Spend 30 seconds with Camille Kostek, and you’ll feel like her best friend. The model, dancer and aspiring broadcast journalist has that type of infectious energy that draws you in instantaneously. And now she’s about to be household name thanks to her

Less than a year after she was discovered at the annual

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The rising star is focused on building her career around a platform of acceptance and kindness, which can be seen through her viral #NeverNotDancing social media platform, a hashtag which has encouraged people around the world to find joy in dance.

Below, we chatted exclusively with Kostek about body acceptance, her rise in the modeling space and boyfriend Rob Gronkowski’s Instagram skills.

She Turned Down a Journalism Job After College to Pursue Modeling
CK: Right out of college I was offered a job with

She Faced Body Adversity as a Model and Dancer
CK: There’s definitely been times when I’ve been on sets and I was the bigger model in the room, where they’re casting girls. It’s discouraging, it’s really, really hard to have thick skin through a lot of that stuff. The looks. The questions you get. But as soon as I changed my mind perception, my life literally changed. My love life changed, my day-to-day life changed, my self love with myself changed, my career started changing. The dynamic when I would walk into a room, even if I wasn’t the thinnest model in the room, changed. Confidence is everything, and the way you carry yourself, your posture, eye contact, all of that is such a big role in impressions, regardless of your size.

She Doesn’t Stress Herself Out Over Prepping for Bikini Photo Shoots
CK: In the past, I felt like I used to beat myself up a little more, just because it was hard to breakthrough. I would be like: ‘I want to drop 15 pounds in three weeks and lose an inch and a quarter off my thighs and my hips and my waist and do this and that.’ But that is so contradictory to why I wanted to be in

Her #NeverNotDancing Platform Started Organically
CK: I’m literally always dancing, I just am. Whether there’s music or not, and my friends were always filming it. And I’d always be like, ‘Wait that’s kind of cute, send it to me.’ And it ended up being this thing where I just started uploading it, and tagged it #nevernotdancing. Then my followers started tagging me in it, and then I had so many dance videos that I just kept posting them. It’s so fun. There are nothing but great things that come out of dancing. People are laughing, people are uncomfortable, it’s an ice breaker. It’s fun to see people giggling and wiggling. Babies, grandmas, football players. Everyone!

Rob Is an A+ Instagram Boyfriend
CK: I never thought he would do my photos. I thought I would get a little uncomfortable in front of him when he has to take my shots. But he does a good job. It’s easy, and he’s so supportive.

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