NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Albert Reed, the new face of popular
fashion outlet Abercrombie & Fitch, stormed onto the runway by chance when
accompanying a friend to KARIN, a Miami modeling firm.
"Albert walked into our agency in Miami with a girlfriend who was
interested in modeling. The agents at KARIN quickly looked past his friend,
seeing Albert's potential, and signed him on the spot -- something which
rarely happens," said Khalid Salaam of KARIN. "We knew this was someone who
would eventually draw the attention of top clients and possibly have a great
future in TV and film."
Since that fortuitous moment, Miami native Albert Reed, 19, has
experienced a rapid, high-profile rise in the fashion spotlight. Following his
discovery, Reed signed on to a steady string of modeling jobs in both the
United States and Europe, including a major shoot for the Italian sportswear
company SLAM, which featured Reed as the sole male model in its Spring/Summer
2004 catalog. Reed recently returned to Italy to shoot SLAM's Fall 2004
Reed's biggest break, however, came when KARIN arranged for Reed to meet
with internationally-acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber. This meeting led to a
photo shoot for clothing giant Abercrombie & Fitch, which also hired Reed to
star in a video for its website. After shooting the video, Reed learned that
Abercrombie & Fitch had selected him to star on the cover of the 2004
The catalog, sent to 10 million homes throughout the United States, thrust
Reed's face into the mainstream public eye and made him an overnight icon of
boy-next-door good looks, youthful vitality, and all-American outdoor
sportsmanship. "America started asking, 'Who is this guy with the LIVE TO SURF
tattoo on the billboard in Times Square?'" said Salaam.
Copies of the back-to-school catalog are in such great demand that they
are being sold on eBay. Abercrombie & Fitch also invited Reed to appear in its
new magazine, A&F. Launched in July in New York at a party hosted by Vanity
Fair, A&F features Reed and other models from the clothing company's "Rising
Stars" Campaign, including Sissy Spacek's daughter Schuyler.
"Albert has created such an industry buzz," Salaam commented. "His story
is unusual not only because of his 'accidental' discovery. He's also unique
because he chose to be a teenager and finish school before committing himself
full-time to modeling."
Reed's image on the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog cover has appeared as an
ad in Rolling Stone, GQ, and Teen Vogue. Reed has appeared in a number of
other magazines, including Seventeen and Cosmo Girl, and in advertisements for
Reebok, NIKE, Neiman Marcus, and Ray-Ban.
For more about Albert Reed, visit his newly-launched website:
NEW VISION MANAGEMENT LLC
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