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McKinney Pool Party Organizer Launches Modeling Career

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MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) - The young woman who organized the pool party in McKinney, Texas that made national headlines earlier this month, has launched a modeling career.

RELATED: McKinney Mom From Pool Party Video Speaks: "This Is Not About Black & White"

A photographer claiming to represent Tatyana Rhodes issued a press release Wednesday announcing that she will turn the "negative attention of the unfortunate McKinney pool party events into a positive jumpstart for her modeling career."

According to the statement, an Atlanta photographer saw pictures of Tatyana in an online story about the pool party and traveled to Texas to conduct her first professional photoshoot. The pictures below were also included in the release.

(credit: A.K.A. Tay Photography)
(credit: A.K.A. Tay Photography)
(credit: A.K.A. Tay Photography)
(credit: A.K.A. 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," said the statement.

McKinney Pastor Derrick Golden tells CBS 11's Robbie Owens that he had hoped what happened next in his city would be about promoting conversations, instead.

"I wish her and the young lady she got in a fight with would also be sitting at the table and talking about how they got to where they were, instead of defending their positions. Saying, 'I could have handled this better, I could have handled that better.'"

On the CBSDFW Facebook page, reaction on social media was swift and not necessarily positive.

Duane Bennett wrote "She needs to be modeling a pair of handcuffs."

Linda Ball posted, "Good grief, will she divert some of her earnings to the policeman whose career she ruined?"

Ariel Nicole was one of the few that came to her defense saying, "It's beautiful how this young lady was ridiculed but was able to turn things around for her good... No sympathy for a cop who used excessive force on teenagers."

Update: Late Wednesday afternoon, a man claiming to be Tatyana's lawyer contacted CBS 11 saying she is not pursuing a modeling career.  We have reached out to him for further comment and are waiting to hear back.  Tatyana and her family are not commenting.  Meanwhile, the photographer who took and owns the pictures says he has a signed contract to represent her and distribute the pictures to launch her modeling career.

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