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An experienced model and a beginner came together in a posh setting to create holiday magic for this issue of Grand.
Rebecca Hardy, gracing the pages of Grand for a fourth time, is well known as the 2007 winner of Canada’s Next Top Model.
To this day, even though she’s built a career in sales over the past eight years at Forbes Mazda in Waterloo, that top-model reference is top of mind for most people who encounter her.
“It’s funny because my hair has changed so many times over the years,” she says, relaxing for a moment post-photo shoot in the warm surroundings of Loloan Lobby Bar’s dining area before heading out into a cold, wet Waterloo afternoon.
On this day, Hardy’s hair is in a more natural blond state but, over the years, it’s been many colours, such as brown, red and black.
Now 33 and getting ready for her wedding in the new year, the Millbank resident still books modelling gigs from time to time. Her fellow Cameo Models co-star on this day,
Michelle Lin, is marking her first Grand Style shoot but not her first time in Grand.
We published a story about her in the MarchApril 2017 edition, talking about how her look – Asian and now standing six feet two inches tall – puts her among a small percentage of models and has the potential to make her highly soughtafter. She has already turned down international offers that came her way more than a year ago. Given that she’s still only 14, her mother’s reluctance to have her daughter pursue the world of high fashion is understandable.
Michelle is quite happy to wait, saying she’s busy enough with her studies at Kitchener’s Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, playing the piano and pursuing her latest extra-curricular interest – volleyball.
Academically, her sights are set on pursuing law and business. And as fun as this Grand experience was, she says a modelling career will happen if it’s meant to be.