SAM ANDERSON

I actually enjoy pushing myself and throwing myself into different and unusual situations. I feel as though those are the moments that help us build character. Life wouldn't be as fun if you never stepped out of your comfort zone. I draw my confidence from knowing that I am unique in my own way. I know that I don't have the plumpest lips, prettiest eye colour, etc, but if you're comfortable and confident, that is what makes a picture great. If you can't have fun and loosen up, no matter how beautiful you are, the pictures will be bland.

When I need a boost of confidence I workout, do yoga, or meditate; something to clear my head and stop my mind from over analyzing. When my mind is clear, I remember that everyone has something unique to offer and bring to the table, we are all different and magnificent in our own ways. It's hard not to get caught up in social media and compare yourself to other girls but as long as we learn to control those thoughts and feelings, that's important.

 

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I think every young girl at some point, especially during middle school or high school, goes through a phase where they feel very insecure. Growing up, I was always the tomboy. I was taller and thicker than all of my friends. I remember always hunching over and not standing up straight because I hated feeling like a "beast." I was very insecure all throughout middle school and high school. It wasn't until a couple of years after high school that I started to feel comfortable in my own skin. I learned to love myself unconditionally no matter what I looked like on the outside. That is when I became very confident, when I gained self-love and worth and that's around the time I finally gave modeling a shot. Before that, people would tell me that I should get into modeling. Everywhere I went people would ask me if I modeled; cashiers at the grocery store, barista in Starbucks. That's when I was traveling to NY a lot and multiple people I ran into, even in stores, would ask me and one person told me to just walk down 5th Ave and see what happens. I always laughed them off. A year later when I finally gained self-confidence, I worked with my mom's friend who is a photographer and he encouraged to send photos to an agency and here I am.

When I first started modeling I was not that comfortable in front of the camera at all. I felt like I was under so much scrutiny, all eyes on me. It was hard, especially when I saw the other models at shoots and how beautiful they were. Once again, I started to compare myself. I would tell myself, "You're here for a reason, you booked this job because they wanted you. Don't psych yourself out." It's all a mental process. At first, modeling is very intimidating, you're thrown into an industry based around your looks but you have to remember that your personality and confidence is more important than looks.

I think I have a very androgynous look. My face is able to transform into a boy (which really happened for a photoshoot one time) or into a sexy seductive woman so there's nothing in particular. I'm like a chameleon and all of my features contribute to me being able to do that.

 

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It came as a surprise to me, for sure, but not my family; they have always pushed me to be the best version of myself. They believed in me more than I ever believed in myself. I come from a really big family, about twenty aunts and uncles and they're all huge supporters of mine. I get my character from them, for sure. They're all so talented from singing, acting, painting, drawing, wood burning, making clothes, etc. I definitely get my expressive and artistic sense from them, 100%. 

 

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Most memorable items would definitely be anything from Jonathan Joseph Peters. He is a creative genius. I have never met someone that can make such a presence at a fashion show or through his pictures as he can. When you wear his clothes, you know you will most definitely stand out, so anything from his clothing line is memorable. 

One photoshoot I wore a $10,000 bridal gown. That is something I will never forget because the dress weighed about 50 lbs itself, it was so hard to walk in. Plus, I felt like I was in a fairy tale wedding. I also wore a replica of one of Jean Crawford's dresses. It was vintage and a classic beauty. I am most comfortable in lingerie or bikinis though, the less clothing the better. A woman's body is a work of art. I feel most free and sexiest when I'm wearing no clothes.

 

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The moments before I usually say the same mantra, "Stop psyching yourself out, Sam. There's a reason you are here."  When I'm nervous before a show or shoot, I'll also do some "ujjayi" breathing, a technique used in yoga to help me calm down and focus. 

 

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It is exciting, yet also challenging dealing with new people and situations. Sometimes you are out of comfort zone and learning to adapt and compromise can be challenging but I love that aspect of modeling. It is never boring! And like I said before, these situations help build character. I am grateful to be able to meet so many new people at photoshoots and fashion shows each time, I have made some lifelong friends along the way!

 

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Of course I am [optimistic]! You have to be optimistic about your future. Nothing good comes from negative thoughts. I don't have a timeline mapped out for me and my future but I'm excited for it, wherever I end up. The only thing I want to do after I finally graduate is get my yoga instructor certificate. When my boyfriend graduates from his fellowship we are taking six months off to travel. Not sure where we will end up after that, maybe NZ, Australia, Hawaii, or Texas. Who knows but I'm excited for the future either way! 

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Human greed! 

 
















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