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Strike-A-Pose Model Search winners announced

Staff ~ 4/22/2015

PHOENIX – Two Valley residents won coveted one-year modeling contracts with FORD/Robert Black Agency at the recent competition at the Outlets at Anthem. Sixteen-year-old Tarranum Malhi and 19-year-old Makenzie Gossage, both from Phoenix, walked the catwalk during the Strike-A-Pose Model Search and the Arizona Foothills Magazine 2016 Face of Foothills Casting Call, ultimately walking away with contracts. Gossage also received a $1,500 scholarship to the International Modeling and Talent Association Conference.

The two were chosen from a larger group of 20 models, all of whom were named Outlets at Anthem Brand Ambassadors. The other 18 winners in the group include: 10-year-old Zoe Hatsiadron of Phoenix, 6-year-old Trystan Ljiwoye from Phoenix, 12-year-old Alexandera Moser of Anthem, 7-year-old Joaquin Garcia of Litchfield Park; 16-year-old Kaetia Johnson from Goodyear, 17-year-old Lynsey Lehmann of Anthem, 16-year-old Mathew Szczupaj of Anthem, 13-year-old Georgia Tomaso of Anthem, 16-year-old Kaila Woolley of Dewey, 15-year-old Hannah Hornback of Anthem, 15-year-old Stephanie Flores of Glendale, 19-year-old Samantha Golish of Vail, 18-year-old Kaitlyn McBride of Scottsdale, 40-year-old Jerimiah Skinner of Surprise, 35-year-old Amanda Taylor of Surprise, 22-year-old Samantha Childs of Surprise, 35-year-old Amber Jones of Anthem, and 25-year-old Meghan Strait of Buckeye. The group of 20 now has the opportunity to represent the center in its year-round print ad campaigns and television appearances.

The ambassadors will have their headshots included on the Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Web site for voting. In November, the publication will announce the 2016 Face of Foothills model, a distinction which includes a cover photo spread in the magazine.

"We are so excited about the wonderful models that attended Model Search this year,” said Sallyann Martinez, marketing director for Outlets at Anthem.  “It was the hardest decision in years to narrow it down to only 20 ambassadors! So many of the cat walk participants not only looked great, but were kind of spirit as well.”

The panel of judges included Ford/Robert Black; Outlets at Anthem Marketing Director, Sallyann Martinez; Outlets at Anthem Shopping Gal, Alexa Rizk; and Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Karah Van Kammen.

No prior modeling experience was necessary.  The competition was open to anyone ages 6 to 40.

Past Strike-A-Pose Model Search winners have gone on to appear in national campaigns and have launched successful careers after being discovered right here in the Valley. One past winner, Paige Rivas, was discovered at the Outlets at Anthem Model Search and has become a high-end model with IMG Modeling Agency, who also represents Gisele Bundchen.

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