Open house planned for Whidbey's newest model

Clinton native Karla Gilbert poses on Front Street in Coupeville for maurices clothing store. - Photo courtesy of maurices
Clinton native Karla Gilbert poses on Front Street in Coupeville for maurices clothing store.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of maurices

Clinton native Karla Gilbert, and other maurices shoppers, will see larger-than-life portraits of herself when she shops at the Oak Harbor clothing store.

Gilbert was one of 12 winners in maurices Main Street Model Search.

All 780 maurices stores across the country are showcasing new, winter fashions starting this week. Gilbert, one of the four winners who modeled the season’s fashions, will have her images displayed, not only in the Oak Harbor, but throughout the store’s locations in 44 states. The photos will also appear at, on postcard mailers and in other marketing materials. Area residents may recognize Deception Pass State Park and Coupeville’s Front Street and wharf area, which served as backdrops for the photos.

An open house at maurices at 721 S.E. Pioneer Way will celebrate the unveiling of the photos from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Guests can meet Gilbert and shop for the clothing she models in the photos. Representatives of Ryan’s House Youth Shelter, the charity Gilbert chose as the recipient of a $7,500 donation that was part of her win, are expected to be on hand.

The photos will be in stores through November, but that won’t be the last people see of Gilbert. Photos of Gilbert, with the other 11 Main Street Model Search winners modeling holiday fashions, will also appear in stores in December.


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