By day, Emerald Van Langen is a 32-year-old food and nutrition manager for the kitchen at a long-term care nursing home in the GTA.
But on her Instagram acount, the 6-foot-4 redhead is living her best life as a head-turning model after being discouraged from following that path when she was 16.
“They were complaining about (me being) larger than sample sizing of four,” she said.
“And my hips are larger. So I kind of just gave up I guess.”
But then a promising lead came her way from an agency specializing in tall models.
“Someone approached me and said, ‘I know, Yekaterina Lisina, the tallest model in Russia, that’s 6-foot-9,’” said Van Langen. “And so they tested me with her but she wasn’t too interested at the time either with my photos. (The agency wanted me to) make a portfolio, wanted certain photos styled and stuff.
“So, I was going to start working on that but then COVID-10-9 hit in March, so I haven’t reapplied,” she added. “But right now I’m just working as a freelance model and so far it’s working. “