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JM | Jun 2, 2022

SAINT’s search finds next generation of new faces

/ Our Today

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South Side, Parade Gardens resident Junior Robinson being photographed by SAINT CEO Deiwght Peters after making the cut at SAINT’s Kingston search at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Fingers crossed and big dreams in their hearts of working in the global fashion industry, hundreds of model hopefuls converged upon The Jamaica Pegasus hotel for SAINT International’s Community Model Search last Saturday. 

The multitude of young men and women queued up in the New Kingston property’s gardens, anxiously awaiting the final word from SAINT CEO Deiwght Peters.

For 24-year-old South Side, Parade Gardens resident Junior Robinson, who was advised to test his chances at the audition by his German model friend, the result was positive.

‘VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE’

“I did extensive research before going,” the dreadlocked tour guide and crafts and oil entrepreneur told Our Today of making a solo afternoon trip to The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

“Coming into the knowledge of how much of a major impact SAINT has made in the industry sparked my interest even more to try out,” Robinson said.

Pointing to his specific interests, he explained: “I like how much the looks can vary, variety is the spice of life and seeing the wide range of fashion sense on the international scene screams creativity. That’s an eye-opener for I, and it stimulates the mind.”

Krystal Plunkett (left), Javani Walters (centre) and Joanna-Belle Seaton were among the faces chosen by SAINT CEO Deiwght Peters at SAINT’s Community Model Search at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last Saturday.

Accompanied by her mother and aunt, 16-year-old Krystal Plunkett, counted among the ranks of the shortlisted 11.

The fifth-form Bridgeport High School student was expectedly overjoyed.

“It feels amazing to know I was selected from the hundreds who attended. This really boosts my confidence because I always wanted to be a model,” shared the teenager who calls Waterford, Portmore home. Already projecting greater things for herself, Plunkett declared in admiration of SAINT, “I love that Mr Peters takes untrained individuals and teaches them how to become a supermodel”.

ALWAYS HAD A THING FOR MODEL INDUSTRY

Like many behind and in front of him in the line at Saturday’s audition, 19-year-old Javani Walters had long thought he had model potential.

The Bay Farm Road resident, who currently works at Devon House in the ice cream packaging department, disclosed that, at his alma mater, Jose Marti Technical High, “they used to have this club, Model with a Purpose, where we would train to become models in the future. We even went as far as modelling for small stores, so I always had that thing for the model industry”.

“It’s the biggest search I’ve done in some time and I discovered many fresh, promising faces.”

SAINT CEO Deiwght Peters

The overwhelming turnout at The Jamaica Pegasus was a fitting wrap for the two monthlong search, and left SAINT’s  impresario poised for a new chapter.

“It’s the biggest search I’ve done in some time and I discovered many fresh, promising faces,” Peters revealed to Our Today of his islandwide audition that visited St Thomas, St Mary, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St James and ended in Kingston, with members of parliament endorsing and assisting in the search.

“Jamaica is blessed with remarkably stunning model talent, perfect for the international fashion industry, and SAINT is positioning for the next generation. It was a pleasure to see the hundreds of young persons who came out across the country, and I’m planning for even bigger searches later this summer.”

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