Devon Windsor

Devon Windsor had to decide how much she was willing to sacrifice in her attempt to become a top model. Her answer was surprising.

She was a tall, lean, green-eyed 14-year-old blonde fresh out of braces and excited to travel. She signed with the local agency West Model & Talent Management, and her family could have opted to take her out of the rigorous college prep school she attended in Ladue and away from the athletics she loved to focus on her career. It had been done before by many young models driven to succeed by striking while the iron was hot.

“There are some who will do whatever it takes, but I wanted to do prom and sports and normal stuff,” Windsor said. “I’d tell any girl really bluntly that if you don’t want to wait because you’re afraid that you won’t be the right size later then that’s a really bad reason.”

Modeling full time is a gamble. First, you have to hit the genetic lottery and then you have to do the near-impossible. You have to be the right model at the right time with the right look who gets noticed by the right people.

So instead of banking on modeling success, Windsor was happy working sporadically doing a succession of smaller jobs in St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles — some prestigious, some not — until she graduated from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in 2012, competed at state as a varsity track athlete and toured some college campuses.

But instead of heading to college after graduation, her New York agency, IMG Models, sent her off to Milan at age 18 to learn the ropes.


Name: Devon Windsor