Often times the most ridiculed, under-valued, and hated people in the entertainment industry—models, undergo the scorn of society. From envy from other women, who accuse them, sometimes accurately—but often times not—of having eating disorders, from criticism by feminists for perpetuating the alleged degradation of women by the so called 'male gaze,' and from many men, who view them merely as a mindless body and pretty face to look at, use, and throw away; models, whose career came in to existence with the beginning of the printed press, can have it tough.
Even the entertainment industry itself, including agents and managers, often demeans models. Reps that handle actors often dislike models, and actors, whose hard work is often undermined by a pretty face, may find them threatening and therefore, consider them enemies.
While generally perceived as spoiled, rich little brats, who don’t roll out of bed before noon for less than a million dollars, the truth is, according to certain labor statistics, most models, the ones that even make any money, don’t average much above minimum wage. Yet many models, based on my experience, are often hard working, intelligent young women, pushing their way through school, and sometimes school and work, scraping by, and simply hoping to give themselves and, many hope, maybe even their family, a better life for a cycle that most know is short lived.
Yet when they succeed, models can get paid any where from several hundred dollars on the low end per day, to hundreds, and some times even thousands per hour. To even make a decent full time living at being a model, a model is usually one out of thousands or tens of thousands of other girls who did not make the cut. To be a supermodel, it is one out of hundreds of thousands or even more who tried, while only one made it. Yet it takes constant work, dedication, and yes, artistry, to know how to work their allure and beauty that they were born with.
Having seen literally thousands of models, or those aspiring to be, over the years, I have realized that a part of the essence of the female model that makes her such an object of beauty to society and the media, is the essence of a woman herself. Her beauty, her intelligence, her personality, her charm, her spirit, her confidence, her innocence, and her modern power to push against the patriarchal system that has been set up against her, and use it to her advantage to regain her independence. We may all complain about models at some point (I know I have), but the fact is, the world is a much brighter, prettier, and better place because of models, and so we here salute them.
We give you here in this and in the next issue of The Hollywood Sentinel®, in no particular order, our final two models chosen of our top ten list of the most beautiful female models in the world, now living. To see the other first 8 models selected, visit our archives section by clicking on that button on the Table of Contents tab on the left side of this page.
Allesandra Ambrosio; her beauty is timeless. Hailing from the land of another supermodel—Gisele, Allesandra Ambrosio (who claims Italian and also Polish heritage) was born in Erechim, Brazil on April 11th, 1981. She enrolled in a modeling class at the age of 12, and at the age of 14, she was one of 20 finalists for the 1996 Elite Model Look national competition for Brazil. Her first major print job was the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine, and later Guess? Jeans. Work with Revlon, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren, followed, as well as the famed artistic nude Pirelli Calendar. She has done runway shows for designers including Prada, Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta among more, and has appeared on many international magazine covers including Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Bazaar, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Vogue among more.
In 2004, Alessandra launched her line of swimwear called Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais, which sold out rapidly. In 2004, she was selected as the first spokesmodel for the Victoria's Secret Pink line, and in 2005, she walked the Victoria's Secret fashion show runway which she went on to walk many more times.
Allesandra has done acting work for T.V. including a cameo as herself on HBO's 'Entourage.' She has also appeared on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,' 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' a guest judge on 'Project Runway,' 'The Tyra Banks Show,' and 'How I Met Your Mother.' Her film work includes 'Casino Royale' in 2006, as well as numerous music video shorts that launched on her website and appear on the video sharing site Vimeo.
She was ranked number five in Forbes, for The World's Top-Earning Models in 2011. On August 13th, 2012 she appeared in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony as part of Rio de Janeiro's Handover show. Her charitable work includes serving as the National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The images Allesandra has helped create are stunning, and her sensuality, intensity, and grace as a model is unparalleled. She is unquestionably one of the Worlds Top 10 hottest models of our time.
(Works consulted: Alessandra Ambrosio official website, and wikipedia).
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