Not everyone who plays World of Warcraft is a nerd, raving about their high-leveled Blood Elf Paladin who has taken down unstoppable monsters with their crew of friends.
And, just because a girl enjoys acting for her friends’ plays does not mean that she particularly aspires to become the next Jessica Alba.
But, many girls do dream of becoming a model at some point in their lives, such as Victoria Bowers of Texas A&M University Kingsville.
Bowers, a double-major in English and Business, has only been modeling for 10 months and recently won a photo competition held by Rabid Magazine with a picture from her first ever shoot.
Her photo will be published in the magazine, along with winners from other competitions, and can be ordered on their website.
Bowers decided she’d talk about her hopes for the modeling business in Alice, Texas’ very own, locally famous Dairy Burger.
“I highly doubt I’ll get a contract,” she explained regarding her victory. “They are a very small magazine that used a good marketing skill by holding contests for the public.”
She went into further detail about her venture into the modeling business, while sipping on an oversized cup of tea.
“I became friends with a photographer out of Corpus,” she said. “He asked if I’d ever modeled and I told him no.”
She glanced at her boyfriend, who was sitting beside her, and explained how she met other photographers soon after she got into college.
“It was something I’ve wanted to do ever since I was little,” she added. “But I always thought I was too short, so I never really pursued it–so I took advantage of the opportunity.”
After taking another sip of tea and shifting a little in her seat, she explained that although she aspires to become a model, she knows she has to finish college first–despite not being too fond of it.
“I’m afraid that if I look into agencies and I happen to get accepted or something then I’ll drop out of college and pursue that,” she said. “I am very strong about staying in school and graduating as quick as possible.”
She also pointed out that modeling is not just posing and looking pretty, but rather a state of mind.
“Since I am still new, I have been learning which angles and poses do and do not work for me,” she said. “Before a themed shoot I do a lot of research and find inspirations to get me prepared.”
She looked down a bit and smiled before admitting she still gets nervous before every shoot.
“I try to relax and find some confidence somewhere inside me,” she said. “Everyone will be focused on you for a good awhile and it can be very stressful”
Like actual models, though, Bowers has received hate for her modeling–her boyfriend chuckled as she explained.
“Because I am new, and there’s already a lot of girls doing the modeling thing in the South Texas area, some girls have given me a little bit of heat,” she said.
“But I have gotten a lot of support–more so than hate.”
She looked over at her boyfriend and smiled.
“My family, my friends and my boyfriend are all very supportive of me.”