Interview with Avori — FT student, PT model, PT queen, PT nanny
Avori is a 20-year old model residing in Saint Louis, Missouri.
How would you introduce yourself to our readers?
I was born in Oklahoma but quickly moved to St. Louis Missouri for my dad’s business. I have one brother who is a biologist in Denver, Colorado and a very good rock climber, and at the same time I also have many talents and hobbies including dancing, aerial acrobatics, and pageantry, although I also love kids so I am a nanny and go to school full time for a degree in business administration with a minor in marketing, with a plan to open my own business to help promote health and fitness. I am currently promoting several brands through Instagram as well.
When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?
I always loved being in the spotlight from a young age, although it was never, “look at me and how pretty I am” but rather, “I hope I can motivate you to do something big.” I started modeling at age 17 where I completely found my niche, and it felt so comfortable for me to be on the runway that I decided to enter in the miss America pageant and ended up winning. Now I travel to promote my platform of positive mindset and help encourage others. I also upload weekly videos of workouts to help motivate my followers to be the best version of themselves they can be.
What are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
In five to ten years I plan to have my online fitness clothing store up and running as well as a professionally videographed and produced series of workouts for all my fans. I also plan to make a cookbook filled with delicious and nutritious recipes for people who can’t seem to find the quick fix to a healthier life that doesn’t mean giving up their favorite foods, and also plan to do charity acrobatic shows to raise money for specific organizations, as well as teach an acrobatics class myself, just for fun haha!
How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?
I have done only a handful of runway because I am a bit shorter than runway models, despite this unfavorable fact, my hard work has helped me to make the cut; other than a handful of fashion weeks from Missouri to Iowa, I have also done a music video for a celebrity, and a promotional video for a professional videographer. I have been in a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial, an industrial film for the Reagan library in Washington, D.C., and I do professional shoots for numerous fashion and fitness brands. I have only worked with one lingerie company and they were a very high end.
Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.
I guess I will start with my worst, being that it was 14 degrees outside and I was wearing practically nothing but shorts and a crop top, but to top it off, we were on a rooftop and the windchill was -20; I do have to say that it was all worth it because the shots turned out amazing and the crew made things very tolerable. My best experience was modeling for a website called Maritz, where I got to model holding a violin and jumping in the air; I felt like I learned so much having to control and think about every part of my body while keeping a steady face. I love learning while I model.
Have you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?
Yes. Put me on a runway and I am smooth as can be, my walk couldn’t be better, but I always seem to trip or fall in my tennis shoes backstage, it never fails hahaha.
Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?
Well being as I am 5′ 7”, I would love if the industry was more accepting of my height. At the same time, I have to work twice as hard to get to the top and I love it. I think I have a true appreciation for modeling and what it means to be professional, and top model material.
Do you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.
I do! I do aerial silks which is seen in Cirque du Soleil. It is where you hang from the ceiling in ribbons and do tricks. It takes an incredible amount of strength to do and I perform this as my pageant talent. I eat extremely healthy and encourage others to do the same; my energy levels are so much higher when I focus on my diet and I can do so much more during my day!
Please share something people don’t know about you.
Most people don’t know that I broke my back pole vaulting at age 15. I was so embarrassed that I had to wear a back brace that I wore baggy clothes and hid it. I was in a cast for 8 months and nobody ever knew, although I did come home with 2nd place at state.
Would you change anything about yourself?
Absolutely not! I am very lucky that I have the structure that I do. I have some amazing physical qualities, but I am so very proud of the work I put into things. I am very happy with myself both physically and internally.
Do you have any fears or phobias?
So I have no idea where this came from or why, but I have a foot phobia; sometimes I can muster up the strength to put lotion on my feet or clip my toenails but most of the time I just can’t do it. I think I waste too much money on pedicures because I just can’t stand feet!
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