Modeling can be a shallow business, and I took it up between 1993 and 1996. Something inside me wanted to project beauty. To be beautiful. I was a little older, so I didn’t buy into the carrot stick and water diets, or that I had to shave inches off my legs. I did it for amusement. I never made much money, and I did bridal shows around Ottawa for fun. The bridal designers loved me because I had curves, whereas the younger girls didn’t, and I was the perfect size 10. Bridal material. I remember Dwight Saunder’s shop down on Somerset. I loved his stuff.
I mostly enjoyed the ability to become another person through the lens of a camera. I enjoyed costumes and putting on a new layer of skin.
Even today, I will rarely buy a ready-made costume at Hallowe’en. I like making something custom. It suits me better. Unique.