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Modeling news roundup

April 9, 2012

This Week’s Highlights: Helping the needy through modeling and music, Kaela Humphries’ first modeling campaign, MM’s Sarah Vega, Tatiana Temptation, Jenna Talackova, and more!

Helping the needy through modeling and music

Kelly Gore, a 15-year old Staples High School Student understands the value of family support programs. Instead of feeling sorry for herself as a result of experiencing family issues when she was younger, she decided to use her experience to help other people by organizing a fantastic runway show. Personal experiences help people relate better to others who are dealing with the same issues. With that in mind, she and her friends decided to organize a fashion and music event called “Stride with Pride for Family-to-Family”. Family-to-Family is a non-profit organization that provides resources to needy families and helps fight hunger. The teens had fun modeling and performing. Modeling and music are both excellent ways to spend an evening, unite with others of similar values, and help others. It does not all have to be about “Hey, all! Look at ME! I’m in a fashion show”. Kudos to those who organize fashion events for charity, while at the same time helping models develop their resume.

Kaela Humphries’ first modeling campaign

Kaela Humphries is the face of The Limited’s new plus-size line, eloquii. Approximately a month ago, she was signed with Ford Models in their plus-size division. Kaela looks great in the photos from the shoot for eloquii. It appears like she is no longer in the shadows of her brother, Kris Humphries, who seemed to have made more headlines as a result from his separation from Kim Kardashian than for his NBA career. Kaela does not need to take advantage of her brother’s fame-she is becoming well-known on her own. Apparently, Kaela has modeled before, having appeared in ads for Nordstrom and Kohl’s.

Beverly Johnson’s hair care products for women of color

Beverly Johnson is not just a supermodel. She is an icon. Johnson was the first black model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue, making her career a mark in history. Not only is Johnson a great model, but she also has great business sense. Having a good business sense is crucial for models because a modeling career does not last forever and one needs to be able to do something afterwards. Very few models ever reach the “supermodel” level. Recently, Beverly Johnson launched a line of hair care products for women of color. Her recent career move is just one example of how models can contribute to the beauty/fashion industry when they are no longer posing in front of cameras for ad campaigns, or walking in runway shows. Beverly and her business partner are also planning to expand their line to include skincare, bath, and body products in the future. She said that one is never too old to do anything, including start a business. When jobs aren’t being handed to you, it’s great to have the freedom to create your own.

MM’s Sarah Vega: What’s she up to now?

Sarah Vega, previously mentioned in the March 19 Modeling News Roundup for appearing on Paul Fisher’s TV show, “Remodeled”, is definitely beginning to make her mark in the modeling industry. As a result of her appearance on the show, her modeling career has experienced a great boost. Apparently, she was discovered by Paul Fisher’s assistant through Model Mayhem, although she and her mom both believed that the invitation to take part in the show was a scam. Sarah was lucky that this great opportunity was actually real—it’s so easy to be taken advantage of in this business, which is why it’s important to understand how to separate real opportunities from scams. Since the show, Sarah has modeled for a variety of local businesses and fashion shows. The Network, which is part of Paul Fisher’s project, is going to be marketing Sarah to agencies. Her blossoming career is only getting started and we wish her continued success.


Model: Sarah Vega; Photographer: Marshall Meadows

MM’s Tatiana Temptation scores with “Gorgeous Freaks” magazine

Congratulations to MM’s Tatiana Temptation on being published by Gorgeous Freaks Magazine. Her feature is in Issue #5 on pages 52-53. Here is what she had to say about being published: “Being published, for the first time, is like a dream come true. There are no words to describe the feeling of opening up a magazine and seeing photos of you. It literally brought tears to my eyes. It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.”


Model: Tatiana Temptation; Photographer: Epona Imagery

MM’s transgender model Jenna Talackova allowed back into Miss Universe contest

Model Mayhem’s Jenna Talackova was previously disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest because she was transgender, as mentioned in the last week’s Modeling News Roundup. Recently, contest organizers have reversed their decision, saying that Jenna can compete in the contest. After being disqualified, Jenna was devastated and felt like she was being subjected to discrimination disguised as “rules”. Her wish is that in the future, other transgender women do not have to deal with what she had to go through.

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