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Jazz on the rise

Yvette BEST

Jazz on the rise

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HER STRIKING face and slender figure have been jazzing up many a calendar and music video in recent months.At 19, Jazz Goddard has already made her mark on the local modelling scene, and opportunities have been coming one after the other since taking the second spot in this year’s Island Queen Pageant. The pageant has served as a springboard for the belle’s career. Jazz was approached by host Kirk Brown to audition for his Wine For Me video. Since then she landed a spot in Dat Is All I Want, also done by Brown. She has also been featured in the music video for Ayana John’s Can’t Keep Up.The sports enthusiast is also in the current Power X 4 catalogue, and will be in calendars for Island Queen and Slam 101FM.Jazz’s next big engagement is a meeting with Sweets Magazine in New York in a few weeks’ time. “I’m just gonna meet with them, see if they like my look. If they like my look, they’re gonna do a photo shoot and see if they get me some jobs. “So that’s really good . . . . I am looking forward to it a lot,” she said, her face aglow at the possibilities.This latest hook-up, which is the biggest in her career thus far, was made through her friend Sabrina Wilkinson, who was a finalist in the inaugural Island Queen Pageant.While she is looking forward to whatever sweets come from the magazine interview and the other activities she has her hands in, she will still be focusing on her studies.“I still plan to continue university, of course. But I just wanna see myself forging a career with a little bit of fashion, magazines, and what’s not. “I love taking pictures, and I also love photography,” the business management and psychology major stated.Jazz has also completed a certificate in radio and television presentation. As far as television presenting is concerned, she will soon be making her debut as a joint host of a travel show to be shot in Trinidad. The lass, who loves going to the beach and hanging out with the girls, will also be hosting the television edition of the 2010 Island Queen. Her thrust is really to find a niche in the media she could exploit in the long term.“Modelling is not forever, so I see myself working in terms of a business and marketing arena, in terms of my long-term future,” she said.Jazz got into modelling while still a student at the Christ Church Foundation School. The then 15-year-old had a friend who was into modelling and he persuaded her to get involved with the Ebony modelling group.“I found that my modelling career was propelled since then,” she told WE earlier this week.She would gain further exposure when she won the Miss Inter-School Barbados in 2007, after which she signed on with Timeless Entertainment.The Victoria Secrets campaign, the Nigerian Fashion Week Showcase, Absolut Caribbean Fashion Show and Barbados Fashion Week were some of the major campaigns with which the Silver Sands, Christ Church resident was associated prior to this latest string of bookings.