How A Hot Girl Thinks: Fiona Hillery
Fiona has been skydiving three times, bungee jumping, motorcycling, cliff jumping, ran the Boston marathon, and earned a brown belt in karate.
What is one thing about yourself or your hometown that most people would not know about you?
Well, I’m a brown II belt in karate, undisputed champion of super smash brothers, enjoy skydiving and my mom was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. But fun trivia fact: the writers of Family Guy actually based the fictional setting of “Quahog” off my hometown, Smithfield, RI. One of the show’s main writers Danny Smith is from Smithfield and related to my good friend, so I promise that’s not made up!
You are an adrenaline junkie with an extensive list of experiences – what is one crazy thing you have not done yet?
I haven’t been swimming with sharks, crocodiles, or stingrays, and have no desire to. I honestly don’t play that game. Steve Irwin learned his lesson (RIP) for me and shot down any future plans I had to conquer those fears. I’d rather hang glide off of a bridge to get my fix.
For those who find modeling vain, what would you say in response to their reservations about your chosen career path?
Although I dislike the stereotype, I do understand the thought rationale behind this opinion, especially with the way the media can sometimes portray the modeling industry. What I would tell them, though, is that modeling as a career is far different than what they assume. A photographer could be shooting the world’s most drop dead beautiful girl, but if she can’t deliver the expression, emotion, body language and aura that the designer or brand desires, then she won’t be successful.
For me, modeling has become a way to network on a business level, establishing valuable connections for a future career utilizing my marketing degree. I actually interned in a showroom on Newbury Street for Boston’s leading stylist, Christina K. Pierce, who I met while walking in a fashion show a year prior. Modeling can open doors to acting or doing commercials, which I am also pursuing through Maggie Model’s affiliation with SAG.
Tell us what the experience of being a young model is like? Especially with high school and more recently college, do you feel academic obligations place a burden on your personal goals?
It has been mostly a positive experience, opening doors to career opportunities, networking, meeting exciting people and building confidence. That being said, I had some difficulty balancing modeling throughout my college career. I was, and still am, pursuing multiple career goals by attending Providence College, being involved with clubs at school, building my modeling career, working part-time at a liquor store, staying fit and maintaining some level of fun as I am a social person.
Often times I’ve had to sacrifice fun and memorable nights out with my college friends to go on modeling gigs, which was hard for me. Also, some high school and college kids can be insecure with themselves and more likely to be negative about modeling, so I was pretty conscientious of telling people about my work.
What about professionally? Do agencies and companies shy away from a girl with a commitment?
I’m actually just finding out now what listing “model” on a resume can do for your career in the business world, and it turns out there are both pro’s and con’s. Companies associated with the apparel industry find my additional familiarity with the fashion world beneficial, and I have actually gotten asked to interview solely due to this connection.
However, other employers cannot connect the degree professionalism needed for modeling with their company and cannot seem to shake the stereotype image. It’s unfortunate but right now I’m at the point in my career where I am able to pursue modeling full time and will see how far it can take me.
Tell us more about your new relationship with CWTV? What’s it all about?
Paul Fischer created the show Remodeled, premiering for its second season on July 9th. Along with that, he has an international modeling database website called The Network Community. Paul Fischer is a huge name in the industry and has been featured all over the media for this vision, including a recent highlight in People Magazine.
The Network Community features a handful of select agencies and their top models, providing fully inclusive social media management and placement of modeling jobs with extremely high profile clients. One of the models from Remodeled’s last season just became the face of Guess? brand last week, while others in the community are being placed around the globe to model.
One of my agencies in Rhode Island, The Beauty Within Management, was lucky enough to be selected for this and picked me as one of their top models. Since working with Paul Fischer, my career has really skyrocketed and I have been presented with many fantastic opportunities. The Network Community will be featured on the show, so I am hoping to gain further publicity through this groundbreaking industry movement.
Tell us why brunettes are better for a relationship, or even just to hangout with?
Oh wow, I’m about to make some enemies. Let me start by saying my best friend is a blonde and if you can rock it, go for it. To clarify, there is a distinct difference in personality between natural blondes and bleached blondes who have black eyebrows and burnt sienna Crayola colored tans.
But if I had to make a bold statement, I’d venture to say brunettes tend to be lower maintenance and more down to earth – probably because as kids we secretly resented Barbie and opted to play power rangers instead. Kimberly the pink ranger was our childhood brunette idol. Also an added perk, our hair never turns green from chlorine, a total mood killed in a hot tub.
If you could take a guy anywhere on the first date, where would it be?
I took a few social psyche classes in college and learned some dating tricks that will help justify my otherwise tapped answer. The misattribution of arousal theory basically says that two people in a frightening or thrilling environment will become more likely to be romantically and physically attracted to each other because your brain associates your increased heartbeat and blood pressure with the other person instead of the actual cause.
So on that note, one of my first dates would be taking him to my favorite cliff diving spot in Newport, RI, to see off the bat if he can hang. Assuming it goes well and he doesn’t run away, we could then grab lobsters and drinks at one of the waterfront venues in town.
What is the worst pickup line you have ever heard?
‘Hey, so I have a poster of your mom hanging above my bed if you want to come back to my room and see it…’
Seriously though, this is what college girls have to deal with. It wasn’t as creepy as it came off though. Turns out, he worked in the intramural sports office and had stolen a track reunion poster from an event, which indeed turned out to be of my mom from when she ran for Providence College in ’89. Still, my response was a solid ‘I’m all set,’ as no amount of cheaply priced college bar drinks could convince me to hang out with a guy who sleeps with my mom every night.
What, to you, makes a guy Elite?
A strong sense of self is extremely attractive to me. I was tempted to use the word confidence, or even “swag,” but I think both those terms have been twisted by our generation to take on new meaning that is often associated with cocky d-bags.
If you’re the nice guy, you have to own it. Don’t overthink your individual game and try to be something that you’re not in order to give a woman what you think she wants. It won’t work out in the end. My ideal guy is self assured, spontaneous, ambitious, has a good sense of humor, great in bed goes without saying and is independent. A man who has his own life goals and social circle is important to me because in a relationship I hate feeling restricted or cut off.
I hate it when guys like a girl who is dependent on them or needy so they can feel manlier. Ideally, I’d like to end up having that power couple status with someone who wants equality in a relationship, challenges me and can keep up with life in the fast lane.
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