Dynamite truly does come in a petite package, and Bella Petite’s founder and Editor-in-Chief, Ann Lauren, is a testament to that. She has been actively involved in all aspects of the fashion industry beginning with working as a petite model, actress, and host since the age of 15 with Ford Models. Lauren has appeared in dozens of beauty and fashion campaigns throughout her career, and having experienced the industry standards at a young age; she knew something bigger would have to do for the standards to change. Her intelligence, beauty, style and vision will champion that change. As we know great faces and innovators do change the world!

Ann Lauren founded and organized the national organization USA Petites, with over a 100,000 women competing in petite pageants, modeling shows and events for women 5'7" tall and under! She created and produced the only nationally televised show in the world for petite women.

Bella Petite has become the vanguard brand creating the most recognized women's fashion initiative and multimedia platform in the country for petite women! Having been featured in over 500 newspapers, radio, and television interviews nationwide, Ann Lauren is considered the foremost expert in petite fashion and modeling.

Currently, her network spans the globe with connections in fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Lauren has relationships with brand recognized designers and professionals to help establish petite consumer market identity.

She is renowned for her innovative vision and years of working tirelessly to create a positive collective image for petite women. Through Lauren’s efforts many globally recognized companies have sponsored the petite fashion movement include; Cartier, Kenar Petite Clothing, Jantzen Swimwear, Nordstrom, Petite Sophisticate Outlets, Bullock’s, Victoria Jackson Cosmetics, I. Magnum, Susan Lucci Hair Care, Saks Fifth Avenue, Decleor Skincare, Macy’s, Avon Cosmetics, Baker and Leeds Shoe Stores, Leon Cliyne Couture, Carlson Travel Network, American Airlines, Disneyland, The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, Knott’s Berry Farm, Marriott Hotels, United Airlines, Queen Mary, Crystal Court Mall and La Trattoria Spiga in Costa Mesa, CA, Universal Studios.

Lauren also has extensive experience in public relations and marketing and was formerly Public Relations Director for NBA Laker Happy Hairston's Youth Foundation and Celebrity Golf Association Tournaments. She has met many of the most prolific faces of golf, former presidents, business tycoons, sports stars and the celebrities who play with them!

Ann Lauren’s experience in Internet marketing began in the late ‘90’s establishing strategic partnerships and developing integrated marketing campaigns and promotional programs as Vice President of Development for, the first online electronic metropolis. During this period, Ann developed relationships with companies such as Trizec-Hahn, Disney, ESPN, Viking Components, Sportsline USA, Brooks Brothers, PrepCo Food Distributors, and many others. Lauren was also the founder and President of an Internet Portal called, whose start-up flagship was, where she successfully raised over a two million dollars in venture capital funding.

Today Ann Lauren has created Bella Petite a multimedia women's centric global communications group with the singular focus of establishing the only globally significant source of fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle for all women.


Bella Petite's partners are excellent businesses and professionals who share a common interest in promoting the interests and needs of petite women around the world. Our partners are working together with Bella Petite to affect positive change for petite women everywhere.

Change the Industry, Change the World!  It’s not every day that you hear about a modeling or fashion company whose mission is nothing short of global transformation. Spend some time with The Network Talent or with Bella Petite, however, and you will suddenly find yourself in the company of not one, but TWO such companies.

The Network Talent connects modeling agencies around the world and Bella Petite offers a petite modeling and fashion alternative to the mainstream fashion industry, but both share a passion for changing the image-based industry around which each evolves.

Peter Baratti was born and raised in Europe, schooled in the United States, and now resides in Hollywood.  Peter originally started out as a student of architecture in New York, but soon transitioned to fashion photography and moved to California.  It wasn't long before Peter was photographing famous celebrity faces, including Jenny McCarthy, Drew Carrey, Penelope Cruz, Ian Ziering and Jay Leno to name a few.

His list of photographed supermodels is quite impressive as well, including major names: Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Cindy Crawford, Carre Ottis, Kate Moss, Giselle and Adrianna Lima.  Peter also discovered 5'2" Colleen Shannon, the "50th Anniversary Edition" playmate, and has been a regular contributor to Playboy magazine.

Baratti has been instrumental in discovering some of the world's most beautiful talents in fashion and show-business. Peter's expertise and style has graced magazine covers, fashion editorials, product campaigns and commercials.  He is an ardent believer in Bella Petite’s vision and feels it’s time the industry pay attention to the petite fashion market!

The Runway Icon group President Raphael Maglonzo and directors are rising kings of the LA Fashion scene.  Their elite crew of photographers, videographers and makeup artist are nationally recognized for their work on Project Ethos, Miss California, Teen USA, as well as recent editorial shoots for designers Dena Burton, Merlin Castell, Lauren Elaine Black Label, Organic Planet, along with many high profile clients. They have been pivotel in building the careers for many aspiring models.

Runway Icon has partnered with Bella Petite Magazine to bring petite women to fashion's forefront!  We will be creating fashion-forward trendsetting campaigns, editorial layouts and cutting edge content to rock the fashion world. This is where it all starts, you can expect this fashionable partnership to be one that changes the old industry standards and makes fashion history!
Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills celebrity clientele is the who's who of Hollywood! Their A-List clientele includes Jennifer Lopez, Oprah, Victoria Beckham, Megan Fox, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria among many others. Anastasia Beverly Hills products can be found in Nordstrom and exclusive retailers worldwide. We are proud to have them be a sponsor for the Bella Petite Model Search
Kathy-IrelandKathy Ireland
Leading Business Woman

In 1993, Ireland started developing what would become her business empire. She took out $50,000 in 1993 to help launch her own line of socks. Over time, she grew this business to become Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which brings in more than $1 billion in sales annually. The company now markets more than 15,000 products, including furniture, baby items, and jewelry. In 2012, Ireland was featured on a very different type of magazine cover. Forbes magazine nicknamed her "Supermogul" for her tremendous success as a designer and entrepreneur.


Bella Petite's Experts are well-respected industry leading professionals with unique insight into subjects ranging from fashion trends to business strategy. These highly educated women are qualified to share their experience and advice on a variety of subjects, and they are also passionate about supporting the interests of petite women! Together with Bella Petite, these Experts are here to offer valuable advice and promote the interests of petite women in their respective industries.

Maria Gamb is the CEO and Founder of NMS Communications, LLC. She’s an advocate of  ”no more stress,” hence her company is aptly named “NMS" Known as "The Change Agent" she has over twenty years in corporate management at Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Gamb has worked in various capacities as Designer, Product Manager and Director for; Macy's, Geoffrey Been, Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren.

Dashama is a petite model, celebrity yoga teacher and lifestyle expert, who travels the world teaching yoga retreats and yoga teacher certification programs in exotic locations globally. She is the best selling author of Journey to Joyful, creator of Perfect 10 Lifestyle online community, Pranashama Yoga Institute and the Global 30 Day Yoga Challenge.

Her philanthropic outreach includes Yoga for Foster Children & Orphans, Rainforest Alliance and Clinton Global Initiative. Her DVDs, books, lifestyle transformation programs and eco fashion line can be found in Dashama's online Boutique. Her articles on Bella Petite are written to educate, illuminate and inspire you to be the best you can be and to live your life to the fullest.

Jacqueline is a certified Image Consultant from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City specializing in image and wardrobe management for individuals and corporations.

Additionally, she is the President of the New York Tri-State Chapter for the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).  AICI is the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide.

My extensive corporate background that includes working as a marketing executive in the technology sector, as well as developing branding strategies, the latter of which has served as a natural springboard, enables me to help individuals develop their own personal brand to further their careers and enhance their lifestyles. JMPstyle

Vanessa DeLeon always knew she had a place in the arts. However, she never expected the fast rise to success she has fortunately enjoyed. She can be seen in such shows as HGTV's Generation Renovation, Designer's Challenge, Bang For Your Buck, and Design Star, as well as numerous publications including New York Spaces, Design NJ, (201) home, Latina Magazine, Time, Entertainment, and Cosmopolitan. She is currently also a featured designer on the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible.

Dr. Szymoniak-Hagin’s expertise in the cosmetology and beauty field span more than 26 years. She modeled extensively for USA Petites, John Robert Powers and Casablancas, Elite and various salon magazines including Sassy. A former USA Petite Model Show winner held at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas. She offers beauty services to movie studios, celebrity stars and fashion models.

Dr. Szymoniak-Hagins is dedicated to being one of the best in the beauty industry. Concern for her client’s hair/skin is always her main priority. She believes that the technical aspects of outer beauty only serve to enhance inner beauty..Whatever your age or ethnic background, Dr. Szymoniak-Hagins speaks your language when it comes to hair and skin care.

This column will provide you with information to benefit you in hair, skin and scalp and nutrition, total health care for women of all ages and ethnicities. You will learn more about hair-styles, cuts, color, latest hair trends from around the globe. And learn about skin-disorders, protection, exfoliation and makeup.

Elizabeth has an education in psychology from the University of Maine.  She started her career as a headhunter a decade ago, calling on some of the most powerful male leaders at companies such as Intel, Mentor Graphics and Microsoft. While recovering from cancer in 2009, Elizabeth launched her first book, "Recession Proof Yourself!",  which gained national recognition. She is a professional speaker, writer and counselor, which clearly separates herself from other career coaches.

Her column for Bella Petite focuses on women's unique work related issues and leadership. Elizabeth's intention is to arm women with powerful information to assist grooming their careers and ultimately building powerful female leadership within business. Elizabeth knows why you are hired, fired and promoted - before you do! For more about Elizabeth's philosophies, click!

Clarissa Burt is an award winning media personality, television producer, actress, emcee and supermodel with over 25 years experience in the modeling and media industries. Her signature walk has been seen on most major runways in the world. She's appeared on 250 magazine covers including; Harpar’s Bazaar, Vogue and Cosmopolitan to name a few. Her live television productions have included “The Miss Universe Pageant Italy” and “Backstage with The Miss for Miss Universe.”

After 25 years in Europe, this who’s who of American and International women returned to the United States. Where she hosted her own radio show entitled “Clarissa burt talks” on voice America and World talk radio. Runway Beauty magazine brought clarissa on board As Health and Beauty Editor for their 2008 launch.

Clarissa launched the International Model University and Model Search Awards, which is the most comprehensive modeling workshop and contest available to aspiring models. Her workshop is the perfect hands on course designed to give participants an idea of what it is like working in the modeling and fashion industries. Also a Director for the IMTA, Clarissa hand-picks and develops talent showcasing them in front of 300 agents from all over the world.

Ms. Burt’s Book “The Self-Esteem Regime “ is due for Fall 2012 distribution. Clarissa’s mission is focused on the betterment of women, which is why she has come on board Bella Petite as the Modeling and Beauty expert to help guide petite models.

Chef Andre Carthen is featured in Kathy Ireland’s book “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” and Janet Jackson’s first book, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” where he contributed over 30 recipes for a healthy meal plan.

“True You” takes Celebrity Chef Andre’s exquisite recipes and transforms them into something anyone can do if they have a desire to stay healthy and lean while eating the foods they love. Chef Andre is also the newest member of Nutrisystem Success Chef’s Council.

He is often asked to bring his culinary awareness to the media and has appeared on popular radio & television programs like “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood”, “Anderson Cooper”, “Soap Talk”, “EXTRA”, “Inside Hollywood”, “Sunday Dinner”, “Brave Heart Women”, “Healthy Women Healthy World”, “Get Real Live”, Breakfast Television / City TV”, “New Day Northwest”, “Walking on Eggs”, “On the Red Carpet” … And has appeared in Forbes, Palm Springs Life, Media Planet- USA Today, Desert Sun, Desert Out, and Furniture Today.

Chef Andre's column will be your go to guide for nutritious delicious cuisine to fill your self-care toolbox with ways for you to feel good and stay healthy all year long!

Nicholas Walker is one of the world’s most accomplished garden designer- builders. Nicholas is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the Garden Writer’s Association of America. His partnership in Jardin, of kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW), has established him as one of America’s most celebrated and innovative leaders, in the design community. He speaks on sustainability, the environment and a healthy, greener lifestyle.

His stunning works of art have been featured in magazines, such as the historic Elizabeth Taylor gardens’ inArchitectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Sunset Magazine, Garden Design, Forbes and LA Times Magazine. He is also a contributor, to Good Housekeeping Do it Yourself, Woman, and

Nicholas is a featured guest, on numerous local and national radio & television shows; The Oprah Winfrey Show, HGTV’s, ‘Designing for the Sexes,’ The Christopher Lowell Show, Home Matters, HGTV’s The Hollywood Gardener, and the popular Discovery Channel series, ‘Ground Rules,’ to name a few. He is part of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and HGTV’s, ‘Restore America A Salute to Preservation’ with Kathy Ireland, Sharon Stone, Bryant Gumbel and Al Roker, among others.

As a sought after speaker, on the Green Initiative and Sustainable practices, he recently was featured, at the Dwell on Design Exhibition in Los Angeles, California.

Nicholas's column will bring you easy sustainable home solutions for both your indoor's and out to help you create the perfect feng shui to live in harmony!

Recognized as the premier life coach for 21st Century by millions of Americans, Dr. D is the best-selling author of Break Up, Don't Break Down. He is also President and CEO of Reality -N- 3D Publishing Inc., and a sought-after Life Coach globally. Dr. D Ivan Young's personal experience of turmoil and pitfalls associated with self-serving relationships create a strong commonality with his readers. Dr. D has developed effective no-nonsense tools that enable women and men of all ages, races, religions and nationalities to take personal authority of their ultimate destiny and overcome seemingly hopeless circumstances.

Over the years, Dr. D Ivan Young has been featured on FOX News Houston, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS Radio, Access Hollywood, Divine Canada Women's Magazine, Yahoo News Groups, Rolling Out Magazine, 24 Hour Mom Radio, CBS Television's Great Day Houston featuring Deborah Duncan, WOL 1450 AM Washington DC, KMJQ Magic 102 Houston, 98.7 WRKS, Kiss FM New York, Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton on Syndication One, to name a few.

He holds a Doctorate in Psychology specializing in Holistic Life Coaching, from the University of Sedona, and Masters degree in Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics.

Giving Advice is a cause marketing and brand philanthropy boutique consultancy that works with fashion, beauty, fitness and health brands who want to make a difference. This is the place where brands and causes connect for the greater good.   Maggie Keenan is working with Bella Petite to connect our sponsors with causes important to women.

Dedicated to providing cause marketing and philanthropy services to brands, her focus and determination means her clients make stronger and more synergistic connections with causes and customers. Companies are attracted by her passion and vision for what she sees possible for their contribution to the world. With an uncanny ability to connect ideas, people and causes, Maggie sees opportunities all around for anyone that desires to be a force for change.  An avid runner and former runway model, you can find Maggie on the road or runway when she isn't in her office.

Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, world-renowned transformational teacher and expert on happiness, success and unconditional love. Her books include the international bestsellers Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason. She is also the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, as co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series. With book sales of more than 15 million copies worldwide in 33 languages, Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.

Marci is also a featured teacher in the film and book sensation The Secret and the host of the PBS show, Happy for No Reason. Marci is dedicated to helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives. Visit:

Marci’s Beauty Within column for Bella Petite focuses on the ways you can experience greater happiness and unconditional love from the inside out. She shares inspiration, as well as breakthrough ideas and methods for you to live in a deep and lasting state of joy and well-being.

Lynette has been billed as “LA’s hottest acting coach.” Lynette has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years.  She is responsible for developing many of Hollywood’s most talented artist; Ellen Degeneres, Janeane Garofalo, Anne Archer, Adam Sandler, Jane Leeves (“Frasier,”) Faith Ford (“Hope and Faith,”) Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi and Adam Goldberg to name a few! Lynette’s workshops are by invitation only.

Jeanene is a Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist via the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is a former top NPC Figure Competitor. She also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health.

Jeanene owns and operates Physique Complete, LLC in N.CA a full service Personal Training company and is a contributing health/fitness writer for Bella Petite.  Teaching hundreds over the past 6 years in her various boot camp, cycling, and sports conditioning classes.

Jeanene has helped many women to lose weight and become healthier via her perinatal fitness classes, personal training and nutritional counseling. Jeanene has been a speaker and health/fitness writer for various local organizations. She is a petite model who appeared on TV Land Network's  “She’s Got The Look, Season 3”.
George Brescia has spent the last twenty-five years working with top fashion and beauty leaders, including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, and the fashion directors at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Lord & Taylor. As the man behind he’s also a top-tier NYC-based stylist and image consultant with clients ranging from A-list celebrities to everyday men and women looking to improve their appearance and gain confidence. He has also appeared as a resident fashion expert on network TV outlets including NBC's the Today show, CBS, ABC, Fox 5, and NY 1 as the official red carpet fashion critic for the Tony Awards.
SHONDA CHASE, R.N.: BEAUTY EXPERT Palm Springs, California

Shonda Chase  is a noted Beauty and Skincare Expert. She holds an advanced Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and is owner of the Revive Salon and Spa in beautiful Palm Springs, California.

Shonda’s been trained by expert leading physicians like Dr. Mark Bailey.  Shonda provides skincare advice and services to many of the world’s most beautiful and noted faces in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Newport Beach.  We’ll get the facts  on the latest skincare treatments to the stars that you want to know about!

We look forward to Chase's articles on beauty secrets and skincare techniques to help you have beautiful ageless skin. Plus, many petite model makeovers will be provided by Salon Revive!

Stefanie Sacks, M.S., CNS is a Culinary Nutritionist who works hands-on with individuals and groups in transition to a healthier way of eating as a food counselor, nutrition educator and chef instructor. She has been studying food and healing for twenty-five years, has her Masters of Science in nutrition from Columbia University, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.

Some contributions include: Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr, a 21-day meal plan and 70 recipes to Power Up, Unleash your Natural Energy, Revitalize your Health and Feel 10 Years Younger by Dr. Woodson Merrell and Kathy Merrell. She also offered her culinary nutrition expertise to Discovery Health’s National Body Challenge, ABC, Runner’s World, Fitness, O Magazine, Body and Soul, Teen Vogue, Oxygen and Self.

Stefanie's column will feature the latest nutrition news, innovative culinary nutrition education and personalized nutrition therapy and culinary guidance. Sacks will empowers you with her insights and innate ability to connect you through food!

Ginger Puglia President of GingerFinds: Fashion, entertainment, LifeStyle Trend Expert and Board Member of Bella Petite Publishing, Inc.

NY, New York: Ginger is a Fox News Trend Host and owner of trend intensive company that is focused strictly on clients and corporations with a strong aesthetic mission.

Ginger consults on merchandising, styling, strategic planning and talent acquisition all with companies on the forefront cutting edge thinking.


Bella Petite is truly a nationwide (and worldwide) movement. Today our featured contributors stretch from Los Angeles to Miami and cover important fashion centers around North America including Toronto, Portland, Chicago, Denver and numerous locations in between. Bella Petite’s featured contributors are successful writers, producers, directors, entertainers, models, professionals and motivators who have gathered together to promote the Bella Petite movement in their repective home regions. The Bella Petite brand is growing in every corner of America!
Bobbi O: Editor Bella Petite Latina New York

Muse, Writer, Social critic, Educator and Yoga Instructor. Bobbi lives on the East Coast and loves the Sunshine State. She is an antique jewelry aficionado, a ghost writer for several public figures, occasionally writes for the health section of At Bella Petite, Bobbi enjoys writing about current human interest articles, pop culture and entertainment inspiring readers to find beauty, love and to appreciate the complexities in each of her stories. Bobbi can be found with coffee in hand near salty water and crystal fine sand.

CANDACE CHAMBERS-BELIDA: Dating and Relationship Expert Los Angeles, California

An Author/Television-Radio Host/International Speaker providing inspirational and motivational messages to audiences worldwide. Candace's books are "The Secret Codes of Conduct for Marriage," "Dare to Stand," and "Never Good Enough To Marry."'

Her radio show Love Bites For Lover's Only® talks on marriage and relationship issues that touch the heart. Her spin-off Radio Talk Show is "Love-a-licious!™" A Producer and Writer for networks ABC and CBS.  Worked on television shows, in casting and production for General Hospital, Chicago Hope, Wind Beneath my Wings, Into the Night with Rick Dees, Hollywood Closeup, Eye on LA. In addition to Host and Executive Producer of her show "Puttin On the Ritz," with celebrity guest such as Emmanuel Lewis of Webster, Tina Yothers of Family Ties, Jenny Agutter of Logans Run, and many more.
TANA CORPORON: Pop Culture Contributing Writer Denver, Colorado

Tana has delivered time and again a power packed punch.  Her articles on fashion, entertainment and lifestyle are sharply written with a quit witted edge.  Bella Petite's readers already demand more from Tana!  She intends to keep our readers entertained, enthralled and asking for more.  Simply stated with every stroke of the key pad she's a petite woman's best friend!
SUNDAI LOVE: Petite Model and Contributing Writer Los Angeles, California

Tyra Banks America's Next Top Model finalist Sundai Love. Bella Petite snapped her up as a Cover Girl contender and her career is taking off! Sundai will write about her experience getting into reality television, petite modeling and issues important to young women. Currently, Sundai is continuing her education in Veterinary Medicine. Sundai is a contributing writer and will be sharing her experiences and [petite modeling tips].

Stephanie Simon is the Arts and Entertainment reporter for NY1 news, Time Warner Cable's 24 New station in NYC. Stephanie covers everything from red carper premiers to fashion, museums, galleries, music, dance theater and more. She has interviewed a wide range of artists from Yoko Ono Billy Joel, and Rob Thomas, to Wynton Marsalis, and Yo Yo Ma… the stars of Harry Potter, Zayne from One Direction and more! She's a regular contributor to Time Warner Cable's new national theater show On Stage Across America.