Pearl shoots with StewdioSpace

Founder Pearl photographs with Stewdiospace, a team out of Atlanta, GA compose of a photographer and MUA.  Michael is a photographer, videographer and editor and Stephen is a brilliant makeup artist with over 20 years of experience. Stephen has served as Kim Kardashian’s primary makeup artist for several years.

The are a great team for models seeking to build their book. Learn more about their work at


A Lady Named Pearl Foundation Inc has appointed Betty Marshall as its new CEO. Linda “Pearl” Fils-Aime, the founder will serve as the President.

In the role of CEO, Betty will guide the operations of Pearl School of Modeling, Pearl Model Agency, Pearl Magazine, and Pearl Books, the divisions of ALNP Foundation Inc.  

Pearl and Betty met 12 years ago in Bentonville, AR, while working at corporate Walmart. Pearl served as a real estate analyst, and Betty served as the Regional General Manager/Vice President of Sam’s Club. Pearl and Betty formed a bond, in which Betty served as Pearl’s mentor.

In the role of RVP, for 13 years, Betty was responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of 113 Sam’s Clubs and approximately 10,000 associates within the Southeast Region of the United States which included North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. Prior to being promoted to Regional General Manager, Mrs. Marshall served as Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Sam’s Club. Her responsibilities included purchasing, merchandising, sales and profit for all frozen/refrigerated foods and cafes for Sam’s Club’s U.S. locations.

Mrs. Marshall joined Sam’s Club in 2003. Prior to joining Sam’s Club, she served as Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of The Phoenix Restaurant Group. Prior to her position with Phoenix Restaurant Group, Betty was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for Shoney’s Inc., where she provided leadership and served as spokesperson during the company’s critical cultural transformation phase. During her ten year tenure with the company, she was responsible for women/minority business development, corporate communications and corporate image advertising.

When asked about joining the ALNP Foundation Inc team, Mrs. Marshall said, “I am honored and energized to be a part of this great organization which builds character, confidence, leadership skills and entrepreneurship in our next generation.”

Photo: SkyyWonders Photography



Tuesday Talk: Empowering Women in the Workplace

Please join us on Tuesday, Aug 18th at 12:00PM EST using Zoom Meeting as we gather for a discussion on empowering women in the workplace. We’ve crafted an incredible lineup of speakers who are prepared to share their experiences and insights. Learn more about the speakers here. Music will be provided by Atlanta’s very own DJ Sofa King!

Honored to be serving as a speaker for CARE Atlanta – Tuesday Talks. Please tune in this Tuesday at 12noon at #ALadyNamedPearl




Thank you to Sam’s Club Marietta 8203 for granting $2000 to

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.
Interested in sponsoring our school, and supporting our scholarship program, visit


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.”

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