Melina Cooper lands modeling contract

February 27, 2011 • Local News

A  4-year -old girl with Turner syndrome landed a contract with a modeling agency after making the final cut of the American Mall Model Search audition in Albuquerque’s Cottonwood Mall last month.

The budding model and actress, Melina Cooper, daughter of Michael and Gerilyn Cooper, of Roswell, signed with Model Productions USA Inc., a Florida-based booking agency for professional models and actors.

“She’s really happy,” her father Michael said. “We said they’ll never call us, and two weeks later, they [auth] did.”

The peewee pro breezed through the three-day audition in mid-December at Cottonwood Mall, which included runway walks, a talent competition and photo shoots.

“She was up there waving and smiling and posing. She just ate up the attention,” Michael said. “She was one of the last ones to go up (during the runway walk), and she totally just tore it up— she won the crowd over.”

Three weeks after the audition, Melina’s parents received a phone call advising she had made the final cut of the model search and was a contract winner. The Coopers signed on the dotted line with Model Productions about three weeks later.

Melina will audition for several movies in the upcoming year, including Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn, Ides of March, The Gap, Jack & Jill, Vampire Diaries and I Don’t Know How He Does It.

Her parents say they are extremely proud of their daughter, especially for not letting Turner syndrome stand in the way of obtaining her dreams. Melina was born with the chromosomal abnormality— one of her two X chromosomes is missing. As a result, she has one kidney and has struggled with congenital heart disease.

“She’s happy and healthy, and she looks like she’s going to do very well,” Michael said. “It’s kind of cool to show that no matter what you have, you can still make it and have a good future.”

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