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Abby ChampionAbby Champion, born on February 28th, 1997, in Birmingham, Alabama, in the U.S.A. The daughter of doctor Gregory L. Champion - a Gastroenterologist, and mother Laura Napper Champion - an Engineer.

She grew up along with her siblings Joshua Brock Champion, an older brother who worked at Apex Pro Digital Driving Company.

A two year older sister Sarah Baskin Champion who’s also a model, and Luke Martin Champion who is two years younger than her. Her sister, Baskin is a Miss Teen Alabama 2014.

Not long ago, they were students, one a Vestavia Hills High School cheerleader yelling for her team , and the other a fashion design major at Auburn University.

They worried over exams and went to parties and whatever other prospects their fortunes might hold.

All their friends friends chose colleges, the majors to study and had high school sweethearts.

But sisters Baskin and Abby Champion - chose a different road. And in the end it was a fortunate decision.

Now both are on the runways and traveling to all of the fashion capitals. Alabama is not all that away, but to them it often seems like a lifetime ago.

Abby Champion"If you had told me one year ago that I would be where I am now, I would have just laughed,'' said Baskin, 20. "I have already reached so many of my goals, such as moving to New York and Los Angeles, and modeling for bigger companies such as Hollister and Frankies Bikinis."

Her sister Baskin said she always knew she wanted to pursue modeling, but it didn't become a reality until four years ago when she met Britni McMillan, Mrs. Alabama 2008.

Baskin got her first modeling job in Birmingham's Fashion Week at Gus Mayer in March 2012. From there, she was offered a fashion spread in Birmingham Magazine and began modeling for Soca Clothing in Homewood, and also posed for Alabama Weddings magazine, Lake Martin Living and Southern Views Magazine in Georgia.

Though she'd never been in a pageant, those who met Baskin along the way encouraged her to take part in the Miss Alabama Teen pageant.

"I had never even been to a pageant so my mom and I decided to drive to Montgomery and watch one,'' she said. "At the end of it, I thought, 'I could do this.'" The following year, with the help of McMillan, Baskin competed.

"It was nerve wracking but fun,'' she said. "I went into it as a good way to make new friends, learn to speak in front of a large crowd and gain self-confidence."

But she placed fourth, won Miss Photogenic, and was chosen as Miss Congeniality. "I could not believe it,'' she said. "Little did I know that by competing again, it would open more doors to pursue my modeling career."

Abby ChampionAfter graduating from Vestavia Hills, Baskin went on to Auburn University, where she studied fashion design. She decided to compete again in Miss Alabama Teen. This time she won and went on to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas, where she won Miss Photogenic, again.

By that time, Abby, who had turned 19, had also started to dabble in modeling. "When my family and I traveled to the Bahamas to watch Baskin compete in the Miss Teen pageant, a man named Ramiro came up and asked me if I was a model."

"I said, 'no,' and he said, 'you would be a beautiful model,''' she said. He asked to meet with Abby and her parents the following morning. "I was hesitant, but I thought, why not?"

The family met with him for breakfast the following morning, and he asked if he could set up a meeting with Next, a model management company with offices all over the world. About the same time, both Abby and Baskin were asked by Show Me Your Mumu, an international bohemian-chic clothing line, to fly to Los Angeles for a photo shoot.

While there, Abby met with Next representatives, took a few photos and walked out with a modeling contract in hand. Abby's first Next assignment was for Scunci, one of the most well-known hair accessory brands.

"My mom and I flew to Miami for the shoot, which was fun,'' Abby said. "I was also able to fly to LA on my 18th birthday to do a billboard shoot for Mumu. It was kind of surreal to see myself on that big billboard."

Abby ChampionAfter Baskin's sophomore year at Auburn, she moved to Los Angeles to do an internship with Mumu, and that is when she decided to take time off from college to pursue modeling full time.

She said it wasn't a difficult decision for her. "I knew I would miss my friends and family, but I also knew I could not pass up this opportunity.

Most female models work during the ages of 16 to 24, so I knew I had to go for it if I wanted my dream to become a reality."

Baskin moved to New York to work with Wilhelmina Models New York, and then to Miami to work with Wilhelmina Miami. Abby had joined Baskin in Miami, but after her May 2015 graduation from Vestavia Hills High School, she moved to Los Angeles.

"Abby and I had a great set up on South Beach, and I got to travel to South America and work in Colombia and Ecuador.'' she said.

"As great as Miami and New York were, I loved Los Angeles - my friends out there and knew that is where I now wanted to live." She headed back to Los Angeles, and signed with Next as well.

Abby said as she neared high school graduation, she was confused about what she wanted to do with her life.

"From the time I was a little girl going to Alabama and Auburn football games, I believed I would attend one of those schools after graduation."

Abby Champion"I was faced with a different choice. It was hard hearing all of my friends talk about going to different colleges, so I struggled realizing I was going to be miss out on all the fun and experiences of being in college."

She said she spent the summer doing test photo sessions and getting to know photographers. She has already done jobs for Karen Kane, American Eagle, JD Sports, Tori Praver swimwear, Otto, Guess and others.

She, like Baskin, has gone on location in exotic places like Peru, Thailand, Germany, Mexico and a private island in the Bahamas. "It is super fun to go to new places and to be so well taken care of while there.''

"I love getting to work with so many cool and talented people, including the other models, the makeup artists, the fashion design folks, the photographers and others."

Travel is nothing new to the Champion sisters. Baskin visited Africa twice with her father, who is a doctor, on medical mission trips. Her travels in Africa also took her to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

Champion climbed the mountain with her father and the youth ministry organization YoungLife. "My parents raised me to love traveling and explore new places, so I have never really gotten homesick,'' she says.

"However, there have been times when I have been physically sick and at those times, I do wish I was at home so my parents could take care of me."

Abby ChampionAbby agreed. "When I first moved to LA, I was homesick almost daily for several months,'' she said. "All I wanted to was to give up and go home, but luckily my mom would not let me quit and go home.

"I am a people person and need to have friends around me and moving it took me a while to make friends,'' Abby said. "Now I have many friends and rarely get homesick. LA now feels like home."

Both girls stay in touch with their Alabama friends, mostly through Facetime and Snapchat. "Although I keep in touch almost every day with many of them and love them dearly, my life is very different from theirs,'' Abby said.

"Sometimes it is hard for me to hear them talk about what they are doing at Bama or Auburn because I start longing and dreaming of being together again at school. I can't go to every party and do all that they do. Many times I am in bed by 8 p.m. because I need to be up at 5 a.m."

Both say there is no average day. Sometimes they are out of town for days or weeks on a campaign, and when they are in town they are working or going to castings.

"Unless I am traveling, I usually get my work schedule about 7 p.m. the night before, so trying to plan anything is rather difficult,'' Baskin said.

It's not all glitz and glam, however. "There are many shoots that I get very excited about and look forward to but, in the end, it is work and not all play,'' Abby said. "The days for shooting can be very long and difficult."

Abby ChampionThe sisters live together and now that they both work for the same agency, they are looking forward to booking more jobs together. They insist there is no competition between the two.

"We have a blast together,'' Baskin said. "We support each other wholeheartedly, and are happy for the opportunities the other has. It is fun to get to live and work with my best friend and sister."

Their goals for the future are simple. Work, and work some more. The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, of course, is among their goals. "It seems that all of the girls in high school are watching this show and dreaming of being an angel for them,'' Abby said.

"For a model, this can be the pinnacle of success. Many models work as hard as possible hoping to be selected for an audition."

Their careers have caught both parents off guard. "We never dreamed they would be models and have their pictures posted on billboards in California to Times Square and overseas,'' Laura Champion said.

"Greg and I have never been too fashion-conscious and have never been highly interested in the happenings of Hollywood. Having our girls transplanted from Birmingham to Los Angeles was never part of our plan for them. "

Abby and her older sister Baskin came to limelight after the sisters were represented by Aeropostale. On her 18th birthday, Abby did a billboard shoot for Show Me Your Mumu - an international bohemian chic clothing line.

Abby ChampionHer last name is of Anglo-French origin and she has an English, French, German ascent. Abby attended Vestavia Hills City School and graduated in May 2015 where she also was a competitive cheerleader.

She lives in Los Angles, California, while frequently visiting New York City for assignments, but she also has a house in Miami, Florida.

Her height of 5 ft 11 inches or 180 cm and weighing 54 kg or 119 lbs makes her stand out in a crowd - especially with her deep blue eyes.

The 22 year old model was discovered by a talent scout at the age of 17 in the Bahamas where Abby had gone with her family to watch her sister compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

She is an actress who is known for Meet Me at the Jane: The Holiday 2019 (2019), Extra with Billy Bush (1994) and Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 (2020). 5' 11" (1.8 m)

When she first moved to Los Angeles, Abby felt homesick for several months, and even wanted to return to her home, abandoning the journey to become a model and actress. However, her mother encouraged her to push through all the hectic discomfort and circumstances.

Abby Champion is represented by Next Model Management – Los Angeles, California and Miami Beach, Florida. She is also represented by their agency offices in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. In Stockholm. Sweden she signed with MIKAs - Stockholm.

She has done catalog or e-commerce work for Victoria's Secret but has not walked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and has done an assignment with Vogue Magazine.

Above all, she’s appeared in an episode of Extra in 2016, which is an entertainment news update program hosted by Mario Lopez and Renee Bargh.

Abby ChampionAbby is currently in a dating relationship with boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Patrick is the oldest son of the veteran bodybuilder, actor as well as the former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Together, the duo even has appeared in the commercial campaign by Calvin Klein. Recently, the couple appeared in the Fall 2019 Calvin Klein Jeans campaign 'Get Between Me and #MyCalvins.'

Their date nights are staying in and ordering food and watching a movie. When they go out, they go listen to music or go bowling.

They go get ice cream and walk the dog. They work out together and go on hikes."

"They have the same values and outlook on life. They are in similar place in their careers. They understand the demands of acting and modeling.

They are in the same boat so one of them isn't dependent on the other." Both Patrick and Abby also agree that family is of the utmost importance. Abby is good friends with Patrick's sisters.

In fact, she scored an invite to Katherine Schwarzenegger's wedding to Chris Pratt. As for Abby's sister Baskin Champion, she also hangs out with the crew for family dinners and other events.

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