Monday, February 29, 2016

Find a role model!

I've found that it's really important to have different role models for different areas of my life. I find that this helps me a lot to be more specific about my goals and how I’m going to get there.  Having a role model gives you more specific guidelines and a bit of a clearer path to follow, since you can use someone else's path as an example.

This industry has given me so many amazing women to look up to. I get to meet CEOs and women who have been trailblazers in fashion. Whether they’ve started their own companies, run other companies, or started movements surrounding topics like body positivity and racial diversity – it’s not hard to find someone you want to emulate. And that’s exactly what I do. 

I figured it would be helpful for me to share some of my role models with you all! Here they are: 

Kim is probably my biggest role model. I went to a women's conference in university and Kim was one of the speakers on the panel. After the first 5 minutes of hearing her speak, I was hooked. Kim is my activist/educator role model. She's magnetic. When I heard her speak I literally thought, "this is the smartest woman I have ever met - I wanna be like her!" Kim and her husband Tiq (yeah... I'm a total fangirl of them) do such incredible activism work surrounding human rights issues and a plethora of race/gender/body issues all over the United States and Canada. They pretty much cover it all. Kim does the kind of work that actually makes a difference, makes people think outside of their comfort zone and makes tangible changes in communities. That's what I want to do - and Kim inspires me to do it.

Adrianne is a my business woman role model. She's also a model, but she used her passion for an athletic lifestyle to inspire her own activewear line called Sweat Crew. It's been picked up by Pacsun (how amazing is that?!) and has expanded into a TV Show launching in a couple months called "Sweat the City". I've had the opportunity to film a couple episodes with her, checking out some different places to workout in NYC. So, not only does she have her own clothing line, she has her own TV SHOW! If that's not impressive I'm not sure what is. And on top of all of this, she's still maintaining a strong modeling career by consistently shooting with great bands.

Grace has had an incredible modeling career. When I think of the modeling career I'd like to have, I often think of Grace, so she's my career role model. She also comes from Canada and has had one of the most well-rounded careers I've ever seen. She does everything from high-fashion, to commercial, beauty campaigns and edgy editorials. It's rare that a model will have the opportunity to experience all sides of the industry like she has (especially as a model of colour). If I could work with even half of the brands she's worked with - I think I'd be pretty satisfied. She's also a model that recognizes that we have a diversity problem in this industry and it's reassuring to see that other models have the same concerns as I do, and are willing to speak on them.

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I love politics. It's pretty rare to find a woman involved politics, who used to be be a model. She's my role model do I put this...someone in my industry who realizes there are more important things than the industry. It's also refreshing to see someone in my industry talk about feminist issues, race issues and environmental issues like climate change. She demonstrates that being a model doesn't mean we're only interested in shoes, clothing trends and makeup - but that we realized that this industry is full of privilege in many forms and that needs to change. She's also one of the few people that isn't afraid to project the idea that we're not saving lives here, we'd be naive to think that our job is making a difference in people's lives. What it's about is using your platform to make changes in the world, fashion is just the starting point. 

Those are just some of the women I look up to, I have a bunch more role models too! If you'd like to see a post on some more role models I have, feel free to leave a comment down below! Who do you look up to? Why do you look up to them? What are they inspiring you to do? 


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