Model Citizen: Nick Fowler

Nick Fowler is a 24 year old model with Italian roots, born and raised in the Calgary, Alberta. Nick is currently represented by Mode Models Intl. and have been in the industry for about 2 years now.

  1. How did you get into modeling?

A scout came up to me one day and gave me her card, saying that I should get into modelling. I put her card on my desk at home and let it collect dust for a few months until eventually something inside of me told me to call her and the rest is history! After doing a few clothing brand shoots, I quickly fell in love with it.

  2. What has been your favourite modeling job to date?

I’ve modelled for so many great clothing brands, runway events, hair shows and editorial collaborations so it’s hard to say. If I had to pick one, it would be shooting for the NHL and CFL apparel stores in Calgary. It’s a pretty cool feeling when you can walk into a huge sports arena and see you face on billboards, advertisements and tickets.

  3. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I try to stay as active as possible. I have a strict fitness regime I follow and take pride in maintaining a healthy body, mind and soul. That being said, I am no stranger to burning the midnight oil as I enjoy going out and socializing with friends over a few beverages. I also like playing golf and going to music festivals in the summer.

4. What music are you currently listening to?

I’ve always enjoyed vibing out to house music, with my favorite artists right now being Martin Garix, DVBBS and Kygo. So long as it’s not country, I can listen to about anything.

  5. What has modeling taught you about yourself?

Modelling has taught me the power of self-confidence and that you should never be afraid to be yourself. I wake up everyday, proud to be who I am and where I’ve come from. You are constantly being analyzed and judged as a model, so having self-belief and a thick skin will allow you to get through anything that comes your way.  

6. How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my style to be a blend of European and street culture. I can rock a nicely fitted suit, all the way to joggers and a drop tee. 

  7. What would surprise people about you?

A couple things that surprise a lot of people about me is that I served in the Canadian forces as an Officer Cadet and that ever since I was about 10 years old, I have eaten two pudding cups every night before bed.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

I cannot live without my family

9. What are some of your future goals?

In a general sense, my goal in life is to find my calling which would include something that allows me to achieve spiritual fulfillment while making a positive difference in the world. As I continue to develop, I would like to travel abroad into another market and do commercial modelling for a while.

Photography By: Thana Boonlert @DAQPhotography

Model Citizen: Adam DeSouza

Photo Credit: David Tran

We recently discovered model Adam DeSouza on instagram and reached out to him to participate in an upcoming photo shoot. Get to know the Toronto-based based male model and lookout for our upcoming menswear editorial featuring Adam.

1. How did you get into modeling?

I started modelling in 2016 when I first walked for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. Since then I’ve walked in a few other shows and shot with multiple  photographers throughout Ontario.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job to date?

My favourite modelling job to date would be any of the runway events I’ve done, in particular my first season at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. I love these events because of all the people you get too meet.At a shoot you normally get to meet a small team of 2-5 people, whereas, with these events you’re around large group of like-minded individuals.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to learn about a variety of things. I am really interested in learning about the body, as I get ready to go back to school for massage therapy. I love anything fitness related.  At my core though, I’m really just a homebody.  I enjoy the simple pleasures in life like making a home cooked meal, listening to and finding new music, binge watching Netflix or just driving down to the bluffs to feed the ducks.

4. What music are you currently listening to?

Right now I find myself listening to a few artist like Joey Badass, Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, System of a Down, Anderson .paak, pendulum and Tool just to name a few.

5. What has modeling thought you about yourself?

Modelling has taught me that there are many different avenues you can take when pursuing something that you are interested in. With the technology  available through the internet, we can teach ourselves about literally any subject.

Photo Credit: Henry Tsai

6. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is the love child of Curt Kobian and John Lennon. I would describe it as “Grungy Hippie”.

7. What would surprise people about you?

Something that surprises a lot of people about me is that I train and compete in Muay Thai (kickboxing with elbow strikes, in short). I really enjoy fighting in the ring and performing for a crowd. My last fight was in Ireland last summer.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

I cannot live without music.

9. What are some of your future goals? 

My main goal for the future is starting my career as a massage therapist and personal trainer.  I want to dedicate my extra time to modelling and mauy thai and see where they can take me because they’ve already taken me to some amazing places.

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Spotlight on Ari Fitz

Illustration by Andrea Vahrusev

Text: Andrea Vahrusev

Gender roles and adapting to fit into the category of either feminine or masculine is a way that most societies organize people. However, as times evolve so does the belief in stereotypical gender norms, allowing people to be different and break free from binary constraints.

Androgyny can be defined as a person who is physically and/or mentally gender ambiguous, meaning they can be viewed as attributing both masculine and feminine characteristics. Fashion, over time, could be viewed as the first industry to accept androgyny and use it as an art form. Influential people who could be seen as androgynous figures include David Bowie and Grace Jones as well as models like Andreja Pejic.

Although fashion can be praised for embracing gender and art, there are restrictions that make models attempt to fit into being either feminine or masculine. An up and coming model of the millennial time, Ari Fitz, is an example of someone embracing androgyny to its fullest.

Ari is currently a model as well as a successful YouTuber. Her first channel, Ari Fitz, is filled with personal experiences and stories. Ari’s second channel, Tomboyish, focuses on living a tom boy life through style.

On her self-titled channel, Ari tells stories of her experiences as a model, such as attempting to fit in at castings with the rest of the female models. After rejection and self-exploration, Ari was able to freelance wherein she called the shots in her own life. This allowed her to steer away from conformity and be fluid.

Tomboyish, on the other hand, focuses on lifestyle, culture, and personal fashion for people who enjoy masculine streetwear. Ari works on styling her friends and creating looks based off one brand as well as styling certain pieces in a wardrobe. She applies both her fashion background and androgyny to aid others in finding a look and life for themselves.

One of many speakers on androgyny, Ari Fitz is an influential role model among many others. There are currently many figures for people to look up to alongside Ari. Androgyny should not be considered a trend but a personal way of life.

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Model Citizen: Brent Williams

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Photo Credit: Christopher Morrison

Get to know Angie’s AMTI signed male model Brent Williams and learn something surprising about the Toronto-based model like what has been his favorite job thus far, and more.

1. How did you get into modeling?

The opportunity kept coming up in different ways — although at first I had very little interest, eventually I caved and now I love it!

2. What has been your favorite modeling job to date?

Either walking for Vaquera in NYFW, because it was my first international booking, OR walking for LaMarque at WMCFW because my mother was able to attend the show.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to write anything where I can express myself creatively; i.e. poetry, music, etc.

4. What music or artists are you currently listening to?

Two of my favorite artists right now are Banks and Charlotte Cardin.

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Photo Credit: Christopher Morrison

5. How would you describe your personal style?

I would say my style is classic with a touch of “hipster”. I also like to incorporate bold statement pieces whenever I want to stand out.

6. What would surprise people about you?

I’m a huge superhero/comic book nerd!

7. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without_____________

PASSION

8. What are some of your goals?

To travel more, so representation in more countries abroad would be amazing!

Model Citizen: Amanda Sheppard

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Photo Credit: Alex Evans

We recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with AMTI signed model Amanda Sheppard for the Huntington runway presentation at our seventh issue launch party. It did not take long for us, and the designer, to be singing her praises. Get to know this Toronto-based model and see why we cannot wait to feature her on our pages.

How did you get into modelling?

Growing up I played a lot of sports and was known to be a tomboy. My friends told me I should give modelling a try because of my long legs. I chuckled as I knew nothing about fashion or the industry back then. I decided to give it a go and worked with a freelance photographer that introduced me to an agent at AMTI. Met with them, signed my first contract and now I’m obsessed with fashion. Funny how things work out!

What has been your favourite modelling job to date?

Ouu! That’s a tough one. I’ve worked with so many cool people and great teams this past year. But I think it would have been a recent editorial REBEL CHIC. The styling was bold, very edgy and they even bleached my eyebrows. That was a super cool day on set for me!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love playing sports! So whenever I get some free time I’m either playing something or at a sporting event! Soccer and hockey are my favourite!

What music or artist are you currently listening to?

I’m a huge fan of classic rock and indie alternative. But I also mix that up with some rap. My go to right now would be anything by Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. I’m an old soul!

How would you describe your personal style?

I’m known to be edgy with a sporty touch! I wear a lot of black and I would say street style is my go to. High cut ankle boots with funky heel designs are my favourite. I don’t think I own a pair of jeans that are not distressed. And when I do end up buying a pair, I end up distressing them myself!

What would surprise people about you?

I was 5’5 until grade 12. Didn’t get my height until the end of summer before university. I used to be the shortest among my friends and always in the front row for team pictures. Now I’m able to stand in the back row for pictures! Woo!

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Photo Credit: Alex Evans

Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without___________

My leather jacket and coffee.

What are some of your goals?

Modelling wise, I definitely want to travel and get exposure in international markets. Tokyo and London are a couple places I would love to go to! I also would love to be on the cover of a magazine! In life, I definitely want to give back. International development and working abroad has been a passion of mine since high school. My current goal is to launch a campaign that brings the fashion world and developing countries together!