Palm City just wasn't big enough for Alex Agro.
So when the family moved to Boca Raton two years ago, she took full advantage of her expanded opportunities.
"From when I was a very little girl my entire dream was to live in New York City," Agro says in a telephone interview from her New York apartment. "I knew I was not made for these small towns. I was taking college classes while in high school. I love where I grew up, but I knew that I was ready for more than a small city could give me."
Now the model is a contestant on Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model" when cycle 20 - the first to add male models to the mix - premieres Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m. on SFL-TV, The CW.
"I was born in Fort Lauderdale, but grew up in Palm City," she explains. "Now my family lives in Boca. And I'm going to Florida Atlantic University. I go to the school of business, majoring in marketing. I'm almost done actually. I'm back and forth from New York to Miami to Boca. My boyfriend lives in New York so it's a very complicated situation. I'm everywhere. I'm all over the map."
Here's a little more about the Martin County High School graduate.
Her audition: "I came up here [Manhattan] for the audition...and the day before I got in a huge car accident. I landed at the airport, get a cab and the cab is rear-ended. The cab got into an accident. So I was in the hospital the entire night before the audition. I got home at four in the morning and the audition was at six and I could hardly walk. I didn't care. I was going."
Working and living with male models: "This is crazy, but I have a boyfriend. I have this incredible relationship. I am very happy. I was very conflicted about leaving and going to live with these groups of guys. It was a very interesting situation but at the same time I was so lucky because he trusts me. It was crazy. It was insane. But I like guys more than girls. There's less drama with guys and guys are more fun to hang out with. I mean I'd go mudding and things like that. Girls are a little prissy and a lot more catty. The guys are more chill and just hang out and there's not a lot of drama."
Shopping in South Florida: "I love Town Center Mall, but personally I don't like spending a lot of money. I like Forever 21 or small places in Town Center Mall. I love fashion but I can make such cute outfits on a budget."
What she does to relax: "My down time is just hanging out with my mom [Carol]. She is the most incredible person ever. She keeps me sane. Or I'm just talking with friends, watching TV and laying in bed because I never get a moment to myself. Ever. I'm usually walking on the beach with my mom or taking walks with my mom. She's my world. She's my best friend."
Favorite "Top Model" judge: "Why Tyra Banks of course. I've watched 'Top Model' since I was very young. Meeting Tyra was....well, I'm not starstruck usually - living back and forth in New York City you always see famous people - but I swear to you when I saw Tyra Banks I almost had a heart attack. She built this empire. You're not a model forever. You're a model for a very short time. Who wouldn't want to take advice from her? She's incredible."
Advice for model wannabees: "I'd say, 'go for it.' It's the most incredible experience ever and you'll have the time of your life. Don't be nervous. I didn't know what to expect so I was a little nervous. Beware of the drama and the people you meet along the way. Some of these girls are insane."
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