Continuing our “Models of Cherry Velvet” series, our next model has only been shooting with us since the summer of 2015…
Galbraith Mansion, July 2015.
With her golden hair and piercing blue eyes, Kaleigh Almond exemplifies the sweet as cherry pie look, yet has the unique ability to smoulder like the most sultry of femme fatales. A seasoned model, she has been working in the industry since 2012, while she studies at UBC. How was she discovered? She won a modelling contest for a local lingerie company!
We had the opportunity recently to ask her a few questions during a photoshoot…read on!
How did you get this Cherry-sweet gig?
I started modelling for a local company in Langley BC. At a Fundraiser Fashion Show for a fellow model, Diane Kennedy saw me and contacted me for modelling some time after. Since our very first shoot at a heritage home in New Westminster, I have had the pleasure of working with Cherry Velvet in their catalogue and promotional shoots!
What does #stunningatanysize mean to you?
Since I’m in the fashion industry, the positive body movement over the past few years has held a particular interest to me. Growing up, I always considered myself, “average”; I thought I was mundane and girl-next-door as one could imagine! Even today, I still think I’m an average height, size, shoe, shape; I even study arts and have blonde hair! How “average” can you get! But this movement towards self-accepting and thinking that every person is beautiful in their own unique and wonderful way has really had a positive effect on my work. I’m so pleased that despite my self-deprecation, I’m able to find modelling work and the positive messages are applicable in my everyday life.
#stunningatanysize means that I’m beautiful -the way I’m right now; not once I’ve achieved the goals I have set for myself to lose weight or become fitter- but right now I’m beautiful. And this has been a struggle, especially in the last six months, to remember this and to work on self-acceptance. #stunningatanysize does not mean I’m perfect, but it means that I’m (trying) to accept me for me as I’m today. A lot of people find it surprising that I struggle with self-acceptance and confidence, but being a model doesn’t mean I’m perfect or that I’m totally confident, it means that I’m trying to see myself as a beautiful person and that I’m continuously fighting to be proud of myself.
How do you get ready for a photoshoot? What are your 3 favourite beauty products?
I love photo shoots more than almost anything in the world, but getting ready for them requires a lot more time than I had originally thought!
For starters, being perfectly manicured for shoots means I have to shave the day off – which often means waking up crazy early before a shoot. In order to look refreshed (like I got those 8 hours of sleep I had planned on!), I use A-Derma Emollient Foaming Gel to wash my face. My skin is can get grumpy and with all the makeup products I have to put on at shoots—I often break out. I love this product because it minimises breakouts and doesn’t suck all the moisture out my skin. My skin is also very reactive, but so far this product has had no negative effects on it!
My second secret is what I put on the rest of my skin to make it look soft for the photos. Again my skin is very reactive, so I even though I’ve tried all the fun products from places like Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop etc. and liked them, I still wasn’t getting the results I wanted. So I went back to basics. Every morning and night, I put aloe vera on my skin! Even though it doesn’t smell as lovely as the other options, it works fabulously!
But my biggest secret, the one that took me the longest to figure out, is how models always had such beautiful nails! Pro tip: they don’t get manicures every day, they use gel nude nail polish! I personally love Sally Hanson. It’s affordable and it dries reasonably quickly, which is something I value when I’m running from University to shoots and back.
What is your favourite Cherry Velvet dress & why?
My favourite dress right now is The Brigitte!
This dress is perfect for warmer weather. It’s a touch shorter than some of the others and I always LOVE the fun prints it comes in! Pink Eden is my personal favourite!
Who inspires your creativity?
I grew up in a wonderful home with wonderful, caring and intelligent parents. But they’re also kinda crazy (in the best way possible!). My mother is one of the most creative people I have ever met. She can take anything, a broken teacup, for example, put it in our garden and plant wonderful bright flowers around it, making it look like she got the idea right off Pinterest. My mom loves colour; everything in her world is colourful! Every wall in her room is a different colour. She dresses in fun, fashionable colours every chance she gets and, most prominently, her personality shines through everything bad in the world. My mom has always supported my creativity by putting me in classes for sculpture, painting, pastels, dance, theater, film acting etc. Her creativity is inspiring and I love her more and more every day. <3
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us, Kaleigh!
If you liked the dresses she’s wearing in this blog, check them and all of our new arrivals out on our website