1. Denim cutoff shorts are great because they make hot girls look hotter and all that, but it's time to move on. The fact that they're now mainstream does not detract from the fact that they're also really, really trashy... And far too exposing, extremely perve-inducing and therefore contributing to the world's ever-increasing moral laxity. Let's keep it classy this summer, ladies.
2. Three cheers for Jessica Clarke. That girl has single handedly put New Zealand modelling on the world map with her breakout season just been. And here's a little trivia for her fans: did you know she also played netball for New Zealand? What a champion. Next thing we'll find out she was a 15 year old Rhode scholar.
3. One of the first big time international fashion shows I ever went to was Number (N)ine's finale offering back in January 2009. I really didn't get it at the time but now, watching this video, I think I do. It's funny how that happens.
4. I understand that GST has gone up 2.5%, but how does that equate to the 50 cent price hike on coffee, gum and just about every other daily necessity on the market? When will our income go up an inexplicable 20%-50%? Answer me that, government!
5. Budgets and finale glitches aside, why was Australia's Next Top Model so much more credible than New Zealand's Next Top Model? Besides the quality of the girls, the standard of the shoots was really high (ie. no campy, theatrical, OTT dinosaur body painting). Plus, the winner got a real life Harper's Bazaar cover. That's like an actual big deal. Why isn't NZNTM aligning itself with our answer to Australia's Harper's Bazaar – Fashion Quarterly? And if it does stick with Cleo, get that winning girl a cover!
6. The secret to success is showing up. Woody Allen said that, and I reckon it's the God honest truth.
7. The more I go overseas, the more I see the differences between New Zealanders and everybody else in the world. While we do have a lot of wonderful attributes, it pains me to say that we're not the friendliest bunch. If we see somebody we don't know very well, we'll often look away rather than making eye contact and just saying hello. Take it from me: it takes a lot less effort to just say hello.
8. Did you know that Les Mills' Body Jam programme has been sold to something like 70,000 gyms around the world? It's pretty much just straight dancing for an hour to amazing music like Kanye West and *NSYNC. I've never had so much fun working out in my entire life, and the people watching is second to none.
9. A commenter raised the valid point that blame shouldn't be placed on the young women who get taken advantage of on photoshoots or whose nude photographs get sold at a later date (like Miranda Kerr's did recently). That wasn't my intention when I wrote the Miranda Kerr piece, but if it came off that way, my apologies. Here's the comment in full:
"'The moral of the story is simple: keep your clothes on, girls.'
Why is this the moral of the story rather than 'Don't be sleazy opportunistic jerks, guys' and 'Don't support, endorse or encourage sleazy opportunistic jerks, media and society and general'? Those are just an impossible standard to hold compared to telling women what to do?
Sorry, I do figure you're not a dick and not intentionally trying to victim blame or whatever, but I hate that this is always (really always!) the moral of the story. It shouldn't be assumed impossible that past trust with an old room-mate or ex-boyfriend won't be maintained, and they're the dickheads to blame if it isn't. We don't tend to do this in situations not involving naked young women."
10. Kickstarts by Example is THE summer jam. But if your tastes are leaning towards the gangsta, Kanye wins with Monster.
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