My Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) – Pola Negri

This legendary woman was a true regal figure in the early years of the entertainment industry. A true pioneer of film. This Polish native was the sex symbol & highest paid actress of her era. Born Barbara Apolonia Chałupec in 1897, she was poised to achieve worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles in the 1920s.

She became the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood, and became one of the most popular actresses in American silent film. Her varied career included work as an actress in theater and vaudeville, as a singer and recording artist, as an author and even as a ballerina.

She was married to a Count but that quickly dissolved & she went on to have affairs with film greats such as Charlie Chaplin, Rod La Rocque, and Rudolph Valentino. Her popularity as an actress in Poland provided her with an opportunity to move to Berlin, Germany, in 1917, where she made six films with Ernst Lubitsch. One of their last films, Madame DuBarry, became such an huge international success that it managed to bring down the American embargo on German films. This launched a demand for German films that briefly threatened to dethrone Hollywood’s dominance in the international film market. Hollywood then sought the opportunity to buy out the top German film talents, including Pola Negri. She then signed a lucrative contract with Paramount Pictures, becoming the first ever continental star to be imported to the United States of America.

Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) – Alek Wek

Supermodel Alek Wek is my first #WomanCrushWednesday!

Alek was the first black model whose looks didn’t conform to Caucasian aesthetics, which is quite a rarity in the industry. She also became the first African model on the cover of ELLE Magazine. She truly helped to change the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. She has worked with the likes of Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria’s Secret, Clinique, John Galliano, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Armani, Fendi, Christian Dior & was certainly a favorite of Valentino.

Coming from the Dinka, an ethnic group in what is now known as South Sudan, Wek & her family fled in 1991 to travel to Britain in order to escape the civil war in her country at that time.

Today, Alek is a thriving businesswoman & designer. She has her own line of high end handbags named ‘Wek 1933′, available at selected Selfridges department stores. The line is inspired by a brass-clasp briefcase her late father used to carry.

Jalicia: Model Comeback pt.3

Jalicia for Andy Wolf Eyewear campaign

Jalicia for Andy Wolf Eyewear campaign

It’s official!!! Jalicia is one of the faces of Austrian eyewear company Andy Wolf Eyewear. The company is no stranger to providing high end quality for the elite. Lady Gaga, just to name one. And after entering Top Model UK, Barbados’ very own Jalicia has reached the finals for one the world’s top model search competitions, Top Model Worldwide.

She will be battling against girls from all over the world for the title of Top Model Worldwide 2015. The international grand finals will take place at The Hilton London Metropole hotel on Saturday 14th March 2015!

To show your support, go to & ‘LIKE’ the page. Stay tuned for more on Jalicia’s fabulous journey to the top!

Lady Gaga donning a pair of Andy Wolf sunglasses

Lady Gaga donning a pair of Andy Wolf sunglasses

The Journey Continues: Model Comeback pt.2: JALICIA HEBSON Walks For Africa Utopia Show In London


As we document the journey of Jalicia’s return onto the modeling scene, she proves that her drive is relentless.

Going from open call to open call, she was asked to participate in the Africa Utopia fashion show at Southbank Centre in London, England, this past week.

The natural blue-eyed beauty graced the runway for African designers Soboye & Sindiso Khumalo, showcasing their modern take on vibrant African prints.

Here are some photos of Jalicia & the event. I hope you enjoy them & stay tuned for more on a beautiful, driven Barbadian model’s journey in the world of global fashion.









JALICIA HEBSON: Model Comeback pt.1

It’s hard to forget someone with dark skin & crystal blue eyes, so one must remember the Barbadian beauty who I mentioned in my BB Fashion Week write up last year; Jalicia Hebson (formerly Nightengale). She was my date, for lack of better words.

Jalicia found joy in modeling and was signed to Scout Models in Switzerland but left them two years ago for personal reasons. Now, Jalicia is driven to make a splash in the industry as she reenters the arena.

She’s recently worked with high-end eyewear company Andy Wolf, which is donned heavily by pop superstar Lady Gaga. And to help repackage her image, Jalicia organized her own photoshoot with photographer Abigail Rhian Galatia & store owner of England’s ‘So Retro’ Louise Summer Graham.

Here’s a sneak peek at the photos, but stay tuned as we continue to document Jalicia Hebson’s new journey.

My Favorite Great Supermodels Of All Time: LILY ALDRIDGE

This 5ft 9in, American beauty was destined for the fashion industry. As the daughter of a Playboy Playmate & an artist, and sister to two models & a fashion photographer, Lily Aldridge has got the fashion gene running through her veins!

She debuted as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch at the age of 16. At the age of 17, Aldridge appeared on the cover of the August 2003 Spanish Vogue which further catapulted her image to be seen by the right people. She then went on to front the campaigns for labels such as Rocawear, Arden B., Shiatzy Chen, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox Cosmetics, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, JCrew, Charles David, Levi’s & J Brand. She has appeared on French Glamour, Vogue Mexico, Elle Korea, Elle Brazil, Elle Vietnam, Tatler & Net-A-Porter’s online magazine The Edit. She’s been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Elle Girl, Elle America, Elle Korea, American Vogue, Vogue Turkey, Galore, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Marie Claire, Vanidades & V magazine with her sister Ruby In March 2011.

Aldridge is now widely known as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels & for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue spread with Chrissy Tiegen & Nina Agdal for the issue’s 50th anniversary.

Miss Barbados World 2014!!

She is no stranger to the bright lights, the loud audiences & the sprawling stage. Local model & beauty queen Zoe Trotman was crowned Miss Barbados World 2014!

Trotman won her secondary school’s (The Lodge School) pageant a few years back, and has been on the modeling scene in Barbados ever since. She is also one of the very talented makeup artists for MAC Cosmetics in Barbados.

She is poised to hit the Miss World stage in London, England on December 14. Look out as she takes her journey :)