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Saint makes Calvin Klein history

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Shena Moulton for Calvin Klein Resort 2014.
Kai for Calvin Klein Resort 2014.
Kai for Calvin Klein Resort 2014.
Kai for Calvin Klein Resort 2014.
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Saint International models were the only Jamaicans on the interna-tional runway fashion circuit for the Spring/Summer 2015 designer collections.

New York Fashion Week wrapped just over a week ago and Jamaica's Saint International Model Agency is still celebrating. The 14-year-old agency is the only one in the world with black models to be featured on the highly selective runway of Calvin Klein nine times.

For the past five years, starting with Shena Moulton in the Spring/Summer 2010 runway, Saint models have been the black models of choice for the favoured celebrity red-carpet brand. Moulton appeared a record six times for the brand. Aside from the debut, these include struts in Spring/Summer 2011, Fall/Winter 2010 and 2011, and the resort collections 2012 and 2014.

This was followed up by new Saint rising star Kai Newman taking the proverbial baton from Moulton and appearing for the brand three times - Spring/Summer 2014, Fall/Winter 2014, and resort 2015.

Saint International's CEO, Deiwght Peters' eye for the Calvin Klein model aesthetic was solidified when his latest prot├ęge, Tami Williams, scored a slot in the brand's Spring/Summer 2015 runway show.

This is not to suggest that other black models have not graced the runways for the Calvin Klein brand. Indeed, Liya Kebede and Lorraine Pascale have, but there is no single agency that can claim a nine-time appearance run by multiple models of colour over five years.

"It is extraordinary that a Jamaican agency has managed to consistently earn a coveted slot for its Jamaican models in the international runway presentation of Calvin Klein - a globally prestigious, highly selective brand," Peters told Outlook.

"It has always been a desire of mine to see Saint models on the world's most prestigious runways. It is especially gratifying when the most selective casting directors are selecting Saint models to be part of their show line-up," Peters said.

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