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My Model Side

Interestingly enough, I have a side of myself I have yet to share with my blog .

I love fashion, there’s no question about it, but how I got into fashion is actually a unique story that took place only a few months ago.

In late April, early May 2014, I started watching re-runs of America’s Next Top Model. Yes….ANTM! And I absolutely fell in love with it!

Watching previous cycles of ANTM was not the first time I was introduced to modeling though. Growing up, I got a lot of, “Oh you’re so tall and skinny, you should be a model,”…and what not. But modeling was never really my thing, well at least not then.

I spent the past thirteen years of my life in a dance studio, studying ballet, tap, gymnastics, jazz, theater, etc. But, with my lean 5’11” frame, I knew finding a career as a dancer would be a difficult one.

Lynda Higgins-Tully Photography Model: Brooke Anderson
Lynda Higgins-Tully Photography
Model: Brooke Anderson

When my dancing career came to an end in March 2014, I knew I needed to find a career and a passion to fill the missing spot in my life.

This is when I started taking the whole “you should be a model” comments seriously. The first step….research!

I dove into researching how to get started in modeling, what to look for, how to take care of myself, watching ANTM episodes and soaking in all of Tyra‘s tips and tricks.

Pretty soon, I found reliable photographers in my area and started getting to work on creating a decent portfolio.

Me: Showing off one of my favorite looks this spring
Photographer: Matt Nichols          Model: Brooke Anderson

Now, only seven months later, I have had some experiences I never thought possible. I have worked with amazing photographers around Kansas City, went to Orlando, FL for a gig, walked for three designers (including Michael Drummond from Project Runway) in Kansas City Fashion Week, and modeled for successful designers.

But, I like to think my career is just beginning- because it is! I have so many plans for my future in both modeling and blogging/journalism.

Photoprapher
Photoprapher: Matt Nichols

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I am looking into moving to a larger city, such as Chicago or hopefully New York. I want to be signed my a top agency like FORD Models or Wilhelmina Models, and I want to travel the world.

So there you go. A look into my life and my dreams as an individual. Modeling introduced me to a life I never thought possible, and I’m excited to see where it will take me!

Leave me a comment, and let me know what you think!

Growing Up Online

We have entered the generation of technology and internet, but are there certain side effects that could greatly affect us in the future?

Sure having 24 hour internet service has it’s major perks, I mean we all love to check our Facebook every hour or post a new picture to Instagram with a trendy hashtag. But there is a dark side to being online that is outlined in this documentary, Growing Up Online.

Growing up online PBS.org

Online safety is something that is often being taught, or at least covered, in schools this generation. I know it’s something we all know and hear everyday, but it’s also extremely important information.

After watching this documentary in class, I felt like it covered a lot of subjects people in our generation are already aware of. We know about cyber bullying and fake profiles and everything you post is ‘out-there’ for the world to see. It’s still really important information to know.

           

Everyday, the age of holding cell phones or having a Facebook profile gets younger and younger. Now, I see ten year olds on their phone updating their latest status or posting selfies to Instagram. It’s a little shocking to see.

We can’t exactly stop them from being online, but we can make sure they understand the dangers of it and how to help avoid online predators and cyber bullying.

This documentary is outdated for our generation, but still covers the basic facts and is relevant to our society today. The video covers many situations that many people, especially younger people, go through ever day online.

These dangers include holding fake online profiles, sharing bad/nude pictures that could possibly be hacked and exposed, sharing information to bad websites or online predators, cyber bullying your friends or peers, and the list goes on.

Being aware of the dangers and knowing what is out there is an important step in protecting yourself and your children.

I’m not saying that we should do away with Facebook or any other online social media site, because I myself love Facebook and Pinterest, etc. All I’m saying is, please keep yourself and your kids protected online. Know the dangers and know how to stay safe from them.

                               

Here are some videos they may help: