Charity Plamondon is a down-to-earth, country girl with an anything but normal background and a great passion for fashion. Though born in Vancouver, B.C., she has had the amazing opportunity to travel with her family throughout the United States and Canada for the majority of her life. Having never owned her own home, nor lived in one location for longer than a year or two, she believes it’s a privilege and honour to call Vancouver her home and Canada her country.
Vancity Buzz: When and why did you get into modeling?
Charity: It was actually quite entertaining, as I had never entertained any idea of being connected to the tv/film world nor the fashion industry while growing up. Having a father who trained horses out in Langley and the B.C. interior, I found it natural to feed my passion for horsemanship by digging deep into my hands-on, tom-boy ways with hard physical work as well as theoretical study.
My agent, John Casablancas actually discovered me at a “Woman’s Show” where they’d stationed a booth. Having braces at the time, trust me, I wasn’t interested in the least. However, they took a “dead pan” head shot, and within a week all 5’10” of me were signed.
I’ve always believed that whatever gifts we are given, whatever talents we harbor, whatever passion we possess, all of these are only as worth as much as we choose to accept, nurture and polish them. I won’t lie, I was hesitant, intimidated, and had thought of myself as someone least likely to possess the abilities necessary to enter the fashion world—a place as foreign to me as a high heel in a cow pasture.
Nonetheless, having a strong belief in a divine plan and what I believe has been a gift from God, I truly embraced fashion a few months into this journey that has now taken me down an international traveling level I could have never dreamed of!
VcB: On your days off you like to?
Charity: Is there such a thing? Between modeling, working as a stylist and coordinating photo shoots, to the role of a writer/office management for a family run, non profit organization, as well as working towards becoming a published Canadian fiction author, any “extra” time I have, I spend with family, friends and the outdoors. I love being social and physical, but I believe there is also a balance between “doing” and just “being” that makes life richer.
With older parents, and having taken care of my grandmother in the last two years of her life, I have learned that life is a priceless gift, not to waste on past mistakes, nor worrying about the future, but a time to treasure love, laughter and the joy of today!
VcB: What are you future plans with respect to modeling and in general?
Charity: Without a doubt, every shoot I do, every runway I walk down, every project I am involved in, only solidifies my passion for modeling. Over the past few years of working with such amazing professionals as my agent, unbelievably talented local designers as well as clients on an international level, I have such great respect and appreciation for the talent I see every day!
I’m excited for more overseas travel in the coming months, experiencing different cultures as well as working with some of Vancouver’s budding designers!
While modeling is full time, and my main focus right now, I am also an equestrian instructor. Having been a wrangler for the past several years, I find it so rewarding and such a joy to be able to teach everyone from children to adults how to ride, and I look forward to doing so for as long as I am able!
VcB: Your favourite thing about Vancouver is?
Charity: Any time I am away from Vancouver, I long to see to see the western shoreline and the mountains rising in the background. I always liken them to giant swells with snow white caps in the winter and rugged canopies in the summer; it may sound corny, but they take my breath away every time I see them! The quaint, cobblestone streets of Gastown, great food and the warm, welcoming character of this city will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m so blessed to call Vancouver my home!
Photographers: – Budianto Nasrun – Erwin Loewen – Kevin Kinisky – Mark Konkolski – Michael Chan – Patrick Parenteau – Rob McGee – Todd Duncan