Top Models & Kingsley Cooper
In case you are wondering who are leading personalities in the Caribbean fashion industry, Kingsley Cooper is undoubtedly prominent on that list. Along with Hillary Phillips, Cooper started the Pulse Center in 1980 as a fashion and modeling agency. Pulse grew to become a leading agency for producing models seen on the catwalks of major haute couture venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Milan. Among the best known Jamaican models whose careers started at Pulse are Lois Samuels, Nadine Willis, Althea Laing, Jaunel McKenzie, Jenel Williams, Orane Barrett and Carla Campbell. In 2001 Kingsley Cooper launched the first Caribbean Fashion Week show to promote rising Caribbean fashion designers and models. This event grew in successive years, attracting designers and models not only from the Caribbean, but also USA and the UK. Caribbean Fashion Week’s recognition in the international fashion industry is growing, becoming one of the calendar events covered by Fashion TV, which is seen in over 150 countries. Having handed over the reigns for Pulse to his daughter Safia, Cooper continues to be actively involved with Pulse Investment as chairman, along with playing a key role in Jamaica’s entertainment industry.