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Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic (not actual wedding photo)

Love is in the air!

This past weekend Polish bombshell/supermodel Anja Rubik married her model fiancé Sasha Knezevic.

Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic in Majorca PHOTO: Modelinia Blog

From the looks of it, it was a model wedding (too easy 🙂 ). The couple tied the knot on the Spanish island of Majorca.

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Sasha (a former professional basketball player for club Varese in Italy, was born in Serbia but raised in Vienna) and Anja (recently named the most in-demand model) fashion god Karl Lagerfeld’s go-to-girl, got engaged after seeing the opera Dance of the Vampires directed by Roman Polanski (I am guessing that they are big fans of True Blood).  

An emerging fashion power couple of sorts, the two are the creative brains behind the Austrian fashion and lifestyle mag 25 Magazine

Check out the two love birds in action on Polish morning show Dzien Dobry TVN ( Good Morning TVN. )

And here’s Sasha at a Quebec based fashion shoot for Canadian fashion house RW&CO. ft

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Supermodel Daria Werbowy graces the cover of the newly released (May 2011) Fashion magazine (Canada’s source for fashion and beauty)

In the accompanying article she speaks about her changing body and mind, saying…

“A lot of people used to tell me I was wise for my age, but they’ve stopped saying that…as I’ve gotten older, I feel like I’ve gotten more confused, which I guess is normal because when you’re in your early 20s you think you know everything.”

Daria is 27. She is successful, accomplished and has a lifetime (in model years) of experience and knowledge behind her.

Which begs the question – why is she so confused?

We have more options today than we’ve ever had before. There are countless opportunities and choices for everything: career, car, house, education, style, travel – take your pick.

But are all these choices making us feel lousy?

Were things better when they were a lot worse?

This is the question that Psychologist Barry Schwartz asks in his famous TED Talk.

In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied and confused.

Have a look and let us know if you have a tried and true method for dealing with choices.

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Ania Boniecka of Aniab.net

We first stumbled upon Ania Boniecka in the latest issue of Canada’s famed fashion magazine Flare (check out our original post here). At that time, the Calgary based model and fashion blogger (behind  Aniab.net) was just about to depart for New York City to attend an exciting fashion bloggers conference happening amidst the hustle and bustle of NY Fashion Week.

We caught up with her after the fact to get her impressions about the event as well as to find out how she ended up getting into modeling and blogging in the first place.

Check out our interview with Ania below. And as always, we’d love to hear from you, so please  leave a comment.  

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Photographer Terry Richardson

Happy Friday!!!

Yesterday we featured a profile of Polish model Magdalena Frąckowiak.

Well this morning we received news via Terry Richardson’s twitter that Magdalena has a big editorial spread in the latest (March 20011) issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

Check out the photos here:

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Terry Richardson (above) is the renowned fashion photographer who we previously wrote about relating to his work on the Belvedere Vodka marketing campaign.

Here he is with Mr. President himself:

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Magdalena Frąckowiak on the cover of Japanese Vogue, January 2009

By Izabela Stabinska

In my last post I gave you a small glimpse into the life of a model and told you about how, as a fashion designer, I admire them for their hard work and dedication.

There are many Polish models strutting the world’s catwalks. And among the top of that list is Magdalena Frąckowiak. In fact, she’s been storming the fashion world for the last couple of years.

Her face combines a very unique mixture of innocence, sensuality and sophistication. And despite having very strong features, her chameleon-like versatility makes her a true professional. She can easily be the playful teenage girl, the elegant diva, or the edgy Goth.

Magdalena’s genius was also noticed by the fashion guru, Karl Lagerfeld, who appointed her as the main character in his latest (this month’s release!) short films for the Chanel and Hogan brands:

La Lettre by Karl Lagerfeld

Born in Gdansk, Poland in 1984, Magdalena was sixteen when her mother sent pictures of her to a Warsaw modeling agency to enter her in a contest. She won and joined the Model Plus Agency.

Her break-through moment came in April 2006 when she appeared on her first magazine cover for Italian Glamour. Five months later she graced the cover of Polish Elle and later she opened the spring fashion show for Yves Saint Laurent. That same year Style.com featured Magdalena as top model of spring 2007.

Today Magdalena Frąckowiak ranks # 15 on models.com’s Top 50.

February 2010 Dazed and Confused Cover Photograhed by Josh Olins

Magdalena on the cover of Russian Vogue, May 2009

She has graced the covers of the most prestigious fashion magazines and walked for the world’s top designers, including: Christian Dior, Chanel, Versace, Fendi, Valentino, Armani, Balenciaga, Pucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, and the late Alexander McQueen.

In Autumn/Winter 2008 she walked in 55 fashion shows. Can you believe it?

Last year she rocked the runway for the Victoria’s Secret. And yes, she was honoured with the Tough Love vampy black wings!

But her adventure with Victoria’s Secret has just begun! Just this year, Magdalena appeared in the company’s Spring/Summer 2011 Pink line look-book, which placed her among the most elite and adored VS Angels.

Angels aside, Magdalena also plays the Greek Goddess Hestia in the newest edition of the famous Pirelli Calendar. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, she collaborated on the project with fellow Poles Anja Rubik and Daria Werbowy.

2011 Pirelli Calendar, Photographs by Karl Lagerfeld

It all sounds very impressive! And it seems like Magdalena has already achieved everything there is in the fashion world. So I wonder what else she has up her sleeves for the rest of the year.

Izabela Stabinska

Izabela is Toronto based fashion designer who studied fashion in California. After receiving the Best Graduation Collection award, she traveled all over Europe where she collaborated on art projects, fashion shows and photo shoots. In Toronto, she is freelancing in fashion design and production. Currently, she is working with a local enterpreneur on a specialized sportswear line and is developing her first Canadian collection.

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We’re excited to welcome Izabela Stabinska to the YouNxt Blog mix.

Here is her first post. Enjoy…

Polish models Anja Rubik and Magdalena Frackowiak in an ad campaign for Oscar de la Renta

Dear YouNxt Blog Readers,

Looks like you and I have a lot in common! We like to follow this blog to read about fascinating events, interesting people and places that are close to our hearts. That’s why I was very excited when I was offered the opportunity to be a part of the YouNxt blog and asked to drop few lines about fashion, art and design from time to time.

My name is Iza and I am a fashion designer.

I love beauty and creativity and I have a great appreciation for inspiring people who make our world a marvelous place to live.

Creating is not easy. We, designers, struggle a lot while trying to invent, re-invent, and re-work the details for the hundredth time in order to make the garment perfect.

However, if you’ve ever attended a fashion show or watched Top Model you also know that modeling is not as easy as it looks. I first realized this when I was assisting on a photo session on the rooftops of Paris.

It was a cold April evening and the entire crew was wearing sweaters, coats and scarves but still shaking in the blustering chilly wind. And as much as I appreciated the work of the photographer and the talent of the designer, the true hero of that night, was the model who, with her arms spread, was balancing herself on the rooftop while wearing only a thin chiffon dress.

Assisting with a photo session of Olena Dats Fall/Winter 2010 collection on the rooftops of Paris

Why am I writing this? Because I want you to understand that being a model often requires sacrifice (take Naomi’s bunions for example!) and not everybody can do it. I really admire their work and will be sharing it with you in future posts.

As you know, there are many Polish models turning heads on catwalks all over the world:

Anja Rubik, Kasia Struss, Ania Jagodzińska, Monika Jagaciak, Marcelina Sowa, Kamila Szczawińska, Marlena Szoka, Małgosia Bela, Kasia Wrobel, Ramona Chmura and Emilia Nawarecka.

Anja Rubik

Monika Jagaciak

Magdalena Frackowiak

In my next post I’ll tell you all about Magdalena Frąckowiak. But I’m curious,  who is your favourite model?

Additionally, if there are models, designers, brands or fashion-related topics that you would like to hear more about, please let me know and I’ll scour the cyberspace to find it for you!

Till next time!

Ciao,

Iza

Izabela Stabinska

Izabela is Toronto based fashion designer who studied fashion in California. After receiving the Best Graduation Collection award, she traveled all over Europe where she collaborated on art projects, fashion shows and photo shoots. In Toronto, she is freelancing in fashion design and production. Currently, she is working with a local enterpreneur on a specialized sportswear line and is developing her first Canadian collection.

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Joanna Krupa for PETA

PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is notorious for using controversial ads to promote animal rights. Their “I’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” campaign, although provocative, is fairly tame compared to some of their more shocking marketing tactics.

Not so long ago, Polish supermodel Joanna Krupa, took part in this PETA campaign that raised the ire of United States based Catholic League and its President Bill Donohue.

With relation to these ads Mr. Donohue said that PETA:

 … has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services.

In response Joanna Krupa said:

As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I’m doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God’s creation.

And in another interview she added:

I was born in Europe, and Europeans have a more casual, natural way of dealing with nudity.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that the religious iconagraphy is there to stir controversy. But is this totally inappropriate or does it serve a greater purpose? What do you think?

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