G’Day Mates

Australia National Day - Maldives

Happy Australia Day, mates! There seems to be a rash of “National Days” in the Indian Ocean this particular week (India National Day is also today). So, a chance to celebrate the Australians who have flocked to the Maldives. You would think that Australia would have enough sunshine, but even the Diggers dig this paradise.

Australia is especially prominent country in the #Maldives digiverse. While it ranks only 14th in terms of visitor numbers, but when it comes to the Maldives Complete social media database (models, athletes, celebrities, bloggers), it’s chockers with Wallabies coming in 4th (behind Russia, UK and US). What’s not surprising is that the Aussie-pedigreed resort, Amilla Fushi, is the most popular down under – 3 of the highest 7 ranked Australian digi-personalities visited there.  Mind you, the two countries do share a fair bit in common – extreme island nations (one the world’s largest and the other the world’s smallest islands), big surf culture (3 of those featured are surfers), and the biggest coral reef system in the world.  Not to mention the ubiquitous sunshine and effervescent demeanour of the people.

May your national day be as ripper as the togs you snap.

 

1. Jennifer HawkinsAmilla Fushi
One and Only Reethi Rah - Jennifer Hawkins
2. Laura BingleOne & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Laura Bingle
3. Natalie TranLUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Natalie Tran
4. Shanina ShaikAnantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Shanina Shaik
5. Ricki-Lee Coulter Conrad Maldives
Conrad Rangali Maldives - Ricki-Lee Coulter
6. Nicole WarneAmilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Nicole Warne
7. Erin Victoria HollandAmilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Eric Victoria Holland
8. Jasmin HowellSix Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Jasmin Howell
9. Jessica SteinW Retreat
W Retreat - Jessica Stein
10. Nikki Van DijkMaalifhusi
Maalifushi - Nikki Van Dijk
11. Sarah StephensCoco Palm Dhoni Kholhi
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu - Sarah Stephens
12. Shiralee ColemanConstance Moofushi
Constance Moofushi - Shiralee Coleman
13. Amanda Bisk Four Seasons Landaa Giaavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Amanda Bisk
14. Gabby EpsteinLoama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Gabby Epstein
15. Jean CarmelaMaafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Jena Carmela 2
16. Sophie Rose LeiskShangri-La Villingili
Shangri-La Villingili - Sophie Rose Leisk
17. Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Steph Claire Smith
18. Georgia Fish (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Season Kuda Huraa - Georgia Fish
19. Chontel Duncan (Australia) – Meeru
Meeru - Chontel Duncan
20. Victoria LeeSix Senses Laamu
Six Sense Laamu - Victoria Lee
21. Adriana JenningsMaalifushi
Maalifushi - Adrianna Jenkins
22. ElleW Retreat
W Retreat - Elle
23. Karina IrbyAdaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Karina Irby
24. Kat HardingFour Season Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kat Harding
25. Maddison ClareCentara Ras Fushi
Centara Ras Fushi - Maddison Clare
26. Margaret MacPhersonClub Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Margaret MacPherson
27. PippaGili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Pippa
28. Renee HendersonFilitheyo
Filitheyo - Renee Henderson
29. Maddie CoxAnantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Maddie Cox
30. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Melanie Kyle Oldenburg 2

 

Name Resort Primary Total Points Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Likes
1 Jennifer Hawkins Amilla Fushi Model 17 628,000 1,107,000
2 Laura Bingle One & Only Reethi Rah Model 16 435,000 3,182 201,000
3 Natalie Tran LUX Maldives Blogger 16 66,600 235,000
4 Shanina Shaik Anantara Veli Model 14 508,000 35,000 40,123
5 Ricki-Lee Coulter Conrad Rangali Actress 13 159,000 31,000
6 Nicole Warne Amilla Fushi Blogger 12 1,300,000 29,700 320,000
7 Erin Victoria Holland Amilla Fushi Model 10 5,853 654,000
8 Jasmin Howell Six Senses Laamu Blogger 10 192,000 10,300 11,523
9 Jessica Stein W Retreat Blogger 10 1,800,000 35,700 7,958
10 Niki Van Dijk Maalifushi Athlete 10 185,000 3,012 21,415
11 Sarah Stephens Coco Palm Dhonakuni Model 10 24,700 2,006
12 Shiralee Coleman Anantara Dhigu Model 8 204,000 615 23,510
13 Amanda Bisk Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Yoga 6 485,000 22,000
14 Gabby Epstein Loama Resort at Maamigili Model 6 1,000,000
15 Jean Carmela Maafushivaru Blogger 6 4,496 3,409 11,458
16 Sophie Rose Leisk Shangri-La Vilingili Blogger 6 11,400 598 100
17 Steph Smith Adaaran Hudhuran fushi Model 6 862,000 4,501
18 Georgia Fish Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Athlete 5 4,810 22,072
19 Chontel Duncan Meeru Model 4 165,000 5,851
20 Victoria Lee Six Senses Laamu Model 4 22,600 5,063
21 Adriana Jennings Maalifushi Blogger 3 4,241 155
22 Elle W Retreat Blogger 3 652 295
23 Karina Irby Adaaran Hudhuran fushi Model 3 147,000
24 Kat Harding Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Yoga 3 8,267 101
25 Maddison Clare Centara Ras Fushi Model 3 2,435 100
26 Margaret MacPherson Club Med Finolhu Villas Model 3 5,834 87 1,624
27 Pippa Gili Lankanfushi Model 3 14,900
28 Renee Henderson Filitheyo Model 3 5,793
29 Maddie Cox Anantara Veli Blogger 2 3,642
30 Melanie Kyle Oldenburg Olhuveli Model 2 5,410

Golden Globetrotters

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas

The Golden Globes tonight celebrate acting across both movie and TV. Super Bowl winners might go to Disneyland, but the golden girls of the screen – silver and tube – definitely head to the Maldives as one of their top destinations.

A top UK glitterati hang-out (9 of the top 30 celebrity actress visitors), the Maldives also attracts from as far away as Hollywood right up its own backyard of Bollywood. In fact, 5 of the top 8 actresses including the top 2 spots hail from just across the Laccadive Sea.

And where is the “Chateau” of the Maldives resorts? – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa with 4 entries in the top 30.

So here is your virtual red carpet of Maldives’ visiting thespians (in order of Maldives Complete’s social media index ranking)…

 

1. Bipasha Basu (India) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Hura - Bipasha Basu
2. Deepika Padukone (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Deepika Padukone
3. Liz Hurley (USA) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Liz Hurley
4. Sonakshi Sinha (India) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Sonakshi Sinha
5. Shu Qi (Taiwan) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Shu Qi
6. Sonam Kapoor (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Sonam Kapoor
7. Charlotte Crosby (United Kingdom) – Zitahli Kudafunafaru
Zitahli Kudafunafaru - Charlotte Crosby
8. Shilpa Shetty (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotic - Shilpa Shetty
9. Daryl Hannah (USA) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Daryl Hannah
10. Stephanie Pratt (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Hura
Four Season Kuda Huraa - Stephanie Pratt
11. Michelle Keegan (United Kingdom) – Maafushivaru

12. Naomie Harris (United Kingdom) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Naomie Harris
13. Penelope Cruz (Spain) – Baros
Baros - Penelope Cruz
14. Billie Faiers (United Kingdom) – Baros
Baros - Billie Faiers
15. Lucy Watson (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Lucy Watson
16. Alessia Ventura (Italy) – Kuramathi
Kuramathi - Alessia Ventura
17. Holly Valance (United Kingdom) – One and Only Reethi Rah
One & Only Reethi Rah - Holly Valance
18. Son Ye-Jin (South Korea) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Son Ye Jin
19. Kate Winslet (United Kingdom) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Kate Winslet
20. Natalie Burn (Ukraine) – Summer Island
Summer Island - Natalie Burn
21. Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australia) – Conrad Maldives
Conrad Maldives - Ricki-Lee Coulter
22. Helen Flanagan (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
23. Hina Khan (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Hina Khan

24.
Kang Sora (South Korea) – Vadoo
Vadoo - Kang Sora
25. Kelly Lin (Taiwan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas
26. Kim Tae Hee (South Korea) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Kim Tae Hee
27. Malaika Arora Khan (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Malaika Arora Khan
28. Zuraida Jardine (South Africa) – Finolhu Villas
Finolhu Villas - Zuraida Jardine
29. Lee Si Young (South Korea) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Lee Si Young
30. Lucy Verasamy (United Kindgom) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Lucy Verasamy

 

Name Country Resort Total Points Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Followers IMDB Acting Credits
1 Bipasha Basu India Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 26 1,100,000 3,990,000 4,817,000 63
2 Deepika Padukone India Taj Exotica 25 3,000,000 11,400,000 27,667,000 27
3 Liz Hurley USA Huvafenfushi 24 153,000 494,000 1,954,000 38
4 Sonakshi Sinha India Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru 24 1,900,000 5,560,000 19,224,000 18
5 Shu Qi Taiwan Cocoa Island 23 1,100,000 388,000 348,000 78
6 Sonam Kapoor India Jumeirah Vittaveli 23 2,500,000 7,250,000 12,200,000 13
7 Charlotte Crosby United Kingdom Zitahli Kudafunafaru 22 3,500,000 2,410,000 1,458,000 17
8 Shilpa Shetty India Taj Exotica 20 41,500 4,040,000 8,623 53
9 Daryl Hannah USA Soneva Fushi 19 8,062 29,900 130,000 89
10 Stephanie Pratt USA Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 18 662,000 864,000 22
11 Michelle Keegan United Kingdom Maafushivaru 17 2,100,000 3,260,000 63,916 8
12 Naomie Harris United Kingdom Soneva Fushi 17 32,300 20,800 40,703 40
13 Penelope Cruz Spain Baros 17 2,782 24,602 63
14 Billie Faiers United Kingdom Baros 15 948,000 1,260,000 35,868 1
15 Lucy Watson United Kingdom Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 15 1,200,000 865,000 5
16 Alessia Ventura Italy Kuramathi 14 117,000 173,000 17,628 4
17 Holly Valance United Kingdom Reethi Rah 14 2,808 143,000 5,667 18
18 Son Ye-Jin South Korea LUX Maldives 14 5,171 1,912,000 20
19 Kate Winslet United Kingdom Amilla Fushi 13 65,700 45
20 Natalie Burn Ukraine Summer Island 13 26,300 12,700 1,984 36
21 Ricki-Lee Coulter Australia Conrad Rangali 13 159,000 31,000 9
22 Helen Flanagan United Kingdom Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 12 400,000 567,000 3
23 Hina Khan India Taj Exotica 12 14,300 71,811 17
24 Kang Sora South Korea Vadoo 10 356,000 180,000 7
25 Kelly Lin Taiwan Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 10 28
26 Kim Tae Hee South Korea Sun Siyam Irufushi 10 6,291 8,237 14
27 Malaika Arora Khan India Jumeirah Vittaveli 9 961 26
28 Zuraida Jardine South Africa Finolhu Villas 9 35,800 30,900 17,400
29 Lee Si Young South Korea Anantara Dhigu 8 12
30 Lucy Verasamy United Kingdom Six Senses Laamu 6 131,000

14 Mer’Maids A’swimming…

Snorkeller

Under the Maldives waters, you can spot all manner of beautiful creatures. And I’m not just talking about the fish and animals. We are now half way through the “12 Days of Christmas” (the twelve day period between Christmas and Epiphany on 6th January). The song which immortalised it gave away “6 Swans a Swimming” followed by “8 Maids a Milking”. This collection is more like “14 Mermaids Swimming”…

1. Alison Teal (USA) Eco-blogger – Dusit Thani
Dusit Thani - Alison Teal
2. Katerina Hamsikova (Ireland) Freediver – Ayada
Ayada - Katerina Hamsikova

3. Jean Carmela (Australia) Travel Blogger – Maafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Jean Carmela

4. Amy Williams (United Kingdom) Olympic Champion– Baros
Baros - Amy Williams
5. Monlada Pongpanit (Thailand) Designer – Anantara Kihavah
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Monlada Pongpanit
6. Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) Lifestyle Blogger– One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Rosie Londoner
7. Emma Alexa (United Kingdom) Model – Baros
Baros - Emma Alexa
8. Gabrielle Lopes Costa (Brazil) Lifestyle Blogger – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Gabrielle Lopes Costa
9. Yvonne Melby Schulze (Norway) Instagrammer – White Shell Beach Inn Maafushi
White Shell Beach Inn Maafushi - Yvonne Melby Schulze
10. Viki Maldives (Russia) Maldives VloggerAnantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Vik Voynikova - snorkel
11. Yulianna Karaulova (Russia) Singer – Kurumba
Kurumba - Yulianna Karaulova
12. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) Model – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Melanie Kyle Oldenburg
13. Chelsea Yamase (USA) Pro Surfer – Shangri-La Vilingili
Shanri-La Villingli - Chelsea Yamase
14. Raphaelle Chaudet (France) Instagrammer – Medhufushi
Medhufushi - Raphaelle Chaudet

Pageants Princess Paradise

Miss World 2000 contestants

Here come the girls. Fighting for their own sparkling glass (well, rhinestone) tiara. The Miss Universe Pageant tonight will bring together the some of the most dazzling women on the planet (though I think other planets in the Universe have neglected to send entries again this year). It’s no surprise that one of the most dazzling places on planet Earth, is such a draw to the pageant beauties. A backdrop befitting their admired backsides (and all their other parts).

The tough question is how does a judge begin to discriminate between diverse and stunning beauties? It is a question I’ve had to ask myself in terms of filtering the top beauties to include in the Maldives Complete “Beauty Base”. Literally thousands of the bright and beautiful are drawn to Maldivian shores every day. And in the Instagram age, most of them are sharing their most photogenic snaps. So, I’m using a rough methodology to filter the top ones for inclusion…

  • Profile
    • IMDB entries – profile as an actor
    • Social Media followers
  • Portraiture (Composition)
    • Waterside – The seascape is the centre stage of the Maldives’ colourful backdrop tapestry
    • No sunglasses – I find sunglasses make the picture less personal and compelling
    • Colours – Vibrancy of colours both in the background and of the outfit (and I’m not adverse to the poster doing a bot of post-production colour saturation with Photoshop)
  • Pose – more interesting poses flatter the subject and make the picture more interesting.
  • Portfolio (Completeness) – I aspire to get every resort and every country featured so the bar is lower for those I am missing.
    • Resorts
    • Countries
  • Pulchritude (Beauty) – ok, this is totally subjective.

A number of pageants have held their photoshoots in the Maldives (eg. Miss France). By far the biggest example, is Miss World 2000 which hosted in a variety of Maldives resorts for swimsuit shoots and is responsible for 9 of the top 20 beauty queens on the list (see ranking table below) is topped by Miss World herself, Priyanka Chopra…

1. Priyanka Chopra (India) – Nika: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Nika - Priyanka Chopra

2. Laury Thilleman (France) – Coco Bodu Hithi: Miss France 2011 Pageant

Coco Bodu Hithi - Laury Thilleman

3. Jamillette Gaxiola (Mexico) – One & Only Reethi Rah: Miss Mexico 2009

One and Only Reethi Rah - Jamillette Gaxiola

4. Ami Haruna (Japan) – Veligandu: Miss Tokyo

Veligandu - Ami Haruna

5. Patricia Kaiser (Austria) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Patricia Kaiser

6. Anna Andress (Ukraine) – One & Only Reethi Rah: Miss Ukraine Universe

One and Only Reethi Rah - Anna Andress

7. Georgia Horsley (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA: Miss England 2007

NIYAMA - Georgia Horsley

8. Linda Lindorff (Sweden) – JA Manafaru: Miss Sweden

JA Manafaru - Linda Lindorff

9. Luo Zilin (China) – The Residence: Miss China 2011

The Residence - Luo Zilin

10. Jimena Rico Toro (Bolivia) – Sheraton Full Moon: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Sheraton Full Moon - Jimena Rico Toro

11. Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe (Tanzania) – Angsana Ihuru: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Angsana Ihuru - Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe

12. Carina Tyrell (United Kingdom) – Cinnamon Dhonveli: Miss England 2014

Cinnamon Dhonveli - Carina Tyrell

13. Jessica Buch (USA) – Coco Bodu Hithi: Miss IN Teen USA

Coco Bodu Hithi - Jessica Buch

14. Ivanka Peytcheva (Bulgaria) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Ivanka Peytcheva

15. Yulia Obraztsova (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli: Miss Moscow

Cheval Blanc Randheli - Yulia Obraztsova

16. Renee Henderson (Australia) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Renee Henderson

17. Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo (Venezuela) – Filitheyo: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Filitheyo - Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo

18. Rhonda Rosemin (Trinidad and Tobago) – Nika: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Nika - Rhonda Rosemin

19. Olena Scherban (Ukraine) – Sheraton Full Moon: Miss World 2000 Pageant

Sheraton Full Moon - Olena Scherban

20. Elodie Paillardin (France) – Coco Bodu Hithi: Miss France Pageant

Coco Bodu Hithi - Elodie Paillardin

 

Name Country Resort Total Points Notes Instagram Followers Twitter Followers Facebook Likes/Followers YouTube Views
1 Priyanka Chopra India Nika 26 Miss World 2000 Pageant

2,900,000

10,900,000

16,657,000

9,309

2 Laury Thilleman France Coco Bodu Hithi 14 Miss France Pageant

226,000

270,000

36,689

3 Jamillette Gaxiola Mexico One & Only Reethi Rah 11 Miss Mexico 2009

49,200

1,159

8,558

4 Ami Haruna Japan Veligandu 11 Miss Tokyo

20.,400

9,330

21,417

5 Patricia Kaiser Austria Filitheyo 10 Miss World 2000 Pageant

4,782

1,594

5,528

17,019

6 Anna Andress Ukraine Reethi Rah 9 Miss Ukraine Universe

466,000

137

5,909

7 Georgia Horsley United Kingdom NIYAMA 9 Miss England 2007

100,000

82,500

8 Linda Lindorff Sweden JA Manafaru 8 Miss Sweden

34,000

99

9 Luo Zilin China The Residence 7 Miss China 2011

1,343

2,048

7,546

9 Gabby Epstein Australia Loama at Mamagilli 6 Miss Universe Gold Coast

1,000,000

2,048

7,546

10 Jimena Rico Toro Bolivia Sheraton Full Moon 6 Miss World 2000 Pageant

17,678

11 Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe Tanzania Angsana Ihuru 5 Miss World 2000 Pageant

9,115

12 Carina Tyrell United Kingdom Chaaya Island Dhonveli 4 Miss England 2014

1,527

685

7,762

12 Jessica Buch USA Coco Bodu Hithi 4 Miss IN Teen USA

18,600

537

14 Ivanka Peytcheva Bulgaria Filitheyo 3 Miss World 2000 Pageant

16,494

15 Yulia Obraztsova Russia Cheval Blanc Randheli 3 Miss Moscow

241,000

16 Renee Henderson Australia Filitheyo 3 Miss World 2000 Pageant

17,019

17 Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo Venezuela Filitheyo 2 Miss World 2000 Pageant

2,610

18 Rhonda Rosemin Trinidad and Tobago Nika 2 Miss World 2000 Pageant

482

9,309

19 Olena Scherban Ukraine Sheraton Full Moon 1 Miss World 2000 Pageant

2,610

20 Elodie Paillardin France Coco Bodu Hithi 1 Miss France Pageant

Best of the Maldives: Maldivian Beauty – Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi - Raudha Aathif - advert

Athif Raudha is literally the face of the Maldives. She displays the classic sun-kissed, delicate features of the Maldivians, except for one extremely striking exception. While most Maldivians have dark brown eyes, hers are an iridescent blue more like the cerulean sea that surrounds the country. Even her Facebook handle is “Wild Blue Lustre

Her captivating look has drawn her into modelling for a number of years now including Coco Bodu Hithi’s recent campaign (see above). She is also a favourite subject of artistic fashion photographer Alexey Vladimir (in fact, her red hooded portrait featured in yesterdays Christmas Red post is Alexey’s Facebook Profile picture).

Raudha agreed to do a first-ever, exclusive interview with Maldives Complete to share some insights into this intriguing poster child for Maldivian beauty (thanks Paola)…

  • How were you “discovered”, ie. how did you get started?

It was always a hobby, because I grew up posing for pictures. But it wasn’t until I did a few shoots with Sotti (a professional photographer) that things really kicked off. I started getting offers for ads, and I always had people advise me not to take any of them until something good came up. And that worked out quite well.

  • What was your first modelling gig?

If I remember correctly, it was something like a PSA, for national TV, encouraging people to stop using plastic bags, and choose eco-friendly stuff. I was 14 years old, and quite the environmentalist, so, naturally very happy to be a part of it.

  • Do you have an agent?

I don’t. Anyone’s free to contact me directly, regarding any business.

  • Where did you get your distinctive eyes from (do other members of your parents families have similar eyes)?

My paternal grandfather, his eyes were a sort of dark hazel. And my beautiful great grandmother had a greyish blue.

  • What types of work would you like to do in the future?

Contrary to popular belief, modelling isn’t all I want to do with my life. I’d like to work as a doctor, in many places all over the world. I’m leaving to Bangladesh to study for a Bachelor s of Medicine next month. And that, becoming a doctor, has been my dream, and primary interest, since I was 5, maybe.

  • Is there a model whose look/work you most admire?

I can’t possibly name just one. Adriana Lima, Cara Delevingne, Angelina Jolie. And I can never leave out Deepika Padukone. These women are beautiful, inspiring, and I love them for the things they stand for.

  • What’s been your most lucrative modelling gig?

That would definitely be working for Sotti in his “Maldives” series.

  • What’s been your most enjoyable modelling gig?

A collaboration shoot with Alexey Vladimir, where I got the chance to entertain my inner daredevil. I had to make my way to the middle of the reef. Beyond an area called Usfasgandu in Male’ where there’s a destroyed, unused platform-like bit covered with seaweedy things. Between land and the platform, we had steep, slippery tetrahedral rocks to climb down, then the reef, with more rocks and sharp corals. Strong waves too, because it was a rainy day. Had I slipped or fallen over, or lost my balance with an incoming or outgoing wave, my face would be in coral hell. And then I didn’t fall. And it was all done with me in a full length dress. I LOVED it. The result was a beautiful picture titled “The Night”. Everyone lived happily ever after.

  • Are any particular pressures you face doing modelling?

Well, before a shoot, there’s almost always pressure. A weird, unspecific kind. Ha ha. I suppose it’s natural, wanting to do well, feeling nervous for how it’s going to turn out. But once it starts, it’s always fun and an amazing experience. I’ve been lucky to work with great people.

  • Any pet peeves when you are working modelling?

I think the only thing would be, when people fail to communicate very well. Maybe my friends think otherwise, and I don’t express this very often. But, I actually have very little tolerance for rude or bossy people.

  • What are your favourite pastimes?

Modelling IS a pastime for me! Ha ha. Okay seriously though? I have phases. All in all, I love learning new things. And a lot of that happened while I worked at the military hospital and then IGMH, for a year and a half.

Besides that, I’ve also had my time with yoga, painting, dancing. At school in India, I played the congas – that was fun. And also failed quite terribly at singing. When I want to laze around, there’s always a good book to get lost in. Most recently, I’ve taken up open water diving and trying to play the piano. New things are excitingly endless, you know.

Coco Bodu Hithi - Raudha Aathif portrait

Hall Decked out for Christmas

Maldives Santa dreamstime licensed

12 Days till Christmas and the holiday festivities are getting into full swing with mistletoe hanging and egg nog flowing. Time to bust out the yuletide garments for the Christmas lunches and yuletide parties. No chance of a Christmas jumper in the toasty Maldives so anything red will do. If you are looking for some fashion inspiration, I’ve assembled 12 Maldivista beauties with some style possibilities for you…

1. Viki Maldives (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu

Anantara Dhigu - Vik Voynikova - Christmas

2. Yuliia Pliuta (Russia) – Taj Exotica

Taj Exotica - Yuliia Pliuta - Christmas

3. Helen Flanagan (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

4. Reni (Poland) – Rihiveli Beach

Rihiveli Beach - Reni - Christmas

5. Tikka Filliaert (Indonesia) – Vadoo

Vadoo - Tikka Filliaert - Christmas

6. Georgia Horsley (United Kingdom) – NIYAMA

NIYAMA - Georgia Horsley - Christmas

7. Raudha Aathif (Maldives) – Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi - Raudha Aathif - holidays

8. Camille Brady (USA) – Maalifushi

Maalifushi - Camille Brady - Christmas

9. Sabrina Tubic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Paradise Island

Paradise Island - Sabrina Tubic - holiday

10. Kelly Lin (Taiwan) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Kelly Lin - Christmas

11. Jyotsna Shankar (USA) – Maafushivaru

Maafushivaru - Jyotsna Shankar - USA

12. Nicole Warne (Australia) – Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi - Nicole Warne - Christmas

Seasons Greetings!

Maldives Santa dreamstime licensed 3

Follow Me…to the Maldives

Four Seasons Kuda Hura - Follow Me

Four years ago this week, Murad Osmann started taking pictures of his girlfriend Nataly during their world travels. His vividly saturated colours and her now iconic posterior posts have been become the subjects of hundreds of stunning photos. The pose is now nearly as standard fare as the “Duck Lip” grimace or the “Shaka” hand sign. The Osmann couple included the Maldives in their worldwide itinerary with some dazzling shots shared of their honeymoon there

As I was researching beauties in the Maldives, I found that this “Rear View” pose was the most popular of the fashion/beauty poses (followed closed by the “Shallow Wallow”). In addition to the Osmann’s who started it all, Nikki Phillips’ Instagram get the award for most (and arguably some of the best).

Here are 37 of the most head turning bevy of beautiful backsides…

 

1. Rosie Londoner (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
Huvafenfushi - Rosie Londoner
2. Nina Agdal (Denmark) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Nina Agdal
3. Nicole Warne (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Nicole Warne
4. Carly Lottering (Australia) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Carly Lottering
5. Elle (Australia) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Elle
6. Shilpa Shetty (India) – Taj Exotica
Taj Exotica - Shilpa Shetty
7. Regina Chow (Singpore) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Regina Chow
8. Margo Bushueva (Russian) – Ayada
Ayada - Margo Bushueda sunset
9. Sophia Chong (Singapore) Sheraton Full Moon
Sheraton Full Moon - Sophia Chong
10. Natali Chulovskaya (Ukraine) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Chaaya Island Dhonveli - Natali Chulovskaya
11. Judit Lopez Soler (Spain) – Kuramathi
Kuramathi - Judit Lopez Soler
12. Jessie Chlossmann (USA) – Kandooma
Kandooma - Jessie Chlossmann
13. Chontel Duncan (Australia) – Meeru
Meeru - Chontel Duncan
14. Tikka Filliaert (Indonesia) – Vadoo
Vadoo - Tikka Filliaert
15. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Nikki Phillips
16. Brooke Dombrowski (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
Shangri-La Villingili - Brooke Dombrowski
17. Monyca Eleogram (USA)
Maldives - Monyca Eleogram
18. Lauren Hill (USA) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Lauren Hill
19. Nataly Shatova (Moldova) – UI Inn
UI Inn- Nataly Shatova
20. Charlotte Crosby (United Kingdom) – Zitahli Kudafunafaru
Zitahli Kudafunafaru - Charlotte Crosby
21. Emelie Natasha (Swedish) – Sheraton Full Moon
Sheraton Full Moon - Emelie Natasha
22. Alyssa Jusright (USA) – Ranveli
Ranveli - Alyssa Jusright
23. Julia Gutmann (Germany) – Angaga
Angaga - Julia Gutmann
24. Moni Malibu (USA) – Baros
Baros - Moni Malibu
25. Jennifer Hawkins (Australia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Jennifer Hawkins
26. Chelsea Yamase (USA) – Shangri-La Vilingili
Shangri-La Villingili - Chelsea Yamase
27. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudahuranfushi - Karina Irby
28. Dodo Said (Germany) – Jumeirah VIttaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Dodo Said
29. Elena Rysina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Elena Rysina
30. Pumpkin Yiyi (China) – JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru - Pumkpkin Yiyi
31. Francesca Murelli (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - Francesca Murelli
32. Ann Shalman (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Ann Shalman
33. Julia Vigas (Germany) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Julia Vigas
34. Ksenia Korotkova (Russia) – Maafushi
Maafushi - Ksenia Korotkova
35. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli - Belinda Young
36. Dasha Kononovich (Russia) – Ayada
Ayada - Dasha Kononovich
37. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Season Landaa Giraavaru
Loama at Maamagili - Nataly Osmann

Best of the Maldives: Fashion Shoots – Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi - Liza Adamenko

London Fashion Week comes to a close today wrapping up a glimpse of the eye-catching styles in the season ahead. And here too at Maldives Complete, I’ve shared just a small sample of the beach beauties collected as a part of the Fashion Week research. Overall, I‘ve found nearly 200 photoshoot subjects over the past month with the help of the resorts themselves as well as my many website supporters (and more keeping coming in every day now).

I’m also a big database guy. Structured information allows for dissection and interrogation. So in addition to the Resort Room Type and Dive Site databases, I have now started a “Beauty” database with over 200 entries. Details on not just the names, provenance and resort of the highest profile and most dazzling photo shoot subjects, but also information about their Wikipedia, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles. It all makes for some intriguing analysis which I will be sharing in the coming months.

I also categorised the subjects by “profession”. Most were “Models” (obviously for photoshoots), but others we other celebrities…

  1. Model – 128
  2. Blogger – 39
  3. Actress – 28
  4. Athlete – 12
  5. Singer – 5

The professions a bit of an arbitrary distinction as oftentimes prominent Athletes become Models, Models become Actresses, Actresses become Bloggers, and so on. I have a few examples where the person has all five listed in their biography.

I was struck by the prominence of the “Fashion Blogger”. I had no idea there were so many out there. I had no idea they were so popular (judging by their social media numbers). You obviously need to have a little something to say to be a fashion blogger. But the two primary prerequisites seem to be (a) you need to be female (I did not come across a single male fashion blogger), and (b) you need to be attractive (I did not come across a singe fashion blogger where I thought, “well, her readers must be following her for her writing skills…”).

Knowing the resorts of the shoot and the names, my first step today was to add a picture to the standard Resort Profile of a featured photoshoot beauty (bottom right-hand corner). Of the 121 active resorts, I have at least one fashion shoot example for 73 of them.

A few highlight stats to mark the end of #LFW2015. The top of the league table is Gili Lankanfushi. Gili benefits from their hosting the Kingfisher Calendar shoots which brought a fair number of models to its beaches. But its popularity extends to all sorts including this week’s “Pirate Model”, La Carmina.

The UK led the country league table which is probably a function of the destination’s popularity among press. One of the major tabloids, The Daily Mail, runs a regular feature on celebrity holidays and regularly sends big names to various resorts in the Maldives.

The two models featured today showcase the top two resorts (Gili Lankanfushi and LUX Maldives) and the top two countries (UK and Russia) though in swapped orders (I couldn’t find examples of UK models at Gili and vice versa.

Resort League Table

  1. Gili Lankanfushi – 12
  2. LUX Maldives – 7
  3. Per Aquum NIYAMA – 6
  4. Velassaru – 6
  5. Anantara Veli – 6
  6. Taj Exotica – 5
  7. Huvafenfushi – 5
  8. Paradise Island 4
  9. Sun Siyam Irufushi – 4
  10. Four Seasons Kuda Huraa – 4

 

Country League Table

  1. United Kingdom – 22
  2. Russia – 16
  3. India – 14
  4. Australia – 14
  5. USA – 13
  6. South Africa – 12
  7. Ukraine -6
  8. South Korea – 5
  9. Italy – 5
  10. Denmark – 4

 

LUX Maldives - Chloe Lloyd

Best of the Maldives: Pirate Shoot – Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi - La Carmina pirate shoot

What’s a pirate’s fashion nightmare?
A sunken chest with no booty.

Today’s “Speak Like a Pirate Day” illustration carries on the Fashion Week theme with Japan’s La Carmina (featured in yesterday’s post). Her own posts from Gili Lankanfushi also included the swashbuckling gem above.

I always do a post on this special occasion. The exotic and remote Maldives isles evoke so many images of pirate treasure islands. We used to hold treasure hunts for our kids when they were younger (and now many resorts offer this activity themselves). As it happens, La Carmina is channeling our kids a bit – our daughter Isley was the pirate princess in her Leaver’s Day parade, and our son is himself an aficionado and chronicler of Japanese culture.

Well, blow me down!

Beauty Full Maldives

Miss World 2000 Maldives group

[Miss World 2010 posing in group shot on Paradise Island]

Maldives is not only one of the most beautiful places on Earth…it is also like a beacon of beauty attracting the most ravishing to its shores. It has long been established as a go-to back drop for the most glamorous photoshoot by the likes of Miss Universe, Top Model, Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, Elle, Marie Claire, etc. So much so that in 2000, it hosted part of the Miss World competition itself (photo above).

I first featured the Maldives as a photoshoot fav back in 2010 with a post about the Miss France competition which came all the way there for their bathing suit competition. Elegant and stunning models have since showcased the Maldives in everything from Four Season’s turtle conversation programme to the mythic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (which has been shot in the Maldives 3 times now). In fact, one of the most distinctive and stylish resorts, Soneva Fushi, was in fact co-created by a former model, Eva Malmström, who is the “Eva” in its name “SonEVA Fushi” (see photo directly below).

This week is London Fashion Week here in the UK…But in the Maldives, EVERY week is fashion week. From the chic villa designs to the sumptuous flora above the water and below, and of course, the most glamorous glitterati of guests. To prove the point, I’ve assembled 52 (one for every week of the year) of the most prominent visiting beauties, from 40 different countries and 48 different resorts that have graces the shores of the Maldives resorts. All the beauty in the world is drawn to this epicentre of dazzling sights.

(thanks to all the resorts that assisted in my research with publically available photos and to Adrian Neville for his eagle-eyed spotting of unidentified resorts in various published pictures).

 

1. Eva Malmström (Sweden) – Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Eva Malstrom
2. Kate Moss (United Kingdom) – Naladhu
Naladhu - Kate Moss
3. Carol Trentini (Brazil) – Constance Halaveli
Halaveli - Carol Trentini
4. Juliane Diesner (Germany) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Juliane Diesner
5. Tsanna LaTouche (South Africa) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Tsanna LaTouche
6. Xenia Deli (Moldova) – NIYAMA
NIYMA - Xenia Deli
7. Coleen Garcia (Philippines) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Coleen Garcia
8. Victoria Halenarova (Czech) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Victoria Halenarova
9. Natalie Burn (Ukraine) – Summer Island
Summer Island - Natalie Burn
10. Alessia Reato (Italy) – Kuramathi
Kuramathi - Alessia Reato
11. Ashly (Bulgaria) – Biyadhoo
Biyadhoo - Ashly
12. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Bar Refaeli
13. Camilla Pihl (Norway) – Komandoo
Komandoo - Camilla Pihl
14. Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo (Venezuela) – Filitheyo
Filitheyo - Vanessa Maria Cardenas Bravo
15. Laura Muljadi (Indonesia) – Velaa
Velaa - Laura Muljadi
16. Poehere Hutihuti Wilson (Tahiti) – Coco Bodu Hithi
Coco Bodu Hithi - Poehere Hutihuti Wilson
17. Natasha Perera (Sri Lanka) – Veligandu
Veligandu - Natasha Perera
18. Anja Rubik (Poland) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Anja Rubik
19. Daniela Lopez Osorio (Columbia) – Bandos
Bandos - Daniela Lopez Osorio
20. Karmen Pedaru (Estonia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
One and Only Reethi Rah - Carmen Pedaru
21. Sweet Wutt Yi Taung (Myanmar) – Anantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Sweet Wutt Yi Taung
22. Isabel Bawlitza Muñoz (Chile) – Kuredu
Filitheyo - Isabel Bawlitza Munoz
23. Zaneta Hucikova (Czech) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Zaneta Hucikova
24. Zhenya Katava (Belarus) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Zhenya Katava
25. Jessica Cabensy (USA) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas - Jessica Cabensy
26. La Carmina (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - La Carmina
27. Laura Rasiukeviciute (Lithuania) – Bandos
Bandos - Laura Rasiukeviciute
28. Maja Krag (Denmark) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Maja Krag
29. Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe (Tanzania) –Angsana Ihuru
Angsana Iruhu - Jacqueline Ntuyabelikwe
30. Dita Van Teese (United Kingdom) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali Maldives - Dita Van Teese
31. Emma Alexa (United Kingdom) – Baros
Baros - Emma Alexa
32. Yaya Urassaya Sperbund (Thai) – Dusit Thani
Dusit Thani - Yaya Urassaya Sperbund
33. Luo Zilin (China) – The Residence
The Residence - Luo Zilin
34. Brooklyn Decker (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
Naladhu - Brooklyn Decker
35. Wafaa Abo El Ela (Lebanon) – Maafushivaru
Maafushivaru - Wafaa Abo El Ela
36. Jimena Rico Toro (Boliva) –Sheraton Full Moon
Sheraton Full Moon - Jimena Rico Toro
37. Priyanka Chopra (India) –Nika
Sheraton Full Moon - Priyanka Chopra
38. Marti (Slovenia) – Reethi Beach
Reethi Beach - Marti
39. Bianca Koyabe (South Africa) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Bianca Koyabe
40. Jessica Stein (Australia) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Jessica Stein
41. Annabella Barber (New Zealand) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Sense Laamu - Annabella Barber
42. Natali Chulovskaya (Ukraine) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Chaaya Island Dhonveli - Natali Chulovskaya
43. Dasha (Russia) – Taj Vivanta Coral Reef
Taj Vivanta Coral Reef - Dasha
44. Laetitia Casta (France) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Laetitia Casta