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

Designer Highlight: Jerry Lorenzo

Jerry Lorenzo
 
     Jerry Lorenzo is the founder of Fear of God, a luxury street wear label that was founded in 2012. He was born in Sacramento, California in 1977. After studying at Florida A&M University, he moved to Los Angeles, California to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount. He worked in retail in the stockroom at Diesel while studying for his MBA. Lorenzo went on to manage corporate sponsorship for the LA Dodgers and then worked in marketing for a sports agency in Chicago. In 2008, he returned to Los Angeles where he was a successful party promoter. There he formed relationships with people in the fashion, sports, and entertainment industry.
 

     Despite having no formal training in fashion, he decided to change career paths after becoming a father by setting up his own clothing line. He used $14,000 of his own money to launch his first collection. His debut collection was a success, and he was summoned to Atlantic City to share some of his pieces with Kanye West. A relationship was formed, and he went on to collaborate with West on several other projects.

     Early influences ranged from 90’s Hip-Hop to Grunge. His style is known as fluid casual; a wardrobe that allows one to move seamlessly through the consistent inconsistent times we live in. For instance, a man might go to the gym, carry a blazer with him, and then from there, go to a meeting.

His celebrity clientele includes former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to Beyonce. He has also designed clothes for Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar’s tours. With no external investors, Fear of God, is completely independent.

Follow him on Instagram: @fearofgod # jerrylorenzocollection # jerrylorenzo

Visit his website at: www.fearofgod.com

Photo credit: Lifestyle.com

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Candace Marie

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.

Candace Marie is the former social media strategist who spent ten years in the corporate world before creating her own social medial consultancy company for luxury brands. Candace endured systemic racism and found herself working harder than her peers who were not black. To help other black people navigate the corporate world, Candace created Black in Corporate. Black in Corporate is a mentorship program; a virtual space for black professionals to receive mentorship, relief, guidance, and support from professionals of all backgrounds. Candace wanted to provide an avenue for black professionals who many not normally have access to a mentor, to have a resources as their dispose. 

Black in Corporate launched November 1, 2020. If you are interested in applying to the Black in Corporate mentorship program click here: or, visit the site on your own: https://www.blckincorporate.com/virtual-mentorship

You can follow her on Instagram at: @blckincorporate @marie_mag_

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: CFDA, Business Insider

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

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Benjamin Kapelushnik

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.
 
Have you ever heard of the term “sneaker head”? “Sneaker heads are individuals who collect sneakers as a hobby. This young man turned this passion into a business. Meet Benjamin Kapelushnik, better known as Benjamin Kickz, the Sneaker Don. Benjamin Kicks is a self-described rare sneaker dealer.  Ben’s parents immigrated to the United States; his father worked in real estate and his mother was a stay-at-home mom.  Benjamin was raised in a small area close to Miami which made it easier to make a name for himself. At just 19 years-old, the Florida native has a celebrity client list and inventory bringing in over $1 million annually. He resales some of the most coveted sneakers. Ben expanded his reach by using every opportunity he had to network. Whether it was going on a date or going to a party, he took a chance to connect with someone. He buys sneakers in bulk and resales them. It’s that simple! He has built his customer base to over one million consumers! In 2014, DJ Khaled wanted a specific pair of sneakers and he was introduced to Benjamin.  The producer has helped catapult the teens career!  What’s next for him? A jewelry line of course!
 
Visit his site: https://www.sneakerdon.com/ or
 
Follow him on Instagram: @benjaminkickz
 
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
 

Photo Credit: Yonah.org

 
 
 
 

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

 

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

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

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/

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Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls