Archive for December, 2010

Hudson’s New York modeling stories

December 30th, 2010

Photos courtesy Hudson Taylor
Hudson appeared in a series of photos for Emporio Armani. In 2011, we’ll also see him in “One Kine Day,” and in the film “You May Not Kiss the Bride,” playing Tia Carrere’s boyfriend.

At a recent Escada event, I ran into model Hudson Taylor, back to finish school after six months of modeling in New York and Europe. We started talking about his experiences and thought it might be a good idea to compare notes and share some of his insights with any other models with national or international ambitions.

First, from my perspective as a sometime stylist, you’ve got to be realistic. Pore through magazines and look in the mirror. If you are a reasonable facsimile of what you see in magazines, develop a tough skin anyway because there will probably be more rejection than approval. If you have the height and looks, keep trying. Editors, photographers, visual directors are all looking for one particular look that will bring their imagined worlds to life. Your look may not be needed for one campaign or illustration, but may be perfect for the next.

You’ll also want to start young. Many of the models on runways and ads are teenagers, which is why they have those lanky, gamine bodies and dewy skin. It’s not easy to maintain that designer’s ideal, even in one’s early 20s, when most women’s bodies begin to fill out and get curvier. Commercial models can be curvy and real-ish, but fashion’s ideal is as close to a stick figure as a human can be. Reality doesn’t do much to stoke desire.

Hawaii’s male models are more bulked up than the New York ideal, and as lean and fit as he is, Hudson went through the experience of losing weight in order to work, though in his first week in New York, he was flown out to Paris to walk the runway for Givenchy’s Spring 2011 menswear collection. photo
Hudson on the runway for Givenchy.

“I’m 6-foot-2 and when I got to New York, I was 195 pounds. They showed me pictures of another guy who is 6-foot-2 and 135 pounds and said that is the ideal weight that they wanted me to get down to. They told me not to work out because then my chest would be too big. They said if you’re gonna do anything, you gotta run.

“By the time I left, I was down to 175 pounds,” he said.

On most days in New York, his breakfasts consisted of eggs and quinoa, he’d have a sandwich for lunch, and for dinner, have a chicken breast with vegetables. He also drank a lot of coffee, which acts as a diuretic. “It thins out your face because they don’t like to see a lot of water weight.”

You have to go into the job with money, because it can take a while to land your first job. There’s a lot to think about before making the leap.

Images from Hudson’s New York Model Management comp card.

Hudson in an editorial photo in Lacoste, Daniel Hechter, Tommy Hilfiger, Lanvin, Gucci and Tod’s.

Another image from the Emporio Armani series allowed Hudson to show his athletic form.

Sears casting new faces for 2011

December 27th, 2010

Stylist Crystal Pancipanci sends word that Sears Hawaii is looking for fresh faces (girls, women and men)  for its 2011 advertising campaigns.

All ethnicities are welcome, although she requests you email photos first to

The casting call takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Sears Distribution Center at 98-600 Kamehameha Highway, second floor.

>> Girls ages 1 to 7 years old must fit Toddler Girl sizes (12 to 18 months), 2T or girls sizes 6 and 6X.
>> Women ages 20 to 40 are sought to wear sizes 0 to 8, small and medium
>> Men ages 20 to 40 must fit shirt size Large, with a waist of 32 to 34 inches.

At the casting, wear casual resort or aloha wear. Bring a shoe bag that includes neutral sandals (children), neutral heels and sandals (women), and a pair of dress shoes, matching belt and casual slippers (men).