2014 Model Panel

Meet the modeling industry elite who will select our male and female Rock the Runway™ winners



Karen Lee Grybowski
Founder of the Karen Lee Group & international model scout, CFW Head Model Judge

Karen Lee Grybowski has discovered, coached, and promoted many of the fashion industry’s top models, such as Carolyn Murphy and Oluchi, at the onset of their careers. She served as the director of scouting for Wilhelmina, Pauline, and Elite Model Management and spent 15 years travelling the globe, looking for new faces and empowering young women by helping them develop a sense of health, wellness, style, and confidence. In 2009, Karen went out on her own and started the Karen Lee Group (KLG), a scouting firm that places the models it discovers with major model agencies around the world. KLG also offers consultations and workshops for those who desire or need coaching in modeling or who wish to pursue other career opportunities within the modeling industry.

Photo by Shawn Ehlers



Sebastian Smith
International Photographer

Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and reared in cities throughout Europe, Sebastian Smith has continued his travels into adulthood, always with a keen eye in search of beauty. His extensive portfolio includes work for clients such as Valentino in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria’s Secret, and Diesel for Zoot magazine out of Lisbon. He has photographed a number of celebrities,
including Stephanie Szostak for Details, Kim Kardashian for Socialite Style, and Yara Martinez and Gillian Jacobs for B/W/R and ID public relations firms, and shot a campaign for INGLOT cosmetics that will be featured in Times Square this spring. Sebastian recently moved to Charleston and now divides his time between Brooklyn and the Lowcountry.

photo by Reif Tennessee



Christina Zapolski
Fashion model

After walking for Charleston Fashion Week® 2012 as a top-10 finalist in the Rock the Runway Model CompetitionTM, Christina signed with Ford Models. Since then, she has worked for clients including Chloe, Lanvin, Chanel, and Bluefly; walked for Mercedes Benz Swim Week in Miami and Fashion Week in New York; and been featured on the pages of Fitness and Self magazines, among others. The Charleston resident is also a part-time student at Fordham University, continuing her studies toward a degree in communications. Last November, Christina was crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2014.

photo by Nick Suarez


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