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Shinelle McPherson takes aim at pulse's million dollar model search 2016

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Shinelle Mc Pherson, shot on location at the YHI Spa at Melia Braco Resort Village.
Multiple Vogue model and CMS 2014 winner Francine James, as she appears in her recent editorial of L’Officiel magazine.

The 2016 edition of Pulse' Search For The Million Dollar Girl will be unfolding on television screens in Jamaica and across the Caribbean in October.

Inspired by the recent successes of Pulse stars Francine James and last year's winner Alicia Burke, the search attracted hundreds of prospective models keen on realising their dreams and taking aim at becoming Pulse' next global star. The field has been narrowed to 22 girls in this season's battle of Fashion vs Petites.

The beautiful Melia Braco Resort Village will be the backdrop for one lucky girl with the perfect face, body and spirit to take the top honours of Pulse's Million Dollar Girl and will be awarded $1 million in cash and prizes (with no less than $300,000 in cash). Prizes include an air ticket to New York to visit model agencies, guaranteed modelling contracts and weekends at the Melia Braco, among others.

Since 1980, The Pulse Search has produced fashion legends such as Lois Samuels' Angela Neil, Kimberley Mais, Romae Gordon, Althea Laing, Carla Campbell, Lincoln Wynter as well as more recent supermodels Jeneil Williams, Oraine Barrett, Jaunel McKenzie, Sedene Blake, Nell Robinson, and Nadine Willis.

Meet Shinelle McPherson one of the finalists in this year's competition, brought to you by Pulse, Melia Braco and The Gleaner.

Twenty-year-old Shinelle McPherson is a former athlete and student of architecture at the University of Technology. McPherson trained with Racers Track Club in the 200m and 400m events, but had to hang up her spikes after a major growth spurt and a bout of serious tendinitis that left her seriously injured.




The self-proclaimed tomboy said she was often told that she was not pretty and never felt that she would have the opportunity to participate in anything to do with beauty.

"I was viciously teased from the time of primary school and called ugly and all kinds of names. I have always been the tallest, and that made me feel awkward, but through it all, my brother and sister have been my source of encouragement and they got me thinking about pursuing modelling. After my injuries running track, trying my luck at modelling seemed like a good idea," said the lanky McPherson.

At 5'11", McPherson is one of the tallest girls taking aim at the CMS title this season. And, despite the challenges she had growing up, she feels that being tall can finally give her an advantage.

"This competition has definitely helped me to love and appreciate myself. Pulse seemed to like what all my detractors have criticised me for, and from the day I arrived here, I felt like I belonged, and this made me feel comfortable, says McPherson.

No longer believing the taunts and criticisms, McPherson now exudes a kind of confidence that is admirable.

"I like the attention that I am getting now and I want to make the most of this competition. I believe this platform has allowed me to be myself and express my love for fashion and art, and I truly believe I can be the next modelling superstar," she said.

The talented young woman wants to dispel the myth that models are simply tall and beautiful and says she hopes to have a career in architecture after she hangs up her heels.

"My two main loves outside of modelling are drawing and my dogs, and any chance I get, I am making portraits of them or drawing dream buildings," says the model.

McPherson hopes to be on the cover of Vogue and model for Victoria Secret, and declares that she feels more confident now more than at any other time in her life.

She is also keen to emphasise that her main motivation to succeed in modelling is to show young women that they can overcome major obstacles as long as they are willing to be committed to working hard for what they want.