Model attempts to bring fashion week to St. Maarten

POSTED: 10/31/11 12:31 PM

St. Maarten – The Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation Inc. under the directorship of Arthur Lugisse is very pleased with Yulanda Gentle’s performance at U.S. Virgin Islands Fashion Week. She represented the island there after winning Direct Music TV America’ s 2011 Caribbean Model & Bikini Event that was held on August 27.
The fashion week took place from October 4-9 in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., at Frenchman’s Reef Marriott & Morning Star Resort. It is one of the premiere fashion events in the Caribbean. The event, considered a unique platform seeks to unite established and up-and-coming local, regional and international fashion designers, accessory designers, models, photographers, stylists and media houses.
“The fashion week in St Thomas was a great experience, so many photographers, models, designers from all over the Caribbean and the USA, which gave me a great opportunity as the winner of the Direct Music TV America Caribbean Model Search to represent St Maarten to the fullest of my ability,” the 5’9, dark skinned beauty stated in a press release.
Gentle said she made many contacts in Miami, Africa, St. Kitts and New York and has been asked to participate in multiple fashion week events and photo shoots in the near future. The young model is working with Lugisse and the Chief Executive Officer/Founder of St. Thomas Fashion Week to bring fashion week to St. Maarten.
The 24-year-old model will be following up with New York based contacts to promote the island. She’ll do this alongside pursuing her career with either Ford Models or Elite Models. Her dream is to wear Victoria Secret products as a super model from St. Maarten.
“I had the pleasure to meet and learn from different entities and individuals about modeling in particular and the fashion industry in general. At the same token it gave me the honor to promote St Maarten and our other local models and to promote St Maarten as a tourist and shopping destination,” Gentle said.
During the event, Gentle met several important and quite famous people in the fashion industry such as Viva Davanna and well known designer John Ashford. One of the highlights of the show was when Gentle was approached by designer Sonia Noel to wear her signature piece and portray being an African Queen.

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