Melanie Valdez

by Brian Clarey

Sharp-eyed readers might recognize this week’s Page Three model from our Halloween cover (she was dressed as a state trooper ‘— a sexy state trooper) or from one of our functions. Melanie Valdez, an 18-year-old Greensboro model, works for the magazine on our event staff passing out T-shirts and other items of swag to our adoring readership. Melanie is a freshman at Greensboro College and is a graduate of Western Guilford High (Class of ’05), though she’s originally from Oxnard, Calif. And her modeling career is starting to take off: after numerous print ads and studio work, she’s shot her first commercial for the Ultimate Fighting Championship which will air nationally on Spike TV. For the spot she teamed with current UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. ‘“I love it,’” she says of television’s most violent sport. ‘“It’s just so’… raw.’” To see more of Melanie, check the website at or get off your duff and come to one of our events.