Samantha Hoopes is an American model known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2014 to 2020.
She is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Central Bucks East High School. She went to Barbizon Chique in Philadelphia for modeling training. She first attended a branch campus then Penn State University majoring in business after changing her major from kinesiology. She wanted to be a gym teacher and coach a team on the side. She played field hockey in middle school.
She appeared in the 2014 Sports Illustrated’s 50th Anniversary Swimsuit issue. Hoopes has modeled for Guess and Levi’s Jeans. She posed for the June 2014 of Maxim Magazine. She was ranked 18 out of Maxim’s 100 Hottest in 2014.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Samantha Hoopes, exceptionally talented supermodel and Instagram star talks about her post-pregnancy weight loss journey, diet, exercise and the secret to her modeling success story.
A healthy morning ritual that you follow? One beauty secret every woman should follow?
My morning ritual is the best part of my day; I feel like it sets the tone for the day. As soon as I wake up, I drink water to hydrate. I make a green concoction with Moringa leaf, spiralina, chollera, chlorophyl, aloe juice. It sounds hard core but it really isn’t, well, maybe a little hard core. I have started with this drink every morning so far in 2020 and have noticed a dramatic change in my skin, nails and hair! My hair is shinier and growing. My skin is glowing. The best beauty secret is not a secret at all, drink a lot of water!
You are best known for appearing in Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Most American Thickburger advertisement and the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit issue in 2014. How did modeling happen for you?
My modeling career began unexpectedly. When I was in college at Penn State University, my roommate was always browsing the internet. When the SI Swimsuit issue came out, she saw Irina Shayk on the cover, my roommate said that she thought I could be in Sports Illustrated Swim edition. This little vote of confidence was the little boost that I needed to take the next step. As I was always a taller than most girls, I had thought about a modeling career. I had dreamed of modeling for Guess, Inc. I liked the Guess label and concept of becoming sexy and empowered, strong and powerful, like the women in 50 years of SI Swimsuit issues.
I took a few Polaroid’s and sent them to agencies. To my surprise, I got a call from Elite Modeling, LA. My career took off almost right away, starting with my dream shoot with Guess, Inc. Yep, my first big job was for Guess. Incredibly, my second big shoot was Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit edition.
I did not have a lot of experience shooting with professional photographers, stylists, makeup artists and editors and the SI team had been together for years. They made me feel life family and everything was perfect, or as perfect as could be. For the 50th Anniversary edition, I was one of the 5 models for each decade that had a classic swimsuit ‘body painted’ on. I represented the 80’s with a painted replica of a swimsuit worn by Elle MacPherson. The painting process took 15 hours. Once complete, we were ready to shoot just as an incredible thunder and rain storm was beginning. We did the shoot as quickly as possible. I do not think you would notice in the photos, but if you look at the sky in the pictures, you can see the storm clouds.
Carl’s Jr. was an amazing shoot and a fantastic commercial. It was released for 4th of July holiday so it was very patriotic. I was truly honored as this was the first time that a model’s name was ever stated in a Carl’s Jr. Commercial. Maybe even the only time.
To sum it up, my career began with my dreams and developed into reality with support and confidence from my family, my college roommate, and my Elite agent, Victor.
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