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How hot was Phoenix? Smokin' hot! You can imagine how tough it was being surrounded by gorgeous girls all day long - oh bother! After careful consideration we were finally able to choose our two winners: Meet Jordin and Mary!

How did you find out about the model search?
We were shopping at Torrid at Metro Center Mall and there was one of the cards that advertised it. I was like, "Oh mom, we have to do it!" Every time I walk in there I'm always like, "Gosh, it'd be fun to model their clothes, because I finally fit into something cute." When we walked into the model search we were dead last! We were like, "Oh no, they're going to cut us off." Then they told us that they were taking everybody and so it was really cool. We got up there, took the picture, and the rest is history! Ha ha!

What made you want to go for it?
I really wanted it, actually. I've been saying I want to model for them and if I get it then it's something that I've accomplished. You know what I mean? I was so excited. When I got the call I was bouncing off the walls.

Did you sort of expect to win?
When we got in line there were so many gorgeous girls there. I was like, "Oh my Gosh, there's a lot of competition!"

What do you think it was about you that made them pick you?
You know, I don't know. Maybe it was my energy. I was all energetic and I was just so excited to be there.

What was the best part of that day to you?
Just the fact that it was Torrid and they were there. It was really cool! I walked in and they had balloons, this big sign, music playing. I talked to everybody who was in the line behind me and in front of me. I got to know everyone. It was really fun. I was dancing!

Did you make any new friends?
I did. I met this one girl and she was really cute. She had these really cute shoes on -- that's what I first noticed! We started talking, then her mom and my mom started talking.

What did you wear?
I wore some khaki capris and a shirt that I bought from Torrid that says, "I'm a sucker for guys in eyeliner." I wore these little red square earrings and then black pumps and my hair back.

How'd you decide what to wear?
I didn't want to wear anything too flashy, but I didn't want to be casual.

Were you nervous?
I was! I wasn't in line, but when I got up there I tripped over the cord and I felt so dumb. I tried to keep it together. I didn't want the nervousness to come out in the picture. I was just like, "Jordin, it's okay, just go up there, smile, take a picture, do your thing… and then you can get nervous afterwards."

Do you plan on pursuing modeling in the future?
I would love to. I've always wanted to. I was interested in singing first, but I would always joke around like, "Mom, you should have put me into modeling." Then this happened and I was like, wow, I could really do something with it.

Is it more nerve wracking to model or to sing?
Probably to model because you have to do the poses and you have to stay there. If you don't get it right you have to do it again. You have to look good, and you have to make sure that your personality comes through. That's kind of hard when you can't say anything.

Do you have a favorite Torrid outfit in your closet?
The one I just got. I got the polka dot tube top, some blue skinny jeans and a polka dot headband. I have these heels I bought from Torrid and I wore those, too. It's so fifties and cute!

What do you love about Torrid?
Every time I walk into Torrid I'm like, "Yes! I can look just as cute as everybody else and have my size and have it fit me right." And everybody is so nice! They all want to help you. I like the feeling when I'm in the store: I'm not self-conscious. I can flaunt it. I look cute and I know it!

What would you like to share with other Torrid girls about your experience?
That if they do another model search you should try it. You don't have anything to lose and you've got all to gain. It's also really good because you can get out of your skin a little bit if you haven't really tried anything like that. It'll give you a chance to be like, "Okay, this isn't so bad."

How did you find out about the model search?
I was on the other side of Phoenix to get stuff for my brother-in-law from a store at the mall. I saw the Torrid event and I was like, "Okay then." I was thinking, "Should I do it, should I not?" I had told myself that this was going to be a year that I tried new things and did things for myself, so I was like, "Okay, I'm going to do it." I jumped in line and it turned out, apparently!

A lot of people showed up for the search - were you surprised at the number of people there?
Yeah, I was actually! When I got there it was later in the afternoon, so I'm guessing the bulk of the people were probably there in the morning. When I first got in line there was no one else behind me, then a bunch of people showed up. I was like, "Okay, we'll just see what happens. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, then I've lost nothing. It's worth a shot."

What were you wearing that day?
I actually had a little DKNY dress on that I was taking out for a test drive.

What was the best part of that day for you?
The thrill of knowing that I did it. I got over the fear of public pictures.

Before that were you kind of shy to the camera?
I have a theory that I can sometimes be one of the most un-photogenic people. I don't know what it is. This is finally embracing who I am and that I'm never going to be a size 2.

So you were pretty nervous?
Yeah, very nervous. I kept telling myself, "You know, you have absolutely nothing to lose, everything to gain. No one has to know about it." There were a lot of girls there, and I thought, "Well, if they can do it, I can do it." I'm sure we were all probably nervous to a certain degree. I was telling myself, "You've got to be confident." Slowly but surely, the confidence started building.

How did you find out that you'd won?
I had so many things going on in my life that I'd forgotten about it. I was like, "It's been months; it's not going to happen." The phone rang and it was someone from Torrid. I didn't even know how to react. I was thrilled, but I was just shocked. It's pretty exciting.

Do you plan on pursuing modeling in the future?
Well, if it's meant to be then it'll happen. If not, then it's an adventure and it's something that I can say that I've done.

How did you originally find out about Torrid?
I think it was just a fluke, walking through the mall. I'd always had to shop at other stores where they have the grandma clothes. I just went in there and I was like, "Oh my gosh, there's so much cute stuff in here!" I probably dropped like $700 that day! I've been going back there ever since. I love it.

Do you have a favorite Torrid outfit in your closet?
There are so many! Being in construction I'm in tee shirts and jeans every day, so the weekends are when I like to wear those outfits. There are a lot of things in my closet that are adorable and from Torrid. I have these really cute grey capris with a little grey jacket that matches. I wear a black shirt underneath - I wore that to Vegas for a bachelorette party.

What do you love about Torrid?
You know, the girls that work there are so nice. The one that I go to in particular - Arrowhead Mall - I get there at like 8:30 pm and the girls are so nice. They'll stay until after they close, bringing me clothes. It's such a comfortable environment. I used to be ashamed to actually have to carry bags out of other stores. But now I'm just carrying my little pink Torrid bags out and I don't care. It doesn't bother me; I know I'm getting cute clothes. I like the fact that most people that work there are the same size as me.

What do you think would make Torrid even better?
I personally like some shirts that tend to be a little tighter fitting. I don't like the empire waist. I don't know; I really love the store. I couldn't think of a whole lot to improve on.

What would you like to share with other Torrid girls about your experience?
Have fun and try new things. You never know what could come of it. So far it's been amazing and exciting. I feel very blessed and thankful that I have this opportunity.

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