Little Rock Fashion Week has opened doors for hundreds of aspiring models, hoping to be the Little Rock Fashion Week Model of the Year. Bridgette Jones, of Pine Bluff, Ark., made a supreme effort during the 7th annual extravaganza as she learned to ‘always be a model’ no matter where or what she’s doing. That concept alone helped her gain the highest accolade in Arkansas. Jones, 18, is the Little Rock Fashion Week 2015 Model of the Year.

Jones showed off her talent by rocking the runways at the Bare and Big Night fashion shows during Little Rock Fashion Week last month all the way to earning a modeling contract with Oneofakind Talent Inc.

“Once I heard the news, I was shocked and excited. I just couldn't believe that I was chosen.” said Jones.

Little Rock Fashion Week is the fastest growing fashion week in America. Each year hundreds of models come across the nation to get a shot to be selected to appear on Little Rock Fashion Week runways and to become LRFW Model of the Year.

Little Rock Fashion Week Model of the Year is decided by fashion experts, journalists, and sponsors of Little Rock Fashion Week who attended events and evaluate models’ talents and future potential. Jones is the second resident of Pine Bluff to win and the shortest. Average height of past female model of the year winners is 5 feet 9 and half inches. Despite, being 5 feet 5, Jones stood tall above the other models.

“There are times that a model is good enough that others don’t notice to his or her height,” says Brandon D. Campbell, Little Rock Fashion Week’s founder and executive producer. “I think Bridgette broke the mode. She shows a passion for modeling, dedication to projects and a passion for giving back to the community. That’s a combination that oftentimes is unseen in models. If she can continue that type of drive, I think she can have a tremendous impact on our local fashion scene.”

Jones, a sophomore at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, started her modeling career once she began high school to boost her self-confidence.

“I was very shy and wanted to be more outgoing, so I decided to start modeling,” she says. “Now, I’m not shy. I will help other shy girls just like me boost their self-confidence.”

Now that Jones has created a name for herself she is more eager to go to high schools and to other communities. She plans to talk, share and help others gain knowledge about the fashion industry, so that they know there are things to do to help gain self-confidence through modeling, especially through participating in Little Rock Fashion Week.

Including a modeling contract, Jones receives one year promotion at LittleRockFashionWeek.com, her own webpage on the website, merchandise items from iME apparel and Belk, plus a cash prize.

Always humble, Jones expressed her gratitude toward Little Rock Fashion Week and Campbell.

“Thank you Mr. Campbell,” she says. “Without you I would not have that extra boost and push I’ll need as a model to become one of the greats!”

Little Rock Fashion Week 7 sponsorship partners included Oneofakind Talent Inc., La Quinta Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, Belk, iME clothing brand, Friciane, J Kelly Referrals & Information Services, FashionUnited, Club Level, La Opinion Newspaper and the Arkansas Travelers.

The 8th annual Little Rock Fashion Week is scheduled for July 11-16, 2016.