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

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: https://www.carolinaherrera.com/us/en/

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

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

Model Highlight: Alexis Ruby

Our Model Highlight goes to Alexis Ruby!

 

This freckle-faced beauty made her debut on the runway at the Marc Jacobs 2020 Spring show. Alexis is Kentucky born and Atlanta raised and is of Irish and African-American descent. At the tender age of 23 years-old, this songstress turned model, is making waves in the fashion world. Many models begin their careers as teenagers but there was something special about Alexis Ruby!

Aside from her love of singing gospel music, Ruby decided to help a friend a pose in front of the camera. Her photos ended up on social media and were discovered by an agent who invited her to New York City to meet several agencies; she was signed to IMG models! She is very astute and aware of her role as a curvier model. She credits fashion model, Ashley Graham as for paving the way for models like her. Ruby says her mental and physical health is paramount and recognizes that she must put herself first; this makes her a better daughter, and person. Designer Marc Jacobs describes Ruby as professional and witty; she is a necessity in today’s industry! 

Follow her on Instagram: @lexpfromthevill

Photo Credit: www.fashionista.com
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

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

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

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