Friday, March 27, 2009

Joss Stone

Birthname: Joscelyn Eve Stoker
Date of birth: 1987-04-11
Birthplace: Dover, England, UK
Height: 5' 1
Nationality: British
Profession: musician

Joscelyn Eve Stoker (born 11 April 1987), best known by her stage name Joss Stone, is a Brit Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated English soul and R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress.


Stone was born in Dover, Kent, England, and spent her teenage years in Ashill, Devon. She grew up listening to a wide variety of music including R&B and soul music performed by such artists as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin; as a result, she developed a soulful style of singing like her idols.

At 14, she appeared on Star for a Night on BBC Television singing Franklin's 1967 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". She told MTV News, "I kind of clicked into soul music more than anything else because of the vocals. You've got to have good vocals to sing soul music and I always liked it ever since I was little."

In 2002, she decided to back her ability by flying out from England for an audition in New York City with S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg. She also signed a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing in the UK.At one point she sang backup for Britney Spears.

Since then, she has performed with such artists as Blondie and Gladys Knight. She was named as the spokesperson for the megastore Gap, although she was reportedly dropped because of rumours of her living with Beau Dozier (son of record producer, Lamont Dozier), while she was only 17 (Beau was born in 1979, thus 8 years older than her).


Stone will make her film debut in the fantasy epic Eragon, based on the same-titled novel, which will be released on 15 December 2006. In the film, Stone plays the witch Angela.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Karolina Kurkova

Date of Birth: 1984-02-28
Place of Birth: Děčín, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Height: 5'11 "
Nationality: Czech
Occupation: Model

Kurkova was born in Děčín, Czechoslovakia to a Czech father and a Slovak mother. She had an early insight into what life would be celebrities, because her father, Josef Kurka, was a star basketball player. As a child, her height made it relatively difficult and gangly, but that could all change with age. A good friend recognized her beauty and sent photos of Kurkova to an agency in Prague.

Kurkova immediately landed a runway appearance, as well as a commercial and print ad. Yet all but one model in the Czech Republic has not expose her to what fashion was really about, so Kurkova took a chance and traveled to Milan to get more experience. There, Miuccia Prada, the designer behind the famous brand, Prada, which her to a contract that was the beginning of a stellar career. In September of 1999, Kurkova's dedication and hard work leads to an encounter with Vogue editors in New York City.

She impressed upon them immediately, and the executives slowly began to lick her for success. A permanent move to New York and an even more hectic work underway. It's all paid off when, at seventeen years old, Kurkova landed a spot as cover model for the February 2001 issue of Vogue. Kurkova was now recognized at haute couture fashion and lingerie brand Victoria's Secret chose her as a part of the year that the television fashion show special.

Prominent fashion houses such as Yves Saint-Laurent took note of her and signed deals to Kurkova. Print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, and others helped expose Kurkova even more, while she headlined the second Victoria's Secret show the following year. The steady stream of work (she is said to have worked 23 weeks straight) was recognized by Vogue as they honored her with the "Model of the Year" title at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.

The usual contracts with top designers such as Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel and Balenciaga continued, and a recent census put Kurkova's magazine cover appearances at 80 and counting. She was honored both in the fashion world for her personality, which is described as intense and energetic, as for her appearance. This attractive attitude leaves little doubt that Kurkova will emerge as a legendary supermodel, even legendary Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, called her "the next super model." When asked to explain Kurkova's allure, David Bonnouvrier, the owner of the agency Kurkova, DNA, says simply, "she is it." In this case, "it" means Kurkova's "incredible dynamism." She combines "the ultimate authority with incredibly fresh features and a very spicy attitude and energy - which is in its photographs," says Bonnouvrier. Trudi Tapscott, Vogue's bookings editor, was impressed by Kurkova from the moment the magazine began with her in the summer of 2000.

"Very feminine," are the words used to describe Tapscott Kurkova of the appeal, adding that it is Kurkova's "extra special energy and enthusiasm", which sets its apart from the pack. Kurkova has been the subject in fashion spreads in most major fashion magazines including UK, U.S., and French Vogue (as well as other international versions of Vogue), Vanity Fair, The Face, and W. The most recent Kurkova has grabbed the cover of Korea's W, as well as the Greek Vogue. She has worked with famous photographers in the fashion industry today, such as Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, and Mario Testino, who said of Kurkova, "The proportions of her body and her face, as well as its energy level, make her a model that would can fit into almost any time.

"Designer Marc Jacobs of Kurkova said," She has an angelic look with a dark side, she is sweet and nice, but looks like it could be an evil bewitching child. " Living in New York's Tribeca district, Kurkova is able to separate himself from modeling enough to enjoy court side basketball games at Madison Square Garden. Karolina Kurkova appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, November 30.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Olga Kurylenko

Date of birth: 1979-11-14
Birthplace: Berdyansk, Ukraine
Height: 5' 9
Nationality: Ukrainian
Profession: actress, model

Kostyantynivna Olga Kurylenko ( born on November 14, 1979) is a Ukrainian model and actress. She is best known as the Bond girl in the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of solace.

Olga Kurylenko was born in Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine) on November 14, 1979 to a Russian mother and Ukrainian father. When Olga was three years old her parents separated, allowing her to be raised by her mother. Olga rarely had contact with her father, to meet him for the first time when she was 8 years old, and again later when she was 13.

She was discovered by a female model scout while on holiday in Moscow at the age of thirteen. When she was 17 she signed a contract with the Paris-based modeling agency Madison. By the age of 18 years she had already appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle.
In 2005 Kurylenko began her film career in France. She received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in L'Annulaire, and also starred in the Paris, Je T'aime segment Quartier de la Madeleine opposite Elijah Wood.

In 2007 Kurylenko star in Hitman alongside Timothy Olyphant. She played Camille Bond girl in the latest 007 movie, Quantum of consolation, the 22nd film in the Bond series.

Katy Perry

Birthname: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Date of birth: 1984-10-24
Birthplace: Santa Barbara
Nationality: American
Profession: singer

Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in 25 October, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter. She is a 2008 with her single "I Kissed A Girl", which has become a worldwide hit, topping the charts in more than 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and the United World Chart. In the United States, the song is also noted that the 1000 chart-topper of the Rock Era. Perry has a contralto vocal range.

Perry was born in Santa Barbara, California, USA. The middle child of two pastors, she grew up listening to gospel music and singing in the church. She graduated from Dos pueblos High School in Goleta, California in 2003 and immediately to Los Angeles at the age of 18. After Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp Perry signed to their label Red Hill Records, they released her first album Katy Hudson in 2001, a Christian gospel album. In her teenage years, Perry was a Queen album with her boyfriend, and later said: "From then on, they are my biggest influence."

Also among her musical influences are Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell and Heart, as well as the album Morning View Incubus. She changed her surname to Perry because "Katy Hudson" was too close to Kate Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name. Perry's greatest impact 80's pop rockers Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Manson, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett that Perry says: "These women still do not care. They come with vengeance".

In 2004, Perry worked for the record production team The Matrix, who previously worked with Avril Lavigne, Liz Phair, Korn and Britney Spears, among others. Perry has also started working on a mainstream debut album, writing with Glen Ballard, who was due for release in 2005; collaborations with some of the 'Box, "" Diamonds "and" Long Shot, "which were released on Perry's official MySpace page.

Her nascent musical career has led her to be called "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004 in Blender Magazine, where Perry said she was not a typical Christian ", mentioning that she had done" a lot bad things "during her adolescence. One of the tracks she recorded with Ballard," Simple ", was released on the soundtrack of the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In 2006, Perry POD appeared on the single," Goodbye for Now ". She has talked openly about her struggle within the music industry, which fell from record labels for a large part of her early career.

Her songs eventually captured the attention of Virgin Records CEO Jason Flom, who was the head of Capitol Music Group, and she signed to Capitol Music in the early-2007. Perry is now heard regularly on MTV, VH1, as well as commercials. She most recently appeared on the MTV VMA Awards singing Madonna's hit single, "Like A Virgin."

After signing to Capitol Records, Perry began recording for her regular official debut album, released in 2008, working with Greg Wells, Dr. Luke, Butch Walker, Max Martin, Cathy Dennis, Dave Stewart and Ted Bruner. The full-length album entitled One of the boys was released in the United States in June 17, 2008. Katy was an act within the Vans Warped Tour 2008 to promote the album.

The album was preceded by a digital EP in the autumn of 2007, entitled "Ur So Gay", produced by and co-written with Greg Wells (OneRepublic, Mika). A video for the song premiered in early 2008, and Perry brought to the attention of Madonna, who referred her on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona, who noted that "Ur So Gay" was her "favorite song now, "And another entry on Ryan Seacrest's Morning Show. "Ur So Gay" was criticized for alleged homophobia.

On April 29, 2008, her first official single one of the Boys, "I Kissed A Girl", debuted in the iTunes Store. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at # 76, climbing to # 1 with effect from June 25, 2008. It has a peak in iTunes Top 100 at # 1, with effect from June 3, 2008. The music video for "I Kissed A Girl" was released on May 21, 2008 on MySpace. The song has generated controversy because of its popularity with children, but it's like "Ur So Gay", is allegedly anti-homosexual. In contrast, an essay in Slant Magazine argues that the song "is not problematic because it promotes homosexuality, but because its appropriation of the gay identity exists for the sole purpose of gathering attention - both of Perry's boyfriend and her audience."

In addition, they have songs from the album present on the MTV series The Hills ( "Self Inflicted", "Waking Up In Vegas" and "Thinking Of You"), on the Oxygen Network reality series Fight Girls, and the film Baby 2008 Mama ( "Fingerprints").

As an actress, she made a Cameo appearance on the video-Carbon Leaf "Learn to Fly" and the Gym Class Heroes' video "Cupid's Chokehold", playing the ultimate love interest for her real-life boyfriend, singer Travis McCoy . On March 10, 2008, she appeared as himself on the ABC Family TV series Wild Fire, on the episode "Life is too short." She has appeared in print advertisements for Too Faced Cosmetics' Spring 2007 line.

On June 12, 2008, Perry appeared as himself on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless which pose for the cover of the fictional paper Restless Style magazine, that same day she appeared on MTV's Total Request Live. Perry released the single Hot N 'Cold on September 9, 2008.