BETTY MARSHALL – NEW CEO OF ALNP FOUNDATION INC

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

 

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
 
 

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

 
 
 

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
 

PEARL – SPEAKER FOR CARE ATLANTA

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 tinyurl.com/ttcare #ALadyNamedPearl

 

Model Highlight: Shanina Shaik

Hey Lovelies!

Our model highlight goes to the beautiful Shanina Shaik! Shanina Shaik was born in Melbourne, Australia. She is of Pakistani and Lithuanian descent! Her modeling journey began at the age of eight years old by appearing in a TV commercial for Hyundai!
 
When Shaik began high school, her modeling career took a pause, she was in an accelerated program that allowed her to graduate a year before her classmates. At the age of 15 years old, Shaik entered an Australian reality show called ” Make Me A Supermodel” and finished as runner-up! 
 
 In Autumn/Winter of 2009 Shaik walked in eight shows and opened for Yeolee. She has worked with Mara Hoffman, Urban Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Jason Wu, Vogue India, Harper Bazaar’s Singapore, Arabia, Australia, Vietnam, and many more!  In an interview Shaik shares her upbringing as a Muslim and states ” I was born and raised Muslim and I lived a very normal lifestyle. My father is very open to my job and understanding and he is grateful of who I have become. I’m a very sophisticated and respectful woman. I had a great upbringing and a great lifestyle with my sibling.”
 
Photo credit: Emirates Woman, Vanity Fair

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

 

Model Highlight: Ugbad Abdi

Hey Lovelies!! 

Our model highlight goes to the beautiful Ugbad Abdi! Abdi was born in Kismayo, Somalia! Due to the Somali Civil War, Abdi and her family quickly left for a refugee camp in Kenya and from there they moved to Des Moines, Iowa with the help of UNICEF.  After she graduated high school, Abdi was discovered on Instagram, she went to New York to meet with representatives and signed with Next Management!
 
Abdi’s career began when she debuted on the runway for Valentino’s Haute Couture show in 2018/2019. She has worked with New York Fashion Week, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Miu Miu, Burberry, Fendi, and many more! In 2019 she graced the issues of American, British, and Arabian editions of Vogue magazine. Abdi stays true to her Muslim faith by wearing her Hijab while modeling and became the first runway model to wear her Hijab in Fendi and Lanvin’s fashion show! 
 
Photo credit: Vogue Japan, British Vogue, and Twitter

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

Model Highlight: Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede was born and raised in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia! Kebede was discovered by a film director while attending school at Lycee Guebre-Mariam and was introduced to a French modeling agent. Once Kebede finished her studies, she relocated to France to pursue her modeling career through a Parisian agency. Her career in the fashion industry skyrocketed when Tom Ford presented Kebede with the opportunity to have an exclusive contract for his Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. In May 2002, she graced the cover of Paris Vogue in which the whole  issue was dedicated to her. From there, she has been on the covers of Japanese, French, American, Italian, and Spanish Vogue, V, and many more! Kebede has also been in campaign ads with Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Revlon and more! In 2003, she became the face of Estee Lauder Cosmetics and was the only Ethiopian to do so!

Kebede is not only a model, actress, and entrepreneur, she is also an activist. Her activism is dedicated to reducing the maternal, newborn, and child mortality in Ethiopia. She founded her non-profit organization called Liya Kebede Foundation: https://www.lemlem.com/pages/lkf

Kebede is a true inspiration who does it all!

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

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz