Your Best Life: What is Gluten?

Your Best Life: What is Gluten?

Your Best Life: What is Gluten?

 

Gluten has become the swear word of the 21st century. Grocery store shelves are lined with products that proudly boast ‘gluten free’ and almost every restaurant now has a gluten free menu. But what exactly is gluten and why are so many people switching to a gluten free diet?

Gluten is the protein found in grains such as wheat (also known as kamut), rye, spelt, barley and triticale. These grains are often used in baking because the gluten protein gives the finished product a pleasant chewy texture and mouth feel.

Celiac disease is a food allergy to gluten. When someone with celiac disease eats something with gluten, their immune system starts to attack the villi in their small intestine. Villi are very small finger-like projections found along the walls of the small intestine that absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. When the villi are injured, the small intestine can’t properly absorb nutrients from food. This causes immediate problems such as bloating, gas and diarrhea and can eventually lead to malnourishment, loss of bone density, neurological disease and certain types of cancers.

About 1 in 100 people (roughly 1%) have celiac disease in North America. However, 39% of people in North America have a self-diagnosed food sensitivity to gluten. Food sensitivities are less severe than food allergies but still cause gastrointestinal discomfort and can hinder proper nutrient absorption. What’s really interesting is that a lot of people that live in North America who with food sensitivities to wheat can go to Europe and eat wheat with no problems. Something doesn’t add up.

This is something I’ve long pondered myself. Why can I go to Europe and eat bread with no problem but a single soda cracker here in North America makes me instantly sprint to the bathroom with major gastrointestinal discomfort?

After much research I found that answer. In North America, wheat fields are drenched with the herbicide Round Up several days before harvest as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest. When you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it releases more seeds, resulting in a much greater crop yield. According to a 2012 study done by the US Department of Agriculture, 99% of durum wheat harvested in North America has been treated with herbicides such as Round Up.

This is why so many people without celiac disease report feeling much better after eliminating wheat from their diet. If you aren’t celiac and would still like to consume wheat, you can still consume wheat, you just need to make sure it is certified organic. By law, organic foods are not allowed to be genetically modified or contain any herbicides.

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Ask a Model: Tessa M

Ask a Model: Tessa M

NUMA: How did you become a model?
TESSA: I entered a model search contest with Numa and was offered a contract during my first interview!

NUMA: What do you like to do in your downtime?
TESSA: Most of my spare time is taken up with dancing and exercising. When I’m not doing that I love to relax and read, and spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

NUMA: What other opportunities has modelling given you?
TESSA: Modelling has allowed me to connect and work with amazing photographers from Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Ohio. I’ve also met some great people at shoots and developed many amazing friendships.

NUMA: Why are you proud to be a Numa Model?
TESSA: I love being a Numa Model because of their message that everyone is unique and beautiful because of that. I think all people should be loved and celebrated, and it makes me feel good that my agency believes so too.

NUMA: What is one thing you really like about yourself?
TESSA: One thing I’m really proud of is my desire and ability to help others. It makes me feel good whenever I lend a helping hand and brighten someone’s day.

NUMA: What is your favorite piece of art?
TESSA: I can’t pick one favourite piece, but I went to Italy recently and had the opportunity to see the Statue of David. It was absolutely incredible to see the size, detail and beauty of the sculpture, and so hard to believe it was made in 1504.

Model: Tessa M

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Ask a Model: D’Art

Ask a Model: D’Art

NUMA: How did you become a model?
D’ART: My mother had a free Walmart photo shoot promotion and used it on my brother and I for family pictures just over a year ago. I was doing outlandish poses in front of the camera, while smiling and thoroughly enjoying myself, so she became determined to apply to an agency for me. I saw an advertisement for Numa, applied, and here I am!

NUMA: How do you cope with insecurities?
D’ART: Insecurities are one of the hardest things in life to overcome, because we tend to stick to the negatives that surround us. I personally will look at myself in the mirror, and find something to compliment myself on, be it physical or otherwise. Looking at your reflection, seeing what someone else sees, that can really have a “grounding” effect and helps to bring me back down to earth, back to reality and away from self-criticism.

NUMA: What are some of your favorite exercises?
D’ART: Swimming. I looooooooooove to swim! Aside from that, the occasional jog with my hard working mother always helps remind me that she still is the top dog.

NUMA: What were some of your goals for 2017?
D’ART: My goals this year have been to reach 1 thousand followers on Instagram, work to get in better shape, and acquire an international contract!

NUMA: What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
D’ART: Moving to Canada from South Africa when I was 11. The culture shock as well as the constant feeling of difference at such a young age helped me in some ways, but also hurt me in many others. But I’ve grown due to the experience, and overall I am better off because of it.

NUMA: What is your favorite material object that you already own?
D’ART: My Saint Christophers Necklace. It was given to me by my grandmother before I left South Africa, as Saint Christopher is supposed to keep you safe on your travels.

Model: D’Art

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Your Best Life: Ending Stomach Bloating for Good

Your Best Life: Ending Stomach Bloating for Good


Your Best Life: Ending Stomach Bloating for Good

 

Not only is stomach bloating uncomfortable, it can feel unattractive. The good news is that there are a couple of very simple things you can do to stop stomach bloating for good.

Food Sensitivities
A food sensitivity is like a mild food allergy. Even though the symptoms are not as severe as a full blown allergy; inflammation, indigestion and bloating occurs. The most common foods that people have food sensitivities to are soy, dairy and wheat. Try eliminating those foods from your diet and see how you feel.

Not Enough Fiber in Your Diet
What’s really cool about fiber is that it’s a carbohydrate just like other carbohydrates, but the bonds between the sugar molecules are so strong that the human digestive system can’t break them apart. As a result, fiber is not digested and it passes through the digestive system intact. It gives your digestive system a sort of ‘internal scrubbing’ and keeps you regular. Most North Americans don’t get close to the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 25-30 grams per day. If you struggle with getting enough fiber in your diet, consider using a fiber supplement such as psyllium husk.

Candida and Lack of Probiotics in Your Diet
Candida is a yeast overgrowth and imbalance of gut flora in your digestive tract. Antibiotics, a diet high in refined sugar and birth control supplements can all lead to candida. To successfully treat candida, you need to do stop the yeast overgrowth and build up the friendly bacteria in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. To stop the growth, you will need to eliminate all the refined sugar and processed carbohydrates from your diet. Be careful for hidden sugars in foods like yogurt and granola bars. To build up the friendly bacteria in your GI tract, increase your consumption of fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Not Detoxifying Regularly
Your GI tract is a very intricate system approximately 30 feet long. It’s very easy for waste to get built up along the way and back everything up. If your intestines contain backed up fecal matter, your abdomen will round out and become distended. A lot of people will use laxatives as a temporary solution. Laxatives work but they are addictive and if used long enough, you won’t be able to poop without them. Obviously that’s not good and natural alternatives are always best. The product I recommend is Wholy Tea by Innotech Nutrition. It is very effective but none of the ingredients are addictive so you will have no problems pooping once you are done the cleanse.

 

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Ask a Model: Magnus

Ask a Model: Magnus

NUMA: How did you become a model?
MAGNUS: I’ve always admired modeling and wanted to pursue it, but I never had the self-confidence to do so. A few of my friends strongly believed in me and got me in front of the camera, which would be for my first initial shoots. From there I saw the Numa ad and thought I’d give it a shot. Joining Numa gave me the confidence I needed to start going full out.

NUMA: How do you cope with insecurities?
MAGNUS: Through cutting all the B.S and getting real with myself about who I am and who I want to be, and then applying extreme self awareness and dedication to becoming the image of myself that I want to be, while also accepting that if I don’t love and accept myself for who I am right here and now then no matter how I look I will never be happy and will always be running from my insecurities. The only way to break insecurities is by realizing that we’re here for a short time and we’re dying every second that we’re alive, wasting that time obsessing over insecurities is simply time wasted.

NUMA: How would you define your personal style?
MAGNUS: New Wave Aesthetic is a term I got called recently; I dig that. I feel my style is a reflection of what I’m feeling on the inside at any given moment – unique weird different odd and fully expressive at all times.

NUMA: What’s the worst preconceived idea people have about models?
MAGNUS: That they’re just physical objects used to represent another person as if they were simply living mannequins.

NUMA: What is something that no one knows about you?
MAGNUS: I’ve been home schooled since birth. I was also teaching dance in high schools before I would have technically been graduated from high school.

NUMA: What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
MAGNUS: Living with my dad passing away at age 13.
Understanding and accepting that he will never be there again for me in physical form, yet he will always be there for me in spiritual form. For I may have lost his physical body that day but I gained a guardian angel that will always have my back, I never feel truly alone anymore for I know he’s always there watching over me. This fuels and drives me more than anything for he was the most creative artistic human being I’ve ever known, there’s so much he didn’t get to do and achieve in his lifetime, I plan to honor him every single day by becoming the best me I can possibly be and by staying true to the path I feel he would have wanted me to fully live.

Model: Magnus

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Ask a Model: Jean B

Ask a Model: Jean B

NUMA: How did you become a model?
JEAN: Several months ago I met someone who has been a model for a while. We became friends and I got
interested in what she was doing as a model, so she encouraged me to try. I sent some pictures to
Numa and then I got interviewed and I had a really good connection with the people there. Since then, it
has been an amazing experience! I love the way Numa showcases different kind of beauty and drives
people to reach their full potential by finding themselves.

NUMA: What advice do you have for aspiring models?
JEAN: I would give them the same advice that I would give to anyone wanting to start something new. If this
is something you want to do, give it the time and work it deserves and try not to have expectations
other than your personal objectives. If you do what you love and love what you do, you are on the
good path, and in my opinion, the path is more important than the destination. Take the recognition or
success as a plus; don’t aim for it 😉

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?
JEAN: I am not sure I would distinguish my goals as a model as my goals in life; being a model is for me a
great opportunity to connect with people in a more artistic configuration than usual, meaning trying to
generate something that would be an expression of ourselves and in which could generate
emotions in others. To make people feel, see or think a different way for just a moment; I think this is
my main goal.

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
JEAN: I have been active as long as I can remember – I am currently doing a lot of rock climbing,
mountaineering, swimming, playing soccer, mainly outside. Being outdoors is good for my mind, I also
match my alimentation with my daily activities and I avoid eating processed food. Sleeping long
enough is what I am bad at – but I am working on it!

NUMA: Has modeling influenced your style and where you shop?
JEAN: I guess modeling has given me the opportunity to wear and experiment with clothing I wouldn’t have worn
otherwise. I shop a bit everywhere; I like being surprised while I am not looking for something specific.

NUMA: What has been your favorite memory with Numa been?
JEAN: A month ago, I got to work with 5 other models that I didn’t know. After we were done working we
spent the rest of the day and part of the night together. The kind of days when you meet people for
the first time and share an amazing moment together without even knowing them. Definitely one of my
best memory with Numa.

Model: Jean B

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Ask a Model: Billee

Ask a Model: Billee

NUMA: How did you become a model?
BILLEE: I met a photographer through my work and he asked me to do a shoot with him. After shooting with him a few times he recommended me to Numa and Numa then contacted me.

NUMA: What would be your dream shoot as a model?
BILLEE: My dream shoot as a model would be any kind of shoot done in a scenic part of the world I haven’t been yet.

NUMA: What would you change about the modeling industry if you could and why?
BILLEE: I’d like to change the stigma around the modelling industry having a negative affect on your self image. For me, it has helped me become more confident and accepting of my natural beauty. It has also made me strive to be the best version of myself physically and mentally.

NUMA: What’s your favorite part about modeling, and least favorite part about modelling?
BILLEE: My favourite part of modelling is meeting such talented creative people and being able to be a part of their vision. My least favourite part of modelling would be getting lost and trying to get to all the locations because I’m seriously bad at directions.

NUMA: What advice do you have for someone going to their first casting?
BILLEE: Being confident going into any casting no matter what… if you don’t believe you can neither will they.

NUMA: What was the most challenging shoot you’ve ever done?
BILLEE: The most challenging shoot I’ve ever done has to be laying in glacier water on the rocks trying to have good facial expressions when i was seriously cold and in pain.

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?
BILLEE: My current goals in modelling is to get an overseas contract.

Model: Billee

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Ask a Model: Sonya

Ask a Model: Sonya

NUMA: How did you become a model?
SONYA: I was told “I should model” in high school, I couldn’t play basketball, and I didn’t want to. I designed a Halloween costume when I was 14, it was a sleek and stylish. It was a “Nun” outfit and I rocked it, and from there my love of fashion was born. I’ve always loved doing my girlfriends makeup and hair. I went to a modelling school in Ontario and I was selected from an agency in Toronto at the end of school. A month later I was off to Paris, France to model.

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?
SONYA: To continue working, and take my career as far as it will take me! Travel more, explore and experience different cultures and most importantly, stay grounded, focused and enjoy the journey.

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
SONYA: Prayer. I believe in love and truth as a spiritual source I can connect with. Spiritual fitness is key. I nurture myself in nature, hiking, biking in Vancouver and Kundalini Yoga lights me up! Eating to nourish my body and not diet. They don’t work. Balance is a work in progress…

NUMA: When looking at preview images what are things you keep note of during a shoot?
SONYA: Have fun! Not take myself too seriously. Smile, engage with others and listen. Know my angles, I think we all know our best “selfie”. Be positive and be myself.

NUMA: Have your preconceptions of modeling changed?
SONYA: Definitely. Every opportunity I get to make the experience more about the team of people, rather than focusing and overthinking about myself, makes for a great shoot. Also, I use to think I had to look and act in a way that wasn’t my authentic self to “fit in” and to challenge the idea there is no “perfect” way to be, just be me!

NUMA: What other opportunities has modelling given you?
SONYA: I’ve been fortunate to meet many talented artists in the industry, and meet some crazy fun people! Living in New York City, modeling, and having great friends I love dearly. We mutually support one another, super important when away from family 🙂 Living in Los Angeles I discovered my passion in the arts, hosting events in the TV and Film industry and now acting and modeling in Vancouver, a.k.a “Hollywood North”, has been so much fun!

Model: Sonya

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Ask a Model: Taylor D

Ask a Model: Taylor D

NUMA: How did you get started with modelling?
TAYLOR: I have always had a huge interest in beauty and fashion, however sports were my life. I played volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and even did dance. When I was about 11 years old I injured my foot badly. It caused me to end my sports and start on a new path, which happened to be modelling. I always adored models and wanted to be one, however, I thought you had to have a Kate Moss moment haha! I applied for many agencies and never heard back but when I came across the Numa website and read everything about Numa, I knew I had to apply. I wanted to be with this agency so bad. When I heard back , I was beyond happy. I am so blessed to be with Numa!

NUMA: What is something you didn’t expect to learn about the industry?
TAYLOR: Out of all the awesome things I’ve learned about the industry, the one I find the most eye opening is that you become a bit of a business women yourself. Organizing shoots, emailing new photographers, makeup artists and hair stylists to make connections that are in your area. You can and do make many connections in the industry that will help you further your career.

NUMA: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
TAYLOR: I absolutely LOVE anything that’s creative or outdoors. I love to paint – it’s very therapeutic and I can express how I’m feeling through colours and pictures, which I find pretty sweet. I also bake cakes, make jewelry and I’m currently in the process of learning how to sew! For the outdoors side, I love to hike, camping, fishing and kayaking.

NUMA: What are some of your favorite exercises?
TAYLOR: Cardio and yoga are my go to, however I do enjoy hiking also to get my exercise.

NUMA: Best advice you’ve ever received?
TAYLOR: Your success depends on how much you put in, how badly you want it.
You want it? Work for it.

NUMA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TAYLOR: Honestly, I’m not too sure. I have a hope for what I’ll be doing in 10 years but life is so unpredictable , you can never truly know what will happen. In 10 years, I hope I am happy, doing a job I love and having a little family of my own. I hope I have a beautiful house and an awesome little companion (St. Bernard dog preferably hehe). I hope my stack of paintings have grown and I have seen many parts of the world , but still have plenty more to see. I hope I am full of love and happiness.

Model: Taylor

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Ask a Model: Alice

Ask a Model: Alice

NUMA: How did you become a model?
ALICE: I’ve always been interested in becoming a model and the fashion industry, but never looked into actually pursuing it until I graduated high school because I wanted to invest all my time and energy into it. After I graduated, I submitted some photos to Numa and the rest is history.

NUMA: What is an important lesson you have learned since starting modelling?
ALICE: Modelling has taught me to love myself more and has increased my self-esteem and confidence in myself. I’ve had self-esteem issues and anxiety my entire life and modelling forces me out of my comfort-zone which I’ve never really experienced before. A couple of years I would have never thought I would ever have the courage to start modelling, let alone traveling internationally at the age of 18

NUMA: What was something you didn’t expect about traveling on a modelling contract?
ALICE: How rewarding it was! I grew a lot during those weeks I was away. It was also my first time living on my own and I’ve never been away from my family for that long before. It was really hectic, draining and stressful, but also a once in a lifetime experience to live in a foreign country and city.

NUMA: Where do you want to end up on contract and why?
ALICE: My dream cities to work in are Paris, New York, Tokyo, Barcelona/Madrid and especially London.

NUMA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ALICE: I hope to be living and working in London as a model, maybe married and with a child.

NUMA: What are you looking forward to about your next contract in Milan?
ALICE I’m really excited to be in Milan, I’ve briefly visited the city but never really explored it. I would like to also walk in fashion week and just to be working in a fashion capital!

Model: Alice

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Ask a Model: Kevin

Ask a Model: Kevin

NUMA: How did you become a model?
KEVIN: I began as a photographer. While assisting other photographers, I was a test subject and I enjoyed being both in front of and behind the camera. My first head shots were actually taken by myself.

NUMA: What would be your dream shoot as a model?
KEVIN: I don’t have a specific brand in mind but I would love to shoot anything high fashion mixed with street fashion.

NUMA: What’s your favorite part about modeling, and least favorite part about modeling?
KEVIN: My favorite part of modeling is traveling and meeting new creative and driven people. There isn’t much not to like, if I had to pick something it would be going through TSA.

NUMA: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
KEVIN:  I love being inventive in my fitness, also eating out at new places because that’s something I missed out on growing up.

NUMA:  What are some of your favorite exercises?
KEVIN: I love HIIT, pushing myself until failure. It reminds me everything is possible.

NUMA: What interests or causes do you support?
KEVIN: I support The Nature Conservancy, Boys and Girls Club, programs that protect women from abuse, anything that provides sports programs for inner city kids, and anything related to water conservation or distribution. Anyone can support sustainable and fair life.

Model: Kevin

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Ask a Model: Paxton

Ask a Model: Paxton

NUMA: How did you become a model?
PAXTON: I sent in my pictures not being too serious about it and then when I got an interview I was super stoked and decided to try to pursue it.

NUMA: How long have you been modelling?
PAXTON: Almost a year now!!

NUMA: Where do you want to go with modelling?
PAXTON: I want to be able to travel a lot.

NUMA: What is something you want people to know about modelling?
PAXTON: That it’s not like the stereotypes at all. The industry has grown so much compared to how it used to be.

NUMA: What advice do you have for aspiring models?
PAXTON: Don’t give up. Just because you may not get jobs right off the hop doesn’t mean you won’t ever. There’s always potential but you need to work hard!

NUMA: What would you change about the modeling industry if you could and why?
PAXTON: I would change the stereotypes about how you have to be “thin” or look a certain way. Everyone is beautiful and there is no certain look. You just have to be yourself 🙂

Model: Paxton

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Ask a Model: Amy

Ask a Model: Amy

NUMA: How did you become a model?
AMY: When I was fourteen there was a spiritual enrichment conference happening at our church. At one point the pastor asked everyone to find a partner to pray for. I ended up with Paster Dwayne and he told me that he saw me being in fashion in the future. After that my dad came up to me and said he knows someone that owns a modelling agency, and he told me this without talking to pastor Dwayne. So I had the idea of modelling for a while, of course I was in junior high and I didn’t really think about all the time, but the idea was still there. Skip to a few years later on my seventeenth birthday, my parents took me aside and told me that they got an interview with Numa for me. I went in for the interview about a few weeks later and got the job that day. None of my siblings knew at the time so when my mom got the email, she looked at me with a huge grin on her face and holding a big thumbs up. And the rest is history.

NUMA: Discuss a misconception about the modelling world that you want people to know about.
AMY: Two misconceptions that I think are huge is that all models are mean people and that modelling is an easy job. First, I hear so many people that believe models thinks they are better than everyone else and snooty, when really we are just normal people. I’m just a normal nerdy girl from Leduc. Second, I have many people tell me that my job is easy. Modelling takes a lot of physical, mental, emotional energy and preparation. It’s a job that does take work. And I love it!

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?
AMY: My first and most important goal in the industry is to use this job to go to college. I want to become an animation major or art major. I also believe that modelling can open a lot of doors to inspire people and encourage them to chase dreams and to remind them that they are all beautiful.

NUMA:  What do you like to do in your downtime?
AMY: I am a bit of an introvert, so I draw LOTS in my spare time. I love making comics and cartoons, as well as painting and playing music and kicking butt in video games. I also hang out with my closest friends (my parents like this a lot because I’m outside getting fresh air and not hiding in my room with my beloved comics.:)

NUMA: How would you define your personal style?
AMY: I would define my personal style as very tomboy and also a bit androgynous. I love stealing all of my brothers close (sorry bro) and buying men’s clothing. I think they’re cool and they make me feel pretty!

NUMA: What are you most excited about your upcoming contract in Singapore?
AMY: I am most excited about experiencing the culture of Singapore. This will be my first time in Asia and I am excited to see everything there! I also get to hang out with my dad for the first bit so that will be a nice little trip together.

NUMA: What are you most anxious about your contract in Singapore?
AMY: I’m most anxious about being on time, being homesick and being by myself. I have been alone before, but since this is a foreign country, it will be a lot different. I won’t be able to see my friends and family for three months as well. I can use a phone, but being so far away will make me a little anxious. I also want to do my best to be punctual while I’m there. That is something I am trying to work hard on.

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Ask a Model: Lachlan

Ask a Model: Lachlan

NUMA: How did you get started with Modeling?
LACHLAN: I got started with modeling when a well known photographer in our area asked me to do a beauty shoot. I was pleased she asked me, so I said yes. Then the photos came out, and other photographers started reaching out to me, and it all started from there.

NUMA: Have your preconceptions of modeling changed?
LACHLAN: My preconception of modeling has definitely changed. I always thought it was something easy to get into, but it’s actually a hard process. It takes a lot of time, and effort to be where you dream to be. It’s a lot of dedication. There’s a lot of different views of modeling that people don’t always see. It’s definitely a tough industry, but always follow your dreams!

NUMA: Do you have other hobbies outside of modeling?
LACHLAN: My other hobbies outside of modeling are anything dealing with the outdoors. I’m a huge lover of nature, and always wanting to be on the move. I’m constantly outside watching the sunset, hiking, running, and exploring. I never like to be indoors unless its board games with my friends.

NUMA: How do you prepare for a shoot?
LACHLAN: What I do to prepare for a shoot is do my research. If I know the theme of it I will look at photos, and see how to make it work. I also look at the photographer’s website to see what style they are looking for, and how I can incorporate into their style the best I can. The day of the shoot, I like to wake up, and listen to some calm music to get prepared for the day

Model: Lachlan

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Ask a Model: Kasia L

Ask a Model: Kasia L

NUMA: What’s your favorite part about modeling, and least favorite part about modeling?
KASIA: My favourite part about modelling would have to be all the people you get to meet/work with on shoots and just getting a learning experience out of it all—every shoot I go on I learn something new about modelling and how I work in front of the camera. My least favourite part about it is definitely the pressures that go along with it; it’s not an easy industry to work in because it’s so competitive, so I just try to keep an open and positive mind.

NUMA: What was the most challenging shoot you’ve ever done?
KASIA: It would have to be one of the first shoots I ever did before I really started modelling—it was actually a creative dance shoot in mid November at the beach where I wore nothing but a leotard, thin tights, some old ballet costumes and my pointe shoes (which ended up being completely destroyed from the sand/water) and I nearly went swimming just so we could get the perfect shots! But it was so worth it because I really fell in love with playing around in front of the camera and from that shoot I decided I wanted to take my modelling further!

NUMA: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
KASIA: Aside from modelling I’m also a university student going into design and communications, so whenever I get some free time I try to pick up my sketchbook and go exploring in the city. I love drawing and painting, photography, singing and dance, anything art related I’m all over it!

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
KASIA: My goal is to do some sort of physical activity everyday. It could be as small as going for a walk to spending two hours at the gym. Most often I do work outs at home, doing mat work like basic squats, crunches etc but also incorporating all the exercises I’ve learned over the years from dance. I love hiking, doing a ballet class whenever I get the chance and I’d love to get into yoga! But most importantly, I’m a strong believer that a healthy body starts with a healthy diet. I eat a plant based diet where I don’t restrict myself from the foods I eat, trying to keep them as whole and natural as possible. And of course, staying hydrated is super important (my goal is to drink 4L of water per day)!!

Model: Kasia

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Ask an Artist: Jackie Duncan

Ask an Artist: Jackie Duncan

NUMA: How did you get started with photography?
JACKIE: I was always an artistic person and I loved taking pictures of people. Those passions were always put on the back burner though as I focussed most of my attention on my hockey career. But after a number of injuries, I eventually hung up the skates and I began revisiting my creative side. I was soon infatuated with being behind the lens again and my artistic nature lead me towards fashion and portrait photography.

NUMA: What is your favorite theme to shoot?
JACKIE: Creatively, I love shooting fashion editorials, however, one of my favorite things to shoot is portraits.  Creating an image that captures a person’s personality along with their beauty puts a smile on my face.

NUMA: What do you look for in a model?
JACKIE: The most important thing I look for in a model is their connection with the camera. Their appearance is a huge factor but if they can not connect then the images will fall flat.

NUMA: Do you always know which direction you want your shoots to go?
JACKIE: I always have a concept in mind but in creative shoots things flow naturally and I always prefer it that way. You never know what the team can provide to bring new ideas.

NUMA: What advice would you give to new photographers?
JACKIE: The advice I would give to new photographers is to shoot shoot and shoot some more. Don’t try to be someone else, find who you are as an artist. Allow that to come through in your work. And the only way you can figure that out is by shooting as much as possible.

Photographer: Jackie Duncan

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Ask a Model: Tessa M

Ask a Model: Tessa M

NUMA: What are some of your favorite exercises?
TESSA: Any exercise that strengthens my core is my favourite. I love how you can feel the burn both during and after, because I know that I’m pushing myself to be as strong as I can be, with motivating, visible results.

NUMA: Do you have a skin care routine?
TESSA: I definitely do have a skin care routine. I wash my face every morning and night with a dermatologist prescribed face wash followed by it’s complementary toner and moisturizer. The only thing I change is in the morning I use a simple, daily moisturizer instead so my face doesn’t dry out. Having a strict routine really helps my skin be at it’s very best.  My skin care routine typically doesn’t change with the seasons, but I do make changes as needed. If my face is feeling extra dry I’ll use a nice moisture mask, or if I need I’ll swap out my usual face wash for an exfoliator some nights.

NUMA: What’s your biggest luxury?
TESSA: My biggest luxury is probably my family’s support. They have stood with me throughout the entire process of me pursuing modelling and have consistently been there to support and encourage me.

NUMA: How would you define your personal style?
TESSA: I tend to stick towards neutral colours with a statement piece whether it’s my pants or a cool jacket. I do enjoy playing with my style at times but usually I stick to outfits that are comfortable but still chic.

NUMA: Has modeling influenced your style and where you shop?
TESSA: Modeling has definitely helped me figure out which clothes fit and flatter me best. It’s also helped me gain more confidence in what I wear – I am learning to play around with my style more and step of out my comfort zone.

NUMA: Thanks, Tessa!

Model: Tessa M
Photographer: Pam Witkowski

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Ask a Model: Jackie P

Ask a Model: Jackie P

NUMA: What are some of your favorite exercises?
JACKIE: I love to turn on some music and dance around, only when I am by myself though because I rather not have anyone witness the embarrassment 😉 Other than that I try to do cardio everyday by running on the treadmill & with a mix of body weight exercises & yoga!

NUMA: Do you have a skin care routine?
JACKIE: Yes I do! In the morning I use The Body Shop’s Vitamin E cleanser, with my Clarisonic Mia. Follow that up with the Vitamin E toner & the Vitamin E moisture cream. I follow the same routine at night but I swap out the day cream for a more heavier cream like Nivea Creme or I will use coconut oil! I also use the St.Ives apricot scrub twice a week 🙂

NUMA: What interests or causes do you support?
JACKIE: My family & I contribute to a lot of local causes/fundraisers, I live in Cochrane which is about 15 minutes outside of Calgary. We donate to The Cochrane Activette’s which is a non profit society helping those less fortunate. There is always some sort of fundraiser going on in town!

NUMA: What is the craziest thing you’ve done for a photo?
JACKIE: I haven’t necessarily had a “crazy” experience yet (give it time). In November I was at the Calgary Numa office all weekend assisting Twyla. On Sunday evening Twyla was taking Talise & I over to SAIT to get some shots. Our car broke down in the parkade & we were trying to find someone to give us a boost but it was dead there, then we finally found a super nice guy who gave us a boost, but the car still didn’t start. So Twyla was on the phone with AMA for a half hour, then by that time it was to dark to shoot, so we called a cab & talked about life & read horoscopes, we made it back to the office & took polaroids to capture the moment. It was a night to remember 🙂

NUMA: Numa means “Breath of Life”, in what ways do you bring liveliness to your world?
JACKIE: By surrounding myself with positive people, keeping a positive mind set & doing what I love! That’s why I love Numa so much because all the models I meet are super sweet, everyone who works in the office or behind the scenes have a heart of gold. They give off such a positive energy & I have made some lovely friends. It is a really good environment to be in 🙂

Model: Jackie P

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Ask an Artist: Jared Heynen

Ask an Artist: Jared Heynen

NUMA: How did you get started with photography?
JARED: I guess I got started with photography when I was living in Los Angeles. I was going to film school and DSLR’s had just started recording 1080p video, so I bought one for school. Film school took up a lot of my time, but I always had some free time to explore LA, and I ended up using the camera more for stills photography than for filming. Santa Monica, Hollywood Blvd, the Griffith Observatory, Mulholland Dr, Universal Studios, downtown, Venice beach, Rodeo drive. There’s so many awesome places in Los Angeles, so it’s not surprising that I ended up taking a ton of photos. Plus, cinematography and photography overlap a lot, so my schooling did help me get a basic understanding of how photography works. It would be a while before I started to really get into photography though. I graduated film school, worked in LA for a year, then moved back to Calgary and bounced around sets with short stints on tv shows and movies before not getting into the department I wanted to get into, and deciding that I didn’t like the lifestyle enough to continue working in a different department. I had got a job at a local camera store to keep me busy between film work, and that job is what really got me interested in photography. When the store was slow I could play with any of the cameras and lenses to get a better understanding of the products I was selling, but I just ended up spending most of the money I made at that job in the store, and now I’m a little past my first year of quitting my job and trying to do photography full time!

NUMA: What do you look for in a model?
JARED: Eyes are a big one for me. My favourite photos are shots where you feel a connection with the person in the photo, and some people are born with amazing eyes that can really pull a viewer into the photo. Other than that, aside from physical beauty, I like working with models who know their angles and know how to pose. I usually end up tweaking a few things about some poses based on my angle and lens selection, but as a photographer, it’s really nice working with models where all I have to worry about is lighting and camera settings. That being said, it’s still kind of fun trying to figure out a models angles and direct some poses when you’re working with someone new to modelling.

NUMA: What advice would you give to new photographers?
JARED: Be social, be kind, and put yourself out there. Never hesitate to put yourself out there. Get involved with the local photography community, meet other people with the same interests as you, surround yourself with creative people, and never hesitate to ask. Ask that really good fashion photographer if they ever need an assistant on a shoot so you can see how they work. Ask that model with a million Instagram followers if she’d like to collaborate on a shoot with you sometime. You have nothing to lose from politely asking people these things, and believe it or not, all these successful people weren’t always successful. They all were right where you are right now at one point, and they most likely remember what it’s like to be there. My experience in the photography community is that people are general really friendly. It’s a hard business to make a living in and everyone knows it’s hard, and they seem to have some mutual respect for people who are trying to make it. Plus, people like working with people they enjoy being around. You’ll have to be one hell of an amazing photographer to get away with being rude to people. And even if you are good enough that people would put up with your crap to get your amazing photos, why not just be the whole package and treat everyone with respect so they like you as much as they like your photos? Overall though, just put yourself out there. I know it’s easier said than done because I’m really shy and I still struggle with this, but people need to know that you’re a photographer or they’ll never think of you when they need one. I believe that experience and contacts are the two biggest things that will get your photography to where you want it to be.

Photographer: Jared Heynen

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WIN A TRIP WITH NUMA MODELS

WIN A TRIP WITH NUMA MODELS

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Ask a Model: Mikaela W

Ask a Model: Mikaela W

NUMA: What is your favorite and least favorite part about modeling?
MIKAELA: I love modelling because it’s a chance for me to really explore myself creatively and dress totally different than I would in real life but still be myself at the same time. I’m not playing a role or acting, it’s still me, just me in a wedding dress or me with crazy hair. The part that I don’t like is probably just how there are so many assumptions about and within the industry you have to really be strong in yourself no matter what.

NUMA: What advice do you have for someone going to their first casting?
MIKAELA: Honestly, don’t be afraid to have a personality you have to be yourself! Also, bring water and heels that are a bit small for you because the last thing you want is to slip out of your heels.

NUMA: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
MIKAELA: I’m definitely an outdoor person I love hiking and everything that has to do with the ocean as well as spending time at the barn with my horse, it gives me a total opposite environment to modelling which is nice to have the balance.

NUMA: How do you cope with insecurities?
MIKAELA: You definitely just have to be confident in what you have and sometimes fake it till you make it. I have days where my skin is awful or I wish my legs were curvier and everyone has times when they don’t feel like they’re enough. But for the most part, modelling has made me more confident as a person!

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
MIKAELA: Definitely doing a mini daily full body workout just helps me cause I like to have a routine and I also run for cardio. Honestly 80% of looking good is about eating well so I try to keep a balanced and healthy diet on top of drinking water and working out.

Model: Mikaela W

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Ask a Model; Claire

Ask a Model; Claire

NUMA: How do you feel on the runway?
CLAIRE: I love doing runway and I feel very empowered from it. It gives me a kind of adrenaline rush that you just don’t get from photoshoots! I danced for 10 years and I had to quit because of a knee injury, which was a very hard time for me. I’ve always look at the runway as a substitute for dancing on stage, which is something I miss a lot and loved doing!

NUMA: What are some of your favorite exercises?
CLAIRE: I enjoy doing hot yoga because I feel that it not only works my body but also my mind, which are equally important. I also like going to the studio in my gym and doing different barre exercises and routines I used to do in dance class.

NUMA: Do you change your skin routine between seasons?
CLAIRE: The winter in Calgary gets so dry which can be so harsh on my skin so I try to be even more diligent with the coconut oil! Also, in the summer I tend to wear less makeup and drink more water because of the warm weather so my skin is just naturally better and needs less maintenance.

NUMA: What interests or causes do you support?
CLAIRE: I currently volunteer with We Reads Calgary and love going in to read to the kindergartens I work with! Seeing their interest in reading grow at a young age is so important for literacy later on in their lives. Pretty much anything that involves young children and bettering their lives is something I support. I have always wanted to volunteer in an orphanage or teach English to kids in another country.

NUMA: Has modeling influenced your style and where you shop?
CLAIRE: Modeling has definitely made me more aware of what my outfit looks like as a whole and what flatters my body type. It also has taught me how important it is to simply feel confident in what I am wearing! It has not so much influenced where I shop but what I look for when I am shopping!

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Makaela Shooting with Crystal Tsang

Makaela Shooting with Crystal Tsang

Model: Makaela
Photographer: Crystal Tsang

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Interview with Crystal Tsang

Interview with Crystal Tsang

NUMA: How did you get started with photography?
CRYSTAL: I started photography when I took a photography class in High school. I was an extremely quiet and shy person when I first come to Canada 8 years ago. I started to do a lot of research of all kinds of stuff that relates to photography such as skin retouching, posing, lightening. That also brings me a photography award from School! From there I notice that I am not just try to be a good student, I am actually really passionate about photography. Now that if I leave the camera at home for a while, I will feel that something is missing in my life.

NUMA: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
CRYSTAL: Observe whats happening around my life.  Instagram, fashion blogs and window shopping are always my go to for inspiration to see whats in trend,  also to understand what kind of photos i am drawn to. From there i can decide the overall theme for the shoot. Pinterest is a great platform to find the makeup, hair and wardrobes to build a mood board. Lastly of course all my beautiful models always inspires me to do something to enhance their pretty faces or to bring out a different side of them!

NUMA: What do you look for in a model?
CRYSTAL: I like girls who have a personality, something different,  someone is confident about themselves. Not just to keep me interested, confidence really shows through the eyes when I look in the camera. Also one thing I am really into, BIG BUSHY BROW!! I die for it!

NUMA: Which goals have you set for yourself this year and accomplished?
Huge goal for me this year is to get my work publish at least once each month. Means that I need to work extra hard and do more planning before any photoshoot. I am also hoping to travel more to do shoots. I am really grateful that last year I have a chance to do shoots in San Francisco with Numa and had such wonderful time in the trip.

NUMA: How do you prepare for a shoot?
CRYSTAL: I will first go through all my inspirations and come up with a mood board. and according to the theme that I want to go for. I will look for a model that best suits the theme, rather if its more beauty, edgy, vintage etc…then send out a call time for the team.  I usually do the styling myself and go search for outfits for my shootings. And most importantly, clean my studio if needed, grab snacks and get ready to shoot.

NUMA: What advice would you give to new photographers?
CRYSTAL: My best advice is to be nice and be humble to everyone. open yourself and be friends with the team. Spread the positive vibes, encourage and motivate everyone. Also be proud and be confident of yourself. As of now I am still really self conscious and nervous to do networking. But sometimes you just need to take that little step and handle your fear. Its a fun industry! Enjoy it!

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Mikaela W by Younes K

Mikaela W by Younes K

Model: Mikaela W
Videographer: Younes K

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