CaribPress: Jeneil Williams-Pulse Covergirl to Headline CFW Supermodel Call
She is considered to be the most successful Caribbean covergirls in history and one of the most recognizable supermodels on the planet. Come June, Pulse star, Jeneil Williams will lead the model call at Caribbean Fashionweek. This is not Jeneil’s first CFW, having successfully come through the ranks in both the Live as well as the Reality TV versions of Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search. However, this is the first in which she has taken pole position, given her current status as the region’s megastar.
Jeneil was discovered in Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search in 2005. She placed in the top 3 behind the winner and fellow international Pulse model Gaye McDonald. However, it was clear from the very beginning that her’s was a special potential. Jeneil epitomized the unique beauty of Caribbean people ofAfrican descent. Like Lois Samuels and Alec Wek before her, Jeneil was not the stereotypical or traditional beauty, usually seen on the world stage, something her manager Kingsley Cooper clearly understood. He recognized this fact at the start and, in introducing her to the international marketplace a year and a half later, decided that she would have to be marketed in a particular way.
Cooper personally took Williams to New York and, along with New York Model Management, a Pulse affiliate with whom she was placed in that city, framed a strategy for success. It immediately paid dividends. A week later, Williams shot her first campaign for Benetton. Two weeks after that, she shot her first international cover (and 28 pages) for Italian major BMM. At seventeen (17) years old, Jeneil became Pulse and Jamaica’s hottest “new face” and was named world “Model of the Week” by Models.com, the bible of the international modeling industry.
Jeneil has previously shot the cover of SHE magazine in the Caribbean and went on to shoot the covers of such varied and iconic magazines as i-D(twice), French, Full Freedom (cover plus 26 pages), LOVE and the Wall Street Journal (twice). The crucial LOVE cover (from Condé Naste) became a further catalyst for her career, catapulting her into the superstar stratosphere (as one of the 8 big names in world modeling). As such, she joined the select group of that issue’s cover girls (each girl having a different cover), which included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, Kristen Mc Menamy and Amber Valetta.
Interestingly, Kimberley Mais, the iconic Pulse international history maker of the mid to late 1980s, has done a lot more magazine covers than Jeneil, but while Kimberley’s were scored largely in Japan, Jeneil has done hers for some of the most revered brands in the major markets. Also, while several Pulse stars have worked for almost all of the world’s top magazines (including covers) and appeared in almost every edition of Vogue, Lois Samuels was the only Caribbean model to actually become a Vogue covergirl. Jeneil has copped a greater number and variety of editions at this level, than any other Caribbean star.
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Posted on May 9, 2011, in Beaute & Health, Celebrities, Events, Fashion, Press Releases and tagged Caribbean Fashion Week, Fashion, Jamaica, Jamaicans, Jeneil Williams, Models, Pulse. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.