ENTREPRENEURSHIP HIGHLIGHT: RIZOS CURLS

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.
 
Julissa Prado struggled finding the right hair care products growing up as a Latina. She was determined to one day create the perfect formula for girls like her.  After years of working on her formula, she created the all natural Rizos Curls, one of the first Afro-Mexican hair care lines. Her products have been featured in Glamour, People en Espanol, Hip Latina, Teen Vogue,  Target, Cosmopolitan and many more. Prado believes in paying it forward and launched her first Latina Entrepreneur Summit. Prado attributes her entrepreneurial spirit from coming from the hood and  her father who started as a dishwasher and later became a restaurateur.
 
“Rizos Curls is created from the heart and is my perfect formula for defined, bouncy, shiny, frizz-free, soft, voluminous curls.”- Julissa Prado
 
Shop her product line at: https://rizoscurls.com/ and follow her on Instagram: @RizosCurls #RizosCurls

3RD LOCATION – SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

3RD LOCATION – SPRINGFIELD, OHIO
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 ALadyNamedPearl.com
#WeArePearls #PearlSchoolofModeling #ALadyNamePearl

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE WEEK

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Mental Wellness Activities to Increase Peaceful Mindset

Your mind is like a garden, you must tend to it and snatch out the weeds. Sometimes your phone is a huge distraction form spending required alone time. One of the best things you can do for your mental well-being is spend less time on your mobile phone. Even if it is just for a couple of hours a day, take some time away from the device. The cell phone may be an integral part of your life yet, you should not let it take over your life. Use the electronic only if you need to contact family or friends. The ever-present ringing, vibrating alerts, and reminders will only increase your stress levels. Not only will it be difficult for you to get a good night’s rest, but also you might experience symptoms of depression. Going on social media on and off for hours at a time is not good for the nerves, eyes, and your neck muscles. Maybe you are not consumed with existential dread. It does not matter. When you see that others are happy and their lives are amazing, you will start feeling envious and develop a feeling of insecurity. Use your phone only for basic functions.  If it is possible, stay off the mobile phone for some time per day. It will benefit your mental health.

Why is Emotional Wellness Important?

As a model, you will get rejection. Everyone will not see the talent in you, this may cause you to feel down about yourself. This is normal; however, you can help yourself by maintaining a positive outlook on your life/goals. Yes, you are beautiful and yes you have talent, but you will not get every casting you go try out for. Instead, develop a positive mindset. You must be your own cheerleader. Remember your good deeds. Give yourself credit for the good you do for yourself, friends, family, and the world. Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Do not dwell on the negative outcome. Lastly, explore your ideas of how you want to build your life and work every day to achieve your own personal goals.

Physical Fitness: 

As a model, it is important to stay fit and eat healthy.

Exercising everyday is key to over all health.

Spend 60 minutes each day being active.

Switch it up! For example:

(Design your own quarantine workout schedule)

Monday-Yoga

Tuesday- Run

Wednesday- Pilates

Thursday-Strength Training

Friday-Hip hop class

Relax on the weekend!

Soak in a bath!

Rest

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 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

Indian Vegetable Curry

Total Time: 50 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 medium eggplant, cubed

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons sea salt

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon blanched almonds

1 zucchini, sliced

2 tablespoons raisins

1 cup orange juice

10 ounces spinach

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven, place sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onion, and three tablespoons oil. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.

In a medium saucepan place 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes.

Pour garlic and spice mixture into the Dutch oven with vegetables in it. Add the garbanzo beans, almonds, zucchini, raisins, and orange juice. Simmer 20 minutes, covered.

Add spinach to pot and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve!

 

DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT: KYEMAH MCENTYRE

Kyemah McEntyre is a young women who became widely known for her prom dress design that ” broke the internet”. The African print prom dress created a fashion moment. She said she initially wanted to wear her African inspired dress to the prom to send a message to other teens that it’s ok to be yourself and that natural beauty is to be loved and admired. That prom night, she got lots of attention and was crowned prom queen.

The East Orange, New Jersey native was in high school at the time! The following fall, she enrolled in the fashion school, Parsons School of Design. Shortly after, she caught the attention of actress/singer Naturi Naughton who called on Kyemah to design a dress for the 2015 BET Awards, where she wore the beautiful form fitting dress. She also designed a dress for the legendary model and TV host, Tyra Banks. Tyra wore the design on an episode of ABC’s FABlife.

The Mind of Kye brand is where art and fashion meet. Kyemah has a profound love for Black women, art, history and how the subjects interact with society. In a short time, Kyemah has proven to be one of the most innovative and talented artists and designers of the millennium.

You can follow her at: IG :@MindOfKye

Photo credit: popsugar.com, i.d.vice.com

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

MODEL HIGHLIGHT: LIRIS CROSSE

Liris Crosse was born in Randallstown, Maryland! Crosse is a model, actress and author! In the modeling industry Crosse is a pioneer for plus-size and African-American women; she has worked with American Vogue, Essence and British Cosmopolitan Magazines.

Also, she has done campaigns for Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart! Crosse was the first plus-size model that won Project Runway in 2017! The state of Maryland presented Crosse with the Plus Print Model of the Year award and 500 award from The Block Association. In addition, Crosse has also graced the movie industry with her appearances in the films “The Best Man”, “Baby Boy” and Crosse’s documentary named “Perfect Her”, television series “The Wire”, “Law & Order SVU” and many more! Crosse also in the author of the book called Make The World Your Runway: Top Model Secrets for Everyday Confidence and Success! Crosse’s motto is “If you think it, you can do it!” She encourages and motivates others to follow and achieve their dreams! 

You can follow her on Instagram @lirisc

Photo credit: Runwaylive, Baltimore Times

Contributing Writer: Jeysika Henry, Fashion Show Production Manager/Social Media Manager

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HIGHLIGHT: MOZIAH BRIDGES

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.

Moziah Bridges always had a vision of looking his best. At the age of four he began to wear a suite whenever he could. He started his company at the age of nine. He couldn’t find an accessory to fit his personality or style so he created his own. He pitched his ideas to Shark Tank with the help of his mother Tramica. Although he did not end up with a deal from any of the Sharks, he ended up with the mentorship of Daymond John.  He landed on Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teen List in 2015 and was invited to the White House by former President Barack Obama. To date he has landed a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), has an internationally recognized brand, and plans to study fashion and design in college. 

You can shop Moziah’s collection at: https://mosbowsmemphis.com/

Photo Credit: Black Main Street

DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT-KENYATTA C. JONES

        Kenyatta C Jones is the CEO and Head Designer of Bella Rene.  Named after her mother Karen Rene, Bella Rene was established in September 2006 by Kenyatta and her mother.

       As a young girl, Kenyatta remembers sneaking a copy of Vogue magazine in the basket at the supermarket. Even though those girls looked nothing like her, this is where her love of fashion started. Kenyatta started her company because as a plus size woman, she was not happy with the options in the plus size department. She saw a need and felt her love of fashion could help fill a void in the fashion industry.  Bella Rene is the first plus size high fashion and couture brand in the world.

     Kenyatta affirms, “I want plus size women to be confident. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman that is comfortable in her own skin no matter what size she is”. Follow her on Instagram: @bellareneatelier

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE WEEK-RECIPE

A note from our President of the Pearls: Empress Yana 

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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:

Creamy Garlic Hummus

Prep time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 hours
Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 c. dry chickpeas (or 2 (15-oz.) cans chickpeas)
2 tsp. baking soda, divided
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 c. tahini
1 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 c. olive oil, plus more for topping
Paprika, for garnish
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
FOR THE ROASTED GARLIC (OPTIONAL)
1 head of garlic
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
 Kosher salt & Freshly ground black pepper
 
Directions:
  1. Place chickpeas and 1 tsp baking soda in a large bowl and cover with water by at least an inch. Let soak overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Strain chickpeas and place in a large pot. Add remaining teaspoon of baking soda and cover with water by at least an inch again. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce heat. Let simmer until tender and falling apart, 1 hour. Skim foam off the top as necessary.
  3. If using, roasted garlic: Cut the top off of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and place in a shallow dish. Roast until golden and soft, 40 minutes. Let cool then remove garlic cloves.
  4. Drain chickpeas and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add garlic (if using), lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  5. With the food processor running, slowly stream in oil until hummus is at desired consistency.  Spoon hummus into a bowl and top with more oil, paprika, and parsley.
Enjoy!

CONGRATS TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

WINNERS OF PEARL SCHOOL OF MODELING SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
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 http://aladynamedpearl.com/school/ 

 to be contacted by one of our representatives.

Wellness Tips of the Week

Mental Wellness Activities to Increase Peaceful Mindset

Did you know that watching riots & negative news repeatedly can have a negative impact on your mental wellness? Take a break and go sit in nature. It works! Create more mental wellness activities that help you balance everything that is going on around you.

A mental wellness activity that promotes inner peace and mental wellness is to get away from the daily stress and spend time in nature. The fresh air, natural sounds, and sights, and refreshing smells can help to reduce anxiety and encourage the strengthening of inner peace and balance. Found a great article about it:

www.healthyplace.com/self-help/self-help-information/5-essential-mental-wellness-activities

Why is Emotional Wellness Important?

Did you know that your emotional well-being is an imperative part of your overall wellness? How are you feeling about what is going on in your city? Has COVID-19 paused your modeling jobs and now you are upset? It is ok to be upset however, do you know what emotional wellness means? Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress-reduction, and the development of inner strength.

Here is a great article about: https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/emotional/

Physical Fitness:

It is important to stay fit and eat healthy.

Exercising everyday is key to over all health.

Spend 60 minutes each day being active.

Switch it up! For example:

(Design your own quarantine workout schedule)

Monday-Yoga

Tuesday- Run

Wednesday- Pilates

Thursday-Strength Training

Friday-Hip hop class

Relax on the weekend!

Soak in a bath!

Rest

Photo Courtesy of Google

 

 

ForkWithMe!

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

Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese (Chicken or Steak)

 Total Time: 30 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 bell pepper, thinly sliced

vegetable oil

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. sirloin streak or chicken breast,

sliced against the grain

8 slices white sandwich bread

1/4 c. mayonnaise

1/2 lb. sliced provolone

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium, heat oil. Add onion and bell peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are beginning to soften. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the sirloin steak in an even layer on the other side. Season all over with salt and pepper. Let it cook, without stirring, until the bottom browns and develops a nice seared crust, about 1-2 minutes. Stir into the vegetables and continue cooking until the steak is cooked through and browned all over.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on one slice of bread. Top the dry side of the bread (the mayo will be on the outside) with steak and vegetable mixture and a slice of provolone. Top with another slice of bread and spread mayonnaise on the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium. Working in batches, cook sandwiches until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Enjoy!