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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Role Model: Björk’s Electric Beauty

Björk has always stunned us, not only in her wild getups but also with her unbridled creativity. She’s a bad-ass in every medium, and whether in albums, videos, movies, interviews, photos, technological presentation and instrument design (um, anything else we’re forgetting?), she’s always pushing boundaries. Teetering on the edge of extremes, she is as fierce and vicious as a wolverine while her pixie face remains the eternal pinnacle of cute. Her music’s arranged in overwhelmingly beautiful ways, transgressing borders with her love of the strange and freaky while still moving the heart. Oh Björk, we love you so.

Style > Role Model > Björk’s Electric Beauty
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Role Model: A Day with Rachel Rutt

Hong Kong-born, Australian-bred Rachel Rutt is one of these girls who you feel instantly connected to. Someone you can hang out or talk boys with and properly have the best road trips ever. She’s as natural and cool in front of the camera as when she is off duty… we asked her about a normal day in the life of one of our favorite models right now.

(Rachel Rutt Tumblr, Suivant RevesKYF6, Chuck George, Model Mode)

What’s the first thing you do when you just wake up?

Press snooze.

How would you describe your daily routine?

Walking the dogs and knitting and cooking.

Tell us about your personal style.

Turbans, sparkles.

What’s something you do every day that you love?

Water my herb garden.

What’s something you do every day that you wish you didn’t have to?

Brush my teeth.

What would your perfect evening look like?

A full moon, a nice light breeze, and a night swim.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Close my eyes.

Can’t get enough? Check out Rachel’s Tumblr!

Style > Role Model > A Day with Rachel Rutt
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Role Model: Donna Hayward from Twin Peaks

There are quite a few heroes and heroines (some of whom bordered on tragic) in 90s TV series Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s borderline esoteric, quasi-surrealistic soap opera set in a fictional logging town in Washington. Donna Hayward’s one of the unsung saints, the sweet one, the pensive romantic, the girl with the strongest heart of all and an endearing flair for fantastical drama that often manifested as teary outburst. Brave when it came to tracking clues to the mystery of her BFF’s death, she never stooped to revenge. Oh Donna, you rock back inside our hearts.

Style > Role Model > Donna Hayward from Twin Peaks
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Thursday, August 16, 2012 Role Model: Fiona Apple

We’ve been huge fans of Fiona Apple since the ’90s, when we rushed home from class to catch the (still amazing) video for ”Criminal“ on TRL. With striking natural beauty that’s just as unique as her voice and style, we couldn’t be more stoked about her return to the spotlight with her latest album, The Idler Wheel. Not only did she pen all the lyrics, she also drew the album art and sketches scattered throughout the CD booklet that beg to be taped on your bedroom wall. Fiona’s a true artist that isn’t afraid to speak her mind, forever sealing her status as one of the coolest girls in the world.

Style > Role Model > Fiona Apple
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Friday, July 27, 2012 Role Model: Alek Wek

Known for her mile-long legs and gorgeous skin, Alek Wek is a veteran of the catwalk and one of our ultimate role models. This striking Sudanese supermodel first hit the scene in the ’90s, dominating the runway for McQueen, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood…the list goes on and on and on. A total music addict, she learned how to play the piano, drums and guitar when she wasn’t busy modeling, acting, or publishing her autobiography. Yet the main reason she’s such an inspiration to us is that she’s an activist for charity organizations including Refugees Advisory Council, World Vision, and Doctors Without Borders. We’re still in awe that she managed to find time to chat with us about everything from her beauty secrets to her true passions, but then again, she can do everything.

What makes you happiest?

I’m pretty easygoing. I like to cook, travel (obviously!), and spend time with friends and family. My career keeps me so busy that it’s the simple things that really make me happy and content.

What makes you dance?

Upbeat music and good, fun friends. With those two things, I can dance all night.

Where is your favorite place to wake up?

I’ve been some fabulous places and have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world, but believe it or not, my own bed is my favorite place to wake up. Home is my most treasured place.

What does summer mean to you?

Birds singing, beautiful sunshine, having brunch outside in a neighborhood spot, and being able to walk my dog in the park near my home without having to put on a coat and boots. I absolutely love the summertime.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Oh yes! Haagen-Dazs Coconut Macaroon ice cream. It’s a limited-edition flavor, but when it’s on the shelves, I scoop it up!

What’s your beauty secret?

Lots of sleep, hot milk (it’s not just for kids!), drinking as much water as possible, and eating healthy – especially green, leafy veggies.

What has been the most significant moment in your career?

When the ELLE Magazine cover came out in 1997, it really changed everything for me and perhaps even for the fashion world. I received so many encouraging and uplifting notes from men and women of all ethnicities. I was so very proud and it set me on a path in my career to where I am today.

What means friendship to you? Do you have a BFF?

I have really good friends, who I call “good peeps.” There is no one person. Friendship means that you have people who have your back, and you have theirs. You can share the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, with no judgment.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about being a model?

Modeling and fashion is not only about fun travel and great clothes. It’s a real opportunity to have a voice and to do good things. For me, I’m using my voice to bring awareness and raise dollars to help rebuild my native South Sudan, which just celebrated its first year of independence as a new nation. I just returned from the region on my first mission with UNHCR, which was such a profound journey for me. The people of South Sudan do not want handouts; they want to be able to sustain and thrive as a community and nation, just like any other country in the world.  I’m excited about doing all that I can to help make it possible for them to move forward with their lives, especially the refugees, who like me, had to leave our country to seek safety because of the Civil War. Many of them are returning to South Sudan, and it’s a joy to see them going home, but it’s going to take a lot of work and support for them to get everything in order the way it should be.  If people want to help me help South Sudan, they can learn more and donate here.

Style > Role Model > Alek Wek
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