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Raia James : A woman of determination

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith
Raia James stikes a pose.
Raia James
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MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

Raia James has always longed to represent her country. She was an athlete with a goal at which she worked hard.

But little did she know that when her chance to compete for her country came, it wouldn't be as an athlete.

The resident of Morant Bay in St Thomas was recently selected to be a representative of Team Jamaica to compete in the World Championship of Performing Arts as a model.

Expressing gratitude, James told Rural Xpress that she believes she has the right attitude and discipline to compete internationally.

"When I was an athlete in high school I would dream of one day representing my country. I know I'm a person with many talents so now I'm given the opportunity to represent the black, green and gold in style as a model," she said.

James said she has always been told that she has what it takes to hit the runway and after testing the waters, she fell in love with the art.

 

Attitude and expression

 

According to her: "I think modelling is a good way to express myself without always using words. In this field, it's your attitude and expressions that really count. I have always been an artistic person, and I think modelling is a good medium through which I can express myself."

But the 23-year-old revealed that though she only got started in the art earlier this year, she has had to take a break because of health issues.

"I became ill due to continuous issues with my body's hormone imbalance. I then found out I have a chronic bleeding disorder, and so I had to stop and take care of my health. After trying different meds to cope with the disorder, I am now ready to get back in the game, and my first move was to audition for the world championship of performing arts to represent team Jamaica as a model contestant," she said.

James told Rural Xpress that she is now ready to do her best to represent her country. However, she is in need of help in the form of sponsorship to offset the costs associated with the event.

The World Championship of Performing Arts is scheduled for June 2017 and is to be held in Los Angeles, California.

"I'm asking for assistance because I cannot do this alone and with the help needed to cover the expenses of the event, I promise to do my utmost best while being a proud model representative for Jamaica," James said.

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