More than a Model.
Interview & Photography by Taylor McKay
Some of Stephanie's clients include: Teen Vogue Magazine, GQ Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Elle Magazine, and H&M.
Steph and I met at FORD Models and I remember noticing her wicked Lara-Stone-esque (if you don't know that bombshell model google her) gap tooth and tom boy don't-give-a-f*ck vibe. When we got talking in the lobby of the agency she wasn't all roses and butterflies about the fashion industry, she was refreshingly real and honest about her own experiences in it. I got the chance to photograph this beautiful (inside and out) specimen, and ask her some personal questions.
TM: What is your favorite personality trait that you possess?
SC: My overall positivity. When people are positive good things happen.
TM: What are you most insecure about?
SC: I used to be insecure about my weight, thinking that all of the other models around me were skinnier (thinking this meant they were more worthy than I). My breasts were always an issue for me because clients would call me overall "too big". I was barely welcomed into the industry for having a womanly body. And I have come to realize that this is not my issue, it is theirs. Totally out of my control. I love my body and I will no longer let people morph my ideas about myself.
TM: What are you most afraid of?
SC: I guess I am most afraid of letting those thoughts come back. I don't want to one day be out of the modeling industry and be left with dysmorphia issues. So I try my best to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible and I surround myself with positive people. I feel the best in my skin most of the time. When you surround yourself with positive people and maintain a healthy lifestyle you can let go of the stupid expectations we think we are supposed to live up to.
TM: What is a healthy habit you rely on to pick yourself up and make you feel good inside?
SC: My healthy habit is going for long walks. Everyday I try to go for at least an hour walk. It's not the same as going to the gym for me...because at the gym Im focusing on not dying haha. When I walk, I get to really think about things. It's a great cleanse for my brain.
TM: Love it. Looking at your gorgeous modeling portfolio people might not assume you have shared similar insecurities as they have. Thank you for sharing your experience. Your truth is the most beautiful part about you.
Stephanie is Represented by: Plutino Models, Toronto