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2012 Miss Colour of Couture Finalists

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Starline Igeria ♛ 2012 Miss Colour of Couture

CoC Finalist - Anigma Eulenberg [face]Anigma Eulenberg ♛ 1st Runner-up CoC Entry - Ruby OkellyRuby Okelly ♛ 2nd Runner-up
Betty Draesia ♛ 3rd Runner-up CoC Entry - Ai HienrichsAi Hienrichs ♛ 4th Runner-up
CoC Finalist - Melinda Bayn [face]Melinda Bayn CoC Entry - Slowly BurySlowly Bury
CoC Finalist - LeezahKaddour Resident [face]LeezahKaddour Resident CoC Finalist - Dixiesweet28 Twine [face]Dixiesweet28 Twine
CoC Finalist - Puhi Rotaru [face]Puhi Rotaru CoC Entry - Debbie JasperDebbie Jasper
CoC Finalist - Genevieve Kamala [face]Genevieve Kamala CoC Entry - Nickle SparrowtreeNickle Sparrowtree
CoC Finalist - Maile MichinagaMaile Michinaga COC Challenge - "Dream" Lady StromfieldLady Stromfield

Starline Igeria ♛ Miss CoC 2012 ♛ MVW 2013 ♛

  • Country of Origin: Spain

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I think my avi is perfect for this kind of contest. My avi represents a wild ebony woman, ethnic and exotic. I like to bring these features to my outfits and stylings. I feel very comfortable with this kind of avi.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • MCOC must be elegant, singular, bold and racial (racial means the touch of the skin into the soul, the proud to be yourself). Friendly, cooperative and of course, charitable. And most importantly, must be UNIQUE.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • It is a hard way to be a model in SL. Fashion Bussines is currently full of desingners, models, photographers… the offer is big so to highlight you must be competitive and of course, have something special that sets you apart from the rest.
    Before, my skin was white, but decided to take a radical change and tried to do something different to feel comfortable, and so I decided to be ebony. As an ebony woman in SL I consider a fundamental role is to help people, but specially help women of different ethnic groups who want to access to this fashion world. A big step fot this is for example, see more ebony women in vendors, magazines, even an ebony MVW! that would be great!

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • In my blog I will track the competition from the point of view of fashion. I will review all my stylings and I will encourage people to know more about this contests. Of course in my groups of fashion I can put advices about the blog and the contest too. Also in my blog there will be an advertising of the event, the logo.
    If I win, I will try to attend every event perfect, and I will have an irreproachable conduct. I will encourage each racial model to participate without hesitation. From my flickr I’ll post as MCOC and use my tag to walk in SL. I will put in my profile information about the competition all the year. I will help those people and organizations who need me whenever I can, especially for charity events, and of course, I will help the next event of COC to make it special. If I go to MVW I will represent this contest the best I can, of course.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • I would like people see me as a good person, a good model, responsible and serious. Maybe they would think I have good qualities as a stylist and I could make a great role in MVW. The truth is I would like them to see me as I am.
    If I don’t win, my answer is the same.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • A lot! I have a lot of things to do! First of all, keep on with my model academy (L’Atelier, with AnnaG Pfeffer and Tania Tebaldi); Second, my blog with AnnaG, it gives a lot of work but it is worth it, and helps me express myself artistic and stylistically. Third, to make castings for important agencies in SL, castings which you have to work hard, really hard to pass. Fourth, to continue applying for competitions and to ensure that my name is better known and promote myself with designers and photographers. Lot of work! but worth it safe ;D
    Goals and ambitions…to be MCOC? of course ;D! and to be MVW someday… who knows… but right now my goals are to keep working hard, fighting to be “someone” each day, someone who make her dreams come true step by step. Ambition must always be proportional to the work… Is much better to run and see you crossing the goal than to dream of crossing it without having run.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • Professional Model (Runaway-Print-Live)

    ✼ Graduated in L’Atelier Academy – with AnnaG Pfeffer as my trainer-.
    ✼ Graduated in MVW Academy
    ✼L’Atelier Academy Instructor

    WORKING FOR:
    ✿ Opium Evolution
    ✿ MA modeling Agency
    ✿ NoBrix Model Agency
    ✿ Celestina’s models

    ♛ Colour of Couture 2012 finalist
    ♛Miss Cuba at Miss América Latina 2012
    ♛Miss Honduras at MISS MUNDO VIRTUAL 2011
    – top 10 finalist
    – top 6 of the swiming clothes and urban styling
    – best national outfit winner

    ☆3th place – Sparkling! Face of the month JUNE (Champagne)
    ☆1st place – Sparkling! Face of the month OCTOBER (Champagne)
    ☆ SL Prime Model Finalist
    ☆ MFMP Model of the Week (21 July 2011)

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • It’s a pleasure and an honour to be in this contest. Good luck to all ladies, and of course, I hope that win the best. Ty ;**

 


Anigma Eulenberg ♛ Miss CoC 2012 1st Runner-up ♛

Vintage Americana

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I always welcome a challenge that pushes me out of my comfort zone and progresses me as a model. I also want to represent models of color who are proud to embrace their heritage and not afraid to express themselves. I see this as a step towards my goal of educating others about my culture and encouraging other ebony models to aim high for their dreams. This is not just about a title for me. This is about showing that ebony models are a beautiful and intelligent asset to SL fashion and celebrating that fact every day.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • While it is of course important to be courteous and professional, I think there is a trait many overlook: strength. Whoever wins the title will need the resilience and fortitude to withstand criticism with grace and eloquence. She should possess the ability to stand out in a crowd proudly embracing her heritage. She needs to be fearless enough to tackle the challenges women of color face on a daily basis and be willing to educate others about her culture. She should also be a respected member of the SL community that will be a role model who inspires others to do great things for great causes.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • I love the creativity I have seen in SL fashion and that there are no limits to what can be made or worn. Fashion is a celebration of wearable art with a great deal of diversity in styles. As a woman of color in SL fashion, I have always considered my role to be a professional model who is an inspirational figurehead to new models looking to enter this world. I am always seeking opportunities to show how versatile, intelligent and gorgeous ebony models are through my blog, my Flickr and of course all of my modeling work inworld. This has always been my mission from day one of my model career.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • As a finalist, I will definitely keep my Flickr and blog updated with my styles from the challenges. I’ll inform my groups and friends of my activities throughout the competition, even if they tire of me bugging them. Should I be so fortunate to win Miss CoC, I will continue the same work I have been doing, but I’ll progress towards more behind the scenes jobs for a more proactive role in my mission to ensure that models of color are not being overlooked for work and treated as equally as their non-ebony counterparts. As Miss CoC I will be a respectable role model who inspires other ebony models to excel way beyond expectations.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • If I win the title, I hope people think of me as worthy of carrying the responsibility this role has. I hope they see a woman who has persevered through many trials and worked hard to get such a title. Of course I’d also hope that people would celebrate the title with me as a victory for all models of color, not just myself. If I don’t win, I hope they will still see me as gracious individual who put her very all into everything she did. I want them to still support me as a model of color, regardless if I have a title or not and think of me as a valuable asset to the SL fashion community.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • I envision myself in more fashion shows as a highly sought after model. If time permits me, I may even take on greater roles such as runway coordinator or perhaps even go into teaching. Life is of course unpredictable so no matter what I hope to be doing what I love most in SL. As far as goals go, I’d like to get more involved in charity work and join a few more agencies. I would also love to become the face of a well-known SL brand so I can not only promote ebony models but also broaden the horizons of what is considered beauty in SL fashion.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • Two years ago I started off as a store model for Evie’s Closet but only became more serious about modeling last year. In the course of one year I have managed to join several agencies and attend two modeling schools. My career highlights include becoming a finalist for Finesmith Muse 2012, Finesmith Style That, Miss Essence of Ebony 2012, and Opium’s I Am Fierce Competition. I currently model live for Finesmith Designs and blog for Oglam, Opium Insight, SoloEvane, and Godivas of SL. I am also a script writer for various fashion shows on the grid, which includes the upcoming Men’s Wear Fashion Week 2012.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I am sincerely looking forward to growing as a model and person in this competition and thank the judges for choosing me to be a finalist. I hope all the contestants will enjoy themselves throughout the competition and remember that we are all here to celebrate our diversity. I hope the sincerity of my answers shows how committed I am to my goals and reflects who I am.

 


Ruby Okelly ♛ Miss CoC 2012 2nd Runner-up ♛

Miss CoC - Face Shoot Charange-Self Portrait-02

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I am attracted to the role of Miss Colour of Couture as a goodwill ambassador who will express the unique beauty possessed by colored women and convey its splendor to the world.
    I am Japanese, and I am proud of the beauty of my own country, culture and arts. Being Japanese, as well as an Asian, with colored skin, I’d like to appeal the beauty of these things.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • I think that Miss Colour of Couture needs to express impressively the beauty and charm which is peculiar to colored women, wonderful culture and arts of her country. Her representation can make many people around the world being touched. Such a woman deserves to be Miss CoC.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • Second life is such a wonderful place for me to be able to communicate with people around the world through the common interest in fashion, and to express myself. In Second life, I can be anybody regardless of what race I am. My appearance varies depend on the mood what I want to feature at that time.
    However, as a Japanese, often there are times where I feel like expressing the unique beauty of Japan, and appealing its splendor to the world I have created styles in Japanese national costume Kimonos or Asian ethnic dresses, as well as styles in western fashion incorporated with Japanese and Asian tastes. I have also published photos thereof on Flickr or blogs, or taken part in contents.
    I do these things, not because I think it my role. Rather, because I am proud of being Japanese as well as being a part of Asian, and I love my country.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • If I was selected as Miss CoC, during my entire tenure of being Miss CoC, I will create styles emphasizing on expressing the beauty and charm of Asian races, culture and arts of Asian countries, deliver those charms in photos through Flickr or blogs, as the same time I will feature fashion items used in those styles actively.
    I will feature not only fashion, but also as many beautiful locations as I can.
    In addition, I would like to boost activities of Colour of Couture sterically, e.g., organizing fashion events built on the theme of ethnic costumes. (I am eager to incorporate charity element to these events.)

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • Regardless of whether winning or not wining the competition, I would be happy if many people realize the beauty and charm of Japanese women, Asian women and also many other colored women through my task and my representation in the Miss Colour of Couture competition. I strongly hope that this will lead to respect toward more other colored women.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • )I have acquired standard skills necessary to be a model who is capable of playing an active role in the world stage, through a variety of experiences which include model auditions, fashion shows, e.g., MVW.
    In the future, I will aim at achieving higher level, and work harder to contribute to the development of a brand I love or organization I empathize through promotional activities by means of fashion while assuming responsibility as a face of the fashion brand or organization.

    Now, I have taken part in Miss contest organized by a brand I love as well as an organization I empathize, as the first step for me to fulfill my desire.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • 2008 June I joined AGATA Models Agency.
    2009 February Applied the class for Japanese at Mimmi Boa Model Academy in Evane Model Agency.
    I learned from Kay Fairey the skills that enabled me to engage as an international model.
    Upon graduation, I became a model of Evane Model Agency.
    2009 April~ In various fashion shows hosted by the Agata Models Agency, I made appearances as a model even while working as one of their administrative support personnel.
    Furthermore, as an original member of Agata Models Agency since its foundation, I positively participated in various model and photo contests overseas in order to boost the Agency’s international profile and for me to become an international model.

    [Official position]
    -AGATA Moels Agency :Top Model,Photographer,Description writer
    -Bllis Couture :Supper Model
    -BLVD AGENCY :Model
    -Solo Evane models Agency :Model

    [Model contest]
    ※The photograph for all competition is taken for myself.
    ☆Miss AZUL 2011【 2nd runner-up】
    ☆Miss Bliss Couture 2011【Top 10 Finalist】
    ☆Miss Virtual World 2011【Finalist *+*Miss Singapore*+*】
    etc…

    [Models Agency Blog]
    AGATA Models Agency(JP): http://agata.slmame.com/c29455.html
    AGATA Models Agency(EN): http://agatamodel.wordpress.com/author/rubyokelly/

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • Thank you for choosing me as a finalist of Miss CoC.
    I am honored to be able to compete with splendid other finalists at a so significant competition.
    I want to enjoy finals competition very much.
    And I am glad if my work can impress all of you.
    And I hope that the impression leads to respect to Color women.
    Thank you.hugs all.:)))

 


Betty Draesia ♛ Miss CoC 2012 3rd Runner-up ♛

Betty_HeadShoot

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • Ho deciso di partecipare al concorso perché ho creduto sin dall’inizio che fosse una magnifica idea per esprimere la storia e la cultura oltre che la moda delle diverse etnie che da sempre ho a cuore

    I did enter at the contest because I believe is a great idea and a big opportunity to express the colored side of SL fashion, history and culture of different ethnicities which I ever cared.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • Creado che una Miss non debba solo essere bellissima ma anche saper comunicare qualcosa forse in questo Concorso più che in ogni altro.
    Vedo la futura Miss Colour of Couture una donna carismatica ed orgogliosa di indossare tale titolo, una donna con un proprio stile ma soprattutto una donna che sa portare con onore la bandiera del colore che rappresenta e di tutte le donne che rappresenta.

    Well i think that generally a Miss doesn’t have to be only beautiful but have be able to communicate something through is beauty and style in this contest may be more then any other.
    I see the future Miss Colour of Couture like a charismatic woman and proud to have that title, a woman with her own style but more than everything a woman who can take with honour the meaning of the color she represent and every ethnicity she will represent.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • La moda in SL è per me uno strumento per esprimere me stessa, un modo di essere, un modo per esprimere il mio umore ed i miei sentimenti, un modo per realizzare qualcosa che in RL non potrei fare e che purtroppo le persone che non vivono questo mondo non possono capire.

    Il personaggio che rappresento come modella è una donna sel sud-est asiatico, una donna Cambogiana ha nel suo background e che porta con se le difficoltà incontrate ogni giorno dalle donne cambogiane nel vivere quotidianamente in una realtà estremamente diversa da quella occidentale, una realtà nella quale sono costrette molte volte a vendere il proprio corpo per far sopravvivere la propria famiglia o addirittura costrette con la forza

    Fashion in SL is to me a way to express myself, it’s a way to be and to express my feelings and my thoughts, it’s a way to realize something I could never do in RL and unfortunately people that doesn’t live SL are not able to understand.

    My character is a south asian kind of beauty it’s a Cambodian woman who carries with her the background of her original country, she experienced the difficult life in that country where most of the time girls in that part of the world have to sell themselves off to provide at their own families, girls that are even obliged with violence

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • Sicuramente promuoverò il contest attraverso i mezzi che ho a disposizione, il mio blog, flickr, facebook e twitter ma soprattutto dirò a tutti che una grandiosa idea e come questo dovrebbero esserci più concorsi per modelle di colore e sicuramente CoC avrà presto grande importanza a livello mondiale in SL

    For sure I will promote the contest with blog, flickr, facebook and twitter and most of all I will say all the people waht a wonderful idea is this contest and I think that we should have more contest for black model in SL, I am pretty sure CoC will have soon big worldwide importance

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • E’ difficile a dirsi ma sicuramente vorrei che le persone avessero l’impressione che ci sia qualcosa di più della sola bellezza qualcosa che vada oltre e che pensassero: “Ohhh Vorrei sapere che storia ci sia dietro a quella donna, dietro al colore della pelle che ha”
    e se non vincessi vorrei che pensassero la stessa cosa, il mio personaggio di modella è così da qualche mese, da quando sono riuscita a dare una vita e una storia al mio avatar come modella in SL

    It’s difficult to say but surely I would love if people think that there is something more behind that beauty you first se, I would love to give a first impression as ” Ohhh I’d like to know what is the story behind that color..”

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win? same thing 🙂 I’m wearing this colour since I figured it out how to give life and a story to my model character in SL

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • Sogno di diventare una super model ma so che la strada è lunga e il lavoro da fare molto ma chissà forse un giorno il mondo di SL mi vedrà come una modella che ha portato la sua esperienza di vita e più di ogni altra cosa adoro imparare dalle persone che mi circondano e soprattutto credo che si possa imparare da chiunque si incontri ognuno di noi ha molto da dare la chiave del gioco è saper ascoltare…

    I’m dreaming to become a super model but i know the pattern is long and I’ve to work hard and may be one day the SL world will see me as a model who brought her experience to it and more than everything I love to learn from each people in here as in RL… I think everyone have something give something to teach, the key is “to listen”

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • Since i learned how to use SL i was fascinated about clothes, shoes and everything connected to fashion.. I love it in RL too 😛 but than after the first courses and shows i learn how deepest is this world… i learned how better express something you want to say and I can thanks for this all the staff from MVW Academy and MBMA who gave me the tools to do it 🙂 I won some RP contest and now I’m working as a model and blogger

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • Yes yes I wanna thank you Kay Fairey, Ponchituti Boucher and Rusalka Callisto too that alway are good friends and there to help everyone needs it and they are amazing girls!
    Thank you :*

 


Ai Hienrichs ♛ Miss CoC 2012 4th Runner-up ♛

Ai - New Faceshot

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • This is a very meaningful competition to me because I find women with colours are often not given enough attention and priority in the world, be it RL or SL, and this competition does not only help create more awareness to ethnic women in SL but also a great platform to celebrate the diversity and help others appreciate the differences we offer in Second Life. This contest also brings me back to my roots. Born as a Southeast Asian in RL, I would like to take this opportunity to help people in the world to understand a little more about the Southeast Asia region. Also, I am aspire to help put the Southeast Asian models on the SL map.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • I believe Miss CoC must be a good role model in embracing the meaning of diversity, not just in terms of colours of the skins but also diversity in terms of cultures, ideas and backgrounds. She is the inspiration to all women of colours, to be comfortable and proud of their origins and who they are.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • Fashion in Second Life is very vibrant and exciting, while competitive. With this we get to experience new things almost everyday, either it is a new design or a completely new creation and because it is mirroring RL really close and because this is Second Life, it offers residents in SL the access of different experience which they would otherwise hard to get in RL. Fashion in SL also plays a big part in helping my imagination take shape here.

    Fashion is a huge and influential industry in SL, and definitely a very diversified community. Being a Woman of Colour in the SL Fashion, I strive to represent the designers, demonstrating the versatility of their creations not just using my styling skills, but also through ethnic influence using colors and ideas.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I believe it is important to help others understand the meaning behind of the CoC competition and what the CoC organization would like to achieve through this event by using channels such a blog post, flickr and magazine interviews. Our styling challenges are great learning experience for me in other ethnic culture and I would love to share what I learned with others. I know a lot of models are skeptical about participating in this competition because this is the first year and they do not know what to expect. It is important to share experience and offer people some insights to our events so they know this is a very meaningful and great experience.

    There are great responsibilities carrying the Miss CoC title. In fact I feel it is greater than Miss Virtual World because, should I win, I will have this added responsibilities of not just setting a great example of being a top model in SL, but also being one with woman of colour. My approach would be combining the education and promotion of the title of Miss CoC together through partnership with various channels and media.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • Whether I win the title or not, I would like to walk away with others believing that I have embraced and truly lived the meaningful of diversity. I also would do my best to put the Southeast Asian model on the map of SL fashion world that at the end of this competition everyone will know more of the characteristics of a Southeast Asian beauty and what we have to offer; and also at the end of the competition, everyone will recognize Ai Hienrichs as a beauty from Southeast Asia. 🙂

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • It will be an exciting and forward looking year with new responsibilities and learning opportunity. I strived to be a knowledgeable and experienced mentor and teacher to new models and I look forward to learn from them of their new ideas and the culture they bring with them to SL.

    On personal level, I like to have my own sim eventually and create quality accessories. I also would like to continue to help my mentors and sponsors to continue to be successful in whatever they are doing.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I am a graduate from the MVW and currently a Model Trainee with the Passion – The Fashion Agency. I am blessed to be represented by some really established modeling agencies in SL. I have print, editorial, live and runway experience but I can never learned everything I need to know about SL fashion so I feel everyday I am still learning something new.

    I am also a fashion blogger. I have my own blog and I also blog for some reputable designers and magazine.

    Other experience I had was working as a Store and Event Manager for a reputable and long standing fashion brand in SL.

    Feel free to check my blog and flickr for details of my credentials.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I am proud to be one of the finalists of CoC, being part of such a great and meaningful event, and I look forward to the next couple of weeks, getting to know the rest of the finalists from different culture.

    I can never count my blessings enough as I believe I have been blessed with meeting some really talented and kind people in SL, who believe in and supported me, allowing my imagination to take shape. Working hand in hand, I hope we will be able to achieve something greater and bigger in the future.

    Also thanking the committees and Organizer of the CoC in such an inspiring and unique event.

 


Melinda Bayn

by Melinda Bayn

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I’m in second life a woman of color, I try to enter the world of fashion and make myself known. And I feel a competitive woman.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • The Miss Colour of Couture should be a responsible, self assured and eager to work with the organization. She has to believe in the Colour of Couture organization.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • I think the fashion in Second Life are the models who are the standard to follow, they are showcases errant people who We wants to copy or even try to improve. I have to take care of my image, my words and everything I do as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion, because I’ll be the example to follow or improve. And of course to be proud of it.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I already do! there is not a single person from my contacts do not know about the competition. I have even encouraged the colored people I know even without being in the fashion world, to read, after passing them, the same brochure I read when I knew about the event. I’ve always put my tag CoC group where it says I’m a finalist. Post the photos on my blog or flickr about my participation in the competition.
    If I won the title of Miss Colour of Couture, I will have one year to promote wherever I go the event, capturing new girls like myself accountable to enjoy this world of fashion with responsibility and passion. People who see my commitment and dedication to enhance the black community in second life and want to imitate or even to beat.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • I would like people to know that I don’t only worry about my visual image, that I care to prepare well and be better person every day. I worry about being responsible and fulfill, to give myself entirely to my commitments and I meet all my priorities. I would like they know that I am a good person, just, honest and hardworking. And for all that I deserved to win. If not win, I want them to see as I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity given to me to participate in this important event.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • Very fun and busy. I have acquired many responsibilities that fill me with satisfaction. And I think to do. I always suggest short term goals, the meeting and I’ll renew. Right now my modeling course completion and graduation to get my first license as a model in MISS VIRTUAL WORLD Modeling Academy.
    I am Spanish speaking, so I wanted to also enter in the contest Miss Virtual World is in Spanish. Continue to work with the parade of fashion design classes in _ELITE EVENTS_ that I get. And my ambitions are endless. Learn, keep learning every day. Big and small things. Never stop learning is my great ambition.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • Academies/Training:

    *MISS VIRTUAL WORLD Modeling Academy by Frolic Mills MVW Academy CEO
    *ELITE EVENTS MODELS AGENCY. Styling class by Locuala Madruga Y Kas Core.
    *MA Photography & Modelling Agency by macy Arida.
    *TOP MODEL by Noitta Ruby.
    **************************************
    Currently working with:
    Agencies:
    *MA Photography & Modelling Agency
    *TOP MODEL by Noitta Ruby
    *ELITE EVENTS MODELS AGENCY
    *MVW Modeling Academy
    **************************************
    Upcoming Fashion Shows:
    * A show of styling class under the theme: Hippy & Pop Art
    **************************************
    Past Fashion Shows:
    *Show del Taller de Estilismo Elite Events “CHANEL” . Participant Model. By _ELITE EVENTS MODELS_
    *Pretty Bald In Pink, fashion show. By Dagda Burner Models.
    *Miss Spain by Conte Enyo.
    **************************************
    Contests/Pageants:
    *”Colour of Couture Top Model”. Official Colour of Couture Candidate 2012.
    6th of May at 10am SLT. The Patch Auditorium.
    *Miss Mundo Virtual 2012. Appying.
    Next Friday 16th of March.
    *Garota Top Line 2012. Candidate.
    *Face of .:NV:, Corsetry Contest. Applying.
    *For Love of LeeZu Contest. Applying.
    *SoloEvane and MBMA Donna Flora styling Contest. Applying.
    Print Work:
    *Celestinas Weddings by Sofia Corleone.
    *FLAMENCO PASION by CANDELA Pfeffer.
    Videography Work:
    *”CHANEL” Coco Chanel Tribute http://youtu.be/yLHApGgLRXo
    *Pretty Bald In Pink http://youtu.be/gyrUxwPd7zM
    *My Book http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX_VyyfkQF8
    Ass an actor:
    *My Life…My Dream… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZjhCn4mOZw by Lowe Runo.
    *By Justine Zerbino all those:
    *RUDEBOX SL TRIBUTE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmom6785S_8
    *FIESTA DE MELINDA EN RECUERDO PARA SUS AMIGOS DE SL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbBWHXg0VcI
    *Bad Romance Lady Gaga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4bIdd22UyQ
    *VICTORIANO ROCOCO SL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTHlBhOPBlw
    *The World is calling me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g410jKaLv7w
    *GITANA SL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19HNdG2Dmq8
    References:
    Ponchituti Boucher – MVW Modeling Academy Instructor
    LuLu Coba – MA Modelling Academy Teacher

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I want to say I am very proud to be a finalist of Miss Colour of Couture and to thank the jury who has given me the opportunity to live this experience.
    Always yours, Melinda Bayn.

 


Slowly Bury

pyjama

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I have entered the Colour of Couture competition because; the mission of this contest is to promote models of color in a positive light. Personally, as an exclusive model of color, I support the idea that a woman of color can be fashionable, creative and have substance in mainstream of fashion.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • In particular Miss Coulor of Couture should have certain qualities. Some of the main qualities should be: the ability to adapt, be positive and have integrity. On a more personal level, Miss Colour of Couture should be, helpful, compassionate and approachable. As far as style Miss Coulor of Couture should be creative, unconventional and have a general understanding that fashion has many different genres and be able to embrace them with ease.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • Fashion in Second life has evolved of the years and is continuing to grow and coincide with Real Life mainstream fashion. In the Second Life fashion world it has reached a point where knowledge of the current trends is necessary. However, I do think with Second Life fashion, it is just as necessary to be unconventional, creative and unique. My role as a woman of colour in Second life fashion is to be creative, know trends, experiment and always grow as a Model

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • As a finalist for Miss Colour of Couture I will promote the competition via my profile and flickr. I will also promote it in a positive way by word of mouth and sharing the mission statement of the competition. I was to win Miss Colour of Couture I would continue to promote the competition as I did as a finalist and with promotional events broadcasting into the main stream channels.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • I would like the impression of me, if I were to win, to know that the title was won with good sportsmanship and the title would not change the way I normally carry myself but rather, have it be a privileged extension of my positive qualities. If i do not win, I would like the impression to be the same that I was have good sportsmanship, did my best, and am pleased with knowing the right woman has won the title.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • I envision my activity in SL a year for now by just continuing to grow as a Model, learn new things and by being the best I can. My goal and ambitions are to continue to promote Models of color in the ever changing fashion world.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I have been a model since 2008 and have done a number of activities. I have attended three academies, done numerous runway, print and live modeling. I have been involved in a number of fashion competitions, blogged and have done fashion photography.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • II would like to share that I am very excited and thankful to have this opportunity to be involved with this great competition. I think it necessary that Models and Women of color, with in the fashion industry, are able to showcase their talents in the mainstream. Too, often Models of color are over looked or categorized “exotic”, with- in fashion and mainstream. Events like Colour of Couture are a great avenue to promote beauty, style, artistic, and grace of so many Models of color. Thank you for having me!

 


LeezahKaddour

My essence

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I’ve entered this contest because it seemed appealing from the very first time I saw the posts announcing it through Flickr.
    I am a newcomer model but as a real life ebony woman I thought it was a nice chance to represent my roots and heritage here in Second Life, and to bring awareness of the infinte looks, capabilities and fierceness of all ebony women within the Second Life Fashion Industry.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • I think Miss Colour of Couture needs to posess the basic qualities that make of any model a referent to be followed by others: ability to style, impeccable behavior, perfection in any tasks she’s asssigned to perform, a commanding presence wherever she goes, and a charming and friendly personality. She has to be an ambassador representing the vast range of women of colour in Second Life and also in the Second Life fashion industry: a complete role model for us all.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • As I said before I am fairly new in the modeling industry and just performing my first steps in this huge career, I am currently educating myself and learning how to make the best model possible out of myself, I’ve always loved fashion (I am a retired Real Life model), it was a way to express my inner self and personality through it so it felt natural to me to pick up my career where I left it in Real Life and try to succeed by doing the same here in Second Life.
    From what I could see so far, Second Life fashion is full of endless possibilities, creativity, imagination, colors, textures, patterns and designs and my aim as a Woman of Colour is to bring those creations to life by adding my personal ethnic touch to each outfit I wear or showcase.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • Well, as a finalist I’ll try to mantain my Flickr account and social network account (Moolto) updated with pics of the challenges going on during the competition, as well as featuring the contest and my finalist status in my picks and in my profiles for each site and Second Life.
    If I have the honor to win, I would love to represent the Women of Colour within my highest standards possible, by promoting the CoC Organization in different events and shows,by blogging if I am required to do so and by holding charity events that can benefit different organizations related to what my title is representing. I would like to work also with the CoC Organization in helping and planning the next year’s edition and be there for what they would need, working along with them.
    Currently I am being involved with the UEMA Agency management in a project to bring social recognition to Ebony Models in Second Life, by bringing them to the forefront to join their caucasian counterparts. We are still in the very first planning stage of our project, but I felt very happy that they thought also that it was time for the Ebony Models in Second Life to take their place in the industry and shine in their profession as any other model has the chance to do.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • I think in both cases I would like people to think of me as a hardworking person, with a passion for fashion and a compassionate heart, someone who was true to herself during the entire contest and that worked hard to be the best she could be.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • At the moment, I really don’t know where my Second Life modeling career could take me and if I will have a chance to succeed but if I am given the chance to dream then a year from now I would love to find myself established and working within the Second Life Fashion industry in a regular basis.
    My goal is to be a good model, representing designers and their creations at my very best possible. My ambition would be some day to be recognized in the SL industry as an estimated ebony model, with impeccable behavior and style.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • So far I am a student at Outrageous Glamour Academy and I plan to continue instructing myself as much as I can.
    I am a model for UEMA Modeling Agency & Academy and I had the chance to participate in two print projects so far: one for photographer Cardozo Paolino and I was asked by the Azoury CEO and Creator, Mayhem Seetan, to pose for one of her upcoming vendors.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • Just to say I feel thrilled and very honored to be selected as a finalist for this competition. I feel more than happy to have the chance to represent my roots and heritage through this contest and in general in Second Life and I will do my best to make everyone proud. Thank you 🙂

 


Dixiesweet28 Twine

Coc close up- pajama party

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I enter Miss Colour of Couture pageant because of what it represent and my love for fashion , its also a platform to showcase my unique sence of style, my passion and commiment.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • Miss Colour of Couture should posess the strength of woman. Confidence is key to showing both her inner beauty as well as her personal style. She should be a leader that is not afraid to break out and create her own pathway. Showing by example with soulful spirt and unique grace that each of us can be a role model.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • Fashion in sl is the greatest. It can be simple and elegant or wild and crazy. There are so many talented designers here and I can sample as many as my heart desires. I can create a new vision daily just based on how I feel. My role as a woman of color in sl is the same as it is in my real life. I dress my avitar in things that I truly love in styles that compliment my shape and my skin. I am bold and unique. My role is to be me

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • As a finalist of Colour of Couture I will promote Colour of Couture by wearing my tag daily. Showing support at events, representing my position as a host ,net working as well as informing my to friends, family and others through out our sl communities. If I have the honor of winnig Miss Colour of Couture I will promote my title by do all that is ask of me and to shed a positive light on my title.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • The impression i would like people to have is the same either way. It should reflect my prositive attitude and my love of fashion. As well as my hard work and dedication. I feel that I am a winner just for having the opportunity to be a contestant in such a wonderful pagent as Miss Colour of Couture.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • I evision myself a year from now at another level of modeling… my goal is to be represented by one of the the top modeling angencies like the avenue. I intend to be a super model. Which is an even more rare occurance in sl to see a woman of color as a highly sought after face in fashion as it is in rl. I want to coutinu to be a role model for others in the modeling industry and out. I also look forward to having a family and building my interior design and event planning business.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I think being a professional model in sl is great . I get to meet alot of great peopl, and wear beautiful fashion. I am also learning never to give up. There will be alot of ups and down but I learn from all my down and really strive to be better.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I like to wish everyone good luck.
    And it will be an honor getting to know all the beautiful ladies. And always remember never give up.

 


Puhi Rotaru

Face of NV Corsetry ~ Steampunk March ~ Puhi Rotaru ~ Headshot

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • Being of Hawaiian and Asian heritage, I entered this Top Model Competition to represent the women of Hawaii and to establish a connection of women in all countries and of all nationalities that there is a TOP MODEL in all of us.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • There are so many answers and people have different thoughts on these but I believe that Miss Colour of Couture should posses the ability and wisdom to go thru life’s situations as a strong woman of great understanding and knowledge. She should be friendly, outgoing, passionate, charming, educated, have a sense of humor, able to hold her own, a teacher, learner, listener, compassionate and a friend. Her style compliments who she is as a woman and changes daily. She can be bold one day and classy or casual the next. Style should always compliment who we are and not over power it.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • I LOVE IT ! Fashion in SL has rocketed to levels of utmost importance as in RL. It’s trend has expanded and never ceases to amaze me . SL’s designers are unique and they keep exploding new and exciting lines and accessories consistently. As a woman of Colour, I can utilize all SL fashion has to offer. I can style to represent who I am in SL that reflects on who I am in RL which is very unique in itself.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I will represent CoC as a finalist promoting CoC thru many tools SL offers me. Should I win the title of Miss CoC, I will represent ALL WOMEN with confidence, respect and a strong heritage. There are so many ways to promote this title thru personal appearances, interviews, blog’s, etc., promotion is endless in SL and my abilities are never ending.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • Whether I win Miss CoC or not, I would like everyone to see me as a Unique individual, a stylist, a teacher, a woman who is not afraid to follow her dreams and her heart in all she did, does and will do in her future and succeed.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • The boundaries are an open book for me in SL. I will continue to model as one of the Top stylist and strive to improve since there is always room for improvement in all we do. I also have been thinking about dabbling into skin making too. Challenges I look forward to and am not afraid to conquer. My goal is to be MVW. I am looking forward to it this year.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I have been modeling since 2007. I am represented by top agencies as SoloEvane, AvCon, IMA and Passion. Have done print, runway and still work. Have done and placed in many contest’s and looking forward to many more. I am starting to do musicals and also acting. The scale is grand. I LOVE what I do and will keep on learning, styling and being the best that I can be.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I just want to say to all that it’s ok to strive for the highest. Reach for your dream’s. Be who YOU are as an individual. Work hard at what you believe in and NEVER give up or think you can’t do it. YOU CAN !!!
    YOU ARE A WINNER and LIFE is too good to not let your DREAMS COME TRUE !

    With Much Love,
    Puhi

 


Debbie Jasper

Debbie Jasper for Miss Colour of Couture Competition 2012

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • First, it is a competition that is close to my heart. Asian faces in high fashion in RL and SL are few and far between and being a Chinese with Indonesian mixed heritage in RL and SL, I will be glad to be able to bring mainstream awareness to Woman of Colour in SL Fashion.

    Secondly, it is an opportunity to take me out of my comfort zone as I stretch my creativity in bringing the RL fashion that is shaped by our rich cultures and heritage into SL through the many challenges in this competition.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • Apart from being professional and a woman of poise and mannerism and having qualities such as having high self-esteem, trustworthy, perseverance, and a respect for others, I think she should also possess qualities that set her apart from the majority.

    Always bringing a classic, yet creative talent to the scene. She implements the most sought after work ethics and is guaranteed to be the person that you want to use over and over again.

    Last but not least, an excellent role model whom others look up to and admire. She provides inspiration and motivation to seek out accomplishments and sends messages about their beliefs by what they do and say.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • I have seen how models brought the creativity of RL fashion into SL fashion world but to a much greater height. SL allows every possibility for us to live our dreams and passion that we have and perhaps not able to fulfil in RL. It is amazing how with a little time and effort, we are able to showcase our fantasy through fashion that tells a story.

    As a Woman of Colour in SL fashion, I would want to display a strong sense of confidence in order to pull any ensemble off. Although the old saying goes that the clothes make the man, in this case it is the wearer that makes the clothes. Looking into adding style and personality that is greatly influenced by the rich cultures of southeast asia in very creations of all designers and to create a deeper awareness of the fashion industry of Asia than ever before.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • As of now, I have added the title of a finalist of Miss Colour of Couture in my profile. And definitely I will blog all my styling, thoughts, learning and experiences in this wonderful journey that I will be discovering. By word of mouth among my friends.

    If I win the title of Miss CoC, definitely, I will be wearing my tag proudly and add the picks in my profile. I would like to be involved in many charities and shows that help promote SL fashion through the eye of a Woman of Colour. I will hold dearly the values of my heritage and manifest the best in my SL work and relationship with everyone.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • If I win, I would like to be a role model who inspire and encourage excellence in achieving our goals. However, the learning journey is never ending and to excel as a top model, I have to continue to learn from others who have already achieved the title of a top supermodel in SL. I would like to be even better each day and to keep abreast of the fast changing of the fashion industry.

    If I do not win, I will not be discouraged as I believe I would have already learn much along the way being one of the finalists in the Miss CoC contest. I will show to the world that with perseverance, hard work, continuous learning and being humble, we will definitively achieve our dreams someday.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • I hope I will be given more opportunity to work beyond being a model on the runway. I am now working on my photography and blogging skills and I will definitely want to be able to showcase and create more awareness of SL fashion through great pictures and blogging.

    I will want to share my knowledge as a model in SL as a trainer in established model academies. To work more closely with fashion designers and become the face of a well-known brand.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I started my first modelling training with Classic with Style in June last year. After which it is a never turning back road for me. The journey is not easy but it is very exciting. I have since then graduated from Lush Model Academy and Costa Rico Sands Modelling Academy and am now currently enrolled in Miss Virtual World Academy.

    Apart from some of the fashion shows that I have attended, I was also involved in the Model Workshop Spring Break Spring Forward Show as the Runway Director Assistant and in their Manhattan Show as the Hostess.

    I was the winner for the Model Workshop March Style Challenge and 2nd in their February Challenge. I was the model of the year 2012 in the Dallas Modelling Corporation Model of the year Contest. I too have achieved 4th runner up and Ms Sexy Talent and Creative in CWS’s SL Too Sexy Model Pageant last year.

    Currently, I am working as a store model in EVOLVE and I am enjoying every day of it to be one of the first to style and blog Reign’s new creation.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • “I get inspired by pushing boundaries and this is one of those opportunities to experiment and learn.” – Giorgio Armani on Second Life

    I would like to thank the committee and organisers and judges who have faith in me and have given me this opportunity to experiment and learn and to prove to myself and everyone that with determination and passion anything is possible in Second Life.

    I too would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have one way or another guided and walked with me in this challenging but rewarding journey since day 1. No words could express my gratitude and how much all your comments and help have meant to me. A BIG THANK YOU. (^_^)

 


Genevieve Kamala

Genevieve Close up by JH

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • I was intrigued by the chance to express my creativity while at the same time paying homage to our ancestors and to the tradition of beauty they have carried in the world. I was born in Italy, a country of many races and traditions that have crossed our land, so each of us is the fruit if these encounters.
    This is the reason why I am particularly interested in incarnating the mixed heritage, which is key to human development. From contacts both genetic and cultural our human race can evolve into a new species, hopefully of inner beauty as well as outer.

    Aside my personal interest, I chose to participate since this is a professional challenge as well. I like to explore new fields of my work as model, agency owner and writer.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • I believe that Miss Colour of Couture has a pleasant and polite approach to people and events, experience in fashion and, even more importantly, in dealing with very diverse people and approaches to life, these qualities are accompanied by strength and poise, paired with her unique style and vision that are necessary to stand out. Miss CoC creates new trends and is not afraid to be different, showing compassion and attention to the needs of women the world over.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • My thoughts and feelings about fashion are expressed in my articles in Bestyle Magazine, where I have been writing since November 2010, it is difficult to share them in a few lines, without being banal. However, my first thought is my belief that sl is the perfect ground for experiments and new trends. Here we can try out any style we want, before wearing it in rl, or we can even see things for the first time and then find them in rl too. I am well aware that many sl designers are “inspired” by rl ones, but I have also met many who are seriously considering (and studying) how to transfer their creativity to rl, while some rl ones have found fun and ground for their creativity in sl. This is the future of fashion, sl as a sounding board for rl fashion in the future, with the clear feel that we are free to choose what we want to wear in a huge variety of offers.

    I have had a chance to work as model both in light and dark skins and I realize that the feelings are different, as much as the clothes worn, that is why I identify with women of mixed races, like my feelings about it. I have seen a greater number of clothes, accessories, skins and hair which work well with darker skins, I am proud to wear these clothes and clothes. I hope that my work can also remind people of the difficult condition of people of mixed races in many parts of the world.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I have already added the title of finalist to my profile, as well as the photos taken so far for this contest. If I won the title I will continue with my work with the added benefit of more exposure which will help me to support charity work, especially in Africa, in the field of education.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • The same impression! I would like people to see the quality and thoughtfulness of my styling work, my attitude, compassion and helpful presence.
    I am here in sl the same person I am in rl, and I think that we all bring what we are into this world of imagination.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • I will continue with my agency, my appointments with Bestyle and Avcon magazines, I would like to be also a model for other publications and perhaps write for another magazine as well. I would like to be part of a few more agencies, but I will keep mine small and light, so that we can keep the good atmosphere we have so far. I would like to create a line of clothing in mesh, now that it is possible, I love the avenues of creativity opened by it.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • Model since 2009, graduate of SuperElite (up to Elite level),
    2010 Graduate at Evane with Mimmi Boa, Master Course at Evane with Payton Heron,
    MVW Academy, Individual course with Mui Mukherj.

    Agency owner since 2010, over 60 shows as model, over 20 as owner and show director, fashion show director for Solo Evane, writer for Bestyle Magazine and Avcon Digital Magazine.

    Agencies: Solo Evane Model, BESTYLE Agency Supermodel, AVCON PRO Model, Farouche Prime Model ,Bliss Super Model, My Precious Model, owner of The Professionals IMA.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • Thank you for this opportunity to be challenged and share my interests and vision of life. I will endevour to carry the responsability of this task in the best possible way, with grace and in beauty.

 


Nickle Sparrowtree

CoC Finalist - Nickle Sparrow

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • Gives me the opprotunity to set my modeling career on a differnt level

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • I think she should be fun, not uppity or stiff, know when to do her part, be calm and patient. I believe she should have her own style that suits her personality. Wether it be out of the box, Avant guard, or glam, she understands that she is there to represent COC, but also let her be herself.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • I think there are styles for people who like to dress glam, and those who dress simple, I think Fashion misses on some genres for people who do like do dress different and not by the norm of what other people think they should dress.
    As a woman of color is to let them know that I am here and im not going any where.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I shall promote it on my blog, by word of mouth, places I go, and to other people I communicate with. By getting involved with the CoC organization.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • A good one of course, one where people want to meet me, and when they have to walk away feeling good that they did.
    That even if i didnt win I was still gracious enough to walk up to the winner and congratulate her, with thoughts of there is always next year

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • I see that i am gonna be needed here and there. My goal is to be a well known model, my ambition is to out shine , out style and hold my own and not get stuck in a box.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I started my career in january of 2010 , I have been in many pageants throught out the year, I got involved doing fashion shows every weekend. I have done styling contests, gone to school, had private training. Has done volunteer work which involved my modeling. I work for several agencies and I enjoy what I do.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I’d like to wish all the finalists good luck, and to the winner who also could be me. Congratulation.

 


Maile Michinaga

Maile Michinaga  2012

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • Its an opportunity to represent the diverse ethnic community of models in Secondlife fashion industry. Share experiences and educate those who are open to learning about the fashion industry.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • Miss Colour of Couture should have the qualities of style, grace and have an approachable personality and fairness that is appealing to all, yet be professional and proud of their heritage and woman of diverse ethnicity.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • As a woman of colour in secondlife fashion, i try to strive to present my ethnic culture, be flexible and open to all styles. I feel that secondlife fashion will continue to grow with all the new innovations for design, building with talented up and coming designers with increadible desire to create and express their craft for the modeling industry to exhibit their creations.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I would represent Miss Colour of Couture with professionalism and open mind to all. Promote the title the best of my ability as a representative of the diverse ethnic modeling community and fashion industry may it be on the runway, print or blog to promote and educate the secondlife fashion industry.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • I would like to leave an impression to people to see me as an approachable, have a sense of style , fair and an open minded person, who is willing to help others if asked. Whether i win or not.

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • A year from now i would like to enivision that have i improved in my stying skills and continue to be successful in my professional sl modeling career. My goals and ambition is to learn to build and teach/mentor others in the fashion industry.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I have been fortunate to be affiliated with some of the oldest second life modeling schools. They have laid out the foundation and gave me the skills to survive brutal modeling castings and skills that have carried me through my SL modeling career. Im also represented by several well known and older modeling agencies who support my endevours as a model in secondlife. I will admit had my fair share of heartbreaking failures and successful castings for pageants and runway shows but i see it as a learning experience and strive to be the best and learn from it.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I would like to thank all those who have supported me through my secondlife modeling career with patience, honest opinions and advice. Without all of you this wouldnt be an awesome fun experience.

    Mahalo Nui Loa~ Mai

 


Lady Stromfield

COC Challenge - "Dream" Lady Stromfield

 

  • Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
  • have always held a great love for the various cultures of both worlds in which we all walk. Each is so significantly beautiful and unique with so many wonders to be explored. This competition signifies to me, a representation of exactly that, a celebration of the beauty of our world in all of it’s glorious forms and an opportunity to explore and represent each in turn. I think it is a fun and fantastic opportunity to stand up and show the world what it is that I see in each of these fantastic cultures.

 

  • What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
  • I believe that Miss Colour Of Couture has to truly love her role and duties, first and foremost. Realistically, to carry this title and it’s duties for a year, this will be the first key to success for everyone within the organization. She must be a team player and have a realistic idea of exactly what that means, ready to listen to members of the organization with an open heart and mind to work towards common goals and represent the organization in the best possible manner. She should be a diva, in that her beauty should shine from within for all to see, her outward appearance should be a mere reflection of what they will find within her.

    She will be a role model for women of culture and colour and must be kind, compassionate, outgoing. She must not only be willing to be seen and to reach out to them, but unafraid to extend her hand in welcoming them to join her. She must lift them, in a sense. She must see beyond colour, beyond culture without ever losing her identity. She must represent them all, with great love for who and what they are.

    I suppose in many ways, I am describing somewhat of an angel but I believe this role really is one of great importance and the woman chosen must be and should be incredibly special in a multitude of ways. She will be the first in this title, she will set the bar in a manner of speaking and that cannot be taken lightly. Miss Colour Of Couture should do this naturally and effortlessly.

 

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?

    What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?

  • Fashion in Second Life is absolutely incredible, the possibilities are limitless, endless and it’s simply a cornucopia of wonders! There is always yet another fantastic designer to find and fashion as a whole is truly about so much more than simply looking great.

    My role as a woman of colour in fashion within Second Life is the same as any other woman in this industry. I do not see my colour, I see beauty in each and every woman I stand beside, whether model or not. I think that in many ways, how we look will define what we see. If we see a difference, then there will be a difference. Most things in both worlds are self inflicted. My role is that of a model and designer.

    My role in fashion is one of representation. I represent the experience of those who have taught me, of the schools who will certify me, of the designers who have toiled lovingly over whatever I am wearing at the time. I represent that which I love, the flavours of a thousand nations;colours and histories locked into fabrics and patterns as they whisper stories to any who will look closely. I am in many ways, a canvas and I truly enjoy every moment of it.

    My style, my flavour, allows me to bring a secondary role of leadership and change to designs, ways of thinking and so much more. It is often the smallest things that count most.

 

  • How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?

    How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?

  • I will do my best to promote it in the best light possible and to listen to those within this organization on the very best ways to accomplish this. Of course, I will promote this competition on my blog, in my profile, in my flickr account and in many ways but I believe that this truly goes far beyond being merely about me or any of us and should I win, I will need to take into account how this organization can be best represented, how the members feel it could be best promoted and ensure I bring only the most positive of lights to shine upon it in a manner that will promote women of colour and all future competitions for this title. When the year is over, this title and organization will remain, I won’t forget that.

 

  • What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?

    What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?

  • Whether I should win or lose, I hope I might leave everyone with the impression that I came to have fun and that I truly did. I am amazed with each step forward and truly, will not be sad at all regardless of the outcome. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m very grateful for it. I’m surrounded by fantastic, beautiful women and I can only hope that everyone watching or involved might understand and take away from this that this is a less a competition to me than a rewarding adventure and journey of personal growth. Thank you, sincerely. I’m meeting great people and having a lovely time

 

  • What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?

    What goals and ambitions do you have?

  • It is my hope that it will be just like today, full of wonder and limitless opportunity. I’m like a child in a candy store.

    I hope that I’ll be surrounded by just as many amazing people, continuing to design, to create and to model. I hope I’ll be continuing to work with amazing creative designers and that I’ll meet so many more. Second Life is full of inspiration and I feel blessed to be in it. I’d love to be a top model, but I truly do already feel like one and that is because of each and every person I have met and worked with thus far. Each day is a wonder to me and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

 

  • Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
  • I have really just started, I hope to graduate Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy next weekend, in April. I am a print model for House Of Rfyre.

 

  • Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
  • I would simply like to thank you for this opportunity and my teachers at MVW and everyone who has supported me or in some way, helped me with a word or wisdom. Please, keep it coming. I can’t wait until tommorrow!