I am a blonde, Metis, petite, open-minded, Toronto-based alternative model available for creative collaborations with photographers, stylists, makeup artists and the like around the Ontario, Canada region and beyond.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Bijou. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I am a multi-talented artist including event promotions, marketing, writing, dance, networking and entrepreneurship. I feel like with this combination of talents I can push out a high volume of quality work in a very professional, creative, intelligent and pristine manner.
Bijou, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I began learning the ways of modelling at the age of 12 and wasn't able to hone in full-time until my new portfolio project this year. I've always had an interest in photography and found myself the subject of people's photos over the years quite naturally. With all other stressors out of the way in life, I'm super excited to pursue this long-time dream, now that I have an idea of how to pursue it.
Who is your inspiration in life Bijou? How do you stay inspired as Model?
I've always been in awe of Kate Lambert (Kato) and her steampunk modelling/clothing line empire. Not just her look, but her overall work ethic and drive as a business woman. I've also been quite intrigued with the up and coming fashion shock duo " faecal matter," and recently invested in some of their designers makes as a reward to myself for the hard work I've been putting in to launch this new endeavour. I feel like art needs to be either unique or even disturbing or else I will lose interest quite quickly.
We all make mistakes Bijou; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I was given a referral to a nude art boudoir photographer I wanted to collaborate with and ended up failing our connection due to too many reschedules. I took this experience as a lesson to get my ducks in a row scheduling-wise. It was a crazy and emotional time to pick up such a heavy project but was inspiring enough to make the changes I needed to, to ensure it never happens again. I never want to be known as that flakey art girl who is forgetful with bookings or is never on time!
Bijou, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
It depends on a person's energy. There are times where my shyness rally gets the best of me, but in general, I'd like to think I'm a very fun, energetic, honest, polite and easy-going overall.
Please tell us Bijou, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Family first! I do consider certain friends to be a part of my family as well. Work is certainly next on that list and social life last. I am a married model now, and my husband is quite involved with all of these things, and he is my bet friend anyhow. It all kind of just flows in the right way I suppose.
Bijou, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I'll be honest; I haven't had the greatest luck in this department! Haha! I've always had extreme trouble fitting into different fields of work outside of modelling due to my alternative looks, extracurricular hobbies, Viking spirit/soft heart personality combination. I have always been within my rights, but somehow outside of people's preferred taste. I think I have finally found a passion I can carry on with on my outside of clubs and offices where I can demand to be treated with full respect and not misguided or thrown to the wolves with game-playing/mind-screwing tactics. I'm much happier freelancing as a model and working my own side business without having to tip-toe around massive anxiety-inducing situations and empower another woman while doing it. I feel like my persuasion involvement with modelling is more in the trend-setting or positive impression making an end of the spectrum.
Bijou, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
I was recently featured as a model in an @artfrak "Dark Rainbow" art show at the Hashtag gallery in Toronto. I was included in his "Bound by Design" surrealist photography and illustration segment with prints on display as well as for purchase.
Bijou, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I work quite frequently with a photographer by the name of Dino Tsinonis, and he gives me space and patience I need to practice in every aspect of becoming a freelance model including photo editing, styling, posing work, cross-promotions, submissions and so forth. It's wonderful to have that one easy-going go-to who is creatively open-minded and encouraging in every way so I can try new things and succeed or fail without worry.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Do your research!