Sierra Quitiquit is a 23-year-old big-mountain skier and professional model. This photo of Quitiquit and Vanessa Aadland, which was taken by photographer Steve Lloyd, helped Lloyd win the 2012 Ski Salt Lake Shootout.
Quitiquit in her home state of Utah. Last winter, she lived in Jackson, Wyo., and traveled all over the U.S., including two trips to Alaska. "This season, I definitely got blessed by the universe," she says.
Quitiquit on a modeling shoot in Bali. "Every photo you see in catalogs and billboards and on TV, they've all been retouched," she says. "We as women, we chase this perfection, this ideal that does not exist. It's so mind-blowing."
"I modeled a little when I was younger," says Quitiquit. "I was the tallest girl around in school but I really felt that I was a skier and not a model and I stuck with that. I had this attitude, like 'I'm a ski bum.'"
Although she competed in a couple of stops on the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, Quitiquit admits she isn't much of a competitor in the ski realm. She has stuck mainly to filming, shooting and soul skiing.
On auditioning for the reality show "America's Next Top Model," Quitiquit says, "It seemed exciting in some ways, but it also seemed not me. But I was willing to give it a go."
"I really feel passionate that your life is your art and you can truly do whatever you want," she says. "There are no limitations."
Although she has signed with a modeling agency and has started booking work, Quitiquit says she is very much a "spring chicken" in the modeling world.
Raised partly out of a van by ski bum parents, Quitiquit has called Alta, Utah, her home resort for the past five years.