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


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


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.

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Mailchimp

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 Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of Mailchimp. Headquartered in Atlanta since 2001, Mailchimp has become a leading marketing platform for small business and nonprofit organizations. To date, the company has a over 1000 employees and millions of users worldwide. Chestnut is no stranger to entrepreneurship; his mom ran a hair salon from her family’s kitchen in Georgia. Ben pursued his education at Georgia Tech in industrial design and worked hard to help Mailchimp earn the title of one of the world’s most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. He personally earned the distinct honor of being named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. 

Chestnut is more than a tech mogul, he and his wife started the Chestnut Family Foundation focusing on improving the lives of children through the arts. To find out more about their cause click here: https://chestnutfamily.foundation/

Photo Credit: The Chestnut Family Foundation

Racial Diversity in the Modeling Industry 

Racial Diversity in the Modeling Industry 

How far have we come with racial diversity in the modeling industry? 

I recall when doing research for my TedTalks in November 2018; studies showed that only 27.9 % of the models who walked the spring 2017 runways were nonwhite.

For Fall 2017 ad campaigns: 30.4 % of the models were nonwhite, and of the 7 models who booked the most campaigns, just 1 was of a minority background.

Source: The Fashion Spot

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, I also hear Black Faces Matter. 

How far have we come in the two years, since these statistics?

According to The Fashion Spot, racial diversity took a slight step backward, and size and gender inclusivity plummet for the fashion month of Fall 2020. 

While the Spring 2020 season was the most racially diverse one ever, Fall 2020 saw a slight drop. From a high of 41.5 percent models of color (out of 7,390 model castings at 215 major shows) to 40.6 percent (out of 6,879 castings across 194 shows). That’s a little under 1 percent difference. While we’re never happy with a decrease no matter how slight, this is not as devastating as it sounds. To give you some perspective, Fall 2020 still ranks as the second most racially diverse season since we started keeping track with the Spring 2015 season.
Source: The Fashion Spot
Please note the statistics provided by The Fashion Spot, when stated ‘models of color’ includes all ethnic groups that are non-white. 
1st Black Models to be on the cover of Vogue
From Donyale Luna gracing the cover of British Vogue in 1966, to Beverly Johnson on the cover of American Vogue in 1974, to Naomi Campbell on the cover of French Vogue in 1988, all models being the first Black women to do it, I am happy to see that year after year, we make strides to a more inclusive industry.


One of Adut’s many Vogue cover 2019/2020.



Congrats to these participants for moving forward into our final round for our Summer Online Scholarship Competition!! Be sure to stay tuned to our IG Page, as these contestants will be doing a video, for the final round of voting to win our scholarship!! #WeArePearls #Worldwide #PearlSchoolofModeling


Pearl of the Week goes to Lena Ford.

Lena Ford graduated from Pearl School of Modeling, and entered the Sisterhood of Pearls in Fall of 2017.

While at PSM, Lena secured a modeling contract with Andre Walker Hair, Oprah Winfrey’s former hairstylist. 

When Lena Ford was only seven years old, she launched the idea of “ARTing for You.” The mission of “ARTing for You” is to give away art kits to children who are in foster homes, shelters or transitional homes. 

She later created “Positively Lena, LLC” a company which focuses on handmade, custom key chains for any age. The designs include motivating words or messages such as “Shine Bright,” “Stay Fabulous,” and “Positive Vibes Only.” Lena dedicates a portion of sales from the accessories to purchase art supplies to support “ARTing for You.”

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.positivelylena.com
  • Email: positivelylenallc@gmail.com
  • Instagram: positivelylenallc
  • Facebook: positivelylenallc
  • Twitter: positivelylena_

Photo Source: http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-lena-ford-positively-lena-marietta/


Flexin’ in My Complexion!

CEO of Flexin My Completion Kheris Rogers

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.

Our featured entrepreneur is Kheris Rogers. Rogers’ journey began in the first grade when she was bullied because of the color of her skin. She used that experience to create a clothing line dedicated to fighting against colorism and bullying. Rogers grandmother always told her she was “flexin’ in her complexion” hence the name of her line. Rogers and her sisters acquired a screen printer and added the phrase to t-shirts. Now 13, Rogers speaks her story at speaking engagements and advocates on social media. 

This young lady has featured in New York Fashion Week (NYFW), has collaborated with NIKE, and has been recognized by Teen Vogue, Alicia Keys, Lebron James, Lupita Nyong’o, and Roc Nation just to name a few. 

Her motto,”I just love my complexion, I love who I am — and everyone should.”

Photo Credit: www.teenvogue.com
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, Vice President of the Pearls


Did you get a chance to catch our Model Talk Tuesdays Live IG show, featuring Jeyza.
I am friends with a lot of remarkable people in this world. Some that have been call ‘legend’. So you would think, that I could keep my cool around everyone, yet, not this particular guest. After, speaking to her for our pre-call, some would say I lost it, by screaming; really, I just wanted to let this model know how much of a fan I am.
Jeyza Gary, a 21 year model based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the first to model with the skin condition called Lamellar Ichthyosis. 
Lamellar ichthyosis can be caused by mutations in one of many genes, responsible for providing instructions for making proteins that are found in the outermost layer of the skin, or the epidermis. Most often, lamellar ichthyosis is caused by a mutation of the TGM1 gene, which serves to help form a barrier between the body and the environment around you.

Jeyza Gary

MMT: Tell us about your childhood?
Jeyza: I was born with a skin condition called Lamellar ichthyosis. It’s rare and effects about 1 in 100,000, and I was the lucky one.
Once my family realize they did not want me to feel like a victim, that’s where everything started. I had to go to school, if I wasn’t feeling it, I had to go to school, unless I was sick, I went to school. There was no pity from anyone.
I get a lot of strength from my family, and they instilled in me this confidence and boldness I have to pursue modeling. 
Jeyza is signed to We Speak Models. She signed a contract in April 2019.
Jeyza: ‘I am so glad, I allow myself to led, before I do things,’ says Jeyza. 
MMT: Is being led, being still, and listening to your intuition?

Jeyza: Absolutely. You know that still small voice, your mind will try and make you feel like you don’t know it, but you definitely do. And, sometimes we go for things, that we know aren’t really for us, and then try and act bummed out it doesn’t work.

So I wasn’t really impacted when those agencies, did not reach back out to me (the first agencies Jeyza pursued). I looked on their boards, and I did not want to be a token. I want to go somewhere, where I can fit in, and stand out at the same time, and that’s where being led comes in. 
MMT: Did you have training in modeling, prior to getting signed? Or did you learn after?
Jeyza: I received my training after. I had to adapt. It’s ok if things don’t come in order, often times we think it has to, but sometimes it happens completely out of order. For me, I try and stay authentic. I don’t like looking at other models, I want to critique what I do. That keeps me grounded, because comparison kills. And in this industry there’s a lot of that, and I just don’t want to do that. Down to the way that I pose, take pictures, and to the stylistic quality I bring, I know its my own, and I want to keep it that way. 
MMT: How did you get the national Target Ad, and get on the cover of Glamour UK?
Jeyza: My agent submits me for different jobs, that she feels embody me. I had 15 that I did not get before I booked Target. I had no clue that it was going to be a national campaign. It was so well received that they asked me to come back for the second wave. It happened very fast. 
For the Glamour UK cover, I went to NYFW, for castings, and got a call from my agent, and she said Glamour UK, wanted me to be a part of the Self Love issue. I know I was coming to New York for a purpose, but I thought it was something completely different. In that short amount of time, I booked another job, and I got my first cover.
*Model Talk Tuesdays is produced by Pearl School of Modeling, a nonprofit organization, with a mission to shape the confidence of girls and women to become future leaders through modeling, leadership and entrepreneurship. 
Tune into Model Talk Tuesdays every Tuesday at 7pm on IG Live @ALadyNamedPearl


Pearl School of Modeling was honored to have top model Fatou Jobe as our special guest speaker, for our ‘Model Talk Tuesdays’ on 4/14/20!

Fatou Jobe, was born in Bronx, NY, and moved to Gambia Africa, at the age of 1. She came back to New York at age 11. She has model for brands such as Givenchy, Hermes, Valentino and much more! She has also appeared in Vogue Arabia.

Fatou Jobe, Photo courtesy of Vogue Arabia

Check out her interview:

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