12 Poster Model Finalists Bare It All

By Mary Panerio

Representing the Best Party Anywhere as the Buffalo Chip Poster Model is a prestigious job. That’s why every year the most beautiful women of the Black Hills flock to the Chip’s Poster Model Contest, presented by KSKY and Budweiser. While crowds packed in tight on May 3 to see this year’s batch of semifinalists compete in bikinis and biker attire, the Chip’s about to give you the chance to see the finalists bare it all!

Name: Laramie N.
Age: 23
Hometown: Aladdin, WY
Occupation: Secretary

First Motorcycle Ride: My very first motorcycle ride was on my brother’s dirt bike, and it didn’t end very well. I ended up tipping it over on myself and scratching up my legs. Of course, having the little brother I do, he made me get back on even with my bloody ankles and ride it till I wouldn’t wreck anymore.

Most Memorable Buffalo Chip Experience: My most memorable experience was definitely Kid Rock last year in the pouring rain and lightning. He put on an awesome show and wasn’t even fazed by the weather. The crowd was absolutely crazy, and the energy in that place was insane.


Name: Elisabeth K.
Age: 23
Hometown: Florence, AL
Occupation: Body Builder

Fun Fact: I am a complete nerd. I love to read and study anything presented to me.

What do you do to make yourself stand out in this competition?
I’m a tomboy, very easy-going and down to earth, but am feisty and love to have fun. I am very driven and determined.


Name: Ashley F.
Age: 28
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Occupation: Zumba Instructor

Favorite Outfit: Bandana, tank top, hoodie, jeans and boots, so I’m always ready to ride! (a motorcycle that is)

Fun Fact: I am an extreme couponer like the ones you see on TV.


Name: Glysen B.
Age: 22
Hometown: Hot Springs, SD
Occupation: Shift Manager

Favorite outfit: Swimsuit, because it lets me know that summer is here!

Why do you think you should win the Poster Model Search?
Because I’m your down-to-earth, small-town girl, who’s not your average girl next door.


Name: Amanda F.
Age: 25
Hometown: Spearfish, SD
Occupation: EMT

First Motorcycle Ride: I was about eight or nine, and mom finally let us ride dad’s new bike with him on the interstate. Loved the fact that my hair was all crazy and in my face!

Why do you think you should win the Poster Model Search?
I would love to be what represents this awesome local attraction all year long. It’s a part of what I think of when people ask where I am from, and it’s an awesome opportunity to represent HOME!


Name: Karin C.
Age: 29
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Occupation: Business Owner

Fun Fact: I enjoy being in the garage and have learned welding and fabrication.

First motorcycle ride: I honestly was too young to remember. However, my most memorable one was when I was approximately 12. My step-dad picked me up from my grandma’s in Sturgis during the Rally. We rode down Main Street and I was on top of the world! Thought I was the coolest kid ever!


Name: Amber D.
Age: 28
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Occupation: Server/Bartender

Favorite Outfit: Little black dress and heels, because I like sexy and outgoing.

Most Memorable Buffalo Chip Experience: Brantley Gilbert was an amazing concert and an amazing experience I’ll never forget!


Name: Heidi W.
Age: 38
Hometown: Menominee, WI
Occupation: Occupational Therapist

What are three words you’d use to describe your personality?

What is your favorite Budweiser product and why?
Chelada, because it tastes like I’m drinking a spaghetti dinner!


Name: Jena S.
Age: 30
Hometown: Deadwood, SD
Occupation: Gunslinger/Actress

Favorite Outfit: My gunslinger gear. No makeup and a gun is a must! I’m packin’!

Fun Fact: I play Calamity Jane and you wouldn’t recognize me as myself when I do!


Name: Rachael W.
Age: 26
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Occupation: Bartender

What are three words you’d use to describe your personality?

What do you do to make yourself stand out in this competition?
Stay positive and fun.


Name: Raven W.
Age: 22
Hometown: Hill City, SD
Occupation: Server

Favorite Outfit: My birthday suit, because I was born with it!

Fun Fact: I’m a lefty. Lefties do it better!


Name: Cortney M.
Age: 28
Hometown: Kadoka, SD
Occupation: Educatio

Fan Fact: My dad was a bass player in a band when I was little, so I grew up listening to rock and going to bars for his gigs.

5 Things You’ve Done to Prepare for the Competition:

1. Woke Up
2. Took a Shower
3. Sampled Budweiser Products
4. Put Make-Up On
5. Sampled more Budweiser Products


Which of these women do you think deserves the title of Buffalo Chip Poster Model? Head to the finals at Robbinsdale Lounge in Rapid City on Saturday, May 17 to show them your support!