Amanda Murphy: Model/Radiology Technician

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The top newcomer sat down for a chat with Fashionista. Here are our highlights:

At 26 years old, the Orland Park, Illinois native isn’t fazed by her recent ascent to industry fame. “Everything happens for a reason, so it’s just my turn,” she explains. Besides, Murphy is an accomplished “slashie”–not a model-slash-actress or a model-slash-musician, but a model-slash-radiology-technician. “I had work here [in Manhattan] on Friday, and Friday night, I flew home to work at the clinic on Saturday, and then Saturday after the clinic, I had to run to the airport to work here Sunday,” she says. “That’s the first and only time I’ve had a conflict. You have to spend money to make money and I’m at a growing point, so I’m okay with doing it.”

Fashionista: I noticed that there’s a gap between your signing with IMG and right now, when your career is really picking up.

Amanda: In 2009, I had incredibly short hair. It was a totally different look and I did well, but I wasn’t at where I am right now, of course. At the time, I was taking college courses online for radiology tech. I did [modeling and studying] at the same time until I couldn’t anymore because I had to do two years of in-hospital work. I knew I had to take a break from modeling to do it, which was a hard decision to make.