After 4 months of waiting, calling and submitting endless forms and emails, I have finally received my passport with my new visa back.
After one of the most patience and faith tested day trips from Peterborough to Brampton, stuck in the most horrendous traffic that delayed us down to the last 5 minutes of our journey. It was nothing but sweaty palms and silent heavy breathing from my counter part and I.
With literally a minute to spare I ran to the front doors of building 10, frantically searching for any indication of the floor I was headed to.
Once spotted, I took off running into the building, tore up the stairs, spun in a circle out of confusion and entered the doors to the hallowed BLS doors. The office was cold and sterile and was completely empty. Out of breath I began scanning the room for a face and before I knew it. I was informing the friendly staff that I was there to pick up my passport. (more…)
Photo by Jeff Rojas
Looks like it’s time to pick up the proverbial pen.
I have been back in Canada for nearly 4 months now and it’s been quite a life altering experience. And as I’m sitting here right now thinking about the whirlwind that’s was the past little while, I’m at a complete loss for words. It’s funny how life works like that, giving you all the experience in the world and yet not the words. I have to say my readjustment to Canada has been interesting. Outside the world of fashion, it’s almost like a shock. I miss my bookers, I miss the castings and the split second pace.
But this time away from that world and life, has been an eye opener in every aspect of my life. It has allowed me to shed what was unhealthy and hone a focus and dedication to my development in the industry and as a person. (more…)
City of Hope Show
I had the honor of walking for Kaufman Franco City of Hope Charity show at the Plaza hotel in New York City. I went into hair almost immediately. I personally love being in hair because I just watch Netflix. When I am in makeup, I listen to some music, more often than not surfing Soundcloud and Hypem.
There is something that I can do no justice to describe or explain. It’s a feeling that is rooted deep to your core, an almost inhuman otherworldly feeling. It comes from living your dream.
It’s in the minutes before a show is about to start, and you are backstage lined up. You look around and see every model transformed into a vision. The entire team is standing by. A pin could drop and you would hear it at times. It’s in the moments, a glimpse in the mirror and your heart stops. The approval of the designer and final adjustments from the team, and then comes the silence of the show. The time where nothing but breathe is heard, posture is perfected and we move single file, one by one to the front of the line. The que is given and………….. It’s a rush that cannot be duplicated or even understood but rather felt.
Surface Magazine Editorial BTS
Reunited after a Year – you can see the slow progress from strangers to siblings.
That’s true love & soul mates.
It has certainly been a minute, but I am officially settled and into my second week back in New York City. I recently took some time to travel back home and share my story with the community of Fort William First Nation at their economic development conference.
This opportunity lead me to feel blessed with completely humbling moments. In partnership with the Thunder Bay Regional Multi Cultural Youth Center, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with the students of DFC (Dennis Franklin Cromarty), which is operated by Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. The NNEC is directed by the Chiefs of the 24 Sioux Lookout District First Nations. It was established in 1978 as an essential part of the movement for First Nations to develop administrative capacity to take over the boarding program for students of the Sioux Lookout District attending grades 9 through 12 outside their communities.
While they were all dear to my heart, my most loved was being invited to share my story with Nishnawbwe Aski Development Fund as a guest of my mother.
It was such an uplifting experience to see her glow with pride and to know that as a daughter I could do that. That after all the hardships this woman had endured for me, I could show her the person, I am constantly growing to become. (more…)
Jade Willoughby has been interviewed and featured on Indian Country Today Media Network about her experience walking for the first time in New York Fashion Week.
Read the interview here: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/07/jade-willoughby-native-model-does-her-first-new-york-fashion-week-153894