Supermodel 101: Cindy Crawford

Break out those denim cutoffs, a white wife beater (there needs to be a conversation about this) and crack open a can of Pepsi, Baby Gia has entered the building. After a chance encounter with a photographer who took her photo for a university newspaper, this Illinois native left Northwestern University to become a modeling legend. A hottie with a body and brains, sis was pursuing a degree in chemical engineering, but dropped out having found success in the industry.
In the beginning she was known as Baby Gia, a replacement to top supermodel Gia Carangi, who succumbed to a tragic demise. But those smoldering brown eyes, voluminous locks and signature mole (literally the reason women draw them on) allowed Cindy to forge a path of her own.

The pisces baddie, who shares a birthday with both Rihanna AND Kurt Cobain, is one of the 90’s supermodels “Big Six.” That means she’s cat walked the most coveted runways (Chanel, Dior, Muglier), was the host of MTV’s House Of Style, landed the most lucrative campaigns (Halston, Revlon, Valentino), had a successful run in the fitness world with her workout tapes, was a video vixen for the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and George Micheal, has covered every major magazine, was once married to 1999’s Sexiest Man Alive, Richard Gere according to People, found love with second husband Rande Gerber, a successful businessman who co-owns renowned tequila company Casamigos, with bff George Clooney and is now a mother of two. What a career. What’s your favorite Cindy moment? Via: Vogue Italy, Vogue Australia, Getty Images & Cosmopolitan Magazine

Shine Bright This Weekend

My writing piece is taking wayyyyy longer than I thought, but at least I’m doing it. Heavy was the cloud hanging over my head until confronting a psychological abuser, who spent half a decade stalking me and let’s not forget the people who aided in this, especially the women. That’s not what I’m writing about now, but it was worth sharing. Why? Because I realized I have PTSD due to a psychopath and now I’m free, but will probably need therapy. What makes me feel guilty is the friends who were subjected to it, to Genc Jakupi, an abuser. I hope everybody shines this weekend. When do you shine your brightest?

Your Crush Is Coming…

Act Natural.

The most AWKWARD thing I ever did in front of a crush: seventh grade I left something in my desk, I went back to my last class to retrieve it. Unbeknownst to me my crush sat in the same spot. In front of the whole class my left eye started twitching uncontrollably. The closer I got to him the worse it became, I was mortified. That’s never happened before, or since. A hot ass mess. What’s the most embarrassing thing you did in front of someone you liked? Via: Music Ain’t Dead

Supermodel 101: Tyra Banks

Growing up we received a bevy of magazine subscriptions, including Victoria’s Secret. Had Tyra Banks even glanced at my dad he would’ve spontaneously combusted happily. This man was obsessed, OBSESSED with her in the nineties. Any cover with Tyra was purchased and left on the counter for the eyes of all.
Scouted by Elite at age 17 she was the first African American model to cover Victoria’s Secret, GQ and Sports Illustrated. A bodacious bod, glimmering green eyes and a forehead that makes her look like a hot alien, this baddy was able to parlay her modeling career into acting (Fresh Prince, Coyote Ugly and Life Size), hosting (The Tyra Banks Show and DWTS) and countless other entrepreneurial enterprises. But it was the groundbreaking America’s Next Top Model that made her the star of iconic memes (passing out and asking if the girls were scared, screaming at Tiffany WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU), phrases (ho but make it fashion), creating careers (Winnie Harlow & Eva Marcille) and a legendary wordsmith (smize = smiling with your eyes).

Some would say she’s insane, but we let her get away with it because she’s funny, entertaining and well, pretty people privilege. A mother of one she has no plans of slowing down her ever growing empire. Anyone who tries to stop her can kiss her fat black ass! She does the most, but she takes accountability and we love her for it. You wanna be on top? Photos: Cosmopolitan Magazine, Victorias’s Secret, Tyra Banks Instagram and L’Officiel

You Can See Inside Me

Two people, just meeting
Barely touching each other
Two spirits greeting
Trying to carry it further

You are one
And I am another
We should be one
Inside each other
You can see inside me
Will you come inside me?
Do you wanna ride inside my love?

Photographer: Robin Lirb

Muse (Noun)

A woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

Photographers: Diego Palomino, Shot By Nae & Demetrius Washington

“Teenage Smoker”

I’ll never forget being in front of the Pinkberry on 82nd and second with my friend about to start the night, when my dad randomly pulls up in his car. We walked over to say hello and I COMPLETELY forgot there was a cigarette behind my ear. I tried to pull it out low key, but it was way too late. My friend jumped in and said it was her cigarette that I was holding. The dumb shit.

Now when I see teen smokers I’m like what are you five? They look like babies, but when I did it I thought I was so grown. Now I know how infantile we looked to adults giving us the side eye. Adults we asked to get us cigs when we had no other choice. I quit one million times before finally kicking the habit five years ago. Now I can’t believe I smoked (Marlboro Gold’s) at all, crazier still is that cigs were $5 a pack when I turned 18 and now they’re three times that.

The first time I smoked a cigarette I was five and my grandmother threw one out in the yard. It was still lit so I picked it up and inhaled, the way she did, my idol. I coughed like mad and stamped it out after one pull. That didn’t stop me from starting forreal in high school, how lovely it was relieving stress and topping off substances. What is your relationship to cigarettes? Photographer: Ed Templeton

Rolling Out

Happy weekend, I hope you find whatever you need to refresh. Take time to relax in a safe manner. I will be rolling into a bottle of wine, wishing I could have taken the two vacations that tempted me to travel during this pandemic and reflecting on the past one million I made secondary over the last five years. If I could turn back time I would have gone, instead of confining myself to meeting big goals before I could enjoy myself. Balance is key. What are you reflecting on this weekend? Via: Rock The 80s