Maren Morris has a Grammy, a fiance and a slew of critical acclaim to call her own. Now, she can add a modeling contract to the list — the 27-year-old star just signed with Wilhelmina Models, making her the first country artist to join the New York modeling agency’s celebrity division.

“This is one of the most exciting things for me personally just because I’ve always loved fashion and I’ve loved pushing the envelope," she tells People in an exclusive interview.

“For me to be their first country music signing of the agency is incredible. I think it will certainly bring country music and its artists into the conversation with the high-fashion world.”

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Morris acknowledged to People that her looks may not be considered classic by traditional standards: "I'm five-foot-one and I’ve got short brunette hair — I’m not the typical country-looking starlet,” she admits. “But I think that’s what gravitates my fans to me and my music. I definitely have an edge to what I say in my songs and it translates visually as well to my personal style.”

Morris is currently working on new music for her eagerly anticipated sophomore album, as well as gearing up for next month's CMA Awards, where she is nominated in three categories, including Female Vocalist of the Year. The prestigious awards show should prove to be good training for her new gig: She will be working with Wilhelmina for her look on the big night as well as events surrounding the evening.

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