Lauren Weaver stands beside the life-size banner display that will be appearing in Dillard's stores across the nation on July 1.

Dillard’s shoppers across the nation will soon see the daughter of former Southeast Arkansas residents Jeff Weaver and Kristina Levi Thomas featured on a large stand-up banner display in the stores’ junior departments. Lauren Weaver, a 15-year-old junior from Greenwood High School, was hired by the upscale retailer to do their “Red, White & You!” promotion, a back-to-school promotion and a homecoming jewelry promotion.

She is the daughter of Jeff Weaver, of Dumas, who is U.S. Rep. Mike Ross’ district director, and Kristina Levi Thomas, a 1995 graduate of Monticello who now lives in  Greenwood where she is a photographer and owner of cellular and satellite stores in the River Valley.

Lauren, who was born in Warren and lived in Monticello until she moved to Greenwood while in elementary school, began modeling last year doing mostly local work. She later began doing modeling work for former Monticello resident Laura Ripley’s company Laura Madison Premium Denim.

But Lauren got her big break through the pageant circuit when someone saw her and recommended her to Dillard’s saying they believed she would be a good fit.

“She did a test shoot and was hired two days later,” said Lauren’s mother, Kristina. “We were surprised because Dillard’s is as big as it gets in Arkansas.”

The shoots for the “Red, White and You!” promotion and the homecoming jewelry promotion have already been completed and the shoot for the back-to-school promotion for Dillard’s catalogue and web site has been scheduled, Kristina said.

Lauren says the Dillard’s job is a dream come true.

“I want to be a news anchor but modeling is something I always wanted to do so this is a dream come true,” she said.

After getting the Dillard’s job, Kristina took Lauren to the bank to open her first “big girl” savings account to save money for college and a new car.

In addition to her modeling jobs, Lauren has a summer job working at the Sugar Shack, a local snow cone stand.