2014 Academy of Art University graduation fashion show video gallery

List of student designer in the order which they appeared on the runway.

  1. Marcia Amandary, BFA Fashion Design
  2. Kika Knaup, BFA Knitwear Design
  3. Fashion Design and Jewelry & Metal Arts Collaboration – Bowen Quan, BFA Fashion Design & Yucen Wavy Tang, MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts
  4. Karen Chuhua Yao, BFA Fashion Design
  5. Iris Jin, BFA Fashion Design
  6. Fashion Design and Knitwear Design Collaboration – Zonic Kwong, BFA Menswear Design & José Dojaquez, BFA Knitwear Design
  7. Fashion Design and Textile Design Collaboration -Jordan Rae Epstein, BFA Childrenswear Design & Sheni Moshabesha, BFA Textile Design
  8. Leo Lee, BFA Fashion Design
  9. Annie Abbey, BFA Fashion Design
  10. Morgan Truong, BFA Fashion Design
  11. Tony Wloch, BFA Fashion Design
  12. Fashion Design and Textile Design Collaboration – Nicole Bell, BFA Fashion Design & Holly Hapka, BFA Textile Design
  13. Esther Shim, BFA Menswear Design
  14. Fashion Design, Textile Design, and Jewelry & Metal Arts Collaboration – Jaide Folger, BFA Fashion Design & Lisa Voong, BFA Textile Design
  15. Taylor Carr, BFA Fashion Design
  16. Fashion Design and Jewelry & Metal Arts Collaboration – Vivian Mazuki, BFA Fashion Design & Dale Beevers, BFA Jewelry & Metal Arts
  17. Aile Hua, BFA Fashion Design
  18. Yuko Okudaira, BFA Fashion Design
  19. Seth C. Olson,BFA Menswear Design
  20. Jenny Hien Hoang, BFA Fashion Design

NY nude model Zoe West settles false-arrest suit for $15,000

Nude model Zoe West settled a false-arrest lawsuit with the city of New York for $15,000. West was arrested last year at Time Square while posing nude as part of a body painting exhibition by artist Andy Golub.

Artist Andy Golub painting a model. (c) NYCAuthur. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Nude model Zoe West settled a false-arrest lawsuit with the city of New York for $15,000. West was arrested last year at Times Square while posing nude as part of a body painting exhibition by artist Andy Golub. She was released two hours later without being charged. Public nudity laws are often absent, obscure and vary with municipalities. In San Francisco, there are no laws prohibiting simple public nudity as evidenced by nude friendly events such as the Folsom Street Fair and Bay to Breakers but Public nudity in New York is clearly legal if done in the context of an exhibition so West should never have been arrested.

West has no regrets about the incident. In an interview with the NY Post. West said she had no regrets, because the cops “ weren’t abusive or anything like that” and the exposure has “put me on the map in a positive way.”

“I went out on a limb to do something that I thought was a good project, and it was pretty successful and pretty exciting,” she said.

Jason James Ellis marries his alleged underage sex victim

In an odd twist, Newport Beach photographer Jason James Ellis has married his alleged underage sex victim, now 18. The 36 year old notable photographer, who has shot many covers for Muscle and Fitness magazine, is accused of

Lewd act upon a child – age 14 or 15 (288(c)(1) PC)
Unlawful sexual intercourse (261.5(d) PC)
Sexual penetration by foreign object; victim under 16 (289(i) PC)
Oral copulation of person under 16 years (288a(b)(2) PC)

In an odd twist, Newport Beach photographer Jason James Ellis has married his alleged underage sex victim, now 18. The 36 year old notable photographer, who has shot many covers for Muscle and Fitness magazine, is accused of

Charges dismissed against Michelle Hecker in Orange County child sex abuse case

In a follow up to this story, Orange County prosecutors said on March 30, they have dropped six felony charges against a Newport Beach woman accused of facilitating a sexual relationship between her former fiancé Jason Ellis and a 15-year-old girl.

In a follow up to this story, Orange County prosecutors said on March 30, they have dropped six felony charges against a Newport Beach woman accused of facilitating a sexual relationship between her former fiancé Jason Ellis and a 15-year-old girl.

Prosecutors dismissed charges against Michelle Hecker, 34, ranging from lewd acts upon a child to unlawful sexual intercourse and penetration with a foreign object; victim under 16, at a pre-trial hearing Friday at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Haughton moved to dismiss the charges citing insufficient evidence to prove his case. The charges against Jason Ellis remain and he is likely to go on trial later this summer after several years of delays.

Jason Ellis is a well known photographer who has shot numerous covers for Muscle and Fitness magazine.

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Utah Department of Commerce issues 70 count citation to Tru Talent

An undercover investigation has lead the Utah Department of Commerce to issue a 70 count citation to Tru Talent for deceptive sales practices. Among others, the allegations include:

Since at least 2007, and continuing thereafter, Respondents Tru Talent Management SLC, Inc. (TTM) and Brandie Lee Frommelt have engaged in. or caused others to engage in, a variety of deceptive acts or practices to induce consumers into purchasing acting and/or modeling classes and other related services such as headshots and fashion photography.

An undercover investigation has lead the Utah Department of Commerce to issue a 70 count citation to Tru Talent for deceptive sales practices. Among others, the allegations include:

Since at least 2007, and continuing thereafter, Respondents Tru Talent Management SLC, Inc. (TTM) and Brandie Lee Frommelt have engaged in. or caused others to engage in, a variety of deceptive acts or practices to induce consumers into purchasing acting and/or modeling classes and other related services such as headshots and fashion photography.

Respondents have marketed a scheme that will purportedly help consumers make their dream of becoming an actor or fashion model a reality. Respondent’s talent scouts use untrue statements to solicit names and phone numbers from potential consumers.

Respondent’s telemarketers call scouted consumers and use untrue statements to entice them to come in for an audition. At Respondent’s place of business, consumers meet with sales agents, a/k/a new face agents, who use untrue statements to get consumers to sign contracts for modeling and/or acting classes and photography. Respondent’s contract requires consumers to purchase a minimum of six (6) photographs at $40.00 per photograph. Respondent’s use untrue statements to up-sell photographs to each client. In addition, Respondent’s website misrepresents that TTM has been in business for “over 12 years”, when in fact TTM has only been in business since 2005. Continue reading “Utah Department of Commerce issues 70 count citation to Tru Talent”

Model Mayhem model Ashley Underwood joins Survivor Redemption Island cast

Ashley Underwood, 24, Benton, Maine, joins the cast of Survivor 22: Redemption Island. She is a nurse by training, grew up in a strawberry farm, models part time, and represented Maine in the last Miss USA pageant.

Ashley Underwood
Ashley Underwood

Ashley Underwood, 26, Benton, Maine, joins the cast of Survivor 22: Redemption Island. She is a nurse by training, grew up in a strawberry farm, models part time, and represented Maine in the last Miss USA pageant.  She is also an accomplished basketball player who received received a full-ride basketball scholarship to the University of Maine. On her Model Mayhem profile, Underwood wrote Continue reading “Model Mayhem model Ashley Underwood joins Survivor Redemption Island cast”

FTV Modelling scam

Over a month after I first reported this scam, it appears to be still going on so it warrants a new post. In short, Jason Earle of FTV Modellling is a webcam interview scam where he/they will try to get girls naked on webcam. What makes this scam a little unique is that he has managed to fool a bunch of photographers into doing some of his dirty work for him.

FTV Modelling scam
FTV Modelling scam

Over a month after I first reported this scam, it appears to be still going on so it warrants a new post. In short, Jason Earle of FTV Modellling is a webcam interview scam where he/they will try to get girls naked on webcam. What makes this scam a little unique is that he has managed to fool a bunch of photographers into doing some of his dirty work for him. Most of the time I don’t pay much attention to these as webcam interview scams are a dime a dozen. Basically, someone will try to get girls to strip in front of a webcam under the guise of an interview or evaluation. Don’t be an idiot. There is no such thing as webcam interviews or evaluations in legitimate modeling. There is no such thing as international modeling agencies. There is no such thing as model training via webcam. There is probably no such person as Jason Earle. It’s nothing but a front to get amateur porn content or masturbation material. Continue reading “FTV Modelling scam”