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Model Olivia Coyne Shares Beauty Advice!

Posted in Australia, Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Confidence, Family & Friends, Media, Models, Photographers, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem, Trade Tips, Unique Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by Liz

Photographed by Raschella Photography

Olivia Coyne is a plus model from Australia who is signed with Bella Model Management.

What is the best beauty advice you have ever been given?

Drinking one to two liters of water every day and exercise that makes you feel good. It’s beauty from the inside out! Oh, and always wash the makeup off my face at the end of a day.

What’s your can’t live-without beauty products?

  • Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Moisturizer – so lush and a bit of a treat in the mornings.
  • Invisible Zinc ESP 30+ Sunscreen – to live without sunscreen is just asking for trouble!
  • Avon – 100% Vitamin C Serum
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy
  • Carmex Lip Balm – so soothing!
  • Bobbi Brown’s ‘Everything Mascara’
  • Rimmel Black Kohl Eyeliner – for a great pick me up for those dark gorgeous smokey eyes on the weekend!

What is your best time saving beauty tip?

Nivea Young Tinted Moisturizer – love those illuminating pigments! 🙂

*Thank you, Olivia!

**What are your favorite beauty products? How do you remedy under eye darkness? How do you keep your hair soft and healthy? What is your favorite body lotion?


Model Tara Laughton Shares Her Beauty Advice! Check Out Her Brand New Ladybird T Jewelry Collection.

Posted in Australia, Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Celebrity, Family & Friends, Fashion, Inspiration, Models, My Story, Photographers, Plus-Size Modeling, Shopping, Unique Beauty, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by Liz

Photographed by Claudio Raschella

Tara Laughton is a plus model and jewelry designer from Australia. She is signed with Bella Model Management in Australia, Click Models in New York City, and Okay Models in Hamburg, Germany. Tara is one of Bella Model Management’s top models. She has worked for every client in Australia. She works in New York City, London, and Germany. Tara is active in the community and hosts fundraisers for Women Against Domestic Violence, breast cancer research, and Vascular Cardio Facial Syndrome, which is the second most common syndrome after Down syndrome. She is the new ambassador for Life 2 Skin products and recently opened her own jewelry company called Ladybird T. The link to her jewelry website is at the bottom of this article.

Photographed by Claudio Raschella

What is the best beauty advice you have ever been given?

I started looking after my skin at a young age (I started at thirteen years of age), so I’ve always cleansed, moisturized, and applied masks and scrubs. I think it’s paid off; I’m very happy with my skin.

The best beauty advice is to always smile and be confident! Do whatever ever you can to make yourself feel good! I’ve learned to be comfortable in my own skin. It shows on the outside when you are comfortable in your own skin–you look and feel more confident and people notice that.

What’s your can’t live without beauty products?

L’Oreal Nutrisummer Moisturizer and St. Tropez are great for a sunless tan!

I can’t live without Paw Paw Ointment as lip balm. I’m always applying it, and it’s great for cuticles too. (

Also, Almond oil on your skin after showering is such a great moisturizer.

I love NARS blush in “Orgasm” (It’s a gorgeous pink color), Chanel INIMITABLE Mascara in Black, and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation!

I can’t go out the door without a splash of my favorite scent, Diptyque Philosykos, which is described as a fig tree in all its glory: the freshness of fig leaves, the green fruit, the slightly milky sap, and the bark. A touch of white cedar gives it an even sunnier depth!

What is your best time saving beauty tip?

Time saving beauty tips? Hmm… I’m not sure I have one. Before I go out, I just love spending time getting ready, and doing my hair and makeup. As much as I can do it quickly, I like it when I can leisurely take my time to look great. It’s a way of making myself feel great  and a way of loving me. We all need to spend time giving ourselves some love by taking a bath or reading a book. Make some time for you! *Not really any saving time tips here! Sorry. =)

Photographed by Claudio Raschella

*Thank you, Tara!

**For more information on Tara’s jewelry collection, please visit her Ladybird T Facebook site at

Australian Model Penelope Benson Talks About Confidence, Beauty, Fashion, Modeling, Health, Body Image, and Much More!

Posted in Articles, Books, & Magazines, Australia, Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Confidence, Designers, Eating Disorders, Fashion, Fitness & Health, Funny Experiences, Inspiration, Models, Photographers, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem, Shopping, Trade Tips, Travel, Unique Beauty, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by Liz

Photographed by Claudio Raschella

Penelope Benson is a plus model currently signed with BELLA models in Australia. She is twenty-three years old and she has been juggling full-time university with modeling for the past three years. Now that she has earned her degree, she plans to dedicate 2010 and onward to taking her modeling career as far as she can and she has plans to meet with international agents later this year.

Penelope is extremely lucky to work for both MYER and David Jones department stores, and plus-size brands such as Taking Shape 14+, BeMe, Free Woman, and Sara for EZIBUY. She has graced the pages of the highest selling fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Australian Women’s Weekly, Madison, Cosmopolitan, and Shop Til You Drop; just to name a few.

L’Oreal Fashion Festival Unzipped Parade wearing Rio Underwear. Photographed by Lucas Dawson.

Please tell us where you are from, and how you got started in the modeling business.

I’m from Kirribilli in Sydney, Australia. I started modeling by simply approaching BELLA Model Management about three years go. I still can’t believe I built up the courage to go meet with my agent, Chelsea Bonner; I think about it all the time. I actually use to feel funny about people knowing that I wasn’t ‘scouted’ so to speak.  I didn’t want people to think of me as vain or arrogant, but after a few years on the job, I’ve learnt that I have everything to be proud of by having the guts to stop just thinking about modeling and start doing it! It makes me happy and feel fulfilled as well as enabling me to figure out who I am, what I want and set goals to achieve it – just like anyone who is doing their dream job. Some people grow up wanting to be doctors, lawyers, designers, actors, etc… me? I want to model.

Are there any special projects that you are involved with that you would like us to tell the readers about?

I am actually involved in something but it’s not my project to spill the beans over just yet.

Photographed by Paul Suesse

Have you ever struggled with self-esteem or body image issues in the past? If so, how did you reach the point of accepting and loving your body as it is?

Absolutely. I’ve struggled with my weight and self-esteem since I can remember. I’ve been to dietitians at two stages in my life (during school) to try to control my issues. As a teenager, I was always concerned and worried about how I looked. I was the tallest out of all of my gorgeous but naturally petite friends, so knew I stood out. I even stopped going to the beach for a whole summer with my mates because the thought of being in a bikini in public haunted me and I never wanted to be compared. My friends laugh about what I do now — seeing me down to my underwear in catalogues. Self-acceptance came over time. It’s obviously a personal journey. Now I can confidently say that I do not have a problem with the way my body looks in any way. I’m as comfortable in a cocktail dress as I am in my underwear, and if you stuck me in a room with a thousand eyes on me, I still wouldn’t have a problem. I know I’m healthy because I treat my body well and I LOVE having curves.

What advice would you give to young women who are struggling with self-esteem, confidence, or body image?

Don’t let your life pass you by. If you want to be happy, have confidence and be proud of who you are. I will admit, from my own experiences, sometimes it feels good to self-pity and get down on yourself, especially when you’ve been in a rut for a while, but it’s only because you don’t have to try. Ultimately, you have to want to feel better and change things. I think one of the reasons that led me to my own personal acceptance was my desire to simply live a happy life and I think most people would be with me here. Life’s here for living, I know that if I didn’t take my own steps in growing then I wouldn’t be living out my dream right now. I never would have met with these incredible opportunities. Treat your body and mind well, and never give up on the search for your own happiness. Oh, and stand up straight and keep your shoulders back!

Photographed by Claudio Raschella

What does being healthy mean to you?

I think being healthy means knowing your body – respecting it but also never denying yourself. Along with eating nutritious food, I also believe exercise is a major part of the whole of healthiness. It really is essential, not just to expend energy created from food, but as a way of having better digestion and clearing the mind.

Out of all the places your modeling has taken you – where is the most memorable?

I just shot my first television commercial for Fine Form Lingerie and that was memorable! It’s quite different and challenging trying to move and pose at the same time! Another really memorable shoot was for Australian Women’s Weekly because I had wanted to shoot for David Gubert ( ever since I started modeling. I love his photographs and he always makes ladies look glowing and delicious. Lastly, a shoot that really had a huge effect on me was in 2008 for a MYER AW 09 catalogue. We shot and stayed in a small town called Marysville in Victoria. The place was so quaint but honestly breathtaking. Two months after we shot there, bush-fires swept through the whole area devastating everything in sight and killing over 250 residents. It seriously rocked me.

Photographed by Anna Bertalli

Where do you like to shop for clothes and who are your favorite designers?

I go to Cheap Monday for my jeans and pants because they go to my size, Nathan Smith for good cotton tee’s and tops, and David Jones for my shoes… I have a slight addiction to shoes.

What are some of your favorite beauty products or must-haves?

Smashbox foundation primer and Giorgio Armani Hyrda Glow SPF 15 foundation are the best. I also love Lola by Marc by Marc Jacobs at the moment… oh, and last but definitely not least: Cetaphil face wash!

Do you have a favorite workout routine?

I walk/run 5 days a week. I don’t usually have time on weekends but I make time everyday to exercise for at least an hour. Some weeks I switch it up with swimming.

Do you have any funny or favorite modeling stories you would like to share?

Hmm… I’m always laughing and enjoying myself on the job! Actually, I got to carry a Chihuahua down the runway at a recent show for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and it piddled all over my hands from shock!

Australian Womens Weekly shoot. Photographed by David Gubert.

Who do you consider a good role model or hero?

Career wise, the Crystal Renns and Tara Lynns of the world are earning some serious respect from me at the moment. However, closer to home, I would have to say the girls from my agency, both my agents and BELLA models because we’re all around each other so much and we’re all doing the same thing. All of us go to each other for advice and encouragement. We all want the same things and not only do we want them for ourselves, but we want them for each other. Even if only one of us succeeds, it’s a victory for us all and we know that. But, if you, the reader, are encouraged by me or this interview then you inspire me and you are my hero! I haven’t had the best role models or heroes in my life.  I’ve kind of had to figure it all out myself and be my own role model, in a sense. I’m lucky I found something that has brought out the best in me; it’s something I love and that I’m able to be paid for.

What are you excited about right now?

The future! I have so many things that I want to do. I feel like they are becoming more possible every day with plus-size models becoming ever more present in fashion magazines and advertising. I’m excited about taking work overseas. It’s a scary when I think about the likes of who I’ll be competing with, but I just see it as another challenge. If I never go, then I’ll never know!

*Thank you, Penelope!

**What are some of your favorite beauty products or must-haves? What is your favorite workout routine? Who do you consider a good role model or hero? What are you excited about right now?

Plus Model Katie Lansell-Smith Says Be Confident In Who You Are!

Posted in Articles, Books, & Magazines, Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Celebrity, Confidence, Designers, Family & Friends, Fashion, Fitness & Health, Inspiration, Models, Photographers, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem, Shopping, Travel, Unique Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by Liz

Photographed by Jason Sullivan

Katie is passionate about plus-size modeling and the impact it has on women around the world. She has modeled in Australia, Germany, and the UK. Several of her many clients include Peter Morrissey, NVEY Eco Organic Cosmetics, Myer (Myer is Australia’s largest department store), Autograph, Sara Fashion, Kmart, BeMe, and a plethora of additional clients. She has rocked the catwalk for numerous designers and has graced the cover of many magazines. A few of the magazines she has been featured in are Marie Claire, Women’s Weekly, Fernwood, and Women’s Health Magazine.

Katie also writes articles discussing healthy body image and studied Media, Journalism, and Cultural Studies while attending college in Sydney, Australia.

While interviewing Katie for this interview her kindness and love of life were abundantly clear. Thank you for being who you are, Katie!

How and when did you being modeling?

When I was younger, I did a few television commercials and was asked to do straight size modeling overseas. However, my parents were concerned, as they did not want me to start until I had grown into myself and accepted my body and curves, instead of feeling I had to conform to what the so-called “norm” was for modeling at that particular time. So, after a few years of traveling around the world and gaining some life experience, I came back in a totally different frame of mind. A very close friend of mine in the industry convinced me that I should get into fuller-figure modeling. I met Chelsea Bonner, my agent from Bella Model Management. She is an incredible woman, who has helped me all the way. So, I guess that’s how this wonderful journey started for me, and I am forever grateful for everyone who has supported me.

Photographed by Claudio Raschella

How do you think plus modeling is helping redefine beauty?

In my experiences plus modeling has helped me to be more accepting of my own unique look and shape, but speaking on a broader scale – plus modeling, I believe, redefines a very restricted idea of what beauty is into something that the everyday woman can aspire to be. Every woman should feel beautiful, not just the women who are in the magazines. Plus Modeling emphasizes to women and men around the globe that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and ages.

What advice would you give to aspiring plus size models?

I would say to aspiring plus models to absolutely throw yourself into this wonderful career. To make sure that you are confident and stand strong in who you are. To always be professional, friendly, and maintain balance in your life. To never give up, as sometimes you might feel like you want to, but success is just around the corner. Do not let rejection get you down. I believe we always get the jobs we are meant to have and trust in that. Go for it!

Peter Morrisey Man and Woman Catwalk Parade

What does being healthy mean to you?

I believe being healthy is about being balanced in your life. Being positive in your mind, exercising, eating well, but also allowing yourself the occasional indulgence. Enjoying yourself by being surrounded by uplifting friends and realizing that everyone is on a journey and it might not be the same as yours, but accept people for who they are.

What advice would you give to girls and women, who are struggling with body image and self- esteem issues?

I would want them to know that the first and most important relationship we can have is with ourselves, and with that, we are able to have beautiful relationships and experiences with others. I have always found Yoga (meaning Union) to be an incredible way for me to become present and connect my mind, body, and soul and to quiet the negative internal dialogue. I would highly recommend finding someone you can trust and talk to, whether that is a friend, counselor, parent, or sibling.

Know what works for you and what makes you feel better. Any time you feel down play that song, do some exercise, talk to that friend, or just write a list of the things in your life that you are grateful for. My mother always said to me, “when life throws you lemons, make lemonade’’ and I find this is a wonderful way to look at any situation in life.

Photographed by Paul Westlake for MYER

What is your most memorable modeling experience?

My most memorable experience is, without a doubt, having the opportunity (from my agent in Australia), to go to Germany and Model last year. I fell in love with Germany, the people, and the culture. My agency in Germany, OKAY MODELS, was so wonderful to me and looked after me, which is so special. They made my experience one that I will never forget. The most incredible shoot that I have done so far was the Bella model Vanity Fair style shoot that was shot a month ago By Claudio Raschella. Eleven of Australia’s top plus models were given the opportunity to work together. The energy of the day was so uplifting.

What is your beauty must have?

I  can’t live without Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touché Éclat’. It always brightens up my face. Also, I think a sexy red lipstick is an absolute must have in every woman’s make-up bag.    😉 My favorite red lipstick is from NVEY ECO (an organic make-up).

Photographed by Jason Sullivan

Where do you shop for clothes?

When I want to feel glamorous, I shop at Camilla   ( as her clothes are always guaranteed to make you feel like a million dollars. And, as winter is just around the corner (Katie is in Australia), I get my cashmere fix from Banjo and Matilda. They are a little piece of luxury. ( ) Lastly, I shop at Myer (Australian department store) as it has an amazing range of clothing. (

I am very fortunate to live with my best friend, who is an incredible stylist, so she always gives me styling tips before I go out at night.

What are you excited about right now?

I am so excited about the impact that plus modeling is having on women around the world and the shift in beauty ideals. The endless opportunities that the future hold for women is so exciting. 😉

Thank you for being such a sweet heart, Katie! We look forward to hearing from you again!