by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Model, Surfer, Student Star


While most 12-year-olds are shopping at their favorite stores, Ivy Basinger is modeling for them. This San Marcos student star has been modeling since she was a toddler, but you might not guess that outside the photo shoot. Ivy stays grounded in school, surfing, and church on Sunday morning.

Name: Ivy Basinger (12)
School: The Classical Academy
Grade: 7
Parents: Amy and Keynon
Sibling: Garrett (16)
Favorite Place in 92078: Mama Kat’s Restaurant

student_basinger2Ivy admits she has always loved the camera. “My mom sent some snapshots to an agency and the next week I was out for my first audition,” she shared. Ivy was three years old on her first shoot, a job for Ralph Lauren. Since that time her resume has included shoots for a few rather famous brands – Gap, J Crew, Forever 21, and Roxy, to name a few. The work has taken her across the U.S. and most recently to Canada for a Lexus commercial. When asked her favorite part of modeling, Ivy replied, “Being able to meet many new people and making friends that I would not have otherwise met.” She also acknowledged how much she has learned from the industry, including the makeup artists, the wardrobe stylists, and the photographers.

Ivy’s learning certainly continues when she’s not in front of the camera. A seventh grader at The Classical Academy, Ivy named Spanish her favorite subject in school because she loves learning about a new culture and communicating in a different language. Another source of education for Ivy may be a little less academic, although valuable in other ways. “I have learned about craft projects, make-up tutorials, and even recipes from watching YouTube,” Ivy acknowledged.


“I have learned about craft projects, make-up tutorials, and even recipes from watching YouTube.”

Downtime for this 12-year-old may sound fairly typical for a Southern California girl. Ivy enjoys surfing with her friends and recently joined a surf club. On Sunday mornings Ivy attends North Coast Church and volunteers on both the welcome committee and in the kindergarten/first grade class.

As for her inspiration and her future, Ivy plans to continue modeling, go to college, and pursue a career in the field of computer coding. Simply put, Ivy said, “I am inspired by my future because I can do anything I put my mind to.”