Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Eri Kim says"...Valery Prince got her start in modeling the old-fashioned (as in 1980s) way: by winning a contest at a mall.
But like other famous mall denizens Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, Prince's success didn't happen overnight.
While she did local work in her hometown of Dallas, she was neither "getting the jobs" nor "seeing the money" she hoped for. More than once she considered quitting, the 18-year-old stunner remembers. And she might have, if it hadn't been for her mother.
"My mom would say, 'I don't understand the meaning of quitting. That word is not part of my vocabulary,'" Prince recalls with a laugh. "So I hung in there." And it's a good thing she did.
Prince's career took a big turn when her booker moved from Dallas to New York this year to join T-Management, taking her with him.
In a matter of one season, she has walked the runway for everyone from Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to Jil Sander and Christian Dior and has shot an editorial with Steven Meisel for Vogue's May issue.
Vogue's editor, Anna Wintour, was so taken by the almond-eyed, long-limbed beauty that she requested Prince appear on the Today Show with her to showcase some spring looks..."
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