When bloggers become models…Part I

by Lee Oliveira on April 27, 2011

Those of you who follow me on twitter and facebook will know that I was in Melbourne last weekend to collaborate with fashion brand Sarah Connors on their SS11/12 campaign. As ideas progressed as to which direction the photo shoot would take, we came up with the concept of using fashion bloggers as the models for the shoot.

Fashion bloggers have grown in popularity exponentially in the last few years. Sites representing fashion bloggers such as Independent Fashion Bloggers have exploded with the sheer volume of new comers to this field. I wasn’t fully aware of this until I attended the IFB conference in New York earlier this year. It was no accident that brands like Gucci and Proenza Schouler were guest speakers at this event. Luxury brands such as these are fully aware of this growth segment within the fashion industry, and are making it a priority to understand how the fashion bloggers brain ticks. In February  this year, in a world first, Gucci handpicked 7 bloggers globally to live stream their women’s FW11 runway on their blogs. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of those bloggers and what an honour it was to partner with such an iconic brand!

Another example of this is the large amount of Australian fashion bloggers that have been recognized and given accreditation to next weeks Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

With the information we had, 3 Melbourne based bloggers were chosen. At this stage, I can’t talk to much about the campaign or show you some shots as the range hasn’t be released. What I can do is showcase to you the 3 bloggers that were chosen to work on this collaboration.

They are: Bianca from iletaitunefois.com.auJasmin from friendinfashion.blogspot.com and Jess from whatwouldkarldo.com

top-Sass & Bide; maxi skirt-Market HQ; sandals-Wittner; bag-from Singapore; sunglasses-Ray Ban, fragrance-Dior Addict


Here is a street style shot of Bianca. She is such a fun girl to be around. We laughed non stop over dinner the night before the photoshoot.

Now… Shall we talk about how polished Bianca looked!… I know.. to die for.

I will feature street style shots of Jasmin and Jess tomorrow and Friday as part II & III of this post.

Lots of Kisses Bianca

Lee x

PS I will be working on a similar project in Sydney in the near future.


{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Collette Osuna April 27, 2011

Congrats sweetie!!! So happy for you….cant wait to see the pics!
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Samm April 27, 2011

She looks great! lovely smile!

With love, Samm

GRIT & GLAMOUR April 27, 2011

Yay! So excited for you Lee! I can’t wait to see more shots, especially since the one above is so fantastic. You know I’m loving the S&B top.

Wondering if Lady M is one of the others chosen. Guess I will have to wait and see! You’re a star, Lee. Remember that.

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Fashion gossip April 27, 2011

Congraaats!!! So happy for you!! Can’t wait for the part II and III!! :)
Xoxo, K.
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Jessica April 27, 2011

Jesus. She is gorgeous! Congrats, this must be so exciting for you! Cant wait to see the rest ~ :)
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Dusk April 27, 2011

Yayy Lee!! You’re just going from strength to strength! Watch out Scott… :)

Well deserved recognition Lee. and yes Biana is just lovely!
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Bianca April 27, 2011

ahhhh wow! *blushing* thanks Lee!!! big kisses gorgeous boy!!!! cannot wait to see the Jaz & Jess too!! Mwahh xoxoxox
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Kirstin Marie April 27, 2011

Wow!! Congratulations!!! That is so exciting :)
I can’t wait to see your other photos. Bianca looks gorgeous!!
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modanista junkie April 27, 2011

That sounds so awesome! Congratulations!! You soooo deserve this!!! She is absolutely gorgeous!!

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L of Avid Accents April 27, 2011

The recognition is amazing that many bloggers are receiving. companies understand the trust that is formed when readers follow these bloggers and they are finally rewarding them for their influence. It inspires me!

sidenote: love that sass and bide top.

Mila April 28, 2011

She looks great! :)

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Emily April 28, 2011

Yay B!!! Looking AMAZING

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Manon April 28, 2011

Lee, this is amazing!! I am so happy for you. Congrats honey.

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Sandra April 28, 2011

Stunning girl!
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CessOviedo April 28, 2011

Project sounds like a lot of fun! So cool that bloggers get that chance, Bianca’s style is so inspiring!

Cess O. <3
The Outfit Diaries
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Katie April 28, 2011

I cant wait to see more!
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nydontleaveme April 28, 2011

Congrats! this photo is great, really looking forward to the next posts! xo

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Joy April 28, 2011

Brilliant, Lee!
So happy for you.
Great things come to good people.
And I love the way you also added Bianca’s fragrance.
❤ joy x
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Lyosha April 28, 2011

I’m very happy for you! congrats!
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Sick by Trend April 28, 2011

Yesss!! very good post mr! It’s true, bloggers always are models on their blogs and it is very cool! 😀


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Maddy April 28, 2011

What a great opportunity! And fashion blogger are just as stylish and beautiful as any of the other models out there, so why not?! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics. Bianca is gorgeous!

Bella Q April 28, 2011

How exciting. I am so looking forward to part 2 and 3 and 4, Lee. She looks great. And I love the idea of bloggers as models. I relate to real women’s style!
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Fatiha Faulzi April 28, 2011

She has such a pretty smile and i bet a great personality, cause it shows in the photo you’ve taken. Love!
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Miss Viki April 28, 2011

cool project, using fashion bloggers as models :) I think many bloggers are in fact models considering the cool outfit pics I see on so many fellow bloggers :)

Rachel @ Inspiration in Italy April 28, 2011

She is beautiful and truly owns her amazing style! What an awesome collaboration & idea…

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Madison April 28, 2011

It’s nice when it works this way, I feel the bloggers turning as models can shed a fashionable light from a different perspective. I love her style, & so happy for you & the upcoming projects! Yay!! -xxoo

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Fashnlvr April 28, 2011

Fantastic photo Lee and what an awesome subject! I am so excited to see fashoin bloggers become recognized and real women as models!! Looking forward to the next installments!!
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Sherin April 28, 2011

I love how bloggers are becoming more popular with brands.
Bianca is gorgeous. I love the top she’s wearing.
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SACRAMENTO April 28, 2011

I am so pleased for you, Lee.
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the nyanzi report April 28, 2011

interesting. such a great shot.
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stylemefab April 28, 2011

Love …Love her style, I love the way she put together everything, the shoes, the bag, sunglasses and the skirt…NICE!!!.
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Friend in Fashion April 28, 2011

Lee, this is a GREAT shot! The outfit is perfectly polished & B looks divine!

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Fashionistable April 28, 2011

What a great idea and project. Well done.Bianca looks great. Looking forward to the next installments. Xxxx

Nádia April 28, 2011

Loove her necklace!!! :OOO

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fashion bucket. April 28, 2011

hi lee

this is a really wonderful idea!

great energy from Bianca

-fb X

kavery April 28, 2011

The top, the necklace, the sandals…I could go on. Perfect outfit. And she looks so happy .
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Mordrian April 28, 2011

Congrats! so happy your blogs doing so well! I cant wait till i see those pictures, haha. Well see you around 😉
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prutha April 29, 2011

wow..she is beautiful!!! and i didnt know about your Gucci project… ur defi going places lee..and im very happy and proud of u!! great going my friend… keep it up!!
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prutha April 29, 2011

wow..she is beautiful!!! and i didnt know about your Gucci project… ur defi going places lee..and im very happy and proud of u!! great going my friend… keep it up!!

oh and her outfit is defi to die for!!
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Style Anywhere April 30, 2011

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Yeliz April 30, 2011

This is one phenomenal concept and I am entirely respecting and inspired by your passion. I’m only new into the blogging world, but your site has inspired me to review and write about it for my University Magazine as it’s such a brilliant and innovative idea and the bloggers you have chosen are real and importantly they love blogging and fashion and respect their fan base. In other words, I am officially a fan and can’t wait to follow the progress. Thank you so much for doing this!!!! :)) xx

Laura Tenshi May 1, 2011

Wow, that khaki maxi skirt is just fabulous ! I love Bianca’s casual, chic look ! I think she is a fashion blogger that has what it takes to become a real model.
This project sound awesome, great job Lee for being part of it !
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Sabu May 2, 2011

I love this initiative!You’re right about the increasing power of fashion bloggers around the world – and i believe it is about time we get noticed!not only do we talk about those things which we like or those that inspire us but we have become a major influence in the global fashion industry and all top brands know that now!
can’t wait to see what we do next – we control more than just cyberspace now.
very cool blog btw :)
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Cristiana Nunes May 3, 2011

Perfect colours, pattern, all together. Amazing top and she has one of the best accessories ever: her smile!
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