The first time I laid eyes on Allie Crandell (pictured), she was fresh-faced (no makeup) with her long brown hair floating in the San Francisco breeze.
I was covering San Francisco Fashion Week in August 2005. Allie was one of the models that local designer Richard Hallmarq had hand-picked for his first foray in the show. He was a hit, and so was she.
Fast forward to 2008, and Allie, 20, a Sacramento native and daughter of Fox40 sportscaster Jim Crandell and his wife, Patti, is now an international model to be reckoned with.
Jim, who was profiled by my colleague and fellow 21Q blogger Sam McManis in today's Scene, reports his daughter is currently working in South Africa.
"My daughter has a much more interesting life than I do," Crandell quips. "In the last year or two, she's lived in L.A., New York, Milan and Tokyo. She's been to Brazil and Morocco.
"But Sacramento is still her mailing address."
Allie is represented in Los Angeles by the Wilhelmina agency and by Marilyn Models Inc. in New York. (She was "discovered" after sending her pics to Wilhelmina.)
And last July, Allie was Model.com's pick for hot new face of the moment. So don't be surprised if you pick up a copy of Vogue or Harper's Bazaar and see our local girl on the cover. I'd rather see her than Lindsay Lohan starring back at me.