Toronto born and raised, Caylen Walker is a lovable character behind her straight model face. Having been in front of the camera since the age of fifteen, her love for modelling and the creative minds in fashion inspire her to further her career in the industry. While she’s a full-time linguistics student at Western University, she’s managed to fly out of London, Ontario to New York for castings, then back to school during Freshman Week all in one day — she says she wouldn’t give up modelling for anything.
How did you get into modelling?
I got into modelling when I was fifteen. It was something I wouldn’t have considered before, but I was getting scouted on the streets in downtown Toronto. Also, my mom was scouted as a teenager by Elmer Olsen who didn’t have an agency at the time, so she never pursued modelling. After a few instances of getting scouted on the streets, my mom took me to Elmer Olsen who is now my agent, and that’s how it all started.
What has been your favourite modelling job to date?
After a year of training, I got to be a model for a Marc by Marc Jacobs launch presentation hosted by the Beckerman sisters, the week I was finally legal to work. It definitely wasn’t a huge job, but it made it very real for me that I was a model so I’ll always remember it.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m busy studying at the moment for finals, but you can find me watching whole seasons of shows or live streaming shows during fashion weeks. I’m also really into yoga and running.
What are the key pieces in your wardrobe?
I like versatile monochrome pieces and denim.
What does modelling mean to you and what impact has it had on you?
Modelling has its fair share of negative reputation in the media, but it’s had a very positive impact on me. Many people warned me that modelling would have an unhealthy impact on my self esteem, but I’m happy that it’s had the total opposite effect. I’m more confident now through modelling, and this attitude translates directly into my everyday life. The people I work with in the industry are so creative and have opened me up to a field that I never knew existed before. I wouldn’t trade my job for anything, because it’s been such a good learning experience — more so than a job.
What has surprised you the most working as a model?
I don’t usually tell people overtly that I’m a model, but when I do, I find that I’m automatically stereotyped to be a snobby person in the fashion industry, which is not the case. I’ve also surprised myself through modelling, finding out how much I liked it.
How do you stay engaged in fashion?
I don’t get to model as often during the school year since I’m based in London, Ontario, but I stay engaged as much as possible through the Fashion and Lifestyle Society and Volta Magazine here at Western University. It’s my little piece of the fashion world here, surrounding myself with creative people and those who love the industry. It’s been my everything. I love getting involved in the behind-the-scenes action for Volta Magazine and to stand on the different side of production.
Who inspires you?
My agent Elmer Olsen because he’s the parent in my industry since my path starting at fifteen and up until now where we’re working to turn it into a real career for me. Their support has been unbelievable.
What are you currently listening to?
The Lumineers, because I bought their concert ticket!
What would surprise people about you?
I’m a pretty good rapper.
Fill in the blank. I can’t live without___.
Chocolate and lipstick.
What is your dream?
I want to make a name for myself. I don’t want to be the Karlie Kloss or Gigi Hadid, but I want to be successful because I love modelling so much. I want to walk for Calvin Klein — I would feel fulfilled the day I’m on the Calvin Klein runway. I was actually on hold for their Paris as well as Christian Dior after going to castings in New York last year, so I’m halfway there!
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