|Venus Swimwear models Amber Arbucci and Marina
|Make-up artist Michelle VanderHule and E! TVs Carol
Just like last year, the Venus Swimwear catalog
models currently visiting "La Isla Bonita" are just as beautiful on the inside
as they are outside. Arriving last Saturday at Ramon's Village were models,
photographers, makeup artists and their assistants ready for a week of shooting.
The Venus group has returned to the island, this time, with two crews after
discovering it to be the perfect background scenery for their swimsuits.
This is Venus' last shoot of the year and it will be
featured in the 2002 catalog coming out in December. Lou Maggio, Director of
Photograpy and Production Promotion for Venus Swimwear, exclaimed, "We brought
an All Star Team with us this year-the best of the best!" Praising
Assistant Manager Einer Gomez and the entire staff of Ramon's Village and also
commenting on the outstanding beauty of the island, he added, "the people in San
Pedro are almost too nice-we just had to come back!" Ramon's Village Director of
Marketing Lance Chancellor explained how pleased Ramon's is to be hosting the
Venus crew once again. Invited to attend Sunday's shoot at Victoria House,
the San Pedro Sun photographer was more than
willing to snap a few photos and conduct interviews with the beauties. The
models "du jour" included high fashion's Amber Arbucci, E!
TV's Carol Grove and "the unforgettable" Marina Corwin, all
visiting Belize for the first time. Amber, an international model from Florida
has been featured in several top magazines around the world as well as Victoria
Secret and other well-known catalogs. She commented that, of all the tropical
locations she has worked in, "Belize is by far the best visually." Amber also
mentioned how much she loved swimming and interacting with the marine life at
Shark-Ray Alley. Carol, a former Miss Kansas, is the host of E!
TV's Search Party. She is also an international fitness
spokesperson for Muscle Tech, is featured in several health and fitness
magazines as well as a model for several prestigious catalogs. Carol has worked
for Venus and E!TV since 1994 but says
television is her favorite since more of her personality is allowed to emerge.
Marina, a renowned swimwear model, was scheduled to model twice before in
Belize, (the last time "Keith" postponed her trip) and is delighted to finally
be here after hearing about Ambergris Caye from her sister Lola, who attended
last year's shoot.
All Venus models are picked because
they possess a "the girl next door" look and personality-very approachable and
never intimidating. Lou Maggio insists that a "good attitude" is a must for
models and age doesn't matter. Several of the models mentioned the "family
feeling" they experience working with Venus. This year's high profile models
have worked for companies such as Frederick's of Hollywood, Victoria Secret and
Guess. Other models featured in the Belize photo shoots are Amanda Perez of
Colombia, South America; Amanda Marcum, named one of the top ten hottest women
in Maxim magazine and Jessica Pace, one of
Hollywood's biggest names in modeling.
Responsible for photography on one of the teams is Jorge Alvarez who attended
last year's Venus shoot and also works for People
Magazine. The other team photographer is Larry Bartholomew
whose work includes Macy's and Frederick's of Hollywood. Also returning to
Belize this year is Craig Honeycutt, a worldwide fashion makeup artist. Joining
him is Michelle VanderHule of Hollywood who is famous for creating the dazzling
smiles of such stars as Madonna.
Attending the Venus shoot
as well, are executives from Body Shop, a sportswear company whose clothing is
now included in Venus Swimwear catalogs. President Jerrold Rosenbaum has forty
years in the business with over 100 retail stores, but says this is his first
catalog experience. "Body Shop clothing compliments Venus swimwear, making this
joint effort a great success. We are happy to be a part of the largest mail
order swimwear business in the world, and especially happy to be here in
Belize," said Mr. Rosenbaum.
The community of San Pedro
welcomes all these wonderful people to the island and thanks them for the
exposure given to our destination. A brief description of each photo shoot
location is included in the inside cover of the catalog. Venus Swimwear sends
out approximately 20 million catalogs per year. Catalogs and merchandise can be
found on-line at www.venusswimwear.com.