Baskin Champion is an American model who won the Miss Alabama Teen USA title in 2014 and had earned representation by Wilhelmina Models. She later participated in Birmingham Fashion Week as part of their Fresh Face competition and finished in the top 15. She is also a former ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Rookie and has modeled for Victoria's Secret. She instantaneously became the center of media attention after she was spotted leaving a Craig David concert at the Roxy in Los Angeles with Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber. 'TMZ', which first spotted the duo exiting the venue in the same car, immediately labeled her as the "mystery blonde". However, it didn't take tabloids much time to find out her identity. Her newfound fame has also caused an increase in her Instagram followers count.
Rise to Stardom
While still in the eighth grade, Baskin Champion began her modeling career by representing Soca Clothing Boutiques during Birmingham Fashion Week in her hometown in 2012. In 2014, she was crowned 'Miss Alabama Teen USA'. Two years later, she was named 'Miss Photogenic' in the 'Miss Teen USA' pageant, following which, she mentioned in an interview that she had already reached a number of her goals, including moving to New York and Los Angeles, and modeling for bigger companies such as Hollister and Frankies Bikinis. She had previously travelled from New York to Miami to take modeling assignments from Wilhelmina Models. Following her sophomore year at college, she and her sister relocated to Los Angeles to pursue modeling fulltime. Along with her sister, she participated in a 'Sports Illustrated' casting call for its 2018 swimsuit edition.
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Baskin Champion was born on July 1st, 1995, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her father, Greg Champion, was a doctor and a graduate of the University of Alabama. She is the second of four children of her parents and has an older brother named Josh, a younger brother named Luke, and a younger sister named Abby. Her sister is also a model. She attended school in her hometown and entered Auburn University to pursue an Apparel Design course. While in college, she was part of the Phi Mu sorority. However, she took a break from her studies after her sophomore year to intern in Los Angeles as a fulltime model. Stating that "most female models work during the ages of 16 to 24", she mentioned that she could not just pass the opportunity.
Baskin, who is quite adventurous, climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to celebrate her 17th birthday. She also enjoys surfing. She has a pet dog named Charlie Champion, which has its own Instagram profile. She is also a football fan and supports Alabama.
Relationship With Justin Bieber
It is speculated that Baskin Champion and Justin Bieber met through model and actor Patrick Schwarzenegger, elder son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who is dating Baskin’s sister Abby. They were all present at the premiere of Schwarzenegger's upcoming movie with Bella Thorne, ‘Midnight Sun’, one week before the two were spotted together. According to a report on 'E! News', Bieber has been hanging out with her for a time and the two went to his house that night, leaving the rest of his friends. The source also claimed that they spent time together several times in the last few weeks, visiting multiple clubs, including Avenue nightclub in Hollywood. The timing of all these has been particularly interesting because at the time, Bieber and his on-and-off girlfriend Selena Gomez had decided to take time off each other. Reportedly, he was upset about the decision to part ways and had been trying to keep himself busy until things worked out with Gomez. However, despite claiming that Bieber seems to enjoy Baskin's company, the source also mentioned that it would not be fair to say that they were dating as he only wanted to be seriously involved with Gomez.
Controversies & Scandals
Interestingly, 'Gossip Cop' reported that Baskin Champion had been in a relationship and had only deleted the picture of his boyfriend from her Instagram account after she started to get unprecedented media attention. However, the report was based on comments from her fans, and the identity of her boyfriend has not been revealed. According to cosmopolitan.com, her night out with Bieber was a carefully staged act orchestrated by the Canadian singer in order make Selena Gomez jealous. Sources point out that Bieber had been manipulative like this a number of times before, and deliberately wanted to ruin the fun time Selena was having with female friends in the sun in Australia. Nevertheless, Baskin's Instagram posts have already been spammed with hate comments and snakes emojis by 'Jelena' fans who want Baskin to stay away from Justin and Selena.