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Monday, September 26, 2016

Incredible Hair & Makeup Team lead Pensacola Fashion Week to an Astounding Victory this Year!

 The annual Pensacola Fashion Week was held in Pensacola, Fl this past weekend to rave reviews, and collected an incredible amount of donations for The Pensacola Hotel for Dogs and Cats, a local animal rescue. There were over 30 designers, stores, and boutiques, and over 100 models stomping it out on the runway to raise money for our four legged friends. Tracee Dundas, founder of New Orleans fashion Week, MTV Star Dustin Zito, and me John Dye (Founder of PFW) served as the hosts, and we had the audience excited and laughing the whole time! What was most impressive though, was the many intricate hair and makeup looks conceived by a team of incredibly talented professionals who donated their time and skills to truly take this years show to the next level.

What makes a fashion show? The clothes? Yes. The models? Of course. The photographers? Definitely. But.... what would a show be without beautiful hair and makeup on the models! It is the cherry on top for a complete look to knock people out of their seat. It ties everything  together, and transforms these models into ROCKSTAR versions of themselves. We had people come from all over this year to help us with hair and makeup, some from as far as NYC! The stylists were given light directions, but were really given creative control to be able to shine, and put their spin on the minimally specified looks. This is what makes the show so incredible, you get to see such a vast array of styles and nuances. Some shows, the hair and makeup is very uniform and homogenized, but it was so refreshing to see a different look on each one of the models, it kept the audience guessing about what they would see next. 
Not only did these women SLAY the hair and makeup looks, they did so out of pocket, and without pay, for the good of the cause. We took in over 5000 dollars cash at this event, and it was the biggest single cash donation the animal rescue had ever received. They worked so hard, without breaks, for over 6 hours, just to make sure every model felt and looked confident, beautiful, GORGEOUS! They also had a way of pumping the models up while they we're in their chair, through encouraging words, compliments, and hyping them up to SLAY that runway. 

We thank the hair and makeup team for all of their hard work, their creativity, their kindness, their dedication, and all the many beautifully flawless looks they created. The show would not have gone on without you. You took a bunch of young timid models, and turned them into to superstars, We cannot thank you all enough for your contribution to this event. You can rest easy knowing your hard work went into helping raise 5000 dollars for precious rescue animals. And as my hero Rupaul says, I have one thing to say about all the hair and makeup looks this year... "You Better WORK!"

A HUGE THANK YOU TO  Leigh MaloneyAngela Preston D'AlessandroAlexandria BlackTaylor LindleyStephanie MyersEva Yuliana Vanessa Sturms Fiama Mastrangelo Melissa AnnHolly Kimble,Adrienne De La CruzAlexa KissGrace KessenKatherine Steck Ford,Kaytee TurleyJean Lowers and anyone else I missed!!! You made this show come to life!

John Dye
Founder of Pensacola Fashion Week

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Ciotti Models is a full service boutique agency operating out of Toronto, Canada. It offers its models image and career development, management and international placement. Founded in 2014, the agency launched in October and within 6 months has grown to become home to over 30 models.

Founder Jarrett Plyley began his career in the fashion industry at the age of 16 as a model. While modelling he also worked as an assistant and scout for his mother agency. After a successful career modelling in New York, Europe and Tokyo with clients such as Vogue, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, he realized his passions remained behind the scenes and moved to Toronto at the age of 21 to become a full time agent. Over the span of the next 10 years he worked for 3 Toronto agencies including scouting for Ford Models Toronto and has managed notable names such as Elyse Saunders, Kate Somers, Dauphine McKee, Taryn Davidson, Amanda Laine, Britt Bergmeister and Grace Mahary. He departed from his last agency in August of 2014 to pursue his dream of opening his own agency.

The roster currently includes top models such as Casey Taylor and rising new faces such as Dylan Bell, Nathan Charron, Eugenia Kuleshoff, Chantal Habscheid, Kiana Klassen and Tillie Medland.

Phone: 416-456-8849

Meet Our Featured Members of the Month

We may have been suffering heat stroke in August, but are back with some great new featured members for September! Pumpkin spice everything is in the air, and we can't wait to see what the autumn ahead holds for fashion and our members. If you're interested in collaborating with any of this month's featured members, use your MWN messaging feature to reach out. Profiles for each are below!


Elijah is represented by CLICK Models ATL and currently lives in Brooklyn. 


Geoffrey Badner learned to print negatives and process his own film when he was 10. In high school he bought his first Nikon SLR and three lenses. He shot rolls and rolls of film and spent hours in the darkroom his dad built in the family home. In college, he bailed on photography all together.

Geoffrey worked in photo labs processing and printing other people's work for three years to help pay for school but rarely picked up a camera to shoot. He studied graphic design and became an advertising creative director and digital designer.

Over the years, he returned to photography, starting with simple street and documentary-style work that captured what was going on around him. He is now moving on from that and working to actively capture original moments that he creates.


Karin Price, born and raised in south Florida, learned at the young age of 12 that her true passion was makeup. When she was growing up, she collected dozens of fashion magazines and would look at them for inspiration. She took that inspiration and would practice her skills on anyone that would let her. After getting an Associates Degree, she pursued her esthetician license and the production makeup artistry program at Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Once this passion was fueled by education and years of freelance work in editorial, fashion, runway, and special FX, Karin became determined to make her way out to Los Angeles. That dream came true this summer when she took her chances and moved to LA at the end of July.

Why makeup artistry?
I decided to become a makeup artist because I struggled with severe acne growing up. When I started to play around with makeup and experimenting with different products on myself and friends, it made me feel confident. The bullying I had endured no longer affected how I felt about myself. I felt empowered. Although makeup is only superficial, I know firsthand what it can do for other people who are internally struggling with the same issues.
Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?
Ve Neill is my favorite makeup artist because she is such an inspiration to makeup artists everywhere and to women in general. Not only has she received the most Academy Awards by any woman in the past for makeup, she has also worked on some of my favorite movies such as Beetlejuice, The Hunger Games, and all of Tim Burton's movies. She has an amazing ability to combine the real with the surreal and make it seamless.
What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration is people in general. I love hearing people's stories about where they come from and what inspires them to keep going. This is one of the primary reasons why I love film. In my opinion, it is the most raw form of visual artistry where you are able to perceive the complete story of a character from beginning to end.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
To this day, working as the Movie Makeup Director at a summer camp in San Bernadino has been my favorite project I've been involved with. I built the program from the bottom up and was able to provide the students with a mini makeup school that was themed depending on the day. We had Lady Gaga Thursday, Wound Wednesday, and foundation and color theory Mondays! The kids not only loved it, but have expressed to me their budding passion for makeup artistry and their desires to perhaps pursue it as their careers. Knowing that I somehow have influenced these kids' lives positively has meant the world to me.
What genre does your work focus on?
I have mostly worked in glam/beauty, which I love, but my dream is to get more into Special FX. It is so fascinating to me, the actual realism in Special FX, and the research involved in making that vision come to life!


Leanne Hare has been a licensed cosmetologist in Arizona and California for more than 20 years. She has always had a passion for hair styling. Her first client was, of course, Barbie (until Leanne realized her would never grow back)! Then she started styling her friends.

After graduating high school, she went straight into the cosmetology profession of hair and began working in salons doing color, cuts, weaves, perms, and up-dos. She was able to build her skills and speed while learning to communicate with her clients in a professional way (to hear what they were saying and envisioning in her head). Leanne moved back to California and worked with the Disney Corp as a hair stylist and then worked for operas, photo shoots, runways, red carpet events, and music videos.


Melynda is originally from the Bay Area and got her official start in fashion styling at the age of 15 while living in San Diego, CA. As a child, she would sit for hours sketching outfits and making cartoon drawings of women in different designs. In high school she joined a (now defunct) youth internship program called "The Retail Project" where she was able to dress fashion shows for Nikita, Doc Martens, Quicksilver, and many other early streetwear brands of the time.

Since then, Melynda has managed (and bought for) multiple resale retail stores, worked and traveled as a sales rep in fashion wholesale and even became a store owner/operator herself.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meet Our Featured Members of the Month

Apologies for the slight delay this month in our Featured Member post! We hope everyone is enjoying the summer and looking forward to all of the great fall fashion headed our way.
As always, if you would like to be considered as a future Featured Member of the Month, please email featured@modelwirenetwork.com to be considered. You can also send us a message via your MWN account.

Raised in Madison, WI, Hannah moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue a career in modeling. Since moving to California, Hannah has enjoyed shooting for clients like Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, Disney, Masai Payan, Imposter Magazine, Sony, Scala, and Time Out. She has also walked in LA Fashion Week and has been featured in TV shows, music videos, film, and various awards shows.

Alvin Caban is a portrait and fashion photographer from Brooklyn, NY, where he began his career as a staff photographer for a commercial studio at age 19. His work has been featured in countless catalogs, brochures, and retail packaging in many countries.

Why photography?
I love the visceral reaction that a photo creates long after you make it.
Who is your favorite photographer of all time?
Peter Lindbergh
What inspires you?
Enthusiasm inspires me, which is why collaborating with other passionate artists is so important.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
That really depends on the assignment but generally I'm looking for something unique and genuine.
What kind of camera/equipment do you use?
Currently Canon, but I've worked with all the major brands throughout my career.
What genre does your work focus on?
Portrait and Fashion
What is your favorite artist/band or song of all time?
My favorite band is MUSE.

Amanda Forsyth has spent numerous years developing and crafting her freelance skills for advertising and fashion all around the world. Working with a variety of clients, her work has been used worldwide for various advertising campaigns.

Beginning her career in fashion design, Amanda has a strong understanding of color and form. Her work has since been marked by a sense of beauty and freedom that is only matched by her attention to detail.

Amanda's goal is always to magnify the natural beauty of the model or celebrity who is momentarily the focus of her attention and world.

Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?
My favorite makeup artist would be golden Hollywood's leading makeup artist, Max Factor.
What inspires you?
Working with creative people. Art and culture is a big influence in my life.
What product can you not live without?
There are so many, but my all time favorite (and not just because I am Australian) would be Lucas Pawpaw ointment.
What genre does your work focus on?
Freelancing means I can work in any genre, but I concentrate on Advertising and Fashion. I love that editorial allows me to create amazing things.
What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?
When assistants ask my celebrity clients for a picture.

Sylvia J. Stankowski started her career in the Upper Midwest. Her love of art has cast her on a journey beginning as a small girl, always with a pencil and a pad of paper at her side, to where she has landed today, freelancing as a Hair Designer in Las Vegas. She has traveled a road of fashion shows in Minneapolis, events and photoshoots all over Wisconsin and Chicago, lookbook shoots, photo and film projects in Vegas, and more. 

With a true love for shape and form, Sylvia's focus is in the Beauty and Fashion Industry, where she meticulously creates her signature design styles for models and performers, as well as creating the perfect hairstyles for special events. She specializes in classic Hollywood glam styles, as well as stylized editorial and high fashion looks. Her utter joy in her work is apparent in the experience you have with her, not only because she is creating, but because of her love of meeting and working with new people.

Andrea Igreja is a freelance fashion/wardrobe stylist in San Francisco. She has experience fitting and styling models for photo shoots, agency portfolios, and producing fashion shows.