Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Interview with Supermodel Harriadnie Beau

 I don't really get pressured as I am very strong minded- Harriadnie Beau
I first met the gorgeous supermodel Harriadnie Beau nearly two years ago. I was working as a senior dresser and an undercover blogger reporting on what really happened backstage at Pakistan Fashion Week, which was being held in Kensington, London. Either Harriadnie (who endearingly goes by her nickname Harri) knew what I was up to, or she was genuinely a pleasure to work with- Inevitably, the latter most certainly defines this fireball achiever. Whilst other models spent more time making diva demands and throwing tantrums than modelling, Harri was unpretentious, cool, collected, humble with a killer sense of humour- Qualities that are difficult to exude expressively working in such a cut-throat industry as fashion. There's undeniably a lot more to this blonde bombshell (who famously declined an offer to appear on The Only Way is Essex) than meets the eye and I was fortunate enough to catch up with her to see how she's cementing her supermodel status.

Many magazines have written features on Harri!
Immediately, I'm impressed at her list of career highlights. At 20 she has already taken to the runway in front of the Royals at the Berkeley dress show and has her own Wikipedia page! However, her most treasured moment came at the beginning of this year-'It has to be seeing my mums face when she saw me in the Tresor Paris advert alongside champion boxer Ben Jones at Westfields London, the commercial is shown on the big screens constantly and also the advert boards!' I can only imagine how that would feel!

So how did she go from being like one of us to having her face plastered across shopping centres? Well, her modelling path took off by chance. Even though she was on the books of Sylvia Young's Acting School until the age of 11, she was discovered in 2009 at the age of 16. 'I was discovered by chance in London by HMH Couture (designer to Cheryl Cole) and have been representing companies worldwide as their ambassador to date.' As someone who was new to the world of high profile couture modelling, she endearingly remembers being overwhelmed with how prestigious her first ever modelling job was.

Harriadnie at Pakistan Fashion Week where I first
met her!
No doubt, she looks fantastic on every shoot, on every runway and it's obvious she takes care of herself. As with the never-ending debate of 'size 0' in the modelling industry, Harri is adamant about not succumbing to the pressures of imagery. 'In the past I have been in contact with companies who have told me I would not be taken on as I am not a size 0. I am almost 6ft and a size 8 and I don't believe I would look healthy at a size 0. I don't really get pressured as I am very strong minded, I believe models should look healthy and comfortable in their bodies!' When it comes to tips and tricks to looking great, she lives by the mantra 'less is more', yet with fashion she believes 'you can ever be too over-dressed!' As well as HMH Couture, she lists Victoria Beckham, Gracious Alma and Hermes as her favourite fashion designers-'I have the most fabulous vintage Hermes gloves, I would sleep in them if I could!' Ahh wouldn't we all!

Currently, Harri is working on campaigns with Polished Teeth, Harley Street London and Gracious Alma. Whilst she has built a firm foundation in the modelling industry which doesn't seem to be dying down any time soon, she signifies a huge interest in presenting- 'I have already worked with Fashion One TV, Fashion TV, Dancing on Ice where I exclusively interviewed Kyran Bracken MBE and Chico. I have also presented my own radio show and presented at the BAFTA's! I get to show my personality a little more rather than just keeping a straight face on the runway hehe!' This resonates well with me as I get disappointed with the amount of models succumbing to the lack of charisma wrongly perceived as favourable in the modelling industry. Harri on the other hand feels the need to show her many strengths and as a strong independent women, why shouldn't she? Her work ethic is undeniable and despite her young age she lives by the motto- 'Youths a mask but it wont last, live it long and live it fast. You may never get another chance'. We should all take a leaf out of her book and grab every opportunity that comes our way because too right, we may never get another chance!

For more information visit Harriadnie Beau


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Monday, 26 August 2013

One of my Best Buddies is Moving to Dubai :(

So you know that weird feeling that you keep putting off when your friend announces she's moving away? The one where you think 'oh she's not moving just yet. I still have more time with her'.....well that feeling came to a drastic halt this weekend. My closest friend Wisam has officially moved to Dubai!

People who knew me and my friend Wisam were always under the impression that we had been friends for years and years. Yes, we did meet 7 years ago at Sutton High- but our relationship was one of friendly smiles and small talk and passing acquaintance. It wasn't until just over a year ago (believe it or not), I was at work when I saw her walking into another shop. I called her instantly to tell her I spotted her, she came out straightaway to find me and we had a short catch up. It just so happened that I was meeting some old SHS girls for dinner that night and it made all the sense in the world to invite her. The following pictures are from the night at dinner that would pave way to our following year together-


Soon after that day, there was a torrential downpour and she texted me asking if I wanted to do something. It was a long-shot and other friends had laughed in my face and declined, but when I asked Wisam if she wanted to come to the gym with me using one of my guest passes, she excitedly agreed. Apparently, she was thinking of joining a gym so she wanted to check out the one I was using. She ended up loving it and joined as a member the next day! I remember her first workout....my little brother joined us and acted as our personal trainer. I still have a vision of Wisam exhausted after 10 minutes sitting there on a piece of equipment looking lost, whilst I was seeing stars after being hit in the face with a medicine ball by my lovely little brother. In contrary, her last workout last week, she had not one but TWO long runs on the treadmill. Inevitably a credit to the health and fitness she has gained over the past year.

Other than a tight gym buddy, I'll also miss our coffee sessions laden in juicy gossip. The way we talked to each other was never normal, and on-lookers would often glare wondering what on Earth was so funny. But it's only because she's one of the few people I can tell EVERYTHING to. I usually just say what's on my mind, not to be blunt or rude, but because I can't help it and feel as if I would explode if I didn't say it. I'm open about subjects of all sorts and never get embarrassed easily. Wisam is more respectable and reserved with the coolest chilled out edge. It's been a great learning curve to pick up important qualities from each other.

The support I've received from her is incredible too. See, I have this dream of becoming a presenter and at times that seems so far-fetched and impossible. Even when I hint a bit of negativity about my ambition she slaps me back into reality. People at the top took a chance so I have to as well. She's helped me film nearly all of my videos for all the presenting competitions I've entered. Even her parting words a couple days ago were 'don't forget me when you're famous'. Of course, in return I am incredibly supportive of her interior design ambitions- that's the main reason I let her go to Dubai, where there will be endless job opportunities for her. Dubai was good to me when I lived there 10 years ago, so I know she's in good hands. I wish nothing but the best of luck and of course we'll see each other regularly!


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Thursday, 22 August 2013

What I'd Say to the 16 Year Old Me

GCSE'S! I can't really remember what must have been going through my head the night before my results day, but I was most probably going mental. I do however, remember opening the dreaded results envelope and being disappointed. Honestly it felt like my life was over (the added 'Asian excellence' pressure made it even more unbearable) It seems insane that it has been 7 years since the fateful day and alas!-I'm still alive and breathing. Life has a funny way of sorting things out for you. Even though now I have to deal with twenty-something life confusions, this spell of nostalgia has inspired me to write a post on what I would say to my 16 year old self-


Confidence

Most of my friends wouldn't believe me now when I say I used to be painfully shy. I wasn't the most popular and by no means was I the prettiest. My extreme social awkwardness didn't help either. Nowadays I talk openly to whoever I meet, about whatever I want to. Some people are taken aback by my honesty but it usually makes for an excellent conversation. Looking back I would tell myself that if something was on my mind, to just say it! Chances were people were usually thinking the same thing. No one had the power to banish me to the lion's den if I said something weird or streaked naked through the school corridors (okay the teachers may have something to say about it) but what I'm trying to get at is that I wish I would have been more open to myself and to others.

Self Image

The summer before university was when I lost a large amount of weight. Before then I would wear baggy clothes and sit in a position that I knew would cover all of my bulges. I'm still far from my ideal weight, but being active has made me feel better about myself. Sure I still have my bad days, but back then I was a walking (or sitting) mess. I had no desire to workout and was the girl who did whatever it took to get out of PE. If I could go back in time, I would try to ease myself into exercise. Not just slogging it out on a treadmill but trying different activities with my friends. It would have added a spring in my step that I so obviously needed being a teenager!


Careers

I drove myself crazy when it came to my future career path. My submissive personality led my parents to chose a career path for me. A doctor. I went along with it, even though deep down I knew it just wasn't me- but I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, so who the hell was I to say 'no' to my parents dream for me? It was round about the time when I accidentally cut my finger on broken glass and I immediately fainted, that slapped me back into reality and my parents finally realised that I wasn't cut out for that sort of future. I wish I would have known that it was OK if I didn't know what I wanted to do at that time- it was a natural process of growing up and sooner of later it would come to me. And it did. Trying to please others all the time and not sticking up for what I wanted wasn't going to do me any favours in life. I wish I wouldn't have been so confused. A clear mind would have helped me apply myself to my education better.

Love

Rejection is brutal. Especially when you were told you weren't 'Avril Lavigne' enough for him at 16- but that was the first of SO many. Everything you think you know in this arena is constantly tested. I haven't had a smooth ride unlike some who plaster their romantic achievements all over social media. I always found it more difficult, more awkward and more confusing to engage in this particular area. I still do. In reference to the television programme 'Girls'- my heart has been treated like monkey meat, time after time. So much so, it has moulded my thoughts, beliefs and actions now. I just wish I could tell myself back then that it was all going to be okay - because that's all you need to hear.


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Monday, 19 August 2013

Mourinho can lead Chelsea to title- Alan Shearer (Football Post by My Brother)

This is my little brothers first
guest post. His name is
Haseeb and he's 18!
BY HASEEB WAHEED With the eagerly anticipated return of the Barclays Premier League this weekend, many pundits have dubbed this the season of intense competition, fierce battles and an agonisingly close shave to lifting the prestigious trophy. That being said, can Chelsea really win the title with the wonders of Jose Mourinho which everyone is so adamant about? Who’s got what it takes to challenge the customary contenders? Which teams will be fighting for Premier League survival?

At the close of the opening weekend of the new season, those pre-season worries and fleeting comments seemed to have gathered substance. No matter what Arsene Wenger says or does, his team are in dire need of some players and the boss really needs to spend big money. He has tried. He has failed. Luis Gustavo, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez have all gone by so quickly. I remember those Arsenal fans who previously claimed ‘money can’t buy class.’ Ironically that is exactly what they’re trying to so with £40m + bids. However, names like Suarez won’t step into a team that give a lacklustre 1-3 performance against an Aston Villa side who were the butt of a heavy defeat many a time last season. It seems like to buy class you not only need money, you need to have a classy side too.
The trophy every team
is eyeing up
As for the title, Arsenal won’t be challenging – they’ll be lucky to get top 4! Now that my little rant about Arsenal’s expected demise is over - the same goes for Liverpool – they've got a developing squad but this season is too early for the possibility of glory filled Champions League nights – Europa league will have to suffice.

My top 4 consists of Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs. Manchester City have brought in a host of new, top quality players but as we've seen with the likes of Sunderland and Cardiff on the opening day, new signings aren't always an immediate success. Sometimes it’s those contract extensions (Benteke!) Although Chelsea have been somewhat subdued in the transfer market, the world should never underestimate the impact the return of ‘the happy one’ can have on the Stamford Bridge outfit.  Lampard’s got his shooting boots on, Terry’s regained confidence and if Lukaku lives up to the hype then there’s a new Drogba in town.
However, much of the title race will be dependent on the new managers. Pellegrini made his mark in Spanish football with Malaga, after having a disappointing season with Real Madrid, but this by any stretch of the imagination is no guarantee that he will succeed at City. On the red side of Manchester, David Moyes has been thrown into the spotlight quite quickly and only time will tell if he’s capable of managing a world-class club.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho 
As for the ‘top 4’ contenders, the usual lot will be up there – Everton, Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal will all be vying for a top 4 finish but don’t be surprised if the likes of West Brom, Aston Villa, Norwich, Southampton and Swansea are up there too. They've all done excellent business in the market and have come on leaps and bounds from the previous year.
It’s hard to predict who’ll be in the Championship come next season with the unpredictable likes of Sunderland and stoke, but it’s got to be the newcomers who face the drop. They’ve all deepened their squads but the Premier league may prove a little too much for them to handle.

Taking everything into account, my predictions are as follows:

Top Four: 1.Chelsea  2.Man City  3.Man Utd  4.Spurs (possibly only with Bale!)
Challengers: 5.Liverpool  6.Arsenal  7.Swansea  8.Everton (other notable mentions: Norwich, West Brom, West Ham)
Bottom Three: 18.Stoke  19.Palace  20.Hull

Of course, my words should be completely disregarded if Hull come swooping in with a £100m offer for Bale, Arsenal manage to Land Suarez, Ronaldo returns to United or Mourinho somehow loses his managerial touch and ‘love’ for his ‘home’ at Stamford Bridge.

But one thing’s for certain. Expect shocks - lots of shocks!


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Thursday, 15 August 2013

What to do Pre & Post University to Nab Your Dream Job

In light of today's A-Level results and the general feeling of happiness amongst youth everywhere, I thought it would be great to do a post about getting into journalism. For me, carving out a career in journalism has mostly been on a trial and error basis. Two years after graduating from university I am still engaging in work experience and contributing to any publication that will have me, in hopes of nabbing that lucrative full time job. Life would have been slightly easier if I had known that I wanted to follow this career in my teen years and had people and the extensive easiness of social media to provide me with tips and tricks. Now, with experience and years of wisdom under my belt, I have decided to take the lead from my twitter feed where a debate was taking place as to how to be a success in the world of journalism. Viewing feedback from the members involved- the following were points that kept being brought up time after time. Wannabe journalist's listen up!

PRE-UNIVERSITY
*English is essential as one of your A-Level choices. Chose a wide range of subjects for your other options
*Obtaining work experience before university is difficult, but giving up in the early stages is not an option! Hound (nicely) small independent publishers and local newspapers for work experience- it will most definitely be invaluable!
*Write for on-line blogs and magazines to build up your portfolio. Start your own blog to show others what sort of topics interest you. It will look fantastic on your UCAS application.
*Most importantly be bright, enthusiastic and determined to make your mark. Attitude makes all the difference! You are replaceable with a click of the fingers!

DURING UNIVERSITY/POST UNIVERSITY
*As many employers prefer work experience over education, a 3 year journalism degree may not be the best choice. Do a degree in something substantial, covering a wide range of interests.
*After university, go abroad to report or have some fun. Come back and then do a MA in Journalism.
*If you do insist on doing a journalism degree, make sure it is NCTJ accredited.
*In today's society it is important to realising the importance of digital media. Make sure that any course you do has fantastic multimedia facets such as TV/web/film editing. Think twice about specialising in print journalism.
*Alongside a part time weekend job for financial support, make sure you keep on pushing hard with work experience. Employers will look straight for links to published work on your job applications.
*Going into work experience, have some story ideas and pitches ready. It shows how valuable your skills are and how serious and passionate you are about your career.


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Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Bachelor & Bachelorette Love Track Record

Host Chris Harrison has seen it all
It's the show that makes us believe in love in the short term. The Bachelor/Bachelorette boasts spectacular one-on-one dates, picturesque worldly locations and all the fights and drama over one God-like person. Guilty pleasure galore, it makes you cringe in the early stages with how not to go after the person you like, talking nasty about other competitors and in the later stages-wincing at the 'too rushed-yet madly' in love marriage proposal. Fast forward a couple months and those two who once declared their undying love for each other have split. The thing is, this show is filmed over 3 months where the object of desire is dating other people as well. Obviously, it's hardly enough time to really 'fall in love'- making this show void for finding true love. Below I present to you what happened to each couple in both 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette'. The ones highlighted in blue are still together. As you can see the majority have been unsuccessful. Oh well, roll on Juan Pablo for the next Bachelor!

THE BACHELOR
SEASON 1- Alex Michel and Amanda Marsh broke up after several months
SEASON 2- Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowiscz broke up after several months
SEASON 3- Andrew Firestone and Jen Scheftt broke up after several months
SEASON 4- Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier broke up shortly after the show ended.

Season 13 Jason Mesnick broke up with the winner
live on air and ended up with the runner-up Molly.
SEASON 5- Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin broke up after several months
SEASON 6- Byron Velvik and Mary Delgado broke up after 5 years together
SEASON 7- Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice had an on-off relationship for 5 years before calling it quits in 2010
SEASON 8- Travis Lane Stork and Sarah Stone broke up shortly after the show aired.
SEASON 9- Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson broke up after 1 year.
SEASON 10- Andrew Baldwin and Tessa Horst broke up one month after the finale aired
SEASON 11- Brad Womack rejected both finalists in the finale
Season 11 Brad Womack rejected
all women
SEASON 12- Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas broke up after several months
SEASON 13- Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft broke up shortly after the finale on live tv. He is now married to runner up Molly Malaney
SEASON 14- Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi broke up shortly after the finale
SEASON 15- Brad Womack and Emily Maynard broke up shortly after the finale
SEASON 16- Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up after several months
SEASON 17- Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are still engaged.

THE BACHELORETTE
SEASON 1- Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter married and are still together today.
SEASON 2- Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee broke up after a year
SEASON 3- Jennifer Schefft rejected all bachelors
SEASON 4- DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak broke up after several months
SEASON 5- Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski broke up after a year
SEASON 6- Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez broke up after a year
SEASON 7- Ashley Herbert and J.P.Rosenbaum got married and are still together today
SEASON 8- Emily Maynard and Jef Holm broke up after a couple of months
SEASON 9- Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried are still engaged



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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Adding Boys to America's Next Top Model

File:ANTM Cycle 20 cast.png
Hansel Vs Gretel
The same formula to a show can be pretty boring and lose viewership along the way, resulting in cancellation. That's the same fleeting thought people had in the back of their minds with Americas Next Top Model, around-about cycle 10. But somehow the show persevered and in the eye of many copycats from around the world, still managed to succeed with its original exciting flair. It may have the same format (which Tyra has been trying to shake up in recent cycles) but it somehow works, year after year.

This cycle is no different. Boys (Men?) have been thrown into the mix, years after Tyra declared on her talk show that men wouldn't be getting the same lucrative chance that girls did on her modelling show. The first 2 hour episode which premiered on The CW in America was jam packed. Cue, kissing, flirting, gender based rivalry and unique dynamics. Tyra and her expert panel of judges including Kelly Cutrone, Bryanboy and sexy Rob Evans whittled 35 finalists down to just 16, after a series of challenges including a catwalk sealed with a kiss, a sob story interview session and a HD photo-shoot opportunity- And if the preview of the next episode is anything to go by (abseiling down a huge building in the rain) then as per usual we are in for a treat this cycle! Us mere mortals could only wish we were that tall and heavenly looking!

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