Alicia Hall was born in 1985, and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. It did not take long for the fresh-faced Alicia to begin dreaming of becoming a swimsuit model; at the age of 7, she told her family that doing so was her career goal. She began practicing at an almost equally early age, and would sneak into the bathroom to take photos of herself in her swimwear.
As soon as she was old enough, Alicia began appearing in local fashion shows. Encouraged by her mother and stepfather, the blossoming beauty strutted her stuff all the way into her first professional photo shoot in October of 1998. As she continued to gain experience in the world of modeling, Alicia began to realize that her part-time gig could turn into a full-time career.
Alicia came one step closer to her goal when she won a competition held by the John Robert Powers School, a well-established Las Vegas modeling institution. The school took Alicia in and gave her formal training, allowing her to graduate a disciplined and confident model. To pay the bills as she continued to pursue her dream, Alicia offered up her creative services as a freelance Web designer.
In January of 2003, Alicia experienced her first brush with fame when she competed on CBS’s revival of Star Search. She made it to the semi-finals in the model category before being eliminated by the celebrity judges. While it was tough to have her dream elude her again, the aspiring model grew stronger from having to deal with the public rejection of losing.
It would take almost two years for Alicia to get another stab at fame. In late 2004, she got word that NBC was taking in portfolios for a new reality series, and immediately jumped at the opportunity. The series, titled Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, was a joint effort between the network and SI magazine. The show pitted beauties against one another in a six-episode modeling competition. The winner would be set up with a $1-million modeling contract and a spread in SI’s annual Swimsuit Issue.
Alicia was chosen from thousands of applicants to be one of the 12 finalists on the program, and she moved into a posh Los Angeles house with her fellow competitors. After a blitz of modeling sessions, physical training and catching some tough love from the judges, Alicia made it to the final two, facing off against fellow hottie Shannon Hughes.
Both girls were flown to Bora Bora for the final test, which included a head to head “shoot-out.” Thanks to her combination of exotic good looks and girl next door appeal, Alicia was voted the winner by the American public.
Alicia’s victory, a dream come true, was announced live on television in February 2005. She signed a modeling contract with NEXT Model Management and her sexy tropical photos were featured in SI’s Swimsuit Issue that same month.
Having finally established her modeling career, Alicia immediately moved to the industry’s geographical headquarters: New York City. Once there, it didn’t take her long to get wrapped up in the intoxicating lifestyle of stardom.
After showing up at a party thrown by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Alicia was seen lip-locked with popular male model Tyson Beckford in a dark corner.
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