About Our Founder
& Creative Director
Yalanda Rene Jacques
CEO & Creative Director,
Yalanda is the epitome of the polished woman, having grown up on the rural back roads of East Texas surrounded by farm life til about 12 years old. When done with chores she loved reading books and devouring the pages of fashion magazines left behind by her mother, a very accomplished seamstress. She committed herself at an early age as a model, and student of life, to learn how to create a great image through style, fashion and culture.
She's been profiled by some of the most prestigious news and fashion magazine publications in the country. like Ocean Drive Magazine, The Miami Herald Newspaper, South Florida Business Journal, and also made guest appearances on TV shows like MTV's Tr3s Quiero Mis Quinces. As an entrepreneur, she founded a successful modeling agency in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida called Jacques Models, Inc. which managed over 400 models & talent, placing them in runway shows, commercials, and print ads for Perry Ellis, Nicole Miller, Hugo Boss, and Nike.. And in feature films like Bad Boys I with Will Smith & Martin Lawrence, and Any Given Sunday with Al Pacino & Jamie Foxx.. Years later she relocated to Dallas, Texas & launched her own video production company called Jabbermouth Entertainment, which produced an entertainment lifestyle TV show about the happenings in South Florida, then later The VIP System Makeover Program (An instructional beauty & self-esteem development DVD for young women.)
Her experience in the entertainment, beauty and fashion industries span over 15 years, working for industry giants like Neiman Marcus managing fine jewelry and designer handbags; and on the beauty side for L'Occitane, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and as as instructor at the Barbizon School of Modeling. As a commentator and MC she has hosted many events including hosting a royal diplomatic black-tie charity event in Dubai for the Walter Sisulu Pediatric Cardiac Foundation, co-sponsored by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Yalanda is a proud Veteran of U.S. Air Force .having served her country here in the U.S. with both the 20th & 16th Special Operations Squadrons, and overseas in Europe for 17th Air Force Headquarters where she first nurtured her love for travel. Her selections for the website are empowered from a knowledge of both the beauty & fashion industries, and having traveled to over 22 different countries and counting, she will always select good quality for you.
Polished Beatuties is based in Atlanta, Georgia.