Game Design Student Turned Model

Contestant on TV's America's Next Top Model, Asperger's sufferer and rock climber Heather Kuzmich didn't go from modeling to game design, but, as she puts it, from game design to modeling.

Kuzmich is currently enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art, majoring in Video Game-Art design. "At first I wanted to get into costume design," she says, "but that soon changed to game design, especially since I frigging love games and love doing weird designs for characters."

How much does she love video games? She says that because of her "no video games whatsoever" is now included on the laundry list of things not allowed in the America's Next Top Model house. She adds, "They now know that there are no makeup lines named Nintendo DS."

People of Envy: Heather Kuzmich [Rahul Sood via GameCulture via Joystiq][Pic]


    It's not a very flattering photo. I've never liked girls in high heels, nor heavily coloured eye shadow (or lightly coloured for that matter).

    Still, it cheers me to know that game designers (and presumably gamers) come from all walks of life, and cover all ranges of society. Plus, she's got to be pretty intelligent to study game design. That's always an attractive quality.

    Ahhh, I saw her on that show a few days ago and she's my favourite.

    She's pretty awkward socially, so she's copping it a bit, as you can imagine. But she's pretty rad.

    As a girl studying game design myself, I give her major kudos.
    Bonus points for the snarky remark.

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