Ann Lauren Editor-In-CHIEF. Bella Petite was founded by Ann Lauren, her career started at 16 as a petite model who founded and organized the largest national USA Petite women’s fashion movement, with over 100,000,000 members of her organization. Many thousands of petite women have participated in her USA Petite Model shows and pageants across the United States. She is recognized for her innovative vision and ten+ years of creating a collective “image” for petite women.
Featured in over 500 newspapers, radio, and television interviews nationwide, Lauren is considered the foremost expert in petite fashion, petite modeling, and attitudes. Lauren has produced and co-hosted the only nationally televised USA Petite Model Show in the world at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas.
Lauren has been a spokesmodel for dozens of brand-name companies. She began producing events nationwide in her teens. To date, she has produced and directed hundreds of successful productions, including model searches, modeling shows, pageants, sportswear contests, fashion shows, conventions, and seminars. Lauren’s innovative concepts and powerful drive to promote the petite image are destined to change the fashion, modeling, beauty, and business industry as we see it today.
Many worldwide recognized companies have sponsored the petite fashion movement including, 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.
Ann Lauren is the petite woman’s fashion expert poised to command this multi-billion dollar industry. Lauren’s innate ability to present and influence vertical markets interested in riding the petite fashion revolution enables her to rapidly expand the visibility of Bella Petite globally.
Our highly concentrated efforts on this niche market will fulfill the demanding needs of the average-sized woman. Our advertisers will receive enormous benefits while enhancing their profits like never before. Everyone wins!
Bella Petite will make fashion history, by bringing the petite woman’s image to the fashion forefront. The explosion of Bella Petite Magazine’s launch onto the scene, will once and for all bring down height stereo-types and focus on real women. Making petite women’s fashion recognizable!
Ann Lauren’s experience in Internet marketing started in the ’90s. Lauren’s introduction to the Internet was in establishing strategic partnerships and developing integrated marketing campaigns and promotional programs. She was Vice President of Development for Netcity.com the first online electronic metropolis. Working with companies such as Trizec-Hahn, Disney, ESPN, Viking Components, Sportsline USA, Brooks Brothers, PrepCo Food Distributors, etc.
In addition, Lauren was President and founder of an Internet Portal calledWildNetwork.com, the start-up’s flagship wasWildEmail.com, whereby she raised over a million dollars in capital funding. The portal featured over 75 WILD subdomains such as; Wildshopping.com, WildCoupons.com, WildStart.com, WildDating.com, WildSports.com, etc. The portal flagship was WildEmail.com comprised of 1000’s vanity email domains. Ms. Lauren was key in the development process and overall management of WildNetwork. She structured strategic partnerships, developed integrated marketing campaigns, established key alliances and promotional programs with the following organizations; Verio, Critical Path, RackSpace, American Honda, YouthStream Media Network, Teen.com, SixDegrees.com, Neopets.com, Warner Bros, BlueTorch.com, SportsTalk.com, MetaRewards.com, EmailDirect.com, Datadate.com, WildTangent, etc. to name a few.
Ms. Lauren also has extensive experience in Public Relations and Marketing. Formerly Public Relations Director for NBA Laker Happy Hairston Foundation and the Celebrity Golf Tournaments. She created marketing campaigns and proposals, press releases and worked closely with the tournament sponsors like; The Hosting Country Clubs, Toyota, Callaway Golf, Evian, Titilist, Nike, Lacoste, and ESPN programming. Responsibilities included coordinating celebrities’ press schedules, tee times for the tournaments, and coordinating television programming schedules for the celebrities.
THE NETWORK TALENT
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 –
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 artists 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 pivotal in building the careers of 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 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!
Peter Baratti: BELLA PETITE LEAD FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER
World-Renowned Fashion Photographer
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 have 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 pays attention to the petite fashion market.
BELLA PETITE CONTRIBUTING EXPERTS AND WRITERS
Christopher Toyne Director of Production & Media Development for BellaPetite. Toyne will develop and create cutting-edge content with interactive campaigns while utilizing cross-platform mediums in television and the Internet creating real-time videos and promotional events on the Internet.
Mr. Toyne is an EMMY award-winning producer. His expertise as a producer and multi-cam director/associate director transcends a wide range of multifaceted experience in many disciplines of media production, including scriptwriting and journalism skills. He’s an award-winning producer for television programming, genres including feature films, live events, original programming, documentaries, and filmmaking. Most recently he was a producer at UPM for White Air, starring Riley Smith, Dominique Swain, and Tom Sizemore.
In addition, Toyne was a reality show producer on “The Real Roseanne Show,” with Roseanne Barr, for ABC Network and Domestic Goddess for ABC Family. He has also produced and directed numerous pageants and live shows, including Ann Laurens USA Petite Model Show from Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV.
Mr. Toyne has an extensive background in live events and music programming on his curriculum vitae. Recently, completed the 2009 PBS National Broadcast of Gershwin at One Symphony Place and was awarded a 2008 NATAS EMMY for Outstanding Event/Live, producing One Symphony Place in Nashville, September 2007 for PBS and as a LIVE HI-DEF broadcast worldwide. He was supervising producer of “An Evening with Amy Grant, featuring LeAnn Rimes in Nashville,” Geffen Records.
Toyne’s resume spans over 40years in entertainment. It includes credits as senior associate producer/special effects director on the CBS series Beauty and the Beast starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman; Showtime’s Nightmare Classics with Laura Dern, Amy Irving, and Meg Tilly; and Turner Network Television’s Dinner at Eight with Lauren Bacall and John Mahoney. NBC’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Michael Douglas. For a complete history of Christopher Toyne’s career in entertainment go to IMDB.com.
TREND EXPERT GINGER PUGLIA, N.Y.C.
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 at the forefront of cutting-edge thinking.
BUSINESS EXPERT MARIA GAMB N.Y.C.
Board Member of Bella Petite Publishing, Inc.
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.
Gamb has worked in various capacities as a Designer, Product Manager, and Director for; Macy’s, Geoffrey Been, Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren.
BRAND PHILANTHROPY STRATEGIST MAGGIE F. KEENAN Ed.D Giving Advice is a cause marketing and brand philanthropy boutique consultancy that works with fashion, beauty, fitness, and health brands that 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 mean 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.
INTERIOR DESIGN EXPERT VANESSA DELEON
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.
ENTERTAINMENT EXPERT LYNETTE MCNEILL
Los Angeles, California
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 artists; 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.
FITNESS EXPERT JEANENE CANNON Owner Physique Complete, LLC
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’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health.
Jeanene owns & 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”.
LIFESTYLE EXPERT DASHAMA KONAH
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 the eco-fashion lines 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.
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 her 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 in grooming their careers and ultimately building powerful female leadership within the business. Elizabeth knows why you are hired, fired, and promoted – before you do! For more about Elizabeth’s philosophies, click!
Corporate Image and Style Expert Jacqueline Peros
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 develop personal brands to further careers and enhance lifestyles.
Fashion Stylist, Accessory Designer, and Retail Expert Kelly Gitter
BEAUTY EXPERT SHONDA CHASE, R.N. 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!
BELLA PETITE CONTRIBUTING WRITERS AND DIRECTORS
Bella Petite Personal Stylist Tamy Lugo: Contributing Writer Fashion: Tampa Bay, Florida
Over the years, I learned that I could make a difference in the lives of others – encouraging, raising self-confidence, and helping people rid themselves of a negative self-image, that’s when I discovered that styling fashion would be my platform. I was credited for styling in 2007 in Tampa, FL, and began personal wardrobe & fashion styling in 2008. Because fashion & style is my passion, one thing I will always guarantee my clients is honest feedback. Experiences have taught me that it’s never too late to find your true self and your true beauty, regardless of size or shape.
Writer and Petite Model Advocate: 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].
Writer Pop Culture: Denver, Colorado
Tana has delivered time and again a power-packed punch. Her articles on fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle are sharply written with a quite 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 keypad she’s a petite woman’s best friend!
Writer Dating and Relationships: 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 guests such as Emmanuel Lewis of Webster, Tina Yothers of Family Ties, Jenny Agutter of Logans Run, and many more.
Regional Editorial Director and Writer Jennifer Bollinger
Writer and Petite Model Advocate: Chicago, Illinois
Jennifer has been on stage for thirty years singing and dancing. Recently, Bollinger was a winner in the “2009 Paulo Coehlo Film Competition” independent film festival held in Rome, Italy. For a film, she co-wrote, produced, and starred in. Jennifer will be scouting new models and directing Regional Editorial campaigns in Chicago for Bella Petite. She will also be writing exciting interesting professional petite women profiles, lifestyle, and event features.
Regional Editorial Director Swan Bowden
Writer Pop Culture and Events: Honolulu, HA
Swan is the owner of Focus International Hawaii. She’s been in the model and talent industry for twenty-eight years. Swan isn’t exactly a fashion model height at 5′8″ (an inch below the industry standards). Swan successfully transitioned from model to business and in 1990 she launched Focus International, an award-winning international agency booking talent for commercials, print work, high fashion, editorial, and catalog. Swan was responsible for booking models and talent for Tyra Banks America’s Next Top Model cycle 13 produced in Hawaii.
Petite Model Representative and Writer Angela Phillips
Writer and Petite Model Advocate: Atlanta, GA
Angela is a contributing writer and a petite model advocate. Her talent will bring positive recognition to the petite female marketplace. The mentor and God Mother of Angela Phillips are Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Wilda Spalding who has dedicated her entire life to humanity projects. Her service-based endeavors create positive role models that move the world forward.
Steven Roddy Sponsor and Investor Relations Steven Roddy
Steven is a marketing and motivational expert. His company Steven Roddy Marketing is about “Success strategies for successful people.”.
Steven is also the founder of The Pageant Pageant. “The Pageant Planet is the free online pageant coach that teaches you the best practices in pageantry.”
David Moxley AMERICA’S WEB RADIO Internet Entertainment Radio Partner