Black Opal True Beauty Model Search 2013


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  • Be a Top 3 contender to win an all-expense paid trip to New York City to meet the judges.
  • Participate in a glam photo shoot and compete for the Grand Prize.
  • You could be featured in Black Opal’s worldwide marketing materials and the Grand Prize Winner will be the 2014 FACE of Black Opal.
  • And the prizes don’t stop there!$25,000 in scholarship awards will be given to the Top 10 Winners to continue, finish or further their education.


Top 12 Finalist – Vanessa Simmons Model Search 2012

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 Vanessa Simmons Makes Major Announcement About The ROSE By Vanessa Jean International Model Search

Vanessa announces semi-finalists set to compete in L.A. for final competition, along with full details and dates.


ROSE by Vanessa Jean
ROSE by Vanessa Jean

PRLog (Press Release) – May 14, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA—Commencing this summer, ROSE by Vanessa Jean—an intimate apparel line created by Industry Trendsetter, Actress, Designer, Visionary and Co-Founder of the 70 million dollar Pastry Brand Vanessa Simmons for every woman of all shapes and sizes—will embark on one of its most exciting journeys yet. From June 4-8, 2012, 12 top Semi-Finalist will compete in a series of fashion inspired challenges and events hosted by Vanessa Simmons herself, Multimillionaire business mogul and star of ABC’s Shark Tank Daymond John, and American fashion model and winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 Dani Evans. The final competition will kick-off in Los Angeles, CA where three finalists will be chosen to represent ROSE by Vanessa Jean and share the runway with Vanessa when she debuts the line in July 2012.

For three months, thousands of fresh-faced hopefuls submitted their photos and videos to the ROSE by Vanessa Jean International Model Search. Their photos were uploaded via Facebook giving fans a chance to vote for their top favorite. The completion was close, but only 12 semi-finalists were chosen.  The semi-finalists were announced over a course of 12 suspenseful days where each day a winner’s face was revealed on the official ROSE by Vanessa Jean website.

The top 12 semi-finalists are:

•   Chelsea Moore, VA
•   Michelle Andrade, NY
•   Ashlee Desire, NY
•   Shanequa Batts, NJ
•   Kym Landon, SC
•   Adrienne Dawkins, NJ
•   Maricris Lapaix, CA
•   Ashanti Lissette, NY
•   Jesee Barton, AL
•   Ajolique Jude, MD
•   Shalize Theus, FL
•   Gabriella Deyi, CA
•   Hawa Jollah, MD
•   Vanessa Bowers, PA

These incredible ladies will be flown out to L.A. to join Vanessa, Daymond –who has partnered with ROSE by Vanessa Jean to extend brand development and marketing expertise, and Dani Evans. They’ll meet one-on-one with Vanessa, Daymond and Dani Evans and participate in a thrilling lineup of pre-scheduled events leading up to the BIG moment. The Model Search will be live-streamed from Los Angeles June 4th – 8th, giving fans a chance to view their favorite Semi-Finalists in ACTION!

Vanessa Simmons invites select media to attend the ROSE by Vanessa Simmons Model Search Final Competition June 4-8, 2012. 

For all media inquiries for ROSE by Vanessa Jean, please contact Victoria S. Odu at

To follow the development of the ROSE by Vanessa Jean International Model Search and for more details on ROSE by Vanessa Jean, visit,, and follow Vanessa Simmons on Twitter @ROSEbyVanessa.

About ROSE by Vanessa Jean
We recognize that every woman is different and special. Created by Vanessa Simmons, ROSE by Vanessa Jean ensures that she feels that way.  It is the mission of ROSE by Vanessa Jean to provide women with a fashion forward brand that understands the need of every woman to feel comfort with trendsetting style and glamour. ROSE by Vanessa Jean will offer superior quality, signature fabric’s with cutting edge designs to include bejeweled lingerie with diamond and jewel accents for your special occasions providing woman of all sizes with a unique experience that only a clothing item as intimate as lingerie can provide.



BET 106&Park highlights

I  had an AWESOME experience on BET’s 106 & Park. Everyone was so nice and a great group of people to work with!

Thanks you’s,
I want to thank everyone that supported me up until now. I want to thank my best friend my boyfriend J.R. Myles for being there at every fashion show; for helping to push me to pursue my dream. And for all the great advice and motivation, Thank you. Thank you to my parents, who have done so much for me. Words can’t thank them enough. My dad nathan has helped me when ever I needed him, thank you so much for believing in me. My mom, Staci who always told me I can do anything. She’s my heart, she taught me to be persistent in everything I do. Thanks to all my friends who practiced with me at buffalo wild wings lol, I love you all! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! It means everything to me seriously, I’m so blessed!

-Kym Landon

What a great experience! I loved meeting all the celebs and learning so much about the modeling and TV industry.




BET’s 106&Park

The day I got the call
I, seriously, was in disbelief.  Maybe I was even in shock.  But I ran and told my mother, who of course said “I’m not surprised you made it, you have to always believe in yourself.” And then I called my boyfriend…I was super excited!

It wasn’t until the call from Stephanie Hodges and the third call again from Lakeisha Wells that I stopped pinching myself and said, “Wow, this is real!”

Now my head is racing…

What should I wear on the show?   How should I do my hair?  OMG, this is REALLY HAPPENING!

Shopping for my outfit
I wanted to be comfortable, I didn’t want to feel like I tried to hard. I picked a cute pair of jeans that fit perfectly that still made a statement. And my top is a bit loose, a little see-through but very chic. I wanted the focus on me as a model, not the loud clothing. Even though I’ll still be selling my outfit to the judges.




Tips for the aspiring model

Ask yourself why you want to be a model
This is very important since it will determine where you will go in this career.  It will also determine how to set your expectations appropriately.

Start your portfolio
This can be an expensive under taking, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some tips I used to create mine without breaking the bank:

A. Look for local photographers.  If you have a college in your town, then you probably have aspiring photographers there too.  These people need models, and if they can’t find a volunteer then they have to pay someone.  And for college students, that is really hard.  So you can workout a beneficial agreement here since they need to improve their portfolio too.  You use the term “Time for Print”, or TFP.  Your time for their prints.  And in the age of digital camera’s make sure to have them send all the raw images to you in email or on a CD.  Easy, and free!

B. Finding professional photographers can be challenging too.  And remember, pro photographers needs models just like the college students.  Go to sites like and post some of your shots there.  Then you will have pros calling you to film you to add you to their portfolio.  Generally, you are lucky to get on or two shots from a pro for free.

Get Comp cards
As an aspiring model, always carry your Comp card (aka Zen card) with you (You never know who you may bump into).  It’s basically the official model business card.  Also, you can also get small business cards with your picture on it for networking purposes.

Casting call in your city

  • Attend hair show castings
  • Local fashion shows castings
  • Make up casting
  • Clothing store casting
  • Photography Ad casting
  • Promotional modeling
  • Big name music video shoots (Always ask for the title of the song. You don’t want to represent yourself in a bad way.)

(Casting calls are a great way to network. The people you meet you never know who they may know.)


Make a name for yourself
Use the heck out of Social Media, and get the word out!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Model Mayhem

And most importantly, just never give up… 🙂


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