|| They call the wind
"Meriah." The oldest of three children, Meriah Nelson was named
after that song. Like the wind, she is strong, spirited, and free.
Raised in Upland, California, I was extremely shy growing up, contrary
to my out-going attitude today. I was a girlie girl, but not a sissy.
I loved wearing dresses and pretending I was a princess. I also climbed
trees, hung out with the animals, played softball, and even had a tool
kit. Usually too shy for boys, I was in love with horses. One of my big
dreams as a little girl was to compete in the Olympics in Equestrian,
just like International Velvet. I am still a big dreamer today.
I accidently became interested in modeling while attending a modeling/charm
school at age 14. The classes, which were originally intended to help
conquer my timid ways, sparked a new interest. By the time I was 18, I
had an agent and did my best to juggle college and modeling. College had
always been a must for Meriah.
While touring college campuses, I instantly fell in love with the University
of California at Santa Barbara. I knew I just had to get out of Upland
and UCSB was my type of place! I always wanted to live on the beach. I
studied hard and played hard too! This big party school did not stop me
from graduating in four years with a 3.5 grade point average. I earned
my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Health Science
Then to experience life even more to the fullest, I took off all of a
sudden and backpacked through Europe, Egypt, and Costa Rica. I learned
that traveling is what makes me feel most free and like I am truly living
my life for ME! I continued to take opportunities for travel seriously
and went on to work in Toyko with a choreographer, snowboard in Canada,
and explore the Indonesian culture as well as travel through my own amazing
country. I have added more locations to my list on top of those. Modeling
has given me great opportunities that I am very grateful for.
Always health conscious, I am serious about taking care of my body and
mind. i work out 4 days a week, religiously. Cardio-kickboxing, jogging
on the beach, weights, and yoga class. I always eat really healthy food
first and then I don’t feel so guilty when I occasionally pig out.
Actually I do LOVE junk food, chocolate and also salty junk food. A strong
body needs a strong mind for balance so I have always loved to read, learn,
and grow. My quest for knowledge is immense.
As a Scorpio, I describe myself as independent, determined, passionate,
emotional, intense, and adventurous. I am very
extreme as well, so I am either completely serious and reserved or
a raging party animal. A
lot of times I want to be alone and other times, I have a strong desire
to be social. I will be dressed to the nines one day and the next day
I look like a beach bum. It is usually difficult for people to truly figure
me out. Bottom line is, I am a true introvert who has always longed to
be an extrovert; I am learning those skills. Every year I get braver with
every challenge I set for myself. That's how I gain strength.
Nothing has ever come easy for me. I have always had to work really hard.
I can only imagine what it would be like to be "discovered".
It is I who have worked hard to make myself known in the industry and
I will continue to persevere and make things happen for me. I feel I have
already made great progress and will continue to strive for success.
It's funny, but I like to think of myself as "cool" and "smart"
so there is a lot I can do. Specifically, I would love to get great jobs
as a show host. I am already in the process of pursuing that dream. And
I will always be traveling, although I think SoCal will always be my home
"I swear--by my life and my love of it--that I will never live for
the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being,
with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive
achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."
- AYN RAND
MERIAH'S FAVORITE QUOTE OF ALL TIMES: "What doesn't kill you, will
only make you stronger".