Archery Is Empowering: Sports
Illustrated Model Kirby
Griffin Archery Is Empowering: Sports Illustrated Model Kirby Griffin

You might have seen model Kirby Griffin in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. You can also find her taking archery lessons with Olympic archer and coach Khatuna Lorig. What made Griffin want to try archery? “Everything,” she said. “It’s so primitive and awesome. Something about it just feels empowering.”

Griffin’s life is filled with outdoor activities like hiking, camping, swimming, volleyball, trail running and exploring new places. Her modeling career is also an adventure.

After attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a year, this Georgia-born, Wisconsin-raised beauty was “discovered” while visiting a friend in South Beach, Florida, during spring break. Griffin met a woman who worked for a popular modeling agency, took some headshots, and two months later was living and working in South Beach.

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What began as a casual Polaroid shoot quickly turned into a career. She recently signed with an acting agency and has worked often in Europe, Los Angeles and New York City. “I’m making sure I live my life in whichever, whatever way makes me happiest,” she said. “There are so many places to see, people to meet and things to try. I know I won’t get into them all, but I’m on a quest.”

Her archery quest began in February. She prepared for her lesson with “Hunger Games” coach Lorig by reading and watching archery-related articles and YouTube videos. “I knew I was going to be in good hands (with Khatuna). The best, actually.”

Griffin was excited and antsy before her first lesson. “I’d never shot a bow before,” she said. “I just wanted to aim and shoot. Before anything, Khatuna made sure my form was correct.”

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Kirby Griffin, during an archery lesson with five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig. Photo credit: Pamela Maitland

Holding the bow steady while learning proper form was the hardest part of Griffin’s first lesson, but she got better with each practice.

Griffin’s advice for first-timers? “Have fun, but get that form right and it will flow.”

She says she still has much to learn, but she’s excited to be part of the archery community. Kirby, we’re happy to have you!

Follow Kirby Griffin’s modeling, archery and outdoor adventures on Instagram.

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