E!'s New Fashion Week Exclusive Docu-Series MODEL SQUAD Hits the Runway Beginning Today
Known for putting fans at the crossroads of fashion and pop culture, E!'s new Fashion Week exclusive docu-series "Model Squad," produced by Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate and IMG, follows nine high-profile, in-demand supermodels in the make-or-break fashion industry. Launching in conjunction with the start of New York Fashion Week, where E! is the official multi-platform media partner of New York Fashion Week: The Shows, viewers will get an exclusive look behind the runway with a two-week premiere event beginning Tuesday, September 4th through Friday, September 14th at 8 PM ET/PT.
"Model Squad" follows Daniela Braga, Olivia Culpo, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe, Ashley Moore, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor as they prepare for the fall fashion season. The "work hard, play hard" fleet of strong, independent and successful models will juggle relationships, friendships and hardships while navigating the cut-throat world of high fashion.
This season, social media influencer and entrepreneur, Olivia Culpo, has her heart set on landing a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED booking, but her spirits are crushed when she has a rocky test shoot with famed photographer, Yu Tsai. Meanwhile, her friend Devon Windsor wants to expand her brand outside of modeling, which could make it even more difficult to find time for her relationship. Similarly, Caroline Lowestruggles to balance her relationship with her boyfriend and her career when she finds herself in a hotbed of wedding pressure from her boyfriend's family. Meanwhile, her friend, LA-based model Ashley Moore, decides to make the big move to New York City to be closer to the high-end modeling scene. But after meeting vivacious Brazilian super model Daniela Braga at a casting, Ashley starts second guessing whether she can make it in the big leagues of the Big Apple.
After the craziness of the fall fashion season, Shanina Shaik decides to put together a staycation with the squad to decompress from their hectic schedules, but some of the girls' personalities clash. High fashion editorial and runway model Hannah Ferguson decides to take a trip to her boyfriend's home in the Virgin Islands to help with hurricane relief, which affects her more than she expected.
The veteran model of the group, Ping Hue, is getting pressure from her family to change her career path and settle down but she is determined to succeed in her chosen field. Meanwhile, Nadine Leopold's career is on the RISE as she books the runway show of her dreams, but the STAKES are higher now that she sits among the industry's elite.
Episodes will debut:
101: Tuesday, September 4 at 8 PM ET/PT
102: Wednesday, September 5 at 8 PM ET/PT
103: Thursday, September 6 at 8 PM ET/PT
104: Monday, September 10 at 8 PM ET/PT
105: Tuesday, September 11 at 8 PM ET/PT
106: Wednesday, September 12 at 8 PM ET/PT
107: Thursday, September 13 at 8 PM ET/PT
108: Friday, September 14 at 8 PM ET/PT
Meet The Squad:
Brazilian model Daniela shot to fame when she was granted a coveted spot in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2014. Since then, she has become a sensation in her native Brazil, covering three editions of Harper's Bazaar Brazil, as well as two editions of L'Officiel Brazil and Elle Brazil. She has also covered V Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and was featured in Purple Fashion and British Vogue. Daniela has starred in campaigns for Balmain, Givenchy, and Charlotte Tilbury, where she has been lensed by such iconic photographers as Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott. Daniela is also a keen businesswoman, hoping to, in the future, complete her degree in finance and set up her own business with an idea which has already generated the interest of some potential investors.
Olivia Culpo is an actress, model, clothing designer and influencer. Her social channels convey a strong knowledge for fashion, beauty and lifestyle promoting positive self-image and healthy living. The Rhode Island native went on to become MISS UNIVERSE creating a strong philanthropic platform. Olivia is very involved with charitable organizations including Best Buddies, Pencils of Promise, Project Sunshine, and amfAR. She has worked on campaigns for iconic brands in several categories including accessories, shoes, beverage, jewelry, electronic, and apparel. Olivia is currently the face of Timex, as well as a brand ambassador for Nine West, Samsung Electronics, and Revolve/FWRD and also just launched her latest capsule collection designed in collaboration with Marled and Revolve. Olivia is also a 2018 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Rookie and was highlighted in the inspiring "In Her Own Words" Campaign and will be featured in the upcoming film, "Reprisal."
The San Angelo, Texas native received her big break courtesy of the 2014 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT Issue. Not long after, Hannah caught the attention of Karl Lagerfeld and went on to star in Chanel's "Bleu de Chanel" fragrance commercial in 2015. Since then, the blonde beauty has appeared in editorials for American Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book and LOVE Magazine, including a feature spot in the publication's advent calendar directed by Hype Williams. Most recently, Hannah fronted a Mario Testino-lensed editorial for the September 2017 issue of V Magazine, emphasizing female strength and empowerment, and became the face of Jimmy Choo's advertising campaign for their newest fragrance, FEVER.
Chinese-American model Ping Hue was born and raised on Manhattan's Bowery Street. She landed her first editorial feature in Vogue China alongside Asian supermodels Liu, Tao, Danni Li and Du Juan, photographed by Dan Jackson. Always an overachiever, Ping balanced her budding modeling career with a college education; she initially studied nursing and chemical engineering, and graduated with a degree in finance. In addition to portfolio spreads in Teen Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and 10 Magazine, Ping has walked in shows for Yohji Yamamoto, Polo Ralph Lauren, Naeem Khan, Vivienne Tam, Marchesa, Zimmerman and Ports 1961, during the international collections season.
Austrian bombshell Nadine Leopold has graced the covers of numerous international editions of Glamour as well as Harper's Bazaar, Grey Magazine and The Daily Summer. She has also been seen in Carine Roitfeld's eponymous publication, CR Fashion Book, as well as her fashion shows, such as Alberta Ferretti and Phillip Plein. Most recently, Nadine appeared in campaigns for leading fashion and jewelry brands including Victoria Secret, Swarowski, HARRY Winston, Dundas by Peter Dundas, and the Italian brand Elisabetta Franchi, which was shot by the renowned photographer Mariano Vivanco. Nadine debuted in the lionized 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.
Caroline Lowe, known for her all-American, girl-next-door glow, has starred in advertisements for Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle and Aeropostle as well as Pantene and Soma Intimates. The budding actress has appeared in a number of on-screen projects, best known for her roles in How to Be Single and War Dogs. Additionally, Caroline co-starred in Funny or Die's Swimsuit Issue: Climate Change Edition alongside Hannah Ferguson and Erin Heatherton. Currently based in New York City, she can regularly be found snapping photos for her widely known Instagram account, for which she received a shout-out from GQ.com.
Ashley Moore hails from Oceanside, California but lived all across the country growing up because both of her parents were in the military. Before going to college, Ashley begged her mom to go to Los Angeles for two weeks to try and make it as a model. She went to various open calls and got turned away due to her height. However, she landed at Nous Model Agency, where she was eventually signed. Since then, Ashley has graced the cover of ARCADIA magazine and did editorial shoots for GQ, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Nylon, amongst others. She has also walked in an Alice & Olivia fashion show as well as shot various films, television series and commercials including Ross, Verizon and Lexus.
Melbourne, Australia native Shanina Shaik began her modeling career at age eight and received her big break in 2013, courtesy of the Victoria Secret's Fashion Show. In addition to the aforementioned, select runway appearances include Chanel, Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, amongst others. Additionally, David Sims photographed her for a series of Sephora cosmetics promotions, and she has also appeared in campaigns for Swarovski, Smashbox, Good American and L'Oreal. Shaik has graced the covers of editions of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle and Marie Claire to name a few and is a mainstay in editorial pages for her keen fashion and beauty sense in magazines such as Allure, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair.
St. Louis, Missouri native Devon Windsor was discovered by a local photographer at a bar-mitzvah party. She received her big break during the spring 2014 season upon appearing in over twenty international collections, including Prada and Christian Dior. She has also walked the runway for Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen and Chanel. Widely admired for her athletic physique, Windsor has fronted campaigns for Jean Paul Gaultier, Max Mara Studio, Leonard and Love Moschino. Select magazine covers include Vogue Turkey, 10, Oyster and Net a Porter's The Edit. Craig McDean captured her for an editorial feature in Interview magazine, and she has also appeared in Vogue Germany, W, Teen Vogue, Pop and CR Fashion Book.
Watch a sneak peek here:
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"Model Squad" is produced by Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate TV and IMG with Dave Caplan, Will Staeger and Gennifer Gardiner serving as executive producers.
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