My name is Anissa. I'm 16 years old and I will be a Junior this year in high school. I'm a shy, quiet, humble country girl who really wants to break out of her shell. Every since I was a little girl, I have always been the quiet one. I was a tom boy back when I was younger and wasn’t really into fashion at the time. I was pretty much the tallest girl in my grade while I was younger. I was even taller than most of the boys. Once I started getting more mature and my body parts started maturing as well, teachers started telling me how I should be a model. They would always compliment me on my longs thin legs, my big eyes, and my long eyelashes. I've gotten compliments on how thin I am and people have said to me how they wish they were as small as me. So as people started telling these things, at the time I was only around 12 years old. And then thats when I started to become fascinated in fashion. I got interested in make-up and designer clothes. I started watching America's Next Top Model every chance I could get...even the reruns. Now I’ve started getting Seventeen magazines through the mail monthly. I love them! I'm always looking at the models and wishing that was me. I get SO jealous when I see girls my age walking down the runway. I WANT TO DO THE SAME!!!!! I want to come out of my shyness. I want to prove to my family that I have confidence in myself and I want them to see that I’m not a little girl anymore. Boys use to pick on me all the time because I’m skinny. I want to show them that even though I’m skinny...I CAN WORK IT!!!!! Being a model would build my confidence up to a whole other level! I LOVE clothes to death and being able to model in them would be the best thing in the WORLD TO ME!! I want to do this for my family especially. I live with my little sister, mom, and grandma. Me and my grandma use to be really close, but now that I’m growing up, we havent been getting along. No one in my house has a job. My mom doesn’t even know how to drive and my grandma has retired and is getting older and older. I had no choice but to get a driver's license. And now I’m going to have to get a job. My sister is 10 years old and is still sleeping with our mother because we only have 3 bedrooms. I would love for my family to have a bigger house. Its hard living with 3 other females! I just want to make my family happy. I'm a smart girl. I make A's and B's and I’ve never really gotten into any serious trouble at school. This would make my family even more proud of me. I want to do this not only for myself but for THEM!