|Born||Margaret Mary Rizer
(1978-01-09) January 9, 1978
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Hair color||Blonde (natural)|
Margaret Mary Rizer was born to Maureen and Kevin Rizer in Staten Island, New York. Her parents divorced before she was a year old when her father announced he was gay. A decade later her mother remarried, to John Breen, and she was raised in Watertown, New York. Her extended family includes four siblings: Julia, Patricia, Katie, and Jake. The family, who lives in upstate New York, appeared in a 2001 Teen Vogue layout. Rizer was fourteen when her openly gay father died of AIDS, and she has since become involved in AIDS awareness.[clarification needed]
Rise to Fame
Her high school graduation portrait was hung in Burns Photography studio and in the local mall. Neighbors saw the photo and encouraged the girl’s mother to send the photo to the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City. Rizer’s pale skin, covered in freckles, and her bright blue eyes caught the modeling world’s attention.
She initially turned down modeling offers to continue her studies at the State University of New York at Geneseo and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her hair is naturally strawberry blonde, which she dyed red to attract the attention of Italian Vogue and photographer Steven Meisel. They booked her for her first cover and 20-page couture layout in September 1997. She was also featured on the April 1999 cover of American Vogue with Kate Moss. Her second American Vogue cover was in November 2000 with models Carmen Kass, Angela Lindvall, and Frankie Rayder. The same year she was up for the 2000 VH1/Vogue “Model of the Year” award. Carmen Kass was the eventual winner. She has appeared in many fashion spreads and on the covers of dozens of fashion magazines including Elle, Lucky, Vogue, and Flare.
She has walked the runway for Fendi, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Miu Miu, Michael Kors, Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, Jil Sander, Blumarine, Céline, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Missoni, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Alberta Ferretti, and Viktor & Rolf. Rizer has appeared in fashion campaigns for Versace, Prada, Calvin Klein, Valentino SpA, Céline, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Escada, Lanvin, Clinique, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, Fendi, Max Mara, Gap, Dooney & Bourke, and Neiman Marcus.
She was at the peak of her modeling career in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has done limited film and television work, appearing briefly in Sex and the City Season 6 episode (“Let There Be Light”); also briefly on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 2 (“The Girl Who Floats Like a Butterfly and Stings Like a Bee”) while demonstrating proper runway walk to the contestants. She had a more prominent appearance on the CW show Stylista Episode 6 (“Model Behavior”) while giving the contestants an idea what it’s like to cater to the demands of a top model client. She appeared in a scene (later deleted) in the film Zoolander, asking Ben Stiller‘s title character (Derek Zoolander) to “come and join our sex party!” with a group of models in a limousine.
People, in its December 15, 2008 issue, ran a story about Rizer’s attempts at a modeling comeback. In late 2009, she began appearing in advertisements for Dooney and Bourke. In 2010, she featured prominently on the website for the L.L.Bean SIGNATURE line and in the print catalog.
In March 2014, Rizer returned to the runway, walking for Louis Vuitton at autumn/winter Paris Fashion Week, and in May at the house’s 2015 cruise show in Monaco. In September, Rizer opened for Michael Kors at Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week. Rizer appeared among other “Icons” on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Vogue Japan. Rizer was featured on the cover of the November issue of Numéro Tokyo. In 2015, Rizer walked for Prabal Gurung at Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week and in August, was shot by Inez and Vinoodh for American Vogue. In 2016, Rizer appeared in a holiday campaign for Banana Republic.
Loss of modeling fortune
Maggie earned around $20,000 per fashion show and her day-rate started at $30,000. She reportedly amassed a fortune of $7 million in only five years. At age 20, Rizer and her mother hired a New York City financial manager to handle her money in exchange for five percent of her earnings. Weeks later, her stepfather John Breen, who was in the insurance industry, told her that this was a waste of money and that he wanted to handle all of her finances. Breen had a serious drinking problem, however. The family would assume he was at work as he worked for himself at a small local insurance agency. According to him, after he lost his savings, he turned to Rizer’s money and sometimes lost over $60,000 of it per day. No one but John was aware of these losses.
Maureen Brennan forced her husband into alcohol rehab and while he was gone, she came across receipts, documents, and forged checks in his trashcan at his office. She slowly unraveled the details of his addiction and discovered that Breen had gambled away all of Maggie’s modeling income and the money Maggie had inherited upon the death of her biological father, Kevin, from AIDS in 1992. In 2004, her stepfather was convicted of grand larceny and conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to sixteen to forty-eight months in prison. The family was left with no money. Ford, and then her new modeling agency, IMG, encouraged Rizer to seek therapy. Rizer mostly dropped out of modeling for the next five years. In consequence, Maureen Brennan briefly went on public assistance to support her family. An article about Rizer appeared in New York Magazine (April/May 2005) and online.
|2004||Sex and the City||Party Girl||1 episode|
|2004||America’s Next Top Model||Guest Judge||cycle 2|
|Born||(1984-09-25) 25 September 1984
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||La Salle College|
|Height||5 ft 9.4 in (1.76 m)|
|Hair colour||Dark brown|
Jessica Gomes (born 25 September 1984) is an Australian model who appeared in the Swimsuit Issue of the American publication Sports Illustrated every year from 2008 to 2015. She works extensively in Australia and Asia. She has strong followings in South Korea and in the East Coast hip hop community. Gomes is the featured spokesperson for Australian corporations David Jones Limited. She has also been a spokesperson for South Korean conglomerates LG Electronics and Hyundai. Gomes served as the face of the Estee Lauder/Sean John fragrance “Unforgivable”.
She is the daughter of a Portuguese father, Joe Gomes, and a Singaporean Chinese mother, Jenny. Although sources such as her Fashion Model Directory listing contain a Perth, Western Australia, birthplace, other sources state that Gomes was born in Sydney or nearby Wahroonga in New South Wales. Gomes says she was born in Sydney. She was raised in Perth. Ocean Drive writer Peter Cullum presents one of the more detailed biographical sketches of Gomes in which he claims she first lived in Sydney and then the family “opted out of Sydney for the semirural isolation of Western Australia” where she had “a semi-rural tomboy childhood”. She is the youngest child in her family that includes two older sisters and an older brother.
Gomes’s mother sent her to modelling classes at Linda-Ann Model Academy in Perth suburb Midland at the age of 13. There her acting led to a modeling contest and the start of her career. In 2004, she signed with IMG Models after moving to New York City. She has avoided Paris and Milan and done extensive work in most of Asia’s major markets — including Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai — where she feels mixed heritage models are more successful. According to Diane Smith, senior editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, she is regarded as a “nontraditional” beauty and in her Australian homeland she is regarded for her multiracial background.
Gomes has enjoyed much success through South Korean advertising campaigns. In 2007 she appeared in advertisements for Hyundai Sonata. The following year, she appeared in an advertisement for LG Cyon Bikini Phone, in which she promoted the split screen cellphone wearing a two-piece bikini, under the tagline “Touch the Wonder.” This ad campaign is credited as having pushed Gomes to stardom in South Korea. Her popularity grew, and by 2013 between her spokesmanships and Korean television show appearances, she had reached celebrity status.
Beyond her South Korean success, Gomes has appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Glamour, American Glamour and Victoria’s Secret catalogue, has modeled for DKNY Jeans, Garnier, Levi’s, Motorola, Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret, and appeared on the cover of Biba. She signed with Estee Lauder as the face of Sean John‘s Unforgivable fragrance. She has been featured in ads for Jay-Z Rocawear. In 2009, she was in a Cass Beer ad campaign with Lee Min Ho. She was the Maxim Cover girl for November 2011. On Friday 22 March 2013, Gomes was announced as the fashion ambassador for Australian retail giant David Jones Limited, replacing Miranda Kerr and joining Megan Gale, Jason Dundas, Montana Cox, Gai Waterhouse and Emma Freedman. That July, she debuted for Jones on the runway. After Gomes became the face of Enprani Cosmetics, she launched a lip gloss named Gomes Pink. Gomes has also shot editorials for the Australian and Vietnamese editions of Harper’s Bazaar and modelled for the cover of Cleo.
Gomes was listed at number 34, 8 and 94 in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 AskMen international poll of “world’s most desirable women”. She is listed at number 25 in the Maxim‘s Top 25 Hottest Females of 2012 and number 8 in Maxim Australia‘s Hot 100 of 2012. In 2013, she was listed at number 6.
In 2008, she was part of a record group of seven “rookie” Swimsuit Issue models, along with Quiana Grant, Melissa Haro, Yasmin Brunet, Melissa Baker, Jeisa Chiminazzo and Jarah Mariano. That year, she was featured in a bodypainting layout as a canvas for bodypaint artist Joanne Gair. By the time of her fifth consecutive Swimsuit issue, she had surpassed all models of Asian heritage.
The modeling school in Midland where Gomes attended was also a child casting agency and in 1997, Gomes, along with many other students of the school, appeared as extras in the Australian miniseries The adventures of the Bush Patrol,.. Later that same year, Gomes appeared in a series of ads for the Western Australian ‘2&5 fruit and veg campaign’ where she and fellow LAMA student Danielle presented short cooking segments aimed at school-aged children. While she lived in New York City, she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Her Chinese-Portuguese heritage has contributed to her popularity in the Asian market, and in 2009, her reality TV-show My Name Is Jessica Gomes was launched on the English language South Korean television network On Style owned by On-Media. In the shows second season it chronicled her time in New York. She is regarded as a choreographer and made her dancing debut in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars on 10 June 2011. She placed third that season.
Gomes has a variety of East Coast Hip Hop connections. In January 2012, Gomes was revealed as the voice behind saying the name of Rick Ross‘s label Maybach Music Group at the beginning of certain tracks that the company produces. She is “name-checked” in the Kanye West GOOD Fridays song “Christian Dior Denim Flow“. Gomes participated as a celebrity driver in a promotional celebrity challenge racing event by Mazda associated with the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. Gomes also starred in Z.Tao’s music video “Crown”.
Gomes was born in Sydney, Australia, and has an older brother and two older sisters. One of her sisters, Bianca, was a successful model in Australia and overseas before Jessica began seriously modeling. She counts Australian Elle Macpherson and the multiracial model China Machado, the first non-White model to appear on the cover of a US fashion magazine, as her role models. She dined with Perth native and friend Heath Ledger in New York the day before he died.
In 2005, Gomes moved to New York City and was a flatmate of Gemma Ward. She formerly attended La Salle College. She continued to live in New York at the time of her Swimsuit Issue debut in 2008 and as late as 2011. Gomes’ mother was born in Hong Kong, and grew up in Singapore, and her father is from Portugal, and spent time in Paris. Both immigrated to Australia in the 1970s.
Trenyce in a 2012 London photoshoot
|Birth name||Lashundra Trenyce Cobbins|
|Born||(1980-03-31) March 31, 1980
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Lashundra Trenyce Cobbins (/trəˈniːs/; born March 31, 1980) is an American singer and actress best known as a finalist on the second season of American Idol and for her work in musical theatre. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Trenyce won one of the categories of the NAACP ACT-SO as a teenager, and attended the University of Memphis on a music scholarship.
In 2004, Trenyce began to focus on theatre, playing roles in the plays Not a Day Goes By, The Vagina Monologues, Soul Kittens Cabaret and Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie. In 2006, she played the lead role of Deena Jones in an Indianapolis production of the musical Dreamgirls. She made her film debut in 2008 and became the first American Idol contestant to headline a show in Las Vegas. She originated the role of Portia in David E. Talbert‘s play Love in the Nick of Tyme. Trenyce performed in a 2009 North American tour of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
From 2010 to 2013, she was the leading female vocalist in the revue Thriller – Live during a European tour and its West End run. She appeared in the 2013 comedy film Kick-Ass 2. In 2015, Trenyce hosted the Franco Dragone-produced cabaret show Taboo at the casino City of Dreams in Macau, China. She then returned to London for an extended reprise of her role in Thriller – Live. In 2017, she starred in the cabaret production Heart & Soul: Music of Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick & Diana Ross, in California. In the same year, she played Diana Ross in a North American tour of Motown: The Musical.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Credits
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early life and education
Trenyce was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 31, 1980. Her father, Jesse Cobbins, worked for St. Joe Company, and her mother, Linda Ruth Cobbins, worked at FedEx. She has an older and a younger sister. As a child, she decided to be known by her middle name, feeling that it better suited her ambitions as a performer. Trenyce has written that her interest in music started after performing a solo in a musical production celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. She grew up in North Memphis, where she attended Central High School and performed in various talent shows and pageants. In 1996, she won first place in a singing competition at the national NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics in Atlanta.
At the age of nineteen, Trenyce was arrested for theft at work. A Shelby County, Tennessee, court permitted her to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that expunged the felony charges from her record. She has denied the theft and claimed that it was a co-worker who stole the items from her workplace. Trenyce attended the University of Memphis on a full music scholarship. While in college, she joined the University Singers ensemble choir and its band Sound Fuzion, which toured throughout Tennessee. After completing three years of the school’s nursing program, Trenyce left the University of Memphis to pursue music full-time, performing in such venues as Rhythms Night Club, Precious Cargo and Isaac Hayes’ Restaurant.
2002–03: American Idol
In October 2002, Trenyce auditioned for the second season of the reality television series American Idol. She became one of the 32 semi-finalists. She was eliminated in the top 30 round, but judge Paula Abdul chose her as a “wildcard selection” to become one of the twelve finalists. Trenyce’s arrest was disclosed to the public during an appearance on the show, but she was not removed from the series, as had happened with some former contestants. Producer Nigel Lythgoe clarified that Trenyce informed the producers of her criminal history from the outset. Trenyce placed fifth during the season finals. Jim Cantiello of MTV News connected the disclosure of Trenyce’s mug shot and felony theft charges to her elimination from the show by public voting. Entertainment Weekly also concluded that the news relating to her criminal record reduced her appeal with voters. Several media commentators suggested that racism may have played a role in Trenyce’s elimination, as she was one of only two dark-skinned finalists during the season (the other was winner Ruben Studdard).
Entertainment Weekly found her to be one of the show’s most underrated contestants and called her a “polished performer with enough sass to eschew her surname”. Tim Cuprisin of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel criticized Trenyce’s use of her mononomous stage name as “a bit too slick even for a slick competition”. Jan Jagodzinski argued in a 2005 book, however, that the name was an attempt to garner “an American appeal”, since her birth name Lashundra Cobbin is “an impossible ‘pop’ signifier”. Judge Simon Cowell said that he “never really warmed” to Trenyce, as she “worked very hard at her image – too hard”.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Notes||Results|
|Audition||N/A||“I Learned from the Best“||Whitney Houston||Advanced|
|Top 30||Semifinal/Group 1||“Love Sneakin’ Up On You“||Bonnie Raitt||Eliminated|
|Wildcard||“Let’s Stay Together“||Al Green||Paula Abdul‘s choice|
|Top 12||Motown||“Come See About Me“||The Supremes||Safe|
|Top 11||Cinema||“I Have Nothing“||Whitney Houston|
|Top 10||Country rock||“I Need You“||LeAnn Rimes|
|Top 8||Disco||“I’m Every Woman“||Chaka Khan||No elimination||Bottom 2|
|Top 8||Billboard #1||“The Power of Love“||Celine Dion||Safe|
|Top 7||Billy Joel||“Baby Grand“||Billy Joel||Bottom 3|
|Top 6||Dianne Warren||“Have You Ever?“||Brandy|
“Love Will Keep Us Together“
|Creedence Clearwater Revival
Captain & Tennille
In 2016, Billboard magazine included Trenyce’s rendition of “I Have Nothing” in its list of the 100 best American Idol live performances. Vulture.com‘s Maura Johnston criticized Trenyce for being “[a] little yell-y, a little pitch-y, a little guarded”, but praised her voice and song choices and felt that she set “a precedent for the divas who followed” in later American Idol seasons. Trenyce’s performance of “Let’s Stay Together” was included on the compilation album American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs (2003). AllMusic‘s Heather Phares thought Trenyce was one of the strongest performers of the show, but criticized her cover version for having an “indistinct quality”. In an interview, Trenyce said that she was offered a record deal, following her appearance on American Idol, but she and her mother (who was then her manager) rejected it because she found the terms unsatisfactory.
Following her elimination, Trenyce made appearances on television shows, including Live with Regis and Kelly, Extra, ET, Fox and Friends, The Early Show, The Wayne Brady Show, Inside Edition, Good Day Live, the Today Show and TRL. She also was featured in various Memphis periodicals, including as one of Memphis’ 30 Most Beautiful People in Elite Magazine’s June 2003 issue, and appeared on a cover of “God Bless the USA” along with the other American Idol Season 2 finalists. Trenyce participated in a three-month concert tour with the other season 2 finalists, performing “Proud Mary” and “I Have Nothing”. Robin Givhan of The Washington Post was critical of Trenyce’s performance on the tour, saying that she demonstrated the “earsplitting finesse of a sledgehammer”. Arion Berger of the same publication described her as “a female drag queen with a diva’s intimidating presence”.
2004–09: Transition to musical theatre
Trenyce’s work in theatre has mostly focused on “various entertainment aspects of African-American interest”. In 2004, she made her theatre debut as Yancey in a North American tour of Not a Day Goes By, a play with songs adapted from the E. Lynn Harris‘ 2000 novel of the same name. The tour ran from January to May 2004. Jet magazine wrote that Trenyce “breathes life and voice into Yancey”, describing her as one of the show’s “rich vocal talents”. The Chicago Defender felt that Trenyce displayed a “theatrical perception as she interprets a character”. She soon performed in the play The Vagina Monologues. In 2005, she played in two Nicci Gillbert stage productions: Soul Kittens Cabaret and Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie, participating in a North American tour of the latter. Trenyce’s performance as the wife in Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie was praised by Call and Post‘s Chris Bournea. The same year, she made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Beauty Shop, and performed on the BET reality television series College Hill.
Trenyce played the leading role of Deena Jones in an Indianapolis production of the musical Dreamgirls, which ran from June to July 2006. Her performance received positive reviews, including one from the newspaper NUVO, commenting that Trenyce’s “smooth voice creat[ed] a sound for The Dreams that could easily have taken the group to the top of the charts”. David Lindquist of The Indianapolis Star thought that Trenyce brought “star power” to the production. In the same year, she became the first American Idol contestant to headline a show in Las Vegas, Nevada, with V: The Ultimate Variety Show and Late Night Idol at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. She hosted it for nine months.
In 2007, Trenyce played Portia in David E. Talbert‘s play Love in the Nick of Tyme. It toured in North America to seventeen cities, starting in the Beacon Theatre in New York in January. In 2010, a film of the play was released on DVD, and its soundtrack was released separately. The film was also broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Trenyce performed at the Razz Room in San Francisco from July 22 to August 2, 2008. The same year, she made her film debut as Unique in the LGBT independent romantic comedy movie Friends & Lovers: The Ski Trip 2. A year later, she contributed the title track to the soundtrack for the film Truth Hall. Trenyce played a role in the 30th anniversary revival tour of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ after a recommendation from Ruben Studdard. As traditionally done with the show, the performers used their own names for their characters. The cast album received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
2010–14: Thriller – Live and work in London
In 2010, Trenyce sang during the interludes and dance performances for Louis Van Amstel“s Ballroom with a Twist. Karyn Saemann of Madison.com described Trenyce as “a truly gifted singer who did more than justice to several tunes”, especially in her performances of Whitney Houston songs.
Later in 2010, Trenyce joined the Michael Jackson tribute concert revue Thriller – Live as the leading female vocalist during a European tour. She reprised her role when the show played at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End. She starred in the concert for three years, from 2010 until 2013, performing material from different periods in Jackson’s career. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trenyce said that the audience was initially hesitant to hear a woman interpret Jackson’s music. Theatreworld’s Geoff Billingsley praised Trenyce’s performance, writing that her voice sounded very similar to Jackson’s and describing her as an improvement over the previous female lead Cleo Higgins.
While in London, Trenyce also hosted the variety show The Box. In 2012, she provided the vocals for Baff Akoto’s short film Afterglow about a group of friends who navigate jazz culture in London. She had a minor role in the 2013 superhero, comedy film Kick-Ass 2 as Hit-Girl‘s cheerleading coach. In December 2013, she released three songs: “Fever”, “In the End (Alright)” and “Where Do They Go?” on iTunes. The following year, she worked with producer DJ Guy Scheiman on his single “Brazil You’re Ready (Synethetic)”, with remixes released in 2015.
2015–present: Macau and other work
In 2015, Trenyce hosted Taboo, a cabaret show designed by Franco Dragone, in Macau, China. The show was staged in the casino City of Dreams; Trenyce was given creative control over the selection of musical genres and songs as long as they fit the cabaret’s overall style. Macau.com praised Trenyce’s stage presence and “the power of her voice and stature”. In 2016, Trenyce collaborated with DJ Guy Scheiman on his single “This Time”. From 2015 to 2017, Trenyce reprised her role in the West End production of Thriller – Live. Reviewer Hannah Kerin praised Trenyce’s performance of Jackson’s 1987 single “The Way You Make Me Feel“, calling it “show-stopping” and writing that it “stood out amidst many fantastic renditions of the hits and less well known material”.
In 2017, Trenyce starred in Heart & Soul: Music of Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick & Diana Ross, promoted as part of “the Chris Isaacson Presents lineup of spring cabaret fare”. as one of “three sultry starlets”. She participated in the show during its stints at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood and Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego, California. The same year, she volunteered in Karamu House, speaking to young girls and participating in its “Saving Our Daughters Cinderellas on Broadway” program; she was named “Celebrity Godparent” for her work.
Later in the year, Trenyce played Diana Ross on a North American tour of Motown: The Musical, and received positive reviews from critics. Eloise Marie Valdez of The Times of Northwest Indiana praised Trenyce for “joyously breath[ing] new life” into her portrayal of Ross. Valdez also commended her vocals while performing songs by The Supremes as well as Ross’ solo material. Chicago Sun-Times‘ Hedy Weiss described her performance as “a seamless job of moving from high school girl to breakout glam star to unhappy wife of a workaholic who knows she must move on”. Weiss pointed to Trenyce’s ability to connect with the audience as a highlight.
Theatre and cabaret
|2004||Not A Day Goes By||Yancey||North American tour
January 10, 2004 – May 6, 2004
|N/A||The Vagina Monologues||N/A|
|2005||Soul Kittens Cabaret||N/A|
|2006||Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie||N/A||North American tour|
|2006||Dreamgirls||Deena Jones||Madame Walker Theatre Center; Scottish Rite Theater (Indianapolis)
June 22, 2004 – July 2, 2004
|2006||V: The Ultimate Variety Show||Host||Sahara Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas)|
|2006||Late Night Idol||Host||Sahara Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas)|
|2007||Love in the Nick of Tyme||Portia||North American tour|
|2009||Ain’t Misbehavin‘||Trenyce||North American tour|
|2010–13; 2015–17||Thriller – Live||Charlaine||European tour; London West End (Lyric Theatre)|
|2010||Ballroom with a Twist||Vocals||North American tour|
|2012||The Box||Host||Theatre variety; London|
|2015||Taboo||Host||Cabaret show; City of Dreams (Macau, China)|
|2017||Heart & Soul: Music of Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick & Diana Ross||N/A||Catalina Bar & Grill (Hollywood); Martinis Above Fourth (San Diego)|
|2017-2018||Motown: The Musical||Diana Ross||North American tour|
|2002–2003||American Idol (television)||Herself (contestant)||Season 2 (finalist)|
|2005||College Hill (television)||Herself||Performance|
|2007||Beauty Shop||N/A||Cameo appearance|
|2008||Friends & Lovers: The Ski Trip 2||Unique|
|2013||Kick-Ass 2||Coach Podell|
|Ain’t Misbehavin’ (The 30th Anniversary Cast Recording)|
|Love in the Nick of Tyme||
|“In the End ( Alright)”|
|“Where Do They Go?”|
|“Truth Hall”||2009||None||Truth Hall|
|“Brazil You’re Ready (Synethetic)”||2014||Guy Scheiman||Brazil You’re Ready (Synethetic) [feat. Trenyce] [Part 1]|
|“This Time”||2016||Guy Scheiman||“This Time (feat. Trenyce) – Single”|
Alves in January 2006
|Born||Michelle Kristine da Silva Alves
(1978-09-19) 19 September 1978
Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Guy Oseary (m. 2017)|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)|
She was born in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, as the daughter of a lawyer (mother) and an engineer (father). Alves was a student in civil engineering at Brazil’s Londrina State University prior to moving to São Paulo, where she pursued modeling. She describes herself as “always a good student” and “Almost a nerd.” She is also a polyglot, fluent in Portuguese, Italian, French and English. Alves is currently living in Los Angeles, California.
She was featured in the 2002 and 2003 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, appeared in two editions of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and was also featured in their catalogs and their book celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, entitled Sexy.
Alves has signed contracts with Valentino, Christian Dior, Escada, Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Miss Sixty, Michael Kors, GAP, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors Swimwear, AKRIS and holds a deal with Yves Saint Laurent for their fragrance Cinéma’s campaign. She has worked with photographers such as Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon, Mario Sorrenti, Nick Knight, Steven Klein, Phil Poynter, Walter Chin, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and Richard Avedon.
Alves was featured on more than 100 covers of major fashion magazines, including international editions of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, French, Esquire, L’Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar, Amica and Glamour.