Posted by: leesadonner | June 25, 2011

Modeling for Avenue Show

I am not an Avenue Model, but since I am a contestant for the CA Look contest I was allowed to submit a look for this show. Avenue loves to have models mash outfits from their various venders and this is the outfit I mashed up and we had a very fun show with some lovely people. I really enjoyed it. Their shows are well choreographed and do not take hours. Here is my look:

Full Body Look of My Avenue Mash

 Here is my closeup:

I love this look.

Want this unique Look?
 
Dress: Gizza Twisted, Baiastice Kesida, Sys Winter Queen
Jewelry: +RR+  Oculus Pailyn earrings, Sys YRON diamond bracelet
Nails: CCD Long Nails Ice Red
Hair: Cheero Yalli
Lashes: XGen from Miamai_Vanity
Shoes: N_Core Obsession in silver
Posted by: leesadonner | March 14, 2011

I Won March Couture Avenue Look 2011 Semi-finals!

It has been a long road and taught me a lot. I finally passed through semi-finals for Couture Avenue Look 2011 contest. Thank you to all my friends who turned out and helped through the audience vote portion of the event. I have been in this semi-final event for six months…each month trying harder and styling more fiercely than the previous time. In the beginning, losing was very hard and I nearly quit. I had to face why I was here and why I did modeling. I do love to win but I realized I needed to do it for my personal best, no matter what the outcome would be. Anyway, I am thankful to everyone who had a hand in my success, especially my closest friends who have been with me every step of the way in my modeling career. Each one has taught me something and I still have so much to learn. I am very grateful to be passing through to finals.

Posted by: leesadonner | March 13, 2011

Month 6th in Avenue CA Look Semi-Finals

Well, here I am again for my sixth month in Avenue’s CA Look contest. I have had a blast styling. This month I pulled out all the stops with an outfit I think rocks the house.

Six months in a row...I get E for effort. Please select me.

I believe I am the only model to be selected for this many months in a row. If you are looking here before voting, keep that in mind. That means I am making the mark and I need your vote.

I also have a new look. As I work on my craft, I am tweaking my avatar to find that unique look. I have it now and am very pleased. here is my new look:

Here is my new look.

So, as you review my blog please know a lot of heart and soul goes into my modeling. Please join me on my journey.

Posted by: leesadonner | January 12, 2011

Phase Two Face of Beningborough Contest

Well, phew! I made it! I was not sure at first…but I am in the top 10 again. This last phase puts us in three new outfits to style and I did those last night. Competition is heating up!

To win, I need to be on the runway at House of Beningborough and there I will be evaluated on the styling skills and presence. Today, I wore Avant Gard in white. This is my favorite styling of the three. It is wild!

Face shot

 

Leesa Donner on the HOB runway.

Leesa and Isabella are looking good!

 We have two weeks of this. Not sure who will win, but I can say, I have given it my best shot!

Posted by: leesadonner | January 9, 2011

Face of Beningborough Finalists in Phase One of Contest

This year Face of Beningborough has a new and smart twist to it. Rather than bog down the contest with 20 finalist that can crash a sim, our assignment was to take three outfits (generously provided by Bliss Beningborough), style them, and to submit photographs of each effort by today (a week’s timeframe).

I had fun styling these outfits. I wanted to share with you what I did. It is easy to be a pretty face in Second Life. The challenge to Bliss’s contest I think is to be MORE creative and avant garde.

I hope you enjoy these looks:

African theme:

Zulu by House of Beningborough

This uses several tattoo layers for makeup.

Futuristic

Blue Vortex by Bliss Beningborough

Again, a tattoo layer of makeup on an existing skin.

 

Ice Queen

Soryaya in White by House of Beningborough

Makeup layer, eyelashes, and hat complete this look.

House of Beningborough will announce the six women moving forward in the contest in the next day or two. I have no idea how I stack up against the other 20. I hope I will make the top six. I would very much enjoy being the Face of Beningborough.

Posted by: leesadonner | December 14, 2010

In the League of Extroidinary Models. . .

This post is my response to the Model Workshop meeting last night. Thank you Monica for allowing the forum. My only regret was that emotion got in the way. In my humble opinion, Sabine Mortenwold’s blog was an opinion with her expressed emotion, which is what blogs are all about. Emotion is not right or wrong, it just is. So, when I read her blog, I agreed with parts, some parts  I took to be her opinion of the moment. I hoped that those who needed to hear parts of it would and know that just as we models are never done in our quest for perfection, that even the contests we enter can look at their side and find ways to improve. And I have a few ideas, which will follow.

Let me say I see truth on both sides. I do not like drama or pissing matches nor do I believe in burning anyone at the stake. Yes, modeling is expensive and like life, it is not ALWAYS  fair, but we are human beings and as such we are going to express things sometimes that may not make everyone happy, which is why I said in the meeting last night that the day I am perfect I will cast the first stone.

Sometimes, my close friends will  hear me whine and bellyache if I do not win, but HOPEFULLY they know me well enough to know I am a great person and I have a heart and I will keep on trucking. It is not easy, but it is a wonderful sport, this modeling we do in SL.

First of all, as an American, I am used to freedom of speech, I am very transparent and you may like me or not. I speak my mind. Lots of folks have ideas on what is “appropriate” or not to express. Sometimes, these types of things are viewed differently no matter WHERE we are from, so I just want to ask everyone to take a chill pill and try to assume the best. Sabine is a wonderful friend and her expression of her feelings does not change that. I would love to think it can spark discussion and make modeling in Second Life even better than it is today.

I have a few ideas, I might not remember all my thoughts but if I forget some I will add them later as a blog is a work in progress.

First of all, everyone knows SL is a very small place and many of us know lots of people and we pretty much hear what is going on through the grapevine. We know which models are wonderful and which ones are not. We know the contests with the best reputations. So, not matter what is said or done in any blog people know things and make up their own opinion. What I say, or Sabine or anyone for that matter is for each of use to use critical thinking about and make up our own minds. We are not lemmings marching off a cliff here.

First, let me say there are many good contests and many wonderful fashion houses. Thank you for all you do for us. Here is what I would love to see from any legitimate contest.

1. Get rid of any public voting. When you do this, it becomes less of who is best and more about who has the most friends who show up that day. It does not help to have someone win based on popular vote over the vote of judges who have the criteria they care about. We as models spend a lot of time and money. If we lose merely because we have not brought more friends, it is too bad. Again, this is life but we can make it better.

2. At the semi final, or final level, let’s take the mystery OUT of the situation and repay the models for their efforts with a score card.  I would love to see a scorecard that has a foundation of agreed upon criteria across the grid of SL, that all contests use. This could be supplemented by the needs of the fashion house or sponsor of the contest to find the look they are looking for based on other things.

If we get graded by a simple score that is measured and tallied up, it keeps things honest. It would then get rid of passing a model through based on anything other than merit. If we agree that proper styling, poses, our walk and other measurable things are important, then grade us and help us grow by showing us in our score cards where we are weak and where we are strong. I personally would love this. What I would love even more would be a public ranking from top to bottom of where I am. That also shows me where I sit in the scheme of things.  When I do not pass through the pearly gates of winning I have no idea if I was second choice or last choice. I think it is more work, but since we are buying things and bringing a lot to the show with all we do I think it is a reasonable request.

3. Don’t break your own contest rules.  If there are contest rules like not changing your skin, then if you do, you should be disqualified. If a show is about winter and the theme is you dress in a winter outfit and someone wins wearing spring, then is it a wonder we get upset? This is the kind of thing I think  Sabine was talking about. Set the rules and please stick to them. Some of us follow the rules to the letter. We need the contest machine to stay the course. Sure, we can all break the rules but then state that in the rules that breaking the rules is ok.

4. I would love to see a survey on how everyone feels. If you think a fair survey would be good so you can express how you feel anonymously please IM me. If you have a question you would like to see in the survey, let me know that too. I have the ability to write one that exposes the results to all and I could do that IF AND ONLY IF we can use this to improve things and not for a pissing match. Public opinion can be useful.

Yes, fashion houses can hire the best. So hire them, do not have a contest. I know when I make my Truthball ads, I pick who I want. A contest IMPLIES fairness. If a race is run, the winner is who is the very best…the person who crosses the finish line first.

I know, I know, this is a lot like real life…we can choose to keep SL no better than RL if we want to. I am hoping that we can use Second Life to be better. What do you think?

Posted by: leesadonner | November 14, 2010

Quest for Gold. . .

Some people run marathons, others play golf…lately…or in the last year or so my quest has been to be one of the top names in modeling. Today, the event is Avenue Couture Look 2011…a contest to pick the face of the fashion house for 2011. In SL terms, it is prestigious and I have worked very hard to get into finals. This is my second try. I consider it an honor to get this far, and to get to finals would be wonderful.

Last week, I was in the semi-finals for Kings & Queens. I did not pass through, but I still feel successful and will try again. Some weeks before it was House of Beningborough and I was in the top 10 of last years finals and I was new.

The event is now over. I did not win again…I am pretty tired. I had a pose HUD failure last night that kept me up very late. I was left scrambling in a tizzy to cobble together tools that worked on short order on too little sleep. I know I looked fabulous…feedback this time was on runway and theatrics…theatrics I have not done much of or considered. In a way I am a runway purist. I need some rest before I pick myself up again and keep on with the race. Here are links to my look for this month.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31978424@N06/5141369397/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31978424@N06/5144151119/

I would be lying now if I did not admit to being disappointed this round.

Posted by: leesadonner | September 8, 2010

The No Hate (N0H8) Campaign

Within Second Life is a wonderful movement to endorse N0 Hate toward the gay community. I was fortunate enough to be photographed for this by Samael Azemus. If you need a good photographerin SL, he is one of the good ones. Thank you Sam!

Posted by: leesadonner | September 6, 2010

Why I HATE Second Life Hair Fairs

Yes, and that is HATE with capital letters. First of all I cannot get there right now. I have money in my pocket that I won’t spend. I know a hair I want. It is by Curio and I love it, but when I went to their main store I could not buy it. So, I tried to go to the store at the hair  fair and no go..no such luck.

I WANT THIS CURIO HAIR!!

Why? Because hair fairs are impossible…because no one thinks about how to make money, only to cause lag and pain…I have money to spend. How can this be remedied? Simple.

Hair fair can be a web page. Tiny pictures of each hair, click to deliver a demo. Like it? Click to buy. NO LAG. NO Pain. This is what SL buying should be about.

We have a Hair Fair group and it was well intended, but how can I possible do the demos justice? Most I would never like, it is time consuming and also painful. I have a messy inventory already. I have no way to speed  through it. Honesty, my time is precious. I have things to do in Second Life.

Please, Second Life Hair Fair People, listen to my idea. It is good and I will buy your hair. Now, I will be lucky to remember what I want when I want to have new hair and I SPEND MONEY.

Posted by: leesadonner | September 5, 2010

My new Truthball AD, Isn’t it Fabulous?

I have been working hard on modeling, my Truthball business, and learning photoshop. No, I did not do this ad, this was created by Houms Thor. He is nothing short of amazing. This ad was his concept entirely. I just gave him permission to create and this was born. Houms is truly a professional and an artist. Thank you Houms!

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