As some of you may know, my modeling journey began only last summer after many years in Second Life. I was amazed by all of the things the modeling world had to offer…from contests to pageants, to the wide and impressive assortment of creative designers. It was a lot to absorb. One of the contests that had stood out to me early on was the Colour of Couture because representing the Latina I am in SL was foundational to my virtual modeling career. I have never desired to be anything but Latina. Of course I mean no disrespect to those who have played with the color of their skin in SL. It is as I always say…to each their own, so long as it harms none. In SL you can be anything, so why not explore ethnicity? I just never had that particular desire.
I have been through so much since I first learned about Colour of Couture all those months ago, and when I was presented with the opportunity to apply I couldn’t resist. I felt ready now, groomed by my failures and successes. So I submitted my most culture loving photos and hoped for the best. The following photos are the ones I had commissioned with Skip Staheli to capture my Puerto Rican pride. *grins*
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hair > Exile::Wild At Heart Natural Fusion 2
eyeshadow > :[The Plastik]:- Foxxe Makeups:// Radioactive
face paint > Luas Feral Face Tattoo 1
lipstick > Madrid Solo – Romance Couture – Ava Gold (lips only)
arm tattoos > \MaJaVicent/ – Nature in Taino
necklaces > MishMash BooBoo Honey & Pocahantas
dress > Luas Glenna Camisk White
feathers > Boudouir Wild Thing
Both of the above photos I had done before I even considered applying for Colour of Couture and they seemed very appropriate to submit. I was very pleased to then be invited to the live cast, and the following was my styling for it. The theme was to style inspired by the Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 Couture collection.
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head & shoulders > Zibska Manna Full Vs.
dress > Coquet. Shiver Gown
hip flowers > Dead Dollz Catrina Flowers – Hips
ring > (epoque) Metal Petal Ring – Rose/Rose
bracelet > =Zenith=Black Leather White Pearl Stone Bracelet – Sliver
shoes > tulip. Twisted Sandals (Burgundy)
pose > Manifeste
location > Beautiful
I am thrilled to have been selected as an official candidate along with so many of my friends. This will truly be quite the experience for us all and I look forward to sharing it with them and here on my blog.
Thank you so much for reading!
“I am not African.
Africa is in me, but I cannot return.
I am not Taina.
Taino is in me, but there is no way back.
I am not European.
Europe lives in me, but I have no home there.
I am new. History made me. My first language is Spanglish.
I was born at the crossroads
and I am whole.”
~ Aurora Levins Morales