2023 Spring Success Issue

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Gladys Spring Issue 2023 3 CONTENTS Gladys 2 Contents 4 Editor’s Letter, Work Hard. Dream Big! 5 At the Cover Shoot 6 Staff 7 10 Ways to Take Care of YOU, 2023 8 Contributors 10 Gladys Wine & Dine, R Collection Hotels: Lake Como 12 Butterfly Dreams, Designer Andrea & Leo Couture Dream Stars Gladys Girls 120 112 32 20 Gladys Events, Jenny and the City Adelya at TZu 22 The Sweetness of LOVE, with JoJo Fletcher 28 Grab a North FORK!, By Karen Holly Berliner 30 2023 Skin Health Resolutions 32 Gladys Fashion, Scanlan Theodore 38 Festival Hairstyles with Ponytails 40 Gladys Fashion, Valentina Rangoni 46 A-List 47 The Jewelry Box 48 Cover Story, Audrey Rose, Ultimate Success Story 52 Gladys Resort Fashion, Ooshie 54 Gladys JetSet, Azilo Ultra Pool at Sahara, Las Vegas 56 Gladys Top 100 Success Stories to Inspire YOU! 84 Gladys Picks 86 Jenny and the City, Exclusive Interview, Sofia Miles 88 I Love Hortus NYC in the Spring Time 90 Gladys Fashion DKNY Sport 92 Featured Designers 96 Gladys Hollywood Rising Stars 100 Gladys Featured People 110 Gladys Dream Stars, Gladys Girl Opener 112 Gladys Dream Stars 118 Gladys Dream Star Finalists 119 Gladys Girl Finalists 120 Gladys Girls 126 Jenny and the City, Exclusive Interview with Narine Mezhlumyan from Seven Seas Gourmet 128 Coming Soon Gladys Summer 2023


There are multiple definitions these days. However, there seems to be just one common thread that most people do agree on about success. And that is this, that success is a biproduct of persisting in the face of failure towards the progressive realization of a worthy goal. So, if you’re looking for inspirational success stories highlighting some of the most incredible accounts of overcoming the odds, then you’re going to love this issue of Gladys!

Our purpose here at Gladys in sharing these success stories is to encourage you to keep striving towards your dreams, and to help you continue believing that achieving the “impossible” is actually possible.

With that being said, we have Named our 2023 Top100 Success Stories to inspire you to succeed in the face of failure, setbacks, and obstacles. If you are ready to be inspired, check out our impressive list starting on page 56 - You’ll see Models, Photographers. Designers, Business Owners, Realtors, Makeup Artists, Authors, Singers, Actors & even the Queen of QVC!

And we have named our Ultimate Success Story with our Cover Story featuring Business Mogul Audrey Rose. Audrey is a Jack of all Trades. She’s a mother, wife, educator, mentor, entrepreneur, innovator and she runs two aesthetic practices, three aesthetic training schools, sees patients in her clinic at Age Less Weigh Less and the Audrey Rose Institute of Medical Aesthetics and she’s on top of all the Hollywood/Celebrity trends! She is the living example of what her procedures can also do for you! And, her mission is to make America fit & healthy!

Also in this issue, we are excited to feature former Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher in her collaboration with fashion label RESA - check out her collection starting on page 22 which is the sweetest nod to her husband Jordan. We have an Exclusive Interview with actress Sofia Milos and of course our regulars - Featured People & Hollywood Rising Stars along with the best in Spring Fashion, Travel, Beauty & Gift Ideas & more!

With this being our 15th Anniversary year of publishing our magazine we wanted to fill you up with the most inspiring stories we could find. We think you’ll be Inspired & Motivated to capture your dreams too with our Spring Success Issue!

And, remember if you Work Hard, Dream Big & Believe in Yourself, Anything is Possible!

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Behind the Scenes

With Cover Model Audrey Rose, Photographer, Kassandra Lee Russell, and Hair and Makeup Artist, Jeremy Anaya, on location at Nomad Studios. Farmington, NH.

Cover Credits

COVER MODEL: Audrey Rose

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kassandra Lee Russell Owner/Lead Photographer, Granite Stag Photography, Owner and Creative Director, NOMAD Studios LLC.

HAIR/MAKEUP: Jeremy Anaya Jeremy Anaya Beauty

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Known For: Fine art portraiture and pushing the limits in order to bring out genuine emotion in all the clients she works with.

Inspired by: The raw moments that are often overlooked or forgotten. There is something very special about vulnerability and I treasure that. I can almost feel that in my clients and when they let go and the energy shifts into confidence because I made them feel beautiful.

Social Media: granitestag.com, Instagram: @granitestag

See Cover Story on pg: 48

Known For: Transformational Makeup. Big flowy hairstyles and beautiful Headshot Photography.

Inspired By: Growing up in a single parent household. His Mother was always so glamorous and loved watching her put her makeup on and styling her hair. Was always fascinated by photography and makeup since he was a child. It was something he always naturally possessed and fine tuned into a successful Beauty and photography business today.

Social Media: jeremyanaya.com

IG: instagram.com/jeremyanayabeauty

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Jenny Lynn Photography

Known For: Portrait Photography

Inspired By: Annie Leibovitz, Sue Bryce, my family

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Gladys is a quarterly high end, luxury lifestyle, inspirational magazine showcasing the best of haute couture, jewelry, celebrity & exclusive events. Gladys can be found at upscale booksellers like Barnes & Noble, sophisticated retail outlets and select newsstands throughout the country. With each issue, Gladys brings you the best goods, services, and trends in today’s industries; reflecting upon unparalleled understanding of the passion and pursuits of its discerning readers. We are focused on providing our Advertisers with the quality of exposure expected to successfully market their fine goods and services.

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R Collection Hotels: Lake Como &Portofino

Meet R-Collection Hotels, a luxury Italian hotel portfolio with four boutique properties in Lake Como and Portofino. Family-owned for three generations, R Collection prides themselves on preserving and enhancing Italian heritage with a modern twist. Each hotel immerses guests in the captivating history and culture of the surrounding area while providing superb luxury.


Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa: Set to reopen as a newly-five-star property, the hotel has undergone an impressive renovation. Features include wellness at the Erre Spa, the largest hotel spa in Liguria with multisensory areas and custom treatments, and rooftop dining with sweeping views of Portofino. A longstanding tradition to present the best in hospitality, the hotel was the first in the region to have elevators and private bathrooms in 1908.

Rooms: 80 including 11 suites

Dining: Le Cupole (traditional Ligurian and Piedmont cuisine - voted best Luxury Rooftop Restaurant, World Luxury Awards 2022); La Veranda (traditional Italian); poolside pizzeria


Grand Hotel Victoria: Built on the architectural structure of an ancient convent, the newest five-star hotel in Lake Como has a unique lakefront location in Menaggio. Enriched by beautiful gardens and a 4,000 sq ft spa with personalized treatment programs, swimming pool, and signature scents handcrafted in-house, it’s surrounded by breathtaking views of the lake and its mountains.

Rooms - 81 including 4 suite options

Dining - Lago Restaurant (stunning lake views and local flavors); Erre Restaurant (innovative, varying menu); two bars

Winery - Offers the finest Italian reds and international whites, the cellar is home to Lombardy’s local wine from Franciacorta, Valtellina and Lake Garda. Each tasting is carefully paired with specialty dishes for a full Como experience.

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Grand Hotel Bristol Rapallo, Esterno Grand Hotel Bristol Rapallo, Camere Grand Hotel Bristol Rapallo, Piscina


Bridged by a stunning botanical garden where guests can walk in natural beauty and surprising biodiversity of these lakeside landscapes, these historic sister properties offer a fairytale experience overlooking the lake, nestled in a quiet medieval hamlet. Popular for weddings and conferences, the hotels offer both space and charm.

Royal Victoria is a renovated textile mill that, in 1838, hosted Queen Victoria of England, leaving her name as an indelible memory of her visit.

Rooms - 43 including 4 romantic suites that pay homage to the iconic work “The Betrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni

Dining - Royal Gourmet (newly renovated space serving traditional yet elevated dishes lakeside); Victoria Grill (international cuisine in the historical main square of Varenna)

Villa Cipressi is known for its magical gardens and breathtaking view of Bellagio. Completely renovated in 2018, Villa Cipressi offers elegance and magic as one of the most historic villas in the region.

Rooms - 31 including 5 suites

Dining - Veranda Bar and Royal Victoria dining options

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Andrea & Leo spring/summer ‘23 is inspired by an unexpected adventure into a butterfly garden with the fairytale inspired midi and tea length dresses, timeless elegant gowns, gorgeous evening gowns and trend forward prom gowns. andrealeocouture.com


Jenny and the City

Exclusive Interview with International Jewelry Designer Adelya

I was invited to meet Adelya , an international jewelry designer and inspirational woman. She flew in from Dubai to meet and greet the L.A. Socialites and tastemakers. The event took place at TZURI in Beverly Hills; Adelya curated a limited edition collection for L.A. It was elegant and sexy; for sure several “must haves” We indulged in champagne and Caviar from Seven Seas Gourmet while admiring and shopping the collection. This was followed by an intimate seven-course dinner at Il Pastaio. I had a great time and was able to get to know a little more of Adelya so please enjoy the exclusive interview.


Jenny and the City


When did you start designing jewelry?

My jewelry journey began as a hobby in 2012, I was always fascinated with precious stones, their individual qualities and what each and every one represents. I began with designing for myself, and friends, then I was invited to be the jeweler for royal equestrian association in Abu Dhabi for the female racers, and this is how it began. The brand was born.

Besides jewelry do you design anything else?

My background is in interiors. I graduated from the Chelsea College of Arts and Design, in spatial construction and design, so for a few years I was designing interiors, working for architectural firm Claudio Silvestrin where we worked closely with the Armani group. I have also worked with Anouska Hempel and designed the interior soft furnishings for the Grosvenor house apartments in London.

How do you start your design process?

The design process in my case always begins with the stones. Their beauty and the process of their creation over millions of years tells its own story, I think color stones are the most beautiful. Our brand focuses a lot of comfort of the pieces for our clients; we try to take into consideration all the aspects such as the weight of the pieces, making earrings for instance light and comfortable to wear. My philosophy for my jewelry is that it has to fuse with the body in the most comfortable way and compliment the attributes of the wearer.

What is your favorite stone and why?

The favorite of the stones for me would be a paraiba tourmaline, for obvious reasons for its incredible and completely mesmerizing color. Its rarity also adds so much value to the stone and the vibrant shades of paraiba are so uplifting, I believe that paraibas suit absolutely every complexion and create an unforgettable image.

What is your “Must Have” accessory?

My must have piece from Adelya jewelry is the zodiac key pendant on chain. We have developed this collection with a lot of thought and meaning. The key is a protector symbol of the soul; we have 24 different variations, 2 for every zodiac sign, to provide choice. The stones used in this collection correlate with the zodiac signs. We have additionally set the diamonds on the back plate of the pendant in a constellation of the zodiac, this gives the piece even more personality. The chains are hand set with different stones; these are carefully selected to match the pendants. The piece is rather unique and is a statement piece that dresses up any day or night outfit and has become our staple of the brand.

What is a day in the life of Adelya?

My days are always a little different because I tend to travel a lot, and every country has a different schedule for me. But my favorite city to be

is Dubai. I usually start my day with a workout, after which I would grab a coffee and head to meetings. The meetings are so varied, that my day is always filled with interesting new information. After lunch I would visit the workshop to check on the production stages and process and to make sure everything is running smoothly. In the evenings I would normally have meetings, either dinners with clients or with friends. I travel to a lot of new and interesting destinations, so I always mix my work schedule with cultural activities, museums - where I get a lot of ideas from, exhibitions, historic sites and religious sites and monuments.

These give me a different kind of energy boost and help with the creativity process I feel. There are so many beautiful and favorite cities for me, each has the qualities I love and need in different ways. I love Paris for its fashion weeks and the shopping scene, for its palaces and exhibitions. I love Moscow for it’s convenience in everything and its great restaurant and food scene, the beauty industry is the best in Moscow with the most innovative skin and hair care solutions, I love going there for my beauty related appointments. London has always had a special place in my heart after having lived there for six years, so the whole city always feels like home, just like Dubai where I grew up. Dubai is a city with immeasurable capabilities. I love the growth and expansion it went through and is still going through. I have a lot of respect for this place.

Who is your role model?

My first role model would be my mother. She always inspires me in many ways and her wisdom helped me achieve a lot of what I have achieved with my brand. I also have a few role models within my close circle of friends. The kind of friends whom I really respect and whom I look up to adelyajewellery.com

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The Sweetness of LOVE

JoJo Fletcher’s RESA Collection Features the Sweetest Nod to Husband Jordan Rodgers

Former Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher’s highly anticipated collaboration with the ready-to-wear fashion label RESA has arrived.

Available now, the 14-piece collection comprises a curation of Fletcher’s favorite RESA styles, plus two new looks: Joelle and Jordan, named for herself and husband Jordan Rodgers.

And that’s not the only heart-warming detail. Each print is named after something unique to the couple. ‘Sunstone,’ which is a nod to their wedding venue and speaks perfectly to how romantic and beautiful the print is and how it can be worn.

The collection ranges in price from $68-$158 in sizes XS-XL, available exclusively on Shop-RESA.com

Another collection standout? This is Rico, a stunning, bold, tropical print that screams ‘take me to the beach!’ and this was named after where the couple currently lives, Puerto Rico, known for its vibrancy, beautiful beaches and rainforests.

JoJo’s favorite color also made it into the lineup with the ‘Fletcher’ print. It’s been one of her favorites for as long as she can remember. Teamed with the pattern, she deems the design a “fun and cheerful” addition to your spring wardrobe.

RESA x JoJo Fletcher collection

Each style, in floral pastels and bright tropical prints, have a meaningful namesake tied to a connection dear to Jojo. The ‘Sunstone’ is the winery where she married Jordan, the ‘Rico’ is where she currently lives with her husband, and the ‘Fletcher’ named after herself. All silhouettes are feminine and flattering, in flirty dresses with sexy leg slits, to matching sets with crop tops, skirts and shorts, so you can wear through any occasion. It’s giving spring with a southern twist!

Grab a North FORK!

Springtime on the North Fork

The North Fork of Long Island is one of the largest and best preserved agricultural regions in New York State and home of this region’s award-winning wine country. Nicknamed “NOFO,” the north fork features more than 60 vineyards and an array of breweries and craft distilleries. Travel here, and expect to find charming roadside cottages and B&Bs peppered throughout. Stop by the renowned Briermere Farms, famous for their scrumptious pies; perhaps enjoy a beer and a light bite at Greenport Harbor Brewery or sip a glass of wine or two at Lenz Winery.

While visiting, enjoy the fragrant springtime fields at Lavender by the Bay with 80,000 lavender plants and vibrant sunflowers at the sprawling farms across the region. Also, for your dining pleasure, expect seasonal treasures from the sea including Oysters, Peconic Bay Scallops and more. The North Fork is one of the main ‘foodie’ destinations in Long Island where local chefs at top-notch restaurants use locally grown produce and farm-raised livestock to create spectacular dishes and fare.

Make sure to travel to the furthest point east on the North Fork where you can book fishing charters or stroll through Orient Beach State Park via the waters of the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound. Not to be missed!


With a philosophy which states that “growing grapes for great wine is a blend of science, art, and folk wisdom”, you have to figure that a grand treat is in store and a treat it sure is.

Set in a 125-year-old barn, this winery space is filled with natural light and is constructed in a way that allows for proper fruit handling. The cellar, where the wines are aged, is in the barn, itself constructed from reclaimed, ancient heartwood pine. The cellar roof supports solar panels and wind turbine, so produces all of the energy used for the winery, cellar, vineyard and farmhouse inn.

Spend the night at their glorious and intimate B & B, located on 22 acres of pure vineyard. Carefully restored with great detail, this historic farmhouse offers 4 guest bedrooms, a full country breakfast, a complimentary wine tasting and tasty charcuterie to savor.

Welcome glass of wine 90 miles from NYC in the heart of the north fork. Relax outside on the patio overlooking the vineyards, or sip and chat in their library. For a true indulgence, try a wine flight such as their Sparkling Flight and celebrate the spring; 2021 Croteaux Sparkling ‘Chloe’, 2021 Croteaux Sparkling Cuvée, 2021 Brut Rosé 2021 and Croteaux Sparkling ‘Jolie’ Cheers!


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These family owned and operated bakery cafés offer the whole package, with a wholesale production facility that delivers their artisan breads and more from Montauk to NYC as well. The bakery component offers delicious pastries and cakes, as well as their own signature line of artisan breads, all products made by scratch using top notch ingredients. Enjoy a scrumptious danish, croissant or turnover or order a custom cake, expertly decorated by their in house talented cake designers or buy a seasonal pie or two. Their artisan breads are created by hand in the centuries-old tradition of European bakers. Stop into the bakery café offering meals throughout the day, including an assortment of sandwiches using their artisan bread, fresh salads, and delicious soups. Make it a memorable meal by adding dessert, coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte, tea and more. blueduckbakerycafe.com

The Harvest Inn

This B & B is located right on the North Fork Wine Trail. The award-winning inn is surrounded by vineyards, fields, beaches, and eateries. Their 3 course breakfasts are prepared with organic and local ingredients when accessible, with an authentic farm-to-table menu. Their meticulous and well-appointed guestrooms are spacious, with a beautiful décor and resplendent with luxury yet comfortable amenities. The Harvest Inn B&B is suitable for single or double occupancy, with a comfortable queen size bed and a private en-suite bathroom. All of the rooms offer luxurious linens, plush robes, and lavish Beekman 1802 bath amenities. theharvestinnnofo.com

Owners Samy Sabil and Ryan Flatley, formerly of the North Fork Table and Inn of Southold in the region, have been satisfying the most discerning of palates from the East End of Long Island to Manhattan, Miami, and Los Angeles offering Creative Courses Catering. With take out and catering menus ever changing seasonally, there is always something new to be tasted and relished. From luncheons, dinner parties al fresco, cocktail parties and local charity benefits to private events such as weddings overlooking the Long Island Sound, all bases are covered with finesse. Try their creative course experience, offering familiar dishes created with fresh and local ingredients, yet adding unexpected flavors to enhance and refresh.

As for the take out menu here, expect inventive spins on such staples as cod croquettes and pulled lamb, fragrant and melt in your mouth delicious. The Thai Coconut Curry Bowl here will guarantee your return. thenorthforkshack.com

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Skin Health Resolutions:

Top 4 Skincare Trends for 2023 and Top 4 Skin Health Resolutions for 2023 with Cosmetic Chemist & Celebrity Esthetician Elina Fedotova, who is also the founder of Elina Organics & Spas

2023 Skin Health Resolutions:

1. Nutrition Matters for Skin Health:

Make sure to eat clean as much as you can and also use pure skin care products. Read your label and find the time to understand your ingredients. You can look up your ingredients in the consumer database for safe cosmetics.

2. Invest in Skin Health: Your skin and the entire body is the only physical home for the soul you have. Make sure you invest in your health because beautiful skin is healthy! Investing in this nourishment is much more important than spending your money on trendy fashion and conventional makeup.

3. Stress Correlates to Skin Health:

Try to avoid stress and balance your lifestyle. Stress will age the skin and provoke breakouts. Balancing your emotions is a significant beauty factor!

4. Night Skincare Routine for Skin Health:

Clean and nourish your skin before you go to sleep. Make sure you never go to sleep with makeup on!

2023 Skincare Trends:

1. Natural Skincare Solutions: I believe that trends will continue to replace invasive harsh and chemical procedures and ingredients with natural rejuvenation

2. Natural Alternatives to Micro-Needling Growing: Skin treatments with micro-crystals from freshwater or marine sponges can successfully replace micro-needling

3. Goodbye to Chemical Peels: Naturally extracted fruit acids and enzymes that can replace chemical peels.

4. Reducing Surgical & Injectable Procedures: Non-invasive procedures involve photo rejuvenation and muscle stimulating, skin firming, and lifting bio-adaptive micro-current procedures, which can prevent people from getting surgical and injectable procedures. elinaorganics.com

About: Elina Fedotova is the Founder and Chief Formulator for Elina Organics, which since 1998, has offered award-winning, sophisticated, organic formulations that naturally deliver clinical results. Elina is also an award-Winning Cosmetic Chemist, Master and Celebrity Licensed Esthetician, and the President of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, founded in 2007. She hand makes her professional skincare line in her laboratory, based in Michigan, in small batch production using holistic principles and organic ingredients from around the world. The Elina Organics product line is available online at www.ElinaOrganics.com, in skincare salons and medical offices. She continues to offer her unique, holistic skincare treatments to clients who come to her spas in Florida and West Michigan.

Diamond Elixir MSRP: $80 for 2oz; $48 for .5 oz elinaorganics.com

Baikal Crystal Face Infusion

MSRP: $190 Size: 1 oz. elinaorganics.com

Baikal Crystal Eye Infusion

MSRP: $190 Size: 1 oz. elinaorganics.com

Baikal Crystal Balm

MSRP: $90 Size: 2 oz. elinaorganics.com

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Scanlan Theodore

Founded in 1987, Scanlan Theodore is an Australian fashion house for the global woman. The independent, luxury fashion brand defines a new genre of femininity by empowering women with intelligent, contemporary and timeless designs that cultivate modern elegance and independent spirit.


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Festival Hairstyles with Ponytails by

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

3 festival hairstyles in 3 easy steps with Paul Rus, hairstylist at Vibe Salon

Space buns

If your hair is thin, add some clip in hair extensions on the sides or in the back, depending on your preferences.

Step 1.

- make sure your hair is parted in the middle equally from the front to the back

- clip the pink highlight in the front, below some of your hair to hide the clips

- put each side up in a ponytail and secure with an elastic band

Step 2.

- for the space buns you need 2 ponytail extensions

- wrap the clip in pony on each pigtail created in step 1 and secure with ties

- take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the base of the pony to cover the textile band

Step 3.

- twist each pony into a loose bun and secure the hair with bobby pins

- repeat on the other side

Braided ponytails


- part your hair down the middle, in two equal parts

- clip in your pink highlights at the front, close to the parting

- start braiding your hair including the pink clip-in, making sure that the highlight is on top of your braid for the effect

- after you finish braiding, secure the ends with an elastic band

- repeat it on the other side of your hair exactly the same


- take 2 ponytail extensions - like Irresistible Me’s new curly ponies

- attach the ponytail around the end of each braid, securing it with the textile bands

- select a strand of hair and wrap it around the base of each pony to cover the fabric base

Half up with bubble braids


- create more volume by curling the hair in a nice beach wave or loose curl

- put the top part of your hair up in a ponytail and clip in a volumizing weft on the bottom half to get more hair for the half up, half down style


- clip in the pink highlights at the front of your head, leaving some of your own hair on top to cover the clips

- start making the bubble braid by taking a medium amount of hair and tying it with an elastic band every 2-3 inches

- after putting in all the elastic ties, pull your hair above each band to create a bubble effect


- add a clip in ponytail to the one you created at step 1 and cover the textile band with a strand of hair

- after the ponytail is added, braid it and twist the hair in a bun to create a top knot, and secure it in place with bobby pins



- When you do the bubble braids, make sure not to cover the pink highlights. If you want the braids to be more visible, create smaller bubbles of hair.

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SPECIAL TIP - Try to braid the ponytail extension for an added effect and then make the buns. SPECIAL TIP - If you think the textile strip is too long, curl them and adjust the length to your pony width.
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You will quite literally be leaving behind a better ecological footprint when you are walking in Valentina Rangoni shoes. As young designers, Valentina and Carolina Rangoni care very deeply for Mother Earth and work to produce shoes in an environmentally friendly fashion. They produce internally with a very small and artisanal production; this way they can control material usage, trace each step of production, and be sure of having a fair trade and production. The label reduces waste by preserving any excess fabric or leather for future usage or smaller productions. They also ensure that none of their unsold shoes are thrown away but instead given to outlets or donated to the less fortunate. Valentino Rangoni incorporates only Italian leathers from the Tuscan leather district. This way they provide the best quality, sustainable, and environmentally compliant leathers. Since everything is sourced close to the factory this reduces emissions, working on almost KM0. Valentina Rangoni continues to leverage their sustainable and ethical practices by constantly working towards and researching new eco-friendly initiatives. valentinarangoni.com

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Italian Pink Enamel Butterfly Pendant ross-simons.com


Colorful Butterfly Ring Pendant jewinston.com


Each of our jeweled hardware pieces are plated in genuine gold and silver and are made using Swarovski crystals. Only the highest quality materials are used in creating each bag. All bags are made in the USA! Pure luxury. michellewilhite.com

Melissa Gorga Wears Tiare Hawaii!

Melissa Gorga was spotted in her recent Instagram Post wearing Tiare Hawaii! The Real Housewife of New Jersey Star wore Tiare Hawaii’s Shoreline Pants ($108) and Angelina Top ($70),while filiming on the latest #RHONJ episode! Other fans of the brand include Jessica Biel, Behati Prinsloo, Heidi Klum and our Editor in Chief Andrea Patrick Forte! tiarehawaii.com

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The Eloise Clutch, $695.00 michellewilhite.com The Eloise Clutch, $875.00 michellewilhite.com TIARE HAWAII Photos courtesy of Melissa Gorga’s Instagram Wearing Tiare Hawaii, Other Fans of the brand include Jessica Biel, Behati Prinsloo, Heidi Klum and our very own Editor in Chief!

The Jewel Box

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”


You’ll be ready in these stunners in these perfect shades of Spring featuring pinks, yellows, blues, greens & gold.

Flying Horses Necklace matarastudio.com


14k yellow evil eye pendant with diamonds and blue saphires on a white diamond clasp on a 14k yellow 16” gold link necklace. delpozzojewelry.luxury


Pink Sapphire Heart Pendant in silver suzylevian.com

GUCCI Hortus Deliciarum High Jewelry Collection gucci.com


Gold Signature Pyramid of Pearl Hoop Earrings matarastudio.com


Malachite Fan Necklace with Sterling Silver Accents and Chain 20” necklace $62 northforkjewelrydesign.com.


Faceted Black Spinel and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings 3” length $36 northforkjewelrydesign.com

MATARA Diamond Ring, matarastudio.com


Hortus Deliciarum High Jewelry Collection gucci.com


Hortus Deliciarum High Jewelry Collection gucci.com


14k yellow matte initial pendant with white diamonds 31mm delpozzojewelry.luxury

MATARA Diamond Ring, matarastudio.com

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Ultimate Success Story Audrey Rose

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: Running two aesthetic practices, three aesthetic training schools, seeing patients in clinic, mentoring nurses in my field, being a mom to three kids and being a wife and a friend.

TELL US ABOUT THE AUDREY ROSE INSTITUTE. Well, I have always had a passion for education and training. I noticed that there was a gap in the market for practical, hands-on training in my field, so I decided to start my own training institute. I did a lot of research and planning before starting the institute, including identifying the target audience, creating course content, and finding experienced trainers to lead each course. I also invested in developing a user-friendly website and implementing a targeted marketing strategy to reach potential students. It was a lot of hard work, but seeing my vision come to life and helping individuals achieve their career goals through our training programs has been incredibly rewarding.

WHAT TYPES OF PROCEDURES DO YOU PROVIDE? Our clinic Age Less Weigh Less provides medical weight loss. We are specifically killing it with the celebrity weight loss program ( semaglutide ) and we also provide aesthetic procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, lasers , IV vitamins and more.

WHAT IS THE MOST REQUESTED TREATMENT? Right now weight loss (semaglutide ).

WHAT IS THE HOTTEST TOPIC/PROCEDURE HAPPENING NOW IN YOUR FIELD? Medical weight loss, pdo threads and exosomes.

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Semaglutide is a medication known as a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It works by mimicking the effects of a naturally occurring hormone that stimulates insulin release and lowers blood sugar levels after eating. In addition to its benefits in treating diabetes, semaglutide has also been shown to promote weight loss. When taken as a daily injection, semaglutide helps to reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness. This leads to a decrease in calorie intake, which helps people to lose weight over time.

The medication also appears to have beneficial effects on the body’s metabolism, helping to burn more calories and fat. In clinical trials, semaglutide has been shown to be effective in promoting significant weight loss in people who are overweight or obese.

The amount of weight loss can vary depending on individual factors such as diet and exercise habits, but most people experience a noticeable improvement. Overall, semaglutide is a promising treatment option for people struggling with excess weight and obesity. It provides a safe and effective way to manage appetite and maintain a healthy weight in the long term.


Jamaican born and raised ! Migrated to the United States when I was 15. I started in the ICU, got burned out and then fell in love with aesthetics medicine! When I was younger I wanted to be: a doctor and a cosmetologist and I’m not surprised I fell in love with aesthetic medicine.


Was in a jewelry store in which I got fired, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me! This changed the trajectory of my entire life.


My husband, mother and children! They allow me to reset from a long day and get back out there to accomplish more.


Success to me is reaching a personal goal that I have set for myself. It could be anything from finishing a project, improving my skills, or achieving something that I once thought was impossible. Being successful isn’t always about reaching the end goal but also the journey and accomplishments I make along the way.


Becoming a restauranteur and launching a weight management program with my business partner Ericka Barry for aesthetic providers.I’m so excited about the launch of this Program! Aesthetic Providers from across the entire country will benefit.


My dream project is to start a non profit organization giving back to underprivileged women and helping them restore their confidence.


My plans for the future are to scale my business include expanding my market reach and developing new products or services that cater to the needs of my target audience. I also plan to strengthen my brand identity and increase my marketing efforts to increase customer loyalty and attract new customers. In addition, I aim to streamline my operational processes and invest in technology to enhance the efficiency and productivity of my business. Ultimately, my goal is to establish my business as a leader in the industry and expand into new markets while maintaining a strong focus on customer satisfaction and quality service.y plans for the future are to scale my business include expanding my market reach and developing new products or services that cater to the needs of my target audience. I also plan to strengthen my brand identity and increase my marketing efforts to increase customer loyalty and attract new customers. In addition, I aim to streamline my operational processes and invest in technology to enhance the efficiency and productivity of my business. Ultimately, my goal is to establish my business as a leader in the industry and expand into new markets while maintaining a strong focus on customer satisfaction and quality service.ness as a leader in the industry and expand into new markets while maintaining a strong focus on customer satisfaction and quality service.

SOCIAL MEDIA: @ageless_weighless linked in, instagram, tik tok, fb @aroseinstitute linked in, instagram, tik tok, fb, @beautifyfairy instagram, tik tok

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SOCIAL MEDIA: @ageless_weighless linked in, instagram, tik tok, fb, @aroseinstitute linked in, instagram, tik tok, fb, @beautifyfairy instagram, tik tok

About “ Waisted” weight management program: Semaglutide is a medication known as a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It works by mimicking the effects of a naturally occurring hormone that stimulates insulin release and lowers blood sugar levels after eating. In addition to its benefits in treating diabetes, semaglutide has also been shown to promote weight loss.

When taken as a daily injection, semaglutide helps to reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness. This leads to a decrease in calorie intake, which helps people to lose weight over time. The medication also

appears to have beneficial effects on the body’s metabolism, helping to burn more calories and fat. In clinical trials, semaglutide has been shown to be effective in promoting significant weight loss in people who are overweight or obese. The amount of weight loss can vary depending on individual factors such as diet and exercise habits, but most people experience a noticeable improvement.

Overall, semaglutide is a promising treatment option for people struggling with excess weight and obesity. It provides a safe and effective way to manage appetite and maintain a healthy weight in the long term.

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Audrey Rose Carmen E Semaan Director of the Weight-loss Program, BS Healthcare Administration. Ericka Barry Co-Founder of “Get waisted” Educational Program Audrey Rose Audrey Rose Institute of Medical Aesthetics, Founder of Weight Management Program “ Waisted” and Co- Founder of “Get waisted” Educational Program. About “ Waisted” Weight Management Program. Founder of Audrey Rose Institute of Medical Aesthetics, Founder of Weight Management Program “ Waisted” and Co- Founder of “Get waisted” educational program About “ Waisted” weight management program.

2023 is the Year of the Caftan with Ooshie!

Ooshie/ Resort Wear

Feminine, flirty, versatile and sustainable are just a few words to describe Ooshie.

The collection is designed for the modern, eco-conscious woman who values ethical and sustainable production practices. Ooshie’s boldness and empowerment are reflected in every garment they produce, with a seamless union of vivid hues and stunning hand-drawn prints.

The founder, former model and actress Melissia Hill, draws inspiration from nature’s bountiful beauty to infuse classic silhouettes with vibrant colors and daring floral patterns. The result is a collection of garments that are both comfortable and functional, yet breathtakingly beautiful and empowering. The angle of caftans, dresses, pants, jumpsuits and tops are perfect for a night out with girlfriends or jet-setting to the Mediterranean.

Ooshie takes great pride in our commitment to ethical and sustainable production practices. Our garments are designed to last and are made with high-quality materials to reduce waste and ensure longevity. Ooshie is the perfect choice for women who want to look good while doing good. ooshie.com

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Red Flamingo Shirt Dress Designer: melissia-hill $175.00
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Black Blurred Lines- Catfan Designer: melissia-hill $285.00 Hope Flower Silk Caftan Designer: melissia-hill $285.00 Red Button front in Organic Cotton Voile Designer: melissia-hill $95.00 Hope Flower Silk Caftan Designer: melissia-hill $285.00 Happy Striped Caftan Designer: melissia-hill $225.00 Jungle Luv Silk Shirt Dress Designer: melissia-hill $175.00

Pool Season Starts NOW!

Make your way to Las Vegas’ most immersive ultra pool! Have a drink, take a swim & catch some sun!

AZILO Ultra Pool at SAHARA Las Vegas is now open for the 2023 season. The immersive ultra pool offers an intimate poolside ambience enhanced by Moroccan décor, lush greenery and an inviting atmosphere featuring weekly entertainment and specials, a full bar with TVs, a 240-foot LED wall, cabana, daybed and lily pad packages as well as a full menu featuring an eclectic collection of summer favorites, sushi, snacks and breakfast.

her own music video, “Play It Back.” After years of writing, recording and performing, she has embarked on a journey to mix her style of music with hip hop, house, old school, rap and other forms of music.

Saturdays – Saturdays include entertainment by DJ Sara. DJ Sara has been exciting audiences since she was 6 years old. At 18, she joined a circus as a singing ringmaster and for the next 15 years thrilled audiences around the world. In 2009 Sara created her Dancing DJ concept and has been around Las Vegas ever since. She has performed at the Fremont Street Experience, Circa Las Vegas and on FOX5 Las Vegas’s MORE show as a resident DJ.

Sundays – Sundays include entertainment from DJ SupaJames. SupaJames began performing as a DJ and spending time around his local radio station at the age of 15. He quickly spread his talents to San Diego and Las Vegas just after his 18th birthday. He also notably programmed multiple Top 40 stations across the west coast, as well as appeared weekly on satellite and cable radio shows. SupaJames quickly became an influential name in the music business and his open format abilities established him as a familiar name in the club scene nationwide. In addition, he is a worldwide tour DJ for platinum recording artist Baby Bash. He also works in the music production world for his Projekt X collaboration with Albert Ramirez.

AZILO Ultra Pool is open to guests ages 21 and older daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the pool is free but a cover charge is required on select dates or during special activations and holidays. Beginning in May, the pool will extend operating hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


To amp up the energy, AZILO Ultra Pool features DJs on the open-air stage every Friday, Saturday and Sunday playing “open format” Top 40 anthems. Fridays – Fridays include entertainment by DJ Stephi K. DJ Stephi K grew up in Southern California where she developed a true love for pop, hip hop and rap music. Being inspired by artists such as Madonna and 2Pac led her to writing and recording her own style of music. She has opened for well-known hip hop acts, been featured on various hip hop artist’s songs and starred in

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AZILO Ultra Pool features an eclectic collection of specialty cocktails, spring and summer favorites, sushi, snacks and breakfast designed for sharing by the pool or while cooling off under a cabana.


SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named

“Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den from renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council.

For more information, please visit saharalasvegas.com and stay connected on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Business Owners


Audrey Rose

CEO, Owner, Founder, Nurse Practitioner

Business: Age-Less Weigh-Less and Audrey Rose Institute of Medical Aesthetics

All of her life, Audrey has aspired to reach a level of respect within the medical industry and to one day reach the highest degree of confidence with everyone she comes in contact with. She began her career by obtaining her master’s degree at Northeastern University as an acute care nurse practitioner. While working in the acute care setting, Audrey felt a pull into another part of the nursing and medical field: medical aesthetics. She did everything possible to learn the ins and outs of the medical aesthetics industry and enhance every skill she could to give her the expertise to be a trusted, top-tier clinician in every setting. She went on to start her own private practice and the trust she had built within her community allowed her to quickly expand into two locations. Audrey worked tirelessly to reach her goals, but she wasn’t done yet.

Audrey’s not the type to take a step back and bask in her successes. Instead, she is persistently looking toward the future and what her next steps are to continue expanding her empire while simultaneously supporting both her employees and patients in the best way that she can. Years after introducing her practice to the world of aesthetics, Audrey decided it was time to take the next step forward. Because she knew there was a lot more she could offer to the community, it was time to take the education of future clinicians into her own hands.

From this mind child came the introduction of The Audrey Rose Institute of Medical Aesthetics, where she was able to continue to build up her community and advance towards making the most extensive impact within the aesthetics world that she could. Audrey did this while providing new and upcoming clinicians with the same trusted education and expertise Audrey embodies.

Audrey is seen as one of the top injectors in the New England area and is an inspiring business leader for men and women alike all around the country. Her entrepreneurial values and business expertise has landed her a deep network of highly educated and experienced nurses and medical professionals that follow her lead and advice. Through her company, ARI, she has had the ability to educate, train, and guide the success of many up-and-coming as well as seasoned medical providers. Audrey’s deep level of understanding of the aesthetic industry, in conjunction with her passion to assist others, is what has led to her profound success. You’ll never be left wondering if you’re at the fingertips of an experienced and highly skilled clinician, as Audrey is the best mentor and trainer you can find for anything related to medical aesthetics and patient care.

There’s no stopping Audrey when it comes to her future goals and visions for the Audrey Rose Institute. The future of ARI holds great things and Audrey makes it her priority to provide the top-of-the-line objectives to every employee and member within her network, viewing their successes as her own. Seeing her community thriving and happy is what brings Audrey the most joy and inspiration within her own personal medical aesthetics career. She would do anything to provide the proper support for her team and all clients who encounter her network of clinicians.

As well as being an amazing business owner, Audrey is a loving mother to her 3 kids Athena, Jordan, and Ella. She loves to travel when she finds a free moment in her busy schedule and laying out on the beach is her happy place. With a bold personality, Audrey has the remarkable talent of leaving you feeling immediately more confident than before.

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Business Owners

Annabelle Chang

Founder of Annabelle’s Book Club LA

Social Media: IG & TikTok: @AnnabellesBookClubLA, annabellesbookclubLA.com

Annabelle’s Book Club LA is a first-of-its-kind YA-focused bookstore that aims to spark imagination, inspire human connection, and bring joy to people of all ages. Its prime Studio City, CA location stands out with a hot pink facade and offers book lovers a wide selection of YA, general interest titles, coffee table books, plus book-themed inspired merchandise 16-year-old owner Annabelle Chang designs and sells at the store and online. The Los Angeles native fell in love with books at an early age and reads 6-8 per month. Her mother, best-selling author Amanda Brown wrote the novel ‘Legally Blonde’ which was turned into the cult favorite film and Broadway musical of the same name nurtured Annabelle’s appreciation of literature.

Trista Croce Entrepreneur/Owner/founder of BTS Event MGT

Social Media @trista.natashia, btseventmanagement.com

Hi! I am the Owner/Founder of BTS Event Management as well as the lead designer and wedding/event planner. Born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin, I knew that my journey would not end there. I made the decision to attend the University of Arizona where my love for event coordination first originated. I began interning with a company who specialized in event management for non-profit organizations. I was fortunate enough to land a position with the company and instantly became obsessed with the wedding and event industry. Soon after, I started BTS Event Mangament and haven’t looked back since. This is my dream and I am proud to say that I am responsible for having it come true!

You’ll rarely see me without lipstick, coffee or wine…(yeah super cliche, but I’m just that gal, lol). I rarely sleep and love creating cutting edge, unique wedding designs late at night. My why and reason for pursuing this awesome journey are my two crazy but beautiful kids, a whole decade apart, who keep me on my toes and never allow me to slow down enough to realize that I probably actually do need sleep every now and again.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me! Be sure to check out my personal Instagram page to see this all in real life @trista.natashia

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SUCCESS STORIES to Inspire YOU! Gladys TOP 100

Marianne Lehikoinen is the founder of Smart Mentoring, a consulting business that helps creators and coaches make at least €10,000 in profit per month with scalable premium offers without paid ads or complex funnels. The 26-year-old entrepreneur took her business from 0 to over $1 Million in 3 years, and is passionate about building meaningful and massively profitable businesses for herself and her clients. Lehikoinen started from scratch with no experience, network or savings and built her first two companies, published a book, built a social media audience of tens of thousands of followers, hosted a podcast, sold 1000+ online courses, became a mom by the age of 25 and engages a team of 15 employees. Her personal mission is to help women in business achieve more than they thought possible.

Eboni Roberts

Kicky Mats, was created as a hobby that Eboni Roberts promoted via social media and word of mouth within the Houston area. With positive feedback and support from her community, her side hustle hobby scaled to a full time career. Social media has been her target outlet for scaling the brand. Following on Instagram has reached over 135K and millions of views via reels and shares. kickymats.com

Chef Sari Suzanne Seedorf


Renowned chef, pastry chef, talk show host, designer and founder of The Yellow Carrot, Sari Suzanne Seedorf is an exuberant lover of people, animals, food, art, language, theater, fashion, travel and culture. Known for her superhuman energy, joyful demeanor (and occasional foul mouth), Sari exudes a uniquely refreshing zest for life that will leave a lasting impression upon your soul. As a self-taught chef with over 20 years of restaurant, catering and design experience, Sari’s adornment for food started at a very young age. Born in Cedar Rapids, IA, Sari helped her grandparents harvest and sell the family’s coveted sweet corn and tomatoes out of the back of her grandfather’s pickup truck. After attending college in Minnesota, Sari moved to Charleston, SC and quickly became one of the most sought out servers in the city. Sari has lived all over the US and Mexico, opening multiple restaurants, cafés and catering companies that would eventually lead her to Durango, where she opened The Yellow Carrot in 2008.

A multi-faceted being of her own classification, Sari is also a talented clarinetist, has won various awards for acting and singing, and fluently speaks and practices several languages including English, Spanish, French and Turkish. When she’s not in the kitchen, Sari can be found entertaining and inspiring guests or enjoying yet another amazing project thinking up something extraordinary with her Yellow Carrot Crew and colleagues.

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of the Yellow Carrot Social Media: theyellowcarrot.com/shop Marianne Lehikoinen Founder of Smart Mentoring Social Media: smart-mentoring.com Founder/Creative Director Kicky Mats Social Media: Instagram: @kickymats Photography|Douglas Marquez

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Business Owners SUCCESS STORIES to Inspire YOU!

Kim Gravel

Belle Beauty Entrepreneur & QVC Host and TV Personality, Author Social Media: facebook.com/kimgravelofficial/

Confidence queen, entrepreneur, and author of Collecting Confidence: Start Where You Are to Become the Person You Were Meant to Be (April 25, 2023). Kim has made it her personal mission to be a global voice and teach women to walk in confidence and never look back. Once down and out and living in a rundown apartment, this dynamo embraced her circumstances and personal power to become a QVC host and TV personality. In 2016, Kim partnered with QVC to launch her highly successful apparel line, Belle by Kim Gravel®, and she also launched the Belle Beauty® cosmetic line, now a $100M company.

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Timberly Kirstin

Founder of TK & Co.

Social Media: IG: timberly.kirstin

FB: Timberly Kirstin, Linkedin: Timberly Kirstin

Timberly grew up in a small town, with big dreams. After earning her degree in Business and Marketing, she spent years running large sales teams, made her way into the Mortgage Industry, and ultimately found her passion in Real Estate. After achieving a high level of success as a solo agent, she brought her business to an International Cloud Brokerage, allowing her to take her love for travel and leadership to new heights. As the founder of TK & Co., she strives to mentor her team and clients on how to build generational wealth, and create a legacy using Real Estate Investing, Blockchain, Fractionalization, and other Creative Financing. Timberly is based out of Portland, Maine, with expansion partners in Houston, TX, St. Louis, MO, and has plans to reach multiple states and go global in 2023.

Jenn Lim

CEO of Delivering Happiness, Author Social Media: twitter.com/byjennlim

Jenn Lim, a global workplace expert, speaker, corporate consultant, and the CEO of Delivering Happiness, a company built to create happier company cultures for a more profitable and sustainable approach to business. Jenn is also the author of the bestselling book Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact.

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Meet Ashley Breau! She is a very successful multi business entrepreneur and leader in her industry for the past ten years. Ashley grew up in a small town in Phippsburg, ME and she suffered a very tragic and abusive past. What motivated her was having no choice but to raise her two young babies by herself until she met the love of her life. She has a Medical Degree and has worked side by side with Physicians and NP’s the past 10 years. While working in the hospitals and Doctors’ offices, she knew the paychecks weren’t going to cut it and her daughter was very sick with severe asthma since she was a newborn. So, she knew she needed to make her own schedule and a paycheck she was proud of. She thought of a business she could start with low overhead. She ended up launching a Commercial Cleaning Company called Maids of Maine in which she built into 6 figures her very first year. She knew that would be a steppingstone in order to build her second business which was her dream business. She suffered severe insecurities her entire life due to her trauma since she was a little girl, but that didn’t stop her; It only inspired her at a young age to want to own a MedSpa in which she could combine her 15 years of medical experience, with a combination of her business and leadership skills to help create a one stop MedSpa for all of her client’s needs who also suffer insecurities. She knew the dream career she would start would not only help her clients feel good inside and out, but it also for the first time in her life-built security and confidence and passion inside her that she never had. In 2020 during the pandemic, Ashley knew it was time for a change for her and her family. She took all of her savings from her first business and flew her family down to Florida to continue her education. Once she graduated, she then flew back to Maine and took a huge risk at opening up her own Store Front MedSpa located in a beautiful Topsham Mall Plaza not knowing if her dreams and visions would be a success. Sure, enough she didn’t take no for an answer, and she’s been so busy that she’s expanding and opening up several locations throughout Maine and plans to build Franchises across the United States. Her team is built of passionate providers who share thesame passion that she does for her clients. She has a Physician/ Medical Director, a Nurse Practitioner and Two Estheticians on her team providing World Class Cosmetic Enhancement procedures. She is a Master Permanent Makeup Artist and travels around the world with famous leaders in the same industry in order to stay up to date on the most advanced Medicine, Cosmetic Procedures, PMU techniques and trends along with offering the most up to date Cryo and Laser technology. While running her two business’s and being a mom and wife, she is continuing her education to become a RN and hopes to eventually get her NP! CosMEDIX & Cryo MedSpa offers a wide variety of services to fit each individuals needs including Injectables, Cryo Slimming, Permanent Makeup, Laser Hair Removal, Lashes, Facials, Teeth Whitening and more! Her business is constantly on the Radio, Channel 6 and Channel 13 News, and GLADYS is excited to feature her as one of our Top 100 Business Success Stories.

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Ashley Breau President CosMEDIX & Cryo Medspa Social Media: IG, FB & TikTok: @CosMEDIXandCryo
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Business Owners

Haley Michelle

OCCUPATION: Party Princess Performer/Company Owner, Paranormal Investigator, Social Media Influencer

BUSINESS: Royal Wishes Princess Parties

SOCIAL MEDIA: TT: @misshaleymichelle

IG: @misshaleymichelle

Breanna Herrick

Owner/ Bre’s Cupcakin’ Around

Social Media: FB: Bre’s Cupcakin’ Around

While in Junior high, West Virginia native, Breanna Herrick started baking cupcakes to help a classmates family. That first fundraiser was the start of her home-based baking company called Bre’s Cupcakin’ Around. Six years later, she has raised over $30,000 for community organizations and people in need. This Marietta College freshman says “Helping others is a piece of cake.”

Malea Rose

CEO of her skin care company Vie En Rose, Actress, Former, Competitive surfer

Social Media: @vieenrosebeauty, vieenrose.com

Malea Rose is a multi-hyphenate actress, writer, former competitive surfer and now CEO of her own skincare company Vie En Rose. She has been working in the entertainment industry for 15 years, acting with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. With a passion and love for skincare and struggling herself with her skin, Malea has since shifted her focus from actress/producer to CEO of her skincare brand Vie En Rose. Her brand centers around luxury, anti-aging products formulated with perfect potent ingredients from science + nature such as CBD and Cannarose (her brand exclusive ingredient.) Two of her amazing, cruelty-free products (made in the USA!) are available for purchase on her website, including the Mile High Ultra-Hydrating Mist, and the Love Potion Beauty Oil as well as found in Fred Segal and Resorts World Vegas.

Donelle Dadigan

President & Founder of the Hollywood Museum

Social Media: IG: @thehollywoodmuseum

Donelle Dadigan, President & Founder of the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Bldg is a philanthropist and lover of history, The Hollywood Museum, located just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is dedicated to the history and heritage of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. With 10,000 real show business treasures showcasing more than 100 years - from Hollywood’s humble beginnings to today’s blockbuster motion pictures, television shows and new digital platforms - the Hollywood Museum is home to the largest entertainment collection on public display and is a ‘must see’ for visitors from around the world. Michael Feinstein and Donelle produced a new project a book with 16 cd’s called From Hollywood to the World, the Rediscovering of Jose Iturbi, Iturbi was her God Father, he was the first musician in music history to sell 1 million records as a classical pianist. thehollywoodmuseum.

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Fashion Designers

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Alexia María

Fashion Designer/Alexia Maria Eveningwear

Social Media: IG: @alexiamariaofficialiaofficial

Alexia María was born in Mexico and has an atelier in San Diego and New York. Each piece is handmade by local women, and features the highest quality silk faille fabric. Collections include gowns, blouses, pants, skirts, convertible skirts, and wedding dresses. Perfect for an award show, wedding, gala, or elegant evening on the town. Her brand which is sold at Saks & Neiman Marcus has been worn by celebrities including Ariana Grande, Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Palermo, Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff & more! alexiamaria.com

Latoya Shaw

Shoe Designer/Artist/Photographer Company LØVCHLD

Social Media: tiktok.com/@lovchld, IG: instagram.com/lovchld_/?hl=en

Latoya Shaw is a shoe designer, artist, and photographer. Celebrity-collected shoes by LØVCHLD is her company. The custom shoes that she paints by hand are flying off the shelves and onto celebrity red carpets. In addition to custom shoe commissions, she sells one-of-a-kind designs in various sizes on her website, lovchld.com

Juan “Jay” Love Founder, and Creative Designer at Alpha Fashionista

Social Media: IG: @Alpha.Fashionista

Alpha Fashionista, founded in Highland Park, Los Angeles, Alpha Fashionista will go where few brands have gone before by blending culture, art, and music into multiple collections that go beyond accessorizing The brand will initially specialize in high-end fedoras and streetwear that deliver ultimate confidence, unmatched style, and limitless opportunities for self-expression without compromising comfort or style. “Fashion, as we understand it, is the unspoken expression of self, and we revere individuality,” added Juan Love. “Our pieces allow anyone to set a fashion statement and achieve the highest levels of self-expression with premium fabrics and materials, comfort, and style.” AlphaFashionista.com

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Fashion Designers

Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi

Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi is known as the “headband queen” and “embellished artist” of her time. With an impressive roster working under the helm of Rebecca Taylor, Ippolita and Tory Burch, she notably launched the first ever J. Crew costume jewelry collection. She decided to launch her eponymous brand in 2012 in New York City focusing on accessories. The product assortment now includes 15 categories and is growing. She accessories everyone from Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, and Zendaya. Lele Sadoughi can be found at their flagship stores in Dallas, New York City and Newport Beach, as well as leading retailers worldwide.

Elena Feit & Alexia Hanemian

Founders of THE ETHIQUETTE, Corsets & Bustiers, the-ethiquette.com

Elena Feit and Alexia Hanemian are the Founders of THE ETHIQUETTE, a Ready-to-Couture House whose drops are designed and created in Paris from Haute-Couture leftovers. Inspired by the classics with a contemporary and glamorous twist, the upcycled pieces are produced in limited series from French manufacturers scraps such as Malhia Kent, Soierie Cheval or Swarovski. The company’s mission is to make people want to dress up again by revolutionising Couture.

Nikki Day

Founder of Ayla & Co. Social Media: IG: @ayla.and.co

As the mother of four, founder Nikki Day has gone through her fair share of diaper bags. She knew she wanted something more in her diaper bag, and thus Ayla & Co. was born offering a functional yet fashionable diaper bag that could go from day to night. aylabag.com

Isabel Deng

Founder of Miss Circle misscircle.com

Miss Circle Founder, Isabel Deng, wearing Miss Circle at the NYFW Miss Circle Flagship Store Opening. The new store, which spans over a staggering 2600 square feet, including a mezzanine level, is located in the heart of Soho. “It has always been my dream to have our flagship store in Soho and to leave my own footprint on a neighborhood like this, which is globally recognized for its style and glamor”, said the brand’s CEO, Isabel Deng. “The vision for the store in Soho is not just to create a safe and comfortable space for women to shop, but to create a shopping experience that would empower and inspire them. We hope this store, and our collections, will help bring women together and allow our customers to step into their own personal confidence.”

Miss Circle is renowned for its bold and empowering “all eyes on me” look. The brand is committed to creating moments for women to feel glamorous and sexy. No matter the occasion, everyone can have that Miss Circle moment. The brand has continued to catch the attention of celebrities, models, and influencers, including Cardi B, Lady Gaga, and Paris Hilton.

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Jewelry Designers

Tanya Newbould

OCCUPATION: Designer, Public Speaker, PPD Advocate

Spiritual Life Coach, Producer, Jewelry Designer

BUSINESS: Del Pozzo Jewelry

SOCIAL MEDIA: tanyanewbould.com , tanya@tanyanewbould.com calendly.com/tanyanewbould-delpozzo-/30min


Tina Rush

BUSINESS: Owner and Designer at North Fork Jewelry Design

SOCIAL MEDIA: FB: @northforkjewelry

IG: @northforkjewelrydesign, northforkjewelrydesign.com

Matara, founded in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014, is a luxury pearl jewelry brand that established a reputation for excellence with exquisite craftsmanship and remarkable jewelry creations. Over the years, Matara defined a new wave of pearls with creative interpretations by combining the uniqueness of pearls with exquisite and contemporary designs. Contrary to popular belief, behind the brand is an everlasting friendship. Matara is an amalgam of CEO Jongjin “Jin” Jungsura last name, as well as the names of her two co-founders - CCO Salil “Tangmo” Andraphan, and COO Patchaploy “Prae” Matarungsombat. The three go back a long way, having studied together as kids at St. Francis Xavier Convent School, before continuing at Chulalongkorn University. While Jin continued to pursue her Master’s in International Management at Royal Holloway in the UK, and studied hospitality in Switzerland, they have always remained close. In 2014, the trio decided to set up a pearl jewelry business as they saw a gap in the market. “We want to change traditional views and reinvent pearls for young, modern women. At the same time, we also want to educate consumers about pearls. Those pearls on your costume jewelry aren’t real.” Jin explains in an interview with Business Leader, UK. In 2015, Matara was first launched in the London consignment market. Consumers embraced the contemporary concept, and in the following years, the brand began to expand internationally, entering new markets such as Paris in 2016, New York in 2016 and Southeast Asia in 2020. Matara successfully launched the fine jewelry line in 2016. Together with S.Maneephand, one of Asia’s top jewelry makers, the power duo designed outstanding pieces inspired by nature, architecture and everything in between. The brand also created its high jewelry line in 2021 - jewelry that is timeless and feminine, enhancing the natural beauty of mother-of-pearl and the brilliance of metals. By creating Masterworks of Art, pearl jewelry that touches the summits of craftsmanship, Matara turns luxury jewelry pieces into masterworks of art This year, Matara made it to both the 75th Cannes Film Festival and 79th Venice Film Festival. Celebrities and fashion models from Heart Evangelista to Leonid Hanne were all decked in Matara pearls on the prestigious red carpet. Today, Matara has over 30 collections - from brilliant pearl to dazzling diamond piecesfor every occasion, for every mademoiselle. matarastudio.com

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Salil “Tangmo” Andraphan (left), Jongjin “Jin” Jungsura (middle), Patchaploy “Prae” Matarungsombat (right)
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Karina Brez

World renowned Equestrian fine jeweler, and former Miss Florida USA.

Social Media: IG: @karinabrezjewelry, karinabrez.com, The Jeweled Barn, @thejeweledbarn

Karina Brez is a world renowned Equestrian fine jeweler, and former Miss Florida USA. Karina takes her equine style and brings it to the world of interior design through The Jeweled Barn, her tiny house retail pop-up concept. Jewelry Designer Karina Brez states, “The Jeweled Barn is inspired by the spirit of the equestrian lifestyle, both rustic and refined. An interpretation of an English tack room, it is sophisticated, incorporating green, gold and reclaimed wood.”

Jewelry Designers

Suzy Levian is the youngest of the five children of Mr. A. LeVian, the founder of LeVian Corp. While working with her brothers at LeVian Corp., Suzy opened her own business, with the goal of empowering women through beautiful, affordable jewelry designs for all. Her signature collections are renowned for their breathtaking juxtaposition of gemstones and curves. Passionate and energizing, Suzy Levian creates provocative, elegant accessories catering to women invigorating their inner power.

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An Knook SigmaBeauty.com

Sigma Beauty is proud to announce their first collaboration with YouTube makeup guru, An Knook , on a twenty-pigment eyeshadow palette.

Elina Fedotova

Cosmetic Chemist, Celebrity Esthetician and Founder of Elina Organics


Elina Fedotova is the Founder and Chief Formulator for Elina Organics, which since 1998, has offered award-winning, sophisticated, organic formulations that naturally deliver clinical results. Elina is also an award-Winning Cosmetic Chemist, Master and Celebrity Licensed Esthetician, and the President of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, founded in 2007. She hand makes her professional skincare line in her laboratory, based in Michigan, in small batch production using holistic principles and organic ingredients from around the world. The Elina Organics product line is available online, in skincare salons and medical offices. She continues to offer her unique, holistic skincare treatments to clients who come to her spas in Florida and West Michigan.

With over 35 years of experience, beginning in Poland, and built in NY, Joanna Czech believes that the key to beautiful skin is a long term approach that incorporates a seasonal regimen and a healthy lifestyle rather than short term quick fixes. Her treatments are a mixture of the most innovative technologies and timeless techniques, many of which she learned back in Poland. LED, Ultrasound, Microcurrents, Cryotherapy, Manual Massage and Manipulation of the Facial Muscles are incorporated into her customized treatments. In 2015 Joanna opened her flagship studio in Dallas, TX and in 2018, she opened her New York City Studio. Most recently, Joanna launched her eponymous skincare line which includes 7 skincare essentials formulated by Czech to keep skin healthy and glowing in any climate or condition.

Felicia Bleakney

Occupation: Eyelash Specialist

Social Media: IG & FB: Justfelicialashes

After living in Wisconsin for six years with a successful lash and nail salon, it was time for me return to my Boston roots! It is a joy to be closer to my friends and family, including three beautiful children. I have been in the beauty industry for forty years, and still going strong. I started out with nails and makeup; eight years ago, I began focusing on lashes — and never looked back. Each client is unique; each set of eyelashes is unique; each eyelash is unique! I take every single eyelash and make it customized and beautiful for that client, reflecting their own one-of-akind beauty. I want all my clients to leave me feeling incredible, so they will be empowered to go out and share their unique beauty with others. I love meeting new women and connecting with them on a positive level. Now, working in 3 convenient locations — Newton, Franklin, and Milford — I have the opportunity every day to share my knowledge on lash extensions and empower women to be confident in their own beauty. The world can seem so ugly sometimes; it is my passion to spread beauty, and especially to help other women discover and embrace their own beautiful selves!

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Joanna Czech Joanna Czech Skincare joannaczech.com Alivo Photography Instagram: anknook

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Anna Sitar

Social Media: IG and TicTok @annaxsitar

Anna Sitar is a content creator radiating good vibes and positivity. After growing up in Marshall, Michigan, the entertainer moved to Los Angeles to receive her Master’s in Film and Television Production. It’s that same drive for creative outlets that has fueled her career as a TikTok star.

Anna wears ColourPop cosmetics to create her iconic beauty look for the 2023 Grammy Awards.

Vanessa Ouellette

Vanessa Whitney Artistry, Cosmetologist

Social Media: IG: @vanessawhitneyartistry

I founded my business, in the midst of the pandemic. Since then, I have so many wonderful opportunities such as providing hair and makeup for magazines, commercials, and even runway shows! When I’m not working on set, I’m in my salon suite, giving clients the hair of their dreams. Whether it be hair extensions or custom colors, I live for a good transformation, and strive to make everyone feel like the best versions of themselves!

Beauty Creations was founded in 2016, by Esmeralda Hernandez. Raised by a single-parent mother, Esmeralda started working with her mother at swap meets at age 12. By the time she was 15 years old, she was running her own business in the perfume and hair industry. She realized that her true passion was beauty. Being a Latina woman in business, she recognized an underserved market, beauty, at an affordable cost. Today, Beauty Creations is available globally across numerous sales channels, including beautycreations.com, specialty retailers, company-owned stores and a variety of online marketplaces.

Social Media: @marcelacarrasco

Youtube, fashion influencer from London. Marcela is shown here wearing an exclusive Insider x TENCEL™ look from Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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Gen-Z Icon /Beauty Influencer Marcela Carrasco Youtuber and Fashion Influencer
Photography|Susan Costa
Esmeralda Hernandez Beauty Creations was founded in 2016, by Esmeralda Hernandez beautycreations.com


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Following her 2011 debut mixtape Winter’s Diary, TINK, the Chicago-born songstress dropped projects at a prolific pace, including Alter Ego, Blunts & Ballads, and Boss Up. 2014 saw Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours arrive to widespread critical acclaim, landing on year-end R&B album lists from Billboard and Rolling Stone. A year later, XXL touted her among its coveted “Freshman Class.” Following a stint in the major label system, she embraced independence again with Winter’s Diary 4 [2016], Voicemails [2019], Hopeless Romantic [2020], and A Gift And A Curse [2020]. During 2021, she served up Heat of the Moment powered by “Rebel” [feat. Jeremih] and “Might Let You” [feat. Davido]. After raking in streams in the hundreds of millions and earning acclaim from Pitchfork, The FADER, HYPEBEAST, and more, she opens up like never before on her 2022 album, Pillow Talk.

Anna Danes

Billboard Charting Jazz Singer

Social Media: FB:@annadanes, IG: @theannadanes AnnaDanes.com

Anna Danes is a top Billboard-Charted jazz recording artist. Anna’s story is that of the American Dream. Born in Poland behind the Iron Curtain and dreaming of a better life listening to Sinatra and watching American-made movies, she escaped with her family to Sweden, ultimately settling in Canada. After successfully transitioning through her 2nd immigration and becoming a practicing attorney, she followed her heart to California to start a family. Years later, while going through a painful divorce, she discovered, with the help of her daughter, that she could SING! Since discovering her voice, Anna has released two full studio albums, including original work, and is currently working on her third. Her second album, “Find Your Wings”, which was recorded at Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Studios with some of jazz music’s greats, debuted at #1 on iTunes and then went on to climb to the top of the Billboard Charts. Anna is an entertaining performer who sells out her shows at jazz clubs including the prestigious “Vibrato” in Los Angeles, owned by Herb Alpert.

Cynthia Basinet

Cynthia Basinet is one of the most sultry seductive voices in the music scene. More than just a voice or performer, Cynthia Basinet has been ahead of the curve most of her career as an innovator, seeking to simply do things differently. She was a model starting her career in San Francisco thanks to Bob Mackie which led her to be based in Paris, France for five years. Whilst their she studied French cinematography and learnt French fluently while being shot by some of the world’s leading photographers for Europe’s elite fashionistas in Paris, London and Milan.

Cynthia spent the past decade as a recording artist releasing a second album and several singles. In 2019, she moved to the Capital of the music industry, Nashville, where Cynthia published her first book in 2020, How to be Civil in an Uncivil World (Archway Publishing ISBN: 9781480892712) and followed this with her podcast in 2021, The world According to Cynthia. She is currently recording the follow-ups to “Sweet Dreams” and “Eventually”.

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Photography|Marissa Boucher Photo|Dreamsville Records R&B Artist Social Media: official__tink Singer, Author, Model Social Media: IG: @cynthia_basinet

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Ella Eyre BRIT and double MOBO Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter, Social Media: @EllaEyre

Ella Eyre is a British singer/songwriter.

Born Ella McMahon, she grew up in West London. Ella Eyre trained as a competitive swimmer before singing, and was discovered while at the BRIT school studying Performing Arts & Technology. In July 2012, she published to Warner/Chappell and scored a record deal with Virgin/ EMI shortly thereafter. Eyre became known for featuring on Rudimental’s UK #1 single Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) and Naughty Boy’s Think About It. Her debut EP, Deeper, was released in December 2013. She has said her influences include Hans Zimmer, Etta James, Basement Jaxx and Lauryn Hill.

Since her breakthrough 2013 collaboration with Rudimental on the double-platinum no.1 single, ‘Waiting All Night’, Ella racked up a string of Top 20 solo singles, won Best Single at the BRIT Awards and bagged Best Newcomer and Best Female Artist accolades at the MOBOs.

In 2015, her debut studio album, Feline, was released, Ella replaced Beyoncé as the face of Emporio Armani Diamonds and went on to also collaborate on high-profile brand campaigns with the likes of Sure, Bose and ASOS. Since then, Ella has had musical collaborations with the likes of Sigala (‘Came Here for Love’), as well as a Sigala and Meghan Trainor single, ‘Just Got Paid’.

Occupation: Artist-Songwriter

Social Media: IG: instagram.com/sonialeigh/ FB: facebook.com/sonialeighmusic, twitter.com/sonialeigh website: sonialeigh.com

Sonia Leigh’s musical style cannot be put in a box. From Hip-Hop to Country to Pop and Rock and Roll. Her Southern Ground debut album, 1978 December, was where Leigh made her country catapult. The first single off the album “My Name Is Money,” hit Top 40 at US Country Radio. She also co-wrote the Zac Brown Band #1 singles “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Sweet Annie”. Leigh currently canopies several projects to umbrella her different styles, such as hip hop/rock duo TYGR TYGR AKA ELYVN: ELYVN with Daphne Willis (Position Music). Other projects include low-fi 90’s hip-hop duo Indica Girlz, and the mysterious grunge-pop project Rob The Man, all pending follow-up releases in 2023. Leigh has toured the world with the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Blackberry Smoke, Amos Lee, Melissa Etheridge, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Joan Jett, and many more. Amongst all of this, Sonia Leigh has been writing and in the studio working on her next solo record. The hard-hitting first single “Thin Ice,” released Feb 24 2023, is fueled with pure rock and roll energy that calls for burning down the barriers around one’s self to realize their full potential.

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Photography|Cedrick Jones Sonia Leigh



Jenny Lynn Photography

Jenny bought her first camera at the age of 41. With no photography experience, she began taking pictures of anything and everything in order to learn how to create the images she envisioned and bring them to life. When she was 47, she took a leap of faith and opened her photography business. Initially capturing natural light images, she began to incorporate on & off camera lighting. Jenny transformed her garage into a photography studio and that’s when she found her niche: portrait photography. Jenny has had her work published locally in her home state of West Virginia, as well as several national publications, including Gladys and First for Women Magazine. She was voted Best of the Best in the Martinsburg Journal’s Reader’s Choice awards in 2021 and 2022.

On January 27, 2023, at the age of 52, Jenny was joined by members of her community, clients, friends and family for the official ribbon cutting of her new studio opening in the historic downtown Martinsburg, West Virginia.

It’s never too late to follow your dreams!

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Photography|Jenny DiCola Jenny Lynn Photography, Jenny DiCola Owner Social Media: FB/IG: @jennylynnphotowv jennylynnphotowv.com
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Djordje Bukvic

Djordje Bukvic started collaborating with Gladys Magazine when he was just 15 years old! We saw star potential in him and after many appearances in our magazine with his incredible campaigns and fashion editorials, in 2017 we named him as our International Director of Photography! Djordje’s work has been seen in Vogue & Wall Street Journal Magazine and many other publications.

Kassandra Lee Russell

Owner/Lead Photographer, Granite Stag Photography

Social Media Info: granitestag.com, Instagram: @granitestag

Nomad Studios: nomadstudios.me

Kassandra Lee Russell, owner and lead creator of Granite Stag Photography. The cover of this spring Gladys Magazine Issue took place at Kassandra’s newest business endeavor, Nomad Studios. Nomad Studios is a rentable creative space located in Farmington, New Hampshire that is available to creatives looking to welcome clients into the environment in order to let the creativity flow. Video streaming, artistic sessions, and masterclasses are just a few of the events that the space can accommodate. Granite Stag Photography stands out for the artistic and creative touches in each and every image. All while staying true to the client in front of the lens.

Jennifer Ysuiza Moreno

JYMoreno Photography, LLC, Owner/Photographer

Social Media: IG, @Jymoreno_photography, FB: JYMoreno Photography


Based in the Charlotte, NC area, Jennifer Ysuiza Moreno has always had a love for photography and a spark for creativity. She has combined her talent with her passion and began creating artistic portraits. Jennifer is a published photographer, specializing in fashion editorials, fine art portraits and runway photos.

Jacob Webster Creative Director, Photographer, JPWPHOTO

Social Media: @jpwphoto

Hollywood’s well known photographer and creative director- Jacob Webster, founder of JPWPHOTO, Webster specializes in the conceptualization and fulfillment of beauty and fashion-centric photography. The Creative has been on the GO this fashion week and we’d love to share insights on the creative process and direction of his work. JPW Photo has been a global hit and captured many well known A-list celebrities. His previous work has been featured and credited in major publications such as; Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Popsugar, Essence, Ebony, People, BET, WWD, CFDA, NBC, Access Hollywood, HBO, MTV, Buzzfeed and more.

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Photography, Hair, Make-up|Kate Fleming ,Owner of Beaute Call Makeup
Photographer|Jacob Webster Creative Director, Photographer, IG: @djordjebukvic, @georgebookstudio


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Author , Breathwork, Mindfulness Teacher

Social Media: instagram.com/zeeclarkebreathes/?hl=en

Author of Black People Breathe (March 14, 2023) and breathwork and mindfulness teacher for BIPOC communities. Zee went from leading teams at Fortune 500 companies and startups in Silicon Valley to teaching mindfulness, breathwork, and racial healing to People of Color. Why? After experiencing a number of race related challenges, from racial profiling and harassment by the police to microaggressions in the workplace, she realized that mindfulness and breathwork were much more powerful outside of the yoga studio and in the context of our everyday lives. Trained in India, Zee leverages her toolkit of yoga, meditation, breathwork, sound healing, and Reiki, to ensure that all people of color have the tools to thrive despite any challenges that race, gender, or sexuality might present

Marni Spencer-Devlin

Best Selling Author, Speaker, MarniSpencer-Devlin spent years teaching her empowering brand of personal and professional Authentic Leadership to corporate professionals worldwide. Marni tells the harrowing story of how she was molested, raped, and forcibly addicted to heroin, becoming a prostitute and a criminal, ended up homeless and finally, landed in prison. Emerging fiercely determined to create a better life for herself, she soon built a multi-million-dollar business. Her life became a fairytale, yet somehow a sense of fulfillment remained elusive. She had not realized that she merely traded steel handcuffs for golden handcuffs and was still trapped in a prison of sorts. What happened next drove home the point with ferocity. Marni was diagnosed with a deadly disease and only given a year to live. Surprisingly, this turned out to be her greatest gift. With seemingly nothing left to lose, Marni discovered the phenomenal power behind radical authenticity. She became a writer and an artist, and when a cure was discovered for her condition, she found a way not only to survive but THRIVE!

Storm Young

Author Social Media: @_stormyoung_

Storm Young is 23 years old and an author from West Virginia. She has two amazon bestselling novels. The Final Secret: A West Virginia Mystery and The Pen Pal: A West Virginia Mystery. She has sold books in The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Italy, and Brazil. Storm published her first novel in 2021 when she decided to start her self-publishing journey. Lastly, she has won two awards for her writing - the Ann Kathryn Flagg Artist of the Year Award and 2nd place for best mystery novel with the Mid-Atlantic Authors Society.

Best-selling author, international speaker and renowned life coach Laura Gassner Otting, author of Wonderhell . Laura’s TEDx gives a 12-minute overview of Wonderhell ,which has hit over 1M views. In the process of writing Wonderhell, Laura interviewed over 100 glass ceiling shatterers, Olympic athletes, startup unicorns, and others to understand how to overcome the crushing combination of doubt, vulnerability, imposter syndrome and burnout that comes along with success.

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Photographer|Storm Young
Zee Clarke Laura Gassner Author, Catalyst, Executive Coach Social Media: FB: facebook.com/heylgo/

Ritu Bhasin

Author, Belonging and Leadership Expert

Social Media: facebook.com/riturbhasin1/

Belonging and leadership expert and author of The Authenticity Principle and We’ve Got This: Unlocking the Beauty of Belonging (June, 2023). Ritu is the CEO and founder of bhasin consulting inc, a global diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm founded in 2010 that has worked with hundreds of world-renowned organizations. Ritu’s mission in life is to help create a more empowered, inclusive, and inspired world by unlocking authenticity for all. She wants everyone to experience the freedom and magic that comes with living their truth, and she helps make this happen through her work as an empowerment speaker, inclusion expert, and anti-racism champion. She helps people live their best, most authentic and empowered life, even in the face of experiencing oppression and other life challenges.

Amy Porterfield

Entrepreneur, podcast host, and author Social Media: facebook.com/AmyPorterfield/

Entrepreneur, podcast host, and author of the NYT bestselling book Two Weeks Notice (February 21, 2023). Amy has helped hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs turn in their two weeks’ notice and trade burnout for freedom, income, and impact through her best-selling courses and top-ranked marketing podcast Online Marketing Made Easy. Amy’s action-by-action teaching style provides aspiring business owners with the tools they need to bypass the overwhelm and build a business they love.

Shari Leid

Author of The Friendship Series

Social Media: IG: an_imperfectly_perfect_life

Shari Leid is the author of The Friendship Series (who has more than 140 women she considers friends) is currently traveling to all 50 states over a nine-month period, where she’ll share a meal with 50 different women (one woman per state) searching for their commonalities.

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Rachel A. Ruby

Rachel S. Ruby is an attorney, entrepreneur, author, writer and coach. She worked in family law and was a certified divorce mediator. She trained many real estate agents on legalities in the field and in relation to purchase and sales contracts. Ms. Ruby owns multiple companies and has always enjoyed helping people make important decisions. She has authored several other books, and Divorce to Bliss is her most heartfelt book to date. It took a big journey through the dark tunnel of divorce for Ms. Ruby to find true happiness and live her best life. It is her passion and her mission to share this pathway to happiness after divorce, so that others can live their truth and find ultimate bliss.

Author of the book Divorce to Bliss rachelsruby.com

Dr. Stacie Stephenson

Author , Certified Nutrition Specialist® and Doctor of Chiropractic Social Media: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063524770153

Dr. Stacie J Stephenson is the bestselling author of Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Own Your Health, and Glow and author of the upcoming book, Glow: 90 Days to Create Your Vibrant Life from Within. In addition to her functional medicine and anti-aging board certifications, she is a Certified Nutrition Specialist® and Doctor of Chiropractic. Her work focuses on integrative, regenerative, anti-aging, and natural medicine modalities.

Dr. Christina Burns

Doctor, Author of the book

“The Ultimate Fertility Guidebook”

Social Media: @drchristinaburns, christinaburns.com

Dr. Christina Burns has spent two decades helping thousands of women conceive healthy pregnancies through the combination of Eastern and Western medicine practices that address body, mind, and spirit. She is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine (DOM) and a licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and Herbalist who founded one of the most sought-after integrative fertility clinics in NYC. She is board certified by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and Dr. Burns regularly speaks on the value of a holistic and integrative approach to reproductive care. She continues to collaborate with prominent fertility and obstetric specialists in New York City.

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Tiana Pongs Actress, Author, Model Social Media: IG: @tianapongs

Tiana Pongs is a German-born, Los angeles-based actress and author. She is also a former international model who traveled the world as the ambassador of World Vision, a global humanitarian aid organization.

David A.R. White

Actor, Producer, Author and Movie Mogul davidarwhite.com

Emmy nominated star David A.R. White is a storyteller by nature. He tells many stories through his acting, producing and filmmaking. David has been building his career in the film industry for more than 25 years, As a founding partner of Pure Flix in 2005 , David’s career hit new heights in 2014 with the release of the Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead, which he also starred. It became one of the TOP 10 most successful films of all time, based on its ROI, making his studio, Pure Flix, the most successful Faith and Family production and distribution company in the industry, his newest series Revelation Road premieres this year, and will be filming God’s Not Dead 5, Beckman 2, and Love on the Rock 2 this year.

Maria Cominis

First-Generation Greek American Actor, Author, Professor, and Playwright mariacominis.com

Maria Cominis a first-generation Greek American, who works and creates in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. She spent a decade in New York City as a working actor and teaching artist at the renowned, HB Studio. She is an accomplished actor in both theatre and television and a published author and playwright. Her play, Women of Zalongo, was a Semi-finalist, at the Eugene O’Neil National Playwright’s Conference, ’22 and the Bay Area Playwright’s festival ’20 and the recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Grants for Arts Projects 2022, which will culminate in a regional premiere at California State University Fullerton and Santa Monica Playhouse. The play has also been selected for the 2023 HB Studio Rehearsal Residency in New York City. The residency workshop will culminate in a public reading at HB Playwrights, NYC this June. She co-authored Production Collaboration in the Theatre: Guiding Principles, Routledge, 2022 and authored Rehearsing in the Zone, A Practical Guide to Rehearsing without a Director, Kendall Hunt 3rd Ed. 2020. Television Credits: Hacks, New Girl, Desperate Housewives, All My Children, One Life to Live. Theatre: Bernarda Alba, The Diviners, The Sea Gull, Ivanov. She has been a Professor at CSUF since 2005 and teaches acting and directs in the BFA Program. Rep: MINC Talent Agency. Her passion is in being a generous collaborator on any project. She is a wife and mother and a force of feminist pride with passionate, Greek proportions.

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Emerging star Kim Or Azulay is making waves within the world of entertainment and bringing representation to our screens. Soon to be seen starring in season 2 of The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, released and available to stream on YesTV and soon to be seen on “Dancing With The Stars” Israel. The Israeli superstar will also been in feature film, “Running in the Sand” directed by Eder Shafran. Not one to slow down she is also the new Israeli face of Calvin Klein, lead model for Stella McCartney at Adidas Israel and official presenter of the French skincare brand – Cerave. Earlier this year Kim Or partnered with Facebook (Meta) and Israeli aid organization Latet, announced this week that they were partnering with top Israeli social media influencers and content creators ahead of Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday to launch this year’s “Sharing Memories” (Ma’alim Zikaron in Hebrew) project, an initiative that connects young people to the testimonies of the Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. The holiday, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah, commemorates the six million Jews who were murdered throughout World War II. As part of the project, high-profile Israeli social media influencers had one-on-one conversations with Holocaust survivors.


Rinna Beauty was founded in 2020, and quickly became a beauty editorial sensation with its Icon Lip Kits. It has since expanded its product range notably by delivering the ultra-successful Larger Than Life Lip Plumping Glosses and Iconic Eye Kits. The brand growth has become the talk of the beauty industry, as the lip pioneer, Rinna, has impeccable standards for product formulations, which has driven repeat business through its proprietary site and now with Amazon.com.

Nicky Whelan is starring alongside Luke Wilson in the action-packed thriller, The Best Man hitting theaters April 21st. Whelan is also hosting her own segment on Bondi Vet. In addition, Whelan recently starred opposite Vince Vahn in The Binge and opposite Bruce Willis in the action thriller, Trauma Center. Whelan is also starring in the action film 72 Hours and The Best Man, slated for 2023. Whelan’s other film credits include: Terrance Malik’s Knight of Cups, The Farrelly brother’s Hall Pass; The Wedding Ringer; and Left Behind, Dog Eat Dog, Tragedy Girls and Inconceivable, with Nicholas Cage. Her television credits include: Entourage, From Dusk till Dawn, Satisfaction, Lookinglass, The League, Workaholics, Friends with Benefits, Franklin and Bash, Scrubs, and House of Lies. She made her television debut as Pepper Steiger in the Australian television series Neighbors


Social Media: instagram.com/marcelaiglesiashollywood/?hl=en

Actress, singer, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “Queen of Hollywood,” Marcela Iglesias is perhaps widely known for her outspoken personality and daring wardrobe in Estrella TV’s hit Spanish reality series “Rica, Famosa, Latina,” but what most don’t know about the self-made millionaire is that her real-life ‘Barbie’ business empires was derived from grit, glamour, and decades of hard work! The do-it-all Barbie seems to have a hand in every cookie jar in Hollywood and shows no signs of letting go. As a champion for the underprivileged and exploited, she has used her social media platform to reach her over 1M followers on Instagram to raise awareness about issues as women’s equality, anti-animal abuse campaigns, and improved rights for LGBTQ individuals.

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Kim OrAzulay Actress, Model Social Media: @kimorazulay Rinna Actress, Author, Designer, Beauty Icon rinnabeauty.com Nicky Whelan Actress Social Media: IG: instagram.com/nickywhelan/?hl=en Iglesias Actress, Singer, Entrepreneur Photographer|Robert Lynden
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SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @ldewar42


Morgan Wing


SOCIAL MEDIA: emily.grace.twirler.06


SOCIAL MEDIA: @morgan_wing_


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG, FB, Twitter, YouTube, TicTok: Tabiathemodel


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @mattievandale07


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: Rachelashleyjohnson


SOCIAL MEDIA: @gabby.goodwin


SOCIAL MEDIA: @nicolereals

Kyle Kocks


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @harperFoco_Official


SOCIAL MEDIA: Kyle Kocks Instagram


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG:2242 Pennington

FB: Jessica Padilla Pennington


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: dior_ilkhomi, dior.tennis

Stephanie Drake

OCCUPATION: Model, Actress

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: Stephanie_drake_actress_model


Jaime is a junior in college majoring in Hospitality Management & Tourism. She will soon travel to Switzerland to represent her college at an international meeting. Jada completed barber school, and is now a hair stylist at the French Twist. Jenna is a sophomore in college majoring in Industrial Engineering Technology. Hair and Makeup|Jada, Jaime, and Jenna King, Photographer|Jamya

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Nicole Reals Jessica Padilla Pennington Rachel Ashley Johnson
Photography|Jynah James Photgraphy|Marco Montenegro
Jenna, Jada, & Jaime King
Vanae Stepney
Donna Jean Photography
Dior ILkhomi
Photography|Victor Morales, Location|Manhattan NYC
Photography| Michael Doucett
Emily Grace Anderson
Photographer|Gretchen Pingley, FB: Gretchen Pingley Photography LLC
Gabrielle Goodwin
Photography|Anna Brown
Harper Foco
Photography|Susan Costa
Tabia Kocks
Photography|Eva Blanchard Arce, HMUA|Nayibe Flores
Mattie Vandale
Jenny Lynn Photography, jennylynnphotowv.com Full Circle PhotographyCaptured by Randee
Lily Dewar
Photographer|Lisa Elaine, IG: @dewarl ,FB: Lisa Dewar
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Reagan Bleiler


SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram is reagan.bleiler

VSCO is reaganbleiler

Autumn Kinkade

OCCUPATION: Model, Author, Speaker

SOCIAL MEDIA: FB: Autumn Kinkade

Website: autumnkinkade.com linkedin.com/in/autumn-kinkade-063b1a174

Making A Difference

One Ability At A Time - Autumn

I may have been born weighing 1pd 12 oz and as a result of that, I have cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped me from accomplishing what I set my mind to. I am a 23 yr old Ordained Minister, Author of “CP Can’t Stop Me”, model, speaker and I currently attend The Academy At A New Leaf in Oklahoma. In the month of March, I was chosen as 1 of 30 professionals in Oklahoma to attend the “Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice” Inclusive Leadership Training.

June 12th-15th myself and my friend Lisa Toth will be speaking at The “Association of People Supporting Employment” conference in Columbus, Ohio. This is a national organization that focuses on employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Tamekia Powell

TITLE: MFGH Queen 2023

OCCUPATION: Teacher, Breast Cancer Speaker, Model

BUSINESS: Two Phaced Clothing brand

SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @twophaced_clothing

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Martelli, HMU|Camie Martin
Photographer|Manda Tyler Photography, Make up|Karina Huerta, Hair|Sherry
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SOCIAL MEDIA: FB: @ Sophia Bruno IG: @sophiabruno_official

OCCUPATION: Model, Dancer, Scholar

SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: tessafoster27

Lauren Morris

OCCUPATION: Model SOCIAL MEDIA: weatherfordvwfmgdc


OCCUPATION: Model SOCIAL MEDIA: @antoniettabrownell


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: theworldofegypt

Zoé Colón Cáceres



SOCIAL MEDIA: missmaineprincessitnl


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: mary.katherine.c


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: Reese.danae23


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @julieeee_henrich

Summer Alexandria Coleman


SOCIAL MEDIA: FB: Summer Coleman

Twitter: summercoleman22

IG: Summercoleman03


SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @anjameyers

OCCUPATION: Model SOCIAL MEDIA: ooh_lala_mal


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Photographer|Jose D Martinez, Dress House of Barretti
Crystal Castle Photography Photographer|@stewartsmithphotography StewartSmithPhotography.com HMUA|by certified master MUA Tiana Brown owner of Be You Beauty by T
Photography|Shelby Foster, HMUA|Tess Foster
Tess Foster
Photographer|Michal Terencia, Makeup Artist|Madeline Covey
Antonietta Brownell Mary Katherine
Photographer:|Northglow Photography
Meranda Roe
Carla Jean EmpowHer Photography
Victoria Weatherford Reese Danae Smith
Photo Boudoir by Tiffany Smith IG: boudoir_bytiffsmith
Photographer|Dani Geddes HAMU|CG The Coach, Dress|Designer Wanda Beauchamp
Julie Henrich
Red fox photography
Royal Point Photography
Riley Kennedy Anja Meyer
Jonathan Sippel Photography Photography|Tamika Torres
Egypt Torres LaLa Maldonado
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Lakyn Campbell

OCCUPATION: Model, SOCIAL MEDIA: IG @lakyncampbell_ Lakyn has been modeling since the age of 5 and has had many opportunities over the years. Lakyns first Magazine publication was actually in an issue of Gladys Magazine as a little girl. Lakyn has been walking in NYFW since the age of 5, and also is the current host and spokesmodel for CMM. Lakyn enjoys traveling and all the opportunities she’s had over the years.

Rosalba Victoria Dumont-Carrion


SOCIAL MEDIA: rosalba_victoria_

Rosalba Victoria Dumont-Carrion a print and fashion runway model. She is professionally trained dancer and solo competitor which combines jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, gymnastics and acrobatics. Additionally, she is an aerialist in both silks/hoop and is currently training in Judo with her twin brother. She’s very creative due to her love of art; drawing anime and sculpting with clay is her favorite thus far.

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Photographer|Elizabeth Carroll Photography, HAMU|Macy Garner Photography|Luis Cajigas
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Horizon Light Up wireless earphonesoffer five unique colorways. us.louisvuitton.com


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When I realized I could create my own alternate reality with my imagination, to escape the one I was served. I found out that as my alter ego, the character I played, I didn’t need to be afraid or shy. In fact I discovered my courage and self-confidence through Art and performance. We grew up together, Art and me, my best childhood friend!

Then later I found I would get paid to do what I loved doing. And could give back on a grand scale by entertaining people around the world right into their living room on the small screen.

For example CSI:Miami on which I was for 7 years was and still is seen literally all over the world and in the years we were filming , consistently ranked among the top 3 TV shows. My first series regular role was on CAFE AMERICAN a NBC sit com directed and co produced by comedy genius and multi Emmy winning director James Burrows from there on I was on a roll, I went from one show to another for a long time, which is why I never returned to Italy and became also a U.S. citizen some years ago.


I love creating and love every Art form, from movies, to photography, music, painting, Fashion, food and of course performing on a set. It’s definitely one of my happy places. I love what I do! I love the opportunity to entertain and inspire through my performance and the story we’re telling.

I love creating with a group of like-minded people on a common beautiful goal. Bringing a story to life. During the pandemic when we were all pretty much homebound, it became very apparent, how incredibly important movies, TV shows and music was to keep us all company! I was so grateful to every artist myself for every movie and music that kept me company. I truly got to experience the importance and massive responsibility Art and artists have in this world. I am deeply honored to have the privilege to be part of it.


After I read the script, understand it’s message and the purpose of my character, I let my imagination run. I do break it down, do any necessary research, study it and through empathy and affinity, I find and ultimately become the character. So I can experience the characters journey authentically in present time and go after goals that fuel the character and me between “action and cut”.


Roles that challenged me and made me grow as a woman and as an actress. And Roles that created a greater impact worldwide. I’m grateful that I could be part of TV shows like CSI:Miami as detective Yelina Salas, or The Sopranos as Neapolitan lady boss Annalisa Zucca, The Border, its homeland security special agent Bianca La Garda ,Friends, Curb your enthusiasm, Caroline in the city and so on, or movies that remain in history forever, as cult shows and a religious watch still for many now and in years to come probably.


Sofia Loren’s role in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” though her version is iconic and untouchable, I would cherish the opportunity to do my own take on it, just because I love it so much! A modern version and yet another remake of Lina Wertmullers “Swept Away”. Or turn the stage play Filumena into a movie; it was done over 60 years ago called “Divorce Italian Style”. Oriana Fallaci’s book “A MAN” would also make a wonderful movie and I would love to play that part. These are some wonderful strong powerful female roles. I love classic romantic comedies and inspiring dramatic roles with some humor the most. But truly there are many I can think of.


That depends if I’m shooting on a series, film or not. When I’m not waking up at 5 or 6am to go on set for 10-18 hours I definitely love to wake up later, starting with a gratitude meditation, or prayer and often refreshing my vows to my goals. Then after making my bed, and drinking about a liter of water, I like to workout. Whether it be Power yoga, Pilates or toning exercises, or some weight lifting and trampoline or a brisk walk on the beach or in my area. Whatever i have time for or is available, as long as I exercise. I love how it makes me feel. Everyday I spend time with my mom in Rome with some Face Time to keep her a little company, far away but always close and then always a healthy lunch as my first meal. I mayhave meetings, Business calls or do Self tapes or read scripts, interviews, photo shoots, time permitting I read from a book or, listen to interesting podcasts that I can learn from, study or do a seminar etc.

On a busy day I may not stop until it’s time to eat dinner or way past it until I go to sleep. Unless I go to a fabulous Italian dinner with my friends, or perhaps go to a red carpet event or movies with friends. Walking on the beach in good company is probably my favorite thing to do when I’m not filming.



If you’re in it for the wrong reasons, like fame or significance, you won’t last through all the ups and downs. But If you love being an actor for the right reason: Don’t give up, believe in Yourself, persist with integrity and faith, know your qualities that make you unique, study , perfect them , know your casting. You can’t be ignored for ever, be diligent, be a professional, perform anywhere that you can , until you succeed. The only failure is to give up.


1) Aim for your goal; don’t make obstacles your destination.

2) “Clean hands, a loving heart and positive mindset, equals a happy life. “

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Ferajjuolo Interview by Jenny Leeser
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Photography|Cristina Bernes

I Love Hortus NYC in the Spring Time

Being that the name of this restaurant is Hortus NYC which is Latin for garden; the atmosphere beckons all things freshness as the theme of a beautiful garden runs throughout the interior. Enter this treasure of a dining spot located in the NoMad section of New York City, and walk down the entry ramp, allowing the fragrance of the foods and the strains of jazzy music to guide and beckon you.

Divided into four separate spaces, the first floor hosts bar style dining, complete with an open kitchen and a Chef’s Table to emphasize the experience. Ascend to the second floor which has an adjoining outdoor dining room; a hidden garden space with propane heat lamps and glowing lights hanging from the ceiling, exuding a warm and intimate vibe. The main dining room features a full wall of windows allowing perfect glimpses of the city that never sleeps, as vibrant by night as it is by day.

And oh the cuisine---

Hortus NYC is a Michelin-recognized contemporary Asian restaurant where managing partner Suhum Jang (of Per Se, Daniel and Jungsik fame) and Executive Chef SangMin “Lenny” Moon (of Jungsik, Barn Joo and Pado fame) have collaborated on this creative menu, culminating into a true reflection of Chef Moon’s signature style.

Highlighting the distinct flavors of Japan, Korea, China and Southeast Asia, each dish is both delicious and esthetically pleasing, the cuisine at Hortus blending in a perfect fusion, flavors which makes for fresh modern Asian fare. Executive Chef Lenny clearly accentuates unique spices from the Pacific Islands, China and some Italian influence and accents, also making sure to include vegan and vegetarian options.

The appetizers at Hortus NYC are so palate pleasing that the challenge becomes saving room for the main courses—also the delectable deserts. The Papaya Salad for example, served with a bounty of succulent shrimp, persimmon and a lemongrass dressing, is perfect for this season; any season actually. If seafood is your favorite, an addition to the raw bar is the Royal Platter: a perfectly chilled lobster tail, salmon crudo, shrimp

cocktail with an option to include a dozen oysters, all presented in royal fashion thus living up to its name, complete with a hibiscus blossom atop, a vibrant nod to the season. The King Crab Noodle with onion jalapeno pesto, tomato, lemon oil and mala sauce is a no fail hit, an exotic spin on comfort food. The Crispy Rice dish topped with spicy tuna, quinoa, and sriracha truffles has become a signature dish for good reason; its flavors and textures merge to tantalize the senses.

Hortus NYC’s main courses satisfy all palates and include Confit Duck Leg with a smooth coconut puree and soy, Sea Urchin Donabe made of nori puree, cured egg yolk, ikura and black truffles and other choices. For the diehard carnivore, the Spicy Braised Short Rib is tender and flavorful. Cocktails here are inventive and fresh such as the Oolong High with oolong tea, soju, lemon and cane sugar; and 5th Ave with Jinro 24, Hwayo 23, tonic, mint, and lime. Hortus NYC’s wine program offers select bottles of fine sparkling wines and champagne, red and white wines from France, Italy, New Zealand and the U.S. Japanese craft beer such as Pale Ale Kanazawa, Junmai ginjo and Junmai sake by the glass, unfiltered rice wine and other choice drinks offer perfect pairings.

Desserts include Monaka Ice Cream; an ice cream sandwich with chocolate mochi and choices of black sesame, matcha or vanilla ice cream or for a fruity and creamy treat, the Yuzu Panna Cotta with raspberry and a butter crumble satisfies.

Diners also have the option to order the Hortus Tasting Menu, which includes the Royal platter for two, as well as a choice of an appetizer, main course and dessert for each person, with an option for a wine pairing. hortusnyc.com

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Jenny and the City Exclusive interview with Anahit from Fashion Drug
Interview By Jenny Leeser, Jenny and the City Photos courtesy of Anahit


As a child, I discovered my love for design through my passion for creating new outfits and clothes for my dolls. Even at a young age, I enjoyed experimenting with different combinations of colors, patterns, and details to create unique and personalized pieces.

As I grew older, my passion for design continued to blossom, and I started to explore new avenues for my creativity. I remember the first time I altered a shirt my mother had bought, transforming it into a more stylish and creative piece. From that moment on, I knew that design was my true calling.

Today, as a professional designer, I take great pride in creating custom dresses and ready-to-wear looks that are as unique and special as the individuals who wear them. With every design, I strive to capture my client’s personality and style, infusing it with my own creativity and vision.


For me, fashion is not just about following trends or adhering to certain styles; it’s about creating something that is truly one-of-a-kind. When my clients wear a custom dress from Anahit Fashiondrug, they are not just wearing a piece of clothing - they are making a statement. They are showing the world that they are unique and iconic, and that they are not afraid to stand out from the crowd. That’s what inspires me to keep creating beautiful and unique designs for my clients.


Among the many fashion icons that have emerged over the years, for me, three that stand out are Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, and Valentino Garavani. These individuals have made a lasting impact on the fashion industry through their iconic designs, unique styles, and innovative approaches to fashion.

TELL US ABOUT OPENING A FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE WITH ATELIER IN BEVERLY HILLS? I opened my flagship boutique, Anahit Fashiondrug, in Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle in 2023. As a proud member of the Beverly Hills Chamber and a resident of Beverly Hills, I was thrilled to welcome esteemed guests such as the Mayor of Beverly Hills Lili Bosse and Dr. Sharona Nazarian (Council member for the City of Beverly Hills) to the grand opening of my Anahit Fashiondrug House. Anahit Fashiondrug house is more than just a clothing brand - it is a brand of strong, independent women who support and uplift each other. To know more about Grand Opening - anahitbeverlyhills.com/news/anahit-fashiondrug-house-celebrates-grand-opening WHERE DOES THE NAME FASHIONDRUG COME FROM?

I chose the name Fashiondrug because fashion is my addiction. For me, fashion is not just a hobby or a job; it’s something that I am deeply passionate about and is an integral part of my life. I believe that fashion has the power to transform not just the way people look but also the way they feel about themselves.

I love seeing the joy and confidence that my clients feel when they wear my designs, and it’s what drives me to create more and more beautiful dresses. I believe that everyone deserves to feel beautiful and that my designs can help my clients achieve that.

Overall, my passion for fashion is what led me to choose the name Fashiondrug for my brand. I believe that fashion has the power to change lives, and I am committed to using my talent and creativity to help my clients feel their best.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE FOR SOMEONE THAT ASPIRES TO HAVE YOUR CAREER? My advice for aspiring designers is to never give up and to always stay true to your vision. I also recommend networking and building relationships with people in the industry and staying up-to-date on current trends and techniques.

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Nasty Gal’s New Bridal Collection Styles detailed in feathers, pearls and rhinestones (in true Nasty Gal fashion, of course), saying “I do” has never looked trendier.

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Diamante Pearl Cami Top Lace Feather Trim Mini Robe Floral Rosetrim Teddy Real Leather Wifey Fringe Jacket Embleshied Butterfly Slip Dress Floral Embroidered Corset Set

TELL US ABOUT YOU AND HOW WAS THE CREATION OF DE MARQUET HANDBAGS? The Night & Day handbag was my first and actually the one I designed to solve a problem I was often coming across. I was managing a communication agency and therefore travelling a lot for short business meetings with clients. I always travelled with hand luggage in order to be quick, but there was no way I could fit 2-3 bags in my small suitcase, and yet, I needed to because I had to go from a business meeting to a dinner or a cocktail event. That’s when I thought that if I could switch the covers of my bag I would have more bags out of one and solve my styling problem. So I designed the Night & Day bag with its minimalistic base design and the interchangeable covers which transform my bag according to my needs and occasions. A practical yet beautiful solution which is so unique that I was able to put it under worldwide design protection.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU WHEN DESIGNING? The idea that everyone is looking for the special thing that makes them stand out and shine. With the Night & Day bags every combination is one’s own and enhances one’s outfit.

WHERE DOES THE NAME DE MARQUET COME FROM? It’s the name of my great-grandmother who was a noble Viennese. The name has French origins, because the Viennese nobility also had roots in France. De Marquet is a name that is very dear to me and I believe it represents values like tradition, style, longevity.

WHO IS THE DE MARQUET WOMAN? A modern woman whose day is full to the brim with activities: getting from work to a school talk with her child’s teacher, from a social project’s meeting to a cocktail with friends. And all that in 24 hours.

WHO ARE YOUR FASHION ICONS? To me, fashion is not only what you can see from outside but it’s an attitude. I am very inspired by sisterhood, and by the idea that women should empower each other. There are of course plenty of women in fashion who have this wonderful attitude, but just to name a few I would say Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Cher, Miley Cyrus, Zoe Saldana. NOW THAT YOU LAUNCHED IN THE US DO YOU SEE ANY DIFFERENCE FROM THE EUROPEAN MARKET? We just started in the US so it’s difficult to say, but what I love about American women is the positive attitude they have towards women who dare to launch something new, the enthusiasm when something is not only beautiful but also practical, and last but not least their great love about everything colorful and Italian.



Funny enough, I always start with the shoes. What shoes will I be wearing considering the activities that are planned and the weather forecast? And based on those choices, I build upwards on basics that can be mixed and matched together and layered as well. A few multifunctional items like the blazer that can be worn as a dress are sometimes lifesaving. Finally, the icing on the cake are great accessories which give every outfit the extra twist.

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Jenny and the City Interview with Photography|Simone Casconi Founder and creator of De Marquet Raffaella Iten Metzger Founder and creator of De Marquet Raffaella Iten Metzger with Jenny Leeser Founder and creator of De Marquet Raffaella Iten Metzger

Hollywood Rising Stars Actress

The Rising Stars Poised to Dominate


Lilah Fitzgerald


My first job was Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story. I played Patricia Parkinson - the bully who inspired Pansy Parkinson in the Harry Potter series. I got to talk in a British accent and pretend to understand fractions, which was very fun. It sort of feels like an omen of where my career would take me; I started out telling the story behind one of the most famous fantasy series in the world, and now I’m releasing my own debut fantasy novel.


I’m currently working on my debut novel, Stars & Swashbucklers, which was just released! It’s set in a futuristic fantasy world where earth has shattered into thousands of islands, and people sail the stars like they used to sail the sea. Our heroine, Anya Marcox, is desperate to be a privateer . . . and she’ll risk just about anything to make that dream come true. I’m also filming the second Monster High live action movie; it’s so fun to turn into a zombie again!


My handle is lilahfitzgerald on all social media platforms - you can find me on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter! I post a sneak peek from my book every Tuesday, so stay tuned for those!

chronicling my pseudo-history. So far, I’ve planned out seven books in the first series, with two spin-offs, one novella, and at least six prequel series. So . . . it’s going to keep me busy for a while.


I cannot not mention Audrey Hepburn. She is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. She moved through both her movies and the world at large with incredible grace and kindness. But I realize this is probably pertaining to the land of the living, so in that case it’s Viola Davis. Every scene she’s in carries nuance and depth, regardless of how small it seems on the surface. Just watching her on screen feels like a master class - I can’t even imagine how much I would learn from being her scene partner.

IF I HAD TO LIVE IN A WORLD FROM A MOVIE OR TV SHOW, I WOULD CHOOSE… I would choose Spiderwick. I’m enchanted by the world Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi created in Spiderwick; it’s a faerie land with teeth.

THE PERSON I’VE BEEN MOST STARSTRUCK BY IS… Bob Odenkirk. I got to work on his new show Lucky Hank, which felt surreal.


1. My dog, The Little Prince. He’s the sweetest little yorkie you’ll ever meet.

2. Sailing. I learned to sail because my book is about privateers, so I needed at least some basic knowledge about how boats worked.


I’d be a full-time writer. I always knew I wanted to write books, but I sort of just planned to do it when I was older. Then I had the dream that inspired Stars & Swashbucklers, and kept having so many stories in that world unfold in my mind, that I realized I had to start now or I would never finish

3. Ballet. I started dance because I worked with Wim Wenders. I wanted to prepare before working with such an esteemed filmmaker, so I watched his film Pina, about the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. Immediately, I knew I wanted to be a dancer.


Jessica Mikayla


Fandango ‘Reel Kids’ or Disney+ Diary of a Future President


I currently voice the L.O.L Surprise doll Western Honey in L.O.L Surprise! House of Surprises which is currently streaming on Netflix and YouTubeTv. This project is so special to me because little Jessica used to have her mom running around looking for L.O.L Surprise dolls. My English Dubbing Project ‘Hawa’ (Hawa is portrayed by a French Actress named Santa Halifa but it is my voice you hear). Hawa is currently streaming on Amazon Prime in addition, I am also working on projects with AppleTV, Disney Jr., and Netflix.


Instagram & Twitter - @JessMAdams10 Facebook - @JessMikaylaAdams



My first professional acting job was a series of AT&T ‘It’s Not Complicated’ National Commercials which earned me my SAG Card within 30 days of signing with my first agent. Then came along my first short film ‘Bristol Place’ which dealt with domestic violence followed by my first feature film ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’ . It was such a pleasure working alongside Common, Storm Reid, Keanu Reeves, Allison Janney and the entire cast and crew. My first television role was a small part in the pilot Good Girls and my first major voice-over role was a small part in the Oscar Winning Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

IF I WEREN’T AN ACTRESS I WOULD BE: I have volunteered and worked with children younger than me since around the age of 9 and I truly enjoy it. Therefore, if I weren’t an actress I’d probably be doing the same thing as I’m doing today: multiple things working with children. But instead of volunteering 100% of the time I would have my own business that caters to children.

THE ACTORS I WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH IS: I’m always dreaming of working with Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds.

IF I HAD TO LIVE IN A WORLD FROM A MOVIE OR TV SHOW, I WOULD CHOOSE: My favorite tv world would be the Umbrella Academy and my favorite movie world would be the MCU.

THE PERSON I’VE BEEN MOST STARSTRUCK BY IS: John Stamos. As you may or may not know, I decided to become an actress after watching an episode of Full House when I was around 6 years old. This last December when I walked out of the booth from finishing up a voice over job, John Stamos was standing there, I ran the opposite direction and started crying with excitement. Once I gained my composer I went back and spoke with him. He was the nicest person ever. The most exciting part of meeting him was taking selfies around the studio with him.


I Love Cooking....

I Love Traveling....

I Love Volunteering...


Theatrical & Voice Over

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Reagan To

FIRST JOB: A role on CW’s Jane the Virgin CURRENTLY WORKING ON: My first role in an animation. It’s coming out in this year, and I can’t wait to see what I look and sound like as an animated character!

SOCIAL MEDIA INFO: Instagram: @reagan_to, TikTok: @reaganandjuli



If I weren’t an actor and a Latin/Ballroom dancer, I’d be a pastry chef with bakeries full of new and fun desserts. I love trying new recipes, and it is always fun to cook up new desserts for my family to try!


Superstar Michelle Yeoh! Every weekend my family has a movie night, and I love it when we watch old Hong Kong movies from back home. It’s the perfect day when we get to put on a movie with Michelle Yeoh in it. She’s amazing!

IF I HAD TO LIVE IN A WORLD FROM A MOVIE OR TV SHOW, I WOULD CHOOSE… I think a lot of my friends would say superheroes in the Marvel universe... but I think I would choose to be in Avatar: The Last Airbender series. I think it would be cool to airbend and learn how to fly! I really love the original series, and I’m waiting for news about the new series on Netflix.


Derek Hough! Every day, I train very hard for world championships in Ballroom and Latin. One day at the studio, he showed up, and I was just at a loss for words! I grew up watching Dancing with the Stars, so I was surprised. I was stressing out, but he was very welcoming! I won’t forget that rare moment!


When I’m at the studio, sometimes I have to leave early to go to another set for another project. But sometimes, I find the time to stay on set and enjoy the moment! I was in a skit with Mr. Rami Malek, and I remember I loved watching him perform. It’s just an amazing way to learn from other actors!

My favorite person is my dance coach Ms. Shirley Ballas, the Queen of Latin! I love both dancing and acting, but every time I’m practicing with her, I feel like she’s teaching me to love dancing all over again. She’s my inspiration and I love her so much!

My parents! I had a lot of fun at the MovieGuide Awards ceremony this year, and I felt very blessed to present the Best Family TV award. That got me thinking about my family. They take care of me at all of my auditions and dance world championships. I just love them!

Photographer|Tim Schaeffer Photography @timschaefferphoto, Hair|Mika Fowler @mikahairstylist, Makeup|Suzie Kim @suziekbeauty, Stylist|Alex Clough @alexclough.style

Tatyana Joseph

KNOWN FOR: Tatyana Joseph is one to watch out for on the young Hollywood scene. The 21-year-old Actress, Model, and Digital Creator has captivated her Gen Z audience – garnering well-over 4.5-Million Followers across her social platforms.



TikTok: tatyanajoseph39

YouTube: Tatyana Joseph



I wasn’t allowed to work in high school! My parents would always tell us our job was to be kids, get good grades, and get a scholarship in our sports that we were passionate about. Other than little family house chores, the first time I did a paid gig it was for a friend from highschool who was a professional photographer that used to take pictures with me for fun all the time, but actually got me a modeling part in this company’s skin care brand. That was my freshman year of college!!


Before I had the courage to go for my dreams, I had the safety net plan of going to a four-year college in Cali, majorING in kinesiology, study sports medicine, then go in to join the Navy like my parents and become a physical therapist in the Navy or open my own practice. I was super into sports but I’ve had a lot of injuries. So, I thought this would be a cool way to stay in the space since I enjoyed it in high school. I can’t even imagine doing that now though lol. That was the safe route while I pursued what I wanted to, and as soon as I had the chance to break away and completely focus on my desires, I did not waste a second and I jumped. It was also right after I turned 18, so it was like a “my parents technically can’t be mad about this because I’m an adult” moment but we all know, haha.


I dream of doing a project with a bunch of my acting friends one day!! As for actors in the space now: Zendaya, Marsai Martin, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, Taraji P Henson, and Will Smith.


Avatar, or the Avatar the Last Airbender, or the MCU universe in the ShangChi movie because of the forest and water environments they created in the film. I would choose a world of enchantment. Maybe a little bit of Harry Potter. Truthfully any world that has magic that is more evident on a daily basis. It would be so cool to experience. Mermaids and spells and flying!


I don’t think I have met anyone that I would be weak in the knees starstruck for haha. Some people I know that I would freak out about though is Rihanna, Beyonce, Naomi Campbell, Taraji, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, and Christina Milan

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Being in the sun. I could literally be standing in one random area for 15 minutes just to feel the sun for a bit. I have this perfect spot in my house that gets direct sunlight from my balcony every day for two hours and it makes life worth it.

The sky at night! I see shooting stars all the time and I love to look for the constellations and honestly just zone out into the moon. When I’m on my rooftop or on a cruise I find the moon and just sit there and look up for a while and it just puts things into perspective a bit.

Ooooo smoothies I loooooove smoothies. I can drink them all day. I love making them myself —I think I make them best. But I don’t always have the time or energy, so I buy them a lot too! I had to create a monthly smoothie budget because I was doing too much.

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Photography| Dalvin Adams

Nicole Travolta

KNOWN FOR: One Woman Show - “Doing Alright” and appearances on Anger Management (FX), The Middle (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS). Absurd impressions and characters on social media!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram @nicoletravolta, TikTok @nicoletravolta



I start with an immense amount of coffee to survive. I’m big on journaling, so I try to carve out time for that in the morning. I used to love to sleep in, but as I’ve gotten older I really started to appreciate the calmness of the morning. Working out is an important part of my day, even if it’s a walk! Then, depending on the day or what’s going on in the news, I will work on an impression or a character. And for the last year it’s been all about working on my show! Lots of writing with my director, Lauren Burns, and tons of rehearsing. I break up the day with a walk to get another coffee so I can keep surviving. I have two dogs that treat me like their boss, so I spend a good chunk of the day tending to their needs. Before bed I always meditate, so I can get a grip on all of my millennial anxiety!


I’ve always wanted to be an actor. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved performing. As a kid I’d put on the most extravagant costumes and have my mom film me singing or playing different characters. The funny thing to me is that I still do the same thing, I just don’t have my mom film me!

MY FIRST JOB WAS: My first job was in retail at Abercrombie at the Florida Mall. I worked there with all of my friends. We made no money and spent all the money we did make on clothes from Abercrombie...and Auntie Anne’s pretzels.


It’s so hard to single out one specific person! There are so many. I’m surrounded by people that have really motivated me to take big swings and try different things. My parents taught me that if you want it, you have to go for it and you can’t give up. It’s also motivating to collaborate with your peers in comedy. There is so much talent out there, and to watch others work hard makes you want to work hard!

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Getting the opportunity to do what you love. I don’t have that TV series yet, but I write my own content, put on wigs, and get to make people laugh! In this industry, I feel like we are all reaching for that end goal, but we should really be celebrating all of the wins along the way. Putting yourself out there and creating your own path IS success!

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: My one woman show “Doing Alright” - Bad with money, great with a spray gun. I take you on a journey of how my rock bottom led me to take a job as a spray tanner...and it became the very thing that saved my life. I not only take the audience on a journey through my compulsive shopping, divorce and debt, but I also do impressions and characters of some of the eccentric clients I’ve met. It’s a wild ride through the world of spray tanning and my life. I opened for a sold out show at The Groundlings in January, and another one on February 20th, with more dates in May.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: To take this show to other cities and turn it into a TV series!!

Photography|Joanna Degeneres Gladys FEATURED
Photography|Dana Patrick

Todd Stashwick

KNOWN FOR: Star Trek Picard, 12 Monkeys

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: ToddStashwick, IG: Tstashwick

Stephanie Hoston

SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @stephanie.hoston



If I’m not working on a set... I’m up at 6, coffee, read more of whatever current book I’m into, wake up the house, feed the pets, get my daughter ready for school, hit the gym, meditate, get to meetings, writing or working on auditions. The I pick my daughter up from school, go for a bike ride. Then in the evening there’s a good chance I’m prepping my next Dungeons and Dragons game. Then I end the night with my feet up on the couch with my wife, watching a movie or catching up on shows. Then Zzzzzzz.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: A cartoonist or Han Solo

MY FIRST JOB WAS: A paper boy and then a bus boy. The boy jobs.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My wife, Charity, she is my engine.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Doing what I love for a living. Entertaining people in many forms.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Writing on the Skydance New Media Captain America/Black Panther Game for Marvel

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: I’d love to have a main character in big summer popcorn flick. Marvel, DC, Star Wars? The kind of films that I would ride my bike to go see in the cinema, in the 80s. The films that made me want to do this all in the first place. The kind of films that delight.

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: Coffee. Walks in my neighborhood with my dog. Lists! Love a good list to help me stay organized. Exercise: A hike, dance class, roller skating, or the gym. Check ins with loved ones throughout the day. Auditions. Creative writing and/or reading. A random breakout into song moment.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: A singer and an actress, thanks to Judy Garland and Selena Quintanilla.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: Making burgers at my uncle’s Fatburger franchise restaurant.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: All my loved ones who keep going no matter what, they check in with me and challenge me to be and do better daily. My mom, as an immigrant who fled to the United States during the civil war in El Salvador, is a reminder of what it means to never quit in the face of adversity. Artists who are hungry for growth and expansion, both those that are famous and those that are stepping onto the stage for the first time.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Finding inner peace no matter where you’re at in career… also being able to pay them bills though.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Perry Mason. Premiered on HBO March 6th. And FBI: International has new episodes available on CBS and Paramount+ all the time! Keep an eye out for my character, Maya.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: A movie musical or a movie with music in it! Any project that gives me to the chance to learn from legends like Alfonso Cuarón, Mira Nair, or Aaron Sorkin. Projects that I get to throw my entire self into.

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KNOWN FOR: Maya on “FBI: International.” Up next is HBO’s Perry Mason released in March!
Q&A Photography|Storm Santos Photography|Theo & Juliet


Kristina Klebe

KNOWN FOR: Halloween, Criminal Minds, Call of Duty: Cold War SOCIAL MEDIA: IG, FB & twitter @kristinaklebe, kristinaklebe.com


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: Cuddling my once-feral rescue kitty, Button (support Much Love Animal Rescue if you can!), doing my radio show for Energy 103.1 FM, a locally owned station in the Hudson Valley, doing some VO auditions, working on a script I’m writing, taking a walk in nature, thinking about how to save the environment, reading tarot cards and working on my reiki practice. .

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: A stage actor... but also maybe a spy... or more realistically a veterinarian.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: At 14, working as a hostess at Mon Petit Cafe in NYC.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My mother because, even at 82, she still has so much energy and goes above and beyond to take care of everyone and everyhing, always being kind and thoughtful. I want to be like her when I grow up ;)

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Going to sleep every night, grateful for the day you’ve had, even on the bad ones.




KNOWN FOR: Ted Lasso

SOCIAL MEDIA: @ stephenmanas



I am always trying to do 20 minutes of yoga per day, asana yoga on a course or following around 30 images poses. I try to make sure I get 8 hrs of sleep and drink 2 liters of water. I also try to make sure to listen to an epic playlist I have made including Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, John Powell, Alexander Bergersen and many others.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: A wizard in the world of Harry Potter.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: I was an extra in a movie when I was fourteen years old. Then a waiter at 16, a driver at 20 and a construction worker at 22.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: Many people. Anthony Hopkins, Jim Carrey and Ralph Smart to name a few.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: To be happy in the end and being proud of yourself.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: “Ted Lasso” season 3 on AppleTV+.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: Anything in the world of Harry Potter. A Tom Cruise action movie or a Christopher Nolan movie..

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Photography|Sandy Mangold
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Kash Hovey

KNOWN FOR: On Air with Ka$h, Undateable John SOCIAL MEDIA: @kashhovey


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: I get up early, go to the gym, take a steam, then make a smoothie. This gets me focused and ready for whatever the day brings to me whether it’s being on set or recording from my studio.


MY FIRST JOB WAS: Playing an art student in a Secret Deodorant commercial directed by Joe Pytka.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My mother. She has had a long career in the entertainment industry and has always encouraged me and supported my endeavors.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Doing what you are passionate about and being with the people you love.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Hosting “On Air with Ka$h” and developing the film “The Listening” with Jax Malcolm, Samantha Bailey, Lance Alexander and Kira Reed Lorsch.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: I’d love to work with Quentin Tarantino one day.


Andrew Chappelle

KNOWN FOR: Showtimes “Escape at Dannemora,” Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast) SOCIAL MEDIA : IG: and Twitter @Achapphawk


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: Recently it’s been consumed with finding Beyonce tour tickets! But usually it includes meditation, working out, writing, and planning some sort of vacation with my friends.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: Acting has been a constant in my life since I was a boy. But there was a chapter of about 10 years where I was in training to be a pilot. Lots of simulators and airshows!

MY FIRST JOB WAS: I was an usher at the Hollywood Bowl. I saw so many incredible performances that summer. Coldplay, Björk, India.Arie to name a few!

THE PEOPLE WHO MOTIVATE ME: Fortunately I’m surrounded by so many people who inspire me. Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have been two incredible and supportive forces in my creative life since moving out to LA. Also, any out queer actor making a name for themselves in this industry. It ain’t easy!

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Working with friends on passion projects with network money!

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Blindspotting Season 2 on STARZ!

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: I really want to work with Ryan Murphy one day. Some actors/producers I’d love to work with are Tracee Ellis Ross, Sean Hayes, Retta, Niecy Nash-Betts, and Will Ferrell!

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Bella Saville Photography


Alanna Smith

KNOWN FOR: Crackle’s Love Afloat. SOCIAL MEDIA: @alannajsmith on Instagram


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: Brush my teeth, leave the gun, take the cannoli. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: The Statue of Liberty. Or a Pediatrician.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: A Bat Mitzvah hype girl. THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: Anybody who tells me “no.”

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Living a life I’m proud of, telling stories I care about.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Playing Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Recurring role on “Power Book II: GHOST” on Starz and Chang Can Dunk on Disney+.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: Starring in a Hanukkah rom-com.


Charlie J. Hiscock

KNOWN FOR: Acting, and driving sensibly.

SOCIAL MEDIA: @charliejhiscock on insta and twitter



I love doing artwork, so painting and sketching are big things I love to express myself with. But more often than not, I will be in the cinema or most likely watching ‘Whiplash’ again.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: Cliché, but I wanted to perform to the biggest crowds, and if there were no crowds, then an astronaut seemed like a suitable alternative. Hiding away on the moon.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: A pot washer for a restaurant. I was around 13/14 and I was terrible. Simply awful. I hid pots away to reduce time of me washing up. It didn’t go well. I may or may not have been caught out for it. Wasn’t my smartest move. Won’t be doing that again. I promise.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My friends and family. Lucky to have some good people around me.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Happiness. Internally and externally. If you’re happy, then externally you will be putting all your good energy into others and yourself.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+ and “Red Rose” on Netflix. I would recommend giving them a watch. They’re pretty damn good, not being biased at all I promise.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: If I could work with the Safdie Brothers on a project, THAT would be unreal. Call me. However I would love to create a film one day. Don’t know when, but one day.


Burl Moseley

KNOWN FOR: Happiest Season and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

SOCIAL MEDIA: @burlmoseley



At least one matcha latte. Something so hypnotic about that green color in the morning.


MY FIRST JOB WAS: Working crew at McDonald’s. I used to do different cartoon voices at the drive-thru window like Mickey Mouse and Elmo. The customers were often either confused or laughing their faces off! Pretty sure my manager put me on fry duty after a week or so, though.


I don’t really believe in motivation, but I do believe in inspiration! My community inspires me - friends, family, fellow artists.


YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Showtime’s “Your Honor” Season 2 with Bryan Cranston. Now streaming.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: Definitely Spider-Man related. Maybe a multiverse Miles Morales from the future? That’d be fun.

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Jacob Moran

KNOWN FOR: Billy, The Black Phone

SOCIAL MEDIA: instagram: @thejacobmoran , twitter: @iamjacobmoran TikTok @thejacobmoran


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: My days are pretty jam packed and I love it that way. My days start at 6:30 am and I am in school during the week in an Innovation Diploma high school program. I block time to focus on auditions as they come in, two acting lessons a week and try to never miss a workout. You can usually find me at the gym in the evenings playing pickleball and end each day with a cold plunge.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: TThe Broadway Tour for “School of Rock,” I worked on this show for a year, touring the U.S. and Canada in 2018-19.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: I am so fortunate to have a very tight group of actor friends who motivate, inspire and support me through the ups and downs. This can be a competitive business and I am so very lucky to have this group who always root for one another and can have a blast together outside of the acting world. You know who you are boys!

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Success to me means never settling. Set your goals high in all areas (physical, spiritual, career and family) and don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way. Take one step forward each day towards achievement and never stop learning. Don’t allow setbacks to alter your motivation or goals.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: A few exciting things happening...newshoesfilm. com where I play the lead (Tristan) is hitting the festival circuit this year. I am also scheduled to film two new projects this year. They haven’t been announced yet... but I look forward to telling you about them when I can.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: My dream project is an action thriller trilogy (or more) where I can develop a character like the next James Bond. A goal mine is to do my own stunts and produce a project like this that everyone wants to watch and be a part of.

Ian Chen

KNOWN FOR: Shazam, “Fresh off the Boat”

SOCIAL MEDIA: @theianchen


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES: Currently, a week day looks like: Wake up, go to swim practice, go to school, go to swim practice (again), do homework, then I have my free time to do whatever.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: A international pilot, to travel to the world.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: I can’t remember the specifics but it was a commercial when I was five.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My friends and family.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Winning the battles that make you happy.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: The sequel to Shazam!, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and a short film called Fishboy.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: I’ve really been enjoying coming-ofage series/movies, so I would love to work on one focused on that storyline—or just some adventure/sci-fi storyline.

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Jax Malcolm

KNOWN FOR: Jax Malcolm is an award-winning actor and filmmaker who’s garnered 20+ awards and many nominations for his visionary work. Jax most recently won Best Trailer (2022 LA Live Film Festival) and Best Young Writer (2022 Young Entertainer Awards) for his horror feature film The Listening. Jax stars in the holiday film Jingle Trails, currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

SOCIAL MEDIA: instagram.com/thejaxmalcolm

Tiktok: tiktok.com/@thejaxmalcolm

Alex Wyse

KNOWN FOR: Acting on Broadway (Spring Awakening, Waitress), on television (Iron Fist, Masters of Sex, The Bold and the Beautiful), writing (Indoor Boys, Regina Comet), and yelling at pigeons in Central Park.

SOCIAL MEDIA: You can find me @alexjwyse on Instagram




YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: I am currently in the final stages of securing funding to shoot my Feature Film The ListeningThe Listening is a feature film horror script I completed during quarantine here in Los Angeles. Among other recognition, “TheListening” script has been selected as a semi-finalist at both New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) and the Fantastic Indie Festival of Los Angeles. I won a Young Entertainer Award for Best Young Writer. As this was my first try at writing a script, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the positive reception I’ve received. In the past few months we were able to shoot the trailer with a phenomenal cast Kash Hovey (On Air with Ka$h), Emmy Award Winner Kira Reed Lorsch (The Bay Series), Samantha Bailey (The Young and the Restless), Lance Alexander (Netflix’s Family Reunion), Gloria Garayua (How to Get Away with Murder), and myself bringing a small piece of the story to life. Gary Robinson directed the trailer that we screened at the Kash Hovey And Friends block At Film Fest LA At LA Live. It was an honor to win Best Trailer for a project I feel so passionate about bringing to the screen.

YOUR BIGGEST ASPIRATION: My dream project would be to star in a Transformers film. The original live action film is one of my favorite movies. It’s the first movie I remember seeing in the movie theater and watching that larger than life story unfold on-screen is something I would love to be a part of.

Waking up at the crack of noon and stumbling over to my coffee maker where, along the way, I crash into several pieces of furniture. Then I spend a few hours writing and that evening, during the lucky months, also performing. Finally, at midnight, I watch an entire movie before reluctantly going to sleep.


A magician and world-renowned soprano.

MY FIRST JOB WAS: A commercial for Halls cough drops that was protested for being too sexually explicit. That’s a true story!

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My writing partner Wesley Taylor and my producing partner Cody Lassen. Also, my collection of scented candles.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Making something bigger than myself with people I love. Like a film, or a boat, though I cannot make a boat. Yet.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: Playing Max Weinbaum in Good Night, Oscar on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre alongside the great Sean Hayes. I also co-wrote and co-directed the horror/comedy feature film Summoning Sylvia, which you can watch in theaters in select cities and on-demand.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: I have so many that I’m working on! They are currently on my Google Drive.

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Zurin Villanueva

KNOWN FOR: Playing the first black plastic in Mean Girls The Musical. I’m also starring as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and have a large role in Netflix’s Murder Mystery 2.

SOCIAL MEDIA: You can find me @zurinspired on Instagram


A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES... I have to start the day with a quick meditation. It keeps me grounded and calm in a hectic schedule. Then I find myself a great big green juice with plant protein. I love talking to my friends and family from home in Brooklyn via Marco Polo. I work on my play and then catch up on my favorite shows. Right now, I’m finally finishing The Walking Dead featuring my fellow Howard University Bison, Michael James Shaw!

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE: An actor. It has been my dream since I was seven years old. I have moments of disbelief and gratitude all the time that I actually made it happen!

MY FIRST JOB WAS: It was probably babysitting the cute little girl down the block. I’ve always loved children.

THE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS: My mother, Michele Walker. What she has been able to build and create, mostly on her own, is very inspiring to me and I’m constantly trying to rise to beat it.

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS: Success to me means forward movement. Things will always change, obstacles will always arise but evolving through them is my only goal. Meeting each challenge better than you handled the last feels like success.

YOUR LATEST PROJECT IS: I’m currently playing Tina Turner in the first national tour of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. You can also see me in the Netflix film Murder Mystery 2 alongside Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Jodie Turner-Smith.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT IS: To be part of a completely collaborative project that highlights the truth and joy of the human and black female experience.



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Exclusive Interview with Narine Mezhlumyan from Seven Seas Gourmet

I love Caviar! Any time, any day, anywhere! It’s something that gives warmth to my heart and makes me feel happy and alive. I feel it’s so magical! So when I met Narine the owner of Seven Seas Gourmet, I was captivated by her elegance, fashion style and her personality. I had so many questions, all at once and I just wanted to know everything and share all of this knowledge through this exclusive interview. Please Enjoy!


Seven Seas Gourmet Foods are boutiques where you can find exquisite products from all over the world: a variety of cheeses, exclusive meats, Jamon from Spain, truffle products, teas from England, pastas from Dolce & Gabbana etc. One of the distinctive products, which makes us especially proud of is the smoked fish from our Smokehouse located in North Hollywood. But our main and star product is of course the Seven Seas caviar! Despite all the pomp and fanciness of boutiques, we have tried to create a very pleasant and friendly environment where the customer feels comfortable and the prices have been made affordable, where every customer can find a product affordable for their budget.


Seven Seas Smokehouse was established in 2000. It was a very successful project. Our products quickly gained the trust and love of our customers, as we do not use any preservatives in our production. Seven Seas products could be found in many Russian and Armenian markets and in John’s supermarkets.

In 2016, the first Seven Seas Gourmet Foods store opened in Glendale. It quickly began to gain popularity as Seven Seas, was already famous for its quality and affordable price and then we started to sell caviar. We tried the caviar of different local companies, but eventually decided that we would only sell caviar of our brand. We were considering different suppliers for a long time and only after making sure of the highest quality of the product; the Seven Seas Caviar brand was born. We cooperate with the largest aqua farms from around the world. We are one of the few on the market who offers complimentary sampling.

The customer can try different types of caviar absolutely free of charge before buying. In 2021 we opened our second location in Studio City. It is a very nice store with a large space. So we are working on a brunch menu and planing to add a small tasting menu for our customers. One of the main and distinctive features of Seven Seas is the highest quality and affordable price.


There are six main types of caviar, each with their own color, flavor, and sometimes even texture and size.

BELUGA CAVIAR - Beluga caviar is the rarest and most sought-after type of caviar. Beluga caviar comes from the Beluga sturgeon, which swims in the unpolluted waters. Extraordinarily priced for quality, Beluga Sturgeon caviar will take your dining experience to new pleasurable heights.

KALUGA CAVIAR - You don’t need to be a caviar expert to realize that Kaluga is big, bold, and most of all: rich. It does have some unique hues that you won’t find elsewhere. Its main color is a glossy grey, but you will find flecks of dark brown and even olive green. And when it comes to the flavor, expect a very buttery and earthy taste with just a hint of salt.

SIBERIAN STURGEON CAVIAR - Siberian sturgeon caviar is prized for its glossy dark caviar, earthy with hints of sweetness and a fabulous buttery texture.

RUSSIAN STURGEON CAVIAR - Russian Sturgeon also known as Russian Osetra comes from Caspian Sea population. Russian Sturgeon caviar is one of the rarest and most expensive sturgeon caviars available on the USA market. Its color may also vary from light green to dark green and to blackish to ashy color. Russian Sturgeon has rich buttery nutty taste.

WHITE STURGEON CAVIAR- White sturgeon caviar’s striking dark-hued, large grains have gained recognition worldwide. The attractive glossy grains and their innate transparency are only surpassed by the caviar’s superior flavors of smoked nuts with a lingering finish.

As a mom of 2 stores and 3 kids it’s very busy. I start my day at 6:00 am, I swim every morning then I take the kids to school and go to work. I am trying to visit one location a day. I have the best staff that helps me control every thing on the phone even if I am not there. But it wasn’t always like that. I used to work every day with no days off. It helped me to improve the management, customer service, inventory, and staff knowledge and product quality. And now that the kids are teenagers and the stores are doing well, I am spending more time with my family. During the holidays when it is the busiest my kids are involved too. They go to the warehouse with my husband every morning from 6 am to 6 pm and work there. And of course they get paid:)

PADDLEFISH ROE - Paddlefish roe is a type of roe that is harvested from North American paddlefish. Paddlefish is a popular type of roe because it bears a very close resemblance to the prized Sevruga caviar but at an incomparable fraction of the cost. Salmon roe are the eggs found in a salmon fish. The nutrient-rich oceans where salmon grow reflect in the healthy, enormous size of their eggs, resulting in salmon roe’s firm outer lining and velvety interior that easily bursts under pressure.

WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF CAVIAR AND WHY? My favorite caviar is the Imperial Russian sturgeon caviar. This is perfection! Butter and brine are perfectly balanced in this caviar with a mild creamy finish. One of our best caviars and for a good reason.

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