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.
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.