CoverGirl for Essence Magazine

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Playing two Karen’s in the April issue! 
Behind the scene shots of playing a famous actress and a fan.

A stand in was used for placement

Extensions added in to play the actress

The aim was to play completely different characters. It worked because I didn’t recognize myself!!

About to walk on set (you should have seen the gold heels I was wobbling in)

The shoot was to promote CoverGirl Lip Color Blast Flipstick Colour (try saying that 3 x fast).

Blogger Claire Sulmers from The Fashion Bomb also had an alter ego shoot.  Here’s us checking out the shots so far

Playing around (Claire the office worker, me the fan of an actress)

My colour was ‘Minx’

We arrived at 8am and left the studio well after 7pm. Took this shot out the window before we walked out

In December I did a photo shoot for CoverGirl!  I still can’t believe I got to work with the brand again – this time for Essence (my last CoverGirl shoot post is here).

The brief for the shoot was to show two different characters. I was an actress, the other ‘person’ is their fan. Well it worked because good God I didn’t recognize myself.  The photos were taken by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks who’s known for creating ‘doubles.’  (I remember the work he did one year for America’s Next Top Model).

Thank you Essence, CoverGirl,  Saisha Beecham (make up artist magician), Derek Blanks and last but not least Michael for taking the behind the scene pics!  What I wore arriving at the studio.

ps. Mum your mag copy is on it’s way!




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03893633346648440145 Dree

    The pics turned out so lovely! cant wait to see them in the issue. :)

    Dree xx


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      The mag is out! Whitney Houston is on the cover which makes me feel even more proud.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14018563090154607266 Sing

    Wow you sure do look like a different person. Love the lipstick on you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12985220172805230125 Eva Ana Kazić

    2 Karens indeed.

  • http://www.prevailingtaste.co.uk/ Paula

    The idea of two different ‘people’ is so great, if that was me my Mum would definitely want a copy too!

    My blog: http://www.prevailingtaste.co.uk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01044689983470075482 I wanna be fierce

    You look beautiful!


  • http://stylishwithabudget.blogspot.com/ stylish with a budget

    what a great experience!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04021171264817191178 ASH

    Looks fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09739251167444138491 Fashion Agony

    This is incredible, amazing pictures and you look soooo gorgeous!

    Fashion Agony blog

  • http://adventuresofanonlineshopper.blogspot.com/ Dee Emerald

    beautiful! very well done on ur part. I can just picture Tyra saying u “smized” just right! lol.

    I’ve been a lurker on ur blog but had to write my first comment today.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Hello :-) always good to see a lurker come out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07023668349294387098 Erica B.

    Fabulous! I’ve always wanted a Derek Blanks photo session.

  • http://www.the-habit.com/ Theresa

    The CoverGirl ad turned out so freaking cool! What an unique idea – you look fab! Looking forward to getting my next copy of Essence 😉


    The Habit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17122609278796856805 Laura

    You had me guessing too, the ‘two of you’ look really different. You’re lucky

    Check out my blog:


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00277242890112706565 Taylor B.

    I didn’t recognize you either! That’s so cool!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14553556280210435234 Mari

    You looked so amazing in the photos. Congratulations once again. Can’t wait to see what other projects you land.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14553556280210435234 Mari

    You looked so amazing in the photos!!! So lovely…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14020336322022529868 Serendipity Max

    This is amazing. I actually thought it was two different people on first look!


  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    oMG!!!!! look at you all glam up!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05379372182384729063 ONE ON ONE WITH SCHOLASTIC

    Keep up the good work. I love Saisha Beecham, she is so sweet and nice. I had the pleasure of working w/ her here in Atlanta. Derek Blanks is a very down to earth person. He really makes you feel at ease when you work w/ him, which you can tell by the final pictures.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Yes both are great and clearly work together well as a team. Derek is one of the nicest photographers I’ve met so far. Sooo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    Karen….you look SO FANTASTIC! you need to smile more often!!!! That first shot is fantastic….the “move star” doesn’t look anything like the “fan”! Can’t tell their both you at all! You are so stunning it’s blowing me away!!!!! :)
    congrats on another covergirl feat! <3
    Follow me on CHICTOPIA

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Ah thank you. A friend asked who’s that girl with you and when I said its me she was shocked. Agreed they def created a very diff me. good fun though.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10004845024706269327 Amberly

    I just saw this the other day in the magazine! Congrats on the feature in Essence!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02571761301203352767 Shayne Renee

    This is amazing! You look unbelievable! Congrats!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17306315013107977753 Shandrese/Natalia

    yay!!!!!!!!!! you look gorgeous!!!! i purchased some of these items a while ago and i must say they are pretty cool :) congrats girl :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04996328734472836029 Goody

    This is way cool and i must have that lip color!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07594392144717700960 Confessions of A Confused City Girl

    Sooo dope! That’s a definite blessing. You look great and it looks like you had a blast.

    If you haven’t already; pls check out my blog, comment, & follow if you like!
    Confessions Of A City Girl

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00325841470229145960 internodiciotto

    nice job, looks amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02421360487758924601 Twins

    You look so fabulous in Glamour style!! We never see you like that!!
    Im shocked, it looks like two different girls!!
    You are Fabulous!! xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18436102693824311132 Jess

    Another one who didn’t realise “the actress” was you. You look amazing!

    Jess xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18436102693824311132 Jess

    Another one who had no idea “the actress” was you. You look amazing!

    Jess xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08818325544321828402 madzia

    nice post :)

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing photo. Your smile is gorgeous and makes me realize that you rarely smile in your blog posts. You should smile more, girl. You light up the room. What a fun opportunity.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      noted : )

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08123644460058416717 David Diaz

    In the beginning I seriously thought it was two different people…. They did an amazing job! & Congrats on the ad! You definitely WERQ IT! Girl! *snaps fingers*


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00755411919932479925 Borjana

    Oh my!How exciting is this?!Wow!Great job hun,you really look amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07740191825144529597 Jasmine Sinclair

    I saw this morning!!!! I am so happy for you!!!! Your alter ego photos look amazing!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05356879226724207942 Sia

    You look amazing x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13052209620785574933 Theblondesquad

    Stunning! I’m off to buy the Minx shade STAT if it makes me look as gorgeous as you…(runs out the door…)!!

  • Anonymous

    Karen where did you get that long skirt?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Its from Alice and Olivia

      I usually find similars here: http://rstyle.me/ad/bi8ybev

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13555195497230774170 la-dolce-vita-meets-fashion

    Gorgeous pics!

    xxx, Sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00489164099884883576 Hazardous Area

    WOOOOW!!! great job! congrats:)

  • Anonymous

    Yay! You look stunning! Oh, and great job with the Marni score btw..


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      heh heh thx it was every man (or woman) for himself when the doors were open

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15988966480652292447 leesicam

    You look ah-mazing! Congrats!

  • http://www.ebay.com/sch/jusnuts/m.html?_nkw&_armrs=1&_from&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3692 vain319

    That is so cool.You look so awesome,I love the idea of the doubles..you worked it out!killing them :) love the clothes and accessories.I am still selling off vintage clothes,so come and check me out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06377643620394466150 nonnapuffo

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    kisses from your follower! ♡

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00964309474183709680 KeyKey

    OMG lovely pics!!!

  • Sinead

    You look absolutely amazing as both the “actress” and the “fan.” But of course, I think the most beautiful version of you is the real one. So happy to see all of your success — and to see that it doesn’t seem to have gone to your head. That is so refreshing. You remain my favorite fashion blogger.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      ahh thx Sinead – it’s an honour to me to work with big brands like this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00261341731186339900 Candace Belle

    wow Karen!!! How great is this!! congrats! and you look oh so beautiful!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01999976251006435639 Dee

    Oh my god. It looks FAB girl! Congrats! We need to meet up! 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08532358185597781862 MerelyMarie

    Beautiful! Go Karen!!! I like & agree with Sinead’s comment:)

  • http://www.riamichelle.com/ Ria

    Amazing opportunity. I love CG flipstick. I broke one half of mine, ugh.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13062072976754211228 Viv

    wow this is a great opportunity.. you look fantastic!


  • Anonymous

    you look great. i love, love, love the gold outfit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13173857461767006350 NAKUMBA

    wow, this is really lovely. It looks like u have a twin sister :-)) Love the lipstick. Wish we had them out here in Germany.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13173857461767006350 NAKUMBA

    wow, lovely cover girl photo. It looks like you have a twin sister:-)) cool. I also luv the lipsticks…wish we had them over here in Germany.


  • http://browngirlfriendly.wordpress.com/ browngirlfriendly

    Beautiful!!! Shooting this looks like an absolute dream! That skyline pic is lovely. Where was the shoot?

  • Anonymous

    When I received my Essence mag, I was so thrilled to see two of my most favorite bloggers working together. You looked awesome. I hope Minx looks as good on me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12711623379448421394 Iubire

    Wooooowwwww you are so diva…
    congratulations hermosa,,,,,

  • http://minimalistbeauty.com/ Dawn Michelle @ Minimalist Beauty

    This ad is amazing! Congrats and continued best wishes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16590850662407218854 KayJay at Refined and Polished

    I saw this spread over the weekend! Great photos! I was like…hey I know her!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03652580342472050070 DelbaMé

    This is so awesome, Congratulations! Your skin is so flawless, you look gorgeous girl!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04838925340461597418 BRE

    You’re so beautiful, congrats on everything!!!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11806974347874182870 Mika

    YAAS Work! this is awesome


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