Samantha Drew Higdon “From Grief to Grace”

Note: original post from Barbizon Midwest on October 2, 2012 at
This five-foot-nine-inch model, Samantha Drew Higdon, began her career at age 15 with Barbizon Midwest of Traverse City, MI. At 16 she was selected to attend the prestigious International Modeling and Talent Association in Los Angeles where she received awards in make-up, TV Beauty, Commercial, and Fashion Print. Samantha received over 30 call backs.


But her career came to a sudden halt when the day after the convention her younger sister, Sarah, was tragically killed in a snowmobile accident.

According to an interview Higdon conveyed, “Everything just came to a stand still and I just put everything on hold.” She later enrolled in Michigan Technological University to study Environmental Science. “Modeling was still on my mind, but coming to California wasn’t everything I thought about. I wanted to be a biologist.”

By age 19, Samantha Drew appeared in the Italian Vogue (photos above), which features the world’s most avant-garde fashions by the world’s top designers. The shoot was an advertorial for Fendi, an Italian luxury fashion house. Besides the “Vogue Italia” magazine, she has modeled for jewelers, independent designers, and even small stores in Canada.


We could post tons of beautiful fashion and commercial photos, as well as runway images. But we thought it best, to allow Samantha to convey the art herself.



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