A Note from A GEMINI Parent

Hello GEMINI Girls,
I’m sure you have heard this thousands of times before but THANK YOU for running such an amazing academy.  This past year has been my daughter’s favourite by far and it was because of the diversity of the Elite Program.
My Daughter has always enjoyed the photo shoots and learning the proper ways to use makeup and style her hair.  However the introduction of the public speaking and getting the chance to be an Ambassador at Conestoga Mall for Black Friday, working with Santa at Christmas, and representing Gemini at the Total Woman’s Show and the Fashion for Life event just pushed this year over the top.  It introduced her to more than just looking good and feeling good about herself.  It showed her how she can then pass it on by helping others and changing their worlds for the better even if it is just by making them smile.
I know she will use these skills as she continues on her life journey.  They have already helped secure her a position on her high school student council.  She wasn’t afraid to present herself during the interviews and knew how to remain calm and poised.  I’m sure she and her fellow GEMINI grad will be a positive force on their school’s Student Council next year.
Thank you again!  I will continue to send my friends to your Academy with their daughters.  It was so fun to see so many of them in your year end show.
Juanita Arnold
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Why it’s good to be a GEMINI Girl! – KW Girl Expo

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.FINAL--eblast--8.5-X-11-POSTER-

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!

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GEMINI Academy Student & Guest Blog Writer: Emma B

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:

  1. “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:

  1. “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.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW: It’s Good To Be A Girl Fashion Show!

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Here are the top 10 reasons to attend the It’s Good To Be A Girl Fashion Show on June 7, 2015 at Pearl Waterloo:

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1. A Chance to Celebrate “All Things Girlie”: Our academy students have been working hard this year, learning all about the modelling and fashion industry, and can’t wait to show all they have learned. Building self-esteem, learning about hair styles, make up trends, fashion, runway styles, choreography and developing self-confidence has been the focus of the GEMINI Academy for the past 30 weeks. This is your chance to get a sneak peak of all we do!

2. Discover the GEMINI Academy: Discover the unique opportunities and programs that GEMINI Models has to offer. The Academy is all about creating self-confidence and building self-esteem in our students. We have programs for girls age 5-15. Come to the show to discover what program best fits you or a young girl in your life. (Learn about our full year programs, summer camps or custom birthday parties!)

3. Check Out the Latest Fashions: The Good To Be A Girl Fashion Show features the hottest trends for Spring and Summer 2015.  Special thanks to our major sponsors, Conestoga Mall and La Crème in St. Jacobs  for outfitting over 150 outfits.

4. Pamper Yourself: This year we will have a special lips and lash station for our guests! Also, learn tips and tricks of the hottest hair trends with live demonstrations from Capri Salon.  Get their early for your free SEBASTIAN “Swag Bag” available for the first 250 guests.

download5. Experience Magic: Need a little magic in your life? The Magnificent DJ Carrol (also, our resident acting coach) will be on site to perform unique and unforgettable magic tricks!

6. Enjoy Sweet Treats: Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt and cotton candy? Bring your loonies and toonies, there will be various food vendors there to tickle your taste buds!

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7. Pick up GEMINI Swag: Purchase a GEMINI Tank,  Custom Water Bottle, GEMINI Bracelet or Fashion Bag at the GEMINI Models Swag Table!

gemini066-L8. Say Cheese!: A silly photo booth by Flash Point Production, will be available for unique and unforgettable photos.

9. Spending the Day with Friends and Family: A memorable day to spend with the young girls in your life. With various activities and entertainment for all ages, this is a perfect opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon celebrating that ‘It’s Good To Be A Girl”.

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10. Walk the Red Carpet: Feel fabulous for your snapshot on the Red Carpet with international photographer Ema Suvajac!

Purchase your tickets now for the It’s Good To Be A Girl Show on Sunday, June 7th at Pearl in Waterloo. Tickets now available at http://www.geminimodels.com/showtickets or Conestoga Mall Guest Services.

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GOOD TO BE A GIRL SUMMER CAMP – NOW REGISTERING! Register before May 1st and receive $15 off

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Looking for a fun way for your daughter to spend the summer? GEMINI Models offers a unique fun-filled summer camp for girls! There are four different camps with full and half day options, it’s easy to find the perfect fit for your FASHIONISTA.

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This camp is perfect for girls ages 5 to 7 who love all things “girlie” and has been designed to help build confidence, self-esteem, and positive attitudes.

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Find out for yourself why more girls in the tri-cities have found this program to be the most fun and informative camp they have ever attended.  This program has been designed for girls to help build confidence, self-esteem, and positive attitudes.

Week3-PreTeenNEW for 2015: Pre-Teen Acting Camp (Ages 8-11):

Step outside the box and have some fun by learning the art of acting. This one week of camp will feature a morning of acting activities followed by an afternoon of all things “Girlie”. With acting taught by special guest: DJ Carroll!

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This program has been designed to prepare girls for Gr. 7/8 and High School by building their confidence and self-esteem.

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What are typical class sizes?  – 15 campers maximum

Does this camp focus heavily on the modelling industry? – No!  Modelling is used as a fun and interactive tool to help build self-confidence while at the same time keeping activities fun and inspiring.   Campers can expect other hands-on crafts and outdoor activities.  Our goal is to empower girls to be their best self.

What is your Camper to Instructor ratio? – We provide 1 adult Instructor and 1-2 Assistants per camp.

What is my daughter required to provide? – We provide all styling products and craft supplies.  Campers are asked to bring a healthy snack, hat, running shoes and a refillable water bottle daily.

Is there a grand finale to my daughter’s week at camp? Yes!  Campers will celebrate a fun and fabulous week by appearing in an inspiring Fashion Show.   Family and friends are welcome to join us for the last 30 minutes of camp on the last day of camp (Friday).  Don’t forget your camera!

Does this camp focus heavily on the modelling industry? No!  Modelling is used as a fun and interactive tool to help build self-confidence while at the same time keeping activities fun and inspiring.   Campers can expect other hands-on crafts and outdoor activities.  Our goal is to empower girls to be their best self.

Does my daughter need to wear heels? Not necessarily.  It is recommended that our Teen Campers attempt to wear heels to help them with posture and self-awareness.  (It’s no surprise we love our heels and are happy to provide a pair for use during Camp.)

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What are you waiting for? Our camps sell out every year and we would love to have you join us this year!

Register now and save!

Half Day Cost: $175.00 (plus HST) Register before May 1, 2015 and SAVE $15.00 per Camper! 

Full Day Cost: $350.00 (plus HST)  Register before May 1, 2015 and save $30.00 per Camper   

For more information & our course schedule and to register your daughter, please visit our website: GEMINI Models Summer Camp

GEMINI Summer Camp 2014!

GEMINI Summer Camp is a one-of-a-kind Girl School designed for girls Ages 5-16. Since GEMINI was founded over 30 years ago, we have inspired thousands of girls in both our Summer Camps and in our Full Year Programs. GEMINI has helped spread smiles  in every shape and size. Check out some of the ‘Insta-memories’ created from this year’s camps!

The Runway:

RunwayThe first activity taught the girls how to walk on the runway. The girls learnt the latest Tips and Tricks of the runway. The instant they stepped on the runway you could see their confidence starting to build. By the end of the day the girls were walking around on Cloud 9 thrilled with their accomplishment of mastering the runway.

DIY & Spa Day:

Image-1 (3)Campers were thrilled to meet Stephanie Storm, Fashion Designer and Make-Up Artist. She helped them to make their own Lip Gloss.

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The Full Day Pre-Teen campers rolled up their sleeves and created a hand crafted and personalized Tulle Tu-Tu!

FacialsNo GEMINI Camp would be complete without relaxing facials, head massages and calming clay masks with cucumbers. A great way to learn the importance of proper skin care.

Meet a Designer:

Sweet PeachOur students were lucky to meet designer Mandy of Sweet Peach Costumes. They were able to tour through her studio and gain insight into the creative world of a designer. Some girls were able to try on some samples of items in their different stages of creation! We can’t wait to see Sweet Peach’s first line come out in 2015!

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Photo Shoot:

Photo ShootThe girls loved expanding their Passion for Fashion! Using all of their new styling tips, they were given the opportunity to style their own Photo Shoot.  They put together their outfit, choose their hair style, their nail colour, their make-up and last but not least their poses! What an exciting day for the girls as they appeared as the cover model in their very own Model Photo Shoot.  What could be more fun then staring in their very own Photo Shoot? Staring in their own Fashion Show of course!

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Image-1 (4)Fashion Show Friday is by far the highlight of GEMINI Camps. The confidence and self-esteem shown during their Fashion Show is hard to match. The girls worked as a team to develop a one-of-a-kind Fashion Show.  They selected music, outfits and dreamt up fun choreography to rock the runway. With a bounce in their step and a smile on their face, the girls put on their Fashion Show for friends and Family! At the end of the Fashion Show the girls were presented with their Photo Shoot Cover Photo!

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We measure success in the smiles on their faces! Needless to say our 4 weeks of campers had a blast at GEMINI Camp.  Are you interested in signing your daughter up for Gemini Summer Camps? We still have 2 weeks left and a few spaces available – Check out our Website to register today!

Here is our Summer Camp Video:

NOW REGISTERING: GEMINI Summer Camp 2014

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Looking for a unique, unforgettable way to spend your summer holidays?  Why not join us this summer at the GEMINI Academy Summer Camps!

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GEMINI Summer Camp is very unique from most camp experiences.  What are some of the exciting and unforgettable activities these campers will get to enjoy? 

Spa Day: Our campers will enjoy a day of relaxation. We create a mini spa like experience at the GEMINI Academy.  The girls will unwind while making and doing their very own face scrub and face mask. Afterwards they will get an opportunity to sit back and do a sponge paint manicure.

New this year: DIY – Make your own face scrub.

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Make-Up & Skin Care: What better way to learn all about make up than from a trained professional?  At GEMINI our instructor is a certified make up artist which means our campers will be learning from one of the best!  Campers will be taught all about the importance of washing their face as they go through a skin care routine with their instructor.  Next they will learn and practice various make up techniques suited for their specific age group.  The instructor will explore a variety of make up colours with them and help the girls find the best colours for their skin tones.

New this year: DIY – Make your own Lip gloss! This year, campers will make their own lip gloss by following a step by step plan and mixing all the right ingredients.  The perfect souvenir to remember their fun week at GEMINI!

Hair Styles & Trends:  These young ladies will learn some simple and glamorous hair styles.  As well as some tips and techniques to keeping hair healthy and clean! We can’t wait to show them how to curl their hair with a straightening iron and explore the use of  twists and braids.

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Fashion: GEMINI is excited to see our campers unique and personalized fashion!  Throughout the week they will explore different fashion trends, styling and develop their own personal sense of fashion.  

New this year: The campers will get an opportunity to meet a local Fashion Designer; as well as get an opportunity to tour Sweet Peach Design Studio and meet a Costume Designer!

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Photo Shoot & Fashion Show: What better way to show off what the girls have learned throughout the week than to have a photo shoot and put on a fashion show? Our campers will get to demonstrate all of the photography posing they have learned in a mini photo shoot. They will also not only model in a fashion show, they get to produce it! Family & friends get your cameras ready, because you are on our guest list.

 

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So, what are you waiting for!  Sign up now as spots fill up quickly.  For more information, a list of the summer camp schedule and to register that special girl, click this link: GEMINI Website

Be sure to check out our video on Summer Camps!:

 

 

Register Today! – March Break Camp (March 10-14)

2014 March Break Camp

Fabulous Me March Break Camp
*Designed exclusively for Pre-Teen girls ages 8 – 12

March 10 – 14 from 9am- 4pm

Hannah G Join us during March Break for GEMINI Model’s “Fabulous Me” March Break Camp.   The girls will get an opportunity to walk to runway, learn all about hair and nail care and practice some awesome make-up and hair techniques! This all day camp is a great for building confidence, self-esteem, making lifelong friendships and creating unforgettable memories!

We cannot wait to see all of the new and familiar faces that will be joining us this March Break! Make sure to register ASAP as spots are limited and are filling up quickly!

Here is a sneak peak of some of the many fun and exciting things we will be doing during the week:

  • Feeling Good, From the Inside Out
  • Practice your runway walk!
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  • Skin Care & Good Grooming
  • Manicures & Nail Care
  • Make-Up & Hair Styles
  • Photography Posing – Bring your cameras!
  • Become Fashion Show Producers! (beauty styling, music, props, choreography)
  • Style Your Own Photo Shoot

End the week with a GEMINI Cover Girl Photo Shoot and Fashion Show!

Register Today:  GEMINI Website – March Break Registration

Check out this slide show of some of the exciting things we have done in similar classes:

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