Abercrombie & Fitch Cover Model Albert Reed Discovered By Fate When Accompanying Friend to Agency

Sep 07, 2004, 01:00 ET from Albert Reed

    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
 back-to-school catalog.
     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:
      Photographs available on request.
      Khalid Salaam
      KARIN Models
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