Ask a Model: Brandi N

NUMA: How did you become a model?
BRANDI: I became a model while I was in my second year of college. I was studying nursing and realized I had chosen the wrong career path for my life. I then decided to dedicate my life to my passions- one of those being modeling.

NUMA: What advice do you have for aspiring models?
BRANDI: My best advice to aspiring models would be to study your craft and the great models than came before you. I also advise aspiring models to never give up on your dream. This industry is very competitive and rejection happens. You have to have a strong mind and maintain your confidence.

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
BRANDI: To stay healthy and fit I stick to a plant based vegan diet and exercise regularly. A healthy diet and exercise are key to keeping a fit and toned physique.

NUMA: Best advice you’ve ever received?
BRANDI: The best advice I’ve ever received is to “know yourself”. I believe that this principle applies not just to modeling but also to life in general. The first step to greatness in any area of life is knowing oneself.

NUMA: Have your preconceptions of modeling changed?
BRANDI: My preconceptions of modeling did change when I realized how hard it truly is to be a model. It isn’t as simple as stepping in front of a camera and posing for pictures, although it may seem that way. It takes a lot of work, dedication, and knowledge of the industry to become a great model.

 

Model: Brandi N

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Ask a Model: Felipe

NUMA: How did you become a model?
FELIPE: I became a model due to an interesting sequence of events. I was studying industrial engineering at the time in my home country of Colombia when I was contacted via Facebook by a model scout. They had seen some of my personal pictures and wanted to know if I was interested in being part of a new clothing brand campaign. I went for the shoot and not only did I have more fun than I ever thought I could have working, but also made more money in one day than some people made in a month as engineers in Colombia. The photos from
this campaign went on to be displayed in a famous mall in my city so needless to say after that my interest in modeling was quite high. I was then approached at my gym by a trainer who told me there was casting looking for the new face for a local magazine. After attending I was signed by a local agency in Colombia named Agenzia Modellare and kept working as a model since.

NUMA: What is something you want people to know about modeling?
FELIPE: Something I would want people to know about modeling is that, contrary to the biggest misconception about it, there is a place in the industry for all types. I think when you have a passion for something you should go for it, even if it is something that has as many preconceptions as modeling does. I have heard people say: “Well, all models have to be skinny, they need a certain height, specific features and types of teeth…” and quite frankly I’ve learnt first hand this is not true. In this industry I’ve become great friends with plus size models, petite models, older models, etc. I’m not the typical “desirable height” for a male model and yet most people seem to just look past that.

NUMA: What would be your dream shoot as a model?
FELIPE: My dream shoot as a model would be a campaign for Gucci, Armani fragrances, Calvin Klein underwear, or a general campaign for Guess. I’ve always pictured myself modeling for one of those since I started this.

NUMA: How do you align yourself with Numa’s Mission statement?
FELIPE: “You are good enough, pretty enough, and talented enough” are the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard any talent agency use as a motto, and couldn’t agree more with this statement. In fact, I love being reminded of it. Numa believes in the worth and beauty of all human beings and that is something that I practice and live by as well. Without getting too much into any specifics, I like to consider myself a spiritual person and I believe each and every one of our souls instinctively knows that we are enough, yet sometimes this is so easy to forget. In that sense, there is no other mission statement that I resonate with the most.

NUMA: What’s your best quality?
FELIPE: My best quality I have to say is my personality. We are born with certain physical traits which we either learn to love or hate, but the one thing we can always choose is our thoughts and how we choose to be and portray ourselves. I think more than half of anyone’s physical beauty is really in their energy and personality around them. I’ve proved it not just with others but myself. Beauty truly does shine from within and so I’m sure one trait I can say I’m proud of is the outlook I try and take through each day.

NUMA:  Have your preconceptions of modeling changed?
FELIPE: My preconceptions of not just modeling but of models themselves has greatly changed since I started my career. It keeps changing the more people I come into contact with. I used to think modeling was over saturated with superficial, critical people with nothing in mind but ridiculous unattainable standards. I’ve been pleasantly surprised in my experience. I have met so many in this industry that are quite aware beauty is more than a look or picture. It’s a perception, something greatly influenced by our vibe and what we put out in the world. That’s refreshing.

Model: Felipe

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Britney S: Staying Active While Traveling

Staying healthy while traveling can be a challenge, especially when you are traveling to places with a tasty new cuisine. Jet-lag and travel time can also have a major effect on your health while you travel. From feeling sleepy and groggy when switching time zones, to feeling dehydrated and bloated from flying thousands of feet high, the motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle can become a bit difficult. The best thing you can do when trying to stabilize is to get some rest and drink plenty of water for the first bit rather than push yourself to exhaustion!

Once you’ve had your beauty rest, it’s time to get back on a schedule and routine. Hydration, eating healthy, and exercise are key! Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle is crucial to maintaining a healthy mind, positive attitude, and happy life! Although traveling can make it easy to fall out of your routine, there are many tricks that can help you stay on track and countless exercises that can be accomplished in any time zone!

Look below for my exercise tips to keeping happy and healthy on the go!

  1. Running: I strongly believe that running is the absolute best way to keep in tip top shape. Running can be done in short sprints, tabata intervals, or long distances! Running is the perfect exercise because it can be done wherever you are and needs minimal equipment. A good pair of running shoes and you’re good to go!
  2. Yoga: The key to relaxation and a healthy mind, not to mention a great workout! Hold those poses for three deep breaths or more and you’ll begin to feel the burn!
  3. Surfing: Surfing is an amazing workout without feeling like a workout, especially on those arms and abs! Although this exercise can’t be done everywhere, if you are in a spot with the beautiful ocean breeze, jump on your board and ride those waves!
  4. Resistance Band Training: Keep your muscles looking toned by training with a resistance band, which can fit in your suitcase and used wherever you are! One of my favorite exercise pieces because of the versatility and ability to help work on any muscle group and can be done in any location, including your hotel room!

Model: Brittney S

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Ask a Model: Manuelita

NUMA: How did you become a model?
MANUELITA: I’ve always wanted to do modelling I got scouted at the age of 3 and 8 but I was always too shy to give it a go . Three years ago I was in need for a real confidence booster and It was my best friend who pushed me into it . She saw on Facebook that Numa was having a model search going on and suggested for me to look in to it. It took three months but I eventually sat down on my computer and Googled Numa Models and somehow ended up accidentally emailing Tamica directly who then put me in touch with Numa’s dear Amberley and then with Twyla. The rest is history.

NUMA: Where do you want to go with modelling?
MANUELITA: I want modelling to take me places. Modelling itself has opened up many doors for me career wise in the fashion industry. I’m hoping that it will continue to do so as I see my self in no other industry but this one.

NUMA: What would be your dream shoot as a model?
MANUELITA: I’m not sure if I have a dream shoot in particular but I really want to start traveling and hopefully to one of my dream cities like New York City . I would say anything that could happen there run way wise or photoshoot wise would be a dream come true in general.

NUMA: What are some of your favourite exercises?
MANUELITA: I love so many different types of exercises for the mind and body! I’m an ex cross country runner so any form of cardio induced exercises I absolutely love! Yoga is a big thing for me and so is any outdoor activity such as hiking and rock climbing! I also enjoy taking pole dancing classes as a part time sport.

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?
MANUELITA: I think one of my goals as a model is to travel more. I really want to enjoy the opportunities and experiences this industry can bring for me . I’m also really big on body positivity and self love; so I would really love to become an inspiration to others in that way.

NUMA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MANUELITA: In the next ten years I hope that I’ve become successful in the fashion industry as a hair and makeup artist. It would also be nice if I got somewhere as a model too. I wanna be able to get my name out there and have a solid and stable career. 🙂

Model: Manuelita
Photographer: Irene Rudnyk

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Your Best Life: Food Sensitivities

Do You Suffer from Any of the Following Symptoms?

● Stomach bloating/distention
● Irritable bowl
● Constipation
● Weight gain
● Acne
● Migraines/headaches
● Frequent colds /  runny nose

If the answer was yes, then there is a very good chance that a food sensitivity is to blame. Food sensitivities are not the same thing as food allergies.


It’s normal for your body to release small amounts of IgG antibodies on a daily basis. However, a food sensitivity will cause excessive levels of IgG antibodies to be released. When excessive levels are released, the macrophages in the body cannot effectively eliminate them all. The antibodies that are not eliminated will then bind to antigens and the antibody-antigen complexes formed deposit in tissues and release substances that promote inflammation. This inflammation causes the symptoms of a food sensitivity such as irritable bowel, migraines, and weight gain.

The immune system makes five major antibodies: G, E, A, M and D. The G type, IgG, makes up 80% of all the antibodies found in the blood. The more food sensitivities you have, the more IgG antibodies produced and the more overwhelmed your immune system will be. This makes you more susceptible to viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens.

Other Causes of Food Sensitivities:

Chemicals in food – Some people are naturally sensitive to certain chemicals in foods/drinks such as the amines in cheeses, and the caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate.
Aflatoxins in food – Certain foods like beans have aflatoxins that can cause digestive problems.
Histamine in food – Histamine levels accumulate as a food rots/ferments. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt, and vinegar containing foods such as pickles, mayonnaise, and olives are very high in histamine.
Salicylates in food – Salicylates occur naturally in plants as a defense mechanism against harmful bacteria, fungi, insects, and diseases. Salicylates are present in most plant-sourced foods, but tomatoes, berries, and citrus fruits have particularly high levels.
Food additives – There are thousands of food additives used in the food industry but nitrates, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulfites and food colorings (especially red and yellow) are the most well known to cause adverse reactions in people.

Why Food Sensitivity Testing Is Misunderstood
A food sensitivity is an immune process that leads to inflammation which can eventually lead to serious diseases. However, food sensitivity itself is not a disease. As a result, a lot of healthcare professionals do not see the value in food sensitivity testing. Further confusion comes from the fact that IgG food reactions are often confused with IgE food allergies. One subtype of IgG antibodies actually protects against IgE food allergies. However, there are many different IgG antibody subtypes and this one subtype behaves much differently than all the other IgG antibody subtypes. The majority of IgG antibodies (>95%) trigger inflammation, and provide no benefit against IgE food reactions. Since making small amounts of IgG antibodies to some foods is normal, some allergists are misinformed that excessive levels IgG-food antibodies have the potential to cause inflammation.  Food sensitivities develop slowly so there is rarely an obvious link between eating a certain food and the appearance of symptoms.

Should You Get a Food Sensitivity Test Done?
I feel that the small time and financial investment to get a food sensitivity test done is worth it for the following reasons:
Days can pass between the time a reactive food is consumed and the occurrence of a reaction, making testing virtually the only way to determine which foods are responsible for the reaction.  A lot of the most commonly consumed foods in North American diets can cause food sensitivities.  Elimination diets are difficult to follow and can take months to complete.  A food sensitivity test clearly lists which foods are considered normal (or non-reactive), which foods are borderline (or close to being reactive), and which foods are considered reactive. A food sensitivity test makes it easy to see at a glance which foods are problematic for you.

How Much Does a Food Sensitivity Cost?
A food sensitivity test is a simple blood test which tests for IgG antibodies to a panel of different foods. The cost will vary slightly based on location and the practitioner but most tests will cost in the neighborhood of $200. You can find a list of local practitioners who are able to perform the test at RMALab.com.

By: Trevor Kouritzin RHN, B.Eng
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Ask a Model: Andrea

NUMA: How did you become a model?
ANDREA: My first ever modeling opportunity came when I moved to live in Canada. A week after I got settled I
enrolled myself into modeling school where I obtained certified training in the follow:
a.) Professional modeling
b.) Image and self enhancement
c.) Professional acting.
From there on, I went on to book several modeling campaigns, such as commercial print, commercial Ad
campaigns, published in several magazines and graced the runways for several fashion shows across
Canada.

NUMA: What advice do you have for aspiring models?
ANDREA: If you are not the girl who is working harder than the other girls, there will be one more beautiful than
you, one who is going to work harder than you. So, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!

NUMA: What would be your dream shoot as a model?
ANDREA: My dream shoot would be to have a fashion photoshoot in zero gravity. That would be so much fun.

NUMA: What are some of your favorite designers?
ANDREA:
a.) Alexander McQueen
b.) Michael Kors
c.) Marc Jacobs
d.) Karl Lagerfeld
e.) John Galliano
f.) Christian Louboutin
g.) Jean-Paul Gaultier
h.) Donatella Versace
i.) Gabrielle Bonheur
j.) Giorgio Armani

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
ANDREA: I have three nutritional meals everyday that is a low – carb diet, high in protein and includes a serving of
fruits and vegetables. I also drink 6 to 8 glasses of water and I work out at least 4 times per week. My
work out includes yoga, weight training and cardio.

 

Model: Andrea
Photographer: Kylie Reimchen

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Ask a Model: Tijana

NUMA: How did you become a model?
TIJANA: Coming out of high school, one of my friends told me to go audition for this Model Search competition where the winner gets to go to China. So I went to the audition, got chosen to compete and didn’t win. But that’s okay, because I met so many awesome people and models, an agent and still went to China – so everything sort of worked out!

NUMA: Where is your favorite shooting location?
TIJANA: I would have to say either in a empty studio with a plain black & white background, or in an old building that has perfect imperfections for that perfect shot!

NUMA: What other opportunities has modelling given you?
Traveling – obviously! As well as meeting people that you have so much in common with.

TIJANA; What is something that no one know about you?
I don’t think anyone really knows how much I genuinely love to dance and model. When I was younger I was very shy around strangers, but at home I was always, always dancing, taking pictures and dressing up. Today, I’m not as shy as I was before but I do still have some insecurities to work on as sometimes it stops me from doing what I love and want to do.

NUMA: What is one thing you really like about yourself?
TIJANA: I like my quirkiness. I like how I randomly stick my finger in my boyfriends ear and tickle him or when there is plenty of room on the couch but I choose to lay on top of my friends instead. I don’t think you should always be so serious in life. Just have fun. Laughter and love is the best medicine.

NUMA: What is your favorite piece of art?
TIJANA: I would have to say Café Terrace At Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I love the warmth that is felt just by looking at the picture. And it just looks like my “picture perfect” kind of night; a warm summer night in a little village in France, having coffee/tea and crepes with my boyfriend and/or friends.

Model: Tijana

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Ask a Model: Tyler D

How did you become a model?
I was walking through the mall one day when someone approached me and asked if I had modeled before, I said no. He gave me his contact and I told him I would think on it. As the agency was located in Calgary and I was new to the industry, I was apprehensive to join. The next day I told my girlfriend about it, and she said I should message Numa and see if they would be interested in me, as they have a well known agency in Edmonton. I set up an interview and ever since then I’ve been modeling with them!

How do you cope with insecurities?
Lots of times models are insecure about their looks because the industry is constantly changing on what look, body type, or style they want. Being turned down for jobs because you don’t have “the look” can sometimes put a damper on your self image. Personally for me, I have to remind myself that it’s not a personal thing, it’s just business. If I’m not the look the industry needs right now, then I’ll be the next one and to keep doing what I love. My whole life I grew up with a severe learning disability and that sometimes came with people judging me. Over time I’ve learned to be confident and not care what others think of me, which I think has helped me immensely in the fashion industry.

What do you like to do in your downtime?
I enjoy being active so I play hockey, snowboard and dirt bike. On the weekends I spend time with my friends, and try to take trips to Banff/Jasper for a mountain get away!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
To be honest I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years. I just became a Red Seal welder, but am looking into becoming a firefighter; which will hopefully happen in the next 2 years. I just bought my very first house in August and aiming for having it paid off in the next 3 years; then buying a new place in the next 5. I’m the type of person that just goes with the flow. I set goals and I try to achieve them as fast as possible, but for the most part I just ride the wave and see where it takes me.

What are things you typically remind yourself during a shoot?
What really helps me during the shoot is imagining what the camera sees. A lot of times it’s hard to tell what you look like in a certain pose, so I pretend there’s a mirror in front of me. I also always ask the photographer to see some of the pictures so I know how I look and what I can adjust and/or continue to do. The photographer has a different eye than I do and I have to remind myself that what they like, I might not and that’s okay.

What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Adapting to life with my learning disability is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m intelligent but it takes me a lot longer to do things when it comes to learning and it gets stressful and frustrating after a while. Especially when I had to study a lot more and all my friends were out having good time. Although, I’m thankful for putting in the work and being successful because of it.

Model: Tyler D

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Ask a Model: Sasha

Ask a Model: Sasha

NUMA: How did you become a model?
SASHA: I got into modelling at around age 13 when I was scouted in a mall shopping with my mom.

NUMA: What advice do you have for someone going to their first casting?
SASHA: Well first of all, make sure you have extra comp cards in your book! Lots of casting directors take more than one and there’s nothing worse then getting to your last few castings of the day and having no cards left. Secondly, always have a couple hair elastics around your wrist because clients will undoubtedly ask you to pull your hair up. And the most important advice I have would be to NEVER compare yourself to the other girls. You will be in a room with sometimes 100s of other gorgeous models and with everyone competing for only a few spots it’s easy to start overthinking and feeling inadequate especially when everyone in the room is a solid 10 out of 10! Just remember you are unique in your own way even if you can’t quite see it! Be confident, happy and kill that casting !

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?
SASHA: Right now my main goal in my career is to get my US working visa, currently I’m in New York and I absolutely love this city. It’s one of my goals to be able to reside here full time.

NUMA:  What are some of your favorite exercises?
SASHA: I absolutely LOVE yoga. I try and do it every day. Not only is it good for your body it’s also good for your mind, especially in this industry. Your always traveling and jet lagged, living in different cities all the time and yoga is the one thing that keeps me grounded and mentally on my game! Aside from that I do a lot of high intensity interval training, something that’s deadly, but quick and also pretty easy to do in your model apartment or hotel room.

NUMA: Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people
SASHA: Something that surprises a lot of people is that I actually hate getting my makeup done. I don’t wear a lot of it on normal days and so the feel of it on my skin for shoots and shows just makes me feel suffocated. Everyone always thinks the best part of being a model is how often you get someone else to do your makeup but it’s definitely wasted on me !

NUMA: How do you prepare yourself for runway?
SASHA: I don’t think I have a specific routine that I do before my shows but if there are times we haven’t gotten to do a run through in the shoes, I will definitely make sure they fit me properly and that they don’t slip and slide around on the runway! Other than that usually before we go out I just like to dance backstage to the music because usually it’s always really upbeat and there’s tons of great energy so I really like to get into that before I go strut it out!

Model: Sasha

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Ask a Model: Yuli

Ask a Model: Yuli

NUMA: How did you become a model?
YULI: After numerous people kept suggesting that I should model, I decided to give it a shot. I had my first photoshoot and fell in love… that’s when I decided that modelling is something I want to pursue.

NUMA: What do you want people to know about modelling?
YULI: Modelling is so much fun. If I have a shoot, it’s the best part of my day! I have gained a tremendous amount of confidence both in front of the camera and in myself. You get to meet talented and amazing people in the industry, making lifelong friends and connections.

NUMA: What would be your dream shoot as a model?
YULI: My dream shoot would be with GUESS, it’s my favorite place to shop. I love their classy and sexy style in designing their clothes and products.

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
YULI: I regularly go to the gym, I love running so I switch it up from the gym to jogs outside. I never skip breakfast, keep myself hydrated all day, and eat healthy homemade meals

NUMA: What interests or causes do you support?
YULI: I used to be a lifeguard and a swim instructor, so swimming has always been a passion of mine. I hope to get back into it in the next few months!

NUMA: Have your preconceptions of modeling changed?
YULI: I would have to say that I never really had a preconception with modelling… everything is new to me and I’m always learning. I did think for a while that I wasn’t good enough to model because of my height (5’7), but now I know that isn’t a barrier.

Model: Yuli

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Ask a Model: Mark

Ask a Model: Mark

NUMA: How did you become a model?
MARK: My sister challenged me a few years ago after completing University to send in some photos. NUMA was the only agency that took a chance on me and responded to set up an interview. It took me a few months to book a gig but was given the opportunity after a model had cancelled. This opened up many more doors in the future.

NUMA: Where do you want to go with modeling?
MARK: First and foremost I’d love the opportunity to consistently travel. Going to new places and living like the locals is extremely enticing. This would probably mean starting with a contract in Asia and after that, who knows? Opportunity seems to be a bit of a timing thing and very much was clients are looking for. Hopefully the next guy you see in NY!

NUMA: How do you feel on the runway?
MARK: People ask this from time to time and I always compare it to sports. Playing varsity sports, you develop a feeling prior to games. It’s almost an exciting nervousness. This is similar to waiting behind the wall for your turn to walk. I think this is the BEST part of modelling, at least in my opinion as it offers so much excitement as you walk.

NUMA: Have you met anyone famous through modelling?
MARK: As a become more experienced and continue to travel, I think I will have the opportunity to meet more ‘famous’ people. At this point, there are some NUMA models I’ve worked with that are doing amazingly well in the US market right now. They are en route to having that status!

NUMA: What is something that no one know about you?
MARK: In high school, I was voted Most Likely to be in the Olympics. I regret to inform all my old peers this will not be the case and I am sorry for disappointing!!! On a side note, flag football needs to be inducted as an Olympic sport soon!

NUMA: What part of your daily routine do you enjoy most?
MARK: My days are very busy and finding time to stay active can be challenging sometime. That being said, my favorite part of my daily routine is getting a work out in. Your body and mind feel replenished following exercise and incorporating this into daily life is so imperative to a better you.

Model: Mark

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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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FRESH FACE: KAYNE

FRESH FACE: KAYNE


MODEL: KAYNE

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ASK AN ARTIST: DARYL THOMPSON

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NUMA: How did you get involved with Numa?
DARYL: I was able to shoot with a model from Numa back in 2012 while building my portfolio, and I became aware of the really diverse talent at the agency. More recently I met Michelle B, and had a few opportunities to collaborate with her. Since then I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with more of the models at Numa.

NUMA: Where do you find your inspiration?
DARYL: I find inspiration in photo books, documentaries, and fashion blogs. Most of the creative work that I do comes from a cinematic source also. Cinematography from some of the greats during the golden age of Hollywood also inspire my image making. I find modern inspiration in international fashion magazines, websites, and modern art.

NUMA: What made you interested in taking images?
DARYL: I was able to experiment with my family’s 35mm camera at a young age, and my interest in image making has grown and changed since then. Love of movies and movie making in my teens took me in the direction of film school, and after graduating I worked as a music video editor for a production company. I shot a few music videos, short films, and a documentary, and then my focus on still images and fashion photography  grew during my time working at a studio.

NUMA: Do you have any tips for newer photographers?
DARYL: I think it’s key to try and create something unique, and to work with people who are true collaborators and focused on the same things you are. I still consider myself a “new” photographer and I think it’s good to keep that mentality and always look to better yourself.

NUMA: What is your favorite style of photography?
DARYL: I’m a real fan of street-style, reportage, or photo journalism. I also like the idea of these type of real situations fused with fashion and commercial photography. A lot of the images from the great photographers of the 60s, and 70s, are in my opinion, the best photography that’s out there. At that time, the room for error with digital photography did not exist, and there was no second takes. These photographers became masters at capturing moments the first time around. I like to shoot images that are simple, relaxed, and a bit raw. An honest vibe between myself and the model is very important.

NUMA: Which goals have you set and accomplished for yourself in 2016?
DARYL: I was lucky to shoot a look-book this past summer for a swimwear brand, as well as collaborate with a few of my favorite models in Vancouver. One of my goals was also to have more published work, and collaborate with a great team. There are a few really talented artists I collaborate with regularly, and that’s been a goal of mine for a while. I was also fortunate to be published alongside some of my favorite modern photographers in Andivero Magazine this year, and I’ve been a fan of that magazine for a while.

NUMA: Where do you find your models?
DARYL: I see a lot of new faces at the agencies, and on Instagram. However recently a lot of new models have found me also. I tend to work with models that get the vibe I’m after, and are looking for collaborations that are mutually beneficial. I’ve found models shopping for groceries, at public events, through friends, and just walking down the street.

NUMA: Thanks, Daryl!


PHOTOGRAPHER: DARYL THOMPSON

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ASK AN ARTIST: JADE T.

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NUMA:  What was your favorite thing about being a model?
JADE: My favourite part about being a model was meeting amazing talented people & being able to network.

NUMA:  Where did you get your start modelling?
JADE: I started modeling when I was 16 years old. I was scouted with my sisters Joelle and Mariah at West Edmonton mall multiple times which jump started my modelling career.

NUMA: How did you find Numa?
JADE: I was scouted by Numa when I was 18, unfortunately I was under contract with another agency. It was at this time that I also met Dan Spicer & we became great acquaintances, which led to a wonderful friendship, working with Numa & now modelling with them.

NUMA: What is the most difficult part about being an Agency Director?  
JADE: I don’t think I have difficulties with being an Agency Director.  I love what I do. However, if I had any difficulties, I would work with Dan and the Numa team to resolve them, as we have a very open and honest system of communication, which is what I love.

NUMA:  Do you ever feel like you missed out on anything as model?
JADE: No I do not. I believe everything I accomplished as a model, led me to where I am today, and for that, I am grateful!

NUMA: Did you think you would become a model agent?
JADE: After I traveled for modelling, I returned home & knew I wanted to do something in this industry. This lead to working along side my mother Kim Tang as the Co-owner of a modelling agency in Edmonton. Following this, I had a wonderful opportunity to merge my company with Numa Models and start working with them as an Agency Director for now Edmonton & Vancouver. One of the best decisions I have ever made.

NUMA: Where do you travel most for work?
JADE: I travel to Vancouver, BC for work, and occasionally Calgary for my team meetings.

NUMA: Do you still often do photoshoots?
JADE: Not as much as I’d like! I definitely miss being in front of the camera. When I’m not in front of the camera, I’m the one shooting models!

NUMA:  Which direction do you see Numa heading in 2017?
JADE: I think with the amazing team Dan and Tamica have picked, Numa Models will definitely be one of the best Agencies in the world. We are incredibly dynamic and consistently determined to expand and succeed. Nothing can and will stop Numa!

NUMA:  Thanks, Jade!


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FRESH FACE / KRISTINA M.

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MODEL: KRISTINA M
PHOTOGRAPHER: MATHEW NEVILLE
STYLING:  APULE TOWN
MUA: IMANI WANZO, ALYNA AJERE

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MODEL TAKEOVER: SAN FRANCISCO

Being an international model takes hard work, dedication, talent and an amazing personality. Numa is dedicated to developing new faces for travel by ensuring they have all of the necessary material for their portfolios and the confidence in themselves to be as successful as possible. On Numa Model Takeover Retreats, models will learn what is takes to be an international fashion model .

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MODEL: MADISON, CLAIRE, SJALYN

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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BTS: MADISON IN BANGKOK

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MODEL : MADISON

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MYSTERIUM: A FASHION FILM BY MALORIE SHMYR

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NUMA: What was your part in Mysterium?
SARAH: This fashion film was such a surreal experience, and being a model with Lyra Brown was amazing. We had never modeled together before but we connected our characters together to create emotion and mystery. I am honored to have worked with such a beautiful team, and am so thankful for Malorie Shmyr and her creative mind. Mysterium has been accepted into the Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival!  The festival is December 19th and 20th, 2016.

NUMA: Was there a particular moment on set that was memorable?
SARAH: The entire experience was unforgettable, but I remember standing in the snow with the team and thinking to myself “it’ll all be worth it”. A few weeks later Malorie contacted me and said a photo she had taken while filming had been published in Vogue Italia! I was so amazed and will never forget that feeling!

NUMA: How is did this role differ from the other modeling experiences you’ve had?
SARAH: This film had so much potential for expression and creative freedom and it allowed me to channel a new side of my modelling self I had never experienced before.

NUMA: Would being in Film be something you’d like to do again?
SARAH: When taking the footage for this film I had such an adrenaline rush and I would love to be apart of more works like it in the future.

NUMA: Any tips for someone doing something similar?
SARAH: I would suggest to someone doing a fashion film to really pursue the emotion that the director wants to portray. Whether it is something out of this world or close to your own true self, fully commit and make the strongest effort you can as that character. You will be pleasantly  surprised to what it can lead to!


 MODEL: SARAH H
VIDEOGRAPHER: MALORIE SHMYR

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ASK AN ARTIST / VALERIE GOMEZ.

ASK AN ARTIST / VALERIE GOMEZ.

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NUMA: How were you involved with Numa recently?
VALERIE: I traveled to San Diego to do a photoshoot at Balboa Park’s cactus garden. The models were photographed for several local boutiques. We had a blast playing with the unique color and landscape of the cactus garden.

NUMA: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
VALERIE: I draw most of my inspiration from lifestyle photographers on Instagram, especially H Influencer Collective. I also love the photos on tumblr and pinterest. Having worked with several other photographers at Numa Model photoshoots has given me a lot of inspiration with regard to style, energy, and editing tips.

NUMA: What do you look for in a model?
VALERIE: In a model I look for creativity and initiative to come up with ideas regarding the shoot and style she wants to portray. She takes direction well and has a unique look she uses to make each picture embody her won essence. I look for a model who is versatile. I have found all these traits in each and every one of the Numa Models I have worked with.

NUMA: Do you always know which direction you want your shoots to go?
VALERIE: I like to come up with a mood board that goes along with the environment in which I am to shoot, but I am open to other ideas and like to see where the shoot goes. Sometimes the photoshoot goes in an unexpected direction, but this makes the shoot more fun and often times even better.

NUMA: Which goals have you set for yourself this year and accomplished?
VALERIE: This year I have made it my primary goal to explore the things I love to do beyond my academics in university. I have gone to several Instagram meets and met many, many other creators. Beyond adding more content and expanding my network, I have learned and experience more in the realm of photography and modeling than I ever thought possible.

NUMA: How do you prepare for a shoot?
VALERIE: I’m pretty spontaneous and last minute so I don’t always have that much time to prepare for a shoot. When I do have time to prepare I spend a lot of time on tumblr or pinterest to find inspiration and come up with ideas.

NUMA: Did you learn photography by yourself?
VALERIE: I am a self-taught photographer. My grandfather passed down his love for photography to my father who passed down his passion to me. I have been fortunate enough to grow up around cameras and film photography. Learning how to shoot was easy in the environment I grew up.


PHOTOGRAPHER: VALERIE GOMEZ

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Artists in Los Angles

FRESH FACE / SARAH E.

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MODEL: SARAH E
PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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BTS: SHOOTING WITH ALICE

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MODEL : ALICE

PHOTOGRAPHER: URYELLE DIMAILIG
HMUA: BONNIE BENTLEY-ROYALE
STYLIST: JESSICA GURNEY
WARDOBE: SYLVIA KTORI & SHEILA STANG

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: HARMFUL INGREDIENTS IN YOUR DEODORANT

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1. Parabens

(methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl)

Parabens are a very common ingredient that are found in every day cosmetic products and your deodorant as well.During a study done in 2004, parabens have been linked to breast cancer.  They are said to disturb the body’s hormonal balance and to mimic estrogen, as estrogen is said to play a part in breast cancer formation.

2. Aluminum compounds

(Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly)

Aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compunds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.

3. Silica

Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen (capable of causing cancer).

4. Triclosan

Triclosan is another ingredient that can irritate your skin and cause contact dermatitis. Your body contains good as well as bad bacteria, but triclosan kills both. The FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide, while the IARC has it listed as a possible carcinogen.

5. Talc

IARC, claims that if Talc contains asbestiform fibers, then it is considered a carcinogen. The quantity of sbestiform fibers in deodorants is unclear as it is not regulated in cosmetic products.

6. Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.

7.Fragrance

skin irritation, harmful to the environment, allergies and organ system toxicity.


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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / SJALYN M.

OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / SJALYN M.

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NUMA: What is something you want people to know about modeling?
SJALYN: I want people to know that it takes time to get into modeling and that you won’t necessarily get jobs right away but you have to just keep working at it. With modeling you can’t compare yourself to others or be jealous towards them because they may have gotten a job that you didn’t. You are your only competition in this industry, no one has your look. That’s what makes you unique. Just because you didn’t get that one job someone else got, doesn’t mean you wont get the next one and they will. Every client has a certain look they want. you might not fit it this time, doesn’t mean the next time you won’t.

NUMA: You have gone on two Numa retreats this year, what was special about each city?
SJALYN: Yes, I’ve gone to San Francisco and L.A for retreats this past year. Every city you go to you always meet new people that influence you with modeling whether its girls with Numa or people from those cities. I’ve had amazing experiences in each city, like being able to shoot at the gorgeous beaches in L.A and being able to practice Yoga by the top trainer in L.A. I’ve had the opportunity as well to stay and shoot in a gorgeous mansion in San Francisco.

NUMA: What was the most unexpected part about your trip in L.A?
SJALYN: The most unexpected part about L.A probably would have been how busy I was there. We were constantly shooting and on the go, but I really enjoyed that because it sort of gave me a taste of how it would be going on an international contract somewhere. It was also very unexpected being able to attend the opening night of L.A fashion week and being able to watch some of our models actually walk in the show.

NUMA: Have your preconceptions of modeling changed?
SJALYN: Yes, absolutely. Getting into modeling I think everyone thinks its very glamorous and its fairly smooth sailing. Its actually a lot of dedication and there are dark sides to modeling that people tend to overlook or not really pay attention to at all. It’s a tough industry and you just have to be wise, and true to yourself.

NUMA: What other opportunities has modelling given you?
SJALYN: Modeling has given me many opportunities to meet some great people that I wouldn’t have met other wise. I’ve gotten a lot of knowledge from people I’ve met in the industry that’s helped me grow as a person and a model. I’ve also gotten the chance to travel, and experience different cities that I wouldn’t have gotten to experience any other way.

NUMA: Why did you choose Numa?
SJALYN: I originally chose Numa because it was a well known agency that had the potential to help me do well in the industry. I absolutely love what Numa stands for, and the Numa team really reflects that. Even all the models that I’ve met with the agency have really represented that. The Numa team is absolutely amazing. They’re fun, caring and they’ve taught me a lot and prepared me for hopefully what’s to come in the new year.

NUMA: Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people.
SJALYN: Something that might surprise people is that I’m actually quite shy. I used to be the person who hated going up in front of people and since I’ve gotten into modeling that’s really changed. I’ve come out of my shell a lot since and I think a lot people with the agency can even tell you that they’ve noticed that. I’m definitely not the same person as I was when I first started out, I’m a lot more confident and comfortable.


MODEL : SJALYN
PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / LINDSAY V.

NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / LINDSAY V.

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NUMA: How did you become a model?
LINDSAY: I was approached in a McDonald’s downtown Vancouver at age 13.

NUMA: What advice do you have for someone going to their first casting?
LINDSAY: My advice for a models first casting would be to relax, be yourself & most importantly don’t take any criticism personally.

NUMA: Do you have any beauty tips?
LINDSAY: My beauty tips would be to take care of your skin, washing twice a day & wear sunscreen every day, no excuses!

NUMA: What interests or causes do you support?
LINDSAY: I support the Pink Ladoo Project. Their main goal is to put an end to gender biased south Asian customs, practices and traditions.

NUMA: Tell us something about you that might surprise people.
LINDSAY: Something not many people know about me is that I love classical music, it’s my favourite thing to listen to when I’m alone.

NUMA: What is your favourite item in your closet and why?
LINDSAY: My favourite thing in my closet would have to be my black Aritzia body suit. You can create so many different looks with something so simple!

NUMA: What’s your best quality?
LINDSAY: My best quality I would have to say is my hair – anyone who knows me knows how much I love my hair!

NUMA: What model(s) do you look up to that are currently changing the fashion world in some way?
LINDSAY: Cara Delevgne is someone I really envy in the fashion world. I love how authentic she is!

NUMA: What magazine cover would you love to be on?
LINDSAY: A magazine cover that I would absolutely love to be on would of course be Vogue, I think that’s every models dream!


MODEL : LINDSAY
JEWELLERY DESIGNER: LUNA FOX
PHOTOGRAPHER: SHEA JACKSON

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / MADISON G.

OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / MADISON G.

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NUMA: How did you get into modelling?
MADISON: I had always been interested in the industry, so when Numa asked me to come in for an interview I was really excited. The interview went really well and I signed an international contract a few days later.

NUMA: What has been a major goal that you accomplished this year?
MADISON: I graduated high school early with honors and left on my first international contract! 🙂

NUMA: Are you nervous about going on your first international contract?
MADISON: No, not at all! I’m really grateful to have this opportunity and the whole process so far has been really smooth which is reassuring. I’ve always wanted to travel to Thailand so it worked out perfectly!

NUMA: What are you expecting?
MADISON: Since this is my first international trip for modelling and my first time leaving North America, I’m really not sure what to expect but I know it’ll be an amazing experience.

NUMA: Have you been learning about Thai culture and important phrases?
MADISON: Based on my research so far, Thailand seems to be drastically different from Canada in terms of culture and way of life in general, which I am super excited about! I’ve also been practicing the traditional Thai greeting “Wai, Sawadee-kah.”

NUMA: Where do you want to travel to after Bangkok?
MADISON: After Bangkok, I’m not entirely sure where I’ll want to go next! Maybe somewhere else in Asia or possibly Australia. I’m open to anywhere really!

NUMA: What are you most excited for in 2017?
MADISON: In 2017 I’m mainly just looking forward to traveling more and going on a few more contacts. 🙂


MODEL : MADISON
PHOTOGRAPHER: KYLIE REIMCHEN
DESIGNER: CYNTHIA SAPARA

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ASK AN ARTIST / DARCIE CHAPMAN.

ASK AN ARTIST / DARCIE CHAPMAN.

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NUMA: How were you involved In Numa’s Model Takeover retreat in LA?
DARCIE: I became involved in the Numa model take over LA by first being asked by Designer’s Bijian Andre, Naven and Eddie Eddie, to style hair for the runway shows for LA Style Fashion week.  A mutual client of ours Talise S walked for several designers over the weekend and being the convenience of already being there it made sense to assist with other models and the agency Talise is signed with.

NUMA: What was the most challenging part?
DARCIE: The most Challenging part i would say is time.  This industry is a high paced hustle for all who is involved, i would consider myself a fairly laid back chill person so this definitely challenged me to go outside my comfort zones. I will say that i was very blessed for things to have went very smooth and the models were amazing to work with.

NUMA: Where does your inspiration come from?
DARCIE: My inspiration for looks comes from fashion and trending styles and of course what the concept is for.  I found the trend to be centered parts sleek looks to retro 70’s feels with centered parts and loose waves.  I’ve also been considered a trend setter as i like to work with what the client or model has naturally and then push the envelope.

NUMA: Why do you feel this was an important experience for young girls?
DARCIE: I feel this was great for young girls because it gave the experience of self development, independence, peer support, professional contacts and women empowerment.  I know this had to be scary as some girls were only 17, but it warmed my heart to see the strength in each young lady how they all pulled together similar to a family and developed memories and bonds that I’m sure they will never forget.

NUMA: What was your favorite part about the development retreat?
DARCIE: My favorite part of the retreat was to just be a part of the hustle of the industry and create looks for the models photo shoots and runway.  I also loved that i got to meet some incredible young ladies and get to know the girls on a one to one basis.  I recognized a model Jordan L from Canada fashion week. I styled her hair and we flew out of Edmonton to LA together and it was a lot of fun getting to know her.

NUMA: Is there anything you wished went differently?
DARCIE: I cant honestly complain to have wished anything to be different as it all was pretty amazing! I only wish there was more time to see do more in LA.

NUMA: What did you learn about yourself after this trip?
DARCIE: I became more confident in myself after this trip to LA, it opened me up to the world of fashion and what it takes behind the scenes. I was proud of my accomplishments and I’m eager and excited for what the future holds and to be apart of everyone’s growth and development.

NUMA: Where would you be excited to go to on  the next retreat?
DARCIE: I have been asked to attend a Numa retreat in San Francisco, so I am getting excited for this next journey and getting to work with new models and new hair concepts.  These experience have truly been blessings and i thank Numa for the opportunities.

NUMA: What is essential in your kit?
DARCIE: What is essential to always have in my Kit is my professional natural hair care line NEUMA.  Products that are essential for me in my kit for building hair concepts are the Style Extender, Incontrol Medium Spray, Texturizer and Argon Oil.  There is a purpose for all of NEUMA’s products the Surf Lotion and Smoothing Creme are also essential for building wet styles, we have a product cocktail menu so clients can also achieve these looks at home.  You can find more out about NEUMA beauty products on www.Neumabeauty.com, FB and Instagram.


MUA: DARCIE CHAPMAN

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ANYA & RAVEN FOR MADA

ANYA & RAVEN FOR MADA

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MODELS: RAVEN, ANYA
PHOTOGRAPHER: DANIELLE LUCIER

MUA: KASSIDY DINGLE

HAIR: KAITLYN LUMGAIR

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: LUCID DREAMING

WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: LUCID DREAMING

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1. Have a consistent sleep schedule.

Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day is what sets your ‘body clock’ (aka melatonin). It cannot function if you do not have a consistent sleep schedule. This internal ‘clock’ is used in many lucid dreaming methods.

2. Sleep in complete darkness.

Scientific research shows that your melatonin levels are the highest at night while sleeping in complete darkness, around the time that you dream. This promotes vivid dreams and better dream recall. In the ideal situation, there should be no difference in darkness when you open your eyes compared to when you close them. Sleeping with a light on decreases the quality of dreams and messes up your internal clock as it brings down the melatonin level in your body. Don’t let light pollution ruin your dreams for you!

3. Limit your time spent with electronics.

The bright light of a computer can burn up your melatonin levels if you spend too much time in front of one. Don’t spend more than 5 hours on your computer each day. Limit your time on your phone and do not sleep with your computer or TV too close to you.

4. Recall earlier events from the day.

This is a great and fun thing to do while lying in bed before you fall asleep. Think back to the very beginning of the day and recall as many details as you can. Doing this every night will encourage you to subconsciously increase your awareness levels. Before you know it, you will be practicing lucid living with no effort at all!

5. Massage your scalp before you go to bed.

When you massage your scalp, you release endorphins and serotonin. The endorphins give you a relaxing sensation that will help you fall asleep faster. Serotonin is used to create melatonin, so naturally the more serotonin you produce the more melatonin you produce. Melatonin leads to more vivid dreams, which means a higher chance of becoming lucid.

6. Learn to recognize dream signs before they appear in your dreams.

The subconscious mind works based off of the conscious mind, so if you continuously feed in information about a certain topic there is a high chance it will appear in your dreams. Before it starts appearing in your dreams, there’s a good chance it will have appeared in your daydreams as well.

7. Eat lucid foods.

There are certain foods that increase the production of melatonin, therefore making lucidity more attainable. Below is a list of lucid foods and how much melatonin is in them (measured in nano grams).

Foods that Contain Melatonin:
White mustard (378 ng/tsp)
Black mustard (258 ng/tsp)
Almonds (39 ng/g)
Sunflower seeds (29 ng/g)
Cherries (15 ng/g)
Flax seeds (12 ng/g)
Oats (1.8 ng/g)

Rice, red radishes, poppy seeds, tomatoes, bananas (0.5 to 1 ng/g)

Other lucid-friendly foods include milk, yogurt, eggs, fish (especially cod and tuna), broccoli, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and lentils. These foods not only contain vitamin B5 (a coenzyme acid that is essential for the synthesis of melatonin), they also contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin, which is later converted into melatonin. Using these methods does not guarantee instant lucid dreams every night, but you will definitely have a greater chance at becoming lucid and probably have lucid dreams more frequently than you did before. Plus, not only will these tips give you a larger chance of becoming lucid, they will also make you healthier and happier in your day-to-day life.

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / SEAN S.

OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / SEAN S.

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NUMA: How did you get the opportunity to appear on Dragon’s Den?
SEAN: As an elite athlete and coach at www.cor.fit , the owner Kevin Halliday requested that I do the Salmon Ladder demonstration. I coach 5 days a week and had the most experience of all the coaches. I had to concentrate my training on the Salmon Ladder as the days neared.

NUMA: What was your favorite part about the whole experience?
SEAN: My favourite part of the experience was the thrill of performing live under pressure and knowing that the episode would be broadcasted to over 1 million viewers. I was fortunate enough to combine a trip to Toronto with the opportunity to spend time with family.

NUMA: Did you learn anything about yourself during this experience?
SEAN: The experience provided an opportunity to confirm that some pre-demo (pre-game/pre-race/pre-event) anxiousness is actually a great thing that when harnessed in a positive manner can serve to push us to new, greater heights. I learned the value of focusing on executing a one-take demonstration. This, of course, is exactly the same mindset as we approach runway work.

NUMA: How do you think your modelling background helped you in this role?
SEAN: I believe that my comfort level in being in front of the camera prepared me very well. The ability to shut out the periphery and focus on the bar moves was well-practiced with model training. I also understood the approach that was necessary to be camera-ready. Whether it is in the fashion or fitness world, having a well planned and executed preparation serves me well.

NUMA: Did you get Star struck by anyone on the show?
SEAN: I felt very comfortable on stage and it likely came from my modelling work.  I wasn’t star-struck by any of the Dragons, quite the opposite, I felt that the conversation flowed quite naturally.

NUMA: Thanks, Sean!


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MODEL : SEAN

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REDKEN HAIR SHOW EVENT: BTS

REDKEN HAIR SHOW EVENT: BTS

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MODEL : MAYGAN, TESSA, HANNAH, TALISE

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ASK A MODEL / EMILY B

ASK A MODEL / EMILY B

 

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NUMA: How did you hear about Numa?
EMILY: I saw the agency on social media and had a couple girlfriends who’s were already a part of Numa and loved it!

NUMA: What were your expectations with modelling?
EMILY: Pushing myself to my limits, and really seeing my own potential. This for me personally was to help love myself more, and give me the confidence that every women should have when they leave the house.

NUMA: You’ve been to a lot of places around the world, had you ever been to LA before?
EMILY: I had not! My first time to Los Angeles was with the amazing Numa team.

NUMA: What were some of your expectations of Numa’s Model Takeover Development trip?
EMILY: Overall self growth and meeting new girlfriends. This was such a great learning trip, and the friends you make along the way are one for life.

NUMA: Did you have any fears before leaving?
EMILY: A lot! It was my first time traveling alone so that was very different for sure, but another big one for me was acceptance, but the girls immediately made me feel like we had known each other for years.

NUMA: You got to walk in LAFW can you tell us how that experience was?
EMILY: Still so surreal! It all seemed to happen so fast. It was like nothing I’d ever done before – from the clothes we were wearing to working with the countless different amazing designers! All together it was a great learning experience I was able to get some constructive feedback and better myself for the future.

NUMA: Looking back, what was your favourite part?
EMILY: Looking back, my favourite part would have had to have been when all of the Numa models and the awesome Numa team that joined us on the trip, went to a party and we stopped the whole dance floor just to strut our walks across the room. Such a empowering moment shared between all of us, has to be my favourite.

NUMA: As a Model what do you think your biggest take away from the trip was?
EMILY: Remain true to yourself, someone somewhere is always going to have an opinion of you, weather it’s good or bad you should always know in your heart you are the best you can be, and that all that matters.

NUMA: Was there any part of the experience you would have done differently differently?
EMILY: I should have left more time to get places, the traffic in LA is brutal !! It made me late for everything.

NUMA: Would you recommend going on a Numa’s development trip to other new models? Why?
EMILY: I most definitely would, it’s such a great way to experience the industry, explore yourself, test your limits, and really see how far you can go! Plus it’s such a great way to meet more models and make friends, it was nice meeting other girls who completely understand what you’re feeling.

NUMA: Thanks, Emily!


MODEL : EMILY

PHOTOGRAPHER: ZOE APARICIO

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / JOSIE

NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / JOSIE

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NUMA: How long have you been modelling?
JOSIE: About 4 years now.

NUMA: Have you ever traveled for modelling?
JOSIE: I’ve been on contract to Korea and China. Also traveled within Canada for direct bookings to places like Vancouver.

NUMA: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
JOSIE: I love traveling just within Alberta. There’s so much to see and do so close to us, one of my favorite things to do and what makes me the happiest is hiking in the mountains.

NUMA: How do you feel on the runway?
JOSIE: Walking on the runway is such a different feeling than shooting, I love both, but runway is definitely more exhilarating and gives you an adrenaline rush you can’t get in shoots.

NUMA: What’s your best quality?
JOSIE: I’m very honest and blunt and within the modeling industry this is a good trait to have. Especially when traveling over seas where you really have to learn to take care of yourself.

NUMA: Why did you choose Numa?
JOSIE: Numa has grown so much as a company since I started with them and I’m so incredibly proud of them! When I started it was a smaller company and had this great family feel, that they have managed to maintain to this day even with all the growth and success they’ve had. Since day one they’ve made me feel confident and comfortable and I knew I was making the right decision signing with Numa.

NUMA: What other opportunities has modelling given you?
JOSIE: Modeling has allowed me to make so many connections that will hopefully help me in my future career. It’s also helped me meet some amazing girls from around the world that I still keep in contact with everyday.

NUMA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JOSIE: I see myself done university and hopefully having a career in fashion PR or communications.

NUMA: What are some of your goals for 2017?
JOSIE: Travel, do as much modeling as possible, stay healthy and get good grades in university!

NUMA: Thanks, Josie!


MODEL : JOSIE

PHOTOGRAPHER: AMANDA DIAZ

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BENEFITS OF GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

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1.) Good Sleep Can Improve Concentration and Productivity.

Sleep is important for various aspects of brain function. This includes cognition, concentration, productivity and performance – all of these are negatively affected by sleep deprivation. Short sleep can negatively impact some aspects of brain function to a similar degree as alcohol intoxication. Good sleep, on the other hand, has been shown to improve problem solving skills and enhance memory performance of both children and adults

2.) Good Sleep Can Maximize Athletic Performance.

In a study on basketball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times, and mental wellbeing. Less sleep duration has also been associated with poor exercise performance and functional limitation in elderly women. A study of over 2,800 women found that poor sleep was linked to slower walking, lower grip strength, and greater difficulty performing independent activities (14).

3.) Poor Sleepers Have a Greater Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke.

We know that sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many risk factors. These are the factors believed to drive chronic diseases, including heart disease. A review of 15 studies found that short sleepers are at far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7 to 8 hours per night (15).

4.) Poor Sleep is Linked to Depression.

It has been estimated that 90% of patients with depression complain about sleep quality (21). Poor sleep is even associated with increased risk of death by suicide (22). Those with sleeping disorders, such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea, also report significantly higher rates of depression than those without (23).

5.) Sleep Improves Your Immune Function.

Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function (24). One large 2-week study monitored the development of the common cold after giving people nasal drops with the virus that causes colds (25). They found that those who slept less than 7 hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more.

6.) Sleep Affects Emotions and Social Interactions.

Sleep loss reduces our ability to interact socially. Several studies confirmed this using emotional facial recognition tests (29, 30). One study found that people who had not slept had a reduced ability to recognize expressions of anger and happiness (31). Researchers believe that poor sleep affects our ability to recognize important social cues and process emotional information.


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MODEL: TALISE

PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHAN VILLANUEVA
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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / ALICE

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NUMA: You are a brand new face to Numa Models; how did you hear about us?
ALICE: I heard about Numa through Instagram.

NUMA: What were your expectations with modelling?
ALICE: I didn’t have too many expectations. I just went in to it very casually because I was unsure if I would be what they were looking for, or even if I would like it. However, I fell in love with modelling!

NUMA: Had you ever been to LA before our Development Retreat?
ALICE: No I hadn’t! That was my first time on the west coast of America as well. LA is unlike any other city I’ve been to! It’s definitely on my list of places to travel back to as well!

NUMA: What were some of your expectations of Numa’s Model Takeover Development trip?
ALICE: I thought we would have a few photoshoots, go out to different events such as FWLA and learn more about modelling.

NUMA: Did you have any fears before leaving?
ALICE: Yes! I was so nervous about going because I didn’t know any of the models who were going. I am very new to modelling so I didn’t really know what to expect.

NUMA: You got to walk in LAFW; can you tell us how that experience was?
ALICE: That whole experience was insane! It was my first time doing anything like that and I was very worried that my anxiety & nerves would take over and I wouldn’t be able to walk. Luckily there were 4 other Numa models on the trip who were in the show as well, so I wasn’t completely at a loss on what to do. I was so nervous about walking – while getting my hair and makeup done I was actually shaking! The nerves completely melted away as soon as I got on the runway, and everything was so fast paced I didn’t have time to be scared. I loved it! I’m very proud of myself for breaking out of my shell and not letting my nerves control me.

NUMA: Looking back, what was your favorite part?
ALICE: I really loved meeting and bonding with everyone – we became a family! Turns out, other girls were nervous about going to LA because they didn’t know anyone either! We all instantly became friends. I was always the type in school to keep to myself and only have a couple of really close friends so I really stepped out of my comfort zone and everyone was so supportive and friendly. Another great memory was waking up early to go to Santa Monica beach to shoot. The water was freezing, I got sand everywhere and I only got 4 hours of sleep but it was so worth it.

NUMA: As a Model, what do you think your biggest take away from the trip was?
ALICE: I learned so much and grew so much both as a model and as an individual during this trip. I had never really experienced anything like this before since I am so new; I walked in my first show, I went to my first casting and met so many like-minded people in the industry. I am so grateful for the opportunity and those 5 days were some of the best in my life.

NUMA: Was there any part of the experience you would have done differently?
ALICE: There were a couple emotional times on the trip where I felt overwhelmed, but I wouldn’t have changed that or done something different to avoid that because I wouldn’t have gotten the courage and knowledge that I learned from those situations.

NUMA: Would you recommend going on a Numa development trip to other new models?
ALICE: I 100% would! It is so worth it. It’s very daunting and overwhelming at first but you are not alone. All the other models on the trip will be feeling the same way, and everyone at Numa is very caring to make sure you are comfortable. You learn so much just from 5 short days and get so much experience out of it from doing different shoots and interacting with many people in the industry.

NUMA: Thanks, Alice!


MODEL : ALICE

PHOTOGRAPHER: DREW BOTCHERBY

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KAYLE ON CTV MORNING LIVE

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MODEL: KAYLE

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ASK AN ARTIST: DREW BOTCHERBY

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NUMA: How were you involved with Numa recently?
DREW: I was lucky enough to work with Numa during their LA development trip. Which involved about twelve shoots, six locations, one 4:30AM beach trip, hopping two fences, and getting kicked out of a cemetery. It was definitely a memorable experience.

NUMA: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
DREW: If I’m being totally honest, I study movies and TV more than I look at other photos. Recently movies like The Witch, The Revenant, and Moonlight have influenced me a lot. I try to soak in how they use shadows and natural lighting to give an otherwise normal scene a unique mood and feel.

NUMA: Do you have a favorite location that you shoot at frequently?
DREW: I’ll never tell! But anywhere in Malibu is beautiful if you can get there early enough to catch the sunrise.

NUMA: What do you look for in a model?
DREW: Something different. Nadia on your staff told me recently “In this industry, ugly is pretty,” and I agree. You are your most distinctive feature. Also, freckles.

NUMA: Do you always know which direction you want your shoots to go?
DREW: Hopefully never! I try to stay as spontaneous as possible. The great thing about working with talented models is that they can surprise you and give you ideas you’d never have on your own. Sometimes the sweater someone brings lying around in the car works better than the look we had picked out.

NUMA: Do you have other hobbies outside of photography?
DREW: Photography is my main creative outlet because it’s so different from what I do daily, which is write for TV commercials and ad campaigns. But I took up surfing this year, and even though I’m terrible and I find sand everywhere now…I love it.

NUMA: Which goals have you set for yourself this year and accomplished?
DREW: Oh god, goals stress me out. I’m still swimming. That’s good enough for 2016. Next year I want to work on a couple photo series, prints, and maybe even a self-published book. Stay tuned!

NUMA: What is the longest distance you have traveled to for photography?

DREW: Probably 10 miles. Which is about 2 hours in LA distance.

Oh wait, I lied! I went to Ecuador this summer with an LA sunglasses brand. That was incredible and I can’t wait to go back.

NUMA: How do you prepare for a shoot?
DREW: With a big cup of gas-station coffee, even if I’m not tired.

But a good location is the second-most important part. Does it fit with the model’s look, skin, and outfit? Is the background too busy? Is there security? Are they brib-able? Are random people going to be walking by and making the model self-conscious? I try to explore the area to figure that out before I decide to use it.

NUMA: Did you learn photography by yourself?
DREW: Yes! I probably had never taken a photo until about 4 years ago when I got my first smartphone. Having this little device in my pocket that could take photos of fall leaves, my boots, and perfectly arranged lunches was a new thrill to me. I became that terrible person who couldn’t put their phone away. Eventually I borrowed my dad’s old camera and convinced my friend Bruno to do some shoots. Pretty soon photography turned into an expensive, life-consuming, and self-taught addiction.

I wish I had started sooner but I’m not at all worried about my lack of a photography degree.

NUMA: Thanks, Drew!


PHOTOGRAPHER: DREW BOTCHERBY
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ASK A MODEL: TALISE

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NUMA: Since being with Numa how many places have you traveled to?
TALISE: The week after I signed with Numa I joined the team on a development retreat for half a month in Toronto! I just recently came back from doing some work in LA/Hollywood and I’ve traveled throughout Alberta and B.C with modelling as well!

NUMA: Have you been on a Numa Model Takeover development trip before?
TALISE: Yes, as I said I went to Toronto in the early spring for just over two weeks and it was super amazing to be able to go there and experience all that was offered! From photoshoots, to agency meetings, to shopping!

NUMA: What was it like being one of the most Vetted models at the Numa Model Takeover development trip in LA?
TALISE: It was honestly such a pleasure to help coach the other girls from Numa during the trip! I’m a firm believer in helping others to succeed and was more than happy to give any of the tips I have learned throughout my journey! I love that I am looked up to in a sense and would encourage anyone to strive for their best always!

NUMA: Do you feel like the development trip was valuable for you? Why/Why not?
TALISE: Oh absolutely! 100% . There was no way I could come back knowing any less, if anything I learned at a very rapid rate because of all of the opportunities that arose, such as being backstage with well-known TV stars, and performing in front of many people, celebrities included!

NUMA: What was one thing you got to do at this retreat that was a new experience for you?
TALISE: I was able to see what it’s like being in the bts before a large show, such as the putting together of the runway, and the last-minute fittings the day before the show, and all the chaos that goes with it! With all of that, and the go-sees throughout the city, it was all very new and very exciting to get to experience! It was such a pleasure to walk a few of the designers out as well – that was a first!

NUMA: Do you have a favorite memory at this past retreat?
TALISE: Oh there are so many memories that we made! I really enjoyed the downtime and the quality time with the other models and getting to know each of the beautiful individuals! My all time favourite memory has to be chasing down Owen Wilson in the airport, trying to get a photo, while running trying to catch our flight that we later missed!! Mikaela W can vouch that it was hilarious!

NUMA: What do wish was done differently. (either by Numa, circumstantial, or yourself?)
TALISE: I wish I wouldn’t have booked a return ticket to start with! Hahaha. But in all seriousness I wish that I would have went with a flow a little more and enjoyed every minute, because I was always so worried for time, when I should have been relaxing and enjoying all of the cool events!

NUMA: Would you recommend some of the other “Loyalty” models to go on the next Numa Model Takeover development trip?
TALISE: Oh absolutely! You gain so much knowledge and experience through these trips! In fact its where I’ve learnt some of my most valuable lessons in life and modelling!

NUMA: What are your tips to new models who may feel overwhelmed by international modelling?
TALISE: When you begin to model internationally, it will be stressful! You will become very busy very quickly so I highly recommend buying a daytimer to keep track of dates and times! Write everything down so you can enjoy your time off!

NUMA: Do you have a funny memory from sharing a space with that many people in LA?
TALISE: It’s pretty funny when you’re in a house full of girls and have to request time to pee alone I think!!

NUMA: Thanks, Talise!


MODEL: TALISE

PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHEN VILLANUEVA

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / ASTRID

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NUMA: You have been with Numa as an international model for quite a while now, what would you say has been your favourite experience so far?
ASTRID: I think it would be a toss up between the people I have met and all of the traveling. I absolutely love to travel and all of the experiences that go along with it, but I also have met some amazing and wonderful people in this industry who have changed the way I look at the world.

NUMA: You run our Industry Prep workshop, so you get to meet all of our brand new models. What would be your biggest piece of advise to them?
ASTRID: My biggest advice to new models is to stand up for yourself and be confident in who you are. Never feel like you have to do something to please someone or change something about yourself, you can say no. Only ever do something because YOU want to do it.  Sometimes artists get a little carried away with their ideas, i.e. taking photos in a summer dress in a snowstorm, in hindsight a lovely idea but perhaps a little cold.

NUMA: What was the best item you have worn on either on runway or during a shoot?
ASTRID: The best item of clothing I have worn….I am not sure to be honest…..probably this gorgeous wedding dress I got to wear at a fashion show in Guangzhou, China. There was so much fabric it took about 5 people to get me into the dress and the train of the dress was about half the length of the runway.

NUMA: When you aren’t modelling or running the Industry Prep class, where can you be found?
ASTRID: I am a fairly regular young adult; I go to school full time for anthropology, I also work full-time as a supervisor at a rec center and I occasionally volunteer with the Arthritis Society.

NUMA: Who is your biggest hero and why?
ASTRID: Although the Doctor from Doctor Who is a pretty big hero in my life, I would have to say that my biggest hero would be my grandmother. She is an amazingly strong and courageous women and I always strive to be a better person in her eyes.

NUMA: Where is the coolest location you have been to as a model?
ASTRID: The coolest location I have been to is impossible to decide as every place is unique in its own way. But, the coolest location I have worked at as a model would be the Guangzhou Opera House.

NUMA: Who is one person you would love to work with?
ASTRID: I would love to work with Coco Rocha. I would be incredibly intimidated but she is such a talented model in High Fashion and more importantly she seems like a kind person.

NUMA: What do you do to give yourself a bit of a “pick me up” on a slow day?
ASTRID: Read, read and then read some more. My favourite discovery when moving to Canada was the Public Library.

NUMA: What part of the body would you say changes the feel of an image the most?
ASTRID: I think that facial expressions change the feel of an image the most. Its little things like softening the mouth, angling your chin, or hardening your gaze that change the mood of a photo.

NUMA: What’s the last thing you do before going to bed in the evening?
ASTRID: Read. Its also the first thing I do when I wake up.

NUMA: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it look like?
ASTRID: Probably something fanciful  from Lord of the Rings, Legend of the Seeker, Eragon, etc. Some nice comfy shoes and leggings, a tunic and  cloak with some intricate embroidery.  Then of course some sort of magical object such as a staff, pendant, or maybe even a dragon.

NUMA: Thanks, Astrid!


MODEL : ASTRID

PHOTOGRAPHER: AMANDA DIAZ

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: BENEFITS OF WATER

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Drinking water is essential to your health. Fluid losses occur continuously throughout the day, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool.

1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

2. Water Can Help Control Calories.
Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

3. Water Helps Energize Muscles.
Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well.

4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.
Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. Once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.

5. Water Helps Your Kidneys.
When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones.

6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.
Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration and the result is constipation.


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ASK AN ARTIST: TAMARA JOHNSTONE

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NUMA: How were you involved In Numa’s Model Takeover retreat in LA?
TAMARA: I was invited as Numa’s official MUA

NUMA: What was the most challenging part?
TAMARA: Lots of faces, and very little time in between! Some girls had to change their look multiple times within one shoot as well.

NUMA: What is your go-to look?
TAMARA: I always just do a natural beauty look, everyone is beautiful so I like to just slightly enhance those gorgeous features.

NUMA: What is essential to always have in your Makeup kit?
TAMARA: EVERYTHING! my kit is huge! However my lipsticks have a special place in my heart.

NUMA: How did you find your inspiration for so many different looks?
TAMARA: I really just try and follow the mood boards the photographers send, remembering to just enhance the model not cover up.

NUMA: Why do you feel this was an important experience for young girls?
TAMARA: Its an amazing opportunity when you get to travel and to be away from your parents and given the opportunity experience the fashion industry with the support of Numa and other girls in the same position as you is the safety blanket that makes this whole trip really magical.

NUMA: What was your favorite part about the development retreat?
TAMARA: We went to the Grove which is this beautiful outdoor mall that is unlike anything we have in Calgary.

NUMA: Is there anything you wished went differently?
TAMARA: More MUA’s!

NUMA: Where would you be excited to go to on the next retreat?
TAMARA: San Diego! Some of the girls got to shoot at the beach and I would love to do more beach looks in California!

NUMA: Thanks, Tamara!


PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES
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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / JORDAN

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NUMA: How many years have you been with Numa?
JORDAN: My very first test shoot with Numa was in October 2012, so I’ve now been with Numa for 4 years!

NUMA: Since being with Numa, how many places have you traveled to?
JORDAN: I took on my first contract in 2014, where I went to Shanghai for 90 days. While there I travelled to multiple cities across China. I also make trips to Calgary often, and most recently I went to Los Angeles!

NUMA: Have you been on a Numa Model Takeover development trip before?
JORDAN: Los Angeles was my first development trip, and it was a great experience. It’s awesome to finally meet the Numa faces you only see on Instagram!

NUMA: What was it like being one of the most vetted models at the Numa Model Takeover development trip in LA?
JORDAN: It was so fun! It was amazing to see these new faces growing, and be able to reflect on my first photo shoot—it seems like it was just yesterday! Hopefully I could offer some good advice to some of the other models who are just starting out—even if I helped only one girl, I consider that a win! The modelling industry is always changing, so even though I may be experienced, I still grow with each opportunity. I learn something new every day!

NUMA: Do you feel like the development trip was valuable for you?
JORDAN: Absolutely! It’s been 2 years since my last contract, so I’m getting back into modelling on more of a regular basis. This trip was really ideal for me to get back into what I love, and reconnect with old and new friends.

NUMA: What was one thing you got to do at this retreat that was a new experience for you?
JORDAN: Being in the audience at a fashion show was a new experience! Attending LA Fashion Week was a definite highlight. I love the chaos of being backstage; I walked in Shanghai Fashion Week and it was amazing. But, to be honest, it was just as fun sitting in the audience—it’s a lot less pressure!

NUMA: Do you have a favourite memory at this past retreat?
JORDAN: My favourite memory was definitely shooting with all the amazing LA photographers. I could choose every single one, but a fun one in particular was climbing (…sneaking) through a fence to get to our set, which was an abandoned hotel spray-painted completely white. Definitely one of my most unique shoot locations!

NUMA: What do wish was done differently?
JORDAN: That we had more time! LA has endless opportunities; I’m hoping to one day make it back.

NUMA: Would you recommend some of the other “Loyalty” models to go on the next Numa Model Takeover development trip?
JORDAN: Yes! Like I said before, this industry is constantly changing, and I’m learning new things every day. Whether it’s refining poses, or making new connections in a new city, there’s something for everyone—it doesn’t matter if you’re a new face or a loyalty model.

NUMA: What are your tips to new models who may feel overwhelmed by international modelling?
JORDAN: Do your research! For me personally, I was anxious about all the “unknowns” before my contract— even beyond the modelling aspect, I had never been to China. I had no clue what to expect! Google became my new best friend, and the more I knew, the more my nerves calmed down. I also talked and met with other Numa girls who gave me an insight into their experiences. There’s a camaraderie at Numa—I never feel intimidated to reach out to the other models if I have a question, and I hope they feel the same for me!

NUMA: Do you have a funny memory from sharing a space with that many people in LA?
JORDAN: It took me back to my time in Shanghai, living in a crowded apartment with a bunch of other girls! I’m sure it’s funny to watch 4 girls crammed around one mirror, all trying to do our makeup. It’s all part of the experience!

 NUMA: Thanks, Jordan!


MODEL : JORDAN

PHOTOGRAPHER: DREW BOTCHERBY

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#YOGA4GROWTH CHALLENGE WITH KOYA WEBB

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Koya Web’s November challenge starts November 3rd and she would love to have all of your participation!

We have another #Yoga4Growth challenge coming for you November 3-30 with @koyawebb and @ladydork! Tag your friends and repost!

We would like to continue helping you with your yoga journey. We will focus on working up to 4 of our favorite poses:

Week 1: Forearm Wheel
Week 2: King Pigeon
Week 3: Handstand
Week 4: Splits

Each week you will focus on one pose and we will teach you how to work up to it. Basically, we will provide beginner poses each day that will lead up to the challenge pose of the week.

How the #Yoga4Growth challenge works:  The designated pose with instructions will be posted the night before by the hosts @LadyDork and @KoyaWebb

How to join: Repost this flyer, follow and tag both hosts @KoyaWebb and @LadyDork (If you want a chance to win a prize, you will have to tag all sponsors. If you don’t want to tag all of the sponsors you will Just enjoy the challenge and your prize is your GROWTH).

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Tag all sponsors: @AloYoga @ToeSox @Sunwarriortribe @Liforme and @Getlovedup

Prizes: 5 winners will be chosen at the end based on having 28 posts and engaging with the community through likes and encouraging comments. Winners will receive gifts from sponsors. International Winners with no US address will receive @Getlovedup holistic health digital downloads. Tag hosts, sponsors and #Yoga4Growth! Invite at least 2 friends and get ready to #practicepracticepractice!!!

Post all new photos, no old photos and use the hashtag #Yoga4Growth. Tag your friends to join in!


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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: KOYA WEBB

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NUMA: What was your involvement in the Numa’s Model Takeover Development Retreat? 
KOYA: Holistic health coach & Yoga instructor!

NUMA: How did you get your start instructing Yoga?
KOYA: After a physical injury I found yoga & felt the need to share my new passion with everyone.

NUMA: Why is mediation an important part of your lifestyle
KOYA: Meditation helps you close out the noise outside of your soul and it helps you focus on yourself. Putting the power back in to you and trusting yourself to find the answers your seeking.

NUMA: You have quite the following on IG, what tricks do you have for keeping it up to date?

KOYA: My love for teaching others yoga poses and consistency & dedication. If you post in the morning, Its like your work out you’ve got it done for the day & you just feel happy and accomplished.

NUMA: While we were in LA we got to work out at an amazing Studio! Can you tell us about Alo Yoga & how you started teaching there?
KOYA: Alo Yoga is a community based yoga apparel line built from online yogis like myself. The opportunity arose, and since they are so dedicated to the community they were happy to open their doors to Numa for your event, it was a wonderful way to give back.

NUMA: Alo also has some really cool apparel! Do you think your personal style is reflected in your workout gear?
KOYA: Alo has fashion forward clothing, my style is a little edgy which I get to express through their motocross leggings & the bras are strappy and sexy as well as comfortable and easy to move in. They fit my body and my lifestyle really well.

NUMA: Yoga can be quite vigorous but are there other activities you do to stay fit?
KOYA:  I personally love vinyasa flow & Acro flow, but I run a mile a day & also practice HIT (High Intensity)  workouts.

NUMA: What keeps you motivated to stay active?
KOYA: I want to live a long healthy life. I want to live to be 125 years old so I better stay active to play with my Grand kids.

NUMA: This world can be a difficult place, What makes you want to be here for so long?
KOYA: Life is beautiful and I want to be a part of what makes the beauty in this planet. Trees and animals are here for hundreds of years and I think the idea seems so foreign to us but in Ancient times trees lived to 300 years old. Nourishing yourself, mind, body, and soul naturally and growing with the earth is liberating.

NUMA: Do you have a favorite memory with Numa while we were there?
KOYA: Yes! Every one was in Shavasana, I had everyone say to them self that “I am Beautiful, I am Powerful, and I am Worthy” and it was touching because some of the girls were crying. They really needed to hear those words and be reminded of how true it is.

NUMA: Thanks, Koya!


ARTIST: KOYA WEBB

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NUMA ARTIST INTERVIEWS / ELLIE BAER

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NUMA: What is H influencer collective?
ELLIE: We are photographers, videographers, and models who aim to create authentic content for brands. It’s particularly important to us that we work with brands that not only fit with our aesthetic visually, but match with our social values. Because of this, you can often find us working with socially or environmentally conscious brands that embody H’s values. The word family is really important to us-we don’t use it lightly. We create, travel, and socialize as a family which results in a cohesive body of work with a compelling narrative. H provides a number of services to brands; content creation, influencer posting and advertising, and Instagram consulting (which is exactly what it sounds like-we run a brands Instagram page and increase their followers and engagement sustainably while posting at peak times).

NUMA: What about H makes you happy to work there?
ELLIE: There are so many aspects of H that remind me how incredibly grateful I am for this opportunity. It’s always been important for me to work with a company that shares my ideals and communicates a positive social message, which H does. I also feel very lucky to work in an incredibly transparent environment that practices what it preaches; I always know what is going on and am very infrequently taken by surprise by any information. James, our CEO, is a fearless thought leader who had some serious foresight moving into this space, which has remained relatively untouched. I think that our approach as an honest, forthright company that puts our relationships first will serve us well in the future as it has to date.

NUMA: H threw an awesome Art show party for Numa in LA, how did that idea come about?
ELLIE: Our Art Show in LA with Numa was such an awesome experience. We got the idea by emulating our last art show a few months ago that had the same mission of giving some of our influencers the chance to show off their art in a more formalized setting. We find that often times, influencers feel as though the beauty of their art is minimized by the medium by which it’s displayed-Instagram does not always portray the intricacies of their work as well as a large, blown up and framed image does. Our influencers are artists and deserve to feel as such. When we were approached by Numa, we thought hosting another art show would be a fantastic way to invite them into our community, mingle with some influencers, and have a good time! This art show in particular garnered about three times the turnout as our  last one, which is a testament to how much we have grown in a very short time.

NUMA: H just ran a campaign about Authenticity, Can you tell us about that?
ELLIE: We just completed our #50kAuthenticPosts campaign, where the hashtag accrued 1100 posts in 48 hours promoting and celebrating authenticity on social media. The posts have a total of 604,000 likes and reached over an estimated 14.9 million people (based on Instagram’s average engagement rate of 4.3%). The most incredible part about the campaign is the unparalleled authenticity that resulted from these posts; we were blown away by how honest people were able to be once we just gave them permission. We had posts revealing experiences with sexual and physical abuse, depression and anxiety, and even a few people who came out for the campaign. We have been absolutely taken aback by the rawness of people’s honesty. I’m thrilled to have taken part of such a noteworthy and effective campaign that was able to bring so many people out of their shells.

NUMA: Thanks, Ellie!


ARTIST: ELLIE BAER

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FRESH FACE / ALEX Z.

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MODEL: ALEX Z

PHOTOGRAPHERS: DAYNA WESTSTESTEYN, TOR ERICKSON

HMUA: ASHLEY ELIZABETH

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / STEPHANIE

 

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NUMA: What made you interested in modelling?
STEPHANIE: I actually got interested in modelling back in high school when America’s Next Top Model became a thing! I used to watch that show religiously and just loved it, but growing up in a small town of 4500 people doesn’t exactly foster the fashion environment that you need to really follow through with modelling. So I went off to university and totally forgot about modelling until I was approached by a scout in Vancouver and that was that.

NUMA: Which cities have you traveled to on contract?
STEPHANIE: I have travelled to Beijing and Shanghai on contract.

NUMA: What have you learned about yourself from modelling internationally?
STEPHANIE: Modelling internationally has helped me realize that I love to work. I love being a model and feel like I can be whoever I want to be in front of the camera. Modelling allows you to express yourself in ways that you can’t always convey in “real life”. Modelling internationally has also given me more confidence in myself but also in my art of being a model. In China you have to learn quickly or else you won’t book work and I’m really grateful for those learning experiences because it has made me a better model. I also learned that I love to meet new people and once you have a good support system with you overseas, it makes all the difference.

NUMA: What are some personal goals you set for yourself every day?
STEPHANIE: Everyday I aim to drink at least 3 litres of water, do a quick yoga session, a pilates session and review some human anatomy! I am currently taking a break off of Naturopathic Medical School, so I don’t want to fall behind!

NUMA: Why did you decide to start going on contract again after taking a break?
STEPHANIE: I took a break from contracts because I was focusing on school. I got into the program after I got back from Shanghai and I was so excited about it and then I just got so worn out and exhausted that I needed to take a break. Planning a wedding and going to school will do that to you! So I decided to see if I could get a contract because I missed modelling and travelling so much and here I am, off to Singapore in a month!

NUMA: What are some key items you have on you at all times in foreign cities?
STEPHANIE: Agency phone, Canadian phone (on airplane mode), portable charger, cash, water, a snack, a copy of the city transit system, comp cards, portfolio and a paper with my apartment address written on it in the language of that country.. comes in handy in China when your mandarin is terrible.

NUMA: What is it like getting used to new cultures?
STEPHANIE: It’s pretty amazing seeing new cultures but it also helps you become more grateful for where you come from. I think it’s easy to forget how amazing and beautiful Canada truly is. I love new cultures and being in different countries, but it definitely takes some time to get used to some things.

NUMA: Which city would you like to see yourself working in next?
STEPHANIE: I would love to go to Seoul or Hong Kong next. I think they both sound amazing but I am so excited to see Singapore!

NUMA: Thanks, Stephanie!


MODEL : STEPHANIE

PHOTOGRAPHER: KALE FRIESEN

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: KEY MORNING STRETCHES

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Stretching when you wake up is a great way to energize and ease any tension from the previous day or stress from sleeping in a strange position. Try this stretching sequence after you wake up to get your blood flowing!

1.) Upward Stretch
Raise your arms up to the ceiling. Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head, palms facing upward. Elongate your spine and feel the stretch in your rib-cage and arms. Hold for a count of 10 and release.

2.) Neck and Shoulder Stretch
To stretch the muscles on the right side of your neck, turn your left ear over to your left shoulder and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out your left side. Relax for a moment and then roll your shoulders to the back, and then to the front. Then lift them up to your ears, tensing the muscles, and allow them to drop completely. Repeat this entire sequence three times.

3.) Reclining Spinal Twist
Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds on each side and don’t be alarmed if you hear some “cracks” in your spine when you twist into the pose. Don’t force anything here; just feel your spinal column wringing itself out after a good night’s sleep.

4.) Lying Side Quad Stretch
To really maximize your quad stretch, squeeze your butt while active in the position. Since quads are one of the most overworked muscles in the body, make sure to stretch them every day.

5.) Hamstring Stretch
Make sure that when you do this stretch your pelvis is square (keep your hips centered and flat). Circle your ankles a few times in each direction, too.


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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / EMMA.

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NUMA:  Why did you start modelling?
EMMA: I always wanted to try it but it took a while for me to actually make it happen for myself. I thought I had a lot of insecurities to overcome first, but it’s interesting how much sitting in front of a camera and feeling awkward is a catalyst for developing self-confidence. So far that has been the greatest benefit for me.

NUMA: What is your favourite part about photoshoot days?
EMMA: The people!

NUMA: What is your biggest pet peeve?
EMMA: When doors slam. Seriously stop.

NUMA: When you aren’t modelling what are you doing?
EMMA: I work at Earls just about full time and study accounting at Mount Royal University. Besides that, I try to be around my parents and friends as much as possible. I’ve also been obsessed with crime documentaries lately.

NUMA: What runs through your mind while you are in front of the camera?
EMMA: Some days are more carefree and I don’t think about much at all. Other times I have to be more focused on what I’m doing. It depends on how much a photographer will take the lead.

NUMA: How would you describe your personal style?
EMMA: Usually simple and comfortable. But I never mind being overdressed.

NUMA: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would you choose?
EMMA: Prada was the first thing that came to mind. Then I thought about it some more and it’s still Prada.

NUMA: Thank’s, Emma!


MODEL : EMMA

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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FRESH FACE / ALICE.

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MODEL: ALICE C

PHOTOGRAPHER: JOSAINIS VERIA

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / MICHELLE

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NUMA: What made you want to be an international model?
MICHELLE: I remember as a child seeing an image of my cousin while she was in Japan dressed in traditional clothing, and I knew I wanted to do the same! At the time I didn’t know what that would entail, but I knew I wanted to travel the world and take images.

NUMA: How did you become an international model?
MICHELLE: The first time I modeled internationally was with the company Empress Communications for a 3 week fashion show tour with Canadian designers and models. I was at a coffee shop with a photographer to discuss our next photo shoot, and 2 CEO’s from the company gave me their business card because they thought I might suit the tour! 🙂

NUMA: So becoming an international model for the first time was “right place, right time” for you?
MICHELLE: I don’t think me going international was as simple as that because after I was given their business card, there was an online modelling competition which lasted a few weeks. The models with the most ‘likes’ would have a chance to go to the casting, but not necessarily be chosen to go on the tour. I was just lucky enough to make it all the way!

NUMA: How long did it take to become an international model?
MICHELLE: I had my first photoshoot in January 2012 and moved to Vancouver a month later to fill my portfolio as much as possible. I would contact all photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and designers who I thought were talented and ask if they were looking for a model. I would be shooting 1-5 times a week and managed to go international in about 8 months.

NUMA: What was your first international modelling experience like?
MICHELLE: My first experience modelling internationally  was for the World Music Fashion Festival presented by Empress Communications. We traveled to a few of the major cities in China for 3 weeks and put on shows with Canadian designers and musicians.

NUMA: We are always told that international modelling is never as glamorous as we are meant to believe, but which parts are actually glamorous?
MICHELLE: I think one glamorous part about modelling internationally may be leaving fashion week in full makeup from the shows, and having photographers all waiting outside to take pictures of the models.

NUMA: You have some crazy stories about things that have happened to you abroad, would you mind sharing one?
MICHELLE: When I went on my first contract to Bangkok, the owner of the agency was friends with Jean Claude Van Damme, so the models all went out for dinner with him a couple of times.

NUMA: I know you have had some health complications that have impacted your modelling journey, what would you say to someone who might feel they have a limitation themselves?
MICHELLE: I would say it is very important to recognize your dreams, but also recognize when those dreams may be unrealistic because of certain factors. I had my first seizure on the first night I arrived at my first contract and I didn’t let that stop me from traveling a few more times, but when I realized large crowds and stress is a trigger for me, I had to accept what was better for me emotionally and  physically.

NUMA: What did you do with the platform that international modelling gave to you?
MICHELLE: My goal initially with modelling was to explore the world by creating art. I now want to show other people interested in modelling how they can explore the world too!

NUMA: What is the biggest thing you have taken away from international modelling?
MICHELLE: My preparedness and spacial awareness of myself are a couple of traits I can thank modelling for. I’m quite comfortable meeting new people and trying new things. International modelling has also taught me that no matter where in the world you may be, if someone loves you, they will find a way to be in your life.


MODEL : MICHELLE

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

MUA: MADISON GUMMOW

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: BEGINNER STAIR CLIMBING

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Stair climbing is an ideal exercise because it is low impact, free and easy. A 10 minute solid workout on the stairs can burn the same amount of calories as an hour long jog!

1.) Start slow going up and down the stairs with a warm up pace for 3-4 minutes. This gets your heart and lungs warmed up and prepared for the upcoming workout.

2.) Go at a medium pace for 1-2 minutes. This breaks your system in, both physically and mentally so you’re prepared to work hard.

3.) Spend the next four minutes doing 20 seconds of activity with 10 seconds of rest.

4.) Finish with one more easy climb.

5.) Cool down and stretch.


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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / DANNICA.

 

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NUMA: What attracted you to modelling?
DANNICA: Ever since I was small, I have wanted to explore the world of modelling. Something has always intrigued me to the beautiful men and women confident behind the camera. The confidence was admirable.

NUMA: What is your biggest dream when it comes to modelling?
DANNICA: My biggest dream would be to be on the cover of a magazine such as Vogue. I would like to be known internationally as a successful model who also impacts the world in a positive way.

NUMA: What is it like being in front of the camera?
DANNICA: I found being in front of the camera very nerve-wracking at first but after a while I start to really become comfortable and confident and that’s when the amazing pictures are made.

NUMA: How did you feel when you first saw your first photoshoots images?
DANNICA: When I saw my first photoshop images, I was amazed. I have been wanting to do this since at least 2010 and it was finally happening. I was so astonished by the results, very beautiful work.

NUMA: What is your biggest beauty secret?
DANNICA: My biggest beauty secret is to try to eat healthy and get enough rest.  In response to my deep caring about animals, I decided to eat an entirely plant based diet a year ago. I try to have relaxation in my life,  because a lot of acne is caused by stress. I try to reduce my worries as much as possible.

NUMA: What is your favourite item of clothing and why?
DANNICA: I love summer dresses. My favourite is my pastel blue little dress from Aritzia. I like them because they’re easy to wear, I can dress them up or throw one on in a hurry. I feel feminine in them.

NUMA: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
DANNICA: My guilty pleasure would definitely be horror movies. My favourites are “lights out” or “you’re next”. I could stay up all night with friends getting freaked out by horror movies.

NUMA: Thanks, Dannica!


MODEL : DANNICA

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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EDITORIALS / SJALYN M

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MODEL: SJALYN

PHOTOGRAPHER: SHAHIN MOSTAFA

MUA: MAC MAKEUP

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PARKLUXE 2016

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MODEL: TESSA, RACHEL & BRIAN

PHOTOGRAPHER: EMILY THWAITES

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FRESH FACE / BRANT.

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MODEL: BRANT S

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G.

Most Efficient Exercises. Period.

After working in the fitness industry for some time now, I have been experimenting with a variety of training styles that most effectively shape and transform the body with the least time commitment and least planning. What I have discovered works best are five basic lifts. Now, don’t stop reading ladies, this is for you. I work exclusively with women and this works for us too. These five lifts are basic compound movements, which incorporate the entire kinetic chain. They are the squat, deadlift, over head press, bent over row, and bench press. These exercises work the entire body, and are progressed through adding weight or by increasing reps. Once you have learned proper form you can continue to do these exercises three to four days a week and watch your body transform. If you have never done these lifts, it is highly advised that you hire a personal trainer to teach you how to perform each lift with proper form to ensure that you do not injure yourself. Once you feel confident doing them on your own, continue on your own.

The reason these lifts are so great is because they work multiple muscle groups at a time for max calorie burn and muscle fatigue. For example in a deadlift, (my favorite exercise) you working your quads, glutes lower and upper back and core. This is amazing. In one movement you can hit almost your entire body, this will maximize your bang for your buck. If you are pressed for time and want to get fit and reshape your body try this. Not only will you reshape your body, but you will also build functional strength and power.

~Alexandra G.


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NUMA ARTIST INTERVIEWS / URYELLE DIMAILIG

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NUMA: Where do you get inspiration for your photoshoots?
URYELLE: I do a lot of research online to see what’s trending both in the photography world and in fashion. My favourite places to look for inspiration are Instagram, Pinterest, blogs like Fashion Gone Rogue and all fashion magazines especially independent publications from around the world.

NUMA: How would you describe your style of photography?
URYELLE: I love shooting edgy, bold editorials that are full of emotion, sexy but still classy. My style is very polished and simple so I tend to keep my lighting setups and editing fairly minimal.

NUMA: Where would be your dream location to shoot?
URYELLE: There are so many amazing place, I can’t name just one! The Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, the sand dunes in Dubai, Antelope Canyon in Arizona and Giant’s Causeway in Ireland are just a few!

NUMA: When did you know that photography was the passion for you?
URYELLE: I’ve always been interested in photography but I guess it turned into a passion while I was in university. I started out shooting for fun but once other people began to hiring me to take photos for them, I found myself looking for ways to hone in on my skills, conduct smarter business and network more. If you spend enough energy and money into something solely out of pure enjoyment, it’s only a matter of time until it turns into a passion.

NUMA: What steps do you take to prepare for your photoshoots?
URYELLE: Anyone who’s worked with me know I’m big into being organized. First I’ll do research to find inspiration on how I plan to style, light and shoot. From there I’ll organize a team and lay out all the details about the concept so they can prepare accordingly. I do what I can to be well rested for a shoot and bring my A game to every session. Sometimes I’ll even do quick mini session to test out my lighting in advance and work out the kinks before a big editorial. And you’ll usually find me on Pinterest to get in the zone right up until my model arrives.

NUMA: Who is your biggest idol or role model when it comes to photography?
URYELLE: It would have to be a tie between Mario Sorrenti and Mert+Marcus. They are the definition of fashion photography in my eyes.

NUMA: What is your biggest photography dream?
URYELLE: My absolute dream would be to move to New York and shoot fashion campaigns and magazine editorials around the world. I would also love to one day host an exhibition or publish a book showcasing my portrait work.

NUMA: How do you find the right models for the concepts you come up with?
URYELLE: Sometimes a concept will determine the model’s physical features like freckles, face shape, figure, hair colour/length or skin tone. Often times I’ll take into account their level of experience–the more experienced the model, the more confident I am at giving them a challenging role or concept to model for.

NUMA: If you could photograph any person, who would you choose?
URYELLE: Coco Rocha for sure. It would amazing to see her pose!

NUMA: What is your favourite photography secret that tends to get you out of sticky situations?
URYELLE: Being funny, nice and polite has gotten me out of some awkward situations. I’ve had a couple of run-ins with security threatening to kick us off a shoot location but I’ll hit them with a joke and a smile and we’ve always managed to walk away without paying any fines or tickets!

NUMA: What would you say to a budding photographer that’s just learning the ropes?
URYELLE: Keep shooting and do your research! When I first started, I would pick one thing to focus on in a shoot such as lighting, movement, skin retouching, posing or colorgrading, and I would experiment until I found solutions that worked for me. Network with and encourage other creatives in the industry–models, hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists, videographers, even other photographers. Be humble and positive in all your interactions; don’t play into any negative drama. Finally remember that practice makes progress. As long as you see development and growth in your own work, you’re doing just fine!


PHOTOGRAPHER: URYELLE DIMAILIG

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EDITORIALS / AMY WITH OLGA KOZITSKA

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MODEL: AMY

PHOTOGRAPHER: OLGA KOZITSKA

HMUA: ANN OSTER

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Saturday Style Tip // Fashion Week Street Style

 

Street Style

In the past models were often seen as lacking style. The typical off duty “uniform” consisted of basics with a splash of grunge. Today a Model’s street style is an opportunity to set yourself a part and be your own brand. Its important to realize that the social media swarm allows every outfit your rock in the streets help shape your own personal brand.

Whether its Fashion forward, edgy, cozy, or wild… OWN IT on & off the runway!

Photographer : Phill Oh 

 

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FRESH FACE / PARKER B.

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MODEL: PARKER B

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY / TESSA

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NUMA: You have been a model with us for quite sometime, what got you started with us?
TESSA: I started with Numa when I was still in junior high! I was super sporty so it started as just an opportunity to maybe make some extra money on the side without being a full time job that I couldn’t commit to around my athletic schedule. But It’s so much more than that now!

NUMA: You are now an experienced international model, what would your advice be to someone who is just starting out internationally?
TESSA: Going to different countries on your own can be very intimidating at first. I was so nervous about being away from home for so long when my first opportunities came up, along with the commitment of being tied to a contract. And I’m not going to lie, it can be tough being so far away from home sometimes – especially if you’re in a country that no one speaks English, but it is so worth it!! You will grow so much as a person if you learn to look at things positively and realize that everything you will go through is just going to make you stronger! My advice is stay confident, be open minded, and try to make good bonds with your roommates- remember, they’re the only ones who understand exactly what you are going through!

NUMA: What is the most extreme situation you have been in during a photoshoot?
TESSA: To be honest most of my shoots have been decently tame although standing in the FREEZING cold not wearing much seems to be repeated quite often

NUMA: You are quite big into fitness, what is your favourite thing to do to stay healthy?
TESSA: This year was tough for me since it was my first year without playing sports every day, and it’s hard to motivate yourself when you don’t have a team behind you!! I’ve recently tried to get back into the swing of things and I’d say that going for a short run everyday that you can will make a huge difference in your energy levels and boosts your metabolism a ton too!

NUMA: I know that with fashion modelling you tend to have to wear lots of makeup, so what does your skin routine look like?
TESSA: For me I try to go natural most days when I’m not shooing so that my skin gets a break! Also weekly masks and lots of face cream! Drinking tons of water also helps your face recover much faster 🙂

NUMA: When looking back on your modelling history, what would be your favourite look from a past photoshoot?
TESSA: I love the glowy bronzy look right now, or the wet dewy look!

NUMA: What does your “no makeup” makeup bag consist of?
TESSA: Eyelash curler concealer lip balm and occasionally bronzer for a tiny bit of colour 😉

NUMA: What’s your favourite quick and easy healthy snack?
TESSA: Smashed avocado on a rice cake with seasoning for sure! Also smoothies.

NUMA: What is your favourite thing to do when you have a day off?
TESSA: If I’m in a different country I always make a list of more touristy or must do things before I leave and every time I have a day off I’ll do one!

NUMA: Thanks, Tessa!


MODEL: TESSA GREINER

PHOTOGRAPHER: JESSICA PECHET

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WORK OUT WEDNESDAY: GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G.

How I Maintain a Solid Strong Physique All Year

When it comes to maintaining a strong lean physique all year, there is no perfect formula to follow, no ideal diet or exercise plan and no magic supplements that will help you achieve your ideal. This is because every individual is unique in his or her response to both exercise and nutrition. What may work well for me may not for someone else and visa versa. So How do you do it?

In my own personal experience, and after working with clients for a number of years in the fitness industry, I have found that finding a balance between exercise and nutrition is what works best. For me, this means exercising everyday and eating healthy on most days. Don’t think that this means going to the gym for hours everyday or eating salads for every meal. By exercising everyday, I mean literally moving my body seven days a week. This usually looks like three days in the gym, two days doing something active outdoors (whether its a hike, bike ride or climb), and the other two days I may go to a yoga or spin class. By doing something everyday, you are less likely to fall off the wagon. It helps when you build physical activity into your ‘everyday’ routine. When it comes to nutrition, this is usually where people fall down the rabbit hole. This is unfortunate as nutrition is such a crucial part of the battle. As I have said before, you cannot out-train a bad diet, it is literally impossible. After working with mainly women in my fitness career, I have realized what an issue food actually is.

There is a vicious cycle of deprivation and indulgence going on. Not allowing yourself to eat something you really want followed by over indulging on the same item that you refused yourself will make anyone go insane. This is why I do not deprive myself of the things that I enjoy. I know that I like donuts, pizza, pasta, and chocolate, it’s a fact. This does not mean that I will eat these foods everyday, but once and a while, maybe once a week or so will not make or break the scale. This is where the balancing act comes into play. My rule for my clients and myself is to not bring junk food into the home. If you are going to enjoy a nice meal or chocolate brownie or whatever your vice is, you must go out and have it. By following this simple rule you are more likely to eat healthy more often just by default. I believe that food is something that should be enjoyed with friends in a social setting and is a great way to bring people together. In short, find what works for you, enjoy what you eat and do not deprive yourself of the things that you enjoy. Life is simply too short to pass up dining with friends or indulging in a cupcake every once and a while.

~Alexandra G.

OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / TARYN

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NUMA: I know you had a poor experience with modelling when you were a teenager, what made you want to try again?
TARYN: I believed I could handle what I couldn’t handle when I was 15, the pressure, and I wanted to give it another shot.

NUMA: What drew you to Numa?
TARYN:  Truthfully I didn’t only apply to Numa, but when I came in for my interview and learnt more about the company I knew it was the only agency I wanted to work with. That experience you can only get by meeting in person.

NUMA: You had a huge part in the relaunch of the Girl Power Workshop, what made the relaunch so important to you?
TARYN: I was highly bullied when I was in junior high, and I believe that the Girl Power Workshop is a really powerful tool in helping girls through junior high and high school. I believe that I would have benefited greatly, had I received the support we try to provide local girls through our workshops, and now I want to be able to provide as many girls as possible with the support and education I missed. If I am able to make an impact on even one girls life, then it’ll all be worth it.

NUMA: What would you say to your 13 year old self now?
TARYN: “Hold on it gets better”. I’d also say “They only bug you because you’re a value, they only do what they do because they care in some way or another.”

NUMA: How has your outlook on life changed since then?
TARYN: Dramatically! I do now understand that beauty come from within, and self confidence comes from yourself – not from external factors. People will be people. I have no control over how they will react to me, but I do have full control over how I react to them.

NUMA: What is your favorite aspect of modelling?
TARYN: The growth of myself through photoshoots

NUMA: How has your imagery changed since the beginning of your modelling journey?
TARYN: I’ve become less nervous behind the camera, and learned to love things about myself that photographers love, and now I can manipulate them better.

NUMA: How would you describe your personal style?
TARYN: For work days, I like to dress in business attire that doesn’t follow the norm, and then for my days off, it’s all about comfort!

NUMA: What would be your advice be to a new model who is about to step behind the camera for the first time?
TARYN: Breathe, take it easy. You’re more beautiful than you think!

NUMA: Thanks, Taryn!


MODEL: TARYN

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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SATURDAY STYLE TIP // PARIS FASHION WEEK

Paris is the Fashion Capital, coining the highest names in luxury. Paris Fashion Week is known for Haute Couture! Haute literally translates into “High” as in “HIgh Fashion” which refers to an exclusive creation of individually crafted clothing.

I absolutely adored The Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture Show.  As a designer he captures the perfect balance of classic-princess-fairy-tale & bold-sexy-confidence in his entire collection.  Its no surprise he had Celine Dion applauding and yelling “Bravo!”

Modelling Agency Calgary

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Photographer : Yannis Vlamos

Top Modeling Agency / Modelling Agency Calgary 

FRESH FACE / EMMA G.

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MODEL: EMMA G

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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NUMA MODELS LOYALTY

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G

Strength; Mind & Body

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I want to set the tone for this series of ‘Workout Wednesdays’ with a post that was written by one of my friends/personal training colleagues. She is an inspiration to a lot of women and has shared some insight that has truly resonated with me personally as well as a lot of women that I know.
There is so much body shaming and self hate among young women these days and I think we need to put a few things into perspective, if you are looking for purely losing weight and perfecting the contours of your butt then this blog is not for you, but if you are looking to gain a balanced perspective on health and fitness that also allows you to enjoy your life and your friends then keep reading, below is a quote by Sam Johnson.
“I used to think being strong meant living and breathing a meal plan. That it meant bringing a food scale to restaurants, saying “no thanks” to foods I really wanted, and filling up my stomach with carbonated water when I was hungry.”
“I used to think that being strong meant pushing through workouts that I dreaded because I was so tired from not eating, but doing them anyway. That it meant waking up at 4am to go to the gym. That it meant never missing a workout, even to go for a fun social event.”
“I used to think that being strong meant a strong compliance with disorder. That by doing everything my body was pleading me to not do, I was somehow making myself better.”
“Now my definition of being strong is completely different. Being strong means eating when I’m hungry. It means skipping workouts to nap or go out for dinner. It means moving my body in ways that I enjoy. Being strong does not mean shrinking myself, it means growing. it means honor patience and kindness. Being strong means a whole lot of self love and a whole lot of pizza.”
I wish that I could have learned this myself a lot earlier in my fitness journey. I personally have spent way to much time obsessing about each calorie that went into my mouth. Passed up on countless social outings and avoided going out on weekends so that I could workout early the next day.
I am going to share a secret with you, life is much more about balance than being perfect 100% of the time. And have I changed drastically since I stopped obsessing? Has my weight sky rocketed? Am I ashamed of what I see in the mirror?…Nope. to be honest I am way happier and much more relaxed about when I am going to exercise and what I am going to eat. I spend more time doing workouts outside in nature and less time in the gym. I will always love fitness and nutrition, but this time I will love it on my terms, and leave the ideals behind.
~Alexandra G.

OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / KEYEDE

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NUMA: How old were you when you immigrated?
KEYEDE: I would say 17.

NUMA: Did you immigrate alone?
KEYEDE: Yep!

NUMA: What was the main reason you immigrated?
KEYEDE: My mom wanted me to study in Canada.

NUMA: What’s the difference in the education system between here and Nigeria?
KEYEDE: In Nigeria, there are many professors going on strike that could turn your 4 year course into a 6 year course. If you go to private school then they might cover the course as extensively as they do here or the States.

NUMA: What was your biggest culture shock moment?
KEYEDE: I was at the bus station one day and there were two junior high kids and they were kissing each other, and I thought “that’s not something you see in Nigeria!”

NUMA: So, why is that so different?
KEYEDE: In Nigeria you would get in trouble for that if someone saw you. It could be spread around as a rumor and made into a big deal and then you could get in serious trouble with your parents! Everyone here was just passing the teens and no one stopped them or said anything.

NUMA: How long have you been away from home now?
KEYEDE: 4 years. I want to go visit next year because my grandpa is going to be 90.

NUMA: What do your parents think of your modelling?
KEYEDE: My mom is fine with it; she just said make sure you do it because you love it and not for the money and not to devalue yourself. She said to know when to say “no I’m not comfortable with that” and when to also say “yes I am comfortable with that.”

NUMA: You have a pretty successful blog, what made you start?
KEYEDE: I was curious and I needed something to focus my time on.

NUMA: What started spiking your curiosity about blogging?
KEYEDE: I started being much more into clothes and putting outfits together because I was only ever wearing sweat pants sweaters. My mom bugs me because of that!

NUMA: So, your style changed and you just wanted to start documenting it?
KEYEDE: Yeah, something like that. I would go and buy clothes and never wear them. I would just wear sweat pants and my new clothes would sit there – but I started to want to wear more stylish clothing.

NUMA: Is fashion the main focus of your blog?
KEYEDE: When I started, it was kind of all over the place. Now I have put it into 4 categories; outfits, adventures, food and makeup.

NUMA: What made you start trying makeup out?
KEYEDE: I went into Sephora one day and I saw this urban decay lipstick, fell in love and started looking around! I saw some eye shadows and it just peaked my interest. My biggest makeup no-no is wearing lip gloss, I don’t even remember the last time I wore it!

NUMA: Thanks Keyede! numa-models-001

MODEL: KEYEDE

PHOTOGRAPHERS: TWYLA HAYES, JAIRO ELUVIERA COSTA

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EDITORIALS / EMILY B WITH TWYLA HAYES

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MODEL: EMILY B

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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BEHIND THE SCENES / GIRL POWER

Numa is working to align itself with a positive change in the industry. Girl Power is all about teaching young girls to use fashion, makeup, and the traditional photo shoot to promote a healthy body image. Encouraging self-love and self worth, the day will also hold workshops on meditation, yoga, and an organic makeup creation workshop. The goal is part of an initiative to impart conscious living for young girls, taught by professional nutritionists, makeup artists, models and yogis. Stay tuned for a Girl Power series in your city!

Contact taryn@numamodels.ca for more information!

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PHOTOGRAPHER : KATHERINE C

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FRESH FACE / RYNN N.

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NUMA: What made you want to start modelling?
RYNN: Modelling has been a dream of mine since I was very young, I spent a lot of my time watching NY Fashion week on the computer.
NUMA: What was your first modelling experience with modelling like?
RYNN: My first modelling experience was African Fashion Week in February 2016, it was very exciting but also quite hectic and stressful. After it was over I was so ecstatic and happy,  the fast paced environment was new and invigorating.
NUMA: What has been your favourite experience so far?
RYNN: My favourite experience so far is difficult to choose but the TFP shoot I did with Cindy Couture was so much fun and everyone that was involved are such lovely people. Sheila and Travis the makeup artists, and Cassandra the designer are all so much fun to be around and that’s what made this experience so great.
NUMA: What is one makeup product that you couldn’t live without?
RYNN: CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara, or Anastasia Beverly Hills tinted brow gel!
NUMA: What is your favourite picture of yourself?
RYNN: My favourite photo from a shoot is definitely the one from Huny Club in my playboy hat, I also really like a photo from about a year ago of me stuck under the silver ball art installation near Fort Edmonton Park.
NUMA: How did modelling change your perception of yourself?
RYNN: I definitely feel a lot better about myself now, I used to have a fairly negative perspective about my looks and general self-image. Modelling has allowed me to realize that looking eccentric isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
NUMA: If you could only work with one fashion house for the rest of your career, who would you choose?
RYNN: Tommy Hilfiger or Rodarte definitely.
NUMA: What is your biggest fear?
RYNN: I’d have to say I’m very hesitant when trying new things because I’m terrified of not doing it properly or not being good enough at it, so my biggest fear is most likely new things or not being good enough at certain things.
NUMA: What would you say to a young model just starting out?
RYNN: Modelling is meant to be liberating and fun, and the best advice I ever received is “just go out there, do your thing, and have fun.” Surrounding yourself with fun-loving supporting people in the fashion world is very important.

NUMA: Thanks, Rynn!

 

MODEL: RYNN N

PHOTOGRAPHER: SEAN TRAYNOR, ZAKARIYA ISMAIL

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2613: A FILM PROJECT BY JAIA TALISMAN

2613: A FILM PROJECT BY JAIA TALISMAN

Numa is proud to support Jaia Talisman in her journey to create an informative, artistic and necessary film about people suffering with PTSD and depression. Go to the link below and vote daily for her chance to produce this beautiful film!

http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/1647

“I want to produce and direct a film that deals with the disability and social awkwardness that is attached to those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. My personal mission and desire is to artfully express, in a magical and experimental way, the five levels of grieving to become a survivor of these crippling diseases. The way I wish to tell this story is quite unconventional and definitely has it’s twists and turns, that leaves a lot to the imagination. I believe that the best stories are the ones that leave you wanting more. So the question is, will there be an answer or will there be a resolution to this tender character’s predicament? That remains to be seen.”

 
NUMA: Would you be able to give me a small synopsis about 2613 for anyone who hasn’t watched your pitch video?

JAIA: My film “2613” is about an angel that is put into purgatory by God in order for her to learn what mankind goes through when dealing with depression. God decided to put her there for she had no empathy for man and as part of her training to be soulful he decides this is best way for Mila (the angel) to gain perspective.

NUMA: What made you want to create a short about something so influential?

JAIA: I wanted to make a film about depression because so many people, especially women, go through in silence. I wanted to bring light to a misunderstood and a world that people really have no empathy for. It’s one of those illnesses that people think we can just stop and walk it off and be happy again. It’s too much deeper than that. I should know, I went through a ten year depression myself. It’s a dark place to be. But there is hope and I am a survivor. I want people to know you can make it through the fog and find the light.

NUMA: At the end, when all is said and done, how do you want the viewer to feel as they walk away from their screens?

JAIA: To feel understood, to feel hopeful, to feel that they are not alone. I want people to start talking and create a dialogue. Depression should not be a secret. It takes a loving supportive family and friends who understand and love unconditionally. This whole hush hush aspect of it is the wrong attitude and serves no one. We’ve lost too many friends over something that needed the simple act of LOVE.

NUMA: This story is designed to make an impact on society as we know it, what would be your dream result if the whole world were to watch 2613?

JAIA: The impact I would want it to have on society is a good slap in the face. It’s like “Wake up, this person is screaming for help!” Even though is seems like they are pushing you away, the want the opposite. Depression is a dangerous thing, because it makes you lose HOPE. And because of that you become more and more introverted, sometimes mean so that the ones who love you won’t see you suffer. I want those who are suffering to know that there is help out there, and that all they have to do is ask or tell someone that you need their support. Because you can’t do this on your own. Instead build an army and let them fight with and for you. LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, and FORGIVENESS are very big things that you need now more than ever.

NUMA: How does it feel to be directly addressing a topic that isn’t commonly embraced or communicated in society?

JAIA: It really hurts me to know that people do not embrace or communicate on the topics of DEPRESSION or PTSD, as both of these are so crippling to the ones suffering from it. Society thinks we are broken, gone bad like a piece of fruit, and that we’re crazy. When those who are dealing in the depths of depression are locked in this place of constant self hatred as they feel they are to b;are for everything that has happened to them. The beatings, the verbal abuse, the physical abuse and mind games that have been forced on them, all a guilty memory reminding them of ways they could’ve done things differently. It’s the “IF ONLY” question that replays in their minds and plagues them.

NUMA: If you could use an emotion to describe 2613, which emotion would you choose?

JAIA: The emotion that I would choose to describe “2613” is, “Survivor.” And being a woman I would love to make this movie, not only because, I lived it, experienced it…but because I survived it and I want all women to know they can too.

NUMA: I find your story very inspiring, I really appreciate that someone has the courage to stand up and speak for something they believe in. What would you say to someone who stands for the opposite of what you believe?

JAIA: Living without regret isn’t easy but it is possible. A person has to know that everything that has happened to them in the past is now the past. One can no longer go back in time to correct it. But we can shape our future. Creating boundaries to protect yourself from getting hurt again. We learn from the past. We learn a lot about ourselves in depression as we heal and become warriors. We are stronger because of it. I know I won’t let opportunities pass me by or get robbed from me. I want to live life and love it completely.

NUMA:  As you previously said, depression isn’t something you can just walk away from. What techniques do you use to keep your head above water?

JAIA: The things I used to keep my head above water so to speak was to learn that in order to heal, I needed to learn to forgive myself. I needed to look in the mirror and loved what I saw. I also had to talk about it, I sought counselling and relied on my husband a great deal. He truly understood me. He loved me unconditionally. And finally I finally decided I didn’t want to be a victim anymore. I wanted to live again.

NUMA: And finally, what would you say to someone who is in that dark place now?

JAIA: The big thing is to keep nourishing your body with good food and water, to do something creative or anything that makes them happy whenever they feel themselves slipping deep into the dark. Going for walks, have time with good friends and distract themselves as much as possible as not to think the terrible things that have happened to them. Dwelling on a memory is a dangerous path to turn down and best avoided. Although the positive is hard to hear when being depressed, it is welcomed. But is best heard when not feeling in the depths of despair.

 

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: BEGINNER BREATHING EXERCISES

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Controlled breathing keeps your mind and body functioning at their best, lowers blood pressure, promotes feelings of calm and relaxation and helps you de-stress.

1. Sama Vritti (Equal Breathing)

Begin with inhaling for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four (all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath). More advanced yogis can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal in mind: Calm the nervous system, increase focus, and reduce stress. This is one technique that’s especially effective before bed.

2. Abdominal Breathing Technique

With one hand on you chest and the other on your stomach, take a deep breath in through your nose, ensuring the diaphragm inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. Take 6 to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure. Try this exercise before an exam or any stressful event.

3. Progressive Relaxation

Close your eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with your feet and toes, then move up to your knees, thighs, glutes, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw, and eyes—all while maintaining deep, slow breaths. Breathe in through your nose, hold for a count of five while the muscles tense, then breathe out through your mouth on release.

 

 

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / KARLEIGH D

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NUMA: You were a part of our relaunch of our Girl Power workshop, what made you want to get involved in it?
KARLEIGH: I originally saw that you were putting the workshop on by an email… I wanted to learn more about there industry, meet other models, learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and especially have an amazing time!
NUMA: What was one of the main things that you took away from GP?
KARLEIGH: Being healthy and having confidence, is such a huge part of being a model
NUMA: What do you think was the most influential moment of the day?
KARLEIGH: It would have been the anxiety talk because it helped me understand how much your mental health is as important as your physical health.
NUMA: The lunch provided at Girl Power was very different from the normal person’s everyday diet; what was it like trying something so different?
KARLEIGH: It was quite cool, I’ve never had seaweed before! I eat really clean, lots of fruit, vegetables.
NUMA: During the day you were asked to paint a word to complete the sentence “I aspire to be…” You chose the word confident, do you think being apart of Girl Power helped you move towards achieving that aspiration?
KARLEIGH: Yes I do, I enjoyed being in a room with a group of other girls who are trying to be their best selves, as I was too.
NUMA: What was it like being in a photoshoot with other girls?  Have you ever shot with multiple people before?
KARLEIGH: It was amazing! I have never been shot with other people rather than my family, and I really enjoyed the photoshoot with the other girls!
NUMA: In the morning of the day, you took part in a Yoga class. Have you ever done yoga before? What was this yoga experience like?
KARLEIGH: No, I haven’t done yoga before. The class was fun! I am a competitive dancer and there are things in yoga that I could apply to my everyday life.
NUMA: What was your favourite part of the whole day and why?
KARLEIGH: I really loved the photoshoot! It was an amazing experience because I haven’t shot with other girls.. and every girl loves to have her picture taken!
NUMA: Thanks Karleigh!

MODEL: KARLEIGH D

MUA: TAMARA JOHNSTONE

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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BEHIND THE SCENES / SHOOTING WITH URYELLE DIMAILIG

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MODELS: DREW, TESSA, KEANNA

PHOTOGRAPHER: URYELLE DIMAILIG

MUA: MONIKA ASSEF, ALVINA PHAN,

HAIR: BONNIE BENTLEY-ROYALE, FERNANDA LYCEUM

WARDROBE: WORKHALL STUDIO, EMPRIA KING, TIFFANY BLUE

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Saturday Style Tip / Christian Siriano at NYFW

New York Fashion Week is coming to a close.  This is the grand finale for many designers who have worked on collections all year.  The Spring 2017 collections are some of my favorites becasue they are often so vibrant with gorgeous pops of color.  While the garments themselves are the main focal point of the event, there is no denying the buzz around which models walked for whom!

Christian Siriano impressed us all with his lovely Ready-to-wear collection that showcased a vast variety of silhouettes on and even more impressive variety of diverse models.  He featured women of all shapes, sizes, and skin tones.  & IT. WAS. BEAUTIFUL!

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FRESH FACE / KAYDENCE B.

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MODEL: KAYDENCE B

PHOTOGRAPHER: CRYSTAL TSANG

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MODELS WANTED // SAN FRANCISCO

We are now looking for Fashion, Commercial and Lifestyle models in SAN FRANCISCO! Please email : nadia@numamodels.ca with your age, height and 5 images of yourself. Questions can be answered via email and not over social media. Thank you!

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / SAM O.

NUMA: How did you get into modelling?

SAM: Growing up, I was always being told I should be a model. It wasn’t until I moved to Okotoks over 2 years ago I could really try this opportunity. Last September, I luckily found NUMA and I’ve been modelling for about 2 years now.

NUMA: What has been your favourite modelling experience so far?

SAM: My favourite modelling experience so far has to be the retreat in San Francisco. The whole concept of the weekend was a great learning and growing opportunity for me as a individual, makeup artist and model. I enjoyed working with all three photographers – Jenine Lambert, Luc Wilson and Crystal T.

NUMA: Do you have any beauty tips you’d like to share?

SAM: I recommend eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, doing moderate exercise and getting good rest. Keep up with hygiene and always have a good face wash. Lately I have been using coconut oil to wash my face and it works wonders and half part apple cider vinegar with water and some essential oils for a toner.

NUMA: How would you describe your personal style?

SAM: My personal style is more alternative. On special occasions I like to dress up and get fancy.

NUMA: What have you found most challenging in your experience modelling?

SAM: What I have found most challenging is moving with my body to get the most appropriate angles for photoshoots. One little mistake and the whole photo gets thrown off. 

NUMA: What items do you always keep in your purse?

SAM: I always keep my makeup bag in my purse for touch ups, perfume, lotion and a brush.

NUMA: What are your goals as model?

SAM: My goals as a model are really to see how far I can go. I would absolutely love to be able to travel and model.

NUMA: What can you be found doing when you’re not modelling?

SAM: When I’m not modelling, I am doing makeup for NUMA at the studio, for photoshoots or at Rococo Brides for weddings. I am trying to pursue my makeup career as of February this year. Makeup has always been a passion of mine since I was young. I also keep busy working out or dirtbiking – just a couple of my other passions!

NUMA: Thanks so much Sam!

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MODELS OFF DUTY / SLOAN M.

NUMA: When you’re not modelling, what are some of your favourite things to do?

SLOAN: If I’m not modelling or in school, I’m dancing. I’ve been dancing at an elite competitive level all my life, I love it! Other than that I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going for runs.

NUMA: How would you describe your style?

SLOAN: I like to be casual but I also I love getting dressed up. My favourite clothing pieces that I own are probably my black skinny Levi’s and my white leather jacket.

NUMA: How would you describe your style of makeup? Favourite products you love and would recommend?

SLOAN: I like to keep my makeup looks casual. My go-to look for everyday is long lashes with bold brows. My favourite makeup product has to be my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Soft Brown”, I could not live without it!

NUMA: What are some of your favourite places to shop?

SLOAN: My favourite clothing stores are Aritzia, Free People, and Brandy Melville. My style definitely changes as fashion changes but I will never stop loving turtlenecks.

NUMA: Where are some of your favourite places to eat in Calgary?

SLOAN: My favourite restaurant in Calgary is The Beltliner. I love going there for brunch with my friends. I’m a huge fan of super fresh, local food. I’m also addicted to blackberries!

NUMA: Thanks so much Sloan!

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / MADISON G.

NUMA: How did you get into modelling?

MADISON: I’ve always wanted to model, so about six months ago I submitted to Numa and got an interview. I signed a few days later and have been modelling ever since!

NUMA: What has been your favourite modelling experience so far?

MADISON: I’ve shot with so many amazing photographers – a couple of my favourites would have to be Jeffisy and Tyler from Projectblackboxx. Both are located out of Toronto and work with companies like Brandy Melville and MAC. They were so fun to work with and we actually still keep in touch!

NUMA: Do you have any beauty tips you’d like to share?

MADISON: Nutrition is key, in my opinion. I believe looking great starts with a healthy diet. Cutting out animal products and replacing them with fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as drinking lots of water everyday are my strongest recommendations. 

NUMA: How would you describe your personal style? Has it changed since you started modelling?

MADISON: My style is pretty simple, I wear a lot of crop tops and almost all of my clothes are black. Since becoming a model, I tend to be more confident wearing less or no makeup. 

NUMA: What have you found most challenging in your experience modelling?

MADISON: For me, the most challenging aspect of modelling would have to be the uncertainty. Plans change over night and I never know where I’ll be going next, it can be pretty hard to plan around. 

NUMA: Have you ever travelled for modelling? If so, what was your favourite experience and why?

MADISON: I went to Toronto for three weeks in March on the Numa development trip. It was an amazing development opportunity and a great first trip before I go international!

NUMA: What are your goals as model?

MADISON: I plan to travel and build my portfolio in order to obtain my visa to work in the States.

NUMA: Tell us something about you that might surprise people.

MADISON: Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I had severe scoliosis and had to have spinal surgery last year. I’m still recovering but I’ll never be able to bend my back again. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to effect my modelling.

NUMA: Thanks so much Madison!

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAYS / GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G.

Three Favorite Places to Sweat in YYC

Sometimes it can be a challenge to get all of your workouts in, or maybe you just need that extra push or motivation. For me, I very much enjoy to workout with others in a team setting. This is why I attend classes around the city; it’s a great way to meet people and get your sweat on at the same time. Below I have listed my top three favorite studios in Calgary that I am currently attending.

By far my favorite place to sweat right now is at Row17 located on 17th Avenue SW. Row17 uses the INDO-ROW Program to create a full-body conditioning workout challenging your mind and body. Each class is fun and interactive and keeps you on your toes.  This unique workout allows you to row as a team while challenging yourself at your own level. The harder you pull the harder your workout. Don’t be afraid to push yourself in this class as the instructors do a great job at pacing each interval taking you just far enough to feel the burn before slowing down for a quick drink of water and short recovery period.

As a die hard surfer from the Caribbean, Studio Revolution was an obvious choice for me. Not only is it a fun and unique environment to train, it’s also a fantastic full body workout targeting elements of cardio, strength training and balance.  Each workout is 45 minutes and will definitely challenge you and push you in new ways that you haven’t yet experienced.

Another fun workout that I have been doing lately is at SpokeNSpin which is a spin studio located at Aloft Hotel Calgary. It is a boutique sized spin studio that’s motto is spin to the beat. The instructors are fantastic and really push you to new levels of intensity. Before you know it you are off the bike and doing a 20-minute TRX class that incorporates full body strength training. As a personal trainer myself I really enjoyed the TRX portion of the workout as it allows you to challenge more than just your cardiovascular system which is the primary focus in most spin classes.

~Alexandra G.

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MODELS OFF DUTY / KELSEY G.

NUMA: When you’re not modelling, what are some of your favourite things to do?

 KELSEY: When I’m not modelling, I love spending my time with family, playing sports (basketball is my favourite), baking (I make a mean chocolate cookie), and exploring the city with friends. I have a passion for animals, so I really enjoy taking my dog to the dog park, or even rescuing baby squirrels. I love going out for dinner, and to movies, or trying something new. If not any of those, I will often be found spending time at MRU for school. 

 NUMA: How would you describe your style? What are your favourite items of clothing right now?

 KELSEY: I would describe my style as a mix of clean and simple, with a ton of grunge inspired pieces. One of my all-time favourite clothing items would have to be turtleneck sweaters. You can dress them up or down, and they’re super cute. I also love chunky leather boots, a good pair of heels, my go-to skinny jeans, and of course a little black dress!

 NUMA: How would you describe your style of makeup?

KELSEY: I would describe my style of makeup as glamourous. Though how I do my makeup changes from day to day, I really love makeup, and being able to create tons of different looks. My favourite products include a good primer to make sure your base lasts all day, a good contour and highlight, some matte lipstick, and a good setting spray to hold everything together!

NUMA: What are some of your favourite places to shop?

KELSEY: I would have to say my favourite place to shop would be Value Village. I love thrifting, and finding cool old/vintage pieces to add to my closet. Plus the deals there are fantastic. Though I do find myself visiting different places quite often, as I find my style changes with different trends in fashion.

NUMA: Where are some of your favourite places to eat in Calgary?

KELSEY: I have quite a few favourite places to eat in Calgary. Some being: Boogie Burger (amazing burgers), Tu Tierra (really good Mexican food), Bagolac Saigon (Vietnamese and Thai food), and one of my all time favourites, The Wiener Schnitzel Haus, which has the best German food ever!

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / HANNAH S.

NUMA: How did you get into modelling?

HANNAH: I have been acting with different companies since I was very young, and I always loved when it came time to pose for new head shots. So, after we wrapped up our spring show I decided to look into modelling. That was August last year, I then signed with Numa in the next few weeks. I have been loving every second since!

NUMA: What has been your favourite modelling experience so far?

HANNAH: My favourite experience when it comes to modeling so far would have to be a toss up between the Redken hair show that I was involved in last November, and going to San Francisco with Numa only a few weeks ago. Both were crazy, intense and a ton of fun. I’ve made some life long friends and fantastic memories thanks to those times. I hardly had time to breathe – everything was so hectic, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I learned so much about how to handle myself under pressure and that’s something I’ll take with me though the rest of my life.

NUMA: Do you have any beauty tips you’d like to share?

HANNAH: Water. Water is the best thing you can do for your skin. It’s natural, healthy and cleans out your whole system. Have a glass with every meal and couple more though out the day and you will soon see an improvement in you’re skin. Plus a smile is always beautiful!

NUMA: How would you describe your personal style?

HANNAH: My personal style in one word is ‘random’. I love classic lines and cuts – things that are inspired by the 20’s through to the 50’s always peak my interest. However, I’m constantly wearing my leather jackets, hoodies and ripped jeans. I love the grunge style. Recently though, I’ve been wearing things that I would say are more 70’s inspired… or things that are actually from the 70’s because I love to shop from second hand stores! My favourite items in my wardrobe right now are my patterned parachute pants and my embroidered waist coat. So I have to say, my style is always evolving and I’m not sure I’ll ever be set on one style.

NUMA: What have you found most challenging in your experience modelling?

HANNAH: The most challenging thing about modeling so far for me is probably getting over my nerves. I always get insane butterflies before meeting new clients because I want to make a great first impression. It gets to the point where I feel physically sick, but I’ve been able to get over it every time so far. I think that’s because my excitement far outweighs my nerves!

NUMA: Do you have a skincare routine? What are your favourite products?

HANNAH: My skin care routine is pretty simple. I wash my face with The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish twice a day, and use the Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer straight after. Once a week I use Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to deep clean my pores, and if I feel a blemish coming I use natural tea tree oil to break it down before it shows. Tea tree oil is definitely my favourite product. 

NUMA: What are your goals as model?

HANNAH: My big dream when it comes to modeling would be to be featured in a Burberry campaign. It’s a pretty big dream, and definitely a long term goal but I think it’s good to dream big. It keeps me working hard and always pushes me to improve. Plus you never know, maybe one day I’ll achieve it!

NUMA: What can you be found doing when you’re not modelling?

HANNAH: When I’m not modeling I’m taking pictures. My life revolves around cameras – I love it. The camera lens sees things that the human eye is blinded to. It makes things stand out that would normally blend in, and pulls the focus to other areas. Photographs tell stories, they inspire and capture life’s moments in the most unexpected and wonderful times. I want to be able to make people feel something when they look at my images, whether I’m in them or taking them, and I hope one day I’ll achieve that goal.

NUMA: Thanks so much Hannah!

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THE WALK / PARKSHOW 2016 WITH MARK & AJ

NUMA was proud to be represented on the PARKSHOW 2016 runway on Friday May 17th and Saturday May 28th by our wonderful talent Mark F. and AJ. P. This was PARK’s very first two-day PARKSHOW event, which took place at CF Chinook Centre. The Emerging Art and Fashion Showcase highlighted emerging Canadian designers and professional artists including:

Vandal Goods, Kate Hewko, Lennard Taylor, Seed Yoga, Honubelle, Madame Wolf, Suka, Bano eeMee, Cara Chung, House of Nonie, Anneke Forbes, Rebecca King, Malika Couture, S.P. Badu, Anne B Accessories and NRTHRNTWNS Workshop.

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAYS / GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G.

The Breaking Point

“The Wall.”  One of the most challenging components of fitness.  Pushing yourself to it, through it and then fighting to overcome it.  It is very difficult for many people to get to the place where they are actually improving their fitness and becoming stronger.  There are few people who will experience the burn or the runners high of finishing a long race.  People simply quit too early.  There is a point when you are exerting yourself to the limit and you have to make a choice.  You can either choose to stop, or you can push yourself just a little bit farther.  That little bit is the world of difference.  It is here that the results you are working toward and the goals that you have set out for yourself really begin to culminate.  It is the be all and end all of your fitness journey. 

Whatever your sport, if you are an athlete you know exactly what I am talking about.  You have probably had a coach that has taken you to your always-evolving personal breaking point, time and time again. For some people, this is a necessity.  They simply need someone to tell them they can do it, inspire them to keep going, and most importantly tell them the words “don’t give up!”  This is why people hire coaches and personal trainers, to show them what they are capable of even if they don’t think they are.  Trust is essential in this relationship, as you are putting yourself in someone else’s hands and relying on them to take you to your breaking point.  Once you have experienced what this feels like and realize that you can step out of your comfort zone, the possibilities now become endless.  You will never feel satisfied with a mediocre workout again; you will crave the feeling and become addicted to the endorphins.  I promise, you won’t look back ever again. 

~Alexandra G.

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MEET THE MODEL / GUEST BLOGGER CHELSEA T.

I’ve recently had to switch out some of the things in my purse to make room for the best summer essentials. Here are some of the things I tossed in, feel free to use them as suggestions!

  • Sunblock – SPF 30 at least!
  • My water bottle – the best are the S’Well stainless steel ones. Keeps your drink cold for 2 days (no joke, I tested it).
  • Sunglasses – protect your beautiful eyes!
  • Chapstick – when you get dehydrated, your lips show it first.
  • Blotting papers – help remove excess oil off your face if you don’t have room for powder in your bag.
  • Deodorant – outside all day? This could lead to sweating, and maybe getting a little stinky… Stop it in its tracks!
What are some of your summer essentials?
See you next week!
Love Chels
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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / JOEY B.

NUMA: How did you get into modelling? How long have you been modelling?

JOEY: I was scouted by various agencies when I was a teen but never took it up until my late twenties. I always had a small beard during my twenties but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started growing it out longer. As it became more popular in fashion, I decided to make the jump into modelling and have been doing so for two years now. 

NUMA: What has been your favourite modelling experience so far?

JOEY: I shot with the amazing Jared Bautista at the Branded Magazine space in YYC. The concept was an AM/PM shoot, with various outfits you could wear throughout the day. It will be coming out in Client Magazine in the UK in June! 

NUMA: What have you found most challenging in your experience modelling?

JOEY: The ability to re-invent myself while still maintaining the integrity of my work on set. 

NUMA: How would you describe your personal style? Has modelled influenced your style and if so, how?

JOEY: It’s such a mash-up! I’m a Hip Hop dancer as well so I follow everything from high fashion to urban influences. Modelling has given me better terminology to explain my style, but I’d like to think I’ve had swag since I was a youngin!

NUMA: What essential items do you always keep on hand wherever you go?

JOEY: A beard comb & lip chap! The beard can get out of whack during my days of dancing and being active, not to mention our dry climate here in YYC, so lip chap has been my saviour since I was young. 

NUMA: What has been your favourite shooting location?

JOEY: The Hoodoos in Drumheller, so beautiful! 

NUMA: What can you be found doing when you’re not modelling?

JOEY: Writing Music, Dancing & Spin!

NUMA: Tell us something about you that might surprise people.

JOEY: I do lots of meditation. Life can be stressful if you let it, so I have to centre myself while pursuing the passions in my life. 

NUMA: Thanks so much Joey!

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Skincare Tips

Everyone has their days where the skin on their face acts up. But I’ve gotten into a routine that keeps my skin in top shape! (Every makeup artist and photographer can appreciate clear skin – less product, and less editing).

Start by removing your makeup every night. I know there are some days when you feel exhausted and couldn’t care less, but you have to do it. It prevents dirt and makeup from clogging your pores.

Cut out some bad foods from your diet. Breaking out is one of the ways your body rejects bad food. You’ll see a huge difference within a couple days!

Exfoliation and face masks! I exfoliate every other day. This will remove dead skin, and really scrub off excess makeup and dirt. Find a good mask that suits your skin type, and put it one once a week.

Hydrate!! This comes up in every blog post, I swear… But water serves so many purposes when taking care of your body. Drinking lots of water will keep the skin on your face (and body) from getting dry and flaky.

Hope these helped! See you next week.

Love Chels

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAYS / GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G.

Injury Prevention and Management 

As I am currently facing an injury of my own, I figured this would be a fitting topic for this week’s Workout Wednesday. If you have ever participated in any type of physical activity before, you’ve probably faced an injury along the way.  An injury can happen to anyone, and no one is immune.  Whether you are a beginner, advanced athlete, or personal trainer like me, an injury may be hard to predict.

Injury can occur when muscles are either underworked or weak, overworked and not given sufficient rest or in individuals with muscle imbalances.  Injuries are not always avoidable, however there are many ways you can protect yourself against an injury.  There are an abundance of both mobility and warm up exercises that you can perform to prepare your body for a workout or activity. Always make sure to warm up before any type of exercise, especially weight lifting. Ensure that you pick on the body parts that you are planning to work that day.  Take squatting for example.  Make sure to do a full body aerobic warm up followed by dynamic stretching to prepare your legs and glutes.  When specifically referring to a squat, it is very important to perform movements that warm up the hips, back, glutes and legs. You will perform at a higher level with better targeting of the correct muscles meant to work in the movement when properly warmed up. This rule applies to all exercises and will help immensely in preventing injury.

Precautions must be taken post workout for injury prevention as well. Once you have finished your workout, it is very important to stretch and/or foam roll.  This allows for the relaxation of the muscles that have just been tightened during your workout. Tight muscles are a recipe for injury and will not be easy to strengthen.  Flexibility and range of motion are crucial when trying to tone and grow lean body mass.  It is easy to skip the warm up and definitely easy to walk out after a hard workout because you feel that you are too tired to stretch. This is a mistake and you will only have yourself to blame for an injury. Make sure to take the little bit of time required to protect yourself as you will be thankful you did in the long run. 

 ~Alexandra G.

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THE WALK / PARKSHOW 2016

On Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th, Calgary’s PARK is holding their very first two-day Emerging Art and Fashion Showcase at CF Chinook Centre, PARKSHOW 2016. NUMA Models reviews emerging Canadian designers and professional artists featured in this year’s fashion show and art exhibition:

Vandal Goods, Kate Hewko, Lennard Taylor, Seed Yoga, Honubelle, Madame Wolf, Suka, Bano eeMee, Cara Chung, House of Nonie, Anneke Forbes, Rebecca King, Malika Couture, S.P. Badu, Anne B Accessories and NRTHRNTWNS Workshop.

NUMA is proud to be represented in PARKSHOW 2016 by our wonderful talent walking the runway on both nights. For tickets and more general information, visit ourparkonline.com

CAMPAIGNS AND COVERS / SEAN S. IN IMPACT MAGAZINE

Sean S. is not only one of our wonderful talents here at Numa, he is also a multidiscipline coach who trains athletes in obstacle course racing, rowing, cycling and cross training. He works in medical diagnostics in Calgary. Featured in IMPACT magazine, Sean shares tips for the perfect legs, grip, core and endurance workout routine.

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BEAUTY OF AFRICA GALA / CELEBRATING BEAUTY’S DIVERSITY

NUMA MODELS REVIEWS A WONDERFUL UPCOMING EVENT IN OUR COMMUNITY:

BEAUTY OF AFRICA GALA

SATURDAY JUNE 4TH 2016 AT 7PM – 11PM

FESTIVAL HALL IN INGLEWOOD 1215 10th Ave SE

This wonderful black tie event is being held in support of Educate an African Girl Campaign which raises funds to send young girls from rural villages in Africa to school. Beauty of Africa aims to empower young girls and women from all around the world.

The event will include information booths for those who wish to learn more about the African humanitarian issues and culture. There will also be the opportunity to purchase African inspired Canvas Art paintings and Sculptures by local and international African Artists, shop for authentic handmade African Jewelry, accessories and home decor. The evening will include Canada’s Miss Beauty of Africa Pageant Show, the winner of which will receive a full year modelling contract with Numa Models. With African themed performances, music by Ghanaian born Dj Yung Jah and cocktails and appetizers on sale, this is event not to be missed!

Check out this article by Metro News to read more about this inspiring event!

OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / KAYLE R.

NUMA: What is the story behind how you got into modelling?

KAYLE: I’d always considered modelling when I was younger, but I didn’t have the confidence until I was about sixteen to actually do it. I went to an open call for Top Model Search Canada one year ago, and after doing well at the competition in Toronto, I decided to pursue modelling further. I submitted polaroids to Numa and won the 2015 International Model Search in January 2016!

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?

KAYLE: I suppose some would say I have high expectations of myself. My biggest dream is to become the first Canadian Victoria’s Secret Angel and be featured on the cover on Vogue. I believe everyone has the potential to achieve their goals, but you have to work for them!

NUMA: Where have you travelled for modelling? What kind of experiences has it given you that you may otherwise not have had?

KAYLE: In the last few months, I have travelled to Edmonton, Regina, and Toronto for modelling. I worked with new photographers and designers, met with other agencies, and made friends with fellow models along the way. Every trip has been an amazing experience.

NUMA: What advice do you have for someone first getting into the modelling industry?

KAYLE: Never lose faith in yourself. You are beautiful and one of a kind, so don’t compare yourself to others. You are you. Take the criticism others give you with an open mind and use it to improve yourself. Smile, laugh, and be positive about every experience you have. Others may doubt your dreams, but keep your chin up and have the confidence to keep moving forward.

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit and why is this important to you?

KAYLE: To stay healthy and fit I do various forms of physics exercise such as yoga, pilates, weight lifting, and good old cardio at least five times as week. I would love to take up kick boxing as well! I focus on a well-rounded wholesome diet to get the nutrition I need to be healthy. If you take care of your body properly, it will take care of you all your life.

NUMA: What do you like to do in your downtime?

KAYLE: I am crazy about my family. Downtime usually revolves around them, especially my baby brother who is ten years younger then myself. I also love to spend time outside enjoying what nature has to offer, or exercising to get those endorphins going. 

NUMA: Tell us something about you that might surprise people!

KAYLE: I have been an artist for many years now. I am certified in soft pastel, graphite, ink, and acrylic painting. I am also currently in a film photography class. It’s nice to be on the other side of the camera sometimes! 

NUMA: Thanks so much Kayle!

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How to Achieve a Summer Glow

It’s summer time. Time for shorts, tanks, and flip flops. Something that makes these all look the best? A healthy summer glow, of course!

Start by staying hydrated. Drinking lots of water gives your skin a healthier look. It helps any issues with acne, will help reduce bloating and even add some shine to your hair!

Exfoliating comes next! When your in the shower, load up your loofa or exfoliating glove with your fave shower gel, and get scrubbing. This will remove any dead skin that makes your skin look dull.

When you’re out of the shower, moisturize! Feed your skin. You can even substitute your lotion for one that is self tanning.

When you head outside, be sure to have your SPF on!

See you next week!

Love Chels

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAYS / GUEST BLOGGER ALEXANDRA G.

Training Styles

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get as a Personal Trainer is “What style of training should I focus on?” This question is very dependant on each individual’s personal goals and therefore is not easily answered.  When I look at the team of trainers that I work with, each individual trainer has their own specialty and training style.  Just like personalities, this differs greatly from one to the next. This is not to say that one trainer’s style surpasses another, but simply shows that there is more than one way to get from point A to B.

The best advice that I can offer to anyone embarking on the path to fitness is to incorporate as much variety into your program as possible. When it comes to training, variety is the spice of life.  Everyday I observe people who do exactly the same workout that they did the day before.  The problem with this is that our bodies are extremely adaptable to any stimulus we place upon it.  Therefore repeating the same workout over and over again will ensure the plateau effect.  This means you will cease to see results, stalling progress.

To prevent this from happening, make sure to change your workouts at least every two to three weeks and ensure to target each of the bodies energy systems.  Bioenergetics shows us that the body has three energy production systems that work simultaneously at different levels of intensity. Therefore focusing solely on cardiovascular training won’t cut it.  You must incorporate resistance or strength training to build lean body mass.  This does not have to happen in a gym, and can be done using your own body weight in a variety of activities.

There are so many other ways you can achieve great results.  Personally, I enjoy weight lifting and understand that this is not for everyone.  I also participate in many hobbies that I enjoy outside of the gym that have led me to achieve remarkable results.  Rock climbing has helped me tremendously in gaining upper body strength and has greatly improved my pull-ups.  Mountain biking has increased my endurance and cardiovascular power.

If for some reason, I am unable to leave the city for a hike, climb or ride, there are an abundance of other activities within the city that I enjoy such as spin classes, rowing classes, indoor climbing and fun runs. All of these activities will compliment your progress outside and will make you a better-rounded athlete. Always remember that a body in motion stays in motion.

~ALEXANDRA G.

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / MARK F.

NUMA: What’s the story behind how you got into modelling?

MARK: My sister used to be in the industry and was the one who encouraged me to pursue work as a model. I applied and sent NUMA a few photos! As with any new experience, there was a steep learning curve, but a year and a half later here I am!

NUMA: Where have you travelled for modelling? What kind of experiences has it given you that you may otherwise not have had?

MARK: Modeling has given me the opportunity to travel to some really awesome places! I was able to go to Toronto a month ago and learn more about the industry and how I fit into it with a few other very talented models. I was also recently in Paris and got the opportunity to do a creative with a Paris-based photographer.

NUMA: What are your goals as a model?

MARK: I would love the opportunity to travel internationally and make work as a full time model. I experienced what that life would be like on a day to day basis during my short time in Toronto and I loved it.  Paris, London, Milan – that would be amazing!  Obviously being the top male model has to be on every male model’s radar and it is mine as well.

NUMA: What advice do you have for someone going to their first casting?

MARK: Be as natural as possible. NUMA’s mission statement, beautiful inside and out, perfectly embodies what it means to be successful in this business. Be yourself, be confident, and take every opportunity to enhance your relationships with the NUMA team!

NUMA: What do you do to stay healthy and fit and why is this important to you?

MARK: Staying fit is extremely important to me as a model as well in my personal life. If you’re eating healthy and exercising often, you will feel better and more confident. Feel well, perform well, as I like to say. I usually will run 3-4 days a week, weight train 3 days a week, and am actively involved in Flag Football.

NUMA: What do you like to do in your downtime?

MARK: We’re really lucky to live in a city that is an hour away from the Rocky Mountains and so I spend lots of time taking advantage of them! Snowboarding, road trips, to name a few. I also very much enjoy my downtime and am a HUGE sports nut. During NFL season, Thursday night, Monday night, and Sunday all day are dedicated to watching the games!

NUMA: Tell us something about you that might surprise people!

MARK: I am a Grade 10-12 Mathematics Teacher and LOVE calculus! I was at a show a few months ago and was helping some younger models with some tricky math questions they had.

NUMA: Thanks so much Mark!