She was a successful model with the Ford modelling agency and had appeared in billboards for alcohol brand Bacardi.
But as her assignments dried up in an industry that considers 25-year-olds to be "middle- aged", Ms Elliott Sailors decided to snip off her locks and enter the male modelling industry.
Tightly binding her breasts and sporting a close cropped haircut, Ms Sailors, now 31, shows up at casting calls in flannel shirts, ripped jeans, boots and biker jackets, reported the New York Post.
She gets her hair shaved at a barber shop.
"I'm starting over to have a longer career," Ms Sailors told The Post. "Men don't need to look as young as possible, so I have a lot of time."
The former beauty pageant contestant from Arizona confessed that male modelling seemed like a natural transition because "earlier on in my career, I would get frustrated because I thought I looked too masculine.
"I have a strong jaw, wide forehead, huge eyebrows. I thought I looked like a man wearing make-up."
Although she was an attractive long-haired blonde when she married her husband, he continues to be supportive of her career choice, she said.
"He said he knew people would see me differently once I did it, but he didn't realise how much people would see him differently," she said.
She continues to dress like a man most of the time because it's easier than wearing make-up or high heels.
Men earn less
But a downside is many people now think they are a gay couple, she said.
While her decision to work as a male model may prove more fruitful in terms of longevity, she is unlikely to earn as much as she used to.
Forbes found that the top 10 earning male models made only a tenth as much as their female counterparts from September last year to September this year, reported Britain's Daily Mail.
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