Hot girl summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean we must stop admiring hot people. And in a city famed for its looks — from big hair and Neiman Marcus to Deep Ellum and punk — in a state with one of the highest numbers of plastic surgeons per capita, we’ve got plenty of hot people. Turns out, some of them become models, and some of those models move on to become movers and shakers around the world. So before the summer is truly over, let’s celebrate and admire some of the most successful models from North Texas (some boys allowed).
Oak Cliff native; seventh out of 11 children; Army veteran; Playmate of the Month (in February 2020): These are merely a few of the ways you could describe Chasity Samone, the Playboy model who plans to run for Dallas City Council. Her platform? Ending redlining and increasing access to higher education. Samone, who was born and raised in Oak Cliff and attended David W. Carter High School, got into modeling after deciding not to reenlist in the Army. She modeled as a “Muse of the Week” for Playboy in 2016 and graced the centerfold of the magazine’s inaugural “Equality Issue.” She’s also starred in music videos for Lil Yachty and WizKid.
Born in Gonzales and raised in Mesquite, a North Mesquite High School graduate and former Eastfield College student, Jerry Hall is Texas-bred through and through. She’s also a supermodel who’s graced the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, gave birth to four of Mick Jagger’s children (including models Lizzie and Georgia May Jagger), married Rupert Murdoch and served as a muse and model for Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol. In 2019, Harper’s Bazaar covered Hall’s efforts alongside Paris Hilton, Reese Witherspoon and Alyssa Milano to help pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Her legacy is complicated and controversial enough to earn Salon columns even now. Through it all, Hall’s a Dallasite loud and proud.
Model, actress and game show host Brooke Burns is a multifaceted fashion model. According to CW33 and Wide Open Country, the Dallas native wanted to be a professional ballet dancer but started modeling after she tore a ligament in her leg while skiing. Burns starred in Baywatch and in films such as Shallow Hal, guest-starred in CSI: Miami and hosted the Emmy award-nominated game show The Chase, for which she was also nominated for an Emmy herself.
Another model slash actress slash Baywatch star, Highland Park High School graduate Angie Harmon began modeling at age 15 after winning a contest hosted by Seventeen and appearing on the cover of the magazine. According to CW33, Harmon — who has also appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Esquire — was a runway model for Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein. Harmon later played Jane Rizzoli on the show Rizzoli & Isles and Abbie Carmichael on the Emmy award-winning series Law & Order. She has three kids and is engaged to fellow model and actor Greg Vaughan.
Born James Gregory Vaughan Jr., in Dallas, according to IMDB, Vaughan was raised in North Texas and Fredericksburg and graduated from Mesquite High School in 1991. Before graduating, he began his modeling career after finishing as a finalist in a back-to-school modeling competition. After graduating, he went to Milan, Italy, where he worked with Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani and Versace. Vaughan has acted in Malibu Shores, Beverly Hills 90210, Baywatch and Days of Our Lives; for the latter performance, he won a Daytime Emmy award. He was named “One of the Sexiest Men Alive” by People magazine in 2002 and is engaged to Dallas model Angie Harmon.
Famous for wearing a grass bikini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Chandra North was born in Dallas and attended Southern Methodist University, where she was spotted and approached by a male model over summer break. After signing with the Kim Dawson Agency, North started modeling, moved to New York to audition for the New York City Ballet company, but instead continued modeling. According to Fashion Model Directory, North has appeared on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar, among many other magazines. She’s walked the runway for Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermès, Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren, among other design giants. Queen of cool Vivienne Westwood even picked her as the face of her Boudoir fragrance.
Le’Nard “Nardi” Meyers
Le’Nard Meyers is so much more than a model. A former wide receiver at Tarleton State University, where he graduated with a degree in business management and administration in 2015, hoped to become an NFL player. But with a microfracture and torn meniscus in his right knee, which failed to heal after surgery and rehab, he became an entrepreneur instead. He’s now a celebrity barber — which means he travels to clients instead of working in a barber shop — and the CEO of Energy Check, a designer clothing company. He also graces the runway for DFW’s best brands and has appeared in Zales commercials.
Irving-born Erin Wasson is perhaps Dallas’ most interesting model. She lived in a Dallas artist collective helmed by sculptor, curator and tastemaker David Quadrini. She met her French restaurateur husband, Barth Tassy, at a gay bar in Venice, California. She won the Fashion!Dallas/Kim Dawson Model Search in 1997 and acted in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 2012. She is one of the highest-paid models in the industry and has said she is inspired by “homeless people and their style.” Wasson has worked with famed photographer Nan Goldin, appeared on the covers of Esquire, Vogue, Elle, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar, been the face of Michael Kors and designed boots for Texas-based luxury boot brand Lucchese.
Kellie Stewart’s modeling career began when she won Miss Texas Teen in 2014. The Fort Worth native went on to model for hair, makeup and dress companies before ending up at GUESS. She’s appeared in InStyle and Cosmopolitan and has also appeared on Fifth Avenue in New York, buses in London, and billboards in Los Angeles. She’s also been dubbed “GUESS’s Next ‘It’ Model.”
A self-described “astral visionary” and “muse mama,” Roxy Pryor — aka Roxy Lynece — is certainly a multi-talented fashion figure. Signed to One Management Los Angeles, she’s been modeling for more than eight years, gracing everything from tropical-inspired swimsuits to cowboy hats — as well as participating (almost) in America’s Next Top Model, making it almost to the top 14. Originally from Chicago but now based in Dallas, she’s also a professional photographer with a stunning portfolio. Lynece’s self-portraits, especially, represent a provocative collision of model and photographer, two professions normally kept separate.