Plane Sailing

A number of people are wary of staying near Male for fear of hearing airplanes taking off, but actually the planes you hear the most are the iconic seaplanes. I have actually found the whir of the seaplane engines part of the exotic allure of the destination. Shades of Fantasy Island’s exclamation “Da plane, da plane!” These turboprops have long been a favourite photo prop for the Maldives fashionista crowd.

With the collapse of the aviation industry with the global pandemic, despite living near one of the world’s busiest airports (Heathrow), the skies have been relatively empty for months. Now the contrails are starting to return to up above taking people back to far flung destinations and it’s almost a special occasion when we see one. Today is National Aviation Day (USA) so a chance to celebrate these distinctive steel birds taking guests to the far away dream destinations.

  1. Nicole Elgin (USA) – Drift Thelu Veliga


       

  2. Nancy (Thailand) – Sun Island


        

  3. Mai Ka (Poland) – Heritance Aarah


         

  4. Urvashi Rautela (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


          

  5. Olga (Russia) – Dhigali


         

  6. Urvi Shetty (India) – Kandima


         

  7. Beth Walkemeyer (Australia) – W Maldives

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  8. Lisa Homsy (Canada) – Kandolhu


       

  9. Sakshi Malik (India) – LUX South Ari Atoll


        

  10. Svetlana Lewis (Russia) – Furaveri


          

  11. Dashama (USA) – Angsana Velavaru


           

  12. Anna Bella (Russia) – Fushifaru


          

  13. Sky Kiki Jung (Thailand) – Centara Ras Fushi


         

  14. Carolina Dargel (Belarus) – NIYAMA


          

  15. Maria (Russia) – Furaveri


        

  16. Karina Zhosan (Ukraine) – Conrad Rangali

          

  17. Alena Omovych (Russia) – Furaveri


          

  18. Sanja Papić Ognjanović (Panama) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


         

  19. Hofit Golan and Josephine Forsberg (Israel) – Hideaway Beach

     

  20. Julia Raz (United Kingdom


       

  21. Mary Nova (Russia) – NIYAMA


            

  22. Parlikah (Thailand) – Six Senses Laamu

         

  23. Alexandra Sotnik (Russia) – Meedhupparu


          

  24. Rosanna Cordoba (Columbia) – Conrad Rangali


         

  25. Siobhan (Ireland) – Sirru Fen Fushi


        

  26. Aditi Rao Hydari (India) – Soneva Fushi


        

  27. Adriana Hughes (OAE) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


      

  28. Helen Owen (USA) – Six Senses Laamu


         

  29. Belle Lucia (Australia) – Cocoon


        

  30. Arinka Nazarova and Ekaterina (Russia) – Paradise Island


         

  31. Olga Titova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


         

  32. Fer Espiritu (Mexico) – Vommuli


        

  33. Claudia Padgett (United Kingdom) – Soneva Fushi


        

  34. Zaki (Russia) – Furaveri


        

  35. Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) – Drift Thelu Veliga


       

  36. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Hurawalhi


        

  37. Alena Yurzina (Russia) – NIYAMA


       

  38. Miss Huinii (South Korea) – Vommuli


             

  39. Wendy Gates (USA) – Velaa


       

  40. Natasha Ivanovs (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


       

  41. Maria Martelo Perez and Irina Dreyt (Columbia) – One & Only Reethi Rah


        

  42. Talia Richman (Australia) – Finolhu


       

  43. Ming Arinmas (Thailand) W Maldives


        

  44. Nudee Thoedsukbodee (Thailand) – Cheval Blanc Randheli


        

  45. Anna Barykina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


        

  46. Camila Storchi (Brazil) – Sun Island


        

Phat Tatts


National Tattoo Day today. Fashionistas in the Maldives often come with quite a bit of colour in their complexions before they hit the sun. The tropical backdrop provides a striking frame and the skimpy swimsuits provide an effective place to show off their best ink…


  1. Lexy (Germany)
    You & Me [ABOVE]
  2. Nadiuno (Moldova) – Riu Palace


     

  3. Shawnna Sharmaynne (USA) – Conrad Rangali


      

  4. Nastya Motrii (Russia) – Bandos


      

  5. Sara Mecchi (Italy) – Fun Island


      

  6. Mareike Lerch (Germany) – Kuredu


        

  7. Alyona (USA) – Paradise Island

          
         

  8. Natashita (Germany) – Embudu


  9. Miss Monyy (Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu


         

  10. Marika Fomina (Russia) – Velassaru


        

  11. Tiffy Hollywood (USA) – Movenpick Kuredhivaru


       

  12. Maurizia Cancellieri (Italy)


        

  13. Giulia Maria Cinci (Italy) – Malahini Kuda Bandos


        

  14. Dafina Zeqiri (Italy) – You and Me


      

  15. Nutty (Thailand) – Club Med Kani


      

  16. Lily Black (Italy) – Thudufushi


       

  17. Anna Sladkaya (Russia) – Cocoon


       

  18. Felicia Aveklew (Sweden) – Dhiffushi


        

  19. Ksusha Krasivchik (Russia) – W Maldives


        

  20. Daggy Ritz (Germany) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu


        

  21. Rony Labelle (Venezuela) – LUX North Male Atoll


       

  22. Muriel Bassi (Spain) – Samara


        

  23. Zoe Cristofoli (Italy) – Emerald


       

  24. Fairy Pai (Taiwan) – Club Med Kani


        

  25. Laura Sagrado (Mexico)  – Kudafushi


      

  26. Hanna (Ukraine) – Sun Island


      

  27. Francesca del Taglia (Italy) – Fulidhoo


        

  28. Julia Krasnoyarsk (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi


       

  29. Sofi Sugar (Russia) – Vilu Reef


       

  30. Mariana Gasques (Brazil) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


       

  31. Stefanie Morela (Germany) – Cinnamon Ellaidhoo


        

  32. Viki Fox (Russia) – Kandima


        

  33. Ilona Chernetskaya (Ukraine) – Bandos


       

  34. Adzia (Poland) – Nilandhoo


        

  35. Eva Saetherr (Norway) – Sun Island


        

  36. Anna Grachevskaya (Russia) – Paradise Island


       

  37. Katrin (Russia) – Sun Island


       

  38. Oleksandra Likhtben (Ukraine) – Fehendhoo


       

  39. Sophie (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi


       

  40. Aneta Kożusznik (Slovakia) – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu


       

  41. Monya (Poland) – Carpe Diem

       
       

  42. Daisy (Austria) – Kuredu

        
      

  43. TubTim Ruby Mallika (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas

       
       

  44. Jade Tattoo (Australia) – NIYAMA


       

  45. Teta- Maria (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi


        

  46. Natalie Iashchuk (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll


        

  47. Irina Moroziuk (Ukraine) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef


      

  48. Raissa Castro Tuchler (Brazil) – Centara Ras Fushi


      

  49. Rita Ora (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi


        

  50. Virginia (Dhiffushi)


       

  51. Jodie Stark (United Kingdom) – Kandima


        

  52. Olivia Bowen (United Kingdom) – Velassaru


       

  53. Mary Jane (Australia) – NIYAMA


         

  54. Diva (Ukraine) – Anantara Kihavah Villas


         

  55. Olesya Temofeeva (Russia) – Amari Havodda


        

  56. Teneile Napoli (Australia) – NIYAMA


         

  57. Tatyana Ponomareva (Russia) – Furaveri


         

  58. Bantik Boy (Russia) – OZEN by Atmosphere


         

  59. Chiara Biasi (Italy) – Maayafushi


        

  60. Laura Fremiot (Italy) – Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa


       
       




Freeze Frieze

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Maldives resort distinctions are like London busses…you wait forever, and then a bunch come along all at once. That’s the case with the clever content of “Animated Wedding GIFs” featured as item #20 in Part 5 of the “Haven’t Seen Yet” series. Now there’s a whole collection of these Maldives-own Mannequin Challenges (albeit technology assisted)…

    1. Sailor Moona (China) – NIYAMA [ABOVE]
    2. Coco Laite (Germany) – Holiday Island

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    3. Sania Camelli (Russia) – Dhigali

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    4. Karina Leyman (Russia)

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    5. Natasha Davydova (Russia) – Soneva Fushi

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    6. Bernshtein (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

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    7. Man Chia (Malaysia) – Ayada

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    8. Nadya Kiss (Russia)

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    9. Chou Chou (Vietnam) – W Maldives

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    10. Maria Medvedeva (Russia)

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    11. Camila Carril (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu

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  1. Maria Karieva (Ukraine)
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Best of the Maldives: Social Media Mob – W Maldives

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One resort with its own collection of Instagram luminaries is W Maldives:

  • “Reebok Women invited 12 ladies from Southeast Asia and the Pacific to W Maldives as the faces and voices of their #PerfectNever campaign in the region, with the aim of flipping the conventional notion of perfectionThese are influencers with a huge following on social media and admired for their flawless lifestyles. With the #PerfectNever campaign set in the perfect environment, the aim of the happening was to show that there are more to these women than the airbrushed images on their social media accounts – the grit and the determination that makes them human and ‘perfect’ in their own way.”

Already a top 10 resort for attracting Insgrammer fashionistas, this esteemed group of snappers add another 7.7 million followers to their tally. Rest assured that Maldives Complete will be featuring many of the snaps shared on their popular Instagram feeds in upcoming photoshoot collections, but if you can’t wait, here is the list of Instagrammer stars and their feeds…

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Best of the Maldives: Celebrity Instagram – Velaa

Paris Hilton (USA) – Velaa

Nine years ago today, Instagram was unleashed on the world. Maldives Complete had already been on the web for nearly a year at the time. Instagram has come a bit further since ;-). It has emerged as the social media of choice for the celebrity and fashionista class. The photo-based platform suits the beautiful people crowd quite well.

Instagram has changed our world and even Maldives Complete. The “Celebrity Visited” field in the resort profile has been a part of the site from the get-go and was gleaned mostly from press reports and celeb sponsored visits travel pieces. But Instagram has turned both the information and photo op spigot full on. I introduced the “Fashion” section of the blog two years ago this month and it has rapidly grown to be one of the most popular features.

So who is the “Best of the Maldives” at attracting Instagram followers through its guests? Velaa – they have the largest total number of aggregate celeb guest followers (117,790,176), as well top (tied) position for most Top 20 guests (3, along with Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru).

Here are few other fun figures about the sun-kissed figures…

  • Followers: Each cluster of an order of magnitude of followers all had between 300-400 fashionistas.
    • < 10k followers:     341 visitors
    • 1k – 10k:         454
    • 10k – 100k:    468
    • 100k – 1m:     347
    • > 1m:               106
  • Occupation – Entertainment was the dominant field here with creative and sporty type following.
 

RESORT

FOLLOWERS

1

Velaa

130,684,342

2

NIYAMA

108,835,373

3

Finolhu

57,357,484

4

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

57,100,000

5

Cheval Blanc Randheli

44,084,145

6

One & Only Reethi Rah

43,016,283

7

Huvafenfushi

35,564,912

8

Six Senses Laamu

34,504,716

9

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

23,093,022

10

W Retreat

13,266,346

 

OCCUPATION

FOLLOWERS

1

Singer / Musician

215,354,798

2

Model

201,904,735

3

Actress / Presenter

125,240,233

4 Blogger / Designer

99,388,622

5

Athlete

6,912,456

6

Dancer / Yoga

6,323,516

 

COUNTRY

FOLLOWERS

1

USA

130,684,342

2

United Kingdom

108,835,373

3

Russia

57,357,484

4

Barbados

57,100,000

5

India

44,084,145

6

Columbia

43,016,283

7

Thailand

35,564,912

8

Brazil

34,504,716

9

Australia

23,093,022

10

Philippines

13,266,346

 

INSTRAGRAMMER

COUNTRY

RESORT OCCUPATION

FOLLOWERS

1 Jennifer Lopez

USA

Velaa Singer

68,600,000

2 Rhianna

Barbados

NIYAMA Singer

51,700,000

3 Shakira

Columbia

Velaa Singer

42,700,000

4 Cara Delevingne

United Kingdom

Finolhu Model

40,600,000

5 Bruna Marquezine Brazil Cheval Blanc Actress 22,600,000
6 Huda Kattan USA Huvafenfushi Blogger 15,200,000
7 Jacqueline Fernandez

India

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Actress 13,800,000
8 Rita Ora United Kingdom Palm Beach Singer 11,400,000
9 Victoria Beckham United Kingdom One & Only Reethi Rah Singer 8,900,000
10 Aum Patchrana Thailand Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Actress 7,400,000
11 Roe Huntington-Whiteley

United Kingdom

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Model 7,400,000
12 Zoe Sugg United Kingdom Ranveli Blogger 6,800,000
13 Park Shin-hye South Korea Soneva Jani Model 6,600,000
14 Davika

Thailand

Club Med Finolhu Villas Designer 6,400,000
15 Kimberley Anne Tiamsiri Thailand Kanuhura Actress 5,700,000
16 Belén Rodríguez

Argentina

One & Only Reethi Rah Model 5,600,000
17 Paris Hilton USA Velaa Model 5,600,000
18 Eva Gutowski USA Six Senses Laamu Blogger 5,400,000
19 Aliaa Bhaat India Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Actress 5,200,000
20 Sveta Bilyalova Russia LUX South Ari Atoll Model 4,900,000

Surfin Cine

While the summer winds down in the Northern Hemisphere, Maldives remains an Endless Summer. The dramatic photos capture some gnarly moments on the board, the year round Maldives really comes to life in video.

  1. “Billabong Girls” – Courtney Conlogue (USA), Catherine Clark (USA), Alessa Quizon (USA),  Felicity Palmateer (Australia), Ellie-jean Coffey (Australia), Paige Hareb (New Zealand), Justine Dupont (France) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  2. Nobody Surf” – Monyca Eleogram (USA), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia), Kelia Moniz (USA), Zoe Cros (Australia)

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  3. KALOEA Surfer Girls” – Eve Riviere (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
  4. Angelika Timanina (Russia)

  5. Roxy Surf Team” –   Kassia Meador (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Rosy Hodge (South Africa), Monyca Byrne-Wickey (USA), Kelia Moniz (USA), Bruna Schmitz (Brazil)
    6.  Beautiful Maldives from Above” – Yoni Klein and Caity Griffin (Israel / USA) – Cokes Surf Point
    7.  Sally Fitz in the Maldives” – Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) – Cokes Surf Point

6 Tips for Maldives Fashion Pics

Photography in the Maldives

World Photography Day today.

A perfect day for the Maldives Complete recipe for the perfect pix, at least from a fashion shoot side. This piece is not about general photography or even just shooting in the Maldives. I’m not covering tips on some of the most popular subjects in that paradise like…

  • Underwater Photography (but make sure you have a good light and red filter for deeper shots)
  • Seascape Photography (but get yourself a polarising lens filter to bring up some of the underwater)
  • Sunset Photography (an art in itself with hordes of guests mobbing the west side of the resort island every evening)

This post is just tips for fashion shooting based on the extensive research into the Maldives Complete Fashion Base. As Insta-mania and the popularity of the Maldives as a photoshoot destination continues to grow, the bar for top shots is set even higher. When I select showcase shots, it is always about the photo itself. I do give poin