Top Models for CFW
Oraine Barrett and Jeneil Williams, undoubtedly among the world's current top male and female models from the Caribbean, will lead a star-studded line-up of local and international stars on the CFW runway in June.
Multi Vogue models and global campaign stars for the likes of L'OrÈal Paris, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Under Armour and many other world-leading brands, these Pulse stars will continue a long tradition of supermodel presence at Caribbean Fashionweek.
Last December, Williams scored a coup with the global cosmetics campaign for L'OrÈal Paris, to cap a year that included an unprecedented Vogue double - German and Japanese editions in July. Also in July, she appeared on nine pages of the trendy Flare fashion glossy, only to be followed later in the year by the cover of Turkish Vogue.
Williams and Barrett are the official faces of Pulse's 35th anniversary celebrations.
A week after Pulse and NY Models framed a strategy for success, when Jeneil entered the New York market eight years ago, Williams shot her first campaign for Benetton. Two weeks after that, she shot her first international cover (and 28 pages) for Italian major BMM. At 17 years old, Williams became Pulse and Jamaica's hottest 'new face' and was named world Model of the Week by Models.com.
In the last 12 months, a sample of William's works includes Jean Paul Gaultier spring/summer campaign, Vogue Germany editorial, Nike campaign, Jimmy Choo, Elle magazine editorial, Edun spring/summer campaign, The V Gentlewoman editorial, Fendi spring/summer runway, Vivienne Westwood spring/summer runway, Louis Vuitton spring/summer runway, Jimmy Choo Resort look book, Macy's, Zac Posen fall/winter runway, YSL Beauty Pop Magazine editorial, W Magazine editorial, Kenzo fall/winter runway and Nordstrom Portraits of Style Look Book.
Italian and American Vogue, Ralph Lauren campaign and the new face of Under Armour, Barrett, are again headed to CFW. Under Armour is famous for the planet's most innovative performance brands, worn by the likes of Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Lauren Cheney and the Welsh Rugby Union. Interestingly, Oliver Stone chose Under Armour for his immortal Jamie Fox/Al Pacino football movie - Any Given Sunday.
The Caribbean Model Search winner, who hails from Munroe College in St Elizabeth, was on several occassions named World Model of the Week by models.com. The legacy of his amazing body of work, as well as shooting with greats such as Steven Meisel and Mario Testino, have had a huge impact on his career.
Barrett's journey to stardom continued with projects such as Baby Phat campaigns, various Polo campaigns, including the US Olympics wear, as well as billboards and TV commercials for Target across the United States. His climb to the pedestal of these major ad campaigns and editorial spreads have been boosted with a slew of notable stepping stones. His journey started in 2004 when he won Pulse's Caribbean Model Search, becoming not only the Male Face of Jamaica, but also Male Face of the Caribbean.
His editorial works include Arena Homme and his campaigns encompass Abercrombie & Fitch, John Bartlett, Roc A Fella and Pepe Jeans. He was personally requested by Ralph Lauren to represent his flagship brand.
His recent works have given new lustre to a career that includes campaigns for footwear giants Timberland and eyewear nouveau Pure Metal; exclusive new editorials for the Japanese edition of fashion's foremost authority on style - Vogue, with acclaimed photographer Steven Klein, as well as the cover of Brazil's DOM Magazine. These high notes detail Barrett's unwavering stature, longevity and versatility in an ever-changing industry.
Barrett has also worked in television and film and does guest slots from time to time on the popular Single Ladies TV series.