IMG Models has no shortage of babes on their roster, but they’ve tipped us off to one of their most recent discoveries, the down-to-earth Texan Hannah Ferguson. Remember this name!
Which Texan town do you call home?
San Angelo, which is a small town in the center of Texas on the map. There’s not much around. It’s farmland, oil fields, not many people have heard of it, but I’m proud to be from there. People in small towns and groups in the country can appreciate the little things in life. It’s a different outlook. I appreciate nature, animals, and being outside. I love the city, but I’m not a city girl.
Is it true you can feed chickens and herd goats?
[Laughs] I can! I’ve had chickens, turkeys, dogs, a horse, a duck, geese. We had a lot on our farm.
Cute. You were discovered in a modeling contest.
It was in Dallas after I graduated high school. I really wanted to try to get into modeling for a model search. I ended up winning and moved to Dallas by myself for six months. My agency then sent me to New York.
How closely did you follow the modeling industry growing up?
I lived a very sheltered life, so I didn’t really have Internet, Facebook, or Twitter. I didn’t follow many fashion magazines, with the exception of W and Vogue. I didn’t know anything about the industry. I knew who Gisele was—she was one of my favorites—and I loved the Victoria’s Secret models, like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. I also really liked Ana Beatriz Barros.
You didn’t have Internet?
Not really. We had a TV, which had a few channels with bunny ears. We weren’t into electronics or video games or computers. Sometimes we’d go to the library and get a book and use the computer if we needed to.
That’s very old-fashioned.
Exactly! My parents met in the Marine Corps. My mom was a drill instructor, and my dad trained to be a sniper. They both met on a shooting range. They are separated now, but my mom continues to be a stay-at-home mom. My dad is nearby, so we see him all the time. He makes handmade knives.
Was your mom very strict?
Both of my parents were. I can’t say that I made my bed every morning, but we definitely had a routine every morning where we’d get up and feed the animals, do chores. The boys were a little afraid to come around!
Did you ever consider going into the military?
The idea crossed my mind because my parents had done it, but it wasn’t something I wanted to do. I wondered what it would be like, but I had no interest.
You’ve been shot for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in a bikini. Are you comfortable in your own body?
When I’m in front of the camera, I let loose. I’m totally comfortable. Every girl has things about them that they want to improve or fix. I have to stay in shape as much as possible and have fun. My parents were strict, but they are super proud of me. They don’t see anything wrong with me being in front of the camera in a bathing suit. They are behind me 100 percent.
What drives you crazy about New York City?
The people aren’t very friendly. Where I grew up people were super friendly. They’d say good morning, but they weren’t creepers or weirdos. They might not be as polite or apologize if they smash into you, but I’ve gotten used to it.
GQ called you the “next big American bombshell!” No pressure there…
That was awesome! It’s a great feeling, to be honest. People read that magazine and are more likely to look out for you.
What photographers do you want to work with?
Definitely Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, and Patrick Demarchelier.
Who’s the hunky guy named Connor all over your Instagram page?
Con is my man! He’s my boyfriend. I met him in Miami during a Sports Illustrated event. It was quite a moment. I remember seeing him across the way and he took my breath away.
What are your goals in the industry?
I have a lot at the moment! The cover of Sports Illustrated is goal No. 1. Shooting for Victoria’s Secret would also be amazing. I’m trying to get my foot in the door there. It would be huge. Every girl wants to shoot for them. When you’re asked to walk in that show, you’ve made it. I’m crossing my fingers.