NATASHA HARPER
Model of the Year 2017

NATASHA HARPER has graced countless international and regional runways, representing Guyana as an emerging force within the fashion industry. On local shores, she is highly sought after by renowned fashion designers, because her look, her poise and her stance, combined to create a head-turning aesthetic that exudes style.

Though born to Guyanese parents in England, on April 2, 1993, it is Guyana where she was raised and which she still calls home today. Natasha was always tall for her age, and at 14 years old, her height and unique look caught the attention of Michelle Cole and Trevor Rose of Cole Facts. After hitting the runway for the first time, Natasha was soon being called to walk for other local designers, the likes of Keisha Edwards, Sonia Noel, Ryan Berkley, Randy Madray and Mwanza Glenn.

In 2013, Natasha was approached by Oronde George and Junior Kennedy, Co-owners of Traits Model Management (Guyana) and it is this that she admits was a game changer for her career. Under Kennedy’s guidance, Natasha was able to sharpen her technique in no time.  In the years since then, she has become well known regionally and has walked in shows such as the Caribbean’s premier fashion and lifestyle event, Summer Sizzle in the British Virgin Islands in 2014 and 2016.  In 2014, she was also granted the unique opportunity of attending the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in New York where she walked for Cesar Galindo, Mauricio Alpizar, Kortomomolu and Edwin D’Angelo.  Natasha returned to the New York Fashion Week catwalk in 2015 and 2016 and walked for Guyana’s own Roger Gary as well as Laquan Smith who is known designing for the Kardashians, Rihanna and Beyoncé and several other A Class celebrities.

Natasha believes that modeling is an extremely competitive field that requires discipline in order to perfect one’s technique in strutting the runway. She has been awarded the Caribbean Style and Culture 2017 “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RUNWAY & PRINT MODELING” This award exemplifies the contribution and dedication made to impact the Caribbean Fashion Industry.

Her exposure in the fashion industry has also led to her developing her creative skills in clothing design and interior decorating. She hopes to one day establish her clothing line while still being known as one of Guyana’s premier models who is recognized worldwide. This goal, she says, will go hand in hand with her aspiration to be an advocate for women empowerment as she works to ensure that women receive full encouragement in achieving their goals.

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MAURICIA DE PEZA, is a 26-year-old ambitious fashion model from Belmont, in the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, who has been modeling professionally for the past eleven years. She was trained at the age of 15 by the House of Jacqui. Over the years she has been involved in runway, commercial and print-modelling as well as pageantry. She has been collaborating with clients, photographers and designers to execute local print campaigns, fashion shows, advertisements, and advertorials. Among the most renowned companies, she has worked with in advertising include BMobile, Digicel, Caribbean Airlines, CPL T20, MasterCard, Sacha Cosmetics, Courts Optical and many others. She has been featured in many publications, including the cover of Caribbean Belle Weddings, in the Trinidad Express Woman’s Magazine, Trinidad Guardian’s WOW Magazine and Newsday WMN Magazine. Mauricia was the first runner-up in the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2012.

Mauricia is currently employed as a part-time fashion model/demonstrator at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design (CAFD). Her goal as a model, is to gain international experience and develop holistically in the ever growing, challenging world of fashion with hopes of becoming an internationally renowned model.

Mauricia’s career intent is to be a Psychologist. She is a final year student at COSTAATT completing her B.Sc. in Psychology. Besides modeling, she enjoys writing poetry, reading and outdoor activities. She describes herself as a fun, friendly, free-spirited person and her credo is “The sky is the limit.”

Mauricia has been awarded the Caribbean Style and Culture 2017 “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RUNWAY & PRINT MODELING” This award exemplifies the contribution and dedication made to impact the Caribbean Fashion Industry.

MAURICIA DE PEZA
Model of the Year 2017

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URIA GALLANT

URIA GALLANT is a Surinamese model who is known in the Dutch-speaking nation having graced the catwalks of several fashion events over the past four years. Born in Suriname on December 14, 1991, Uria began modeling at the age of 21. Now 25, she has since walked in shows for Carifesta, modelling for Haiti (2013), Suriname Fashion Week and has also done ad campaigns and other photo-shoots.

Uria graduated from the University of Applied Sciences with her LLB and is currently working to begin her Master’s program. But even with her professional aspirations, modelling still plays a big role on her list of things she likes to do in her spare time, along with, sports and reading.

She admits that she started her modelling career later than she should have due to insecurities she suffered as a young girl. This led to Uria turning down several offers to model before finally developing that confidence.

Uria will be presented with the Award of Excellence – “TRAILBLAZER” Print and Runway Modelling

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Standing at roughly 5’9” the radiant Guyana-born Jamicia McCalman presents herself as an invigorating twenty-year-old. Ms. McCalman has already become a familiar name in modelling in her homeland. with the usual dominant flair that she had become acclaimed for, has strutted the runway for many fashion shows outfitted by Randy Madray, Mwanza Glenn, Ryan Berkeley and Veroonke Fashion, to name a few.

Jamicia is a model who holds the capacity to rise swiftly through the ranks of fashion modeling to become one of the Caribbean’s top supermodels. Jamicia will strut the Caribbean Style & Culture Awards & Fashion Showcase runway on Saturday June 17/2017

JAMICIA McCALMAN