Donaldsonville Legacy, Miss LSU USA makes more strides

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Ashley Victoria Barbier, the reigning Miss LSU USA has had many successes come her way during this past year.

The 22-year-old May 2015 psychology graduate has decided to take a

year off before attending graduate school to gain work experience and to be available to represent her university at as many functions as possible. One of them being the upcoming Miss Louisiana USA pageant to be held in Lafayette in Oct.

Barbier has recently taken on an internship at Celtic Media Centre, Baton Rouge, and has also been offered roles in movies being filmed in the New Orleans area. She even works as a "party princess" for birthday parties and other events.

She said she enjoys the costuming, so it is no surprise that she was thrilled to have been selected to model in a Jovani Fashion show held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium during the Miss USA weekend.

During the fashion show, her mother sent her Miss LSU headshot to Jovani “It Girl” on instagram in attempts to land her a printed business card as a memory of the event – but it yielded a bit more as the two were permitted to meet Abraham Maslavi, owner of Jovani Fashions. Shortly thereafter, Barbier was told that she was chosen from thousands of girls as one of 25 to model at the Atlanta Market for the Jovani IT GIRL competition.

Flown out to Atlanta for an all-expense paid week-long trip, Barbier met designers and modeled on the runway and in private shows for Jovani Fashions. Out of the 25 models, 12 were selected to go on to New York Fashion Week – Barbier will be in that number.

She will be flown to New York on an all-expense paid trip in mid-Sept., where she will again model on the runway and in private shows for Jovani Fashions. From the top 12, three will move on to the final round of selection for the yearlong role as “JovaniItGirl” – ambassador for the brand.

With only weeks until the next round of competition, Barbier is focusing on Miss Louisiana USA preparations by choosing her wardrobe and continuing her strict diet and athlete-level work-outs.

Barbier is the daughter of Donna Latino Barbier of Donaldsonville and Brent Barbier of Plaquemine, and she the the granddaughter of Dickie and Derley Barbier of Bayou Pigeon and Joseph A. Latino Sr of Donaldsonville, and the late Mary Alice Jennings Latino of Donaldsonville.