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

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