Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I was born in St. John's NL and grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor NL. After bouncing around a little bit, I now call Toronto, ON home.
What have you been up to since you graduated from Grenfell? I see that you're working as a model and have recently been involved in a campaign to promote healthy body image. How have you found yourself in this important and influential role?
As soon as I graduated, I moved to Montreal to attend fashion school and start modeling. I've struggled with mental health for as long as I can remember and unfortunately after a couple months in Montreal, I had to move back to Newfoundland. I spent the next couple years of my life dedicated to getting well and working on my health so I could pursue my dream of being a model. In 2013 I got signed by B&M and in 2014 I moved to Toronto. Since then, I've been signed in Montreal, Barcelona and New York.
Yes, I was asked to participate in the Be Body Aware campaign. It was very exciting and our pictures were published by Vogue Italia online! As a body positive advocate, it is amazing to collaborate with other like-minded forces in the industry. I do public speaking, mostly to young girls and women, on body image, bullying, girl on girl hate, mental health and self worth. I have recently done interviews with CBC, Buzzfeed and Global News. It is important to me that women understand their worth, I want to help them be the best versions of themselves every single day. It is also important that our youth know that their circumstances do not dictate their outcome and that they already have everything they need in them in order to succeed. Be passionate, kind and hardworking and you will achieve all of your goals.
How did Grenfell prepare you for the work you're doing now?
I have a lot of reasons to be thankful for my time at Grenfell and Corner Brook. I will say though that I am very grateful to my business degree. I use it every day.
What do you like to do when you aren't in front of the camera?
If I am not cooking at home, I love trying out tasting menus from incredible Chefs in the city. I love food so much! I volunteer and connect with people struggling with mental health through social media. I still paint and write, and really enjoy fitness. I love speaking to groups- men, boys, women, girls. I've been told my story is inspiring and if it has the potential to have a positive impact on someone, then I want to share it. Inspiring others gives me purpose and I am so grateful for my role as a model, and this platform that I can use to initiate change.