Updated: August 26, 2011

December 30, 2008

By the time my first photo shoot rolled around this morning, I'd managed to reign in my fears enough that I was almost looking forward to it. (Well, at least, I wasn't dreading it anymore, which was definitely progress.) What really helped was knowing that everyone at Shape was just as invested as I was in getting a great picture. The fashion department sent me a huge box of clothes to try on, which was the most fun I've had in ages. I absolutely adored the sweater and jeans I picked to wear in my photo-although I'll be even happier next month, when they're way too big for me!

All those countless hours I've spent watching America's Next Top Model paid off! I smiled with my eyes, and slouched my shoulders for a couture shot, and followed every bit of advice I can remember Tyra Banks ever saying. Then, with that out of my system, I settled down and started listening to the photographer. I can't wait to strike a new pose next month.

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