Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search continues tonight at Studio 38 with over 100 of the event’s latest new faces appearing in a bikini parade, starting at 10:00pm. Already, over 500 contestants have been selected for the event and, as the summer comes to an end, several more new faces are expected to converge at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston for entry.
Last Friday and Saturday saw the first ever CMS Weekend being staged, with command performances from Melba Moore on Friday and Tifa on Saturday. Prior to Melba’s performance, Studio 38 presented the Pulse Fashion Fix, featuring sizzling collections from Arlene Martin, Minka and Julan. These collections were shown by some of the agency’s top new stars, including some of last year’s successes Nastassia Mitchell, Vogue star and Pulse’s latest international model Alexia Palmer, as well as Luire covergirl Latoya Samuels.
Saturday saw this year’s CMS finalists appearing along with Tifa in all the event’s categories: Petite, Fashion, Full Figure and Male Face. Close to 150 contestants took to the runway in dramatic style, earning the rapturous applause from their friends and family, as well as members of the general public.
No doubt, winners will emerge to continue the tradition of excellence and success that Pulse models have celebrated internationally over the years.
Caribbean Model Search alumini include Lois Samuels, Angela Neil, Althea Laing, Juline Samuels, Lincoln Wynter, Kimberley Mais, Trudy Gray, Nikki Morris, Michelle Moodie, Nikki Vassell, Charmaine Clarke, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Romae Gordon, Justine Willoughby, Carla Campbell, Melissa Hillary, Alex King, Jheanell Azan, Nadine Willis, Jaunel McKenzie, Kimanee Wilson, Sanya Hughes, Orinthia Russell, Sunna Gottshalk, Rochelle Watson, Tessa Henry, Reshima Hemmings, Nicole Gray, Oraine Barrett, Gaye McDonald, Khalil Marks, Nell Robinson, Jheanell Williams, Sedene Blake and Alexia Palmer.
Dubbed the next generation, this year’s event features a cadre of new faces at the finals scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre. All the main CMS events will see appearances by local and international superstars. Pulse will be pulling all the stops this year to ensure that the event reaches a whole new level.
Thirty-two years ago, when Kingsley Cooper launched the Caribbean’s first international Model Agency (Pulse), the region’s first Model Search (Caribbean Model Search), the modern Caribbean modelling industry was born. Since then, through Pulse, Cooper discovered and developed an amazing group of global supermodels from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Several of the Caribbean’s master designers have already confirmed their attendance at Caribbean Fashionweek from June 8-13.
In addition to the best designers the Caribbean has to offer, CFW boasts recognizable faces in world modelling, plus top stylists from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia. This year the event will amp up its recent trend as a growing entertainment event on a broader scale. Whereas in the past CFW has attracted major international celebrities and featured short concert performances by such superstars as Eve, Kelly Roland and Nia Long, this year’s event will showcase full concerts after the fashion shows, featuring major international and Jamaican acts.
Pulse Supermodel Nell Robinson in Gavin Douglas.
Such Caribbean icons as Meiling and Biggy are committed to the event in June. Other confirmed master designers include British-Jamaican fashion designer Sandra Kennedy, Trinidad’s acclaimed Claudia Pegus, Jamaica’s Barry Moncrieffe and Mutamba plus Vogue stylist Gavin Douglas. Others will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
In addition to the Caribbean’s top couturiers, major designers will also come from Italy, Switzerland, France, Suriname, Canada, South America and the United States. They will no doubt contribute to the Business Forum, to be held on Sunday, June 12, another key feature of CFW 2011. British Vogue once described CFW as an important new trend in world fashion and the event has been taken to every corner of the globe by Fashion TV Paris. It is also regarded as one of the important fashion weeks in the world and is accepted internationally as the #1 platform for the best of Caribbean style, attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike. Its growth in its first decade has been exponential.
According to Pulse, organisers of the event, CFW 2011 is likely to be the biggest and best to date, based on confirmations already received from designers, celebrities, supermodels and entertainers. The event features six days and nights of activities, including opening and closing events, as well as three nights of shows, an exhibition, after-parties and a business forum.
Current Pulse stars Sedene Blake and Jeneil Williams are driving a new ascendancy of black models in the world. Sedene, described by Elle UK as the new Iman, was named by Style.com (the online home of Vogue) as being one of three models to watch last show season. Jeneil was featured on one of eight covers of Love magazine (Conde Nast’s new publication), last year. Other covers include i-D (twice), the Wall Street Journal (twice), French, BMI and a number of others.
CFW 2011 will not only herald a new decade of the best of Caribbean style, it will help to cement the status of this event. More importantly, it will continue to provide opportunities for Caribbean talent to emerge and take its place among the best that the world can offer.
Source: Jamaica Observer