If you’re a regular shopper on KarenKane.com, then you’re likely to recognize this smiling face:
Kristen has modeled for Karen Kane since last fall, helping us show off each collection’s newest styles. It’s not easy work — photographing an entire season’s worth of items (sometimes more than 200 outfits), takes more than a full week to shoot and requires long, 10+ hour days. Thankfully, Kristen is a professional and the shoots tend to fly by when you’re having fun.
If you recognize Kristen, it’s for a very good reason! In 2009, this North Carolina native won the title of Miss USA. Afterwards, she moved to Los Angeles and has been working on her acting and modeling career ever since. We caught up with Kristen to ask her what she likes about modeling for Karen Kane and what she misses about home.
How did you get into modeling?
I was around 5 years old when my younger sisters and I were in a store with my mom. A modeling agent approached us and told my mom that the 3 of us needed to be modeling. We went in to meet with the agency and they instructed us on how to get comp cards made and the process began!
What was it like to win Miss USA?
It was a childhood dream! I literally dreamed of being Miss USA my whole life. I watched every year, predicted my winners, studied their bios, watched their interviews and was inspired by all of them. To me, Miss USA embodies all of the qualities of the total woman; beautiful, confident, personable, intelligent, capable, socially aware and excellent speakers with integrity. I have heard that it is more likely that your son will play in the NFL than your daughter will compete at Miss USA, so winning is still surreal for me!
What do you miss about North Carolina now that you live in California?
I miss my family! I am super close with my younger sister, Julia, and I’m always so sad for a few days after I leave her When I’m home, I love baking with my mom and sisters, going to the beach, catching a show at our Performing Arts Hall and family game night!
What do you like about modeling for Karen Kane?
I was familiar with Karen Kane from seeing it in stores and I owned a few of her tank tops! All of the clothes are so soft, well-made, and stylish!
What are your favorite Karen Kane items that you have modeled?
I love all of her tank tops! They are such a great fit and come in all the colors of the rainbow! I also just modeled a pair of red and turquoise skinny pants that were so cute and fit perfectly!
What do you like doing for fun in Los Angeles?
For fun, I love hiking Fryman or Runyon Canyon, trying new restaurants, going to church, wine and game nights with my friends, bike riding, trying new fitness classes, and the occasional night out on the town!
How would you describe your personal sense of style?
Boho chic. If I had to pick a celebrity my style most emulated, it would probably be Jessica Alba. Easy, flowy, stylish, and soft.
We just had our Summer 2012 photo shoot with Kristen so you can look forward to seeing more of her this upcoming season on KarenKane.com! You can follow her on Twitter at @KristenJDalton and find her on Facebook here.