Our ongoing series The Board highlights carefully curated newbies from a singular agency.
In recent years LA has started to eclipse New York as the place in North America to discover diverse, camera-ready beauty. The clean-cut but cool confidence of the Ford Los Angeles new faces board just confirms our suspicion that—when it comes to finding fresh faces—the West Coast is the best coast.
Photographer – Benjo Arwas

The Board


Name: Walker
Age: 20
Hometown: Los Angeles
How discovered: I filled out Ford Models’ online application.
Best feature: I’m one who doesn’t give up on something I’m striving for—even when the odds are against me.
Fun fact: I’m one of the first five African American women in the United States to be researching Astrochemistry, but also I speak in different accents for fun.

Name: Alexander Markus Fritz
Age: 19
Hometown: I’m originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and now I live in Bellflower in California.
How discovered: I was discovered with Ford Models through walk-in and I got accepted.
Best feature: My beauty mark next to my lip.
Fun fact: I’m a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and I did mixed martial arts for about 9 years.
Words to live by: Don’t ever give up because there’s beauty in the struggle.

Name: Liz Haugan
Age: 19
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
How discovered: On my college campus where I was studying biology, a Ford scout found me on my way to class.
Best feature: Definitely my lips and maybe my sense of humor.
Fun fact: I’m crazy good at crossword puzzles.
Words to live by: It’s always better to act with compassion.

Name: Tyler Reed
Age: 17
Hometown: Long Beach, California
How discovered: I was discovered by my godmother who saw the potential in me to be a model, so she sent pictures of me to Ford Models, and they signed me.
Best feature: I’m open minded, and I really like helping other people.
Fun fact: I can draw detailed portraits of people’s faces.
Words to live by: Art’s not supposed to make sense, so just do what feels right.

Name: Cami Taylor
Age: 17
Hometown: Solvang, California.
How discovered: I got discovered when me and my sister signed with a local agency, and I got scouted from there for Ford Models.
Best feature: My lips.
Fun fact: l love to bake. Me and my sister bake once a week together.
Words to live by: In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

Name: Dustin Shirley
Age: 23
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
How discovered: I was actually spotted walking down Third Street Promenade but didn’t sign until four years later after I finished college.
Best feature: Definitely my freckles. To start, growing up, it’s definitely something that made me different, but now I see it as something that makes me unique, and I absolutely love them.
Fun fact: I’m going to law school starting Fall 2020.
Words to live by: Always push the rock.

Name: Lilli Johnson
Age: 20
Hometown: Homer, Alaska
How discovered: I was discovered by sending in photos to my agency’s website, which seemed like a longshot, but it ended up working out.
Best feature: My lips for sure.
Fun fact: I’ve always wanted to drive from Alaska to Argentina. It would be really fun to drive North and South America the whole way.
Words to live by: The only person you should be comparing yourself to is earlier versions of yourself.

Name: Lazaro Rodriguez
Age: 23
Hometown: Homestead, Florida
How discovered: Walking around the LA art convention one day, an agent stopped me and took a picture of me, and two months later, I got signed.
Best feature: My honesty and just being able to be transparent with people as much as possible.
Fun fact: I bought property in Florida and I’ve been building my dream home little by little.
Words to live by: Accept life as it comes, and yeah man, it is what it is.

Thanks to Kevin Ipalari and Monica Diaz.