Pulse Models Global Impact
Currently the most important and successful model from the Caribbean with one of her best years in 2015.
Named by Vogue in October 2015 as one of 5 Jamaicans who changed the face of fashion.
Two Pulse models were so named. The other was Nadine Willis. They were the only models of the 5 to have been discovered, developed and managed by a Jamaican agency.
In addition to being named by Vogue, along with Jeneil Williams, Nadine Willis Gucci campaign was hailed by CNN in November 2015, as one of the 15 fashion ads that shook society and changed the world. The only such by a Caribbean model.
New Pulse star Francine James is the fastest rising model from the Caribbean this past year, having completed a slew of assignments, including November’s German Vogue, since starting her international career in 2015.
Oraine Barrett continues his spectacular career with the current campaign for the new hi-tech suit from Ralph Lauren.
Pulse 2015 Model Search winner Alicia Burke, hit the ground running in London this past November, where she started her international career. Several assignments later Burke is gearing up for the collections this winter.
Pulse pioneered the modern modeling industry in the Caribbean and has been the market leader since its inception 35 years ago. The Pulse Model Agency has produced the most accomplished talent from the region and in the process, Pulse fashion stars have risen to the top of world modeling. Our supermodels have attained unprecedented successes in the areas of fashion editorials and runway work, as well as campaigns and advertising.
Some career highlights of the modeling talent produced by Pulse are: multiple appearances on the cover of Vogue, i-D, Esquire and GQ magazines as well as editorials for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue; Armani, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Alexander McQueen campaigns; appearances on the major runway collections for the industry’s celebrated designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris and thousands of other assignments for the premier global fashion brands
Francine James and Alysia Francis are among the latest wave of Pulse models who will continue to break new ground as did their predecessors. Now a mainstay of global fashion labels, Jeneil Williams remains in high demand and her recent Vogue covers confirm her status among modeling elite. She is Nikes most visible global star and is the face of cosmetics worldwide for 2015. In recent years, our best known stars include Jaunel McKenzie, Nadine Willis, Skyy Gray, Carla Campbell, Oraine Barrett, Nell Robinson, Sunna Gottshalk, Gaye McDonald and Sedene Blake. In earlier years Althea Laing, Kimberley Mais, Justine Willoughby, Angela Neil, Hector Lincoln Wynter, Romae Gordon, Lois Samuels, Juline Samuels and Nikki Vassell were some of the agency’s major international successes.
Armed with a pioneering vision to create a portal for Jamaicans and Caribbeans to the international modeling industry, Pulse Chairman and founder, Kingsley Cooper created the Pulse Model Search in 1980, when he started the Caribbean’s first international model agency.
The Pulse Model Search is the largest, most successful and far reaching model event in the region. It is both a live event and a television show. The Search is a remarkable life changing experience for young people. The event also extends to the Caribbean diaspora in the UK, North America and Canada, where contestants representing those countries, regularly participate in the finals.
On several occasions, the stars produced by the Pulse Model Search have driven an ascendency of black supermodels in the world. This occurred with Nadine Willis and Jaunel McKenzie in 2002-2003 and again with Jeneil Williams and Sedene Blake in 2010-2012. Both Willis and McKenzie reached the top 25 of all models in the world and McKenzie was the world’s #1 black model for 3 consecutive years (models.com).