Svetlana for Oyster Issue 107

Our divine Svetlana strikes again in another beautiful editorial for Oyster
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‘BOSSED UP’ Models As Bad Ass Female Musicians

When we fare welled our beloved Natalia, we all knew there were great things to come…Lucky for us, those ‘great things’ are here and it’s well and truly obvious that her creativity is unstoppable.
We’ve kicked off  with a 10/10 bad ass photo shoot for Oyster Online featuring Chic Girls Manon as Bjork, Sophia as Madonna, Yaya as Lauryn Hill, Olivia as Sade, Ollie as Siouxie Sioux and Anthea as Jane Birkin.

Yes you read that right and yes it’s awesome

“Jane Birkin was portrayed as a wild sex
kitten and she had amazing style that has been timeless — her pictures
from the 60s are still fashionable today. I think she is amazing and it
was so fun to play dress up and be a bit naughty for the camera haha!” 
– Anthea

“I portrayed Lauryn Hill in this amazing
shoot. Lauren is an amazing woman and has had a great career as a whole.
It was fun because she is someone I look up to and have loved for
years. She has always been controversial and consistently speaks her
mind. Through her music and career choice Lauryn always looks to speak
to her fans and really truly inspire. I loved her performance in the Sister Act 2
and I think that when I truly looked into her life and career. In this
shoot we focused on her 90s style — her hairstyle and natural make-up
choices. I had heaps of fun…It was so much fun portraying this
incredible icon.  I hope she sees this shoot. I think Natalia did an
amazing job with this project and I’m glad she chose me to be a part of
– Yaya

“Madonna will always be the
undeniable queen of pop — a label given to her not only due to the
popularity of her music but also her controversially outrageous antics
that caused international mania and idolisation. To me, Madonna is a
fearless entertainer who has always dared to venture into territory that
is considered, perhaps, taboo. I would argue that it is this quality
that has driven her career to span over decades. Everyone loves a sassy
maverick!” –
“I look at Sade and see a woman oozing
with confidence and sex appeal. It’s empowering to see a woman be so
compelling in such an understated manner.”
– Olivia

“Siouxie has always been a great
inspiration to me, the strength in her voice and performance along with
her dynamic aesthetic and powerful attitude gives me courage. Having the
opportunity to embody her spirit in imagery was a wonderful
– Ollie
Photography: Natalia Parsonson
Stylist: Monique Moynihan @ 2c Management
Hair & Make-up: Margo Regan

Oyster Magazine’s ‘Faces of Fashion Week’ – Myf Shepherd

“I’ve been modelling for 7 years, it’s more part-time these days. 
I do art, I have a studio in New York. It’s part of a collective I started with my boyfriend, there are eleven artists in there I think, and five or six bands. 
I want to do set design eventually, my boyfriend is a set builder. He works for a company that does most Condé Nast projects, like Vogue and stuff. 
I love doing sculpture, sculptures which could be sets, then he helps me turn them it into something real.”

Oyster Magazine’s ‘Faces of Fashion Week’ – Rachel Rutt

“Right now, I’m really heavy into weaving, knitting, and embroidery. I’m part of a weavers guild, I go to a weekly night-time class at the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW, it’s a dying art form so I really want people to join.

I went to a spinning class two days ago to learn how to spin wool and I was definitely the youngest person there! Then it occurred to me how amazing it was to start so young because I have all these years to become a master.

Jedda from Desert Designs is a weaver too, we’ve really bonded over it and we’re talking about doing something together.

Plus I’ve got an exhibition coming up this year too, a photography exhibition of characters and costumes I’ve created.”


Oyster Magazine’s ‘Faces of Fashion Week’ – Ollie Henderson

“This year’s Fashion Week felt very new. Was missing a few big names but had so many emerging new talents. Di$count was a big highlight for me.

It was also very different for me this year as I was launching my new project “Start The Riot.”
The aim is the get young people engaged with politics. I hand made 100 t-shirts with positive political slogans on them for people to wear during fashion week.
So on top of the usual FW antics I was also busy in my living room floor sweatshop making tees.”

Meet The Model: Mali, on!

Mali! Our favourite Sydney-raised rainbow warrior. She starred in our Beauty Daily exactly this time last year and she’s told us all about her love of Paw Paw Ointment in a Beauty One-On-One but she’s yet to tell us a joke, or send us a YouTube link, right? It’s about time we got to know her better.

Jerico Mandybur: Where are you from and where are you currently living?
Mali Koopman: I’m from Sydney and I currently live in Newport.
Who are five women that inspire you?
Jane Campion, Fran Lebowitz, Miranda Hart and my pals Carly and Pariss.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
My grandma says “Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully.” I recently discovered that my grandma stole that advice from Stephen Fry but its still good advice.

What song do you really wish you’d written and why?
I wish I had written ‘Jenny’ by Flight of the Conchords because its such a good song I could then boast about how I’m some lyrical genius.
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Singing many Delta Goodrem and Ricky Martin songs and wanting to grow up and become a palaeontologist.
Secret skills?
I can make a swan from an apple. It’s a handy skill to have.
What rules would you install if you were Supreme Leader of Earth for one day?
For one day I would make all plane flights free. 
A good joke you’ve heard recently?
What do you call a sheep with no legs? A cloud.
What’s the best YouTube video you’ve ever seen?
Photography: Gavriel Maynard
Stylist: Imogen Wilson 

Meet The Models: Olivia Thornton & Sarah Pauley, on

Sarah Pauley and Olivia Thornton are two babes who are joined at the hip. One’s a natural red head and one dyes her hair. One’s outgoing and one’s a little shyer. They both love watching TVs shows in bed, hanging at the beach and drinking coffee. Sarah Rugg hung out with the BFF’s and they tried on pieces from Hayley Elsaesser and House of Cards. Then we got them to talk a bit about each other.”
Jerico Mandybur: Sarah, what’s you first memory of Olivia? First impressions?
Sarah: I first laid eyes on Olivia Thornton in early 2011. It was a cool day I remember, a mild yet windy 18 degrees. We had just jumped off a plane in Melbourne and were in a taxi to the LMFF fittings! I hated Olivia at first! She was outspoken and had some very witty things to say! I thought to myself, “Who is this girl, she shouldn’t have all this confidence!” Haha obviously my thoughts have changed slightly since that day!
Olivia: I remember being mildly terrified as I hadn’t been modelling for long and didn’t know anyone I was about to spend the week with. At first, I was taken by Sarah’s height, and also heartened by the fact she seemed to be about the same age as me. Our first encounter was when we got chatting backstage during a break in shows and she asked to come back to my hotel room to do a wee. We got a pizza on the way, cooked it in my apartment and bonded pretty much straight away!
What do you guys like doing for fun?
We live together, so every day is like a teenage sleepover, in which silly shenanigans (twerking, speaking to each other in foreign accents) ensue. Even though we have separate rooms sometimes we end up chilling out in bed together watching films and laughing at dumb shit on the internet. We’re more or less a married couple. We also can’t go past a good weekend boogie. We’re also big fans of the beach, lazing in the sunshine, going on long treks together and hanging out with our gang of boy mates and watching lots of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations in our friend Mitch’s bedroom.
 Any favourite hang out spots or things you like to do?
We live close to Sydney’s Redleaf beach, which is definitely a staple hang out spot, along with Mary St Cafe in Surry Hills with our other lady pals.  
What’s the weirdest/funniest thing the other person has said?
Olivia: Sarah says a lot of hilarious shit but I think the other day she asked me if John Lennon was “that politician that was assassinated.” 
Sarah: Olivia has an obsession with relating real life scenarios back to The Simpsons. I swear she’s watched every episode made!
Olivia: You better believe that’s a paddlin’.
What’s the smartest thing the other person has said?
Olivia: Sarah always tells me to date nice guys for once. 
Sarah: This girl is so intellectual. She is always quoting articles she reads on the internet so I’m always learning new things everyday! 
Any annoying habits that you’d like to call the other person out for?
Olivia: I always leave a bunch of clothes behind when I go overseas, and Sarah likes to raid them and claim them as her own! But I don’t really mind.
Sarah: She never runs for the bus! The amount of times I’ve ran and made it and she is taking her sweet time walking! She never runs! I won’t talk to her till the next bus comes. Or maybe the fact she starts every sentence with “I read this article the other day…” I mean how true are all these articles on Buzzfeed m8?
What’s the best thing about being redheads?
Olivia: I’m not a true redhead, so I can’t answer that question with complete accuracy, but I’ll say the best thing would be having the potential to look like Sarah.
Sarah: I am the true redhead, she tries to copy me! I love standing out and copping redhead jokes all the time i.e ‘Fanta Pants’ and ‘Ranga.’ 
If your friendship was a song, what would it be?
Olivia: ‘Friends’ – Band Of Skulls
Sarah: ‘We Can’t Stop’ – Miley Cyrus
Photography/Styling: Sarah Rugg

Meet The Model: Simone Holtznagel, on

“Simone Holtznagel is one interesting gal. She started out on Australia’s Next Top Model, she narrowly missed out on playing Anna Nicole Smith in that one biopic, plus she’s really good at Twitter. We caught up with her recently for an impromptu polaroid shoot, featuring Di$count, Bitching & Junk Food, Kato, Georgia Alice and Happy Socks”. 
Where did you grow up? 
In Wollongong…No judgement.
When was the last time you cried laughing? 
Last week when my best friend Madge and I were in Sax Fetish, the shop on Oxford Street, looking for Pretty Woman boots for Halloween and there was a butt plug with a horse tail attached.  
Can you tell us about auditioning for the Anna Nicole Smith movie? 
It was sad because I got so into the role of playing her and had my heart set on it then I didn’t get it. I still remember most of my lines. It was my first massive audition and I was one of the only gals in Oz they wanted to see, so that was nice to know. I know it would have been a long shot for little old me to get it. But yeah 🙁
What did you have to do to prepare? 
I took a heap of prescription drugs. Kidding! I just watched lots of old interviews in my best double denim combo and talked with a Texan accent for a week.
If you had to start a band with 5 people, dead or alive, who would you pick? 
Steven Tyler, Lana Del Ray, Lorde, Harry Styles and my bestie Madge. 
What did you want to be when you grew up? 
A cat or a nudist. 
What’s the weirdest un-filmed moment that happened in the ANTM house in 2011? 
It was probably when we saw 5 hot dudes on our private beach, and we went and hung out with them for the afternoon. After being stuck in the house with just girls, it was a welcome distraction! 
If you had unlimited resources to throw a party, what would it look like? 
It would look like a scene out of Great Gatsby meets Project X.
What’s the most inspiring book you’ve ever read? 
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl — sounds weird because it’s about stealing pheasants, but it reminds me of my childhood and I just love it SO much. Either that, or 50 Shades of Grey.
Photos/Fashion: Sarah-Jane Rugg

Oyster Magazine’s beauty one-on-one with Montana Cox

“Whether your in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, you gots ta have a beauty routine. Model of the moment Montana Cox shares her beauty tips, for all seasons”.

 Winter makes me…. Question where the ducks go?
Summer means… Freckles, road trips, tan lines, white linen and anything to do with coconut.
Any summer hair tricks? 
Moroccan oil for those dry ends and let your hair down! Embrace the lightened salt water wavy locks.
Best thing about winter in New York is… Snow. Its so magical in New York. Winter and getting rugged up and planning for the festive season is one of my favourite things
Favourite summer destination: 
Greek Islands. 
Winter drink of choice: 
Hot Toddy always!
The hottest I have ever been is….Dubai 49 degrees may take the cake
The coldest I have ever been is….You can’t really beat the chill New York in February..I’m getting nervous just thinking about it.
Shop Montana’s best winter buys here:
Paw Paw cream. It’s a given.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, for some winter reads.
Shop Montana’s best summer buys here:
Scented Candle…anything Coconut Vanilla or Lime
The Field’s Cupids Head.. is currently competing to be my summer album

Photographer: Alexandra Nataf
Stylist: Ilona Hamer