She grew up ice-skating and snowmobiling while living in Alaska.
She became a popular figure on Instagram, earning more than 150,000 followers for her elysemichelle_mua account.
She grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and later resided in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has both a brother and sister, but she lost another sister named Sarah passed to cancer.
She and Nicole Lopez-Alvar both competed for the heart of Colton Underwood.