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Local model takes career to Japan

By Shawna O'Neill

Published on January 7, 2019

Kelsey MacDonald of Cornwall is modelling in Japan for the next two months. (Submitted photo).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Kelsey MacDonald, 21, never expected her dream of modelling to come true, especially at such a rapid pace. 

NEXT Models, an agency based out of Montreal, contacted MacDonald on her Instagram page and expressed interest in working with her just over a year ago. Now, the Cornwall native is in Japan, working on projects with Bravo Management for two months.

“I think every girl wants to be a model,” said MacDonald. “It was my dream but I never really thought anything of it…my goal is to be on the cover of a magazine.”

To date, MacDonald’s modelling has taken her across Canada. She is excited to embark on her new journey overseas and hopes it will lead to greater opportunities.

“I still can’t wait to find out what my future has in store,” said MacDonald. “It’s an amazing experience meeting all these new people and getting to travel.”

Some may recognize MacDonald from her growing portfolio of work. She can be seen on nation-wide Shoppers Drug Mart beauty signs, in Maison Birks catalogues, in L'Intervalle magazine and in Giant Tiger flyers. Ironically, MacDonald works at Giant Tiger in the city part-time.

MacDonald feels that she has grown as a person since the start of her career.

“Modelling is absolutely amazing and it has changed my whole perspective on how I see myself,” she said. “I find I’m more self-confident…I’ve met so many people over this; I just feel more confident talking to people.”

MacDonald is thankful for everyone who has helped her on her journey. She is especially thankful that her father has drove her to Montreal whenever possible for meetings or photoshoots.

“NEXT is a great company to be with for sure,” she said. “I love both of my agencies (NEXT and Bravo) dearly, my agents and family.”