Female finalist from casting held at Babalu Caribbean Bar and Grill (West Bay Street). Judges table, from left to right: Owen Bethel (founder of Islands of the World Fashion Week), Sonia Brown (talent scout, president of Brown entertainment group), Brynda Knowles (designer) and Erica Meus-Saunders ( publisher of Nu Woman Magazine, executive producer,
Submitted by Erica Meus-Saunders / Nu Woman Magazine
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On March 24 2010, Nu Woman Magazine began it’s “Nu Face 4 Summer Campaign”, an island wide model search in partnership with Bahamas Ferries, Sky Bahamas, Valentines Resort and Marina, Pelican Bay Hotel, KJO, Bani Shoe, Babalu Caribbean Bar and Grill, International Hair Salon and Day Spa, Air Brush Junkies, Catwalk Boutique, Splash Dance, Afrotique Hair Salon and Islands of The World Fashion Week.
Nu Woman Magazine has been in circulation for two years and is distributed in Nassau, Freeport Grand Bahama and the Turks & Caicos. It is a high end, industry standard publication that is the pace setter locally and features Fashion, Fitness and Everyday Living. Nu Woman Magazine is currently searching for a ‘Nu Face 4 Summer’.
Male finalists from Nassau - Valentino Kemp and Khalil Rhaming
Harbour Island photo shoot (behind the scenes, Jem Burrows, Lestisha Neymour and Sasha Kemp, stylist Scherlin Major from International Hair and Day Spa).
The “Nu Face 4 Summer” has already visited the islands of Harbour Island and Eleuthera, New Providence and Grand Bahama, next stop Andros.
While conducting the search Nu Woman Magazine is also filming for it’s reality show “Nu Face Model Search”, to air this summer on V-TV this June. V-TV will be broadcasting in the Bahamas, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Marteen, Saint Martin, St. Vincent, Turks &Caicos, Tobago &Trinidad, United States Virgin islands and The United Kingdom.
The first casting took place in Nassau at Babalu Caribbean Bar and Grill, where four models were chosen from the group of finalist- Sasha Anderson, Letisha Neymour, Valentino Kemp and Khalil Rhaming.
These models traveled on Bahamas Ferries to Harbour Is and Eleuthera where several photo shoot took place. While in Harbour Island ‘Nu Face’ conducted a second casting on April 14 at Valentines Resort and Marina, where another two models were chosen; Swanique Sawyer (winner from Harbour Island) and Gem Burrows (winner from Eleuthera). These two models joined the winner from Nassau in the photo shoots.
Team Freeport, from left to right: Charles Kemp (producer), Gwyneth Grant (Freeport finalist) Erica Meus-Saunders (executive producer, publisher), Tomacina Culmer (Freeport finalist), Lyndah Wells (photograpger), Sonia Brown (production assistant), Leon Clarke (assistant cameraman).
On May 1, the campaign moved to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where a casting call was conducted at Pelican Bay Hotel, and again, two winners were chosen from this campaign- Tomacina Culmer and Gwyneth Grant. On May 2, these models took part in several photo shoots held a Garden of the Groves, Pelican Bay Hotel and Lighthouse Point beach.
Next stop will be on the island of Andros (The Big Yard), where again 2-3 finalists will be chosen.
Freeport Shoot at Pelican Bay Hotel, Model- Tomacina, photographer- Lyndah Wells, Photographer assistant, Nicole Leblanc
All finalists will have a spread in Nu Woman Magazine’s summer 2010 issue, and all will be vying for the summer cover. Other prizes include a round trip ticket on Sky Bahamas, tear sheets from the magazine and professional portfolio pictures, and array of products from ‘body butters’ to clothing from various sponsors. The winner will represent the magazine for the duration of the year and take part in commercials and advertisements from various companies.
The show will come to an end the first week in June, where all participants and sponsors/advertisers will be invited to one final bash, the top model will be revealed with the new summer cover.
Photographers: Phillippa Michel, Lyndah Wells, Dwayne Delancy.
Production: Charles Kemp (Down Home Group), Leon Clarke- assistant
Campaign production assistant- Sonia Brown
Executive Producer- Erica Meus-Saunders