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Model of the Month – November 2017 – NAOMI CHIN WING

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She won the contest and her prizes included an international management contract with Elite Latin & South America. In January 2016 ELSA signed her to a Global Contract with IMG Model Management. Naomi is now based in London but is represented by all six IMG offices in Paris Milan London New York L. A and Sydney.Naomi- Altuzarra ss2018CSC Style & Culture FlowersNaomi Chin Wing Rochas Paris SS18 Look 28 Photo Marcus Tondo Indigital Vogue online _ARC0457

On September 26 2017 Naomi Chin Wing made her international debut for Yves Saint Laurent at Paris Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear Fashion Week. She also walked for Rochas Paris, Altuzarra, Giambattista Valli, John Galliano and Alexander Mc Queen.Naomi - Giambattista Valli ss2018

 

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CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2017

Caribbean Style & Culture is a showcase of Fashion, Music and Art, held annually in the month of June to commemorate and celebrate NATIONAL CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. The Caribbean Style & Culture Runway Showcase is exciting, dynamic, constantly changing, and full of new styles and color combinations to amaze the world. It brings the newest collections from the hottest Caribbean fashion designers showcasing the very best from the Caribbean and South American Region.

This year we celebrate the achievements of twelve designers and other influential participants from nations across the Caribbean Region including St. Vincent & The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname to name a few.

Meet the participants of the Eight Annual Caribbean Style & Culture Showcase, to be held on Saturday June 17 at the Silver Spring Civic Center in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring, MD.

CHANTNEY RENESE 

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Chantney Renese is an artist and fashion professional. As Caribbean Style and Culture Fashion Show Director of 2016, this multicultural marvel strives to advocate for creativity and cultural awareness. She has worked internationally and has explored fashion in London, Paris, and the Middle East.  Her work has also been displayed at the Green Design Athens in Athens Greece.  In addition, she has appeared on the Style Network and FOX.

Chantney owns and operates Chantney Renese LLC, a fashion and lifestyle brand that revolves around multi-dimensional designs, cultural equality and women empowerment. This well versed marvel has created and produced a variety of fashion shows and community events focused on the African, Caribbean and Latin Diaspora. Chantney Renese has been responsible for styling clients for TV Shows, media events and beauty pageants. She has a natural gift of marketing and brand development.

With a positive spirit and gracious attitude, Chantney Renese has been able to achieve much success and touch the minds of others.  Readers from all over the world enjoy her inspirational fashion blog.

MYSTIQUE BOIVERT

(Stylist/Production Manager)img1488254853255From an early age, Mystique Boivert was drawn to fashion. The Founder of boutique public relations firm, H. Mystique, accredits the women of her family as her inspiration. “My mother and grandmother, proud Haitian women, we’re very big on manners and etiquette and ‘proper ‘ dressing was definitely part of that”

From shopping trips with her mother, to styling the most fashionable set, Mystique has literally traveled the world for fashion.

In 2000, Mystique was recognized for her outstanding work and was a recipient of the Young, Gifted, and Black Award.  In 2004, while working with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, she took a position and relocated to Haiti.  The life-changing move exposed her to a vibrate kaleidoscope of culture influences which nurtured her creative side.  After a decade dedicated to social change and development work, Mystique left a position with the United Nations to pursue her constant passion – fashion!

Mystique created H. Mystique (H- Haitian je ne sais quoi) in 2011 and launched a fashion takeover.  Starting in Haiti, she was part of the executive committee that orchestrate the country’s first ever Fashion Week.  Mystique is Fashion Consultant, who has served as Creative Director on several national and international fashion ad campaigns and shows, working with such celebrity clients as Lisa Nicole from ‘Married to Medicine’, and former Miss Universe USA and reality star, Kenya Moore. She loves working with up and coming artist/designers, helping them to develop their brand. H. Mystique client, designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste was just named one of the ’15 Top Haitian Designers who are Breaking Barriers’ by Teen Vogue.   Mystique herself was recently named one of the ‘10 Best Dressed Haitian women of 2016’, alongside actress Garcelle Beauvais.

As Mystique continues to take on new challenges, such as a new internet show similar to Bravo’s Fashion Police, we can expect to see much more from this fashion powerhouse.

MIDORI AMAE

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Midori Amae represents the future of fashion, beauty and entertainment. Inspired by the style of Jackie Kennedy, Alexander McQueen and Olivier Rousteing, this two-time college grad has been modeling since the age of 14 and just finished 2016 walking in NYFW, hosting International NYFW TV coverage and taking home the title of Miss Black Virginia USA 2017.

As a model, host, beauty pageant queen, brand ambassador and creative director in the industry for 10 years, Midori Amae is a moving force towards the future of beauty and fashion. After back-to-back seasons in MBFW, NYFW and Couture Fashion Week, she became DCW50’s America’s Next Top Model Fan Favorite winner and, months later, Creative Director for i-Fashion Magazine, a fashion photography magazine with over 800,000 subscribers. She has worked with Maserati, Margaret Persuad, and Lexus, to name a few. Midori is the face of DiDomenico Design, and has previously been a brand ambassador to Arithmetics Sports TSON, Beauty Bar Hair Unlimited and The Earth Project, a non-profit initiative empowering women through education and philanthropy.

 Midori currently works in the Greater Washington, D.C. area producing fashion shows and events and developing aspiring models. Midori was trained in dance for 12 years, has Studio Art and Spanish Literature and Language degrees from Virginia Tech and has been featured on Fox News, ABC News, Belle New York, Alpha and i-Fashion Magazines. Midori is the co-host for DMV Podcast and To Go Fox (prod 2017). Midori’s love for fashion and entertainment is only matched by her love of the arts and design. As award-winning Head of Design and co-founder at Repost Productions, Midori leads the design team and oversees marketing and advertisement for all clients.

 In September 2016, Midori Amae was crowned Miss Black Virginia USA 2017. Midori is passionate about helping young girls with self-esteem issues from verbal and emotional abuse as well as sharing knowledge about service learning and art education. Midori Amae hopes to bring home the title of Miss Black USA 2017 when she competes in the scholarship pageant in August.

CHARDELLE MOORE

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Chardelle Moore is a multi-talented TV personality, producer, award winning motivational speaker and model! She has worked with some of the world’s leading  media companies including FOX, CBS, BET and The CW!
 
Hailing from Grand Bay Dominica and raised in the greater Washington DC area, she currently is a host, reporter and producer at FOX45 Baltimore! You can catch her hosting lifestyle segments on FOX45, The CW Baltimore and anchoring the evening traffic reports on FOX45 News Monday- Friday! She also hosts the new hit television show “BMORE Lifestyle” airing weekdays on FOX45’s sister station MyTV Baltimore!
 
Chardelle has starred in television commercials for major consumer brands and companies including: Colgate, Chevrolet, The Home Depot, Shoppers, Kaiser Permanente and more! A national cover model, she is a former Miss Caribbean Metro USA where she served as a spokesperson for the Caribbean American community.
 
In addition to her entertainment career, Chardelle is an award winning motivational speaker! Nicknamed, “Motivational Moore,” Chardelle brings her infectious energy to each person in the audience. She travels all over the country and internationally using her gift to empower others!
 
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations from Marymount University. During her time at the university, she held several leadership positions including co-founding the African Caribbean Student Association and a proud charter member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Chardelle was the Cultural Arts and Lecture Chair where she hosted a live campus show. She received the Marymount University Senior Leadership Award for demonstrating excellence in her community outreach initiatives in the metropolitan area and inspiring other students to take her lead.

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 LAKIA DIGGS

CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2017 Hair Stylist

Lakia DiggsLAKIA DIGGS, a spirited Cosmetologist licensed in the State of Maryland, who’s passion for healthy hair and scalp care has afforded her the opportunity to serve a continuous returning clientele for over 19 years.

An experienced wig crafter with her own wig unit collection, extensive education in complex weave installations as well as precision cutting, and advanced custom coloring; Lakia is passionate about furthering her education, even if that means travel. She has been known to hop state lines for various advanced classes.
Her extensions line “Bundles From Mary”offers clients a diverse assortment of human hair textures and densities from a variety of different origins that will blend flawlessly with any hair type.
Using innovative techniques and from many years of experience, Lakia is skilled and comfortable with ALL hair types and textures from ALL ethnicities.
Lakia is pursuing a certification in Trichology to better serve clients, and stay on trend; all while preserving hair and scalp integrity.
After achieving huge success with her growth stimulating “BFM Miracle Drops” she will soon offer a full range of hair care products that will promote healthy hair and assist in it’s growth and scalp care.
Along with being behind the chair, Lakia is an advocate for entrepreneurship, women empowerment and philanthropy throughout the city of Baltimore.

 MARVA STEPHENS

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MARVA STEPHENS also known as (MJ on the Beat) is a Maryland based freelance Make-up Artist specializing in Bridal, Editorials, Beauty and Runway make-up. She has always possessed a passion for beauty and started her craft in early 2015. In the short time she has been working professionally  as a make-up artist, Marva has filled her portfolio with numerous fashion shows, weddings and photo-shoots. She has played an intricate role in Baltimore 2016 Fashion Week 2016 as Lead Makeup Artist, managing over 15 makeup artist & working with approximately 80 models per day. Marva has also been featured in the online magazine, Glambitious, as the New Beauty Spotlight for April 2016. Through all her opportunities & growth, Marva stays dedicated to her work by continuing to learn more about her craft. She is currently studying for her Master Makeup Artistry degree as well as traveling to take classes from some of the biggest celebrity makeup artists. Marva will not stop learning & growing in her craft; & is determined to take the beauty industry by storm

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TYREKA MEDLEY

Caribbean Style & Culture 2017 “STYLIST”

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Tyreka Medley is a young entrepreneur from Severn MD. She started her online boutique Epiphany Apparel in 2015 at the age of 20. Tyreka is a model and has always had a love of fashion & styling. She’s done ads for Shoe City and has been featured in Urban Signature Magazine. Her boutique is a fashion retailer for that confident, unique, girl who is ready to reveal herself to world. She is dedicated to providing her customers with the best items, and great customer service! Epiphany Apparel has bold, statement-making pieces that everyone will love! As a stylist Tyreka is on mission to empower females globally to be confident in themselves and to wear whatever they want! So, if you want to stay in the front row of the best fashion show, there’s no need to go anywhere else.

NATASHA A. HARPER

CARIBBEAN MODEL OF THE YEAR 2017 – (Designers Choice – Runway)

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NATASHA A. HARPER has graced countless international and regional runways, representing Guyana as an emerging force within the fashion industry. On local shores, she is highly sought after by renowned fashion designers, because her look, her poise and her stance combine to create a head turning aesthetic that exudes style.

Though born to Guyanese parents in England, on April 2, 1993, it is Guyana where she was raised and which she still calls home today. Natasha was always tall for her age, and at 14 years old, her height and unique look caught the attention of Michelle Cole and Trevor Rose of Cole Facts. After hitting the runway for the first time, Natasha was soon being called to walk for other local designers, the likes of Keisha Edwards, Sonia Noel, Ryan Berkley, Randy Madray and Mwanza Glenn.natasha-3a

In 2013, Natasha was approached by Oronde George and Junior Kennedy, Co-owners of Traits Model Management (Guyana) and it is this that she admits was a game changer for her career. Under Kennedy’s guidance, Natahsa was able to sharpen her technique in no time.  In the years since then, she has become well known regionally and has walked in shows such as the Caribbean’s premier fashion and lifestyle event, Summer Sizzle in the British Virgin Islands in 2014 and 2016.  In 2014, she was also granted the unique opportunity of attending the Mercedes Benz Fashion week in New York where she walked for Cesar Galindo, Mauricio Alpizar, Kortomomolu and Edwin D’angelo.  Natasha returned to the New York Fashion Week catwalk in 2015 and 2016 and walked for Guyana’s own Roger Gary as well as Laquan Smith who is known designing for the Kardashians, Rihanna and Beyoncé and several other A Class celebrities.

Natasha believes that modelling is an extremely competitive field that requires discipline in order to perfect one’s technique in strutting the runway.

Her exposure in the fashion industry has also led to her developing her creative skills in clothing design and interior decorating. She hopes to one day establish her clothing line while still being known as one of Guyana’s premier models who is recognized worldwide. This goal, she says, will go hand in hand with her aspiration to be an advocate for women empowerment as she works to ensure that women receive full encouragement in achieving their goals. (Jasmaine Payne)nat-h

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MAURICIA De PEZA 

2017 CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE MODEL OF THE YEAR

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Mauricia DePeza is a 26-year-old ambitious fashion model from Belmont, on the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago who has been modelling professionally for the past eleven years. She was trained at the age of fifteen by the House of Jacqui. Her long legs, signature strut, facial features and personality are few of her assets that allowed her to excel in the modeling industry. Over the years she has become a mainstay on the local runway, commercial and print modelling industry. She has been collaborating with clients, photographers and designers to execute local print campaigns.

Her long list of advertising and commercials include Bmobile, Digicel, Fruta, Micles, Wonderful World, Caribbean Airlines, CPL T20, MasterCard, Sacha Cosmetics, National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Rizzoni’s Italian Restaurant, 212 Location, Bang Bang, Rethink and Courts Optical to name a few.

She has been featured in many publications including the cover of Caribbean Belle Weddings, Trinidad Express Woman’s Magazine, Trinidad Guardian’s WOW Magazine, Newsday WMN Magazine, ET&T Magazine, Island Me Magazine, Metro Magazine and OMG Magazine.

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In 2012 Mauricia was the first runner up in the Trinidad and Tobago Miss Universe pageant. She is currently employed as a part time fashion model/demonstrator at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design (CAFD). Her goal, with respect to modelling, is to gain international experience and develop herself in the ever growing, challenging world of fashion. Although Mauricia is thriving in the modeling industry, her career goal is to be a Psychologist and successful entrepreneur.

 

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Mauricia will be attending the Caribbean Style and Culture Awards & Fashion Showcase on Saturday, June 17, 2017 where she will be awarded with the Caribbean Style and Culture- “Award of Excellence, Runway and Print Modeling.” This award exemplifies the contribution and dedication made to impact the Caribbean Fashion Industry.

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UURTJE VANNA

(SPECIAL AWARD – “TRAILBLAZER” Runway & Print Modelling)

UURI V 9UURI V 8UURTJE VANNA is a Surinamese model who is known in the Dutch speaking nation having graced the catwalks of several fashion events over the past four years. Born in Suriname on December 14, 1991, Uurtje began modeling at the age of 21. Now 25, she has since walked in shows for Carifesta, modelling for Haiti (2013), Suriname Fashion Week and has also done ad campaigns and other photo-shoots. Uurtje graduated from the University of Applied Sciences with her LLB and is currently working to begin her Master’s program. But even with her professional aspirations, modelling still plays a big role on her list of things she likes to do in her spare time, along with, sports and reading. She admits that she started her modelling career later than she should have due to insecurities she suffered as a young girl. This led to Uurtje turning down several offers to model before finally developing that confidence. Uurtje will be Awarded CSC Award of Excellence – “TRAILBLAZER” Runway & Print Modeling.

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 JAMICIA McCALMAN

(Special Guest Model)

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Standing at roughly 5’9” the radiant Guyana born Jamicia McCalman presents herself as an invigorating twenty year old. Ms. McCalman has already become a familiar name in modelling in Guyana. Her distinct cheekbone structure and alluring smile has the potential of making her comparable to a former Miss Guyana World. Jamicia began her modeling career at the tender age of twelve (12). At just 15 years old, she graced the runway at her first regional fashion show in the small island of Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago in 2011. (Family commitments took me to the Twin Islands for a brief residency) Two years later, she returned to her native land, Georgetown, Guyana, with the usual dominant flair that she had become acclaimed for and has strutted the runway for many fashion shows outfitted by Randy Madray, Mwanza Glenn, Ryan Berkeley and Veroonke Fashion, to name a few. She has shared the stage will top models such as Ms. Meleesa Payne-Bishop, Delesa Archer, Natasha Harper and Clinton Duncan. Managed by Traits Model Management Model Agency since 2015, Jamicia is a model who holds the capacity to rise swiftly through the ranks of fashion modeling to become one of the Caribbean’s top supermodels.

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ABIGAIL PETIT-FRERE

(2017 Award Nominee)

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Abigail Petit-Frere is young Florida native who has been styling since the summer of 2010. Tapping into her roots, Abs reached out to Haitian music producer and artist, JBeatz in Miami, to style his music video “It’s getting late.” Soon after, she began to work with a network of photographers in the Central Florida area, also booking repeated projects within the Haitian Music industry.

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Her career bloomed as she was caste for various positions on African TV Network, Afrotainment TV. This included being a TV host as music VJ, fashion personality and key wardrobe stylist for their sitcom, “Gals”.  Her background includes graduating from the Fashion Technology program at Orlando Tech. This Ultimately lead her to create custom pieces as well as launching a sample collection at the prestigious country club of Bella Collina.

Abs’ claim to fame sparked in the fall of 2014 when she landed a position as one of the contestants on E! TV’s, “House of DVF”. Chosen as 1 out of 10, she introduced her eclectic style to millions watching, as well as her unique design aesthetic to CEO, Diane Von Furstenberg. Since this time, she has moved to Miami lending her talents to fashion photographers, clothing brands and top modeling agencies.

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Excerpts from a recent interview with ABS Peti by Awaken Magazine. “The biggest thing I’ve learned while styling is the trick of optical illusions. Fashion is art, it needs to look appealing to the primary sense of sight. Too much can be tragic. I’ve learned that if a woman is top-heavy with little to no bottom, you wouldn’t want to give her a loud top with obnoxious prints. You’d either want to darken or solidify her bust and torso, and draw attention to her bottom, with an eye-catching print to give her a nice proportioned look.

I am inspired by people and culture. Culture gives texture, and texture gives a rich feel to any look. I am far from a minimalist, but if i do choose to go minimal, its intercepted by chunky neckwear or bracelet. Due to my Haitian culture, I’ve learned to appreciate African undertones in designer labels as well as the rich bold colors that come with it.”

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KAREN De FREITAS – “Made by SOKA”

(2017 Award Nominee)

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SOKA is an emerging Womenswear brand that embraces femininity while romanticizing contemporary designs. She is the Modern day Dorothy Dandridge meets Madonna in the SEX Book. Designer of the Brand, Karen De Freitas started designing while living on the island Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Shortly there after, She moved New York City to attend Parson School of Design. While a student she apprenticed with brands such Alice + Olivia, Zac Posen, Bibhu Mohapatra and Yigal Azrouel.

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Through these internships, SOKA developed an elevated taste in contemporary designs, while remaining true to her island roots. She then launched her first contemporary collection under the name SOKA in Spring Summer 2015, establishing the brand aesthetic strongly rooted in marrying colors and reinvigorating classic silhouettes. SOKA experiments with current trends and represent them in upcoming collections in a tasteful and timeless interpretation. In 2016 she started the Menswear counterpart to SOKA; Charles & Olive , named after her parents.

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She has so far been featured in Nov 2015’s Harpers Bazaar Serbia Magazine, seen on Vogue.com , Fashion Bomb Daily, worn by stylist to Solange and Beyonce; Shiona Turni and has gotten the cover of February 2016 Bassculture Islands Magazine . She was named one of the top Ten Caribbean Designers in 2016 by Largeup.com.

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EMERGING DESIGNER

JEILYNE SANTANA 

(2017 Award Nominee)

jeiliyne-designerJeilyné Santana is a young, thriving, Puerto Rican designer with just over 3 years of experience in the fashion industry. Her work has been highlighted for the audacity in her designs, with her collections focusing on Prêt-à-Porter and unconventional bridal designs.

Jeilyné’s designs are defined by their sophisticated style. All of her pieces possess an exquisite and unique personality. Patterns, illustrations, embroidery, and lace are key elements of her collections. Her unique style and talent brought about a wonderful opportunity in February 2016, when she became the first Puerto Rican designer to present a showcase in the DC Fashion Week.jeiliyne-13jeiliyne-12jeiliyne-15jeiliyne-14

In February 2017 she presented her first bridal collection in the New York Fashion Week.

Jeilyné has a unique way of envisioning fashion, resulting in a continuous evolution of her style. As she shares her styles and designs with the world, she strives to give the gift of inspiration to her clients, encouraging them to never stop embroidering their dreams. Jeilyné Santana proudly creates each pattern and design with care and meticulous detail in her studio, offering only the best quality products to her clients.

RYAN S. BERKELEY

(2017 Award Nominee)

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Ryan Samuel Berkley, a native Guyanese, grew up always hearing the sound of the sewing machine at work in his home. When he was nine years old he took on art as a form of expression, always drawing and coloring at school where he would usually outshine the other students at sewing and designing.

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In 2010 he was given his debut in the local fashion industry as a contestant on a local television show where he captured audiences far and wide with his unique sense of style, and ability which always radiated. With one year’s experience, he was given the task of creating his own line. He went on to complete runway shows including the prestigious fashion event Designer/Stylist Portfolio, where he shared the stage with other prominent local designers.

As a fashion creator and trendsetter, resourceful in finding contemporary ways of incorporating everyday life necessities and resourceful elements into his designs, he intends to broaden the mindset of Guyanese, so that fashion may become a lifestyle in Guyana.

In 2012 Ryan participated in Mission Catwalk is a fashion reality series created by Jamaican fashion designer Keneea Linton-George aimed at discovering and developing new talent. The Kingston-based show tests the creativity and skill of each contestant through various challenges.berkeley-3berkeley-2

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PETA ODINI-SUTHERLAND

(2017 Award Nominee)

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Born and raised in the multi-island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Peta Odini Sutherland is a fashion designer and marketing professional currently living in St. Vincent. After working as a Marketing Executive at a local telecommunications company, Odini moved to London to pursue studies in fashion. She completed the Fashion Foundation course at the London College of Fashion and then moved on to Ravensbourne in 2009.

At Ravensbourne she started out as a textile print design student, however after doing a menswear elective, the additional pattern cutting and manufacturing techniques necessary to create the right fit and feel in the construction of men’s clothing soon won over. She transferred to the Menswear group in the last term of her first year and went on to graduate in the summer of 2012 with a BA (Hons) Fashion with a specialism in Menswear.

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Following the completion of her BA, Sutherland then went on to Seneca College in Toronto where she attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Brand Management after which she returned to the Caribbean in late 2013 and worked as an Account Executive at an advertising agency in Trinidad.

In 2014, Odini officially launched her brand Peta Odini with the debut of its first full collection titled “Sans Peur”.

Sutherland continues to push the boundaries of fashion in the Caribbean and is utilizing her fashion studies along with her marketing and advertising experience to build Peta Odini into a leading lifestyle brand. The brand is available at stockists in St. Vincent, Trinidad and the USA and its printed apparel online at petaodini.com

Peta Odini has been featured in Acubien Online Magazine, Shabeau Magazine, SHE Caribbean, Zing; Liat’s Inflight Magazine, Caribbean Beat; Caribbean Airline’s Inflight Magazine, The Karibbean Kollective and other regional blogs and media sites. The brand has been worn by top Soca Artistes including Kevin Lyttle,  Skinny Fabulous (St. Vincent), 5 Star Akil (Trinidad), Dash (Grenada) and cricketers Darren Sammy and Kesrick Williams.pedta-1 peta-3Peta Odini Sutherland was born in the multi island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She holds a BA (Hons) Fashion with a specialization in Menswear from Ravensbourne, London and a Post Graduate Certificate in Brand Management from Seneca, Toronto. Sutherland began her studies in fashion as a Textile design student and this  background is a huge influence in the development of her work.

(Peta Odini is available @the Following)

  • Kimya Glasgow Boutique – St. Vincent
  • Akimbo – Trinidad & Tobago
  • AK Couture Boutique – Brooklyn, NY

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 WADADA MOVEMENT

“Made From LOVE – Wadada Lifestyle” Asha and Ayanna Diaz 

(2017 Award Nominee)

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Wadada is an Amharic word that means ‘Love’.  This movement was created by twin sisters Ayanna & Asha Diaz, in the middle of 2010. Although never formally educated in fashion, both sisters have a great love for expressing who they are through their sense of fashion and style.  Born and raised in the Caribbean on the main island of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, these sisters have never conformed to the “what’s hot” in fashion.  The look they have created for themselves is a fusion of cultured royalty and bohemian chic, which was influenced by their travels throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.wadada_lifestyle_summer_love_1

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At a young age, the twins, as they are commonly known; designed a lot of their own outfits, as it was challenging for them to find pieces that matched their style and body structure. Over the years they received many questions and complements about the pieces they wore, and this drove them to establish a brand that would be available to everyone. Together the twins wanted to create a line of female clothing that reflected their personalities and their somewhat “out-of-the-box’ style.wada-9 wada-8

To date Wadada Movement has kept to their mission by producing clothing that accentuates the female confidence while being made from love.  The sisters also kept to their mission by remaining humble within the ever-evolving Caribbean Fashion Industry.

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SHASHA DESIGNS

(Keisha Edwards 2016 Award Recipient)

ksKeisha holds a Sociology degree from the University of Guyana but her passion for fashion led her to pursue a Certificate in Dress Making from Carnegie School of Home Economics, and Advance Draping and Fashion Tailoring from the Burrowes School of Art in Georgetown. Keisha also attended the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, where she studied fabric selection and design style.

Keisha’s fashion brand, ShaSha Designs, debuted at the 2008 Guyana Fashion Weekend. Her “Infusion” collection received great reviews that led to another participation in the event in 2009. By 2010 ShaSha Designs was equipped and ready to handle their first fashion show titled “Fierce Expressions” which became an annual event in Guyana on May 1st from 2010 -2012. ShaSha Designs’ motto is “Personality Risen to the Surface. Where traditional Rock meets modern wear. Unique is an understatement.”

Kerisha received Karib Nation, Inc’s. ‘Award of Excellence – Fashion Innovation’ at the 2016 Caribbean Style and Culture Awards held last June at the University of Maryland Samuel Riggs Alumni Center in College Park, Maryland. The award is in recognition for the impact she has made in the Caribbean Fashion Industry.

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ANDREW HARRIS

(2013 Award Recipient)

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Andrew Harris New York a luxury cruise casual menswear brand which embodies a variety of outstanding characteristics such as quality, comfort and a sense of timelessness. The glamour of the ready-to-wear line steams from innovative designs of classic shapes resulting in looks with a decisively contemporary twist. Top quality materials are selected, traditional techniques are used and an infinite attention is given to details offering a celebrated interpretation of stylishness. MISSION : We are a new generation brand with a mission clear as we are empowered to continue the evolution of men’s fashion. Our company prides itself in producing clothing that fits well, attention is paid to the smallest detail; and comfort is second nature with a relaxed feel and luxe sustainability. Truly, our goal has always been to exceed the expectations and meet the lifestyle needs of our diverse customer base.

ahAndrew Harris’s Spring collection is Influenced by a unique blend of Caribbean and pop culture. Andrew creates inventive casual wear with a distinct sporty edge, focusing on structure and classic silhouette.

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KIMYA GLASGOW

(2013 Award Recipient) 

A true Caribbean native, Kimya Glasgow was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, and lived in both the British Virgin Islands and Barbados.

She holds an Associate Degree in Fashion Design from the Barbados Community College.

Kimya has shown collections in Miami Fashion Week, Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, Fashion Week Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados Fashion Week, and St Kitts Fashion Weekend to name a few; and is a 2013 Caribbean Fashion Awards winner with awards for achievement in Design from KaribNation Inc of Maryland/Washington DC and Shabeau Magazine.

The Kimya Glasgow aesthetic celebrates the rhythm of the human form in motion, influenced by the Caribbean aesthetic through its culture and art, which she combines with her love of history and world cultures in her designs, weaving a sense of world travel and wanderlust into every design.

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Arthlene Legair Lawrence is a prodigious, self – motivating successful woman who, from a youthful age, forged her way through challenging periods to become a leading award-winning International Celebrity Fashion Designer, proud mother of three, Motivational Speaker, Instructor, Mentor, Published Author, and Philanthropist. She was born on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Dominica. Legair is the CEO of LeGair Brand Company, founder of (L.I.F.E) “Laudat Institute of Fashion & Education” and President of the Restore to Empower Charity Organization (501c3). She gives honor to God who has refined her with challenges and trials creating a masterpiece, superseding the approval of men, to share her gifts and experiences with the world. She earned an Associate degree in Business Entrepreneurship at Columbus State College, she has been featured in many local, national and international publications and media outlets to name a fewThe Atlanta |Modern Luxury, Brides magazine, Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine, CBS Atlanta Morning show, Channel 10 News, The Stan Watson TV show, World Liberty TV New York , Dominica Vibes News; Capital style magazine, Caribbean Fashion Spot, Paris fashion week, London Fashion week, NY couture Fashion week, Col Oh fashion week, The Women’s Empowerment Network with Lisa Nicole Bravo TV star, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc, Miss Black Ohio; MIT University; African Vibes magazine and many more.

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Arthlene is an active participant in the lives and welfare of many women, teens, and young adults. She was a Judge at Miss Georgia Latina and Miss Teen Georgia Latina Pageant. Professional Career Speaker at the Blendon Middle School in Ohio, Speech Judge for the Georgia Academic Decathlon. Guest panelist at Clark Atlanta University Fashion Segment, The Thriving Children Foundation Gala at the Fox Theater, Speaker at the Agnes Scott College, The Still Standing Foundation Domestic Violence Awareness and the Women’s retreat in Ohio. She sponsored and hosted sewing workshop in Los Angeles and volunteered to teach students how to make toy storage bags, which will be distributed to the Children at hospitals. Ongoing project: The healing headband project for children with cancer, the uniform project providing free uniforms for needy children in the Islands. Annual toy drive for her village in Dominica and other yearly projects for needy children.  Arthlene Laudat. 1Arthlene Laudat. 4Arthlene was honored and received, The “Humanitarian Of The Year Award” at Atlanta City Hall by Atlanta Latino Fashion Week, The Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards-2016 Youth Empowerment Award”, The Increase CDC Micro Entrepreneur Community Choice Award, The Increase CDC Micro Entrepreneur Retail Award, Top Designer Title for Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids, “I Am Fashion-Top designer” at Ohio State University.

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MAMAYASHI COLLECTION

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Mamayashi creates original designs, which allow for culturally aware, regally confident people to wear their declarations of freedom and sovereignty every day. She creates clothing because she believes that one of the ways we contribute energies to the society and the universe is through the way we dress.

Creating and designing clothing have always intrigued Mamayashi.  She grew up in Jamaica under the protective care of a strong and determined mother, while watching her father work as an impeccable and well-respected tailor. Her journey evolved from crafting dolls’ clothing at her father’s shop to making revamping her adolescent clothing. Even without a sewing machine to put them together, she’d use ties, glue, tape, even staples! The acquisition of a vintage sewing machine during her college years in the U.S. was the first key that opened doors for her to use her clothing design skills for campus events, parties and cultural celebrations. It was only as she nurtured her first born and watched him crawl towards his own independence, was she then ready to turn her passion into her profession. Inspired by the encouragement and support of like-minded sistrens, she began to share her textile expressions with the world.

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Her designs are heavily influenced by her love for Africa and the Rastafari journey. They reflect her values for natural creativity and growth, they also give honor to the African-minded leaders who have inspired her. Mamayashi’s daily mantra is one of humility and gratuity. She uses her work to bridge our ancestral history to our modern life.

mama 4mama 2Mamayashi has been honored to clothe local and international celebrities in her designs. Her creations have been featured at major events and in popular media publications. However, nothing delights her more than sending her handmade garments all over the world, to Queens and Kings like you.

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LLOYD CRAWFORD

LloydCrawfordLloydMidoriLloyd Crawford established i-Fashion Magazine in 1989, with the intention of capturing exquisite moments of beauty with his team of high-fashion industry veterans. His style of shooting set him apart as a creative force and not just a photographer, which shows in his magazine.

Lloyd grew his brand from a free on-line publication reaching 150,000 to a digital and print publication now reaching over 800,000 readers and subscribers.

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Crawford expanded the i-Fashion brand with I–Fashion Management & I-Fashion Management South to use his knowledge to help further model careers. “We individually select models we feel will represent what it is to be a model as well as represent the i-Fashion Brand. We want to give you the individual attention you deserve and provide the tools and skills to get signed to those larger agencies.” Lloyd_3Lloyd_1

In 2016, Crawford launched his first fashion collection, i-Fashion Resort Wear, debuting at SMGlobal Catwalk and then showing at Atlantic City Fashion Week and NC Fashion Show. i-Fashion Resort Wear will be featured in Nice, France this year as well as North Carolina Fashion Show and Caribbean Style and Culture Award & Fashion Showcase. 

Follow @i.fashionmag on Instagram and i-Fashion Magazine on Facebook.

Lloyd Crawford can be reached at magazine@i-fashionmag.com

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BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN WOMEN

ALEXIA PALMER

Alexia Palmer’s luminous skin, captivating features, winning smile and determination was a recipe for success from the day she arrived at Pulse. Snatching second place in the agency’s 2010 Caribbean Model Search at merely 17 years old, the ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ beauty booked Vogue without even leaving the shores of Jamaica, becoming the first Caribbean model to have accomplished this feat.

Since then, Palmer has gone on to sign with the largest agency in Europe, Model’s 1, and Trump Models in New York; score a campaign with French beauty powerhouse Chanel, just two weeks after her London arrival; booked Teen Vogue with the cast of Glee; and can now add Iman Cosmetics to her growing catalog.

ANASTAGIA PIERRE

Anastagia Pierre (born October 5, 1988) is an American-born Haitian-Bahamian beauty queen and model, elected as Miss Bahamas Universe 2011 on May 1, 2011. She competed at Miss Universe 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. She is the Station Host at WTVJ NBC 6 in Miami, FL.

She is no stranger to the pageant industry, as she competed in her very first pageant at age 5.  In 2010 she won the title of Miss Bahamas Intercontinental, and placed 2nd Runner Up at the Miss Intercontinental 2010 pageant held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Ms. Pierre has also held the titles of Miss Florida Teen USA 2004, and Miss Florida USA 2009, making her the first African American woman to represent the state of Florida at both Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.

​She has been studying dance for over 15 years and practiced classical piano for over 10 years.  She is classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance. Anastagia Pierre is currently an international model and spokesperson. She was a featured actress in the 2012 national Acura ILX campaign. She has graced the runways of Caribbean Fashion Week, Islands of the World Fashion Week, Miami Beach International Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Swim Week. She has been featured in publications such as the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition, US Weekly Magazine, Self Magazine, SoBe Fit Magazine, Brookstone Catalog and Pageantry Magazine.

 She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Nova Southeastern University and worked as the Station Host on NBC Miami. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, going to the beach, cooking, golfing, painting, and photography.

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SEDENE BLAKE

Sedene Blake, who was introduced to the international market in November 2009, has had a dream start to her international career, when she copped four editorials for different editions of industry bible, Vogue magazine, completing the first three within two weeks of her introduction to world modelling.

To be in the revered Vogue at all, is a feat never accomplished for the great mass of successful international stars, but to be in four different editions and to do three of them within two weeks of start up is an amazing accomplishment.

Italian Vogue, American Teen Vogue, Russian Vogue and Vogue Pella have all shot editorials featuring Sedene. She shot her fourth Vogue (the Russian Edition) with agency colleague Jeneil Williams.

LEE ANN FORBES

Lee Ann Forbes was crowned the 2011 Miss Trinidad and Tobago World. The 21 year old supermodel from St James beauty bested her seven stunning counterparts to wear the crown at the 61st Miss World competition.

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JAUNEL McKENZIE

Jaunel McKenzie in 2010 was named the first Caribbean-born model in history to be ranked the #1 black model in the world by Models.com. The Jamaican-born model was discovered by Pulse at the age of 16 during their very first Caribbean model search in 2002. McKenzie has built an enviable portfolio, with multiple spreads in Vogue – 11 for American Vogue and one each for the German, French, and Italian editions. She has also done spreads for Elle, W, Vibe, Allure, and Victoria Secret. McKenzie has starred in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, and Addidas, and has walked the runway for Kenneth Cole, Catherine Malandrino, Derek Lam, Heatherette, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Louis Vuitton, and Stella McCartney, to name a few.

JOAN SMALLS

And who is the most bangin’ supermodel of them all? None other than beautiful  island girl Joan Smalls! Smalls father is from St. Thomas and  mother is from Puerto Rico. The model was born and raised in P.R. alongside two  similarly stunning sisters…

At just 24-years-old, Joan Smalls has been named the top supermodel in the  world. The Puerto Rican-born beauty was recently ranked number one on the list  of top 50 models by Models.com.

“It feels amazing being number one,” Smalls said in an interview with  Models.com. “I am extremely flattered, honored and just blessed because it just  cements that all my hard work means something and it paid off.”

Just this year alone, Smalls has represented brands like Chanel, Calvin Klein  and Lacoste. She’s graced the covers of W, GQ and Vogue magazines and she’s the  current the face of Estée Lauder.

Smalls may be among the small group of women of color in the fashion world,  but that isn’t stopping her from making large strides. “Being in the Fendi  campaign as the only girl is a great deal, especially if you’re a Black girl,” she said. “Some people think it’s a challenge being diverse. You just have to  remember who you are, where you’re come from. And that’s why you see me stomp  and walk as hard as I can.”

KIMANEE WILSON

With killer looks and a unique name to match, Jamaican stunner Kimanee Wilson already stands out from the pack. Considered one of the Caribbean’s top supermodels, Wilson is ranked highly with the likes of her peers Nell Robinson, Januel Mckenzie, and Nadine Willis.

Discovered in 2005 by the highly regarded Pulse Models,Kimanee has graced the runways of Caribbean and New York Fashion Weeks, and can add leading designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Missoni to her impressive resume.

With gorgeous tear-sheets from major editorials; VCosmopolitan, and British Glamour, this frequent flyer remains grounded citing Jamaica as her favorite place in the world.

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SESSILEE LOPEZ

Sessilee Lopez (born January 4, 1989) is an American (Pennsylvania) model. She has appeared in Vogue Italia and graced one of the four covers of its “All Black” issue, while Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede, and Jourdan Dunn graced the alternative ones. Lopez has  Dominican Republic and Portuguese Heritage. Her career started in 2004, when she signed with IMG Models. Sessilee is currently represented by Major Model Management. Her runway debut was at the Vivienne Tam and Daryl K Fall 2004 shows. In 2007, she switched representation to Major Model Management Worldwide. Since then, she has walked for Shiatzy Chen, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Hermès and several other established fashion houses. She has appeared in editorials for American, Italian, French, Japanese, and German Vogue, V Magazine, W Magazine, Allure, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Marie Claire, Numéro, Swedish, American, and French Elle, and Spanish and American Harper’s Bazaar. She has signed contracts with Benetton and ckOne. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Gap Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Barneys New York, GAP, Benetton, ckOne, Macy’s, Levi’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, DKNY, Nordstrom, Adidas, H&M, and Uniqlo.

SELITA EBANKS

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Selita Ebanks, born of Native American, Irish and African descent to a Jamaican father and a Caymanian mother in George Town, Grand Cayman, was raised in a large family that included seven brothers. Her family, her mother in particular, encouraged her development through extracurricular programs. She moved to the United States and settled on Staten Island. She was accepted by Columbia University and New York University, but instead chose to pursue modeling. In 2000, at the age of 17, while walking through the turnstiles at Six Flags Great Adventure, Ebanks was scouted by an agent from Elite Model Management.

Ebanks made her debut in February 2001 at the fall show for Tuleh. After working for the likes of Catherine Malandrino, James Coviello, Abercrombie & Fitch, and DKNY, she signed a contract with Victoria’s Secret in 2005.

Ebanks first modeled for Victoria’s Secret for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed as an Angel. She and Izabel Goulart made their major débuts in the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, working as an Angel until 2008. In 2005, Tyra Banks said she was proud of Ebanks to be representing black women at Victoria’s Secret.

In 2007, Ebanks was selected to wear the “Very Sexy” Holiday Fantasy Bra Set with a price tag of $4,500,000 dollars that contains diamonds, emeralds, rubies and yellow sapphires–which she wore in the Victoria’s Secret “Christmas Dreams and Fantasies 2007” catalogue. She also wore the fantasy bra set during the Victoria’s Secret fashion show on December 4, 2007.

Ebanks made a special guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother (episode: “The Yips”) on 26 November 2007 with her fellow Victoria’s Secret supermodels (Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller, and Alessandra Ambrosio).

According to Forbes, Ebanks ranked the twelfth highest paid supermodel for 2008, earning $2.7 million. She appeared in Sports Illustrated’s 2007 Swimsuit Issue.

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JASLENE GONZALEZ

Jaslene Gonzalez (born May 29, 1986) is a Puerto Rican American model, television host, and winner of Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model.

Jaslene Gonzalez was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Humboldt Park, Chicago. She attended Notre Dame High School for Girls on the Northwest Side of Chicago. She was an online college admissions adviser prior to America’s Next Top Model.

Gonzalez tried out for Cycle 7, but only made it to the semifinals. Assuring the judges that she would be back for the next cycle’s audition, Gonzalez’s determination caught the eyes of producers, who thought she had potential. She indeed tried out for Cycle 8 and this time made it to the finals. During the competition, Gonzalez was called first at panel four times, received 4 Covergirl of the Week awards and won one reward challenge. She was also the second contestant and first winner to never be in the bottom two. On the season finale, Gonzalez was revealed as the winner. She is the second of three winners from Illinois, preceded by Adrianne Curry of Cycle 1, and followed by McKey Sullivan of Cycle 11.

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Gonzalez has modeled for the New York Post (Tempo), US WeeklyIn Touch Weekly, had a 6-page spread in an issue of Vibe Vixen magazine, a 12-page fashion spread for ZooZoom Magazine. Named One Of Latina Magazine’s Latinas Of the Year, had a 9-page spread for Colures (U.K fashion Magazine), was featured in Trace (magazine): Model Behavior as Falls new faces, has been on the covers and had spreads of over a dozen magazines such as LatinaImagén.

DESHA RAMBHAJAN

Desha S. RambhajanDesha Rambhajan is a television News Presenter and Journalist. She currently anchors the C News Weekend News and the C Sports.

She has been in the news and current affairs business since 2004, working her way up from newspaper, to radio and into TV. In 2008, Desha won the Hilton Group of Companies award for “Excellence in Television” in the category of “Journalist/Anchor”.

She was the internal Communications Specialist for the Caribbean at the world’s largest food company Nestlé, and also the regional Marketing Manager of the fastest growing ice cream franchise, Cold Stone Creamery.

The southerner attended St. Gabriel’s Girls’ RC School and then Naparima Girls’ High School. She received a scholarship to attend the University of Toronto, which prompted her to move to Canada. She graduated with Honors from U of T and then went on to complete her post-graduate studies at Ryerson University.

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ANYA AYOUNG-CHEE, PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 9 WINNER.

It was a long, eventful season on Project Runway, but the best designer won. After fighting it out in New York City for many weeks, Project Runway Season 9 finally came to a close  Thursday (October 27/2011) evening with the winner being Anya Ayoung-Chee.

Anya hails from the twin isles, Trinidad & Tobago, which played as her inspiration for her collection shown at Lincoln Center. Anya’s collection featured looks that felt easy, created beautiful visualizations for the eye and paid homage to what she does best – prints.

“AS A CARIBBEAN DESIGNER I AM COMMITTED TO DESIGNING
                                                 FOR CARIBBEAN WOMEN, WHO COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.”

She faced tough competition going against the most skilled designers from her season in their final walk on the runway. Joshua made a unique collection featuring designs that played on the idea of hard and soft, Kimberly gave a unique point of view using her experiences and background as her inspiration, and Victor tailored every single one of his garments to a T.

However, the creativity and the voice behind Anya’s collection really showcased her as an immense talent in the fashion industry. Michael Kors himself stated he could visualize Anya’s brand down the road and becoming something bigger than just easy-going dresses.

Throughout the season she has used her tremendously tasteful eye for prints, her natural since of style and her desire to grow as a designer as the force behind what she aims to become.

Anya  is one of the hottest young fashion designers to emerge from the Caribbean in recent years, she launched her women’s label, PILAR, in May 2009 and it has been making waves ever since. In June 2010, she launched a lingerie line named Anya de Roguethe first of its kind in the Caribbean.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Central St Martins School of Art and Design, Anya spent several years working as a designer in New York City until in 2007 she returned home after her eighteen-year old brother Pilar died tragically in a car accident. Soon after the move, Anya was selected to represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant. This experience propelled her into a life in front on the camera as a model and television host. Anya has since hosted several Caribbean television and web-based events and live shows, including movie premieres, fashion shows and her own fashion program “Make It Yours”.

Anya’s diverse background as a designer, stylist, model and host is only a hint of things to come. As a designer, Anya is set to redefine the Caribbean as a fashion mecca, and has already begun to do so in a revolutionary way.

The gracious winner beamed with excitement as she thanked the panel.

“It’s a turning point in my life that I’ll never, ever, ever be able to forget,” she says.

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CHANTAL RAYMOND, Beauty With Brains

CHANTAL RAYMOND, Miss Jamaica World 2010

Chantal Raymond who was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2010, is a true definition of the meaning beauty and brains. She graduated from Harvard Law School where she was the recipient of the following awards – Doctor of Law, 2010, Co President and Co Founder Harvard Caribbean Law association. She also gained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida and Nine Undergraduate Academic Scholarships. Chantal also completed a political/Economical internship at the US Department of State – US Embassy, Kingston JA 2009-2010

Her desire in the near future is to be the CEO of a major International Corporation which has roots through Latin America and the Caribbean. This beauty enjoys international travelling, and has travelled to Japan, China, Spain, Italy, England, France, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Canada, and the Bahamas, she also enjoys dancing, jogging, weight training and spending quality time with her family and friends.

She is desirous of meeting Michelle Obama – a Harvard Law School Alumina class of 88. Chantal views the First Lady as an outstanding woman who has built a successful career promoting service and the advancement of youth, while supporting and nurturing her own loving family.

Personal Statement: I believe in empowerment through education, both formal and informal.

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Miss JAMAICA UNIVERSE 2011 – Photo Shoot/UZURI INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS

Miss Jamaica Universe 2011 Shakira Martin-Aminah, photographed by Roger Jones; Fashion Director Tricia Williamson; Location: Devon House Mansion, Kingston; Design by Uzuri International; Makeup by Sharon Wint/Face Forward.

Miss Jamaica Universe 2011… I’m a young hard working woman trying to make a difference in lives. I love the different varieties of the entertainment industry. I would describe my style as Caribbean chic. I love a simple clean look but I also experiment with colors and patterns. I ultimately want to be viewed as an ambassador for young women and men around the world. I want people to want to hear what I have to say. I hope to help make small changes now for a great effect in the future in the process of bringing people together.

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BEAUTY TIPS

Making it’s debut at San Fernando Fashion Week 2011 in Trinidad, Nique Cosmetics is a mineral cosmetics line specializing in powder foundation for women of color.

The line was created for every woman who has searched for that perfect foundation shade. With the needs of women of color in mind Nique Cosmetics has created a line that is light-weight, doesn’t clog pores, covers dark spots and blemishes and gives a very natural, youthful appearance.

The line carries 28 different shades, truly beauty for everyone.

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Women of color tend to loose the warmth in their skin tones during the winter months, so it is important to have a winter foundation shade and a spring/summer foundation shade.

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Miss Haiti Universe 2011, Anedie Azael

Anedie Azael was born on September 15, 1988. She is a professional model, student and activist who was crowned Miss Haiti Universe 2011.

Anedie was raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, by her parents, Eddy and Chantale Azael, then in 2004, at the age of 16, she moved to Miami, FL to pursue her studies. Despite the challenges her country faces today, she grew up having unyielding aspirations of posing for editorials and strutting down runways, unveiling unforgettable pieces created by the world’s most prominent designers. “I’ve discovered myself.” she confidently proclaims. Anedie graduated from Felix Varela Sr. High in 2006.

In 2009, Anedie’s dreams became a reality. She signed with Runways The Talent Group in Miami Beach and started booking jobs immediately. Her unique, exotic features and bubbly personality instantly caught the attention of casting scouts, photographers and stylists. Anedie is currently the face of Alpha Communication Network (ACN) in Haiti.

Miss Haiti Universe 2011, Anedie Azael