Hannah Ferguson hails from a small town in rural Texas. You might recognize her as a Sports Illustrated rookie or from her spot in those Carl’s Junior ads, but wherever you have seen her before get ready to see plenty more of her. Hannah spoke to me about growing up in a strict military family, adjusting to life in New York and why you won’t find her spending her down time at the mall.

Tell us how you got started in modeling.

After I graduated from high school I participated in a model search that summer, held by the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas. I ended up winning and immediately moved to Dallas and started modeling.

Growing up in rural Texas how did you adjust to life in New York?

My transition from life in Texas to life in New York was such a huge move for me. Where I’m from is completely the opposite from the city. I was lucky enough to live with two of my sisters for the first few years which definitely made my life a lot easier. As with a lot of things, it just took time to get used to the lifestyle.

Both of your parents are Marines. How did your upbringing influence your approach to modeling?

My parents instilled in me the importance of being a hard worker. If you want something you have to work for it.  Their support and those two factors played a big part in where I am today.

How did you feel when you were selected as one of Sports Illustrated’s rookies?

I was in utter shock and completely excited. It was a dream come true. I have been so blessed by this life changing opportunity. I couldn’t be more grateful.

What has the response been from your friends and family to your success?

I think some people are shocked given where I went to school and grew up, but everyone has been so supportive, encouraging and happy for me.

What do you hope to get out of your career?

I want to have longevity in my career and just continue to advance. I have new goals that I have set for myself and hope to be successful in reaching them.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?

I would have either taken the steps to open my own barber shop or become a pre-k/kindergarten teacher.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I hate shopping and I only go into a clothing store if there’s something I need.

What are your short-term and long-term goals?

My short-term goals are to continue to work hard and be successful so that when I become a mother and wife I can still continue to model. Ultimately, I like the idea of having a business of some sort.

Follow her at @TheHannahFerg