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April 16, 2014

Salisbury woman vies for spot in People's 'Most Beautiful' issue

SALISBURY — Last year at this time, Elissa Campbell was a regular 55-year-old woman living in Salisbury with her husband, Robert, enjoying yoga, taking walks and growing flowers and vegetables in the town’s Community Garden.

Today, however, she’s busy modeling and going on auditions while she waits to learn if she’ll be featured in People Magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful issue, which will hit newsstands on April 25.

“I think she’s a little overwhelmed,” said Darlene Sweeney, owner of local talent agency, WSM Talent. “This has all happened in the past few months really.”

Elissa and Robert Campbell contacted Sweeney last fall after reading a Daily News article in which she commented on the workings of the film industry.

“They had done some modeling before through a Boston agency, but they were thrilled to read that there was a local agency around here,” Sweeney said. “What they needed was to have their resumes pulled together and headshots taken.”

Campbell works in advertising, Sweeney said, and Robert Campbell is retired after 30 years with the Boston & Maine Railroad. They’ve lived in Salisbury since 1999. After years in their Harrison Avenue home tending to garden tour-quality ornamental and vegetable gardens, they helped get Salisbury’s Community Garden going in 2012, following their move to a landless condo.

Although Campbell understands advertising, she’s always been on the marketing end of things, she said, and didn’t start modeling until a few years ago. Her husband encouraged her to pursue it after some of their friends commented on her looks.

“I think the comments came because of my (gray) hair and because we’re boomers,” she said.

On a lark, she had some professional pictures taken, a few that included her husband, and submitted them to a Boston agency. But it was when the Campbells found a home with Sweeney’s agency last fall that the tempo picked up and things started to happen.

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