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ProfileBrad Goreski

BIO

Brad Goreski is a celebrity fashion stylist and TV personality. His clients include Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rashida Jones and Minka Kelly. He is also the star of “It's A Brad, Brad World,” the Bravo docudrama about his life and career.

Goreski recently released his memoir, Born to be Brad, and was also named the Exclusive Brand Stylist for Kate Spade NY. In addition, Goreski frequently contributes editorial work to various magazines, including InStyle, Details, BlackBook, and LA Confidential.

He is originally from the small Canadian town of Port Perry, Ontario and now splits his time between Los Angeles and New York living with his boyfriend, Gary Janetti.

ProfileCee Lo Green

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CeeLo Green is a singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor, professional “lady killer,” and one of the busiest men of 2011/2012. He received five 2011 Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit “Forget You” winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance.” The single is certified Gold in the United States and Denmark, and achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand and the UK, and multi-platinum status in Australia. He made his famous debut appearance on “SNL” with Gwyneth Paltrow in January 2011 before their over-the top performance at the Grammys in February, followed by his performance at the Brit Awards the next night where he won an award for the “Best International Male” category. In April, Green made his first appearance on “Oprah” remixing her famous talk show theme song. He also performed at the Billboard Music Awards in May, the BET Awards in June and at Lollapalooza in August, all on top of being cast on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” as a coach/mentor.

Additionally, Green is currently the face for the new 7UP campaign and is also featured in the new Las Vegas Tourism campaign which kicked off this year.

Green first came onto the music scene as a member of the hip-hop group Goodie Mob. They released their debut album “Soul Food” in 1995 pioneering them to the top of the emerging southern rap scene. Goodie Mob released two more albums “Still Standing” (1998) and“World Party” (1999), and is back in the studio working on a new album. After Green’s success with Goodie Mob, he reinvented himself and formed Gnarls Barkley with deejay-producer Danger Mouse and released the 2006 worldwide hit “Crazy” which reached #1 in various singles charts worldwide and in the US, reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following Gnarls Barkley, Green put his time back into a true solo career as CeeLo Green and released the 2010 album “The Lady Killer,” which featured his hit single “Forget You.” Green is presently in the studio working on a new solo ‘covers’ album of his favorite classic songs (release date TBA).

On a personal note, Green grew up in Atlanta, GA. Both of his parents were ordained ministers and he started his music career in church. His father died when he was just two years old and his mother, a volunteer firefighter, was involved in a fatal car crash and died when he was 18. As a result, Green got involved with Duracell’s “Power of Those Who Protect Us” program, which benefits the National Volunteer Fire Council, a non-profit group representing the interests of volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services. Green is also passionate about helping sick children in hospitals around the Atlanta area and is working on developing a ‘Green-House’ in Atlanta, where children can visit to escape the hospital and enjoy life. 

ProfileClaudia Jordan

BIO

Claudia Jordan got her first taste of the entertainment business while still a newspaper reporter in Providence, Rhode Island once she won the crown becoming Miss Rhode Island and going on to compete in the Miss USA Pageant in 1997. Shortly after, Claudia beat out thousands of hopefuls and became the second African-American woman ever to be a "Barkers Beauty" on the longest running television show on TV-the Price is Right on CBS.

Claudia then went on to co-host a show on the Style Network-with CSI Miami's Eva La Rue-The Modern Girls Guide to Life (for 2 seasons-aired on Style Network and it's sister station E!)Claudia was a part of the cast of BET's sports show Ballers with John Salley, Guy Tory and Hugh Douglas, and she was a correspondent on Fox Sports extreme sports show 5-4-3-2-1 and covered all the entertainment segments for the show interviewing Cameron Diaz, Drew Cary, Drew Barrymore, John Voight, Will Smith and many more Hollywood A listers. She completed a few spots for Fox Sports the Best Damn Sports Show.

Claudia was also part of the number one show on NBC since ‘Friends’, the popular game show, ‘Deal or No Deal’ for three years. She was the most recognizable model on the show and because of her quick wit & business savvy and her love of real estate Donald Trump had picked her to be on season 2 of Celebrity Apprentice where she caused quite a stir. After Celebrity Apprentice Mr. Trump wanted to continue work with Claudia, so he hired her to host the 2009 Miss Universe pageant on NBC which was highly rated and had millions of viewer’s world wide.

Claudia in her quest to wear many hats in the industry, has also tried her hand at stand up comedy and has hosted a few comedy shows and done some stand up which she certainly sharpened her comedic skills while working along side Jamie Foxx for 4 years on his Satellite radio show ‘The Foxxhole’. Claudia blessed with brains and beauty was often deemed "The Medical Model" for her knowledge of biology and science.

Claudia also had an opportunity to fly to Denver to cover the Democratic Convention and then onto Washington DC where she covered the inauguration of our current President Barack Obama. Claudia eventually was given her own radio show on Sirius radio for 2 years called The Claudia Jordan show where she and her crew discussed relationships on her hilarious but informative 1 hour weekly show.

Claudia has also worked as a host for BET J and Centric as she traveled around the Caribbean and covered the various Jazz festivals and showed the viewers the "best of" what the Caribbean islands had to offer. Claudia also hosted the Centric Red Carpet Pre-show when the network brought back the Soul Train awards. She has guest hosted for the popular syndicated show Extra and also host TV Ones Access Hollywood.

Recently Claudia caught the acting bug and landed the role of Miss Wilson-a teacher for Bright Ideas Entertainment and Executive Producer Debbie Allen’s new Sitcom, “MY PARENTS, MY SISTER AND ME” starring opposite Robin Givens. She is also training now for the film “The Runner” where she plays an Olympic track star struggling with the staying competitive while being tempted to experiment in performance enhancing drugs.

Claudia loves working with charities and donates her time every year to host the Little Miss African American pageant as well as the Watkins awards which are both non-profits that recognized excellence amongst our youth.
Claudia is currently in pre-production of her new talk show that will air on VH-1-a panel show called Tiny Tonight which will cover pop culture, current events and relationships. The first episode airs December 9th on Vh1.

Claudia also hosts an internet radio show called Reach Around Radio-twice a week where she and her co-host deliver a hilarious and edgy comedy show and interview any and everyone from politicians to pop stars.

Claudia has appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue, covers of many magazines as well as being featured in People Magazines 100 most beautiful people. What is next for Claudia Jordan…..Stay tuned there is always more to come! 
Profile

Diego Boneta

BIO

Diego Boneta was named Cinemacon (formerly Showest) Rising Star of 2012 and won the ALMA Award for Best Male Actor. He was recently named one of Us Weekly’s “12 Breakout Stars of 2012.” Earlier this year, Diego starred in director Adam Shankman’s and New Line Cinema’s “Rock of Ages” as Drew, which was distributed through Warner Brothers in June. The film’s cast included Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Mary J Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones and Paul Giamatti.

Boneta can be seen currently in creator Craig Wright’s new show for MTV, “Underemployed.” Previously he had recurring roles on ABC Family’s hit series “Pretty Little Liars” and on CW’s “90210.” Born in Mexico City, Boneta began his career at the age of 12 when he participated in “Codigo Fama,” a children's singing reality series in Mexico. Boneta was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2006 MTV Awards Latin America as well as the Best Solo Singer at the 2008 MTV Awards Latin America. 

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Kerri Walsh Jennings

BIO

Kerri Walsh Jennings began her career on the indoor volleyball court at Stanford University and garnered a number of records before transitioning to the sand where she and teammate Misty May-Treanor became the unstoppable duo garnering the most wins in beach volleyball history. Together, Walsh and May-Treanor have won three Olympic gold medals; Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Walsh is a Two-time Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) MVP, a Six-time Team of the Year recipient with May-Treanor, and AVP Best Offensive and Most Outstanding Player in 2003 and 2007. In addition, The Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) named her Best Hitter, Best Blocker and Sportsperson in 2007. She is only the second player in NCAA history to receive First-Team All-American honors all four seasons while at Stanford University (1996-1999) and in 2011 she will be inducted into the Stanford University Hall of Fame.

Off the court, Walsh is dedicated to her “Chase the Stars” Foundation whose mission is to make an immediate and positive impact on the lives of as many children as possible. Walsh and the organization have supported various charity partners from St. Jude to the local Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley.

Married to U.S. volleyball player, Casey Jennings, Walsh is also the proud mom of two young sons and resides in Manhattan Beach, CA. 
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Masaharu Morimoto

BIO

Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of “Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America”—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. He has effectively created a signature cuisine that has positioned him as one of the foremost chefs today. After an injury that ended his promising baseball career, Morimoto began studying sushi and kaiseki in his native Hiroshima, Japan. At age 24, he opened his own restaurant and five-years later sold it and traveled to America. In 1993, Morimoto was tapped to head the sushi bar and Japanese kitchen at the Sony Club and later was recruited to join the first Nobu restaurant as executive chef in 1994.
In 2001, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi and Mexico City. Most recently, he opened his second New York restaurant, Tribeca Canvas which features a bistro-style menu that showcases the acclaimed chef’s interpretation of comfort food.
After opening his first eponymous restaurant in Philadelphia, Wasabi by Morimoto launched at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Wasabi revolutionized Japanese cuisine in India by starting a sushi boom across the sub-continent and has appeared several times on the San Pellegrino “Top 100 Restaurants in the World” list. Morimoto later brought his eponymous restaurant to New York City, earning a James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design” in addition to many more accolades. In 2010, Morimoto Napa was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s "Best U.S. Restaurant Openings," and later that year, Morimoto Waikiki also opened to critical acclaim. At Morimoto Mexico City, Morimoto has fused local culture with Japanese tradition to create another celebrated restaurant.
His first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, won two IACP awards in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award" being nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. 

Profile

Pablo Sandoval

BIO

Pablo Sandoval, Nicknamed Kung Fu Panda, is a professional baseball player from Venezuela who represents the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball as an infielder. He is a two-time All-Star and has won two World Series championships with the Giants. During this year’s World Series against the Detroit Tigers, Sandoval tied the record for most home runs. He joins Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only other players to accomplish this amazing feat.
Sandoval created the Panda Kids Foundation in the United States and the Hermanos Sandoval al Bate in Venezuela. The Panda Kids Foundation is focused on helping children in the United States, mostly in the San Francisco area. Hermanos Sandoval al Bate is committed to supporting the children of Venezuela by promoting lasting improvements in the lives of underprivileged children, especially those who are poor, disabled, sick, or in charitable need. It is Sandoval’s belief that by assisting these children, he is investing in their futures and the future of their community as a whole. Sandoval is also working with an organization called Positive Athlete to help promote positivity in America’s youth. 
Profile

Nigel Barker

BIO

Nigel Barker has been taking the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment by storm for the past 20 years. Regarded as a world renowned photographer, Barker began his career as a model for over 10 years in London, Milan, Paris and New York City. In 1996, he opened StudioNB, his photo studio in Manhattan. Quickly rising to the top, he shot for magazines like GQ, Interview, Lucky, Tatler, Cover, Town & Country and Seventeen as well as for designers and brands such as Nicole Miller, Ted Baker, Lands' End, Nine West, Lexus, Leviev, Jordache, Beefeater, Pamella Roland, Ford and Sony.

Barker’s presence in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries have resulted in an array of exciting roles as a director, spokesperson, author and 17 seasons as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model.” Currently hosting Oxygen’s groundbreaking competition series “The Face,” the battle to find the next supermodel, Barker is working with Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha to transform hopefuls into the face of a national brand. The show will premiere on Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm ET/PT. In his personal time, Barker is passionate about giving back and is actively involved with the USO and serves as a celebrity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Do Something organization and the United Nations Foundation.  

Profile

Ximena Navarrete

BIO

On August 23, 2010 Ximena Navarrete's life changed completely when she won the world's largest beauty competition and the title of Miss Universe. The Mexican beauty queen was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and studied nutrition until her career path changed completely.

Winning the Miss Universe title combined with her exceptional image and charisma has given Navarrete the opportunity to work with several international and national brands such as Ferrero Rocher, Old Navy, Sears, among others. Navarrete is a talent for Trump Model Management and currently a spokesperson and the face of L'Oréal Paris. She is also the image of the perfume Success by Trump. Navarrete has focused her career as a presenter and host. Most recently, she signed a contract with the largest and most important television network in Latin America, Televisa, which has allowed her to host various TV specials and programs in Mexico.

Navarrete has been committed to her career but never forgetting to give back to her community. Since becoming Miss Universe 2010, she has worked with various charities especially those dedicated to helping people living with HIV. In addition, the state of Jalisco named her their Tourism Ambassador, a title only given to a few personalities in Mexico.

ProfileXimena Navarrete

BIO

On August 23, 2010 Ximena Navarrete's life changed completely when she won the world's largest beauty competition and the title of Miss Universe. The Mexican beauty queen was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and studied nutrition until her career path changed completely.

Winning the Miss Universe title combined with her exceptional image and charisma has given Navarrete the opportunity to work with several international and national brands such as Ferrero Rocher, Old Navy, Sears, among others. Navarrete is a talent for Trump Model Management and currently a spokesperson and the face of L'Oréal Paris. She is also the image of the perfume Success by Trump. Navarrete has focused her career as a presenter and host. Most recently, she signed a contract with the largest and most important television network in Latin America, Televisa, which has allowed her to host various TV specials and programs in Mexico.

Navarrete has been committed to her career but never forgetting to give back to her community. Since becoming Miss Universe 2010, she has worked with various charities especially those dedicated to helping people living with HIV. In addition, the state of Jalisco named her their Tourism Ambassador, a title only given to a few personalities in Mexico.
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