We got organized with ANTM competitor and Buffalo native Ivy Timlin

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As a part of the content team, I spend a significant amount of time interviewing and blogging for our clients. I constantly have the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their industry, but I can’t say I’ve ever spoken with a competitor on a national reality television series led by the Tyra Banks.

Until now, that is.

In a recent project for client Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, I got to speak with Ivy Timlin – a 20-year-old, top-14 competitor on Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model, who just so happens to be from Buffalo.

Not only did I get to speak with Ivy on what kinds of organization tips she lives by, but I had the opportunity to ask her about her ANTM journey and what’s next for the young and ambitious model.

Get Stor-ganized with Ivy Timlin

In our Get-Storganized blog, we focus on tips and tricks for getting your life organized. This week, our blog post focused on closet organization. In a post titled, “3 Simple Steps to your Closet Makeover,” we reached out to style experts and fashion influencers to compile our list of tips and advice. Since I attended St. Bonaventure with two of her sisters, I decided to go out on a limb and contact Ivy – hoping she would have some words of wisdom (and time in her crazy schedule) for me.

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On top of responding in a timely manner, Ivy had tons of insights to share with me. Most importantly, she was one of the most down-to-earth, humble individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Ivy shared tips for common issues, closet organization tips and how to pack efficiently. For the Uncle Bob’s post, we stuck to shoe-specific advice from the model:

“I’m traveling constantly and have over a hundred pairs,” she said. “If I ever tried storing all of my shoes within my closet space, I’d be in trouble. I find it best to store my super high-heeled (less worn) pairs under my bed, and separate my daytime pairs from my night-out pairs. On the road, I bring an over-the-door organizer so I can easily see my options. They pack easy, and my closet floor is always clean.”

The model also told me that her biggest issue with her closet is that every week she thinks she has all of her clothes and accessories organized — when in reality, one rushed morning or night out can completely ruin weeks of hard work.

Life as an ANTM Competitor

Ivy never imagined herself on ANTM, but when a casting agent saw her photos online and contacted her, she couldn’t resist the audition process. After making it to the top 14, Ivy may have been eliminated — but the young model is taking on the fashion world by storm.

After we spoke on the blog for Uncle Bob’s, she shared her high points, low points and future plans for after the show.

When did you begin taking interest in fashion and modeling? Did you always know you wanted to end up here?

I became interested in modeling when I was in high school. I took a trip to Canada with my parents to talk to some agencies when I was a freshman and after that I was fashion and model-obsessed! My passion for modeling was strong that I knew I had to pursue it.

Talk to me about your journey on ANTM. What was your biggest lesson learned? How did that help shape your future?

When I was first contacted about ANTM, I was unsure if I really wanted to be a part of it. I had modeled before, but I was a little skeptical about the whole reality TV aspect of it. Sure enough, the next month I was already in LA competing to be a finalist on the show.

“ANTM really helped me not take life so serious, which is the thing I most thankful for. The fashion and entertainment business is very tough, but ANTM allowed me to realize how lucky I was to be doing something I love every day.”

What was the toughest part of being on the show?

The toughest part about the show was that we had no privacy or down time. As a model, we are not allowed to watch TV, listen to the radio, or use a phone. Also, we had to wear microphones all the time and everything we said or did was recorded. I expected to not have any privacy, but I was surprised by how difficult it was to actually adapt to the reality TV lifestyle.

What’s next for you?

Well, next week I am moving to NYC and I might end up in Mexico City by the end of the month. I plan on continuing my modeling career and work towards starting an acting career as well.

Thank you so much for your time Ivy, we appreciate it! To view some of her awesome work, visit her portfolio on her new blog.

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