Photo of Nicole Siobal and I persuading Paul Wharton to strut down the runway and show the crowd how it’s really done!
For my readers who aren’t familiar, the emcee for yesterday’s Adult Swim: A Dare to be Fashionably Courageous was the fabulous Paul Wharton, who is a popular modeling and style coach from MTV’s hit series MADE model show and VH-1s hot new series The Agency, Paul provides innovative and cutting edge image enhancement advice to young women that aspire to break into the modeling industry and to those that just want to look and be fabulous! Paul work as a fashion, modeling and lifestyle expert has been featured on television networks internationally and in top fashion magazines (including his own Ask Paul column and online show with Elle Magazine’s Ellegirl.com) and on local and national news, radio and talk shows (CW, Fox, etc.).
Paul is a regular contributor to features and articles on how women can improve their image and become more “model fabulous”. Paul also works with some of the world’s top modeling agencies instructing and developing newly signed talent in the areas of high fashion runway and over-all image development.Hosting a new special feature for The CW entitled Top Model Makeover, creating and producing innovative fashion and beauty television concepts and running Evolution Look Modeling Agency are just a few things that keep Paul busy. In a fast-paced era where divas and designers are born every minute, Paul stays on top with fresh ideas that are authentic and consistent.
Paul brought the cameras with him to the event yesterday! There were cameras all over the Liaison Hotel’s rooftop pool, as there was filming for two television shows – one on the CW, and the other for BET. We also had cameras from Comcast and Verizon Fios. But my favorite camera, was held by my friend and renowned photographer, Tony Powell. Although, he is much more than a photographer! The Washington Post has dubbed him “a 21st Century Renaissance Man.” Tony is a choreographer, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and writer. He is a 1995 graduate of the Juilliard School and directed his own dance company, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, for 10 years. A native Washingtonian, he has won numerous awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography, and his 4th String Quartet received the first ever Metro DC Dance Award for Original Music. He was given a one-man show of his paintings and photographs in Dupont Circle at Gallery 2000 in 1998.
He has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created over 100 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, PHILADANCO, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, The Maryland Youth Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Manassas Dance Company, and Odyssey Dance Theater.
Support for the creation of his work has come from The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post Company, The Meyer Foundation, Verizon, Philip Morris, The Mead Family Foundation, Allesee Family Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and The Philip L. Graham Fund, among others. He has taught ballet and modern dance techniques at The Washington School of Ballet, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Towson University, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Manassas School of Dance, Joy of Motion, Feet First, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Jones Haywood School of Ballet. He has been a regularly contributing photographer with Washington Life Magazine since 2006 and is in the process of launching his website www.tony-powell.com in the Fall.
I was honored to have Tony cover the fashion show, and to have Paul serve as Emcee. If you missed this fabulous event, view or purchase photos here! The Wizard Girls and other models looked gorgeous in the designer swimwear from SyLene of Washington. You should also check out Tony’s blog!