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Photography Gabor Jurina
Fashion Editor Cary Tauben

 

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By Brenna Dixon

Her career was initially jump-started by photographer Steven Meisel, who she absolutely adores. Singing the praises of many wonderful people she has encountered, Stam particularly looks forward to having her make-up done by artist Pat McGrath. The doll-faced model reflects that the best part of her career is “getting to work with creative people and seeing the world.”  They too, enjoy working with her, as her personality “has a habit of lighting up the entire crew”. 

Although she seems to be living a fairy-tale life, she does concede that there is a downside to her job: dealing “with major jetlag after crossing the world”.  But having closed for Galliano; been the face of Dior and Armani; and walked for Chanel and Lacroix; she considers herself blessed to have such a career.  Even with such accomplishments, the blue-eyed belle is down-to-earth, confessing that she wouldn’t trade modelling for anything – and that she owes everything to her spectacular manager.

The modelling industry and the allure of looking beautiful is known to be extremely pressure-inducing – even though it is hard to imagine the 5’11” statuesque young woman could ever have a moment of insecurity. Whenever self-doubt comes knocking, she grounds herself by embracing the notion that “everyone is unique and perfection is just an illusion. Imperfection is beauty.”

Even after having worked with an impressive list of fashion icons— from designers to photographers—she is still gentle and humble, enjoying all the pastimes one would expect from a home-grown beauty: “I love to chill out in my backyard with my dogs and a couple of friends,” she reflects about her  downtime. From working for Lagerfeld or Fendi, to staying active on Instagram, she is relaxed and cool. Reflecting on her achievements and her humble beginnings, she says the only advice she would pass on to a newbie on the modelling scene would be to “stay close to your friends and family—and of course, have fun!”

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Photography GABOR JURINA. Fashion Editor CARY TAUBEN at FOLIO. Model JESSICA STAM at IMG. Makeup SABRINA RINALDI at FOLIO. Hair MICHAEL GOYETTE at FOLIO.

 

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César Ochoa
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Cesar Ochoa studied arts in Mexico City where he finds a fascination for fashion magazines. He moved to Canada in 2006 and soon he started collaborating for some magazines in Toronto and Montreal as photographer and graphic designer. Huge fan of Dress to kill he started working for the magazine for four years now as art director.

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