Posting photos from those shoots and even ones of her own online, Acevedo has cultivated her own brand through social media. With different agencies reaching out to her, Acevedo has found herself with many new opportunities as she builds deeper connections in the modeling industry.
“I have definitely learned how to step out of my comfort zone, which for me is the most important 'life-experience’ you can get,” she said.
For a more artistic shot, Acevedo is captured mid hair flip as the sunlight reflects off her face. Photo/Levante Anderson
During her time away from college Acevedo has indulged in new passions that have influenced the path she is looking to follow into her adult life.
“I like that I am working with something that I could possibly pursue in the future," she said, "I am definitely looking more towards sales and marketing when I do go back to school.”
In addition to sales, Acevedo is looking to study digital marketing when she returns to school in hopes of potentially becoming a social media strategist—a career she may have never stumbled upon if she had not taken her time off.
Although she is no longer looking to major in nutrition, it remains something that has largely shaped the person she is today. In June of 2016, Acevedo started preparation for the National Physique Committee (NPC) Bikini Competition.
Acevedo poses with celebratory cupcake and trophy backstage at NPC Bikini Competition (Jay Cutler Classic). Photo/courtesy of Acevedo
“I was always really into fitness growing up, but I began to take it more seriously towards the end of my senior year,” Acevedo said. “I competed in my first show in April of 2017, which was really fun. It was a great experience, and I was going to do another one this upcoming spring, but I recently decided not to because I realized that I am just not as passionate about it anymore."
"I was not going to force myself to do something that I did not love.”
Nonetheless, her passion for working out remains unwavered. She starts everyday by going to yoga and always finds the time to head to the gym even after a long day at work.
“I still love to work out—I love lifting. My competition is always going to be something that was completely life changing to me," said Acevedo.
Before and after of Acevedo's fitness journey: pictured left in June of 2016 and right in March of 2017. Photo/courtesy of Acevedo
Placing fourth in the Jay Cutler Classic, Acevedo admitted that her competition helped her find the good in food rather than being afraid of it—a deep realization she came to upon testing the limits of her body.
At just 20 years old, Acevedo has learned possibly one of the most important life lessons: do what makes you happy. She has proven that it does not matter what it is—from school to weightlifting—if you are not passionate about it, then why waste your time.
“Working at Brandy—even though it is only retail—has taught me a lot about responsibility. I just want high schoolers to know that you do not need to go to college to grow and be responsible. It is not the best path for everyone.”
Even though the clothes at Brandy Melville may run by the “one-size-fits-all” rule, Amanda Acevedo is living proof that life after high school is not. College is not in everyone's future—and that is okay. Acevedo has discovered other ways, that stray from the conventional education route, to make something out of her life, but most importantly she has repeatedly demonstrated that she is not afraid to stand up for her own happiness—even if it means making an unpopular decision.