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As always, the widely anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition causes heads to turn and searchs online to soar for everything from “sports illustrated swimsuit” to “si swimsuit 2008.” This year, the lovely Marisa Miller (wearing Alex Woo jewelry in previous issues) graces the cover. Race car driver Danica Patrick and other lovelies, including 4 athletes’ wives, 12 NFL cheerleaders, Leonardo di Caprio’s girl friend, Heidi Klum, and Will Ferrell are also inside. This year’s edition was photographed at the Cayman Islands, Israel, Maui, Russia, St. John as well as several other exotic locations.
Irina Shayk (Shaykhlislamova): Born January 6, 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk Russia she was discovered in 2004 at the age of 18 and soon appeared in magazines throughout Europe. Her big break came last year in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue which propelled her into an international fashion start, which was followed up by another appearance this year where she is seen wearing Alex Woo’s Siri Necklace. Approximately 5′ 10″ tall she has green eyes, brown hair and has been a model for ‘Annabelle’ (May 2005), ‘Jalouse’ (February 2006), ‘Woman’ (July 2005), and ‘Bolero’ (June 2005).
A magazine dedicated to fashion, entertainment and lifestyle for today’s trendsetters, this month they feature 25-year-old comedienne, Erin Fogel. Co-starring in the romantic comedy, 27 Dresses, with Katherine Heigl, the New Jersey native’s impeccable comic timing and knack for improv impressed director Anne Fletcher so much that she added scenes into the film to showcase Fogel’s talents.
944: When did you realize you were funny?
Erin Fogel: I feel like it always came naturally to me. When I was younger, I would make jokes that a lot of people my own age wouldn’t get. To me it was so funny, and no one else was laughing, except that all the adults wanted to do was talk to me and see what would come out of my mouth. And then, I also struggled socially when I was young. I was really heavy at the time — you know, baby fat and all that — and it became a means of defending myself, because it’s much better to be the funny girl than to be the fat girl. So I think I really, really strongly developed it as I was going through adolescence.
In the photo shoot, she wears Alex Woo’s Narissa necklace and earrings to impress everyone else.
Whenever you talk to retail jewelers about what really makes their business tick, the answer is invariably the same: passion. It’s this passion for the profession that sets the independent jeweler apart from their retail competitors. Such passion is carried through for clients and the community, above and beyond the profit motive. This month, we talked to independent jewelers about cause-related jewelry they sell. Most had a fervent interest… Highlighted in Jewelry for a Cause, Alex Woo’s “Sweni” small horn pendant in 14k gold with diamonds is featured alongside a quote from Kathy Azarmi-Rose, owner of the wonderful one-of-a-kind fashion boutique Kaviar & Kind that is regularly seen and heard in Vogue, Lucky, Daily Candy and other magazines.
“It is beautiful when a designer is able to draw inspiration from nature like Alex Woo did on her trip to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and Kruger National Park in South Africa and give back for that inspiration. I love the weight and design of the ‘Sweni’ collection. It’s a natural femininity that is simple and timeless.” — Kathy Azarmi-Rose, Kaviar & Kind, Los Angeles, California
Alex Woo is donating a portion of proceeds to the African Wildlife Foundation in a new and exciting partnership. Since 1961, AWF has been working with the people of Africa to ensure that the wildlife and wild lands of Africa endure forever.