Richelle Dobson

June 2, 2021

Richelle Dobson
Richelle Dobson in Flare

Modelresource loves Richelle Dobson, and not just because she promised to send us updates from time-to-time. Modelresource loves Richelle because she's the improbable model that doesn't take her success for granted. She's a less obvious beauty that nevertheless can't miss in front of a camera.

Richelle speaks in a slow, deep, sexy voice that complements her tough, feminine exterior. She's seriously laid-back which only adds to her appeal. She loves her mom. She loves her agent's baby. She's just really cool.

Modelresource pestered Richelle's agent, Chantale Nadeau, to set up this interview for months. But between a top model's hectic travel schedule, and the fact Richelle (represented by Sutherland Models in Toronto) really isn't in this for the attention (which makes her even more appealing) the interview didn't happen until the end of May. Modelresource chatted with Richelle in the backseat of Nadeau's car following a recent photoshoot for Wish Magazine.

Modelresource (MR): How has the whole modelling experience been?

Richelle Dobson (RD): It's been great. It's a lot of travelling and hard work, but it's worth it. It's a lot of fun.

MR: Is it what you expected?

RD: I didn't expect to be travelling so much, but, I just take it as it comes.

MR: Now that you have traveled extensively, what would you say are your favourite places?

RD: Tokyo and New York. New York for its energy, and Toyko its culture.

MR: How far do you want to take this?

RD: As far as I can...

MR: Any particular jobs that were especially memorable?

Richelle Dobson in Africa
Richelle Dobson in Africa
RD: Africa - it was hard because I had to take pills for malaria, so I was kind of sick the whole time. But it was a great experience. I really enjoyed it.

MR: Do you like coming back to Canada to do jobs here?

RD: Always - I'm always up for doing jobs here.

MR: What has modelling taught you about yourself?

RD: You have to keep your feet on the ground because it's a cut-throat business and people are always trying to step all over you. You've really got to stick up for yourself and have confidence most of all - in everything you do. I'm a lot tougher now, than when I started.

MR: Do you get used to the rudeness?

RD: Yeah. And I can be rude back, but not unless I have to be. I get a laugh out of it sometimes - it's kind of funny.

Richelle Dobson MR: Are there any photographers you're anxious to work with?

RD: Steven Meisel, I guess, but I'm more interested in the travel.

MR: Are you used to seeing yourself now in store fronts and magazines?

RD: A little more now, than when I started seeing myself in magazines.

In the beginning it was like "Hey, that's me." It's cool to see myself, and my friends and family think it's cool too.

MR: Did you ever think you'd be doing this?

RD: Never in a million years.

MR: It took some persuasion from your agent to get you going...

RD: Oh yeah. Chantale's a great agent. She really helped me out a lot in the beginning.

I had never walked in high heels before. I was dressing pretty much like a boy, but Chantale helped me out. She's a great agent. I'm very lucky to have her.

Richelle Dobson
Richelle Dobson for Bedo

MR: What would you want people to know about you?

RD: I'm a really easy going person. I'm not too much into the industry, I'm not gossipy. I'm not a bitch. I'm just enjoying myself.

MR: Any limits?

RD: I don't have to take off all my clothes to be a bigger model. That's about my limit.

MR: Ever get tempted to get pulled into the party scene?

RD: I partied a lot when I was younger, so now I'm more about the business and making something out of my life. I like to have fun, of course, but I'm focused on this now because it might not last forever. It's very important to focus.

MR: Any advice for new models?

RD: The most important thing is just to be yourself and be confident.