Canadian Kelsey van Mook has been modelling internationally for over five years. She chatted with WWD about the past 5 years and what the future holds for her.
Here are our highlights:
Givenchy was my first big thing. That was crazy. I hadn’t done any big shows yet and it was my first time in Paris. I was just shocked. I went to the fitting and all these supermodels were there. Being in the lineup and seeing all the girls that were behind me — girls like Lily Donaldson and Adriana Lima.
Now if I do shows, I see if I can just get a few good ones. It was crazy when I was doing a lot of shows — it was like 50 per season. It’s two months of crazy. It’s really stressful. But I would like to do it again, now that I’m older and I know what to expect. I love doing the shows in Paris because they’re such big productions. It’s such a cool thing to see. When you’re doing shows, it’s hard to enjoy it because you’re so tired; you don’t even have time to think about it, whereas with editorial, it’s a nice long day — you’re in one place for eight hours. But I like both.
It teaches you to grow up fast. You’re always around older people, and I’ve learned how to live on my own in different countries, which is pretty crazy, because I’ve traveled the world. At my age, I’ve been so many places and I never would’ve done that otherwise.