Stars of Pace: Beauty and Fashion

From fashion designers making straitjackets for Lady Gaga to beauty queens advocating for causes, Pace gets gowned and crowned. >>Read More

Caught in a Plaid Romance
Alright, so Lady Gaga probably wouldn’t be caught in Rolling Stone or on the Today Show in plaid, but she did pick Lubin alumnus and designer Asher Levine ’10 to custom create pieces for her. No, Asher’s not responsible for the infamous meat dress, but this one’s just as juicy: The white straightjacket coat/dress she wore during her Today Show performance, the black motorcycle jacket seen in her July 2011 Rolling Stone feature, and  the black lambskin leather-paneled jumpsuit she had on in her “Marry the Night” music video were all Asher originals. And Gaga isn’t the only A-lister gaga over his work. In addition to showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Asher’s celebrity clientele includes the Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Sam Sparro, and the Scissor Sisters.

The Sweet Smell of Success
Since earning her degree in communications, Dyson alumna Alexis Rodriguez ’01 has had a rapidly excelling career in public relations and marketing. She was head of the beauty line at Diane von Furstenberg and eventually become the Director of Global Communications; she served as Public Relations Director for Parfums Givenchy and Pucci Fragrance’ and two years ago, she joined Bobbi Brown Cosmetics as Executive Director of Public Relations, again leading the corporate and personal public relations efforts for an industry icon. She also founded “The PR Closet,” an advice column and blog for aspiring beauty and fashion publicists who want to learn how to break into and succeed in the industry.

Jarah’s Secret
Victoria’s Secret model Jarah Mariano has her own secret. The model, who became the first native Hawaiian and Korean to be featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, earned her BA in Speech Communications with a concentration in Media Studies from Pace. Now she’s strutting the runways at New York Fashion Week, posing for top photographers like Nigel Barker and Bruce Weber, and gracing the pages of numerous magazines including GQ, Elle, and Glamour, and even appeared in Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got” music video, TV shows including Chuck and Rescue Me, and had a minor role in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. She may not be speechless, but we are.

Miss Determined
Dyson communications major Thatiana Diaz ’14 is no stranger to the tiara. A Miss Teen New York 2010, Thatiana competed against 50 other girls for the title of Miss Teen USA, where she landed among the top 15. She was also Miss NY Latina 2011 and placed in the top 10 of the Miss Republica Dominicana U.S. 2011 Pageant, a qualifier for the Miss Universe 2012 pageant. This year, she returns to the pageant circuit with her eye on Miss Universe and will compete in for Miss New York USA 2013. She also appeared on Telemundo 47 for Acceso Total and in the August issue of Seventeen Magazine, where she’s currently an intern. Read more about her journey on her Facebook fan page or Twitter.

Advocating for Autism
Recent School of Education graduate Keenya Hofmaier ’12 was crowned Miss Black Arkansas 2012. Miss Black USA, Inc. is the premier pageant for women of color, promoting education and leadership by providing scholarships opportunities to its winners. Keenya, who teaches students with autism as a New York City Teaching Fellow, chose Autism Awareness: Autism Speaks as her official platform and is collaborating with Arkansas-area autism organizations to fundraise and host events, and will promote awareness during her reign. She is currently the celebrity advocate for Arkansas Autism Speaks. For more information, visit or follow her on Twitter.

A Crime-Fighting, Crown-Wearing Activist
Pace alumna Kristi Hey ’10, ’12 had a busy 2012—finishing up her master’s in internet technology at Pace, monitoring the computer activity of sex offenders for the U.S. Probation Office, creating a charity 5K race to bring awareness to safe driving, being crowned Mrs. Bristol 2012, and campaigning for safe driving awareness. Kristy also competed in the Mrs. Connecticut America pageant. Read more here.

Wearing Her Heart on Her Sash
Actors Studio Drama School alumna Osas Ighodaro ’11 is an actress, model, dancer, and journalist. She’s appeared in Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Cadillac Records starring Beyoncé and Adrien Brody, and plays the role of Malady in the Audelco Award winning Off–Broadway play Platanos Y Collard Greens. But it was her role as Miss Black USA 2010 that had her raising awareness of heart disease, the #1 killer of women, and took her around the world to address Malaria, clean water, and world hunger through her nonprofit organization, Joyful Joy Foundation, which is sustainably transforming lives one community at a time. Osas also ran the Marine Corps Marathon for Malaria No More, an organization for which she is a celebrity advocate. Read more about Osas on her website.

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