A day after her prom, high school senior Destiny is getting modeling tips from Victoria’s Secret model Gracie Carvalho for her LinkedIn profile picture. Destiny is one of the foster girls working with Project Glimmer, a national nonprofit that works to empower at-risk teenage girls. This summer, it partnered with The Lions Model Management, Ticket to Dream, and creative agency Select World to host a career workshop for foster girls graduating from both high school and college.
The girls spent the day getting their makeup done by GLAMSQUAD, working on their resumes and career skills, and doing photoshoots with models Ebonee Davis, Gracie Carvalho, and Kenya Kinski-Jones. The models were just as inspired and excited as the graduates.
“I think for us to be in this position and to reach back and create images and create content as far as being in the fashion industry and entertainment industry that represents a broader audience, that represents different kinds of beauty, different kinds of people,” Davis said. Gracie plans on taking Destiny to work out with her soon. “It’s so good to share my story with them and to hear about their story,” Carvalho said.
After the workshop was a panel moderated by deputy editor at Billboard Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker featuring model and activist Ebonee Davis, entrepreneur Octavia Yearwood, director of artistry for GLAMSQUAD Kelli J. Bartlett, managing director at Select World Sabrina Yu, and deputy editor at Billboard Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker. The women gave the graduates career tips and shared their stories on how they got their start in their own fields. Check out a few images from the day, below!
BY KATIE KANE