Kourtney Vandervelde

July 11, 2021

Kourtney Vandervelde
in Christophe Josse
This has definitely been one of my most exciting weeks since arriving in Paris. This past week was haute couture, and surprisingly I booked more shows than expected considering it's my first season. Working each day of the week is rare but surely makes time fly by.

For me these shows are incredible the collections by each designer are so unique. It's very good for new models to be able to be in the shows and get exposure.

My first show I was so nervous, especially after seeing the girls on the runway screen before going out. As the week went on I was in complete fashion mode ready for whatever was to come my way.

Pictures from the shows are posted on several sites; one of those being For me to see myself on such a site was really neat since I go on there quite often. By the end of the week I was so busy I hadn't much time to find the pictures and my Mom was notifying me of them being posted before I got the chance to look for myself.

When it comes to a big company such as Elle it's amazing how quickly their website is updated. Literally a couple hours after the show a variety of pictures were posted on the site.

I can't imagine what it's like for the super models going from city to city week to week doing the shows. I can see after this week all the make up and hair is so rough on a model. Also I would imagine it would be absolutely draining.

Enough about haute couture there is something about Paris I have yet to mention which is the never ending night life. Especially on weekends there are hundreds of things to do at night. Most of the bars and nightclubs the models go to are private so it's a lot of people from the fashion industry or friends of the owners. But people in France party each night until the wee hours in the morning.

For example, dinner starts at one location around 10:30 and ends around 12:30. After dinner you normally hang around for a couple hours of dancing. Around 3:00 or 4:00 most people then go from club to club ending around 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning. Myself, I like to head home around 3 to 4:00 which is when I'm asked "Oh, you not having fun?" It's not that at all - in Canada bars close much earlier - some nights I just cant keep up with the Parisians.

My trip is slowly starting to come to an end, but looking back to everything I've experienced I definitely do not at all regret coming. Talk with everyone soon.

Kourtney Vandervelde is a NAM model.


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