Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 9, 2012

Student seeks ‘Top Model’ spot

-- — In a time where some question the worth of their higher education and countless others focus on their image, Jasmine Partlow understands the value and complexity of both and takes all challenges that come in stride.

From the classroom to the runway, this  21-year-old driven woman is stepping into a future with many possibilities.

Jasmine, or J.P. as she is fondly referred to, is a Valdosta State University student by choice and an aspiring model by desire. She has been awarded the opportunity to be one of the featured contestants on the hit TV show “Americas Next Top Model,” produced and hosted by supermodel, actress, talk show host and recent Harvard graduate Tyra Banks.

At the time of this interview, Partlow was planning to go on her second audition for the show in an undisclosed location. Due to the strict regulations set by the show’s producers, some of the details concerning the audition locations and results have to remain confidential for the time being.

What the Early Childhood Education major could disclose was her excitement and enthusiasm to even be selected in the first round, a blessing she said all started with her mother, Vickey.

“I always wanted to be a model,” JP smiled. “My mom always pushed me to go out for it. She was the one who found out that an audition for the show was being held in Augusta (Georgia).”

The young woman with a highly dynamic personality, said she did not hesitate in packing an overnight bag and heading to what could possibly lead her to a lifelong goal.

After class ended Friday, March 2, Partlow headed to the audition which was scheduled for  Saturday, March 3. As nerve racking as Partlow said the whole idea about possibly being selected to represent Valdosta was, the first round of the audition process was “pretty easy,” cut and dry... for the most part.

That process included submitting three photos, filling out an extensive application, presenting identification, and waiting... a lot of waiting.

When the show first aired nine years ago, Partlow said she started tuning in and had dreams of participating one day. She has followed all 18 seasons it has been on the air.

“I said I wanted to do it, but I didn’t have the resources before now,” she said with a hint of sadness in her voice.

“I went to Barbizon (modeling school) and was accepted, but did not attend. It just wasn’t possible at that time.”

Partlow found other avenues to keep her dream alive. She got involved with fashion shows when she moved to Valdosta (from Lincolnton, Ga), one being with area designer Anna Battle of Simply Anna’s Creative Designs (2 years now) and Exclusive Fashion, a VSU organization.

“I’m interested in all aspects of modeling,” she said. “It is what I desire. I try and get involved in everything I can pertaining to modeling. I am pursuing a degree in education and will fall back on that if necessary, but

Text Only
Local News
  • City: Most overflows stopped

    The City of Valdosta reported Wednesday evening that all manhole overflows resulting from Tuesday’s heavy rains had stopped, with the exception of two.

    April 17, 2014

  • 140416-gov_deal002.jpg Signed into law

    Gov. Nathan Deal went on a signing tour Wednesday across Georgia, flying into the Valdosta Regional Airport to sign three bills into law.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 2 charged in N.C. kidnapping

    Two more people were charged in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father, bringing the number to at least eight people who authorities say were involved in the elaborate plot.

    April 17, 2014

  • VSU opens spring senior art show Saturday

    Several graduating art seniors will present their show this weekend at Valdosta State University.

    April 17, 2014

  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results