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Did Meghan King Edmonds Ever Model?

Find out why the #RHOC mom-to-be considered herself "a fake model" back in the day.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Meghan King Edmonds is tall, blond, and beautiful, so we would be surprised if The Real Housewives of Orange County mom-to-be never took a stab at modeling. Well, our suspicions were correct, and Meghan did briefly model in her younger years. She even posted this too-cute pic of herself from her first modeling shoot in 2004 on Instagram a few years ago.

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First modeling job 2004

A photo posted by Meghan King Edmonds (@meghankedmonds) on


With a gorgeous pic like that (and photographic evidence that Meghan basically doesn't age), it may seem strange that the RHOC cast member doesn't still have a career in modeling today. But it might make more sense once you hear about the hardships Meghan faced as a model. "I modeled shortly in Milan, and I hated it. And I didn't speak the language, there weren't smartphones, and I was alone. And I felt like I was taken advantage of as a woman," Meghan told The Daily Dish. "I might go to a casting that was for a legit person and a legit brand, and then I get there and I can totally tell the guy's hitting on me. And I'm like, 'Really? Like, you just got me here to hit on me, and I'm trying to make money, and I'm here for the grind.'" 

Luckily, Meghan had a much more positive experience modeling back home. "In the U.S., it was great. I loved it," Meghan gushed. "Only a few jobs I did, like Abercrombie, so much fun, Americana. And I did Cosmopolitan magazine, the very first time I ever went to New York, and it was so glamorous, the shoot, like everything was so cool. And I think a couple other things but nothing big." 

Meghan said she was relieved when she eventually left modeling behind to concentrate on getting a college education. "When I stepped away from the industry, I was really focused on my studies at Ole Miss, and I became a 4.0 student after that. I was really focused," she said. "I was like, 'I don't want to work for my face. I better work for my brains.' So I gotta make it happen." 

Of course, Meghan hasn't completely left modeling behind. She has worked the runway, posed for photo shoots, and even snagged a couple of magazine covers in recent years.

Pretending to be a model in Kauai but mainly just turning into a sun worshipper ☀️🙏 #workandplay

A photo posted by Meghan King Edmonds (@meghankedmonds) on

Pretending to be a model again 😁

A photo posted by Meghan King Edmonds (@meghankedmonds) on


Her wedding album pretty much looks like something out of the pages of Vogue, anyway.

No, this isn't a from a spread in a bridal magazine; it's a photo from Meghan's wedding album. 

But all in all, Meghan's time as a model turned out to be nothing like she expected. "I wanted to get into modeling because easy money and glam. Like, hello? That's why everyone does," she said. "And it's neither one, it turns out. It's not glamorous or easy money, unless you're like my brother and then you're like that ***hole that everybody wants to be." 

Meghan is referring here to her younger brother R.J. King, who is a major supermodel represented by Wilhelmina, has appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia, and has worked with labels such as Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors. But Meghan said she can't take any credit for her baby bro's success. "He saw my experience, and I was like, 'Stay out of modeling.' And he's like, 'Oh my God, yeah,'" Meghan said. "And then he's like, 'But I'm gonna do it.' And he did, and he has blown it out of the water, so I'm glad he did."


And if you ask Meghan if she ever modeled today, she would probably say no. "I am a fake model. I'm not a real model," she said. "I never really modeled. I dabbled in modeling. I didn't deserve to be called a model. I didn't work hard enough or long enough or have enough good jobs. To call myself a real model would be taking away from people like my brother." 

"Real" model or not, we think Meghan is incredibly photogenic. — Reporting by Jocelyn Vena

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