Fashion In The Fast Lane

Meet The Cast

Delvon Johnson

Delvon Johnson

Host and Executive Producer

Celebrity stylist, author, and radio/TV personality Delvon Johnson is the host of Fashion In The Fast Lane, and one of its Executive Producers. Known from coast to coast for his unique, eye-catching personal style, Delvon has created the looks of some of today's hottest stars, including Karen Gravano of Mob Wives, Love And Hip Hop Atlanta's Momma Dee and Shay Johnson, among many others. He's hosted fashion shows for major plus-size retailer Ashley Stewart and the iconic Fire Island Black Out festival. Delvon's novels, Love Yourself First, and its sequel, Be Careful What You Ask For, have enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. Delvon was a co-host on the WWRL-AM radio talk show Out And About in New York City, where he welcomed many big-name guests. In addition to the Fast Lane, Delvon appears on Time Warner Cable's Lovin' Leyna, and has performed various roles on TV series, such as Drama Queenz, Justus, and Cock Tales. He also writes the popular Drama Among The Stars column, and you can find Delvon online at his website.

Photo credit: David Berman

Yvonne Forbes

Yvonne Forbes

Executive Producer

Executive Producer Yvonne Forbes is the CEO of Laballeladiva Enterprises, a professional PR, artistry, event planning, and model talent firm. She is Editor-In-Chief of Fashion In The Fast Lane Magazine. An internationally-acclaimed, accomplished plus-size model, Yvonne was crowned Ms. Plus Size America in 2008. As a pioneer for the plus-size industry, Yvonne's love of style and beauty is a hallmark of her work as an entrepreneur. Representing celebrities and other notable people, her work has enhanced and promoted the careers of artists, models, and TV personalities all over the United States. Yvonne is also a gifted make-up artist whose delicate touch brings out the exquisite beauty of all the faces she encounters. She brings her marketing and entertainment industry expertise to the Fast Lane, where Yvonne excels.

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett

Steven P.

Steven P.

Producer

FITFL Producer Steven P. is a skilled TV & Film Producer with great credits and credentials. He recently wrapped the 19th Season of Dancing With The Stars. Stephen also works on WE TV's Braxton's Family Values and Tamar & Vince. He's just finished production in Atlanta, on Lauren Lake's Paternity Court, and Stephen produces events and promos for La La Anthony's makeup line Motives For La La.

In development, Stephen is creating several amazing new TV Shows for 2015. These include Diamonds In The Rough with TLC, and Real Estate Divas of Atlanta with G. Garvin. Another of his shows stars NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and his daughter Ayisha Wilkins' new reality show, Daughter of a Legend. Stephen also has a new singing competition show coming in Fall 2015.

Marco Hall

Marco Hall

Judge

Marco Hall is the amazing haute couture designer whose creations have been worn by celebrities and other notables the world over. Through his boutique, MH302, which is featured prominently on Fashion In The Fast Lane, Marco brings his inspirations to life, each exquisite piece ready to dazzle the crowds on the runway, or adorn the gentle curves of today's leading ladies. As a judge on the program, Marco's genuine style and unabashed realness make for an electric, memorable show! See Marco and his work at www.marcohall.net.

Luke Destin

Luke Destin

Guest Judge

FITFL guest judge Luke Destin is well-known as Oprah Winfrey's stylist, dressing her for countless O Magazine covers, and special appearances. His eye for fashion has landed him gigs dressing such other notables as Rene Zellweger and Brooke Shields, among others. He's also a guest host on the FITFL Fashion Accelerated radio show, and served as a judge for the Ultimate Runway Walk-Off Competition in NYC. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the FITFL series!

Photo Credit: David White

Angelo Pacente

Angelo Pacente

Lead Hair Stylist

With Angelo's bold and precise style, he's never afraid to take risks to achieve winning results. Angelo knows how to create everything from softer natural looks to stronger more pronounced camera-ready looks, always keeping it simple with a little bit of edge. It's no surprise he was chosen as a finalist in Goldwell's international Color Zoom. A top level Davines Educator and newly named as one of Panico's esteemed Directors of Education, Angelo was trained in both New York City and Milano, Italy and has done some of his most intense work at the Vidal Sassoon Academy with Mark Hayes, as well as alongside icon Tim Hartley.

Angelo's no stranger to the spotlight. When he isn't doing NYC photo shoots with Modern Salon magazine, and appearing on shows like TLC's Makeover Story and The Maury Povich Show, he's focusing on catering to his loyal clientele. Dancing With The Star's celeb Anna Demidova shined on camera thanks to Angelo. Although she received numerous offers from top LA stylists, she personally requested Angelo fly out to work his magic. In LA, he even had private access to Goldwell Academy to prep Anna for an exclusive promenade shoot.

This past spring, Angelo stepped out from behind the scenes and has taken center stage himself, representing Panico and showcasing his talent as a platform artist at New Jersey's trade-only haircutting event Slice. But most recently, his work has been a runway force to be reckoned with - seen on the catwalk of Fashion & Beauty Week.

Dominique Jackson

Dominique Jackson

Dominique Jackson aka Tyra A Ross is a West Indian born entertainer, hailing from the beautiful republic of Trinidad and Tobago, born on the smaller island of Tobago. She moved to the USA at the age of fifteen to escape a traumatic situation. She graduated Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills, MD in the top ten percentile of her class and moved on to attend Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC and then Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. Hardships and prejudice endured and her education was halted which resulted in her moving to New York City.

In New York City, she became a part of the underground ballroom scene, where she sharpened and honed her ability to walk the catwalk. She acquired "legendary status," and filled the mother positions of a few of the house ball entities. Feeling accomplished in the ballroom scene, she went on to become one of New York City's legendary entertainers, hosting club nights, pride festivals, non-profit organizational events and fundraisers, that were to assist in the betterment of her community. She performed at many of the popular New York City night clubs and bars, at times performing as Whitney Houston, or performing high energy songs called soca and calypso, the music native to her island republic. She understudied with the coveted world renowned Escuelita cast and then was hand-picked to be a part of the cast at the Legendary Krash night club, and became one of the resident hosts alongside legendary performers she only dreamed of meeting when she was younger.

She participated in pageants winning a total of six titles, including being crowned Miss Escuelita Continental, a title she would never have to relinquish. She entered the prestigious Miss Continental pageant twice in 2002 and 2005, winning best interview in 2002, and placing in the top twelve competitors both times.

She was awarded the Jon Michael Harrington Humanitarian Award in 2003, and The Pepper Labeija Image Award in 2007, both awards given by the House of Latex Project through G.M.H.C. at the House of Latex Balls. Our Youth 2007 community Activist of the year, presented by the Our Youth Organization based in New Jersey. The Leadership in Arts and Entertainment Award presented by People of Color In Crisis and, many others through the years.

She participated in The Dl Stats project in 2005 taking testing into the underground ballroom scene, at the then known uptown mini ball club scene and into nightclub events giving incentives for testing, so as to reach and aid a population highly at risk for HIV/AIDS infection, which led to her working as the Trans/Youth Coordinator at the Bronx Consortium, and later the Bronx Community Pride Center, where she and a team of dedicated individuals restarted the Bronx Pride festival in 2006.

As the years went by, she got involved with different agencies assisting them in reaching the LGBTQ community, with main concentration on youth, infected youth and all trans- identified folk with empowerment, alternate choices for employment and medical and mental health. She worked with agencies such as G.M.H.C. (Gay Men's Health Center), P.O.C.C. (People of Color In Crisis), Bronx Community Pride Center, G.M.A.D. (Gay Men of African Descent), Harlem United and a few others.

She has participated in Brooklyn Fashion Week in the early 2000's working mainly with Courtney Washington and N.Y.C. Fashion Week since 2009 working with various designers. She is currently one of the muses and house models for various designers of New York Fashion Week, putting all the wisdom she acquired naturally and on the ballroom runway to worthy use. On weekends, she instructs youth and adults in the art of the fashion runway walk, pageantry skills and etiquette.

She released her autobiography/ memoir of her most memorable moments, and her life as a house/ballroom participant, entertainer, activist, advocate, mother and model in March of 2014.

Robert R. Blume

Robert R. Blume

Consulting Producer

Consulting Producer ROBERT R. BLUME has been a theatrical/entertainment Producer/Manager for over 25 years and this year marks his 16th year as an Executive Producer of the annual DRAMA DESK AWARDS ("the Golden Globes of the theatre"), now in partnership with TheaterMania.com. His current production is ON KENTUCKY AVENUE, which will return in August 2014 to Stage72/The Triad as it continues its development toward a move to Broadway in 2015. Mr. Blume also has a new one-man show entitled SKITSO! starring actor/writer/comedian Jim Dailakis and directed by Charles Messina that is in development with a late 2014 opening.

This past year, Mr. Blume was a co-Producer on a limited-run revival of the play, ME AND JEZEBEL at the Snapple Theater in NYC. Recent theatrical producing ventures include a New York concert co-production with Les Schecter and The Swiss Society of New York, SUE MATHYS SINGS BROADWAY & PIAF at Weill/Carnegie Hall; off-Broadway thriller MINDGAME that starred Academy and Tony Award winner, Keith Carradine and was directed by film legend, the late, Ken Russell at the Soho Playhouse. Other current entertainment projects include co-Executive Producing a TV pilot for kids being presented to networks titled CHILDISH DREAM TALES - MESS-UP ROOM; partnership with Lifestyle star Samantha von Sperling in developing Reality TV properties; and serving as a VIP Judge/career coach in Acting/Modeling Competitions throughout the United States.

Mr. Blume is also a partner with noted talent manager, Michael Katz in a Talent Management company, Katz-Blume Management, where they co-manage international star, Drama Desk nominated actress, singer, impressionist and personality, Christina Bianco.

Under the banner of the Talent Management division of STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT, Mr. Blume represents many active performers for Film, Theatre, Television and Modeling.

In the film & TV world, Mr. Blume started as an NBC Page and then worked on the production staff of THE TONIGHT SHOW starring Johnny Carson; was the Executive Producer of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival (short film category) entry by Ronald Guttman, LOOPING; was the Associate Producer of the JERRY LEWIS MDA LABOR DAY TELETHON in New York; served as Entertainment Director for the NATIONAL FITNESS FOUNDATION AWARDS ceremony honoring former President Richard M. Nixon and then IBM Chief Executive, John Akers; and was a Producer of corporate events for Lot Airlines, IBM Int'l Marketing Group, Bonwit Teller among others.

Mr. Blume’s previous theatrical producing ventures include the NYC production of LEGENDS IN CONCERT at what is now the Foxwoods Theatre; the Los Angeles productions of COMING OF AGE, staged by Tony Tanner and THE HEAD, directed by former Love Boat star Lauren Tewes; the 28-city USA/Canadian Tour of SLASK, The National Folk Ballet Of Poland; the Broadway limited engagements of MANNY, The Edward G. Robinson Story and MARLOWE, the Rock Musical.; and the development of the musical Milton & Me (life of comedian Milton Berle) for Broadway.

Mr. Blume is proud to have been a 20-year Tony voter as a member of The Broadway League; is a current Drama Desk voter and Board Member of the DUKE ELLINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS. He is single (recently divorced) and has a 24-year-old son named Ross currently living in Los Angeles where he is an Account Executive for Fusion PR (a corporate firm specializing in the tech world.)

Sonjja Baram

Sonjja Baram

Judge

Internationally renowned fashion designer, FITFL, series judge Sonjja Baram was born in Brazil, the third youngest of 10 children. Leaving school at age 14 to become a model, Sonjja worked Intensely on runways all over the world, before resuming her education in Rio de Janeiro at age 17. Dividing her time between Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Paris, where she later studied at the prestigious School of Fashion and Art Esmod-Paris, Sonjja's path was set. Her passion for the clothier's art took Sonjja to New York City in 1998, where she immersed herself in the fast-paced lifestyle of her new home. Sonjja was soon inspired to start her own line of swimwear, and by 2008, she had launched her first major collection of swimwear and beach bags. Sonjja's love of fine art and affinity for diverse cultures shine through in her designs, influenced by great master artists such as Renoir, Boccelli, and Clint, highlighting the natural sensuality of today's woman.

The graceful, flowing lines of Sonjja's exquisite, handmade creations are accentuated with colorful, precious gemstones and visually stunning color combinations. The arresting quality of Sonjja's beachwear and accessories have brought her designs to such upscale retailers as Henri Bendel, and are a hallmark of her annual Cruise Resort and Holidays collections.

In 2013, drawing on her extensive working knowledge of French haute couture and the arts, Sonjja expanded her brand to include the fabulous Holidays Collection on a large scale, making the artistic transition from swimwear to luxurious evening gowns, which launched at the United Nations. Invoking the determination of today's woman and the raw emotional allure of feminine romance, these exotic designs bespeak the combinations of fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, passion and profundity that is a signature element of Sonjja's work. Each piece is designed in New York, with the gowns and accessories made in the USA, and the swimwear manufactured in Brazil, bringing Sonjja's sexy, unique craft to women the world over.

"Fashion In The Fast Lane" is the latest in Sonjja's long list of accomplishments, and she looks forward to pursuing this exciting new phase of her career.

Visit www.sonjjabaram.com for more information on this critically-acclaimed designer and her fabulous, unforgettable clothing lines.

Olga Papkovitch

Olga Papkovitch

Judge

Olga Papkovitch is the publisher and CEO of the international 21st-century art magazine, PopImpressKA. Papkovitch is recognized as a rising Russian-American focused in the art of Impressionism and is based in New York City. She has been exhibited nationally and Internationally, and her work has been featured in many private and public collections. While growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olga was introduced to a broad range of visual arts including the Ancient, Medieval and Western European Culture.

From 12 till 19 years of age, Olga studied at The State Hermitage Museum of Art in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. At Nineteen, Olga relocated to Santa Barbara, California and became a student at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). She engaged in pottery classes and decorative leather art, which allowed her to consider working with objects. After one year at SBCC, she moved to Lake Tahoe and graduated from Sierra Nevada College. It was there that Olga developed a free spirit for art and an understanding that anything in life can be created in order to widen your own success and fulfillment. Now she brings her energy and talent to Fashion In The Fast Lane.

PopImpressKa Journal is the official sponsor for Fashion in the Fast Lane with Olga Papkovitch being one of the judges in the competition.

Samantha von Sperling

Samantha von Sperling

Lead Make-Up Artist

Samantha von Sperling is a renowned celebrity image consultant and lifestyle guru. With over twenty years of experience as a makeup artist, Samantha has spent the majority of her career dedicated to helping people look and feel better in their own skin. Her clientele includes international corporations, CEOs, celebrities, socialites, diplomats, and royalty - such as the Miss Universe Organization, Princes Fahda of Saudi Arabia, Brooke Shields, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Gail King, Sheldon Adelson, Tanay Jackson, Alan Dershowitz, Christina H. Sommers, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, and Wilma Nanninga to name a few. Samantha is also the founder of Polished Social Image Consultants - a fifteen-year-old company distinguished as the country’s only full-spectrum image consulting firm, helping clients with every aspect of their identity from aesthetic improvements to social finesse. This includes everything from media coaching to public speaking, as well as etiquette and how to flirt. Samantha has appeared on over 50 different television programs and in such publications as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg News, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others.

After years of putting together hundreds of makeup kits for her clients, Samantha partnered with Cinema Secrets to create her own line - resulting in the Polished Complexion and Polished Face kits. Samantha von Sperling also writes a column for Times Square Chronicles called Ask Sam, and appears on DivaGalsDaily as ImageGal and brings her expertise to Fashion In The Fast Lane.

Nathan James

Nathan James

Fashion In The Fast Lane Series Writer

Nathan James is proud to join the diverse, gifted cast and production team of the show. A prolific author, journalist, screenwriter, and radio personality, Nathan brings the concept of Fashion In The Fast Lane to vivid life in the scripts, synopses, and trailers for the show. Nathan is the Executive Editor of GBM News and Editor-At-Large of FITFL Magazine. He's appeared as a co-host on WWRL-AM's Out And About show, and has written several books, as well as plays and musicals for the New York City stage. He emceed and co-produced a recent Carnegie Hall LGBT Pride Week concert, which drew widespread critical acclaim. Nathan's work has been featured in such publications as DBQ Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, IKONS, The Advocate, Legends Of Fashion, and Spaced Out Magazine.

Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

Personal Stylist

Top fashion stylist Jay Johnson joins Fashion In The Fast Lane as series host Delvon Johnson's personal stylist. A gifted, accomplished artist, Jay has created the unforgettable looks of some of today's hottest stars, and left his distinctive imprint on print, film, and TV projects from coast to coast. Jay's fabulous career began with an inborn love of fashion, which prompted him to pen a letter seeking work at Ralph Lauren - at age 13! He received an encouraging reply, and even met the Lauren executive that wrote him back, the following year. By then, his course was set. His first "serious job" was with Women's Bridge Wear, in the Macy's Herald Square flagship store, in 2009. There, he worked with such powerhouse names as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, styling each section on Macy's immense sales floor. It was here in the heart of New York City's garment district, where Jay's nascent career began to roll. Following his brief tenure at the famous department store, a bright new opportunity beckoned, and Jay joined Conde Nast Publications, whose celebrated periodicals include Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Vanity Fair, as an intern. Here, Jay connected with industry photographers, models, designers, and fashion journalists, building his professional portfolio. Inspired and galvanized by this experience, Jay branched out to start his own business in 2011. Styling for celebrities like Alan Cummings, Aliana Lohan, Lindsay Lohan, and Evelyn "Champagne" King, the commercial print trade, and multimedia projects, Jay's company enjoyed rapid growth and success. His editorial styling credits include the covers of Vanity Fair, Ten, We, Velvet, Rouge, and Zink magazines.

Notable projects Jay has graced with his talents include the annual Tony Awards, the hit Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, pop diva Martha Wash, and shows on American and French MTV. He's also styled hip-hop superstar 50 Cent, and actor Neil Patrick Harris. In the pipeline are Stillettos, starring Blair Underwood and Robin Givens, and a feature film, Other People's Money.

"I'm ready to go 220 MPH on the Fast Lane," Jay says, eager to make host Delvon Johnson "iconic for his unique looks and style!"

Kiev

Kiev "XL" Campbell

Kiev "XL" Campbell founded the Butterzone Music Group in late 2008. XL's music career began at the age of eight when sung professionally with a choir that did concerts alongside gospel great Timothy Wright and other well known choirs. Even though gospel was his background XL fell in love with artist of all genres of music. His mother was an inspiring singer but gave it up to raise him. His passion for music came from his mother's roots that's why he's a beast at it. He decided to become a rapper but to incorporate his singing with it as well. This type of talent was unheard of and A&R's didn't know how to market him. A&R's never came across an artist that could produce beats, rap and sing all on their own record. XL went from one label to the next getting a good response but no takers. This was at a time when everybody was thugged-out so the labels stuck with what was hot at the time. XL was still determined to prove to the industry that his music was ahead of its time and he was the next big thing. He didn't let the record companies rejections disappoint him it just made him stronger and to figure out another way to get in. He decided to concentrate on his production skills and to build his brand eventually gaining a partner. He teamed up with world-renowned music producer Floyd Fisher and began working with Aaron Hall, Vanessa Williams, HBO documentaries, TBS as well as feature films. As a team XL and Floyd received gold and platinum plaques for their work. At the end of 2009 XL decided to work on an album, which he wrote, and Floyd Co-produced. They shopped the project to different labels and in February 2010 they were offered a deal with Gracie Productions/EMI Records. His first studio release was entitled "Top Model" and was set to drop spring of 2010. Things were really picking up for them with other projects coming their way. Within five months XL had a single set to release and was working on songs for singer / actress Keke Palmer. In the midst of all the success that was brewing XL said he needed to get his tonsils taken out. The operation was scheduled for July 14,2010 so he referenced the songs for Keke Palmer a week before the operation. He told everybody that the procedure would only take two hours and he would return home later that afternoon. July 14,2010 was the last day anyone had heard from XL. Something went wrong and he ended up in a coma for a month. XL can only recall when the doctor said count down from 10. He woke up out of the coma a month later thinking it was the next day. His career was taking off and he didn't expect a two-hour surgery would cost him a three-month hospital stay. XL woke up out of a coma not able to walk, speak or eat. While on a respirator he said music was still on his mind. He created beats in his head from the beeps of hospital equipment. Confused and not knowing what the future holds XL lay in a hospital bed staring at posters of himself. The operation destroyed his vocal chords and he fell into depression. When he returned home he learned that Keke Palmer wasn't going to use his material, his partner Floyd wanted to do his own thing. At this point XL was going to give up until he discovered a songwriter named Cheveda Allen. Cheveda has written songs for some upcoming artist and was looking for a production partner. XL fell in love with Cheveda's work and asked her to be apart of the Butterzone Music Group aka BZMG. XL went back to his roots of production / songwriting due to his vocal chords being destroyed. Within weeks they had a catalog together of completed songs and production. Their goal is to provide chart-topping hits for some of today's hottest artist as well as the new comers. The definition of the Butterzone: A metaphorical state of being that one enters into when he / she is in a position where they cannot possibly fail at what would normally be considered an incredible task. That perfectly describes XL and Cheveda and the BZMG's quote is "Our pen is hot".

Angela Raneiri

Angela Raneiri

Since cutting her mom's hair at the age of 12, Angela Raneiri has been out to conquer the glamorous world of hair styling and high fashion. Once she discovered the John Paul Mitchell company she knew she ultimately wanted to become a platform artist. She packed her bags and headed to New York City where she found herself at David Ryan Salon in Hell's Kitchen in 2011. She would soon after join the team at Salon Bohemia in Park Slope. After a devistating injury that left her unsure she would be able to return behind the chair, she overcame and continued to follow her dreams. She now continues to work at both salons and is in training to become a national educator for John Paul Mitchell systems. She has also become very involved in editorial and high fashion hair. In recent years she has been chosen to assist the Paul Mitchell Metro team on stage at the 2013 Euro Beauty Show in New Jersey alongside platform artist Colin Caruso, Rocco Tizzano, Carlo Cardinale and Pep Pasqualino. She has also independently assisted Angelo Pacente and Federico Calce. Angela continues to reach for the stars and is on the road to success with John Paul Mitchell.

Learn more about Angela's story at www.hairbyangelaxo.com.