North Carolina native Madison Headrick has starred in campaigns for Prada, Calvin Klein and Vera Wang and graced the covers of Vogue Portugal and L’Officiel Thailand. This All-American beauty is just at home hanging out with friends at a BBQ as she is walking the international runways. Blessed with an incredible support network, Madison balances her time between fashion, activism and her family and friends.

Tell us about your childhood.

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina but grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. I come from a big loving and very supportive family with three dogs, a younger brother and sister, and two superheros undercover as my parents. I played many sports as a kid but my favorite was competitive cheerleading. If I wasn’t at school or at practice, I was volunteering in my community or with The Boys and Girls Club. On the weekends you could find me on the beach, around a bonfire with friends, wake boarding, or having a BBQ cookout on the back porch.

Tell us about how you were discovered.

I was scouted by Tony Perkins at the age of sixteen. The following summer, I went to Los Angeles with my parents and signed with Vision. While I was there, I did a few test shoots to learn and feel comfortable in front of a camera. I received great feedback and landed some big jobs but because my high school only allowed five absences a semester, I couldn’t do much. I took a heavier class load and graduated a semester early to get a jump-start on my career. The moment I graduated was the week after my eighteenth birthday and I flew straight to New York. My first week in New York, I signed with an agency and landed an exclusive with Prada and it all started from there.

How does your background influence your approach to modeling?

I have been blessed to have such a strong support system throughout my career. I have the most loving and supportive friends and family who have been my biggest fans and cheerleaders through all of the ups, downs, victories, challenges, amazing jobs and the lack there of. I am passionate about modeling and am in love with this journey but the industry can be very tough and emotionally draining. Having a background of a big, warm, happy group of people who love me and want the best for me gave me the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone in my work. I work hard and strive to be the best I can be because if worse comes to worse, I have a big hug waiting for me anyway.

What are the biggest challenges you face modeling?

I think my biggest challenge that I face is trying to stand out in the crowd. I’m not blind to see that when I walk into a casting, all of the other girls and I look similar. I think our generation is faced with the challenge of trying to be heard and attaining a large follower group. “Why should we choose you?” Now that celebrities, athletes, YouTube stars, etc can be models, it makes our industry much more competitive and challenging. The way I see it is that this wouldn’t all be worth it if it was easy. These challenges are what makes this job fun, new and exciting. I’m always up for challenges.

How do you define your personal style?

Honestly, I would say that I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to my personal style. If I’m running errands in SoHo then meeting a friend for lunch, I love a chic casual look like my vintage high waisted Levi jeans, black pumps/booties, and oversized sweater. On the contrary, if I’m playing paintball or going bowling with my girl friends, I have a very tomboy look in my Adidas sneakers, ripped jeans, Alexander Wang crop top and a backward UGA football cap. Taking it to the red carpet, I love an elegant/classy look. My personal style depends on my mood for the day.

What’s on your radar at the moment?

At the moment, I recently joined a group called Model Mafia that was founded by Cameron Russell. It is a group of model activists that want to make a difference in the world. I’m really excited to start volunteering with such an incredibly inspiring group of women.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a very real person. I’m outgoing and adventurous and am always up for a good time. I have a loud laugh and an even bigger smile. If we can laugh together, we will be friends forever. I would do anything for my friends and family. I am fortunate enough to travel to the most beautiful places in the world and be surrounded by creative and fun people and my life can come across to many as glamorous but don’t be fooled. I still love to show my goofy/real side on Snapchat (ex: all of my cancelled flights, long work days, homesickness confessions, gross healthy food and of course my weird faces/voices/impressions).

What are your goals for the future?

My goal is to, at the end of my career, be proud and be able to say that I reached my full potential. My goal is to help save endangered animals and save our planet. My goal is to bring love to people who need it. My goal is to help those less fortunate. My goal is to make a difference.

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