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With long blonde hair, bright blue eyes and a charming twang, Amanda Gullickson has the southern belle thing down to a T. After jobs as a “Delia’s catalogue girl” and walking the Miami Fashion Week runway for Topshop and Custo Barcelona, Gullickson, 17, has ditched her hometown of Charlotte, N.C. (after finishing high school a year early) for New York City. Two weeks in and now repped by One Management, the new girl in town talks about her budding career.

WWD: How did you get started modeling?
Amanda Gullickson:
I played basketball with a friend who did some modeling on the side. I decided to give it a shot and it sort of just took off. It came so out of the blue, everyone was like, “Where is this coming from?”

WWD: What has been the most surprising part about your new career?
The biggest shock was having to watch what I eat. Since I was a basketball player before, you always want carbs. With modeling you have to say, “I don’t want that cookie.” My hips are right on the edge of 35 inches, so if I eat too much I might go over to 36. I watch proportions. I had to cut out candy and I’m such a candy person.

WWD: Tell me about your first casting.
It was for the Susan Woo look book. It was pretty good, but the only thing that threw me off was she asked me if I were a condiment, what would I be. I just said ketchup — I didn’t want to answer wrong.

WWD: Did you book the job?
I haven’t found out yet. I asked her what condiment she would be, and she said Korean hot sauce. Her assistant said relish.

WWD: What’s up next for you?
I’ve met with Seventeen and I think I’m going to do something with them. It was funny, because [the bookings manager] asked me, “Would you be willing to kiss a guy?” So I said, “Yeah! Just talk to [my booker].” And [my booker] was just like, “No.” I think we’ll work something out though.

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