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Port Wil­liams teen gains in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure in modelling

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ASHLEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ashley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Lo­cal teen Olivia An­drews is turn­ing heads in the Cana­dian fash­ion in­dus­try.

The 16-year-old Port Wil­liams res­i­dent is a model rep­re­sented by Toronto-based agent Peggi Lepage and, in the Mar­itime re­gion, City Mod­els of Hal­i­fax.

“My eyes have been opened up to a whole new world of cre­ative ex­pres­sion. I love hav­ing the plea­sure of wit­ness­ing the hard be­hind-the-scenes work that goes into to de­sign­ing, photography and over­all artistry,” says An­drews.

“Kameleon Jew­elry has been one of my big­ger shoots so far. It’s been cir­cu­lated through the UK, USA and Canada.”

The Kameleon line is also sold closer to home, at Oc­ca­sions in Kentville and Herbin’s Jewellers Six­teen-year-old Olivia An­drews of Port Wil­liams is steadily build­ing her modelling port­fo­lio.

in Wolfville.

“The cat­a­logue has been cir­cu­lated to all three mar­kets. This was an ex­cit­ing shoot for Olivia, and she is very pleased to have a lit­tle in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure,” says An­drews’ mother, Joanna Simpson.

“Fol­low­ing the Kameleon shoot, Olivia did an out­door artis­tic shoot with ac­com­plished Hal­i­fax based pho­tog­ra­pher Stephanie Lane and was thrilled to have a shot fea­tured in Vogue Italia on­line.”

An­drews walked the runway for Ben­jamin Waye, show­cas­ing a col­lec­tion of sleek and con­tem­po­rary dresses, at a sea­sonal NSCAD fash­ion gala held at Casino Nova Sco­tia in April and, more re­cently, show­cased the tal­ents of Hal­i­fax-based de­signer and phi­lan­thropist Vlad Snytkin in a ‘Fash­ion + Art on the Edge’ gala in sup­port of The Macphee Cen­tre for Cre­ative Learn­ing.

She con­tin­ues to travel to Toronto for pho­to­shoots ar­ranged by her agency, and hopes to even­tu­ally move closer to the city af­ter high school.

“I’m still young so I’m try­ing to keep all doors open. I am plan­ning on at­tend­ing univer­sity in Mon­treal or Toronto. Both are cities close to my agency and are two fash­ion hubs for the Cana­dian fash­ion in­dus­try,” said An­drews, a Grade 11 stu­dent at Hor­ton High School.

An­drews plans to con­tinue modelling as a means to pay for her post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion while seiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to see the world and gain valuable work ex­pe­ri­ence at the same time.

“She will be seek­ing full-time con­tracts for sum­mer fash­ion sea­sons in both Hong Kong and Europe, and as well as sup­port­ing her ed­u­ca­tion, she hopes this ex­pe­ri­ence will af­ford her travel and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences,” said Simpson.

“She con­tin­ues to bal­ance school, vol­un­teer­ing, bas­ket­ball, vi­o­lin and modelling and seems to know suc­cess and achieve­ment is some­thing you need to work hard for and stay com­mit­ted to.”

An­drews sees balanc­ing her jam-packed sched­ule as an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate that she’s re­spon­si­ble and works well un­der pres­sure.

“I’m try­ing to take it step by step, stay in mo­ment and be thank­ful for all these won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

PAWEL TOSIEK

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