Learn ‘Model Code’ from a seasoned professional

Stylist Tigerlily Hill and international model Nik Stewart join forces. - Photo: Cortez Vernon
Stylist Tigerlily Hill and international model Nik Stewart join forces. – Photo: Cortez Vernon

Cayman’s aspiring models may want to take note. “Model Code,” an informational session with internationally successful Caymanian model Nik Stewart, will take place on Saturday at CeLeb boutique in The Marquee plaza between noon and 2 p.m.

Stewart will impart her knowledge on how to jump-start your journey into a modeling career, and is well placed to do so.

She was originally discovered at age 15 when she became second runner-up in a modeling competition in Jamaica, before being scouted by a New York agency and moving to the U.S. two years later.

She has enjoyed great success since, in all areas of high fashion, runway and print, and appeared in campaigns for Kohl’s and Nike, as well as in multiple magazine spreads.

“Most recently I was cast in a national commercial for the Illinois Lottery Campaign,” Stewart said. “It is currently being advertised on television and billboards all over Chicago and neighboring cities.”

“There have been many other accomplishments, such as Nike,” she continued, “and I recently walked in a Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2016 runway show which was a feat in itself as I was the only black girl chosen and was in turn asked to open the show.”

When asked what inspired her to pursue modeling as a career path, Stewart, a self-confessed tomboy and sports jock, said she has always been intrigued by beauty. “Because of this, when approached by a scout about being a model I decided to widen my scope and immerse myself into becoming an entity in the fashion industry.

Nik Stewart, Caymanian model extraordinaire. - Photo: Shamayim
Nik Stewart, Caymanian model extraordinaire. – Photo: Shamayim

“Modeling is a competitive career similar to sports,” she explained. “My character has always been motivated to conquer challenges and I knew it was the career for me once I started at the age of 16.”

Stewart is now signed to agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami and therefore travels extensively. “I do, however, make time to come home as work allows me, as it keeps me grounded,” she said.

Stewart acknowledges that sessions like Model Code would have been invaluable to her as a young model starting out, and hopes it will be a useful tool for today’s model hopefuls in Cayman.

For those who cannot attend, there are also international Skype calls available with Stewart, both during the session and on a one-to-one basis.

In anticipation of her Model Code session, Stewart provided two tidbits of advice which will surely be mentioned in more depth on Saturday. “Be open to advice from seasoned individuals in the industry as their experience is invaluable,” she urged. “In addition to this, a support team is instrumental in developing and motivating a model’s career, and keeping one’s dream alive.”

Tickets for Model Code are $50 and are available from Arabus and CeLeb boutique. All ages, both boys and girls, are welcome to the educational and inspirational session, and under-12s must be accompanied by a parent.