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Meet the Staff

The Harlem Fashion Week Fashion Academy is led by one of the most qaulified teams in NYC. Each one of our staff and accredited from major colleges and universities across the country. Our team collectively has been featured in Vogue Italia, Fashion Week Online, The New Yorker Magazine, Ozy,com, The Today Show and the list goes on. 

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Tandra Birkett


Tandra Birkett has been an educator for 30 years with a masters degree from Columbia University, Teachers College. Tandra is an educational activist. She is a national lecturer with an expertise in curriculum writing, school culture and teacher development.

Yvonne Jewnell

Co- Founder

Yvonne Jewnell has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years. She received her BFA from Parsons: School of Fashion and has participated in runway shows across the globe from West Africa, to London, to Jamaica and in the Unites States.

Zhane Ligon

Administrative Coordinator


Nef Edwards

Program Director

Nefertere Edwards has been working with youth for over 15 years. Nef has a double masters in School Counseling and Supervision. She believes in creating a balance between knowledge, love and discipline.  Graduating Magna cum Laude in African and African- American History from Lehman College, she believes that all youth deserve a shot. She is passionate about exposing youth to  vast opportunities for higher learning, and serves as an advocate for Youth in any capacity to achieve their dreams.

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Phyllis Spencer

Model Coach

Phyllis Spencer’s love of fitness and modeling has taken her on an

incredible journey over the past 30 + years. Phyllis Loves the runway. She has

modeled for The Today Show, Good Morning America and Harlem Fashion

Week ! Her Mantra is Love Yourself Better. Phyllis will let you know.

We come in all shapes, sizes and; ages.. You are worth it...


Love Yourself Better !


Trinity Brown

Jr. Model Coach

Trinity Brown has been a runways and print model for over 12 years. She has been featured in Vogue Italia, Getty Images, Hello Beautiful and many other publications. Trinity is a student at Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts and has received several accolades such as: National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society and Vogue Fashion Week Award Winner.

Open Positions

The Harlem Fashion Week Team is always growing.

As our company grows we will need more fashion enthusiasts from various ages and walks of life. 

Please fill out the form, so we can learn more about you. 

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