Jessica Zyrie is an MMG Models model from Texas, who has appeared in fashion campaigns for Absolut and walked the runway for Joy Kimono.
Nikeva Stapleton's gig as a model for Hollister was the launching pad to the career that has landed her on a Times Square billboard.
She has since modeled for Saks Fifth Avenue’s newest designer Fe Noel, Universal Standard and Nike.
Amarachi Odinma-Maduka’s path to the entertainment industry began in a church pew. While in church one Sunday morning, she was approached by an agent who was struck by her beauty.
"It might take us a little longer, especially because of the color of our skin. But if you're serious about it, if you're persistent with it, then it's definitely going to happen for you,” said Ward.
“I have all of these different identities, but all of them, appreciating all parts of who I am and not limiting or sacrificing any of me was essential.”
Giulia Baldini left Italy and came to Manhattan to be a screenwriter but in the middle of her education became a fashion model.
“I definitely want to continue changing the conversation with my image in the beauty market. I think there is such a gross lack of representation there, not just for Black women, but for aging women."
Having two parents who worked in the industry, the Denver-native initially rejected the idea of modeling, until she learned to love it on her own terms.
Aspiring actor turned major model DD Smith moved from Miami to New York to be an actor and ended up making history on Project Runway.