VFiles' holiday card.
Go on and call me Mr. Grinch, but on Christmas eve I’m that flannel jammies-clad gay sloshed off many a holiday “spirit” in the corner, binging on reindeer cookies and sexting losers whilst avoiding any and all holiday cheer. Apols, but I can only deal with so many A Christmas Story marathons before I pass out into the spiked eggnog bowl, which then results in my family perpetually pegging me as “the Christmas ruiner.” :’( Because I am not one to cry at family functions, I try to avoid Charlie Brown’s Christmas at all costs. I did giggle a few times during Elf, though, but a grown man being totally awks in an elf costume can’t compete with the YouTube generation of crazy creatives. Speaking of crazy creatives, the folks at VFILES heard my prayer/tweets and gave us at MTV Style the greatest gift of all...the premiere of MODEL FILES: Holiday Special! I haven’t been this excited since the Spice Girls’ reunion, you guys. Yes, the hilarious hottie host, Preston Chaunsumlit, with his raven locks and deadpan, brutally biting tongue is back, but this time, with elf ears/an adorbs winter green onesie. Annnnd -- XMAS MIRACLE -- he’s revealing his sensi side (see: desperation) by throwing a casting for the VFILES Holiday Card as a disguise to nab an invite to a chic holiday party. Awww Presty! His LOLz model guides: “They have to have the Christmas spirit. I can’t stress that enough. Models that look good in Santa hats. And no Scrooges.” Spoiler alert: the faint-inducing video also involves shirtless male models in Santa hats/thongs and other killer lines from Preston including “Model like the ghost of Christmas past”, “Less camel toe, more mistletoe,” and, my new holiday-friendly pickup line, “Can I come down your chimney?” Watch the video after the jump! Thanks Presty/MODEL FILES! xoxo
Joan Smalls telling us her favorite moments of 2012.
It's essential to keep in mind, always, that we all have so much to be thankful for. 2012 has been a MAJOR year for Joan Smalls, and the model has no shortage of gratitude. Between making us smile while shopping at Colette with Karlie Kloss and Kanye West as the host of House Of Style, to realizing a teenage dream by walking in the Victoria's Secret fashion show, to covering W magazine, there's no denying that this has been Joan's year, and things are only looking up. Joan joined us on MTV's "Big & Best Of 2012: A Year End Celebration brought to you by T-Mobile" to share her top moments of the year. Can you guess what her top two moments are? Check 'em out after the jump!
"Image is powerful" is a statement that is as undeniable as it is ubiquitous. How we perceive and how we are perceived by others drives much of what we do. Our success, confidence, and happiness are directed by this authority that we can’t even touch. It’s a force. Knowing all this, how do we even begin to CONSIDER dealing with it? Well, believe it or not, we turn to a supermodel! Not long after sweeping the runway in America’s most-watched fashion show, Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell decided to trade lingerie for lectures. The beauty AND brain unpacks her career for TED’s “Be Fearless” conference with an honest and inspiring discussion about the power of image not only in her industry, but in all of our lives. We IMPLORE you to watch the whole talk. It/she is so awesome. But in the meantime, check out some of our favorite takeaways!
Jourdan Dunn taste-testing her Jerk Pork recipe on Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn.
Photo: Life + Times Youtube
Model, mom, cooking show host. We're talking, of course, about Jourdan Dunn, the host of Life + Times' Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn, and one of our all time fave catwalk (and editorial) staples. Models have been getting into the culinary game more and more these days (see also: Karlie's Kookies), but Jourdan is the first girl to go full on Julia Child, and we have to say she's doing a bang up job. For her first episode Jourdan cooked a classic Jamaican meal with a few twists. She made a classic, scotch bonnet pepper filled jerk, but rather than using chicken she used pork belly, and on the side she made classic rice and peas and a Caribbean salsa. The meal looks amazing, and her instructions are clear and totally adorable. Save for an unfortunate (but heart meltingly cute) garlic smashing incident, she's a pro in the kitchen. She also peels a mango with an insane amount of skill that even seems to surprise Jourdan herself. We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her culinary inspiration, the whole do models eat question, and whether we might be able to get her together with our House Of Style hosts for a little models only dinner party. Read her answers after the jump, and check out the first episode of Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn here.
Earlier this month we caught up with Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls backstage at the infamous Victoria's Secret fashion show, but apparently there were some other shenanigans going down behind-the-scenes that we didn't know about! This week, Victoria's Secret released some stolen "personal footage" of Justin Bieber (who performed at the show) and the models, which was uploaded by "anonymous bloggers." Then, the video cuts Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima prepping backstage for (what looks like) a video shoot. Justin Bieber counts "1, 2, 3!" as his "Beauty and the Beat" single starts. Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel catwalk to the beat and as the camera begins to follow them, it alllll starts to make sense. This is another take on his original "Beauty and a Beat" video with Nicki Minaj in which he holds his own camera throughout the majority of the song to make it feel like unreleased personal footage. Niiiiceee.
Almost as early as we've been curating our holiday wish lists, we've been waiting in anticipation for signs of the Neiman Marcus and Target Holiday collaboration, announced wayyyyyyy back in the heat of July. Just to refresh your memory, the collection is designed by 24 CFDA designers. We're talking all the heavy hitters (Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu), who have worked on 50 products, from ornaments to yoga mats to skateboards. The products will finally be available December 1, and to make our wait a little less agonizing we get a sneak peek with a behind the scenes video of the campaign starring Karlie Kloss!
Keri Hilson is the newest musician turned model for Wilhelmina Models.
Photo: Courtesy of Wilhelmina Models
After hearing the news that Keri Hilson inked a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models, the very familiar words from her 2010 "Pretty Girl Rock" anthem started running through our heads: "Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful." We never have and we never will! The R&B singer joins the class of Iggy Azalea, Fergie and Natasha Bedingfield, who are all musicians-turned-models thanks to Wilhelmina. But really, we should have seen this coming a long time ago.
Photo: Getty Images
We all know Robert Pattinson has impossible cheekbones, piercing blue eyes, and one of the most celebrated heads of dude hair in the business. BUT did you know that before Twilight, even before Cedric Diggory, our beloved R.Pattz used those rosy cheeks and baby blues to model swim wear for the South China Morning Post back in 2003??? Honestly, this is probably old news for most Twi-hards since a few black-and-white photos of shirtless Robert Pattinson wearing only a scarf from that shoot cropped up online almost four years ago. Thanks to celeb blog Snakkle and their "celebs wearing underwear" round-up, we are born again into the world of Robert's early modeling career with yet ANOTHER photo from the same shoot, this time showing wayyy more outfit (also, man-thigh), and suffice it to say, we are way into it.
Cara Delevingne covers 'Style.com/Print' Issue 3
Photo: Via Style.com
Even though it only ended a few weeks ago, we don't blame you if Fashion Week seems like a long-lost memory. It's easy to get swept up in the slogan tees, stripes, and leather trend overload aftermath and totally breeze over the nitty gritty details and the glamour that makes us look forward to the Fashion Week rush, season after season. Luckily style.com is here to give us a very chic reminder of all that and more, wrapped up nicely in a thick glossy magazine. Style.com/Print is (duh) the print version of the authoritative fashion website, and it goes wayyy beyond your basic runway reviews. Think interviews with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Nicolas Ghesquière, casting calls with Alexander Wang...oh, and TONS of models, including the model of the moment herself, Miss Cara Develevingne. And as you can tell by her cover shot, this girl is giving some MAJOR lip.
Jourdan Dunn off duty during New York Fashion Week this year.
Looks like Karlie and Joan aren't the only ones getting into the show hosting game: Jourdan Dunn will be joining their ranks as the host of Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn, on Jay-Z's Life + Times Youtube channel. If the punny title didn't tip you off, Jourdan will be hosting a cooking show, and we're busy hypothesizing about what she might try whipping up in the test kitchen. Since Karlie already has the market cornered on model-made cookies, we suspect that Jourdan might be more focused on amateur chef staples. We were really proud when we cooked a really good roast chicken, so as amateur chefs ourselves we have some experience in this arena. Also we MIGHT sometimes pretend to be hosting our own cooking show while we're in the kitchen alone, but don't tell anyone. The other thing that has us thinking are the food-centric tweets the British model has been posting. While it doesn't seem that she's working her way through Julia Child, she's paying close attention to the details, which is even more important. See the tweet after the jump!