By Cesca Janece Waterfield
There’s a fresh hit in TV Land with the second season of “She’s Got the Look.” The reality show brings together ten women over the age of 35 for a modeling contest like no other. Judges are Beverly Johnson, the first African American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue, Sean Patterson, President of Wilhemina Models, and celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. The show manages to entertain as it resists stereotypes of models as pallid waifs: This season’s semi-finalists include former cover girl Dolores Vega, Cindy Cohen, a wife and mother who’s overcome homelessness, and Raquel Riley, an athletic former officer in the Army. The winner will receive a photo spread in Self Magazine, and $100,000. Airing on Thursday nights on TV Land, it’s a modeling competition that seems to say “the look” is about life experience, and that beauty gets better with time.
Dolores De Vega
This Los Angeles grandmother of eight was a model as a teen but her career was limited by a system of discrimination in fashion media. Her mother, Mamie Randolph, was a Georgia State Legislator in 1975. The vibrant 72 year old has connections to Richmond: Husband Todd Berrian lived here for several years, where he worked in human services. With her success on “She’s Got the Look,” Dolores says she is re-living her dream.