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Pearl School of Modeling! We appreciate Sam’s Club/Walmart for sponsoring our scholarship summer program. Moreover, thank you to Ayanna Njeri Adams for assisting with this sponsorship.
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Pearl School of Modeling is thrilled about starting classes this Monday, July 6th, at its 3rd location, Springfield, Ohio.
Pearl School of Modeling will be offering classes in modeling, leadership and entrepreneurship training in partnership with the Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Learn more at
#WeArePearls #PearlSchoolofModeling #ALadyNamePearl


We received nearly 400 entries for our Pearl School of Modeling Summer Online Course Scholarship Giveaway for our 6 Week Online Program.
Congrats to the winners selected to receive the scholarship! 
For those that participated, you can still join the class, and receive 15% off tuition for participating in the contest. Please complete an application at this link 

 to be contacted by one of our representatives.

Racial Diversity in the Modeling Industry 

Racial Diversity in the Modeling Industry 

How far have we come with racial diversity in the modeling industry? 

I recall when doing research for my TedTalks in November 2018; studies showed that only 27.9 % of the models who walked the spring 2017 runways were nonwhite.

For Fall 2017 ad campaigns: 30.4 % of the models were nonwhite, and of the 7 models who booked the most campaigns, just 1 was of a minority background.

Source: The Fashion Spot

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, I also hear Black Faces Matter. 

How far have we come in the two years, since these statistics?

According to The Fashion Spot, racial diversity took a slight step backward, and size and gender inclusivity plummet for the fashion month of Fall 2020. 

While the Spring 2020 season was the most racially diverse one ever, Fall 2020 saw a slight drop. From a high of 41.5 percent models of color (out of 7,390 model castings at 215 major shows) to 40.6 percent (out of 6,879 castings across 194 shows). That’s a little under 1 percent difference. While we’re never happy with a decrease no matter how slight, this is not as devastating as it sounds. To give you some perspective, Fall 2020 still ranks as the second most racially diverse season since we started keeping track with the Spring 2015 season.
Source: The Fashion Spot
Please note the statistics provided by The Fashion Spot, when stated ‘models of color’ includes all ethnic groups that are non-white. 
1st Black Models to be on the cover of Vogue
From Donyale Luna gracing the cover of British Vogue in 1966, to Beverly Johnson on the cover of American Vogue in 1974, to Naomi Campbell on the cover of French Vogue in 1988, all models being the first Black women to do it, I am happy to see that year after year, we make strides to a more inclusive industry.


One of Adut’s many Vogue cover 2019/2020.


mailto:IG@stellajean Stella Jean is the first black Italian designer. She was born and raised in Rome to a Haitian mother and Italian father. While studying Political Science at Sapiensa University in Rome, she dropped out to model for Egon von Furstenburg (ex-husband to Diane von Furstenburg). This is when she realized that she would rather make clothes than wear them.


    Her designs reflect her Creole heritage and she often works with Haitian and African artisans incorporating their work into her fashion. Through her use of native crafts people, she seeks to support struggling countries and communities and preserve their ancestral arts and traditions.


    In 2019, she was highlighted by the New York Times as the most convincing of all the New Gen designers in Milan! She has also collaborated on shoes with Christian Louboutin for her AW14 collection, which featured her first menswear collection. Her brand is based in Rome but is also stocked in specialty boutiques worldwide such as The Corner, Mode Operandi, and Farfetch to name a few.    

Celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyonce wear her designs.

IG@ stellajean_sj_



Congrats to these participants for moving forward into our final round for our Summer Online Scholarship Competition!! Be sure to stay tuned to our IG Page, as these contestants will be doing a video, for the final round of voting to win our scholarship!! #WeArePearls #Worldwide #PearlSchoolofModeling


Pearl of the Week goes to Lena Ford.

Lena Ford graduated from Pearl School of Modeling, and entered the Sisterhood of Pearls in Fall of 2017.

While at PSM, Lena secured a modeling contract with Andre Walker Hair, Oprah Winfrey’s former hairstylist. 

When Lena Ford was only seven years old, she launched the idea of “ARTing for You.” The mission of “ARTing for You” is to give away art kits to children who are in foster homes, shelters or transitional homes. 

She later created “Positively Lena, LLC” a company which focuses on handmade, custom key chains for any age. The designs include motivating words or messages such as “Shine Bright,” “Stay Fabulous,” and “Positive Vibes Only.” Lena dedicates a portion of sales from the accessories to purchase art supplies to support “ARTing for You.”

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: positivelylenallc
  • Facebook: positivelylenallc
  • Twitter: positivelylena_

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Flexin’ in My Complexion!

CEO of Flexin My Completion Kheris Rogers

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.

Our featured entrepreneur is Kheris Rogers. Rogers’ journey began in the first grade when she was bullied because of the color of her skin. She used that experience to create a clothing line dedicated to fighting against colorism and bullying. Rogers grandmother always told her she was “flexin’ in her complexion” hence the name of her line. Rogers and her sisters acquired a screen printer and added the phrase to t-shirts. Now 13, Rogers speaks her story at speaking engagements and advocates on social media. 

This young lady has featured in New York Fashion Week (NYFW), has collaborated with NIKE, and has been recognized by Teen Vogue, Alicia Keys, Lebron James, Lupita Nyong’o, and Roc Nation just to name a few. 

Her motto,”I just love my complexion, I love who I am — and everyone should.”

Photo Credit:
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, Vice President of the Pearls


As a model, do you have to alter your appearance to make it in the industry?

This past Tuesday, I interviewed my wonderful model sister, Deonna Leigh, on our platform ‘Model Talk Tuesdays.” 

I met Deonna, when I went on tour as an Ebony Fashion Fair model. We traveled to hundreds of cities together, as we walked the runway in couture gowns. Deonna is an All-Star Ebony Fashion Fair model, walking for 6 seasons, and one of my favorite models. She lights up the runway!

Deonna modeling for Ebony Fashion Fair

“I find myself always saying tour, when I talk about my journey as a model. I miss Ebony Fashion Fair, it was one of the highlights of my life.”

Deonna was born in California, and modeled in her first event when she was 3 years. As a teen she competed for Miss Kansas, and received 3rd runner up. She later modeled for Ebony Fashion Fair, and then went on to New York. 

‘As I was going to different agencies, they liked my photos, yet, when I came in for an interview, they would say we like everything…but my nose. I heard this time and time again.’

‘After years of hearing this comment about my nose, I decided to get a nose job. I know I was born to be a model, and I was not going to let this one thing stop me.’ says Deonna.

Deonna also mentioned a story about a model, her agent was representing, that received a comment from an agency, that they did not like her ears, and that she should do surgery to correct them. Oppose to doing surgery, the model shaved her head, and made her ears more apparent as a part of her beauty. Shortly after, she was signed to one of the top agency in the world. 

As Deonna mentioned these stories during our interview, I thought about Dani, the winner of America’s Next Top Model. I just saw a clip of her discussing Tyra Banks telling her to close her gap. 


Deonna has model for Ebony Fashion Fair, ELLE Greece, Century 21, Teri John, Teen Vogue, Betsey Johnson, just to name a few.  

Deonna’s Pearl of Wisdom: Never give up on your dreams. 

What do you feel about the pressure models receive to alter their look?



Miguel Wilson is a celebrity fashion designer. He hails from Washington, DC. An educated man, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from our very own Clark Atlanta University and an MBA from Campbell University. An Army veteran, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant is the US Army Reserves in the Military Police Corps.

Mr Wilson began his career in fashion as a customer clothier, making suits for many notable people in sports, business, politics and religion. His style is best described as conservative with a splash of excitement. They are fun, functional and classy. His clothes are a must have for the well dress man.



He is also the author of a book titled “ Because It’s His Day Too “

Groom love stories ! There is also an on line bridal company.

His collections have also been worn by many celebrities including but not limited to Hollywood Producer Will Packer, Reality TV personality Peter Thomas and Rapper 2Chainz. Nothing like a well dressed man.

Store will be reopening on June 1st at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, GA!


IG : @miguelwilsoncollection

Store locations : Phipps Plaza

3500 Peachtree Rd NE

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy