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America's Next Top Model contestant to appear in Pine Bluff fashion show
America's Next Top Model contestant to appear in Pine Bluff fashion show

Furonda Brasfield, a contestant on cycle six of America’s Next Top Model, will appear in the Fourth Annual Easter Fashion Parade Extravaganza Saturday. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

America’s Next Top Model creator and supermodel, Tyra Banks described Brasfield as the one who “marches to the beat of her own drum.” Born in inner city Michigan, Brasfield calls Stuttgart home. She appeared on the hit show America’s Next Top Model after earning a degree in political science from the University of Arkansas. Brasfield has worked as a fashion model for Beyonce’s House of Dereon line and been featured in ads for Ultra Glow cosmetics, Sears, Voom, Nanette Lapore, Yana K, Sterling Capricio, and Project Runway’s Korto Momolu.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctorate from the University or Arkansas at Little Rock and Bowen School of Law. Her volunteer work includes: KNOWHIVAIDS.org national public service announcement, “Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Beautiful” campaign (promoting HIV testing/awareness among women 18-25), the Victoria Rowell foundation for orphans, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Department of Health, Jefferson County Young Professionals and Turning the Tide on Poverty in Jefferson County. She has also served as a community service educator and as the interim-director of the non-profit Traveler’s Rest Ministries.

Brasfield is currently a real-estate agent with Lou Taylor Realty in Pine Bluff. She also works as an Arkansas Works Career Coach, providing college and career planning to high school students.

Now, she is adding the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund to her list of endeavors. Proceeds from Saturday’s fashion event will go to support the scholarship fund.

“To whom much is given, much is required, and that’s why I must use every bone in my body to show the world just what it means to be astonishing and remarkable, because that’s me, Fabulous Furonda,” Brasfield said.

Saturday’s extravaganza will include a luncheon, silent auction, vendors and door prizes. Guests can also have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. The show will also feature the clothing line of fashion designer Bridgette Odigwe, a Pine Bluff native who has operations in Dallas and Atlanta.

Tickets are $15 general admission or two for $25. Student tickets are $10 with I.D. For more information, call Event Chairperson Alamae Harris at 870-413-9494 or Board member Jeannie Epperson at 870-692-2772.