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When life hands you lemons, start a modeling career. That’s the attitude of Tatyana Rhodes, the organizer of the now infamous McKinney, Texas, pool party that led to the resignation of a local police officer.
Rhodes, 21, made headlines earlier this month when her pool party ended in a violent clash between the officer and several of the teens in attendance. After she was caught in the spotlight, Tay Brown of Atlanta-based A.K.A. Tay Photography took notice of her. He flew to Texas to meet her and snapped her first professional modeling photos.
AKA Tay Photography
In a press release on Wednesday, Brown said Rhodes is taking the “negative attention of the unfortunate McKinney pool party events” and turning them “into a positive jumpstart for her modeling career.”
AKA Tay Photography
“As a model, Tatyana is committed to using her exposure and fame to help bring about change in the community as well as to show others you should never let negative events in your life keep you from pursuing your dreams,” Brown said in the press release.
H/T CBS DFW | Photo via A.K.A. Tay Photography
Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.