Model Mama Touray

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Mama:

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.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

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.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

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.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

-Jenny A.

Model Christina Coleman

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Photo by: Jenny A.

Meet Christina:

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.

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.

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.

Follow superstar Christina’s adventure on Instagram: @christinacoleman

-Jenny A.

Grace DiDomenico

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Photographed by: Matthew Cacace @bo2m_photography

Meet Grace:

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.

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Photographed by: Brittany Diaz @Brittanythemakeupgoddess

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.

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Photographed by: Debbie DiDomenico

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.

You can follow her on Instagram: grace.didomenico

-Jenny A.

Model Lashira Moné

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Lashira:

Through her bright and bubbly personality, you can just feel Lashira Moné’s smile from across the room. She is a runway, catalog, editorial & commercial model. She is a spokes-model, mentor and soon to be fashion designer. Lashira is also a vlogger and fashion stylist. She grew up watching Tyra Banks, her role model on America’s Next Top Model.

Lashira dreams of starting her own online boutique. Her style can be classified as chic. Even though her favorite color is pink, she wears black 95% of the time. Lashira’s go to outfit is high waisted pants, thigh high boots, a blazer and to top it off a choker. Her go to makeup is lip gloss.

You can find her listening to ’90s music and sketching. She loves to sing even if she’s not good at it. Her favorite movie is Matilda. She can’t live without chicken and rice. If she was a fruit or vegetable, she would be a strawberry… sweet and vibrant.

“2017 is my year of growth” – She looks forward to branching out and traveling the world to collaborate on projects and build her brand.

This past week Lashira modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Small Boutique Fashion Week. She also walked in Stevie Boi show and was live streamed on CBS New York.

Lashira was the Miss Maryland USA 2017 finalist. She has modeled for Macy’s, Surreal Beauty Magazine and different fashion shows in D.C. Lashira did a fashion segment for channel 8 in D.C. She also walked for Henry Picado twice in 2 different fashion shows.

You can follow her on Instagram: lashiramone

-Jenny A.

NYFW Night of Envision Fantasies and Fashion

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Photographed by Jenny A.

Between the gorgeous fashion and breathtaking views, I had a fabulous time at the NYFW Night of Envision Fantasies and Fashion. The show was held at the Sky Room NYC rooftop lounge which overlooks New York City. The fashion show debuted fashion stylist Monique Obeze’s wardrobe, the CEO & Founder of House of Style By Monique. Each model wore a fashionable outfit and piece including a signature mask.

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Stylist: House of Style by Monique & Team
Makeup: Ivennt Glam & Team
Designs: Lyndon Freed (Blue Anchor Productions)
Location: Skyroom NYC
Photographer: Isadora B. Photography

-Jenny A.

Model Shyla Brianne Chism

 

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Photographed by: John Gladman

Meet Shyla:

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.

 

You can follow her on Instagram: i.am.queen.shyla

-Jenny A.

Judging for PILTZS Fashion Marketing

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Photographed by Jenny A.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Posture – You want to keep your posture straight. Good posture often gives off a good impression in the fashion world.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

For more information about PLITZS Fashion Marketing, click here. You can also follow them on Instagram here.

-Jenny A.