Me and My Adriana Chiari Experience

Me and My Adriana Chiari Experience

Being a Brazilian; Adriana Chiari was a magazine that I’d always wanted to be involved with. They inspire, motivate and empower women throughout the UK, which is where I live, but they’re a Brazilian magazine, which is where I originated from. Ultimately, it made perfect sense for me to collaborate with them. So, when I got the opportunity, I took it with both hands and was filled to the brim with excitement.

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Online Magazine Adriana Chiari

But, it was even more special that as I was the cover of the edition!

Now, talking about the issue; it is titled ‘Without Rules, Without Judgements’, and it’s designed to help curb the social stigmas that surround the female body. You see, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and women should feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. I was ecstatic to appear on the cover of this issue and my passion for fashion, healthy lifestyles and inclusion suited the subject perfectly.

Over the years I’ve done a whole host of different shoots and covers, but this was by far one of my favourites. The topic of the edition enticed so many gorgeous, inspiring and strong women to join me in the photo shoot, and we all worked in harmony towards a common goal – spread the word that beauty is present in the most diverse forms. For instance, there were women who were plus-sized, black, senior citizens and in wheelchairs – all celebrating diversity!

Heber Barros and Daniele Luquine, the photographers, did a wonderful job of capturing the most amazing moments. But, as I love fashion, it is no surprise that one of my favourite aspects of the cover was my time with experts Romana Pavaneli and Roseana Shekinah. They took care of me from the moment I got there and made my makeup look absolutely stunning. In fact, the two of them put everyone’s makeup on perfectly and also Sebastion London for his magnificent clothes.

Moreover, I mustn’t forget the brilliant work of Marilia Maciel – the journalist. Alongside my cover, I also have an article written about me, my journey and my commitment to empowering women. Marilia did a great job of conveying the message that I wanted to express, and putting her own professional twist on it.

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Adriana Chiari/ Rosa Goncalvez/ Lenne Moghadari/ Samanta Bullock

Oh, and all this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the personal vision of the founder of the magazine – Adriana Chiari. She is the spearhead of this fantastic philosophy, and it was great to work with someone that has made such a difference for women like me, like you and like all the others within the population.

During my time there, I managed to record a vlog including all of the backstage footage of the shoot. There were also opportunities to interview some of the fantastic women that attended, and I capitalized on that! Anyway, if you’d like to see exactly what happens at an Adriana Chiari photo shoot, then watch the video by clicking on this link…

Reflecting on my experience with Adriana Chiari; I’m just so delighted to witness a shift in media perception of women. All of those social stigmas are slowly, but surely starting to diminish and this is vital for women around the world. The media should be promoting positivity and inclusion, not ostracising individuals for their appearance or body shape.

So, it’s crucial that the media continues to improve its view, and society will follow!

Here is the link for the full magazine: https://issuu.com/adrianachiarimagazine/docs/edi____o_10_adriana_chiari_-_br__33

Enjoy it!

Best poses for models in wheelchairs

Best poses for models in wheelchairs

In recent years, many photographers have emerged with an interest in disabled models. Disabled people are working in different fields of the fashion industry including modeling. Models in a wheelchair, while not very different from non-disabled people, possibly have more limited choices of poses with their wheelchairs only allowing adjustments of the upper body in most cases. With growing access to the media and the world around them, this doesn’t stop them from pursuing their dreams of becoming a model or to work in the fashion industry. Many photographers are unsure of how to pose a model in a wheelchair and the pose you choose has a huge impact on the results. Choosing the right pose can make things look beautiful. The best poses for the sitting position when used well make a photograph look good. Wheelchair users also have to consider how to position their wheelchair to create a good pose. There are many angles from which a wheelchair does not look good and therefore getting it into the right position is essential. One of the best angles for this is believed to be at 45 degrees, in which the wheelchair is visible but the person does not look shrunk. One other pose in which picture is taken from the front is also nice, but it often makes the person look short and a little wider. Keeping the back straight, the neck elongated and the shoulders pulled up straight can make a person look taller even in a wheelchair. A pose with the legs slightly crossed gives a feminine look.  

When taking group pictures, one can try to decrease the attention towards the wheelchair. This can be achieved in a variety of ways. A normal routine picture with the wheelchair seated person in the middle with people standing around it draws a lot of attention towards the wheelchair. To lessen this, we can involve people around in different activities so that the highlight of the wheelchair is removed. We can also make them all sit on a master bed or dining table so that no one notices the disabled person. Many such methods involving sitting positions for all models in a photograph are now used for group photography.

A light choice is one very essential element of photography. A soft light is preferred which decreases the shadows, reduces contrast and suppresses texture. The broader is the source, the softer is the light. Also, diffusion scatters the light, making the source broader. If you move the light source away from the subject, less light will fall on your subject, making the background of the subject look brighter. As the angle between the subject and light source increases, the texture becomes more pronounced. Many of these effects and poses can be seen on my Instagram page SAMABULLOCCK.

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Best Poses for Wheelchair Users

The hands of a person in a wheelchair, when resting or doing nothing, can look claw-like. It is preferable to increase the distance between the arms and the body which makes the body look slim. The hands can be utilized in posing as if the person is doing something like fixing their hair or holding the sidearm or anything else. Eyes look very stunning with beautiful light. The size, shape, and brightness of your eye depend upon the light source you used. The way you communicate, connect or direct your model is key to capturing a great expression in her eyes. If she’s distracted or nervous, it will be reflected in her eyes.

A genuine smile can greatly increase the beauty of your picture. A correct Duchenne smile, in which the eye muscles are also involved, is preferred. Showing some teeth, not all, can lighten up your smile. Your smile usually does not look cheerful until you are authentically happy. These are the many suggestions that can make any person, including someone in a wheelchair, look stunning and for such photographs and information, visit my Instagram page SAMABULLOCK

 

 

Post London Fashion Week Interview

Post London Fashion Week Interview

Hi friends

Following London Fashion Week I gave an interview to Fashion Scout Magazine talking about how the Industry of Fashion should move forward on the Inclusion aspects.

Also, I would like to thank Models of Diversity and Louise Linderoth for giving me the opportunity and  Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins for the kind words in this article.

I have selected a few of the best parts of the article in my view. Please let me know what you think.

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Interview for London Fashion Week

” …Samanta Bullock, an inspirational model and sports person, modelled deconstructed denim during the Swedish School of Textiles show during Fashion Scout SS18. As fashion makes gradual changes toward inclusivity and body positivity, we caught up with the model to hear her unique perspective on an adapting industry, how we can pioneer the ultimately modern movement forward, why in the midst of an extensive and impressive international career, you should and can remain humble and true to your original progressive ambition.

There are not often moments, when you interview somebody and come away astounded. Samanta is known for her incredible persistence and commitment to her love for modelling, and this is never more obvious then when discussing how she champions change. Opening up this passion and memorising attitude to others is her personal way of reminding everyone that with creativity and hard work, you can get what you want irrespective of societal ideals. Samanta’s achievements are varied and many, yet it is her refreshing thirst for life and fashion that energises those around her. When asked how this perspective is the driving force behind positively altering perceptions, Samanta explains her train of thought.

“WE NEED TO BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. I’M TRYING TO DO MY BEST FOR THE PLANET FOR THE ANIMALS, AND YOU NEED TO DO YOUR BEST FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS- WHO IS GOING TO SAY THAT SOMEONE IS BETTER OR WORSE THAN ME? THERE IS NO WORSE OR BETTER, SO WE HAVE TO KEEP PUSHING AND IF I PUT MY FAITH THERE, I’M SURE I’LL HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING NO NO NO BUT ONE YES IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR US TO KEEP GOING.” … 

There’s currently more of a feeling toward body positivity and it’s going to be quite a slow journey, that celebrates all people in terms of gender identity, race, age, sexuality, ability, and size- it’s an entire spectrum. Fashion and it’s artistic cultural value is one industry that can be a pioneer of change. Samanta is particularly compelling as she recognises that her focus, advocating diverse models, is a move toward a society that celebrates all people for their individuality.

I’M TELLING YOU OK ABOUT DISABILITY, BUT IT’S EVERYTHING, NO ONE IS BETTER THAN ANOTHER ONE, BETWEEN SOMEONE THAT IS 20 YEARS OLD, AND SOMEONE THAT IS 56 YEARS OLD. IF YOU’RE DISABLED YOU NEED TO BUY CLOTHES, IF YOU’RE A MAN YOU NEED TO BUY AS WELL. [THE INDUSTRY] NEEDS TO SHOW ALL THIS DIVERSITY. WE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL YOU KNOW, NO TREE IS THE SAME AS ANOTHER ONE, HUMAN BEINGS WE ARE NOT. SO WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOU SEE A FOREST, IS THE MASSIVE DIVERSITY, BECAUSE ALL TREES ARE DIFFERENT” ” … 

For full article please check the link below:

http://fashionscout.co.uk/news-home/post-ss18-interview-samanta-bullock

Best wishes

SB

My interview for Radio 5 Live

My interview for Radio 5 Live

Hi you.

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BBC Radio 5 Live

Here is the link for my interview last week for Radio 5 Live with Emma Barnette. To listen to it you need to register on the BBC website. After that go to the date – 03 Nov 2017 and I start talking at 2:46 min. Emma is so lovely and the BBC building in the city centre is amazing, so big. That feeling that we are inside of the television.

I hope you enjoy it. I am talking about fashion, Models of Diversity and our street survey, Jeans and more.

Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09bxgsv

Please let me know if you listen to it.

Best

SBx