Stacey McKenzie

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Stacey McKenzie
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Stacey speaking for CMHA
Born Kingston, Jamaica
Occupation Motivational speaker, television personality and Supermodel
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Website
www.staceymckenzie.com [2]

Stacey McKenzie (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Canadian fashion model, runway coach and most recently a model coach and judge on the Canadian reality television show Canada's Next Top Model.

Modeling career[edit]

After being told, early in her career, that she was too distinctive for the Canadian market, she moved to New York. She was immediately picked up by Elite Model Management.

Unprepared for the challenges of a modeling career, McKenzie returned to Canada and finished high school. soon after she moved to Paris, France to pursue modeling further. During her first season, she modeled for top designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix. She also landed her first campaign with photographer Oliviero Toscani for Benetton.

In the wake of her initial success in Paris, McKenzie was commissioned to work in markets around the globe including Paris, London, Italy, Austria, United States and Japan. She worked for Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Oldham, Michiko Koshino and Jean Paul Gaultier. Her magazine covers include Essence, Le Monde and Panache, as well as editorials in Vogue (US, Japan, Korea, Britain, Spain), Harper's Bazaar, Interview, Flare, Fashion, and Vibe.

She has appeared in a number of major campaigns including Calvin Klein CK, Jean Paul Gaultier, MAC, Mexx, Reebok, Todd Oldham Jeans, Nordstrom, Barneys, and Banana Republic.

Stacey McKenzie also made her acting debut in the 1997 film, The Fifth Element, as a VIP Stewardess. She also acted in 2 indie films, as well as the voice of a 10-year-old boy in the five (5) time nominated NAACP theater awards (winning for best choreography) and two (2) L.A. Weekly Theater Awards play Black Leather Soles.

In 2005 she founded Walk This Way Workshops, which has made a significant impact across North America and The Caribbean on those aspiring to work in the fashion entertainment industries. Walk This Way Workshops focuses on inspiring empowering and education young women and men through a series of confidence builder workshops fashioned to help develop self - esteem and gain confidence in the industry through self acceptance . Walk This Way Workshops has been featured in Teen Vogue Fashion University, Canada’s Next Top Model, America’s Next Top Model, P&G Beauty Awards, Rally For Kids with Cancer, Fashion Music Festival China, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ryerson University, Brown University, Kent State University and Queens School of Business.

In 2013, Stacey launched her 1st annual Walk This Way Workshops "The Walk" Camp for inner city girls, the 30 girls learned new skills, working with a diverse range of VIP mentors within the fashion and entertainment industry that included, TV Hosts Dina Puguliese and Tracy Moore, Fashion Designer and Project Runway Canada winner Sunny Fong, Actors Gabrielle Miller and Alex Cendese , Style Expert Peter Papapetrou, Supermodel Monika Schnarre, Multiple Juno Award Singer Liberty Silver and Jewelry Designer Rita Tesolin setting goals that will lead to milestones that will impact their future, so they can Own who they are and Rule their Runway in the direction they choose.

Stacey is a proven entity in the industry. Stacey has and continues to work with some of the worlds fashion elites. She was recently presented numerous awards including with The Success, Engagement & Empowerment Award from the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, Scarborough Center for Healthy Communities for her outstanding support of youth through her Walk This Way Workshops and Model of Excellence Award from African Fashion Week.

Other Ventures[edit]

McKenzie has established a company called Walk This Way Workshops. Originally catered to aspiring and established models and all aspects of the modeling industry, Ms McKenzie decided to build Walk This Way Workshops as a self-esteem company geared to all different types of people. In May 2007, McKenzie added professional speaking to her offering and was a special speaker for a brunch benefit held by the Canadian Mental Health Association. In her speaking engagements Stacey McKenzie discusses the challenges of self-esteem in young adults and how to gain confidence through self-acceptance. Ms. McKenzie continues to do motivational speaking engagements to inner city kids and schools.

Stacey McKenzie also made her acting debut in the 1997 film, The Fifth Element, as a VIP Stewardess. She also acted in 2 indie films, as well as the voice of a 10 year old boy in the five (5) time nominated NAACP theater awards (winning for best choreography) and two (2) L.A. Weekly Theater Awards play Black Leather Soles.

In February 2012, McKenzie is a panelist on Canada Reads, defending Dave Bidini's book On a Cold Road. On the first day, McKenzie controversially cast a tie-breaking vote to eliminate Prisoner of Tehran.[3]

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References[edit]

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  3. ^ Melody Lau (2012-02-06). "Canada Reads votes off first book: Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran". National Post. Retrieved 2012-02-07.