Thursday, January 17, 2019

Model Carol Francis

Carol Francis is a model whose career spanned the seventies and eighties, the golden age of modeling.

She worked in Paris in the 1970s, being represented by John Casablancas' prestigious Elite agency there, and she also worked in America, represented by Elite's New York and Los Angeles offices - with a brief intermezzo with the Ellen Harth agency in New York.

Among the photographers Carol Francis worked with back then were Marco Glaviano and Alberto Rizzo. Tony Kent took the picture above.  

Monday, January 14, 2019

Actress Judyann Elder

Judyann Elder has a career and a résumé going back several decades, and if you've never heard of her, well, that's your fault.

She was a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company, and her acting abilities made it un tres bien ensemble.  :-) The company was (and is) the leading troupe in the United States for original black theater, and Ms. Elder was a pioneer in that effort, originating roles in plays such as The Song of the Lusitanian Bogey and Daddy Goodness.

Eventually, Ms. Elder went Hollywood, and she had guest roles in some of the most popular television series of the 1970s, including "The Streets of San Francisco," "Sanford and Son," "Lou Grant," and "The White Shadow."  It didn't stop her from working in her first love, the theater, for in  1976 she debuted Broadway debut  as Coretta Scott King in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biodrama I Have a Dream.  Her big-screen credits include 1973's Bloom In Love, 1995's Forget Paris, and 2008's Seven Pounds.  And she also played the role of Bernette Wilson in the 1978 miniseries A Woman Called Moses, about Harriet Tubman.

Ms. Elder continued to work steadily in the eighties and the nineties and also into the twenty-first century. including the distinction of being the second actress to play Harriette Winslow in the last episodes of the Chicago-set domestic sitcom "Family Matters," along with several plays.  One of her most remembered roles is as Dr. Barton, the obstetrician on "Murphy Brown" who delivered Murphy's baby.  Now that "Murphy Brown" (starring in the title role an earlier honoree on this blog, Candice Bergen) has been rebooted, I think I speak for many when I propose that Dr. Barton should return to see what a fine young man Murphy's son Avery turned out to be. :-)  

Judyann Elder isn't a celebrity, but she is a star. :-)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Social media reporter Alex Denis

Alex Denis has one of the most interesting news jobs created as a result of the digital information age.  She host the "Now Trending" segment on New York's WCBS-TV, meaning she monitors social media and follows the latest trending topics, people, and videos and and asks viewers to opine on them.

She joined WCBS-TV in 2012 after having been a traffic reporter and substitute anchor at Nashville's WZTV-TV.  Originally from Tampa, she stated her reporting career there as a desk assistant at WFTS-TV and,worked as a general assignment reporter for WJHG-TV in Panama City 

Ms. Denis is an alumna of the University of South Florida's School of Mass Communications, having graduated there magna cum laude.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

CBS newswoman Nancy Cordes

Nancy Cordes is a leading figure in the new generation of female television correspondents.

She covers the United States Congress for CBS News, which she joined in 2007, and as a journalist trying to keep politicians on the straight and narrow, she may be even more powerful than that other woman on Capitol Hill named Nancy. ;-) 

Ms. Cordes actually started out at ABC, where she reported on the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina, among other stories.  She got there through working at the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA-TV from 1999 to 2003.  While at WJLA-TV, she covered the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.

Fun fact: Nancy Cordes grew up in Hawaii. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she worked KHNL-TV in Honolulu from 1995 to 1997.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Model Pattie Boyd

Pattie Boyd was one of the top models in Britain during the "Swinging London" era of the mid-1960s. Fashion and beauty trends coming out of London then were as relevant as the rock and roll music that British bands - especially the Beatles - were recording at the time.

So it seems more than appropriate the the first rock star-fashion model marriage ever would involve Pattie Boyd and George Harrison.

Pattie and George would eventually split, and she would eventually marry his best friend Eric Clapton - though they too have since split, of course. She would remain friends with both of them afterwards.  But she had been the muse for many well-known Beatles songs written by George Harrison - "Something" and "For You Blue," for example - as well as many songs composed by Clapton, such as "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight."  (The latter song was inspired by the frustration Clapton experienced while waiting patiently for Pattie to get ready to go out with him and having to re-assure her that she looked fine prior to their departure.)     

Since Pattie's marriages to Harrison and Clapton, rock star-fashion model pairings have become commonplace.  In the eighties, the trend got a little ridiculous when everyone in Duran Duran seemed to marry a model.  As for these pairings, some have gone . . . and, as Patti Hansen's marriage to Keith Richards shows, some remain.  But Pattie Boyd's two marriages are still the gold standard of such pairings, if only because of the songs they inspired. :-) 

And she never lost her appeal.  This is a picture of Pattie Boyd in 2008 that I - yes, I - snapped at a Beatles convention, when she was 64.  Beatles fans likely were, and likely still are, still sending her valentines, which she probably keeps on her mantle as she knits sweaters by the fireside.  (I know Paul McCartney wrote that song, but what the heck!)

Fun fact: Pattie's sister Jenny is also a famous model.  She inspired Donovan's song "Jennifer Juniper," and she was once married to Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Model Khadija Adams

I've seen many a beautiful Yves Saint Laurent model, and of course I've seen numerous pictures of the eternally beautiful Catherine Deneuve, Monsieur Saint Laurent's longtime muse (a favorite subject on this blog, in case you haven't noticed), but except for Mlle. Deneuve herself, I don't think I've ever seen a woman associated with the late French designer or his fashion house as extraordinarily lovely as this woman!

That ravenous dark hair . . . that smile . . . those long, sensuous arms . . . that swan-like neckline . . . I think I'm in love!

It figures that Khadija Adams, the object of my infatuation, was a beauty queen before she became a runway queen.

Khadija Adams originally hails from Kenya, which she represented in the 1984 Miss World pageant.  Amazingly, she didn't win the title, but she did win the Continental Queen of Africa prize.

Ms. Adams was able to parlay her pageant success into a modeling career, and after working in New York and Milan, she caught the attention of Yves Saint Laurent, who fell in love with her just like I did. :-D

He was so inspired by her captivating beauty, he designed a single haute couture collection around her.  To say that she became his muse would be an understatement.  Like the picture at the top of this post, the picture immediately above and the picture immediately below both show Ms. Adams modeling  Yves Saint Laurent clothes.

And when she wasn't modeling Saint Laurent's outfits, she was modeling his cosmetics line, having secured a lucrative makeup contract with his fashion house.

Khadija Adams is retired from modeling now and lives a private life.  But those of us who are as taken by her beauty as Yves Saint Laurent was still love her. :-) 

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Chae Eun Yang, Houston Ballet, Houston, TX

Chae Eun Yang is another ballet dancer from Korea who has found success in North America.

The Seoul-born Ms. Yang joined the Houston Ballet in 2013, but she also danced with the National Ballet of Canada for the 2017-18 ballet season before returning to Texas and joining the Houston company once again, as a member of the corps de ballet.  She has played roles in numerous ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, The Winter's Tale, and, of course, The Nutcracker

Well, it's New Year's Eve, so that concludes my seventh series of beautiful dancers. My eighth series will appear in December 2020.  Happy new year - back in January with new subjects! 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Erica Villalpando, Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, Long Beach, CA

Erica Villalpando is a modern dancer with the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, and she's also a teacher.

She's taught at colleges and universities all over southern California, including Chapman University and California State University at Long Beach.  Not only has she worked with numerous choreographers, her own choreography has been staged throughout the United States.  

Also, in her time with  Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, Ms. Villalpando has presented dances such as Faith, Hope &  Love. . . , Polymorphic and Journey of Change.

Fun fact.: In 2003, she helped develop a creative dance program that has served as a state model program in California.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Shoko Tamai

Shoko Tamai doesn't belong to a dance company.  She is a dance company.

Originally from Japan, Ms. Tamai began training as a ballerina at an early age and worked her way up to perform with some of the most prestigious companies and schools, including the Central School of Ballet in London, the American Academy of Ballet in New York,m and the Paris Opera.  She's toured throughout the world as well.

Now based in New York., Shoko Tamai is a free agent, performing in her own Shoko Tamai Dance Theatre.  She's expanded her repertoire to include modern and contemporary dance, and she done gigs in experimental theaters dance venues and with numerous collaborators, including the Dance Theatre of Harlem.   She's even worked as - big surprise - a model.

By defying expectations, Shoko Tamai is one dancer who refuses to be pegged.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Courtney Robinson, Philadanco, Philadelphia, PA

Courtney Robinson is a dancer in Philadanco, Philadelphia's premier black contemporary dance troupe.

Her training took her through different schools and programs. including the Ailey School's Fellowship Program, Bates Dance Festival, and she even trained with the Richmond Ballet, as well as with the Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands.

Ms. Robinson's repertoire includes works from Bella Lewitzky, Pam Tanowitz, and Stephen Petronio,  

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Madeline Parrish, Parsons Dance, New York, NY

Madeline Parrish is one of the newest additions to Parsons Dance, a renowned contemporary dance company in the Big Apple.

The Tennessee-born Ms. Parrish received her earliest training at the Franklin School of Performing Arts. In 2015, she moved to New York and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she performed dances by Crystal Pite and Sonya Tayeh, among others.  Graduating from NYU in 2018 - after a stint studying dance in Prague - she joined Parsons Dance almost instantly.

It looks like Madeline Parrish is about to enjoy a meteoric rise in the world of contemporary dance.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Amanda Morgan, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, WA

When the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle needed an apprentice in 2016, the company didn't have to look too far.  Amanda Morgan was just a short distance away in Tacoma.

Ms. Morgan was already a familiar face to to the Pacific Northwest Ballet, having studied at its school and also having studied at Dance Theatre Northwest.  She became an official member of the company in 2017 as a member of the corps de ballet.

Her roles with the Pacific Northwest Ballet have included roles in Red Angels and Emergence.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Chelsy Meiss, National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chelsy Meiss went a long way to find her place in ballet. Though she dances for the National Ballet of Canada, she's originally from Melbourne, and I ain't talking about a small town in Florida.

Yes, she's from Melbourne, Australia.  She trained there as a student at the Victorian College of The Arts and at the Australian Ballet School before making her way to the Great White North.  Having joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2008, she became a first soloist in 2015.

Ms. Meiss has danced some quite prestigious roles as a member of Canada's national ballet company, such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.  Her other credits include Giselle, The Winter’s Tale, Don Quixote, and In The Upper Room.

Citing another one of Ms. Meiss's performances, a role in The Seagull, the Ottawa Citizen declared her to be someone to watch in the National Ballet of Canada. So this wonder from Down Under has clearly left an impression on America's neighbors to the north.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Gayeon Jung, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, IL

Gayeon Jung is a ballet dancer from Seoul who joined the Joffrey Ballet in 2015.

Ms. Jung had already assumed a very impressive number of credits by the time she graduated from the the Korea National University of Arts in 2014. Among the ballets she performed in then were Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardée, Diana and Actéon, and Le Corsaire.  She also received numerous medals and prizes during her studies, including the 2011 gold medal in the Sicilia Barocca  International Dance Competition.  In 2012 she won the Arabesque Ballet Competition Gold Medal for Best Female Dancer, and in 2014 she won the gold medal at the Cape Town International Ballet Competition in South Africa.  She brought all of those accolades to the Joffrey, the great ballet company of the American heartland.

I have a feeling that she'll be a Joffrey staple for quite some time to come. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Camila Ferrera, Indianapolis Ballet, Indianapolis, IN

How does a girl from Hoboken end up in two of the most prestigious ballet companies in the American Midwest?

Having a mom who's a dance instructor sure does help. :-)

Of dual Cuban and Argentine heritage - Cuba and Argentina about as far apart from each other as you can get in Latin America - Carla Ferrera began her training under her mother, Sonia Grimaldi, and continued at the School of American Ballet, which allowed her to perform in many productions of the  New York City Ballet before going into the really big time in ballet instruction - the American Ballet Theatre's dance school.  

She got two scholarships while at the ABT's school - the National Training Scholarship and the Mae L. Wien Scholarship for "outstanding talent, ability, and promise."  Pretty impressive!

Ms. Ferrera parlayed that outstanding talent, ability, and promise into a stint at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, and performed in numerous works. She joined the Indianapolis Ballet in 20118.

Fun fact: Camila Ferrera is also a dance instructor at the university level, having taught at universities in Ohio and in Argentina.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Jacqueline Callahan, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia, PA

Jacqueline Callahan is from Abington, Pennsylvania, a sprawling suburb just north of Philadelphia.  Although she went far and wide to train in ballet, she didn't have to go too far from home to find her place in the world of dance.

She trained in Boston and New York before going back to the Keystone State and joining the Pennsylvania Ballet's corps de ballet.  Her performances include roles in Angel Corella's Don Quixote, Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake, and of course, The Nutcracker.

Fun fact:  She's currently pursuing a communications degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Kathryn Boren, American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY

Kathryn Boren is a striking young dancer who joined the American Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet in 2015. 

She brings to the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) a wealth of experience from her training at the company's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.  Her first major professional gig was at Staatsbellett Berlin, where she danced for two years beginning in 2011.  From 2013 to 2015, she danced with the Boston Ballet, where,she performed in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, danced the principal in Jerome Robbins’ Interplay, and also danced in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes.  She amassed even more credits in Boston - too many to list here.

A beautiful young woman, yes, but looking at her résumé, it's easy to see that Kathryn Boren is not just another pretty face.  Look for her to become a principal at ABT.

And speaking of pretty faces . . . one of the articles of faith that encourages me to keep this blog going is that a woman's natural beauty is always preferable to her cosmetic beauty. So as glamorous as Kathryn Boren looks when made up for a stage role . . . 

. . . she looks absolutely gorgeous without any makeup at all.

I told you that finding beautiful women in dance was easy-peasy! :-) 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven: Erica Alvarado, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta, GA

Erica Alvarado is a dancer with a long track record prior to joining the Atlanta Ballet.

The Tucson native trained on both coasts, at the schools of both the San Francisco Ballet and New York's American Ballet Theatre. She stated out professionally at her hometown company, Ballet Tucson, where she danced leading roles primarily in ballets choreographed by Antony Tudor.  She later joined the Milwaukee Ballet II program, and, in 2011, became a principal dancer at the City Ballet of San Diego. 

Among the ballets she was a principal dancer of in San Diego are Firebird, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Serenade.  With such an impressive resume, it was inevitable that Ms. Alvarado would join one of the most important ballet companies in the Southeast.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

New Series: The Beauty of Dance, Part Seven!

I'm featuring a month's worth of beautiful dancers - twelve of them this time - for the seventh time on this blog, and, when it comes to finding new subjects, I feel lucky.

And why not?  Dance, be it ballet or modern, requires a lot of grace and strength, even as it's easily the most effeminate art form ever conceived.  So finding beautiful women in dance is like shooting fish in a barrel.

So why do I only feature dancers every other year?  It would obviously be too tempting to include dancers all the time, as there are so many of them, and then it wouldn't be special when I did feature them.  Dance it its best represents performing artistry in its most beautiful and precious form, and so featuring on this blog women in ballet or modern dance should honor that by being available only rarely, at an appropriately timed interval - which, I've concluded, is two years.

So why in December?  I don't remember why I chose the last month of the year, but it may have had something to do with the fact that ballet companies thought the United States always stage The Nutcracker for Christmas.  And people always go to dance recitals over the holidays, whether the dance is Christmas-related or not.  So December seems to make sense.

Right, enough of my yakking.  Let's get this new series started.  Back soon with the first subject!

Sugar plum fairy, sugar plum fairy . . . 

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect: Juli Foster and Sheila Johnson

Two of my favorite models from the late seventies and early eighties . . . together in not one, but two pictures!

Juli Foster and Sheila Johnson were quite ubiquitous back in the glory days of modeling, appearing in numerous ads and magazines, so it was inevitable that their paths would cross eventually.  Both of these pictures. I believe, are from a catalog from the early 1980s.

Of course there was a distinguishing difference between them.  Sheila Johnson has a winning smile, while Juli Foster has . . . uh, no smile at at all.  Although, if you look closely at the photo directly above, Juli manages a slight, almost mischievous smile.  She must have been thinking about those garish tops she and Sheila were wearing! :-D

Of course, Juli Foster, whom I last featured here in February 2018, and Sheila Johnson, whom I last featured here in April 2018 (with Carol Perkins) and also in February 2018 before that, could make anything look great.

That's it for retrospectives now.  Back soon with my seventh series devoted to dancers.   

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect: Dianne deWitt

November is almost over, and before I move on to my seventh - my seventh! - series of beautiful dancers for December, I thought I'd revisit a few models I've featured here before.  One of them is Dianne deWitt.

This is my first post featuring Dianne deWitt. one of the classiest cover girls of all time, since September 2016.  The above picture is from a late-seventies TV commercial for Revlon nail polish.  Her appearance in this commercial is just what you see here - a fixed stare into the camera.  It was more than enough to sell the product to the female viewer and mesmerize the male viewer. :-D

The more recent picture above, showing Ms. deWitt from the 2010s, shows that, while she's not active as a model anymore, she still has that impeccable class that you can't pick up in a Barbizon modeling course.  You either have it or you don't.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Model Yvonne Westling

Yvonne Westling is model who was primarily active in the early 1980s.

She was represented in Paris by the L'Agence agency.  Further biographical details about her are unavailable.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

British actress Rachel Ward

If you watched a lot of TV or went to a lot of movies in the 1980s, chances are you remember Rachel Ward.

Originally a model who appeared on the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan, she made the transition to acting at the beginning of the eighties, impressing critics with her performance as a prostitute in the 1981 Atlanta cop thriller Sharky's Machine, starring and directed by the late Burt Reynolds.  Two years later (1983) she played Meggie Cleary in the American miniseries version of Colleen McCullough's novel "The Thorn Birds," opposite Richard Chamberlain, a soap-opera-style story about three generations of a family in Australia and New Zealand.  It was one of the highest-rated miniseries ever in American television history.

She distinguished herself in several movies throughout the decade, including Taylor Hackford's 1984 thriller Against All Odds, the 1987 Australian romantic drama The Umbrella Woman (about a complication between a woman and the brother of her husband) and 1989's farcical How To Get Ahead in Advertising (doesn't the title alone make you want to see that one?). 

Rachel Ward has remained active in movies and television, albeit at a slower pace than in the 1980s.  Her most recent film as of this writing is 2016's The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, a pseudo-documentary about a man who experiences time backwards and can only remember the future.
And here's something you may not know about her: She has been married to Australian actor Bryan Brown since 1983.  They met while working together on "The Thorn Birds."

Friday, November 23, 2018

Actress/singer/blogger Bligh Voth

An actress, a singer and a blogger? Well, Bligh Voth and I have at least have one thing in common!


Bligh Voth originally hails from Washington, D.C., but don't hold that against her.  Now a New York resident, she has appeared in different stage productions, including a turn as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, the musical based on the December 1956 Sun Records session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.

She runs two blogs, "Avocados Are For Rich People," a blog of varied opinions and observations, and the provocatively titled "Nasty Women of New York," a blog profiling the many and diverse women of New York who stand up against the misogyny and patriarchal attitude associated with the current White House occupant. (Guess how she came up with that blog's name.)

In her Web site's bio, the not-so-shy Ms. Voth, referring to herself in the third person, says she "loves fancy things, but secretly, is happiest at Olive Garden with that "'all you can eat' soup/salad/breadsticks deal."

To find out more about Bligh Voth, you can access her Web site here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Model Alicia Thompson

Alicia Thompson is a model who was active in the late eighties.

She was based in Los Angeles, and she was represented by the Wilhelmina West agency.   

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Model Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is one of the hottest models of this decade (the 2010s).

Her best known modeling gig was in the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2010, but she's also been in ad campaigns for Oil of Olay, Nike, and Gap Factory. She's been on television as well, as a host on several celebrity-news programs.  She gets her exotic looks from her Norwegian-American father and Thai-American mother. 

These days she's recognized as the wife of soul singer John Legend. :-)  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Model Nena von Schlebrügge

Nena von Schlebrügge was born in Mexico City to a German father, who was a cavalry officer for the Kaiser in the First World War, and a Swedish mother.  That's not the most interesting thing about her.

Nena von Schlebrügge's parents fled to Mexico to escape fascism in Europe.  She went to Europe after the war, where she became a teenage model, eventually moving to New York to pursue modeling as an adult. She found herself working with the top photographers in the fashion business, including Norman Parkinson (who discovered her) and Gleb Derujinsky, and she appeared in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.  The picture below is from Vogue, from March 1962 and taken by Horst P. Horst.

She later appeared in filmmaker Edie Sedgwick's Ciao! Manhattan, but her scenes were cut.  By then, 1967, she married Buddhism expert Robert Thurman, and she embraced his cause to preserve Buddhist and Tibetan culture. They are still married today.

And yes, she's the mother of actress Uma Thrman, an earlier honoree on this blog.  She sired three other children as well.

Nena and Robert Thurman founded the Tibet House US Cultural Center of H. H. the Dalai Lama, whose purpose is to present and preserve the heritage of Tibet. Since 2001, Nena von Schlebrügge has been the managing director of the Tibet House-owned Menla Mountain Retreat, which is the home of a medicinal spa.

Not just another pretty face.  Below is a picture of her today. 

And if you think all of that is astonishing, here's another fun fact for you - before she met Robert Thurman, she'd been married to Timothy Leary for a year.  

Monday, November 12, 2018

Actress Kelly Reilly

Kelly Reilly is an English actress who has made big splash in America. 

She plays Beth Dutton in the Paramount TV series "Yellowstone," about a family who owns the largest ranch in the lower 48 states. Beth is a financier who helps run the ranch but battles with personal demons.

Ms. Reilly got her start playing a role on the British television drama "Prime Suspect," which led to other small television roles.  Her breakthrough came in the 2008 film Eden Lake, a horror movie in which she played a nursery school teacher who makes a journey to a lake in the English countryside.  This led to, among other things, two Sherlock Holmes moves as Dr. Watson's wife,  and as a heroin addict in Robert Zemeckis' 2012 airline thriller Flight, starring Denzel Washington. 

Ms. Reilly is no stranger to American television, by the way.  In 2014 she starred the ABC series "Black Box" as Catherine Black, a famed neuroscientist who studies and solves issues concerning the human brain while trying to keep private her own bipolar disorder from the world.

"Black Box" was not a hit but "Yellowstone," having just been renewed for a second season, should ensure that Kelly Reilly will be around a little longer this time.  

Friday, November 9, 2018

New Zealand TV newswoman Alison Pugh

Alison Pugh is a television reporter in New Zealand, so most of you are likely hearing about her from the first time here. That is, unless, you live in New Zealand. 

Ms. Pugh works for 1 News Now, the news channel that's part of TVNZ network, as a reporter; she's based in Christchurch, New Zealand's third largest city, situated on South Island.

She joined TVNZ in 2009 and soon became part of the on-camera staff of the morning show "Breakfast" that September.  Ms. Pugh was the co-host of "Breakfast" from 2014 to 2016, though she's remained a part of the 1 News team as a part-time reporter after having a child.

She holds an communications honors degree and journalism graduate degree from Canterbury University.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Colombian model Carla Ossa

Sofia Vergara isn't the only Colombian woman to take the world by storm. There's also Carla Ossa.

Represented by Elite Model Management,  she has appeared on the covers of numerous magazines in South America and in Germany, where she has had a lot of success.

You can also find her in catalogs for the German mail-order clothing brand Bonprix.  She's even done ads for Burger King.

Carla Ossa has too large a portfolio for me to encapsulate sufficiently on a single blog entry.  Expect many retrospective posts of her here in the future. :-)