With conference championship games for the SEC, ACC, PAC-12 and B1G coming up soon, the proverbial picture of the College Football Playoff will come into focus.
Title contenders such as defending national champion in 12-0 Alabama, 11-1 Ohio State, 11-1 Clemson and 11-1 Washington currently hold the top four spots to be in the national semifinals, but other contenders such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Penn State all have shots at making college football’s final four.
If there is one thing that all college football fans can agree on is that the sport is more intriguing thanks to the now three-year old playoffs.
One other thing that all fans can agree on is showing their support in buying from online retailer, Fanatics.
Founded in 1995 by Alan Trager, the Jacksonville-based Fanatics is one of the top online merchandise retailers in sports, especially college football. In addition to offering the latest and greatest selection of sports apparel, they also offer fans a chance to sport their favorite team’s colors.
Unless you are a fan of the Crimson Tide, while you may not recognize her, there is no doubt that Texas-born fashion and lifestyle model, Victoria Skellington may have caught your eye.
Thanks a beautiful combination of fair skin and flaming red hair, Skellington—at the age of 19—has already modeled for well-known and popular online fashion brands such as Peppermayo, Venus, Lilac Shade, FanPrint and the forementioned Fanatics, with her eyes set for bigger goals.
Below is my Q and A with Victoria as we talk modeling, winter fashion, her beloved Houston Astros and her obsession with Pokemon GO.
Name: Victoria Skellington
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Measurements: Bust: 32″ Waist: 21″ Hips: 30″
R.C. What kind of model do you consider yourself?
V.S. “I’m a fashion and lifestyle model. I stay as far away from nudity as possible.”
R.C. What brands have you modeled for?
V.S. “I’ve done some for Peppermayo, Venus, Lilac Shade, FanPrint, and Fanatics. I really can’t decide which one I love the most, because all of the clothes are just so pretty and different from each other!”
R.C. Where has been your favorite place to shoot?
V.S. “Covergirl Studios in Garland, TX, hands down. There’s just so much room and different setups and the makeup room is so roomy. Not to mention the owner of the studio, Rick Brown is always super welcoming and helpful.”
R.C. What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?
V.S. “Meeting new people, honestly. I’ve met so many cool people I wouldn’t have if not for my job. Even if we’re just friends for a day, I love working with them and learning about them.”
R.C. With fall here and winter around the corner, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?
V.S. “Stay awayyyy from shorts. Goosebumps just aren’t attractive, but an oversize plain sweater and thick leggings, and the use of gold accessories are super cute! Silver is a winter thing, but fall is for gold like the changing leaves. As for makeup, stay with mattes, especially dark mauve and red colors.”
R.C. Within the industry, who is your inspiration?
V.S. “I have three, two of them I’ve only met once. For modelling, it’s hands down Christie Gabriel, The Self-Made Model. She’s a successful independent model and shows that you don’t need agencies to be someone. We’ve done a shoot together, as well as a workshop and I learned so much from her when it comes to posing and expression.
The other inspiration is Julia Yvonne Lane, a Dallas based makeup artist. Her makeup skills were crazy good and out of all the makeup artists I’ve worked with, she was the easiest to talk to and actually inspired me to start trying my hand in makeup artistry for Hittwerk Creative Team’s Photography.
Speaking of which, John Hitt is also one, the only one that I work with on a multitude of projects. He helps me keep an open mind and always look for improvement.”
R.C. What’s your secret to staying in shape?
V.S. “I’m actually a vegetarian and cutting out that fat from the animals has helped more than expected. I’ve always had a thin frame, but cutting meat from my plate has helped me have more energy to keep active. And I’m not ashamed to say Pokemon GO has also been what gets me moving most days!!”
R.C. Outside of modelling, what are your hobbies?
V.S. “I’ve always been a HUGE Pokemon fan, and I spend a lot of my time playing the games, as well as the old Zelda and Mario games. I also like to draw and paint, and I experiment with makeup most nights. Just lately, I’ve been trying to cook more often and it’s become one of the favorite parts of my day, always taking online recipes and tweaking them…a lot. I used to participate in the theatre department at my high school, but since then I haven’t acted and I miss it terribly.”
R.C. Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?
V.S. “Oh boy. I’m really not a sports fan, but I do go for the Houston Astros baseball team. I’ve only gotten into them in the past year or so because of my boyfriend, Matthias. I’m clueless with all other sports.”
R.C. What are your favorite cities to travel to?
V.S. “I go to Dallas the most frequently, but I think I prefer Fort Worth, just because of how beautiful downtown is at night. And although I haven’t done any shoots there yet, I love San Angelo, even though it’s not a huge city, just because of how many trees there are, how friendly everyone is, and the river walk is so peaceful. I’ve been to Atlanta once and it was borderline terrifying just because of the traffic and how big everything was, but I fell in love with the huge trees.”
R.C. What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modelling?
V.S. “Come prepared, but don’t bring your whole family to a shoot. Bring an escort or two, but not if they’re super distracting or negative. Don’t be stiff.
One of the compliments I hear the most is, “It’s so nice working with a model who knows how to pose.” If you can be a fluid poser, you’ll shine!! And if someone comes to you for a shoot and you’re still an amateur, don’t ask about being paid.
Let them take pictures that you can use for your portfolio and once it’s grown a good size, then research what is a reasonable price for your area; each city has a different prize range. Although you might get paid $100 an hour in one city, your town might not have as eager photographers and will only pay $50.”
Special thanks to Ms. Victoria Skellington for her time during the Q and A. All images used with permission and are the property of their respective owners. Follow Victoria on Instagram @His_Haunter and on Facebook here.