Influenced by the lives and styles of women we admire, The Look was created to celebrate what the incredible women in our community are thinking, doing, and wearing. This week on The Look, we’re featuring mother-daughter duo, Paula Collins and Jasmyn Pingue. We chatted with Paula and Jasmyn about their modelling agency, Masala Model & Talent, their personal style, as well as their advocacy for racial equality. They inspire us with their authenticity, bold sense of style and passion for uplifting young women and girls.
"We’re strongly passionate about developing our talent to bring out their best qualities and managing their careers on a local, national and international level."What interested you in owning a model agency?
PAULA: My modelling agent moved from Saskatoon, SK to Whiterock, BC to expand her agency. There was a lot of projects left in Saskatoon that needed talent for bookings. I wanted to continue a legacy that was established in our province and beyond.
What advice would you give to women wanting to start their own journey with entrepreneurship?
PAULA: Always follow your dreams, research, be bold in taking a leap. Not everyone will support you so be ready to take on tasks alone and continue to believe in yourself. Be ready for disappointments, keep going, you got this!
JASMYN: Start with what brings you joy, passion, and fulfilment. Having a great support system for encouragement and advice is wonderful to have. It’s extremely important if you are proceeding alone, and never stop rooting for yourself. Everyone deserves a life that brings you success. You’re special and amazing!
"Stand proud of your accomplishments no matter how big or small they may seem."
What’s it like running a business as a mother/daughter duo?
PAULA/JASMYN: We enjoy working together and we have a great relationship. At times we need space from each other to decompress; then we come back more rejuvenated. Having the creative freedom to express ourselves and cohesively work in the fashion, fine arts, and entertainment industry with endless opportunities is truly phenomenal! We’re strongly passionate about developing our talent to bring out their best qualities and managing their careers on a local, national and international level.
Not only are we like-minded, but we also share the same birthday!
How would you describe your personal style?
PAULA: For work, stylish coordinates that have some colour and accent my curves. For casual, anything that flows.
JASMYN: My style consists of a variety of eclectic styles with a creative personal touch. I love a great statement shoe!
We both love freedom and comfort that is fashionable. It’s important to be your own individual outside of following trends.
"I believe jewellery is a creative reflection of your personal style."
Why do you think jewellery is important in completing an outfit?
PAULA: Jewellery always brings life to an outfit. It makes a statement that is personal to you that can be memorable and timeless.
JASMYN: I believe jewellery is a creative reflection of your personal style. Simple as styling a black dress instantly enhances and boots your self-esteem.
What fashion advice would you give to your younger self and why?
PAULA: Always start with the basics then add on pieces to expand your wardrobe. You are fierce and amazing, be your authentic self, because there is no one like you.
JASMYN: The best fashion advice I’ve been given is: “dress the way you want to be addressed." Confidence is key! You can quickly lose your poise if you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing; the right clothing or garments can lend you the right attitude. The rest has to come within.
What life advice would you give to your younger self and why?
PAULA: Believe in yourself! This advice is from my parents and still holds true today for me: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. PROVERBS 3: 5-6. This advice is life!
JASMYN: This has always been applied throughout my life…you are worthy, unique and loved. Always believe in yourself, never give up, you can achieve anything your hearts desire. You deserve it! Stand proud of your accomplishments no matter how big or small they may seem. No matter what others say, stand true to your morals and ethics.
"As Black women, we have a responsibility to speak up for racism, injustice and inequality."
What social causes are you passionate about, and why?
PAULA/JASMYN: We are both passionate about building our community, Black Lives Matter and mentoring youth and young adults to strengthen their mental health and well being. We want a strong and unified community that brings people from all walks of life together in harmony. As Black women, we have a responsibility to speak up for racism, injustice and inequality. The youth and young adults need a safe environment and support without the stigmas of race, gender, bullying and abuse.
"We are both passionate about building our community, Black Lives Matter and mentoring youth and young adults to strengthen their mental health and well being."
What makes you feel empowered?
PAULA/JASMYN: Having a supportive family and knowing the hard work and dedication to the causes we’ve served have been rewarding. Giving gratitude each day and give thanks, to the most high. Without God, we would not be here to share this. Share your gift and true passions with the world, as you were put on this earth to make a difference. Lastly, be intentional and have control over what you do and stand for.
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Wardrobe by Klassique Designs
Snakeskin Sandals: Traxx Footwear
Writing: Carter Selinger