(NEW YORK) — While some kids dream of becoming baseball players and firefighters, Candice Huffine knew she wanted to become a model. Little did she know, she’d one day make history as one.
“There’s nothing like opening a magazine, or watching television, or looking at a billboard and being, like, “Wow, you know what? She reminds me of me,’ ” Huffine said on an episode of ABC Radio’s “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.”
The former pageant girl promptly took matters into her own hands at 15 years old, when she decided to take a trip from her Maryland hometown to visit modeling agencies in New York City. Huffine came face to face with rejection on her first day there, with some agencies asking her to consider losing 20 pounds.
“This really eye-opening reality sort of hit me in that I can’t be a model, I suppose, because my body was not those ideal measurements,” Huffine told Jarvis.