When I was first considering joining GEMINI MODELS, my family had some concerns. My mom didn’t want me getting wrapped up in appearance, and she didn’t want me to feel the need to look a certain way. You see, the term “modelling” from the public eye can be quite confusing. Modelling is a “blurry” word.
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GEMINI Model’s is excited to announce the KW Girl Expo – It’s Good to be a Girl! taking place Sunday June 5, 2016 at Pearl Waterloo.
The KW Girl Expo will include 2 Fashion Shows featuring graduates of the GEMINI Academy, local retailers, shopping & show exhibitors, lips & lash bar, a fun photo booth and amazing door prizes! GEMINI has consistently hosted over 500 guests annually and this year they expect that number to grow!
This year, GEMINI has chosen to support the KW Princess Project, a local community based charity established in 2011 as their charity of choice. They welcome all attendees of the KW Girl Expo to bring new and gently used prom, semi-formal and graduation dresses as well as footwear and accessories to be donated to the charity. The KW Princess Project donates these items to young women in our community who could otherwise not afford them.
Our focus of the KW Girl Expo is to show the female youth in our community why it’s Good To Be A Girl! During class, we asked our students one question. What does it mean to be a “GEMINI Girl”. In less then an hour, one of our GEMINI Academy teen students wrote this inspiring piece. Thank you to Emma B for allowing us to share your words!
Why it’s good to be a GEMINI Girl!
Many people ask me “What’s the point of being a model?” or “Do you want to be a model in the future?” I’ve never been able to answer those questions without some hesitation, because you aren’t technically ‘being a model’ when you join GEMINI, you’re ‘being a GIRL’. The GEMINI Academy has opened so many doors in my life and I think it’s important to share my thoughts in this blog.
Growing up, I was never good at making friends. But when I started going to GEMINI, I saw that I was slowly making NEW friends every class. From the first class where I was so shy and didn’t know anyone, until now at the beginning of the third term, I know everyone’s name! I’m also no longer shy to ask them questions like “Does this accessory match this top?” or “What are we doing this class?” … because I’d always lose my binder.
In my first year of going to GEMINI, when I was around 8 years old, I thought I wouldn’t be accepted. Some girls already knew each other so I thought they might like other girls more than me. I then came to a conclusion later on in that semester, that this thought in my head was incorrect. Going to GEMINI, was like being around another family. I was always excited for Tuesday night to come because I knew I’d get to see my new friends once again. Just thinking of going back to GEMINI brought the brightest smile to my face, and it still does!
Before writing my blog, I asked two students in my Tuesday class at GEMINI to be interviewed with two different questions:
- “What is the main reason you enjoy GEMINI?” One responded – “I enjoy the fun and the activities we always do, and also the positive and bubbly energy that Miss Meaghan always shows during our classes”.
I asked another girl:
- “Do you think that going to GEMINI ever changed your life or how you were before?” She responded – “Before I went to GEMINI, my self esteem level was quite low based on the media’s portrayal of women and girls. When I was 8, it was my first year at GEMINI and the exposure to other girls my age with the same issues helped me improve my self-esteem. The environment at GEMINI was a big change because of the staff members and their accepting nature”.
My teacher at GEMINI has always been Miss Meaghan although I have had many amazing teachers in my past. I feel she is my favourite teacher I’ve had in my short life. Over this past school year in the first two semesters plus the third one we are now being introduced with, she has always been one to help girls who need it. If someone is feeling down, or having a bad day, you can always count on Miss Meaghan to be there. She always makes sure everyone is included, and she really only had one rule I’ve never heard a teacher say in my schools in the past … “have fun”!
Hearing those words first come out of her mouth, made me feel so much more confident about myself. I am very thankful to have Miss Meaghan as my GEMINI teacher.
As for our student teachers, they have always been so nice. And the thought that they come to GEMINI once a week or more, and balance school work (if they’re in school) plus a social life, I find very impressive. I also find it inspirational that they would be able to balance all that stress.
To the conclusion of my blog, I have many happy memories of my only two years of coming to GEMINI back in my mind, making me laugh to myself. I feel like GEMINI, has opened more windows, got me off my browsing position and on the treadmill with heels on, silently hoping I won’t fall. I’ve learned to have better posture, learn to do a smoky eye, make sure I don’t cry while putting on my fake eyelashes, but there is one question I haven’t fully answered.
Why IS it good to be a GEMINI girl?
Throughout this blog, I’ve been trying to figure that out. That’s when I just lit up like a light bulb. It’s good to be a GEMINI girl, or just a girl, because you can be you, and no matter what, no one can take that away from you.
We could not agree more with Emma! Thank you for allowing us to share your words with our bloggers!
Don’t miss out on this great event! Doors open at Noon. Show Times are 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $15.00 + hst per ticket. Tickets to the KW Girl Expo are available at KW Girl Expo Tickets or at Conestoga Mall Guest Services.
New article by style expert, Audrey Wilson in the Spring 2016 Most Magazine.
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Fashion seen in this picture from LaCreme – St. Jacobs
For those of you who do not yet know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Leah and I am a very proud GEMINI Model. You may have seen some of my posts on the GEMINI blog before. As some of you may know, I started with GEMINI about 9 years ago. I took three of their professional modelling courses and fell in love in the industry and company. Since then I have been lucky enough to do multiple modelling jobs as well as working in the company as the Agency Administrator, Blog Writer, Birthday Party Coordinator and most recently became apart of the Fashion For Life Committee.
It’s safe to say that I was a very timid student in the GEMINI Classes and I have come a long way since those days. Those three years of GEMINI classes definitely gave me the confidence and courage to move 6000 km away from home to follow my dream. (Which says a lot for a girl who has only been on a plane once, 10 years ago to Florida). Here is my story.
Where do I even begin? In September I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in France. This is something I have dreamed of for as long as I can remember and it honestly still doesn’t feel real – despite the two months that have already passed.
I can say that I have worked very hard to get where I am today. I started French immersion in grade one and continued until I finished high school. After high school I didn’t stop. Going to France was a dream deeply engraved into my mind and I wasn’t going to give that up no matter how hard the French courses turned out to be. At Laurier I continued my studies with a goal to complete a French minor. I took multiple grammar and cultural courses. I learned all about France’s history and French painters like Monet, Renoir and David. (Which made my experience in the Louvre much more memorable). I have also somehow managed to continue full time school while having 2-3 jobs at one time in order to afford my trip. It has been a long road but it has definitely been worth it.
Applying to study abroad was terrifying. The first three places I applied to, I got denied. That was a heartbreaking experience. I was devastated and demotivated. It took me quite a few days to get over the rejection. Once I was able to overcome this news, I found out I still had time to apply to a few more schools abroad. When I finally did get accepted into a school, I learned that the acceptance was only based through Laurier and I would need to apply again to the school directly. The whole application process was an emotional roller coaster. When the whole thing was finally over and I got accepted it took me well over two weeks before I told anyone (even my close friends and family). It didn’t seem real. Was my dream finally coming true?
Skip forward to late August after two months of trying to narrow down what clothes to pack and how I was going to fit all of my heels into one suitcase. I took the trip to Toronto with my nervous mother and caring sister (who took off work just to say goodbye to me at the airport). Saying goodbye was extremely difficult but the adventure ahead filled me with excitement.
Now here I am, two months later and I have never felt so at home in a place so easily. I love the little city I am living in – Nantes, France. Its big tourist attraction is a huge mechanical elephant that rides around squirting water everywhere. (Youtube it – it’s hilarious and amazing.) The city is absolutely beautiful and I thank my lucky stars everyday that I didn’t get accepted into my first three choices because I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else besides Nantes. (I guess even rejection happens for a reason)
I’ve been blessed to be able to travel with four amazing Canadians who I didn’t know before arriving here but we quickly connected. I’ve travelled all over Europe with them. We spent time in Barcelona, London and drove all across Portugal together. Our week off will be spent exploring the colosseum’s and canals in Italy and the picturesque mountains of Switzerland.
So I’m sure it seems as though I spend all of my time travelling, but I promise I am studying here too! Although I’m in the process of completing a Honours Psychology program at Laurier, I lucked out by receiving an acceptance into a masters program in Communication and Media. This is a field I’ve always been extremely interested in and can’t wait to use all I’ve learned towards my job with GEMINI Models. I’ve also met some amazing international and French students at school. People from all over the world that I know I will keep in touch with long after my journey is over.
I miss my family and friends an incredible amount. It’s also been hard for me to step away from GEMINI Models for the few months I have been away. They have been apart of my life for so long it feels like I’m missing family. I missed some amazing shows like Fashion On Yonge in downtown Toronto and the Wedding Trends Bridal show but I am so excited for when I return to continue working with them and volunteering my time towards being the social media and public relations coordinator of the Fashion For Life Show.
If you have ever considered doing a term abroad but have some questions or are nervous about it, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, if you’d like to follow my adventures I will be posting photos to my instagram account @HallLeah.
Oh, and don’t forget to follow @GEMINIModels on instagram to see what they have been up to lately!
xoxo Much Love From France,