Crestview teen Jaisey Silvers walked in the New York Fashion Week for the second straight year. This year she was also chosen as the 2019 Junior Teen USA Top Model and picked to pose in a Times Square billboard.
CRESTVIEW — When 15-year old Jaisey Silvers began modeling two years ago, she was unprepared for the fast track she would soon be on.
Silvers, who is home-schooled by her parents, began modeling at the World’s Perfect Pageant and Model Search. While there, Silvers met the director of New York Fashion Week, who asked if she would like to walk at Fashion Week.
"I didn’t think it was ever going to work out but then it did and I was like ’Oh my gosh, this is really happening,’" Silvers said of being a model. "When he asked, I said. ’Sure, it’s a huge opportunity.’"
Silvers went to Fashion Week last year but the experience was mostly a learning experience.
This year while at New York Fashion Week, Silvers walked for seven different designers, including Rachel Allan and Isaac Johan.
She also competed in the USA Top Model of the Year competition in the junior division. After several rounds of competition, Silvers was announced as the junior division winner out of 200 girls.
"While I was waiting I had my fingers crossed," Silvers said. "As soon as they called my name I started crying. My mom was in the front row and I was like ’Oh my gosh Mom, I just won.’"
Silvers’ adventure did not stop there. She was also picked to be one of the models in a Rachel Allan photo shoot.
The photo shoot happened while she was still in New York. Photos from the shoot will be featured on a billboard in Times Square beginning in February.
"I was one of the youngest girls to be in the photo shoot," Silvers said. "It was nerve-racking because I’m not as experienced as everyone else that was in the photo shoot. They knew what to do but I kind of got the hang of it. I just looked at everyone else."
Since her journey begun, Silvers has decided to ultimately pursue modeling as a career.
"It has taught me a lot about myself," Silvers said. "It’s taught me that I can do a lot more than I thought I could because I used to get bullied a lot, so I always thought I’d never be able to do anything."
As she continues her career, Silvers hopes to inspire others with body positivity.
"You don’t have to be tiny," Silvers said. "You can be any size, any shape or any color."