While inspiring the world around her, redefining what success and happiness mean, and earning the remarkable title 2017 CAFA Model of the Year, MEGHAN COLLISON embodies what a Canadian supermodel is to the highest degree. She is a powerhouse who has come to be synonymous with all things eclectic and pure. And along the way, Meghan’s journey has been peppered with a conscious intent to live her dreams.
As a child growing up in Canada, Meghan set her sights on an international life, well aware that if she was to achieve success as a model, she’d have to move elsewhere. After winning a model search hosted by her mother’s agency, without knowing what the future held, Meghan was on her way to supermodel stardom. Craving a fast-paced environment, NEW YORK became the prefect fit for her. Living in a foreign complex city, while pursuing success in a highly competitive occupation, a humble yet passionate perspective were paramount. Sitting down with Dress to Kill, Meghan reflects on her accomplishments, her faith, and how balancing life outside of work is principal to her success and wellbeing.
You are a rare talent that brings a passionate power to your different roles in fashion editorials, which means you are a true creator on top of being a supermodel. How would you describe your creative process on set? I like to first ask the photographer what the mood and vibe he/she wants in the photos and go from there. Once the clothes, makeup, and hair happen, the character usually just forms naturally. I try not to overthink anything and just move freely. It really is such a fun and inspiring job.
To represent high-end labels with unparalleled professionalism, power and perfection the way you do, and as the face of a worldwide fashion campaign, requires both raw talent and a tremendous amount of hard work. A lot of people still believe if you’re a pretty woman, modelling is a piece of cake. What does it really take to build a successful modelling career? I think it takes a lot of patience and faith in yourself and your capabilities. A strong sense of self and being okay in your own skin are also important. At the end of the day, if you love yourself, no one else’s opinion of you can change that. That’s true beauty and power.
You were born in Edmonton, Alberta. What was it like growing up in Canada’s sixth largest metropolitan area? Do you still feel a strong connection to your Canadian roots? I am really proud to be Canadian! I enjoyed growing up in Edmonton, and it was a great city for my youth. Though, by the time I got to high school, I knew I didn’t belong anymore. I just had too much curiosity to stay in one place, and I wanted to see what else was out in the world. I still visit Edmonton a couple times a year to see my family. Winters are so cold, and every Christmas I’m reminded what TRUE winter feels like!
Manhattan is the place to be for a promising supermodel betting everything on a career breakthrough, but you’ve got to be able to adapt to the Big Apple’s pace and vibe, too. What do you love most about NYC? Has living here come to define who you are somehow? I love New York City. It has been my home for 10 years now. I love the people and I love its energy. I love that there is always something to do and something going on. No excuses for being bored here. Living here for so long has definitely shaped me. I think I walk way too fast now! I also will go back to Edmonton and be confused why something isn’t open until 11 pm at night (laughs).
This year you won the prestigious 2017 CAFA Model of the Year award. How do you feel being acknowledged by the Canadian Fashion industry, and what does this award mean to you? It was such a humbling experience to be awarded the 2017 CAFA Model of the Year award. I think if someone would have told 18-year-old Meghan this is what my future would bring, I wouldn’t have believed them. I am just so thankful. It’s truly an honour and it was an experience I will never forget.
“At the end of the day, if you love yourself, no one else’s opinion of you can change that. That’s true beauty and power.”
Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Anna Sui are just a few of the international high-end fashion houses that you work with. How do you manage work pressure and keep healthy doing all of those big productions? Any daily routines? I don’t really have any crazy routines. Routine is very hard in my job because I never know where I will be tomorrow. I just eat healthy, get into nature as much as possible, and meditate.
You are a vegetarian. Did that start along with your modelling career, or have you always been decisive about your nutritional values? I like to take care of myself. If I feel good from the inside, it shows on the outside. Like everything in life, it was a journey of finding out what works and what doesn’t. It’s something that’s different for everyone. For me, I feel the best when I don’t consume animal products and eat mostly plant-based foods.
You’ve worked with a lot of renowned artists in the fashion industry, and some incredible creative minds in general. Who are your favourite creators and artists – either within or outside the industry – and why? Favourite questions are always so incredibly hard for me to answer. I have worked with so many amazingly talented people. Steven Meisel has been someone that I will forever look up to. He is magic.
During the cover story photoshoot, you shared your appreciation for 70’s fashion and the icons from that era that influenced your style and way of life. Can you tell us more about who they are, and what it is about their style that inspires you? One of my favourite ladies of the 60s/70s is actress Tina Aumont. She is one of my favourite icons. I love how she was a mix of feminine, but with a dark edge to her. I just love her beauty.
Are you close with your family? How do you stay in touch with your busy lifestyle? I love my family. I stay in touch through technology constantly, because I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. My grandparents have an iPad and my brother and I taught them how to FaceTime. They are the best.
What are the five things you’d most like to accomplish in your life? I would like to continue to travel the world and see more countries. I would like to live in a van and travel around for a few months. I would like to own a small home by the water one day. I would like to spend more time with the people I love, and I would like to create more.
When you are not travelling for work, where do you like to go to unwind? I love to explore! I have a car and use it for mini day adventures. I love flea markets and vintage stores. I also enjoy being in nature. Just last week my boyfriend and I found a great swimming hole somewhere in between Pennsylvania and NJ!
How would you describe your personal style? I have 3 moods. Firstly, I love vintage clothing from the 60s/70s. Secondly, I love simplicity and minimalism. White Tee and denim vibes. Thirdly, I will forever love an all black look (never quite shook my goth days). I’ve also been into simple gold jewellery lately.
Photographer Andrew Soule
Creative director & Fashion Editor Annie Horth
Assistant Fashion Editor Maiko Rodrig and Tatiana Cinquino
Model: Meghan Collisson
Hair & Makeup: Gennevieve Lenneville
Editorial shot with Fujifilm GFX 50S Camera
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