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MODELING & TALENT modeling LISA WARD By Eve Matheson Being the Envy of the Industry From London to Las Vegas, success knows no bounds for some of the biggest up-and- coming names in modeling and entertainment representation renched with patriotic pride, Britain rocked and “royaled” its way through myriad spectacular events that made history in 2012. A million megawatt smiles eclipsed sulky skies and rain-soaked barbecues while the world applauded the 30th Olympiad and a jubilee celebration fit only for the Queen, long may she reign. If one could have bottled that intoxicating potpourri of national pride, energy, happiness and goodwill, and passed it around the world, what a beautiful place it would be. Jetting into London in time to breathe in the joie-de-vivre, stunning Lisa Ward was enjoying a private celebration. She had been scouted and signed by Leni’s Model Management, one of the city’s most prestigious agencies, for a two-to-three month stay, which started in September. Leni is represented stateside by Kathleen Longsderff, director of the New England Model Group Agency in Manchester, New Hampshire. Kathleen told me, “Lisa has been working nonstop since attending the European Model Showcase in Paris two years ago. We are so excited to have her with Leni’s.” The European Model Showcase, which has launched many ca- reers, was founded in 2005 by Kathleen and a longtime friend, Cynthia Rosenberg Nelson, president of Caryn Model & Talent Management in Minneapolis. It has enjoyed great success, espe- cially this year when aspiring models had the privilege of wearing D 40 PAGEANTRY designs by Valentino, Prada, Dior and other high fashion local de- signers. This amazing coup was accomplished by Spanish photog- rapher and fashion magazine editor, Juan Santos, who is based in Paris and is highly respected in the industry. On the judges’ panel at the International Model and Talent As- sociation convention in New York in July, I sat between talented young actress and model Karlie Loland and super-agent Daniel “Big D” Mahan, during the Fashion Print and Runway event. I was interested to learn that they had both made the full circle from attending IMTA as contestants, to being invited to attend as judges. Karlie was very excited about her internship with a presti- gious music company and proud that she was living and “surviving” in New York. “This has always been my dream so this year I decided to take the plunge,” she said. “Within six months of leaving home, I had sold my car, found an apartment here and started an internship. I also work weekends as a nanny for a family in the Hamptons and part-time for Barbizon USA, to support myself while I study the music business. I am blessed to have great family support and