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

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

Photo Credit: Bellazon.com

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Designer Highlight: Ann Lowe

Our Designer of the Week goes to Ann Lowe

             Ann Lowe was best known for designing the ivory, silk, taffeta wedding gown worn by Jacqueline Bouvier when she married John F. Kennedy in 1963. She was born in rural Clayton, Alabama in 1898. Her interest in fashion, design, and sewing, came from her mother Ann and grandmother, Georgia. Her mother and grandmother worked as seamstresses for the first families of Montgomery and other members of high society. Lowes mother died when she was 16 years old and at the time of her death, was working on four ballgowns for the First Lady of Alabama. Using the skills she learned from her mother and grandmother, she finished the dress.

               In 1917, she moved to New York city and enrolled in S.T. Taylor Design School. It was segregated and she was in class by herself. She graduated at the top of her class and moved to Tampa, Florida. The following year, she opened her first dress salon which catered to members of high society. In 1928, she returned to New York. In 1946, she designed the dress that actress Olivia De Havilland wore to the Oscars where she received the coveted Best Actress award. Unfortunately, her name was never sewn in the dress and she did not get credit for her work. She opened a second salon on Lexington Ave in 1950.  Her one-of-a-kind designs were made from the finest fabrics and was an immediate success and attracted many wealthy elite clients.

               In 1953, she was hired to design a wedding gown for the future First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier and the dresses for her bridal attendants for her September wedding to then Senator John F. Kennedy. It was Jacqueline’s mother Janet Auchineless. who commissioned her to design Jacqueline’s wedding gown. While the Bouvier- Kennedy wedding was a highly publicized event, Ann Lowe did not receive public credit for her work. In fact, Ann Lowe was snubbed by the future first lady, who described her as a “colored dressmaker” without even mentioning her name!

               In 2019, the nation’s first high fashion designer, finally got the acknowledgement she deserved, with an exhibit at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington D.C. We certainly know her name now!

Photo credit: Fashion Bomb Daily, New York Post

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

 

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Taylor Made Film Company

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.

Tony and Bridget Charles are a husband and wife duo based in Dunwoody, Georgia. Taylor Made Film Company’s was established in 2017 and the name is derived from their daughter, Taylor. Their motto is to “Bring your vision to life”. They are a full service production company offering services such as equipment rental, music videos, reels, podcasts, production coaching and much more! This family-owned business has many credits to their name and most recently finished their own production, Office Secrets. They aspire to work with everyone and have packages to fit all budgets! What’s next for them? They are currently filming Office Secrets 2, and they have many other projects lined up! 

Contact them here:

Website: www.taylormadefilm.com

Email: taylormadefilmcompany@gmail.com

Instagram: @taylormadefilmcompany

Facebook: @taylormadefilmcompany

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
Photo Credit: https://taylormadefilm.com, Voyage ATL

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Greetings Pearls,
 
Did you get a chance to see the scholarship winners? Beautiful girls! Be sure to reach out to them and welcome them to the sisterhood.
 
As Pearls, we are expected to reach out to each other and/or show support. We are a sisterhood of leadership, modeling, & entrepreneurship!  Be bold! Take the first step! Lead with love.
We are leaders! We are Pearls! We are girls! Who run the world!
 
COUNTDOWN!
 
Our virtual classes begin on Sept 13th Sunday!
Do you know anyone who would like to join our sisterhood? Send them our way! Make sure they add you as the person who referred them on the application.
 
I hope all of you are waking up daily without far & totally crushing your goals.
#WeArePearls
Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana
Light & love,
Empress Yana
 

Emotional Wellness/Lead with Love

You are having such a great day! You were called back for your audition. You are eating healthy! You are exercising. The picture from your photo shoot came back amazing; then here comes the bad news! Constructive feedback is always welcome, but no more undue pressure, unreasonable comparisons, or harsh judgments.

Take is easy! Instead of responding, listen! Breathe. Do not react! (Depending on the topic and/or severity). Agree to disagree. Then think of a loving peaceful place in your mind. Leading with love or being peaceful to me means accepting that I am doing my best and believing that everyone else is doing their best too. This pandemic is real, and people are under a lot of pressure and experiencing loss.

Be kind my pearl sista!

Lead with love.

End with love.

Mental Wellness- Celebrate Your Wins!

Celebrating the smaller wins on the way to your big wins is a great way to stay focused on your daily goals. Create a gratitude day. We celebrate every Friday! We turn up the music, eat our favorite foods, dance around the house, say “Happy Friday,” take longer walks, dress up a little bit, say aloud our wins so far, etc. I found a informative and insightful article on livehappy.com.

Check it out. Share your thoughts.

Any feedback? Please send info to Staff@aladynamedpearl.com ATTN: Empress Yana/ Mental Wellness feedback

Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model.

Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market.

I can count on one thing, FRESH!

As a chef, I would love to hear from you.

What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Turkey Pesto Avacado Panini

Cook Time: 5 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 loaf of French bread, cut into 3-4 equal pieces

1/2 cup fresh pesto, 

4-8 ounces pepper jack cheese, (3-4 sliced)

2 cups chopped turkey

1 8 oz., jar roasted red peppers (drained)

1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Spread 2 tablespoons pesto over 1 side of French bread and top with pepper, turkey, roasted red peppers, avocado and top half of bread.

Repeat with remaining slices of bread.   

Add sandwich to pan and grill until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

ENJOY!

 

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A Note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Greetings,

I have questions for you. How have these articles helped you and your current life goals? We want feedback. What article is your fav/least fav? How are your casting calls going so far?

Our virtual classes begin on Sunday, Sept 13th! Do you know anyone who would like to join our sisterhood? Send them our way. Make sure they add you as the person who sent them on the application. I hope all of you are waking up daily without fear and totally crushing your goals.

#wearepearls

Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana

Light & love,

Empress Yana

Emotional Wellness / A Positive “NO!”

Do you have issues with turning down invitations or declining to help your friends and family? Do you feel like you are being mean, negative, or not being a team player? It is no time to change the way you think about the word NO.

WAYS TO SAY NO IN A POSITIVE WAY:

-I already have a full plate and I cannot accept anything new at this time.

-It is not the right time for me.

-I am fully committed right now.

-Thank you for the offer, but your timing is off and I cannot accept at this time.

It is very important to just say no, or one of the phrases above and nothing else. Stick to your word! Feel powerful in your choice.

Mental Wellness- Moments of Quiet Challenge

When the news, your family, your siblings, your teachers and the world become overwhelming and chaotic, find peace and create moments of quiet to balance your inner pace.

A WEEK OF QUIET CHALLENGE:

Spend the next week and find times to be alone on each day. Turn off your phone and just enjoy the bliss of being you.

IDEAS:

-Sit outside in your back yard listening to nature for about 20 minutes.

-Enjoy your favorite meal in silence.

-Draw, paint or sketch anything that comes to your mind

Ready? Set? Go!

Any feedback? Please send info to Staff@aladynamedpearl.com ATTN Empress Yana/ Mental Wellness feedback

 

 

 

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Wellness Tips of the Week!

A Note from Your President

School is back in session; however, we are all in virtual school. One way to bring some normalcy back to your routine is by showing up dressed and fly. Share your fashions with us!

Tag your pictures on IG as #homeschoolfashionfly

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Pearl Magazine challenge! Congrats to @Miya IG for winning the cover! Did you get a chance to vote for the new scholarship contestants? I am so proud of all of you!

Remember tag your photos #wearepearls

Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana

Light & love,

Empress Yana

 

Emotional Wellness / Sleep & Rest is Very Important

Try taking a walk outside, breathing deeply, taking a warm bath, reading, drinking warm tea, or using a diffuser with calming oils; these are just a few things that you can consider before you go to bed. Now that school is back in session on top off all your modeling goals please make sure sleep is a priority! I found a really cool article you should read. Enjoy!

A Young Woman’s Guide to Emotional Wellness:

https://taadas.s3.amazonaws.com/files/ccf2dd71cabccb5a20f6f08cb89be8b5-Bright%20Futures%20A%20Young%20Woman’s%20Guide%20to%20Emotional%20Wellness.pdf

 

Mental Wellness

Pay attention to the messages you send yourself. Watch the music you choose. As model you will experience rejection. However, what you tell yourself is important! Instead of negative comments replace them with positive comments. For example:

I can’t do this!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I attract people who can help me!

I am not good enough.~~~~~~~~I have everything I need inside me.

 

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Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model.

Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market.

I can count on one thing, FRESH!

As a chef, I would love to hear from you.

What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating:

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato

Total Time: 50 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 small to medium sweet potatoes, or 2 large sweet potatoes cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or raw coconut oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 CHIPOTLE-LIME YOGURT

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon dried chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

TOPPINGS

  • 1 cup cooked black beans (drained and rinsed, if canned)
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. PREPARE THE POTATOES: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Put the sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and roast until fork-tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. Slice the potatoes lengthwise down the center and fluff the flesh with a fork. Work 1 teaspoon of the ghee and a pinch of salt and pepper into each potato.
  4. MAKE THE CHIPOTLE-LIME YOGURT:Place the yogurt, chili powder and lime juice in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  5. To serve, top each sweet potato with ¼ cup of the black beans, 1 tablespoon of the cubed avocado, 1½ teaspoons of the cilantro, ½ teaspoon of the chives, a drizzle of the chipotle-lime yogurt and freshly ground black pepper as desired.

 

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A Note from your President

Wow! Summer is almost over! Have you heard? We have 10 open scholarship spots for our online classes. Do you know anyone who may be interested? Help us spread the word about our scholarship that ends on Aug 14th. Let’s keep up the good work ladies! I see you all shining on your social media pages.

Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana

Light & love,

Empress Yana

 

Staying connected with people virtually

Good relationships are important for your mental well-being.

They can: help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth; give you an opportunity to share positive experiences; and provide emotional support and allow you to support others.

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships: try switching off the TV to talk or play a game with your children, friends or family; make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family; video-chat apps like House Party, Zoom.us,  IG & FB LIVE, and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart.

Emotional Wellness & coping with loss –

Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time. Take care of yourself. Try to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Avoid bad habits—like smoking or drinking alcohol—that can put your health at risk.

  • Talk to caring friends. Let others know when you want to talk.
  • Find a grief support group. It might help to talk with others who are also grieving. 
  • Don’t make major changes right away. Wait a while before making big decisions like moving or changing jobs.
  • Talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble with everyday activities.
  • Consider additional support. Sometimes short-term talk therapy can help.
  • Be patient. Mourning takes time. It’s common to have roller-coaster emotions for a while.

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Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model.

Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world. My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you.

What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Primavera Stuffed Chicken Breast

Total Time: 45 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Serves: 4

Total Time: 45 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Serves: 4

 Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons

3 medium tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons

2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced

½ red onion, thinly sliced

2 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 c. shredded mozzarella

Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Make slits in each chicken breast, being careful not to cut through completely, and stuff with zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, and red onion.
  2. Drizzle with oil and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  3. Bake until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside, 25 minutes.
  4. Garnish with parsley before serving

Designer Highlight: Iyishia Jones

Our designer of the week goes to Iyishia Jones. As a little girl, Iyishia Jones’ mom owned a boutique in downtown Detroit Michigan where she grew up. She remembers her parents getting dressed up and going downtown to shop. The seed was planted at an early age. Iyishia started her career in corporate American but it was fashion that fueled her. It was her husband Greg (an entrepreneur himself) that encouraged her to take her passion and turn it into a career.

Her first boutique opened in 2015 in Florida’s Rosemary Beach. She noticed a lot of clients were in Alabama, so in 2015 she opened a second store in Homewood, Alabama. She has a location in Montgomery, Alabama and a fourth location in Mountain Brook, Alabama. This store carries custom designed apparel. The pieces there can be customized or tailored in-store.

The shopping experience is unique. Instead of hiring salespeople, Iyishia employs stylists. You are greeted by a stylist who will dress you based on your eye color, body shape, and personality. So many clients have come in talking about what they can’t wear and leave with something totally unexpected.

When you think of ISHI, think elegant, casual, and everything you dare to be. Her clothes are FUN, FLY, and Fabulous!!!

Follow her on Instagram: @ishiboutiques

Photo credit: ISHI? Boutiques

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from your president,

Are you practicing your poses and runway walking daily? I see many of you all on social media representing the school so well. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pearl Magazine cover challenge. I see you all shining. Help us spread the word about our scholarship that ends on Aug 14th. Let’s keep up the good work ladies!

Light & love,

Empress Yana

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 Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model. Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Total Time: 30 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 c. sweet chili sauce

1/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. Sriracha

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

12 leaves romaine or butterhead lettuce, for cups

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 carrot, shredded

1 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chili sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, Sriracha, ginger, and garlic. Whisk to combine. Add chicken breasts to bowl and toss with marinade.
  2. Heat a large grill pan over medium heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until golden with grill marks and no pink remaining, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate to let rest, then thinly slice.
  3. Build your lettuce cups: Fill lettuce cups with chicken and garnish with onion, carrot, and cilantro before serving.

Serve!