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rom local to international model and beauty queen, Darling Cruz has become a role model to girls and women in Central Florida. She started in the modeling business at a short age; however, it was not until her participation in the TBC International Competition her rise in the modeling industry.

Before wining the TBC Competition, Darling participated in local fashion shows, photo shoot and pageants. This gave her the necessary experience to teach modeling at the young age, 16, in a local modeling agency named DA Dominicci International. She participated in the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 pageant where she qualified as one of the 12 finalists of the pageant’s reality show called “Por La Corona”. At that same competition, she was also awarded with the title of best actress. Unfortunately, after her experience in that pageant, she decides to no longer be a part of this environment.

nental 2010, where she won the crown and Mega Model Intercontinental 2010 tittle. A week later, she was sent by the owner of Producciones Jamicabe, Jasol Cabral, and her director Diana Montero to participate in the Miss Supranational 2010 pageant hold in Poland. In it, she was one of the top 15 contestants. Once she came back from the pageant, she was booked to model in different fashion weeks such as Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Orlando’s Beauty and Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week and Harriett Park Avenue Fashion week. She has model for designer such as, Carlos Alberto, Peter Morales, David Antonio, Two Coconut, Pipo Perez, Terry Furan, Eileen Fisher and much more. Work on add campaign such as for Pali Med Spa, Hypnosis Boutique and Come to Florida by 24/7 Cast. In addition, she was in magazine such as Seventeen Magazine, Guest Magazine, “Imagen”, Miss PR Teen Catalog, and in music videos for recognize artist such as RKM-KenY.

Now with just 23 years old, the UCF student is the It was until she got the offer to participate in the TBC owner of the modeling, pageant and refinement cenInternational competition that she decided to return ter DC Model Creators & Coaching; also, she is Miss to the business. Darling become the first TBC win- Lake Eola USA 2013 and an official contestant for ner and months later the first Miss Latin International the Miss Florida USA Pageant. Darling Cruz is defiUS. She represented the Latin community living in nitely Central Florida’s Latina Top Model and true the US at the Belleza Millenio 2010 pageant, where example that with dedication and passion dreams she won first runner up and the modeling competi- come true. We wish her the best of luck in her career tion Modelo Millenio 2010. The summer of that same and in the pageant in which with all her discipline and year, she competed in the Miss Turism Interconti- effort she will become Miss Florida USA 2013.


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rom local to international model and beauty queen, Darling Cruz has become a role model to girls and women in Central Florida. She started in the modeling business at a short age; however, it was not until her participation in the TBC International Competition her rise in the modeling industry.

Before wining the TBC Competition, Darling participated in local fashion shows, photo shoot and pageants. This gave her the necessary experience to teach modeling at the young age, 16, in a local modeling agency named DA Dominicci International. She participated in the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 pageant where she qualified as one of the 12 finalists of the pageant’s reality show called “Por La Corona”. At that same competition, she was also awarded with the title of best actress. Unfortunately, after her experience in that pageant, she decides to no longer be a part of this environment.

nental 2010, where she won the crown and Mega Model Intercontinental 2010 tittle. A week later, she was sent by the owner of Producciones Jamicabe, Jasol Cabral, and her director Diana Montero to participate in the Miss Supranational 2010 pageant hold in Poland. In it, she was one of the top 15 contestants. Once she came back from the pageant, she was booked to model in different fashion weeks such as Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Orlando’s Beauty and Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week and Harriett Park Avenue Fashion week. She has model for designer such as, Carlos Alberto, Peter Morales, David Antonio, Two Coconut, Pipo Perez, Terry Furan, Eileen Fisher and much more. Work on add campaign such as for Pali Med Spa, Hypnosis Boutique and Come to Florida by 24/7 Cast. In addition, she was in magazine such as Seventeen Magazine, Guest Magazine, “Imagen”, Miss PR Teen Catalog, and in music videos for recognize artist such as RKM-KenY.

Now with just 23 years old, the UCF student is the It was until she got the offer to participate in the TBC owner of the modeling, pageant and refinement cenInternational competition that she decided to return ter DC Model Creators & Coaching; also, she is Miss to the business. Darling become the first TBC win- Lake Eola USA 2013 and an official contestant for ner and months later the first Miss Latin International the Miss Florida USA Pageant. Darling Cruz is defiUS. She represented the Latin community living in nitely Central Florida’s Latina Top Model and true the US at the Belleza Millenio 2010 pageant, where example that with dedication and passion dreams she won first runner up and the modeling competi- come true. We wish her the best of luck in her career tion Modelo Millenio 2010. The summer of that same and in the pageant in which with all her discipline and year, she competed in the Miss Turism Interconti- effort she will become Miss Florida USA 2013.


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FEATURES 12 | UP-&-COMING MODELS Up & coming models “...new models who are poised to go the distance...”

18 | PAMELA BOTELLO Pamela Botello Holz, oriunda de Santiago de Chile. En sus primeros años de vida su familia se afincó en Puerto Rico y es allí donde forja sus inclinaciones.....

22 | AKOLATRONIC? Akolatronic mas inspired by Japanese fashion. In 2007, Sabino Cotto founder of the line in collaboration with Randy Ortiz.....

25 | BACK TO THE GLAMOUR Local designers and their muses.....

34 | DARLING CRUZ, 2 YEARS LATER From local to international model and beauty queen, Darling Cruz has become a role model to girls and women in Central Florida.....

39 | BULLYING IS OUT OF FASHION As a teacher it breaks my heart to hear about so many tragedies caused by bullying; so many young people are being hurt, others deciding to end their lives.....


FEATURES 42 | MARIA ROMAN In the Central Florida area this Puerto Rican fashion designer is been getting more and more attention for her vibrant feminine style and the looks that made her known for...

44 | EVALD GRUDÉ In an industry dominated by women, twenty year old, male model Evald Grude is making quite a name for himself...

50 | HERMANSKY-PUDLAK-SYNDROME Nisha was five years old when she was adopted from India. She had albinism, and so her mother read everything she could about the condition to prepare for Nisha’s arrival...

53 | BRETT LICCIARDELLO A candid interview with a new author who is in the process of reinventing himself after retiring from a career in Law Enforcement...

54 | IS ALL ABOUT YOU... Beauty is a lifestyle! It is in the mind, not the mirror... The first thing I think of, when it comes to style and appearance, is not "what do you want to do with your hair?" but rather "What do you want your hair to do for you...”

58 | JUAN PABLO BRENES MODEL Juan Pablo won Best Runway at the 2010 TBC Competition... Today he is modeling under contract with one of The Philippines top agencies...


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CREDITS PUBLISHER TBC MODELS, INC. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Peter Morales GRAPHIC DESIGN Nephtali Colón CitricMind, INC. CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Victor Vélez Jaime Rivera - JAR Studio Wilfredo Montalvo Frank Hernández Dwayne Moore MARKETING & SALES Nery Morales Mingrelia Ramírez Yollinnette Sánchez CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Nery Z. Sánchez Allan Lara Ivette Marrero Carina Silva No part of TBC Magazine may be reproduced in any form by any means without prior written consent from TBC MODELS, Inc. For permissions requests, please call 407-401-0781, or email us to sales@tbcmodel.com PRINT IN USA

ON THE COVER Darling Cruz, TBC Top Model 2009. Photo by Jaime Rivera- JAR Studio. Hair & Make-UP by D’Magazine Salon & Spa. Cover Graphic Design by Nephtali Colon for CitricMind.


EDITOR’S LETTER

"I had envisioned a cosmopolitan society, where diversity takes the lead..."

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wo years ago I started a project; I had submerged myself into the idea that I could bring to Orlando, a city that I love, new and exciting fashion forward concepts. My goal: to take us out of the ordinary, into a more sophisticated and intricate world. I had envisioned a cosmopolitan society, where diversity takes the lead. And it is under that assumption where I think we can succeed. Orlando is magical, and I am not talking about theme parks. The people here are so unique, that if we can identify our things in common, we can most likely become an avant-garde, one of a kind city. Because it is only when we find a common ground with others that we can progress. TBC Modeling Competition is one of those ideas. I have created a platform where beautiful people from different nationalities, cultural backgrounds, and ethnicities, can express themselves. While gracefully gliding the runway, they do more than we can perceive. This runway signifies our commitment to quality, our desire to become better, the loud expression of our inner-fears. It is only by expressing these feelings when we can push away our limitations, and become who we want to be. One by one, little by little, our City Beautiful can exceed. And when it comes to fashion, we can be certain that our voice will be heard.

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Two years ago our Darling Cruz started her journey. Only one year had pass since Evald GrudĂŠ began his... Today we see them, different, more accomplished, and we salute them, because along with others that have walked The Runway, they have been liberated.

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MODELS Evald Grudé Photo - Jaime Rivera for JAR Studio TBC Models group photos - Victor Vélez Photography

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MODELS 2011 Héctor Luis Silva | Asmarys Rosario | Alexandria Hyde | Janitza Serrano | Leonardo Capote Millie Ann Silva | Fernando Rodríguez | Fernanda Mendieta | Luis Zapata | Jessica Cowart Ivana Cabán | John Kraeger | Jennipher Karina Yazbesc

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MODELS 2011 Emma Brayshaw | Emmanuel L贸pez | Sabrina Shear | Joeshlian Padilla Lionel Anthony Coleman | Sasha Col贸n | Patricia Costa | Tyler Rorah Brenda Fern谩ndez | Yisbeth Estrella | Ernesto Vega | Nicole Albert

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MODELS 2011 Abdelrahman Valnzaska | Yarmeliz González | Ashley Lebrón | Joseph Masri Anastacia Cárdenas | Yadira González | Kelian Jiménez Glen Antolin Dalisay | Michelle González | Andrea Pergola | Jaime Rivano

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DESIGNERS

THE MYSTERIOUS ENCHANTMENT OF

PAMELA BOTELLO By Carina Silva Photo by Victor Velez

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amela Botello Holz, oriunda de Santiago de Chile. En sus primeros años de vida su familia se afincó en Puerto Rico y es allí donde forja sus inclinaciones artísticas.

Desde muy joven, Pamela ya tenía una inquietud especial por las joyas. Empezó de niña, elaborando anillos y pulseras de materiales nobles como el plástico colorido del cableado telefónico. Con el paso del tiempo, fue desplegando todo su arte en el diseño y sus propias joyas lograron cautivarla. Luego continúa con esta experiencia a través de su intuición y creatividad, de tal manera que su pasión se volvió en no sólo una afición, sino en su trabajo. Botello, busca persistentemente transmitir el encanto que ve a su alrededor y la admiración que siente por la vida en sus distintas manifestaciones artísticas, donde el diseño y el color se mezclan con un exquisito toque de exclusividad y buen gusto. Con los años, ella, ha ampliado su repertorio de técnicas y materiales, sin perder de vista en ningún momento su

inspiración, basada en la joyería Kun Dan, una de las formas más antiguas en la creación de joyas en la India. Sus diseños conllevan a una línea de auténticas obras de arte que rompen con los esquemas tradicionales del uso y características de la joya en sí. Pamela, trae de sus numerosos viajes, cada una de las piedras utilizadas en sus diseños, estampando en ellas su sello personal tan cálido y vivo como su personalidad. Año tras año, sigue las últimas tendencias de la alta joyería; Rodeada como siempre con diseñadores de la talla de Peter Morales, Jorge Diep, Carlota Alfaro y otros. En un mundo de sensualidad, glamour y magia, Pamela logra un concepto seductor, muy moderno y vanguardista, logrando fusionar con una sola pieza de joyería, útiles y muy sensuales prendas femeninas —“The Transformers”— las cuales pueden ser adaptadas a cualquier estilo. El amor a la vida la llena de inspiracion y lo podemos sentir cuando ella misma nos dice, “Deseo sinceramente que disfruten las creaciones de mis joyas tanto como yo disfruto el crearlas”.


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...THE GLAMOUR MARIA ROMAN • PETER MORALES • SORAYA BERNARD

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PHOTO Jaime Rivera for JAR Studio MODELS Bree Spell Marlene Garcia Turner HAIR & MAKE-UP D’Magazine Salon & Spa

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“I find my inspiration in today’s woman, and how fast their lives go by. I have designed a collection that goes from day to evening. Black lace, red silk charmeusse and chiffon, red suede and pleather, combined with my custommade jewelry. Give my client the flexibility she wants, in our fast paced world..."

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PHOTO Jaime Rivera for JAR Studio MODELS Sofía Fonseca Darling Cruz HAIR & MAKE-UP D’Magazine Salon & Spa

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"My designs are for the modern woman. She's daring, she knows what she wants, and how to get it! She needs to be the center of attention. And you can be sure I'll make it happen..."

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"Always thinking on my woman. I suggest a mix between textures and colors. Black, silver, and metallics, combined with fine laces and leather's like fabrics. Exotic Glamour, with my touch of class, creating a unique and exclusive design..."

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DARLING CRUZ TWO YEARSLATER F

rom local to international model and beauty queen, Darling Cruz has become a role model to girls and women in Central Florida. She started in the modeling business at a short age; however, it was not until her participation in the TBC International Competition her rise in the modeling industry. Before wining the TBC Competition, Darling participated in local fashion shows, photo shoot and pageants. This gave her the necessary experience to teach modeling at the young age, 16, in a local modeling agency named DA Dominicci International. She participated in the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 pageant where she qualified as one of the 12 finalists of the pageant’s reality show called “Por La Corona”. At that same competition, she was also awarded with the title of best actress. Unfortunately,

after her experience in that pageant, she decides to no longer be a part of this environment. It was until she got the offer to participate in the TBC International competition that she decided to return to the business. Darling become the first TBC winner and months later the first Miss Latin International US. She represented the Latin community living in the US at the Belleza Millenio 2010 pageant, where she won first runner up and the modeling competition Modelo Millenio 2010. The summer of that same year, she competed in the Miss Turism Intercontinental 2010, where she won the crown and Mega Model Intercontinental 2010 tittle. A week later, she was sent by the owner of Producciones Jamicabe, Jasol Cabral, and her director Diana Montero to participate in the Miss Supranational 2010 pageant hold in Poland. In it, she was one of the top 15 contestants.

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Now with just 23 years old, the UCF student is the owner of the modeling, pageant and refinement center DC Model Creators & Coaching

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“SHE HAS MODEL FOR DESIGNER SUCH AS, CARLOS ALBERTO, PETER MORALES, DAVID ANTONIO, TWO COCONUT, PIPO PEREZ, TERRY FURAN, EILEEN FISHER AND MUCH MORE.”

Once she came back from the pageant, she was booked to model in different fashion weeks such as Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Orlando’s Beauty and Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week and Harriett Park Avenue Fashion week. She has model for designer such as, Carlos Alberto, Peter Morales, David Antonio, Two Coconut, Pipo Perez, Terry Furan, Eileen Fisher and

much more. Work on add campaign such as for Pali Med Spa, Hypnosis Boutique and Come to Florida by 24/7 Cast. In addition, she was in magazine such as Seventeen Magazine, Guest Magazine, “Imagen”, Miss PR Teen Catalog, and in music videos for recognize artist such as RKM-KenY. Now with just 23 years old, the UCF student is the owner of the modeling, pageant and refinement center DC Model Creators & Coaching; also, she is Miss Lake Eola USA 2013 and an official contestant for the Miss Florida USA Pageant. Darling Cruz is definitely Central Florida’s Latina Top Model and true example that with dedication and passion dreams come true. We wish her the best of luck in her career and in the pageant in which with all her discipline and effort she will become Miss Florida USA 2013.

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s a teacher it breaks my heart to hear about so many tragedies caused by bullying; so many young people are being hurt, others deciding to end their lives. These lives are just starting and have the possibilities of bright and successful futures. I’m sure that youngsters who are victims of bullying don’t think that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Well, a lot of today’s famous models felt that way at a young age too.

we have probably looked to the other side and pretend we haven’t seen anything. According to the American Medical Association, 3.7 million youths engage in bullying, and more than 3.2 million are victims of “moderate” or “serious” bullying each year. (Cohn & Canter, 2003). Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful (physical and psychological), and/or threatening and persistent (repeated). There is an imbalance of strength (power and dominance).

Cindy Crawford has confessed that she was teased by other girls in high school for her modeling career. Lindsey Wixson, the 17year old model that has quickly risen to supermodel stardom due to her gap-toothed smile, full lips and baby doll face has said: “I was actually always really self-conscious about my gap. In middle school, this group of girls was always trying to beat me up they called my gap a parking lot... I felt skinny and tall. It was the worst time of my life. But I don't feel like that anymore. Modeling has really helped build my confidence."

According to AskMen.com, Tyra Banks revealed that she struggled with bullying as a kid. The supermodel said, "I used to be the freak at school. I was five feet nine and really skinny. I used to get picked on a lot. But now I can get my own back." There was a boy who used to say, "'I do not want that tall, skinny, braces mouth, big forehead girl anywhere near me.' I just broke down." But Tyra got the last laugh after she approached him post-fame saying, "'Antonio? It's me, Tyra, from school!' He was like, 'No way!' So that was nice. I got a little revenge there!"

The British model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, named the Hottest Woman on Earth by Maxim earlier this year, was actually told to lose weight when she first started modeling. What's more, it turns out that Rosie's most famous asset was the very thing that got her teased when she was younger. She got teased because of her big lips and no breasts. In addition to being bullied for her full pout by her classmates, the Victoria's Secret Angel said that boys didn't really go out with her.

Lara Stone, the Calvin Klein model, famous for her gap-toothed smile and flawless figure is just the most recent model to reveal she didn't (and still doesn't) get the best reviews about her looks. The Dutch supermodel revealed in her recent GQ spread that she's been called ugly by people on the Internet. "It hurts when you're having a tough day and someone says, 'She's so f**king ugly I wouldn't let my dog near her.' "And 500 people liked' it!”

Bullying is a serious issue that affects us all in different ways. Even if you have not experienced it in your own skin, probably someone close to you has, if not just look around... Many times

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AFTER bullying for being super skinny and tall, as most models are. But she's learned ignore the haters, saying, "I've always been judged and bullied for being tall and skinny my whole life. Early on I listened to others and failed to appreciate what God gave me until I at last accepted what an amazing blessing it was to love me for me." It is time to become more sensitive and put an end to bullying. If you are one of the thousands of people that think you are “all

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that” and everybody is inferior, open your eyes and get a reality check! Bullying doesn’t prove you have the power, it confirms you need help. Bullying is disobeying the Golden Rule "treat others the way you want to be treated". If you are a victim, remember, no one deserves to be bullied. Don’t let others convince you that you are defective or that you aren’t what you should be. Speak out, look for help! Remember who created you, His work is always perfect. Loving who you are and following your dreams will turn bullying into beauty.

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MARIA ROMAN By Ivette Marrero

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n the Central Florida area this Puerto Rican fashion designer is been getting more and more attention for her vibrant feminine style and the looks that made her known for. Fashion is not a statement for this exquisite designer; fashion is in every thought and expression from the textiles, patterns, shapes, movements of every piece she creates not to mention her fashion jewelry that she designs as well for her collections, that capture the attention and highlighted in numerous fashion shows, newspapers and magazines of our area. Maria Roman moved to Florida several years ago motivated by her Universe; her son Esteban and is here that she decided to make a difference not only in the fashion industry but also becoming an active

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spoke person for the nonprofit organization; March of Dimes and is this inspiration that made them selected her and her son as the ambassador family for March of Dimes at the Osceola County for the year 2011. This past month of October she participated as one of the organizing committee and selection jury member for the 2011 Emerging Fashion Designer at Winter Park, Florida as part of the Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week, prize that this original designer won back in 2010. During this year participation Maria, for the second consecutive time, presented her new collection; “Because of You” at this landmark event. On this collection Maria Roman found inspiration on today’s women and in how fast their lives goes by, balancing their professional careers, families and other roles, based on this she designed this collection of interchangeable pieces that takes you from a casual event, to a cocktail or a gala, by mixing this matching pieces in between them or with what woman have existing on their wardrobe, Maria’s new collection allows them to look their best always. On this great fun and fashionable collection, Roman used; Silk Charmeuse, Silk Chiffon, Cotton Brocade, Suede, Pleather, Metallic Mesh and Lace Polka Dot, in white, ivory, gold, black and red. Her jewelry accessories are hand and custom-made of gold-colored chains with stones in turquoise glass, bronze and iridescent green. For the second year in a roll, Maria Roman is been invited as one of the designers that will present their collections at Big Casting Competition 2011, where she is bringing her vivid style to this prestigious runway and you will be able to appreciate; “Because of You”; the collection, both in clothing and jewelry accessories. Maria Roman; the designer don’t just stop by creating her designs and been a proud mom but also forming the young and adult women interested in the fashion modeling world at her established academy; “Namor Modeling” were they get form in refinement, etiquette and professional modeling to stand out as the future modeling professionals (on and off the runway). Maria Roman is a visionary dreamer with great goals for the future and she is working day by day using her passion and the fire that comes from her heart to make all of these goals and dreams a reality. She knows that with the proper structure and discipline not only she will develop all but will make a difference and become a sample for others to follow. Maria Roman can be summed up as she says; “Fashion is my passion” and “Because of You” her new collection reflects this.

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ith many obstacles in his journey, his dedication and discipline have given him the opportunity of making his dreams, of walking the runways and become part of the fashion world, a reality. A year ago Evald was only a teenager with a big ambition. He entered the TBC 2010 Modeling Competition, seeking a new experience that can help him understand how this industry works. Winning three titles, Mr. Latin USA, Best Fitness Model, and becoming the TBC Model of the year, Evald catapulted his fairly new career to stardom!

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Today he's still going... Evald is preparing himself with acting, dancing and singing classes. This will help him achieve all his goals wherever he goes. There is no doubt that Evald is a handsome man, with a great portfolio. However, his outstanding personality, freshness, and humble down to earth attitude, makes him a model we all need to pay attention to! A Latin sensation who's taking the industry by storm... His distinct hair, chiseled cheekbones, piercing eyes, and full pout has made him the most wanted editorial model in Orlando, landing advertising campaigns for local and international magazines. Evald is a new model with a lot of moxie, and he is certainly enjoying his momentum. Evald's new life is like a waking dream! He's definitely a model that has conquered new horizons!

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HERMANSKY PUDLAK - SYNDROME By Heather Kirkwood isha was five years old when she was adopted from India. She had albinism, and so her mother read everything she could about the condition to prepare for Nisha’s arrival. Hermansky-Pud lak Syndrome, (HPS) a rare form of albinism that causes a bleeding disorder, was mentioned briefly in the literature.

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After Nisha arrived in the United States, her mom noticed Nisha seemed to bruise easily. Her records from the orphanage in India indicated Nisha had been treated at a hospital for a bloody nose that wouldn’t quit. Nisha’s mom asked her pediatrician to test for (HPS), just to put her mind at ease. Within days the results came back positive. Nisha indeed had the HPS type of albinism. Her mom contacted the HPS Network, referred to in the literature about albinism that she’d read. The HPS Network sent her a packet of medical information to share with Nisha’s caretakers and physicians and helped her connect with other parents of children with HPS. Three months after arriving in the United States, doctors found Nisha had a hole in her heart that needed to be repaired right away. The bleeding disorder caused by HPS is not picked up by the standard pre-operative tests for bleeding problems. If Nisha’s mom had not had her daughter tested, Nisha would have likely bled to death during the heart surgery. The only thing worse than having HPS is not knowing you have it. HPS not only involves albinism, decreased visual acuity and a bleeding disorder, but in some gene types, it can also cause digestive complications much like Crohn’s disease and pulmonary fibrosis, an intimately fatal scaring of the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis occurs 100 percent of the time in gene types 1 and 4 and is usually fatal sometime between 30 and 50. There are currently no FDA-approved treatments, besides a possible lung transplant.

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While HPS is rare in the general population, occurring roughly every one in 500,000 to one in a million births, it is one of the most common genetic conditions among those of Puerto Rican heritage, occurring 1 in every 1,800 births. After Nisha got past her initial medical problems and adjusted to her new life in the United States, the HPS Network helped Nisha’s family connect with researchers at the National Institutes of Health who have seen more patients with HPS than anywhere else in the world. When Nisha was a little older, her family attended an HPS Family Conference where Nisha made friends with other kids affected by the syndrome. The HPS Network works tirelessly to increase awareness of the syndrome, both among those at highest risk and among the medical community. The Network supports affected families with practical information about living with HPS and offers support through an active online community, toll-free phone number anyone can call with questions and weekly telephone conferences for parents of kids with HPS. It hosts conferences in the mainland United States and in Puerto Rico that bring patients and top researchers together. It also maintains a patient registry of those affected from around the world. Finally, the HPS Network does whatever it can to support research so that someday those with HPS will have treatment options, or even better, a cure. Still, too many families aren’t as lucky as Nisha and her mom. Most only get a diagnosis after a major, sometimes life threatening, complication. While there is not a cure for HPS, the bleeding complications of the disorder can be easily treated. Diagnosis also allows those affected to do everything they can to try to prevent complications for as long as possible. Join the HPS Network in our quest to increase awareness, support affected families and someday, find a cure.

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candid interview with a new author who is in the process of reinventing himself after retiring from a career in Law Enforcement.

Brett Licciardello has written two books during the past few years. He has self published his historical fictions which take place in the Caribbean during the 1600’s. They are stories about pirates. TBC met with Brett to discuss how he has switched gears since his retirement. TBC: AFTER A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE ABOUT PIRATES INSTEAD OF POLICE WORK?

Licciardello: Several years ago I attempted to write about the police subject, but I couldn’t stay interested. I guess after twentythree years as a police officer, I was tired of it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed going to work every day, but it was work, and when I went home I wanted to leave work at work. When I decided to write about pirates, I became so interested in the subject, I was easily able to stay focused and see the first book, Vengeance at Port Royal, to its completion. After I was finished, I missed writing about the subject so much; I decided to write another book, Sunset on a Rogue Sail, a prequel to the first. I am currently working on a third book in the series I’ve called “The West Indies Pirates Series”. I’ll probably write about police work eventually, but for now it’s not on the agenda anytime soon. TBC: WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE PIRATES AS A SUBJECT MATTER, ESPECIALLY WITH THE RECENT PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE SOMALI PIRATES IN THE INDIAN OCEAN?

Licciardello: It’s true, real piracy is bad, and I struggled with it when the news broke which brought the subject of the Somali pirates to the headlines, but I had already completed writing the first book. My book, however, did not glorify the pirates.

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TBC: WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR STORYLINES?

Licciardello: As a child I enjoyed watching movies like “Captain Blood” and “The Sea Hawk,” both starring Errol Flynn. One of my favorites is “Captain Horatio Hornblower” Starring Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo. Those stories depicted the adventure of life on the high seas. That is what I try to capture in my stories, but I try to keep things realistic. For that reason, my first books are not for children. There is a lot of violence due to several battle scenes. It’s hard to avoid because of the weapons of the day. It happend during the era of the buccaneers, just before the golden age of piracy. TBC: AT FORTY-SEVEN YEARS OF AGE ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT YOU’VE RETIRED TOO EARLY?

Licciardello: I’ve been planning to retire young for a long time. When I was in my twenties, I had visions of having to work until I was too old to enjoy retirement. I didnt like that. When I entered the work force at age sixteen, I began to give up many of the hobbies I had acquired as a child. I was an artist. I enjoyed wood carving, mechanics, water sports, just to name a few. When I eventually got into law enforcement at twenty-four, it just happened to be one of the few remaining stable careers which still provided a pension. I didn’t plan it that way, but things worked out well for me. I survived an active career on the street, despite several injuries along the way, one of which ended my career abruptly. I don’t look back, though, only forward. I highly recommend retirement if you’re ready for it, and I’m not just talking about the financial aspect of it. You can’t just sit at home and watch television. You have to remain active. I have been constantly working on one project after another. I hope to make writing my career.

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