A Petite Model Mission
For over a year now, international celebrity and fashion photographer John Glantz, director of Glantz Media Productions, has been working almost exclusively with petite models. He enjoys using his classic and elegant photographic style, inspired by George Hurrell, to compliment the beauty of women slight of stature. While brainstorming with friends, he came up with the idea of doing a “James Bond” photo shoot in Tropea, Italy.
As plans developed, he decided to use top petite models Demi de Jong and Esther de Haan and actor/model Harold Dückers as “James Bond.” Using petite
models along with a Dutch celebrity meant that John would be able to give exposure to the models and at the same time highlighting the fact that petite women are more than capable of succeeding in this industry. They teamed up with professional make-up artist Edith Fraase Storm, hair creationist Anton Dono owner of Beauty Touch by Anton and his wife Silva Dono owner of fashion boutique Glamour Garden by Silva to organize the fashion photo shoot.
Skyfall Fashion Shoot
The retail aspect of this shoot had perfect timing as it coincided with the 2012 film premiere of SKYFALL. Unlike most fashion shoots, John’s vision was to include a series of photos that told a “story” with action poses instead of just static catalog prints. After a week in Italy, John and his team had the images they needed to tell their tale. John has already posted several of his photos on Facebook with enormous positive responses, not a sky fall but a windfall! Free to subscribe to Bella Petite!
Miss Regio Nederlands
When John was at a fashion show he met Susan Stundebeek, director of Miss Regio Nederland. John was excited to learn that Susan was also supporting petite models and models up to 5ft 8in.
In fact, she told him that she and her daughter Cindy Beunk (5ft 5in) were referred to Miranda Meyer, former Miss Enschede and owner of a model agency in order to come up with new standards for a beauty pageant offering models under 5ft 8in the opportunity to enter.
As a result, the first Miss Regio Nederland beauty pageant was held on 14 February 2003. Due to the enormous success of this pageant, the organization has blossomed into an outstanding annual event with extensive media coverage.
For nearly 10 years Susan has been seeking out young women between the ages of 16 and 26 years old. Her mission is to offer these ladies a chance in modeling and fashion. Miss Regio was forged out of a protest against the unjust standards set forth by the international modeling industry and gives women the power to make their modeling dreams a reality.
One such petite model was Djamila Celina Melcherts, 1st runner up in Miss Regio Nederland’s 2005 pageant. Her resume includes: Beauty of the World Netherlands 2011 and other titles. She is also an accomplished dancer, TV presenter and actress and played several roles in television shows and commercials. Thanks to Miss Regio Nederland, Djamila and many other models are able to prove that women of lesser height can still accomplish their dreams.
At present, John and Edith Fraase Storm are planning and actively seeking sponsorship for part II of the James Bond fashion shoot to be shot in London and to be ready for the DVD/Blu-ray release of SKYFALL in April of 2013! Free to subscribe to Bella Petite!
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