The dream of modeling was never far from her thoughts. Growing up, Klein stacked her shelves with Teen Vogue and Victoria’s Secret catalogs. A few times she even dragged her mother to model searches at the local Holiday Inn. “It was corny. You had to look for it in the paper back then, too. It never worked out though,” says Klein. “My mom was like, ‘You’re not doing this. I’m not paying for this. It’s a scam!’” Coworkers at the GM plant became her cheering section. “They would say things like, ‘You need to remember us when you’re a famous model,’” says Klein.