Seeing 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.
Liv Boeree via Instagram
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.
Vanessa Rousso via Instagram
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.
Melanie Weisner via Instagram
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.
Fatima Moreira de Melo via Instagram
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.
Maria Ho via Instagram
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.
Emerging design star Rashad Calhoun will present his latest collection for his Dahsar by Rashad label on the Couture Fashion Week New York runway during the prestigious event’s 21st season. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday February 13, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway in the heart of the city.
A self-taught designer, Rashad Calhound is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania who started creating his distinctive fashions at age 13. He launched his Dahsar by Rashad label in 2007, catering to women of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, including prominent socialites and reality stars. Among his clientele are reality stars Syleena Johnson and Lil’ Mo (TV One’s hit show R & B Divas), and Diamond Strawberry (Love and Hip Hop New York), as well as Rain Pryor (daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor), and Mike McCluney (Day 26, formerly of MTV’s Making the Band). Mr. Calhoun has been requested to style singer Brittany Holmes for the Grammy Awards in February 2015. His designs have been featured in such publications as Vibe, 10 and Amina.
In 2013 Mr. Calhoun gained national recognition in the fashion world for his trending designs when he was invited to be part of New York Fashion Week’s “The Black Collection”. He went on to show his designs during Paris Fashion Week in 2014, and he will again show in Paris in 2015.
Through his designs, Rashad Calhoun aims to inspire his contemporaries and future generations to be themselves, celebrate their uniqueness, and not conform to the masses. In February 2015 Mr. Calhoun is embarking on his “Blood on The Runway” tour starting during Couture Fashion Week in New York, and set to travel throughout various cities in the United States. “Blood on The Runway” means blood, sweat and tears, which is meant to inspire the younger generation to be fearless and express themselves as individuals.
11 Reasons to Participate in Couture Fashion Week New York
by Producer Andres Aquino
1. CFW was the first to introduce an organized, professional, international couture and luxury designer event in New York.
Bringing new and seasoned designers from countries around the world.
2. First to introduce professional entertainers on a regular basis as part of New York Fashion Week.
Ranging from opera to Broadway tunes, from ballroom dancers to street dance.
3. First fashion event to feature fine art exhibits as part of the event on a regular basis.
Showcasing established painters, sculptors and craft artists.
4. First to make fashion shows accessible to consumers who buy clothes, not just “industry insiders.”
Prior to CFW, New York fashion shows were limited to “the industry,” leaving consumers–the very people who buy luxury garments and accessories–out in the cold.
In addition to the press and fashion buyers, CFW allows a number of tickets for each show to be sold to consumers.
Tickets can easily be purchased online on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone can get a good seat and enjoy the shows.
5. First to create a prestigious and friendly atmosphere for press, fashionistas and designers.
Attendees have the opportunity to meet press and designers by appointment to get custom-made garments, or to place orders for their boutiques.
In the past, the press was treated poorly. CFW has continuously shown appreciation for the press and attendees can easily meet editors and photographers at parties and get-togethers.
6. First to introduce a full range of models from different countries and ethnic groups.
Including Asian, Latin American, African, East European and others representing the diversity of New York City’s melting pot.
But not only has CFW revolutionized the industry by breaking the barriers of just one ethnic group.
It also introduced the concept of healthy, fit, and even curvy models, moving away from traditional super-thin models, creating a positive image for young girls everywhere.
7. First to create fabulous parties accessible to both consumers and members of the industry.
Attendees can enjoy parties with models, designers and press that used to be reserved for fashion industry insiders only.
8. First to provide a consistent unique experience ranging from General Seating to Platinum VIP.
Including guaranteed seats, gourmet dinner, lavish parties, red carpet photo-ops and special fashion tours. Each attendee has a good view of the shows.
9. CFW shows are centrally located in Times Square.
Easily accessible from anywhere by train, bus or taxi. It’s a location where fashion meets entertainment: right next to the Fashion District, Theater District and Restaurant Row.
10. CFW is a hair and makeup trend-setter.
An amazing team of top makeup artists and hair stylists create unique artistic looks for each collection, setting trends that later appear in publications and other shows around the world.
11. CFW is in its 21st season of successful fashion shows.
Established in 2005, the event has continuously featured two major seasons: Spring/ Summer and Fall/ Winter.
The event is recognized around the world and is featured in magazines and media on all continents. During the event, a large billboard in Times Square shows beautiful images from both designers and sponsors.
Tickets for the 21st season of Couture Fashion Week in New York City are now on sale. February 13-15, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, at the crossroads of the world. Get your tickets and mark your calendar for an unforgettable experience of exquisite fashion shows, entertainment, parties and more during Valentine’s Weekend. Don’t miss the after parties, including the Valentine’s Ball on Saturday night.
Recent participating designers above (L-R): Andres Aquino, Narine Tovmasyan, Evgenia Luzhina-Salazar, Vo Viet Chung, Dawn Sunflower. Click for more photos.
As an official brand for the Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts (NIAPA),MOI marked its debut launch at the ASIAN/ASEAN Fashion Week, Surabaya, Indonesia, with its Spring/Summer Collection, which was held from August 15-18, 2014. MOI will be presenting its latest and exclusive collection this season at Couture Fashion Week, New York. The fashion show, marking NIAPA’s second appearance at CFW, will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.
The latest MOI collection, “Ara Kezievi – the beauties of my land,” is inspired by the idyllic modern-day versatile woman, a woman who is elegant yet intriguing, fun yet sophisticated. The fashion label offers couture collections that incorporate traditional elegance with contemporary styles. Read more…
Italy-based designers Alessia and Simona Iuliucci will present the latest S/S 2015 collection for their Atelier Sorelle Iuliucci label at Couture Fashion Week New York. The fashion show will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, in the heart of the Big Apple.
Atelier Sorelle Iuliucci was launched in 2012 from the passion and creative spirit of two sisters following their dream to transform the finest fabrics into a spirit of life through couture designs. Their stunning creations are always a tribute to femininity and elegance. Over the past two years, Atelier Sorelle Iulucci has shown on the runway in Milan, Bologna and Benevento. Read more…
Designer Antoinette Piesche will present her latest collection for the La Bella Moda label at CFW in New York City at 6:00 pm on Sunday September 7, 2014. The fashion show will be held in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, at the “Crossroads of the World.”
Antoinette Piesche believes that anyone, from petite to plus size, can look stunning for their special occasion. Her taste resonated with her clientele so much that she began designing wedding gowns and special occasion ensembles to meet the preferences, budget and style of each customer. Her designs focus on flattering every woman’s figure as she thoughtfully designs her customers’ gowns of their dreams. Read more…
Vietnamese celebrity designer Vo Viet Chung will present his most recent inspired collection for Spring 2015 at Couture Fashion Week in New York. The highly-anticipated fashion show will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday September 6, 2014 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, in the heart of the Big Apple, the world’s fashion capital.
Vo Viet Chung has showcased his designs on many television programs and at prestigious events around the world including Vietnam and Japan Cultural Week in Tokyo and the J Autumn Fashion Show in London. At Asian Fashion Week in 2011, he presented two collections under the theme “Asian Heritage Silk” made from traditional fabrics. During that event, the designer was recognized with a Guinness World Record for his stunning creation of an “Ao Dai” (traditional Vietnamese gown). The dress was made of 1,000 meters (over 3,200 feet) of fabric, including traditional silk from villages across the Vietnam. The tunic had nine trains, each 100 meters (over 300 feet) in length, symbolizing the nine branches of the Cuu Long River delta. It was decorated with gold and more than 2,000 diamonds. The costume also included a turban known as a “Vietnamese crown”, made from 0.5 kg (over 1 pound) of gold and encrusted with 2,000 diamonds. Read more…
Award-winning veteran couturier Nina Gleyzer will make her fourth appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York with the presentation of her latest collection “Nostalgie: Le Fin Mot”. The collection will be accessorized with head pieces by Natalya Bythewood. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.
As this is Nina Gleyzer’s final runway appearance, she designed a couture farewell collection inspired by her two loves: France, and ’50s fashion. Capturing an era-gone-by, this collection reflects a time when women sat in front of perfume-filled vanities to paint their faces and powder their noses, before dressing up in beautifully tailored dresses for coffee with friends. “That’s how I envision women: chic, elegant… simplistic,” says Nina. “Nostaligie: Le Fin Mot” pays homage to the ’50s woman with a nod to French grandeur through the use of rich fabrication and exquisite pattern making. Read more…
Did you know that in addition to the fabulous fashion shows, trend-setting hair and makeup designs, and glam after parties, Couture Fashion Week New York also showcases stunning works of art by talented visual artists? The recent “Mon Amour” fashion show by Andres Aquino featured this beautiful art background by artist and fashion designer Alexandra Popescu-York.