Imagine this smile on magazine covers Tyra. Naomi...

STYLE FILE

March 05, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

Imagine this smile on magazine covers

Tyra. Naomi. Cindy. Some models are so famous, they don't need last names. Aladrian Crowder could be one of them. The Owings Mills teen-ager will travel to New York City this week to compete in the Essence Cover Model Search. As one of 10 national finalists, Crowder, who is 17, will be competing for $150,000 in modeling contracts and prizes. The grand prize is a $50,000 Wilhelmina modeling contract and a photo on the cover of Essence.

A senior at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore County, Crowder plans on attending the University of Delaware and majoring in chemical engineering. She wants to become a biomedical engineer.

And no, the tall, lithe beauty with the bright smile is not going to be devastated if she does not win a modeling contract. "I'm amazed I get a chance to participate," she says. "If I win or I don't win, it's a great experience."

For Crowder, modeling is just a hobby. "Some of my friends play basketball. Some play tennis. I model."

Send in the clouds

Nothing is sexy about raincoats.

Sure, they look fine on the rack, but put one on and immediately you feel like a 2-year old.

Call us over-eager for spring if you wish, but Harve Benard's new spring outerwear collection is actually hip -- sexy, even. Sophisticated, streamlined silhouettes, wrinkle-resistant lightweight fabrics and vivid colors update the coats and make them wearable even when the sun is shining.

Some highlights:

* A bright white A-line, the epitome of ladylike chic. $150.

* The two-way zip coat in black features cell-phone pocket, funnel neck and draw-cord hood. $150.

-- M.B.

NOA is very yes

Anais Anais, a fragrance by Cacharel, is at once feminine and bold, flowery and spicy. One whiff, and you're smitten.

This month, Cacharel launches NOA, its first new fragrance in 12 years. Like Anais Anais, NOA smells fresh and flowery. It blends the scent of peonies and green overtones with a burst of coriander and a hint of coffee.

Look for NOA fragrance, body shampoo and Stardust Body Lotion -- which leaves skin glistening and soft -- at stores beginning next Sunday. Prices range from $25 to $49.50.

-- M.B.

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