Style Profile: Jaye Williams

Jaye is a very determined and driven, young high school student at CDCI West. She seems to have a clear image in her mind of what she wants as a career, and in her future. Jaye wishes to pursue journalism, preferably in the fashion industry, after high school. 
While co-oping at her placement, Northumberland Today, Jaye has gotten to experience many things and even put her writing into publications. She recently has interviewed the Cobourg Piano Man, Michael McNamara, and wrote a 2000 word article about him. This was not only published in the GO magazine, but also the Toronto Sun! Read it here. This is very impressive for a girl her age, and it shows her dedication to her work. 
She is usually the one interviewing others, and not used to being in front of the camera lens, but she did a fantastic job! Read her full interview below and see her beautiful outfit photos. 

Mikayla: 

Describe the perfect outfit for yourself.

Jaye:

The perfect outfit for myself would be the black Valentino spiked shoes, black skinny jeans, a burgundy coloured tweed jacket, with a nude collared shirt underneath, accompanied by a black nano luggage Celine bag. 

Mikayla: 

What would be one item in your closet that you can't live without? 

Jaye:

Black skinny jeans! I find they make my legs look longer, they work with everything aside from brown, and it is an easy go to if I'm stuck on what to wear.



Mikayla: 

How did you decide that you wanted to pursue Journalism? Have you always enjoyed writing?

Jaye:

When I was in the eighth grade, I had to write a one page description on my favorite place, and then from there on I loved writing. I decided to move to journalism from that because I work well under pressure, which is what journalism is all about, and I like to express things through writing. 

Mikayla: 

What is it about the fashion industry and fashion journalism that interests you?

Jaye:

 I love how everything is constantly changing. Nothing is ever the same, so you're always working on something new. Fashion is another way to express things without using words, and I want to show people how they can express themselves through clothing, and keep people up to date on everything that does constantly change every day. People don't realize how much someone else can view their personality just through what people are wearing, and I want to show people that. 

Mikayla: 

If you could write for any magazine, what one would you choose? 

Jaye:

Probably Flare or Elle Canada. They are both out of Toronto magazines so I wouldn't have to travel much for them. 



Mikayla: 

While writing for Northumberland Today, what have you learned? Would you say it has been a good opportunity and experience so far?

Jaye:

I have learned that if there is a new story or something important happens, you will have to drop everything and report on it. It has been great though, everyone is so nice and they are giving me so much breathing space to do my own thing. I have gotten to write a lot more articles than I thought I would have, just since I don't have the same qualifications in education.

Mikayla: 

You mentioned Ryerson being the University that you wish to attend after high school. What about Ryerson interests you the most, and why would you like to go there? 

Jaye:

I love that it is right downtown Toronto, that is exactly where I want to be. I heard they were very great for Journalism and English. Many people have told me if I want to take journalism, to go there, and I haven't heard anything bad about it.



Mikayla:

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Jaye:

I'm hoping I'm living in an apartment in a city, I'm not sure which one yet, engaged or maybe just married. I want to be pursuing my dream at a magazine or as a columnist. I hope to have no more school debt, and I definitely do not want kids at that time. I want to be career driven and motivate myself to make my way up the ladder. Hopefully by that time editing will be in my future.



What Jaye Wore:

Jacket, Top - Forever 21
Pants, Boots, Ring - H&M
Necklace - Scarborough Flea Market
Bag - Call it Spring

Photos by Mikayla Kuehn

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Style Profile: Zoe Cortesis

Zoe Cortesis is not your ordinary Grade 11 high school student. She is also a model. Zoe has been preparing her portfolio to take into agencies, and hopefully begin a part-time career that way. She has already been seen a couple times in photo shoots for Mad Monkey Clothing Prom Dresses, as well as getting photographers to help develop and grow her portfolio.
I met Zoe in my art class at school, and there, I really noticed her eye for style and creativity. She loves the industry, and is interested in possibly following through with some type of career in fashion. Right now she is leaning towards Fashion Show organizing and production, and anything behind the scenes that way.
Zoe has some experience in other areas as well, besides modeling. She has picked up a little bit of sewing skills over the years, and helped out a couple years ago backstage with a musical production that her school, CDCI West put on, called The Wedding Singer. She told me about how she helped with hair and makeup, and that she enjoyed it very much!
Read her full interview and see her lovely photos that I captured below! 

Mikayla:

List some key pieces in your wardrobe. What are some of your absolute favorites?

Zoe:

Black booties, leather jackets, and ripped jeans.

Mikayla:

Describe your personal style and how (if at all) you show it through your modeling photos.

Zoe:

I try to wear things out of my comfort zone sometimes. Even if the things I am wearing are what's "in style", I still try to put my own person taste into it.



Mikayla:

You have mentioned possibly following through with a career in fashion one day. What interests you in general about the fashion industry?

Zoe:

I love the idea of being in that type of environment, and being surrounded by fashion. Fashion is something I love, and doing something based on that as a living would be amazing! I also think living in the city would help me follow my passion for this industry. I would be able to see more fashion, instead of here, in a small town.

Mikayla:

Do you see modeling possibly being your full time career one day?

Zoe:

I can definitely see myself modeling for a few years in my life, and then most likely getting into a different full time career in the long run. That career is still undecided right now.

Mikayla:

What famous models in the industry do you look up to, or find inspiration in?

Zoe:

I really like Lily Aldridge because she appears to have an effortless style but is every elegant.



Mikayla:

As a working model, if you could choose any ad campaign for a brand/company, which one would you see yourself fitting in best with, or wish to be a part of?

Zoe:

I love looking at Ralph Lauren ads and I think it would be amazing to shoot for them.

Mikayla:

You are currently putting together a portfolio to submit to modeling agencies. Are you nervous at all with how they will react to your photos and if you will get hired/signed with one of them? What are some of your struggles (if any) with preparing for this?

Zoe:

It is nerve-wracking not knowing what they will think, or what they will say about my photos, but I think all you have to do is work at what you can, and go in believing in yourself. I've been working on this portfolio for a few years now, and if they don't like my photos, I can take that information knowing that I just have to keep working at it, and go back next year or another time I feel prepared again.



Mikayla:

What would be some of your own personal advice to young individuals who want to give modeling a try?

Zoe:

I think you just really have to want it. It's tough, and I myself don't even have that much experience. You have to be healthy and stay positive through it all!


What Zoe Wore:

Jacket, Shoes - H&M
Sweater - Forever 21
Bag - Winners

Photos by Mikayla Kuehn

Apologies for the quality of photos, I was unable to use my usual DSLR when I shot for Zoe!

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