2012 Coverboy of the Year: Aaron Lee Smith

A little bit country, from West Virginia to Washington

By Doug Rule
Photography by Julian P. Vankim
Published on December 13, 2012, 9:37am | Comments

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Aaron Lee Smith

Aaron Lee Smith

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

But Aaron wasn't a footballer, or really an athlete of any kind. Instead, he was the show choir's ''little twig'' bass, tall and skinny – weighing just ''a buck five'' – surrounded by the ''big and beefy'' jocks. He assures that the football players never bullied him. ''They were all right.'' Still, he stood out, even among his family, full of loud, boisterous women. ''I was raised by my mom and my aunts and my grandmother,'' he says, ''and they all love to scream! They still scream to this day.''

These days, Aaron comes across as polite and personable, good-natured and funny, youthful in looks and spirit – and hardly introverted. ''I'm a social butterfly now,'' he admits. ''It just took me some time to come out of my shell.''


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