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 Childs 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

Designer Highlight: Simply Wynn Custom Clothiers

  Our designer of the week goes to Simply Wynn Custom Clothiers.  Mr.  and Mrs. Burford, the dynamic duo of Simply Wynn Custom Clothiers, has fashion in their blood. Influenced by their grandmothers’ sense of style, it has helped shaped who they are today. Serving in the United States Air Force heightened their sense of self image and attention to detail; two elements that are vital to customer clothiers. Their background in Business Entrepreneurship and Fashion Marketing and Merchandising was the perfect combination to their passion, knowledge and vision to life.

Always striving to make their clients feel comfortable, clients will work with a personal consultant in the privacy of their own home, office, or location that is most convenient. The consultants will  showcase fabric swatches and design a wardrobe that fits you and your lifestyle. Simply Wynn Custom Clothiers believe the way you dress influences the way you feel.

Besides designing a wardrobe specifically for you, Lauren Burford will also organize your closet, update your seasonal wardrobe, and provide a style makeover.

Just like they served their country, they also support several charities: Mending the Gap Inc., Pearl School of Modeling, National Association of Foster Youth Inc., True Lee Hope Restoration, and MTS Sickle Cell Foundation.

They provide special pricing to those who have served and are serving in the Military.

Follow them on Instagram: @simply_wynn_custom_clothiers or visit their site: https://www.simplywynncustomclothiers.com/

Photo credit: https;//www.simplywynncustomclothiers.com
Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

 

                       

 

Model Highlight: All Breast Cancer Heroes

Our Model Highlight goes to all Breast Cancer Heroes

This month we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 276,000 women get breast cancer annually and 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. is found in a man.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Supermodels like Naomi Sims and Janice Dickinson (pictured below) battled the disease. To date, there is no known cause of breast cancer however there are numerous risk factors to include: age, gender, race, family history and genetic factors, diet, and lack of physical activity to name a few. 

2020 has been a powerful reminder of just how important it is to take care of one’s own health. I implore everyone to  educate themselves about breast cancer. “The best protection is early detection”-National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

To find out more about breast cancer visit: The Mayo Clinic

Photo Credit: People, Getty Images, InStyle
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Madam C.J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove)

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.

One can conclude that Madam C.J. Walker was one of the first mainstream entrepreneurs. Born into poverty, and to former slaves, she built an empire. Although she was orphaned and did not have an comfortable upbringing and became a widow at age 20, Madam Walker was determined to survive. She married her second husband Charles J. Walker and shortly after, her hair began falling out due to a scalp disorder. She created her own concoction, Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower. Her products made her the first American woman and first black woman to become a self-made millionaire. She organized the National Negro Cosmetics Manufacturers Association in 1917 and offered cash incentives to those who promoted her values. Even though she passed away in 1919, her products and her influence still live on today. Her mansion was purchased by the nonprofit organization, New Voice Foundation, to become a “think tank” for women of color entrepreneurs.
 
There are various articles, books, and a Netflix film, Self Made, that highlight the life and success of Madam C.J. Walker. Expand your knowledge-base and read a few of them so that you can form a well-rounded perspective of just how powerful her story really is.
 

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Diverstiy.Inc, Allthatisinteresting.com

Designer Highlight: Vera Wang

Designer of the Week-Vera Wang

Our designer of the week goes to Vera Wang. Who hasn’t heard of a Vera Wang wedding gown? Born and raised in New York City, and of Chinese descent, her parents were born in China and came to the United States in the 1940’s. She earned a degree in Art History from Sarah Lawrence College. Before that she began figure skating at the age of eight and competed in the 1968 US Figure Skating Championships. She was featured in Sports Illustrated Faces In The Crowd in January 9, 1968. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.

After graduation from Sarah Lawrence College, Wang was hired to be an editor at Vogue (she was the youngest editor at Vogue). She was there for 17 years. She left in 1987 to join Ralph Lauren for two years. At 40, she resigned to become an independent bridal wear designer. The rest is history! Besides her bridal gowns, Wang has designed costumes for figure skaters including Nancy Kerrigan, and Michelle Kwan, to name a few. Wang was inducted in the the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009 for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer.

Many celebrities have worn her gowns on the red carper from Viola Davis to Sophia Vergara. Vera Wang has been recognized by many including the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 and was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Award in 2013. What a long and magnificent career she has had and continues to have.

Follow her on IG@: verawanggang

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Photo Credit: www.wedding-venue.co.uk and www.henkerman.com.au

Model Highlight: Alton Mason

Our model highlight goes to Alton Mason!  This fresh, 22 year old model, was named Australia’s male model of the year in 2019. How was he discovered you ask? On Instagram! He did not aspire to be a model, he dreamed of being a dancer. He was scouted on Instagram while dance for choreographer, Laurieann Gibson! Mason has danced on the BET awards for some legendary artists.

In 2016, rapper/designer Kanye West afforded Mason the opportunity to walk in New York Fashion Week to present his Yeezy Season 3 collection. In May 2017, Gucci selected Mason to present its 2018 Gucci cruise collection. According to Mason, “I’ve made many sacrifices to be where I am in my career. The highlight thus far would have to be the Gucci campaign. My little brothers and sisters are proud to know that I had a hand in a masterpiece that projected acknowledgement, inclusion, and diversity.” Another turning point in Mason’s career was the Chanel Métiers d’Art collection unveiling at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mason was the first black male to grace the runway for Chanel!

Even with all of his accomplishments, the coronavirus pandemic shaped Mason’s outlook on life. He said he is grateful to be with his family, and that his outlook on unconditional love and unity has heightened. His family keeps him inspired and motivated to be his best self. 

This young model seems to be a grounded, well-rounded individual with a flourishing career and a bright future ahead of him.

Follow him on Instagram: @altonmason

Photo Credit: Nicola Formichetti-IMG Models, Hunger TV
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

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
 
 

Designer Highlight: Galatea Berger

Galatea Designs

Our designer of the week goes to Galatea Berger. What’s in a name ? This is the real name of the magnificent jeweler Galatea Berger but you probably don’t know it’s meaning. The Greek myth of Pygmalion, is about a mortal who sculpted a statue so beautiful he fell in love with it. Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love took pity on the lovesick artist and brought to life the exquisite sculpture, which was named Galatea.

The name Galatea Designs carries connotations of striking visual appeal and a man’s love for a woman. You will definitely fall in love with Galatea’s exquisite jewelry designs. From a simple engagement solitaire, to more ornate designs,  she creates from precious stones and metals. After attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Galatea’s early designs were the focus of attention while she worked in a local financial institution. Many customers were dropping in just to see what she was wearing. She began selling jewelry way before she opened her own business.

Known originally as “ Jewelry and Gift Exchange” when founded in 1985, Galatea Designs quickly secured reputable and reliable contacts with jewelry manufactures. From its inception, it has offered a superior line of jewelry designs and personalized jewelry creations. Galatea Designs serves men and women with refined taste. They work by appointment only which allows customers to select a diamond or consider the design of their jewelry in a more relaxed setting, free from distraction, which permits Galatea to give you her undivided attention.

Follow her on Instagram: @galateadesigns

Photo credit: Galatea Berger

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

 

 

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