Who Is Victoria Henley? 5 Things to Know About ANTM Cycle 19’s Kookiest Model
You know Victoria Henleyis “different.” You know she’s of Jewish and Native American heritage, and joked that you’re racist if you find her face boring. You know she really loves her mom. Like, really. And you know her quirks are stealing the show on America's Next Top ModelCycle 19. What else do you know about her? Here are five smize-worthy factoids about Queen Vic.
1. She’s a small-town girl, livin’ in a lonely world Right on the Cycle 19 premiere, Victoria announced she doesn’t have many friends. The 18-year-old, 5'9 ½" model has been home schooled since age 9. She lives in a small town, Colquitt, GA, which reportedly has a population under 2,000. This is a college cycle, but Victoria goes to school online at Liberty University, so she mostly just hangs out with her BFF — her mom. As she told ULife, she’s an English major in her freshman year. “I previously took my first English 101 course with Liberty Online at the age of 16, and it was very beneficial for me to develop a further passion and understanding of conveying messages through written word." Can you just hear her clipped voice saying that? She’s so precise. She also says stuff like this: “I hold a very individualistic conglomeration of viewpoints and opinions, and my fashion sense is very unique and definitely not monochromatic…much like my personality.” Too true.
2. She’s been modeling since she was a baby Victoria told ULife it’s been obvious since she was a baby that she liked to be in front of the camera — and she was actually a baby model for Wal-Mart. At age 8, she decided to enroll in modeling lessons with her cousin, who was then a model with the Ford Agency. From there, she said, she’s been in “countless fashion shows, events, short films, and theatre productions” and was eventually approached in a Chinese restaurant at age 14 to model for a gown company. She said she became their youngest model.
3. You may have already seen her on TV According to FOX10TV, Victoria has modeled for Saks Fifth Avenue, Nicole Miller and Frederick's of Hollywood (!) and has been featured as a Milan runway model on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. She’s also reportedly been in various infomercials and commercials for McDonalds, Avisod, Dodge, and Jeep. According to FOX’s story, she also played Olivia in the Shakespearean-esque drama, As I Am, “which was directed by a Sundance and Cannes award winning film director and received an exclusive screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.” So there you go!
4. She also acts, sings and does comedy Since Victoria’s been modeling forever, and loves to be in front of the camera, you can bet there are several videos of her out there. Watch this 5 minute video of her doing a “cold read for the role of Alec in a TV series” — including a funky little dance in the end. In the comments of the video, she wrote, "Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed it :) I actually meant to upload a video of me singing ‘Rehab’ by Amy Winehouse, but I ended up putting this one on here by here by mistake. Oh well, it's here now...haha!" Here's the actual video of her singing "Rehab." She's pretty good, even though the video is shot sideways, for some reason. (Oh, Victoria!) She also does comedy. Watch her improv routine as the sheriff of Colquitt. If she wants to keep going after ANTM, she could probably try out for American Idol or America’s Got Talent or something. Her personality is just kooky enough to stand out on any reality TV show.
5. She always planned to go on ANTM — and does "pretty well" on Cycle 19 Victoria told ULife she always planned to audition for America’s Next Top Model once she turned the minimum age, 18. “Competing on the show was something I believe I was destined to do, and I genuinely hope that this show will lead to further opportunities for me in both the modeling and acting industries.” She recently walked the runway in this year's Mobile Fashion Week in Alabama and told their local FOX10 news that Cycle 19 is a lot more fashion-centric than past seasons. She said it was a lot like you seen on TV, but there’s also a lot more that goes into the show behind-the-scenes than she ever expected. And how does she do on the show? Will we see her win? “You might,” Victoria teased. “You never know. I can’t give any details but I did pretty well, so....”
Catch the next episode of America's Next Top Model Cycle 19: College Edition on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.