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"I wanted to be Brooke Shields," Stephanie says. "And my mother was an aspiring photographer, so I was, of course, the only one who would sit still long enough for her to get things in focus, and I loved doing that."
But don't let her photos fool you. In reality, Stephanie says she's shy, and when the camera starts clicking, she has to transform herself. "I decide what character I am," she says. "I allow myself to become another person. Because if I'm just Stephanie, I'm not comfortable. When I have to jump and do all these things, I feel so silly, but if you become someone else, it's okay."
Looking back on her early fame, Stephanie says her success could have been dangerous. "I, luckily, came from a very middle class, very grounded family, but I don't think it's healthy because you're really a child suddenly with a lot of money and a lot of attention and you're flying all over the world," she says. "It's a lot to take in. So you just try to keep your feet on the ground."