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Modelling Oraine’s passport to success


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“Growing up, I was not used to the idea of modelling because it was not a part of my daily routine or my style. Sports were always a part of my activities,” Oraine Barrett told Easy.

But modelling is the very thing that catapulted him on to the world stage and which today has made this “country boy” from St Elizabeth, Jamaica a world-recognised face.

It all began when he decided to enter something he was not prepared for. In 2004, he competed in the Male Face of Jamaica and won, and went on to beat out other competitors from around the Caribbean in the Male Face of the Caribbean.

“Within two months I had won two competitions,” Barrett said and he was soon off to New York to find his fortunes.


Oraine Barrett strutting on the Caribbean Fashion Week runway. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)

He had visited the Big Apple before, but this time it was different. He was about to experience the big time in the world of modelling.

In Jamaica for Caribbean Fashion Week 2019, Barrett sat down with Easy to talk about a career that has taken him places he never dreamed he would go, allowed him to rub shoulders with big names in fashion and fashion photography, and which has been the launch pad of his success. (GC)

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