How this aspiring model went from a cleaner to a Sports Illustrated cover girl finalist

Jessica Ankomah
<i>(Image via Instagram/@tabriamajors)</i>
(Image via Instagram/@tabriamajors)

In 2014, Tabria Majors moved to L.A. as an aspiring model. The Nashville native left home after she was poached by a talent agency on Instagram.

But it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for the brunette beauty, who left her 9-5 production assistant role to pursue her new career. Strapped for cash, Majors took up cleaning as a side gig to support her auditions and beauty upkeep.

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“Modeling is an expensive career when you first start — you have to invest in yourself and pay for photo shoots and maintain your appearance,” Majors told the New York Post.

“When I told people at modeling jobs [that I was moonlighting as a cleaner], they looked at me with disgust.”

That much has changed. Major is now one of six finalists to progress through Sports Illustrated‘s first-ever open casting call. The famed magazine saw more than 5,000 women, of all shapes and sizes, audition to become the next swimsuit covergirl.

Waiting on this eclipse like @si_swimsuit #SISwimSearch

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In addition to her recent success, the up-and-comer co-hosts the popular podcast “The Thick,” where she discusses her experience as a plus-size Black woman.

Majors says her stint as a cleaner “taught me a lot — I can handle a lot more than [other] people can. I’ll do whatever I need to do to get where I wanna be.”

More power to you, sis!

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