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Model of the Year: A Star is Born

We set out to find the best amateur modeling talent in Southwest Florida. Meet our winner and two finalists.

Dress by Reed Krakoff; fish scale pumps by Tabitha Simmons; blue moonstone ring by Arunashi; lapis lazuli, opal and diamond bracelets by Colette; Marissa Collections.

Photography by Roland Scarpa


In our inaugural Model of the Year contest, we received stunning submissions from more than 70 locals, each without professional model representation. The competition was steep, but the following women could have fooled us on their lack of experience: Ashley Gerry bested the competition, earning a spot on our cover and four-page spread. Hot on her heels were the lovely runners-up AmandaJane Kapp and Monique Evans. You can learn more about the contest and backgrounds of the beauties in our editorial on p. 18. Here, the ladies dazzle like pros in fashions exclusively from Marissa Collections.


Our winner is an athletic mother of four with a fashion marketing background and a surprising inner tomboy.

Gown by J. Mendel; cage booties by Oscar de la Renta; white gold and pearl ring by Yvel; rock crystal earrings by David Webb; Marissa Collections.

Fringe shirt by Stella Mc-Cartney; gold drawstring shorts by Joseph; paisley bag by Givenchy; leather and stone bracelet, link bracelet, flat iolite slice leather wrap bracelet and flat diamond slice ring by Federica Retorre; red diamond cuff by Todd Reed; wire rings by Boaz Kashi; shown on cover: sheer booties by Reed Krakoff; Marissa Collections. Stylist: Monica Cabada



A student at FGCU, Kapp is on track to become a physician assistant and speaks three languages.

Kimono dress, crystal collar and elephant necklace by Lanvin; Marissa Collections. Stylist: Ilse Guttandin.



The University of Texas senior juggles pre-med studies, ballet and her duties as the current Miss Dallas.

Dress, pumps and crystal link cuff by Lanvin; Marissa Collections. Stylist: Viviana Rodriguez


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