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Merissa Pence

Student
Merchandise Marketing

Virginia Beach native and Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Merissa Pence is currently Miss Teen Virginia and a working model hopes to one day be working for Victoria's Secret on and off the runway.

About me: I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I have been a competitive cheerleader for eight years and a high school sideline cheerleader for all four years of high school. I became involved in pageants and won my first title in 2009, representing Miss Teen Coastal Virginia, which excelled me to Miss Teen Virginia. I recently won Miss Teen Virginia and will represent Virginia at Nationals in July in Orlando, Florida.

I created an organization, K.I.S.S.(Keeping Infants Sleeping Safely), to inform young teen babysitters about the precautions that need to be taken when watching a young child to help prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). I have been an active model for two years in Virginia Beach and plan to pursue a career in modeling. I have played many director roles at Kellam High School. I was the fashion director for our annual fashion show and Hurley's "Walk the Walk."

How did you discover FIDM? One of my best friends, Kaleigh Tharrington, was accepted currently attends FIDM. I kept getting postcards and brochures sent to my house from FIDM, and I questioned Kaleigh about this and she told me she had passed my name along to her advisor! I became really interested in Fashion Design College and began the steps for admission. I chose FIDM because I am very interested in the fashion industry and have had a passion for fashion ever since I was little! The location in California fit me the best because I want to discover new experiences and it's a lot like home with the beach and the city at the same time.

How did you pick the major and why? This is a major that you can really do anything with and I am still trying to finalize my career ambition which is to become a fashion production manager.

What are you most excited to learn about at FIDM? I am excited to learn more about fashion and the history behind the fashion trends of today.

What do you expect to gain at FIDM? I would like to meet new people and gain knowledge in fashion production.

What are your goals/dreams for the future? My dream job is to become a model for Victoria's Secret. I have dreamed of this job ever since I started watching their annual fashion show. This show really inspired me, seeing how much fun the girls were having and their true personalities showed me how much fun this job could be, even though it is a lot of hard work. Then I'd like to begin my career in fashion production and hopefully produce a Victoria's Secret fashion show one day!

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