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March 26th, 2014 — 11:06am


professional model & reality star

Kelsey Smith- Model & Reality Star

My name is Kelsey Smith, I am a 20 year old originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I’m writing to explain my year as a 19 year old living and working in Los Angeles as a full time fashion model.

With the help of Tara and Cristina I literally lived my dream. The theme of my year is most definitely “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” Upon my arrival to Los Angeles, I was in cosmetology school living at home and working as a hair and makeup artist. I always knew I was destined to do something greater than living in Tuscaloosa and being a college student, as did my peers who voted me “most likely to be famous” my senior year of high school. But don’t get me wrong, that life is also great…roll tide!

My mom and I packed up my car and drove cross-country to LA, approximately 2,030 miles away from my hometown. I moved into my very first apartment just 3 days after turning 19. I got settled in, learned to wash my clothes (yes my mom washed my clothes for me until I was 19… its a southern thing), and started learning this whole new world I now called home. If you’re wondering what its like to go from AL->LA you should know EVERYTHING is different right down to the gas pumps. With lots of help from Sashes and Crowns, I signed with three agents within two weeks of living there. I started working and on my very first job I met Shannon. Shannon is a God-send and she was exactly what I needed because I knew no one my age! She has now become one of my best friends and has definitely secured a bridesmaid spot in my wedding (contrary to the cliche that southern women marry young, I am not engaged haha). Anyways, I worked really hard and often for a good 6 months when a job opportunity came up that would change my life forever.

I got a phone call from the producers of the reality dating show CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama” asking me to come in for an interview. Before I knew it, I was in Fairhope, AL shooting the show. If you’ve never seen the show, I had 11 city boys, and 11 country boys to choose from.. the guys had no idea I lived in LA so I felt like I had the upper hand when it comes to knowing city and country guys! I ended up picking Collin, a country boy from Birmingham, AL (just 45 minutes from my hometown of Tuscaloosa). We wrapped the show in October and for November and December I lived at home in Bama for the holiday season. In those two months, I spent time with Collin even though we had to remain a secret until mid-January when the show’s finale aired. I never imagined it was possible to become so close to someone in so little time and without doing “normal” dating activities such as go out to dinner or catching a movie we wanted to see… it was tough dating in an apartment- redbox was our best friend!

After a short two months, it was time for me to go back to LA and after a terrible goodbye I was on a plane headed back to reality. When I got back in LA, it took me two weeks to realize I was completely unhappy. I always had a part of my heart in Alabama because of my friends and family there, but now more so than ever I had a huge part of my heart in Bama. So Collin got on a one way flight, we packed up my car and I moved home to Alabama. (Now I’m going to try to convince you that I moved home to pursue my life-long dream of becoming an elementary teacher and start the second chapter of my “big girl” life)…….Collin was a huge part of me moving home–it’s true, girls: When you know, you know!

Presently, I am living in Tuscaloosa and awaiting the start of my fall semester at the University of Alabama for elementary education. Reflecting on my year has one constant reminder: if it wasn’t for Tara and Cristina I would not be where I am today and because of them, I lived my dream and for that I am forever grateful.                       xoxo Kelsey Dee Smith


they found love on CMTs hit show Sweet Home Alabama

Kelsey & Collin found love on CMT's hit show Sweet Home Alabama



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