Model Chase Carter on landing her first campaign for an iconic American sportswear brand.

Growing up in the Bahamas, I spent the majority of my free time playing sports. Specifically, soccer — at 14, I played in the FIFA Junior World Cup in Puerto Rico.

So, when I decided to start modeling, my dream was to book a Nike campaign. I used to joke that, once I did, I would retire.

Two years ago, while in Australia on a job, I got a call from my agent about a Nike casting taking place that afternoon. She suggested that I bring a pair of sneakers, but when I arrived, there were hundreds of girls in gym clothes from head to toe. I immediately went home, threw on some Nike gear, and sprinted back.

The casting director rushed me into a room as soon as I returned.

While still winded from my quick change, I was asked to do jumping jacks, push-ups, yoga poses, and to demonstrate a skill from my favorite sport.

There wasn’t a soccer ball, so I faked a volleyball serve and totally face-planted on the way down — still one of the more embarrassing moments of my life.

I knew that Nike was only casting one blonde model, and when I ran into my friend, a world champion high-jumper who’s also blonde, I thought I had no chance.

Two weeks later, I found out Nike booked me for the job. I ended up working regularly with the brand after that, and six months later, I was featured on the cover of their international style guide — a complete surprise!

My face was printed on nearly a million copies, a dream come true as a model and an athlete.

— as told to The Thick

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Chase Carter photographed in New York City, all photography by Sania Tharani