A model student

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Kanata student Tristen Albert, 16, (C) seen here with agent Sophie Beaudoin (L) and her mom Erika Smith (R), is about to hit the big leagues in the modelling world. (Photo by Wayne Cuddington)

‘We have a young superstar in the making,” says Sophie Beaudoin, the owner of Ottawa’s Models International Management. “As an agent, every day you hope you’re going to meet someone like Tristen Albert. She’s the whole package.”

Beaudoin was speechless when the Kanata teen and her mother, Erika Smith, walked into her office a year ago. “I was blown away by her look and within 20 minutes I was asking what she thought of travelling to Europe and Japan.”

Things have been moving at a dizzying pace ever since for the 16-year-old Holy Trinity Catholic High School student. Tristen is featured in a six-page spread in this month’s Flare magazine, was on the magazine cover of PRESS the Fashion in August, is on next month’s cover of Preston magazine and has appeared in Herd and Plaid magazines. In May, she attended the Canadian Model and Talent Convention in Toronto and had 38 callbacks from agencies, including New York and Paris. She placed first in runway and swim suit competitions. And, oh yeah, she’s taking part in this weekend’s Ottawa Fashion Week.

“I prepared to do what it takes to go far,” says Tristen, who plays football and volleyball, but has had to give up competitive basketball.

At a striking five-foot-11, Tristen has flawless skin, dreamy eyes and a toned, well-proportioned physique.

“Tristen is very modest, down to earth and has a good head on her shoulders. She also has the support of her family, which keeps her grounded,” says Beaudoin, who has spent more than two decades in the business, first as a model and then taking over the agency in 2003.

Tristen says she felt slightly awkward when she first began taking classes at Beaudoin’s school, but all that disappeared when she did her first show.

“I felt like it was the most natural thing in the world. I don’t know what the designers are looking for when they’re selecting the models for fashion shows, but I’m confident in how I look and walk,” says Tristen.

She recently appeared at Montreal Fashion Week and is auditioning with designers to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week starting Oct. 22.

“Tristen has to build her portfolio. It’s a competitive industry so it’s important to lay the groundwork and for her to do shows in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and build up to New York and Paris,” says Beaudoin, who has 200 models on her roster. “She is a top model in the making.”

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