The finalists for the Caribbean/International leg of Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search (CMS) Reality TV show arrived in the island on the weekend to start taping the TV show, which will air around the Caribbean and in US, UK and African markets starting in April. CMS is the region’s largest and most successful model search attracting thousands of entrants from around the Caribbean and other parts of the world. Last year the event was extended to the United Kingdom and the 2009-10 events will add parts of Latin America, Africa and wider Europe to the list of countries represented.
The young ladies represent Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, New York, Florida, Guadeloupe, The Bahamas and Guyana. They are Crystal Patterson, a 16 year old Excelsior High School student representing Jamaica; Royann Ambrister, 17 year old aspiring business major who hails from The Bahamas; Tryce Scully, 19 year old Economics/Pre Medicine Student representing Florida; Meleesa Payne, 23 year old dance and Spanish student from Guyana; Chantel Davis, 20 year old international studies student representing New York; Kerry Ann Murphy, a 20 year old stylist from the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago; 16 year old high school student Jodesha Nedd from Barbados and 18 year old cosmetology student Olivia Mekel from Guadeloupe. The winner will take the title of the Caribbean’s Next Supermodel for 2009. She will also get her international career moving by visiting New York model agencies.
While in Jamaica, the models will participate in a series of activities and challenges, which will be filmed on location at a number of venues including the Hilton Kingston Hotel, Star Fish Resort in Trelawney, Villa Ronai in Stony Hill, The Caribbean Fashion Centre at Pulse and the Morgan’s Harbour Hotel. On Sunday night, they were hosted to dinner at Café Aubergine, one of Jamaica’s leading gourmet restaurants, where they were formally introduced to two members of the CMS panel of judges, Pulse CEO Kingsley Cooper and Pulse GM and former international model Romae Gordon.
The CMS Reality TV series, both local and international, has secured a fast fashion following as viewers tune in to weigh in and support their favourite model hopefuls. Last year, Jamaican CMS TV star Rochelle Notice bested models from Barbados, Cayman Islands, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominican Republic, London and Miami to emerge as the grand winner. Interestingly, since the Caribbean competition inception in 2002, the winner has always come from Jamaica - Nell Robinson, Jaunel Mc Kenzie, Oraine Barrett, Ghinelle Germain ,Gaye Mc Donald, Shevolee Bell and Rochelle Notice but now the pressure is on to see if Jamaica will continue its winning streak or be ousted by one of its able Caribbean contenders. Guest model slated to make an appearance this season is Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Carla Campbell.
Transforming the region’s men and women into supermodels, Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search (CMS) has produced some of world’s top fashion talent. These include Jamaicans Jaunel McKenzie, Nell Robinson, Oraine Barrett, Nadine Willis, Carla Campbell, Gaye McDonald, Jeneil Williams and Sunna Gottshalk, as well as Tenille Stoute and Alex King of Barbados. Earlier stars discovered in the Search and developed by Pulse include Kimberley Mais, Angela Neil, Hector Lincoln, Romae Gordon, Lois Samuels, Justine Willoughby and Althea Laing.
CMS is produced by Pulse Investments Limited at its Trafalgar TV Studios and Editing facility. The Caribbean Model Search production team is headed by British TV producer Mesha Stewart, supported by a Jamaican team including Janelle Dyer (producer), Eldorado Mullings, O’Knegi Holness and Ceon Clarke (cameras and sound), Alethia Madden and Lorraine March (additional production support), Paul March (hair and makeup), Celene Tyson (presenter) and Shakera Campbell (editor).