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Cape Breton Post - - STYLEFOCUS - BY MICHELLE R. SMITH

has time to per­fect the style. It’s worth it, Vu­jic said. “I’ve no­ticed now when I go places with the hair­cut, peo­ple just stop and look at me. No one else has it,” he said.

An­other plus, ac­cord­ing to Vu­jic: girls like it.

Other hall­marks of the Jer­sey Shore look are JWOWW’s blond ex­ten­sions and boob-re­veal­ing tops, T-shirts and trucker hats bear­ing clas­sic Ed Hardy tat­too de­signs, and de­signer sun­glasses and bags — some­times knock-offs.

Most strik­ing per­haps is that the men of Jer­sey Shore ap­pear to be more ded­i­cated to their looks than the women. Pauly D says he spends 25 min­utes on his hair ev­ery day and gets it cut weekly. He and Sor­rentino ded­i­cate them­selves to a daily “GTL” rou­tine — “Gym. Tan. Laun­dry.” — so they look their best when they go out.

Lauren Lewis, 19, a nurs­ing stu­dent at Laguardia Col­lege in Queens, N.Y., who is Ja­maican, Ital­ian and Ir­ish, with a lit­tle Lithua­nian and Bri­tish thrown in, says she doesn’t con­sider her­self a guidette but looks to Snooki and JWOWW for tips when she goes out club­bing.

“I want to be Snooki or JWOWW. Out­go­ing. I’m not re­ally that out­go­ing,” she said. “I look at them for in­spi­ra­tion.”

Lewis has tried sev­eral times to re­pro­duce Snooki’s hair­style, which is achieved through teas­ing, hair­spray and a big white hair clip that pushes up the hair into a pouf. But Lewis has curly hair and has only been able to do it once, with a lot of help from her friends.

“I would prob­a­bly do it ev­ery day if I had straight hair,” she said.

Ali­cia Car­mody, a hair­styl­ist who works in Prov­i­dence, said sev­eral clients have asked about those ex­ten­sions, al­though no one has told her they want to look like JWOWW yet.

She said sev­eral other clients, mostly col­lege stu­dents, have had the Pauly D cut. The “Pauly D” has be­come so pop­u­lar that even lit­tle kids want the look. NEW YORK — There’s a swim­suit out there for every­one, but even for Sports Il­lus­trated Swim­suit mod­els, find­ing the right one can take a lit­tle time.

For the an­nual beach-bonanza is­sue, which will de­but its 47th edi­tion on Wed­nes­day, hun­dreds of bathing suits are col­lected. For ev­ery model who feels most comfortable in a string bikini there’s some­one else who prefers a ban­dau, says Diane Smith, Swim­suit ed­i­tor.

The trend this year seemed to be more Hol­ly­wood-siren, pin-up styles than teeny-weeny sil­hou­ettes. “The girls loved it. It brings out a glam­our in them.”

Of course, the mod­els are start­ing out with an ad­van­tage that many other women don’t have: They are pro­fes­sional posers, and Sports Il­lus­trated chooses only those at the top of their game. Ch­eryl Tiegs, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Marisa Miller are among those who have ap­peared on the cover.

Mod­els say they ramp up their work­outs, but they don’t nec­es­sar­ily “diet.”

“ Sports Il­lus­trated doesn’t want us skinny,” says model Julie Hen­der­son, who is mak­ing her fourth ap­pear­ance in the mag­a­zine. “They want us to por­tray a woman’s body.”

When Da­maris Lewis showed up in Palm Springs, Calif., for her “I’ve learned a lot about swim­suits over the years, ac­tu­ally, and the smaller the bet­ter for tan pur­poses,” she says. She also likes an ad­justable-tie bot­tom so there isn’t an elas­tic band that could cause any muf­fin-top ef­fect.

Hen­der­son, a Texas na­tive, spends any free mo­ment she can at the beach. Her favourite swim­suit was a white string bikini with seashell em­bel­lish­ment — prob­a­bly be­cause it was a re­minder of the sun and surf.

When she’s not wear­ing body makeup and oil for a photo shoot, Hen­der­son says her beach beauty rou­tine is sim­ple: sun­screen with SPF of at least 15. Pos­ing for SI in a bikini is very dif­fer­ent than a fash­ion mag­a­zine shoot or run­way show, says Rhoda, who has mod­elled for Rag & Bone, Michael Kors, Carolina Her­rera and more. Th­ese pho­tos, she says, re­ally look like her and con­vey more of her own per­son­al­ity. “The hair and makeup is so nat­u­ral. That’s my favourite part of it. In high fash­ion, some­times you look weird or un­rec­og­niz­able.” Lewis says she’s just get­ting used to the ti­tle of “ Sports Il­lus­trated Swim­suit model” even though this is her sec­ond year.

She also, over time, has learned to be­come more comfortable with her own body — and its evolv­ing more volup­tuous and fem­i­nine shape as she gets older — and how it looks in a bathing suit.

Still, she says, she pre­ferred this year’s suits, which weren’t as skimpy. Her go-to sil­hou­ette is a hal­ter-top bikini, string bot­tom and any­thing with ruch­ing. Be­cause she has a short torso, find­ing a one-piece suit is trick­ier — some crease in the mid­dle be­cause she doesn’t have the length to fill it out, Lewis says.

She also has a favourite pose — one she said that would work for any­one who feels she’s short-waisted: Put your hands above your head and cross them, and poke your hip out. It works when you’re not wear­ing a bathing suit, too, she says.

The Cana­dian Press

Zach Vu­jic, 15, sculpts his Hamil­ton, Ont., home.

in­spired hairdo in the bath­room of his

mod­els Da­maris Lewis, from left, Hi­lary Rhoda and Julie Hen­der­son.

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