Entrepreneurship Highlight: Myriam Taylor of Muxima

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.
 
Myriam Taylor, of Portugal, is the daughter of Angolan war refugees who sought asylum in Europe. Taylor found it to hard to fit in Europe especially as a black child with textured hair. Only in recent years has it become trendy for women of color to wear their hair naturally. Taylor had a vision for women of color to wear their hair with confidence while embracing it and without compromising it.
 
When Taylor became pregnant, she decided to refrain from using chemicals in her hair.  She found it challenging to find good products for her hair type. In 2016, Taylor decided to create a luxury hair-care business, Muxima and a biotechnology company, Muxima Bio. Her product line includes caviar-based shampoos, conditioners, and oils made from bio ingredients to nourish the hair. Each product was made with love and from her heart; Muxima in the Angolian language of Kimbundu, means “heart”.
 
Her products have been featured in Essence and Forbes magazines. Myriam is not just an enterpriser,  she is an advocate for social humanitarian causes! She believes in being a voice for inequality especially for victims of domestic violence and war orphans in Angolia! She continues the fight for social justice by giving her time to these causes in various European cities.
 
View/purchase her products at https://www.muxima.net/
 
Follow her on Instagram: @muximaofficial
 
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
Photo Credit: Kazanuba, Instagram: @musximaofficial
 
 

Designer Highlight: Galatea Berger

Galatea Designs

Our designer of the week goes to Galatea Berger. What’s in a name ? This is the real name of the magnificent jeweler Galatea Berger but you probably don’t know it’s meaning. The Greek myth of Pygmalion, is about a mortal who sculpted a statue so beautiful he fell in love with it. Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love took pity on the lovesick artist and brought to life the exquisite sculpture, which was named Galatea.

The name Galatea Designs carries connotations of striking visual appeal and a man’s love for a woman. You will definitely fall in love with Galatea’s exquisite jewelry designs. From a simple engagement solitaire, to more ornate designs,  she creates from precious stones and metals. After attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Galatea’s early designs were the focus of attention while she worked in a local financial institution. Many customers were dropping in just to see what she was wearing. She began selling jewelry way before she opened her own business.

Known originally as “ Jewelry and Gift Exchange” when founded in 1985, Galatea Designs quickly secured reputable and reliable contacts with jewelry manufactures. From its inception, it has offered a superior line of jewelry designs and personalized jewelry creations. Galatea Designs serves men and women with refined taste. They work by appointment only which allows customers to select a diamond or consider the design of their jewelry in a more relaxed setting, free from distraction, which permits Galatea to give you her undivided attention.

Follow her on Instagram: @galateadesigns

Photo credit: Galatea Berger

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

 

 

Model Highlight: Pranav Bakhshi

Our Model Highlight goes to Pranav Bakhshi! 
 
Meet teen model, Pranav Bakhshi. Bakhski was born in New Delhi, India and was born with Autism. Born in 2000, Bakhski had a traumatic birth with many health complications. His parents learned of his diagnosis at the age of two and vowed that whatever he wanted to do in life, they would help him achieve his goals. 
 
Bakhski knew at a young age that he wanted to model and his mother researched various modeling agencies to help him fulfill his dream. He is the first teen model with autism in India! He is currently a model for well-known labels like U.S. Polo Association and Benetton and he says, “Autism is my superpower!”. What is Autism? According to the organization Autism Speaks, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.”
 
Currently signed to Ninja Model Management, Bakhski desire is to change the rules of the fashion game and walk for some of the most leading brands. Bakhshi is a fitness enthusiast and encourages others to take their own health seriously. Bakhski says he does not use Autism as a reason to fall short. Trailblazer’s like Bakhshi show us that what others perceive as our weaknesses, can be our greatest strengths.
 
Follow him on Instagram: @pranavbakhshi
 
Photo Credit: The Better India
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
 

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Beau Shell

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.
 
Meet Victor “Beau” Shell; a 15 year-old entrepreneur who has been running his own business since the age of eight. At age eight, Beau received an ice cream cart for his birthday. Beau is the owner of Cool World Ice Cream Shop in Athens, Georgia. Beau, affectionately known as “Lil Ice Cream Dude” is more than just a business owner; he’s a fighter. Diagnosed with pneumonia and emphysema, Beau was confined to his home for weeks but was determined to make his ice cream business a success. Beau received his medical treatment at the Scottish Rite Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. There he was introduced to UGA Miracle and Dance Marathon which he now supports with some of his proceeds. He has sold his ice cream in more than 400 events and to more than 10,000 customers. Beau desires to inspire all. 
 
Visit his website: https://lilicecreamdude.com/ and/or follow him on Instagram: @lilicecreamdude
 

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Travel Noire, UGA Miracle, Marjoni-Janee

 
 
 

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Greetings Pearls,
 
Did you get a chance to see the scholarship winners? Beautiful girls! Be sure to reach out to them and welcome them to the sisterhood.
 
As Pearls, we are expected to reach out to each other and/or show support. We are a sisterhood of leadership, modeling, & entrepreneurship!  Be bold! Take the first step! Lead with love.
We are leaders! We are Pearls! We are girls! Who run the world!
 
COUNTDOWN!
 
Our virtual classes begin on Sept 13th Sunday!
Do you know anyone who would like to join our sisterhood? Send them our way! Make sure they add you as the person who referred them on the application.
 
I hope all of you are waking up daily without far & totally crushing your goals.
#WeArePearls
Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana
Light & love,
Empress Yana
 

Emotional Wellness/Lead with Love

You are having such a great day! You were called back for your audition. You are eating healthy! You are exercising. The picture from your photo shoot came back amazing; then here comes the bad news! Constructive feedback is always welcome, but no more undue pressure, unreasonable comparisons, or harsh judgments.

Take is easy! Instead of responding, listen! Breathe. Do not react! (Depending on the topic and/or severity). Agree to disagree. Then think of a loving peaceful place in your mind. Leading with love or being peaceful to me means accepting that I am doing my best and believing that everyone else is doing their best too. This pandemic is real, and people are under a lot of pressure and experiencing loss.

Be kind my pearl sista!

Lead with love.

End with love.

Mental Wellness- Celebrate Your Wins!

Celebrating the smaller wins on the way to your big wins is a great way to stay focused on your daily goals. Create a gratitude day. We celebrate every Friday! We turn up the music, eat our favorite foods, dance around the house, say “Happy Friday,” take longer walks, dress up a little bit, say aloud our wins so far, etc. I found a informative and insightful article on livehappy.com.

Check it out. Share your thoughts.

Any feedback? Please send info to Staff@aladynamedpearl.com ATTN: Empress Yana/ Mental Wellness feedback

Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model.

Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market.

I can count on one thing, FRESH!

As a chef, I would love to hear from you.

What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Turkey Pesto Avacado Panini

Cook Time: 5 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 loaf of French bread, cut into 3-4 equal pieces

1/2 cup fresh pesto, 

4-8 ounces pepper jack cheese, (3-4 sliced)

2 cups chopped turkey

1 8 oz., jar roasted red peppers (drained)

1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Spread 2 tablespoons pesto over 1 side of French bread and top with pepper, turkey, roasted red peppers, avocado and top half of bread.

Repeat with remaining slices of bread.   

Add sandwich to pan and grill until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

ENJOY!

 

Designer Highlight: Diane von Furstenberg

Best known for her iconic “wrap dress”, you have not lived until you own one! Diane Simone Michelle Hafflin was born in Brussels, Belgium to Jewish parents.  Eighteen months before Diane was born, her mother was a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp. She credits her mother with being a great influence in her life. Her mother taught her that fear is not an option.

After studying Economics at the University of Geneva, she moved to Paris and worked as an assistant to fashion photographer agent Albert Koski. She then moved to Italy to be an apprentice for the textile manufacturer, Angela Ferretti. In his factory warehouse, she learned about cut, color, and fabric. It was there she designed and produced her first silk jersey dress.

Shortly after her marriage to Prince Egon von Furstenberg, she decided she wanted a career of her own and not just to be a plain little girl who married beyond her “desserts “. After separating from her husband in 1973, she moved to New York and met Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who said her designs were absolutely smashing.

In 1974, she introduced her knitted jersey wrap dress. After the success of the wrap dress, Furstenberg was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1976 and was declared the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel. She has gone on to launch a cosmetic line, fragrances, and a home shopping business to name a few. Many celebrities have worn her clothes from Madonna to Michelle Obama.

You have not lived, until you have worn this iconic wrap dress!! here are 45 free standing shops world-wide.

Follow her on Instagram: @DVF

Photo credit: DFV.com

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A Note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Greetings,

I have questions for you. How have these articles helped you and your current life goals? We want feedback. What article is your fav/least fav? How are your casting calls going so far?

Our virtual classes begin on Sunday, Sept 13th! Do you know anyone who would like to join our sisterhood? Send them our way. Make sure they add you as the person who sent them on the application. I hope all of you are waking up daily without fear and totally crushing your goals.

#wearepearls

Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana

Light & love,

Empress Yana

Emotional Wellness / A Positive “NO!”

Do you have issues with turning down invitations or declining to help your friends and family? Do you feel like you are being mean, negative, or not being a team player? It is no time to change the way you think about the word NO.

WAYS TO SAY NO IN A POSITIVE WAY:

-I already have a full plate and I cannot accept anything new at this time.

-It is not the right time for me.

-I am fully committed right now.

-Thank you for the offer, but your timing is off and I cannot accept at this time.

It is very important to just say no, or one of the phrases above and nothing else. Stick to your word! Feel powerful in your choice.

Mental Wellness- Moments of Quiet Challenge

When the news, your family, your siblings, your teachers and the world become overwhelming and chaotic, find peace and create moments of quiet to balance your inner pace.

A WEEK OF QUIET CHALLENGE:

Spend the next week and find times to be alone on each day. Turn off your phone and just enjoy the bliss of being you.

IDEAS:

-Sit outside in your back yard listening to nature for about 20 minutes.

-Enjoy your favorite meal in silence.

-Draw, paint or sketch anything that comes to your mind

Ready? Set? Go!

Any feedback? Please send info to Staff@aladynamedpearl.com ATTN Empress Yana/ Mental Wellness feedback

 

 

 

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Model Highlight: Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls Rodriguez was born in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, USA. She began her modeling career after graduating from InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2007. At the young age of 19, she was signed to Elite Model Management and began modeling for department stores such as Nordstrom’s. She then moved to IMG models and landed brands such as Givenchy and Victoria’s Secret. In 2012 she was named, Model of the Year!  Smalls appeared on 11 international editions of VogueHarper’s Bazaar, i-D, Interview, Porter, Love, American ElleT Magazine, and more. Aside from print advertisements and runway, she took a leap of faith and made a small business venture; Smalls partnered with Estee Lauder. She still enjoys modeling but feels that it is important to contribute to her community. She is involved with various non-profit organizations and is very socially cognizant of the issues all of over the world. One of her favorite organizations is the Garden of Dreams Foundation; an organization dedicated to helping children facing obstacles such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illnesses, and foster care challenges.

Joan always remembers the words of her mother, ” Joan remember, you’re the star…not star as in celebrity star, like a bright star.”

Follow Joan on Instagram at: @joansmalls

Photo Credit: IMG Models, Getty Images
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

 

Designer Highlight: LaQuan Smith

LaQuan Smith was born in Queens, New York. At the tender age of 13, his grandmother passed on her old singer sewing machine to him to use. She instructed him and instilled in him a passion and skill for sewing and pattern making.

He started his brand at age 21. Since its formal debut in 2013, the brand gained acclaim for its distinctive garments and details. His work sparked interest among fashion icons and risk- takers such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian, all of whom were early supporters of the gifted designer.

LaQuan has also cultivated a private order clientele which spans the globe from Lagos to London. His glamorous aesthetic has also been tapped by world recognized brands such as Heineken, Samsung, and Verizon to name a few. LaQuan and his label are headquartered and manufactured in Long Island City, NYC and deliver worldwide.

LaQuan sums up his style as “Unapologetic Sexiness”

Follow him on Instagram:@laquan_smith

Photo Credit: trendcouncil.wordpress.com, http://www.ciaafrique.com, www.elle.com

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Mikaila Ulmer

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.
 
Meet Mikaila Ulmer! At the tender age of four, this spirited young lady launched her business at the Children’s Business Fair in Austin, Texas. When Mikaila was young, she was stung by two bees. Her parents encouraged her to turn her negative experience into a positive one! They challenged Mikaila to channel her fear into a research project about bees. She discovered how important bees are to the food system and before long, the Ulmer family launched a beverage business using flax seed honey and added it to a family recipe for lemonade. 
 
Mikaila secured over $60,000 from Shark Tank and $810,000 from NFL players. Mikaila’s products are sold in nearly 380 stores worldwide including Whole Foods. Mikaila’s company donates a portion of its proceeds to local and international organizations working to save the honey bees meanwhile, Mikaila launched her own organization, Healthy Hive Foundation.
 
A word of advice from the now 13 year-old Mikaila, “If you’re going to start a business, do something you love. Or you probably won’t be very good at it”.
 
Visit her website: https://www.meandthebees.com/ Purchase her book Bee Fearless at: https://www.amazon.com/Bee-Fearless-Dream-Like-Kid/dp/1984815083
 
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
Photo Credit: Children’s Business Fair, New Hope Network, Typewriter Labs