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Michelle Valencourt

May 2, 2021

Michelle Valencourt

Michelle Valencourt

Michelle Valencourt

Michelle Valencourt
Michelle Valencourt

Modelresource (MR): How long have you been modelling?

Michelle Valencourt (MV): About four years. I started modelling when I was about 14, and I'm turning 18 this summer. I did it when I was a lot younger – like nine years old - then I stopped until I was 14 when I started going full-tilt at it. Then I stopped again to finish high school. Now I'm going full-tilt again in June.

MR: What has been your biggest surprise with modelling?

MV: How quickly it comes together. You're 14-years-old and living in London by yourself, then fly to New York, then over to Paris, and that's how it happens. When they say you're the "IT Girl" and you're going to do it – you're going to do it. You'd be surprised how quickly it moves.

MR: You're returning to the international stage, but what if it doesn't take off this time?

MV: If modelling doesn't work out, then my marks will get me into university. I want to major in History and English, and teach high school.

MR: Where do you see yourself teaching?

MV: I want to teach in this area. I've grown up here, so I'd like to come back. I've been to Japan, Milan, Paris, New York – all over the place. But when it really comes down to it, I want to come home.

MR: What are your favourite markets?

MV: I love Tokyo. I love the people over there – very, very friendly. London is my home away from home. If I had to move away from Canada it would definitely be to London. I also love New York – it's a hard market to break into, but I love the city.

MR: How has your relationship with IMG been?

MV: I love IMG! They're amazing! They've really helped my career take off. In terms of what an agent can do, they're more than an agent. They make me feel so comfortable, and I can talk to them, you know?

MR: I keep hearing from everyone how grounded you are.

MV: (laughs modestly).

MR: Is it hard to maintain that?

MV: I don't think so. I think I've always been the type that doesn't get caught up in it. I go with the flow. If someone likes me, hey, that's pretty cool.

MR: And if they don't like you…

MV: There are so many models and you can't be the IT Girl for everything, so if they don't take me, oh well… there are tons of other girls out there.

MR: What advice would you give other models starting out?

MV: Be confident, and remember patience is a virtue. I've lived by that. I started when I was nine, waited until I was 14, and then at 14 had to wait until high school was over. Definitely have a lot of patience. If it's not your "IT" time, it could still come – just go with it.

MR: What expectations do you have as you head back out?

MV: An adventure!

MR: Any fears?

MV: Not really. Whatever. If it happens, it happens. If not, I'll come home. The thing you learn is to live away from home, away from your parents. But now that I'm older it's like leaving for university, so it will be a lot easier. I don't have to learn from as many mistakes this time.

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