From ex-hockey player to a personal shopper… these are the ten future supermodels chosen from Instagram by fashion scouts

A FORMER Canadian ex-NHL draft pick turned fitness guru has been tipped as one of the next million dollar models. Global talent scouts have this week announced the top ten model ‘hotlist’ to be included on the International Fashion Show’s Next Big Things 2018. The selected models (five male, and five female) were identified from Instagram after a global search, and have been predicted to be sought after for brand endorsements and international bookings this year, while headlining a series of major international catwalk shows. Each of the 10 ‘Next Big Things’ have been traced via months of in-depth social media analysis, which has seen industry expert judges comparing candidates from every continent. Ranked as the ultimate ‘number one male model’ is 25 year old Canadian ex-ice hockey professional Wes Myron. Meanwhile, judges unanimously picked for their ‘number one female’ 25-year-old Brylee Williamson, an American Admin Assistant living in Japan. As part of the scrutineering process, each of the models was assessed for their unique fashion, look, attitude, and lifestyle, and was initially ‘spotted’ due to the sharing of specific hashtags covering the words #fashion #model or #catwalk. International Fashion Show embarked on the complex process to identify 10 new faces, as part of their launch of a series of high profile runway shows. These will be taking place around the world, but will kickstart with a London event on May 25, 2018. Head Judge, award-winning fashion TV presenter and columnist, Naomi Isted, says the initial search has been an intense and intriguing experience for the panel. She said: “Scouring Instagram for our top 10 was a fascinating process, and really emphasised that 2018 is the year we finally have a ‘look’ for all types of fashion and audiences. “In my view, there has been a massive shift in fashion since the rise of social media, and it was appropriate Continue Reading

2012 Fashion Week: Gender-bending model Andrej Pejic pushes limits of the runway

On a chilly winter afternoon, Andrej Pejic settles into a Manhattan cafe with a cup of Earl Grey tea, sitting gracefully, long legs crossed. The blue-eyed fashion model gazes out a window, unaware that almost every man sitting at surrounding tables is transfixed. A man in a black leather jacket walks up to the window, presses his face against the glass and kisses it. Pejic giggles and admits: "I find it flattering." PHOTOS: ANDREJ PEJIC WALKS RUNWAY AS MAN ... AND WOMAN The admirers are likely unaware that the beautiful blonde is actually a man. As Fashion Week gets under way in New York City, Pejic is one of the most recognizable - and controversial - faces in the industry. He's the only top-tier fashion model who can walk down the runway as either a man or a woman. And his androgynous beauty has turned him into a trendsetter in an industry that's always seeking to push the envelope. "He's just this beautiful thing that everyone wants a piece of," says stylist Ken Anderson, who dressed Pejic for a German magazine cover. He has the kind of face that makes even the vainest woman jealous: high cheekbones, flawless skin and plump, shapely lips. When he speaks, his ever-so-slight Adam's apple is the first sign of his masculinity. Though Pejic isn't trying to be a woman, many in the transgender community have already claimed him as their own. He is seen as a bit of a maverick, someone who has embraced his sexuality without any need for explanation or justification. Last year, the gay and lesbian magazine Out named him "stylemaker of the year" and put him on its cover wearing a bridal veil and flowers in his hair. Pejic graced the covers of 14 magazines last year alone, including an ad campaign for a Dutch push-up bra. In 2011, he was the face for a fashion line by designer Marc Jacobs. He has walked the runways for heavyweight designers, including John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. French designer Gaultier was so enamored with Pejic that he Continue Reading

Sweet cause: 21 restaurants compete in Arizona’s 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, Feb. 1-28

Girl Scout Cookies season is gearing up, bringing with it perhaps one of the Valley's fiercest competitions: the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge.This year, 21 chefs from across the Valley and Flagstaff worked with local Girl Scouts troops to create desserts using their trademark cookies, from a Trefoil strawberry shortcake to a Thin Mint cheesecake.Each restaurant had a chef build a unique Girl Scout cookie creation using an assigned cookie. The restaurants will feature their custom dessert on their menus from Feb. 1-28. A portion of sales proceeds will go toward local Girl Scout programs.This is the fourth annual challenge. Last year, Jada Shiya won with her Trefoil cookie creation for Churn, an ice cream shop in central Phoenix. Shiya is back in the competition this year working with a completely different set of ingredients.For the 2017 challenge, she was assigned the Savannah Smiles, a lemon shortbread cookie dusted with powder sugar."What I decided to do was make an ice cream base with the cookies soaked in it and blend it in," Shiya said. "So the ice cream base is a lemon base made with the cookies mixed with a swirl of raspberry jam throughout."Making a lemon raspberry ice cream was an easy choice."I was brainstorming what kind of flavors that would go good together," she said. "When I started researching what to do, I made this base as my first one and it was so good, I just decided this is the one we were going to go with."Shiya won the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge with a cookie butter swirl ice cream using the shortbread Trefoil cookie, one of the Girl Scout's original cookies created in the mid-1970s. She wanted her creation "to stay true to the flavor of the cookie," making her own cookie butter to emphasize the Trefoil taste.But for Shiya and many of the chefs, the most important part of the competition is supporting the Girl Scouts."The Continue Reading

Ad group slams Barbie tie-in with Girl Scouts

It's one thing for Barbie to strut her stuff on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in a sexy one-piece. But it's another thing entirely for world's most famous doll to show up on a Girl Scout patch.Two consumer advocacy groups want the patch — and the commercial tie-in with Girl Scouts — nixed. While the patch does not show a Barbie doll, it shows the familiar Barbie logo."Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type and undermines the Girl Scouts' vital mission," says Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Another consumer group, Center for a New American Dream, is joining in the protest. BARBIE: 13 facts about the iconic dollFor the two consumer groups, the core issue is the commercialization of childhood. In an Internet age, kids already are riddled with commercial messaging all over Web pages, blogs and Facebook pages. But a growing number of marketers, eager to reach into the moments that most touch us and influence our daily lives, increasingly are blurring the lines between real life and commercialism.Although the Barbie tie-in with Girl Scouts of the USA was announced last summer, the advocacy group says it's going public now with its complaint because private consultations with the Girl Scouts have failed to move the needle. "We waited to give them time to respond because we have so much respect for the Girl Scouts," says Linn. "But Barbie's recent appearance in the highly sexualized Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue really drives home how inappropriate the brand is as a model for young girls, particularly by an organization which is so respected as a leader in promoting girls' healthy development. "Officials from Girl Scouts of the USA dispute the criticism. The tie-in "teaches girls about inspiring women in a fun way," says spokeswoman Kelly Parisi. "We stand behind this partnership, as it Continue Reading

NYC high schoolers give back to community via Sadie Nash, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., China AIDS Fund

Giving back never goes out of style. Just ask any of these five sassy, prom-ready, high school upperclassmen who take pride in making a difference. When they're not in class prepping for college, each is out helping the world by volunteering for the Girl Scouts, Sadie Nash, Girls Inc. and the China AIDS Fund. Theanna Lauren 16, Clason Point, Bronx, member of the Girl Scouts  From leading food drives to making the semifinals with her soccer team, Lauren likes to keep her schedule packed. "I need to be busy or I feel like I'm wasting my time," says the high school junior. Lauren has been with the Girl Scouts for nine years, and recently gained a Gold Award (the Scouts' highest honor) with her "Cards for Heroes" project. "It took a lot of planning," she admits, but people were thrilled to send messages to American troops abroad. Lauren, who hopes to attend NYU, takes honors classes at Maria Regina High School and is working toward becoming a psychiatrist. "People tell me I have a way of seeing things differently that helps them feel better, so I think I'll be good at that." Strapless tiered dress by Jessica Simpson for David's Bridal, $139; crystal necklace with gold chain, $24.99 at JC Penney; stiletto sandals with satin roses, $99.95 at; silver cocktail ring, $30 at Guess; BCBGeneration sequined fold-over clutch, $48 at Michelene Wilkerson 16, New Dorp, Staten Island, member of Sadie Nash  Wilkerson is an aspiring CEO. The New Dorp High School junior is already preparing to run her own company as part of the school's annual Global Business Challenge competition. "My dream is to become CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase," Wilkerson says. "It's a very big dream, but you have to set the bar high." Wilkerson, who takes entrepreneurship classes in addition to her Advanced Placement schedule, is also a writer. She was a semifinalist for Youth Poet Laureate of New York and is working to bring the Urban Word Continue Reading

They have designs on making boro fashion hotspot

AFTER YEARS of clawing her way through the fashion world in true "The Devil Wears Prada" form, this Queens-born designer is now working to put her home borough's fashion industry on the map. Jackson Heights native Adriana Ron is spending less time these days traveling the world to create clothing lines for big-box companies, and more time at her Long Island City boutique, concocting ways to showcase what she calls the "overlooked" designers of Queens. "There are so many struggling designers here that go on quietly creating," said Ron, 41, who sells jewelry and clothing made by both well-known designers and up-and-coming locals at her store, Ethereal L.I.C., on Vernon Blvd. Ron has organized fashion shows, trunk shows and most recently, an outdoor designer market - dubbed Fashion Al Fresco - for locals to sell their wares from her store's back patio. Clothing and jewelry makers from across Queens will show off their lines at the sale, set for this weekend and June26 and 27. Depending on its success, Ron plans to repeat the event more often later this summer. "Brooklyn has a bunch of designer and artist flea markets," Ron said. "Queens doesn't really have that." Like many of the borough's designers, Rachel Fennimore of Astoria often treks to Brooklyn or Manhattan to find venues to sell her couture costume jewelry line. "It will be nice to save that cab fare and have something local," said Fennimore, who met Ron when she was scouting designers at a market in Brooklyn. "I think it's important that [Ron] supports Queens designers, Fennimore, 27, said. "We're the underdogs." Ron said her borough pride originates from childhood memories of her grandmother dragging her along on excursions through Jackson Heights in search of colorful silks and fabrics. "She had exquisite taste," Ron said of her grandmother, who was the neighborhood tailor when their family lived in Mendoza, Argentina. Ron and her family immigrated to Queens when she was 9. She Continue Reading

Let’s get real! Plus-size models to appear in body image PSA from the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are celebrating curves. The four models - Lizzie Miller (she’s the curvaceous model who made a splash with her nude Glamour photo shot last year),  Anansa Sims, Leona Palmer and Julie Henderson - will discuss the unsettling results of a body image survey. The survey, from the Girl Scout Research Institute, reported that nearly a third of the girls in the study had used extreme methods, such as starving themselves, in order to lose weight. More than a third of the 13 to 17-year-olds surveyed said they knew someone their age who suffered from an eating disorder, and nearly 90% of the girls said the fashion industry and the media put too much pressure on them to be thin.  "It’s the first time we are using plus-size models," said Girl Scouts of the USA spokesperson Joshua Ackley. "It’s a video done for the good of all girls, to show them that there is more than one body type and that the kind of body portrayed in the media can be unhealthy." The models came from Wilhelmina Curve,  which focuses on models from size 10 and up. They’ll be shown in a video series entitled "The Changing Face of Fashion." As for who will be watching the videos, which are aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds,  Ackley says he expects blogs to pick them up. "We’ve had a lot of success in the blogosphere," he said. "Parenting blogs, fashion blogs and blogs for girls have all picked us up in the past." The models will wear Girl Scout T-shirts in the videos, Ackley said, but not a complete Girl Scout uniform. "The T-shirts have the new look and feel that is what we have now," Ackley said. "Girl Scouts have a lot more choice in what they wear now. They may just wear khakis, a white blouse and a Girl Scout sash." The Girl Scouts of the USA also is teaming up with the Dove Self-Esteem Fund to come up with programs for girls that will focus on body issues and leadership.   Join Continue Reading

Lackluster crop spells comedown of long-fashionable Reebok camp

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Big East assistant arrived at the Reebok All-American Camp last week, itching to see the nation's top high school prospects, looking to unearth another future NBAer. But as he scanned the list of players participating in the three-day event, he struggled to identify a can't-miss star. This wasn't what he expected. "I don't want to knock this kid's playing, ever," he said finally. "But ... Jesus!" The coach's reaction was shared by many who attended last week's event at Philadelphia University. Three years into its current incarnation, Reebok's summer recruiting showcase has begun to see its influence wane. Many of the nation's top players declined Reebok All-American invites this year, and just a few top prospects, led by touted guard Joe Jackson from Tennessee and Florida-bound big man Patric Young, showed up in Philly. The Harris Gym bleachers - overflowing with a who's who of college coaches the past two years - were sparsely populated. For Long Island Panthers head coach Gary Charles, who has worked with Reebok camps for the past decade, the image of prospects playing in a half-filled gym signaled the end of  the sneaker company's grassroots dominance. "I can't sit here and (pretend): The talent here is down," said Charles, who served as a camp administrator this year. "Next year, there may not be a camp." That prediction may be extreme, but one thing is clear: Reebok's program has experienced a precipitous decline. For years, the company set the bar for summer "sneaker camps" with its famed ABCD Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Sonny Vaccaro launched ABCD in 1984 as a showcase for elite prep ballers, and the camp steadily thrived. Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love all starred at ABCD long before they inked NBA contracts. College coaches flocked to the tiny campus each July, searching for prospects. Even when Vaccaro stepped down as Reebok's director of grassroots Continue Reading

THE JOY OF SOCKS. Hose the dorky ankle duds and get your fashion footing

Memo to Mayor Mike Bloomberg: Miniskirts for girls are in; minisocks for guys are out. Last week, while attending a media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Bloomberg failed to put his best foot forward by sporting too-short shorts and what might be the world's smallest pair of socks. And girlfriend Diana Taylor let him out of the house looking like that. Socks, a utilitarian piece of clothing (perhaps second only to underwear), have the ability to keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and, in the case of Bloomberg - and a few sartorially challenged others on the following page - can make us laugh out loud. "Oh, poor thing," exclaimed "Project Runway" style guru Tim Gunn, as he looked at the picture of Bloomberg in his summer ensemble. "You could see this look on an 8-year-old." "It would be better if the sock didn't show," continued Gunn. "He may have foot issues. There are socks out there that are completely hidden from view." Though he's a big-city official, the mayor ended up choosing a style more fit for a dweeby Boy Scout or someone from the LPGA. So in honor of Hizzoner's teeny-tiny sockettes, here are a few do's and don't's when it comes to socking up: 1 LONG AND SHORT OF IT When wearing trousers and dress shoes, the golden rule is: Socks should be long enough so that your bare leg is never visible when you're either standing or sitting down. For athletic shoes, the sock (preferably white or, if the predominant shade of the shoe matches, black) should be short and visible no more than an inch above the uppermost rim. And unless you are a professional sportsman, ditch the tube socks. Pulled high they not only look silly, but they also chop off the length of the leg, making the wearer appear shorter. 2 THIS GOES WITH THAT If you're donning an athletic shoe, reach for an ­athletic sock. It's that simple. Dress shoes call for thinner, more elegant fabrics in a shade as dark as the shoes, or one that complements the rest Continue Reading

Sam Pearce is a city middle school teacher who moonlights as high-end fashion model Sam Worthen

He's a model teacher, that's for sure. After the bell rings at a Bushwick middle school, eighth-grade English instructor Sam Pearce puts down his grammar textbook and swaps out his surname to become Sam Worthen, a model who struts the runways for the likes of Diesel, Alexander McQueen, DKNY and, ironically, Public School. But Pearce, 24, says he puts his students first. “I will never accept a modeling job that compromises my students’ learning,” he told the Daily News. So far, he’s been able to keep his worlds apart. He modeled at a London fashion event on Jan. 11, which was a Sunday. He flew home — but then jetted to Milan for another weekend show — this one coinciding with the Martin Luther King school holiday. Sam Worthen struts the catwalk after putting in a full day as a teacher at a Bushwick middle school. (Left) Worthen models Diesel Black Gold duds in Milan in January and (right) in New York during Fashion Week. He also walked during New York Fashion Week in February, also when his school was closed for a winter break. He would also choose missing a day on a catwalk over a day at the blackboard. “There are so many models who can do a job with equal results,” he said, “but a substitute teacher, no matter how qualified, is never going to get the same results in the classroom.” For now, his agency, RED NYC, is happy to let him keep his day job — it makes him more in demand. “He’s a dedicated teacher who has a real, genuine, love for what he does,” said Neil Mautone, RED NYC president. Pearce was raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Brown University last year. Over the summer, as he was getting ready to begin a new year earning $48,455 as a teacher, he was discovered by a fellow male model on the F train. “I was flattered and surprised and just doubtful of his Continue Reading