Modeling takes Sterling teen around the world

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

Tracking down 18-year-old Charity Reasner of Sterling isn't always easy. In the past two years, she has been busy traveling the world. Though she's back home for a while, this month she can also be found in both YM and Seventeen magazines.

Reasner, the daughter of Pastor Bob and Pollyanne Reasner, has been modeling for the past two years, working in New York, Paris, Australia and Japan, to name a few. The opportunity gives her the chance to make friends all over the world, learn new languages and understand how other people live.

Last year she also spent time touring Russia, Mongolia and Korea, where she visited schools and spoke about the importance of staying drug-free.

"I was able to share how far I'd made it without drugs," she said.

Right now, Reasner is taking a break from the jet-set life, having returned from Japan just three days before the tragedies of Sept. 11. "That kind of scared me," she said. "I didn't want to leave the country."

In the meantime, she is busy filling out scholarship applications and enjoying time with her family. She hopes to return to New York soon and her agent wants to send her to Germany and England.

Despite the success, though, Reasner keeps a level head.

For one thing, she never really dreamed she would become a model. Two years ago, she convinced her mom to drive her and a friend to Anchorage for an open talent call, not really taking the opportunity seriously.

"We went in jeans and T-shirts and didn't even do our make-up," Reasner said. "There were girls there in prom dresses, with professional nails. We didn't think we'd make it."

But Reasner was asked to go to Seattle, where she made it through three callbacks and met her agent. "I guess they like the natural look," she laughed.

Reasner also knows that her career could end as quickly as it began.

"I want to get an education, because that's really important."

Reasner finished high school a year and a half early, home schooling through Kenai Penin-sula Borough School District. In the fall, she plans to attend Northwestern College in Kirkland, Wash., where she is considering a business degree.

"I plan to continue modeling, but it's one of those careers where you can never tell how far it's going to take you," she said.

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