America's Next Top Model Winner Jaslene Gonzales and TV Style Guru Paul Wharton Add Celebrity to Washington DC "Teens Count" Charitable Fashion Event

Non-profit organization "Teens Count" and celebrities make a difference for high school kids in Washington DC.

Washington, DC, January 19, 2008 --( Jaslene Gonzalez, the cha-cha diva who danced her way into winning the coveted title of America's Next Top Model, and along with it a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and Elite Model Management, is coming to DC on Saturday, January 19th.

She is teaming up with other celebrities to give back to the community in a wildly popular, annual non-profit event.

Jaslene will host The CW Washington DC "Teens Count" High School Fashion Battle, while the judging is handled by singer/actress Taraji Henson of Hustle and Flow fame, and style guru Paul Wharton, whose credits include MTV's "Made", VH-1's "The Agency", The CW's "Top Model Makeover and TV Land's upcoming model show, "She's Got The Look".

Teens Count is a non-profit organization whose mission is providing rewarding experiences for local area youth who are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts.

This very popular non-profit produces the annual Fashion Show competition where local high schools compete to win a grand prize that among other things includes a New York City trip to meet Kimora Lee Simmons, model, author and CEO of the Baby Phat urban clothing and accessories empire.

The celebrities all see the event as a way to provide incentive for aspiring youth to achieve some of their personal and business goals. Paul Wharton, enthusiastic participant in many DC charity events, has also developed a new website,, that will help those interested in the modeling industry to elevate their careers.

At his new high-tech site, aspiring models at all levels can upload their photos and develop exposure, and possibly the contacts, that could propel them to success in the modeling field.

The CW Washington DC Teens Count High School Fashion Battle will be held Saturday, January 19th at DAR Constitution Hall at 7pm. Attendance for the event is expected to be heavy.

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Don Matheson