The Elizabeth Pipko of Instagram is different from the woman you meet in real life. She gets that a lot.
Her more than 130,000 Instagram followers see a gorgeous bombshell brunette (which she is). What they don’t see is her studying math or religion for her Harvard classes, or practicing jumps at the rink for her figure skating coach, or writing poetry for her second book.
“You can’t help what people say about you,” Pipko says.
The Boca native, who splits her time between South Florida and New York City, considers “model” to be just one of her jobs. She even left a well-known modeling agency because it was restricting her other passions. Yet she’s still managed to be featured on websites like SI.com and Maxim.com. She wants to be everything that she’s dreamed of—an Olympic figure skater, a Harvard-educated college graduate and a two-time published author—and not much is standing in her way.
We spoke with the 21-year-old on the phone from her Manhattan apartment about everything from bullying to her love of Israel.
How did you first get into modeling?
It was super random. My mom found a [sick] dog on the street behind Boca High School. She saved his life. It was a teacup Pomeranian. She brought him to New York, and we were walking him in Central Park. Some photographer came up and said, “Our Pomeranian canceled. Can we borrow yours for the shoot?” To repay my mom, the photographer offered to do a photo shoot with me. I was 16. I was wearing a tank top and jean shorts. I sent [the photos] to Wilhelmina and they signed me.
Did you always want to be a model?
I thought about it like every girl does, but nothing serious. I was severely bullied in middle school, so I never thought about it like that. I was 4 feet 2 inches and had buckteeth and a crazy blond Afro. I was captain of the math team. There was definitely a bit of bullying, and no one wanted to date me.