Model Highlight: Adwoa Aboah

Our Model Highlight goes to Adowa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah is a British fashion model.  Considered to be one of the most photographed people in the world, she has graced the covers of US, Spanish, German, Italian, Mexican, British, and Polish Vogue covers and Time Magazine. Aboah’s parents were fashion industry location scouts and photographers. Her sister Kesewa Aboah is also a model. She has walked for major brands like Fendi, Versus (Versace), Calvin Klein, Kenzo, Fenty x Puma just to name a few. In 2017 she was named British GQ’s “Woman of the Year”!

She is not only a model but an actress. She landed her first Hollywood role in Ghost in the Shell and has performed in numerous short films and videos. Due to her own personal struggles with sobriety, dyslexia, and depression, she created an organization in 2017 called Gurls Talk because she was concerned about the shortage of mental health resources for young women. Aboah suffered from her own struggles with sobriety.  In 2020, during the COVID-19 she created #CreativeTogether to connect people through creativity and combat some of the anxiety surrounding quarantine.

Aboah considers herself as an activist first, and a model second.

Follow her movement on Instagram: @adwoaaboah

Photo Credit: The Guardian,, The Jewelry Editor

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Designer Highlight: Cleah Murray

Designer of the week – Cleah Murray 

             At the age of just nine-years-old, Cleah took her mother’s dress and redesigned it for herself.  Even then, she knew what she wanted to do with her life! She enrolled in and graduated from the Louisville Technical College of Merchandising and Design. Cleah’s avant-garde vision has allowed her to work as a designer, consultant, and an educator. She has been inspired by fashion from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s eras.

            Early on in her career, being a woman of color, Cleah found that she was not taken seriously. She said once she realized her worth and what she had to offer, the struggle became easy, but still not without struggle.

            Cleah started her business in Louisville KY and moved to Atlanta in 2000 and has been in business for over 25 years.  Her clients are celebrities, socialites, and fashionista’s. Her couture designs have been featured on the Red Carpet at both the 2011 and 2012 Grammy celebrations. She designs for the woman with impeccable taste who understands quality. She is known nationally as well as internationally and her specialty is custom clothing from ready to wear to bridal.

            Her criteria for success is waking up knowing that your day will be great regardless of your circumstances.

Visit her website at:

or follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: cleahcouture

Call (404) 586-9729 or

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Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Model Highlight: Ambar Cristal Zarzuela

Our Model Highlight goes to Ambar Cristal Zarzuela

The 21-year old burst on the scene in 2019. Hailing from El Cercado, San Juan de la Maguana in Santo Domingo, Zarzuela is the first Dominican model to open for Louis Vuitton! Her natural afro was a major part of the show and it remains her signature style today. She was also one of four Afro-Latina to grace the cover of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America’s September issue. Her most recent editorials include Vogue Japan and Vogue Italy.

She is currently represented by Ossygeno Modeling Agency, Next Model Management Paris, London, New York, and Milan. Fresh in her career, she walked for Versace, Chrusrian Dior,  Moschino, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors.

Zarzuela is very appreciative of her opportunities and understand the value of hard work. In an interview she stated, “I come from a very humble family in my country, my mother educated us by selling soft beans in our grapefruit neighborhood. Today I want all young Dominicans to not stop dreaming and to know that everything can be achieved with faith and a lot of work.”(ABC News)

Follow her on Instagram: @ambar_cristalz

Photo Credit: Louis Vuitton

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Model Highlight: Mika Schneider

Our Model Highlight goes to Mika Schneider

This French-Japanese beauty is making her mark on the fashion scene. Described as tranquil, self-disciplined, and sure, Mika Schneider debuted at Prada Spring/Summer 2020 last Fall. Make no mistake, although a newcomer on the scene, she is no stranger to modeling. Schneider’s mother modeled in Japan.

Schneider began modeling in Japan but was not scouted. Schneider was discovered on Instagram after her mother took pictures of her and sent them to the agencies she knew had good reputations. Her father works for an international company so she has moved most of her life and has adjusted to traveling. She learned to speak Japanese, French, English, and Russian! 

She’s already landed opportunities with Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton and has done a few editorials. She is currently signed to Bon Image. Here are a few words of wisdom from the model regarding her life in the industry, “It’s not stable – you travel, you can work hours and hours one a day and not work four days after. It’s unpredictable. But it’s also exciting because you never know.” (Twenty Minutes with Mika Schneider-Paris Edition).

Follow her on Instagram: @mikascnhdr

Photo Credit: The Fashion Spot, Anne of Carversville, & Leah Cultice

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Designer Highlight: Jerry Lorenzo

Jerry Lorenzo
     Jerry Lorenzo is the founder of Fear of God, a luxury street wear label that was founded in 2012. He was born in Sacramento, California in 1977. After studying at Florida A&M University, he moved to Los Angeles, California to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount. He worked in retail in the stockroom at Diesel while studying for his MBA. Lorenzo went on to manage corporate sponsorship for the LA Dodgers and then worked in marketing for a sports agency in Chicago. In 2008, he returned to Los Angeles where he was a successful party promoter. There he formed relationships with people in the fashion, sports, and entertainment industry.

     Despite having no formal training in fashion, he decided to change career paths after becoming a father by setting up his own clothing line. He used $14,000 of his own money to launch his first collection. His debut collection was a success, and he was summoned to Atlantic City to share some of his pieces with Kanye West. A relationship was formed, and he went on to collaborate with West on several other projects.

     Early influences ranged from 90’s Hip-Hop to Grunge. His style is known as fluid casual; a wardrobe that allows one to move seamlessly through the consistent inconsistent times we live in. For instance, a man might go to the gym, carry a blazer with him, and then from there, go to a meeting.

His celebrity clientele includes former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to Beyonce. He has also designed clothes for Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar’s tours. With no external investors, Fear of God, is completely independent.

Follow him on Instagram: @fearofgod # jerrylorenzocollection # jerrylorenzo

Visit his website at:

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Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Candace Marie

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.

Candace Marie is the former social media strategist who spent ten years in the corporate world before creating her own social medial consultancy company for luxury brands. Candace endured systemic racism and found herself working harder than her peers who were not black. To help other black people navigate the corporate world, Candace created Black in Corporate. Black in Corporate is a mentorship program; a virtual space for black professionals to receive mentorship, relief, guidance, and support from professionals of all backgrounds. Candace wanted to provide an avenue for black professionals who many not normally have access to a mentor, to have a resources as their dispose. 

Black in Corporate launched November 1, 2020. If you are interested in applying to the Black in Corporate mentorship program click here: or, visit the site on your own:

You can follow her on Instagram at: @blckincorporate @marie_mag_

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: CFDA, Business Insider

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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.

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Model Highlight: Allana Santos Brito

Our Model Highlight goes to Allana Santos Brito

Meet model, Allana Santos Brito. This beauty hails from Salvador Bahia, Brazil. With such striking features and a strong gaze, it’s no wonder she was discovered last year while on a trip to her local beach. The 20 year old has been in demand since her debut with Prada this spring.  Allana is signed to Next Management New York, Next Management London, Look 1 Model Management, and has already landed a feature in British Vogue! She has quickly become a favorite of designers like Versace, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Valentino, and Mara Mara just to name a few. She has been named a top new comer for 2020! Keep your eyes on her; she’s definitely a rising star!

Follow her on Instagram: @allanabritoo

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Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Model Highlight: Alexis Ruby

Our Model Highlight goes to Alexis Ruby!


This freckle-faced beauty made her debut on the runway at the Marc Jacobs 2020 Spring show. Alexis is Kentucky born and Atlanta raised and is of Irish and African-American descent. At the tender age of 23 years-old, this songstress turned model, is making waves in the fashion world. Many models begin their careers as teenagers but there was something special about Alexis Ruby!

Aside from her love of singing gospel music, Ruby decided to help a friend a pose in front of the camera. Her photos ended up on social media and were discovered by an agent who invited her to New York City to meet several agencies; she was signed to IMG models! She is very astute and aware of her role as a curvier model. She credits fashion model, Ashley Graham as for paving the way for models like her. Ruby says her mental and physical health is paramount and recognizes that she must put herself first; this makes her a better daughter, and person. Designer Marc Jacobs describes Ruby as professional and witty; she is a necessity in today’s industry! 

Follow her on Instagram: @lexpfromthevill

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Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Model Highlight: All Breast Cancer Heroes

Our Model Highlight goes to all Breast Cancer Heroes

This month we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 276,000 women get breast cancer annually and 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. is found in a man.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Supermodels like Naomi Sims and Janice Dickinson (pictured below) battled the disease. To date, there is no known cause of breast cancer however there are numerous risk factors to include: age, gender, race, family history and genetic factors, diet, and lack of physical activity to name a few. 

2020 has been a powerful reminder of just how important it is to take care of one’s own health. I implore everyone to  educate themselves about breast cancer. “The best protection is early detection”-National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

To find out more about breast cancer visit: The Mayo Clinic

Photo Credit: People, Getty Images, InStyle
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls