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As a Vogue.com ‘Best Dressed’ list favourite, Portia’s first modeling job was for British Vogue with Mario Testino. She has modelled for Chanel and Dolce & Gabanna, and walked exclusively for Louis Vuitton.
Further, Portia has shot for W magazine and Italian Vogue with world-renowned photographer Steven Meisel.
She has fronted campaigns for Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti and a Matthew Williamson fragrance.
Of recent Portia has shot Vogue Italia with Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello and Italian Vanity Fair with Mari Sarai. She continues to be the face of Charlotte Olympia SS12 & AW12.
Portia recently returned to modelling after having a baby boy, Dylan, with her partner The Kooks bass player, Pete Denton.
OUR BELOVED HARMONY’S BAND VUVUVULTURES RELEASED THEIR NEW SINGLE “PILLS WEEK” EARLIER ON THIS MONTH. WONDERLAND SITS DOWN WITH THE BAND AND CHATS ALL THINGS VVV…
Vuvuvultures is not a simple name to pronounce, but this striking and industrial looking quartet, who’ve just reached their 12 month milestone together, are rapidly establishing a solid reputation on London’s live circuit. Harmony Boucher (vocals), Nicole Bettencourt Coelho (bass), Paul Ressel (guitar, production) and Matthew Christensen (drums) sat down with Wonderland to discuss their impressive, raw and charismatic debut EP VVV, and “that” power-walking video, below.
As a four piece, what would you say you each bring to the table?
Harmony: I do my best bring the stories in all our brains out in a coherent, lyrical way. I also do my best to make them in to vocal melodies that aren’t impossible to remember. That and trying to be a front women for a bunch of weirdos on stage.
Paul: I bring my producer brain into the mix. My focus is on experimentation with sound, finding interesting ways to bring the electronic elements in our sound to life. And I play guitar…
Nicole: I’m particularly fond of playing with riffs and slightly uncomfortable or weird sounds, and generally increasing intensity in song structures. I’d say I help cultivate a sort of relentless ambition to keep doing more stuff in every area, not just musically. I tend to consider everything in an overall package, visually and online. I’m also very interested in the local music community and really make an effort to find out about other bands.
Matt: I think I bring a human side to our electronic soul. I bring stubble and B.O. to the machine.
Your sound has been described as “chaotic and controlled”. Would you agree?
Probably, yes. All the songs start life in a recording studio – we tend to go off on layering and detail. Then we take the song into a live context with drums, guitars and bass and it’s literally a chaotic mash of sound. Perhaps the sort of tension that is created in the sound also has a lot to do with the fact that we all look at music very differently and have differing tastes.
What can we expect from the full length record?
More variation. We would love to be able to tell you exactly but we are still writing the album and honestly we don’t know yet! We seem to touch on different genres every time we sit down to write a new song, which is great. Because we all have such different tastes in music, the cross-over points tend to be pretty amazingly random. We’re still in the process of finding our sound, but I’m sort of hoping we never do.
What is your favourite thing that begging with the letter “V”?
We aren’t going to tell you who said what.
Victor (telepathic wolf puppy).
The video for “Pills Week” was directed by Tim Main and Joe Dixon. Are you happy with how it turned out?
Completely. The power-walking, the “suddenly we’re in space” – all of it. Tim and Joe had a really clear vision of what they wanted to do, and based on how well it all resonated with the things we like. We trusted them entirely and basically gave them free reign to work on it.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT ELLIE STUART HUNTER YOU CANNOT HELP BUT SEE A LOT OF HER SUPERMODEL SISTER IN HER LOOK.
THAT SAID, WE CAN TELL YOU THE BRITISH BORN AND LA RAISED MODEL IS MAKING HER OWN MARK ON THE INDUSTRY.
IN THE LAST YEAR, ELLIE HAS BUILT A VERY EXCITING CLIENT LIST. FROM JAPANESE VOGUE TO W, EVERYBODY SEES A LOT OF THE FUTURE IN THOSE PIERCING EYES!
AND WAIT UNTILYOU HEAR HER SING, TALENT ALL AROUND
When Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch announced that doctors had found a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland, he expressed optimism about his recovery, because the cancer was localized and would not affect his vocal chords. That was back in July, and though we’ve interviewed Yauch since then, we didn’t want to press the man too much on his health. (Gothamist: How is your health situation? Yauch: I’m doing all right! I’m in Hawaii right now, feeling good.) It’s unclear what his status is, but this email just went out to members of the Beastie Boys fan club:
wanted to send this out to you guys in case you were into it, or wanted to give it to anyone who you think might be.
a few friends and i are meditating at the same time twice a day. 9:30am and 6:30pm eastern standard time, for about an hour and half.
we are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world.
we are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then sending it back at the cancer as lightening bolts that will break apart the DNA and RNA of the cells. if you have the time, please join us in whipping up this lightening storm. mind over matter……
The email continues:
if you prefer to sit then sit, but if you are not used to meditating, or sitting quietly doesn’t sound like fun, put on some music and dance while you do the visualization, and if you want to do it at some other time, or picture curing some other illness that’s fine too. yoko will be joining the meditation by visualizing all of us dancing with joy to celebrate the world without cancer. all variations are welcome. this is really just being done with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness. i’ll also be saying prayers for the earthquake victims in tibet, so join in on that if you can too. please feel free to pass this onto anyone who you think may find it interesting. with all my love, adam yauch
Yauch has been a follower of Tibetan Buddhism since at least the early ’90s, and since being diagnosed with cancer, has made at least one trip to India to receive Tibetan medicine and meditate with the Dalai Lama. Until he recovers, the Beastie Boys have suspended touring and the release of their next album, though Yauch continues to be involved in his film distribution company, Oscilloscope Laboratories.