By Viviane Vidal, model

My first fashion shoot was in Paris. I was so excited, I have never been there before. It was an amazing experience. After work, I was invited to a party and went straight to a nail salon to get a manicure. When the technician was done, I looked at my nails…. I was horrified! She had put the polish only on the center of the nail. What was she thinking? In Brasil we are very meticulous about our manicures, we cut all cuticles, completely cover the whole nail with polish, then clean the edges with acetone. I realized that this was not the way nails were done in France… I went back to the hotel and did it myself, it definitely looked better. I was ready to party!

I live in New York now, and I am still very specific about my beauty treatments. Luckily, the Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho does it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is for me, the only way to go!

Viviane’s Beauty Adventure is also an illustration series by Elisa Stangalini.



JINSOON A La Mode collection has been named by models who inspired the colors. From the left: Austere (Caroline Trentini), Charade (Hyoni Kang), Rhapsody (Coco Rocha), Debonair (Karlie Kloss), Auspicious (Jamie Bochert), Metaphor (Guinevere van Seenus).

Read more about Jin Soon Nail Care Collection here


By Carole Hallac

It’s no question that in  New York, Jin Soon Choi, a native of Korea, is the absolute queen of nails. With three nail spas in Manhattan, Jin has been an institution in the industry for many years, a favorite on the set of international fashion campaigns and magazine covers (she is the go-to manicurist of Steven Meisel shoots), and has worked with a multitude of celebrities (Sarah Jessica Parker was her first client in her East Village salon) and models.

Models are, in fact, part of the Jin’s inspiration for her new exquisite nail collection, which is divided into two lines: the Quintessentials, with classic colors like red and nude, and A La Mode, which features the shades of the season, and were named by some of her model friends  such as Coco Rocha (“Rhapsody”), Caroline Trentini (“Austere”), Karlie Kloss (“Debonair”), Hyoni Kang (“Charade”), Jamie Bochert (“Auspiscious”), and Guinevere Van Seenus (“Metaphor”).

The JINSOON nail care collection is 5-free (non toxic), and includes twelve colors, a top coat and a strengthening basecoat infused with biotin and amino acids.

Available at Sephora and SpaceNK in September ($18 each).

View the A La Mode collection here.


COMIC PAMP by Elisa Stangalini

by Tiffany Etessami

Viviane Vidal’s Beauty Adventure made us curious about the process of the Brazilian manicure. We were able to speak to Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (the salon that Viviane swears by). She took us through the steps of this impeccable mani.

At Maria Bonita, the entire process takes about forty-five minutes – it is meticulously done, and worth the extra time. The treatment begins with a paraffin immersion (during the colder months) or a cooling masque (during the Summer). This is followed by exfoliation, and an intense hand massage.

Here’s the part that makes this manicure so unique: every single inner and exposed cuticle will be removed. Following that, your nails will be painted all over, leaving absolutely no corner behind. It is going to look sloppy at first – polish will go on your skin – but this is intentional. They want to make sure the entire nail is covered with lacquer. Finally, they will remove the excess polish with acetone remover.

In the end, your hands will feel smoother, and your nails will have a beautiful, lustrous finish!


by Carole Hallac

Curious about the beauty regime of a hot Brazilian model? Our muse of the week, 22 year old model Viviane Vidal, reveals to the Daily Pamp her beauty secrets.

Tell us about your morning beauty routine.

I always use La Mer as a moisturizer. Before I go out, I put on basic make-up: concealer from Givenchy, some blush, my favorite is Nars in Orgasm, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and eye shadows from Mac.

How do you keep in shape?

I do yoga, pilates and I run. I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish for protein. I love Brasilian food but I also like Japanese.

How do you take care of your skin?

In the winter, I use Cetaphil to moisturize my body. For my face, my make-up removal product is from Bioderma, and I use the night serum from La Mer. For sun protection, I love the light milk from La Roche-Posay, 50SPF.For my lips, the great balm from La Mer.

What about your great locks?

Because of my work I have to take great care of my hair. Kerastase products are amazing; to protect my hair from the heat of styling tools I use Chroma Thermique Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk and to treat split ends, Fibre Architecte dual serum. I am also a big fan of Moroccan Oil and Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil shampoo and mask.

Any other favorite products?

Essie for nail polish, affordable and trendy. I change nail polish all the time. I love red and black especially for winter, but I use neutrals and pastels as well.

Who is your to-go professional?

The Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho, New York. I do it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is the only way to go!

Where do you shop for your beauty products?

Sephora, I love to have my make-up done there.

Your fragrance?

Chance, Chanel.

Favorite designers?

Rebecca Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Current/Elliott.

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE: Charlie Himmelstein


Charlie “Rockstar” Himmelstein is undeniably a hot model, and not only for his pretty boy looks. The Park Slope native is also known as the “Throwdown Kid,” organizing and participating in potentially illegal underground fight clubs in the city on Friday nights, where models and fashionistas would gather to see male models throw punches at each other. Charlie was the undefeated star: quick, fearless and never concerned about ruining his perfect features. The combination of an angel face and bad boy attitude gained him extensive features in the New York Times and New York Magazine and a contract with the prestigious Major Models agency.

I have been training for eight years but only started fighting in January 2010. People always ask, doesn’t boxing conflict with your modeling career? What happens if you break your nose or have a black eye or something? There are 3 answers: (1) I’m good, a good boxer doesn’t need to get hit in the face too much. Especially at my level… 165lbs Amateur, (2) the bruises give me character, (3) and most importantly, I value Boxing over Modeling.

I did have a photo shoot the morning after a fight with model Susan Eldridge. I was nervous because I was hit bad and I had a black eye, I was hoping that the make-up artist would be able to conceal it. When the photographer saw me he decided to start shooting me with the black eye. The images came up great and they had that edge that made the editorial amazing; these shots actually helped launch my career as a model.

Image from Major Models


By Tiffany Etessami

Typically, the term “supermodel” is associated with perfection: perfect hair, perfect face, perfect body. That being said, Kate Moss is undeniably one of the most iconic models of our time. Think about it: is she perfect? No. She is short by modeling standards (5’7’’), waif-thin and flat-chested. What she is, though, is revolutionary.

When the modeling world was ruled by Amazonian beauties like Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, this lanky British girl stepped onto the scene and completely changed the conventions of what is beautiful. She ushered in an entirely new look – heroin chic – that took the fashion world by storm and transformed the runway. She used features that others would see as imperfections, and made them the key components of what makes her stunning.

Over the past twenty years, the modeling world has drastically changed. Now, many of the top models have a slight imperfection that makes them unique and even more gorgeous. Take Lara Stone, the face of Calvin Klein. The Dutch beauty’s signature feature is the large gap between her front teeth. Most people would get braces and fix it. Stone embraced this quirk, and she is now regarded as one of the top fashion models in the world, according to Another model who is really working her gap is Georgia May Jagger. The Rolling Stones offspring is currently the face of Rimmel London, and her recognizable pout is the focal point of their latest lipstick campaign. Even today’s biggest supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has flaws. The Brazilian star’s nose has often come under scrutiny for being on the large side, but her refusal to get a rhinoplasty only adds to her appeal. There is nothing sexier or more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin.

Take Jennifer Grey, star of mega-blockbuster Dirty Dancing. After the success of her film, she underwent two rhinoplasty procedures and became virtually unrecognizable. Her career never recovered. Nowadays, many actresses are embracing their imperfections. Glee’s Lea Michele is very short and has a large nose. By the typical conventions of society, she is not a beauty. Her talent, confidence and refusal to alter her appearance have made her a huge star and role model to girls.

Imperfections make people special. Be it a mole, a gap or even a scar, beauty can always be found in these so-called “flaws”. Embrace the features that make you unique – it’s what makes you irreplaceable.

Image of Georgia May Jagger for Hudson Jeans


Swiss photographer Reto Caduff celebrates the beauty of girls with freckles in a limited edition photography book called “Freckles.” The book features fifty portraits of young women with various amounts of freckles with no make-up artist involved. Photographed in natural light, the gorgeous images are printed in toned black and white.

In the words of the author:

“We live in strange times: I noticed that often in today’s photography, models with freckles have them either covered by make up or removed in post production. Just search for freckles online and most results are for ways to get rid of them. I want to pay homage to these spots that make a face so unique and fascinating.”

The book’s foreword is written by dermatologist and professor Jonathan Rees who is credited in discovering the gene MC1R, responsible for freckles.

To learn more about Freckles:

To buy in the US:

Photo from “Freckles” by Reto Caduff


Not all embrace imperfections. The cosmetic surgery trend is still growing for both men and women, with 13.8 million procedures in 2011, a 5% increase from 2010.

The top cosmetic procedures are breast augmentations, nose reshapings, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts, which is back in the top five for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks. Other procedures with increasing popularity are: chin augmentations (+71%), lip augmentations (+49%), buttocks implants (43%) and buttock lifts (38%). Botox is still the favorite minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, followed by fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

Even if more men are going under the knife (+6%), most cosmetic procedures are done on women (91%)

Data from American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Image: Photo of Andy Warhol’s painting Before and After at the Metropolitan Museum