If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” then this just became our first four-thousand-word feature story. SpaceCoast Living Photo Editor Jason Hook had a vision for this year’s annual Model Search issue, and Sorelli Hair Studio & Spa in Suntree helped him make that vision a reality. And what a vision it was. After sorting through the entries, we were impressed by the breadth of beauty that call the Space Coast “home.” As always, it was very difficult for us to choose one entry over another, but in this case, Jason and the talented staff at Sorelli had very exacting needs for the hair and face that his vision would require. To those of you who took the time to send in an entry, thank you. You are greatly appreciated, and please submit again next year; a new year brings a new vision, and you might find yourself on next year’s cover. To the four models chosen, thank you for putting in the hours and effort to help us realize this issue. We certainly hope you’re as happy with the results as we are. To our readers, we’d love to read your thoughts on this month’s publication. Maybe you have an idea for next year’s Model Search issue, or something sooner. Either way, we’d love to hear from you. Post your comments on our Facebook page at “Spacecoast Living.”

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Photography by Jason Hook

Winner: Megan Tobin

Megan is from Titusville, where she works as a CNA at Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation. She is currently finishing her associate degree and nursing prerequisites at EFSC. Her goal is to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. Her parents are Daniel and Marjie Tobin and her older brother is Brandon Tobin. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach and to the gym, and taking her Great Dane, Blu, on walks.

Finalist: Michelle Minton

Michelle is a 7th generation Floridian from Fort Pierce. She works in the marketing department of her family’s wild alligator handbag company, Casa del Rio Collection. In addition, she has
been the face of the company, which has led her to pursue a career in modeling. As of January, she has signed with ModelScout in Orlando. A recent University of Florida graduate, Minton spends
her spare time participating in races for charities, such as the upcoming Chimpathon 16K, and babysitting her toddler niece. She also enjoys fishing, yoga, hanging out with friends, and playing
with her dogs on the beach.

Finalist: Lena Van’tVeer

Lena, 25, born in New Jersey, she moved to Melbourne in 2004. She was in the first graduating class of Viera High School, Class of 2009. She graduated from UCF in 2014 with a Bachelor
of Science degree in health services administration, and is continuing her education at EFSC, preparing for physician assistant graduate programs. She currently works with Brevard Physician Associates as a medical scribe in the emergency departments of Health First hospitals.

Finalist: Brianna Smith

Brianna is a 17-year-old junior at Heritage High School in Palm Bay where she is a midfielder on the girls’ Panthers soccer team. She is also the current Miss Florida High School America,
visiting schools and sharing the message and importance of building respect and values for everyone. Smith is an avid volunteer for Ronald McDonald House and Compassion International, a Change the Story organization. In the near future, she would like to attend Florida State University and pursue a master’s degree in broadcast journalism with the goal of becoming a news anchor.