I started modeling in Los Angeles when I was 19 years old, after my agency, Nous Models, discovered me on America’s Next Top Model. After five years, my natural womanly body started to emerge. I worked successfully as a “straight sized” model for many years, but as my body changed and clearly wasn’t going to get back to where it had been at 19, I started to think, What next? What would I do if not modeling?
Luckily for me, around this time the industry started to change. We saw a plus-size model on the cover of Vogue, and more clients were looking for curvy models. That’s when things truly fell into place organically. My clients wanted me exactly how I was: curvy, with curly hair and tons of personality! This movement in the industry was a breath of fresh air for a lot of us models with curves of any size.
You have every right to feel proud of your existence.
FO PORTER'S DATA SHEET
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Current City
- Los Angeles, California
- Instagram Handle
- Playboy Issue
- Spring 2019
I grew up in Albuquerque, a small city no one ever leaves. I’m part of the one percent who were able to get out. I love my city and the people there, but you can get stuck. I was trying to get pregnant before I left because that was the norm for a girl my age: getting married and having a family. I realized that wasn’t what I wanted.
I used to be a preschool teacher. Children are so innocent; they say anything and everything. They don’t filter. They’ll tell you how you look and how they feel. They’ll tell you if you smell or if your face is crooked. It’s a genuine interaction, and I love that.
ON TRYING OUT
I watched America’s Next Top Model religiously from the age of 12 until I got on the show. Tyra Banks has always been my idol. I auditioned when I was still a teacher. My mom told me the show was in Phoenix and that I should try out. I was like, “I don’t think that would work.” She said, “What do you have to lose? Just do it.” And the rest is history.
I recently went to Morocco. I experienced sensory overload—the smells, the tastes, the people running in front of you—but the culture is true to its history. They have the call to prayer five times a day. Everyone quiets down and bows their heads. It’s beautiful.
ON THE FORCE
I love the Star Wars saga. Return of the Jedi is my favorite movie. I love the new movies that are coming out too, but Return of the Jedi is empowering, forceful and so good. Carrie Fisher was a bona fide badass. on fandom I was a comics nerd from the womb. I do cosplay: Princess Leia was my first character, then Storm from X-Men, Chun-Li from Street Fighter II, Gene Simmons from Kiss, Boba Fett, a full-body-painted Venom, and I was Lara Croft at least five times for Halloween growing up. Comic-Con, where are you? Who do I talk to to get in this year?
I’m a huge tomboy. My favorite shoes are my low-top flame Vans. I like to say my style is Gwen Stefani. Any era, everything she wears, I’m like, Yes, yes, yes!
ON REST AND RELAXATION
My perfect day is waking up, opening a window to the elements—the ocean or a beautiful landscape—and just having my husband, my dog, a glass of wine and a joint. I’m always on the go, but I love taking time for myself.