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Supermodel Ali Stephens: modeling and meditation
by Keith Deboer
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25 June 2010
Millions have seen her but few know her name. This is the ironic reality of the gifted, young fashion supermodel Ali Stephens, who uses the Transcendental Meditation technique as a tool for success. In three short years, Stephens has gone from open call, beginner to exclusive Paris feature; from awkward high school teen to a clothing designer's dream.
Discovered by an Elite Model Management scout while shopping with her family, the Salt Lake City resident was initially hesitant about a life in the glamour biz of fashion. However, after careful thought and consultation with her family, Stephens has braved the catwalk and grabbed the fashion world by the tail.
In just a few years, her innocent beauty and natural acting skills have propelled her to the top of the cover girl scene. To date, Stephens has appeared on the front page of ten of Vogue's world-wide publications. In 2009 Stephens graced the runway as an ''exclusive'' for the Calvin Klein Spring show. She then posed in CK Jeans for world-renowned fashion photographer, Steven Meisel, which confirmed her place as one of the brightest stars in the fashion universe.
At the same time, Stephens' meteoric rise has not created the comet-like burn out experienced by many other young talents in the entertainment and fashion industries. Instead Stephens has a rather simple and innocent approach to her work. Her sheepish admission that the first time she bought a fashion magazine was when her picture was on the cover, is a prime example.
Stephens also chooses her Mormon faith and the peace of the Transcendental Meditation technique over celebrity events and late night parties.
In a recent interview with David Lynch Foundation TV, Stephens explained that her 10 year practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique is a ''big part'' of her life. She's also a fan of award winning director David Lynch and his initiative to bring the Transcendental Meditation technique to at-risk youth who apply to learn the meditation after obtaining their parents' permission.
According to Stephens, it's ''incredible what he is doing'' and she feels the program could really benefit not only students but their parents as well.
Global Good News feature will feature the second part of this profile in the coming days.
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