DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is delighted to announce that Sanaa Lathan and Alex Meneses have been engaged to headline this year's AGTA Spectrum Awards™ photoshoot. Taking place in Los Angeles, California in November, this industry-unique event follows the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition, North America's premier colored gemstone and cultured pearl jewelry design competition. "The stars are definitely coming out to take part in this amazing photo shoot. These talented women will beautifully showcase this year's winning designer jewelry pieces," stated AGTA CEO, Douglas K. Hucker. This year's photo shoot will once again be shot by renowned photographer, Andrew Macpherson. The photo shoot will be produced and styled by fashion expert, Tod Hallman of THPFashion, Inc.
Tony Award®-nominated actress, Sanaa Lathan was most recently seen starring in the hit thriller, The Perfect Guy, opposite Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, which debuted at number 1 in the North American box office. She recently completed production on two other films, including the independent feature, Ad Inexplorata, in which Lathan plays Captain Emily Maddox, a captain making a one-way trip to Mars. The film also stars Mark Strong and Luke Wilson. Ms. Lathan is also featured in the highly anticipated sequel, Now You See Me 2, in which Sanaa plays FBI Agent Natalie Austin with an ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
Alexandra "Alex" Meneses, the ALMA Award®-nominated actress, has been cast as popular diva actress Isabella on Hot & Bothered, a new NBC series from producer Eva Longoria. She has also been recently seen as Sophia on the ABC comedy, The Goldbergs. Alex first made a splash in the 1990s as Teresa Morales in the hit series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, followed by an ALMA Award®- nominated role as Stefania Fogagnolo, Robert's Italian girlfriend on Everybody Loves Raymond, and Joey Tribiani's sister, Cookie, on Friends. Other memorable TV appearances have included roles on Castle, Prison Break, NCIS, Psych, Austin & Ally and the voices of Svetlana and Fabrizia on The Cleveland Show.
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition has, for over 30 years, recognized distinctive jewelry design which incorporates colored gemstones and pearls, along with the Cutting Edge™ competition, which highlights extraordinary gemstone cutting and carving. Awards for jewelry design are presented in five categories: Bridal, Classical, Business/Day Wear, Evening Wear and Men's. Additional Spectrum Awards are sponsored by Platinum Guild International (Platinum Honors™), The Knot (Bridal Category), Silver Service Promotion (Savor Silver Awards), and the Women's Jewelry Association (Gem Diva™). Almost 500 entries, received from across the U.S. and Canada, will be adjudicated during this year's competition. Information can be found at www.agta.org/awards or by contacting Mr. Trace Boyd at 800-972-1162.
SOURCE American Gem Trade Association