A Lady Named Pearl Foundation Inc has appointed Betty Marshall as its new CEO. Linda “Pearl” Fils-Aime, the founder will serve as the President.

In the role of CEO, Betty will guide the operations of Pearl School of Modeling, Pearl Model Agency, Pearl Magazine, and Pearl Books, the divisions of ALNP Foundation Inc.  

Pearl and Betty met 12 years ago in Bentonville, AR, while working at corporate Walmart. Pearl served as a real estate analyst, and Betty served as the Regional General Manager/Vice President of Sam’s Club. Pearl and Betty formed a bond, in which Betty served as Pearl’s mentor.

In the role of RVP, for 13 years, Betty was responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of 113 Sam’s Clubs and approximately 10,000 associates within the Southeast Region of the United States which included North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. Prior to being promoted to Regional General Manager, Mrs. Marshall served as Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Sam’s Club. Her responsibilities included purchasing, merchandising, sales and profit for all frozen/refrigerated foods and cafes for Sam’s Club’s U.S. locations.

Mrs. Marshall joined Sam’s Club in 2003. Prior to joining Sam’s Club, she served as Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of The Phoenix Restaurant Group. Prior to her position with Phoenix Restaurant Group, Betty was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for Shoney’s Inc., where she provided leadership and served as spokesperson during the company’s critical cultural transformation phase. During her ten year tenure with the company, she was responsible for women/minority business development, corporate communications and corporate image advertising.

When asked about joining the ALNP Foundation Inc team, Mrs. Marshall said, “I am honored and energized to be a part of this great organization which builds character, confidence, leadership skills and entrepreneurship in our next generation.”

Photo: SkyyWonders Photography


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
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: and/or follow him on Instagram: @lilicecreamdude

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Travel Noire, UGA Miracle, Marjoni-Janee


Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Greetings Pearls,
Did you get a chance to see the scholarship winners? Beautiful girls! Be sure to reach out to them and welcome them to the sisterhood.
As Pearls, we are expected to reach out to each other and/or show support. We are a sisterhood of leadership, modeling, & entrepreneurship!  Be bold! Take the first step! Lead with love.
We are leaders! We are Pearls! We are girls! Who run the world!
Our virtual classes begin on Sept 13th Sunday!
Do you know anyone who would like to join our sisterhood? Send them our way! Make sure they add you as the person who referred them on the application.
I hope all of you are waking up daily without far & totally crushing your goals.
Be sure to follow me on IG @4Empressyana
Light & love,
Empress Yana

Emotional Wellness/Lead with Love

You are having such a great day! You were called back for your audition. You are eating healthy! You are exercising. The picture from your photo shoot came back amazing; then here comes the bad news! Constructive feedback is always welcome, but no more undue pressure, unreasonable comparisons, or harsh judgments.

Take is easy! Instead of responding, listen! Breathe. Do not react! (Depending on the topic and/or severity). Agree to disagree. Then think of a loving peaceful place in your mind. Leading with love or being peaceful to me means accepting that I am doing my best and believing that everyone else is doing their best too. This pandemic is real, and people are under a lot of pressure and experiencing loss.

Be kind my pearl sista!

Lead with love.

End with love.

Mental Wellness- Celebrate Your Wins!

Celebrating the smaller wins on the way to your big wins is a great way to stay focused on your daily goals. Create a gratitude day. We celebrate every Friday! We turn up the music, eat our favorite foods, dance around the house, say “Happy Friday,” take longer walks, dress up a little bit, say aloud our wins so far, etc. I found a informative and insightful article on

Check it out. Share your thoughts.

Any feedback? Please send info to ATTN: Empress Yana/ Mental Wellness feedback

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:

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Turkey Pesto Avacado Panini

Cook Time: 5 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Serves: 4


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 loaf of French bread, cut into 3-4 equal pieces

1/2 cup fresh pesto, 

4-8 ounces pepper jack cheese, (3-4 sliced)

2 cups chopped turkey

1 8 oz., jar roasted red peppers (drained)

1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced


Heat olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Spread 2 tablespoons pesto over 1 side of French bread and top with pepper, turkey, roasted red peppers, avocado and top half of bread.

Repeat with remaining slices of bread.   

Add sandwich to pan and grill until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.



Designer Highlight: Diane von Furstenberg

Best known for her iconic “wrap dress”, you have not lived until you own one! Diane Simone Michelle Hafflin was born in Brussels, Belgium to Jewish parents.  Eighteen months before Diane was born, her mother was a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp. She credits her mother with being a great influence in her life. Her mother taught her that fear is not an option.

After studying Economics at the University of Geneva, she moved to Paris and worked as an assistant to fashion photographer agent Albert Koski. She then moved to Italy to be an apprentice for the textile manufacturer, Angela Ferretti. In his factory warehouse, she learned about cut, color, and fabric. It was there she designed and produced her first silk jersey dress.

Shortly after her marriage to Prince Egon von Furstenberg, she decided she wanted a career of her own and not just to be a plain little girl who married beyond her “desserts “. After separating from her husband in 1973, she moved to New York and met Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who said her designs were absolutely smashing.

In 1974, she introduced her knitted jersey wrap dress. After the success of the wrap dress, Furstenberg was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1976 and was declared the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel. She has gone on to launch a cosmetic line, fragrances, and a home shopping business to name a few. Many celebrities have worn her clothes from Madonna to Michelle Obama.

You have not lived, until you have worn this iconic wrap dress!! here are 45 free standing shops world-wide.

Follow her on Instagram: @DVF

Photo credit:

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls


Tuesday Talk: Empowering Women in the Workplace

Please join us on Tuesday, Aug 18th at 12:00PM EST using Zoom Meeting as we gather for a discussion on empowering women in the workplace. We’ve crafted an incredible lineup of speakers who are prepared to share their experiences and insights. Learn more about the speakers here. Music will be provided by Atlanta’s very own DJ Sofa King!

Honored to be serving as a speaker for CARE Atlanta – Tuesday Talks. Please tune in this Tuesday at 12noon at #ALadyNamedPearl


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

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