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Photoshoot Pt. 1

There is nothing like going for a photoshoot to help you feel sexier, more comfortable with your body and more powerful. You not only feel like a model, but thanks to all the magic created by the stylists, make-up artists, photographers and yes, even the lighting guy, you also look like a model.

This priviledge doesn’t have to be reserved for the beautiful of Hollywood and the models of Milan, even us ordinary folk can explore out of the ordinary and book a professional photo shoot.

Celebrating the joy of photo shoots, I was checking out some of the A-listers latest work in that arena and would you believe some of these women are over 40!

For starters 41-year-old Naomi Campbell is one of the original supermodels, but hasn’t slowed down a single bit. Just days after being Robert Cavalli’s showstopper in Milan, she appeared in V Magazine, in a shoot inspired by the larger-than-life spirit of Tina Turner. The black and white shots taken by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi were named “Private Dancer”. This precedes the release of  Soul Sister a musical inspired by the lives of Ike and Tina Turner premiering at London’s Hackney Empire on April 19.





Here are a couple of local places to check out if you’re interested:

Cape Town: Contact Arnold at http://www.model-portfolio.synthasite.com/

Port Elizabeth: Contact Shanna at +27 826523385 or http://www.shannapaxton.com/

Pretoria: Check out http://www.rbester.co.za

Randburg: Contact Jacques at 083 577 5757 or http://www.duvellphotography.co.za

Johannesburg: Contact EuroConnection at http://www.euroconnection.co.za/index.html or

Nick van der Leek at http://www.nickvanderleek.com/2009/02/photoshoots-in-johannesburg-half-price.html (first shoot may be free) or

Jo Smith Photography http://www.josmithphotography.co.za/


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Penelope Cruz Does PETA

Penelope Cruz Does PETA

Penelope Cruz has joined a long list of Hollywood A-listers who have lent their bodies and faces for a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) anti-fur campaign, which has been running for as long as anyone can remember. The billboard was unveiled just ahead of the start of New York Fashion Week (a word of caution to the designers perhaps?). Similar campaigns are planned for fashion week in London and in Milan

Here are some of the most memorable PETA ads over the last decade or so…

  • Christy Turlington was the first supermodel to strip for PETA’s anti-fur in fashion campaign


  • Eva Mendes stripped off for their winter campaign in 2007
  • Pamela Anderson lent her name to PETA in 2004
  • Khloe Kardashian stripped for the “We’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign 2008


  • Anna Nicole Smith dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for her ad campaign
  • Olivia Munn was shot by celebrity photographer, Emily Shur
  • Olivia also did a campaign with PETA to fight circus cruelty


  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s campaign, shot by Mary McCartney (daughter of Sir Paul and sister to fashion designer Stella), was the most raw
  • Angela Simmons’s Adam and Eve inspired shoot promoted vegetarianism
  • Kimberley Wyatt decided to showcase the ugly side of the makeup industry in her campaign against animal testing in the cosmetics industry


  • Sadie Frost did a very provocative shoot with long time vegetarian, Bryan Adams
  • Kesha worked with PETA to campaign against the clubbing of baby seals in eastern Canada
  • Joanna Krupa starred in a campaign for the adoption of animals (rather than buying them)


  • Stephanie Pratt went naked to save the bunnies in the “Be nice to bunnies” anti-cruelty campaign
  • Elisabetta Canalis bared all just last year for PETA
  • Alicia Silverstone tried to convince the public to choose to go vegetarian


  • Kelly Brooke took part in a campaign last year to protest at how snakes, lizards, alligators and other exotic animals are skinned alive for fashion
  • Natalie Umbruglia also campaigned for PETA, showing that even a little ‘fur trim’ was very harmful to animals
  • In what is most likely the most famous PETA ad campaign yet Naomi Campbell and fellow supermodels joined together to campaign against fur