Rachel Simone John: Featured Fashion | Panåche Model

Images in collage courtesy of photographer Kerron Riley, Trinidad and Tobago
It is indicative in some ways of a phenomenon that is unique to the Caribbean region when one asks an attractive twenty year old woman what she considers her greatest accomplishment, and she responds, “Graduating with honors and earning a full complement of CXC passes.” Americans and other readers not aligned with the British Commonwealth may not readily understand the significance of the statement. 
To graduate from from high school in commonwealth countries, one must successfully navigate and pass a series of subject matter examinations, that is the General Certificate Examination (GCE), or in the case of the Caribbean, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC). Of course, many consider it a right of passage into adulthood to successfully earn several “passes.” But “in a world of many choices, midst the calls of many voices,” that a young woman, who has already begun to make her mark on Trinidad & Tobago’s rapidly emerging fashion modeling industry, would place such value on an academic accomplishment is quite laudable. 
To be sure, it would be terribly inaccurate to suggest that completing her secondary education is the sum total of Rachel Simone John’s accomplishment. She is currently in her third year of undergraduate study at the University of the Southern Caribbean, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
From where did this pulchritudinous 5’ 10” model come? Ask her, and she will humorously say, “Port of Spain General Hospital.” Yes, that is the hospital where she was born. However, she currently resides in Barataria, a town in Trinidad and Tobago. It is just east of Port of Spain and Laventille and west of San Juan. Rachel benefitted from the entrepreneurial drives of her mother, who owns a catering business called RAIMARI’s. She has benefitted equally from the public service inclinations of her father, who is a foreman for the county in which they reside.
One may reasonably conclude that Rachel has been the object of much attention between her parents and among her two brothers and one sister. She is, after all, the baby of her family. The youngest in families are often said to be “spoiled rotten.” We can neither establish nor deny it about Rachel. What we can attest to is that she is unmistakably talented and has potential to stake claim to a place of prominence among Trinidad’s and international fashionistas. 
Apart from being a finalist and receiving the award for “Best Personal Style” in the 2010 Miss Trinidad & Tobago World pageant (a noteworthy accomplishment for her first entry in a national pageant), Rachel has already accomplished much in the highly competitive fashion model industry. She has been featured in ET&T Weekly Magazine and has worked with a number of prominent Trinidadian photographers. Among her other notable accomplishments are the following:
  • Modeled in Trinidad and Tobago fashion week 2009 and 2010 
  • Worked with Designers like Stacy Smith & Christian Boucaud 
  • Modeled at the Stacy Smith fashion show 
  • Modeled at Vogue the Fashionable Experience
  • Modeled Costumes for DKrewe Carnival Band
Yet, she is not all work and no play. Apart from her involvement with a number of charity events, she makes time for music. In a word, Rachel LOVES music. Whether it’s R&B, Soca, Reggae or Gospel, she enjoys listening. She has also begun to dabble with some of her own clothing designs.
What’s next for Rachel? She intends to become an internationally recognized name in the fashion model industry. But that aim is no more significant that her goal to become a respected criminal psychologist. 
We are delighted that Rachel was selected as one of our Fashion | Panåche models for our photography project in Trinidad & Tobago. We look forward to photographing her and featuring her work on our website and in our winter/spring 2012 galleries. 
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