Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Karibe Convention Center, 23 October 2011. RebelleHaiti, the premier fashion and lifestyle magazine celebrating the Haitian renaissance, in association with Elite Model Management, the world's most prestigious modeling network, announce the results of the Haiti version of Elite Model Look, an internationally renowned modeling contest staged throughout the Caribbean in the second half of 2011. First of its kind in Haiti, the contest invites female models between the ages of 14 and 22 who are confident the next international supermodel should come from Haiti. The event is also the launching pad for an innovative collaboration between RebelleHaiti and Elite to develop the aspirations of young Haitians for the international fashion industry.
Over 120 contestants from across Haiti's ten departments engaged in a fierce competition in front of a capacity crowd of over 300 at Karibe and the keen eyes of judges from Elite and RebelleHaiti. The choice was narrowed to fifteen contestants who participated in the casting call. Supremely confident with credits including cover girls for separate editions of RebelleHaiti this year, Sandy, 16, and Mondiana, 20, were selected and are looking forward to representing Haiti at the Caribbean regional final on November 12 at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad. There they will compete against 19 girls from 8 other Caribbean countries. The top three picks from the regional final will be sent to Shanghai this December to participate at the Elite Model Look World Competition for over $325,000 USD in modeling contracts with Elite.
Monsieur Jean-Pierre Begon, Vice President, Elite International said 'While it is never easy to narrow the number to just two, I have no doubts Sandy and Mondiana will represent Haiti exceptionally well in Trinidad next month. I was truly inspired by the talented young ladies we saw today and we look forward to working with RebelleHaiti to develop more modeling talents from Haiti'. Fellow judge and RebelleHaiti co-founder and creative director Philippe Gelin agreed, 'Our collaboration with Elite Model Management for this competition confirms what we knew all along – that Haiti has some of the most beautiful and gifted young ladies on the planet as seen regularly in the pages of RebelleHaiti. We look forward to the emerging partnership with Elite to train more Haitian youngsters for the international fashion industry'.
RebelleHaiti (www.rebellehaiti.com) is not just a fashion and lifestyle magazine. It is the first provocative look into Haiti, its people and who we are. It's a celebration of our society, our beauty, our heritage, our land, and our culture. A testament to our continuous resilience, our ability to overcome obstacles and defeat adversity. RebelleHaiti stands as a bold statement of the Haitian renaissance.
Whether you live in New York, Montreal, Miami, or Paris, RebelleHaiti makes a connection between 'lakay' and the diaspora. It keeps you up to speed, 'wap toujou ajou' because we know while you may have left Haiti, the country still lives inside of you and the burning desire to be reunited to it remains. From the markets of Port-au-Prince, to the streets of Jacmel, to the white sandy beaches of Port Salut, we'll keep you connected. Every page of RebelleHaiti is a colorful reflection of what makes us unique, our food, our art, our style, our culture, and our history. With RebelleHaiti, that old adage still rings true – 'lakay se lakay'.
About Elite World SA.:
Elite (www.elitemodel.com) is on the pulse of global beauty and style. Founded in 1972, Elite is the world's largest modeling agency, representing more than 2,000 models across five continents.
Elite models have been featured on over 1,000 magazine covers from around the world and include legendary icons such as Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Gisele Bundchen. Elite, is also shaping the runway stars of tomorrow with Alessandra Ambrosio, Constance Jablonski, Sigrid Agren, Eniko Mihalik and Fei Fei Sun, and continues to explore the world in search of the next stars through its Elite Model Look contest. The Elite Model Look contest attracts some 350,000 participants in 80 countries per year.
Elite is not just a modeling agency, it is a true brand with activities in three major business areas including high-level model management, the Elite Model Look contest and world-class licensing.
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