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World Class: Rosanne van Welzen and European Top Models

European Top Models operates in 19 countries with a luxury resort in Maldives  (aka  “Paradise on Earth.”)  MARIE CLAIRE has already discovered the destination’s wondrous tropical delights.  LauraWil Intercultural plans to position Maldives as Hollywood’s eco-friendly vacation getaway of choice.  ETM will thus be on the cutting edge of our increasingly cosmopolitan city.

ETM has wisely awarded 18-year-old Dutch model Rosanne van Welzen for all her remarkable qualities.  When Rosanne was younger she loved making drawings and designs.  She has been dancing all her life, not remembering the time of her first moves.  Now drawing is one of Ms. van Welzen’s majors and she has learned several different types of dance.  She also plays the piano and writes poems and lyrics.  While learning to play the guitar, she is finding her voice as a singer.

Just last year Rosanne came into contact with modeling when asked to do a test shoot by a photographer at a salsa party.  From the first moment she loved being part of the creative process.  After a short period of active shoots, her career as a model has extended to catwalk as well.  Rosanne is already a published model for SEG Fashion in Holland and the cover model for the ETM Guide.

“One of my biggest ambitions is to grow and move forward as a professional model.  I will take on virtually every challenge to reach a higher level,” van Welzen claims.  “I am independent, motivated, and curious to meet new people and have new experiences.”

Taking Rosanne at her word, I have pitched many ideas for Fashion’s Night Out and Fashion Week in Amsterdam and LA.  Perhaps she could even link up with Dutch idol Doutzen Kroes.  And why not try a Dior couture shoot at Chateau Marmont should she ever come to the area??  The US warmly welcomes those who want to fly on the wings of their beautiful dreams.


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Dr. Laura Wilhelm was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 1965. Her family lived briefly in Palo Alto and Oakland, CA before settling in San Diego when Laura was 10. In 1988 Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College in Portland, OR with a major in Russian and minor in Classics. She received her doctorate in Russian language and literature with honors from the U of Kansas in 1994 before relocating to Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher. Laura belongs to Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society. Laura received much recognition for her work with the City of West Hollywood's Russian-speaking immigrant community before moving on to an eclectic teaching and consulting career in the Greater Los Angeles area. Since May 2009 Laura has run an award-winning business and talent development company called LauraWil Intercultural. Her associates comprise major international names in the arts, entertainment, fashion, literature, and science. Laura is a member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and sits on several of their committees. In West Hollywood she has helped to develop and promote programming for major world events such as Fashion's Night Out sponsored by VOGUE Magazine. In 2011 Laura's company was nominated for a WHCC Creative City Award (Category: Creative Communications). In January 2012 Laura was appointed CEO for a youth oriented online media company called vrmedia based in Washington, DC that has quickly formed networks up and down the East and West Coasts. At around the same time she started collaborating on charity fund raising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness with celebrated beauty pageant winner April Lufriu (Mrs. Florida, Mrs. America, and Mrs. World). Laura works with many other charities such as Finding Freedom International, Pals Around the World, and We Care For the World. She has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors for Designers 4 Africa, whose clientele includes A-list celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen. Laura's Los Angeles company is running an ongoing bi-cultural RUNGLISH book promotion whose author Nina Naydenova is allied with renowned Russian luminaries such as tenor Nikolai Baskov and Oksana Fedorova, Russia's only Miss Universe to date. vrmedia plans to carry a definitive annotated translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic autobiography CHILDOOD-BOYHOOD-YOUTH as well as many other world masterpieces through Penguin Classics. As Los Angeles Chair Laura reviews fashion events for Emerging Global Designers. She also writes regular features on cultural topics for COLD HEAT NEWS and HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY. She has appeared live on KNBSTV.COM and Global TV. In graduate school Laura worked and studied in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She and her husband have visited Greece and led two successful Explorica tours of Italy for students from Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA. Laura is active with the American-Russian Business Council, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Sister Cities. Recently she was designated Russian Ambassador for the multicultural 2012 Global Independence Day awards event at the Beverly Hilton. She has listings in numerous WHO'S WHO, American Biographical Institute, and International Biographical Centre publications.

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