By: Meredith Bahuriak, Barbizon International
According to Trisha Bolden,“My Barbizon experience was PHENOMENAL! Before Barbizon, I was extremely shy, not very confident and dreaded walking in heels. Upon graduating from Barbizon, I started high school and was honestly able to stand out just from the skills I gained from the program.” Trisha graduated from Barbizon USA of Birmingham, AL in 2010. Here is her Barbizon story!
What were your Barbizon classes like?
Wow, my classes were amazing. I learned the basic techniques of modeling, how to angle my face and body for perfect pose. Our makeup courses were so fun. We learned how to apply makeup “properly” for every occasion including job interviews. We were trained by some of the best for runway. I’ve never felt so comfortable and confident than I did on a Barbizon stage! We learned how to eat clean and nutritious meals, working to stay in shape, and most importantly etiquette sessions. It was so fulfilling just learning how to be a lady and my classes did that. It’s stuck with me careerwise and as an adult woman.
What did you gain from your Barbizon experience?
My Barbizon experience was PHENOMENAL! Before Barbizon, I was extremely shy, not very confident and dreaded walking in heels. Upon graduating from Barbizon, I started high school and was honestly able to stand out just from the skills I gained from program. I was molded and well educated on beauty tips, preparing comp cards, getting booked with agents and modeling professionally. I received modeling and acting opportunities throughout high school and college. My first major booked show was Atlanta Fashion Week and among 24 year olds, I was just 18 and dedicated to ripping the runway with class! I certainly developed from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly with Barbizon.
Would you recommend Barbizon to a friend?
Absolutely. I have friends who have daughters as well as my nieces that I would like to experience Barbizon. As they continue growing up in such an ideal world, I want them prepared to always carry themselves as young ladies and gain the confidence to know they can be anything they want in life! Barbizon taught more than the beauty side of things. Barbizon teaches life lessons such as hard work and dedication, that every girl in the world should experience and being with educators who really care and want to see you shine like a diamond.
What have you been doing since graduating?
After graduation, I signed with two agencies and began booking modeling work and found myself as a fresh high school graduate driving to different cities modeling both print and runway. I modeled for Black Russian Label in Atlanta Fashion Week. As of today, I’ve signed with Inspire Magazine and have been doing amazing red carpet interviews and media corresponding.