Aspiring model in Yampa planning trip to New York competition |

Aspiring model in Yampa planning trip to New York competition

Yampa 13-year-old Brooke Lynn Bracegirdle is an aspiring model who is fundraising for a competition in New York.
Paula Jo Jaconetta/ Natural Light Images

— At 13 years old, Brooke Lynn Bracegirdle is dead set on what she wants to do and is putting all her time and energy into modeling.

“I want to take this as far as it will possibly go,” the spunky Soroco Middle School eighth grader said. “This is my dream job. This is all I’ve wanted to do since I heard about it.”

Brooke is hoping that a trip to a modeling competition in New York in July could present some opportunities. To get there, she had to raise $4,000.

“Some of the girls’ parents are paying for it,” Brooke said. “I kind of want to do it myself because I want to feel like I’ve accomplished something. I want to be like, ‘I can’t believe this. I worked for this trip.’”

Brooke launched her modeling career about a year ago, and she has a large portfolio of modeling shots captured by Paula Jo Jaconetta’s Natural Light Images business in Oak Creek.

“My mom did it before me, and she just brought it up to me one night,” Brooke said.

Her parents are Yampa residents Angela and Ralph Bracegirdle. Both are firefighters.

Brooke had to audition to get into the Barbizon Southwest modeling school and talent agency in Greenwood Village. Since being accepted, the training has been intense, and Brooke was traveling to the Denver suburb every two weeks.

“Mom and Dad have put on some miles,” Ralph Bracegirdle said.

They have also put on some smiles watching their daughter work toward her dreams.

“She’s made me cry several times,” Bracegirdle said.

At the modeling school, Brooke has been learning how to walk down a runway, smile, use facial expressions and has practiced good posture.

“The whole nine yards,” Brooke said.

Brooke then auditioned with about 500 other girls for the International Modeling and Talent Association event.

At the audition at a Greenwood Village hotel, Brooke showed the judges her runway walk and was the star in a mock commercial for lemon sage body wash. She still remembers her lines.

About 30 or 40 girls were chosen for New York, Brooke said, including herself.

“They said, ‘Congratulations,’” Brooke said. “‘All we have on paper is good things about Brooke. We would love to have Brooke come to New York and represent us.’”

Brooke said while attending the New York event she will be exposed to 300 major international modeling and talent agencies.

So far, Brooke has raised $330 through a sponsorship and by shoveling snow. She is visiting with local companies for sponsorships, and it has proven to be an educational experience.

“I have gained so much confidence from this,” she said.

People who want more information can contact Brooke by emailing

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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