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Tell us what kind of teenager were you growing up?
Wow! I was something of a wild child for sure! I have always been free spirited and adventurous but my teen-aged years were spent traveling a lot and learning about the world and what part I wanted to take in it. My best friends were a couple years older than me and went to public schools so it seemed I wanted to grow up in a hurry. I am grateful for the freedom I was given and the ability to express myself as I did… Was Ironic though, because I attended a private catholic school, which are known for their intolerance of free spirited behavior! ;)
Were you a good student?
As I stated, I attended a private high school so the education I received was top notch. I learned to speak 3 other languages by the time I was 15 due to the fact that three of my teachers were also college professors from three different countries. Because it was a catholic school it was very structured but we were allowed and encouraged to take part in our daily curriculum.
What inspired you to pursue modeling?
The era of the “Super Model” inspired me! lol I remember being very young and seeing Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington on EVERY magazine cover from Cosmo to Sports Illustrated. They were larger than life and seemed to rule the planet! I was mesmerized by how glamorous they always looked and made it all seem so effortless! ;) My mom did a lot to nurture my desire by getting me involved in fashion shows at the mall and paying for my first trip to NY when I was only 17.
Can you tell us about your world famous corsets, and the story behind them?
Ironically, I had never worn a corset up until last year. A close friend, who is an amateur photographer, suggested I take some photos for her just for fun…she said, “I think you have a wonderful Hollywood pinup figure and look about you, and I think you could bring back the blonde bombshell… Terese Phillips style…BRUNETTE”. She bought a red corset from Victoria’s Secret, we shot some images a week later, posted them on my Facebook page and I was contacted three days later by a woman in China who offered to custom make some corsets for me at a ridiculously low cost, to fit my figure perfectly in exchange for an image of each corset for her clothing/ fashion portfolio. I own 14 total.
If you could go to dinner with one famous person (from the past or present), who would it be and why?
I would have to say Cleopatra. She was very persuasive, highly intelligent, and had a keen mind for politics. She was a powerful woman ruling an important kingdom at a time when only men ruled. I would definitely have a thousand and one questions for Egypts last Pharoh.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would actually like to be somewhat settled in 5 years. I love this business but the fast paced lifestyle can be a little overwhelming over time. I think it would be nice to have some stability and grounding but be able to look back on some incredible memories and know that I pursued my desires to the fullest extent.
Who is your mentor, and why? (Do you look up to someone)
I have a few people I admire and think of as inspiring but my mother was undoubtedly a very powerful influence on me before she passed away. I learned how to work hard and stay focused until my objective was reached. She got me to “think outside the proverbial box” early on and encouraged me to push my own boundaries. She taught me when I was very young to be self-sufficient and never to back down when I wanted or believed in something with all my heart.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
I would change the fact that we, as a society, make it so hard to get along and help each other succeed. I think life would be so much more enjoyable if people didn’t feel a need to hurt each other whether through racism, physical violence or emotional degradation.
Tell us about one of the craziest things you have ever done? (If you can ;)
Wow! There certainly have been many but one that comes to mind is when I was a freshman in college I went to Mazatlan Mexico on Spring break for a week with my best friends with only $50 to my name! One of my friends convinced us just two weeks before we were to go on break that it was the place to be…So! Fresh out of high school and having NO job...armed with only a bottle of sun tan oil, my hot pink bikini, $50 and several pairs of cut off shorts, away we went! Turned out there were SO many colleges there, we had the most amazing time ever. It seemed like we had stumbled into paradise that week so we made it a regular Spring Break destination spot throughout college…Only I was a little more prepared financially the following years! ;)
Do you have any regrets that you can mention?
Regrets? I have none…I try to look at everything as a learning experience remembering that it was once something I considered a “good idea”…Even if something turns out badly, At the very least, I learn NOT to do it again! ;)
What are your personal goals long-term?
My long term goals include possibly further pursuing my field of study, Criminology, and working as a Criminal Profiler or Forensic Pathologist.
Tell us a little about your family and the impact they may have had on you?
My family is awesome. Whether my immediate family or extended family, they are all strong willed human beings who have all contributed in some way to making me who I am today. They have shown me how to be true to myself and my desires without taking advantage of others in the process. The greatest impact they have had on me is allowing me to have my OWN identity.
Why did you choose to participate with Miss Social Network?
I came across the site, in early December 2010 and decided to see who and what this organization was about. I knew I didn’t want to join another “models” or social site…I started looking at the profiles of some of the models already affiliated with Miss Social Network and was pleasantly surprised to find already big named models on there such as published model Brooke Banx. I continued to read about the site and felt it stood out in a sea of many. I submitted my info in mid December; was asked to be a wild card in the January 2011 vote off along with only 13 other models in which I finished in 9th place and the following month I won the Ms February 2011 title. It has proven to have been a great choice as many doors have opened up to me since winning my title.
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|Simply Josh (Token) Posted on Mar 27,2011 @ 8:57 PM EST
Incredible beautiful woman inside and out!! Love you!!!
|taylor (Token) Posted on Mar 28,2011 @ 12:35 PM EST
beautiful words from a true goddess ;-) ur smokin girl
|CJ (Token) Posted on Mar 28,2011 @ 1:31 PM EST
YOU ARE AAAMAZING T =)
|Miss April '11 - Logann brooke (Model) Posted on Apr 04,2011 @ 1:00 PM EST
Great job Terese. Loved your interview! your picture in this is awesome too :))))