Press Releases

Gage Models and Talent has successful models and talent all around the world. Take a look at some of the press coverage of our Agency and talent.


Gage Talent Agency Director Featured in Canvas Rebel Magazine

Canvas Rebel featured our Gage Talent Agency Director, Rachele Bailey! 

People Magazine 2021

Gage Talent's Nedy V released her single Made to Be and was featured in People Magazine!

Knoxville Fashion Week 2019 by G Social Media

By G Social Media:  Such a great time at Knoxville Fashion Week 2019 by Gage Models & Talent Agency. The models arrived and the Hair Stylists & Makeup Artists made everyone look so wonderful! And this was just one of the days. Next year, I need to be there all week long. You do too. See you then!

Knoxville Fashion Week with Salon Biyoshi

Video by Brian K McQuain featuring Gage models at Knoxville Fashion Week for Salon Biyoshi May 2019

News Sentinel Design Contest for Knoxville Fashion Week

WATE 6 On Your Side Style Segment

Gage Models and Talent Agency models with Sarah Merrell on the style segment for WATE6

Gage Talent Models on WVLT for Bash Bama Benefit Show

Gage Models and Talent Agency continues their Fashion for a Cause Runway series in conjunction with Knoxville Fashion Week and The Scarecrow Foundation.

Gage Talent Agency covers cost of the fashion show so that 100% proceeds will benefit Knox County Mobile Meals for the Bash Bama Week charity series. for runway details, ticket cost of $25 and full schedule of events.

Downtown 211 October 1, doors open at 6pm and Runway starts at 8pm.

Join our models in helping such a great cause!

Thank you WVLT for the awesome fashion segment! 

Gage Talent Agency reviews show these shows are a great success and help our local charities!  The Gage Talent castings for the show resulted in 80 models to walk!

How much does Gage Talent Cost for Bash Bama Fashion Show?  Models cost is free and cost for attending show is $25 with all proceeds going to Scarecrow Foundation and Mobile Meals.

Do you have to pay for Gage Talent?  No, Gage Talent is volunteering their service for this event to offset costs so that proceeds will go to Scarecrow Foundation and Mobile Meals.  Gage Talent Contracts with providers to help promote the show. 

Gage Talent Agency Hosts Open Call For New Movie

Gage Talent Casting Call for Into The Wilderness Movie.  Gage Talent Agency Reviewed the availability for use the use of our facilities for the casting of the new movie and we were delighted to find out we could accommodate the request. 

Many of Gage Talent came out for the casting which took the entire day.  We are looking forward to seeing this movie go through creation in the Knoxville area.

Gage Talent Open Call New Movie Filming in Knoxville, Tennessee

Gage Models and Talent is hosting the open call event for the new movie filming in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Filming is set to begin in September or October this year, and they're searching for 10- to 11-year-old black children to audition for a leading role. The open casting call with be held at Gage Talent, 408 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Ste. 100. It will be held on June 24 from 1-6 p.m. and June 25 from 6-9 p.m. Callbacks will occur the following days on June 27-28.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- East Tennessee was on the big screen earlier this year with "The Last Movie Star," and now another film is set to film here this fall.

"Into the Wilderness" is a Civil War movie about the Battle of the Wilderness and a Confederate soldier from North Carolina who is faced with a life-changing decision. Richard De Witt is the director for the New Film Group LLC movie.

“We are very proud to welcome the talented folks at New Film Group to Knoxville. We have worked hard to make the city film-friendly and attracting projects like this is exactly what we had in mind in our efforts to grow Knoxville as a destination for high quality independent feature films," Visit Knoxville Film Office Director Curt Willis said.

How much does Gage Talent Cost?  There is never a cost for auditioning with Gage Talent or this open call.

Do you have to pay for Gage Talent? There is never a cost for auditioning with Gage Talent or this open call.

Gage Models and Talent Derby Week Fashion Show

Gage Models and Talent Agency promotes the Scarecrow Foundation Derby Week Fashion Show.  This is a great event for a worthy cause that allow Gage Models to perform in front of a live audience to raise funds for the hungry in Knoxville.

Gage Talent Contracts with professional lighting and sound to produce an exciting show.

Gage Models Reviews each model before they hit the runway to make sure they are ready to show their stuff.  

How much does Gage Talent Cost?  Gage Talent donates its services for these events for charity.

Do you have to pay for Gage Talent?  Gage Talent raises money for these events from tickets sales to the event by spectators.  Models do not have to pay.  All proceeds go to the charity.

Gage Talent Agency Cost?  The cost for the models to perform in the show is free.  Models are helping a charitable cause and getting some experience and photography.

Fall Fashion Trends

Gage Talent’s Sarah Merrell on her style segment discussing Fall Fashion Trends with Gage models 

Bash Bama Runway

KFW 2017 Children’s Runway

Angela Owens Brand Video from the Children’s Runway Event at Knoxville Fashion Week 2017

WVLT Style Segment

Gage Talent’s Sarah Merrell for the June Bridal Fashion Trends! 

Gage Models and Talent Wate Spring Fashion Romantic News Event

Gage Model and Talent shares the biggest fashion trends for Spring

WATE 6 On Your Side Staff - KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sarah Merrell of Gage Talent is showcasing the biggest fashion trends for Spring 2016 on WATE's Good Morning Tennessee.

Pantone's colors of the season include vivid bright's paired with soothing, calm tones like dusty pinks and soft blues. Iced coffee will also carry over from previous seasons through Spring.

A romantic theme will also be prevalent with sheer fabrics and flowy layers. Soft floral prints will be popular as well.

The nod to the 60's and 70's is not going away anytime soon, with flare pants staying on the scene. Volume will be an important aspect in shapes this season which will be seen in sleeves, pants, and a-line dresses. It's a comfortable and forgiving way to stay on trend.

In addition to floral prints, classic stripes will be in style as well, and bare shoulders will be a fun part of outfits this year. Could shoulder, one shoulder and cut out tops will be very popular.

Visit Janice Ann Fashions at 905 E. Emory Road, and Blush Boutique next to Walmart on UT Campus to find all the trendiest styles.

Tennessee Ledger

Big thanks to the TN Ledger for their articles on the local acting scene and for the interview with Gage Models & Talent Agency owner Jaime Hatcher Hemsley on how talent get started in the industry!

Asheville Fashion Week Sneak Peek

July 17, 2015

Asheville will be welcoming its first-ever fashion week event the first week of August. Hosted by Gage Models & Talent Agency, it will feature four nights of runway shows. As the Community Director for Asheville Fashion Week, I teamed up with WLOS News to provide a sneak peek of designs that will be in the show.


Designers shown in the video include:

  • Angela Kim Designs

  • KatDog Couture

  • Design Team at House of Fabrics

The looks are modeled by Payton Turner, Ginger Wilde, and Rachel Graham. Hairstyling is by An Chaboudy and Daisy Chavers with makeup by Vanessa Sogan and Beauty by Carisse.


More information on Asheville Fashion Week can be found at

Daily Beacon Coverage of Gage models at Knoxville Fashion Week

Gage Talent Sponsors Knoxville Film and Music Festival

Knoxville Music Festival underway with music all week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A week of music acts at venues around Downtown Knoxville is underway as part of the Knoxville Music & Film Festival.

This is the first year of the festival, and acts will be performing through this Saturday.

Organizer Jeremiah LongBear explains, " I think this is a chance for Knoxville to reconnect with Downtown life and kick off a summer of music. There are a lot of new events going on, new venues, and a huge scene of new musical acts. This festival is just the kick off of downtown events. There is a reason to come back every weekend throughout the summer."

The bands come from across the spectrum of music genres, and include both local and visiting.

"The Knoxville Film and Music Festival is a big step for Knoxville in the direction of hosting an annual premiere arts and entertainment event in our Scruffy Little City," said Preservation Pub owners Bernadette and Scott West, explaining their excitement about what the festival means for Knoxville, "This year involves hundreds of creative professionals involved in all kinds of visual and auditory arts; however, we expect growth over the next few years to be exponential and greatly beneficial to all of Knoxville."

Festival passes cost $25 and VIP passes cost $50, and allow pass holders to enter any venue without paying a cover charge.

Next week, the Film Festival portion begins, and films will be show across Downtown.

Here's a schedule of events for the Music Festival.

Monday, June 3rd:

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. - Vagabond Philo, Copper Into Steel | $5
Preservation Pub – 11 p.m. - Widespread Panic Afterparty | $5

The Bowery – 11 p.m. - Widespread Panic Afterparty | $5

Tuesday, June 4th

Windows on the Park at the Downtown Holiday Inn – 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. – Chris Canada Jazz Quartet

Preservation Pub – 10 p.m. – Band Eat Band Contest – Blue Heavy, Royal Hounds, Big Jon & the Nationals, Baseball | $5

The Bowery – 11 p.m. - Widespread Panic Afterparty | $5

Wednesday, June 5th

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. – Band Eat Band Contest – Crumbsnatchers, Skytown Riot, Soulfinger, Hudson K | $5

Blackstock – 8 p.m. – Deconbio, Cryogen Second, Chrome Molly | FREE

Hanna's – 9 p.m. – J2 Delta, Crackteam, MatLib, iRell | $5

Hanna's (Upstairs) – 9 p.m. – BoltAction, Master Raptor, Subsergence, DJ Kandyann | $5

Union Place – 9 p.m. – Knoxville Bass Mafia | $5

Thursday, June 6th

Preservation Pub Speakeasy – 6 p.m – Creative Video Music Awards Kickoff | Free

Market Square Stage – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Sam Hatmaker | FREE

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. – Band Eat Band Contest – Tame the Hurricane, Smooth Operationz, Far Far Away, Backup Planet, Pegasi 51 | $5

Bella Luna – 8:30 p.m. – Keith Brown and the Nu Jazz Fourtet | $10

Hanna's – 9 p.m – Hip Hop Night – Kwamane, Dominic Gillette, cLEEN, $ecret City Gang, Mac Sosa, JuJu & James Earl, Oversat, $ales Team | $5

Hanna’s (Upstairs) – 9 p.m. – Trick-J, Boss Awesome, D-Alpha, Moniker, DJ Static Burn | $5

Friday, June 7th

Market Square Stage – 5 p.m. To 10 p.m. – Bob Dylan Birthday Bash – Lonesome Coyotes, RB Morris, Kevin Abernathy, Kelle Jolly, Norwegian Wood, Itchy & the Hater Tots, Clint Farley | FREE

Old City Bandstand – 6 p.m. – Flux Pavilion, Skism & Sour Kandi (limited VIP Passes Only) | $25 or VIP PASS

Blackstock – 6:30 p.m. – On My Honor, Far From Proper, Bad Ideas, Nothing to Write Home About, Minor Nine (limited VIP Passes Only) | $10 or VIP PASS

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. – The Vibraslaps, The Future | $5

Preservation Pub Speakeasy – Knoxville Film and Music Festival and Gallery 133 Art Opening | Free

Saturday, June 8th

Worlds Fair Park (Knox Gives) – 3 p.m. – The Bus Driver Tour, Big Country’s Empty Bottle, Guy Marshall, Ian Thomas and Band of Drifters, Strung Like a Horse, Baseball the Band, The Jojax | FREE

Preservation Pub – 7 p.m. – Tree Tops, Static Revival, Tame the Hurricane, Deep Green, Maps Need Reading, Appalachian Fury, Crumbsnatchers, Mobility Chief | $5

NV – 9 p.m. – Those Darlins, PUJOL, The Kingston Springs, El El | $10 for NV and Bowery | VIP Pass holders at this show will have exclusive access to the VIP and Artist Bar upstairs

The Bowery – 9 p.m. – Dracula Horse Records Showcase – Ex Gold, YungLife, The Nimoids, Team Steam, Heatstroke, Wesley Wyrickm Arrete | $10 for NV and Bowery

Blackstock – 9 p.m. – DJ Slink, Jason Paul

Sunday, June 9th

NV – 6 p.m. – Filter, Emmure & Born of Osiris | $17

Preservation Pub Rooftop – 6 p.m. To 9 p.m. – Gage Talent VIP Party (Cindy Alpert and the Corduroy Jazz Trio) | VIP Pass Holders Only

Chattanooga Fashion Weeks Inaugral Event

All eyes are on style for the first Chattanooga Fashion Week

August 17th, 2012 | by Staff Report

What: Chattanooga Fashion Week.

• When: 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 25.

• Where: Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St.

• Admission: Daily $45 general admission, $75 VIP; four-day tickets $175 general admission, $250 VIP. Free shopping event 10 a.m.-6 p.m. final day.

• Website:

Chattanooga will take a giant step down the catwalk with the debut of Chattanooga Fashion Week, four days of runway shows, designer showcases and cocktails.

Events begin Wednesday with a kickoff party at Warehouse Row and an Emerging Designer Showcase featuring designs by Madison Waldrop of Designs by Malyse.

Thursday's theme is Fashion Row, spotlighting designs found in Warehouse Row stores Embellish, Kayce Hughes, Rhinoceros and Ellie's Fine Lingerie as well as makeup by Cosmetic Market.

Accessories, swimwear and menswear will be featured Aug. 24. Pop-up shops and a series of three runway shows and a cocktail hour leading up to the grand finale will fill Aug. 25.

Local models and designers will be featured throughout the week.

The ultimate goal of Chattanooga Fashion Week is "creating buzz and giving a relevant outlet to fashion houses, buyers and culture enthusiasts in Chattanooga and beyond," according to organizer Jaime Hatcher Hemsley, owner of Gage Modeling Agency. Hemsley recently held a similar event in Knoxville.

Tickets are sold by the day or as four-day passes. VIP tickets guarantee seating in the first two rows for the runway shows.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Covers CFW Designers

What: Chattanooga Fashion Week.

Where: Warehouse Row.

When: Aug. 22-25; Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: General admission, $45; Gold VIP admission, $75, each day. A shopping event is free to the public on Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Events and runway schedule

Aug. 22: Emerging Designer Showcase.

Aug. 23: Accessories Showcase and Rock the Runway hair show.

Aug. 24: Swimwear and The Men's Show runway shows.

Aug. 25: Fashion Row (featuring "pop-up" shops) and The Children's Runway, noon; The Teen Scene runway show, 2 p.m.; The Couture Bride runway show, 5 p.m.; Cocktail Hour, 6 p.m.; The Grand Finale Runway Show, 8 p.m.

About the designer

Julie Whitehead Jones, owner of JBD Dye Worx, is one of the designers whose fashions will be featured at Chattanooga Fashion Week later this month at Warehouse Row. Jones, a graduate of Girls Preparatory School and Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, worked for carpet and rug companies as a designer and colorist in northwest Georgia before starting a hand-dyed clothing business in Chattanooga.

JBD Dye Worx designs are sold at The Chattanooga Market, regional festivals and at

Chattanooga Fashion Week, a big-city style showcase of beauty and fashion trends, will be staged Aug. 22-25 at Warehouse Row.

The four-day event, which includes runway fashion shows and hairstyle demonstrations, is being billed as the ultimate fashion party.

Jaime Hatcher Hemsley, owner of Gage Talent Knoxville, said she got the idea of orchestrating fashion weeks in smaller cities after attending a similar event in Austin, Texas.

"I loved it, and the community loved it," Hemsley said of the Austin event. "I started thinking, why not do it in Knoxville? So, I did.

"It was so successful, I decided to bring it to Chattanooga because it's a similar market. The focus is on Chattanooga designers, Chattanooga models, Chattanooga businesses - so it's all about Chattanooga. We want as many local people involved as possible."

All fashions showcased on the runways will be worn by local models.

Among the area designers participating in Chattanooga Fashion Week is artist/designer Julie Whitehead Jones, owner of JBD Dye Worx. Jones designs tie-dye fashions for men, women and children.

"The event is a great addition to the already growing art scene in Chattanooga," Jones said. "There are many designers who struggle to get noticed, but now they are being given a chance to shine.

"I am looking to show a line of clothing that is geared towards teens," she said. "The line will consist of bright colors as well as more sophisticated color and pattern techniques. Skirts, dresses, tops and even socks will all make an appearance.

Among the local designers participating in Chattanooga Fashion Week are Madison Waldrop and Brandon Carruth, accessories designer Alicia Marie, and men's suit and bag designer Brian Edwards.

Boutique participants include Embellish, Kayce Hughes, Rhinoceros, Ellie's Fine Lingerie, the Cosmetic Market and Boutique Couture.

"Warehouse Row is thrilled to be the venue for Chattanooga's very first Fashion Week," said Kelly Scott of Jamestown Properties, the real estate investment and management company that operates Warehouse Row.

Fashion week is a ticketed event (see box), but on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., booths will be open to the public at no charge. Clothing and accessories will be available for sale.

Knoxville Fashion Week Designers Fall 2012

What: An art and fashion event giving local designers an opportunity to showcase their talents

When: Aug. 15-18

Where: Ruth's Chris Steak House at 950 Volunteer Landing, The Lighthouse at 6800 Baum Drive and in the former Circuit City at 151 N. Peters Road

Cost: $45 daily general admission, $75 VIP daily admission, $175 four-day general admission pass, $250 four-day VIP all-access pass and free admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for Saturday access to local pop-up shops


Marcus Hall grew up in Knoxville watching members of his family work good-paying jobs at the local Levi's factory.

By the time, he was old enough to join them, the plant had closed.

Two years ago, the self-taught fashion designer launched his own upscale clothing line, Marc Nelson Denim, with the hope of one day bringing jean production and jobs back to his community.

"I felt like the time was right," said Hall, whose "Made in America" men's jeans are in 12 boutiques throughout the United States and available for sale online. A women's apparel line is in the works. "Definitely being in Knoxville is a huge handicap, but we're working through it."

Despite the obvious challenges of launching a high-fashion career in a smaller city, aspiring designers are forgoing the big-city glitz and glamour and embracing a quality of life that's equally important.

East Tennessee has launched the successful careers of notable local designers Donovan Swick and Patricia Nash, as well as others like Carolyn Long and Diana Warner, who left and found success in such markets as Atlanta and New York.

The presence of an emerging design community hasn't gotten as much attention in the past, said Jaime Hatcher Hemsley, director of Knoxville Fashion Week and owner of Gage Talent.

For the inaugural Fashion Week that kicked off in February, she said she was pleasantly shocked to see how many designers the area had.

"It has been a steppingstone to other things," Hemsley said of the fashion event, which will be held again Aug. 15-18. "There was no other platform to let people know they're here."

After the first Fashion Week, Hemsley said some designers were picked up at local boutiques while others were invited to participate in Atlanta's apparel mart. She's launching a similar fashion event in Chattanooga at Warehouse Row at the end of the month.

"The community has been real supportive. Being in a small town is great because word-of-mouth works," said Julianne Applegate of JulieApple, a line of sustainable bags. "I think people are becoming more aware. I think people want things that are local,"

Applegate, whose family is relocating to North Carolina, is closing her Gay Street retail shop but maintaining her e-commerce site. She said what Knoxville needs to help emerging designers is some sort of a manufacturing cooperative.

"There are a lot of people here with good ideas. When you're a designer, you're not a manufacturer," she said. "There needs to be a place where people can produce samples or make small production runs."

Knoxville-based retailer Altar'd State has gotten into the fashion business with the recent launch of its own namesake brand. A portion of sales will go to help feed, clothe and educate children in orphanages around the world.

"The whole essence of our brand is founded on Christian principles. Like, we want to run a great business, we want to be great at giving," Chairman and CEO Aaron Walters said.

There is limited selection available now, but the line will eventually include jewelry, accessories, apparel and handbags. By years' end, 75 to 85 percent of the store's merchandise will be its namesake brand.

The retailer, which plans to have 18 to 20 stores by December and will launch an e-commerce site in a couple of weeks, is currently partnering with suppliers, but Walters said it will eventually launch a design team in Knoxville and an office in Los Angeles.

"There are a lot of people who live in Knoxville who love the fashion business and they're asking themselves, 'Is there a niche where I can support my family? Can I be here and be successful?' " he said. "Our spirit is strong in Knoxville. We're innovative."

Jenna Colina, a 28-year-old swimsuit designer who studied at the Miami International Art and Design School, launched her collection when she moved back home to Tennessee.

"Everything I do is via the Internet, so people can have a business anywhere," she said.

Colina hopes to have her swimsuits in several boutiques in Florida after Christmas.

"Knoxville is a challenge. People are really trendy, but they pick names they know. But if it will work in Knoxville, it will work anywhere. People are going to catch on here."


Warehouse Row Newsletter - Summer 2012

Magazine article linked

Knoxville Fashion Week Kickoff at Mercedes Benz of Knoxville

It was fitting that the First Annual Knoxville Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night amidst the clashing of clouds and fury of the wind outside since the feeling inside Mercedes Benz of Knoxville was nothing less than lightning electric and flashbulb bright. Models from Gage Talent complete with their hair styles from Belleza, makeup from Christian McNally, and clothes by Kristi, impressed the overflowing crowd at the Knoxville Chamber Business After Hours event on the showroom floor. The showcased designs by Charles Ottolini, Reeds of Gray, Alicia Marie, Corwyn, and Cool Corc caught the attention of every eye in the room during the night. Jaime Hemsley, founder of Knoxville Fashion Week, shared her inspirational story on how Knoxville Fashion Week came about from a simple conversation in New York. Wearing a stunning necklace and earrings provided by sponsor Rick Terry Jewelry Designs, Hemsley said, "I could wish for it to happen or I could make it happen." Sponsors included Belleza, Rick Terry Jewelry Designs, Coachman Clothiers, The GemStore, and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. Fashion Week continued with shows and events through Saturday.

Guests included Bob and Kathy Hall, Blake and Rachel Terry, Hallerin Hill, Scott Blalock, Ashleigh Adkins, Mark Fields, Trey Benefield, Mike Baker, Marwan Zaouk, Zaina Budayr, Maria Bowen, Phoebe Wills, Hana Lively, Sherry Ailor, Deirdre Blume, Kelly Meyer, Ashley Tatum, Kristi Ogle, Elizabeth Wiseman, Bryant and Cynthia Wiseman, Christian McNally, Mike and Yvonne Murray and Rick Terry.


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