This is Ginger Burlew, and she’s represented by one of the most well-known modeling agencies: Wilhelmina. Oh, and she’s the youngest member of their Sports & Fitness division.
When I met Ginger, she was looking to update her portfolio and hit the “refresh” button on her aesthetic. So before leaping into summer movie nights with friends and pool hang-outs, Ginger and I collaborated on this story to showcase her growth not only as a young woman, but as an athlete.
Since she’s always loved playing sports, I thought it would be fun to explore different movements and emotions associated with sports through vibrant colors, summer fashion, and of course, teen spirit!
As Ginger’s junior year comes to a close, she’s narrowing down her college list; while shooting, she candidly spoke to me and the photographer, Nick Steever, about looking forward to the new challenges ahead and where she’s planning to be by the time she graduates. At this point, Ginger and her mom have come to an agreement that she’ll keep focusing on her modeling career in college. “It made me realize that I should probably choose a school in New York so that I can still work and do more projects like this.”
When I glanced over at her mom for parental affirmation, she proudly said, “Yes! She’s already decided this is what she wants to do. Ginger is so smart and she’s been working in this business for a few years now, so why not? It makes her happy.”
Photos by Nicholas Steever
Styled by Sharon Frances
Makeup and Hair by Clelia Bergonzoli
Modeled by Ginger Burlew of Wilhelmina Models