GEMINI Abroad

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GEMINI Abroad

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

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.

Cefalu, Italy
Cefalu, Italy

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.

Burano (Venice), Italy
Burano (Venice), Italy

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?

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Toronto Airport

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.

Nantes
Nantes, France

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.

Harder Kulm (Interlaken), Switzerland
Harder Kulm (Interlaken), 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.

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Porto, Portugal

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 leah@geminimodels.com . 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,

Leah

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Lagos, Portugal

Fashion On Yonge 2015

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Third Annual Fashion On Yonge on Wednesday, September 9th at a brand new location – College Park Building, 444 Yonge Street.

As previous years this event remains free to public and is the best place to see the hottest fashion for fall 2015.

PHOTO CONTEST ALERT: Will you fall in love with one of the outfits on the runway?  Take a photo of it and post it on Twitter with the #FashiononYonge & tag @DowntownYonge for your chance to win the outfit! Rules can be reviewed here.

Doors Open at 5:00pm with the sounds of DJ J-Lah.
Shows at 6:00pm, 7:00pm & 8:00pm
Check out the official Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoeTsf7quEI

See the official Website: http://www.downtownyonge.com/events/fashiononyonge.html

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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Fashion For Life 2015 – Get Your Tickets Before Its Too Late!

Fashion For Life 2015 - Header GEMINI Models is proud to present: Fashion For Life 2015  – White Party taking place inside the glamorous Pearl Night Club in Waterloo on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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The Location. “We are thrilled with the change in venue and the opportunity to completely rebrand such a remarkable event.” -Audrey Wilson, Fashion Show Producer and owner of GEMINI Models.

Cancer Society

wheels of hopeThe Cause. Fashion For Life is pleased to be supporting the Wheels Of Hope Transportation Program  administered through the Waterloo Region Community Office of the Canadian Cancer Society.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • Over 3,000 dedicated volunteers drive over 13,000 patients each year for treatments.
  • These volunteers travel an astounding 13 million kilometres across Ontario, driving to and from more than 116,000 cancer-related appointments.
  • Since 2009, Fashion For Life has raised over $300,000 to help families with young children requiring treatment outside our Region.

The Special Guests. There will be a cancer scene featuring children in our Region living with cancer.  

Amotion Films, GEMINI Modelling Agency, Raffi Jewellers Inc, Collins Formal Wear, Creme Couture, Peal Nightclub, Victoria Star Motors

The Show: International Style.  Four different fashions shows each featuring exclusive brand labels from Canada and around the world all available locally at the Region’s Top Retailers.

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The Itinerary. Along with four memorable runway events, there will be an opportunity to shop the showroom and indulge in the cash bar.  Enjoy the live internationally renowned DJ-JLah, Gentlemen’s Lounge, exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities and networking, and over $7,500 in prizes and a live auction to energize the night. End the night with our official After Party starting at 11:00pm. Click here for an online itinerary of the evening’s events.

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The Attire. Dress to impress, in your best white outfit.  Guests are asked to “wear white and join the fight” in keeping with the White Party Theme.

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The After Party. Ending the night with a BANG. You will not want to miss this unforgettable after party with an international renowned DJ & a chance to party with local models. Afraid you won’t be able to make the fashion show but still want to attend this unforgettable event?  Available online for $22.60 Purchase before they sell out!

 Des The Tickets.  Avoid “FOMO” – the “Fear Of Missing Out”  – Purchase your tickets today! Tickets are selling fast – purchase your tickets online today – click here for the link.

 

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.

summercamp10457607_480969555380682_6751053899600290999_nJust For Girls (Ages 5-7):

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.

summercamp10376146_480971825380455_4936678123538634240_nFrequently Asked Questions: 

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

Word of the Year 2015 – Annual Tradition at GEMINI

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the past 365 days and begin to dream and set goals for the approaching year.  GEMINI has a unique, long-standing tradition of designing our future through a single word. Your Word of the Year, much like a goal, is used to form the year ahead and encourage you to step toward your dreams and ambitions.

This year, I was fortunate enough to interview students from the Academy. Their stories were not only heartwarming but inspirational.  I am thrilled to share their stories and I hope it encourages you to pick and share your Word of the Year.

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This is Taylor & Kayla.  They are sister’s who are taking the Pre-Teen Modelling class together and are the first girls I had the chance to interview.  You can tell that they put a lot of time and effort into choosing their Word of the Year and I am so happy that they agreed to share their Word with you.
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Age: 9
Word of the Year: Confidence

  • What would you like to accomplish in your life this year?
      This year, I would like to try harder to do more work around the house to help my parents. I would also like to try harder in my classes at school. I would love to do more gymnastics and modeling this year as well and do more sports in school.
    • Why did you choose this word? I’ve been struggling in school. I chose this word because I want to try harder in school and boost my self-esteem. I decided to add a photo of a lion to my word because lion’s represent confidence.
    • What are some things you can do/say to help you live by your word for the next 365 days? I will try not to get disappointed if I get a bad mark.  I will just take it as a sign to work harder. I am also going to put the frame on my bedroom wall so that I can see it everyday.

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    Kayla B – Tuesday Pre-Teen Modelling Program
    Age: 12
    Word of the Year: Push

    •  What would you like to accomplish in your life this year? This year I would really like to help my mother out around the house and excel in school. I also ride horses and would like to start competing in horse shows again.
    •  Why did you choose this word? I chose this word because it was meaningful to me. It’s easy to say you want to do something then never actually do it – I want to push myself to do more this year.
    • What are some things you can do/say to help you live by your word for the next 365 days? To remind myself to do chores, I have decided to leave myself reminders by using sticking notes, a note on my phone or ask my parents to remind me. I am also going to put my frame in my room on my dresser so I will see it every morning. I would really love to continue with riding horses.  I think of the word “push” like a door – if there is something you want to achieve on the other side of the door all you have to do is push open the door.

McKennaThis is McKenna.  She was my final interview and I want to thank her for how open and honest her replies were.  It was my first opportunity to meet and chat with her.  She is an incredibly beautiful and confident girl.  I hope that she is able to find a way to see her beauty the way the rest of the world does.

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Age: 13
Word of the Year: Confidence

  • What would you like to accomplish in your life this year?I’m going into high school beginning of September and I’m really stressed about it. I feel like there is a huge weight on my shoulders waiting to be lifted off. It’s a new chapter, new school, new people and big changes. Going into this new chapter in life I want to have confidence because its definitely something I have been lacking for a quite a while now. I definitely want to walk through those doors on day one ready to learn, ready to accomplish new things and meet new people, but mostly just to have the time of my life. To do that, I am going to need a lot of confidence!
  • Why did you choose this word? One of the reasons I chose this word is because for the past three years, I haven’t really liked who I am or the way I look. I’m sick of looking at others and wishing I was more like them.   It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been happy with my body image and accepting myself. I’m sick and tired of not wanting to go swimming because I hate the way my body looks in a bikini. I’m tired of comparing myself to others. I’ve only just told my parents about the way I’ve been feeling and their love and support has helped me a lot too! I know I am beautiful in my own way, it’s just a matter of finding that confidence. To reach the goals I have, I’m going to need as much confidence as I can get and am willing to do whatever it takes to stay confident.
  • Another reason I chose this word is to help me get better grades. I’ve been struggling with school for quite a while and a couple of years ago my grades started to go down hill and took all my confidence with them. I get very discouraged when I don’t know an answer to a question when all of my classmates seem to know the answer. It’s been my dream since I was four years old to be a teacher. I know I need a lot of confidence to reach my goals. Confidence is something I am going to keep striving for and doing my best because you can never gain enough confidence.  I am excited for the day when I look in the mirror and love what I see or look at a test and be proud of myself!
  • What are some things you can do/say to help you live by your word for the next 365 days?One of the things I can do to help me live my word and help me accomplish the things I want to is talk to someone.  Whether it is my parents or a friend, they will always say the right things.   Sometimes love and support are the best things you can have! Another thing I could do is write out the things I want to accomplish and every time I accomplish something put a really big check beside it.  Each time I accomplish something, even the smallest things, that’s a little bit of confidence I’ve gained. Another thing is if I am having a rough day and it’s just one of those days, instead of running up to my room upset thinking I deserve better than this, I can take a step back and tell myself I can be better than this! I am willing to do whatever it takes to reach these goals and to gain confidence. I am ready for the journey that is ahead of me and I’m ready to be more confident. There is going to be challenges but I am ready to take them on and be the best I can be.

Our Staff Word of The Year: 

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Audrey Wilson – President & CEO

“PURPOSEFUL” – During the upcoming 12 months, I want to be keenly aware that every task I do, job I perform or relationship I build has a “purpose” or meaning.   We all live busy lives and often we forget why we do what we do.  This year I want every moment and experience to purposeful.

Laurie

Laurie Cadman – Model Bookings Manager

“Diligence” – To make a constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body and mind. I chose this word to focus on following through and really making sure I’m on track with what I should be doing.

Meaghan

Meaghan Dietrich – Modelling Instructor

“Stride” – To achieve a steady and effective pace in both my work and personal life to allow continuous growth. To take all of life’s ventures in “stride” to enjoy the moments as they are before they pass.

Leah

Leah Hall- Office Administration & Blogger

“Bliss” – After a difficult year in 2014, I want to find happiness in everything I do. There are always going to be challenges in life but it’s important to find a silver lining to focus on. In 2015, I want to not only find joy in life but to share it with others.

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“Venture” – “a risky or daring undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome”. As I approach adulthood, I find myself having to make decisions that will impact my future. I have to venture out into the world, and trust I am on the path I am meant to be on.

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“Perseverance” –  I have a lot planned for my year so I hope to persevere and keep my focus on the big picture. I won’t let anything come in my way of happiness and success.

 

I hope this encourages you to chose a Word of the Year.  Feel free to share your Word with us at info@geminimodels.com.