Rebecca Stirm back on Mission Catwalk after surprise elimination

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Last week on Mission Catwalk Season Two, crowd favorite and local Belizean fashion design star Rebecca Stirm was voted off the competition to the disbelief of her fans and most viewers on the Jamaican reality fashion show. It was a surprise to almost everyone, who couldn’t understand why, despite never being in the bottom ranks for any of the competitions during the show, and after winning more competitions than any other competitor, the sole Belizean designer who had more points accumulated that anyone else, was sent off in episode 11 of the hit television series. The turn of events left viewers shocked and bewildered as to why their favorite designer was sent home in the final competition of the season despite being firmly in the lead. Trinidadian, Ryan Chan, picked up his second win in a “task for the series’ final that was to create a mini collection for SOHO boutique dubbed ‘London 2012’ for a fashionista travelling to London for the Olympics.

Now in another twist to the saga, according to a post on their Facebook Fan Page, Mission Catwalk say that they will be bringing back the popular local fashion designer to the show in a wild card decision by the judges. This was surely a welcomed move and, as seen by the many comments on the post, is a decision that has made many fans happy to see the talented 19 year old fashion star back on the show. Time will tell how the judges will fit Rebecca back into the lineup and what her role will be in the competition when she returns. Naturally, Mission Catwalk spokespersons aren’t giving too much detail about what will be the outcome of her return to the competition nor the reaction of her competitors to the judge’s decision so you’ll have to tune in to Mission Catwalk on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 7:30pm to find out and see Rebecca back in action showcasing her talents.

AGSelectPR Kingston, Tuesday, June 12, 2012: After a shocking elimination on Mission Catwalk episode 11 where contestants were required to design a mini collection for a fashionista headed to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Belize’s own Rebecca Strim returns to the Caribbean fashion reality series as the ‘wild card’.

This second shot at the win is “very exciting and humbling” says the 19 year-old Belmopan resident who won four of the show’s 11 challenges and placed safe in three episodes.

“We wanted to see another collection so we had past contestants Kerin Scott (Ne Sera), Janel Jolly (Jae Jolly) and Rebecca show at CFW and ultimately we chose Rebecca as the wild card,” says Mission Catwalk host and executive producer Keneea Linton-George who along with regular panelists Novia McDonald-Whyte associate editor lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer and menswear designer Carlton Brown have judged the season two presentations.

On Friday June 8, 12 looks from the Rebecca Stirm Collection were shown at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW); the region’s premiere fashion event. Caribbean Model Search winner (2002) Jaunel McKenzie who has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Essence Magazines walked the CFW catwalk in Rebecca’s designs, as did Nell Robinson who has worked for brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur. Miss Universe Jamaica 2012 contestant Caribbean Model Search winner (2008) Crystal Patterson also wore Rebecca’s pieces on the catwalk.

Her CFW debut was made possible due in part to local sponsors Belize Bank and Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). For Rebecca, her experience in Jamaica means that the hard work is paying off.

“From the creation to the collection to fitting the models to seeing the looks out on the runway and getting to walk with my finale piece was a very, very rewarding experience.”

If she wins, Rebecca will receive JMD$500,000 courtesy of National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB) towards her clothing line, industrial sewing equipment valued at JMD$200,000 courtesy of singer Jamaica, a contract to sell the designs at SOHO boutique, a six-page fashion editorial in Ocean Style Magazine, a scholarship to pursue fashion program at London College of Fashion, an apprenticeship with Master Savile Row Tailor Andrew Ramroop and the opportunity to show at London Fashion Week in September.

The other designers contending for those prizes are Ryan Chan (Ryan Chan Designs) of Trinidad and Tobago, Gregory Williams (HOD by Gregory Williams)  and Crystal Powell (Crystal Christina) both of Jamaica

Tune in on Tuesdayn June 12 to see Rebecca’s CFW presentation as well as that of the other contenders.  Mission Catwalk airs at 7:30p.m. on Channel 5 and streams live at www.televisionjamaica.com/livetv.aspx

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