Social media is instrumental in today’s era. Two things you enjoy and hate about it?
Social media allows everyone to have a platform to voice their opinion, good and bad. The great thing is when you connect with people that are encouraging and supportive. I enjoy reading comments from people that I will not have the opportunity to meet in person. You can also use social media to learn about products, beauty and hair tips and also learn about places to travel.
The downside is when people hide behind a user name and say anything they want even though there is no basis for their comments. We fondly refer to those as ‘haters’. These comments create pressure, comparison and can impact your self-confidence.
You were ranked 18 for Maxim’s 100 Hottest in 2014. How did you feel about that? What will you attribute your success to?
It sill blows my mind that I was #18! I wasn’t even expecting a ranking so I was in shock and still am! It was really a fun photo shoot and one I will never forget. I still giggle when people think I’m sexy because I never look at myself like that, I’m just a small town girl with big dreams.
For success, it is more achievable if you have a great support team. For me, I attribute my success to my agent, family and friends. Many friends know me as more than a face and body. They know my goofy personality and my desire to stay true to myself. In this industry you get a million ‘no’s’ before you get one yes and it can mess with you and your confidence. My support system kept me focused and helped me along the way.
Message for your 1.2 million on Instagram?
I really appreciate my followers. Many have been following me throughout my journey and have seen that I have made mistakes, but grew along the way. I feel blessed to have people interested in me and share comments and advice thru their posted comments. I make every attempt to read all of them. I’m not so good at posting on a regular basis. I hope to continue to keep up with my followers so I can interact with everyone more.
Always be yourself even in a world full of fake people, don’t compare your life to theirs. People don’t always post what’s really going on in their life so what looks like sugar could be salt. Don’t blend in and be like everyone else. What makes you different and sets you apart is your own beauty and that to me is perfection.
Samantha Hoopes Social Media Presence
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