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Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) – LIVVI FRANC



Born to an English mother and a Barbadian (aka Bajan) father in North Yorkshire, England, Olivia Waithe always had a love for music. She is no stranger to my blog, as I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Waithe, famously known by her stage name Livvi Franc, on two occasions.

She cites her maternal grandfather, Frank Wilson, as the inspiration behind the name. “He noticed me playing the piano and predicted I was going to be a musician. Sadly he’s no longer here. So, in honour of him, I called myself Livvi Franc; Livvi because it’s my nickname, and Franc because it’s a funkier version of Frank,” she told Flavour Magazine during an interview.

At the age of five, she and her family moved to her father’s native land of Barbados where she would spend her formative and adolescent years. Her love for music became a passion, and soon she penned her first song at the age of eleven and learned the guitar at fifteen. It’s safe to say that grandpa was right. And we’re glad he was.

Livvi attended Queens College (Barbados) where she would perform at various talent shows and pageants at the school. Relentless in her pursuit of becoming a musician. She was quickly taken under the wing of first manager Kerrie Thomas-Armstrong and took up vocal training lessons with locally revered vocal coach and singer Marisa Lindsay. This resulted in demo recordings of Livvi, where she met her next manager. Soon enough, she was meeting labels heads for auditions. After months of negotiating, she signed with the now defunct Jive Records. Known for their pop acts such as Britney Spears & the Backstreet Boys.

Her debut single, ‘Now I’m That Bitch’ featuring Pitbull, was successful. Topping the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart scoring the no. 1 spot and becoming one of the top dance songs of 2009. Also becoming a top 40 hit in New Zealand and the UK. Livvi was featured in countless magazines, including the venerated Interview Magazine, which was founded by the late, great Andy Warhol. Her second single, ‘Automatik’, had moderate success and took the no. 6 spot on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. But after Jive shelved her debut album, Livvi had enough and left the label in 2010.

She was quickly scooped up by Beluga Heights/Warner Bros., where she was set to finish her debut album. But Franc decided, at least for the moment, to solely focus on songwriting for other artists. As she’s been doing for years. Her extensive writing credits include great names such as Cheryl Cole, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, DJ Khaled, Jason Derulo, Cher Lloyd, Delta Goodrem, Leona Lewis, Ciara, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Shakira and the late Michael Jackson.

Livvi releases music occasionally, on her YouTube channel and SoundCloud. Her song ‘Woyoyo’ gained lots of airplay in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean.

YouTube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/livvifranc



Jalicia: Model Comeback pt.4: Yemzi Lookbook

The blessed journey of Barbadian model Jalicia is proving that she is surely one to watch. With her stunning & unique beauty she has no problem capturing the attention of all those around her.

When walking for the Africa Utopia show during the time of London Fashion Week, Jalicia was spotted by designer Elizabeth Akingbade. Akingbade snatched up Jalicia to pose for her newest lookbook under her brand Yemzi for the AYAO collection.

The lookbook was shot by photographer Cara May, makeup by Chantelle Phillips, hair by Bethan Thomas & jewelry styling by Nina Elegba of Magpie On The Run. Jalicia shared the spotlight with fellow models Amy Woodman & Sarah Sheppard.

with model Sarah Sheppard

with model Sarah Sheppard

with model Amy Woodman

with model Amy Woodman

The Journey Continues: Model Comeback pt.2: JALICIA HEBSON Walks For Africa Utopia Show In London


As we document the journey of Jalicia’s return onto the modeling scene, she proves that her drive is relentless.

Going from open call to open call, she was asked to participate in the Africa Utopia fashion show at Southbank Centre in London, England, this past week.

The natural blue-eyed beauty graced the runway for African designers Soboye & Sindiso Khumalo, showcasing their modern take on vibrant African prints.

Here are some photos of Jalicia & the event. I hope you enjoy them & stay tuned for more on a beautiful, driven Barbadian model’s journey in the world of global fashion.









Rihanna At Paris Fashion Week: Balmain

Global superstar & Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign spokesmodel, Rihanna, made an appearance at the popular brand’s show at Paris Fashion Week.

Donning a fierce Balmain leather coat from the latest collection & her famous bob cut, the ‘fashion killa’ surely caused a stir. The Bajan beauty is not only known for her record breaking career & meteoric rise to fame, but has made an idelible mark on the fashion world, cementing herself as an international fashion icon.

We hope to see more of her on the fashion circuit, as she brings her always sexy yet edgy style moments. Much love, Rih! x

seen here with the brains behind Balmain, Oliver Rousteing

seen here with the brains behind Balmain, Oliver Rousteing

How To Rock Denim On Denim

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

This past fashion season seemed to have been paying homage to many 80s and 90s trends. Denim on denim is one of those fashion crazes that resurfaced onto the scene. Stars like Rihanna, Rita Ora and Nicole Richie have been seen rocking this retro inspired must-have.

There are quite a few ways to rock this trend. I, for example, like to keep it simple. A well snug denim jacket (tone/wash of your choice) with contrasting jeans (skinny or slim fit), worn with Converse sneakers and lots of hand jewelry such as statement rings, give the perfect casual look. You could even wear your denim jacket with a cute sun dress or maxi and flat sandals (don’t forget your pedicures, ladies!). Some women may prefer to step out in a denim jumpsuit, which is chic when paired with pointy toe stilettos, bangles and a cute hat like a fedora or bowler. Keep in mind that colours/metals of your choice MUST coordinate but not necessarily match.

Another way to go would be to pair a lighter denim with a darker denim. For example, a light denim cropped vest with a dark denim high-waisted shorts with a little fringe is a perfect look for any teen or young adult. You may accessorize with navy and gold/earth tone arm cuffs or bangles, which give a subtlety to the already edgy casual ensemble. For a modernized hippie edge, wear it with a hippie headband.

If you want to be fun and funky, there are colored/printed denims! Now, there are solids and patterns to choose from. You could go for a solid peach denim vest/shirt (sleeves rolled up) and pair it with solid pale yellow jeans OR even go for a light natural denim vest and pair it with colored, stripped skinny jeans. A powder blue chiffon vest-top with tribal/Aztec printed skinny jeans are also a great combo. These are just examples, as there are so many different choices when it comes to colored denim! The key is to keep it fresh by mix-matching different types of denim, taking into consideration one’s skin tone, height, weight proportions and accessories. An outfit that could make a bold fashion statement could also so easily turn into a train wreck of a look.

(written by yours truly for KuramaMagazine.com & Photos courtesy Life & Style Boutique)

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

Photo Session with Photographer LOGAN C THOMAS

Fresh off the campus of Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), my longtime friend & photographer Logan C Thomas & I thought it would be the optimum time to work together again. He was kind of in a creative slump, but I wouldn’t have any of that. We usually worked on projects together. Whether it was test shooting models, shooting for our respective portfolios & experience, or an impromptu portrait session, it was always a growing experience working with Logan & a pleasant one at that.

He had just received his shipment of equipment that he had sent over (a process that was not without its blunders) from SCAD & was more than ready to make use of them, using me as his model. I also jumped at this chance because I haven’t done a photo shoot with myself as the focus in quite some time. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get some images for my professional use & as content for my blog.

So, here you go! These are just a few out of the batch. More to come soon ;) Styling by yours truly

New Year’s Model Feature: RONELLE KING

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s finally 2014, and what better way to start the year than with a little fierce fashion!

My dear friend & aspiring Barbadian model Ronelle King shot with Russian photographer Nikka Lorak today (January 1st 2014)!

Here’s a little teaser from the shoot. I’ll be posting the other images altogether when they’re ready. So for now, feast your eyes on THIS! ;)

Dress: J'aiNique Couture by Chenique Jones  Styling: Nikka Lorak

Dress: J’aiNique Couture by Chenique Jones Styling: Nikka Lorak