This 25-year-old is Kel-c Jules, an Indigenous fashion model in Kamloops, BC. She is also a teacher and an artist:
“I graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Thompson Rivers University. This really helped me become the artist I am today. I was very fortunate to have had my work on display at the international airport in Vancouver and various shows and commissions here in Kamloops. I look forward to seeing my designs in the new trades building at TRU. My artwork is an outlet which has given me a voice I never knew I had.
I also work for Fashion Speaks International as an Indigenous model in Kamloops and I was recently at the International Fashion Week in Paris modelling three different designer’s lines. In the beginning I started with photoshoots and a few fashion shows to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. Modelling builds my confidence and feelings of empowerment!
I didn’t think that I would ever be in a career like modelling; I never really thought of myself as beautiful. Yet it was just another step for me to be a role model. It didn’t matter that I was 5’2” tall, I was still asked to walk the runway and have photo shoots and six months later I was in Paris as a model changing beauty standards in my own way. And I was helping all the youth, boys and girls, to be proud of themselves and confident enough to shine in their own way and to never let anyone else tell them who they are or what they can or can’t do. They have the strength and power to be who they want.”
Kelsey has been working for school district 73 as an aboriginal education worker for five years and has taught all ages from kindergarten to grade 12. She loves mentoring youth and hopes to one day obtain her masters in fine arts. Way to go Kel-c!