I am inspired by the other talented and strong women I have met in the fashion industry who are fighting for diversity and promotion of positive body image.
Name: Eden Czyna
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About: I studied fashion design at Ryerson University and graphic design at George Brown College. Last year I started modelling with Velocci Model Management and started my company Lust Factory. I have been published internationally and look forward to travelling overseas. Lust Factory is looking forward to working with other individuals trying to change the fashion and design industry and promote diversity and self-acceptance.
Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: I run a creative media management firm called Lust Factory. We focus primarily on fashion and design clients, targeted at improving lives of women and creating more acceptance and respect.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: I am inspired by the other talented and strong women I have met in the fashion industry who are fighting for diversity and promotion of positive body image.
What is your aspiration in life?: To have a fashion industry where healthy bodies are celebrated, and women learn to love themselves the way they are.
What is the most challenging part of your profession?: Opening up about myself and my life over social media, as well as learning to be comfortable on the screen of a camera. Insecurities are prevalent in any industry but especially prevalent in the modelling world. Especially if you don't fit the stereotypical model build, such as being shorter like I am!
We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.: I've probably told too many people to "f" off. (I don't know if this is censored?) But to tell you the truth I don't regret it! I think people should stand up for what they believe in more often. In regards to regrets, I wish I had fought less with my mum as a kid. Growing up makes you have a much deeper appreciation for how hard it is to keep your life together.
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your customers’ needs?: Working on both ends of production (modelling vs. running a company) has taught me just to stay CALM and focus on one thing at a time. I try not to overwhelm myself because then I won't get any work done at all.
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: Probably in the first month of opening Lust Factory, when I had to take care of all the legal work. It was my first time outside of school having huge deadlines, and let alone deadlines that make or break if I pay rent!
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.: Probably on a shoot, if a photographer is suggesting a pose that I know looks unflattering, I will suggest something that looks better for my body.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: Opening Lust Factory and partnering with an awesome charity to help raise money, so single moms go back to school! We have a lot of campaigns coming along to help create more body love and self-acceptance in the world.
How old do you have to be before it can be said you died of old age?: I think I will answer that with the question of how young do you have to be to start living?
Do glow-in-the-dark objects stop glowing when somebody turns the lights on?:
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: A stranger has never offered me candy, so I guess this never came up!
If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?: Because life never strips being hard.
Photo Credits: Photographer: Ian Compton @iantakesfotos
Makeup: Blair Ryder @blairryderx