This Week's Model: Meghan Collison
Meghan Collison, 21 (seen here backstage at Givenchy), isn’t a classic beauty. But the dark-haired, strong-featured native of Edmonton, Canada has become a fashion world favorite just for that reason. Collison got her start three years ago when she won a contest held by Mode Models (a Canadian modeling agency). Since then, she’s become one of the most requested girls in the industry, walking the runway for Givenchy, Jason Wu and Alexander McQueen, among others. When she’s not in front of a camera, Collison — who now lives in Brooklyn — says she spends her time exploring New York City, crocheting and playing with her cat Pixie.
Levi’s fall 2009 campaign
You have a very different look compared to other girls in the industry, how has that affected your career?
I realize I’m not a typical pretty face, but I have grown to appreciate that. I don’t think I would have achieved what I have if it wasn’t for being somewhat different. You have to find a way to stand out or else you’ll get lost.
From left: H&M’s fall 2008 campaign; Topshop’s fall 2009 campaign
What has been your career highlight so far?
My Italian Vogue covers taken by Steven Meisel and a jigsaw puzzle was made from an image of me. That by far was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me!
From left: Swarovski’s fall 2009 campaign; Collison on the cover of Vogue Italia’s October 2007 issue
Who was your favorite model growing up?
I liked Querelle Jansen because she was different and beautiful at the same time.
What are some of your hobbies?
I can crochet, which I enjoy doing from time to time, but I almost always never finish what I start making.
From left: Givenchy spring 2010; Jason Wu resort 2010
Any hidden talents?
I have double-jointed knees, so they bend further back then normal.
Tell us something that only a few people know about you.
I live on the 13th floor in apartment 1313, but I’m not superstitious.
From left: Collison on the cover of Zoo Magazine’s fall 2009 issue, V magazine’s September 2009 issue
Models often say that dating is a nightmare. Do you agree?
I already found the love of my life. He lives back home in Edmonton. Sometimes we have to go for months without seeing each other, but we make it work.
What do you think it takes to be a supermodel?
I think you have to have a strong personality, a memorable face and heavy hitters in the industry backing you up.
Levis fall 2009 campaign
Check back next Tuesday for the next installment of “The Skinny.” Read our previous model Q&As here.
Runway photos: WWD staff