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Model and Actress Abigail Rich: “Always, keep your moral and ethical compass close. Do not compromise on your beliefs, ethics and limitations, you have to live with your decisions forever.”

Find a genre that you are comfortable with and good at, then stick with it. Always, keep your moral and ethical compass close. Do not compromise on your beliefs, ethics and limitations, you have to live with your decisions forever. Take time off when you need to. All work and no play makes you tired, exhausted […]


Find a genre that you are comfortable with and good at, then stick with it.

Always, keep your moral and ethical compass close. Do not compromise on your beliefs, ethics and limitations, you have to live with your decisions forever.

Take time off when you need to. All work and no play makes you tired, exhausted and it will burn you out before you have a chance to peak.


As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Abigail Rich. Abigail is a supermodel who was abandoned as a infant and raised in the foster care system. She was assaulted at the tender age of eight years, survived a horrific EMS helicopter crash in her early twenties only to be assaulted again. Abigail survived all of these tragedies and went on to become one of the an international supermodel, credited TV and film actress and published author.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was working as a flight paramedic on an EMS Helicopter when it crashed. After my recovery, I was feeling really down on myself about my scars and appearance. My Mama took me to Hooters one day and was telling me how pretty I am. I shot her down right away and to prove my point I asked for the manager of the restaurant and asked him if was pretty enough to be a Hooters Girl. He responded with “When can you start?”. Within a week, I had a customer who was in the advertising department of a major cosmetic company. He asked me to model for a photo shoot to potentially represent their brand. My career took off from there. Honestly, I have never thought of myself as pretty, much less beautiful enough to be a model.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Throughout my modeling career, people have asked me where did you come from, how did you get discovered, what brought you here. I shared my story with them and they all told me how inspiring my story is and that I should write a book. So, I did. In 2016, I wrote my life story titled Invisibly Broken. In its first month it sold over sixty thousand copies. In April 2019 we began working with a production company to turn my life story into a feature film so it can inspire and hopefully help others find their dreams.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

This is not really my mistake but, it is a funny story. I was doing a photo shoot for an international wedding magazine. On the fashion shoots the client generally provides the full wardrobe. I arrived wearing my cowgirl boots, shorts and a cami top. As I was getting into the wardrobe required for the shoot, a wedding dress, they realized they forgot the shoes. We did the shoot in my cowgirls with a $16,000 wedding dress. The client liked it so much it made the cover of the magazine.

What I learned from this was to always bring extra of everything to make sure we are covered.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I have several projects I am working on right now. The most interesting is my book, Invisibly Broken (my life story) being made into a feature film. I am also taking my Texas cattle ranch in a new direction with raising miniature cattle.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Throughout my career, I have worked with some very interesting and disturbing artistic folks. The most interesting and incredibly talented one that I have had and still have the pleasure to work with is the wonderful photographers at Model Shots Photography. They are a truly gifted group of five girls who know how to capture the very best of you for the client. They are like family to me. They really know how to make a girl feel safe and comfortable on photo shoots.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Find a genre that you are comfortable with and good at, then stick with it.

Always, keep your moral and ethical compass close. Do not compromise on your beliefs, ethics and limitations, you have to live with your decisions forever.

Take time off when you need to. All work and no play makes you tired, exhausted and it will burn you out before you have a chance to peak.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

First: To help everyone get an education. It creates better people with better lives, bettering communities and countries. Not everyone can afford higher education. We are all stuck on this rock together. So, if we all help each other, we are creating a better future for our world.

Second: Help animals; they are living breathing beings. They deserve our love, compassion and help.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  • Expect to be told “no” a lot.
  • Being a Model isn’t glamorous work; it’s hard work and long hours with irregular schedules.
  • Expect to be treated like a product.
  • Don’t try working alone, you need a manager.
  • Always take a escort with you to your photo shoots.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Ludwig Van Beethoven once said: “Don’t only practice your art. But, force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”

No matter what you do in life or for your career, don’t just practice it but find its secrets and make it part of you. This will make you a better person all around. In my life I am not a practicing model but, rather I have found what I believe is the secret to modeling by creating art for everyone to enjoy and cherish.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

In reality, the woman who gave birth to me actually threw me away shortly after I was born. But someone else came into my life and adopted me, loved me as her own, cared for me and made me the person I am today. My Mama, my real Mama is that person who was with me at my darkest moments and got me through them. She fought for me after a horrible helicopter crash when the hospital wanted to take me off life support. The doctors thought I would never survive and it was costing money that the hospital would never recover. My Mama fought to keep me going never leaving my side for 6 1/2 weeks in the ICU until I finally came out of the coma. To this day we are always together with my family that I now have. Even in my career, my Mama is my Manager. I love her dearly and could not do what I do without her love, guidance and support. I even dedicated my book to her because without her I would not be here. And, I did pay all of my hospital bills.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

  • Tommy Lee Jones, He is an exceptional actor, director and has a Texas Cattle Ranch.
  • Clint Eastwood because he has been exceptional at all the he does. Acting, directing, producing and more.
  • Kevin Costner, I love every movie he has ever been in and absolutely love the new Paramount show Yellowstone. What an dream come true it would be to have a part in this wonderful show.
  • There is so much I can learn from all of these people. Even in just enough time for lunch.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I am on Twitter and Instagram as GlamModelAbby. They can also follow my ranch on instagram, Twisted_R_Ranch

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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