Sonia Teixeira Couto Was born in Terceira Island Azores in 1980. Left her hometown of Praia da Vitoria in March of 2000 to go to Loughborough College in England, graduating there with an English Certificate. Once she returned home, she decided to initiate a new adventure and emigrate to the United States of America in July of 2000, living in the State of Rhode Island and attending the New England Institute of Technology where she Graduated from in 2004 with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science. Moving to Swansea MA in 2005 and making her residence there with her family.
In June of 2005 she started her career in Banking and currently she holds the Assistant Treasurer Branch Manager Position for the Bristol RI branch for BayCoast Bank.
Sonia loves many hobbies but one of her passions is singing and she is the soloist for the Banda Nossa Senhora da Luz in Fall River MA.
In 2021 a GREAT opportunity was presented to her. The renowned Supermodel/Designer Avadora Mimouni invited Sonia to become the Face of the Azorean Collection by Avadora Mimouni. Another Great opportunity to be part of a bigger project and a bigger message. Sonia took it and is now a model for Avadora Mimouni and has the honor to represent the Azorean Collection.
Her biggest accomplishments in life are her 3 children: Jason, Tyler, and Sophia.
Sonia’s Goal in life is to spread a message of Love is Love, Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity.
She Will be the face of the Editorial and walk the Runway for Designer Avadora Mimouni @ Prestige Top Model September 9th 2022
Currently residing in Jindabyne, in the NSW Snowy Moutains of Australia, Em is new to modelling industry after being crowned Ms Australia World Universal in March of 2021 at the age of 47.
Believing that our only limitations are the limitations we place on ourselves, Em is looking forward to continuing to gain experience in the modelling world both in Australia and internationally and seeing what opportunities are there for mature models in the industry and looks forward to being able to show people that age is no barrier to achieving great things in life.
When she’s not wearing her crown or walking the catwalk, Em can be found spending time with her gorgeous 8 year old son, walking, hiking, cycling and running through the Kosciouszko National Park and training for NYC Marathon. Em is also studying for her CertIV in Real Estate Practice and Diploma of Business Management.
I am Robbie Canner hailing from Sydney Australia. Ms World 2018/19, Ms World Universal 2020/21, National and International Director Ms World Universal Pageant, Model, Influencer, Runway Coach and Mentor, Guest Speaker and at 64yo spreading the word that Age Is No Barrier to anything you wish to achieve or do and writer.
I am so honored to be a part of the gorgeous Avadora Mimouni Collection at New York Fashion Week 2022 and look forward to continuing our friendship on and off the runway for a long time to come.
Kayla Kotsch is primarily an autism advocate who was recently named Worlds Miss United States Tourism 2022. She is also a writer, public speaker, and passionate about inclusion. Kayla was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and it has fundamentally shaped who she is today. She has overcome many obstacles in her 19 years; all due to the amount of advocacy she has received.
Kayla decided in 2019 that she wanted to make a change, a change for herself and for other people like her. She overcame substantial bullying sustained in school as well as being excluded from school events, etc. due to her autism diagnosis. She got tired of having no voice and took a stand to show people that she is different, not less. Now she strives to make a change on how people view autism, showing the wonderful things about autistic people, as well as advocating for a change in state and federal laws. Kayla has spoken within her school, community, and state advocating the need for change and acceptance. Today, not only does she work in her platform of autism awareness, but she has also taken on the platforms of Pet Partners and childhood cancer awareness.
Kayla’s goals for the future are to be able to one day start her own organization that will help those with disabilities learn to advocate for themselves and grow a career in the fashion industry. Being presented with opportunities and role models such as Avadora, Kayla is grateful for the recognition, the inclusion, and the feelings of acceptance. These opportunities only encourage her drive in advocating and in reaching her goal.
Summer is a 16 year old model, actress, and designer of Ètè Alexandrìe. She is a homeschooled honor student in the 10th grade. Aside from her modeling, acting and designing she aspires to go to college and major in Law or Medicine. She has been featured in several magazines as well as international media. Summer also wants to be an example to other teens and young adults to be comfortable in yourself and believe in what you aspire to become.
Cherie Corso is a wife & mother, with a passion for marketing, art and fashion. On TV, she is a national patenting & commonsense lifestyle expert appearing on Fox & Friends, Dr Oz, CNN. A blogger who has inspired stories for NewYork Post (give your kid a debit card and mommy and me ) . Entrepreneurship is her specialty, having developed and sold two successful businesses. She has been a national spokesperson for Wedderspoon Honey and Crocs just to name a few. She volunteers her time to assist entrepreneurs in developing business at the Fordham Gabelli School of Business She is also an environmentalist that likes to support people’s health and wellness. For more information go to www.cheriecorso.com
Lorraine Silvetz received her BFA from N.Y.U. Film School and her Master’s from N.Y.U. School of Social Work in 2005. She is a psychotherapist, writer and Executive Director, having founded Global Stress Initiative (GSI) a program under the International Committee Against Mental Illness (ICAMI) a 65 year old mental health 501c3 directed by her Uncle, Robert Cancro, MD in 2010. She and several of GSI’s supporters, including 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Anchor, Rita Cosby, philanthropist/entrepreneur, Mitzi Perdue, Medical Director of ICAMI, Robert Cancro, MD and she received Congressional Awards, in 2011, from Congressman Townes for their donation of treatment for service members and veterans with PTSD and TBI. Lorraine and her husband, Robert Silvetz, MD introduced the cutting edge treatment, in the northeast, in 2019. GSI extended their focus of treatment to include not only service members/veterans but domestic violence and human trafficking survivors impacted by PTSD and TBI. Lorraine has served as face and advocate for Avadora Mimouni Collection in 2021/2022.
Recipient of NAMI 2021 Multicultural award and named, “Shirley Chisholm Phenomenal Woman” by Senator Jesse Hamilton, Mayor Eric Adams, and City Council Member Laurie Cumbo. Dr. Elisa is a Clinical Social Worker and mental health expert and advocate. Dr. Elisa is a frequent media guest on Fox 5 NY and Hot 97.1 (Street Soldiers). Most recently featured in CSU Global, she has been featured in a variety of media outlets around the country, including CNN and Bloomberg News. Her direct advice has appeared in Real Health Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Bergen Record, Amsterdam News and Voice of America. She has presented at conferences around the country to include National Urban League, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Congressional Caucus.