About the choice of the venue and it’s location Mr. Fierce explains: “I come from humble beginnings of a small Caribbean Island and have studied and worked hard at my craft to get to where I am. I want to be accessible. I am making the same opportunities that I had open to anyone. I am also always regarded as someone who doesn’t conform; someone who doesn’t quite fit. Many people can relate to me because of this. Many of the most famous models have felt that way and some still feel that way when they ‘make it’. Classes or workshop with me touch more than just the surface of teachable routines”
Catwalk Professor who is also known as Mr. Fierce is a qualified model trainer and the award-winning ‘Best Model Trainer’ in the UK as voted at the BEFFTA awards; three years running. Born in the Caribbean to a mother of two children, Mr. Fierce career into the fashion industry originated in humble beginning training his sister for pageants and fell in love the preparation process involved before to the run up of these events. Mr. Fierce then started training ladies for competition with his students wining and taking the crown or coming in as first runner up.
After winning the Starpic Model Search on St.Maarten he was granted a scholarship to study the art at The Ophelia DeVore School of Self-Development and Modeling in New York City where he was awarded ‘Best Runway Model’ in his class. He out-shone all male and female students. This talented man later went on to compete in Mr. Pan Africa, U.S.A in 1999 and took the title of 1st runner-up. In 2002 Mr Fierce a.k.a Catwalk Professor won the ‘Model Of The Year’ Catwalk Contest In New York, hands down.
Since moving to the UK, he has become the most-sought after model trainer in the business having work with many pageants, fashion shows (LFW) and now host his own personal classes teaching models the true meaning on how to walk the runway with techniques on walk, turns, removing a jacket, posing, how to hold a bag and the list goes. Most importantly he teaches how to display a garment to its best advantage and correct etiquette to present oneself to potential clients and in the public eye.
Mr. Fierce, who ran his own modelling agency in St Maarten takes his classes very serious as the way a model walks, pose reflects on his knowledge and reputation. It’s amazing watching this man train models how to walk with a true passion that comes from within him. When seeing the Professor at any fashion event you will truly understand why he is the number one model trainer in the UK. Mr. Fierce who is a runway coach with London School of modeling has featured in ITV2’s 5 documentary series Model Misfits and Mayhem and has graced many media on his ability to truly train a woman/model how to walk.
“Behind every good man is a good woman and behind every good model who walks the runway is always a good man who teaches her how to walk and pose. Models don’t be fooled you have tried the rest now come to the award-winning best.“ – Catwalk Professor a.k.a Mr. Fierce.
He has been extensively and controversially featured in the press such as OK Magazine, The Voice, Naturally Just Me, Daily Herald, Mirror Newspaper, Radio Insider, The Guardian Newspaper, The Flyer and Hello Magazine to name but a few.
· Catwalk Professor a.k.a. Mr. Fierce is available for interviews
· Images available
· Real name Matthew Francis
· Scholarship to The Ophelia DeVore School of Self-Development and Modeling in New York City
· Awarded "Best Runway Model" in his class
· 1st runner-up “Mr. Pan Africa” U.S.A (1999)
· “Model Of The Year” Catwalk Contest, New York (2002)
· “Best Choreographer”
· For more information on Ophelia Devore School of Modeling:
· Ophelia Devore’s agency Grace Del Marco Agency, was a stepping stone for countless household names in the early days; Diahann Carroll, Helen Williams, Richard Roundtree, Cicely Tyson and others. The Grace Del Marco Agency was one of the few places non-White models could gain work.