It always seems to rain, actually, it always seems to pour when photographer David K Shields and Black fashion director Rachael Churchward team up to shoot fashion for Black Magazine. Yesterday was no different when we travelled to Piha and Kare Kare on Auckland's West Coast to shoot Michaela from Portfolio/Red 11 in a pretty, free-flowing editorial co-styled by Jessica Grubisa with hair and make-up by Nicky Paton at Angels Nest using KMS and Living Nature. To provide a point of difference and to suit the styling concept Nicky cut Michaela's hair short for the editorial.
Michaela will be familiar to fans of last season's NZ's Next Top Model as runner-up to eventual winner Danielle Hayes. Of South African extraction, Christchurch girl Michaela is a natural talent blessed with all of the important model attributes; a great face, a body to match, a strong work ethic and excellent attitude. Whilst it is no secret that appearing on NZNTM is certainly no guarantee of a successful modelling career to follow, Michaela's (and Danielle's) very appearance in magazines like Black are proof positive that NZNTM isn't harmful either - as long as a model has the goods in the first place and the right attitude and desire to work.