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Thursday, February 28, 2013

MOORE Model Success!

Mackenzie Moore
Mackenzie Moore, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated from Barbizon Midwest in October 2011 from the Detroit, Michigan location when she was 16 years-old. Though it has only been a little over a year since graduating, Mackenzie has been extremely busy. We were most impressed to hear that after attending IMTA in the summer of 2012, Mackenzie studied hard and graduated high school early. After the first trimester of her senior year, Mackenzie made the plunge to move to New York City, signing with Model Management Group (MMG), and walking in New York City's Fashion Week.

Mackenzie graciously took the time from her busy schedule to check-in with us about her experiences and where her exciting journey has taken her.

"So Mackenzie, what was it like attending Barbizon Midwest?"

"I remember learning leassons from all the GREAT teachers there: Ms. Heather Woolweaver, Ms. Robbie Lavine, and Ms. Tene Dismuke. I still have managed to keep in contact with them till this day. The Barbizon classes were the first place where I learned how to properly walk the runway. The graduation show was the first time that I actually walked a runway too. It was so much fun!!"

"From my Barbizon Midwest experience, I gained knowledge about the industry. I didn't know a thing about how it all worked when I started the classes.

It also gave me the desire to continue in this industry. When I started I knew that it seemed like a fun thing to do, but I had no idea how much I was really going to love it.

I realize this has been said a million times, but I did make some great friends at Barbizon. I am even planning on moving into an apartment here in New York City with one of the other Barbizon students in about a month. Barbizon gave me confidence. There really isn't much more to that. It made me realize that with dedication and drive I have a chance of making it in the modeling world."

"What has life been like since graduating from Barbizon Midwest?"

"Model Management Group (MMG) gave me a contract with PLITZS Fashion Marketing. From there, I went to audition with them for NYC Fashion Week... and made it! I got to walk in an emerging designers showcase in NYC Fashion Week! 

I ended up walking for four different designers: Wing Wang by Hao Wang (from Beijing, China), Dangseng Li from Ying Sheng International Art Center (in Beijing, China), Punk Rock Betty Designs, and Live Live Love Life by Steiner Woodruffe. It was such an incredible experience. Walking in NYC Fashion Week had been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember. None of it would have been possible without Barbizon!"

Check out Mackenzie Moore strutting her stuff for Punk Rock Betty Designs in NYC Fashion Week!

Model Management Group Vice President, Aviva Skall, had nothing but praise for Mackenzie on her Facebook Timeline stating, "Congrats to my newest Model Mackenzie Moore on booking the PLITZ designer expo for NYC FASHION WEEK!!! We met Mackenzie at IMTA last summer. She moved to NY last week and is already booking high profile work!!"
Mackenzie Moore
Stunning Photo with FB post by
MMG Vice President Aviva Skall

"Wow Mackenzie! With all of your success, what guidance could you offer current Barbizon Midwest students/graduates pursuing a career in the industry?"

"The advice that I would offer current Barbizon Midwest students is that Barbizon can be just the beginning of your career, not the end, if you want it to be. Don't give up easily. You will get a lot of "No's" in this industry. You can't let that discourage you. If this is really something you want to do then keep at it."

Check out this link to Mackenzie Moore's Profile Page with MMG. (This is what all the casting directors and clients get to see to help them decide if they want to bring Mackenzie in for a casting)

MMG's Mackenzie Moore 

Mackenzie, congratulations from all of us at Barbizon Midwest! We are so proud of you and all your success and it was fabulous hearing from you. Please keep in touch as you continue on your exciting life journey!

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Monday, February 25, 2013



We are currently looking for outgoing, attractive, reliable females to promote a grooming product line (Axe - Body Spray) in Wal-mart stores in Wisconsin and Iowa!

Females Ages 17 and Up
Must fit a women's t-shirt sizes S to M

Rate $25 per hour

March 2, 2013 - 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Email if you are available this Saturday, March 2nd. She will email you with more details!

Seeking Plus Size Models Dress Size 16 and Up

MONDAY March 4, 2013: arrive anytime between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Bridal Shop in St. Clair Shores.
Models are Paid $50 per show day.

Bombshell Bridal Boutique
Specializing in curvy brides size 12+
30120 Harper Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

March 10 in Plymouth, and March 24 in Ann Arbor
The show times are from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
If you are selected the client will provide further details about the booking.


America's Beauty Show: March 9 -11, 2013 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

Email for more info.


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Samantha's Sneak Peak

Model Samantha Beard, Major Model Management Milan, graduated from Barbizon Midwest of Illinois and revealed to us a sneak peak of a February editorial!
Samantha Beard
Major Model Management Milan
February Editorial
"Had so much fun playing with the Hermes and Chanel runway samples!"
- Samantha Beard

For more on Samantha check out this link:

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Staying true to you! Mackie Atteberry Talks Confidence, College, and Career!

Mackie Atteberry at a Runway Show!
Mackie Atteberry graduated from Barbizon Midwest when she was 17 in 2009 from the Schaumburg, Illinois location. Not only did Barbizon give her the confidence to succeed in the industry, but also to succed in life, as she will be graduating college this May!

What do you remember about being a student at Barbizon Midwest?

"What I remember about being a student at Barbizon is my first time walking in and seeing all the movie posters on the walls of graduates who had success in the industry. It was great to have one on one time with a teacher who was able to be patient with me and teach me skills that I would carry with me for the rest of my life; whether it be how to walk the runway, read a monologue, or just do my make-up, they were all skills I've taken and adapted in years since then."

What did Barbizon Midwest do for you; what did you gain from your Barbizon Midwest experience?

"What I gained from my Barbizon experience is confidence. I learned not to be ashamed of who I am or what I want to do with my life even if that is something that not a lot of people get the opportunity to do."

Mackie Atteberry at a Runway Show!
What have you been doing since graduating Barbizon Midwest?

"Since graduating I've been doing a majority of runway shows and hair shows; these are my favorite things to do! I've actually made a few contacts at Pureology through the hair shows and have made some relationships and friends that, otherwise, I would not have. I'm also earning my Bachelor's degree in Communications - Public Relations and am proud to say that I'll be graduating in May!"

Do you have any upcoming projects? What are your hopes for the future?

"The biggest upcoming project I have right now is getting a job upon graduation... so if anyone out there needs/wants an Event Planner or Public Relations Practitioner, let me know! I'd love to talk to you about employment opportunities =D!! Besides that though, my hope for the future would be to continue to work in the industry, build myself a successful career and have a family."

What advice would you offer to current Barbizon Midwest students/graduates pursuing a career in the industry?

"The most important piece of advice that I would offer to current students or graduates would be just one thing, don't forget who you are. Stay true to yourself in all that you do - whether it be in the industry or not. If you change who you are to get what you want then you won't ever really enjoy everything you've worked for because it won't be real, true YOU. So that's it. Stay true to yourself."

Thank you so much Mackie for checking in with us, talking about your Barbizon Midwest experience, and offering advice to our students and graduates! We wish you much happiness and success, and are always here to support you!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fashion Rewind - A Brief History of Designers

Who are your 5 favorite designers of all time? As Tyra Banks always says on America's Next Top Model, models need to know everything from fashion designers, photographers, supermodels, and all in between. So, to help you out we have compiled a brief history of 13 of fashion's leading designers.

Established in 1909 in Paris, France, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel revolutionized women's fashion. Originally focusing on hat design, the label soon introduced women's clothing designs drawing inspiration from men's wear and reinventing the way the modern woman dressed. Chanel was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

"Chanel" Spring 2013 Haute Couture

Guccio Gucci's vision was to use the style and elegance of the fashions he had admired in London and use the fine craftsmanship and talent in his native Italy to bring the two together. Gucci found the best craftsmen and in 1921 he opened his first store in Florence, Italy selling small leather goods and luggage. Today, Gucci is part of the PPR Group owned by the French Pinault family. 

"Gucci" Spring/Summer 2013 Milan
Christian Dior was a french fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior. The actual name of his first collection, presented in 1947, was Corolle (literally the botanical term corolla or circle of flower petals in English), but the phrase New Look was coined for it by Carmel Snow, the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar.

"Christian Dior" Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013
Roberto Cavalli (father of fashion designer Daniele Cavalli) is an Italian fashion designer from Florence, known for detailed exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans which are now a standard style for the majority of jean makers. In the early 1970s, he invented and patented a revolutionary printing
procedure on leather, and he started creating patchworks of different materials. He is coined "The King of Prints."

"Roberto Cavalli" Spring/Summer 2013 Milan Show
Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and 1978 founder of Gianni Versace international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make up, and home furnishings, as well as clothes. In September 1997 (after Gianni's death), it was announced Versace's brother, Santo, and Jorge Saud would serve as the new CEO's of Gianni Verace S.P.A. Versace's sister, Donatella, became the new head of design.

"Versace" Spring/Summer 2013 Milan Fashion Show

Jean Paul Gaultier is a French haute couture fashion designer. His first individual collection was released in 1976 and his characteristic irreverent style dates from 1981, and he has long been known as the efant terrible of French Fashion. Gaultier designed the wardrobe of many motion pictures and currently
designs for three collections: his own couture and ready-to-wear lines, for both men and women. He's also well known for his exhibit in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Arts known as
Bravehearts - Men in Skirts.

"Jean Paul Gaultier" Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture

Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with more than 200 retail stores in 80 countries. A fashion prodigy, Jacobs designed his first collection for the label Sketchbook for Reuben Thomas at age 21, just after graduating in 1984 from Parsons School for Design. In 1987, he became the youngest designer ever to win the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis award for New Fashion Talent.

"Marc Jacobs" Spring/Summer 2013

Domenico Dolce and Polizzi Generosa founded the Italian luxury industry fashion house Dolce & GabbanaKnown for "making stars look like stars," they presented their first women's collection in 1985 in Milan, where a year later their store would open its doors. D&G trademarks include underwear-as-outerwear (such as corsets and bra fastenings), gangster boss pinstripe suits, extravagantly printed & embroidered coats, & black.

"Dolce & Gabbana" Spring/Summer 2013 Milan

Anna Sui, one of the most celebrated names in fashion history, is an American fashion designer known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally inspired collections. She was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade" and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Sui, who New York Times called a designer who "never panders," got her break in 1991, after her friends Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista got together and encouraged her to try a runway show.

"Anna Sui" Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY
Kate Brosnahan Spade (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan) is the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, kate spade New York. Kate Spade and Joel Franklin launched their New York-based design company "kate spade handbags" in January 1993. As the name implies, they initially started out selling mainly handbags, but eventually extended to include stationary, personal organizers, address books, shoes, beauty products, perfume, raincoats, pajamas, and eye wear. In 2004"kate spade at home" was launched as a home collection brand.

"kate spade" Spring 2013 Collection
Stella McCartney, daughter of former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney and the late American photographer and animal rights activist Linda McCartney, is an English Fashion Designer. In March 1997McCartney was appointed Creative Director of Paris fashion house Chloe. In 2001, Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name and showed her first collection in Paris.

"Stella McCartney" Spring/Summer 2013
Zac Posen is a renowned American fashion designer who earned his break in the world of glamour after designing a dress for supermodel Naomi Campbell. In 2001, Posen was chosen to present his collections as a part of GenArt's "Fresh Faces" drive which was judged by famous fashion designing titans like Sidney Toledano, Yves Carcelle, and Domico De Sole. Posen's classic feminine style has become a favorite of Hollywood celebrities of the likes of Kate Winslett, Jennifer Lopez among others.

"Zac Posen" Spring 2013
Lee Alexander McQueen was a London-based, English fashion designer who met enormous success with the introduction of his "bumster" pants, so named because of their extremely low-cut waistline. McQueen was named Chief Designer of Louis Vuitton-owned Givenchy, a french haute couture fashion house,
before starting his own line in 2004.  He earned the British Fashion Council's British Designer of the Year Award four times, and was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

"Alexander McQueen" Spring/Summer 2013

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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Sound of Soul: Carolina Davis Live at the Ultra Lounge Chicago

Carolina Davis
Ultra Lounge Chicago, Feb. 17, 2013
We had the privilege of seeing Barbizon Midwest of Illinois Graduate, Carolina Davis, perform live last night at the Ultra Lounge in Chicago, IL. Not only is this young artist on the rise a classically trained R&B/Pop/Soul Singer; she writes, composes, and produces her own music.

Barbizon Midwest Review:Composer Carolina Davis Soulful Sound

From the moment the soulful singer took the stage over the delicate, yet haunting accompaniment of I Have Hate, she captivated the small, but devoted crowd that applauded her every move. For her 20 minute set Carolina's energy radiated through all 5 songs at the Ultra Lounge last night including: I Have Hate, Give Me Your Love, Do You Think of Me, Catching Feelings, and Carolina's Life.

Carolina Davis is not only absolutely stunning, she is a dynamic performer commanding the stage, making every phrase and every note count. The commitment of the vocalist to delivering the lyric is evident visually and auditorily. 

No one could tell. But the publicity-shy songwriter offered not a bit of banter - she said "thank you" and introduced the next song.

Instead, the songs did the emoting. 

Watch for yourself from this clip of Carolina performing Catching Feelings last night at the Ultra Lounge.

Can't get enough Carolina? Neither can we. Come out and see her perform at Bobby McGee's in Chicago Ridge on February 24, 2013. BUY TICKETS

Carolina Davis with her Mother before performing at
The Ultra Lounge in Chicago, IL February 17, 2013

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Carolina Davis Facebook Page

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Barbizon Midwest "Type"

Marilou Venglarcik
Lately, we have been receiving many questions regarding what "type" of person you need to be to attend Barbizon Midwest. So, we thought it might be a good idea to let one of our graduates speak about their Barbizon Midwest experience. Marilou Venglarcik graduated from Barbizon Midwest of Michigan in June 2012 and we were able to reconnect with her via twitter. Marilou was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions   for us. Hopefully, Marilou's responses will let YOU (out there wondering about us) understand exactly who we are.

What did Barbizon Midwest do for you?

"Before Barbizon Midwest I wasn't completely comfortable with myself. I was scared to get up in front of a crowd and I was also scared to be my true self.

Marilou Venglarcik

Barbizon Midwest taught me so much. It taught me that every girl is beautiful in their own way. Going to Barbizon Midwest made me be able to speak confidently in front of a crowd, it made me feel happy with myself and taught me valuable life lessons."

What have you been doing since graduating Barbizon Midwest?

"After Barbizon Midwest, Diane Dandrea came to my school to promote a free college scholarship, after we talked for a bit she really liked me and saw that I graduated from Barbizon Midwest. She offered me a job to help promote the scholarship in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the Briarwood Mall. I worked for her from the time she started the stand, until the last day of us being there."

How did you like working with Barbizon Midwest?

"I really enjoyed working for the college scholarship. I got to speak with very nice and interesting people while promoting such an amazing scholarship. I can't wait until another job offering from Barbizon Midwest comes up, because I know I will most definitely take the job. It is so fun and I love explaining to girls that no matter your race, size, or anything you can be a model if you believe in yourself."

What advice would you offer to current Barbizon Midwest students and graduates?

"All I can say to students graduating from Barbizon Midwest is to keep doing it. Barbizon is not only an amazing modeling and talent agency to work with, but they will help you succeed in life. 

Barbizon Midwest is something I am glad I got to do. I met and am still meeting amazing people from Barbizon. You ARE beautiful, and Barbizon Midwest will show you that you are!

Honestly, I am more than grateful for being able to work for and attend Barbizon Midwest. I feel so much happier with my appearance and my speaking. Barbizon Midwest is something I have recommended to people and will continue to do."

Marilou, thank you for not only taking the time to answer our questions, but for your genuine openness and honesty. YOU are truly a beautiful person, inside and out, and we are so proud that you now have the confidence to realize it. We are always here for you and look forward to our future work together!

We hope this gives you readers some more insight into Barbizon Midwest and what we are all about. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Life's Difficulties: A Dancer's Drive

Andrew Cribbet
Andrew Cribbet graduated from Barbizon Midwest of Illinois in 2010. But, his behavioral issues go much farther back, and so does his dance career.

Andrew arrived to the Christine Rich Studio at age 6. Unfortunate life difficulties had left him with extreme behavioral problems and continual dismissal from every school he went to. His custodial grandparents expected him to be dismissed at CRS too yet, through perseverance and a focus on discipline, Andrew has risen to great heights with his dance.

Andrew slowly learned to redirect all of that negative energy into dance and turned his life around quite literally.

He blossomed in dance. He studied ballet, jazz, tap, Irish, modern, acrobatics, strength, and hip-hop. He was coached at first by Christine Rich and then eventually added coaching with CRS ballet director Luciana Rezende. He won every competition he went to starting at age 7!

Andrew in ballet class, age 9

Andrew, age 11, with Becky Ramos, age 11 performing in NYC at the finals of
Youth America Grand Prix in "Migeon's Intent" choreography by Christine Rich
and finishing in the top 12 ensembles in the WORLD!

Andrew started performing on professional dance stages in Chicago at the age of 10. At age 11 he performed on a program after Hubbard Street Dance and before Joffrey Ballet Chicago.

He was reviewed at age 11 by the Chicago Tribune senior arts critic Sid Smith who felt in watching Andrew and Becky, he was witnessing them dancing "... almost as if they were New York City Ballet principals."

During this transition, Andrew became an outstanding student and a leader at school. Academically he achieved Top Honors List at school each semester.
Andrew Cribbet

Andrew worked very hard for his dance by training 6 days a week and coming in for rehearsals and coaching on weekends. As he says, "You get what you put in."

In 2008 Andrew entered the NAACP's Act So competition for African-American high school students. Categories ranged from chemistry and math to music and dance. Andrew finished first nationally and took home the gold medal in Dance.

Andrew Cribbet
In February 2009 Andrew competed as a soloist in Youth America Grand Prix taking home a medal in Contemporary dance in the Senior Men's category. At that competition the overwhelming enthusiasm from the audience could not deny the charisma Andrew brought when he stepped onstage.

Mr. Kee Juan Han, Dance Magazine's 2008 Teacher of the Year and Director of Washington Ballet was in attendance and he too saw the same:

"After seeing Andrew Cribbet dance at the Chicago YAGP, I recognized his potential and the passion he has in his dancing. I offered him a full scholarship to our Professional Training Program at the Washington School of Ballet. His training at Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy has served him well. Andrew is truly blessed to have such loving teachers like Christine who is willing to send him off for further training. My faculty and I look forward to working with Andrew and help him realize his dream." - Mr. Kee Juan Han 

Andrew received a full scholarship to Washington Ballet's Professional Training Program for the Summer '09 as well as Fall '09 - Spring '10 plus a full scholarship to attend the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School.

             In 2011-2012 Andrew Cribbet was hired as a professional dance company member to Eisenhower Dance Ensemble! We're so proud of him going in and quickly learning the mixed repetoire of this outstanding dance company. Check this out:

Read the newspaper articles on Andrew's success!

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