Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Modeling in Second Life

There is a lot more to SL modeling then just having a nice looking avatar. Being able to take direction from the photographer and knowing how to adjust your avatar with a moments notice takes practice, organization and skill.  I sat in on one fashion photo shoot and was impressed with the technical aspects.  The photographer directed the model to look into the camera, then to look to the left.  To change clothing, then change hair, etc. "That shade of lipstick is too dark for that dress" and " With that outfit I need you to wear a hair style that is shorter but not an updo" I was amazed at how quickly the model could change her look and follow directions. I thought if it were me, I would still be digging through my inventory looking for the right hair and how do I force my eyes to move to the left or look straight at the camera.  Then I was invited to go behind the scenes of a fashion show and I was blown away at the amount of work that went into it.  I left with a tremendous amount of respect for the Second Life models.
Luckily there are modeling schools that can teach you everything you need to know to become a successful SL model. 

L'Amour Nexus University of Fashion is a high end modeling university, production and model management company that has an impressive curriculum of courses. From styling to runway walking and posing. And advanced classes that teach self branding, organization, creating an AO, editing your poses to your outfit and even photography and runway productions.
After graduation, you are added to the roster of models for L'Amour Model Agency if you chose to join.

I have copied part of L'Amour Nexus University's "Mission Statement" below that explains why L'Amour is more than just a modeling school.

 L'Amour Nexus University of Fashion (LNU) has a mission to develop each student to become the best they can be in the SL world of modeling.  We will  provide each student with the proper skills, resources and knowledge needed to enter the competitive world of SL modeling and much more.  LNU students will graduate with the necessary skills to manage, coach and be self-sufficient and self-reliable as part of any group being artistic and/or managerial.  We expect them to go out into the modeling world upholding all that this school stands for.  Expectations for them is to give 100% commitment, be honest, ethical, supportive, and to put forth their very best when representing our brand.
          We offer comprehensive programs with intuitive courses that are designed to accelerate the learning process with the guidance of a professional team of experts, who will work together to ensure that each student receives a well-rounded, thorough, and meaningful education.   We will always be there for each and every student.  This is a lifelong commitment not just through their course work with LNU, but as a supportive hand during their career.

For more information about L'Amour Nexus University of Fashion, contact Ava Jhamin CEO and Dean of Students. Or stop by their headquarter for an application and curriculum at

L'Amour Nexus University of Fashion and L'Amour Production Company

L'Amour's  Mr. and Miss Model International

The world of SL modeling is very competitive.  There are store models, runway models, fashion models and nude to semi nude models.  They pose for designer's vendors, fashion shows, blogs and magazines.  We interviewed two very successful models.  Lolly Starr - Fashion and runway model and Tatiana Alexandra - Fashion and nude model.

Lolly Starr- Fashion and Runway Model

ISL: What got you interested in fashion modeling and how long have you been doing it?
Lolly: " I was interested in modeling from the start.  I saw the beautiful models on vendor posters in clothing stores and when I went to my first fashion show, I knew that was what I wanted to do.  I attended and graduated for CWS modeling school in 2012 and they helped me book my first modeling job. I have been modeling ever since."

ISL: What are the challenges of fashion modeling?
Lolly: " Always updating your look to the latest trend and organizing your inventory."

ISL: Who have you modeled for?
Lolly: " I have worked for several modeling agencies like Elite, Magnum, Models Inc and Calla's.  I have modeled for a lot of designers. Redgrave, Coco, Scuderia, BabyDolls, Apple May, KoKo, Bella Couture, Alli&Ali and many others and have done fashion shows for Suta, Couture Co., House of Haute Couture, just to name a few."

ISL: What was your favorite fashion shoot or fashion show?
Lolly: "That's a hard question because I have had so many fun and exciting shoots and shows, but if I had to pick one it would be the Back To School fashion show for Couture Co.  The set was made to look like the inside of a classroom and instead of chairs, the audience was seated at school desks."


Tatiana Alexandra - Fashion and Adult Model

ISL:What got you interested in nude modeling and how long have you been doing it?
Tatiana: "I primarily started with Playmates Magazine when I was chosen for Playmate Of The Month July 2015."

ISL:What are the challenges of nude modeling compared to fashion modeling?
Tatiana: "Nude modeling is a bit more involved. Poses ,Lighting, interaction, body form where fashion modeling is more emphasis on clothes ,blogging etc."

ISL: What publications or media's have you modeled for?
Tatiana: "Playmates Magazine, Foxtails Magazine, Something New Poses, Unique Phaze , Pornstars & personal work on Flikr."

ISL: What was your favorite photo shoot?
Tatiana: "I would have to say my shoots with Ima & Playmates.  My favorite would have to be the Masquerade shoot and the Winter Shoot with ImaHotOne - Photographer. And the Playmate Of Month Shoot with Tommi Waydelich

ISL: Which do you prefer, fashion modeling or nude modeling and why?
Tatiana: " I prefer nude as its not limited creatively, fashion is fun but the focus is the clothes and not as much freedom."



If you are interested in modeling in any form, you need to go to a good modeling school, (we recommend L'Amour Nexus University of Fashion).  You have to invest in the top of the line skins,  hair, mesh body and avatar enhancements such as Slink Hands and Feet and be organized enough to be able to change hair, make-ups, poses, clothing quickly.  It is hard work, but with determination, you can be a top model and make some lindens or receive free clothing from fashion designers. 


Monday, March 28, 2016

Explore Second Life

One of our favorite SL activities is exploring new sims and destinations.  Our group members are often sent information from new sim owners, clubs, galleries, etc to write about in our blog and we love to go check out interesting destinations.  If you are a SL explorer and are looking for great places, your first stop should be "Expedition Central".
Expedition Central is an explorers club dedicated to seeking out cool new sims and sharing them with like-minded individuals.  Everybody is welcome --no exceptions.  There is an Expedition Central group, a clubhouse and a blog.  Join the group to receive weekly sim reviews.

In the clubhouse is a library of 132 interesting Second Life locations.  Each location is represented by an image.  Click an image to receive a landmark to that location, and occasionally a explanatory notecard or a free t-shirt or whatever we have for it.  The locations are constantly being updated

The clubhouse is shaped like a big beer can and has several floors.  There is a semitransparent platform halfway up so you can see all or most of the locations at once, a lounge/map room above that and a rooftop observation deck with hang gliding available!  There is also an orientation area up high.

You can right-click the teleporters or just fly straight up through the hole in the ceiling.  This is a flight-friendly facility, however we are at 3500 meters, so watch your step.  There are free flight feathers on the bottom floor, also free maps and free vehicles. 

The Expedition Central group is open enrollment and anyone can invite others into it.  There is a teleporter to the Chilbo Sandbox on the bottom floor of the museum. 

For more information please IM Cyrus Hush. Or use the link below to teleport in-world.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

ISL Fashion Awards Winners

All of the nominees are SL's top of the line designers.  Just to be nominated by our resident polls, says a lot about the popularity of these brands so they are all winners.  The last stage of our resident surveys and focus groups have been completed and the results are:

2016 Fashion Award Winners

Women's Everyday Casual
Pink Pearl

Women's Upscale Casual

Women's Urban Wear

Women's Formal Wear

Women's Intimate Apparel
Dirty Princess

Woman's Costumes

Women's Shoes

Women's Hair

Men's Everyday Casual

Men's Upscale Casual

Men's Urban Wear

Men's Formal Wear
Adam Edelstein Couture

Men's Costumes
The Forge

Men's Shoes

Men's Hair

Chop Zuey

Congratulations to all our winners!