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2015 Cherry Blossom Festival

One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. The steps of the National Archives serve as an exciting performance backdrop, and vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation’s premier springtime parade. Check back soon for information on the outstanding celebrity lineup!


Paul Wharton is a television and modeling industry veteran that works with the industry’s top modeling agencies scouting and developing new talent. As the original Model Coach on MTV’s hit series “Made”, Vh-1’s “The Agency” and TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look”, Paul has worked with every type of model in the business and is now interested in developing a new crop of aspiring models and on-camera talent. Our new 4 Week Intensive “Model Maker” Workshop Series will explain exactly what you need to know and do to make your dreams of becoming a working talent, a reality. Having been the local casting judge for America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) for the past 10 cycles of the show, Paul has designed a workshop series uniquely suited for aspiring models and on-camera talent.

“I saw more viable talent at the ANTM Cycle 22 casting than ever before. There is a lot of modeling talent here in the DC area and growing opportunity in this market and beyond. With my guidance, industry knowledge and insider connections, I look forward to seeing how far the next crop of talent will be able to go!” – Paul Wharton

You will work face-to-face with Paul Wharton and his team, the 4 week workshop series includes;

-Understanding how the modeling business works

-What tools you’ll need as a working model

-Understanding the various types of modeling jobs and where you fit in

-Working with testing photographers

-How to find an agent that will help you find work and advance your career

-Working outside of your primary market

-How to prepare and what to expect when going on castings and go-sees

-Understanding the aesthetic requirements of modeling

-Exploring the New York modeling scene and international work

-Diversifying your talent while pursuing your career & so much more!

All participants that complete Paul Wharton’s “Model Maker” Workshop Series will be invited to participate in an exclusive modeling and talent agent open call with Paul’s industry contacts.

The 4 week workshop package is $300

Your space in the workshop series can be reserved with a $150 deposit.

Workshop Dates February  3-10-17-24 in downtown Washington, DC.

Book Now… Space is limited! Click link below. 


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How Models Are Made

Paul Wharton, fashion and modeling industry expert and top model coach from MTV’s hit series “MADE, VH-1’s The Agency and TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” presents this incredible and information packed DVD. “How Models Are Made” explains how the modeling business really works, including the different types of models, agencies and clients look for (it’s not all runways and high-fashion magazine work). You’ll learn how the pros get their bodies into shape, the correct way to put on make-up, how to choose wardrobe for castings and auditions, how to get the perfect headshot, how to move on the runway, how to pose for the camera, the secrets to landing an agent and much, much more.

From New York’s Seventh Avenue to glossy magazine spreads and TV commercials, get ready to learn the everything you need to break into the modeling business from one of the industry’s top.

In preparation for cycle 22 for America’s Next Top Model casting, we are offering Paul’s How Models Are Made instructional video at 50% OFF!!!!!

Click here



The Secret To… Organic Craft Cocktails

Check out the latest webisode to “The Secret To… with Paul Wharton” sponsored by General Motors.  Paul got some great tips from the sommelier at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw.

Watch on GM’s Drive the District here.

Having a nice cocktail with friends is a great way to celebrate, socialize and decompress. But most traditional cocktails tend to have a high caloric content and contain an excessive amount of sugar which promotes yeast growth within our bodies. In this The Secret To… with Paul Wharton episode, we explored the art of Organic Craft Cocktails which taste amazing, have fewer calories and are made with organic spirits and all natural juices. Bottom’s up!

The Secret To…Organic Craft Cocktails

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Model Chantelle Brown-Young Celebrates Differences from Vitiligo

America’s Next Top Model Contestant, Chantelle Brown-Young, is teaching the world to feel comfortable in his or her skin.  Chantelle has vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation from areas of the skin.

Source: Cosmopolitan

Source: Cosmopolitan

This beautiful model celebrates her unique appearance.  Her vitiligo is mostly symmetrical, which caught the attention of ANTM host, Tyra Banks.  The reality TV show, ANTM, begins August 18 on the CW Network.

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Source: Cosmopolitan

This rising model star was often bullied as a child.   Chantelle is the newest advocate for vitiligo, describing herself as a “vitiligo spokesmodel” on Instagram.  She now has an outlet in which she can speak out about body acceptance to the viewers of ANTM.  View Chantelle’s Instagram for  @winnieharlow, here.


Interview with Traci, Trina, and Towanda from Braxton Family Values

This morning, I tuned in with three of the stars from Braxton Family Values, sisters Traci, Trina, and Towanda.  They are looking fabulous and shared with me updates on their family, including the mom Evelyn’s failed relationship (i.e. stalker) and their kids’ reactions to stardom.  When asked about how they compare to the Kardashians and their show KUWTK, Trina responded, “It’s a compliment from both sides – they’re getting compared to a talented family and we’re getting compared to a family with high ratings.”  Family rivalry?  You decide.

Watch the full interview on DCW 50 tv!


The season begins tomorrow on We TV network at 9/8c pm.  Tune in every Thursday to watch the Braxton’s music careers and lives unfold.  Learn more about Braxton Family Values here.

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Behind the Scenes at Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil came to National Harbor starting July 31st.  Before  their show, I went behind the scenes and interviewed with some of the most talented members of Amaluna.  Amaluna is a touring show about a mysterious island where beauty and courage await.  I was able to interview with the head director who makes sure the cast and crew of over 100 young men and women are happy and ready for each show.  He has a lot to do at every minute and does it well.  I interviewed the fashion stylist and watched him transform a brunette into a blonde while many elaborate costumes were being sewed behind me.  I interviewed a few of the cast members, including a girl who helped bring the uneven bars to Cirque Du Soleil.  I watched many of the performers warm up and wow! they are all very athletic, flexible, and talented. Catch the interviews on DCW 50.

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna will be in DC until September 21, 2014.  Get your tickets here.

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Tastemakers Thursday: New Mom Night at Mosaic District

Every month Mosaic District in Fairfax, Virginia (by Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro) puts on Tastemaker Thursday, an exclusive shoppers event with deals at select stores.  Last Thursday, this event was geared toward new moms and I was excited to show them around!

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The night started at Angelika Theater where these new moms could really experience a night away from the kids with some bubbly.  We quickly got to know each other and were laughing and joking by the time we got to the first shop, Alex & Ani.  This is the latest trend in bracelets as each are made in the USA from recycled products and each charm is infused with positive traits.  We then headed to Hip To Be Round.  This store is a must for my pregnant friends!  The owner was delightful, the clothes are chic, and they have many unique and useful products.  Last stop of the night was Capital Teas.  As written in the store, stop and smell the teas!  The employees are extremely knowledgeable and will find the perfect tea(s) for you.  I had a great night with some wonderful moms.

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If you live in the Northern Virginia or DC area, check out Mosaic District for great restaurants and stores.  See more of their events at

If you have any questions about shopping, trends, dinner spots, or gifts, email me at

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Hosted Screening of James Brown Movie, Get On Up

Last Tuesday, I hosted another screening for the James Brown biographical film, Get On Up, at AMC Mazza Gallerie in Friendship Heights.  The James Brown story is outstanding.  I got chills watching the movie.  James Brown’s story had me laughing, crying, and of course tapping my feet to the beat.  Chadwick Bosen stars as James Brown and he was electrifying.  The funk had me moving and grooving – all the music, dancing, and acting was spectacular!

Get On Up came out this Friday, August 1st.   Head on out to the theaters and see the Godfather of Soul!


Watch my coverage on DCW 50, The CW TV station, and online.
Find out how you can join me for the next VIP Pre-Screening here for DCW at the Movies.


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