The faces of Style have included performers and models.
Beautiful actress and model Kelly Le Brock made hearts race in her 1984 film debut as the object of Gene Wilder’s desire in “The Woman in Red.” She followed that up with a memorable role as a computer-generated teen fantasy—no surprise—in “Weird Science.”
Her sublime looks landed her on the covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair—and Style. Kelly graced the cover of Style’s first issue in November 2004. Today, Kelly tweets that she’s a mother, rancher, foodie, speaker and advocate, and she will return to the silver screen in December in a film titled “Charlie Boy.”
Kelly was the first of many celebrities, along with a number of rising stars, to appear in Style.
In 2011, The Judds came to town and captured the cover of the August issue. The mother-daughter country duo of Naomi and Wynonna performed at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, one of the last stops on their Last Encore tour. The concert was a fundraiser to support local hospital foundations.
The November 2015 ExtraOrdinary issue featured two covers of up-and-coming performers: singer Tyler Reese Tritt and actor Joshua Brockington.
Tyler is the daughter of country singer Travis Tritt and Theresa Tritt, who grew up in Leesburg. Tyler made her career goals clear as a 17-year-old high school senior in 2015: “I want to be a singer and entertainer, like my dad is. I love to get on stage and sing.”
“That was my first cover, my first legit photo shoot for a magazine and interview and it was pretty amazing,” Tyler says today. “We had a great time. The whole experience was just so much fun.”
Now 21, Tyler is making a name for herself by touring the country, including opening for Sheryl Crow in October in Nashville. When she found out about that gig, she “about fell on the floor.”
Tyler also recently recorded in Nashville and hopes to release an EP next year. She expects to book some Florida dates in 2020 so her family can see her perform. She regularly visits relatives in the Leesburg area when she isn’t at home in Georgia or on the road.
“It’s busy because it’s work, but I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work,” Tyler says. “Those few shows that you have that are just like, everything went absolutely perfect, it’s just the best feeling. I realize that the more I go out and the more I perform and do these shows, the more I love it and the more I’m like, this is definitely what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life.”
At the time of his cover, Joshua was a senior at Tavares High School and fresh off the release of “Straight Outta Compton.” He portrayed the young Warren G, a rapper and stepbrother of Dr. Dre, whose rap group N.W.A. was the subject of the film. Joshua recorded an audition at home on his school laptop and within weeks was filming in California and meeting Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
After graduating, Joshua decided to pursue acting—his passion since age 3—and split his time between Umatilla and West Hollywood, California, where he lives the life of an auditioning actor.
“It’s humbling, it’s exciting and it is very trying,” he says. “It’s not a career that one should get into with the expectation of overnight success. You hear a lot of noes before you get those yeses.”
Joshua has heard a few yeses recently, appearing in the 2017 ABC miniseries “When We Rise” and the new film “Waves,” a family drama about love and loss. “Waves,” tentatively set for a Nov. 1 national release, was Joshua’s most fun and memorable project so far. He also will soon start shooting “Cherish the Day,” a new series on OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s network.
“Ultimately, this whole experience for me has been a blessing,” he says. “It’s allowed me to grow mentally, spiritually, physically. It’s a reminder that you should constantly be working on yourself.”
Two young models got early breaks in the annual Hot! issues, appropriately enough, and have gone on to successful careers.
Adrianna Moss went from an Akers intern to a cover girl overnight. She appeared on the August 2013 cover, and an inside photo showed her wearing a shirt and dangling a burning match from her lips, accompanied by the caption “Feeling a little hot under the collar?” Yes.
“It was really awesome and actually kind of sparked me to get into the modeling industry, and I’ve been full-time modeling ever since,” Adrianna says.
The Leesburg native now lives outside Bozeman, Montana, and owns businesses providing model management, photography, makeup and clothing.
“I love all aspects of this industry. Once you’re in one part of it, you can’t stop,” Adrianna says. “It all works hand in hand. It’s been pretty awesome.”
In 2014, Olivia Martin appeared on the cover of the Hot! issue dressed in a bright red dress and lying down in a pile of red peppers. An inside photo shows her “riding” on a giant red pepper.
The former Mount Dora resident does editorial shoots and has appeared on several other covers, including Elle Singapore magazine. She also has appeared at Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Most recently, she’s working in Singapore, according to her Instagram page, where she bills herself as a “professional clothing hanger.”
“I think I had been modeling professionally for about a year when I did the Style cover,” Olivia says in a 2018 interview with Style. “I did it while I finished high school. Now it’s my full-time career, and I couldn’t be more blessed to be able to do what I love every day.”