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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Shenell in Schwimmer's Movie

Barbizon Midwest talent Shenell Randall booked a supporting role in the new dramatic film “Trust” starring Clive Owen and directed by David Schwimmer. “Trust” is a drama thriller about a family’s bond ripped apart as a father searches across the country in an effort to track down his daughter’s attacker.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Barbizon Midwest has selected Ms. Katelyn Hartsell to be our December Bragger of the Month! Katelyn has reached out to Barbizon Midwest highlighting us on all her amazing achievements over the years. Keep reading because there is more bragging to do!

Katelyn is a Barbizon South Bend graduate that brings spunk and passion to the industry. She will soon be featured in the magazine “Supermodels Unlimited” (The Most Beautiful Edition), which will be released January 2011. “Supermodels Unlimited” is a bi-monthly magazine and the only publication on the teen and women's market that focuses on the entire beauty industry. Each issue is packed with fashion, health and beauty products, entertainment news, modeling advice, amazing photography, celebrities, fitness tips, beauty queens and talent competitions.

Katelyn has also qualified in the top 15 for the National American Miss Jr. Teen IN. She was one of the state’s finalists out of 85 other women!

Other achievements include being selected for auditions in Shakespeare plays around the Chicago area, competing in her high school’s speech team and being selected as a featured guest at Notre Dame University’s benefit for children with Down Syndrome.

Now a little something Katelyn wanted to say,

“Where to begin…Barbizon has changed my life in such a wonderful way! The classes have taught me to be proud of whom I am. From the first day, I knew it was a new beginning for me and for everyone else that was there with me! Barbizon should be a requirement for all teenage girls and boys! The teachers teach you self-confidence, pride and to be beautiful inside and out! On top of learning how to apply make-up as a professional and how to walk the runway, I have met people I will never forget! After a few classes, we all became a family and I still keep contact with everyone today! Barbizon has given me the opportunity to let my talents shine bright to others. I can’t thank Barbizon enough for allowing me to join their school and to make memories that will last forever! Thanks to Barbizon's classes, I will now be featured in the magazine "Supermodels Unlimited!” I can’t thank this school enough for allowing me to chase my dreams! Remember, a smile is worth a thousand words! Smile on!

With Love,

Katelyn Virgina Hartsell

Thank you again Katelyn for updating Barbizon! We are now looking for a January “Bragger of the Month.” To have a feature story on you, send us your updates and achievements to!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Barbizon Chick's @ Chico's

Barbizon Midwest models booked a live fashion event at Chico’s boutique, a trendy woman’s clothing and accessories store! The models included & pictured in order are Julia Kay Rhodes, Patricia Barrett, Joanna Dratwa and Tanya Modersitzki.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Barbizon Midwest TEACHER FEATURE!

Barbizon Midwest “Teacher Feature” presents Ms. Sara Ritz. Ms. Ritz began at Barbizon as an instructor more than three years ago. She received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in Acting and was working as a full-time actress. Ms. Ritz was involved in regional theatre, improv and various film projects all over the Chicago-land area. Yet, as she began working with the students at Barbizon located in Schaumburg, she fell in love with teaching.

Quote from Ms. Ritz, “I love teaching students what really matters! I wish I had someone guide me when I was starting out. It is so rewarding to be able to pass down my experiences and knowledge to others because I am very passionate about acting and these students are so ready and willing to learn. It is also extremely wonderful to be able to watch Barbizon students grow and mature throughout this program we hold. Our students come in as unsure, insecure kids, and then leave as confident actors and models!"

Currently, Ms. Ritz is pursuing graduate school for a degree in Education at DePaul University. She will graduate in March!!!

Keep up all your hard work Ms. Ritz, it is noticed!!! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010


Barbizon talent Tabitha Negrete booked promotion work for AMP energy drink.

Tabitha is a 19 year old from Homer Glen, IL. Her other work history includes print work for dance costume catalogs, Walgreens, McDonalds, and for product packaging.


Many Barbizon teens booked a fashion show for dress designer Bobby Chi. They modeled the latest designs from his collection and walked the runway for an audience of over 600 guests!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Mother and daughter duo, Nicole Morici and Julia Morici, together booked a Sears appliance commercial. The role included playing the part of a mother and daughter.

Nicole is a Royal Models Agency representative and Julia is a Barbizon pre-teen graduate.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Catch Bryar Hansen on NEW American Idol!!

Wisconsin Barbizon grad, Bryar Hansen, is featured in a promo for the new season of “American Idol!” Watch closely as he is spotted in the last 5 seconds saying “This is it.”

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Bryar has also done several musicals that include “Sound of Music” and “High School Musical,” and has been in a few fashion shows. He enjoys singing, acting, modeling, football and baseball.

While at Barbizon, Bryar won “best all around student” award. He graduated from Barbizon in 2009 and continues to rise to the top!!