When you turn on your TV, there's an onslaught of shows featuring hotties from Southern California, particularly Orange County (aka the O.C.). Well, we got the chance to shoot with Mercedes Terrell, who won our first round Online Model Search, and this girl has it all! She's a true O.C. beauty, with a personality to boot. Peep the pics, and for even more action, check out the behind-the-scenes photos on our website www.minitruckinweb.com.
Name: Mercedes Terrell
Born: June 1984
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Occupation: Model Superstar!
What are your turn-ons?Confidence, a nice smile, a good sense of humor, and "bros."
What are your turn-offs?Poor table manners, people who act stupid when they drink, and metrosexuals.
What's your favorite food?King crab legs, mmm ...
What's your favorite color?It changes daily, but today it's red.
Favorite music?Rock (AFI, System of a Down, Diecast) Rap (Too Short, 2Pac) Alt (Sublime, of course).
Do you have any favorite books or magazines?Fav mag is Mini Truckin' magazine, obviously! My favorite books are The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Notebook.
Do you have any favorite movies?The 5th Element, Tank Girl, Big Fish, The Notebook, Scarface, Anchorman, A League of Their Own, and any movie with Mike Myers or Jim Carrey in it.
What's your favorite thing in the world?Amusement park rides.
Where's your dream vacation?Going to Lake Havasu with all of my friends who can hang!
What's your personal ride?Well, it's only fitting that I drive a BMW, since my nickname is Benzo.
What's your dream car? A black Porsche Carrera GT.
What are your ambitions?My ambitions are to live life to the fullest, and never take anyone or anything for granted.
When did you start modeling?I started modeling when I was 19.
Goals or future accomplishments?My goal is to make a ton of money now and retire when I'm 30.
What was your most memorable modeling experience?My most memorable modeling experience was when I shot for the cover of Import Tuner. It was my first real shoot, and it was also my "big break" into modeling. But, the most exciting thing was walking into a liquor store and seeing my face on the magazine rack for the first time-I was super stoked.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why? I would probably go to Italy and Sicily, so I could check out my roots. I would say that I'd like to go to Mexico, to check out my roots, too, but I live in Southern Cali, so I'm already close enough! Ha ha.
If you weren't modeling, what do you think you would be doing? If I wasn't modeling, I would probably be designing clothes, and trying to make a living. That's what I love to do.
What do you do for fun? Well, what I do for fun depends on the time of year: I love to go riding in Glamis, boarding in Mammoth-even though I suck-and partying in Havasu. But for the most part, I can have fun anywhere I am. I think it's all just a state of mind.
Do you have any interesting hobbies? I like to paint and draw. I also make go-go outfits for nightclubs.
What is your daily routine like?I don't really have a daily routine, because my job doesn't have a set schedule. I'm kind of all over the place. Some days I get to sleep in, some days I'm up early getting ready for a shoot. As far as what I do after I get done working, well, it all just depends on my mood. I'm usually either partying or at home watching a movie.
How do you stay in shape?I stay in shape by thanking my parents every day for the genes they blessed me with. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Would you like to give a shout-out to anyone in particular?Ya, big shout-out to my manager Chelsea Yang, shout-out to Brad and the guys at Exclusive Autosports, and to Paul Aguilar up in Corcoran-keep your head up, Bro!