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Michelle Valencourt
Michelle Valencourt for Burberry
Despite being born in Chicago and living in several places between Florida and Vancouver, Miller has planted herself an hour north of Toronto the gateway to cottage country where she has brought the likes of Michelle Valencourt, Andi Muise and most notably Jessica Stam to international stardom. What makes this even more impressive is that Miller's roster is tiny. In terms of percentages, her success rate is remarkable.

Unlike Streit, Miller has no plans to move to a bigger center. "I like it this way, and I believe the models love it too. My passion in the business is to find great models, develop them one-on-one, teach, inspire and take care of them. If I were to grow larger I feel my focus on this would change. It would become a pressure environment to book and make dollars to keep afloat."

Valencourt is sitting next to me, and following the video and our initial judging commitments we make plans to duck out for a beer. Back to the Britain Arms we go, to discuss life after modelling. At just 19-years-old the 5'10" blonde elected to put aside the life of a professional clothes hanger to get her degree. She isn't the first model to choose this course, but her decision was especially surprising because this is a girl that under Miller's development did Burberry and Top Shop campaigns, and shot for the likes of Jalouse, POP, Marie Claire, British Vogue, the Face, i-D, Dazed & Confused and W. Agencies in New York, Milan, Paris and Tokyo used to line up to have her come to their market. She was a superstar. Last year I was interviewing her at Premier Models' office in London, England. Now we're docked at a pub near Kempenfelt Bay discussing teacher's college.

4:00 p.m. As Valencourt and I arrive back to the ROXX, 65 semi-finalists are being groomed for the catwalk, while Miller's more established faces rotate through a chaotic backstage of fittings, makeup and hair. Scouts, photographers and others charged with judging responsibilities buzz around the complementary munchies upstairs, while Miller keeps things in line below. This is the 14th model search in the agency's 16 year history. By now it's a well-oiled machine.

Valencourt has decided by this point that she won't be taking part in the fashion show. She has been with Miller since she was nine, and today she deservedly feels she's earned the right to relax and enjoy the show.