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Fashion Forward

March 5, 2014
Hosted by Gabrielle Arcilla, Raina Donati, and Wendy Evens

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Fashion Forward

Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel

Fashion Forward is hosted by 2 young teens who will give you very different perspectives on fashion. They explore a variety of topics like what’s hot and what’s not, the latest trends including discussions on hair and nails and of course shopping! They will also interview professionals in the industry, such as clothing and jewelry designers and hair and make-up professionals. Listen in and join these teens as they follow a journey on the path to designing their own clothing line.

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Gabrielle Arcilla, Raina Donati, and Wendy Evens

Gabrielle Arcilla is a 12 year old 6th grader at Pima Elementary. Gabrielle lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her large family of 7. Gabrielle is involved in track and field and has won the Hershey’s state track and field championship for the last 2 years!

Gabrielle has a heart for community service her favorite organization to volunteer for is Feed My Starving Children.

Gabrielle also loves to sing and was featured in Kidz Bop 21 and several other music videos!

Gabrielle is involved in positive pageantry and has held several world and state titles. Gabrielle has a passion for fashion and has been blessed to be a working model and stands at 5’5”. In the future, make sure to keep your eye out for Gabrielle’s clothing line!

Raina Donati is a 13 year old 8th grader at Explorer Middle School in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has been involved in the radio/broadcasting program for the past 2 years. Raina lives in Scottsdale with her parents and little sister. You might be surprised to know that Raina enjoys raising chickens and goats! She also has 2 dogs and a parrot.

Besides fashion, Raina also has a love for the arts. She loves to sing, play the piano and act, in fact, Raina just was cast for the role of “Pepper” in Annie Jr. Raina also loves making short films and creating animation.

Raina also has been involved in positive pageantry for the past 6 years, where she held 3 state titles as “Miss Arizona” and has been a National Finalist and top 5 National talent and spokes model finalist in The National American Miss pageant system.

Raina and Host, Gabrielle Arcilla, have a very special and unique relationship. Raina has had the privilege of “crowning” Gabrielle as her successor to 2 of her Miss Arizona State titles.

With her prodigious talent, infectious energy and passion for style, Wendy Evens is a published fashion writer, model, on-camera and voice-over actor. Clients include Fila, Goldwell, Bloomingdale's, Macy’s and Banana Split Productions in the UK. She is the creator of “A Fashionable Blog” offering style and beauty articles for women and men. In 2012, she joined “BeautyLook Magazine” and served as fashion editor of the former digital and print publication for the beauty, fashion and modeling industries. Her dedication and adeptness to scope out trends and news and bring them to her readers in a fun and interesting way, makes her an expert source of fashion, beauty and style.

In 1998, Wendy founded W.E. Flight Services and worked as chief flight attendant aboard private jets. Her esteemed clients include Fortune 500 executives, celebrities, athletes, music concert tours and royalty. Her distinguished career took her to fashionable cities including London, Sydney, Paris, and São Paolo. Wendy is fond of the beach and is a gourmet cook in the making. A native of Vancouver, BC she has resided throughout the U.S. including Washington, D.C., Palm Beach and Chicago. She is an undergrad at the Academy of Art University, obtaining her Bachelor of Art, Fashion Journalism degree online and is a member of the Independent Fashion Blogger (IFB) community. She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, writing her first autobiographical novel and works aboard private jets on a freelance basis.

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