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Forest Lake model falls short of 'Guess Girl,' turns to art

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Valeria Carpender almost made it to become the next Guess Girl, but coming up short hasn't deterred her from focusing on her painting.

That's the word from WCCO-TV, which spotlights Carpender after her run in Internet voting to be the face of the iconic brand of jeans, perhaps following following in the footsteps of Claudia Schiffer or Anna Nicole Smith.

The Star Tribune's Vita.mn tracked Carpender's journey last week.

A Forest Lake native, Carpender has been modeling on and off for five years collectively in between getting her fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Vita.mn reported. She splits her time between art and modeling, and is represented locally by Wehmann Models & Talent in addition to agencies in Chicago and Florida.

Alas, her chances at superstardom were dashed. After momentarily moving her way up into the top five, Vita.mn reports, the Forest Lake slipped back down below the top five mark by the time the contest ended.

But WCCO says she's turning her experience into her art. “I have always been an artist,” Carpender tells the station. “It is the thing that I find rewarding.”

Valerie Carpender’s work is here. Her pieces cost between $1,500 to $6,000, according to WCCO.

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