September 21, 2014

Gulfshore Life's 2014 Model of the Year

Meet our winner, Samara Wignall, and two finalists, Amy Sanford and Kristine Gill.

Pleated Shorts by Tory Burch; blouse by Vince; Saks Fifth Avenue.

Pleated Shorts by Tory Burch; blouse by Vince; Saks Fifth Avenue.

Photography by Roland Scarpa

Samara Wignall

Age: 26 Hometown: Miami Current city: Naples Profession: Facial specialist and massage therapist and owner of Skin and Body Bliss Aspirations: To work on my craft and become a sought-after professional in my field. I would like to teach my method of healing and transforming the skin and body to others and I would like to grow my practice. It is also a little-known aspiration of mine to become an editorial high-fashion model internationally in New York, Paris and Milan. Style inspirations: Naomi Campbell, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Versace Day-to-day style: Chic and relaxed

Dress by Etro; Saks Fifth Avenue. Heels by Lanvin; earrings by Marni; Marissa Collections. Gold multi-strand bracelet; Jennifer’s.

Amy Sanford

Age: 37 Hometown: Severna Park, Maryland Current city: Estero Profession: CEO of Sanford Enterprises (aka stay-at-home mom) Community involvement: Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County; one of the founding leaders of Love That Dress!; American Heart Association Circle of Red member and Heart Ball auction chair; Impact Initiative Advisory Board; and co-chair of the American Girl Fashion Show Style inspirations: Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo, Kate Hudson Day-to-day style: Depends on the day; classic with a little bit of a modern edge to boho chic

Genie pants by Haute Hippie; Saks Fifth Avenue. Blouse by Bailey 44; Jennifer’s. Swarovski and gold necklace by Rebecca; Marissa Collections.

Sheer-skirted racerback dress by Nicole Miller Artelier; Buddha necklace by Peter Ciesla; three-link rose-gold and crystal bracelet by Rebecca; Marissa Collections.

Kristine Gill

Age: 26 Hometown: Mentor, Ohio Current city: Naples Profession: Reporter at the Naples Daily News Passions: Writing, taking care of my pets, spilling my guts with friends over wine, mastering do-it-yourself projects and sending elaborate email responses to overseas scammers Aspiration: To make a career writing fiction, screenplays or humor Style inspiration: I try to look effortlessly put together, which really means I wear what's comfortable and sometimes go to the trouble of showering. Day-to-day style: Functional Florida Favorite fashion stores to shop: Target and Marshall's. That might change once I pay off my car and these student loans.

Sequin and chiffon skirt-dress by Sanctuary; Jennifer’s. Vintage crystal chandelier earrings by Lulu Frost; Marissa Collections.

Leather-front leggings by Iag; brocade moto jacket by Sanctuary; Jennifer’s. Moto boots by Jimmy Choo; Saks Fifth Avenue. Earrings by Rebecca; Marissa Collections.

Hair and Makeup: Beth Follert, using Stila Cosmetics

Fashion Assistant: Emily Cox

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