Meet Kate Wallace. The fifteen-year-old Canadian model that one of the industry's top model forecasters called "just pure beauty" on Ones2Watch. This pretty young thing has an aura that emanates sheer perfection, and an elegance that is all her own. The brilliant brunette is an intelligent girl, top of her class and an absolute joy to be around. According to O2W, her agent described her as both "bright and mature", and just by taking a look at her, you can tell that this one has the whole package!
Check out my interview with her.
NM: How old are you?
KW: I'm 15, 16 in March. I Can't wait! Haha.
NM: What agency are you with?
KW: I'm with Chantale Nadeau and Sutherland Models.
NM: When did you first start modeling, and how did you break into the industry?
KW: I started when I was 14. I was originally acting, but it was a problem because I was too tall for all the roles (well that and the fact that I can't act) so people always told me I should go into modeling. I never really took them seriously, I mean I never thought that I was pretty enough to be one of the amazing girls in those magazines, but then my friends girlfriend Lee Dares was a model, and she told me I really should go into it. Again, I didn't take them seriously, but after a year of being sent numbers and pushing me to at least look into it I decided it might not be a bad idea after all. I used to be pretty shy so it was a pretty huge step for me, but I fell in love with modeling- its so much fun!
NM: What do you love most about it? The most exciting part?
KW: Definitely meeting all these new and interesting people. I feel like when you are in your teens and still a kid, it's easy to live in a bubble. Modeling has given me a taste of the real world, or better yet, the fashion world.
Photo: Owen Bruce
NM: Do you want to pursue a career in the fashion industry?
KW: Oh definitely, I've wanted to be a fashion designer for as long as I can remember! It has always been a passion of mine to design.
NM: I agree, it would definitely open up a lot of doors!
KW: Yeah exactly, and lots of new experiences, good and bad, but you learn from both.
NM: For sure. So you said you've always wanted to be a fashion designer, where do you see yourself ten years from now?
KW: Well I want to pursue modeling after high school, and then go to university so I guess by that point I'd be in university. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Parsons in New York for fashion design, s hopefully I'll be there!
NM: Definitely work on that! You would be great! Hopefully one day I will be wearing your line.
KW: Yeah! Thanks, that would be so cool, haha!
NM: We recently saw you in the Canadian Aritzia ad campaign for fall/winter 2010 (see photo above), what was your favorite shoot that you have done thus far?
KW: Oh man haha, there have been so many! The aritzia shoot was really exciting because we shot it at night, so that was a new and fun experience. I always have loads of fun shooting with Owen Bruce, recently we went up to my paretns farm for a shoot. That was a lot of fun because that's where I grew up, now I have pictures of myself in the exact same places when I was only three, so it's fun to compare. Then there was my shoot with Koby which was amazing, they did all these amazing tatoos in the post-production. The pictures turned out amazing and being on set with everyone was so much fun, I don't think I've ever laughed that hard in my life! [View the Aritzia ads and collection here.]
NM: Where do you want to go next with modeling?
KW: Hopefully travel. My ulimate goal is to end up in New York but I'd like to see the world first. I've heard it is a life changing experience and I think I'd learn a lot from it.
NM: I would definitely agree with that. Where would you want to go most?
KW: I'd love to go to Paris and New York. I've heard Singapore and Tokyo are both amazing too, but really anywhere. Hopefully somewhere warmer than Canada though!
NM: Thanks Kate, always a pleasure!
KW: Thanks so much Nadia, great talking to you!