THE 2013 VMAN FORD MODEL SEARCH FINALISTS HAVE ARRIVED. MEET THE FACES WHO WILL BE FLOWN TO PARIS AND #SHOTBYKARL. THE WINNER WILL BE REVEALED IN VMAN 30, THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF VMAN
PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, IL
CURRENT LOCATION: Miami, FL
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FASHION, GOING INTO THE VMAN FORD MODEL SEARCH?
I have always found fashion enigmatic and fascinating. I've always had a great appreciation for it and I've tried to keep my own style. It's tough to admire ans also keep up on a college budget. A great T-shirt and a pair of jeans simply do not get enough credit.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE SEARCH?
I sort of fell into the contest accidentally. I've always had a great respect for Ford, and with some encouragement from friends and family I submitted a few pictures to the company online. I didn't realize at the time that I was entering such an esteemed contest. I learned that the winners had the opportunity to be in VMAN and get shot by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld and my excitement was off the charts.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT MODELING SINCE BEING INTRODUCED TO THE FORD TEAM AS A FINALIST?
The Ford team has been extremely supportive and informative even prior to being selected as a finalist. Since being selected, I've learned so much about the fast pace of the fashion industry and what makes both VMAN and Ford such successful enterprises. I've honestly learned something new every day since being selected as a finalist and only expect to learn much more throughout this process.
WHAT MAKES YOU AN IDEAL MODEL SEARCH WINNER?
Though I may lack in experience, I plan to work as hard as possible. I'm not conceited or arrogant, I know I have massive amounts to learn and even thus far, it' s been a humbling experience. But above all, I can't explain how excited I am for this challenge and how eager I am to learn all I can.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
I think I have a great perspective on life and its many challenges. I'm courageous. I believe only positivity can come from taking risks and that a successful person has already succeeded in many ways if they have stepped outside of their comfort zone. I'm not ashamed to say I'm actually very damn dorky and there's nothing I love more than a great superhero movie (if I could wear a Batman costume everyday, I would).
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS OUTSIDE OF MODELING?
I'm currently studying Psychology at "The U" (University of Miami). I find the human mind and human behavior very inexplicable, perplexing, and intriguing. I don't know what the future holds, but ideally I'd love to use my education for philanthropic purposes somewhere down the road. Apart from that I truly believe there is nothing on earth more fun than a great concert. From M83 to the Stones to Bocelli, if you have a ticket, I'm game.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO KNOW YOU'RE ABOUT TO BE #SHOTBYKARL?
Words can't describe the feeling. Mr. Lagerfeld is an icon. His career in fashion is absolutely monumental. But he also exemplifies brilliant ideals and philosophies. I find it incredibly admirable that after all he has accomplished he still lives his life to learn. His individualism and creativity are nothing short of inspiring.
DOES ANYTHING INTIMIDATE YOU ABOUT POSSIBLY GOING INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY?
There are obvious concerns and worries about entering unfamiliar territory but I'm looking at this opportunity as a challenge and I am far more excited than nervous or intimidated.
WHAT WOULD WINNING THE 2013 VMAN FORD MODEL SEARCH MEAN TO YOU?
I am unbelievably fortunate to make it this far and I can't even imagine what it would be like to win.
For Taylor's photos he submitted to enter the contest, click the slideshow above.
Stay tuned for more Model Search finalists to be announced this week on VMAN.COM!
All photos courtesy Ford Models