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N A re­cent ar­ti­cle pub­lished on, Ja­maica’s new­est ‘it-girl’, Ali­cia Burke, is called ‘The Model Stella McCart­ney, Ralph Lau­ren and Dolce & Gab­bana can’t get enough of.’ Burke has spent the sea­son mak­ing key ap­pear­ances at shows for the big­gest de­sign­ers. Af­ter get­ting her start through win­ning Pulse’s ‘Mil­lion Dol­lar Girl’ com­pe­ti­tion in 2015, Burke’s prow­ess on the in­ter­na­tional mod­el­ling scene has been on a swift, steady in­cline. In the early stages of her ca­reer, Burke achieved the unimag­in­able in land­ing sin­gle-girl ed­i­to­rial fea­tures in both Harper’s Bazaar (seven pages) and French Vogue (12 pages). Burke ad­mits she didn’t ini­tially re­alise just how far the con­test would take her. “I en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion back home last year, I won, and things just took off from there,” Burke said. “I never imag­ined I would get to walk for the likes of Ralph Lau­ren, Dolce & Gab­bana, and Stella McCart­ney. It’s such an hon­our and a dream come true.” The new model sen­sa­tion noted two shining mo­ments of the Spring-Sum­mer show­cases, as they take place dur­ing the cur­rent Paris Fash­ion Week. Burke said see­ing herself in the pages of Vogue’s French edi­tion and get­ting to try out in­ter­na­tional su­per­model Gigi Ha­did’s Tommy Hil­figer cap­sule col­lec­tion be­fore any­one else was great. “I am in love with Tommy x Gigi!” said Burke. “I would go home with any item from that col­lec­tion.” With a few days of Paris Fash­ion Week left, Burke is look­ing for­ward to more shows, ad­ven­tures, and plenty of time spent in the ate­liers, but the re­turn trip will be wel­comed just as much. “I am a cry­baby – tough on the out­side but very soft on the in­side. When I’m not mod­el­ling I’m spend­ing time with my fam­ily, since I hardly get to do that,” said Burke. “Ja­maica is such a beau­ti­ful is­land. It’s made up of 14 dif­fer­ent parishes, it’s the birth­place of reg­gae mu­sic, and most im­por­tant, it’s home.”

Ali­cia Burke in Pra­bal Gu­rung SS 2016. AT TOP: Burke in Au­gust’s ‘Harper’s Bazaar’.

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