High fashion met avant garde and was intertwined with fairy tales when the Graydon Sealy Secondary School’s Model Search came off recently.
Patrons who stepped into the Realm of Fantasy when they entered the Paddock Road, St. Michael school’s Mannie Bowen Auditorium, were taken on a journey which showed off the contestants’ creativity, fierce attitudes and personalities.
At the end of it all, Marika Welch walked away with the top model title in the Lower School, ahead of second place Zhara Williams and Gabriella Headley who came third.
Welch also won the Best Fantasy Costume, while the Best Formal Wear title went to Williams who also won the Best Personal Style, Miss Photogenic and Most Improved Contestant categories.
In the upper school it was Kadisha Blades who won the top prize. She beat out Allyson Welch and Ishera Brewster who placed second and third respectively.
Shomer Busby was the top male in the upper school.
Welch-Pinder’s garden fairy costume copped her the Best Fantasy prize, Mariah Boyce was Most Photogenic, Brewster’s newspaper dress saw her winning the Best Avant Garde category, Kadisha Blades got the judges’ approval for the Best Personal style, and the Most Improved Contestant was Giselle Best.
Organised and produced by the school’s Department of Art, the lower school girls depicted fantasy themes from Walt Disney fairy tales in costume and evening wear while the upper school girls showed fairies, avant grade from reusable materials, personal style casual and Sonia Nole’s designer wear.
Busby wore Andrew Harris’ clothing.
The purpose of the event was to bring greater awareness to the importance of Arts and tie it into the broader curriculum across the school. (DS)