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Meet Victoria Fanning

Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Fanning.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Let’s just get right into it! I was born in Denver but raised in Aurora. I left when I went to college up in Fort Collins and stayed primarily up north while I attended Colorado State University. Got my degree in Sociology. Growing up was straightforward. I went to high school, graduated, and left for college. You know.. the typical norm. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated but in 2019, I’ll say, that’s when I started getting more into my creative bag.

Modeling was always a thought but I never knew where I’d begin. My homie Jevon allowed me to start modeling for his brand False Ego and it was sort of up from there! In 2020, I moved back down to Denver with my mom. The pandemic had me very isolated up in Fort Collins, so I quit my job, moved back home, and started getting out and about around Denver. I never really got to be in Denver much as a kid so I took this as my opportunity to get exposed to the city and place I’ve come to adore so much.

I had no idea what I was doing, and no prior experience in modeling but I was enjoying it! I began to network more. Meeting more photographers and creatives around Denver. Started getting more comfortable in front of the camera! Even though I still get nervous about shoots to this day. In 2020, I landed a collab with Puma x Helly Hansen, and that honestly changed a lot for me. Shoutout to Ashley over at Fresh Tape Media!

It started showing me that I had way more potential than I thought possible. I was like “wow, people are out here looking for me, liking my look, and want me to collab with them.” I would have fun creative shoots with friends. I even purchased a tripod and started taking my photos. Truly unsure of how seriously I wanted to take this direction of my life but I’d be having so much fun with it.

In 2015, I started my YouTube journey super randomly. I would make videos here and there. Just wanting to build an online presence. That’s something I enjoyed. Documenting my life, whether that be in photos, videos, etc. I was traveling a lot after 2018, so I began documenting moments in my life and putting videos together to commemorate those moments. I recently hid old videos on YouTube for a fresh start. I am just at such a different point in my life and I told myself in 2022 that 2023 would be the time I start putting myself and my creativity first.

I took a hiatus in 2021. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself. I wasn’t taking photos as much or uploading them. I wasn’t being creative anymore. After a few months into 2022, I took a break from things I was once a prisoner to and that opened my eyes and my heart again. I started falling back in love with myself and the things I enjoyed doing. I recently got back on my YouTube channel and even had a couple of photoshoots before the end of 2022 and even landed a huge video campaign to wrap up the year.

It’s crazy because I never really thought of myself as a creative but as I’ve grown older I’ve realized that creatives come in many different facets. I am here creating my art, my lane, and in my way. I am showcasing myself in my most authentic way and for that, makes me just as creative as what you may deem the typical “creative” or “artist”. We’re all creatives in some way and I love that.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth journey. I wasn’t always the most confident person. I had my perceptions of what the standard of beauty was or sometimes felt like I didn’t fit a particular mold. I was not immediately comfortable taking photos or posing in front of a camera, so that took some getting used to. I just wasn’t used to seeing myself in that way.

As I grew older, I started becoming more comfortable in my skin and began to love the woman I was becoming. Now I feel more compelled than ever, at 26 years old, to go after the things I want regardless of what others may think. If it makes me happy, I am going to do it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What pays my bills right now is my 9-5. Although retail sales are not my passion, it pays the bills, and I am heavily working toward building my online presence and investing more into my creative side so I can make that my primary focus. I’ve just been learning that if I am putting so much time into my job, I need to be putting that much time, if not, more back into myself and what I’m passionate about.

I think most people know me for modeling gigs I’ve done. I wouldn’t say I specialize in anything but I enjoy creating content. I’m most proud of that and super excited to continue growing and creating content this year. 2023 just feels different already and energy has been high and it’s only January. I want to learn new things and explore different sides of myself, my passions, and all of that this year. I don’t want to feel confined or put myself in a box. I think what sets me apart is my ability to take constructive criticism, pick myself back up, and keep going!

What was you like growing up?
I was a shy girl growing up. The quieter one of my friend group. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been becoming more of the person I feel like I should’ve been a long time ago. Still reserved at times but more upfront about the things I want in life. Outspoken when I want/need to be. Growing up I feel like I didn’t have the opportunity to explore creative outlets much.

I was heavily involved in athletics and didn’t plan to take up a life revolving around being an athlete. I did take some jewelry and art classes growing up. I think I’ve always had an underlying passion for art but never had the influence of creatives in my home or around me to really take my passions to the next level or to even explore those types of hobbies throughout my life.

I’m forever grateful that I did go to college because it exposed me to several things that I never thought I would do or be interested in. College allowed me to discover my passion for travel, meeting others, and networking. College was a stepping stool for me and I will never regret taking that route to be where I am today.

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@guhtie, @itsjchat, @joshpshanks, @dmoreawalker, @adamdooley_, and @tslcollection

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