RÉSUMÉ: Alabama-born Champion was spotted in the Bahamas while she was still in high school but waited until she had graduated to start her career, when she quickly becoming a runway regular for everyone from Chanel to Miu Miu.
AS A TEENAGER, I WAS THE LEAST FASHIONABLE PERSON YOU CAN IMAGINE. I shopped in the craziest places and was not stylish at all. Now, my personal style has really evolved; modeling has helped me work out my image and find pieces that really fit how I feel and the way I want to express myself. I’m always very chilled, casual and comfortable. And I’m obsessed with pants – I have over 100 pairs. I just throw on a cool pair of pants and a T-shirt and I’m good to go.
MODELING CAN BE LONELY. I would say that’s one of the hardest parts of the job because you travel by yourself so much. I struggled with that at the beginning of my career. But about a year ago I started working on my mindset, looking for more ways to make myself happy and to be positive about where I’m going and what I’m doing and it’s helped a lot.
As a teenager, I was not stylish at all. Modeling has helped me work out my image and find pieces that fit how I feel and the way I want to express myself”
I LIVE WITH MY SISTER AND MY BEST FRIEND in Brentwood, Los Angeles. For work it would probably be better for me to be in New York, but LA has been so good for my personality and it makes sense for me to live in a place that I enjoy. And I love living with my sister; people always think living with your sibling is something hard, but we’ve become so close by living together; we’ve created a bond that I would be very sad to be without.
I LOVE GAME NIGHT, it’s such a fun way to spend time with the people that you care about. My friends and I do a lot of Running Charades, Uno and Go Fish and it gets very, very competitive. But honestly, I love anything that involves me being surrounded by my friends – it’s always relaxing for me because it makes me feel comforted and loved.
I WORKOUT EVERY DAY, and if I’m in LA I do it twice a day. I do two hours of exercise and at least 30 minutes of recovery and I switch between five different classes: barre, pilates, dance cardio, hot pilates and a strength training class. I find it’s a good way to be off my phone and to be totally focused on my health, my wellbeing and my breathing. It makes me feel really good.
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