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CANADA'S FINEST

The 3O most inspiring, newsworthy women to watch

CANADA’S FINEST
The 3O most inspiring, newsworthy women to watch

Coco Rocha


 
Coco Rocha

ROLE MODEL: COCO ROCHA

Discovered at an Irish-dancing competition in her hometown of Vancouver, six years ago, Rocha has been jigging down the hottest runways ever since. The former FLARE cover girl famously signed an exclusive contract with Steven Meisel and recently did TV spots as a correspondent for E! Canada. Beauty within: “The girls who have a voice and an individual personality are the ones who make it,” says 21-year-old Rocha. Muse and mentor: Educating young girls on body issues has become a passion for Rocha, who now leads speaking tours at high schools. “Talking to these girls about self-esteem is inspiring; it keeps me going.”

Rachelle Lefevre


 
Rachelle Lefevre

TWILIGHT STAR: RACHELLE LEFEVRE

Since landing the role of Victoria in our fave vampire blockbuster, Montreal native Lefevre can’t even go into an H&M without sending shoppers into a tizzy. The vibrant redhead just wrapped The Twilight Saga: New Moon in Vancouver and Casino Jack in Toronto, with Kevin Spacey. Next up? Barney’s Version, with Paul Giamatti. Celebrity status: Yes, she’s chummy with Robert Pattinson and starred opposite George Clooney in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, but what gets this McGill alumna’s heart pumping? Volunteering. Lefevre is an active supporter of School on Wheels, a tutoring program for homeless children. On Canadian actors: “We get a lot of respect in the industry because of our amazing work ethic.”

YOU SHOULD SEE: Our interview with Lefevre…

Isis


 
Isis

DISCO DAREDEVIL: ISIS

As one-half of Toronto-based electronic band Thunderheist, 23-year-old Isis raps, sings and shines onstage like a New Age Neneh Cherry, giving the MIAs and Santigolds of the world a run for their rhymes. However, what the Toronto-based MC-cum-vocalist does best—as her band’s hit song “Jerk It” (which was featured on the soundtrack to The Wrestler) can attest—is create an unforgettable party environment. Act 2: Currently, Isis is prepping a new EP with her bandmate, Montreal’s GrahmZilla. She promises it will be filled with more of Thunderheist’s signature techno-meets-hip-hop sound. Fierce first lady: “I am the Michelle Obama of the Canadian electro scene. I support independent artists and wear because that’s where the innovation lays. I also believe in giving people a platform because that’s what people have done for me.”

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Leah Miller


 
Leah Miller

HOT HOST: LEAH MILLER

Prior to landing her current gigs as a MuchMusic VJ and host of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Miller had stints on Ashton Kutcher’s Punk’d and Chris Rock’s Down to Earth. Next, the Toronto-based talent is heading to British Columbia with Much to cover the 2010 Olympic Games. Couple on fire: The 28-year-old is married to Juno Award–winning singer-songwriter Dallas Green of both Alexisonfire and City and Colour. On her career: “I didn’t come from a wealthy family or have a lot of connections. I worked really hard to get where I am and I never gave up.” On Canadian beauty: “We are such a multicultural country; everyone is so unique and down to earth here. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

Anna Paquin


 
Anna Paquin

LEADING LADY: ANNA PAQUIN

Born in Winnipeg, this former FLARE cover girl made waves at an early age by winning the Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role when she was only 11 years old (for her role in The Piano, beating out the likes of Holly Hunter and Winona Ryder). Rather than crash and burn like so many of her child-star counterparts, Paquin eagerly honed her skills and landed a number of roles in diverse films. Lately, the 27-year-old actor has been getting rave reviews for her Golden Globe–winning portrayal of vampire-admiring Southerner Sookie Stackhouse, who experiences a severe case of love at first bite, in True Blood. All-world style: “I get clothes from different cities I visit; they are all souvenirs.”

Leslie Fremar


 
Leslie Fremar

STAR STYLIST: LESLIE FREMAR

Although she’s used to dressing A-list actors such as Julianne Moore, Penélope Cruz and Maggie Gyllenhaal for the red carpet, Toronto-born Fremar first developed her eye for style when she moved to New York and became Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue. That experience is rumoured to be dramatized in the book-turned-blockbuster-film The Devil Wears Prada (Fremar’s alleged character is said to have been played by Emily Blunt). Currently, Fremar is working on a soon-to-be-announced product line. Stylish art: “Jeans and a tank top are my canvases,” says the 32-year-old. Made in Canada: “The key to my aesthetic is very Canadian; it’s laid-back, like my approach to living.”

Melissa Hollingsworth


 
Melissa Hollingsworth

OLYMPIC ATHLETE: MELLISA HOLLINGSWORTH

Skeleton athlete Hollingsworth already has a bronze medal on her mantel from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but this World Cup champion is aiming for gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A little bit country: When she’s not speeding down a track, the 29-year-old Eckville, Alta., native likes to train horses on her hometown farm or catch a rodeo. Her motto: “It’s the tough times that define us, and when we are down, we should be excited because the only way out of the slump is up.” Best thing about Canada: “I appreciate the beauty of our country. My favourite part of the day is riding [my horse] Rascal and watching the sun set with the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background.”

Erin Kleinberg


 
Erin Kleinberg

DESIGN DARLING: ERIN KLEINBERG

Upon moving home to Toronto from New York City after assisting stylist Alex White at W Magazine, the 23-year-old self-taught designer skipped fashion school for instant success with her eponymous label. Her first capsule collection was snapped up by Holt Renfrew and, soon, her vintage-inspired tees, cardigans and tanks were making cameo appearances on Gossip Girl and Hollywood starlets. Canadian style is… “Strong, edgy and eco-friendly,” says Kleinberg. Which explains why she is working with the earth-friendly fibre Tencel next season as well as designing with hand-sewn vintage buttons. On Canadian designers: “We work that much harder and put in that extra push because we are not directly situated in Paris, New York or Milan—where the hubs of fashion are.”

YOU SHOULD SEE: Our Canadian Designer Directory…

Kelly Drennan


 
Kelly Drennan

ECO CHICSTER: KELLY DRENNAN

What started as a Green Gala fundraiser in 2007, with 10 designers openly discussing creative ways to make high-end clothing with sustainable fabrics, has turned into Fashion Takes Action, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to sustainable fashion in Canada. And we have 35-year-old founder Drennan to thank. In her own words: “The focus of Fashion Takes Action is both environmental and social. By social, I mean the consumers whose health is affected by the clothes they wear and whose purchasing decisions impact communities of workers on the other side of the planet.” Media savvy: Eager to get her message out, Drennan started to tweet about her eco philosophies and landed on the U.K. Times Online list of top-20 fashion Twitterers. On Canadian style: “Eco fashion is part of Canada’s DNA. We inherently live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle than Americans.”

Randi Bergman


 
Randi Bergman

STYLE BLOGGER: RANDI BERGMAN

A FLARE contributor, 24-year-old Bergman quickly got herself into the fashion world by writing for Fashion Week Daily. But this Toronto-based gal is getting the most attention for her fashion blog, The Katie Girls, which she originally created with her best friend, Robin R, whom she met while interning at Interview. Career highlight: “It’s a tie: interviewing Liza Minnelli at the Halston show and/or getting to pick clothes for a Chloë Sevigny cover shoot.” Best thing about being Canadian: “Being able to perpetuate the stereotype that we are all “awesome.”

Nina Dobrev


 
Nina Dobrev

NEXT BIG THING: NINA DOBREV

Actor Dobrev is on the fast track to fame. Having scored her big break in 2006, landing the part of Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the now-20-year-old Toronto-raised talent soon caught the attention of a few of Canada’s biggest filmmakers. To date, she’s racked up roles for Sarah Polley (who cast her in Away from Her), Jeremy Podeswa (in Fugitive Pieces) and, most recently, Atom Egoyan (in Chloe, opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore). Scream queen: Dobrev is about to embark on her biggest role to date, the lead in the new CW high school drama, The Vampire Diaries. Her role model: “I admire Rachel McAdams so much. She started off as just a Toronto girl who began auditioning and getting parts in films. Look at where she is now. I think [her success] is a combination of the choices she’s made and her talent. I also like that she’s down to earth and confident.”

YOU SHOULD SEE: Our behind-the-scenes video of the making of this issue…

Editor, Elio Iannacci; Text, Alexandra Breen and Elisa Kosonen. Photography, Jeffrey Gardner (Leslie Fremar); Vanessa Heins (Leah Miller); George Pimentel (Nina Dobrev Rachelle Lefevre, Anna Paquin); Gabriel Steele (Kelly Drennan, Erin Kleinberg); Michael Williams (Coco Rocha); Norman Wong (Isis); Daniel Wood (Mellisa Hollingsworth). Hair and makeup, Lisa Duran (Isis), Artist Group Limited; Michelle Rosen (Kelly Drennan, Erin Kleinberg), Judy Inc.. Styling, Fiona Green (Isis, Leah Miller); Tammy Palmer (Kelly Drennan Erin Kleinberg).

“Canada’s Finest” has been edited for FLARE.com; the complete story appears in the October 2009 bonus issue of FLARE.

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