Local model on runway to stardom

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January 17, 2017 12:00 AM

LOCAL BEAUTY Model Kasda Allen's career has taken off fast in the last year, and now she's been invited to take the runway at Western Canada Fashion Week this March in Edmonton. STEVE EDGERTON PHOTO

Local model Kasda Allen may be young, but things are happening fast for her and in a big way.
The 14-year-old Blackfoot native has done several photo shoots with various professional shutterbugs, caught the attention of a veteran Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) photographer, and now plans to strut the walkway at this year’s event in March. 
“I’m a freelance model and I’ve been working hard on building my portfolio; also I always wanted to have a clothing or makeup company sponsor me as a signature model,” said Allen.
“I’m very humble, appreciative and thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given already and I can’t believe how fast my modelling has taken off.”
Allen did her first shoot in July for a model call, against more than 250 other hopefuls, and was chosen for a $1,200 modelling scholarship; another photographer saw one of Allen’s pictures from the model call, recognized the potential, and asked to do an additional shoot with her, in turn getting Allen’s foot in yet another door.
The following month she did a modelling call with Red Banjo Studios, which got her picture published in a dance magazine, before going on to work with other local photographers like TA Photography, Kimberly Kalon Photography and the Lloydminster Photography Club.
Allen was later contacted and asked if she’d be willing to travel, ending with her modelling for Wear Photography and Hardie Photography out of Edmonton; before heading to a shoot in Cold Lake to work with Cindy Couture Photography.
One of the photos from Cindy Couture Photography was recognized by Steve Edgerton, the WCFW photographer out of Edmonton; resulting in three additional shoots with him, making it a busy couple of months for the budding model.
“I enjoy expressing myself through my expressions and movements, or just showing who I really am instead of hiding it,” Allen said, of her love of modelling.
“I’m very excited to see what lies ahead and I couldn’t do it without the continued support of my family, friends, boyfriend and those people who’ve been in my corner cheering me on.”
Edgerton, who has been a photographer for more than 30 years, said he recognized Allen’s talent and dedication, and went out on a limb to help get her further into the modelling scene.
He said he shoots a lot of fashion and has worked with many models in a variety of styles, and was impressed with the amount of effort Allen is willing to put into her work.
The photographer even gave the young model homework to practise before shoots, like different ways to properly pose, and subtle things like facial expressions, as well as hand and feet positions, with Allen quickly picking up on it and demonstrating her commitment when she got back in front of the camera.
“She came back and knew it and remembered it; there are a few special girls that can at that age and I certainly think she’s one of them,” said Edgerton.
“She shows incredible dedication, it’s probably partially due to her dance background, she’s used to training and she takes it seriously; she’s great to work with.”
Now, as mentioned, she’s been invited to WCFW in March, where Edgerton expects she’ll appear, and said the event will be great experience for her modelling career.
He added it takes a special skill set because there’s a big difference between just walking down a runway and walking down a runway properly, but Allen’s done that, he assured, and he’s confident she’ll rock the event.
Allen said she’s grateful for the offer and looks forward to the possibilities that could lie ahead afterward.
“I feel very honoured; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I just feel like it would open me up more if people saw who I actually was,” she said.
“I might get more opportunities within the modelling industry.”

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