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Meet Fo Porter: "America's Next Top Model" Alumni & the Paul Mitchell® Holiday Campaign Model

Meet Fo Porter: "America's Next Top Model" Alumni & the Paul Mitchell® Holiday Campaign Model

Posted by Team John Paul Mitchell Systems on Dec 21st 2016

If you’re thinking this freckle-faced beauty looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her on your TV or a few store aisles while you’re shopping. Fo Porter graced screens around the globe as a contestant on Cycle 12 of "America’s Next Top Model" and now, the ANTM alum is gracing pages as one of our stunning holiday models. Once we realized she’d been a contender on one of our favorite cult classic reality shows, we figured as longtime fans, it was our duty to get her to spill some secrets.

PM: When did you first become interested in modeling and made you want to join in on the ANTM phenomenon?

FP: Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I never really  envisioned myself  becoming a model, well,  no more than the next girl.  That kind of stuff only happens in the big cities. Cycle 1 of ANTM aired when I was 12 years old; I watched every single  episode of every season thereafter.  I was freshly 18 years old and  my mom was living in Phoenix╌she let me know they were holding  an open casting call for Cycle 12  and that I should give it a shot. Going out on a limb, and not really knowing what to expect, I  packed my bags and headed to Phoenix. To my disbelief, I got an official call back from one of the main directors"and the rest is history!  

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PM: How did things change for you after the show?

FP: My  entire life as I knew it changed completely!  I figured I'd go back to Albuquerque, continue working as a preschool teacher and carry on with my simple  life. Instead,  once the show finished airing,  I received a call  from my now agency, Nous Model Management, who picked me up and helped me  create  the career I have today. It's been a crazy, beautiful life to say the least.

PM: ANTM was one of our not-so-guilty pleasures. What’s one of yours?

FP: Comic books, Star Wars and cosplay╌I love it all! I attend Comic Con (one  of the biggest╌if not THE BIGGEST╌comic conventions  in the world in San Diego almost every year). I love everything about comics: the illusion, the stories and especially  the characters. Growing up with four brothers and  being the only girl, I had no choice but to love it. I also like to dress up like my favorite characters and attend comic events.  Since I  was little,  that whole world has  been a  not-so-guilty pleasure of mine╌always  has been and  always will be!

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PM: How was working on the Paul Mitchell holiday campaign? Favorite highlight?

FP:OMG╌it was phenomenal! I grew up on Paul Mitchell, so being a part of the campaign was such a treat. Not to mention I’m a huge comic book nerd and my campaign was based on pop art, which I adored.  Favorite highlight? Too many╌ everything was amazing, but I think getting the full, royal treatment was to die for. From the cute manicure to the gorgeous wardrobe to the beautiful  makeup and  my 5  1/2 stacks of eye lashes (yes ladies, FIVE AND  A HALF), I could barely keep my eye lids open, but I loved every last minute.  Most of all, of course, the big, bold and beautiful hair╌incredible!

PM: What’s up next for you and where can fans follow along?

FP: Well, I'm a woman of many different activities and "talents," so to speak!  I just  finished  up  my full certification in Pilates back in September, I recently got married in October  and now I'm really wanting to get back into TV hosting! I've always had a spark for it╌interacting with people,  asking all the right questions.  It's something I’ve wanted to be a part of for so long, but never really found the time with my hectic print and commercial schedule.  So  with this new chapter in my life, I would like to kind of reinvent myself and get deeper into the hosting field"I think it's been a long time coming!

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