Thursday, March 29, 2012

AKD 2012 Sports Model Search Winner is Toni Damico, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

Schertz, TX. March 26, 2012 - Angela King Designs has announced Denver resident Toni Damico as the 2012 face of AKD and Go Wild! Wear. Nearly 200 women from across the United States and Canada submitted photographs and applications. Contestants represented cheerleaders and dancers from many colleges, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, lacrosse, roller hockey, arena football and other sports.

62 semifinalists were selected based on Facebook voting, with over 11,000 votes registering in less than five days. A panel of celebrity judges narrowed selections to 32 finalists, who submitted videos about why they should be the next face of the AKD brand.

The judges selected the National Top 10, including Alanna-San Antonio Spurs, Angela-Tennessee Titans, Carol-Kansas City Chiefs, Faren-Boston Celtics, Kari-Kansas City Chiefs, Karielle-University of Missouri, Melissa Z-Atlanta Falcons, Rachael-Purdue University, and Stephanie Jill-New York Islanders. The Top 10 winners received prize packages from i.e. Culture jewelry and Mueller Sports, as well as $150.00 in Go Wild! Wear performance, fitness or swimwear.

After much anticipation, Angela King Designs announced Toni Damico as the 2012 Sports Model Search Winner and new face of AKD and Go Wild! Wear. Toni graduated from the University of Minnesota before relocating to Denver in 2011.

"It was a tough decision, and it came right down to the wire! The judges - our entertainment industry pros - reviewed applications, photos and videos VERY closely to arrive at their selection. We congratulate our winner!" said Angela King-Twitero, President, Angela King Designs and Go Wild! Wear.

Toni's finalist video stated, "I would be honored to represent this quality brand. It is so important to feel confident in your uniform, and in my rookie year as a DBC (Denver Broncos Cheerleader), I appreciated the quality, fit and shape the AKD uniforms gave to our entire team."

Toni will be flown to San Antonio in June 2012 to appear in the Go Wild! Wear collection photo shoot. She will receive $500.00 in merchandise. The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will receive Go Wild! Wear practice attire.

"The contest for the new face of AKD was both fun to be a part of and impressive to observe. The quantity and quality of the women who entered was in direct correlation to the excellence of the AKD brand," according to one judge Fred Gaudelli, Producer, Sunday Night Football, NBC Sports. "From a costume design perspective, AKD knows the cheerleading and fitness business better than anyone. Listening to the contestants rave about the AKD products made it quite clear what a great reputation AKD has with its constituency. Congratulations to the winner."