American model Ariel Meredith was born in 1986 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She began doing modelling part-time while still in high school at age 14, but she did not begin modelling full time until she completed high school. However, in 1998, she did win a large modelling competition in Dallas, Texas. At that time, she signed with Ford Models and Campbell Modelling Agency. She received 32 different call-backs, but only took up a few of them because she wanted to continue high school. She is currently represented by Elite Model Management of Paris and Milan and Ford Models of New York.
Work as a Teen
While continuing her studies, Meredith appeared in Teen Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen magazines. As she grew up, she began travelling a bit more to do modelling work. In 2002, she was featured on Fashionably Loud, a television show on MTV. By 2005, three years before graduating, she started doing modelling regularly. In 2007, she appeared in a YouTube video where she showed off one of her secret beauty tips—using a toothbrush to exfoliate her lips before she applied lip gloss. This video was mentioned in an edition of The New York Times.
On the Runway
After she graduated from high school in 2008, Meredith made her runway debut in September at the Vera Wang spring show in New York. That year, she also walked for Baby Phat, Milly, L’Wren Scott, Diesel, Brioni, Dolce & Gabbana, La Perla, Aquiano e Rimondi, Elie Saab, and Junya Watanabe. She was featured in shows for the 2008 New York Fashion Week as well. The next year, in 2009, she appeared on the runway for Diesel, C’N’C Costume National, and William Rast.
Meredith has appeared in a number of print ads, including being featured in Trace magazine in 2008 as a rising star. She also appeared in a story in the USA Today that followed her work during the New York Fashion Week. She modelled for the H&M catalogue, and in 2009, she became a face of Dolce & Gabbana. In February, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She has also been featured in print ads for J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, David’s Bridal, Target, Garnier Fructis, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, and Gap.
At one point, one of Meredith’s modelling agencies told her that she needed to have breast reduction surgery in order to continue with the agency. She refused, and shortly thereafter, the agency dropped her.