Imagine a camp where your tools for survival include high heels, a solid strut and a strong sense of self. The wilderness has got nothing on the cut-throat world of modelling and if you want to make it, you’re going to need more than a compass to find your way. No one knows this better than “Walk This Way” Camp creator and supermodel, Stacey McKenzie.
Walk This Way Workshops Camp is a free-of-charge camp created to educate and empower inner city youth of Toronto. This year, 20 lucky girls were hand selected by Stacey after writing to her explaining why they’d like to join the camp. She reads every submission. The girls begin an intensive two week camp where they learn not only how to rule the runway but also take part in workshops like, “Owning Your Craft” and “Owning Your Health & Wellness”. The purpose is to provide a well-rounded, nurturing education in hopes of leading them into a positive, more enlightened direction.
So where did this idea come from and why did she think it was necessary? “In my journey, I didn’t have anybody to help me…the odds were against me” an emotional Stacey explains, “I didn’t have anybody to guide me, had nobody say to me, ‘Stacey, it’s gonna be fine.’” She glances over to her troupe of happy campers and it was obvious that she could see a reflection of herself. It’s because of that connection she feels urgency within her own self to give back. “I’m supposed to do it, I need to do it. I was given this opportunity for a reason and I believe that reason is not for me to keep for myself.”
But don’t get it twisted. This isn’t a camp about necessarily creating models, it’s about equipping these girls with valuable lessons and self-confidence that they can carry on for the rest of their lives. Though the majority of girls have a genuine interest in modelling, they also have other aspirations from lawyer to journalist to engineer. Stacey’s main focus is developing their sense of identity and encouraging their individuality. “I hope they walk away from this experience with the confidence to go after whatever they want to go for, and not be afraid of it, that’s the most important thing.”
For more info visit: staceymckenzie.com
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