Havelock High School alum Camaryn Singleton has all kinds of dreams for her life.

The 23-year-old is currently involved in a modeling competition that if she wins, will land her on the cover Maxim magazine.

Maxim is a magazine geared toward men that features all kinds of things like models, cars, technology, sports, etc.

The competition is between girls across the country who are put into groups to break the contest up a bit and Singleton is now in the Top 10 of her group and she's been in first place pretty much the entire way.

The groups are cut down to a Top 5 Thursday.

The ultimate winner will land, in addition to the cover, $25,000.

Singleton is open-minded toward her modeling career, obviously wanting to make the best of it, but she also has backup plans/other motivations.

She comes from a diverse family as her mother is a native of Guam and her father is African-American.

"My parents met in the military, they both were in the military and then when I was little, around 4 or 5, we moved to Havelock," Singleton said.

"It's crazy how I've stayed in first place and I'm so fascinated and grateful for all the support I've been receiving."

The contest lets you vote daily for free through Facebook or you can also do a Wounded Warrior vote where you can donate to the Wounded Warrior Foundation - https://maximcovergirl.com/2019/camaryn-hope-cruz-singleton

She is determined to stay grounded no matter what happens and also to do classy shoots while still showcasing her looks.

"It's from both my parents but especially my mom that I don't let it get to my head," Singleton said.

"She has always told her kids to never take anything to head, that looks don't mean everything. She always told us to be true to ourselves and that being cocky isn't attractive."

Singleton loves to sing as well and she has an athletic background of playing volleyball in high school.

She knows she still faces challenges to break into the modeling industry as most models are tall, super skinny, etc.

"It's about who you are - character. If you're shorter, thicker than most models, it doesn't matter. I want to inspire people and I want to help my mother further her dreams too," Singleton said.

Her mom, Rosette, owns Bokaninas restaurant in Havelock and Singleton wants to help with that and they would love to open a homeless shelter.

"I would love to help her with both of those dreams and that's what I would do with what I win in this contest," Singleton said.

Singleton said she does work out and tries to do so about three times a week and watches what she eats without going too crazy with it.

"I love Asian food and obviously Pacific Island food like my mom cooks," Singleton said.

"A lot of soups and I love fruit. I wouldn't say I'm a workout beast but I do try to focus on my legs and cardio."

Singleton said she just tries to handle everything with a smile when it comes to all the self challenges of being a model too.

"I was so shy at first with modeling about showing my body off to strangers and everything but I just say 'thank you' a lot and smile," she said.

"I'm just going to continue following myself and getting my message out there of 'just be yourself no matter what.'"

Singleton has spent some time in both New York and California and currently lives in Virginia because she said there are a lot of opportunities for her there.

When she's not modeling, she works for an esthetician and she said she's always wanted to be a nurse and thought about doing that with the Peace Corps but that nursing school is still a goal of hers as well.

As far as beauty tips for girls, Singleton keeps it simple - she hardly wears makeup and says her key is just washing her face every day.

"I do that every morning and every night before I go to sleep. My mom and my grandma always told me to use Oil of Olay so that's what I do," she said.

Whatever comes with her modeling career, Singleton is just determined to stay busy and help her family.

 

Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at jordan.honeycutt@newbernsj.com