Body Image Specialist
I grew up in Montreal in a close knit community where friends and family were very important and came with lots of stories... we spent a lot of time talking! I had an easy time talking and listening to anything from friends and family, to fitness and food, to fashion and finances. Early on, I came to be known as the resident therapist, always listening to people’s problems and stories.
I earned BA in Psychology from McGill University and then got an associate’s degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Putting theory into practice in the buying office at Bergdorf Goodman taught me what it meant to be a high end buyer in the fashion industry in New York City. That experience was invaluable in that it showed me what I did NOT want. I knew I wanted to validate the positive aspects of the fashion industry (i.e. creativity, textures, fabrics) despite the chaotic nature of the industry.
Needing to dig deeper, I was determined to reveal the complexity of fashion, appearance and image and how that impacted people. But how was I to negotiate my love for all things sartorial and my desire to help people?
This lead me back to university to further my studies where I worked to marry my interests of both fashion and psychology. I earned an MA in Social Work from New York University (NYU), emphasizing body image and the external impact of physical appearance on self-esteem. I wanted to understand the link between our appearance and our internal worlds; the ambivalence between who we appear to be, and who we actually are.