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


Entrepreneurship Highlight: Stephen “Seven” Hudson

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.

Stephen “Seven” Hudson began producing fashion shows and dance shows as a senior in high school. His creativity and eye for detail continued on as he honed his skills in the salon. For the past 11 years he worked in the salon but also in editorial fashion, the film and television industry, commercial advertisement, at personal events, and weddings. He is continuously building his brand Beauty by Stephen. He most recently appeared in Essence Magazine promoting his CTRL Edge edge control and tamer.

Hudson is talented, ambitious, and ready to conquer the world. He is the senior stylist at Suite Life Salon and Spa in Freeport, Long Island, NY.  He is a platform educator, his skills are top-notch, and soon, he will be the most sought after creative in the industry!

Follow him on Instagram:@sevenknows

Shop his beauty products at:

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Essence Magazine, Beauty by Stephen

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:

Kebede is a true inspiration who does it all!

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

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz

Designer Highlight: Gamili E Collections

Born in Brooklyn New York, as a young child, Gamili was inspired by her mother who was a professional seams tress and introduced Gamili to an artist’s way of life. By the time she was in the eight grade, she already knew that she wanted to be a fashion designer. This occurred to her after working on a project for home economics where she had to draw clothes for females and males.

Her first professional design showcase was 2014. Creating is her favorite aspect of designing and she is passionate about bringing her ideas to life. Music has been her biggest inspiration from everything from Hip Hop to Jazz.  The Gamili E Collection celebrates the female form and represents women who dare to be a fashion statement. Her favorite era of fashion is the 1940’s. It is a representation of class, sex appeal, and confidence.

Her ultimate goal is to become a fashion legend and she wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Coco Chanel, Diane Von Fustenberg, and Christian Dior to name a few.                                                                        

Follow her on IG: @gamili_e

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Instagram: @gamili_e


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
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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

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Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls


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


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:

Photo Credit: Black Main Street


        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