11-year-old Massena model keeps popping up in photos about Kodak's bankruptcy
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 5:38 pm

A Massena girl's image has been popping up in far-away places ever since Eastman Kodak said it would be filing for bankruptcy.

Kirstiana Gladding, an 11-year-old Nightengale School sixth-grader, is not being blamed for Kodak's troubles, but has been a model for some of their products.

So when her image appeared along with the bankruptcy story in a North Carolina newspaper, her grandmother wasn't shocked, but was pleased. One of many papers in which her photo appeared was the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina at http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/jan/19/1/kodak-files-for-bankruptcy-protection-ar-1831898/?referer=None&shorturl=http://bit.ly/w2gWXG

"Kirstiana is my granddaughter and yes we often see her photos on the 4x6 and 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper in different regions," said Sherry Smith of Raymondville.

Smith explained that Kirstiana is involved with a modeling group out of Syracuse and she was contacted by Kodak to do a photo shoot for them about two years ago. Since then her image has been on packages of Kodak photo printer paper and other supplies everywhere.

"Friends and relatives across the country have purchased the paper also," Smith said. " At Christmas time this year I purchased a box with a different picture of her on it at Office Max in Massena. It was Kirstiana riding on a carousel. The pictures were taken for Kodak in Rochester at the city park."

Kirstiana's parents are Nicole Ashley Gladding and Derick Gladding of Massena. Nicole is a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary in Massena.

"It has been so exciting for all us that Kirstiana has had the opportunity to have her photos used by Kodak," Smith said.

"As you can see I'm the proud Grandma so I get to brag."

"Although we are extremely pleased that her picture was selected, it is sad that Kodak has found themselves filing Chapter 11. I still remember the excitement of receiving my first camera, a Kodak Brownie when I was very young. We are confident that they will come out of this stronger than ever," Smith said.