Melina Querel is one extraordinary Canadian girl who make a living modeling. One can say it was kismet our meeting backstage at America’s Next Top Model Live in Toronto, then again if you believe in magic like I do this meeting was just magical.
This was a meeting thanks to mistaken identity. I thought Melina was someone I had met the day before, and asked her if she was “Jackie”? “No” said Melina and then shortly afterwards asked me “Who’s Jackie, because your the second person who’s asked me if I was Jackie”, and so began a delightful journey of discovery of Melina and her exotic beginning in modeling in Dubai.
Talk about hitting the jackpot of information, well I had hit the bulls-eye. Melina, is so interesting to talk to and has such a “keep it real” perspective on life that it is refreshing and utterly delightful to just sit and listen.
Melina told me about the pitfalls of modeling, when she was asked to go from size 0 to size 00. The thought that raced through my mind like a bolt of lighting was “WTF”!. I did not have a clue that there was a size 00.
Speaking eloquently with her hands Melina went on to say that yes, she tried to get to size 00, achieved it, got very sick, and then quit modeling. Her health had taken it’s toll.
Vogue, as we all know said it will not use underage models, nor those models who it seems have been deprived of food.
Pierre Dukan, French nutritionist that is as famous as discussed for his protein-rich diet, has been asked to be removed from the medical society of France. The object of the controversy is a statement that Dukan makes in his latest book, Lettre ouverte au futur président de la République, published in France on January 5th, 2012, in which the doctor suggests of giving a higher grade to students that reach the “Bac” (the French baccalaureate test) with a body mass index between 18 and 25 points.
Dukan has also looked after Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Hallyday and Gisele Bündchen. It is said that even Kate Middleton chose to be treated by him to fit perfectly into her wedding gown.
Part of the problem of fashion is that designers send in small size for models to fit into. Many don’t want to take the risk that they can not fit into anything, so they just go into the 00 zone and that’s when bad things can happen to the body. Considering models are getting younger and younger, with the pressure of size and weight the risk that is too high to force on teens, because it could provoke or accentuate bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders.
Melina however has returned to modeling found herself in a comfort zone of size 6, this is a new niche in modeling. She loves a long walks having once walked 800 km. Even today she feels guilty when taking the bus, or other means of transport, thinking to herself, I could have walked that.
I found that Melina and I had much in common, Dubai being one, Clafouti Toronto, and it’s almond croissants.
Melina is living life and modeling now on her own terms, and occasionally being the 007, of fashion rather then the 00.