Who is Kirpa Sudick? Most may recognize her from her time on The Bachelor franchise during Colton Underwood’s recent season. However, Kirpa is more than the girl that made it to the popular reality TV show - she has transformed her path in life from being a dental hygienist to traveling model extraordinaire. She’s been featured on several podcasts like Rose Buds and On The Brighter Side, as well as sites like Access and US Weekly. But after knowing Kirpa for almost two years, I wanted to talk to her about her life experiences and adventures in the recent months, and everything in between for people to know her for who she is. Read on below to see what she wanted to share with me!
Me: Tell us where you're originally from, and how others would describe you.
Kirpa: I was born and raised in Whittier, California! It was a great place to grow up, but I'm excited to move out and venture away from the small town feel. If you asked my friends to describe me they would say I am thoughtful, kind, nurturing, funny, and quirky.
M: Absolutely! So a lot of people know you're a dental hygienist, but when stumbling across your social media presence, you do quite a bit of modeling. What made you get into it and how do you compare yourself when you first started to now?
K: I am a dental hygienist and love being able to help people with their oral health. However, I do need a creative outlet and modeling allows me to do so. About two years ago I had a friend ask if they could photograph me and ever since then I've had an interest in modeling. I had no idea what I was doing when I first started, but have slowly been learning more and more about what angles work for my body and how to pose.
M: Love it. So I have to ask - how would you describe life before and after being on The Bachelor? How is it living in the public eye recently?
K: My life hasn't changed that drastically since being on the show. I’m still cleaning teeth and modeling and trying to navigate the dating world. The main difference is that I sometimes get recognized when I go out and people will ask for pictures. I am more aware of what I post on social media because I know there are young girls who are following me and I want to make sure I can be a good role model to them.
M: That’s amazing to hear! You know, fans would love to see you on Bachelor in Paradise - any chance of that happening in this current season? Maybe next year? (you don't have to answer this but is there anyone from the Bachelor franchise you might be interested in?)
K: You never know! I could pop up and surprise everyone at the end of this season or if I'm still single next year maybe they'll have me on! There are tons of great guys in the Bachelor franchise and I would definitely like to see if I have a connection with any of them.
M: Let’s get to what you’re into currently. You travel a lot, what is some travel advice you could give to those who are interested in getting into it? In regards to preparing for travel, packing, finding flights, etc. anything like that or something you wish you could have known before you got into it more. Have there been any crazy stories along the journey in some of the cities and countries you've been to?
K: Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I recently started a travel blog/vlog that is linked on my website that has some travel tips for some of the places I have gone this summer! I will keep updating it as I continue to take trips around the US and the world. I always make sure I use Hopper to track flights so I know when to book and get the best deal. I also recommend doing a rough outline of your trip before you go so you aren't jumping in blind. Also, talk to locals! Make friends and find out where the locals love to eat and go out. One crazy story, that many already know, was when I was traveling for The Bachelor in Thailand. We had just arrived and were walking along the beach and I wanted to get a picture with the sunset. Unfortunately, I have a hard time walking on rocks and slipped and cut my chin open and had to get stitches in a very sketchy Thai "hospital".
M: What's been your favorite place you've been, and what's your dream location you have yet to go to?
K: Some of my favorite countries that I have visited are Croatia, Thailand, and Bali. I am still dying to go to Greece, Spain, and Africa! Hopefully I can check those off my list soon.
M: What would be some other creative outlets you would be interested in besides modeling? What is the main goal of your modeling journey would you say?
K: I recently started diving into vlogging and blogging so I can document my travels and share tips with others. I also want to incorporate charity work into my vacations so I can bring awareness to charities that people can give back to while they are visiting different countries.
M: That’s incredible. What’s some advice that you might have for creatives and artists alike to stay inspired and keep pursuing the dream?
K: I know it can be tough sometimes to keep chugging along and pursue your dreams. The thing that has helped me the most is staying positive, staying true to myself, and knowing without a doubt that if I want something I can make it happen one way or another. You might not know how it's going to come to fruition, but if you keep at it, I promise you can achieve your dreams!
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