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Erin Heatherton for Ocean Drive

The 5’11” Illinois native, Erin Heatherton, shot for Ocean Drive and talked about being scouted as only a junior in high school.

You were discovered within seconds of stepping foot in Miami Beach. Had you always wanted to model?

Erin Heatherton: [Coming to Miami] was my first time on a plane. I came with my friend and her mom; it was a beautiful day when we arrived, so we decided to walk around South Beach and then in the afternoon go to the University of Miami campus. That’s when I was scouted. Some guy jumped out of a cab and asked me what agency I worked for because he was scouting for Abercrombie & Fitch. I was horrified—I was like, “I don’t model,” and I was embarrassed that he didn’t ask my friend to be a model. But my mom followed up with him, and after my junior year of high school, we packed and went to New York. My mom left after two days because I signed with an agency.

Apparently, running up to a 17-year-old and handing them your business card isn’t as creepy as it sounds. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go order some stuff from Vistaprint for, uh, business. Yea, that’s it.

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