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, Models.com, The Jewelry Editor

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Caitlin Ann Gooch

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.
 
Caitlin Gooch is a Wendell, NC native who grew up on an 87 acre farm. Her father built a racetrack where he would allow horse races. She is the founder of Saddle Up and Read (SUAR), a nonprofit organization she began in 2017 when she learned the literacy rates in North Carolina were extremely low. Gooch partnered with her local library to create an incentive for young readers. She proposed that if a person checked out more than three books, she would enter them into a raffle and gift the winner with a free trip to her family’s farm to ride their horses. 
 
Gooch noted that 36% of the fourth graders in the state of North Carolina were reading at proficient or higher according to the 2019 Nation’s Report Card.  Gooch wanted to encourage reading amongst youth and has gone as far as organizing book drives and school-wide reading competitions. To date, she has raised more than $20,000 from donors around the world to help expand her services and open an in-house library and equestrian center.
 
Gooch is the mother of three young girls and wife to a member of the US Navy. She says she has her family’s full support. Although she no longer lives in North Carolina, she travels monthly to her family’s farm to continue her mission. She has been coined, “The Black Cowgirl” To learn more about her organization visit her site at: https://www.saddleupandread.org/
 
You can follow her on Instagram: @theblackcowgirl and @caitlin_gooch
 
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Photographer-Stanford Moore of www.blackreignsmagazine.com, www.saddleupandread.org

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Tyla-Simone Crayton

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 Tyla-Simone Crayton, the 17-year old founder and CEO of Sienna Sauce. She and her family, originally from Brooklyn NY, created their own sauce and would sell chicken wings weekly out of their home in Sienna, TX. Miss Crayton conceptualized packaging her sauce at the age of 8. On August 17, 2017, Sienna Sauce formerly, Sienna Wings was established. 

Miss Crayton’s vision is to have her chicken wing-style sauces become a household name and have a business that will be passed down through generations. She has been more than resourceful, raising nearly $200,000 through crowdfunding investors and an additional $45,000 through pitch competitions. Not only is her brand important to her but her education also.  Miss Crayton balances homeschooling and takes additional business classes because she believes in constant learning. Her motto is, “Never be afraid to ask questions”. She befriended Shark Tank star and billionaire Mark Cuban who is also an advocate of lifelong learning and has helped Crayton with business advice. 

Her products have been featured on Essence, ABC, NBC, CBS, Inside Edition and more. 

Visit her website: https://siennasauce.com/ or Follow her on Instagram: @siennasauce, @ceosauceboss

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Voyage Houston & Sienna Sauce

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: https://www.blckincorporate.com/virtual-mentorship

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

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: CFDA, Business Insider

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 https://www.stewdiospace.com/

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