John Abbott model heading for New York’s Fashion Week
Shannon Dalonzo-Thomas knows what she wants in life, and the 17-year-old John Abbott College student is quietly going about achieving a goal of having a career in the often cut-throat world of high fashion modeling.
Admitting she stays pretty low-key about the modeling career she’s been pursuing for the past two years, Dalonzo-Thomas is nevertheless thrilled to have been chosen to model for the 2013 Fashion Week New York, which kicks off Feb. 7.
She was selected to work during one of Fashion’s biggest weeks after attending a weekend audition in Montreal on Dec. 2.
“I was one of 10 models to compete in the audition,” Dalonzo-Thomas said, adding models, as well as photographers, stylists, make-up and hair artists, were judged on their performances, photo shoots and more during a two-day scouting audition held in Montreal.
In the end, Dalonzo-Thomas and another female model, Jasmine Ellis, were invited to attend New York’s Fashion Week. One stylist and one photographer were also selected, as were two hair stylists. All were chosen by Camp Couture New York City, a company partnering with industry insiders to giving selected models a chance to break into the business.
The quiet but mature teen who is studying in the Creative Arts, Languages and Literature program with a theatre focus, says she got her start modeling when she was 14 years old and approached while shopping in Montreal. “I was scouted by an agency, but I’ve also always been around modeling since my mom used to model when she was my age and my brother has also modeled,” she explained.
One of three kids, Dalonzo-Thomas said she didn’t want to rely on family connections in order to break into the admittedly tough industry.
“I just preferred to do it on my own,” she said, adding, “I had started doing more freelance work, some runway shows and print work and that lead to the weekend audition,” she said.
And though her placement with the first agency was not a good fit, Dalonzo-Thomas feels Camp Couture New York City will take her to the next level.
“They help place models around the world so this is a good chance to see where I can go. I would love to meet all the great agencies and see what they have to offer.”
And while knowing she doesn’t have the ideal body type for all runway modeling - she’s tall and thin, but not stick-thin nor flat chested - she hopes to break into swimsuit or lingerie modeling. While in New York, Dalonzo-Thomas has been told she will do “some runway shows and meet with agencies” with the hope of getting more work. The trip, for which she will not be paid, is more of a learning experience and the chance to make
Dalonzo-Thomas is on pace to earn her DEC from John Abbott this spring. She plans to pursue a university degree online after that so she can be free to take modeling work whenever and wherever possible. When asked how she plans to stay grounded in the modeling world, DalonzoThomas said she’ll rely on her family and friends. “I hear a lot about how industry has a negative effect on some people, but I think it’s just a matter of keeping your head above water and always staying healthy... just maintaining that balance.”
1-When studying at John Abbott College, Shannon Dalonzo-Thomas just tries to blend in.
2-A photograph from one of Dalonzo-Thomas’s professional shoots.