By Anastasha Elliott
Winnielle Model Management continues to record tremendous growth, said CEO Winnielle Guilbert.
She said the agency, now 5-years-old, is gaining exposure both internationally and regionally through media coverage of the agency’s fashion events.
WMM is gearing up for its third annual summer fashion event and has welcomed Cable and Wireless as the title sponsors.
The telecommunications company was also the title sponsor for the agency’s swimsuit fashion event Show Me Your Body.
WMM is currently training models in its third annual 10-week model boot camp.
Four models — two from St. Kitts and two from Nevis — are enrolled in the class and are learning how to be professional models. These future models are also learning how to take care of themselves: nutrition, exercising, and caring for their hair skin, nails and the rest of their body.
The boot camp, through several guest instructors, also teaches the models how to raise their self-esteem, proper public speaking techniques, make-up application and the importance of maintaining a good posture.
The models in training are Claudia Richards, Niketa Belizaire, Kristen Gumbs and Karis Percival.
Guilbert has said that there is no limit as to where her agency can go.
The agency has signed models from as far as Washington and St Thomas.
Some of its more recently signed faces include, Vicari of Miami, Je Taime from St. Thomas, Lebrone out of Vancouver, Roshay out of Atlanta and local models Bisa Daniel and Mikieda Franklin.
The agency represents more than 15 models, with the majority being local models.
Guilbert wants her agency to deliver no matter where the assignment is located.
This capability, she said, will allow the agency to acquire world-wide status.
Guilbert promotes her models through the agency’s website, the local and regional media and word of mouth.
The agency, she said, is in the process of producing a photo book, which would highlight the agency’s models, photographers and makeup artistes.
Additionally, they agency is in the process of printing cards that will be mailed to clients around the world.
Today, Guilbert will go to Anguilla to train aspiring models of Panache Couture on runway modeling, as they prepare for their July 2 event.
“To be hired outside of St. Kitts is a tremendous achievement and I hope to continue to be able to instill my expertise into aspiring models all across the Caribbean giving them a taste of WMM,” Guilbert said.
Guilbert has also been asked to judge the Miss Barbados World pageant. The winner will be sent to the prestigious Miss World Pageant.
With all this going on and more, Guilbert said her agency will continue to deliver professional services and models of a high standard.
“Our goal is to be the main agency in the Federation that clients worldwide will go to, to look for models,” said Guilbert. “We want to cater to producers, designers, every type of company there is, because our models can sell their product. That is what models are for. To help sell a product and give it the image it needs to relate to buyers.”
As a result, Guilbert said her major goal is to sign the best models from all over the world and to cater to a huge clientele.
“It would be so great to be able to have modeling as the main source of income for our models and that is our major goal,” said Guilbert.
Following the hosting of its first annual swimsuit fashion event dubbed Show Me Your Body, the agency is now scouting for models.
“We aim to help make dreams come through, to help keep our young people out of trouble and to help improve the youths way of thinking about themselves and situations,” Guilbert said. “We aim to expose them to the professional world of fashion and hopefully one day, one of our or more of our models will become top models in the fashion industry making not only WMM proud, because their success is our success, but also their country,” concluded Guilbert.