Madison Hilton has walked runways in New York, Los Angeles and overseas in her young career — and she will soon be featured on a billboard in Times Square.
The McAlester High School junior recently traveled to New York for a photo shoot with other models — including an actress from the hit TV series “Game of Thrones” — to appear on a billboard in Times Square.
“I want to keep pursuing this and get in some bigger magazines and keep having fun,” Madison said before the trip.
Madison will appear on the billboard modeling a House Of Barretti couture line of clothing.
The McAlester student started modeling when she was 13 years old before getting some work a year later in France in a show for fashion designer Nancy Vu.
One of her favorite moments from the show was walking the red carpet with George Clooney, but the experience led to companies showing interest in Madison and offering her modeling work in print and on the runway.
“She really got noticed for that and along came New York Fashion Week, LA…” said her mom, Angie Hilton.
“So many times,” Madison added of the Los Angeles shows with a laugh.
Angie is originally from Minneapolis and her husband, Emory, is from South Dakota and is a podiatrist at McAlester Regional Health Center. She said the couple strives to teach their children to experience the world and follow their dreams.
Madison said she became interested in modeling because of her unique fashion style — she likes to dress colorful with unique patterns in some of her favorite brands like Gucci, Janelle Funari and more.
After she continued an interest in fashion, Madison said her mom gave her the courage to try modeling and her career took off from there.
Pictures of Madison have appeared in more than 200 magazines that the family members said they keep at their home. Supermodel Kendall Jenner also shared on her Instagram account a picture of Madison featured in Vogue magazine. The post meant a lot to Madison because she models her career off Jenner, while she models her personal life after her mom.
But Madison said she doesn’t like posting about her work on social media because she wants to stay humble.
“She’s been that way ever since she was a kid,” Angie said. “She’s always kind of marched to the beat of her own drum too.”
Madison said she also worked professionally as a makeup artist after filling in to help during a fashion show in Los Angeles.
She said models for top brands at the show were concerned when there weren’t enough makeup artists, so Madison jumped at the chance to do makeup.
“I was like ‘I can do this,’” Madison said with a smile.
Angie said she’s proud of her daughter for continuing to try new things.
Madison said before the trip that she enjoys seeing new places and meeting up with friends from the industry, but she also is considering a medical career.
“My parents coach me to do what you love and continue to do it,” Madison said.
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