The Week of Multitasking Models

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We enjoy weeks like this, where it seems the world spins on its axis, setting things off balance ever so slightly and stereotypes about pretty people crack wide open. We say this in light of two models who are breaking out of their silent poses, with Gemma Ward's latest foray into film, The Black Balloon, which opens Friday, and Iekeliene Stange's opening a photography exhibition in Berlin at projektGALERIE. For Gemma, the 21-year-old Australian's movie was already nominated for several awards in her home country that are equivalent to the Oscars Down Under. And though her performance wasn't particularly cited, she's gotten good reviews because, well, she can actually act! (She was also in that creepfest The Strangers.) As for Iekeliene, the 24-year-old launches a solo photography exhibit during Berlin Fashion Week this January titled "I Like Ponies." Well, that's just the sweetest fact, isn't it? The show will feature only Polaroids of her life and work, because clearly there can never be enough pictures of models being models in this world. See, there's more to these young mannequins that meets the eye. So move over, Heidi and Tyra. You can't work the multitasking-model gig forever.

Gemma Ward's The Black Balloon Makes US Debut [Fashionologie]
First Look! Iekeliene Stange's "I Like Ponies" Exhibit [Refinery 29]