Michelle Wood
CFW Model Coach

Michelle Wood, a Charleston native, lived the life of an international model for more than 16 years. She was discovered here in Charleston and moved to New York City when she was 18 to pursue her modeling career.

Michelle has been represented by The Ford Modeling Agency in New York and Paris.  She has graced the runways for Armani, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan & Bill Blass, and has appeared in fashion shows in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Michelle has also had a lucrative career with television and print ad campaigns for such high-profile companies as Max Factor, Clairol, Pantene, Clinique, Aveda and Target.

As Model Coach for Charleston Fashion Week since 2010, Michelle hopes to be a role model to aspiring models. She hopes to help mold their careers, while also teaching them that it is possible to have a successful career in the modeling industry while staying true to your values and yourself.

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Karen Lee Grybowski of Karen Lee Group
Casting Director & Panel Coordinator

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 models with major agencies around the world. KLG also offers consultations and workshops for those looking for coaching in modeling or who wish to pursue other career opportunities within the industry.

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Jill Joyce
Founder and President of DirectionsUSA​ Model Management

Jill is founder and president of DirectionsUSA, the Southeast’s premier booking and model management agency.  With over three decades of experience and expertise in the industry, Jill leads a seasoned team of agents who obtain more bookings for their models than any other agency in the Southeast.  Most recently, Jill and her team have captured international attention for developing some of the rising stars in the industry. With an extensive network of international contacts, DirectionsUSA models work successfully worldwide – look for our latest new faces Sarah Stewart, Carlyle, Ona and Quinlynn on the NY runways this Fall!

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Kasia Koniar
Director of Scouting and Development at Factor Chosen

Kasia was born in Poland, but also lived in France, Japan, and the USA. Prior to working at Factor, Kasia was the Associate Producer for the acclaimed TV show “Fashion File” in Paris, while she contributed to Vogue.fr as a freelance writer. Previously, Kasia also worked for the Paris Office of Harper’s Bazaar, M6 Television, and Elite Model Management as an agent. Kasia studied Film and Visual Communications at the American University of Paris. Her first career started at age 16, when she became a model for Elite.

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Erin Lucas
General Director & Executive Vice-President of Wilhelmina Models Miami

A former model herself, Miami native Erin Lucas began her career in front of the lens in New York in 1989. After finding she felt more at home behind the scenes, she began working as a producer on major fashion advertising and editorial shoots. During this time, she because passionate about fashion photography, and took a step behind the camera, testing new faces for John Casablancas’ Elite Models Miami and working as an apprentice for top fashion photographers, including Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon. This led her to true calling, which was to be a model agent, and she embarked on her career at the Elite Miami agency in 1999. Today she serves as both the General Director Miami and the Executive Vice-President of Wilhelmina Models Miami, where she has worked since 2001.

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Michaela Goddard-Quesada
Director of Scouting & Model Movement of Elite Model Management NYC

With a career spanning nearly two decades in the model-scouting industry, Goddard-Quesada is credited with the discovery of top model Shalom Harlow and in her tenure as President of the international modeling contest, the Elite Model Look, launched the careers of supermodels Lara Stone, Constance Jablonski, Sigrid Agren, Liu Wen and many more. Goddard-Quesada is now a part of the Elite New York City team as of 2012 acting as director of Scouting and Model Movement. 

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