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Michelle Van Der Water - The Palm Pre Girl

Michelle Van Der Water got a lot of attention for the below Palm Pre commercial. She's a hottie extraordinaire. I saw the comment below on a message board and found it...interesting. Curious to hear other's thoughts on it.

i like girls like this physically, but i never like their attitudes. she goes to lounges and sips on martinis and on weekends attends art exhibitions. she will only date guys same complexion as her or lighter.she is too career-oriented and usually hangs around white people, as the token 'black girl'. all token black girls have that hair style. every single one. it is the hairstyle that ad companies use for black women in their advertisements. you'll never see a black woman in an ad without this hairstyle. it is because she is the girl who hangs with whites, so whites feel more comfortable watching the ad and it still has ethnic diversity. (on another note, the girl will always be the 'light skinned' black girl, never dark 'ghetto/african skin')

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Erica F. - SHOW Magazine

Trying something new and different: galleries. Click the image to be taken to the gallery page. Credit: Showgirlz Exclusive.


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Alysha Young in Maria Claire, Vogue, etc.

UPDATE: This blog post has been updated. Alysha sat down today to talk in detail about how she landed this job, for all those aspiring models who want to know...

--How did the Walmart ad campaign come about for you (e.g., starting from how you got with the agency that booked you for the job, providing one of your agents booked you)...

I got the Walmart ad through my agency, the Daniel Hoff Agency. Getting an agent is necessary and I got mine through submitting headshots and resumes to all agents that looked like we could benefit each other. You can get a list of all the agencies and what talent they are currently looking for at Samuel French Bookstore. After I sent out my packages I heard back from less then 1/4 of the agents. I went in to do a test read of a script, got a call back offering me representaion.

--Was this job a buy-out, do you get residuals, etc.?

The job was a buyout I got about $2,000 for internet and print usage during Summer 2010. If Walmart decides they want to use the images longer than the summer then they have to pay me again. Also, there's an exclusivity clause - while this ad is out I can't do a similar ad campaign for stores like Target or K-mart.

--How long ago did you actually shoot for this ad, to give people some idea of how long projects like this can take to come into fruition...

I shot this campaign in the beginning of April 2010. They had me "on hold" for a week, meaning I was told to keep my availibility open just in case they wanted me (ahhhhh the suspense, lol)

--When you shot for it, did you have any idea of how you would be featured in the ads, if at all?

After I shot for the ad I had no idea where it would actually be used. They don't tell you. All I knew was it could be used for print and online, whatever that means. No one tells you the actual relese date. I didn't even know it was out until you told me Winking. Sometimes I never get to see the final result, it's only in the Midwest. Sometimes they don't even use you... at all Sad.

--What advice would give to aspiring models out there who wanna dip their foot into urban modeling but not foreclose opportunities to do an ad like this?

My advice is to know exactly where you want to end up in the industry and be selective with your work. If you want to be super sexy and that's the work you book, it'll probally open more doors to be super sexy, but there's the risk you will be pigeonholed to that. You have to remember your overall objective and stick with a plan that will keep you versatile. Don't get "caught up." KEEP FOCUS.

Congrats to Alysha! celebrate (Click to enlarge.)


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Bria Myles in "The Big Butt Book"

The Big Butt Book ($59.99, Taschen Books) is the fourth in a series of "art books" from Taschen celebrating the human form in all its glory, profiling some of the highest-profile examples and overloading on archival images from throughout the history of erotic art and nudie mags. Here, Taschen's Sexy Books Editor Dian Hanson follows up on The Big Book of Breasts and The Big Book of Legs. **Bria Myles makes an appearance in the book.**

This is actually a good look because this book will be around forever in stores and even some libraries, while the magazines Bria has done will have long faded out. This series of art books by Taschen is very well respected.

As Bria's lawyer, my only question is: can you sell an art book like this using other people's photos without their permission? (Rhetorical question, lol)



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Miss Tammy aka Tamara Lightning

Finally, what appears to be a worthy entrant into the game of urban modeling: Miss Tammy, or as she's known on Model Mayhem, Tamara Lightning.

Update 3: Tamara appears to have up and disappeared from the net altogether, which is not uncommon for aspiring urban models. Her Model Mayhem page and Twitter are gone. sad


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A Rare Sighting: Black Sexuality in the Mainstream

So this picture by photographer Scott Hebert caught my eye because it is showcasing that rarest of rarities: a playful show of affection between a black man and woman that is not crass or debasing. Eva Pigford just looks fantastic here, and the way Lance Gross's hands are framing her tiny waist shows off just what an amazing figure she has. Personally, I think this is a hot photo.


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Erika R - Au Naturel Black Model

Edit: Model is Erika R has now been identified thanks to member "kb3al".


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Laura Dore - Scenic Vistas

Despite the crispy artificial lighting used in an outdoor setting, Laura looks rather captivating here. These are magazine quality photos used for the galleries on her pay website. Not bad.

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Scarlett Johansson

I promise this blog won't become a Maxim wannabe. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson get enough press everywhere else. But I have to say, I'm smitten with her. I mean, have you seen Iron Man 2!? Talk about stealing a scene (poor Gwyneth).

But the thing is, I've always liked Scarlett, going back to Ghost World in 1999, so this isn't some fad-ish, trendy reverence. This is good old fashioned, died-in-the-wool obsession, lol. And she has such a cool vibe about her and no lame plastic surgeries. I would hate to find out she has a bad attitude and treats people crummy.

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Arianny Celeste - UFC Hottie

UFC Hottie Arianny Celeste is featured on the cover of last month's Maxim and is photographed by Jeff Olson. This soft, natural look continues to elude the urban genre. Even my pics for J'Adore are not quite as soft and easy on the eyes as this. Hmmm... Consider39 I guess it's back to the old drawing board.

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