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Samantha Hoopes: Birthday girl, SI Swimsuit girl
Samantha Hoopes :: Photo by Walter Iooss Jr./SI | Swimsuit by Tori Praver Swimwear
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Samantha Hoopes | 23 (today!) | Doylestown, Pa.
People close to me say modeling's not forever and I agree with them, but I also think the time is now or never so I’d rather have now to look back on rather than never have done it. I've always lived in my house under my parents roof. Then when I moved to Hollywood last year, I felt so liberated and like a different person. I could wake up and choose what I wanted to do. For once in my life I'm following my heart instead of doing what people tell me to do.
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