This summer I will be trekking across Canada – travelling coast to coast. This will be a solo walk that will take place for a minimum of three months – Melina Querel
CHANEL is all about adventure. Coco Chanel lived the adventure. Karl Lagerfeld always takes you for an adventure. Now on this historic day in Cuba for fashion meet a Canadian model who like Lagerfeld is about to take you along on her great adventure, model Melina Querel.
I have – for as long as I can remember – always wanted to leave home and go on an adventure. When I was young, I used to pack a little bundle to the end of a stick, sling it across my shoulder and tell my mother that if one day I disappeared not to worry because I had packed provisions. When I was eighteen, I went to walk the Compostela – a pilgrimage route starting in France in the Camino des Arles and concluding in northern Spain. My passion for this project was born in my youth, nurtured throughout that walk and emboldened by ambitions
Melina Querel, is going to walk the longest catwalk, right across Canada, yes that is one long walk, and you can learn a lot more of Melina’s project and yes go give the girl some support on her UPCOMING PROJECTS.
The first time I met Melina was backstage at Canada’s Next Top Model Show. This is a video from that day, which will give you a peek into her great personality, and a few of her Instagram post’s please give her a follow and your support. Model who rocks, that is Melina. Melina Facebook Follow.
Model Melina Querel is a wealth of knowledge when it come to food and models. She herself had gone from size 0 to 00 developing an eating disorder. As food was the central conversation on a hot humid day, Melina and I sat down at Feel Good Guru to have a cold mixed vegetarian organic fresh juice and talk about her scouting for new models, in the quaint Quebec City, and the top secret project that Magpie who design for the legend of music Price are currently working on.
Soon it was time to make a move to Magpie.
Melina had her portfolio with her as she was going to be on her way to a “call-back”. It was all action at Magpie, everyone was busy creating and while Angela and Cathy the owners of Magpie fashion checked out Melina’s book in came model Joy Okafo walked to meet the ladies of Magpie and learn about the (TOP SECRET) project. Joy Okafo was her usual self the wide-eye, big smile it was all girl power and these ladies are today’s Spice Girls. But hold on, the action was not over. Soon Olga and her daughter Claudia who design shoes and have their own company Red Lovo arrived to also talk about (yes the Top Secret) project.
So what is this (Top SECRET) project? Can’t say yet but let me tell you it will be worth the wait, and you will be thrilled beyond belief. The secret is well guarded by MI5 (Oh did I just say that).
My phone rang to the tune of Snoop Dog’s ‘California’ it was Michael Patrick sitting a few blocks away at a sport’s bar waiting for the game between Italy and Germany in the Euro-Cup 2012 to start. I let Michael know “hey I have someone with me you need to meet” to which Michael asked “is she a model?” and as Melina was walking in that direction and had her book it was time to make a move on.
Mario Balotelli, Team Italia, Muller and the Germans had taken the pitch. It was Balotelli who shifted the balance.
In the 20th minute, with the Germans catching their breath between rushes, Italy moved slowly down the left wing. Antonio Cassano turned Hummels in the corner and delivered a ball across the face of goal. An unusually powerful forward, Balotelli shoved off his marker and speared the first goal in with his head.
The German fans at the bar seemed stunned. They expected a fight. They didn’t expect to trail.
Michael Patrick took the time to chill and look at Melina’s book, while Melina sent off a few text messages oblivious to the action around her at the sport bar. It was time for Melina to make a move, we wished her luck.
The final two-thirds were bliss — especially given the drudgery of the last week’s play — a pair of teams of top ability trading blows. It wasn’t dirty or finicky or cautious. If only the German penalty that tightened the score had come earlier than added time in the second half.
Italy and Germany reminded us what this game looks like at its very best — a respectful, brutal ballet. The pair of them should be ushered through to the semis at every tournament based only on long service to the game.
Thanks to Balotelli’s brace, Italy will now face defending champions Spain in the final, seeking their first European title since 1968. Spain enter the betting favourites, but the money on them is shortening quickly.
What a day this was a perfect Italian day, about fashion, models, style and a game of football powered by the man who is peerless in front of the net when he wants to play Mario Balotelli.
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.