Beauty and Success Through Lens

Cynthia Bailey is a world renowned model, amazing mother, and business savvy entrepreneur. rolling out photographer DeWanye Rodgers explains how amazing it was to see Bailey shed her reality show cover,

And there it was … that was the moment I had been anticipating. That was the instant when I realized why Bailey always felt so out of place when viewed through a ”Housewives”-colored lens. It was because she owned who she was, and she wasn’t pretending at all for anyone.

"Following my heart and my instincts has served me pretty well so far, and I don’t plan on changing my strategy now."

I think that I look good to be this age, and I hope that I can encourage other women to own their age as well.

I’m so thankful to be where I am today — especially after experiencing so many highs and lows along the way.

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

Chinua Achebe has provided us with a passionate personal account of the Biafra conflict. It is a very explosive personal account of the most tragic phase in Nigerian history: the Civil War of 1967 to 1970.

Achebe relates his own account of his time growing up under British-controlled Nigeria, to the British leaving and, essentially, chaos slowly taking hold. The new government, says Achebe, started to discriminate heavily against the Igbo people, of which Achebe is a part of. As a result, they attempted to split off from Nigeria and formed their own short-lived country Biafra. A profoundly important document from one of the world’s greatest writers.

Ubah Hassan

Ubah Hassan was born in Somalia, but she was discovered in Canada where her modeling career was picked up by Click Management. Ubah is the "One to watch" after her high-fashion debut in Vogue Italia's All-Black issue. She has walked in fashion shows for Malan Breton, Rachel Roy, Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano, Oscar de la Renta, and countless other designers.

Victor Cruz in GQ

The Super Bowl champ shows off his “winning stripes” in the latest issue of GQ magazine. As part of the publication’s “NFL Kick-Off” issue, Cruz shot a fashion editorial centered around this season’s pinstripe suits. Cruz took to the streets of New York in designer duds from Etro, Ralph Lauren, J. Lindeberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Canali. The threads were paired with sporty accessories, including a baseball cap from Cruz’s own clothing line, Young Whales.

Brooklyn with Talib Kweli

Host of No Reservations recently sat down with emcee Talib Kweli. The two discuss about Brooklyn, gentrification, and how hip-hop fashion has changed over the years. And as Kweli says, it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Louis Vuitton City Guide 2013

Louis Vuitton offers a series of unique short films adapted from its City Guides.Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013 were shot by director Romain Chassaing, who managed to reveal the unique nature of each city’s in less than 3 minutes videos. Each video explores a city through an original theme and invites us to discover a few addresses taken from the guide.

Diary of Rwanda

Monaco-based jeweler Gaia Repossi and model Anouck Lepère have joined forces to benefit the children of Rwanda, whose plight Lepère saw firsthand when she visited the country two years ago. She and Repossi commissioned Rwandan villagers to braid rope for bracelets, cuffs, and armbands, which Repossi then embellishes with silver and gold chains. The pieces will be available at Colette this summer and more venues in the future. And to hear the ladies talk about it, it seems like the collaboration may not be the last. NOWNESS photographer Dana Lixenberg traveled with the team and captured the beautiful people and fashion in Rwanda.

Yomi Abiola

Discovered by a model scout in London, Yomi Abiola commenced her runway walk at the age of 15. Fashion editorials in high-fashion glossies would follow, as would an exclusive contract to be the face of make-up giant, Maybelline. The smart and beautiful Abiola was on The Rock for Saint International's StyleWeek, working as a contributing editor for Vogue Italia. Yomi Abiola has launched an initiative to promote fair labor practices in the global fashion industry, fight the use of underage models, promote diversity and improve working conditions.

A Look Inside Vincent Herbert's $7.5 Million Dollar Mansion

Award winning producer having worked with Toni Braxton, JoJo, and recently Lady GaGa, Vincent Herbert has put his a beautiful English manor-style mansion sitting on multiple acres of property up for sale.

The beautiful home was built in 1929, the 8,900 square-feet house features six bedrooms with six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms and sits on 12 acres of property. On the estate outside of the home is a pool, poolhouse, a 4-stall stable with cobblestone floors, a separate multiple car garage and a guest house, according to the home’s listing.

Beauty and Success Through Lens

Laura Govan has graced the cover of rolling out magazine October edition. We have only seen Laura's reality star side, but photographer DeWayne Rodgers sees a whole other side of the Hollywood scarlet. He says,

As the photographer on the shoot, the real story to me was the inner beauty that Govan is now working to both accept and emote more consistently. When the public constantly holds you under a microscope and critiques every imperfection, I can see how one would lose themselves, and begin to doubt whether or not they are in fact beautiful. My time with Laura revealed just that … it revealed a woman who was still coming into her own — one who was still working to reclaim the self confidence that so many women lose after child birth."

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." ― Confucius

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."--Maya Angelou

You only have to believe that you can succeed, that you can be whatever your heart desires, be willing to work for it, and you can have it. --Oprah Winfrey