May 5, 2015

Model, Personal Trainer, Actor.... Meet Kevin Kreider

I would like to introduce a young man who will be modeling in New York on May 29 at the Two Year Anniversary of Uomo Moderno Magazine, a publication of Men's Fashion by Francesco. 

I first met Kevin Kreider at a casting call for the Fashion & Fitness Swimwear Show on April 10th in Philadelphia at 12th Street Gym. As a professional model, athlete, and personal trainer, Kevin did an outstanding job.

Over the years, Kevin has been an inspiration to many people, so I asked Kevin a few more questions so that we may know him better. I hope this interview inspires you, as well.

Where are you from originally Kevin?
I am South Korean born, adopted into an American family when I was 3 years old.  I grew up in Roxborough, Philadelphia.  

What drew you to modeling?
What attracted me to modeling was the opportunity to challenge people’s perspectives on Asian American males. 

Growing up, there was always the stereotype that Asians weren’t attractive enough to be desired.  We were skinny, non sexual beings who only wanted to study math and science.  I saw this as an opportunity to break the industry standards, along side with other Asian American male models who helped break the industry stereotypes.

How did physical fitness come into play?
I was drawn to physical fitness because I was bullied a lot when I was growing up.  I entered puberty very easy and was taunted for having a deep voice that cracked, a skinny uncoordinated body, pimples, and being Asian.  

In what ways were your parents a support to you?
My parents gave me a book called Willy the Whimp, and Willy was a chimp who I related to because he was being bullied as well.  He started lifting and no one bullied him any longer.  I started working out next to my mom when she would ride the stationary bike and got into the self confidence it gives to you when you transform your body.

And skateboarding?
Skateboarding was something I just learned how to do before I started losing my hair from Alopecia Areata; so I chose skateboarding because it was new and exciting for me, and it was something that didn’t seem to make sense for me to do, but I decided to do it anyway.

You said your skateboard trek across the US was to inspire others.... 
I originally came up with inspiring people because people kept asking me for a reason and I thought that was the best answer at the time.  I really just wanted time away to gather my thoughts for self discovery.  What ended up happening was that I was inspired by the people I encountered and their life stories that I caught on camera.  I want to now share those events that touched me so others can be inspired.

What are your aspirations for the future?
I want to play roles in action movies and train on the road.  I really want to make a difference in people’s lives for the better.  As cliche as that sounds, I realize that I’m the happiest when I can help someone and they succeed.  Its the worst feeling when you work to help someone, but they are lazy and make excuses.  My goal is to educate on a broad scale the type of training and nutrition that works for me and my clients.  I’d love to work with actors, models, and celebrities for roles and be on tour, as well as their trainer and nutritionist in the near future. 

Well, as you can see, Kevin Kreider is a dynamic guy, full of passion and inspiration. Here's a video he sent me that I think will inspire you even more:

You can contact or follow Kevin at: 
Facebook: Kevin TaeJin Kreider

April 29, 2015

Meet Blake at the Fashion & Fitness Swimwear Show in New York!

For the 2 Year Anniversary of Uomo Moderno, a magazine of Men's Fashion by Francesco, we are holding a swimsuit fashion show in New York City on May 29! If you would like to attend, the admission is free! RSVP here.

One of the models in the show will be Blake Kennedy of New Jersey! He will be modeling the swimwear of Tribe from Australia!

Blake was a very active kid when he was younger, playing every sport under the sun. 

Now his true love is acting. He has had roles in films, web series, and theatre productions. 

Blake loves to exercise and watch movies in his free time, and he looks froward to his career in the acting/modeling business.

Let's all welcome Blake aboard!

April 2, 2015

AussieBum "Outback" Longjohns

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the days may be getting slightly colder, so you need something to keep you warm.

AussieBum "Outback" longjohns are made from premium Egyptian cotton and feature a vintage waistband.

The “Outback” longjohns are the latest in winter-wear underwear. This limited edition range comes in classic navy blue and white.

April 1, 2015

Palestinian Designer Jamal Taslaq Debuts at the UN

Now residing in Rome, Italy, Jamal Taslaq was born 1970 in Nablus, Palestine, and is now one of Rome's top fashion designers.

Jamal's forte' is uniting the colors and feel of the Mediterranean with the "Made in Italy" craftsmanship.

In an interview at the United Nations Jamal stated: “When I left Palestine I understood that I must do something for me and my people to show the world that we are the same as other people. We want a life. We want peace. We love. We have all the feelings that make us the same as other people.”

See his debut at the United Nations here.

March 31, 2015

Bread & Butter Names Haman Alimardani Creative Director

Probably one of the largest, most prestigious ready-to-wear fashion shows is Bread & Butter, which, founded in 2001, has taken place in Cologne, Berlin, and Barcelona.

Bread & Butter has recently elected a new Creative Director, Haman Alimardani of the label Hamansutra.

Born 1977 in Tehran, Iran, Haman Alimardani grew up in Germany and the United States, with music playing a large role in his upbringing.

Alimardani completed his studies of fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, going on to work with Kostas Murkurdis and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

I think Alimardani will be an tremendous asset to Bread & Butter and I wish him success.

Photo: 012110 hamansutra Koffer bea" by Julihana - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.