The brilliant rise of Saint star Wayne Booth | Loop Jamaica

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Back in New York a year later after taking a pandemic-related sabbatical in Jamaica, the melanated Saint International model Wayne Booth is reclaiming the City That Never Sleeps.

“It feels great being back,” Booth relayed on the phone from Manhattan.

“Now that I’ve returned, I’m aiming to go even further than where I’d left off,” she assured Loop News.

“Booth 2.0” is a refreshed muse, with a reeling list of projects from the February drop of an appearance in Fenty Beauty’s Fenty Icon collection.

Her image also appeared on the April cover of Conde Nast Traveler and fashion editorials for Contributor Magazine and Black Fashion Fair.

There’s no stopping Wayne Booth; there were also her runway appearances during New York Fashion Week for designers Alexander McQueen, Christian Cowan and Third Crown.

“I’m so grateful for the many opportunities I’m having in the fashion industry, it’s great to be able to continue after the extended time off with new clients and exciting new assignments.”

Initially working as a resort photographer at Jewel Paradise Cove in the garden parish, Booth, who calls James Avenue, Ocho Rios home, visualised a life for herself on the other side of the camera.

She submitted her photos to Saint CEO Deiwght Peters in 2013, and in an unexpectedly quick turnaround, was invited to meet the model-maker.

What did not come as swiftly was Booth’s international breakthrough, but the three-year wait proved a great test of fortitude.

“I wasn’t restless at all…I knew whatever I put my mind to, I would eventually achieve so I entrusted my faith in God, and I knew my dreams would come true.”

Booth’s dreams became reality in 2016 when she flew to the UK to start her international career working as a runway and campaign model for British designer Paul Smith.

In seeming karmic balance, rapid-fire success would come the rookie Jamaican model’s way.

Runway appearances in London for Ashish and Gareth Pugh, in Paris for Rick Owens and Uma Wang, and in New York for Eckhaus Latta and Zero + Maria Cornejo.

Solo magazine covers The Cut, Blanc and Suitcase, advertising campaigns for Chanel, All Saints, MAC and Barneys.

Editorials in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, and In Style.

She is sanguine when talk turns to perspective. “My mother Suzette, who is a homemaker, motivates me and I am my own motivation as well. My struggles and what I do gives me the drive to push forward in life to be the best version of myself. I don’t know definitively what the future holds so I leave it in God’s hand. He’s the director of my life but I would like to become a business entrepreneur down the line,” she reasoned.

Signed globally to Heroes Model Management in The Big Apple, Why Not Models in Milan, and Select Models in Paris and Barcelona, Booth relishes spending time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park.

However, when she’s not in the gym, she’s eagerly awaiting a Jamaican homecoming to reunite with her dearest mom and her five siblings.

“Nothing can ever compare to being home and the bond of family, and I am really looking forward to us gathering together to catch up and spend quality time.”