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Valerie van der Graaf is your Rookie No. 9

Over the next two weeks SwimDaily will be releasing the identities of the record-high 12 rookies picked to carry the Swimsuit franchise into its next 50 years. Check back every day at 2 p.m. ET for a new reveal!

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Another Rookie birthday! Meet Valerie van der Graaf

Valerie van der Graaf :: Photo by Raphael Mazzucco/SI | Swimsuit by Ola Vida

Valerie van der Graaf :: Raphael Mazzucco/SI
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Valerie van der Graaf | 22 (just now!) | Rotterdam, Netherlands

I was discovered on Hyves which is a social network site just like Facebook, but only in Holland. There are agencies that go online more and more because not everyone is outside walking around the city. I got a private message, showed it to my mom and we called the agency back. I went for a test shoot and that was that, I was signed. At my first shoot I was 15 and quite scared. I went there with my mom. I found it all quite funny. I was giggling. It was all very strange. I didn’t know how to pose in front of the camera. They kept asking me to look angry, less sweet.

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