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Rookies who rocked 2014: Samantha Hoopes

LET'S CAP OFF our first full week back in the swing of things with small-town girl turned LA-based jaw dropper, 2014 rookie Samantha Hoopes

Samantha had been going full-throttle with her modeling career for barely three months when we invited her to join us in St. Lucia for a modest little body painting shoot with Walter Iooss. By that point Sam had already been plucked out of obscurity by GUESS founder Paul Marciano, so suffice it to say the 23-year old barely had a moment to breathe before skyrocketing from "just another pretty face" to bombshell status. 

Speaking of that pretty face...

Here's 2014 in Samantha's words:

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Holy sh*t moment: When I landed my spot on my first TV show, Guy Code. I couldn't believe people actually thought I was funny, or that they saw television potential in me!

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Biggest lesson learned: 

Favorite red carpet look: The Michael Costello black mini dress I wore to the Maxim Top 100 party (left)

Favorite shoot: A bikini shoot in Hawaii. It was amazing because the location was gorgeous and although I was working, I felt like I was on vacation. :) 

Best thing I ate: Truffle fries and bacon guac

Best movie I saw: Bridesmaids

Best book I read: The Alchemist

Favorite new musical artist: Flume

Place I visited: St. Barts

Something I crossed off my bucket list: Flying in a tiny commuter jet from St. Maarten to St. Barts — scary sh*t!

My New Year's resolution: To not put things off, but rather take care of them right away. Why wait to start something when you can do it today?

Here's what we loved from Samantha Hoopes' breakout year:

She blessed us with a very leggy Launch Week...

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...meanwhile Samantha's ever-popular Instagramfeed (the year saw her followers go from in the hundreds to in the hundreds of thousands) was all about her other assets.

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