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Thursday
Jan162014

Karolina Kurkova's Pursuit Of Supermodel Status | Fashion Activism & Smart Sensuality Women

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Crystal Renn & Karolina Kurkova | Steven Klein | Interview Magazine March 2012 | ‘Strict Institution’

Today’s New York Times Fashion & Style section profiles Czech fashion model Karolina Kurkova, who has achieved semi-supermodel status, and is leaving third base heading for home plate to earning the title ‘supermodel’. As her career winds up into full motion at age 30 — a late retirement date for many models — the mom of a 4-year-old son Janelle Monáe with husband Archie Drury hit the stage last September for the second Global Citizens Festival. Kurkova followed Alicia Keys and her performance of ‘Girl on Fire’, joining the singing back stage.

After the applause died down, she stepped out in front, statuesque in a white Proenza Schouler leather skirt and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. Her blond hair whipped as she leaned into the microphone and spoke with the brio of a cheerleader and the confidence of a politician.

“Hello global citizens, the world is on our shoulders,” she called out.

Whether she’s appearing on Jay Leno, dropping into sitcoms, attending a charity bash, or goofing around with Russell Simmons, Amy Sacco, Gayle King, Prince Harry, or Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the UN, Karolina Kurkova is in fine form.

Always wanting people to have a good time, Kurkova says “I’m the girl who gets asked to do things.”

AOC’s Anne Enke is old enough to remember when supermodels ruled both the catwalks and pop culture. With a few exceptions, writes Bob Morris in today’s Karolina Kurkova profile, today’s top models like Joan Smalls, Saskia de Brauw, Liu Wen, Karmen Pedaru and Cara Delevingne are barely known outside of fashion’s inner circle.

In a young world that pronounces models as ‘supermodels’ after a single fashion bible cover, there’s a pure pursuit of instant fame and not staying power. George Michael’s 1990 video for ‘Freecom ‘90’ featuring Linda, Naomi, Christy and Cindy — best represents the era of true supermodels, writes Morris.

AOC constantly explores the relationship between fashion and the totality of women’s worlds globally. We’re also focused on the takedown of the supermodels, Smart Sensuality women too strong, sexy and in charge for their own good. Hence, they had to be reduced to size — and that includes Karolina Kurkova.

See AOC Karolina Kurkova Daily Archive editorials.

Anne Talks Body Image

Mikimoto Pearl Girls 1972: Sensual, Beautiful with Clavicle Fat AOC Body

I argue that the move from an average size 4-6 in models pre Kate Moss (who I love) to size 0 has worked to desexualize women at a time when — like ripe fruit — we were bursting open with pride and celebration over our physicality and sensuality.

We had ideas of buying our own pearls, a goal that threatened the entire gender relations shooting match. It’s tough to imagine that women with bodies like these 1972 females had to be recast as ‘fat, potato chip eating mommies’, but that’s how far we’ve come since 1972.

It’s a dramatic fall and power shift from the end of Christy, Linda, Cindy, Naomi and company.

Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell

If the Supermodels Are Now ‘Fat’, Let’s Reboot Fashion Brains AOC Body

Former supermodel Cindy Crawford, now 43,  announced this week “I would not have become a supermodel in 2009. I look too healthy.”

Crawford’s deliciously female body “with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms” is no longer what the industry is looking for, she said.

More AOC Body

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size 0 Fashion Ads

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Does Today’s Fashion Strategy Suppress Female Libido?

Lipstick Wearing Activists

Angelina Jolie & Alicia Keys Help Me Say ‘Flip It: I’m A Lipstick-Wearing Activist’ Anne’s ‘Sensual Rebel Blog

Just last week I was having an earnest conversation with a VIP in my life about moving again. He was pressing me about my need for full-frontal engagement with activism and also my evolution as an artist and artisan.

Granted — there was some misunderstanding in our communications — but when he suggested that I wouldn’t be happy living in South Beach and in Arizona, I replied in my typically fired-up, passionate response to key life questions: “I’m not a citizen of Philadelphia; I’m a citizen of the world.”

Reflecting back on the early says of AOC — now almost eight years old — I wrote about my evolution as a lipstick-wearing activist, inspired by women like Alicia Keys, Angelina Jolie, Christy Turlington and Shakira:

These wealthy super stars live in 2 Worlds, using their celebrity status and talent to focus our attention on massive, lethal problems that threaten the existence of billions of people.

In the case of Alicia Keys and Angelina Jolie, we admire their beauty and style, along with their dedication to human causes. Their message is simple: If we all do one little something, the planet improves exponentially. Sometimes shifting into first gear, leads to second and third.

We will be judged along the way for being insincere, too sensual, too old or having clavicle fat. Who cares! When a progressive woman is cruising, doing something relevant with her life in the company of loved ones who understand and support her, she becomes a Smart Sensuality woman, the core concept of Anne of Carversville. ~ Anne

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George Michael - ‘Freendom! 90’

Wednesday
Jan152014

Jourdan Dunn & Joan Smalls In 'Spare Me' By Patrick Demarchelier For W Magazine February 2014

Beauties Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls are a splendid duo in Patrick Demarchelier’s editorial ‘Spare Me’. Wearing cleek, pared-down minimalism with body-conscious cuts styled by Patrick Mackie, Jourdan and Joan connect with poise, grace and full fashion engagement. Gorgeous!/Hair by Teddy Charles; makeup by Fulvia Farolfi

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Sunday
Jan122014

ForbesWoman Calls 2014 A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs | Maria Shriver Reports On Poor Women

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New Fed Chairman Janet Yellen followed Sheryl Sandberg’s advice long before she wrote it, says TIME, when she married Nobel prize winning economist George Akerlof. Yellen gives her husband tremendous credit for her success.

“Academia is very flexible, but I had a spouse who was very committed to being a completely full partner in our marriage,” Yellen tells Rana  Foroohar. This includes full-on fathering. “I think if you counted up how many hours each one of us logged in, he certainly gets more than 50%,” she says.

Even friends comment that they have a particularly equal relationship with Akerlof providing psychological support in the daily political storms of DC and taking over household duties when Yellen went at the Fed.

Read on Everything You Need to Know About Mr. Janet Yellen.

The Shriver Report:

A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

American families have never been more fragile. With more than one in three Americans living in poverty or on the edge of it, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink reveals this national crisis through its particular impact on women.

At a time when women now represent half of the U.S. workforce and “a whopping two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families,” 42 million women, and the 28 million children who depend on them, are living “one single incidenta doctor’s bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down caraway from economic ruin. “

Nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women and the vast majority work with no paid sick days. The fact that women earn more than half of the college and advanced degrees in America, make the majority of consumer spending decisions, and are about 54% of the nation’s voters hasn’t resulted in trickle down policies that benefit American women. Females are both increasingly powerful and powerless in the US.

The Shriver Report is an initiative of A Woman’s Nation™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver to raise awareness, ignite conversations, and inspire impact around the defining issues and fundamental challenges facing modern women. The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is the third report in the series of Shriver reports and was produced in partnership with the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. CAP is headed by Neera Tanden and based in Washington, D.C.  www.ShriverReport.org.

2014 Entrepreneurial Breakout

ForbesWoman delivers 11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

There is always room for improvement, but America ranked #1 among 17 countries on having conditions that foster high-potential, female entrepreneurship, according to Gender-Global Entrepreneurship Development Index (GEDI).

Women continue to get the short end of angels funding, but 20% represents a 40% increase from the prior year, according to the Center of Venture Research, which studies early-stage equity financing for high-growth ventures.

Some of the 11 reasons cited by Forbes include:

Women make better leaders than men, according to research conducted by Zenger Folkman. “They build better teams; they’re more liked and respected as managers; they tend to be able to combine intuitive and logical thinking more seamlessly; they’re more aware of the implications of their own and others’ actions;  and they think more accurately about the resources needed to accomplish a given outcome,” said  Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman in Forbes.

Venture-backed companies that include females as senior executives are more likely to succeed than companies with only men in charge, according to Women at the Wheel: Do Female Executives Drive Start-Up Success? a report by  Dow Jones VentureSource.

Women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieving 35% higher return on investment, and, when venture-backed, bringing in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies, according  to Women in Technology: Evolving, Ready to Save the World, research conducted by the Kauffman Foundation.

She’s the One — Narrated by Maria Shriver