Teenager from Randolph County gets chance to model in New York Fashion Week show

TABERNACLE — A recent trip to New York for Randolph County teenager Josie Perdue was

TABERNACLE — A recent trip to New York for Randolph County teenager Josie Perdue was more than a sightseeing adventure. It may end up being a trip that changed the course of her life.

Perdue, whose typical week involves cheerleading practice at Southwestern Randolph High School and dance lessons at Pointe South Dance and Tumble in Asheboro was a model in designer Marc Defang’s New York Fashion Week show in early September.

The 16-year-old spent the week taking in the sights and opportunities available in New York that just aren’t possible back home. While she has always thought she would pursue a nursing degree and career after high school graduation, now she is pondering a career in the arts as a dancer in New York. In fact, she is eyeing the possibility of attending AMDA College of Performing Arts in New York.

“New York is a small piece of land, but there is so much there,” she said. “It was an amazing experience.”

Josie Perdue is pictured with designer Marc Defang when she walked in the designer's New York Fashion Week Show in September.

Perdue spent Sept. 9-12  in New York with her parents, Julie and Andy Perdue. When not rehearsing for the fashion show or attending fittings, the trio pounded the streets of the Big Apple to see as much of the city as possible, and take hundreds of photos. Perdue laughs now at her mistake of wearing high heels on many of these walks, which gifted her with blisters on her feet.