Ajayi Ballentine Clarke makes international modeling debut
[Photo Series Above: ] Twenty-two year old Ajayi Ballentine Clarke of Nassau, Bahamas has just made his international debut on the runway in Paris, France at the Labo Ethnik (Paris) Fashion and Lifestyle event. He was cast for the show by casting director and Saint Lucian Parisian fashion celebrity, Vincent Mc Doom.
With the support of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, 'AJ' was able to fly to France and walk in three shows. While there he met many international models. "I am beyond happy to have met and worked with some really wonderful people. I made some great connections, in particular with meeting other models," said Ajayi.
AJ was cast for the event when McDoom's assistant Christian Tran-Van-Nhô showed him an online photo of Ajayi when they were in the process of calling agencies for their general casting. "I'd been looking for the 'masculine face of Labo Ethnik' for this season since I had already chosen the female face, Brittany Noon of St. Lucia. Looking at his photo I imagined them together on the runway, and on a poster. They really are the DNA of what I think newness represents in modeling," said McDoom.
McDoom is a permanent judge on Russia's Next Top Model, and has been involved in France's and Poland's Next Top Model, and a guest judge on Germany's Next Top Model.
With a passion for highlighting Caribbean talent, McDoom was pleased to put AJ in front of designers from St. Lucia, Trinidad, Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Jamaica, China, Japan, Africa, Europe, and the USA will also be represented. Labo Ethnik is held annually at Les Docks, Cite de la Mode in Paris and attracts specialized fashion press/media, fashion editors, TV presenters, newspaper reporters, international fashion bloggers, radio hosts, seasoned fashion designers, international fashion buyers, and fashion's well known celebrities in music, cinema, sports, television.
In 2011 when he won a "Walk Off' modeling competition, and since that time the exotic, chiseled featured model with a body to match, has been busy developing his career while attending college and working at Atlantis resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Ajayi enjoys a good workout in the gym, he's into cars and likes to customize them himself. He has an interest in trying new foods, enjoys traveling and meeting new people. He will most certainly be meeting many new people in 2014!