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October 21, 2012

Area model hopes for runway to success


Kristen Marie Perkins didn’t want to spend her life wondering whether she could have made it as a model, something she’s thought about her whole life.

“I started researching and contacting different photographers to start a portfolio,” the Clintonville native said. “I ended up coming in contact with Roy Cox from Baltimore, Md. He’s a photographer.”

Perkins was told by a lot of people she should get into modeling. She sent Cox photographs and asked him if she had what it takes. He agreed to do a photo shoot with her.

“He was the first one I ever worked with. It was a great experience with him,” she said. “He was voted best fashion photographer in the state of Maryland.”

Perkins said his work is very nice, professional and classy.

“He works with all different kinds of people. Under Armour is one of his biggest clients. He works with Ford and Next Model Management,” she said.


The 25-year-old describes herself as open-minded, a free spirit and family-oriented.

“I’m just a person that tries new things and (am) a little bit of a tomboy,” Perkins said. 

“We have a pretty large family. They all mean so much to me. My father owns Perkins Trucking & Excavating. All of my family work for him. I’m the baby girl. I have two older brothers and a stepbrother. That’s where I get my four-wheeling, dirt biking and stuff I like to do.”

Genetically, she gets her curly blonde mane and her sapphire blues from her dad, Toby. Her smile and teeth she inherited from her mom, Brenda.


Perkins works as a dental assistant in Dr. Thomas Lamar’s office in Peru. She is a 2006 graduate from AuSable Valley Central School.

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