Photography by Chris Thorn
Occupation: Entertainment Tonight Canada Reporter/Producer, BC Children’s Hospital Lottery Spokesperson & Social Media Maven at Blu Realty
Describe yourself in under 100 words.
I believe in the power of positive energy and I love to share it. I’m rambunctious, loyal and honest – sometimes to a fault. I believe in fairness and teamwork, and because of that I sometimes answer to the nicknames “Justice” and “Activities”. I’m inspired by new people, places and tastes and determined to live a life full of adventure. I’m absolutely dog crazy, love to shake my booty and have an unhealthy passion for dill pickles. When I’m not interviewing actors, musicians and artists you will probably find me on the beach or in the mountains!
If you had to describe your RAW shoot in one word what would it be?
Beauty can be defined in so many ways. What is your definition of ‘beautiful’?
I used to believe that confidence was the obvious (and only) answer to that question, but as I get older I realize that to be truly beautiful one must possess equal amounts kindness and confidence. A healthy glow doesn’t hurt either!
When does your husband think you are most beautiful?
Shawn loves the way I look after a good day on the mountain. He thinks a goggle tan, wind burn and bed head are incredibly sexy!
When do you feel most beautiful?
I feel most beautiful during a windy walk on the beaches of Tofino, BC. I’m wearing gum boots, the sea air is dancing over my skin and I can’t stop smiling.
At our shoot you mentioned that you have never been on a diet despite the fact you work in an industry where it seems like the majority of women are on one. How do you think you escaped the pressure to diet?
I have to thank my family for setting a wonderful example. I grew up in a home where we ate what we grew, and we were grateful for it. And when the dishes were done my brother and I were promptly told to go play outside! This food/exercise philosophy has stuck with me and I still believe that balance and moderation is best. When friends or colleagues start to engage in diet talk I simply tune out. #yawn
On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc.?
Hair is by far my greatest beauty expense. It costs close to 200 dollars and I have it done every 8 weeks. But when it comes to the other stuff, I’m a pretty thrifty kid. I typically re-stock my make-up supply from gift bags, get manis and pedis for special occasions and for hair products and body cream I usually grab whatever is on sale at Shoppers or London Drugs. I do however, spend a little more on my skin and will splurge on Dermalogica products every 6 months. I think this would put my average monthly costs to about 100.00.
Have you ever struggled with confidence, body image or insecurities in your life? If yes, please share your story. If you have any advice for people going through the same thing please feel free to share your thoughts here.
I was a muscular little gal in my tweens and teens, and I definitely struggled with that fact. I had big, beautiful thighs from soccer, gymnastics, and dance but because they were larger than the twigs my pals were rocking I was very self-conscious about them. I wore baggy clothing and long shorts – sometimes even over my bathing suit. Luckily, by the time I entered grade 11/12 I began to realize that the “Quadzilla” label I had been given was ridiculous, and from then on I tried my best to always be grateful for a strong, healthy body.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery or treatments? Please share your thoughts on this.
I’ve tried facial acupuncture and Botox a few times. I used to be really judgmental about augmentation of any kind, but now I believe you should do what works for you, BUT be honest about it. If I have to hear one more frozen faced actress talk about how she doesn’t believe in cosmetic surgery – I might barf.
You have attended many red carpet events over the course of your career and most recently you were at The Academy Awards for ET Canada! Is there anything that girls and women should know about these red carpet events that might not be totally apparent when they are watching at home or reading about them in magazines?
First, I think girls and women need to realize that these people are not only blessed with great genes, but also have experienced teams working hours on them before stepping a foot on that red carpet. Ever heard of the term – “it takes a village”? Well when it comes to fashion shoots and red carpets that mantra is 100% accurate. Plus, all of these photos are retouched and the lighting on these carpets makes EVERYONE look good!
If you had to name the most down-to-earth, low maintenance celebrity out there right now, who would you name?
Like much of the world right now, I’m obsessed with 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. She has such a beautiful, natural look that I believe comes from within.
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