HOW ONE YOUNG WOMAN'S SHIFT IN SELF-PERCEPTION BROUGHT ABOUT THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN HER LIFE
When Penticton-born model, Veronika Lynn, suggests we meet at Bliss Bakery in Peachland, the irony is not lost on me: a model willing to be interviewed in a den of delectable temptation?
A cold, drizzly rain doggedly christens the autumn day when I pull up and rush from my car and into the shop’s warmth and richly scented welcome.
It's a full house on this bustling Saturday – Thanksgiving weekend – and I must exercise my strongest willpower not to give in to the array of deliciously designed baked goods calling from the glass case. If we mortal women struggle to sustain our svelte selves, how on earth can this goddess keep her heavenly figure?
"Coffee. Black," Lynn says, when I ask her what she's drinking. Ah, yes.
"Herbal tea for me," I say, having consumed my caffeine quota hours earlier.
As we settle into a cozy corner, more than Lynn’s lovely visage strikes me. There is a comfortable ease and open warmth to this young woman; a genuineness that defies the stereotype we sometimes hold of those who make their living from their looks.
At five-foot nine, size four, with platinum blonde hair that finally reaches her shoulders (months ago she was forced to cut it super short due to over processing), dark brown eyes and those full, juicy lips ladies pay for, she is a stunner. Yet somehow she is your every girl, too.
For one thing, the sigh she lets out at the sight of the freshly baked cinnamon buns dripping with thick, cream cheese icing is perhaps louder than my own.
"I'm home for Thanksgiving,” the now Vancouver-based model says, “and I'm going to enjoy it.” Like me, she’s saving herself for the feast.
In fact, Lynn welcomes the diligence it takes to stay on track with fitness, sleep, and healthy eating, while in the throes of working. The sacrifice makes downtime all the more delicious.
"I’m meeting scouts in a few weeks, so after this weekend it’s soups and salads for a few weeks, then I can ease up a bit. I make a nice profit and then take time off.”
Something else Lynn embraces? Her womanly figure. “It's your job as a model to sell clothing and yes, models for high name brands—Couture—are skinny but I'm interested in swimsuit and lingerie… I like being curvier.”
Admitting she tried the "model diet" earlier this year and got "really thin,” Lynn says the look just wasn't her. “I had short hair like a boy and I really wasn't attractive. I needed to put a little weight on.”
Now that's something you don't hear from many women.
IN SEARCH FOR HERSELF
Maybe that's because Lynn has lingered on the other side. She wasn't always a confident model strutting her stuff before the camera. For the duration of her high school years, she was significantly overweight, wondering if life was leaving her behind.