The Business Concept and Evolution:
B’Elite Modeling & Charm School was originally Segami International Inc. Modeling School. Through several phases of revision, the decision was made to dissolve Segami International Inc. In August of 2012, B’Elite Modeling and Charm School was created. Both organizations share the same mission of building self-esteem and self-confidence in children, teens and adults through runway modeling. B’Elite Modeling & Charm School recognized the need for the re-introduction of etiquette and charm. Thus the addition of etiquette classes joined with the old mission equals the new mission of B’Elite Modeling and Charm School.
About the CEO:
Daveda Hayes-Cunningham was introduced to modeling at the tender age of ten as an attempt to combat her extreme shyness. During her early years with Southern Enterprise Charm School she quickly grew from student to Instructor. There she was responsible for the delivery of instruction to children, teens and adults as well as choreography and production of fashion shows. At The University of Akron she produced fashion shows for the local charter of The NAACP and Black United Students. There her passion for fashion was intensified. In April of 2003, she incorporated Segami International Inc. and led the organization successfully for seven years. Serving as President and CEO, delivering exceptional instruction as an Instructor, grooming exceptional students into Junior Instructors, producing fashion show graduations, overseeing a dynamic parent committee and soliciting the advice of experts in the industry all lead to the success of Segami International, Inc. In 2014, she joined the world of pageantry. Acting as Pageant Director for The 1st Annual B-Elite Pageant, Ms. D (affectionately called by the contestants and parents) hosted her first SUCCESSFUL pageant! Her latest endeavor is that of a youth center. It has been her life long dream to open a center that focused on educating and preparing youth for careers in the arts. This summer she will pilot a 10 week summer youth program. The program will offer 3 education tracks: The Fashion, The Music Track and The Entrepreneurship Track. To learn more, visit http://www.direct-path.org
She is joined by Cynthia Hayes. Cynthia is the Business Administrator and handles the day-to-day operations of B'Elite and Direct Path Enrichment Academy. This mother-daughter duo works hard to ensure that today's youth are exposed to many positive things including modeling, etiquette and now fashion, music and entrepreneurship!