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Pulse Schools Model Search winner off to Paris

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Kamaria Powell left the island this week for her first big assignment in Paris.
Kamaria Powell when she won the School Model Search last October.

The Pulse Schools Model Search, which concluded last October, is already showing results. This past week, the winner of the inaugural competition, Kamaria Powell, flew to Paris to complete assignments for one of France's luxury design houses. The label's enlistment of Powell comes with gag orders until her gigs have been completed and hit the public domain.

The 18-year-old Alpha Academy sixth-former was elated at the opportunity to begin her international career. "When I got the news that I would be going to Paris, I was so excited I started to learn some French right away. This is such a dream, and I am still trying to take it all in!" said the decorated high school student. Powell has eight CXC subjects and four Cape with an A average in law, which she intends to pursue in the future.

"I want to make everyone proud - my parents and family and also my school community." Powell took top honours in that female category from a field of more than 400 contestants who were discovered in the search.

Handpicked by the label's casting director, Powell is set to have a fantastic start with the renowned brand, which is owned by a multinational luxury goods conglomerate. "It's an excellent start for Kamaria," said Anthony Glaudel, director at Premium Models. She is also represented by Supreme/Women Management in New York.


Epicentre of fashion


Paris is considered the epicentre of the fashion world and is where a number of world-famous Jamaican models got their big break and ultimately made an indelible mark on the modelling industry. Nadine Willis and Jaunel McKenzie are among the Pulse models who have had brilliant starts in the city of light. Willis shot her groundbreaking 10-page French Vogue editorial with Mario Testino, which effectively launched her as an international fashion star in Paris. And like Powell, McKenzie left Jamaica directly for Paris to begin her outstanding career as a teenager the summer after she completed Excelsior High School.

"We are very encouraged by the development with Kamaria and what it means for other potential models coming out of the Schools Model Search," said Romae Gordon, director at Pulse. "We have fantastic talent on tap, who, once they have completed their high school diploma, are poised to begin international modelling careers. We are happy that our teachers and principals who have supported the search, share the vision to provide great career opportunities in fashion for the students right out of school," said Gordon.

The Schools Model Search will continue, with additional schools set to participate in the event.