is one of four finalists on TV Land's "She's
Got the Look."
Sometimes age can be an advantage in the modeling world.
Just ask Tanya Hutchison
The 45-year-old wife and mother of five is a finalist in TV Land's reality series "She's
Got the Look," which seeks out women 35 years and older for a professional modeling career.
made the cut from an initial 20,000 contestants and will learn tonight at 10 p.m. whether or not she
wins a contract with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency
, and a spread in Self magazine
Regardless of outcome, she
says it's still a win.
"You're not finished when you lose, you're only finished when you quit," Hutchison
"Just let that inner beauty shine and in the end, if you're true to yourself and you don't win the title, you've still won."
A native Detroiter (from the Brewster Projects), Hutchison
has traveled a long way from the Motor City.
now lives in Orange County, Calif.
"I was born to a teenaged mother addicted to drugs.
I didn't know my father till high school," she
They took a special interest in me although)my GPA wasn't that high," Hutchison
With a degree in fashion merchandising and public relations communications, Hutchison worked as a department store manager in the cosmetics department.
"That kind of sparked my interest," she
"At some point I wanted to own my own beauty salon and my own clothing store."
traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as a fashion model, and has appeared in various magazines and TV commercials.
She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
is a former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleader and "Star Search" champion Spokesmodel.
auditioned for "She's
Got the Look," she
felt a little trepidation.
admits that at her
age, it's hard to compete with 20-year-olds, but the show's creators didn't want a cookie-cutter approach to the conventions of beauty.
"This is all about giving you a second chance," she
"They're looking for a complete woman, not a supermodel.
That's why I'm still in the competition.
In modeling you're supposed to be super thin, but they were looking for complete women."
was concerned that her
scars, usually frowned upon in a profession where flawless skin is the norm, would hurt her
"I have physical scars from when I was stabbed at the age of 13 by some jealous girls," she
"I knew the odds were against me, and knowing that, I still remained open to what I could become," Hutchison
"I was determined I could be something different.
I'm not the most beautiful one on the show, but when you talk about a total package, that's me."
will make an appearance on the "CBS Morning Show," Thursday, 7 a.m., on Channel 62 Detroit.