Allie Crandell Biography 1989-
The skinny on Allie Crandell‘s illustrious modeling career goes something like this. As she was finishing high school in her native Sacramento, she mailed a series of Polaroid packages to various modeling agencies around the country, including Wilhelmina Models, the well-known one-time home of Daisy Fuentes, Jessica Simpson and a host of others.
In 2007, Wilhelmina came knocking and Allie Crandell signed on the dotted line, getting her first contract and then a Model of the Week selection from Models.com just a short time later. Allie found that her biggest adjustment to the modeling world was surviving a constantly evolving schedule, but she didn’t complain about the work. In her first year at Wilhelmina, Revolve Clothing chose her to front an ad campaign for a casual clothing line, a decision that proved to be an appropriate match for the fresh model‘s personality and physical type.
Music videos were the next arena of modeling exploration for Allie Crandell. She made her debut in British pop star Shayne Ward’s “No Promises,” a video that featured her getting stood up at a restaurant, looking lonely and staying beautiful for the entire running time. Why he stood her up in the first place, we’ll never know. For Allie, the next stop was more British pop — specifically the revitalized 1980s cultural institution Duran Duran. For “Falling Down,” the group’s musical collaboration with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, she played a high-maintenance anorexic model receiving rehab treatment from doctors who curiously resembled the members of Duran Duran.
Allie Crandell‘s character in “Falling Down” was reportedly based on Britney Spears, which made her next big splash especially noteworthy. It was a group pose with fellow models Camilla Finn and Erin Heatherton for V magazine. The attention-getting editorial was of interest not just for the people in the photo, but also because of its photographer, Ellen von Unwerth, who famously filmed other photogenic celebs like Christina Aguilera, Drew Barrymore and — you guessed it — Britney Spears.
For better or for worse, Allie Crandell joined MTV’s The City in 2008. In doing so, she also joined the growing list of celebrities willing to air their dirty laundry in the pop cultural washing machine of reality television. A spin-off of The Hills, it followed the continuing adventures of Whitney Port in the Big Apple. As a friend of Whitney Port’s and the girlfriend of lead chump Adam Senn, Allie wound up a key participant in the first season’s soap opera-like shenanigans. Among other things, Allie was scolded for her skinniness by fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone and witnessed her relationship with Adam Senn collapse amid stories of him playing around behind her back. Stressed out but not broken from the ordeal, Allie will bravely (or stupidly?) endure more drama in the show’s second season.
In spite of her foray into reality television, Allie Crandell is still a model first and foremost, and she remains high on the prospect of being one of her industry’s elites. In 2009, she jumped ship from Wilhelmina to join One Model Management and immediately picked up some lucrative and admittedly strange modeling assignments. While her new gigs as a Tracy Feith model for Target and cover girl for the cosmetics brand got2b can be considered normal, her hiring by the jeans giant Diesel was, at the very least, unusual. Lying in a hair-filled bathtub littered with fan letters from people who had sent her their locks, Allie Crandell was labeled the Hair Collector for Diesel’s one-of-a-kind “Hair Bath” video series. We’re still trying to figure out how hair and bathtubs are related to jeans, but we wholeheartedly agree that Allie Crandell looks great in black and white. Now we’re just waiting for this fearless model to bring us the “Brussels Sprouts Bath” series.