(Seguin) -- Time is of the essence for Seguin to help one of its own reach her dreams. Sunday night marks the deadline for individuals to help Julia Rose Miller, a 2015 Seguin High School graduate, win the national model search for Torrid. The 20-year-old, who currently lives in Austin, is one of the Top 4 finalists in the competition for Torrid, the leader for plus size fashion in America. Online and social media voting is now underway
. The top model with the most votes gets the ultimate prize of representing the fashion brand for the coming year.
Miller says being selected as one of the Top 4 models is already an honor. She says the contest for her began with a casting call in August at the Galleria in Houston. Then out of the 15,000 submissions from young ladies in the U.S and Canada, Miller was selected as one of the Top 10 models -- earning the chance of a lifetime in September to walk down the runway in Torrid's debut at New York Fashion Week.
Miller says "excited" might just be an understatement in describing her journey these past three months.
"My excitement is over the top. So every day I wake up, I have to pinch myself, is this real? Are my dreams coming true? It's just kind of like a 50/50. I don't want to be so excited to where I get my hopes up, but trust me, every day I wake up and I'm so grateful for this opportunity. I couldn't be any more grateful for it. Just knowing that I made it this far is just worth more than anything I could ever want in my life," said Miller.
Miller says she's especially thrilled for the opportunity to represent Torrid. She says it's the ultimate goal in her recent desire to represent the styles and curves of all women.
"Prior to this, I was just working with photographers, just getting pictures. It was kind of like a deal. No money was involved, nothing was professional, it was just kind of like -- 'I'm a model, you're a photographer, let's work.' That kind of thing. It was these awesome people I met here in Austin. So prior to that, I would just take pictures, post them on Instagram and it was never anything serious, but I was still trying to shoot for that dream of being a model at the same time," said Miller.
Doing her part to help her daughter reach her goal is mom, Tracy Miller of Seguin. Tracy says she couldn't be more proud of her daughter.
"Ever since Julia was small, she told me she wanted to be famous. She never said how, but she said she wanted to be famous and the child -- ever since she was a toddler was singing. She was in all the school plays. She actually auditioned to attend AMDA (College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts) after high school which is a school in Los Angeles for the performing arts. She made it. She got in but we couldn't afford the tuition. She sings, she acts, she also dances. She was first lieutenant on the Star Steppers Dance Team. Ever since she moved to Austin, she's been auditioning for everything she can get her hands, commercials, doing photo shoots for fashion shows, whatever she could find. I had come across the Torrid ad. They were looking for models for their model search. I sent it to her. I said you've got to apply for this. We love Torrid. She's been shopping there since she was a teenager because they do make plus size clothing. My daughter is really tall. She's 5'11", so whenever we go to normal stores, none of the pants ever fit her or the dresses are way too short so that's how we started shopping at Torrid," said Tracy.
Tracy says she hopes that Seguin logs on to its Facebook and puts in the necessary votes for her daughter.
"If she does not get picked as the number one Torrid model for them, somebody is going to scoop her up. While she was up there in New York, she made lots of connections. She stood out to the crowd, a lot of people approached her. I don't want to drop too many names but Sports Illustrated contacted her. I think she's going to make a name for herself, whether or not she's going to be a Torrid model, but I would love for her to start out with Torrid. Like I said, the only way for her to do that is to get the most votes. So she's from Seguin. This is her hometown. This is where she always comes back to for holidays and comes and visits me and she has lots of friends here. I want to encourage everybody to vote if they can. You have to be logged into your Facebook account in order to vote. I guess that's how they keep track of just single votes. You can vote every day until the 29th, once a day," said Tracy.
Julia says she is ready for whatever the future may bring and is hopeful that her hometown will help her make her dreams come true.
"I ask all my followers please, please vote every day you can vote. It's a new vote every day. So please, please, please go vote. Let's put Seguin on the map. Let's do it," said Miller.
The lucky winner will receive the title of "Face of Torrid 2018" complete with a Torrid modeling contract and wardrobe. The winner will also host Torrid store openings and events as a brand ambassador, star in seasonal fashion campaigns and appear on the brand's social media channels throughout the year.
To vote, visit Torrid's Facebook page or log on directly to www.torrid.com/model-search.html. Voters may also visit www.Torrid.com.