Outstanding 18 year old Alpha Academy student and winner of Pulse’s Schools Model Search got the opportunity of a lifetime this January when she flew to Paris to begin her international career. Powell took top honours, in the female category, from a field of over 400 contestants who were discovered in the Search.
With Kamaria stepping on to the world stage of modelling, the Pulse Schools Model Search, which concluded in a spectacular live event last October, is already showing great results. Powell flew to Paris to complete assignments for one of France’s luxury design houses. The label’s enlistment of Powell is timely but, comes with gag orders until her gigs are completed and hit the public domain.
The sixth former was elated at the opportunity to begin her modelling career. “When I got the news that I would be going to Paris, I was so excited I started to learn some French right away. This is such a dream and I am still trying to take it all in!” Said the bright, highly decorated high school student, “I want to make everyone proud, my parents and family and also my school community.”
Powell, who is involved in many leadership and extracurricular activities in school including student council president and P.R.O for the Debate, Reading and Journalism clubs, has maintained an A average in Law. She has 8 CXC four CAPE subjects and teenager hopes to become a lawyer in the future. But for now, she wants to make major strides in world of high fashion.
He flight to Paris began when she was handpicked by the French design house’s casting director. The renowned brand is owned by a multinational luxury goods conglomerate. “It’s an excellent start for Kamaria,” says, Director at Premium Models Anthony Glaudel. The new Pulse model is also represented by Supreme/Women Management in New York.
Paris is considered the epicentre of the fashion world and it was there that a number of world famous Jamaicans, got their big break and ultimately made an indelible mark on the modelling industry. Grace Jones is at the top of this list, having left NY to make Paris her base in the formative years of her fashion career. Nadine Willis and Jaunel Mc Kenzie are among the Pulse models who have had brilliant starts in the city of light. Willis shot her ground breaking 10 page French Vogue editorial with Mario Testino which effectively launched her as an international fashion star in Paris. And, like Kamaria Powell, Jaunel Mc Kenzie left Jamaica directly for Paris to begin her outstanding career as a teenager the summer after her completion of Excelsior High School.
We are very encouraged by the development with Kamaria and what it means for other potential models coming out of the Schools Model Search, said Romae Gordon, director at Pulse. We have a number of fantastic talent on tap who, once they have completed their high school diploma, are poised to begin international modelling careers. We are happy that our teachers and principals who have supported the Search, share the vision to provide great career opportunities in fashion for the students, right out of school, continued Gordon.
The Pulse Schools Model Search will continue to unearth exceptional model talent with additional schools set to participate in the event. In the meantime, as the winner of the first event, Kamaria is expected to fly the Jamaican flag high in Paris as she embarks on this new life changing journey.