At just age 17, Apryl Mueller has a promising modeling career that has her jet-setting to photo shoots throughout the U.S. and abroad. Yet, despite the allure, the Roeper student manages to keep her head focused on her studies.
"All my teachers are very supportive of me and I'm glad I go to a place like Roeper," she said. Mueller traveled to Japan this September for a modeling job and had to miss a month of classes. "I keep up online and they help me pick up when I get back."
At 14-years-old, the Birmingham resident was discovered by an agent at the Somerset Collection in Troy and landed her first job with Styleline, a Detroit fashion magazine.
"It was a one-picture beauty make-up shoot," Mueller said. "I thought 'Oh my gosh! I'm finally going to have my face in a magazine.'"
Since that time, Mueller has modeled in ad campaigns for Figo Salon in Birmingham, walked runway shows for Rochester designer Cynthia Lamaide, and has been photographed in several magazines out of New York, Detroit and Japan.
"My favorite place to go is Japan," Mueller said. "I've always wanted to go there and I'm planning to go back. I really liked the culture." As a minor, Mueller's mother accompanies her on modeling jobs.
"My mom has always been very supportive of me," she said. "She just wants me to be careful and avoid anything shady. But I feel like I've been raised well enough to know who to trust." Mueller acknowledges the adversity that causes some models to struggle with a healthy body image.
"There is some truth to it, but to be a model, you have to be comfortable with who you are," she said. "Clients look for people who are confident and happy and, if you're not, you're hurting yourself more than anything else." Modeling has proven to be a superlative outlet for Mueller to express herself and become more confident socially.
"I'm a shy person," Mueller said. "But modeling has really helped me come out of my shell. I definitely needed to learn how to do some things myself and I needed to be comfortable talking to people."
While the young model said she hopes to see her face on the cover of Vogue magazine one day, she continues to excel in advanced placement classes at Roeper. Her longterm goals are primarily scholastic.
"I really, really want to go into chemical or medical research," she said. "I could also see myself as an English teacher living in Japan."
In the meantime, as Mueller continues to cultivate her high-profile career, she still finds time to participate in the school choir, dabble in art and serve on the editorial board of "The Muse," an art magazine published at Roeper....continued on page 2