Swimsuit Models Wow Car Show Crowd at Cars and Coffee Event

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Swimsuit model Cristina Tufford flashed a megawatt smile at a fan and scribbled her signature on a glossy calendar. The crowd at the Cars and Coffee meet was thick and a line at the calendar giveaway table was beginning to build.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the Tropic Beauty swimsuit models at the autograph table to find out how they got involved.

The 29-year-old from West Palm Beach is one of Tropic Beauty’s November 2018 calendar girls. She was at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to mingle.

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Tropic Beauty models Cristina Tufford and Gabriella Davis hold up a 2018 calendar at a recent Cars and Coffee event.

“I was Miss Palm Beach, Miss Jupiter and Miss Seminole,” said Tufford, explaining her long association with modeling and pageants. “I started with the brand when I was 23.”

The company sprang from Hawaiian Tropic, known for its tanning oils, bikini contests and beautiful spokeswomen who hawked the company’s products in showy swimwear. Tropic Beauty was created to provide a venue for the models after Playtex Products Inc. bought Hawaiian Tropic in 2007, and then Energizer Holdings Inc. bought Playtex a short time later. 

“Tropic Beauty didn’t want to give up the models,” Tufford said.

Tropic Beauty Fills Gap Left by Hawaiian Tropic

Boca Raton resident Amy Raley, who used to work with Hawaiian Tropic, made it all happen. The former model started Tropic Beauty from scratch after Energizer discontinued the model search.FFC Logo New Car

“I started going into all the markets that previously had Hawaiian Tropic,” Raley said. “Now we work with Wynn Nightlife and a 5-star hotel in Las Vegas. We do photoshoots and do a competition with the best photographs. The best of the best are picked for the calendar.”

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Copies of the new Tropic Beauty calendar were a hot commodity at a recent Cars and Coffee event.

Tropic Beauty’s website describes the company as “a model & photographers platform for a dream career and fascinating lifestyle in the entertainment industry. It allows them to be noticed, published and excel.”

The Tropic Beauty models have become brand ambassadors and social media influencers, Raley said.

“A lot of people invite us to come to their events to boost their social media presence,” Raley said.

Modeling Experience Offers Opportunity, Recognition

Gabriella Davis, 20, of Houston, TX, is one of the newest Tropic Beauty models. She works Tropic Beauty appearances in around her schedule as a full-time student at the University of Houston, real estate school and cheering professionally for the Houston Texans.

“It’s fun,” she said of Tropic Beauty. “Absolutely amazing people.”

So what are the top four comments/questions the models hear?

  • Are the calendars free?
  • Are you in it?
  • Which one are you?
  • Let me see if I can guess!
  • Can I get a picture with you?

Catherine Cybulkiewicz, 28, is one of the calendar’s March 2018 models. The graphic designer from Miami is a native of Venezuela and has been working for Tropic Beauty since 2014. She was Miss Tropic Beauty Las Vegas in 2015 and won third place in the World Finals in 2014.

“I love being on the stage. It’s always fun,” Cybulkiewicz said. “Modeling is a passion. It’s like a hobby.”

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Tropic Beauty model Catherine Cybulkiewicz shows off her calendar photo.

She began modeling at age 17 in Venezuela and has participated in at least nine beauty contests.

The contacts she made through Tropic Beauty helped pave the way for her to be chosen as a cover girl for a French magazine.

Tropic Beauty has provided opportunities for new life experiences, she noted.

And that is exactly what their Facebook pages says. It describes Tropic Beauty as “A Health & Beauty Company that is Home to the Most #beautiful Swimwear Models in the World! Leader in the Swimsuit Calendar Photo Shoot Experience!”

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Florida Fine Cars Sponsors Charity Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest!

WEST PALM BEACH – When the third annual Downtown Showdown charity fishing tournament and seafood festival kicks off on May 20th, Florida Fine Cars will be there running the car show awards.

The free event – expected to attract at least 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – aims to raise $40,000 in charitable donations to benefit veterans, the Boy Scouts and to support sexual abuse prevention education for adults and children. The Downtown Showdown will spread across an area between Banyan and Fern Streets.

Custom & classic car show at past Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach, FL.

“It’s a fun event and the charitable organizations are fantastic,” said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Director Jamie Suid. “Helping with the Car Show awards just made sense. It’s a great day for families to enjoy some fresh seafood, check out the cool cars and take in the fishing competition. Plus proceeds go to some great causes.”

Anglers will compete for nearly $30,000 in prize money in a variety of categories including big fish overall, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, small boat, lady and junior. 

The event is organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

“It’s really a huge event,” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “We’ve just got some great things throughout the day.”

The event is the city’s only waterfront seafood festival featuring the area’s best seafood providers, a special section just for kids, a car show, a huge array of local vendors and an impressive lineup of local bands, including country artist Tom Jackson.

Florida Fine Cars to Oversee Car Show Awards

The classic and custom car show awards will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Fine Cars’ booth at the corner of North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership in business since 1993 with stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

Crowds enjoy last year’s Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach.

“They were seeking an automotive sponsor and asked us to participate. It’s a great cause so we signed on right away,” Suid said. Florida Fine Cars will also have a display of some of its coolest cars for festival-goers to check out.

Car owners will compete for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Paint and more. The first place winner will receive $500, second place, $300, and third place, $200.

Portier said the show is composed of about 75 carefully selected vehicles which will include classics, custom and stock.

Festival to Benefit Kids, Boy Scouts, Veterans

This year’s Downtown Showdown will offer a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Local anglers created the event three years ago in memory of Scott Terry, a pro fisherman and community activist from Vero Beach who was killed in a car accident in February 2014. Terry’s friends have said it was his dream to one day organize a fishing tournament so they did it in his memory and donate proceeds to causes that were dear to Terry’s heart.

Money raised at the event will go to Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit which helps educated adults and children about sexual abuse prevention; the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. veterans.

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