Sarah Boutcher and Meaghan Di­et­rich have a lot in com­mon

Grand Magazine - - CONTENTS - BY BRIAN WILLIAMS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ALISHA TOWNSEND

For two peo­ple with so much in com­mon, you might think Sarah Boutcher and Meaghan Di­et­rich would spend a lot more time to­gether.

The 20-year-olds both grew up in Water­loo, went to St. David Catholic Sec­ondary School, joined the Cameo Mod­els ros­ter about 2½ years ago and are stu­dents at Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity.

Yet with such busy sched­ules and dif­fer­ent ar­eas of study – Boutcher in first-year bi­ol­ogy, Di­et­rich in sec­ond-year po­lit­i­cal science – they are more likely to run into each other at a mod­el­ling func­tion than on cam­pus.

“We to­tally would hang out,” Di­et­rich says. “I feel like we’re just so busy . . . that this is what con­tin­u­ally brings us back to­gether.”

Although they were aware of each other dur­ing high school, the first time they re­ally con­nected was at the 2017 Cana­dian Model and Tal­ent Con­ven­tion in Toronto. The con­ven­tion is a week­end show­case that ex­poses new­com­ers to mod­el­ling and tal­ent agents, scouts, man­agers and cast­ing di­rec­tors from around the world.

Af­ter com­pet­ing in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines, the mod­els check to see which agen­cies want to meet with them.

Boutcher turned out to be a bit of a rock star at the con­fer­ence, gen­er­at­ing 54 call­backs.

“Sarah was break­ing records,” Di­et­rich says. “Ev­ery­one was fight­ing for her.”

In a 76-person age group Boutcher won in the run­way, swimwear and go-see (au­di­tion) cat­e­gories and was first run­ner-up in the vo­cal com­pe­ti­tion.

“That was the point for me where I was like: maybe I can ac­tu­ally do this,” Boutcher says.

She says her mother was even caught off guard when Boutcher was de­clared win­ner in the run­way cat­e­gory. “My mom was like ‘Don’t get me wrong, I love you and all, but I didn’t think you would ac­tu­ally win that.’ ”

It all led to of­fers to travel to places such as Mi­lan and Korea, but she de­cided to put international mod­el­ling on hold and signed with Elite Model Management in Toronto.

Stand­ing five feet 10½ inches tall, Boutcher is built for the run­ways and has ex­pe­ri­enced the cat­walks at shows such as Toronto Fash­ion Week.

The con­ven­tion was also a piv­otal ex­pe­ri­ence for Di­et­rich who could now see mod­el­ling as a re­al­ity, even though she is five feet two inches tall in what is con­sid­ered a taller person’s game.

Di­et­rich was able to par­lay that con­fer­ence ex­po­sure into a con­tract with the Sher­rida model agency in Toronto. Among the jobs she has landed is a reg­u­lar gig on tele­vi­sion’s The Shop­ping Chan­nel, help­ing sell beauty prod­ucts two or three days a month.

She knows she isn’t go­ing to be walk­ing the run­ways along­side Boutcher, but she knows there are other av­enues, such as print cam­paigns that pay well.

“I guess I used to look at (my height) as a dis­ad­van­tage and I don’t any­more,” Di­et­rich says.

Out­side of mod­el­ling, Di­et­rich spent 16 years as a competitive Ir­ish dancer un­til re­cent de­mands on her time prompted her to pull back on that commitment.

Boutcher has a back­ground in mu­sic. A for­mer mem­ber of the KW Glee choir, fans of the Kitch­ener-Water­loo Ti­tans bas­ket­ball team may rec­og­nize her as an an­them singer, some­thing she says she has done a hand­ful of times in the team’s first two sea­sons.

Another thing Di­et­rich and Boutcher have in com­mon is a pass­ing in­ter­est in the Royal wed­ding set for May 19. Both say they’ll be in­ter­ested to see how the big day goes for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but they are un­likely to be plan­ning an elab­o­rate tea party de­spite the ev­i­dence we gath­ered at our Lang­don Hall photo shoot prov­ing they would look great all dressed up for one.

Sarah Boutcher, left, and Meaghan Di­et­rich at Lang­don Hall Coun­try House Ho­tel and Spa.

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