Meet Hannah Ferguson, Gorgeous Model, Beachy Blonde, Tomboy Extraordinaire

Who has over 500,000 followers on Instagram, a sultry runway saunter, and cheekbones for days? This girl: Meet Hannah Ferguson, one of our Express One Eleven collection muses and a sweet, blue-eyed, charmer to boot. After we photographed Ferguson—along with Jordyn Woods, Dilone, and Coco Baudelle—in our latest collection of ‘90s-inspired, simply sexy, basics, we asked her to play a little game with us: Express the Moment in less than a minute. We designed the video series as a get-to-know-you, speed dating-style set of questions so that we (and you!) can get to know our favorite models in just under 60 seconds.

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We caught up with Ferguson afterwards to get her to explain some of her more intriguing responses—and to answer a few more on the fly. Below, she tells us what she means when she says she has a dirty mind and why not giving a f-ck is the only way to make it in the modeling world.

Express: So, let’s start off with a quick refresher. You’re a model and you live in New York…

Hannah: Yes! Actually, May will be six years that I’ve been here. So, I guess I’m an official New Yorker now.

Definitely. New Yorker by way of San Angelo, Texas.

Yes, I moved from my hometown to Dallas when I was a teenager. That’s where I first started learning the ropes of modeling. I got some tear sheets and test shoots going, and when I had a decent book to travel with they sent me to New York. I got an agency here and have been here ever since.

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When we asked you on the shoot how you express yourself, you said “by not giving a f-ck.” Sounds like something a New Yorker would say. Care to elaborate?

Too many people have too many opinions and something to say about other people—you know, being judgmental about this and that. At the end of the day, you have to stay strong mentally and be the best person you can be. You just have to be who you are.

How do you stay clear and stay strong?

You kind of learn to do it along the way. But I like keeping up with hobbies that I enjoy, getting out of the city, going back home to Texas, or heading to the Virgin Islands. I like to get back to my roots; It’s a great way to get away from all the stress and get back to square one.

I don’t do this a lot, but I also go to Hillsong Church. They just sing a lot of songs and it’s a cool group of people. I have a lot of pent-up emotions that sort of spill out whenever I’m in that kind of situation.

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You mentioned that if you weren’t a model, you’d be a real estate agent. How come?

Actually, at one point I wanted to be a pre-K teacher because I love little kids. But honestly, I think the most realistic career path for me is a real estate agent because you can do it for so long. I feel like someday I’ll get my real estate license. Not anytime soon, but I think it’s fun to have another project or job that you can do if you feel like it.

When did you realize you wanted to be a model?

I didn’t want to be a model until I was 15. When I was really young, I wanted to be a figure skater, but growing up in West Texas, that was hard. [laughs] Actually, it was impossible for me to take skate lessons, so I was like, OK, I’ll become a ballet dancer. I was 15 when I discovered the modeling world and then really had the desire to pursue it.

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Now, modeling is definitely my passion. I’m going to work my hardest and make a long career out of it. I’m hoping to be able to do it into my mid-to-late 30’s. I’d love to be able to still do it after I have kids, to continue to be relevant.

All right, back to the video questions. So, your mind is in the gutter, eh?

[Laughs] I kind of regret saying that. My friends always tell me that my mind is in the gutter! When you first meet me I’m chill and I observe other people and their personality before I tend to open up to them. So, for most people it kind of shocks them when I crack a joke or start dancing. They don’t expect that to come out of me. I used to be more reserved, but I’ve come out of my shell a lot.

But also, something people don’t know is that I’m a tomboy. I love to fish, I love to be outdoors. I feel like given my career and what I do, it’s like playing dress up and getting your makeup done all the time. I like to just put on a pair of boots or tennis shoes and be outside and active.

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Last question:  What does the future look like for you?

Well, I’d like to see where life takes me. One day, I’ll have kids and I think it would be ideal to have a place in the tristate area as well as somewhere warm because I love being by the ocean. It just really rejuvenates me. It makes me feel like a whole new person.