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British pop act OMYO to use Blingby’s ad technology to turn its music videos into unique shopping experiences

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Blingby has today announced a cutting-edge partnership with emerging British pop act OMYO, which sees its patented advertising technology turn the band’s music videos, concerts and more into unique shopping experiences for consumers around the world.

As part of the deal, the innovative advertising and marketing omnichannel platform will curate a series of unique videos that lets viewers shop the stars’ styles as they see them with its ‘bbstream technology’ – a portable scrolling selection of fashion, products and destinations as seen in the videos. Viewers can watch and purchase the styles or book a flight or hotel inspired by the video with the click or tap of a button.

Oxfordshire-born urban pop act OMYO found fame last year when they provided the soundtrack to New Look’s Autumn/Winter fashion campaign with critically acclaimed single ‘Lady’. They have since gone on to become BBC Introducing favourites and receive plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

OMYO’s close links to fashion retailers – ranging from New Look to Ellesse – made the band a natural fit for Blingby’s advertising capabilities. As fans watch their music videos, live performances and more, they can simultaneously watch and shop interactively through the bbstream.

At a recent headline show in New York, OMYO also became the first band to use Blingby’s Live technology – the world’s first real-time consumer shopping experience designed for concerts, fashion shows and more.

OMYO and Blingby will also be collaborating on the duo’s next music video for their upcoming single, ‘Days With You’. The video will be bbTagged by Blingby and will feature items of clothing from fashion retailer River Island.

Founder and CEO of Blingby, Marcia Favale, commented on the partnership: “OMYO is right there fusing the boundaries of music and fashion. They have worked with some absolutely aspirational fashion brands – ASOS, Adidas, Ellesse, Blood Brother and more. They know exactly what their fans want to wear and OMYO is inspiring new trends. Through Blingby, OMYO can promote labels whilst maintaining creative integrity. Blingby is the platform designed to bridge that gap and make a connection between music fans and what the stars are wearing.”

OMYO added: “We are always looking for brand new ways of engaging with our fans and followers and Blingby adds a whole new dimension to our videos. Incorporating the Blingby videos into our Facebook page and posts is especially helpful as it is so difficult to stand out on social media these days, but having a video that doubles as an interactive browsing experience provides exactly that.”

SOURCE: EPR RETAIL NEWS

Model at the age of 90 – Genia Galberstadt, a holocaust survivor and one of the first jewish ghetto uprising fighters, dreams of being a model at her 90th birthday

Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Network/ — Genia Galberstadt (Born Gittel Drebsky) celebrated her 90th birthday on December 25th. Her biggest dream for this birthday was being a model, looking “pretty and young” for her birthday.

Ms. Galberstadt is a fighter in her body and soul. She has been part of the first jewish ghetto uprising in Lakhva in 1942 and was shot in her shoulder trying to escape the Nazis. Later on she found her sister and emigrated to Israel to start her own family. In the last years she faught cancer and won the fight while raising a family of 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

To make her birthday wish come true, the entire family came together with a team of stylist, make up artist and professional photographer and produced a fashion photoshooting day at Ms. Galberstadt home in Tel Aviv. The photoshoot featured items from H&M winter collection.

If you want to help make Genia’s dream come true feel free to publish the photos or contact Roy Cohen for interviews, high resolution photos and further information.

Contact-Details: Roy Cohen, +353-877979103, israeltimes@gmail.com

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Confirmed Featured Creators for first-ever VidCon Europe in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, 02-Nov-2016 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — VidCon (vidcon.com), the world’s largest online video conference for fans, creators, and industry professionals, today announced a teaser list of Featured Creators for the first-ever VidCon Europe, which will take place in Amsterdam, April 7-9, 2017, at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

The inaugural VidCon Europe will include over 100 international, regional, and local Featured Creators whose content spans numerous online video verticals. During the event, these creators will collaborate to celebrate the industry of online video through connection, content, instruction, and hilarity. Highlights of VidCon Europe will include panels and performances from some of the following confirmed Featured Creators:

Hannah Hart
Mamrie Hart
Gigi Gorgeous
Swoozie
Andrea Russett
Benny & Rafi Fine
Fleur de Force
Freddie Wong
Joey Graceffa
Jon Cozart
– Oli White
Sarah Close
BibisBeautyPalace
Défano Holwijn
Julian Claßen
Scola Dondo

As guests continue to confirm their attendance at VidCon Europe, the Featured Creators list will regularly update at vidconeurope.com.

The long-awaited VidCon Europe — with its Australian counterpart, VidCon Australia, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, September 9-10 — will welcome approximately 7,500 fans and creators, with a custom experience designed to celebrate the unique online video ecosystem of those regions.

VidCon programming and tickets follow a three-track format, designed to appeal to everyone from the most passionate fans to the biggest media companies. The Community Track engages attendees interested in experiencing the online video culture through Q&As, discussions, concerts, interviews, movie nights, meetups, signings, and games. The Creator Track serves attendees looking to make better content, grow their online presence, enter the industry, meet fellow creators, and learn the ins-and-outs of online video culture. The Industry Track features keynotes, fireside chats, seminars, and product demonstrations geared toward attendees working in the online video industry.

This three-day celebration in Amsterdam will feature programming exclusive to the Industry track on Friday, shifting focus to Community and Creator activities and entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday. Similar to the 8th Annual VidCon (in Anaheim, California, June 21-24), VidCon Europe will feature a variety of endemic and non-endemic sponsors and exhibitors. As veteran VidCon fans know well, these events are packed with robust content, performances, and high-energy celebration, and the VidCon team is determined to continue this tradition overseas. Attendees of the first-ever VidCon Europe in Amsterdam should expect an online-video celebration of global proportions.

As part of their expansion into Europe, VidCon will be partnering with VEED Festival (veed.nl), a 3-day event focusing on the Dutch online video community, planned for April 6-8. VidCon and VEED will collaborate to bring international, regional, and local online video creators together for networking and celebration.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DESIGNER GIONNI STRACCIA LAUNCHES HIS FIRST FASHION COLLECTION

• SPRING 2017 COLLECTION inspired on flowers, romance and femininity
• A runway in support of WIZO Florida was the scenario for the catwalk

Miami, FL, 2016-May-16 — /EPR Network/ — Venezuelan designer Gionni Straccia (www.gstraccia.com), a well-recognized figure in the couture fashion world, debuted yesterday his first collection ever; the “Gionni Straccia Spring 2017 Collection”. The fashion show took place during the “Mother’s Day Sponsor-a-Child Luncheon and Bazaar”; a non-profit event organized by the ladies from the Women International Zionist Organization (WIZO Florida), in the ballroom of the Beth Torah, Benny Rok Campus, located in the city of Miami.

Gionni Straccia Fashion Show
Gionni Straccia Fashion Show

With an inspiration that blended romance and femininity, Gionni Straccia Spring 2017 set the stage for exclusive designs that revealed the richness of a flower – expressing the sweetness and tenderness that flow from it- but highlighting a touch of excitement for the subtle, elegant and tasteful woman.

More than 300 guests were entertained while fabulous models, that included one Miss Universe, showcased the new clothing collection dominated by the use of two Straccia’s favorites: crepes silk and laces. Also, Italian tulle and organza embellished exquisite dresses, most of them with artistic embroidered and hand-painted flowers. Keeping with the trending cape dress, the designer offered a complete collection of stunning short cocktail dresses, pants suits, and evening gowns, that came in white, black, red, pink, and navy colors. Responding to a woman’s dressing needs for the different occasions in her life, Straccia added to the collection an astonishing wedding dress that left attending crowd impressed by the beauty and elegance of this piece.

Known for elegance and made-to-measure inimitable styles among the most important beauty pageants, Straccia is starting a new stage in his successful career; most importantly, with the recent opening of his private atelier in the United States. The Italian-Venezuelan designer is excited with the accomplishment of his very first full collection, “I am really very happy with the outcome. I wanted to express women’s romanticism, femininity and their sweetness,” said Straccia,“and I tried to rescue a technique of hand-painted flowers, to be in tune with the latest fashion trends, but highlighting the indelible Gionni Straccia stamp”.

The WIZO Florida, “Sponsor-a-Child” event included a bazaar with an exclusive diverse group of exhibitors that showcased beautiful pieces in jewelry, decorative items, clothing and many other accessories. As part of its annual gathering, WIZO Florida honored one of its members with a ‘Mother of the Year’ award. This time the privilege went to Colombian native, Margie Szerer, for exemplifying a WIZO woman, dedicated to her family, committed to Israel and a true leader for WIZO Florida.

“We are very proud to have presented renowned designer Gionni Straccia’s spring 2017 Collection at our ‘Mother’s Day Sponsor a Child’ fundraising event” said Suzanne Berkovits Harper, Director of WIZO Florida. “This event has grown each year and has become an icon in our community and one of the premier Mother’s Day events in South Florida, honoring and remembering mothers while benefiting women and children in need in Israel.”

Recognized fashion executive, Beth Sobol, produced the event.

Contact-Details: Amarilis Zozaya/AZ Communications, Inc.
amazozaya@gmail.com
305-495-3215

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DJ Zeke Spinningin the Akademiks shop at JC Penney Herald Square

New York, NY, November 19, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — New York legend DJ Zeke, will be spinning tracks in the Akademiks shop at the JC Penney store located in the Manhattan Mall at Herald Square on Saturday, November 22, from 1PM to 3PM. The first 150 visitors to the Akademiks shop will receive a branded string backpack.

The Akademiks collection for guys features the top trends in street wear. Inspired by the intersection of art, music and fashion, the line is available in over 2,000 specialty stores throughout the U.S. Now those same boutique styles are available at select JCPenney stores throughout all five boroughs.

Check it out on Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Akademiks Shop at JCPenney located in the Manhattan Mall at Herald Square (100 W 32nd St), New York, NY 10001

About: Akademiks
Launched 15 years ago, the brand has been a favorite of top music artists and DJs, and continues to set the trend for street wear.
Follow us on Twitter @akdmksclothing

About: DJ Zeke
A rising star in the entertainment industry, and a permanent fixture on the NY club scene, DJ Zeke is known throughout the music industry. DJ Zeke keeps the party going with high energy.

Contact-Details: info@akademiks.com

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LondonTown.com: Best events in London in September 2014

London Design Festival and London Fashion Week bring style to the city

LONDON, September 11, 2014, The brand new Totally Thames, London Design Festival, London Fashion Week and Open House Weekend are among the 56 top LondonTown events starting this September. Anyone are planning to travel to the city in September can find great London hotel deals on accommodation at a wide variety of hotels across the city.

Totally Thames, a brand new month-long festival which celebrates London’s main waterway, brings over 100 river-related events to London including the Greenwich Tall Ship Regatta, Fire Garden at Battersea Power Station, and The Great River Race – the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon.

The London Design Festival encompasses over 300 events and exhibitions across London including 100% Design. And if you like design you’ll love London Open House Weekend which gives a sneaky peak behind closed doors – see inside buildings like No. 10, and Anthony Gormley’s extraordinary Room at the brand new Beaumont hotel in Mayfair.

Lindsay Lohan takes centre stage in Speed-the-Plow, just one of the many new theatre shows beginning in London this September. Sofie Grabol, best known as Sarah Lund in ‘The Killing’, stars in the third of Rona Munro’s The James Plays, a trio of new history playing in rep at the National Theatre where Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk is staged, featuring an all-star cast of Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea and Mikel Murfi.

Electra with ‘The English Patient’ actress Kristin Scott Thomas in the title role begins at the Old Vic, ‘King Charles III’ transfers to the West End where ‘Evita’ returns, reopening the Dominion Theatre following a multimillion pound refurbishment, and Steve John Shepherd, best known as Michael Moon in BBC1’s ‘EastEnders’, stars in ‘Albion’ at the Bush Theatre, one of London’s best fringe theatres.

The British Museum stages ‘Ming: 50 Years that Changed China’ as its blockbuster autumn exhibition, monumental paintings and installations by German artist Anselm Kiefer are at the Royal Academy of Arts, while ‘Constable: The Making of a Master’ is at the V&A. Nicole Farhi swaps fashion for sculpture, and the free London Art Book Fair showcases beautiful artists’ books.

It’s not just Kate Bush hitting the music headlines, the iTunes Festival brings a month of free concerts by big bands like Elbow, Rudimental and Pharrell Williams every night of September. Massive Attack, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Athlete entertain the crowds at brand new festival On Blackheath, and Alt-J play a sold out gig at Alexandra Palace.

There’s a chance to see the Berliner Philharmonkier before the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 13th September. Tickets to the famous Last Night are like gold dust so if you can’t get one join Sir Terry Wogan at Proms in the Park where special guests include Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, Rufus Wainwright and legendary American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Opera highlights for September include ‘Anna Nicole’ at the Royal Opera House, Nicholas Hytner’s Olivier Award-winning production of ‘Xerxes’, and a new production of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ staged by English National Opera to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary.

In dance, Sadler’s Wells’ Elixir Festival celebrates the contribution of older artists with an appearance by the Company of Elders while the Royal Ballet marks 40 years of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.

Top designers from across the globe descend on the city for London Fashion Week which is a trade-only event but anyone can go to London Fashion Weekend which takes place on the same site and offers catwalk shows, designer clothes, and talks by industry insiders.

For more information on these and other great events beginning in London in September 2014, go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.http://www.LondonTown.com

 

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LondonTown.com: London boasts strong fashion and design exhibition line-up in 2014

Fans of fashion and design have some real treats to look forward in the second of 2014, with fascinating exhibitions big and small taking place across a range of London museums. Places as diverse as the Museum of London and Jewish Museum as well as the Fashion And Textile Museum and Design Museum are all planning thoughtful exhibitions in the autumn that should attract all fans of fashion and great design. For details of the museum locations, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find excellent guides to local areas, complete with information about cafes, restaurants, shops and cheap London hotels.

London’s fashionable 2014 includes Knitwear: Chanel To Westwood (19th September 2014 – 18th January 2015) at the Fashion And Textile Museum in Bermondsey, which looks at vintage fashion knitwear in the 20th century. This overlaps with the big autumn exhibition at the Design Museum, in nearby Shad Thames, will be Women Fashion Power(29th October 2014 – 26th April 2015), which will explore the politics of dressing for power and success. The exhibition will feature contemporary women working in politics, business, the creative arts and fashion from around the world, as well as looking back at influential women through history.

The Jewish Museum meanwhile will hold Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games (8th September 2014 – 4th January 2015), which looks at the work of one of the key figures in graphic design. Games, the child of Jewish immigrants, designed posters for London Transport and was official war poster artist during World War II. He also worked for the BBC and Olympic Games. And contemporary design will come under the gaze of the Museum of London, where they will be opening a new permanent gallery,Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron (from 25 July), dedicated to the construction of Thomas Heatherwick’s copper Olympic cauldron, showing its design and construction through photographs, drawings and test pieces.

About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

This November, London’s Design Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated designer Paul Smith, reports LondonTown.com.

Although the Paul Smith brand is now known around the world, with stores in 16 countries, it sprang from the very modest beginnings of a 3mx3m Nottingham boutique, which Smith opened in 1970. A space of exactly the same dimensions kicks off this new exhibition, a message to aspiring designers and entrepreneurs that it is ok to start small.

From there it takes us on a tour of Smith’s mind, creativity and influences, encompassing the importance of his wife Pauline (who, he says, taught him everything), behind-the-scenes footage from this year’s Paris menswear shows, and iconic pieces from past Paul Smith collections.

One of the main talking points, however, will be the recreation of Smith’s Covent Garden office, known as ‘the stockroom of silly things’ on account of all the random objects that more than fill it (including several bicycles, cycling memorabilia, wind-up toys, china rabbits and an endless assortment of bizarre things that fans and famous friends regularly send him). Far more than just clutter, these are the things that give the designer inspiration, often popping up in his trademark style of what he calls ‘classic with a twist’.

The exhibition runs from 15 November until 9 March 2014 and is open from 10am-5.45pm daily.

The Design Museum is at Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD (www.designmuseum.org). Visitors can find, and book, cheap London hotels in the area via LondonTown.com.

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New Release of EYES IN™ Magazine/MagBook™ Issue 18 featuring the World’s Most Innovative Creators & their Masterpieces

Vivian Van Dijk, Editor-in-Chief and President of EYES IN™, introduces another captivating issue of her critically acclaimed EYES IN™ Magazine/MagBook™. By uncovering the world’s most innovative contributors, Vivian Van Dijk inspires and creates a compelling and informative community of influential people from around the globe. Issue 18 features creators from countries ranging from the U.S., Denmark and England. EYES IN™ Magazine/MagBook™ interviews global innovators and provides new and thought-provoking insights into their lives, work and masterpieces. Our EYES IN Magazine™/MagBook™ sales outlets can be viewed at www.eyesin.com/magazine. Access to EYES IN™ just got easier with our new Kindle Edition App available for Android free at Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/10FwejR.

Each creator in the EYES IN™ Magazine/MagBook™ is interviewed about their life, profession, thirst for innovation, inspirational milestones and how their work evolves or revolutionizes the world over time. Snippets of these interviews include:

EYES IN™ Music: Ryan Egan and The Ugly Club- Indie music band
“I think music and art becomes innovative at the point of complete immersion in all of your influences, where you aren’t always consciously pulling inspiration from any one thing but from all of your collective experiences. The Ugly Club may not be a soul band but no doubt I’m always channeling some Prince.”

EYES IN™ Health: Patricia Ruiz-FlyGym- Practitioner and owner of Moving Strength Studio
“The hammocks provide a sense of support for students who would not normally be able to do certain moves due to injury or lack of strength. We have kept several people out of back surgery by doing Pilates, stretching and balance work on foam rollers. I have seen people with neuropathy in the leg return to the ski slopes through Pilates work.”

EYES IN™ Technology: Reed Timmer- Meteorologist and Storm Chaser
“My mom always said if you do what you love for a living, and follow your passion, you’ll never truly ‘work’ a day in your life. That’s true for the storm chasing part, but it sure does take a substantial amount of work and major sacrifices to make a living out of it.”

EYES IN™ Artists: Ivan Markovic- Artist and Sculptor
“On Valentine’s Day, 2002, I quickly improvised a flower with paper taken from a sketchbook. Thus, through an expression of love, I discovered my passion for sculpting with paper.”

Furthermore, Issue 18 of EYES IN™ Magazine/MagBook™ engages readers in stories about famous fashion designer Tory Burch whose original designs are easy to wear and versatile enough for the wardrobes of working divas, soccer moms and socialites, about culinary arts creator Nigella Lawson whose cooking style is larger than life and about the brilliant, innovative architect Zaha Hadid who showcases her latest exhilarating architectural designs.

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Rocksmith to revolutionise karaoke parties for budding rock stars, say allfancydress.com

In the next stage in evolution of guitar games such as Guitar Hero™, Rocksmith is expected to take the world by storm with its combination of authentic guitar techniques and killer soundtracks making it an ideal way for budding rock stars to strut their stuff, replacing the karaoke microphone for a Rickenbacker.

While karaoke parties are still incredibly popular to host with friends and family, this new generation of musical entertainment is expected to sweep the nation, with an appeal to newbies and experts alike, says Mark Heaton, of allfancydress.com.

“Whether it’s a fun-filled birthday, a long-awaited hen night or an impromptu night in with friends, for years karaoke has filled the void for wannabee pop stars across the world,” he said.

“But for those who have always wanted to be in a band, Rocksmith is a great way for friends to get together and rock out to their favourite hits.

“Whether it’s a riff from the Rolling Stones or a high note by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the ability to practice songs and play venues gives people a real sense of achievement in a way karaoke has never managed to grasp.”

A number of leading guitarists were invited to Gibson Guitar Studio in London to trial Rocksmith and ascertain whether it could really develop guitar playing technique. The general consensus was encouraging, with many believing the game to be a genuinely innovative way of introducing people into guitar music.

The UK’s leading online fancy dress retailer, All Fancy Dress has a number of novelty rock star outfits that would be the ideal accompaniment to any Rocksmith party with friends, with costumes modelled on greats such as Freddie Mercury, Bon Jovi and Alice Cooper.

Rocksmith is now available to buy across Europe following its release on September 28th and is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Bikini-USA confirms that Bobby Petrino’s Latest Text Message Partner, Alison Melder, is not Ms. Bikini-USA 2008

Bobby Petrino has been linked to a second young lady for a text messaging-affair. Information on Alison Melder’s modeling site claims for her to have won the title of Ms. Bikini-USA 2008. Bikini-USA would like to clear up this statement as it is not correct and respond to Claims of Involvement with Alison Melder.

When a scandalous news story breaks so many parties are involved and therefore, become breaking news headlines for many different reasons. Recently, Bobby Petrino has been linked with a motorcycle crash and having an affair with a 26 year old assistant who was with him on the day of the motorcycle accident. Petrino and this assistant shared supposedly thousands of text messages during their affair. Now, the latest hot topic with the former Arkansas Razorback’s Head Coach Petrino is that he was also involved with a 26-year old woman, Alison Melder, during this same time period, and they also shared over 200 racy text messages during a two month period. Ms. Alison Melder may or may not have been involved with Mr. Bobby Petrino, I have no way of confirming their exchange of over 200+ text messages, nor is it any of my personal business just how many mistresses the now Former Arkansas Football Head Coach had in his life.

With the breaking story of Alison Melder and Bobby Petrino’s alleged affair, so many have wondered who is Alison Melder and what exactly is her involvement with former Arkansas Razorback’s Football Coach Bobby Petrino? Also, surfacing in news headlines, USA Todayand Lost Lettermen, are claims made by Ms. Melder that she was the Miss Bikini-USA 2008 Bikini Model competition winner. Ms. Melder, on her modeling site, claims that she won the competition and title as Ms. Bikini-USA 08.

It is true that there is an organization called Bikini-USA with a website full of pages of gorgeous bikini models. Bikini-USA does hold various model competitions throughout the year and proudly hosts its annual competition in a unique, exotic location with various top photographers to shoot and help determine the Ms. Bikini-USA for that year. I will say this, Ms. Alison Melder, although extremely attractive, is one bikini model, I will personally never work with. She has on her personal profile as of today on (www.talentfinder.tv/alison) under Awards / Credits: listing herself as Miss Bikini-USA 08 and for that reason alone, I would never work with a model like her. I personally know that this is not true, as I have been actively involved with Bikini-USA. What I can confirm is that Bikini Model Ms. Alison Melder was in no way the winner of the Miss Bikini-USA 2008 bikini model competition. This distinct title was awarded to the ever-so-lovely Ms. Gia Allemand. You have to remember this beautiful and ever so graceful lady. She was one of Jake Pavelka’s favorites on the ABC Show “The Bachelor – On the Wings of Love” season. I had the distinct privilege of doing a phone interview with Ms. Gia Allemand and I have to say that she is just as lovely in her demeanor on a phone interview as she is on TV.  I could only hope to work with such a lovely bikini model down the road. I also had the privilege of putting together her photos and cover story for Bikini-USA (http://www.bikini-usa.com/Gia-Allemand-Model-2008.asp) while she was on “The Bachelor”.

I also asked the Owner’s of Bikini-USA, Jay and Terri Dingle, if they have ever had any knowledge of Alison Melder in any shape form or fashion. I’ve known both Jay and Terri for years, and they both told me that they just can’t ever remember this one particular model.  We are talking about two people who make it their business to personally get to know each and every bikini model who participates in any of their bikini model competitions. Bikini USA owners have been unable to identify Ms. Melder’s involvement with their organization and have been unable to contact Ms. Melder to verify her claims.

The owners of Bikini USA are perplexed by their recent influx of media contacts for interview requests and additional information regarding Alison Melder, the” self-proclaimed winner” of Miss Bikini USA 2008.

“While it is possible Ms. Melder may have won a local photo submission contest, we have no record of her winning or entering an official Bikini USA contest. We do however consider all winners of any contest with which we are associated, part of the Bikini USA family and wish Alison the best in her current and future endeavors” stated Terri Dingle, part owner of the Bikini USA franchise.

Further, no Bikini-USA Staff photographer has any knowledge of Ms. Melder, and every Miss Bikini-USA Competition has a minimum of three Bikini-USA Staff Photographers on hand to work with, photograph and provide advice to all bikini models in their competitions.  You see, not only do I participate in the web site portion of Bikini-USA, but I have also had the privilege to do model photography with them and proud to say that I have more than a few shots on record with them!

The owners of Bikini USA have also made attempts to contact Ms. Melder regarding her involvement with their organization and have been unsuccessful to date. The Bikini USA organization manages thousands of aspiring models and promotes them at events and various sponsored contests.

So I am confused and a tad dismayed that any reputable news agency is reporting that Ms. Alison Melder was the Former Miss Bikini-USA 2008 winner when all they had to do to fact check this was to either hit the Bikini-USA site ; email Jay and Terri Dingle; or that matter, give them a call.

Even furthermore, I can’t confirm or deny that Ms. Alison Melder’s claim to be Miss Motorcycle Mania 2008 is true or false. I can tell you this, after ten minutes of using a little known search engine called Google; I couldn’t locate one official Motorcycle Mania website. I did however find a number of different websites that have added city names to that verbiage but not one for the supposed Miss Motorcycle Mania claim for 2008. My Dad always told me that where there’s smoke there’s fire. It would appear to me that knowing for a fact that Miss Alison Melder’s claim to be Miss Bikini-USA 2008 as false; then I would say it’s probably safe to presume that her claim for her other Awards is the same.

As for her text messages to a married man who was riding around on a motorcycle with a young lady that wasn’t his wife, hey who am I to judge? As for USA Today and other news agencies that have the audacity to call themselves journalists, how about you guys spend at least the same 15 minutes I spent looking online to do at the very least a little fact checking first?  I’m not even a seasoned reporter and even I know that much!

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Toronto Fashion Week – Models from Orange Model Management presented designer Eva Chen’s fall 2012 collection

Models from Orange Model Management presented the fabulous fall 2012 collection of fashion designer Eva Chen at the Toronto Fashion Week. The show was terrific and was aired on Fashion TV and covered by all major print media like Elle Canada, Fashion Magazine, Toronto Star, National Post and Metro news.

ABOUT EVA CHEN

Eva Chen grew up in an artistic family. She has studied Erhu (Chinese traditional music instrument), singing, dancing and drawing since she was six years old. This has nurtured her creativity giving her a keen sense for design and a strong eye for fashion.

Eva worked as a fashion designer for the collections in several countries including the United States, Singapore and China.

For more information please visit http://www.evachen.co

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About Orange Model Management Inc.
Orange Model Management Inc., is a Canadian based full-service agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal that represents male and female models and actors between the ages of 3 to 70. Founded in 2005 Orange Models has established itself as one of Canada’s most prestigious modeling and acting agency.

For more information please visit http://www.orangemodels.ca or call 416-977-6664 you could also view our recent jobs at http://orangemodels.wordpress.com

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All Fancy Dress Predicts Most Popular Festival Costumes In 2012 Following Bestival Line-Up

Following the announcement of the headline acts of Bestival 2012, All Fancy Dress has predicted the festival costume trends for the coming year with hilarious larger-than-life outfits coming in all shapes and sizes.

There is no better way to enjoy a music festival than to arrive dressed in a creative, wacky costume. At All Fancy Dress there are a superb selection of men’s and ladies festival costumes just perfect for Bestival goers.

Matt Foden, of All Fancy Dress, said:
“We have a good idea of what is going to sell well for this summer’s music festivals. Second Skin Suits, otherwise known as Morph Suits still remain a very popular choice for those who like to clown around with their identity hidden.

“For those heading to a festival with a partner our fantastic couples costumes are a great way of standing out from the crowd together. You can show people just how well you go together in our Bacon and Eggs costume or our Bananas in Pyjamas!”

Music festivals are a great opportunity for people to get their thinking caps on and show their creative side. All Fancy Dress also stocks a great range of festival hats and accessories designed to make any costume stand out from the packed crowds and even the bands themselves!

The XX, Sigur Ros and Justice are the three headline acts for this year’s Bestival celebrations, held at Robin Hill County Park on the Isle of Wight. This year’s fancy dress theme is wildlife, so why not also consider animal costumes from All Fancy Dress that have mainstream appeal to everyone of all ages.

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How to Get Fit and More With The Co-operative Magazine’s January 2012 Issue

“New Year is traditionally a time to make changes in your life…” – this is the opening to the Editor’s Letter for the January 2012 issue of The Co-operative Magazine, and this is what the latest issue is all about.

From easy ways to boost your immune system and how to give your body an MOT, to ways to detox your finances and some great January gardening tips, this issue has everything you will need to make a positive start to 2012.

The people at The Co-operative Magazine understand that January can be a struggle in terms of finances following the expense of the festive period, and this month’s issue features a great guide to getting your money in order. The simple advice and top moneysaving tips includes being honest about what you spend and save, writing down your incomings and outgoings, and prioritising the latter where possible.

If it’s nutrition or wellbeing advice you are after, why not read the top five ways to boost your immune system and give yourself a fighting chance against the common cold, flu and other illnesses that are more prevalent during the winter months. Regular exercise is on the list and you can find out how to get fit with help from The Co-operative Magazine’s health and wellbeing section, whether you’re interested in the Zumba dancercise craze, Pilates (for that Pippa Middleton bum!) or regular walking in the great British countryside.

Subscribe to The Co-operative Magazine to receive email notification of new issues, features and competitions to win great prizes! You can also read past issues of the magazine to find healthy eating tips, ideas for fun family days out, National Trust properties not to miss, and much more.

The latest issue is to say Happy New Year from everyone at The Co-operative Group!

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Best of British Bling Backs Miss England

Clip on earring specialist jewellers, www.make-me-beautiful.co.uk, sponsor British Beauty Queen, Alize Mounter as she stands for England at Miss World.

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20th October 2011 London, UK – By conventional standards, it’s not been a year with much to cheer about. Food and heating costs have increased, budgets have been slashed and politicians around the globe continue to make ugly faces at each other rather than work together to solve the issues. Yet this year the 61st Miss World contest will be staged in London, UK and clip on earring specialist jewellers, Make Me Beautiful, have got together with reigning Miss England, Alize Mounter, to show that Britain’s got beauty.

“Like the best English tweed, Alize is unfussy yet stunningly put together with a surprising amount of inner strength”, spoke Make Me Beautiful founder, Misae Richwoods . “We just had to get behind her and support her in England ‘s bid for Miss World when it comes to home turf!”

Make Me Beautiful have become Miss England’s Official Jewellery Sponsor at Miss World and arranged for a number of English designer brands to be available for Alize to wear. Participating designers and brands include Fiorelli, Adele Marie and Zandra Rhodes of London, Barbara Easton of Maidenhead and Elements Silver who are based in Essex.

The Miss World 2011 Final will be televised although the contest will have run for three whole weeks for the contestants.

“It’s not a case of turn up and look pretty on the night,” laughed Alize, who’s previous television experience included the hit series Britain’s Next Top Model. “We’ll be with the judges for three weeks having all sorts of random activities thrown at us. At this level, it’s not just competing on looks as all the other girls are stunning. It’s who has the right personality to carry forwards the charitable work the Miss World organisation carries out as the winner will spend a year doing just that. I’m really excited to be representing England and look forward to being at Miss World.”

Alize completed her warm up to Miss World by taking time out from her degree studies to jump from an aeroplane, raising over £2,000 for the Parachute Regiment Charity in the process. With past global audiences for the show surpa ss ing the 2 billion mark, the world will see if a star shines for Alize that night. Over 8 million UK viewers are expected to tune in when Channel 5 broadcasts the Miss World finals on November 6th 2011.

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Glitzy Secrets and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Announce Burlesque Competition

Glitzy Secrets and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrate the release of ‘Burlesque’ on Blu-ray and DVD by running a competition on the Glitzy Secrets website.

Participants in the competition have a chance to win one of five prize sets which include a Sony camera, ‘Burlesque’ on DVD, a copy of the film’s soundtrack and £50 worth of Glitzy Secrets gift vouchers so customers can get the Burlesque look with vintage inspired costume jewellery and hair accessories.

Those wishing to take part can visit the Glitzy Secrets website to view the competition question. Participants can email their answers to win@glitzysecrets.com to be entered into the prize draw.

Victoria Swan, designer and director at Glitzy Secrets said: “The art of ‘Burlesque’ has undoubtedly seen a revival over the last decade, most recently with the Sony Pictures movie, ‘Burlesque’, featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera. Associated with glamour and drama, modern-day icons such as Dita Von Teese have shown how influences of Burlesque inspired style can be carried into the everyday wardrobes of women to beautifully accentuate their curves and femininity. Also key in achieving the classic Burlesque style are bold accessories, with a focus on statement burlesque jewellery bejewelled headpieces, gem encrusted chandelier earrings and sparkling ornate cuffs.”

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Two Special Limited-edition Gelish Colors Announced Today

Hand & Nail Harmony, Inc., makers of Gelish, announces the creation of two special limited-edition Gelish colors today, “Pink Cherry-Blossom of Renewal” and “Pink Lilac Sparkle Sunrise.” Gelish will donate advance proceeds for Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Relief, in order to assist the survivors who live in areas affected by the devastating quake. The two special “Japanese-pink” pigments pay homage to the resilience of the people of Japan.

Harmony’s CEO, Danny Haile, has developed products in Japan for 15 years, working with Tokyo-based Nails Unique, a leading beauty-products distributor.

Mr. Haile is the inventor of Gelish, the holder of an international patent and three US patents pending, the brand front-runner in the newest salon nail-care trend, “the Gelish Permanent Manicure” that uses a unique gel-polish fusion technology. Gelish will donate over $50,0000 in advance to represent sales earnings from the two exclusive tribute shades. The donation period will be effective immediately, starting today through the anticipated period of distribution of the limited run of 1,500 specially-labeled bottles to last until about May 30, 2011. Gelish will donate the funds to the American Red Cross for Japan relief efforts.

Haile, President and CEO of Gelish, and David Daniel, COO, said, “This is a crisis that needs global help from all sectors; all of us here at Gelish and Hand & Nail Harmony extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan and wish to support their relief and rebuilding efforts. We are committed to raising and donating funds to help our overseas colleagues and friends as well as their families and loved ones.”

About Gelish
Gelish, winner of the “Innovative Product of the Year Award,” adhesion-bonds gel-polish onto nail-edges, chemically attaching a micro-fine coating atop and all around each nail for a polished look that’s strong yet flexible, with no chipping or peeling. No odor, no chipping, no scraping…and no time-crunch issues, either: Gelish cures in seconds in an L.E.D. lamp, drying to a high-gloss, super-shiny finish that lasts and lasts – as fresh and glossy on Day 21 as Day 1. Gelish, available in close to 100 glorious colors, is sold exclusively to nail professionals for salon use, though soon a consumer kit for touch-ups is in the works to be sold exclusively through Sally Beauty Products. Gelish has been seen on music stars like Katy Perry, Rhianna, JLo and Ciara, on top supermodels for live runway fashion events, in print/magazine ads and editorials and on the hands and toes of stars of film and television. For more information, visit nailharmony.com.

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It’s Official, eBay Loves Adult Fancy Dress

One of the UK’s largest online sellers of cheap fancy dress outfits, Fancy Dress Shack, has been awarded the accolade of ‘Top Rated Seller’ on none other than global internet auction site eBay.

It's Official, eBay Loves Adult Fancy Dress

This is in recognition of Fancy Dress Shack’s exceptional customer service, as rated by their online customers and is a fantastic endorsement of the huge range of cheap fancy dress they stock. Achieving eBay’s ‘Top Rated Seller’ status means three things; that the company or seller receives consistently high buyer ratings and feedback, that they dispatch items quickly and that they have a proven and supported track record of excellent customer service.

“It’s great to get recognition from a site such as eBay, which on some days receives over 10 million hits globally”, said Keri Williams, Head of Customer Services at Fancy Dress Shack.

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ICON Model Management, Toronto’s Top Modelling and Acting Agency

Leading fashion houses and prominent corporations have chosen Toronto’s Icon Model Management. From its offices in Toronto’s Fashion District, the company has worked with groups including FLARE Canada, FDCC (Fashion Design Council of Canada), Mavi Jeans, and many more..

ICON Model Management, Toronto's Top Modelling and Acting Agency

Icon Model Management is deeply familiar with the fashion, print, runway, and television sectors. To ensure a lasting relationship with its clients, Icon Model Management provides its clients with only the very best talent. An abbreviated roster of Icon Model Management’s models and actors is available through the company’s website, www.iconmodels.ca; potential clients can also review a selection of recent campaigns featuring Icon Model Management talent.

Moreover, Icon Model Management remains committed to supporting its talent and selecting only the best career opportunities. Icon Model Management’s veteran scouts and managers provide new models with everything necessary for their professional development. Established models who choose to work with Icon Model Management gain access to an unparalleled network of potential clients and cross-industry bookings.

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Fancydressshack.co.uk Gears Up For Party Season With Lakestar Media

Leicestershire based themed Fancy Dress Costumes company – Fancy Dress Shack, is ramping up its online marketing activity for the Christmas and New Year party season by appointing Lakestar Media to lead its digital marketing campaigns.

Fancy Dress Shack provides a delivery service throughout the UK and internationally with an inventory of over 6,000 products, which includes themed costumes, movie and music characters and party accessories.

The company has tasked Lakestar Media to position it as the number one brand for fancy dress through an integrated SEO, paid search and affiliate marketing campaign.

Lakestar Media Director of Sales Scott Reed said: “Fancy Dress Shack is a great example of an online retailer that is bucking the recession by having a clear focus on a niche market and offering quality products at a competitive price. Targeted online marketing can have a real impact on the company’s sale performance and we have developed a strategy for the business that will help it achieve its ambitious growth plans.”

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