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Moulton continues to rise

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Shena Moulton - Contributed
Shena Moulton - Contributed
Shena Moulton - Contributed

Italian Elle cover gives the model fashion edge

A top model's appeal or relevance can always be measured in her timely appearance on the runways of the best designers in the major fashion markets and the best fashion glossies.

That model has certainly pulled off a coup d'état when her face graces the cover of a powerful fashion bible like Vogue, Elle or Harper's Bazaar.

This past runway season for the spring-summer 2013, Saint superstar Shena Moulton has demonstrated that she has the star appeal to make the long-distance run in an industry often characterised by short-lived careers. The gorgeous teen model appeared on the cover of September's Italian Elle shot by Mark Pillai.

The magazine also featured Shena in a multi-page spread styled in fall's best designs. This follows on her recent high-profile features in Italian Vogue and French Marie Claire.

This show season Shena strategically missed New York Fashion Week and surprised in London where she was booked to walk for the much-hyped runways of London's most famous milliner, Phillip Treacy.

Treacy was making his return to the London Fashion Week runways after a decade-long absence. The show also starred Lady Gaga.

European runways

Moulton also dazzled on the European runways for Alviero Martini, Mila Schon and La Perla in Milan.

The runway star then closed the season in style at Paris Fashion Week, strutting for the inimitable Jean Paul Gaultier, Anne Valerie Hach, Martin Grant, and Talbot Runoff.

Moulton has an unparalleled runway record as a new face in the industry who has adapted well to the big leagues, with appearances in campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Benetton, GAP campaign, Teen Vogue, Russian Vogue, Italian Vogue, Grey Magazine, Marie Claire Paris and Pop Magazine.

Her journey reveals a remarkable tale of unexpected opportunity and the realisation of a dream through savvy management.

At 13 years old, she was discovered by Saint CEO Deiwght Peters during an RJR-sponsored event at her alma mater, Penwood High, in Waterhouse.

Promise of stardom

Peters later told Moulton's mother that he would make her a star. For Moulton's mother, Ann-Marie Dunn, the Saint appeal was not only about Peters' strict (and fatherly) approach to his models but also his promise that, at that age, she would never be allowed to wear a swimsuit on the runway.

Shena would later win the Fashion Face of The Caribbean 2008, and create history as the youngest Caribbean model ever to earn an instant international contract.

Carefully curating her international career path, Peters confirmed MUSE (New York), Elite (Paris and Milan) and later, STORM Models (London), in her network of agents. Moulton's entrée into the international fashion industry is nothing short of spectacular.

In her short career, the young Jamaican has walked on more than 80 runway shows for some of the world's best designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris. She has the enviable record of walking in back-to-back seasons for the trend-defining Calvin Klein shows at New York Fashion Week.

Other brands for which she has starred include Jil Sander, Kenzo, Christian Dior, GianFranco Ferrer, Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG Max Azria, Thakoon, Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Chai, Marc by Marc, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Moulton was awarded the Prime Minister's Youth Award in 2010 for international achievement.