America’s Last Top Model
Once upon a time, I was about 9 years old and helping my mom out in her preschool class. One of her student’s moms asked me if I had ever modeled. “No.” “Would you like to?” Duh.
For the next three or four years, I would take days off school to model for a variety of things… dental work, boats, RVs, Meijer.
Yup, that’s right. Most of my work came in the form of Meijer advertisements. One of my first was for summer equipment. (I can’t believe I’m posting this stuff, you guys.)
(At least I’m not the one in the swim cap?)
That’s not the best part. One particular photo made the Meijer circular every Fourth of July for years after I stopped modeling. It was me with my “family” wearing life jackets. (Orange life vests go on sale every Fourth of July, take note.) While in Indy last weekend, I got an email from my mom telling me I’ve managed to grace the Meijer ad once again, for old time’s sake… more than a decade later. (No, I don’t get royalties, don’t be ridiculous.) The best part? Apparently, on the drive home from Indy, Ashley stopped in a Meijer and happened across a circular. Cue giggles.
Check out the mall bangs, folks. That’s how we do it in the 90s.
(This post is dedicated to Erin who has been requesting a blog about my modeling days for nearly a year. This post can be filed under “I can’t believe I’m sharing this on the internet.” Also, Mom, please feel free to correct my poor memory with dates and such. Lastly, if you would like me to model for your product, know that I was once paid $50/hr. Hire me. I’m a trained professional.)