WITH six of the seven designers for Boston’s First Annual Runway Ball revealed last month, Wave + Woven CEO, Amanda Vargus and BostonMan Magazine publisher, Matt Ribaudo recently began the selection process of models walking the runway on Sunday, December 3rd at Boston Park Plaza.
“I am gushing over the extraordinary talent that has reached out to us about participating in this show,” Amanda said. “The designers are next level vibe, and we have so many fierce models available to us in matching our designs, styles, and themes for the evening.”
Amanda disclosed that there will be “around 40” models walking in various capacities at the show, and with over 200 model submissions to choose from, there is no shortage of talent.
Matt is equally impressed.
“I am really touched by the amount of submissions we’ve received from models who have been a part of BostonMan Magazine in some form or another over our first five years,” he said. “It’s humbling seeing all of the different aspects of our community and how they all connect.”
Both Amanda and Matt emphasized that while they wish they could have everyone walk at the show they have to begin narrowing down the selections.
“There really isn’t any ‘good, better, best’ in our minds,” Matt said. “We just want to announce this in a couple of different waves so that we have the opportunity to give everyone selected some well deserved moments of recognition.”
With that in mind, the first fifteen models revealed for Boston’s Runway Ball:
FINDLEE ABRAHAM: “My name is Findlee Abraham and I am from Nigeria currently living in Woonsocket, RI. I am a Business Analyst by profession, and Actor|Model by heart. Outside of modeling, I work with a global biotech firm-leading in QA business processes. Other hobbies I enjoy are playing the drums and piano and simply zoning out to relax. My beliefs are 1) Know WHEN to Listen and WHEN to React 2) Lead by Example, and Follow with Integrity 3) Always put your best foot forward 4) Be You!”
MADELINE ADAMS: “I’m an outgoing, business minded 27-year-old model who recently made the move from Boston to LA. After being a professional photographer for years, I switched to modeling in 2018 when I graduated from college. Within my first year of modeling, I secured amazing opportunities to walk in London and Paris Fashion Week. I found my modeling passions in swimsuit, lingerie, fitness and fashion. Recently, I was honored to walk in Miami Swim Week and work with top lingerie brands. In my free time, I foster kittens, run marathons, cook healthy meals, travel the world, play pickle ball and create content.”
ROMEO CALLAHAN: “I’m a driven individual with a relentless curiosity for the world. I’ve been a model for about three years and have had the opportunity to walk in New England Fashion Week. I’m passionate about sharing my individuality, promoting the message of just being yourself, and I’m dedicated to making a positive impact through my work and experiences. Fun fact: I have an intense love for music which created a pathway for me to learn five different instruments! I also have a deep obsession with video production.”
KIANNA CARMO: “Hi, my name is Kianna Carmo! I am so happy and honored to be writing this for such an amazing group of people. Much love to everyone reading this! My modeling journey starts in 2015 where I was posing for a small prom dress company- nothing fancy whatsoever just simply the start of my falling in love with the art of photography and fashion. Through the past years, I have been grateful to have accrued experiences such as working with Coco Rocha and working with photographers all over the United States. My first runway ever was for Primark! While always asked why I am not signed with a modeling agency, my answer is that alongside my model journey, I am in the works to be a emergency travel Registered Nurse and work non profit here at home and abroad to areas that need help the most. A fun fact about me is that I speak four languages and am a certified Portuguese medical interpreter!”
CIARA DILLON: “My name is Ciara Dillon. I am a Boston local and I have been modeling for four years. I have experience in print, runway and fitness modeling. I have walked in NYFW in 2022 as well as 2023 and I have also walked in LAFW in 2021. I have a very strong passion for fashion and a fun fact about me is that I am also an actor. I have a principle role as the nanny in the movie I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
BRIDGE DURKIN: “I am a Model, Actor and Psychiatric RN. I have walked in Miami Swim Week and New York Fashion Week. I have done pilots, film and television. I am also a mental health advocate and believe in ending the stigma. I am currently signed with Tina Kiniry Management.”
MEAGHAN HAMILTON: “Hi, I’m Meaghan! I have been modeling for almost six years. I have had the privilege of traveling the world walking in London Fashion Week as well as the Boston/Brazilian Fashion Week during my career! I have walked in countless amounts of fashion shows here in Boston! I have also worked with photographers all across the Boston area. I am so grateful and blessed to have met so many amazing people in the industry! Fun fact about myself: I am a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army!”
ALEXANDRA MARCELLO: “I am an experienced model, actress and tv host. I have done commercial/print work for many well known brands as well as walked in Miami Swim Week, Boston Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week. When I am not taking the runway I fuel my passion project, my self-growth podcast “The Alexandra Marcello Show”
KYA McCARTHY: “I am a Boston based model who has spent the last year traveling to walk in shows including London Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week. I am so grateful that this last year has also brought me two publications in Vogue and Elle Magazine. I used to be a dancer for the first 15 years of my life which helped me with my transition into modeling. I am so excited for all of the opportunities ahead in my career.”
NEYHEYMEE MONDIERE: “With over two years of freelance runway and fashion modeling experience, I have walked in numerous fashion shows all around the New England area and beyond including: NYFW, charity galas, high fashion and more. I have also done multiple photoshoots with top photographers and designers in the area. At Bentley University, I orchestrated a group of 30+ models at one of the largest local annual fashion shows in front of over 1000 attendees. I feel my energy and my collaborative nature have helped to bring me much success in my modeling career.”
SABRINA PONTE: “I am a Boston and Nashville based singer-songwriter and signed model. After winning Miss Boston and graduating Berklee College of Music I went on to join the Nashville Symphony and release music. My next single “Gaslight” will be out November 17th. I am a former Boston Bruins Ice Girl, have reported for Dirty Water TV, and more recently have won various local titles in the Miss America organization in Tennessee.”
MADELEINE POULIN: “I am a runway and editorial model based in boston, I also travel to model for bridal and prom marts across the US! I have been modeling for about a year and a half now and I love what I do. Runways are my absolute favorite. Fun fact about me: I’m also a fashion designer! I make one of a kind clothes and hope to go to design school next year!”
SOPHIA SARGENT: “I recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May (2023) and am actively pursuing a career in media. I currently work on a morning show in Manchester NH, 95.7 WZID, as well as hosting and reporting for NESN’s Dirty Water TV. I enjoy working out, traveling, and drinking a dang good iced latte in my free time!”
EUSTACE WALKER: “Hey Everyone! My name is Eustace Walker. Fun fact about me, I’ve grown up on an island for the majority of my life – I was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica and grew up in the equally beautiful island of Nantucket. I first started modeling while on campus at Bridgewater State University in 2018 doing a multitude of shows on and off campus. I was eventually signed to Dynasty Models Inc. in 2019, and more recently Maggie Agency. Since then, Ive been published on the Vogue Italia website, Praze Magazine, working with brands like Timberland, Reebok and can be seen in the Netflix Original “Don’t Look Up” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, among others!
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