Model Imaan Hammam stars as an avatar in Drest fashion game

Model Imaan Hammam stars as an avatar in Drest fashion game
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Updated 05 December 2020

Model Imaan Hammam stars as an avatar in Drest fashion game

Model Imaan Hammam stars as an avatar in Drest fashion game

DUBAI: If you have ever dreamed of dressing a supermodel, now is your chance thanks to Lucy Yeomans’s savvy app Drest.

Smartphone users and budding stylists can now dress five trailblazing supermodels — Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam, Russian catwalkers Irina Shayk and Natalia Vodianova, curvy model Candice Huffine and Atlanta native Precious Lee — who all take the form of hyper-realistic avatars on the interactive app.

The women were captured by thousands of tiny cameras and scanners from every angle in order to create their incredibly lifelike features, adopting a range of facial expressions and poses that could all then be translated virtually.

Dress-up sessions, photoshoot challenges and shopping trips are only a handful of the playful adventures the CGI models can embark on in the app.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The models can be cast through a booking fee that grants players a set number of uses, after which the talent will need to be re-booked. Once models are booked, the player can style them in a number of outfits, with more than 200 leading brands to choose from including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Burberry and Fenty.

Players can also style their model’s hair with an array of hairstyles created by hairdresser to the stars Sam McKnight.

“I’m so excited to finally share what I’ve been working on behind the scenes with @drest!!! I’m part of their fashion game as an avatar alongside some amazing women,” wrote Hammam on Instagram. “If you’ve ever daydreamed of becoming a fashion stylist you have to check it out! You can cast models, style them, enter challenges and get your fashion game on!”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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More than just a fun fashion app, Drest is also a philanthropic endeavor. When users book a supermodel on the app, 5 percent of their purchase will be donated to a charity of the model’s choosing.

Drest also pledges to match 50 percent of revenue earned by the supermodels in-game and donate this to their respective causes.

Hammam serves as an ambassador for the non-profit She’s the First, which is empowering female education worldwide.

“As an ambassador of @shesthefirst, I’m also really proud to announce that @drest will be supporting this worthwhile cause,” she wrote.


'Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer' is fraught with blood and gore

 'Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer' is now streaming on Netflix. Supplied
'Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer' is now streaming on Netflix. Supplied
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'Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer' is fraught with blood and gore

 'Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer' is now streaming on Netflix. Supplied

CHENNAI: The world has lived with serial killers for centuries, and one of the earliest ones to have been recorded but was never caught is Jack the Ripper, who is alleged to have been largely active in London's Whitechapel district in 1888. Eventually, he became part of folklore and rumours. 

In the summer of 1985, Los Angeles was also terrorized by a serial rapist and murderer, who broke into homes through open windows and doors at night, and before the cops could catch him, 13 men, women and children had fallen prey to him. Sometimes he used a hammer, sometimes a knife, sometimes a telephone cord for strangulation and on occasions had a meal from the refrigerator after he had finished with his bloody business.

A new Netflix docuseries, "Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer" from Tiller Russell graphically maps out the terrifying activity of the criminal, whose real name was Richard Ramirez ( Lou Diamond Phillips plays this part) and how he got the inhabitants of Los Angeles into a state of fear and panic.

The series has very disturbing images and can send shivers down the spine of even the most hardy, and Ramirez's serial attacks were not new to the city, which had witnessed this kind of crime earlier – Black Dahlia and Manson murderers, who killed a pregnant Sharon Tate, an American actress and wife of Roman Polanski. 

'Night Stalker: the Hunt for a Serial Killer' is now streaming on Netflix. Supplied

Ramirez was a killer with no established pattern. Between June 1984 till his arrest in August 1985, 13 people between six and 82 died. They belonged to different genders, race and class. The only common feature was open windows and doors, and LA residents zipped up their homes in 100F, barricaded their windows and adopted large dogs. But the “bogeyman” proved elusive for a long time, and when he was finally trapped on a street by passersby, who had seen pictures of him in the papers, he was only 25. Sentenced to execution, he remained on the death row for two decades before dying of cancer. 

The series has very disturbing images and can send shivers down the spine of even the most hardy. Supplied

Russell, is a veteran of true crime series and has been interested in this since his days as a reporter in a local paper. He takes us into "Night Stalker" through the recollections of two LA detectives, Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno. Carrillo's memory 30 years after the frightening nights was amazing, and he remembered details with precision. The two went through Hell, hardly sleeping or eating. But in the end, it was worth their sweat.