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TRADE SECRETS A Donahue Models & Talent Publication




MAKEUP Hayley Klaudt




CONTRIBUTOR Kristen Verducci


CONTRIBUTOR Jessica Berndt


HAIR Melissa Wilson

CONTRIBUTOR Cinzia Antonelli




TRADE SECRETS is a free monthly online magazine for the modeling and talent industry across New England.

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I love putting on my makeup every morning as I get dressed and ready for the day. I feel it is a great finish to my look, and as a modeling and talent agent, I feel it’s my responsibility to set an example. However, there are days when I’m tempted to slap on the bare minimum and be on my way, but then I remember I can’t do that, I never know who I’m going to bump into. I have never regretted my decision to ‘do’ my face despite not feeling up to it, and it boosts my confidence when I know I’m looking sharp and polished. For our female readers out there; do you ever feel the same way? And how much time do your spend on applying your makeup each morning? If your answer is, “None, because I don’t wear any,” you are in luck. Our cover story is for you! The very talented Jessica Berndt writes about quick makeup application tips for the busy bee. So, now you’ll have no excuse not to wear any! From Italy, our contributor Cinzia shows us the wardrobe trends for the office. She’ll teach you how to mix things up, add some pizzazz to your work attire, and have fun with some creative new looks. We’re getting a little wild in this issue by mixing prints! Our fashion consultant, Sira D’Arpino, explains how to wear them with flare, while our onsite stylist, Lisa Shorr, explains what colors look best on different skin tones. Can you believe it’s already November? The holidays are around the corner and the mega-consumption commences! Overwhelmed with delicious choices like; pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, cheesy casseroles and galore, force us to cave into temptation and forget about our diets! Some waistlines may add an inch, or two, I’m not saying this is you, but… be sure to read personal trainer, Matt Espeut’s article on ways to keep that midsection trim this season! Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, and as I always say…

Stay fabulous! Y

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Models Should be Seen, Not Heard

One Crazy Day at the Beach I awoke at 2:50 a.m. to shower and drive from Boston for my 4:30 a.m. call time. After hair, makeup, and two cups of coffee, we worked our way down to the beach, where the early morning light danced on the water’s surface.

By Sally Meehan


We arrived to find a few early risers walking their dogs along the beach and the photographer, Valencio, began to set up his equipment. As I waited around to begin, a giant three-legged dog wandered over and defecated right in the middle of our first shot, and to my surprise, his owner decided that the universal rule of picking up after your pet didn’t apply to her!

’m in no way trying to devalue the opinions and perspectives of the women and men in the industry, particularly because I personally know how much models pour themselves into their work, but as the Merriam Webster dictionary defines it, “a model is a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist; especially one who poses for an artist.” Though this may be true, behind every glossy final photo, with its compositional precision, flawless hair and makeup, and expert lighting, there is a story. A story that often times doesn’t match the perfection of the final product and is almost always left untold. This past summer, I had the honor of gracing the cover of “Trade Secrets Magazine,” featuring some swimwear from the talented designer, Elizabeth McLaughlin of Isabela Royale. The final photos are stunning and looking at them now, I can hardly believe the girl exuding the effortless poise in the pictures is me. Particularly, when I reflect upon the gorgeous morning we shot in Newport.

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After a few shots at the first spot, Valencio decided we needed to find a different backdrop, so we headed straight to the water. I sank to my knees and began to pose. As soon as my shins hit the water, they began to itch like crazy! I looked down to see hundreds of little creatures (I’m not able to confidently classify them as insects or sea critters) nibbling my legs. Knowing there was little I could do about it than literally grin and bare it, we snapped through the pain. Valencio began snapping away, and this was where he ultimately captured the cover shot for the August issue.

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After a quick change, we moved on to a little cove created by the receding tides. I was going to be shot on a huge rock jutting out of the water and tried to get comfortable. This proved to be more difficult than I had imagined! In order to hold my body in the most visually appealing position, I had to balance my hipbone directly on a cushy seat of barnacles and stone. To relieve some of the pressure, I leaned back on both hands and was finally almost comfortable when Valencio nonchalantly asked me to hold a pair of sunglasses in my right hand. Oh no, there goes my comfort zone! My left arm began to shake as it took on all of my body weight and I could feel my forehead starting to glisten, (the modeling term for sweating bullets). And that’s when, right there in the middle of my struggle on the rock, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it. “It must be a piece of a buoy,” I attempted to convince myself, as what was actually the skeletal structure and some flesh of a very dead pigeon began bobbing ominously close to me. I was successfully ignoring the carcass when Valencio strode over and coolly remarked, “Oh, did you see the dead bird?”

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That was it; I jumped out of the tidal pool like a professional athlete! Valencio found a plastic bag and fearlessly strode down to the water, but as he attempted to scoop up the bobbing remains, it split in half and floated in every which direction. We still needed a few more shots before he was satisfied, so valiantly, I tried not to focus on the bobbing bits. Keeping one eye on the direction the parts were flowing, I tried not to look frazzled. Collectively, the whole crew and I kept willing the tide to take our new half friend away. Finally, it did, we were able to finish the shots without any further incidences. Next, we moved to the Newport pier where, for the rest of the day, I continued to pose and push my body farther than humanly possible. I was asked to stride up and down a stretch of sidewalk in a skimpy bikini and a pair of heels all without looking like I was breaking a sweat in the 90 degree weather. Cars drove by and slowed down, curious drivers peered out of their windows to see what was going on. As I popped a hip here, arched a back there, I tried to disregard the whistles and the cat calls. We finally wrapped around noon, and I hit the highway back home. The next morning, in that moment of haze, when the light first begins to stream through the blinds, I woke up slowly, but could not figure out what was wrong. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My entire body was sore, my hip was scratched up and my shins itched from the tiny bites that ran up

and down them. It took a moment, but I soon remembered my adventure from the day before - the scratches, the sweat, and the strenous poses. As the title of this article postulates, “models are meant to be seen, and not heard.” And maybe that’s for a reason. As models, we are lucky to be able to

produce some of the most beautiful pictures, and to the outsiders looking in, it appears to be glamorous, but talk to any professional model, and they will acknowledge without hesitation, most of the stories are not as pretty as the pictures.

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Playing Personal Assistant For a Day By Julie Dawson


ver since I left my full-time job about two months ago, I’ve been very lucky to have secured many acting and modeling jobs. Till this day, one of my most memorable moments being on a set wasn’t for acting at all. In fact, it was to be the personal assistant to three-time Emmy Award winner, John Wesley Shipp, best known as the character Barry Allen in “The Flash,” and Mitch Leery on “Dawson’s Creek.” He also appeared on many TV shows including: “Teen Wolf,” “CSI: NY,” “The Closer,”“Drop Dead Diva,” “JAG,” and practically any daytime soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” and “As the World Turns.” Almost needless to say, Shipp has quite an impressive resume! I was ecstatic to get the call to come to Cheshire, Connecticut to be his personal assistant for a day. The film, “Sensory

Perception,” (2013) was written and directed by Alessandro Signore. The film’s summary on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) says, “A recovering drug addict and a synth-gen created soldier struggle to find their place in the world, and how to deal with visions of an apocalypse.” Shipp plays the character of Lt. Thawne. Other actors cast in the film include: John Savage, Corbin Bernsen, David Gere, Jackie Moore, and Tom DeNucci. When I arrived on the set, I was given a breakdown of what my duties would be, which was basically to get him anything he asked for, and ask him every once in a while if I could get anything for him. I walked down a narrow hallway and one of the producers knocked on one of the doors. My heart was pounding! Nerves? Yea, a little, but I was mostly excited in anticipation to meet JWS! As the door opened, Shipp stood on the opposite side of the doorway. Standing tall at 6’1,” I looked up and smiled at him. One of the producers for the film introduced me to him. “It’s very nice to meet you!” I said as I gave him my classic firm hand shake. “It’s nice meeting you too, Julie, that’s quite a hand shake you got there!” Shipp said.

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I told him that I was very happy to finally meet someone from “Dawson’s Creek,” because even today when I tell people my last name, I usually get one of two things, and the first is usually, “Oh, like Dawson’s Creek?” And if it’s not that, it’s usually, “Oh, like Jack Dawson from ‘Titanic!’” Shipp thought this was funny and I was happy to make him smile and laugh. Before we had to be on set to start filming, Shipp and I chatted about acting, what type of films we like, and above all, I was surprised by how personable and genuine he was! As an actress, I think one of the best parts of this job was being able to watch Shipp act out the scene they were filming that day. I’ve always been a visual learner, but to watch a threetime Emmy Award winner act in front of me was very meaningful. I watched closely how he acted out the scene and made the script come to life before my eyes. He is the type of actor who knows how to draw in an audience and captivate them. After acting out a few scenes under hot lights in a uniform, it made sense to ask him if he wanted a drink. Sure enough, he did! So, I left the set and grabbed him a cold drink. Although I didn’t have to go very far, there was a jug of cold filtered water just down the

hall, and that’s just about how much I did the whole day. He wasn’t some egocentric, needy actor with strange demands. Shipp was a pleasure to assist for the day and I would be glad to do it again. When it came time to say goodbye, I thanked him, the producers and the crew for allowing me to be on set and serve as his personal assistant. I also told Shipp it was a real treat for me to be able to see him act and that I learned a lot just by watching the scene unfold. He then thanked me for coming to the studio and being his personal assistant. Before I left, I asked him if it would be ok to take a picture with him and he said, “Of course!” Shipp then said that I have a lot of great energy and to keep up the good work with acting. So, we shall see, but I’m excited for what the future holds.

Julie Dawson on set of “Sensory Perception” (2013) with three-time Emmy Award winner John Wesley Shipp

I am very grateful for each job I am selected to be a part of and was thankful to be given an IMDb credit for being Shipp’s assistant! Check out my page and other pictures here:

You can find more on “Sensory Perception,” on the IMDb page here:

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Hosting a Horror Convention character, Laura, in the opening scene.

By Julie Dawson


lesh eating zombies, Freddy Krueger look-a-likes, and demonic clowns are not out of the ordinary at the 10th annual “Rock and Shock” horror convention in Worcester, Mass. A weekend long event, people from all over New England, (and even across the country), come to mingle with other horror enthusiasts, vendors, celebrities, watch film screenings, and compete in costume contests. I was given the honor of hosting the booth for Woodhaven Productions, an award winning film production company based in Rhode Island. What an amazing opportunity this was! My job as the host was primarily to draw visitors to the booth, educate people about the company and their work, and most importantly, promote their new film, “Army of the Damned,” that premiered the second night of the convention. I was especially excited to be able to attend the premier because I play the

I’m very thankful to have been the host of Woodhaven Productions at “Rock and Shock” because they have such a great team of talented people, and it’s always a great time to work with them and be around other motivated professionals that have a passion for filmmaking. I’m very grateful for the opportunities Woodhaven Productions has given me, which opened up my network of people to lengths I could never have imagined. At the convention, the cast of “Army of the Damned” was there: President and CEO, Chad A. Verdi, writer/director, Tom DeNucci, actor and producer David Gere from “Remains,” Tony Todd from “Candyman,” Jackie Moore from “Atlantic Rim,” Joey Fatone from ‘NSync, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Nick Principe from “Laid to Rest 1 and 2,” Billy Vigeant from “The Fighter,” Tom Paolino from “Inkubus,” pro wrestling superstars; Thea Trinidad, Tommy Dreamer, Maria Kanellis, Jasmin St. Claire, and Sully Erna, lead singer of Godsmack. “Army of the Damned” also includes David Chokachi from “Baywatch,” and “Atlantic Rim,” and Michael Berryman from “The Hills Have Eyes,” but were unable to attend the event. However, Eric

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Roberts from “The Expendables,” and Woodhaven’s “Self Storage,” came to support the company, and take pictures and sign autographs for fans. After I was done for the day, I walked around the convention and was lucky enough to meet celebrities like: Michael Rooker from “The Walking Dead,” Robert Englund from “Freddy Krueger,” Jordan Ladd from “Grindhouse,” Jimmy Duval from “Donnie Darko,” Kane Hodder from “Friday the 13th,” and pro wrestlers; Gangrel, and Mike Bennett. My experience hosting at “Rock and Shock” was certainly like no other hosting job I’ve done in the past – In a good way! I’ve always been open to meeting and talking with people, and I enjoyed every minute of it. If the opportunity presented itself, I would gladly accept the offer to host the event again next year. To learn more about the film “Army

Julie Dawson with pro wrestling legends Tommy Dreamer and Gangrel

Julie Dawson with Joey Fatone from ‘NSync and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Julie Dawson with Michael Rooker from “The Walking Dead,” and Woodhaven Productions Producer David Gere.

Julie Dawson with Robert Englund from “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Julie Dawson with Tony Todd from “Candyman.”

Julie Dawson with Eric Roberts from “The Expendables,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Self Storage.”

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Easy Beauty for the

Busy Bee!

By Jessica Berndt Model : Stephanie Trad


n the fall, there are a million articles about “smoky eyes,” “how to wear red lips,” and “how to winterize your skin.” Don’t get me wrong, they are all great topics, but I doubt the world will be bettered by yet another contribution. So, I thought why not write about what my clients always ask me, “I have 10 minutes. How do I look polished, pulled together, and maybe even gorgeous, using as few products as possible?”

For daytime or casual activities, keep it clean and fresh - especially if you are tired. Applying a lot of makeup will draw attention to the things we are trying to camouflage.


Start with a neutral eye base dabbed on the lid to neutralize those little veins that can make the eyes look puffy and tired. If your lids are oily or products tend to crease, then dust a little loose powder or neutral shadow over to set. I will often do this just using my finger.


Curl your eyelashes and apply a coat of mascara (bottom lashes are optional, though I typically do). I almost always use black, but don’t be afraid to try other colors if you are tempted.


Using your fingers, apply the lightest textured foundation you are comfortable wearing, in a color that blends into your skin without being too light or too dark next to your neck. You want to avoid a face much lighter than your body or vice versa. Foundation should always appear seamless and undetectable. Most of us are happy with just a tinted moisturizer versus a full-coverage foundation, but again, go with what feels good to you. I like a sheer one with a dewy finish. However, if you are oily, “dewy” is a dirty word-go matte. There is no right or wrong when it comes to what makes you feel good, and if your face seems to eat your makeup by the middle of the day, wearing a primer underneath your foundation is a good idea. It may be an extra step, but it will minimize the need for touch-ups.

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Any imperfections that shine through your foundation can be concealed with a lightweight concealer. Pick a color that matches your face perfectly. I know some makeup artists say to go a shade lighter, but the truth is this creates the illusion of puffiness. It’s always a good idea to apply concealer with a brush and blend with fingers or a sponge. Applying directly with fingers or sponge will give a heavier application and will make you look cakey. No one goes out wanting to look cakey!


Apply some blush. Blush is your friend! It lifts and enlivens the face. I dab a cream blush in a pink or peachy color on the apples of my cheeks. Everyone looks good in pink or peach. Lighter skin tones are best going with a more pastel shade, deeper skin tones should try more saturated bold shades. I love a fuchsia blush on darker skin tones. Again, set areas prone to creasing with a bit of loose translucent powder. I typically use a puff to avoid that heavily powdered “Marie Antoinette” look that a brush can create. Don’t love cream blush? Use a powder blush instead! A good thing to remember is cream blends best on creamy surfaces, and powder blends best on powdered surfaces. Remembering this will eliminate streaky makeup applications.


Fill in any gaps in your brows with a neutral brow pencil that harmonizes with your skin tone and hair color.


Finish up with a lip color that makes you happy. I absolutely believe that there is no wrong answer to this one. If you want to wear burgundy in June and bubblegum pink in November, don’t let me stop you. But, if you’re unsure, put it on and step back from the mirror, or take a picture with your phone and see how the whole look comes together. If it doesn’t work, change it. That’s the best part about makeup. It’s not a tattoo. You always have the luxury of changing your mind. The whole application should take just a few minutes. If you need to step it up a notch for an evening event or “just because,” then pick either your eyes or lips to showcase. I typically choose whichever feature I feel better about that day. So on a day I want to feature my lips I will pop on a great red lipstick, and really, there is a red for everyone. That isn’t hype.

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If I’m showcasing my eyes, I will do either black or navy waterproof liner in between my eyelashes before I put on mascara, and then smudge a cream eyeshadow stick along my upper and lower lash line. I use those because they are super quick and easy and pretty much fool proof. If you really want your eyes to sparkle, pick a color that contrasts with your eye color. For blue eyes go for coppery browns, green eyes look great in plums, and for brown eyes I love navy or emerald.

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The main thing to remember is if you don’t feel beautiful, do something else. If you are wearing all the latest trends, but don’t like how you look or feel, it will show. Confidence and comfort are the most beautiful accessories a person can wear. Do what makes you feel confident. Be yourself and stand tall. You are already gorgeous; you’re just letting the world know too!

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What’s Your Season? -THE RIGHT COLORS FOR YOUR SKIN TONEor of the year.” But will that new “it” color look good against your skin? Yes – you just have to find the right shade to match your skin tone.

(spring or autumn). • If your skin is pale, dark, or has blue undertones, your veins will appear blue. This represents a “cool” tone (winter or summer).

• Chemistry 101: Skin tone is a combination of three basic pigments: melanin, hemoglobin and carotene. n January of 1980, Melanin is the primary pigCarole Jackson startment that determines how ed the color analdark a person’s skin will be. ysis craze with the • Beauty 101: Skin tone is release of her best classified based on the seaseller, “Color Me sons: spring, summer, auBeautiful.” Jackson changed tumn, and winter. the way we viewed clothing and shopping. It was not Before I jump to the seajust about wearing clothing sons, let’s talk a bit about that fit, but wearing clothing our veins. Yes, those visible that flattered your body and lines protruding from your your skin. skin like a meandering river.

Another easy test to determine skin tone is to take two scarves; one pink and one orange. Place one of the scarves next to your face. If you notice the scarf first instead your face, and your skin looks dull, then that color is not right for you. Try the next one and, again assess the results. If pink looks better against your skin, then you are summer/ winter. If the orange is the one that made your face shine, then shop for spring or autumn tones.

Today, color plays a major • If your skin has yelrole in the fashion industry. low-gold undertones and Each year, color authority your veins appear greenish, Pantone announces the “colthen you have a “warm” tone

So which colors will complement your skin tone? Let’s take it season by season.

By Lisa Shorr


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Spring Flowers blooming, the air is warming, birds are singing and the best part- our wardrobe gets lighter! Store those bulky jackets and wool pants!

Spring celebs include Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, and Nicole Kidman. Spring skin is usually very fair. Hair is blonde or auburn with light blue or green eyes. Warning: watch out for dark colors such as black and shades that are muted. If you put the color next to your skin and your eyes do not sparkle or your skin looks dull, then stay away! Spring colors to shop for: ivory, peach, red, coral, golden brown, aqua and bright green, and gold or yellow pastels.

Nicole Kidman. Photo Courtesy of IMDb

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Autumn The transitional season. Not only a beautiful time of year, but also a beautiful skin tone too. Fall foliage turns vibrant green leaves into a medley of rich golden, rust, red, and orange hues.

Autumn Celebs include Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, Julia Roberts, and Angelina Jolie. Autumns share spring’s golden/orange tones, but typically have darker hair and complexions, thanks to the higher level of melanin in the skin. Style your body in beautiful exotic tones of earthy reds and oranges, deep greens, moss green, teal and plums. Gold accessories will make your skin sparkle, silver accessories tend to make your skin look drab. Instead of pure white, wear ivory Jennifer Lopez. Photo Courtesy of IMDb

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Summer When I think of summer, I imagine a palette ripe with pastel watercolors and an inviting bowl of seasonal fruits!

Gwyneth Paltrow. Photo Courtesy of IMDb

Summer celebs include Emma Stone, Jennifer Anniston, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Summer skin is pink, beige or ivory. Eyes are blue or gray. Hair is light brown to blonde. Soak up the summer sun by wearing cool colors with blue tones such as soft pinks, light blues, dusty rose, pale greens, coral, light lemon and watermelon hues. Black and bright white typically look too stark next to soft summer skin. If you must wear these colors, pair them with pastel accessories to soften your skin. As an alternative, select cool winter hues (see below!). Remember - the wrong color will make you appear aged or sallow. 401.353.4940 | | Issue 7, Volume 1 2013 | Trade Secrets | 19

Winter I love to look at beautiful white blankets of snow through my window. The brightness startles my senses! Bundle up and get ready to jump in!

Anne Hathaway. Photo Courtesy of IMDb

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Winter celebs include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, and Selena Gomez. When thinking of winter, envision Snow White, pale skin with shiny black hair. Winter colors are vivid, dark and bright. Shop for jewel tones like royal blues, royal purple, lemon yellow and fuchsia. White and black (yes, black - no other season looks better in this commanding hue) are shining stars on winter skin. Icy tones like light blue and grey complete this palette. Steer clear of warm tones that can make winter skin look washed out or pasty. Accessorize with silver!



Mother Nature understands there are always exceptions to the rules. If you find a shirt or sweater that empowers you but it falls under the wrong season, go for it. You can always incorporate your season with a fun accessory. Take the season test and let us know your season.

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TRISTAN JON There is no doubt that Heath Ledger’s masterful command of his character in the Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight,” has left a positive mark on many aspiring actors, like 15-year-old Tristan Jon. “I really loved him as the Joker,” Jon said. “He transformed himself into the role, in a way I have not seen done before.”

Aside from Heath Ledger being his favorite actor, Jon said his alltime favorite film is, “‘Chariots of Fire’ – because the movie is about perseverance, endurance, and about the power of the human will.” A lover of action films, he said he also enjoys drama. “I saw ‘Lincoln’ on the big screen and it was amazing,” Jon said. 22 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 7 | | 401.353.4940

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TS: “If you could be any character in a TV show or movie, who would you want to be?” TJ: “I would like to play in an action film. I think that playing James Bond, like Daniel Craig, would be a lot of fun. I would get to run through explosions, and I would always get the girl.” TS: “How about reality TV?” TJ: “Reality shows are interesting concepts. I’d like to be in a show like ‘Survivor.’ Definitely Jeopardy, because I don’t know much trivia and it would be a good chance to learn from my mistakes.” It all started when his kindergarten teacher, who also worked as a drama instructor, told his mother that he should take acting lessons. He was just five at the time, and according to him, “I did it, and I have enjoyed it ever since.” TS: “What has been your most memorable acting job so far?” TJ: “The last acting job I had. I was part of a family comedy web-series, which premiered the end of October 2013. Up to that point, I had only done theater. This was my first time working on film. The format, the hours, and the schedule are completely different from stage acting. On film, you get to do a scene over and over until the director is happy with the take. On stage, you have to get it right the first time. There is really no second take; you have to deliver your lines right the first time around. Filming is very time consuming, though. I’d arrive on set at 9 a.m. and would not leave until almost midnight. The hours were very long and there is a lot of sitting around, waiting for things to happen, before you get called for your scene. Regardless of all this, I still loved acting in front of a camera! And I loved discussing with the director about the different angles.” Born in Boston, and growing up in Newburyport, Jon is described by his friends and parents as “disciplined, hard working, funny, and loyal.” He is currently a full-time student, but hopes to continue performing for a long time to come, whether it’s in theater or music. “Theater and music have always been ways for me to express myself and show people who I am. Before that, I was a very shy kid, but these two things helped me to break out of my shell and show people who I really was,” Jon said. From singing in his bedroom, to performing small comedy skits for his parents in the dining room, he has gone on to singing at school talent shows, at a benefit concert in New York, and performing with a theater organization called, Theater in the Open. “I have enjoyed the path that acting has given me,” Jon said.

TS: “What would you do with your first million if you made it really big as an actor?” TJ: “I know it may sound boring, but I think I would invest it.” TS: “If you could choose any other job (besides acting), what would it be?” TJ: “Musician.” TS: “So, you can sing as well?” TJ: “Yes, I am a singer and soon I will like to start taking dancing lessons.” TS: “What’s your favorite type of music?” TJ: “Classic Rock. I have listened to Bruce Springsteen and U2 since I was very young.” TS: “Do you play any musical instruments, too?” TJ: “Piano and keyboard” TS: “If you could learn to play any other instrument, what would it be?” TJ: “I think the piano is ‘it’ for me.” Besides his passions, he has the same likes and dislikes of a regular 15-year-old. He said he loves clothes and hates doing laundry. TS: “So, you hate doing laundry? Why?” TJ: “Sorting out socks is total drudgery.” TS: “How would you describe your sense of style?” TJ: “I love clothes that just fit right. I enjoy wearing upscale casual the best. The Hilfiger line is usually the style of clothing that fits me the best.” TS: “Oh yeah? So, what article of clothing do you currently have in your closet that makes you look and feel your best?” TJ: “My Tommy Hilfiger red, blue and black colored flannel makes me feel great. It matches with different vests and keeps me warm in the winter, but I can roll it up to stay nice and cool in the summer.” TS: “Do you indulge in any sports or other activities?” TJ: “Basketball and soccer are my favorite sports. I enjoy running and they are pretty fast. You have to be always ‘on,’ to figure out the best pass.” There is a bit of a sentimental side to our young actor. His favorite flower is the magnolia. He explained, “My mom introduced my sister and me to her favorite tree: a magnolia tree. It was beautiful while in bloom. So the Magnolia has always had special meaning for me.”

TS: “What’s your favorite word?” TJ: “Happiness. The word itself just makes me smile.” TS: “And do you have a favorite quote?” TJ: “‘All I know is that I know nothing’ by Socrates.”

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ichaela Johnson was in college when the “Search for a Star” contest first started and she was not able to participate until a few years later. “I had just wrapped a summer of working with Cape Cod league baseball and the X-Games in L.A.,” she said, “I was working at a gym at the time and decided to try out.” She had studied communications at Bridgewater State University and had always wanted to get into broadcasting. “I figured ‘Search for a Star’ was a great way to do that.” Will Gilbert knew at age 16, that this was that he wanted to do. “I have loved music and television since I was a little kid. I think one of my first toys was a small plastic record player with small records that my mother and father bought for me at the old Ann and Hope in Cumberland. So, it may have been destiny that this is the career I have.” Every morning during the week, “The Rhode Show” cohosts Johnson and Gilbert are welcomed into the living rooms of Rhode Islanders. They take us around the state on different adventures, behind the scenes of local events, introduce us to a sundry of celebrities both local, and international, all with a high-octane energy that never seems to falter.

for broadcasting, but about a week or two in, my teacher said, ‘Will, I can get you a job right now.’ The teacher was going to Boston to work in radio and said, ‘you are good enough now to be on the air.’ Granted it was a small a.m. station 550 W-ICE that played music from the 50’s and 60’s, but I was on the air and it was a job.” TS: “Michaela, when you won the one-year contract, you obviously had no idea that this would turn into a permanent gig. How did the transition happen? MJ: “It was very unexpected! I went into the year just like past winners had—knowing I would give up the position next year. I was working on a reel and looking into other stations that had positions open. It was late in the year when our news director approached me and I jumped at the chance.” For the 25-year-old, this was a dream come true. She grew up in a close-knit family, “where it was the norm to gather around the dinner table, attend everyone’s sporting events and competitions, and spend more time playing outside than cooped up in the house playing video games (although Nintendo was pretty fun).” TS: “And your previous two jobs were sports-related. Do you feel those jobs have enhanced your ability to perform this one?”

TS: “Will, how did you get started?”

MJ: “Having a sports background has helped me tremendously. I have a competitive drive that occasionally my co-workers make fun of me for. Yes, I’m competitive, but I think it’s good to always strive for more and never settle. You also have to know when to step up as an individual, and when to do what’s best for the team. That’s how I see our crew. We’re a family and a team. Finding that balance of working alone and together is crucial.”

WG: “I started working right out of school. I was in school

The last of three kids, Johnson is very close to her sisters

Michaela Johnson and parents. TS: “Tell us about your family.” MJ: “I love my sisters. They are my best friends and we have a blast together. My parents are two of the most hard-working people I’ve ever met. They don’t stop! And they’ve always put us first which speaks to their character. They’ve been happily married for over 30 years and I hope one day I can say the same. Oh, and I can’t forget about two other members of my family: the dogs, Bailey and Toto.” As for her co-host, Will worked as an on-air executive. He was a producer for 21 years before moving to Lin TV and “The Rhode Show.” “The transition was very smooth for the most part,” he said, “I had worked at WPRI before as the Assignment Editor for a few years, so I knew the lay of the land and many of the people who still worked at the station. I was also lucky to start out with Michaela who already had been on the show for a year. We’ve made a great team and I think it comes across on the show,” Gilbert said. TS: “What have you enjoyed the most about being part of the show?” WG: “The people. I meet new people every day. All have a

Will Gilbert unique story and come from different backgrounds, organizations, charities, etc. You name it, “The Rhode Show”’s got it! These people make our show what it is. Whether it’s a guest or a viewer, I always enjoy meeting them.” TS: “How have you managed to keep what you do fresh?” WG: “I just try to be me. I know it sounds like a cliché, but it is true. You have to be yourself! You can’t fake it, it just doesn’t work. I go in and just talk about the real things that happen and ask the questions I think people want to know. I have also worked with people and met many famous people who what you see is not what you get. I can’t be those people.” TS: “In your entire career, what has been your favorite interview?” WG: “I’ve interviewed Presidents and big A-List celebrities, if they have been at the top in music and even TV, more than likely I’ve talked with them. People like President Clinton, Lionel Richie, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz and many, many more. Pretty cool!” MJ: “That’s a difficult question, but being a sports fan I have to say Magic Johnson and Doc Rivers. They took part in the

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In the kitchen with Chef Sai Viswanath from Dewolf Tavern

Ashley Erling, Brittany Spears, Will Gilbert and Demi Lavato at The X Factor

Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic and they were two of the nicest people I’ve met and interviewed. I’ve admired them for years and to see how genuine they were was incredible.” TS: “Anyone you have interviewed and thought to yourself, ‘Oh my God, I’m interviewing…!’” MJ: “So many people! I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I have been so fortunate to have interviewed some amazing people. I could fill an entire page.” WG: “I was able to have an exclusive interview with Britney Spears! I also was the first to sit down just in the past few weeks with the new judges on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr on the day they were announced as the judges, but there have been many other big gets.” TS: “After so many years in the industry, what has been the most rewarding aspect of what you do?” WG: “I have been very lucky to stay in the business for as long as I have. I think the most rewarding part of it is being able to work with so many talented people along the way and learning different things about the radio, music and TV business along the way.”

TS: “With your job, you’ve done quite a bit of travel – where has been your fave place?” MJ: “Hands down it has to be Italy. Last fall I traveled to Rome to cover WaterFire. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but one I will never forget.” TS: “What has been the most challenging?” WG: “The challenge is to not become jaded by it all. You never want to take it for granted. This is a great business to be in and we are lucky enough to be able to do things many only dream of. So, you just have to keep a level head, enjoy it while you have it, go home take the dog for walk, put the garbage out and thank God you are the guy that gets to do it.” TS: “Has there been anyone who surprised you or dramatically changed your perception of them after the interview?” WG: “There have been a few but one who shall remain nameless was a complete jerk, and more than once. He is a very, very big name rock star and just treated the people around him like jerks. The rest of the guys in the band were

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Production still from “The Rhode Show.” From left to right: Meaghan Mooney, Will Gilbert, Michaela Johnson

cool. There is also a young and very famous male pop star who is right up there too.” TS: “Michaela, we hear that you enjoy cooking! What’s your favorite thing to make? MJ: “Is it bad to say salad? That really doesn’t take much skill, but I love making different combinations. I do love to bake too, and my signature dish is apple pie. I’ve been adding cranberries to the pie for the past few years; you should try it!” TS: “Lastly, Will, what advice would you give an up-andcomer who might like to follow in your footsteps?” WG: “Stay with it and work hard. It is a tough business! Don’t take it for granted, because someone else is waiting in the wings to take your job, you have to have a thick skin to be able to handle the highs and lows. Work hard and be yourself, oh and if all fails have a plan B.”

Will Gilbert and Michaela Johnson at The Providence Performing Arts Center for the Best of Rhode Island party.


Runway for a Cure

By Aida Crosson and Yemi Sekoni


n the past five years, the “Runway for a Cure” fashion show has raised over $100,000 for the fight against Lupus. The event includes a fashion show highlighting the latest fashion in the area, raffles, a silent auction, and a social evening filled with excitement. As a former runway model, Aida Crosson took her knowledge of the fashion world and combined it with her networking skills to create an event to educate and bring awareness about Lupus, while raising funds for educational programs in the New England area. “Since 2008 I have continued to fulfill my dream of organizing an exciting fund-raising event, with the assistance of a great team of friends and supporters. The funds raised directly benefit both Lupus research and community awareness,” Crosson said. On October 24, the fifth annual “Runway for a Cure” runway show was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. The show opened with designs by Karla Marie – a youthful collection of playful funky raincoats, and leather dresses with bold, colorful patterns. Next up were beautiful fur coats from Lanzi furs, and eyewear provided by the Sunglass Hut, courtesy of Catharine Burke. Sixteen elegant models strutted down the long runway in various coats that ranged from reversible furs to sexy, elegant, and everything in between. Many of the de-

signs were versatile, and could easily be transformed from a “day to night” look. The rest of the 30-minute show was just as intriguing, as the models flaunted weekend wear, business attire, and dresses, (both casual and fun). When the show turned to eveningwear, an audible gasp could be heard as the models floated in elegant sequined gowns. Each dress, more spectacular than the one before, sparkled in the soft light and exuded extravagance. The finale was a culmination of young girls who have been affected by, or living with, a variety of debilitating diseases, nicknamed “butterflies,” all in Lupus t-shirts and jeans, with others wearing specially designed butterfly dresses. For Crosson, this was another successful event, and another echelon to what started 20 years ago, when her difficult journey began with the first diagnosis. “Although my condition has been increasingly challenging during the past few years,” Crosson said, “I consider myself very fortunate that currently my case is relatively mild compared to the people I meet and read about suffering with the same disease. However, my condition affects every aspect of my life.”

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Lupus, is an unpredictable and potentially fatal chronic autoimmune disease that results in an unbalanced immune system. Doctors have not been able to find a cure, and believe that no two Lupus patients are the same. Lupus can cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and organ failure, with symptoms including: fevers, anemia, hair loss, joint pain, extreme fatigue, abnormal blood clotting, mouth or nose ulcers, sun or light sensitivity, chest pain, and swelling in feet, legs, hands and or around the eyes. In spite of experiencing many of these symptoms, according to Crosson, “with my faith, the support of my family and friends, a great medical team and a balanced nutritional program, I have managed to live an enjoyable life with the disease.” Lupus affects 5,000 Rhode Islanders, over 1.5 million Americans, and at least 5 million people worldwide. And about 90 percent of those living with Lupus are women. “I am truly blessed to have an amazing team that has come together for the past five years to make this dream a reality for me. I am thankful to have such an amazing circle of friends, family, sponsors and supporters,” Crosson said.

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Model: Yemi Sekoni


Catwalk to


By Olga Hawwa Photo Credit: Mark Ouellet Video Credit: Valencio Productions


ver wish you could get a personal designer to create “looks” just for you?

On October 23, the Providence Marriott held the eighth annual “Catwalk to Campground Fashion Show,” a sold out dining and entertainment experience with over 250 guests to get an exclusive look at the creations of 10 independent designers, while benefitting The Autism Project Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid for families with autistic children to attend summer camp. Since its inception, Catwalk to Campground has raised over $200,000 to support the cause. For the past eight years, the Donahue Models and Talent Agency has played a big role in the success of the event. The generosity and support of the agency and their models have enabled many more children to attend summer camp than would have otherwise. Aside from supporting a great cause, the event’s mission is to give emerging local designers exposure, while showing the attendees another shopping alternative to buying ready-to-wear. From the apparel lines of RA-HA, Sugar Plum, Adrenaline Designs, BABL, Isabela Royale, and Eccentric Ego, professional runway models showcased the collections beautifully. In addition, handbag and accessory lines from Kathryn Brooke and Zarusa graced the runway, while Clay Snake Designs and Bead Twins featured eye-popping jewelry. After all, every fashionista knows that accessories are the ticket to adding a bit of “fab” to that little black dress. Working with local designers gives every woman access to unique fashions at affordable prices! 44 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 7 | | 401.353.4940

“Taking part in the ‘Catwalk to Campground’ runway show was a lot of fun and a great experience. I enjoyed meeting other models and speaking with the designers on their work. The organization has raised so much money, which I think is absolutely amazing. I love seeing everyone from the agency and getting to meet new people in this industry. This agency is like a family, and I enjoy being able get to know everyone.” -Cassandra Esposito in Adrenaline


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“This was my second year walking in the show. I arrived early to get my hair and makeup done, and get settled in before show time. Hanging out backstage waiting for the show to start, I saw little Madison. This was her first fashion show at just 9-years-old. She was ready to go on stage, very eager and happy! As a seasoned model and mom, my heart went out to her. The audience applauded each model, but the star of the show was Madison! I watched her strutting down the catwalk to the blitz of camera flash lights from her family and friends. Olga’s eyes were filled with happiness and gratitude - job well done!” -Kirsten Hede-Brierly in Kathryn Brooke

Madison Mallett in Zarusa


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“This was my first ‘Catwalk to Campground’ runway show and it was so great walking for such a great cause! The energy from the crowd, and knowing what I was walking for, made it that more memorable. From the designers to the hair and makeup team, and the models to the entire backstage crew, everyone did an amazing job. I’m so happy I was able to be a part of this amazing show!” -Jennifer Tashjian in Eccentric Ego


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“I’ve always believed in the importance of participating in philanthropy and giving back to the community whenever possible, which is one of many reasons I have enjoyed modeling in ‘Catwalk to Campground.’ This was my second year walking down the runway for this event, and I always looked forward to participating. Each year brings not only a ton of talent from local designers, but fun, happiness, and excitement about making a difference in people’s lives.” -Julie Dawson in Isabela Royale


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“Like me, many of the models have done the show every year, so it’s like a little reunion when we all arrive at the start of the evening. The camaraderie behind the scenes is incredible and working with Olga, who like me, is exceptionally detail-oriented, is something I always appreciate. Believe me when I say it’s like a military operation back there; everything is planned to the ‘T’ and I love it! I have walked for five out of the eight ‘Catwalk to Campground’ shows, and while I have enjoyed all of them, this year’s show has been the best by far.” -Yemi Sekoni in BABL


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Ways to Trim that Midsection Some of my favorite tried and true exercises for training the midsection include the following:

1. Medicine ball exercises Including rotations such as seated twists. By Matt Espeut, Certified Personal Trainer


hen your midsection is properly conditioned, you not only look better, but you also stand taller, lift heavier weights (if that is part of your goal), and perform your daily activities easier with less risk of injury. Having a strong core and slimmer midsection requires two things:

2. Plank variations

1. Proper nutrition

Which that are great for stability. There are several ways to progress using the plank, such as side planks, and hip movements.

2. Proper training technique All core routines should consist of abdominal and lower back training using movements in a multi-plainer range of motion. What this means is, doing a few sets of sit-ups or crunches isn’t going to sculpt your midsection. You need to train the entire body as well as the core, in a multi-directional functional routine, using both body weight and resistance training. 50 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 7 | | 401.353.4940

ANOTHER variation

3. The Swiss ball To help provide strength, balance and stability.

4. Cable rotations and simulated chopping exercises There are a wide variety of these that work very well.

For a complete core workout, let’s not forget to add some lower back exercises to the routine. As a personal trainer, I always recommend adding one back exercise for every front exercise. So you will want to include some hyper-extensions, dead to your routine. lifts, and

glute bridges

Now that you have a few exercises, the bad news is that they will not work unless you pay attention to your nutrition routine. If not, all your hard work will go unrewarded. I highly suggest eating only fresh, whole organic foods. This will help nourish and maintain a healthy functioning body. Eat lots of vegetables and choose organic free-range animal products. Eat a moderate amount of fruits, nuts, and only whole unprocessed grains and starches. I also suggest you eliminate certain foods such as wheat, gluten, sugary foods, and all processed grains and dairy. These foods have little, if any, nutritional value, and can cause disruption and inflammation to our digestive tracts. This translates to abdominal bloating - something everyone would like to avoid! The less of these foods you consume, the healthier and leaner you will be. The bottom line of trimming your midsection comes down to training and nutrition – and as I always say – you can’t “work-out” a bad diet! 401.353.4940 | | Issue 7, Volume 1 2013 | Trade Secrets | 51


Mixing Prints.. What Works and What Doesn’t By Sira D’Arpino Model: Kelsey Shank


rom working with clients throughout the year on their wardrobes, I have come to realize that the idea of mixing prints is taboo for most of them.

We all have several pieces with prints in our closets, but we always seem to wear them the same way - pairing them with the same colors. However, in my opinion, mixing patterns can be so much fun, because it gives us numerous more ways to mix and match the different pieces in our closets, in ways that we may never have expected them to work before. Now, I know that mixing prints can be very tricky, so to make sure you don’t leave home looking like you got dressed in the dark or without a mirror, here are some rules to follow: 52 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 7 | | 401.353.4940

1. Color is the key. The easiest way to mix prints is by choosing one main color out of your different pieces to bring out. Coordinate the rest of your look around that main color, or you can choose a set of colors in the same family to help connect the different prints. 2. Complement. Find patterns that naturally balance each other. Mixing stripes and floral or stripes and polka dots are great examples. Stripes act as a neutral and can help tone down the “loudness� of a floral, while polka dots are one of the easiest prints to pair because they can look casual and ultra-feminine all at once. Worn with stripes, tweeds, global, chevron, hounds tooth, floral, and more, the polka dot is an everlasting print! 3. Size Matters. Of the print, that is! Match similar prints without giving others around you a headache. It all has to do with the size of the patterns. By using a smaller print next to a larger one, the two will balance each other out, one complementing the other. It can be tough to pull off a complete head-to-toe print, but that is when a neutral color can play an important part. By adding a solid neutral piece - a belt, scarf or even a pair of shoes - between two or more patterns, it can break up the cacophony of the different prints.

A print we continue to see a lot on the runway is the animal print. If you want a classic look, just wear one piece at a time, but if you want to be bolder, choose prints that are complementary. Whatever you do, don’t be too “matchy.” For instance, pairing cheetah with cheetah may be a bit much, so look for one print that has a smaller pattern than the other. The key is to balance the proportions of the patterns, and remember, be really simple with the accessories! How about guys? Mixing prints is not just for the ladies. You can show off your style wearing cool colors and mixing prints, even though you don’t have as many clothing options your female counterparts do. For the most part, you only really get to choose between shirts and ties. If you want to bring new life to your look or you just want to stand out, add some character to your outfit by pairing your shirt with a patterned tie. However, make sure that your choice of pattern won’t make people dizzy, dazed or disorientated!

Ultimately, there is no real right or wrong way to wearing patterns for men, but following some basic rules will make it easier to know how to mix prints. Personally, I use these rules for my clients and my husband: Bright + Soft A bold colored tie works best with a softer colored shirt. The tie should be the main attraction, so its colors should always be darker than the shirt. Color + Color Looking for the easiest way to punch-up your outfit? Wear the same color shirt and tie, but be sure to introduce pattern and texture into your outfit. Don’t match patterns of the same size or type. For example, with a widestriped shirt, try a small repetitive pattern (like a pin dot or all-over print). Most of the time, putting a patterned tie and patterned shirt together can be overwhelming. If this applies to you, then go with a solid color in either the tie or the shirt. Mixing prints can really be fun for both men and women, but it’s not for everyone. If you are the confident type and it reflects your personal style, then go for it! However, if you think this might not be for you, then stick to mixing your patterns with solid colors or neutrals and have fun with the accessories!


From the Runway To the Office T

here is an old adage in Italy that says, “Appearances are deceptive.” The way we choose to dress ourselves each day expresses various aspects of our being, and so for this month’s article, I’d like to write about what we, as Italians, wear to the office. Over the years, corporate culture in Italy has gradually gained a fair amount of freedom in employee dress code. Well, there isn’t really a “dress code.” It’s not uncommon to see denim and other casual items in general, alongside the classic look in the workplace. Very often, Italian women are influenced by what they see on TV and in the movies, as many characters playing the roles of business professionals, dress in strict business suits, paired with high-fashion heels, and flashy hairstyles and makeup. There are a few simple rules to follow when contemplating what to wear to the office, and with these tips, you could never go out of style. Elegance and temperance is the common denominator.

In all places of work, there are rules we can follow when planning our looks that there are rules we can follow when planning our looks that not only command respect, but also honor the good taste that distinguishes us as Italians. Wearing an informal, yet classic suit, can help us feel secure and ensure that we are taken seriously. On the other hand, if we opt for a trendy-chic look, we can be perceived as more dynamic, as we can clearly see in the current looks from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Valentino. We can avoid excesses by eliminating the low necklines, the micro-mini skirts, low-waisted pants, and overly-dramatic makeup.

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Model: Gitte Apotheker

By Cinzia Antonelli

While we are well-known for our distinct style, even here in Italy, we sometimes find a few wardrobe transgressors. Every now and then, I spot a coworker wearing his tie loosened, jacket draped over the back of his chair, and I have wondered if this was due to the heat, or a personal fashion statement. An acceptable alternative here would be a nice polo shirt, or a striped or checkered button down long-sleeved shirt, worn without a jacket, with the sleeves folded back, and a pair of classic or trendy pants. Designers Armani, Missoni, Zegna and Dior have all produced pieces for this type of look, and can be seen in many of the key fashion hubs around the world.

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Model: Kirsten Hede-Brierly

Model: Gitte Apotheker

Speaking of good taste, or as we say in Italian, “Bon Ton,” women in business, should consider their image with great care. Noteworthy looks for any office include classic suits or knee-length dresses, paired with a touch of jewelry, and medium height shoes. Designers, Hogan, Tod’s, and Roger Vivier, offer very suitable, yet feminine selections to pick from. Vivier, artfully delights us with his legendary “Virgule” (Comma Heel), and has become the undisputed hero of shoe trends.

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Source: Missoni

For our male counterparts, the same rules apply when conforming their wardrobe to a specific role in the work place. The best looks incorporate a good quality dark suit paired with a shirt (either in a solid color or striped) and a tie, coordinating it all with classic leather shoes and long socks in the same color.

Source: Dolce & Gabbana

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And it’s not just our youth; most Italians, regardless of their profession, often opt for Casual-Chic, a style that matches the elegant good taste we are known for, while aligning with our standard code of “being at ease.” So my friends, the one constant rule should be “everything in moderation” without overlooking the current fashion trends. However, when it comes to your wardrobe, under any circumstance, always be ready, and never leave room to get sloppy!

Model: Peter Nourjian

Ciao from Italy.

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WHO’S WHO YEMI SEKONI, editor-in-chief, is the owner and director of Donahue Models & Talent - Rhode Island’s oldest model

and talent agency. Her company books some of New England’s top professional models and talent to work with many corporate giants across the region, helping these companies convey critical marketing and advertising messages to their target audiences.

With over 35 years of experience in various areas of the acting and modeling industry, including theater, TV, film, print and runway, Yemi also holds a Bachelor of Arts in education, a post-graduate diploma in marketing and an MBA. TRADE SECRETS magazine is a culminating outlet for all of her passions – education, performing, marketing and creative writing.

JULIE DAWSON, editorial director, is a native Rhode Islander and an alumna of the University of Rhode Island,

where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations. Julie’s journey with Donahue Models and Talent started in 2009, which has enabled her to gain experience in every area of the industry. From runway to commercials, and print to promotions, she seizes every opportunity that comes her way. Julie describes herself as a tenacious and self-motivated young woman with a passion for entertaining people, especially when it comes to making them laugh.

ALISHA NEWTON, creative director, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. She currently works at Foxwoods Resort Casino as their Advertising Executive, and has been with Donahue Models & Talent since 2011. Alisha has had the honor of working with, and learning from, not only some of the smartest people in the business, but also folks who know nothing of fashion or advertising but know a lot about life. Remaining very hands on, she prefers to roll up her sleeves and teach (or learn). You can lose vision in the forest, but in fact, she sees most clearly, when immersed in the environment. She encounters every challenge with a positive attitude and the tenacity to overcome it. But isn’t that what life is about? Facing challenges and conquering them each and every day, for the opportunity to savor the sweet success.

SIRA D’ARPINO, fashion consultant, was born in Italy, bringing an international flair and elegance to her company

City Chic Image Consultants.

Sira has over 20 years of experience sewing and performing custom alterations. During her time at an upscale boutique in Providence, R.I., she added retail, merchandising and personal shopping to her range of experience. Sira helped many clients develop and enhance their personal style, using her love of fashion to help people look and feel their best. Her favorite quote: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” Oscar Wilde.

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HAYLEY KLAUDT, makeup, a Florida native, grew up in New England. In high school, she found her love, (more

like obsession), for makeup. After graduation, she packed up and headed to Boston, where she has resided for the past five years. No stranger to the cosmetic industry, she has trained with brands such as Lancôme, Laura Mercier, Too Faced and MAC Cosmetics. She has worked on location at many editorial photoshoots and worked recently on the makeup team for StyleWeek Northeast in Providence, Rhode Island. Now officially a model with Donahue Models, she is a girl of many talents and a force to reckon with!

MELISSA WILSON, hair, has a passion for the beauty industry. With nine years of experience as a professional cos-

metologist, Melissa’s experience ranges from working behind the chair of various salons in Rhode Island, to the makeup counter of busy New York City. In November 2011, Melissa opened M.A.W. Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio, where she works with a variety of multicultural clients. Servicing clients throughout New England, Melissa specializes in blowouts, bridal hair and makeup artistry. She stays updated with latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry by attending classes, workshops, seminars, and tradeshows.

LISA SHORR, onsite stylist, says beauty and style is in her DNA. Since childhood, Lisa has immersed herself in the personal care industry, having her Grandma Belle, a successful cosmetics consultant, as her mentor and inspiration.

A Cum Laude graduate with a degree in marketing, Lisa learned the art of branding, and as co-owner of PC Troubleshooters, an IT Services Company, she has spent the past 15 years making her business look good. Coupling her expertise in branding with her passion for fashion, she launched Shorr Style in 2012, and as a personal stylist, she works with professional men and women, helping them build their own personal brands. She has an eye for detail and educates each client on the importance of looking your best to achieve success. Her mission: “Inspiring confidence through fashion!” She is excited to be a part of the Trade Secrets team.

VALENCIO, photographer, chooses to remain an enigma.

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GUESTS OLGA HAWWA is the producer of the “Catwalk to Campground” runway event. Launched in 2005, she has executed eight successful shows. The funds raised benefit The Autism Project and has helped send many autistic children to summer camp each year. Catwalk 8 raised over $20,000.

MATT ESPEUT is an entrepreneur and the owner of Fitness Profiles. He has worked as a personal trainer for over 20

years with clients ranging in age from 14 to 86. His focus is on overall health, strength, and functional conditioning. Holistic health and nutrition is the cornerstone of all his programs. Matt works in private and small group training available at home or office locations or at gym facilities. He specializes in helping everyone wanting to be fit and healthy, whether they’re youth or seniors. He has worked and continues to train at several facilities in the Providence area including Gold’s Gym and CORE Studio, and believes continued education is a must in his field. Matt is also the owner of Matte Restoration, a boutique residential remodeling company, focusing on custom design, renovation, construction, repair, and alteration.

JESSICA BERNDT has been a makeup artist for over 20 years. She has worked across the United States as well as

abroad, creating looks for runway, print, advertising, and real-life. She worked as the makeup director for the first six seasons of StyleWeek Northeast, and continues to work for New York Fashion Week. Throughout the years, she has established a reputation for having a keen eye for detail, passion for her work, no-nonsense honesty, and never taking herself too seriously. She is constantly striving to hone her craft. When she isn’t working, she can be found spending time with her husband and their three dogs, cooking, or working in her garden. Visitn her website here,

KRISTEN VERDUCCI hair stylist and makeup artist, lives in Rhode Island with her wonderful husband of 15 years

and three amazing children. With over 20 years of experience, she considers herself very lucky to be able to make a living out of something for which she is so passionate. Whether she is instructing new models at Donahue Models or behind the chair at The Arthur Company Salon, her goal is not only to bring out the outer beauty in each individual, but their inner beauty and confidence as well.

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CINZIA ANTONELLI resides with her husband Gian and their 12-year-old daughter, Enrica, in the small town of Cassino, Italy. Inheriting her creative and artistic flair from her father, a painter, and her grandfather, a novelist, she grew up with a love for fashion, and a passion for creating costume jewelry. When she is not busy with daughter or helping her husband with his business, she can be found designing and creating new lines of costume jewelry - inspired by the ancient royals of the world, primitive prints and nature. Through her craft, her goal is to express her unique personality, as she believes that creating an object for the body is also a universal form of communication and language.

AIDA PATRICIA CROSSON was born in New York City and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She

is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. She is currently enrolled in the Public Administration Masters program at Roger Williams University. Professionally, Crosson currently holds the highest “Latina in Office” title in Rhode Island, as deputy secretary of state/ director of personnel for the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office. She is the former director of personnel for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office; the first Latina to hold such a position. She is currently the president of the IPMA-HR (International Personnel Management Association-Human Resources), and served as president of the Rhode Island chapter during 2008-2009, becoming the first Hispanic to be elected to that position for 2012-2013.

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