Tuesday, February 16, 2010

USA:MODEL CITY reveals world of Black Male Models


Coinciding with the one of the world's most notable fashion events, New York Fashion Week, CENTRIC brings viewers MODEL CITY, an all-new original series premiering Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 P.M. with an encore broadcast on Monday, February 22 at 8:00 P.M. The 30-minute show is the first docu-series of its kind that takes an up-close look into the world of minority male models, and documents their personal experiences being successful in the fashion industry.

MODEL CITY follows the lives of four Black and Latino male models of RED Model Management-NY, as they work to make a name for themselves while dealing with the various challenges of "making it" in the female-dominated modeling industry. Models Wendell, Ibrahim, Nelson, and Zeric grant viewers exclusive access into their fast-paced lives, and their never-ending 24/7 grind to become fashion's elite faces.

The series consists of eight 30-minute episodes that examines the contrast of the model's glamorous runway lifestyles with the realities of being a black model -- fewer jobs, more competition, as well as the general struggle to stay on top of the game while handling rejection, exhausting schedules, jealous girlfriends, and the personal insecurities that can come along with the job.

MODEL CITY is executive produced by Sean Joell Johnson of LeftCenter Entertainment and Kelly Welsh of CrossRoads Media in collaboration with CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager Paxton Baker and CENTRIC Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development Essie Chambers.


Blowing the stereotype that male models are "dumb" out of the water, Ibrahim is a multi-talented artist/painter/martial arts master, who is also a top black male model. Despite his sexy looks which keep him booked on fashion campaigns and runways, he's a self-described "intellectual philosopher," who is constantly questioning life's greatest mysteries. Raised in the Nation of Islam, Ibrahim now lives in an "artist's collective" commune style building in Brooklyn with his Panamanian fashion designer/nanny girlfriend. When not painting in his studio, Ibrahim paints "live" at events around the city and is currently prepping for his first solo art show. Viewers see he tends to speak his mind; opinionated and profound, Ibrahim is one of kind.

Popular model on the brink of superstardom, Nelson is one of the top Latin models in the business today. When fashion companies need a hot, edgy, urban look to be the face of their brand they seek out Nelson for editorial and campaign bookings. Living in Westchester with a house full of roommates, Nelson goes into the city daily to also work as a hotel concierge to make ends meet. Currently dating an older woman who wants to take their relationship to a more serious level, Nelson is having a hard time deciding on whether or not to make a commitment. Being able to have your pick of gorgeous NYC women will do that to you. Can this party boy player settle down and give his all to one woman or will his need for variety be the spark that sends his relationship up in flames? Nelson definitely has a lot to handle, but at least we know he will look hot handling it!

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