“I will always remain grateful and enthusiastic to learn.” – Christina Reed
Welcome to Face Time. DFW Style Daily’s exclusive series goes beyond the runways to get to know top local models on a personal level.
Our interviews with Carlotta Lennox, Myles Crosby, Daniel Crouch, Sirisha Reddy, Atti Worku, Tracy Ripsin, Benn Suede, Tiffany Hendra, and many more, have captured the attention of thousands. They’ve also proved, beyond a doubt, that Dallas-based models are among the most fascinating and accomplished in the country.
Christina Reed is no exception to the rule. You may have spotted this recent NOLA transplant and America’s Next Top Model semi-finalist surfing for Speedo or striking a pose for Timex. In high demand with top national brands, her taste for adventure extends far beyond fashion. Read on for Christina’s exclusive Q&A.
DFW Style Daily: First things first. At what age did you begin modeling? Were you scouted or did you pursue modeling as a career?
Christina Reed: “I started modeling when I was 19 years old, and a sophomore at Louisiana State University (LSU). I was scouted by a talent school in New Orleans, that helped me with development. They later helped me become a semi-finalist for America’s Next Top Model.”
Do you recall a favorite, unusual, or particularly memorable assignment?
“My most memorable assignment was so awesome. I shot a big swimwear ad for Speedo with a great friend of mine, and we pretty much rode waves all day. I was able to be a beach-surfer-girl while working. Lucky Me!”
Are there any ‘deal breakers’ for you when it comes to modeling?
“The only ‘deal breaker’ that I swore to myself before modeling, and all other career adventures, is that I will always remain grateful and enthusiastic to learn. The day that stops is the day I will rethink some things.”
Have you encountered any stereotypes or misconceptions in this unique line of work?
“The one misconception I’ve heard often is that ‘all models live a glamorous life.’ In my case, it’s only half true. I believe the real feat of a model is to aid in creating the best artistic vision for the client.”
As a relatively new resident of Dallas, what have been some of your favorite discoveries in and around Big D?
“I’ve absolutely fallen for, and have become well-known at, most of the farmers’ markets and epicurean stores throughout Dallas. My interests in great brews and great foods have only grown here!”
Do you have any hidden talents or interests? Surprise us!
“Most of my friends and peers know that I have an undying love of all things culinary! I have a background in contemporary French and Creole cuisine, for which I can thank my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. So, when I have a free second, I can always be found in by a stove or grill, depending on the Texas weather.”
What was the last book you read that made a big impact on you?
“One amazing read that I would urge all to give a glance would be A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. This amazing page-turner delves into the release of the human ego, and the return of humanity to its collected consciousness that still exist deep within us all. It’s a life changer!”
Do you have a personal role model? What have you learned from his or her example?
“My older brother – and amazing being – Kevin, is a symbol of what moral character and dedication to life goals can manifest. He has created, despite tough adversity, the life he always wanted, by being present and placing priority on what’s most important: his family.”
What is your favorite way to spend a free moment?
“When there is a moment free to myself, three things will always reign true: relaxing playlist, Kombucha tea, and a view of the sky. If there is a second to pause life and be more present, I’ll always consider it a great day.”
Lastly, as we look ahead to a brand new year, do you have any specific wishes or goals for 2015?
“I believe in giving the future positive forethought; action can manifest any goals. My family and I are diving into life with Ayurveda teachings and self-exploration through nature, while always keeping in mind the reward of being present.
“In conclusion, I would like to give a special thanks and love shout-out to an amazing friend and being who helped nudge me back into modeling. Thank you Kiley Wirtz Jennings for believing in me, even when I couldn’t see the bigger picture at times!”
All photos courtesy of Christina Reed and the Kim Dawson Agency.