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Christen Harper


Southern California native Christen Harper decided to pursue a career in modeling at the age of 20 to help pay her way through college. She was no stranger to the backlash and criticism young models often face when starting out, and agents and clients told her she had to lose weight. Instead of shrinking herself down to fit into the standard sizing, Harper stayed true to herself and continues to amplify the idea of body positivity and self-love on her platforms. The co-winner of the 2021 Swim Search, she was named co–Rookie of the Year (with Katie Austin) following her ’22 issue appearance.

Harper is passionate about being involved in her community–mentoring and building confidence in girls and young women. She works with the Girls Inc, Step Up and DLA in both Los Angeles and Detroit, where she lives half the year with her fiancé and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff.

The swimwear designer is also an advocate for ethical living, environmental conservation and sustainability. Harper recently co founded the online lifestyle platform, Planted.

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