Jamaican Press Expresses Pride for Island-born International Models

The Jamaica Observer calls 2009 “a remarkable year for Pulse models,” quoting the Pulse Model Agency. The article focuses on Sedene Blake, Jeneil Williams, Gaye McDonald, Oraine Barrett, Jaunel McKenzie, Nell Robinson, and newcomer Oreintha Russell.

Sedene Blake was introduced to the international market in November, obtaining three out of her four editorials in different editions of Vogue, within two weeks of her introduction as an international model, “an amazing accomplishment” in the world of modeling. Blake was featured in Italian Vogue, American Teen Vogue, Vogue Pelle, and Russian Vogue; the latter editorial was shot with agency colleague Jeneil Williams.

The article goes on the underscore Williams’ brilliant year for having secured some of the more coveted jobs in the modeling market, adding that “she made history when she was selected as the only Caribbean model to be photographed for the important “Black Girls” edition of Italian Vogue in 2009, which became an instant collector’s item. Williams—whose bookings include a L’Oreal campaign, GQ and Teen Vogue editorials, Nordstrom and Macy’s campaigns, and Victoria’s Secret fashion spread—was at the center of outstanding campaigns, editorials, and distinguished runway collections, such as Narciso Rodriguez’s “Look Book,” Diesel, and Paul Smith collections in New York and London.

Gaye McDonald is described as exquisitely elegant and “steadily and quietly making her own mark” in bookings with Lord & Taylor, J Crew, J Mendel, Bloomingdales, and Benetton, as well as designers Anne Valerie Hash, Prabal Gurung, Organic by John Patrick, and Salvatore Ferragamo in New York, London, and Milan.

The Caribbean’s number one male supermodel, Oraine Barrett, was included in campaigns for Ralph Lauren’s Polo, Timberland, and Pure Metal eyewear. Barrett was featured in a huge editorial for the Japanese edition of Vogue and on the runway for Baby Phat, Gilded Edge, and Guerlain, among others at New York Fashion Week.

Other Jamaican models mentioned as rising stars are Oreintha Russell, who made her big break in a 2009 L’Oreal campaign); Select supermodel Nell Robinson, dubbed “The Body” (this detail is certainly worthy of an academic paper) and featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Next, Agent Provocateur, and Gentlemen’s Quarterly; and Jaunel McKenzie, who “won the Caribbean Model Search in the same year Nell Robinson took the Supermodel of the Caribbean title” and “blazed a trail on the catwalks for fashion’s finest designers.”

For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/SEDENE_7310990

Shown here Sedene Blake and Oraine Barrett.

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