MCKEN­ZIE VER­DON

AGE 20 HOME­TOWN ED­MON­TON

Elle (Canada) - - Anniversary -

McKen­zie Ver­don cred­its Ash­ley Gra­ham with mak­ing a ca­reer in modelling seem pos­si­ble. “I was al­ways cool with be­ing me,” she says, but be­ing a curvier girl on a run­way never seemed like a re­al­ity. Now, she sees modelling as a way to live the dream but also as a plat­form to make a dif­fer­ence. Her work in Ed­mon­ton’s in­ner city has taught her not to take things for granted. “It’s so ful­fill­ing to show up and be sur­rounded by awe­some peo­ple who are just down on their luck,” she ex­plains. “It can hap­pen to any­one, so you have to be grate­ful for what you have right now.”

Vis­cose and silk top (Proenza

Schouler), silk-satin skirt (Stella McCart­ney), leather booties (Alaïa), 24-karat-gold­plated-bronze and enamel cuff (Stephanie Kan­tis) and glass

and brass earrings (Cé­line)

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