Cleopa­tra pur­sues mod­el­ling dream

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

PTHE GLEANER, WED­NES­DAY, OC­TO­BER 12, 2016 ULSE’S 2015 Mil­lion Dol­lar Model win­ner Ali­cia Burke el­e­vated her star sta­tus last week when Vogue re­ported that some of the world’s top de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing Ar­mani and Dolce and Ga­banna “can’t get enough of her”. A true in­spi­ra­tion for the cur­rent sea­son of Pulse’s real­ity TV se­ries, Burke, in a short time, has ap­peared on the cov­ers of ma­jor mag­a­zines like Harper’s Bazaar and al­ready has mul­ti­ple edi­tions of fash­ion’s pre­mier pub­li­ca­tion, Vogue. Burke’s story of dis­cov­ery and trans­for­ma­tion is both mag­i­cal and com­pelling, and the prospects for the 2016 edi­tion of Pulse’s Search for the Mil­lion Dol­lar Girl, are keen on re­al­is­ing their dreams and tak­ing aim at be­com­ing Pulse’s next global star.

The field has been nar­rowed to 22 girls in this sea­son’s bat­tle of Fash­ion vs Petites.

The beau­ti­ful Melia Braco Re­sort Vil­lage will be the back­drop for one lucky girl with the per­fect face, body and spirit to take the top hon­ors of ‘Pulse’s Mil­lion Dol­lar Girl’ and will be awarded $1m in cash and prizes (with no less than $300,000 in cash). Prizes in­clude a ticket to New York to visit model agen­cies, guar­an­teed mod­el­ling con­tracts and week­ends at the Melia Braco among oth­ers.

Since 1980, the Pulse Search has pro­duced fash­ion leg­ends such as Lois Sa­muels, An­gela Neil, Kim­ber­ley Mais, Ro­mae Gordon, Althea Laing, Carla Camp­bell, Lincoln Wyn­ter, as well

as more re­cent su­per­mod­els Jeneil Wil­liams, Oraine Bar­rett, Jaunel McKen­zie, Se­dene Blake, Nell Robin­son and Na­dine Wil­lis.

Today, we in­tro­duce you to one of the 2016 fi­nal­ists, Cleopa­tra Whyte. Brought to you by Pulse, Melia Braco and The Gleaner.

Cleopa­tra Whyte is a 19-year-old past stu­dent of As­cot High School. Ar­tic­u­late and driven, this mul­ti­tal­ented young lady from St Cather­ine stands 5ft 51/5” and says her pas­sion for mod­el­ling was de­vel­oped at an early age.

“Since I was a child, I would put on my mom’s heels and hand­bags. I loved to play dress-up,” she said.

When asked about who in­spired her from the run­way, she im­me­di­ately re­sponded, “I ad­mired Francine and she re­minded me of my­self. And when I met Ali­cia Burke and spoke to her, she im­me­di­ately be­came my role model. Re­gard­less of be­ing shorter and slim­mer than some of the other girls and be­ing teased about it, she helped me to feel con­fi­dent and bet­ter about my­self.”

Cleopa­tra proudly re­veals that she was al­ways en­cour­aged by friends and fam­ily to pur­sue her dream. “This ex­pe­ri­ence feels great. I’ve been able to put out my full po­ten­tial and even though I’m a pe­tite (model), I’ve been able to show that I have as much to of­fer as a model.”

A creative spirit at heart, Cleopa­tra loves reg­gae and R&B, but has a pref­er­ence for old hits. She also writes po­etry and be­lieves she will pen a hit song one day. Un­fazed by her stature in an in­dus­try which favours her taller coun­ter­parts, Whyte be­lieves that stay­ing con­fi­dent, re­gard­less of what she has faced, will see her com­pet­ing at the high­est level. “I have un­wa­ver­ing be­lief in my­self and I’m not eas­ily rat­tled. It may take me a while to get to my goals in mod­el­ling, but I am per­sis­tent and will not be dis­tracted. I am pre­pared to fight for what I want to achieve,” she said.

IN­SPI­RA­TION Cleopa­tra Whyte shot on lo­ca­tion at Melia Braco Re­sort Vil­lage.

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