Cliché: Can you describe the vibe that you got after amassing more than 13 million followers on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter?
Lindsey Pelas: It’s been a whole lot of fun! There were a lot of times where I thought, “Okay, now what am I going to do with all of these eyes on me?” But now I’ve got a lot of focus and direction.
What was the transition like moving from Louisiana to Los Angeles to start your modeling career?
It was pretty surreal but felt right at the same time. I actually just moved here thinking that I would be a bartender for a while. I never imagined having the luck I’ve had.
You’ve modeled for Maxim, GQ, Playboy, and others. What was that experience like shooting for these publications? What was the most transformational moment during your modeling career?
It’s been cool getting the chance to appear in these publications. It feels normal shooting them, but when you hold the magazines in your hand it’s a really cool feeling. The most transformational moment during my career was very early. One day I picked up my phone and quit my bartending job and decided I was going to figure out how to make this a career. I’m glad I made that choice to be fearless now.
Over the years, you have talked about the adversity that you were faced with such as growing back pain and harsh criticism from many people on social media. How did you manage to overcome these challenges and still paved the way for a great life? Can you tell me about your biggest buzzkill moment?
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I’ve been prepared for the rude people and criticism for a long time. I’m an outspoken, free-thinking girl from the South with DDD boobs. People have been stressing about me for a long time. My biggest buzzkill was almost getting a Carl’s Jr. commercial. One of my good friends ended up getting the part though so it was actually a sweet silver lining and a lesson in patience and perseverance.
What’s the message that you hope your fans take away from your podcast, Eyes Up Here with Lindsey Pelas? Why did you feel it was critical and important to launch your own podcast?
I hope fans enjoy my guests and I hope they take away that there’s more than meets the eye with everyone’s story. We make judgments and decisions based on our assumptions about people and ideas and a lot of the time, we get it wrong. Everyone has a story, and everyone is human. I actually had a lot of requests for a podcast. My Twitter followers really wanted one and I thought it would be a great way to connect.
How would you say your social media outlets influenced your career?
Social media is 100 percent responsible for my career. No one would have invited me to model, but I started doing it on my own. I’m thankful for the mobility and opportunities social media has given me.
It’s worth mentioning that you have very good taste in fashion. What’s your personal style? How did you develop it?
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Thanks! I am actually so thankful to work with brands who help dress me and get me together. My personal style I don’t show that often. I’m a lot simpler than you’d probably think. A black turtleneck and jeans and some sneakers are my go-to everyday normal-wear.
What’s your advice to your fans looking to pursue the same path that you took to become a public figure and to gain popularity? How much importance do you put on being a role model for them?
My advice is to believe in yourself. Only you know what you’re capable of. I think we suppress a lot of our instincts and true desires in life but feeding into your dreams is the only way to be truly happy. If you are pursuing your dreams with excitement and passion, people will take notice. I hope to be a positive role model. My final objective in life is to make an impact in some way. My goals in life are setting me up in that direction.
At this point in your life, who was the person to help guide you to where you are now?
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Many random people helped guide me to get me where I am now. I’ve had a lot of casual influences end up helping me make majors decisions. For instance, former relationships, bosses and strangers. I get direction from all sorts of people. I’m always learning.
What do you do on your off days when you aren’t modeling or acting?
No one ever says this, but I love watching television. I also enjoy sitting on the sofa with my dog, Tosh, binge-watching, and eating Oreos… That’s the life.
Are there any big surprises that your fans should be on the lookout for on social media?
My 2019 Calendar!
What are your future plans?
I plan to do a lot more acting and modeling and slowly taking over the world. It’s going to be great.