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

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

How can Self-Compassion Helps Balance Your Mental Wellness

Self-compassion is about learning to be kind to yourself and to be self-forgiving of the flaws we all have, and the mistakes we all make as human beings. It is the ultimate form of self-love and a prerequisite to real self-confidence. Many people are so controlled by their inner critic that they find the idea of self-compassion to be something they don’t deserve. I highly recommend the book Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff as a way to train yourself into a more self-loving mindset. A chapter a week will alter your view on yourself in a few short months. If the idea of being kind to yourself seems impossible, seeking out the help of a trained mental health professional may be in order.

Emotional Wellness – Create a Self care kit: Distract Yourself From Negative Thoughts

Stewing over upsetting events only makes us feel worse, as brooding is surprisingly damaging to our mental health. When you find yourself stuck in a cycle of brooding and stewing, disrupt the urge to brood by developing a zero-tolerance attitude toward your repetitive, distressing thoughts. As soon as the thought begins, distract yourself by engaging in a task that requires concentration. Try listing your favorite foods, the names of your favorite comedy shows, or the order of songs on a playlist. Provided you catch it quickly, distracting yourself for two minutes is
sufficient for the distressing thought to recede and for your mood to recover.

 

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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

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This week we are eating

Mango Salsa

Total Time: 15 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango, diced

1 ripe avocado, diced

1 c. quartered grape tomatoes

1 small jalapeño, finely chopped

¼ red onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Tortilla chips, for serving

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and season with salt. Toss gently to combine and serve with chips.

Serve!

Designer Highlight: Lola Miller Designs

Simply Sisters was founded in 2011 in Hilo, Hawaii ( Hilo is one of a chain of islands in Hawaii ). It began as a fun and enjoyable collaboration with Lola and her hula sisters (the hula is a traditional Hawaiian dance.)  Lola started off designing Hawaiian contemporary wear to go along with the jewelry. It eventually grew into a Hawaii Lifestyle brand and is now available at various pop-up shops throughout the Islands. Simply Sisters is named after Lola’s hula sisters from New Hope Hilo Dance ministry and she is inspired by their love.

Regina “Lola” Miller is influenced by the hula and the beauty of the Big Islands. She captures the spirit of the Island in all that she creates. The fabrics are hand-painted and sewn. No 2 hand-painted designs are the same. The clothing is made in Hilo, Honolulu or Bali.

Simply Sister Boutique’s flagship store in Hilo Hawaii is located at 961 Kilauea Ave.  ALOHA!!

Follow Lola at: IG:@simplysistersbylola

Photo credit: Pinterest

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

 

Wellness Tips of the Week!

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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

Caprese Stuffed Avocados

Total Time: 25 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 avocados, pitted

1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 c. chopped fresh mozzarella

Italian seasoning

Balsamic vinegar

Extra-virgin olive oil

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Basil, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Scoop out avocados, leaving a small border. Dice avocado and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss diced avocado with tomatoes, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, balsamic, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide salad among 4 avocado halves and garnish with basil.

Serve!

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Thank you to Sam’s Club Marietta 8203 for granting $2000 to

Pearl School of Modeling! We appreciate Sam’s Club/Walmart for sponsoring our scholarship summer program. Moreover, thank you to Ayanna Njeri Adams for assisting with this sponsorship.
Interested in sponsoring our school, and supporting our scholarship program, visit ALadyNamedPearl.com/sponsor

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

3RD LOCATION – SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

3RD LOCATION – SPRINGFIELD, OHIO
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

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE WEEK

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Mental Wellness Activities to Increase Peaceful Mindset

Your mind is like a garden, you must tend to it and snatch out the weeds. Sometimes your phone is a huge distraction form spending required alone time. One of the best things you can do for your mental well-being is spend less time on your mobile phone. Even if it is just for a couple of hours a day, take some time away from the device. The cell phone may be an integral part of your life yet, you should not let it take over your life. Use the electronic only if you need to contact family or friends. The ever-present ringing, vibrating alerts, and reminders will only increase your stress levels. Not only will it be difficult for you to get a good night’s rest, but also you might experience symptoms of depression. Going on social media on and off for hours at a time is not good for the nerves, eyes, and your neck muscles. Maybe you are not consumed with existential dread. It does not matter. When you see that others are happy and their lives are amazing, you will start feeling envious and develop a feeling of insecurity. Use your phone only for basic functions.  If it is possible, stay off the mobile phone for some time per day. It will benefit your mental health.

Why is Emotional Wellness Important?

As a model, you will get rejection. Everyone will not see the talent in you, this may cause you to feel down about yourself. This is normal; however, you can help yourself by maintaining a positive outlook on your life/goals. Yes, you are beautiful and yes you have talent, but you will not get every casting you go try out for. Instead, develop a positive mindset. You must be your own cheerleader. Remember your good deeds. Give yourself credit for the good you do for yourself, friends, family, and the world. Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Do not dwell on the negative outcome. Lastly, explore your ideas of how you want to build your life and work every day to achieve your own personal goals.

Physical Fitness: 

As a model, it is important to stay fit and eat healthy.

Exercising everyday is key to over all health.

Spend 60 minutes each day being active.

Switch it up! For example:

(Design your own quarantine workout schedule)

Monday-Yoga

Tuesday- Run

Wednesday- Pilates

Thursday-Strength Training

Friday-Hip hop class

Relax on the weekend!

Soak in a bath!

Rest

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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

Indian Vegetable Curry

Total Time: 50 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 medium eggplant, cubed

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons sea salt

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon blanched almonds

1 zucchini, sliced

2 tablespoons raisins

1 cup orange juice

10 ounces spinach

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven, place sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onion, and three tablespoons oil. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.

In a medium saucepan place 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes.

Pour garlic and spice mixture into the Dutch oven with vegetables in it. Add the garbanzo beans, almonds, zucchini, raisins, and orange juice. Simmer 20 minutes, covered.

Add spinach to pot and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve!

 

DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT: KYEMAH MCENTYRE

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

Photo credit: popsugar.com, i.d.vice.com

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

MODEL HIGHLIGHT: LIRIS CROSSE

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