The 7th Annual Model America Championships in Las Vegas hosted nearly 100 of the country's hottest sports fitness models. But it was local hometown stars Amanda Latona and Alex Castillo that took home overall honors. Alex is a personal trainer originally from Cuban with limited modeling experience but recently moved to South Beach to ignited his career and be closer to his family. Amanda is a convention spokesperson and model with extensive magazine and commercial background. It was her second consecutive Model America victory and is seeking Hollywood representation to expand her opportunities. The upcoming Model America Championships will once again be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. Competitors will be put through their runway paces in the Clubwear, Sportswear and Swimwear Rounds.
Just back from shooting a commercial for European deodorant Mums, sports model superstar R.L. Bond has conquered the South Beach scene. Now, the 23 year old former Model Universe Champion is making his move on New York's Madison Avenue. Just signed by agency Fusion, he'll be on the runway for five companies at New York Fashion Week. Then, R.L. has been booked to work South Africa for 4 weeks. He'll be back in time to be a celebrity judge at Model America in Las Vegas in November.
He first competed at the '03 Model Universe in Miami and since then has continually risen on the South Beach scene with ever increasing heavy hitting jobs . Last year, Charles Jusko (photo, left) scouped up some major print gigs including a Jaguar campaign.
He stepped onto the new Trina music video and heads were turning. Despite being new to sports modeling, Max Philisaire is making in roads on the South Beach modeling scene. The 27 year old former Army logistics joined Model Universe stars R.L. Bond and Charles Jusko on the video set where all three played major roles. At 6'1"., 210 lbs., Max's incredible body has attracted the attention of Miami's eclectic fashion community despite working the scene for just a few months. He will be competing at Model Universe in June with fans in tow.
Syndicated television network ION is launching new reality show, "Life in Miami". The preppy lifestyle program features R.L. Bond who just wrapped shooting the show in South Beach. The 6'3", 210 former college basketball player has been auditioning for other television roles and promised more news soon. For more information visit LifeInMia.com.