Model Highlight: Nyawal Tut

Our Model Highlight goes to Nyawal Tut

South Sudanese fashion model, Nyawal Tut, hails from San Diego but now lives in New York City.  She was deemed one of the up-and-coming models to watch in 2020. She was featured in Vogue España September 2020.  Nyawal booked campaigns for Chromat (swimwear for all shapes and sizes), Universal Standard (a fashion label ranging from size 00 to 40), and walked Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy X Zendaya show in Paris. Where else have you seen her? Well, if you’re a Project Runway fan, she walked the Project Runway Finale show in 2020. It looks as if her story is just being written. Stay tuned to her model journey! She’s a star in the making.

Follow her on Instagram: @nyawaltut 

Photo Credit: Jag Models, Bellazon
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Designer Highlight: Anamika Khanna

Our Designer of the Week – Anamika Khanna

Anamika Khanna’s career started in the year 1998. She has been covered by the Business of Fashion for being the Indian designer who has blended traditional Indian textiles and techniques with Western silhouette and tailoring. The dhoti pant, commonly accredited to the brand, is now accepted as a modern high waist trouser worn with a dupatta or Indian skirt.

 In 2004, she was the first Indian designer to launch an International label : Anamika. She is also the first female Indian fashion designer to display her collections at the Paris Fashion Week held in 2007. She is also a part of Business of Fashion 500 list. Her many accolades and accomplishments are too many to name. Anamika is a role model to women and girls in India.

She has designed collections for several “Bollywood “movies as well as designed beautiful outfits for Bollywood’s lead actress Sonam Kapoor. Sonam has graced many a red-carpet events in Anamika ‘s designs. Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is also a fan of the designer (she is married to Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers )

“My designs are always subtle, they never scream for attention, they are not revealing and are very individualist. I want to dress woman to look super- feminine, super- hot, and super sexy. But when your outfit is overpowering, it doesn’t work. For me, the outfit doesn’t define me. I define the outfit “- Anamika Khanna

Follow her on Instagram: or visit her website:

Photo credit:,, Vogue India

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary 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

Designer Highlight: Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera
Our designer of the week goes to Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan fashion designer known for her exceptional personal style and for dressing various first ladies including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump.

Born in 1939, in Caracas, Venezuela to her mother and a father who served as an officer in the Air Force later becoming the Governor of Caracus. Her socialite grandmother introduced her to the world of fashion, taking her at an early age to fashion shows and buying her outfits from Dior. At   young age she said “My eyes were accustomed to seeing pretty things”.

In 1965, Carolina began her career working as a publicist for Emillo Pucci, a close family friend. She began working at his Caracus boutique and moved to New York in 1980. She frequented the iconic Studio 54 and became known for her dramatic style. In 1981, her friend Diana Vreeland (Editor- In- Chief of Vogue ) suggested that Carolina design a clothing line. She took her up on it and had samples made in Caracus. She debuted her collection at Manhattan Metropolitan Club to critical acclaimed. Martha’s (a Park Avenue boutique) showcased her clothing in their prominent windows. After this initial success, she returned to Caracus and raised capital to fund a more formal launch. Her first runway show in 1980 included future supermodel Iman. Her company has been based in New York since 1980.

In 1995 a firm acquired the Carolina Herrera fashion business, retaining her as Creative Director. In 2008, they launched a ready to wear brand called CH Carolina Herrera. In 2018, Herrera showed her last line from her eponymous brand and handed Creative Directorship of the brand over to Wed Gordon.

Visit her website to shop her looks:

Photo credit: Carolina Hererra

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary 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

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

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

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Benjamin Kapelushnik

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.
Have you ever heard of the term “sneaker head”? “Sneaker heads are individuals who collect sneakers as a hobby. This young man turned this passion into a business. Meet Benjamin Kapelushnik, better known as Benjamin Kickz, the Sneaker Don. Benjamin Kicks is a self-described rare sneaker dealer.  Ben’s parents immigrated to the United States; his father worked in real estate and his mother was a stay-at-home mom.  Benjamin was raised in a small area close to Miami which made it easier to make a name for himself. At just 19 years-old, the Florida native has a celebrity client list and inventory bringing in over $1 million annually. He resales some of the most coveted sneakers. Ben expanded his reach by using every opportunity he had to network. Whether it was going on a date or going to a party, he took a chance to connect with someone. He buys sneakers in bulk and resales them. It’s that simple! He has built his customer base to over one million consumers! In 2014, DJ Khaled wanted a specific pair of sneakers and he was introduced to Benjamin.  The producer has helped catapult the teens career!  What’s next for him? A jewelry line of course!
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Follow him on Instagram: @benjaminkickz
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

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