2015 Winner: Ellie Martin
Ellie Martin, the 2015 Model Winner, attends Mountain Brook High School and she loves to travel. She has been with a mother agency, Ursula Wiedmann Models in Atlanta, for a little over 2 years and was signed with Next Models Worldwide last summer (discovered by them through instagram) and has been pursuing modeling ever since! She has been to Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Peru, and hopefully will be going more places in the near future! She loves spending time with my friends and family and can't wait to see where modeling will take her!
2014 WINNER: ANNA MARIE MOBLEY
Anna Marie is a 26 year old native of Prattville and works in Montgomery with the Alabama Department of Public Health as their graphic designer and webcast specialist for the Video Communications and Distance Learning Division. She first joined the BFW family in 2012 after hearing about the event from a Birmingham photographer, and she’s been hooked ever since! Anna Marie says she can’t thank the BFW founders and crew enough for all the opportunities and connections she has made because of this event. “BFW is one of the highlights of my year and I will be a part of it as long as they will have me! The friendships I have made will last me a lifetime and it has been an honor and privilege to be the face of such a wonderful event that provides so many opportunities for the creatives in and around the Birmingham area.” Since her first year in BFW, she has been able to walk in NYFW twice and has had many other runway and print jobs around Alabama. Ms. Mobley still currently resides in Prattville, but hopes to make Birmingham home one day. She plans to always make time for modeling and is still considering whether joining an agency is part of her journey or not. “I am most alive and passionate when I’m modeling, so I hope for it to always be a part of my life in one way or another.”
2013 WINNER: ASHLEY BURGESS
“I am about to turn twenty-five, so I feel like I should already have my career set and working towards the future. While, I am working toward the future, it may not be the same as everyone else my age. First, I am getting back to basics. I am relearning myself and finding I have a lot of work to do yet; however, I am getting to know my true wants and needs and realizing I am a pretty cool gal. Second, I will be continuing my education, eventually receiving my masters in Psychology. I want to take baby steps back into college, starting with a couple of classes next fall. I do already know one thing, my passion for modeling and fashion is my escape; and I will play dress up and walk a runway, until I am wilted and walking with a cane.”
2012 WINNERS: CAROLINE DILLARD AND JONATHON CROY
At age 14 when she entered, Caroline Dillard had no idea that auditioning for BFW would bring so many exciting opportunities. Since being selected as the Face of Birmingham Fashion Week, she has modeled in Miami and New York and has signed with a major agency. Her interests include volleyball, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and friends. She plans to return to New York this summer and is most looking forward to serving with her church on a mission trip to Panama. Caroline is a sophomore at Vestavia Hills High School and plans to attend Auburn University.
Jonathan Croy, an Alabama native, has been modeling for the past three years. While living abroad in Amman, Jordan; Jonathan was scouted and advised to pursue modeling. Since then, Jonathan has signed with two agencies, in Alabama, and has worked and collaborated with local, national and international photographers and designers. Part of Jonathan’s self indulged platform is for health in fashion. A trend that finally starting to make an appearance in the fashion world. Jonathan has lost 175 pounds through diet and exercise and has full intentions of showing the fashion world that health is beauty. Jonathan is also an accomplished classical musician, having lived in Amman, Jordan and Beijing, China and worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States with his music. He has full intentions of pushing both careers head on. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BM in French horn performance and is currently looking for different representation.
2011 WINNER: LEAH FURMAN
Leah Furman is a 19 yr old native of Birmingham, AL and an aspiring model. She loves the creative process of modeling and thrives on fulfilling the vision of a designer or photographer. In addition to fashion, she loves Biblical Archaeology and hopes to make that her life’s work and live in the Middle East one day. She homeschooled all of her life and graduated at the age of 16 and will be starting college this year. With a relative in the airline industry, Leah has been blessed to be able travel internationally, which has enriched her immeasurably. Her interests are studying the Bible, spending time with her family, travel, foreign cultures, and the Great Outdoors.