Fenntessa: This year's collection is inspired by sports. Do you have a favourite sport or physical activity? Can you describe some of the things you do to stay healthy, happy and swimsuit ready?
Kelly: I love playing tennis with friends when it’s nice out. I also like to do yoga a couple times a week. I don’t make time for the gym, but my work, hobbies and healthy diet keep me happy and fit.
Fenntessa: Do you have a favourite work out song, or a jam that makes you feel on top of world?
Kelly: “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eye Peas
Fenntessa: We LOVE to travel. What's the best vacation you've ever taken?
Kelly: Going to Sweden to study abroad for 6 months. I was able to visit 15 different countries throughout Europe! Travelling is truly the best form of education.
Fenntessa: The print this year is an imaginative composition of animals playing sports. Do you have a favourite animal?
Kelly: I love all animals, but dogs are definitely my favourite… and koala bears! They’re so cute and cuddly looking.
Fenntessa: We know you are all fun fearless women – when you’re not prepping to rock the runway, what does your typical day look like?
Kelly: My days vary a lot. I have 3 part time jobs and I am working on a few community projects. I recently completed a practicum in Sustainable Agriculture, so now I spend most days thinking of ways that we can improve our food system and connection to food.
Fenntessa: What’s your day job/side hustle and favourite hobbies?
Kelly: For the past few years I have been working at a fine dining restaurant and at the various 24hr front desks for Student Housing at UBC. I also sometimes work at Arbutus Coffee in Kitsilano. What I like most about my jobs is that I have been able to work on several meaningful community projects. At UBC, I helped run a couple projects related to food security, nutrition, and cooking. At Arbutus Coffee, I got a honeybee hive set up in the backyard and ran urban beekeeping workshops. When I’m not working, I love cooking, gardening, hanging out with friends, painting, playing tennis, and taking dogs for walks or to the kits dog beach!
Fenntessa: Any words to live by or special quote?
Kelly: Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.