A Model’s Life: an Interview with Kourtney Reppert – Part 1

Information about Kourtney Elizabeth Reppert can be accessed through the ModelMayhem web site and through her Facebook Fan Page .

Consider someone who values a quote from Abraham Lincoln, the humor of Adam Sandler, appreciates the depth of Schindler’s List and the lightheartedness of A Night at the Roxbury.

Those are just some of the diverse influences that a model from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania discussed recently. Who is the person behind the pretty face that brightens this articles’ words? You are about to discover what life is like behind the scenes in the modeling world.

Small town influences

Kourtney Elizabeth Reppert grew up in Leesport, Pennsylvania. The small town, which is about an hour from Philadelphia, is a place where everyone knows each other. The people who live there work hard and are dedicated to their families and friends.

Many people set prudent goals and then move towards them. Some think beyond what can smoothly be attained and instead strive for their dreams. Kourtney is one of those individuals.

“I want to be successful as a model, while also remaining an overall happy and grateful person,” Kourtney said.

Strong family base

A solid family environment often allows someone to build their life’s foundation.

“I have three older sisters (Karla, Kelly and Kristie) who are all beautiful. My Mom (Kathy) and Dad (David) are very loving and supportive. They provided me with a great childhood.

“My Mom always told me that I had a special spark. When I was three-years-old my sisters would dress me up, put make-up on me and fix my hair in pigtails.”

Role models

“My Mom had a tough time growing up because her Mom passed away when she was young. She always tried to raise my sisters and I the best that she could. She is my best friend.

“Good loving parents set people up for a good life. Everything starts with the family.”

Kourtney had an active social life and was a member of the cross country, swimming, field hockey and basketball teams when she was at Schuylkill Valley High School. After graduating, she decided to attend Kutztown University.

“I always had good communication skills and did well in sales. So, initially I pursued a degree in sales and marketing. I also loved softball and pitched on the team at Kutztown.”

Creating a career

Kourtney adapted her career goals in 2006, after a number of people suggested that she had the qualities needed to become a model.

“I admired many people who were models when I was growing up, especially Pamela Anderson (famous for being on Baywatch). She was the girl next door.”

Establishing a career in modeling is not easy. The path involves heavy competition and rejection.

“I loved what I was doing and the way I felt when I was doing it. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. In a world of no’s, you can also hear yes.”

In 2007, she joined ModelMayhem , which is a Facebook-style site for male and female models, photographers, as well as make-up and wardrobe artists.

Constellation Energy offered Kourtney her first paid modeling position. Following that success, she landed a number of advertising print work assignments.

Friends and frenemies

Kourtney worked through the normal trial and error period that everyone experiences during the initial stages of their careers. But, she kept moving forward by relying on her well-formed instincts.

“You have to have a tough skin in the business. It was hard at first and you have to be on top of your game. The support of my family and friends has been very important to me along the way.”

(In the next installment of this series we will learn how Kourtney prepares for the day of a shoot, what role photographers play in the modeling process and what her future plans are.)