Written by | Ray Cornelius

When model and actress Eva Marcille set out to launch her new line of eyewear there was one person that stood out the most in her creative process and that was her “bestie” and beloved dancer Stephanie Moseley.

The America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 winner launched her “FIRST AVE” Eyewear Collection Saturday night in Atlanta’s trendy Castleberry Hills district and says that the line of spectacles are a nod to her late friend, who was killed by her husband in a murder-suicide in 2014.

“The inspiration behind my brand are actually my best friends, the people that inspire me in life. I’m pretty funky and unique in my styles but I wanted to make sure my collection encompasses everybody and different energies and styles and swags. So I kinda look to the people that I love the most and kinda embodied their swag into each pair of shades. Those that I wore tonight are the ‘Moseleys.’ It’s in honor of my girlfriend Stephanie Moseley, who passed away and is now my guardian angel,” said Marcille about the popular dancer who last appeared on VH1’s “Hit the Floor” series.

“FIRST AVE”  includes an array of black, gold, silver, pink, blue and green shades that Marcille feels will also compliment any and all skin tones.

“I’m naturally drawn to gold and I think there’s something about skin tones and gold that go really well together.”

Marcille’s “FIRST AVE” is a partnership with Atlanta’s own Tiffany Williams, owner of EyeCandy Creations LLC, and the brains behind “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey‘s hugely successful, Cynthia Bailey Eyewear. For Williams, the collaboration with Marcille has almost been like a second marriage.

“I told my husband that I hope he knows that Eva and I are one. (LOL) No really, the collaboration has been amazing and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. A lot of celebrities can put their name on anything and not push the brand and are not passionate about the brand but Eva has been just the opposite and that is what has been so refreshing and beautiful.”

Check out more photos below including yours truly in a pair of FIRST AVE’s below:

Eva Marcille covers the latest edition of Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly

“FIRST AVE” comes in an array of colors for every skin tone

DJ KiX provided dope sounds at the launch party for “FIRST AVE”

ICC’S Xaviera Bryant testing out a pair of “FIRST AVE” shades


Eva Marcille pictured with the evening’s sponsors

Derek J in tha house

Tiffany Williams, Eva Marcille and Racquel Smith

“Bravo’s Married to Medicine” starlet Genise Shelton

Ray Cornelius interviewing Eva Marcille about “FIRST AVE”

Tiffany Williams talking to Ray Cornelius about her “FIRST AVE” partnership


Ray Cornelius rocking a pair of “FIRST AVE” #ImReadyForMyCloseUp

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com