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Burke, ZS impress at CFW

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Pulse's latest breakthrough model, Alicia Burke in a pink and lilac halter jumpsuit from the ZS Collection by Zaid Smith
A Grecian-inspired golden beach throw over royal blue bikini from the Jasmine Swimwear Collection by Jasmine Rand.
A white to pink colour gradient collared knee-length, full skirt dress from the ZS Collection by Zaid Smith on the runway at Villa Ronai, Stony Hill, St Andrew, on Friday.

Pulse Model Agency has made a permanent mark on international fashion. The agency boasts some of the Caribbean's most successful fashion models who, after being thrown into the whirlwind of the fashion, land firmly on their feet.

This year, Pulse celebrated sweet 16 with the presence of Jamaica's newest model sensation, Alicia Burke, on Friday night at Villa Ronai, Stony Hill, St Andrew. After travelling to Europe and booking major gigs within just one month, she returned home as the face of this year's Caribbean Fashion Week, which climaxed on the weekend.

The speed with which Burke kick-started her career comes second to Nadine Willis, who, in her heyday, managed to catch the eyes of designers within two weeks. Willis' accomplishments were recently re-examined by fashion bible Vogue, which identified her as one of the five Jamaican models who changed the face of fashion.

Although she has been out of the spotlight for a number of years, it appears that Willis has re-emerged as she actively supported this year's Caribbean Fashion Week. When asked what she had been doing, the model hinted at an upcoming project with Digicel, with details to be revealed soon.

Other Jamaicans positioned themselves as fashion front-runners at Caribbean Fashion Week 2016, notably Zaid Smith, with his versatile, ready-to-wear pink-and-lilac-themed ZS collection.