The three distinguished models will come together to shot The Polynesian Exchange, which will capture their underrepresented beauty, and address the fashion industry’s void of Polynesian models and limited representation of plus size models. The Polynesian Exchange is groundbreaking in that there has never been a photo shoot of this magnitude to include three Polynesian plus size models. The shoot being sponsored and produced by MKPR Branding Agency with After Curve capturing live footage will feature moderator Cherise Charleswell, a Los Angeles-based personality of Caribbean descent, Aida Cosmetics, Hair Confidence by Bliss, and Lucy's Island Fashion & Trends (LIFT). The shoot will be shot by Kem West of Kem West Photography and will highlight the cultural aesthetics of the Polynesian culture, as well as capture a number of fashion-forward looks that can be use to accentuate the beauty of full figured women.
The three pioneering models had the following to share about the shoot:
Priscilla shares, “This is a love project, dedicated to my grandmother who raised me on the island of America Samoa and to my lovely mom, and as a biracial plus model, I don’t see many Polynesian models, so when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. It will serve as a platform to touch young Polynesian girls who aspire to model or be in entertainment, by showing them that they can do it, because we are doing it.”
Tracy echoed these sentiments with the following, “I wanted to give our Polynesian girls a “face”, because our women lack the same role models and visibility that Polynesian men have (as movie stars, football players, and more). It’s time for the world to see all the different ways that our Polynesian is beautiful.”
Veronica adds, “The Polynesian Exchange is an innovative way to educate on culture while interfusing our passion to express our message. It begins with understanding that we have to know where we come from to understand where to go.”