Name: Lucy Miller
Instagram: @lucy_c_miller (its currently @lucky_c_mills but I'm changing it early May back to @lucy_c_miller)
Photographer: Kassidy Yang
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I was living in Vancouver cheerleading for the BC Lions and our team manager was running Miss Bikini Body Canada. The girls on my team persuaded me to enter and to my surprise, I made the finals where I ended up winning the whole thing! There was a scout at the finals who encouraged me to get into modelling and mentored me and took me on to some more amazing events and pageants and the rest, as they say, is history!
2. How long have you been modeling?
It must be about 8 years or so by now!
3. Who is your favorite model?
There's way too many to name, I have so many girl crushes! I love Jennifer Auada, a Brazilian model, I'm obsessed with her Instagram. Emily Ratajkowski, Caitlin O'Connor... There's so many I love I can't even think haha!
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
No way, growing up I was extremely shy and anxious, and frankly, pretty awkward. It wasn't until I was 16 or 17 and cheerleading for the Cairns Taipans basketball team that I sort of had to become comfortable. We were in a little uniform dancing in front of 5000+ people a game, so getting in shape from all the training and then being faced with that definitely helped me come out of my shell in that aspect. I think the older I get the more comfortable I become, now I love being in my own skin!
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
Absolutely! Jane Gagne scouted me during Miss Bikini Body Canada and took me on to a few more International Pageants. To this day I still admire her and turn to her for advice. Jane is a massively successful model and mother who is kicking butt still in the modelling and acting world. She's won multiple international titles and represents Canada at several international pageants each year. All of that while running a successful business, marriage and family. She's only getting better with age, that's inspiring!
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Know your morals and stick to them. Don't let anyone push you around. Speak up if you aren't happy with something.
Do your research and get informed on makeup and styling, quite often you won't have someone there to do it so the more you can do the better! Work with as many people as you can to get your portfolio together, but be selective with who you shoot with. A million people have cameras but not everyone is really going to contribute to your portfolio.
Always be nice.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
I'm sure I've had loads!! I'm a pretty goofy person though so most of the time the WTF moment comes from me probably!
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
Wow, I wouldn't even know where to begin! I've learnt so many life lessons through all of this. When you're surrounded by so many different people, travelling, meeting and making friends and colleagues, you learn ALOT! I guess learning how to get along with just about anyone would be one. I've realized that your uniqueness is an amazing thing and to own that in yourself. So many people try and fit the mould but who wants a world of clones?!
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
Oh, I am a very random person! The first thing that comes to mind is that I like eating weird things with a fork rather than spoon... like oatmeal, cake, icy poles.. lol!! My brother was watching me last night strip the icy pole from the popstick and was like "what on earth are you doing, weirdo?!" I don't know why, but I like it better that way haha!
10. What are you most proud of?
I am proud of who I've become and what I've accomplished despite growing up with severe anxiety disorder my whole childhood and up to age 16 when I was formally diagnosed and began working with it, rather than against it. I still have moments and it's something I have to keep in check but it's been something that nearly defined who I was for so long, and then I took the reigns and made my dreams come true despite it. As with most things, there's a silver lining, and I am a very empathetic and understanding person because of it, and I hope to help other dealing with similar issues to see that it doesn't have to be your enemy.
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
What a question! I supposed I want to be remembered as a good person who made everyone feel great and inspired. I want to spread love and light wherever I go and help people to realize their full potential.
What is one more really neat thing you've got going on?
I am extremely passionate about my swimwear brand that I started 8 years ago, but am only really just launching now! Fiasco & Phoenix is my baby and it's been quite the journey since my first hand stitched "bikini" (if you could call it that lol).