Victoria's Secret has announced the identities of its ten newest "angels" — models who'll catwalk in the footsteps of women such as Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks.
Among those named: Taylor Hill, a nineteen-year-old from Colorado.
And not just anywhere in Colorado. Hill was raised near Granby and was discovered at a nearby dude ranch.
Continue for Hill's version of her origin story and more.
Here's the Victoria Secret video announcement about its newest angels....
....as well as a tweet specifically highlighting Hill, with an emphasis on Colorado.
Hill offers details about her climb to modeling notoriety in a 2013 video shared here.
In it, she says, "I was scouted in Granby, Colorado, really close to where I live. I was maybe fourteen, I think. He came up to me and my mom in a dude ranch, which is kind of like a horse ranch...."
The scout "said, 'Have you ever thought about modeling?' And I was confused as to what that even meant," Hill continues. "I never thought I could ever me a model. I was not very confident when I was younger. I used to think I was really ugly."
After a laugh, she adds, "People don't ever believe me when I say that, but trust me. I had really, like, long, straight, frizzy hair and, like, glasses. I was super-awkward and skinny and tall. That was my life."
It's not anymore. Indeed, Victoria's Secret has been grooming her, quite literally, for a more prominent role, as witnessed by two Hill-centric videos related to its 2014 fashion show. Those clips follow the one in which Hill tells how she got from here to there.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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