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Kristen Taekman

"We are very pleased to announce that Farmington native KRISTEN CARROLL TAEKMAN from John Casablancas of Rocky Hill, CT is the newest cast member of the hit TV show, “The Real Housewives of New York!"

Kristen has been modeling locally and internationally for over 20 years. She got her start at John Casablancas of CT and has been one of our top models ever since.

Kristen has worked all over the world in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Milan, and Paris. She has modeled for top name companies including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and The Knot Magazine. Kristen is married to an entrepreneur and has two beautiful children.

Kristen was be the celebrity guest at the John Casablancas Open House on May 4th from 11:00am-3:00pm, where she spoke about her success in modeling and acting, as well as posing for photos & signing autographs. Enjoy the video of our fun day!



Adaora Akubilo

John Casablancas very own Adaora Akubilo has been turning heads and making the news as of late. With her second year running as one of the 17 models of Sports Illustrated models 2013 Swimsuit Edition, Adaora makes a stunning statement with her shoot in Namibia, photographed by Kayt Jones. The concept of this years’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition was to have photo-shoots on every continent of the world, including Adaora in South Africa.

Born in Windsor, CT, Adaora moved to Nigeria at the age of 6. There she spent her teenage years before at the age of 16, she moved back to Connecticut. At that point, she joined John Casablancas Modeling Agency of Hartford, which blossomed her modeling career to what it is today.

In 2007, Adaora Akubilo appeared on NBC as one of the 12 finalists in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search. Even though Adaora was eliminated in the second week of the competition, she clearly didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dream of modeling, and Sports Illustrated did not forget her. In 2012, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model and returned to Sports Illustrated this year.

You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter!



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