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December 2007

December 20, 2007

While Modelresource settles into Calgary for the holiday season, another Albertan - Meghan Collison - is appearing on Russian Vogue.


Meghan Collison on Russian Vogue

December 19, 2007

As Modelresource starts to ease into the holidays and prepare for 2008, enjoy some photos of the Ford holiday party, held at L'Oréal's amazing Richmond Street event space.


Bojana & former Model of the Week Courtney French


Chantale Nadeau's Erin Blaak & Siovan (left) and
1986 Supermodel of the World Monika Schnarre with booker Jarrett Plyley


Photographers Lilac & Lily (left) and Liis


Angela Vanderwal & photographer Hamish Kippen (left)
and Modelresource's Dan Grant & NY booker Julie O'Donnell

December 19, 2007


Jessica Lewis for RK Stores
photo: Maxime Bocken
RK Stores have chosen to stick with a formula that works, reuniting Jessica Lewis with photographer Maxime Bocken for their new campaign.


Elmer Olsen's Jessica Lewis for RK Stores, photo: Maxime Bocken

December 17, 2007


Taryn Davidson
in German Vogue
When I look back on this Pink Tartan cast I feel really good about the future of Canadian models.

There are five or six girls (at least six of this crew were under the age of 16) that were still so new at the time, that - nearly a year after they were cast - I still feel are going to have long, strong careers.

Making the most noise so far is former Model of the Week Taryn Davidson, who has captured the imagination of the industry's most influential personalities and publications in recent months.

Her exclusive appearances for Calvin Klein in New York and Jil Sander in Milan are well reported, and now (in the past week) the Elmer Olsen model's book has added tear sheets from W Magazine and German Vogue.

On Friday V Magazine also tabbed the Brooklin, Ontario 16-year-old as their third-ranked model for Spring '08.

Davidson is someone that took my breath away from the first time I met her in February; so much so that I picked her as one of my five most likely Canadian models to succeed in an interview just days later.


Elmer Olsen's Taryn Davidson in German Vogue

December 17, 2007


Giovanni's Ashley Hart
If you didn't catch the finale of Project Runway Canada last night, the winner was none other than former Model of the Week Ashley Hart; someone this website has been a fan of for years.

The 20-year-old from Central Ontario stuck with the victorious designer, Evan Biddell, throughout the series and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Elle Canada as her reward.

Congratulations to all the models that appeared in the runway portion of yesterday's two-hour finale. It was simply a stunning cast, and an excellent show.

December 17, 2007


Chantale Nadeau's Amanda Tataryn
photo: Miguel Jacob
During fashion week I had the opportunity to get to know Amanda Tataryn quite well. Sutherland kept her very busy with shows, including two of the bigger ones with which I was directly involved.

The Chantale Nadeau discovery has been in Singpore ever since, and has been working nearly non-stop under Mannequin's guidance.

Tataryn is experiencing the rainy season in Singapore right now, adjusting for castings by slicking her hair back. "I guess the edgy, dog in the rain look works though because I have been busy here," she tells Modelresource.

In her first few weeks she closed two shows (one of which was Chanel), did editorial for Peak and Luxx, travelled to Bali for a shoot, then to Malaysia for another.

Last week the 18-year-old walked for Loewe, shot for Shape and Seventeen, landed the cover of Female and did her first campaign for a brand called All Dressed Up.


Amanda Tataryn, on location in Bali
Being so close to the equator hasn't melted her holiday spirit either. The 5'11" brunette has been surrounded by plastic snow in all the malls, and worked in several Christmas shows.

Among her roommates are Austalia's Next Top Model winner Alice Burdeu, and Montréal's Andrei Flinker (Giovanni).

Watch for the Waterdown, Ontario resident to appear shortly on the Levi's virtual-3D website. "That was a crazy shoot. Everything was digitally filmed so I had to do continuous posing on a spinning platform. It was like model dancing!"

Tataryn returns to Canada - and winter - next week.

December 12, 2007

Modelresource has always adored Claire Oleson.

The 5'7" redhead has established herself as not just a Modelresource favourite, but a photographer favourite as well.

A couple weeks ago the Chantale Nadeau discovery signed with Giovanni in Montréal and was immediately booked to shoot Tommy Hilfiger with Leda & St-Jacques.

The remarkable image below is was captured by one of Modelresource's favourite photographers; moo.


Claire Oleson by moo

December 12, 2007

This is a girl that is almost too beautiful to be believed.

Kaitlyn Vanderkooi was discovered at a model search in 2004 and signed immediately to Storm in London.

These images, from the most recent Dex campaign, come courtesy of Folio, which has done an outstanding job booking the B.C. model in Québec.


Kaitlyn Vanderkooi for Dex

December 12, 2007

New images of one of Elmer Olsen's guys can now be seen in the Japanese magazine Common Sense.

6'1" Walker is signed with VNY in New York, Why Not in Milan and Bananas Mambo in Paris.


Elmer Olsen's Walker by KT Auleta, in Common Sense (Japan)

December 11, 2007


Isabelle Trudel's Genèvieve Bouffard
for Lou Lou (français)
The nice thing about shooting the cover of LOU LOU is you generally get two coveted tear sheets from one sitting, since the French and English editions feature entirely different images.

Such is the case for Geneviève Bouffard, whose high-voltage smile can be seen on magazine racks from coast to coast to coast.

The other nice thing with LOU LOU is their online Model of the Month feature, where you can learn a bit more about the person behind the belle visage, in both official languages.

And just in case French Canada isn't seeing enough of the Isabelle Trudel discovery at the local dépanneur, Bouffard is also appearing in the January issue of Clin d'oeil (cover and editorial).


Geneviève Bouffard by Patrizia Castiglione, styled by Conrad Nadeau (for Clin d'oeil)
and by Geneviève Charbonneau, styled by Carolyne Brown (for Lou Lou)

December 10, 2007


Next's Andrea Gratton for Koi Swimwear
There's something rather amazing about David Hou. He shoots, it seems, non-stop, working with new and experienced models around the clock, seven days a week.

What's truly amazing however is not just the work ethic, but also the consistently inspired images he produces.

Technically Hou is brilliant with his lighting, but he also has the ability to take a brand new model and make her look like a veteran. Creativity abounds.

Recently Hou found representation in Paris, and although he plans on staying based in Toronto, he will likely be spending more of his busy schedule on the other side of the pond.

He also just re-launched his website, with a vast selection of some of Modelresource's favourtite faces.

Check it out at www.davidhou.com.


B&M's Lisa Porter by David Hou, makeup by Boriana

December 6, 2007

As few years ago the fashion world slapped itself in the forehead when it finally realized how much Canadian models have to offer.

Everyone knew ours were the polite ones, but when agencies started to do more online, people also started to realize the abundance of tall kids with healthy skin our climate produces.

Like the Brazilians and the Russians, Canadians have demonstrated staying power in the industry, and for further proof of that you need look no further than the current V Magazine / Supreme Models model search.

The five finalists were recently announced and three of the select group call the Great White North home.

Congratulations to Mode's Dara, Elmer Olsen's Amanda and 19-year-old Sam Voth of Winnipeg.


Amanda, Sam and Dara from vmagazine.com

December 5, 2007


Matthew Coatsworth in Hercules
Two of Elmer Olsen's guys can be found in seperate spreads of the same U.K. publication.

Hercules is a new men's magazine, and currently features both Matthew Coatsworth and Alex Loomans.


Alex Loomans in Hercules

December 4, 2007


Andi Muise on YouTube
Fortunately I'm not a shy man, otherwise I would feel pretty silly sitting in Starbucks watching video of Andi Muise being fit for the Victoria's Secret fashion show.

The Michèle Miller discovery made her third straight appearance for the lingerie giant this season - an event you can catch tonight at 10:00 on the CBS television network.

Muise is joined by fellow Miller discovery, Jessica Stam, who makes her second appearance in the world's most watched fashion show.

Some CBS online content is blocked from non-American viewers, however YouTube has quite a bit, including Muise having the collection tailored to her perfect proportions.

December 3, 2007


Liz Bell's Kate Bock in Nuvo
photo: Justin Adam
If you get a chance, check out the latest issue of Nuvo Magazine (a Canadian publication, available nationwide).

There's a really interesting article on Liz Bell's Kate Bock, who has built a pretty impressive career for herself over the past seven years, including shoots with top photographers like Bruce Weber and (Modelresource all-time favourite) Paolo Roversi, appearing in magazines like L'Officiel, Elle, Grazia and Glamour.

The two page article (which you can read here) accompanies a fashion spread (shot by Justin Adam) and gives a realistic glimpse of a typical successful modelling career.

December 3, 2007


Stylus Canada's Colin
photo: Maja Hajduk
styling: Pascal Chiarello (Judy Inc.)
makeup & hair: Sherlyn Torres
Stylus Canada has a great new find by the name of Colin.

The 6'1" 18-year-old was spotted near Toronto's Eaton Centre shopping mall by agency Creative Director Sean Beckingham and New Face Director Lesley Stephenson.

Fashion Division Director Duy Cao tells Modelresource "When he came in to see us we were crazy about him. Right now agencies in Milan, Paris and New York are crazy about him."



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