Interviews

Sharon The Face The Face Season 2: Meet Dominican Beauty Sharon

Sharon’s promo for season 2 of “The Face” Image Credit: Oxygen/The Face

Season 2 of Oxygen’s “The Face” premieres tonight at 10 ET and we’re excited to see supermodel Naomi Campbell joined by new mentors Lydia Hearst and Anne V. Before watching the main event, we got a chance to interview one of the model contestants from the show–Sharon. This beauty from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, considers herself a tomboy at heart after growing up in a family of all boys. In this rapid fire Q&A, we ask the 24-year-old about what makes her stand out from the competition, her modeling experience and growing up in the DR.

Did you always want to model?

No, not really Ha! I always wanted to act, but back in 2010 my brother convinced me to do a casting for the fashion week back home. While I was participating I had an amazing time and realized I could do both =)

EXHIBITION NY CAROLINE MURPHY v3 Interview: Hunter & Gatti on New Exhibition featuring Carolyn Murphy, Ajak Deng

Carolyn Murphy by Hunter & Gatti

The creative duo behind Hunter & Gatti, Cristian Borillo and Matin Cespedes, have worked together for over a decade and will now be launching their first art exhibition in New York City on November 20th and November 21st. The pair has worked with many notable brands including Hugo Boss, Guess and Massimo Dutti. The showing will feature their photography and painting works as well as the premier edition of their online magazine HG Issue. Recently, we got a chance to interview Hunter & Gatti about their process and upcoming exhibit held at the OPENHOUSE Gallery in New York.

mademoiselle c poster Mademoiselle C Director Fabien Constant On Filming the New Carine Roitfeld Documentary

“Mademoiselle C” poster featuring Carine Roitfeld

With the release of Carine Roitfeld’s highly buzzed “Mademoiselle C” documentary arriving on September 11th, we recently had an opportunity to interview the director of the film, Fabien Constant. He told us about what we can expect from the documentary (see the trailer here) and what it was like filming the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief as she worked on the first issue of fashion bible, CR Fashion Magazine. Read highlights from FGR’s exclusive interview with the French director below.

On the most surprising thing when filming:
Constant tells us that what surprised him the most filming was how much Carine worked and how involved she is in her work despite being one of the biggest stylists in the industry. He elaborates, “she is very busy, always working”. He goes on to tell us that she has very few assistants.

mathieu mirano designs Exclusive: Designer Mathieu Mirano Chats About Lady Gaga, Inspirations

Image: Looks from Mathieu Mirano’s F/W 2013 Collection

New York-based designer Mathieu Mirano may be only 22, but he has already been tapped as one of America’s young designers to watch. With designs worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicole Richie and features in Elle US and WWD, the industry has been paying attention to this cutting edge creative. Recently, we got a chance to ask Mirano about his inspirations, what it was like working with Lady Gaga and living in the Big Apple.

“Our industry is multidimensional, and that is very exciting for me to be a part of. I also love women and want to make them happy. The Mathieu Mirano woman is very powerful, confident, and secure, and I am inspired by her every day.”

elle evans blurred lines2 Exclusive: Interview with Blurred Lines Video Star Elle Evans

Image: Elle Evans by Ash Gupta

The star of one the summer’s hottest hit videos, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, is Elle Evans. (Check out the video here.) The American beauty may play a bombshell in the racy video, but we soon discovered there’s a lot more to Elle than meets the eye. We decided to talk to the Texan-born blonde about her thoughts on the mega successful video, the not so glamorous side of modeling and fitness regiment. Click below for the full exclusive interview.

“My whole entire experience with ‘Blurred Lines’ is like one of those feelings of immense happiness that you get that is just basically like, a big uncontrollable smile.”

 Exclusive: Bionda Castana Designer Natalia Barbieri Chats About Fall 2013 Campaign

The Art of Shoes – British shoe brand Bionda Castana is known for its detail-orientated and elegant style. Today, we have an exclusive first look at the brand’s fall 2013 campaign. In the past, BC has found inspiration ranging from film noir to pop art for its advertisements. And this season is just as inspired with their designs appearing in illustrated form courtesy of artist Sonia Hensler. We talked to one half of the design duo, Natalia Barbieri, in an exclusive Q&A where she reveals more about the campaign’s influence and working with design partner Jennifer Portman.

Shoes for me are the starting point of every outfit and say a lot about a person. It’s great to be able to offer something different to the market and see it worn in magazines and on the street.
–Natalia Barberi

Flying Colors copy Interview with Makeup Artist Yasmin Heinz on New Book Geschminkte Wahrheit

“Geschminkte Wahrheit” Front & Back Cover / Photo by Felix Lammers

The Truth about Makeup – Makeup artist Yasmin Heinz’s new book, “Geschminkte Wahrheit” (“The Truth Made-up” in English), details her journey from the beginning of her career in New York to her life now as one of the most sought after artists. Heinz has worked with many notable faces such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Toni Garrn, Dita von Teese and Monica Bellucci. In her book, she also reveals secrets of the trade; some even surprisingly simple. FGR got a chance to speak with the German makeup artist about the book and her inspiration.

During my career, many celebrities, actresses, models and assistants always asked me the same questions [about makeup], “why and how?”. That was the main reason for making this book. It is about enlightenment, my insight as an artist.

Cindy Cover w spine worm Brian Bowen Smith Talks New Book Projects | FGR Exclusive

Cindy Crawford by Brian Bowen Smith

American photographer Brian Bowen Smith has been shooting for over ten years. Smith was a pro athlete before being discovered by Herb Ritts and subsequently went on to work as his assistant. The Los Angeles-based photographer has since shot for publications including W, Interview and Vanity Fair. As for doing anything other than photography, it is “not an option” according to Smith.

And you can see why upon viewing his portfolio–his images seem to capture a certain connection with each subject whether model or celebrity. His new book, “Projects”, showcases images from throughout his career featuring well-known names such as Cindy Crawford, Carolyn Murphy, Hilary Swank and Demi Moore to name a few. Recently, FGR had a chance to ask Smith about the story behind the images.

I was completely influenced by [working with Ritts]. To watch a master at work. What luck. When you assist and can learn from someone so great, it’s an unbelievable education. If you’re smart you pay attention and soak it all in.

sabal1 Seth Sabal Interview | FGR Exclusive

Miranda Kerr by Seth Sabal

Seth Sabal is a New York based photographer most well known for his captivating portraits of models and landscape photographs. Working with a range of models from Victoria’s Secret girls to newer faces and iconic beauties, each photograph captures something special about its subject. Recently, Sabal talked to FGR about his upcoming projects, thoughts on the industry and what inspires his work.

My style is simple, it’s not complicated lighting, it’s about connection, I want to capture the person, show the clothing and entertain the idea that makes us all feel compelled to look again.

stevie dance5 Stevie Dance Interview | FGR Exclusive

Dance’s work for Russh #37, photo by Benny Horne

New York based stylist Stevie Dance first got her start as an intern for Australian publication RUSSH. Soon after that, she moved up the ranks to become fashion editor of the magazine. This summer Dance wrapped her last issue as editor and although her unique and evocative style will be missed at the publication, Dance shows no sign of slowing down as a stylist or creative consultant. Recently, FGR got a chance to ask her a few questions about her personal style, hobbies, music tastes and much more.

For my work and for me, it’s about what I love. From a Lisa Bonet hair-do when I used to be a nut for The Cosby Show, to some t-shirt Courtney Love wore to memories from growing up in Connecticut and on the beach in Australia.