A 2009 graduate of East Jordan High School, Higdon completed her first college semester before moving to California to pursue a modeling career. She got the Vogue job after signing with Vision Model Management, where she is one of the agency’s “new faces.”
“My agent called me at 7 in the morning and I had to be there by 8,” recalled the long-haired beauty, who was photographed in a black luxury car, wearing tight black pants, a bubble-gum pink shirt and big sunglasses. “I wasn’t even up yet.”
The shoot took place at a studio warehouse in Santa Monica. Although it didn’t pay much, “in the long run it’s good for the pocketbook because it will get me more jobs,” Higdon said.
The 5-foot-9-inch model began her career at 15 with a summer program at the Barbizon Modeling and Acting Center in Traverse City.
At 16 she was selected to attend the school’s Southfield center to train for the prestigious International Model and Talent Convention in Los Angeles, where she received awards in makeup, TV beauty and commercial and fashion print. Arriving back home, she found nearly 30 call-backs from agents and others anxious to hire her.
But her career came to a stand-still a day after the convention when a snowmobile accident took the life of her younger sister, Sarah.
“Everything just kind of dropped and I just put everything on hold,” said Higdon, who later enrolled in Michigan Technological University to study environmental science. “Modeling was still on my mind, but coming (to California) wasn’t anything I thought about. I wanted to be a biologist.”
Then her friend and longtime photographer showed Higdon’s pictures to a St. Louis manager who sent the model to the Vision agency in Los Angeles. Now Higdon lives in North Hollywood with two other models, where she attends casting calls and baby-sits for four families to help pay for groceries and gas.
Besides the “Vogue Italia” magazine, she has modeled for jewelers, independent designers and small stores as far away as Canada.
Higdon’s mother has mixed feelings.
“I’m hoping she’s successful but I’m hoping she goes back to college,” said Debbie Drew of East Jordan. “What she’s doing is scary. But I’m really proud of her for taking this big jump in life and trying something like this out.”