I started modeling when I was 16. I entered Elite Model Management’s “LOOK OF THE YEAR”, and was runner up to Cindy Crawford. I had cut my hair cut bi-level right before the contest, which is typical of something I’d do. So in all my first modeling photos I have short hair on one side of  my head. See photo in jean jacket. I was asked to come to New York for a week and landed the Ann Taylor campaign. My agents always tried to get me to loose 10 pounds, but that just made me want to go and eat ice-cream. Fortunately my sisters friends from New York, who were on babysitting duty, kept me away from the ice-cream, but we did go to nightclubs, which I thought were the coolest thing ever. They had been to nightclubs a gazillion times so it was no big deal, but for me form Rockford, Illinois it was a huge deal! After high school, I ended up attending Trinity College in Hartford, CT for my father wouldn’t just let me model, and I got wait listed at Harvard. So my swimming days were over, and modeling was full-time. At Trinity College, I had to take all of my classes on Tuesday and Thursday, and was able to model in NYC on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I made the decision to continue my education at Columbia University at 24 and started my exploration of journalism and publishing. I wouldn’t be able to tell the stories I have to tell or tell other peoples stories wihout the formula I learned from Columbia University. I was taught to take risks and huge leaps of faith there. Modeling isn’t what you think it is. It’s not one big night club party. Models who work travel a lot. It was a very lonely world. I’d travel from one country or city with different people weekly. You’d meet friends and never see them for months later. I was lucky. I had a solid family and great friends from Trinity College. And, modeling afforded me the luxury to travel, learn new cultures, and to dream really big. But it also bread a lot of insecurity about friendships and the way I looked. I remember not wanting to wear makeup or dressing up when I wasn’t working. I literally shred myself of any decoration. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the experiences I had modeling. So, just remember every job has peeks and valleys. Being photogenic shouldn’t be considered a bad thing. Embrace the faces and images that inspire you. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my past.

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