Did you always think you'd be a model? If not, what are some of your other career goals?
I always had the thought of modeling in the back of my mind, being my height and size people always used to say, 'you should be a model' but I never really knew how to approach the industry. I had no idea where to even begin so I didn't ever try. I've always wanted to study oral communications, I love writing and speaking in front of large crowds. Culinary school would also be fun, growing up in the south I learned a lot of great recipes from my Grammy.
Tell us how you were discovered.
I was first discovered through Facebook. An agent from Jackson, MS contacted me asking if I was interested in modeling. After that, I decided to send pictures to different agencies in New York. My Momma and I drove 22 hours from Mississippi!! I met with Ford, and signed the same day.
What was the first job you ever went on? Were you nervous? Excited?
My first job ever was the Spring 2011 BCBG MAXAZRIA runway show. I was beyond thrilled, and somewhat confused. Backstage is like another world; the energy is just unbelievable. I was SO nervous, not falling was the only thing on my mind!
You had a knockout season these past few months! Was there a show you especially loved walking in?
I had a great time doing DKNY. the clothes were so my style and the team there is really laid back and easy to work with. Of course how could I not love doing Miu Miu? The location was to die for, and one of my favorite actresses Mila Kunis was there! Miuccia is really an inspiration to me, I absolutely loved working with her.
What's the craziest thing to ever happen on set or on the runway?
Although I haven't had any mishaps on set or the runway, it's still worth mentioning on my first day in Paris, my driver hit a pedestrian while backing down a one way street. The man got up and so my driver acted as if nothing had happened, and drove off!
What surprised you about the fashion industry when you were just getting started?
I was surprised to learn how much work really goes into everything. How many people it takes just to get that one shot. It all looks so easy from outside the industry, but once you're in it, you appreciate all the hard work.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about modeling?
That it's a glamorous job, that models just stand there and look pretty. I have never worked so hard in my life!
Who are some designers you're into right now? How about photographers?
Not being familiar with the industry at all until now, I've grown to respect so many people. I love Phillip Lim, not only as a designer, but as a person. Miuccia Prada is my favorite designer right now. She just has fun with her designs and makes amazing clothes.
The most fun thing about modeling?
All the travel.
What are you most likely doing when you're "off duty"?
Spending time with my family and friends, shopping, running, wake boarding, dancing and singing.
Any bands, restaurants or hobbies we should know about?
I like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Cake, Bare Naked Ladies, and The Maine. I love to eat at "The Park" in Soho, and my absolute favorite fast food is Subway.
What's the best modeling advice you've gotten so far?
To remember that it's a business and not to take everything personally, and to always listen to my Momma.
How would you describe your personal sense of style?
It just depends on how I feel that day. Right now I'm into that '70s vibe. Just got a really cute pair of high waisted flares.
Your favorite food?
Sweet Potato Pie.