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5 Poker Pros Who Could Easily Be Mistaken for Runway Models

5 Poker Pros Who Could Easily Be Mistaken for Runway ModelsSeeing past their poker faces, you may never have even guessed that some of the best women in the game are also the most striking in several other aspects. They’re definitely more than just their looks; if anything, this is but an asset supplementing their skills. While they’re often compared to runway models, they are also role models for anyone looking to make it in this competitive field. Who says that poker is a man’s game? These women bring much-needed class, flair, glamour, and more to the table, setting the bar (and stakes) high for anyone –– regardless of gender.

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Liv Boeree

On a visit to the US World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Kent native Liv Boeree was enthralled by the game and determined to be as skilled as her poker heroes. Her interest in poker came after she graduated from theUniversityof Manchester with first-class honors with an astrophysics degree, which helps her play with logic and a methodical strategy. Nicknamed ‘Iron Maiden,’ she wears many other hats as a television presenter and model and is currently the only woman to hold championship titles in both the European Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. While these were important personal feats, Boeree says that she’s happy to be representing women who are either underrepresented or often patronized in the game.

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Vanessa Rousso

Known as ‘Lady Maverick,’ Vanessa Rousso has 17 World Series of Poker money finishes, two final tables at the World Poker Tour, among many other poker-related achievements like shutting down obnoxious competitor Tony G on live television. She was a Dean’s lister at DukeUniversitywhere she took up game theory and took an interest in other critical thinking hobbies like chess and Rubik’s cubes. This introduced her to poker, as she was likewise drawn to the psychology behind the game. She finished her degree in economics and political science in a record-breaking 2.5 years. She continued to break even more records, pursuing poker and further studies in law at theUniversityof Miami School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. While she was rated as one of the sexiest poker players in the world by both Bleacher Report and Maxim, she’s also taught poker to some of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Melanie Weisner

Aside from being a beautiful face and a fierce competitor, Melanie Weisner also has one of the most active and thriving Twitter accounts among poker pros. The businesswoman-slash-poker strategy coach regularly engages with her fans, which isn’t surprising at all considering how the game as a whole is now more socially-driven. One look at the PPPoker Twitter hashtag and you can see that players from the US, Mexico, and even Japan, tweet about topics ranging from upcoming major events, high stakes online tournaments, and expert strategies. It appears that Weisner has noted these strategies, together with her stint as a heads-up Sit & Go specialist for most of her online poker career, and all of which have likely attributed to her online success.

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Fatima Moreira de Melo

At 41, Fatima Moreira de Melo has accomplished more than anyone could ever hope to in their lifetime. As a member of the Dutch National Field Hockey Team, de Melo is an Olympic medalist with bronze, silver, and gold medals under her belt. In between snagging these accolades, she graduated with a Master’s degree in law while also maintaining her status as a well-renowned Dutch television personality, model, singer, and winner of the Dutch version of the reality show Survivor. Now, she adds ‘professional poker player’ to her long list of credentials, as a member of Team PokerStars: Sportstars. She once even said that she leveraged her “petiteness” as a bluff in the game especially when her opponents dismissed her as just a little girl. She’s an outspoken advocate of the global organization Right to Play, which empowers vulnerable young children through sports.

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Maria Ho

Chinese poker maven Maria Ho is one of the highest-ranking female poker players in the world and has been inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. When she graduated from UCSD with a major in communications and minor in law, Ho had also graduated from playing low limits cash games to those with higher stakes. This granted her the confidence to pursue poker as a full-timecareerand she now has upwards of $2.9 million in live poker tournament earnings. She is noted as the only one to have ever made it to the World Series of Poker Main Event Last Woman Standing on four separate occasions. She’s also the first woman to have been made a strategic commentator on a poker TV broadcast team. Her endearing and bubbly personality has made her relatable with many fans.

Previously, ‘7 Wardrobe Essentials Every Fashionable Woman Should Own’ featured a number of staples every woman should own to make them look and feel their best, for any important occasion. Power dressing may even catapult you into performing your very best, similar to the way these women have. But ultimately, what goes without mentioning is that the best trick up your sleeve and the best thing to wear is unbridled confidence.

Couture Fashion Week Heads to Nepal

Couture Fashion Week Heads to NepalDesigner and Couture Fashion Week New York founder and producer Andres Aquino will show his recent collection entitled “Romancing the Himalayas” at the Nepal Couture Fashion gala event. The show will be held at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu on August 13, 2016. The event marks Mr. Aquino’s first runway show in Nepal which will feature a selection of his signature luxurious, feminine and wearable gowns.

“I am looking forward to finding new inspirations in the stunning natural beauty of this Himalayan country, known as the rooftop of the world,” says Mr. Aquino. He will be traveling to Nepal with four talented models: Belgica Suarez (Miss Honduras Universe), Sendy Caceres (Miss Paraguay Earth), Nea McClin from Finland; and New York runway model and stylist Kelsie McKenna. In Nepal the group will be joined by actress Shristi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2012), Anjali Lama (1st Face of Panache Runway), Malina Joshi (Miss Nepal World 2011), celebrity model Aastha Pokharel, Puza Stha (contestant for Miss Nepal 2015 and Miss Talent 2015), tecno artist Anish Anand, actor Gaurav Pahari, and a number of models, celebrities and VIPS. International model, actor and entertainment executive Deepak Ghimire, whom Mr. Aquino met and worked with in New York on a special Nepal showcase, has been instrumental in organizing the Nepal event.

Couture Fashion Week New York will be entering its 24th season in September 2016 as one of New York’s most prestigious fashion week events. Mr. Aquino is also the founder and director or the Global Short Film Awards, now entering its second year with events in New York and Cannes, France, among other cities.

The Nepal visit by Mr. Aquino and his associates will also include:
– The official signing of the Global Short Film Award Festival (GSF Awards) license agreement for Nepal.
– Discussions with government and business leaders on mutual cooperation to promote Nepal fashion and tourism, as well as to expand the fashion market for Couture Fashion Week New York in Kathmandu.
– Scouting for new talented designers and models.
– Enjoying the beauty and friendship of the country and people of Nepal.

The event is managed and organized by Everest Events & Exhibition Pvt. Ltd., a sister concern of Avenues Television. The main sponsor of the event is Jawalakhel Distillery (Ruslan Vodka). Thanks to Executive Directors Aseem Rana and Sanjeeb Pyakurel, Director Sambridhi Raj Karnikar, Rachana Gurung Sharma, Deepak Ghimire, Chief Program Coordinator Shrijana Pokharel and the staff of Couture Fashion Nepal, who are committed to making this year’s show one that goes down in history.

More information: www.CoutureFashionWeek.com | www.GlobalShortFilmAwards.com | facebook.com/couturefashionnepal

 

Top Model and Humanitarian Farah Zulaikha to Emcee at Cannes Awards Gala

FARAH ZULAIKHA Young UN Ambassador (NCWUS); Fashion Ambassador (www.FarahZulaikha.com); Supermodel and Global Fashion Avenue Award Winner TOP MODEL S/S 2016

Farah “Fafa” Zulaikha, supermodel and Global Fashion Avenue Award winner (Couture Fashion Week S/S 2016 Top Model) and fashion and beauty expert,will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies at the Global Short Film Awards gala in Cannes, France. The event will be held at the Intercontinental Carlton on Saturday May 21, 2016. The festive evening will include fashion shows, awards presentations, world-class entertainment and a luxury auction. Tickets are available online.

Farah Zulaikha is a beautiful and accomplished role model. Currently she is one of the youngest United Nations Ambassadors ever (serving The National Council of Women of The United States), an award-winning humanitarian, top model, writer, biomedical researcher, TV host, and classically trained violinist. She has earned international recognition and influence in the realms of philanthropy, fine arts, fashion and media. Farah is the recipient of numerous and diverse accolades including the Distinguished International Humanitarian Leadership Award presented by the U.N. and the National Council of Women of The United States (2015), the Pancreum Diabetes Artificial Pancreas Contributor Award (2013), the Vassar Brothers Medical Center (a National Gold Seal-Winning Hospital) Auxiliary Young Ambassador (2013), the Hearst Media UGO.COM “Smartest Models In The World” list, taking the #1 spot on a list of legendary fashion names that has included such icons as Cindy Crawford, Iman, Christy Turlington and Beverly Johnson (2011). Farah also recently made her violin debut at Carnegie Hall before a sold-out audience.

Farah Zulaikha is noted for her large-scale role in major charity endeavors across the globe. These initiatives include her family’s own self-funded charity medical camps along with ambassadorships at some of the world’s leading organizations. She has achieved popularity as a worldwide youth leader/mentor, and is also recognized for her talents in various forms of media/arts and her collaborations with top fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands including Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Ferragamo, Nordstrom, the NASDAQ Stock Exchange and many others. She has been featured in top fashion events and publications such as Elle and VOGUE.

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Model and Humanitarian Fanny Torres at the Cannes Red Carpet Fashion and Film Awards

Model and Humanitarian Fanny TorresFanny Torres from Guanajuato, Mexico has been modeling since childhood. She has participated in fashion shows at the national and international level around the world including major events in Milan, Rome, Sicily, Paris, Ukraine, Switzerland, Madrid, Alicante, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, Tbilisi, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. She has received over 50 awards, including first place for Miss Fitness 2007, Miss Pacific World 2006 and Miss Fitness Peru. In New York, she received special recognition as a social media-savvy model by Couture Fashion Week. In Bolivia, Fanny was guest of honor and received the “Key to the City of Sucre”, the nation’s capital, and in Ukraine, she also received a special awards an international model. She has also been featured in many prominent publications worldwide.

For the past 20 years, since her childhood, Fanny Torres has been involved in charity work with children in rural communities bringing toys, smiles and laughter. She also spends time remodeling and acquiring furniture and bedding for La Divina Providencia (Divine Providence) nursing home. Each year she supports efforts to collect shoes, blankets, stretchers and oxygen apparatus for La Busqueda (The Search), a rehabilitation center for women and children with disabilities. Fanny has also worked on missions bringing supplies, shoes and blankets to poor communities in Las Sierras (Highlands) and regularly visits and brings her love to hospitals and local orphanages.

Welcome Fanny Torres to “Andres Aquino’s Global People with a Big Heart!” and those who follow his motto: “Do good, live well.”

Fanny Torres will be participating in the upcoming Cannes Red Carpet Fashion and Film Awards event at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 21, 2016. Click for tickets and more information.