Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Bridgette Jones, a sophomore major of the Merchandising, Textiles and Design (MTD) program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), was recently named 2015 Model of the Year at the seventh annual Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW). In addition to the modeling contest, the event featured fall and winter fashion lines, celebrity guests, fashion exhibitions, musical performances and networking opportunities with leaders in the industry.
“Participating in LRFW was a really great experience,” Jones said. “The people I worked with were really nice and it has brought so many amazing opportunities. I learned a lot about modeling and how to work with different designers.”
Jones said LRFW founder Brandon Campbell helped her determine the right designers to work with and the garments to model. She learned how to fit garments with the help of designers and assistants in preparation for the runway show.
“Bridgette learned how to dress to match her personality in an course on apparel selection and design,” Yunru Shen, instructor for the MTD department, said. “Our program prepares graduates for professional employment in the apparel industry.”
Shen said students with fashion career aspirations are not limited to jobs in fashion design. They can consider careers as a model, merchandiser, buyer, stylist or fabric designer.
“I’ve been interested in fashion and modeling for as long as I can remember,” Jones said. “I just love that I can express myself and am able to try things other people wouldn’t.”
Jones, who is captain of the UAPB Modeling Team and a member of The Fashion Network club, said she tentatively wants to pursue a career as an image consultant.