A native of New York, at 3 years of age, Alicia Zeigler was signed and working through Sunshine Talent Agency in Manhattan. Auditioning and modeling for clients which included Bradlees, Zares, Mrs. Butterworth, Teddy Ruxpin, Sesame Street and more.
Alicia learned ballet and African dance studying under Broadway performer, Wilhelmena Taylor at Mind Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx.
At 24 years old, Alicia started Fortress Fashion Shows and organized her first fashion show for Sister Care of Columbia. During the process, she realized once again her love for art 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 FFS Model and Talent Agency (later renamed Soda City Model and Talent Agency) in Columbia SC.
FFS Model and Talent 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. Hiring talent and securing auditions for national movies and television shows (Army Wives, Good Deeds, Graceland, Eastbound and Down, WWE, Citi Trends, Witness Protection, Ecoloblue, Homeland, Little Red Wagon, Budweiser, Magnum Ice Cream, For Colored Girls, Sleeping Around, Charleston Fashion Week, Charlotte NC Fashion Week, Charlotte Seen Fashion Week, Columbia Style Week, University Motor Company, Fort Jackson, Walmart Minute Clinic, Swim Week, Spinx Gas Stations, CitiScooters, MOEN, and many others) as well as local boutiques and businesses, Alicia has provided local models with an opportunity to actually book paying jobs in the field they love. in 2016, while going through a divorce, Alicia decided it was time for a change and after 8 years, she closed the talent agency and relocated to Charlotte NC.
Alicia also uses her influence and position 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 Food Boutique, Clothed in Hope, Sisters Encouraging Sisters, PALSS and others)
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 Columbia, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, Wink Magazine, WNOK Radio, 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 of Columbia, Macy's, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, She Magazine and others, the event is growing year after year.
With recurring appearances as a fashion expert for WLTX News 19 and Wach Fox 57, named one of Columbia's "25 Most Stylish People" 2011-2015, one of Columbia's "10 Most Fascinating People" in 2012 and the SE 2013 - 2015 Magazine's "Top 30 Most Influential Women in Columbia" Award winner, Alicia Zeigler is one to watch.
While Alicia has her hands full with various projects, she also does website development, graphic design and business coaching. She is always careful to remember that she has absolutely nothing without her Father in heaven who has blessed her life tremendously.
2017 Update: While going through a divorce, Alicia Zeigler moved to Charlotte NC to become a bridge for Columbia an 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. She debuted the sold out/standing room only Charlotte Kids Fashion Weekend in October of 2017 and is currently planning Charlotte's Curvy Fashion Weekend scheduled to take place in April of 2018. Alicia is preparing to open her new talent agency in Charlotte and roll out her plans for Columbia Fashion Week 2018, Stay tuned for the next chapter! (last updated 11/2017, fill out contact form for most recent version of bio for events)