Anne V Uses Social Media To Give Back

Power house talent agency The Lions NY has a roster of models that not only dominate the runways and campaigns for blue-chip clients but have a notable social media presence that many of their models utilize to create awareness for charities.

The Lions’ approach to managing their talent is unique in an industry that has grappled to adjust to an increasingly dominant social media presence. The public use Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date with their favorite models making them more accessible, thus relatable.

Supermodel Anne V partnered with brands Alex and Ani, Solid and Striped and DL 1961 in her latest charitable campaign Gratitude Season. A portion of the sales go to charities she supports, Every Mother Counts and One Campaign.

I have been blessed with amazing experiences for which I am extremely grateful,” says Anne. “I believe that giving back and sharing our blessings with others is what makes the world go around.”

According to a recent article she wrote about World AIDS Day for YahooStyle, Anne realized early in her life that opportunities for women were limited. It wasn’t until her international modeling career took off that she was able to use her status as a platform to empower those less fortunate.

With the support of The Lions, Anne is fulfilling her desire to help others by using social media to draw awareness toward causes that are close to her heart.

To learn more about Anne’s charitable work follow her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

To keep up with The Lions follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

PMT X Toys For Tots

Kick of this holiday season with Voices of Fashion presents Project Model Tee X Toys for Tots December 5, 2014 at  Tacombi’s Cafe El Presidente from 8 – 11 p.m.

Enjoy DJ sets by Ira Elliot of NADA SURF & Blood, a silent art auction, tacos, and an open bar! Please also bring an unwrapped toy as a donation to Toys for Tots and to help families in need have a happier holiday.

Tickets available here

Introducing Dan Murphy

After a short-lived career playing hockey in Canada, Dan Murphy migrated south to Florida to study Small Business Management. He began his modeling career shooting for W magazine with Kate Moss before working with Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch, Boss and Barbour in addition to shooting the cover of Fantastics magazine. I caught up with Dan to find out how he handles the hectic pace of modeling and to talk about his passion for the culinary arts.

Tell us about how you got started as a model.

When I was in college in Palm Beach, I became good friends with a photographer who took some simple pictures of me and sent me to meet with some agencies in Miami.

How do you feel your peripatetic upbringing helped you adjust to the hectic work schedules of modeling?

Well, I would say that because of the amount of traveling I did as kid I’ve always felt comfortable jumping on a plane at a moments notice and being dropped in a foreign country. I understand that probably doesn’t sound appealing to most people, but it is part of the job.  Over the years it just gets easier and easier. After doing this for so long I now have friends in most of the different cities around the world that I work in.

What do you hope to get out of modeling?

The fashion industry has been really good to me for the last eight years or so. Every day I count all my blessings and try to make the most of the opportunities that modeling provides. I truly do love what I do and enjoy connecting with people. Someday I hope to leverage my career and build a nice charity organization.

How do you feel your Bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management has informed the way you approach your career?

This is how I make a living and I do take the business side of it pretty seriously. I think most of the older guys understand that.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?

The last couple of seasons I shot the advertising campaigns for Barbour. This company has an incredible history in the UK and sticks to their roots. I’ve been blessed to travel with them all across Great Britain and Scotland shooting on mountaintops, at horse races and historical country estates that take your breath away.  I will always cherish the memories and friendships I made on those trips.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I love to cook! One of my favorite things to do in the city is go the Institute of Culinary Education and take their cooking classes at night. They have a huge selection of recreational cooking classes I’m working my way through. It’s all hands on and the best part is the huge meal you get to feast on afterward.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome with modeling?

In one word, balance.  I have a tendency to be an all-or-nothing kind of guy which can burn you out over time. In turn, I have to remind myself to try to find a happy medium and take a little extra time for myself here and there to unwind.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

I talk about this one a lot actually – and it kind of goes back to finding balance in life. The advice, “enjoy the process” was given to me by a dear friend and mentor of mine. It’s easy to enjoy the high points in life, but it is trying to find the good within the bad times and finding little wins through the tough times. Whether you are up or down, you still have to go through it to get where you are going so you might as well make the best of it.

Follow him at @DanMurphyModel

Justin Hopwood – Iconic Beauty

With matinée idol looks, Justin Hopwood landed the cover of the Abercrombie and Fitch Quarterly and has become a mainstay in the Ralph Lauren family fronting campaigns for the brand season after season. Named by Models.com as one of the industry’s Money Guys, this native South African routinely has clients calling on him.

Tell us about how you got started as a model.

My younger sister, who was modeling at the time, dragged me into her agency to do some admin work and a gentleman by the name of Byron Kealumans asked me if I was interested in modeling.  I told him I wasn’t really interested. He asked me to grow my football inspired mohawk out and clear up my skin. At the time I had pretty bad acne. Once I followed Byron’s advice, I did a little work here and there in South Africa and then in 2010, Bruce Weber scouted me for an Abercrombie shoot. He flew me to Miami where we shot and one week later Jason Kanner, the owner of Soul Artist Management, signed me. Within minutes of meeting Jason he sent me to Ralph Lauren. A month later I shot my first ad with Ralph and then the rest is history.

Hailing from South Africa, what were the biggest adjustments you made living in the US?

I guess the culture and the exchange rate. Oh, and the weather – we don’t get snow in South Africa.

What do you hope to get out of modeling?

I hope to grow as a person as much as possible and really embrace the opportunity that I’ve been given.

Models Bridget Hall, Tyson Beckford and Tanga Moreau all had longstanding relationships with the Ralph Lauren Corporation much like yourself.  How does it feel to be part of such an iconic brand and family?

It’s a really special feeling! I remember growing up seeing all of the iconic Polo ads with Mr. Beckford. Now I’m able call him a good friend and work alongside him which is very special to me. Ralph Lauren has used the most iconic models in the world over the years and I am beyond grateful and humbled to be a part of the team. They really are like family.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?

I would say all my shoots with Bruce Weber since day one with Abercrombie. The Big Pony fragrance and the new Polo S/S 15 campaign are also up there. Bruce Weber is really special to work with. He knows how to bring something out of you on camera that’s special and really captures a moment.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve had a unibrow since I was ten years old that I constantly have to tame.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome with modeling?

The distance from my family.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Jason Kanner told me to “stay humble and be patient”.

What are your goals and aspirations for the future?

To invest in property and grow as much a possible in both modeling and as a person.

Follow him at @justinhopwood_

Mini Anden – From Sweden With Love

Stockholm native, Susanna ‘Mini’ Anden began her career at the tender age of ten before signing to Elite Model Management when she was 15. She has been on the cover of Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan in addition to campaigns for Gucci, DKNY, Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton. Mini met her now husband on the set of a DKNY shoot and resides in Los Angeles with her family. Still very much in demand, Mini spends her time between her home in LA and New York. Mini reflects on her career as Emily Sandberg and I caught up with her.

Can you pinpoint a time in your career that changed everything for you?

My career really took off in 1998 when I moved from Paris to New York. I had already worked with some great photographers like Peter Lindbergh and Mikael Jansson but the campaigns and money jobs started rolling in after I arrived in New York.

You met your husband on set while shooting DKNY. How did you make the relationship work with such erratic schedules?

Oh, the fun we had on that shoot! It’s true that’s when Taber and I became a couple, but we actually met a few years prior to that on a shoot in Sweden for Arena Hommes Plus with Mikael Jansson. We were both dating other people at the time but definitely noticed each other.

About a year and a half later we met again, this time in New York for an Italian Vogue shoot with Peter Lindbergh. We were attached the whole shoot and Taber gave me his number. He went home at the end of the shoot telling his roommates if this girl calls, I’m done. I did call but whoever answered the phone never gave Taber the message. When we met again two weeks later at the DKNY shoot I saw him and asked how he was.  He said he could be better and I asked him why. He said it was because I never called.  That’s that the beginning of our love story.

How did we made it work with our schedules? Well, we made it a rule never to go longer than two weeks apart. When we were both traveling a lot we made sure we connected around the world. Relationships will always hit rough patches but I truly believe we belong together so we’ve just made it work. Meeting at such an early age sort of meant that we grew up together and luckily we never grew apart.

Your family splits their time between LA and NYC. How do you manage to maintain balance now that you’re modeling again?

We have lived in LA for over 10 years. It means a lot more traveling on my part which sucks because I don’t like flying but it’s worth it because of the quality of life we have. When I started modeling again, after becoming a mom, we’ve traveled together as a family. Taber can take his work on the road so I have been really lucky. Until I’ve finished nursing Felix I want him with me. It will definitely be a challenge when I have to start traveling by myself again. Leaving my boys will be hard but that’s the gig. It’s not fair on a toddler to drag him across the world for a few days at the time.

How has your modeling career evolved over the years?

I feel my career evolved in the way that I am now more settled. I have my steady clients and don’t up and leave every other day. Things are definitely more planned. In the beginning of my career it was full-force all the time with 12 seasons of shows and traveling non-stop. All that work paid off and I now have my steady well-paying clients.

What kind of career guidance did you receive at the beginning?

I have been lucky in my career to always have great agents around me that I trusted with whatever they would throw my way. I always felt cared for and protected.

What advice would you give to younger self?

Buy an apartment in New York! I can’t believe all the years I wasted on paying rent.

Who were the most influential people in your early career and why?

My amazing agents Jan Stewart and Susanna Rönn and photographers Peter Lindbergh and Mikael Jansson. The editorials that I did with them really paved the way for me.

Did you ever notice a inversely proportional relationship between your success and weight?

When it comes to the weight issue I feel I never really suffered too much pressure. I’m naturally thin and athletic. Taking care of your body and fitting into samples sizes just comes with the job. But yes, I do think most models, including myself,  have a bit of a warped body image.

Follow her at @TheMiniAnden