Mama Touray is a model who is constantly studying and working towards her nursing degree. She loves the nursing field because it makes her feel good to help others. While she is currently looking to volunteer in a hospital in New York, she hopes that one day she can return to her native country, Gambia in order to provide medical assistance there.
Mama Touray’s style is casual. She likes wearing jeans, a T-shirt and her hair up. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching comedies and eating red velvet cheese cake. Her favorite show is Once Upon A Time. She likes visiting places throughout the country such as Colorado and Tennessee. If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a mango, really sweet just like her.
Mama Touray walked for PLITZ Fashion Marketing’s New York Fashion Week and competed in their Emerging Model of the Year competition. Mama Touray said that even though she was nervous to walk the runway, PLITZ helped her become a better model. She dreams of walking for bigger fashion shows with top designers.
Andi Augustin is a New York model who dreams of opening up his own fitness center. Whether he is a model workin’ it on the runway or a personal trainer workin’ it in the gym, he is always givin’ it 110%. As a personal trainer he inspires gym members to reach their full potential and get into shape. In his spare time, he loves playing football and running track & field.
If there is one thing Andi can’t live without, it’s a fresh cup of orange juice (which is the secret behind his perfect health). He also has a few hidden talents… (1) he’s a great mini golf player and (2) he’s a graceful swimmer. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a grape since everyone likes them.
You can find him hanging out in Brooklyn and enjoying a slice of red velvet cake. He likes shopping at Zara and Topman since his style is more towards “chilling” + urban street wear. If you go on vacation, make sure to bring him back a pair of funky socks for his collection!
Andi won the 2017 PLITZ Fashion Marketing’s male model Emerging Model of the Year. “I was speechless when I won. Honestly, it was so much fun. PLITZ’s fashion show was a great environment and I learned so much from meeting other models.” Click here to learn more about PLITZ Fashion Marketing.
Christina Coleman is a Philadelphia born model based in DC who is bold, beautiful and inspiring. She is obsessed with turning her dreams into a reality because she wants to help young women improve their self-image by using entrepreneurship as a vehicle for freedom, independence, and creative expression.
She dreams of traveling the world as a supermodel/actress, becoming a best-selling author and a motivational speaker. Last year Christina spoke to a group of aspiring models on how to be confident.
Photo by: Jenny A.
Photo by: Jenny A.
If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be an avocado because when you first look at the outside of an avocado, you would never think it’s delicious …but once you get to know Christina, you’ll love her!
Christina describes her style as couture street wear– a blend between luxury and simplicity. You can catch her wearing a luxurious watch, a thrift store bought coat paired with sweatpants and sneaker wedges.
Photo by: Jenny A.
Photo by: Jenny A.
Christina has modeled for Kanye West, Couture Fashion Week, and has traveled the country as a promotional model for Google and Under Armour. She was also featured on Vogue.com, Hype Hair Magazine and Billie Blunt Magazine. Christina is currently a spokeswoman for Magie Bleue Luxury Virgin Hair Extensions.
Grace DiDomenico is an energetic and creative model who loves to have fun. She enjoys dancing, cheerleading and talking on the phone. Her best friend and role model is her mom. Her favorite family trip was when she went to the Grand Ole Opry tour in Tennessee.
She dreams of living in Paris and walking the runway there. Grace’s style is wearing trendy clothes with an urban twist. She likes collecting makeup from Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner, BH Cosmetics and Mally Beauty.
Grace is a girl scout. Her troop sang songs to the elderly and packed gift boxes for children. In the spring, they are going to Rocking Horse Ranch to learn how to care for horses. After all, she loves horseback riding.
While she doesn’t really like fruits or vegetables, if she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a kiwi…tart yet sweet. She likes watching Grey’s Anatomy, listening to 21 Pilots and snacking on some s’mores.
Grace was a finalist for the PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s 2017 Model of the Year Competition. She also competed in the 2017 PLITZS Fashion Marketing Kid’s Fashion Democracy show. Grace said that she gained a lot from both shows.”Backstage is a lot of fun!” It was a great experience where she was able to make friends in the fashion world.
David Blackwell is a model who has a passion for sports, music and cooking. You can find him shooting hoops on the basketball court, creating & writing music or cooking a delicious meal. His favorite dish is boneless fried chicken, mashed potatoes and macaroni.
His style is preppy. David’s go to outfit is a pair of slim fit jeans, a button down shirt and a blazer. If he could walk down the runway with anyone, it would be with supermodel Gigi Hadid.
David’s biggest accomplishment is finishing school and playing collegiate basketball. David is a movie buff. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be grapes because everyone enjoys them.
Photographed by: Jenny A
Photographed by: Jenny A.
He competed in the 2017 PLITZ Fashion Marketing Emerging Model Competition.
Shyla Brianne Chism is a creative and unique fashionista from Arkansas who wants to get as much into her life as she can. You can find her broadcasting on Live.me or painting with oils and acrylics. If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a pineapple because of its unique characteristics – rough on the outside, sweet on the inside and wears a crown on top. #queen
When she’s not modeling, Shyla does the makeup for different fashion events. She’s traveled from her hometown to do makeup jobs in Texas and even traveled to New York to do for makeup for New York Fashion Week. While she does all sorts of makeup, her favorite is special effects makeup. Her craziest makeup experience was when she made it look like a dart was stuck in somebody’s arm – with blood and all.
Black leather is her go to outfit. Her style is edgy, grungy and chic. You can find her wearing a black leather jumpsuit one day and a poodle skirt the next. She’s obsessed with chocolate, tattoos, shoes and most importantly unicorns. Her superhero is Harley Quinn. If she could walk down the runway with any celebrity, it would be Little Wayne, one of her favorite artists.
Shyla modeled on the cover of Glitz Magazine. She has also modeled for pinup shoots at John Gladman’s Photographer’s Convention.
I had the honor of being one of the show judges for the PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s 2017 KIDS Fashion Democracy show & the Model of the Year Competition. It was a fantastic experience.
Each model brought their own style to the runway. As a judge, I was looking for the models that really captured the essence of what it is to be a model. I focused on each model’s walk, posture, energy, outfit and air of confidence.
Walk – It’s important to have a strong walk. If not, it could be extremely distracting to the audience. For example: walking too fast or too slow, randomly stopping in the middle of the runway and flailing your arms back and forth can all take away from the moment.
Posture – You want to keep your posture straight. Good posture often gives off a good impression in the fashion world.
Energy – The energy a model brings to a fashion show is essential. You want to give off a positive vibe through your facial expressions and body language.
Outfit – Each model showed 3 outfits: a white shirt & jeans, a bathing suit and evening attire. For these fashion shows, picking the right outfit which fits you well only enhances your overall appearance on the runway.
Confidence – Confidence is key. I want to see that you feel comfortable in your own skin while walking on the runway and keeping that confidence while posing in front of the camera.
Congratulations to everyone who competed!
The shows took place in the heart of Manhattan at Hotel Pennsylvania on January 7th. PLITZS Fashion Marketing connects the fashion world to diversity, affordability and creativity.
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