Do Your Homework

By Natalia Zurowski

Throughout our modelling  market guides, we mention the importance of doing your research about the client you'll be working for. Although it should be common sense, I was reminded a couple weeks ago that for many of my colleagues, it isn’t.

I was working at an event for Clinique in Hong Kong promoting their new product Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +. During the event, I overheard one of the other models ask the client, "What is this?" within earshot of guests and members of the Clinique team. I shook my head. The event organizers didn't look impressed either. 

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The Eyes Have It?

By Natalia Zurowski

The obsession with beauty in Asia, and more specifically Hong Kong, is more than apparent. With Sasa, Bonjour, and other beauty shops on almost every corner, their presence is hard to ignore. In a two kilometre radius around my own apartment, I can count three Sasa's, two Bonjours, two large department stores, as well as a handful of other small beauty stores. Every product imaginable can be found on store shelves including smile changers, nose shapers, face rollers, and face masks for every conceivable imperfection.

Although the names of the stores differ, each one is filled with the same packaged promise: youth. But when the products don't deliver or aren't enough, many people turn to plastic surgery.

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Candid Encounter: Nina

By Natalia Zurowski

A few weeks ago, I was at a job for a local magazine in Hong Kong. While I was getting my hair and makeup done, two little girls and their mother came in. The studio was holding another shoot next door and we were sharing the dressing room. The one young girl was probably around seven-years-old while her sister couldn't have been more than four. They were both absolutely adorable. At first, I didn't pay much attention to them and minded my own business. Until the mom began to get visibly irritated with her youngest daughter, Nina.*

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Candid Encounters

Candid Encounters is a new series on The Business Model that shares the conversations we've had with members of the industry that have had a lasting impact on us. Whether that impact was positive or negative, we’ve felt compelled to share these encounters with you. In doing so, we hope our readers will be able to develop a better sense of appreciation, compassion, and understanding for other peoples stories, cultures, and/or opinions. In speaking candidly to these individuals, we are able to have a look into their thoughts from a more raw and personal perspective.