Texas is home of some of the most famous and emerging models, actors and fashion designers. In this article we will take a look at some up and coming talent in this industry;
Winner of Cycle 15 of America’s Next Top Model in 2010, Ann Ward is a professional model who is presently associated with IMG models. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the most reclusive and shy model to get this far in a cycle to date” when she was part of the show, Ward has been on the cover of Beauty In Vogue, Vogue Italia and Velvet Magazine.
Born in Texas, kiko is a model and actress who has been the exclusive face for the Japanese magazine ViVi and Seventeen. Presently settled in Japan, Mizuhara was affiliated with ViVi for three years before she made a move to the Japanese version of Seventeen. She also ventured for Nylon Japan and various other high fashion publications, but later shifted her focus on acting. Kiko’s first movie, Norwegian Wood was released back in 2010, in which she portrays the character Midori.
Tila Nguyen aka Tila Tequila
Tila Tequila is a model, host, musician and an actress, famous for her appearances in men’s magazines Stuff, Maxim, Penthouse, her role as host of the Fuse TV show featuring performance striptease, Pants-Off Dance-Off and her position as the most popular artist on MySpace. Tila ventured into the world of modelling at the age of 19, when she was offered a chance to model for Playboy. She was Playboy’s Cyber Girl of the week on April 22, 2002 and went on to become the first Asian Cyber Girl of the Month.
In the years that followed, Tila became part of a reality show and hosted a show on MTV for two years. Music has also been a part of Tila’s career, with her genres of interest being rock, hip-hop, R&B and electro pop. Tila has also released a book, basically of adult nature by the name of Hooking Up with Tila Tequila: A Guide to Love, Fame, Happiness, Success, and Being the Life of the Party.
Some people are just born to be models and Kimberly Katherine aka Kim Smith is one of those people. Kim ventured into the world of modelling when she accompanied a friend to a Model Search of America contest and, impressed by her figure, she was exhorted by the judge to be part of the competition. From there started a career which saw her work for Clipse Management of Dallas and from there on she has been part of Victoria’s Secret, Mac and Jac, Abercrombie & Fitch, Harper’s Bazaar, and Andrew Marc.
Smith did not limit herself to modelling only. She has been part of several music videos and also did cameos in Van Wilder and Catwoman. In 2007, Smith did a role in the television series Friday Night Lights.
Amber is a model, recording artist, actress and socialite, who is engaged to famous rapper Wiz Khalifa and also manages Creative Artists Agency. She has appeared in various music videos and also took part in TV reality show besides being a guest judge on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She was also a judge on Season 2 of Master of the Mix. In January 2010, Rose released her debut single “Fame” which was followed by her second single “Loaded”, nearly two years later in February 2012.
Joining the world of fashion modelling back in 2006, Ali Michael rose to fame and success very quickly, and was part of many hot shot magazines early in her career. She was stopped midway though due to an eating disorder, but that led to her being the face of fight against the trend of skinny models. Her struggles put a spotlight on the alarming weight related issue in the fashion industry. After a year out of the modelling circuit, Ali returned to the scene in 2008 and is still one of the hottest properties.
Rated by People magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in April 2006, Lastra started her career off as the Playboy Playmate of the Month for August 2004. She works for Sirius Satellite Radio hosting The Playmate Hour on Playboy Radio, and has also been part of TV and films.