picture from the bottom?
David Grewal / July 19, 2009 at 01:04 am
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Most un-diverse group of models I have ever seen. It is almost embarassing to think this is the representation of Toronto, supposedly one of the most multi-cultural citites in the world.
Steven / July 19, 2009 at 10:22 am
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Without going into elaborate detail, there are pretty-pretty models and then there are model-pretty models; two different things. Not everyone photographs well.

Also, you can be smokin' hot, but that means you might be only relegated to the underwear category, like the aforementioned Nick (hence why there are so few hot models on the 'real' fashion scene).
sarah / July 19, 2009 at 02:17 pm
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how about this: models are the scum of the earth. their function is to make people feel like shit in order to sell them things they don't need. so let's stop making them into icons when they're pathetic tools.
JOe replying to a comment from David Grewal / July 19, 2009 at 04:44 pm
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I don't think it's an issue of diversity. Modeling is a business, an industry. There are cyclic trends in looks and body types. If clients aren't booking ethnic models, then as an agency you're going to go under with your United Nations roster. If you push cultural diversity too hard, the client may just go to another agency with 14 year old prepubescent Eastern European gymnasts that look like they need a meal or two. I suppose it's a negative feedback loop.
dan / July 19, 2009 at 05:39 pm
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how ugly is that green tint?? just cause it makes the photo look more film-y does not mean that it makes the photo look good. that side-lit one four down would look so much better with a proper color balance!
April / July 19, 2009 at 07:41 pm
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UGH that black and white picture of the girls makes them look like model-zombies. Or zombie-models. Or just plain friggen zombies. Anorexic zombies.

Ok ok I'll stop
Jen / July 20, 2009 at 12:37 am
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REALLY? I THOUGHT YOU HAD TO BE THIN TO MODEL?



I had a friend who was a part-time model and she had told me, "If you're fat, then you're fat."
piccola / July 20, 2009 at 08:37 am
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I agree with Jessica - some of those dude models look terrible. Aren't they supposed to photograph well?
Jane / July 20, 2009 at 10:41 am
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Wait... this is a modeling boot camp? I thought it was an Aryan Nation meeting! Good thing there was an article to go along with these pictures to remind me.
somechick / July 21, 2009 at 03:19 pm
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i mean blank canvas face, since only one contestant happened to be black.
somechick / July 21, 2009 at 03:19 pm
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blond slavic vs dark haired eastern european. Talk about diversity! Ha! And i personally dont find any of these girls magically attractive. Just wishy washy black canvas face. But I guess that's what sells. Personally i like to see people with some character - big nose, freckles, curly hair, interesting eyes, birthmarks...things that make people actually beautiful other than a toothpick like stature.

And yes this did look like an aryan nation pageant lol, great comment!
keven replying to a comment from somechick / July 21, 2009 at 04:54 pm
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>blank canvas face

It's cause you should be looking at the clothing, not the models.
The clothing should be the eye-candy, not the person wearing it.
Jessica / July 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm
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There's a fine line between looking plain enough so that people focus on the clothing and being unattractive enough that people wonder why that person is a model, instead of focusing on the clothing.
keven replying to a comment from Jessica / July 22, 2009 at 10:01 am
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I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Personally I like the "strange model look and the 6"4 bodies that they are in".
Alexaa / August 16, 2009 at 01:14 am
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I dont understand the hatred towards models, they are more than just a pretty face or a body to show of an item...they are people as well !!!

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