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