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Jasmin Bennett

"Everyone is watching you model"


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Model: @jasminhelenmodel

Jasmin, 26 year old, singer, song writer, model, Shropshire, modelling, Elements of Couture, professional, connections in the industry, confidence, career,

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

I have been a brand model for Elementz of Couture for almost two years now and every time I walk in a show, it’s always so much fun. I meet new creatives and walk for incredibly talented designers, all whilst being included in an amazing group. It’s like family. 

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Once it’s your turn to walk, the runway is yours. It’s an elating feeling like no other that boosts your confidence ten fold. Everyone is watching you model this design and you get to decide how to show it off. It’s nerve wracking and exhilarating at the same time, totally addictive. 

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Sonia Lal

"I LOVE TO LOVE"


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Model: @sonia_lal_121

I do modelling as well as extra/ acting work.
I love working out, in fact it’s essential for me.
I am usually attracted to unique and different things.
I love to love.
I am a spiritual type of person, in that I believe in law of attraction and trust energies and vibes.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

When Natalie phoned me and explained what EOC was about, I was over the moon to be part of such a diverse event. 
When I saw Instagram pics of past events, I was enlightened by the colours, clothes, designs and creativity and knew this was so much More then a model competition.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

The event itself was spectacular, but for me the most blessed part of the entire show were the other models.
The way each girl, without even asking helped each other get into our outfits and uplift each other was just phenomenal. Blessed to work with these beauties. All were fab, inside and out.

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BOUTIQUE

Pearlchat Fashion House

By Ronnie & Mercy from London


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Brand: @Pearlchatfashionhouse

Pearlchatfashionhouse is an African inspired fashion label. We are based in London. We are mainly bespoke tailor made fashion designers and draw our inspiration from the beautiful very colourful African kitenge fabrics. We cater for both women and men. Our outfits are aimed at the everyday person. Whether you have £20 or £200 we have something for you. We tailor outfits according to the buyer/customer.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

We became part of the show because we offered something different.  We were the only African inspired designers at the show. We want people to know that you don't have to be African or a person of colour to wear our outfits.  Our outfits are for anyone and everyone who wants to try something different from the norm.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Our favourite part of the show was the whole catwalk/runway.  It showed different styles and designs available.  However the Pearlchat fashion house catwalk / runway was primarily our best part of the show as it gave us great pride in showing the attendees and beyond what we had to offer.

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Model Aliyah Daley

" I won Best High Fashion Model"


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Model: @aliyah.vx

I am fairly new to my modelling career, but I have already made an impact within a year! Being in a successful music video, a few fashion photo shoots for a clothing brand and for my own portfolio, as well as catwalk fashion show. I always work hard to my full potential and look for new opportunities. As well as modelling, I am a Trainee Accountant.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

I wanted to be part of Elementz of Couture Show as it was an opportunity to get more experience in catwalk. I am glad I took the step and applied as it has helped with my confidence and I was supported by beautiful people inside and out.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

From the rehearsals to the actual day of the show was an amazing experience. The organizer Natalie, models, designers, photographers, make-up artists and many more were professional and was lovely to work with. I absolutely loved the runway experience and to top it off I won ‘Best High Fashion Model’, which I am so grateful for.

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Designer Marina  Zeleznak

"Donna Marina couture dresses may flip heads"


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Designer: @donnamarinaofficial

Donna Marina women's wear brand has been in existences since 2015 in Birmingham UK, we tend to re-imagine timeless aesthetics for a contemporary era, making original distinctive and exquisite garments for ladies with charm and coming up with unique tailor custom dresses (evening/prom/bridals) in edition and that we are suitable measure bespoken styles and items that are accessible to all or any. Wearing Donna Marina couture dresses may flip heads where you go.

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

Always a pleasure to work with naturally talented and beautiful people such as Natalie Maragh, Jodrock Blackwood, Mike Smith, Samantha Jane and all team of the Elementz of Couture. Because we are here and now enjoying every moment of life.

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What was your favorite part of the show?

Incredible performance by Adelaide MacKenzie, catwalk and model competition of the Elementz of Couture models and of course watching the runway of my own brand. The all models are brilliant and talented!

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Design Me Fabulous

"Meeting all the models was a highlight"


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Why did you want to be part of this show?

Being apart of this show for me meant that I could showcase my talent and passion. Also to work with a Birmingham model company (Elementz of couture) which is prestigious and well known.

What was your favorite part of the show?

Meeting all the models was a highlight and the process of picking my models. Seeing and meeting all the other designers was inspirational and heart-warming as we supported one another. The runway was the icing on the cake. I absolutely loved it!

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Designer: @designmefabulous

Hello beautiful people, my name is Shaneen - the creator of the Design Me Fabulous collection. I’m a mother to two beautiful children and I have the most amazing husband by my side. I’m very much a self proclaimed fashion designer. Finding the balance between all three is challenging but it’s so enjoyable! Even more so when it’s a challenge with everything that I love. My main goal is to one day have my designs seen world wide and to be rubbing shoulders with Jason Bolden. He is the ultimate vision of fashion! To see someone who worked so hard to get to where they are today is such a huge inspiration. I love to learn new things and believe that knowledge is key. The fashion designer element of me is my escape. An escape from the day to day but an escape I thrive on. My passions are fashion, helping people feel good and helping the planet. A lot of my designs are based on this. I aim for Zero waste designs, minimal machine sewing and the main one is making ladies feel amazing in what they wear. Comfort first ladies, am I right!?

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A very philosophical person who doesn’t take life too seriously, as I’m always up for meeting new people, laughing and enjoy life as much as I can. I instilled this in my children too. Let them express themselves (however loud they may get at times, haha) and be who they want to be and enjoy life. I’m quite the eccentric who likes to stand out from the crowd and walk my own catwalk with an array of unique style’s. Ever since I can remember, people have always said I’m the most crazy yet humble, sometimes shy and friendliest person they know. Being honest, sophisticated, confident, a people person (almost all the time), a good listener and having a love for humanity, people naturally gravitate towards me. My temperament is calm and collected but at the same time I love to get things done. Fashion Designer and motherhood may not go hand in hand but I’m extremely passionate about both and make it work. 

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I’ve always worked in Fashion for over 15 years. My college Diploma is in Fashion and clothing design. My wardrobe and draws are spilling over from my main hobby, Shopping!!!I just love and live fashion! I have this habit of dressing people in my mind. Just when walking by, I can pick out an outfit for them. My mum calls me the fashion police, haha. I insist on doing my husbands clothes shopping and he trusts me to dress him well but he’s never too keen on the prices haha... My parents and my grandparents have been my biggest supporters since day one of me telling them I wanted to be a fashion designer! My husband helped me on this venture in the last few months to help kick start my fashion career. Which I’m so thankful for. Now here I am today! My granddad would always say to me, always looking smart little lady, Family values mean everything to me!

Look good! Feel good! Be amazing!

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Kamila Koltun

"That was the best moment of my life"


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Model: @kamila.koltun_official

Hi, I'm Kamila, I'm 26 and I'm originally from Poland. I have started doing modelling a year ago. I've decided to take things in my own hands and started focusing on myself properly. Modelling was always my dream since I was little.
The biggest interest was a catwalk and how models walk through the runway in the designer clothes. Throughout the time in my life I didn't managed to do anything about it, I was always in a relationship and that was my main focus. Now that I have decided about my future, I put every effort to follow my dream and with every experience I am more excited about it. At the moment I'm doing modelling part time and have a full time job. My goal is to become fully independent, travel the world and just simply be happy!

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Why did you want to be part of this show?

One day I saw Elementz of Couture rehearsing for Summer Fashion Show 2019. The music, the vibe, the atmosphere and people. I've really enjoyed just standing and watching them all killing it on the runway and the music was good too! Once I've noticed couple of girls with similar height as mine (I'm 5''2) I wanted to be the part of it too! Not everywhere petite models are accepted either that is a photo-shoot or catwalk. Once I have noticed the opportunity, I came to Natalie Maragh and asked if I could be a part of it. She gave me her Facebook and send me an application form for the Winter Show. That was the best moment of my life as this is a chance for me to prove that models with all different sizes can do it too! 

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What was your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part is when I'm in my moment while walking through the runway. I love wearing heels, I feel like I'm myself. The music is on, the audience is clapping and cheering, priceless experience.

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Zak wins Mr British Empire Photogenic 2019

Zak wins Mr British Empire Photogenic

Our ambassador Zak Allen attended the Miss British Empire 2019 world final in Sri Lanka where he won the Mr British Empire Photogenic sash. This year the world Finalists totaled 29 and the celebrity judge was the Bollywood actor Gagan Malik, the countries/regions competing were UK, Australia, America, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Manila, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Hanover, Crimea, Afghanistan, UAE, Nigeria and Singapore. It was particularly appreciated that so many countries traveled to Sri Lanka to support that jewel of the Indian Ocean after the heart breaking incidents of Easter Sunday.

www.zakallenmodel.co.uk

www.missbritishempire.com

@missbritishempire

Photographer : Hiroki Ikesue

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Want to 10x your Insta followers?

HERE'S HOW TO DO IT

We take a close look at fashion influencer @Sarahjoholder

At a glance, Sarah Jo Holder might seem like just your average 25-year-old woman. But online, Sarah Jo can boast over 150,000 followers on Instagram (@sarahjoholder) and over three million views on her YouTube channel! It’s hard to believe that just one year before she only had 16,000 Instagram followers. That’s a 10x increase in followers in just over a year!

After graduating from university in 2014, Sarah Jo began a small fashion blog as a way of attracting potential employers. But after discovering social media influencers like Zoella and Patricia Bright, Sarah Jo was inspired to invest more time into her Instagram and YouTube accounts. Fast forward a few years, and Sarah Jo has clearly found her niche.

On YouTube, she identifies herself as an OCOS (obsessive chronic online shopper) who is always on the hunt for a good clothing discount. But one look at her Instagram proves that just because she’s spending less on her clothing does not mean she’s lacking in fashion sense!

Want to follow in Sarah’s footsteps? Here’s how!

10 Tips for Gaining 10x more Followers on Instagram!

Although being a social media influencer is a fairly new job, the field is increasingly competitive. It’s easy to get started. All you need is an internet connection. But after that is the hard part. You have to find a way to get noticed in the sea of established influencers as well as micro influencers. Let’s look at some top tips on how to grow your Instagram!

1) First, Work on Creating a Cohesive Aesthetic for Your Feed

Imagine a new potential follower clicking on your profile and scrolling through the feed. This is a lightning-fast glance, and if you don’t make a strong, lasting impression, no one is going to hit the “follow” button. Make sure the photos you have on your profile reflect a single, cohesive aesthetic. If you take a look at Sarah Jo’s feed, you’ll quickly see that she’s established a clear, cohesive look. Figure out what your “look” is and make sure your photos are reflecting that.

2) Strategically Utilize Story Highlights

Part of the appeal of Instagram stories is they’re only on your profile temporarily. But now you also have the option to highlight specific stories so that they’re instantly visible in your profile. If you have a story you’re especially proud of, highlight it. If you posted a story that you think is the perfect representation of your branding, highlight it. Choose stories that people find intriguing. If you look at Sarah Jo’s profile, you’ll notice that she’s highlighted several stories.

3) Engage with Other Influencers

One of the best ways to gain new followers is to engage with other influencers and their followers. Like their posts and comment, but also like the comments on their posts and reply to fellow followers. Put some thought into what you’re saying. If they like what you say, they just might check out your profile and give you a follow.

4) Cross-Promote Your Instagram Account

Find new Instagram followers by promoting your Instagram account on other social media platforms. Have a YouTube channel? Tell your subscribers to give you a follow and include your handle in the description box. Add your Instagram handle in your Twitter bio and link to your Instagram account on your personal blog.

5) Use Hashtags

Using hashtags on your posts and stories is one of the most effective ways for you to gain new followers! Anyone can see your posts if they’re checking out a hashtag you used. You’ll easily gain new followers through the explore page of Instagram. Sarah Jo uses hashtags on many of her posts. Not only can you use successful hashtags, but you can also create your own to start trends and help your followers easily locate your Insta posts.

6) Tag Your Location

Tagging your location is similar to gaining followers through hashtags. Instagram users sometimes check out posts by searching for a certain location. Whether you’re tagging your hometown or your vacation destination, this is an effective way to get noticed on social media. Sarah Jo also uses this method. She’s tagged locations all across the globe from Florida to Greece to the Island of Mauritius.

7) Post Regularly

Consistency is key to gaining a large Instagram following. In the Instagram world, that means you should be posting at least once a day. Sarah Jo posts at least once a day, sometimes several times a day. You don’t want to be pushing content if you don’t have any, but you do want to consistently show up in your followers’ feeds as well as the explore page.

8) Try to Get Featured

Chances are, no matter what kind of account you have on Instagram, there’s a feature account out there that’s all about it. Usually, these accounts will use certain hashtags or simply ask that you tag them in order to locate your posts. If they like what they see, you might get featured and seen by an entirely new audience. So do a little research and find accounts that do this on your area of expertise, whether it’s food, fashion, or something else.

9) Follow Your Role Models

Follow the accounts that you dream of aspiring to! They can be influencers that are just a little more popular than you or ones that you think are significantly out of your reach. Either way, that account will be notified you’ve followed them. If you’re lucky, they might check out your account and follow you back! Let’s assume their content is similar to yours and maybe their followers will love your account too, why don’t you scroll through their followers and like a pic or two to see if it leads to any new interactions. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

10) Post Ads and Partnerships

Ads and partnerships may come a little later in your time as an Instagram influencer. But if you can find a brand who is willing to collaborate with you on a post, take it. Sarah Jo has done this with many brands (here’s an example!)

The road to becoming an Instagram influencer is difficult. You’ll have a lot of competition. But with hard work, research, and perseverance you can definitely increase your following by 1000%! Sarah Jo Holder did it in just one year. With these tips, we can all do it, too!

Sarah's original interview was featured in the March 2018 issue as the Fashion Project LIVE Award Show Judge, This feature was written by Fashion Project LIVE and does not represent Sarah's words or how she feels about her Instagram growth.

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Jamile DeSouza Davies

@jamiledavies

THE RISE OF THE FITNESS INFLUENCER

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat have completely changed the world we live in. If you stop sipping your latte for a second and look around your favorite coffee shop, you will likely notice that over half of the customers are thoroughly immersed in one of these sites, via their mobile device. Instagram is one of these life-altering sites and unless you’ve been living off the grid with the indigenous people of the Amazon rain-forest, you have heard of it before. As with most of these sites, Instagram relies on followers. The amount of following you have, directly determines the amount influence you can provide and savvy Instagram users can turn that influence into currency. The people who are able to use social media to generate revenue are commonly referred to as influencers.

One of these fast rising influencers is Jamile Desouza-Davies. Jamile is a former professional ballerina turned fitness icon who is the creator of a 4 week, personalized training regiment called Alpha project. 

This fitness coach is also a lecturer at Aberystwyth University, with two Masters degrees in management and marketing. She has a huge social media platform, with 150 thousand followers on Instagram. Unfortunately, one day she logged into Instagram to find that her account had been hacked and that her 150k followers had all disappeared to zero.

What would you do?

Most of us would panic, throw a tantrum or both, but not Jamile. She ended up taking her own advice which is to use exercise and meditation to battle and defeat the many stresses of life. It took an entire year for Jamile to get her following back to influencer level. She made it happen while maintaining her composure through exercise and meditation. This is the best way to tackle stress, so here are twelve exercises, one for each month, that you can do to keep stress at bay and stay focused during a crisis like Jamile did.

Celebrating one year of the alpha project with Jamile's monthly workouts

July 2018: Side Planks

Perform these exactly like a normal plank except Lay on your side with your forearm flat on the floor, line your bottom elbow up directly under your shoulder with both legs straight our. Your feet should be slightly spread unless you need more of a challenge, then feel free to stack them. Use your core to lift your hips off the floor, forming a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.

August 2018: Knee Raises

Another core exercise that has variable ways to execute depending on your skill level. Most people start with their body weight resting on the arm pads, gripping the handles. Raise your knees to your chest and pause, don’t let the momentum of your body swing you. Return to the starting position. If your advanced, instead of using the arm rests to hold your weight, perform these while hanging from the pull-up bar.

September 2018: Scissor Kicks

This exercise is a staple for your ab day routine and can be done anywhere at anytime, all you need is a floor. This specifically targets the transverse abdominus, hip flexors and lower abs, where your muffin top resides. To perform this correctly, you need to focus on utilizing your core. Start by raising your open legs to a 45 degree angle with your palms flat on the ground. Bring your legs together and slightly cross your feet over, then return to the starting position. Try to hit between 12-15 with 3 sets.

October 2018: Resistance Band Abduction

Hip abductors are a fantastic way to hit those glutes, but you don’t always wanna make that trip to the gym, so what do you do? The solution is resistance bands to make her dance. These bands are so versatile and can be used on almost any muscle group, but what Jamile is demonstrating is hip abduction. This exercise targets those butt muscles to make your yoga pants pop. Its gonna be hard to stay stressed when you have a nice round ass to show off.

November 2018: Leg Extensions

You might of heard several conflicting opinions regarding leg extensions. One minute they’re good for you and the next, they’re the worst possible exercise you could ever do. Personally I'm a fan of ripped quads, and to get those, cranking out reps of leg extensions is helpful if done correctly. The problem is, the leg extension machine puts a lot of stress on your ACL, so it shouldn’t be performed with lots of weight. This is a low weight, high rep machine, designed to isolate your quads and give them some definition.

December 2018: Snowboarding

When you’re seriously bogged down by worry and the regular routine at the local gym isn’t cutting it, you might need to get away and expose yourself to something new. Learning new things can be exciting and that excitement releases endorphins that cause us to feel good. Give your stress a time-out and feel good for a minute. Usually you can come back to the issue with a fresh perspective and maybe the thing you thought was major, was actually pretty minor after all.

January 2019: Kickboxing

If you're serious about your cardio but are also feeling like a trapped hamster on the treadmill, it might be time to switch up the routine and add some kickboxing. You will burn major calories because this works muscles you didn’t even know you had. This is my go-to for stress relief because its really hard to think about life’s problems when you're focusing on whether to throw a left hook or a right uppercut. Before you venture off solo and start wailing on a bag, you should find a trainer or attend a kickboxing class, just until you're familiar with the right stance and punching techniques. You don’t want to become good at doing something the wrong way, so learn it correctly with an instructor.

February 2019: Reverse Grip Curls

Most people understand how to do a basic barbell curl but there muscles that could greatly benefit from adding a slight variation to your form, such as the extension muscles in your forearm when you perform reverse grip curls. When you reverse the grip, the biceps are locked out and you will feel the burn in your forearm instead. These muscles aren’t as strong as the ones in your arm so try to start with a lighter weight and set your target for 3 sets of 12 slow and controlled reps.

March 2019: Tricep Dips

Tricep dips are a must if you want your arms looking anything like Jamile’s. This is another exercise that doesn’t require any fancy equipment, all you need is a bench or a chair. Sit on the edge of the chair and grip the edge next to your hips. Your legs are straight out and your feet should be about hip-width apart with the heels touching the ground. Look straight ahead with your chin up. Press down into the chair or bench to lift your body and slide forward just far enough that your behind clears the edge of the chair. Lower yourself until your elbows are bent between 45 and 90 degrees. Slowly push yourself back up to the start position and repeat. Aim for 3 sets of 12 .

April 2019: Bicycle Crunch

This is one of, if not the most effective abdominal exercises available and it requires zero equipment. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your hands behind your head. Move your legs as if you’re slowly riding a bike and simultaneously crunch and twist your torso to that your elbow touches the opposite knee. Make sure to refrain from pulling your neck forward, use your torso instead. This exercise crazy effective because it works your front and side abs, rectus abdominus and transverse abdominus, respectively, as well as working your quads. Three for the price of one. Try for 20 seconds and repeat for 3 sets

May 2019: Push-ups

Push-ups are tricky because they look easy but most people perform them wrong. Ideally you should start on the ground with your feet together and your elbows close to your ribs, not flared out away from you. The latter causes unnecessary strain your rotator cuff muscles and can lead to injury. If push-ups are new to you, they might too difficult to perform in the traditional stance. If you find this to be the case, you can try spreading your feet. If they’re still too hard, try using your knees until you feel yourself getting strong enough to perform them the regular way. 

June 2019: Stretching

Stretching should happen everyday. It is amazing for stress relief. When you’re experiencing stress, there’s a good chance your muscles are tense. That’s because your muscles tend to tighten up in response to physical and emotional stress. Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles to allow improved circulation and helps with recovery from tension. There are two main types of stretching; static and dynamic. Static stretches involve putting yourself in a comfortable position to stretch and hold that position for 20 seconds. Dynamic stretches are more of a warm up. It involves moving the muscles without weight, throughout your range of motion. Dynamic stretches are done before a workout and static stretches are done after.

So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. The next time life gets stressful for you you, remember Jamile’s story along with these techniques to have you bouncing back in no time.

www.jamile.online

@jamiledavies

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