About Ms. Zeigler
A native of the Bronx, at 3 years of age, Alicia Zeigler was signed and working through Sunshine Talent Agency in Long Island New York. For years she auditioned and worked with clients which included Bradlees, Zares, Gerber, Mrs. Butterworth, Teddy Ruxpin, Sesame Street and more. Alicia also studied Ballet and African dance under Broadway performer, Wilhelmena Taylor at Mind Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx. Upon relocating to the Carolinas, Alicia spent much of her time writing poems and plays as not many opportunities were available for models and actors in the Carolinas at that time.
At 16 Alicia left home and emancipated herself as an adult. At 23 years old, Alicia quit her 9-5 job in fitness and started a fashion event planning company. She organized her first fashion show for a non profit that helps battered and abused women, Sister Care of Columbia. During the process, she realized once again her love for entertainment and fashion. While producing the shows and meeting aspiring models in Columbia, she realized that there was a need for talent management. She was inspired to become the founder and operator of her very own talent agency which she managed for almost a decade.
During this time she also became the editor and owner of Wink Magazine, a women's fashion magazine in Columbia SC covering arts, fashion and entertainment. Alicia's most notable cover and interview for Wink was with Naima Mora of America's Next Top Model.
Her new agency worked to assist models in training, booking legitimate and safe jobs, building their portfolios, grooming, acting, and auditioning skills. At the time of it's closing it boasted over 120 working actors and models. The agency hired talent and secured auditions for national movies and television shows such as: Army Wives, Good Deeds, Graceland, Eastbound and Down, WWE, Citi Trends, Witness Protection, Ecoloblue, Homeland, Little Red Wagon, Budweiser, Magnum Ice Cream, Hunger Games, For Colored Girls, Sleeping Around, Charleston Fashion Week, Charlotte NC Fashion Week, University Motor Company, Fort Jackson, Walmart Minute Clinic, Swim Week, Spinx Gas Stations, CitiScooters, MOEN, as well as local boutiques and designers.
In all of her networking, Alicia created a network of varied fashion professionals working together to increase the fashion presence in the city of Columbia and quickly scheduled a major annual event, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week), (Columbia’s first official fashion week). Columbia Style Week, launched in June of 2012, and brought the city it's first ever 5 day/night fashion week. The week consisted of fashion, arts, entertainment, and education. Recognized by the Mayor of Columbia and the City Council, and sponsored by Audi ($10,000), Columbia Metropolitan Magazine (in - kind), Wink Magazine (in kind), WNOK Radio (in kind), WACH FOX 57 ($30,000 in advertising spots via commercial, segment integration, site ads and social media contests) and others, CSW 2012 took Columbia by storm and finally established Columbia as an emerging presence in the fashion industry for the Southeast. Now renamed Columbia Fashion Week, and with additional sponsors added such as Jaguar Land Rover ($20,000), Macy's, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and others, the event has grown year after year.
While going through a divorce, she relocated to Charlotte NC with a desire to be a bridge for Columbia and Charlotte's fashion communities and expand her brand. Upon arrival she hit the ground running as a guest fashion expert on WCNC-TV's show Charlotte Today as well as being a guest on The Morning Madhouse on WPEG Power 98 . She opened Intro Talent Branding & Management Agency in Uptown Charlotte and launched new events including: Concord Fashion Week, Charlotte Kids Fashion Weekend , and others. Since opening the new agency she has added Arbys, Swartzkopf/Henkel Corp & Grammy Nominated Artist Petey Pablo to her ever growing client list.
Alicia regularly uses her influence and brands to give back to the community, giving to and raising funds and awareness for various non-profit organizations within the community through her fashion shows and events (including: The American Heart Association - Midlands, Sistercare, Harvest Hope, The Junior Women's League of Columbia, The Food Boutique, Clothed in Hope, Sisters Encouraging Sisters, PALSS and others)
In 2020, as the world slowed to a standstill during a global pandemic, Alicia utilized that time to sell Columbia Fashion Week to focus on the release of her book/workshop series, casting for a touring stage play and the launch of Mimosa Public Relations.
With recurring appearances as a fashion expert for local CBS affiliate WLTX News 19, ABC Columbia, Wach Fox 57 and being named one of Columbia's "25 Most Stylish People" 5 years in a row, named one of Columbia's "10 Most Fascinating People" and the SE Magazine's "Top 30 Most Influential Women in Columbia" Award winner (twice) and having been featured in numerous publications, Alicia Zeigler is one to watch. Stay tuned for what's next!