Model life

Danielle Glover, aka Dy­lan G, liv­ing her dream as a work­ing model

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As she stood out­side the doors, heart rac­ing, Danielle Glover was scared.

Be­hind them was the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time, a chance to live out her dream.

“As soon as I stepped into the of­fice I was shak­ing. I couldn’t open the door,” said the Summerside area na­tive. “A woman, who is now my booker, was com­ing off lunch break and said ‘Are you go­ing to go in?’ I was like, ‘Ya, I think so’.”

With a deep breath, Glover pushed open the doors, a de­ci­sion that changed her life.

“They were hav­ing a cast­ing and all the girls were in their bathing suits, and I was like, oh, my god, I am not ac­tu­ally here,” said the 19-year-old. “They gave me a con­tract that day.”

Since then, Glover, or as she’s known in the mod­el­ling world, Dy­lan G, has spent the past two years trav­el­ling the globe, a work­ing model signed with var­i­ous agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Toronto di­vi­sion of Elite Model Man­age­ment, the big­gest mod­el­ling agency in the world.

The five-foot-nine-and-halfinch tall, 120-pound blon­de­haired beauty, with an in­fec­tious smile and friendly hazel-green eyes, now calls Toronto home.

Her life con­sists of cast­ing calls or, as they’re known in the busi­ness, “go-sees” photo shoots and fash­ion run­ways — work she hopes will launch a ca­reer that could make her a house­hold name.

So­cial me­dia was in­stru­men­tal in giv­ing the teen her start. An avid user of the photo-shar­ing site, In­sta­gram, Glover fol­lowed Elite Toronto.

“I made it my goal that I was go­ing to be signed with them,” she said. “I was really ob­sessed with In­sta­gram and started build­ing up my fol­low­ers.” Then, came her chance. A smaller Toronto agency was hold­ing a con­test, ask­ing fol­low­ers to post a photo and use their hash­tag in the hopes of be­ing “dis­cov­ered”.

Glover caught their eye and was asked to Toronto.

But a con­tract with Elite was her goal.

Glover flew to the city, started con­tact­ing agen­cies and got a re­sponse from Elite. The next day, they signed her to a twoyear con­tract, which was re­cently re­newed.

She is also signed with agen­cies M+P in Lon­don and Pop in Milan and New York, has ap­peared in a cam­paign for Aldo and shot a com­mer­cial for Hakim Op­ti­cal.

“I’ve been really busy. I really like work­ing in Toronto be­cause it is a smaller mar­ket so you can get big­ger things,” added Glover.

She has ap­peared in a few mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia’s Zoom, in which she had a 15page spread, as well as in Tur­key’s l’Of­fi­ciel and Cana­dian mag­a­zine, Chloe.

She’s a re­al­ist and knows the win­dow of op­por­tu­nity, as she reaches 20, closes fast.

Glover plans to fur­ther her ed­u­ca­tion, ei­ther to study busi­ness or nurs­ing.

Next up is New York, a place that can make or break a model.

“I am signed in New York but haven’t been there yet,” said Glover, adding she expects to go to the Big Ap­ple in Fe­bru­ary. “I am try­ing to get my foot in the door.”

She would love to work with Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Coach, Prada or Burberry.

But for now Glover is just en­joy­ing the model life.

“I learned more in two years than I have my whole life,” she added. “I hon­estly love it.”

NANCY MACPHEE/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

Danielle Glover, aka Dy­lan G in the mod­el­ling world, has spent the past two years signed with Elite Model Man­age­ment in Toronto and work­ing as a model through­out the world, sign­ing with agen­cies in Lon­don and Milan. She is head­ing to New York City in Fe­bru­ary, where she hopes to get her big break.

DANIELLE GLOVER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GUARDIAN

Th­ese pho­tos showDanielle Glover, aka Dy­lan at work on mod­el­ling as­sign­ments.

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