Written by Daniel Stad
Leah discovered her love for modeling while studying at Georgian College. While studying, a few of her friends who were in the Digital Photography program had asked her to model for them. After she had a good portfolio she opened a Model Mayhem and that’s where it all started.
A small town northern girl at heart, Leah grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. In case you’ve never been there, it’s a beautiful town about 6 ½ hours North of Toronto and definitely worth the trip. Leah’s family is big and they mean the world to her so she tries to go home at least once a month, and she admits that she is always homesick.
Since moving to Toronto, Leah has discovered the market here for modeling and alternative models is huge, and nothing like she has ever seen before. She has been thankful that there have been so many people willing to help with mentoring, building her portfolio and making connections. Leah is always willing to experiment with a variety of different modeling types, but her true passion is in fashion and is putting her focus on that market.
Leah recognizes that in modeling whether we like it or not, weight is important. She keeps fit by watching what she eats and staying active. She is a bit particular about what she eats, but makes sure she gets all of her necessary nutrients. She also tries to get out as much as possible and not just sit in the house.
Interestingly, Leah’s childhood dream was to be a doctor. A pathologist to be specific, but when she got to high school, she realized that sciences were not in her future. She did decide her future was in Business Marketing and has gone to Georgian College, and is currently enrolled at the International Academy of Design for Fashion Marketing bringing her goals closer to reality and her dream job.
Even though Leah doesn’t have one favorite model she does adore Mosh’s work and Nymph Suicide. However she says that every model is ever-changing and ever-improving and she looks for inspiration from everybody that she comes into contact with. If she could work with any designer, she says she would love to work for Toxic Vision (Sharon Toxic). “She's an incredible local designer and I've been following her designs for years. Her style and skills have grown so much over the years and I would love nothing more than to walk around in her clothes everyday.” She says.
With so many models out there, what really set Leah apart are her edgier looks and a street smart personality. She has tattoos, piercings and a shaved head and says that society needs to see a variety of different models whether they be plus sized, alternative or just the “normal everyday.”
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