Scene and Heard

February 2009

Febuary 27, 2009

Next's Montréal office, is proudly showing the newest addition to the male roster.

Hugo, stands at 6'1½, with black hair and green eyes.

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Next new face, Hugo

Febuary 27, 2009

Ford's Kate Somers
Elle U.S. (March 2009)
Modelresource, as you likely know, is based in Toronto. Toronto's climate, as you may know, is depressingly dull in the winter. This winter, you're probably aware, has been especially grey and bitter.

So colour is a very welcome sight these days, and very few take to tints the way Kate Somers does (for example...).

The release of the latest American Elle is a sweet break from the winter blahs, with Ford's sensational 16-year-old in vivid brilliance.

But then, Ms. Somers always makes me smile.

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Kate Somers, by Horst Diekgerdes, styling Camille Bidault-Waddington

Febuary 26, 2009

Anita Norris' Claudia Perez
Modelresource is currently in London, Ontario, catching up with Anita Norris.

Two weeks ago Modelresource introduced you to Norris' new face Andrea Pearl.

A couple others of whom you should be aware are Julie Weller, who just shot Abercrombie with Bruce Weber; and Claudia Perez, currently with Fashion Cult in Greece.

Both models are placed with Elite in Toronto.

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Anita Norris' Julie Weller

Febuary 24, 2009

Back in July, Yours Truly arranged for one of his favourite models - Giovanni's Justyna - to shoot a video with moo ( who, incidentally, happens to be one of my favourite photographers.

As Modelresource told you then, Fashion Television tagged along to record a behind-the-scenes feature.

That story can now be seen online at

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Screenshots of Giovanni's Justyna, by moo

Febuary 24, 2009

Modelresource loves discovering new photographers, and right now we're really liking the direction we're seeing in Christine Buijs' work (

The Toronto-based graduate of Sheridan College also does a lot of work in B.C., and was very recently published in both L.A. and Japan.

These images are from a recent shoot with Allan International Models' 5'9", 16-year-old Rachel Metz (placed with Icon in Toronto).

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A.I.M.'s Rachel Metz, by Christine Buijs
makeup & hair: Meredith Farley, styling: Shea Hurley

Febuary 23, 2009

Next's Mackenzie
photo: Geneviève Charbonneau
It's certainly not difficult spotting Next models these days. They're showing up on international runways and magazine covers; and in editorial and campaign.

Modelresource told you a couple weeks ago about big developments from Kim Cloutier, Daniel di Tomasso and Sarah Ruba.

Since then Mackenzie has appeared on the cover of LOULOU (interview with Mackenzie here), shot by Geneviève Charbonneau (

The Montréal photographer also did LOULOU's beauty images of Justine, who just recently returned from Paris where she built a solid European book, adding campaigns for L'Oréal Paris and Air France.

Renée Lacombe, meanwhile, is appearing in the current issue of Flare, shot by Max Abadian (, as well as in a Carolee campaign from New York.

And while all those tear sheets were rolling in, Kelsey Van Mook was among the busier Canadians at New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, appearing in at least a dozen shows.

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Justine, from Paris

Justine in LOULOU, photos: Geneviève Charbonneau

Renée Lacombe in Flare, by Max Abadian
and for Carolee

Kelsey Van Mook in Tracy Reese (left) and L'Wren Scott

Febuary 20, 2009

Addison Gill at Calvin Klein
I think a lot of people suspected the six-day absence of Addison Gill from the New York runways could only mean one thing; a Calvin Klein exclusive.

That is indeed what happened Thursday, as the 16-year-old Sutherland/Chantale Nadeau model made her catwalk debut on a Manhattan platform that has been the launching pad for many a successful model.

The Imagist alluded to it Thursday afternoon, with a post from backstage revealing "...The V Magazine/Supreme Search winner is here, sparking Addison off to an audacious start..."

Just an hour before showtime, it seemed all that was left was the waiting...

Bojana Reljic at Calvin Klein
Then, as more backstage shots started to appear online there was the hint of another Canadian making a Calvin Klein exclusive.

Unlike fellow Torontonian Gill, who is in her inaugural season, Bojana Reljic got the second big break of her career Thursday (the other being first runner-up at Ford Supermodel of the World, three years ago), when she came in completely under the radar to walk in the week's most scrutinized lineup.

The 17-year-old Elmer Olsen model was not in the IMG New York show package, neither is she in the Paris one, so it will be interesting to see where the momentum carries her.

Judging by the European showcards coming out now, expect to see much more of Gill in the coming weeks.

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Addison Gill's London showcard

Bojana Reljic's IMG snapshots

Febuary 19, 2009

Drea, by Brian Ypperciel (2006)
I first became aware of Brian Ypperciel ( when he shot Drea's image on the left.

Now, three years later, the Montréal photographer and Chantale Nadeau model have teamed up again, to produce the images below.

If you know Drea and Brian - two people that always make you smile - you have to know this would have been a very fun session.

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Drea (Specs in Montréal, Sutherland in Toronto)
by Brian Ypperciel

Febuary 18, 2009

Modelresource is pretty happy to share three fresh Mode models that look to have some serious impact on the industry.

Calgarian Hannah Donker, who turns 18 in June, is already placed with IMG in New York.

17-year-old Steph del Alba from Edmonton, and Vancouver 15-year-old Janice are not yet placed, but given Mode's remarkable record for developing raw potential it likely won't be long before we see them on the international stage.

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Calgary's Hannah Donker

Vancouver's Janice

Edmonton's Steph del Alba

Febuary 17, 2009

Folio's Billie-Jazz Marcuzzo
There are so many emails that come from Folio that I would love to reproduce in their entirety, because when booker Alexandre de Bellefeuille gets excited about something the messages are creative works of art.

Billie-Jazz Marcuzzo was the subject of de Bellefeuille's latest rave, as he announced the release of the new Parasuco campaign.

I won't be reciting the rapping prose here, but if you get the chance to get on a Folio mailing list, it's well worth it.

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Billie-Jazz Marcuzzo for Parasuco
photo: Malina Corpadean, hair & makeup: Geneviève Lenneville, styling: Annie Horth

Febuary 16, 2009

Ford new face Hannah Forbes
photo: Greg Swales
Just ahead of Toronto's LG Fashion Week (formerly L'Oréal Fashion Week), Ford is readying a roster of new faces down on Adelaide Street, including Hannah Forbes, Jamie Hansen, Bronte and Emily Jane.

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5'11" Hannah Forbes: brown hair, brown eyes
photo: Greg Swales

5'11" Bronte: brown hair, blue eyes
left photo: Felix Wong, right photo: Maja Hajduk

5'10" Emily Jane: blonde hair, blue eyes
left photo: Maxime Bocken, right photo: Maja Hajduk

5'9" Jamie Hansen: blonde hair, blue eyes
left photo: Maja Hajduk, right photo: Maxime Bocken

Febuary 13, 2009

Chantale Nadeau's Amanda Tataryn
photo: Donat Boulerice
Gorgeous new work from Montréal photographer Donat Boulerice (, featuring one of Modelresource's favourite models, Amanda Tataryn.

The Chantale Nadeau / Sutherland / Montage model has been in Greece for the past month with Ace Models, and has been very, very busy during her stay.

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Amanda Tataryn, by Donat Bourice
makeup & hair: Nicolas Blanchet

Febuary 12, 2009

Mode's Court Baker
After a successful first show week with Trump in September, Court Baker is taking this season off to concentrate on school.

In her young career the 16-year-old Mode model has already shot with Chadwick Tyler for Fashion Magazine, and travelled to Singapore with Ave, where she appeared in Elle, Female and several other magazines.

Modelresource is looking forward to telling you much, much more about this remarkable 5'10½" beauty in the future.

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Court Baker in Female (Singapore)

Court Baker in Fashion (left) and Singapore Elle

Court Baker, by Tina Chang

Febuary 12, 2009


Ford's Andrea Pearl
photo: Maxime Bocken
Ford has a gorgeous new face, complements of one of this country's better known scouts.

Andrea Pearl is a 5'9" brunette, who according to mother agent Anita Norris, is already gaining significant international interest.

We'll be watching this one closely.

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Anita Norris discovery Andrea Pearl, by Maxime Bocken

Febuary 11, 2009

Next's Kim Cloutier
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2009
photo: Matt Jones
What a week Next is having!

In the last few days the agency has seen the release of an Armani Collezioni campaign featuring Daniel di Tomasso and new Converse Chuck Taylor ads with Sarah Ruba.

Then, just yesterday, the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition - some of the most important pages on which a model can appear - was released, featuring Kim Cloutier.

The former Modelresource Featured Model is also currently leading the official polling for favourite swimsuit model by a staggering margin. Of the 19 models listed, Cloutier holds more than 40% of the vote (you can add to the total by voting here).

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Daniel di Tomasso for Armani Collezioni

Sarah Ruba for Converse Chuck Taylor

Febuary 11, 2009

CoverModels' Cassandra Tighe
Former Modelresource Featured Model Cassandra Tighe is wrapping up her trip to Australia, and collecting some damn fine tearsheets (like these, from March's Australian Cosmo) before she goes.

The CoverModels beauty has been travelling for the majority of the past year, making one successful stay after another.

Tighe returns to Canada (where she is placed with Giovanni in Toronto, and Montage in Montréal) next week.

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Cassandra Tighe in Australian Cosmo

Febuary 9, 2009

Ryan, Kim & Chantal
by Leda & St-Jacques
Modelresource got a look at the latest issue of Elle Canada this weekend, and was happy to see a number of notable Canadian models among the editorials.

Folio's Marie-Ève Nadeau has an artist-inspired spread, shot by Patrice Massé (

Leda & St-Jacques ( meanwhile, recorded a lengthy story of Canadian designers, featuring Folio's Ryan Martel, Next's Kim Cloutier, Specs' Chantal Stafford-Abbott, Montage's Jessiann Gravel and Stylus' Nicole J.

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Folio's Marie-Ève Nadeau by Patrice Massé

Febuary 6, 2009

Mode Edmonton's Meghan Collison
The Western Canadian powerhouse that is Mode Models has re-opened in Edmonton under new management.

According to a post this morning on the agency's blog (, Katherine Hemsworth is the new Agency Director.

Mode's Edmonton office has produced such well-known Canadian models as Meghan Collison, Agnieszka Wichniewicz and Anna Wasacz-Carter, as well as relative new face Samantha Ypma, who Modelresource is expecting big things from.

Mode's Anna Wasacz-Carter and Agnieszka Wichniewicz

Mode's Samantha Ypma

Febuary 5, 2009

Next's Justine
photo: Jessie Craig
If you haven't heard yet of Jessie Craig, well, it's because the young Canadian photographer has been living in France for most of the past year.

I met her just before she left for Europe, and was amazed by the amount of talent she was exhibiting at such an early stage in her career. Her ability has only grown since then.

Pictured here is recent work of Next's Justine (with Ford in Paris), and Elmer Olsen's Elise Gatschene (with Viva).

To see more of Craig's work, check out

Elmer Olsen's Elise Gatschene, by Jessie Craig

Febuary 4, 2009

Ford's Shelby Furber
photo: Geneviève Caron
hair & makeup: Anna Nenoiu
Modelresource gave you a heads-up a couple of weeks ago, when Shelby Furber departed for Montenegro to compete at Supermodel of the World.

The Ford model impressively picked up 3rd runner-up honours at the prestigious competition, and undoubtedly made a lot of useful connections along the way.

Back home in snowy Toronto meanwhile, the 15-year-old brunette is now appearing in Glow, photographed by Geneviève Caron (; and in Cheek, by moo (

Shelby Furber, by moo
Fashion Direction: George Antonopoulos; hair & makeup: Veronica Chu

Febuary 3, 2009

So just who are the top Canadian male models?

Modelresource wanted to know too, so we charged Matthew Lyn ( with finding out.

The Toronto photographer will be tracking the male modelling scene for us, giving readers a better sense of what the boys are up to.

We will start unveiling the top 25 guys over the next week. Stay tuned...

Some of the top Canadian models

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