Bird: basketball player and fashionista bride

This archived article was written by: Priscilla Sharp

A Utah State University Eastern women’s basketball player, Abbie Bird redshirted her freshman year because of a torn hamstring and played her sophomore year before another injury sidelined her.
While Bird’s athletic prowess helped define her at Eastern, it’s her interest in fashion that she gets enjoyment out of. She admits she always had a flair for fashion, and ever since she was young, it has fascinated her. She modeled in Salt Lake City in high school and college.
Bird says that she would love to pursue a career in modeling, but because of her approaching wedding and the closest opportunity being in New York, it isn’t exactly the right thing to do in her plans. She found out that even at a size 4, she had to drop an inch off her waist to become a sports model and hit the gym every day to shrink her waist.
Bird’s brother played football at Utah State University and is looking into the modeling business. His friend Whitney Simmons has a website, as well as a big Instagram fan base, so she is helping Bird and her brother pursue modeling careers.
An avid blogger, Bird hopes to inspire other people with her fashion sense and style similat to the blog that inspired her when growing up in Salt Lake City. Someday she would like to stretch her blog to include lifestyle, cooking tips and do-it-yourself projects as a result of planning her wedding. Her website is abbierosegray.blogspot.com.
She graduates from USUE in April 2015 with her associate degree and plans to pursue a degree in communications at Utah Valley University next fall.