Alva S, 178 cm / 5’10”, Swedish, born August 7th.
What are your interests/favorite things?
“If I would describe myself I think I have to say I am kind of sporty. In my spare time, I used to play floorball with my team and even do trail running in the woods. One of my favourite things to do can be just as simple as hanging out with my friends and talking about everything and nothing. I think that those moments are the best in life and I do really appreciate them.”
What’s the most interesting thing about your family? Do you have siblings?
“Well, maybe it is that we as a family have lived abroad in periods. We lived in Ecuador when I was really small and then in India for two shorter periods. We really love to travel and share life with other cultures. Especially my dad. Yes, I have two siblings, one older and one younger sister.”
How and when did you become a model?
“When I was 11 I got scouted by the agency Modellink at a big shopping mall in my hometown Gothenburg. I got really excited at the moment but then I forgot about the meeting until they contacted me again a while ago.”
Justin Lyons, 184 cm / 6’0.5″, Canadian, born April 13th.
What is one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
“Tim Hortons over Starbucks… I’m happy with the little things in life. I don’t need the world to be happy. All I need is a coffee, a book, and some good company.”
What is an issue or cause you are passionate about?
“I am very passionate about promoting health. I am currently enrolled at McMaster University for Health Studies with a minor in mental health and anthropology. I hope to use this degree as a platform to help others achieve their health goals. These goals may be in mental health, physical health, accessibility to health resources, and implementing new techniques/treatments within the realm of health care.”
What’s the most difficult thing you have ever done?
“About a month ago I had to say goodbye to my Oma (grandmother). She was diagnosed with some health conditions that were irreversible. This was difficult to deal with because I hated seeing her suffer in a hospital bed but never wanted her to leave. My Oma passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side. My Oma was a significant part of my childhood development. She taught me how to read and write. From an early age, she stressed the importance of education. She always ensured we did our homework before turning on the television. Even in the summer, she’d take us to the library to sign out books. My Oma sparked my passion for reading and educating myself and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.”