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Fashion Showcase Weekend to honour Kingsley Cooper
Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 Photo Video Previous Pause Next File CEO and chairman of Pulse Investments Limited, Kingsley Cooper. Kingsley Cooper and his daughter, Safia Cooper. Kingsley Cooper, Chairman of Pulse Investments Ltd, Jamaica's Entertainment Advisory Board and the immediate past chairman of the Caribbean Fashion Industry Association, will be honoured with the Ocean Style Fashion Icon Award during this year's Fashion Showcase Weekend. For the past eight years, the Ocean Style Fashion Showcase, has carved out a reputation as the premier Caribbean hub for designers, models and influencers originating from Jamaica and the wider region. This year, the organisers of this fashion extravaganza are in the process of curating an unparalleled experience for the discerning fun and fashion seeker, coupled with an all-inclusive weekend laced with innovation, celebration and haute couture. Ocean Style's Fashion Icon Award was established to honour those who have not only succeeded in establishing themselves as a force within the fashion industry, but have also gone above and beyond in promoting the overall visibility of the Caribbean's talent and reputation in the global fashion industry. Cooper has done just that and more, helping to mould the Caribbean fashion industry through his varied initiatives, such as the Pulse International Modelling Agency and its annual Caribbean Model Search, Caribbean Fashion Week, lifestyle television programme Caribbean Fashion Weekly, and the Caribbean Model Search reality show featuring Jamaican, regional and international legs of the Caribbean Model Search. Cooper is ecstatic about the recognition. "As we celebrate 35 years as an organisation, it is an absolute honour to accept the Ocean Style fashion icon award. We are happy to have made a difference in the lives of so many persons in so many parts of the world. I accept this award on behalf of the wider group of Pulse team members and associates who have contributed in so many ways to our success. I look forward to attending this important event," Cooper said.
Mr. Cooper was given the awarded for his outstanding contribution to the global fashion industry.
And today we are honoring Kingsley Cooper, one of the pioneers in Jamaican or Caribbean fashion…the founder of Caribbean Fashion Week and Pulse Modeling Agency Kingsley Cooper. Welcome back (to NY). Kingsley Cooper: It's good to be here. Kingsley Cooper: I love NY. I love the energy of NY. Jamaica Nyce: So, you started Pulse (Pulse Investments Limited) way back in 1980, right? Kingsley Cooper: Yes, long time ago. Jamaica Nyce: Right, but wasn't always in fashion, what was your vision for Pulse back then? Kingsley Cooper: Well, entertainment generally. Kingsley Cooper: Well, fashion was a part of it, because in the first year we also had, I remember bringing a fashion show from New York to Jamaica. Kingsley Cooper: Oh yes. Yes! Yes! Yes! We always saw it that was holistically. Jamaica Nyce: Yes. Kingsley Cooper: It's more so now, because every entertainer has a fashion line and.. Jamaica Nyce: That's right… Kingsley Cooper: You know, the whole nine yards. It's all about, you know, a sort of a whole catalytic movement in terms of the different things that spark new ideas and new ways of integration, and new dimensions to media. You know, it's multimedia they say, but you know it's more than that. Jamaica Nyce: Right. Kingsley Cooper: You know…yes! Jamaica Nyce: So, ah, you have Pulse Model Agency and in 2002 you started a model search. Of the model search, it's like you have the best models in the industry. How did you manage to tap into these fine talents? Kingsley Cooper: Well, they say I have a good eye. Kingsley Cooper: And now we have Jeneil Williams and Sedene Blake, who were the best runway girls this season. Kingsley Cooper: So, it never stops. Jamaica Nyce: So, is there a formula that you would say, when people are coming to Pulse? Kingsley Cooper: Great girls. Kingsley Cooper: Yes. Kingsley Cooper: Well, believe in yourself. Take your craft very seriously. Kingsley Cooper: The best Caribbean Fashion Week ever. You know, the best designers, the best entertainers, stylists, everything is going to be phenomenal this year. It's our tenth anniversary. Jamaica Nyce: Oh, it's your tenth anniversary? Kingsley Cooper: We are pulling all the stops. Jamaica Nyce: Alright, that's wonderful. Well, congratulations tonight for your honor (award). And thank you so much for being such an inspiration to all of us in the Caribbean as we try to aspire in the fashion entertainment industry. Kingsley Cooper: Thank you very much. Kingsley Cooper to Jamaica Nyce: Good job! Kingsley Cooper Honored Photo Gallery
Kingsley Cooper, CEO of Pulse, delivered the eulogy.
He described Toya as a "meaningful lady, who had a inner wisdom and insight". Cooper said that while Toya got a 'fight' from other women in the industry, she remained focused. "Toya was dancehall. She recorded over 20 songs for Downsound Records and worked hard at promoting her fashion brand," Cooper said. Delano Graham, cousin of the deceased, concurred with Cooper, saying that 'Toya was always the vibes of the party' who was a 'mother figure' in his life.
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