Mansfield Staniford wants to make sure the Brazilian girl is in the picture. He's running around in the anti-fashion trifecta of socks, sneakers and shorts, obsessively pulling his thinning brown hair. Little kids dash between the legs of the business men, photographers, models and moms who are gathered at South Point Park for the world's most bizarre photoshoot.
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I've been invited here because Staniford thinks his company, Model Launcher, can restore Miami's reputation as a fashion mecca. The premise is simple: People upload photos onto the ML website and hope other people vote for them. The most popular amateur models are flown to Miami Beach for the photoshoot of their dreams. This is incredibly appealing to girls like Emilee Miller, the white-as-Wonder-Bread West Texan who Staniford just brought to town with her mom, Frankie.More »