To anyone who does the show circuit, Meghan Collison’s face is a familiar one. At only 22 years, she’s a seasoned vet, having walked on practically every major runway, every season since she got started five years ago. After snagging first place in a Ford Canada model search, Collison, who’s repped by Next, quickly began racking up a slew of major editorials (Italian Vogue with Steven Klein, W with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, British Vogue with Mario Testino, i-D with Dan Jackson), and the runway bookings followed. Showing no signs of losing steam, Collison had one of the strongest fall seasons, walking in 30 of the top shows, including Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and Proenza Schouler. As for the current resort season, she landed spots at Chanel, Proenza and Balenciaga. We chatted with her over the phone on Thursday morning.
Where are you right now?
I’m in New Jersey, actually. My boyfriend’s family lives out here. It’s so nice to get out of the city sometimes. It’s quiet. I’m on the deck now. There’s like a big backyard and trees. It’s totally relaxing.
You’ve been working a lot of the resort shows recently. What’s been your favorite so far?
Chanel. The location was absolutely incredible.
Had you seen Versailles, France, before?
No, I’d never been. Just the way they did everything with the runway, the fountains, I was like, ‘This is unreal.’ The only thing was those shoes! They destroyed the back of my feet. I was bleeding afterward. Hard plastic with no socks on? Not fun! Especially because we had rehearsal three times. I walked around for the next week with the backs of my moccasins folded down to let them heal! At least the shoes looked amazing.
How did you get your start in modeling?
I entered a contest that was held by my mother agency, Ford Models, in Canada when I was 18, and I ended up winning.
Was modeling a childhood dream of yours?
Not at all. My mom heard about the contest on the radio and I met the height requirements — that’s why I went. I was as tall as I am now [5 feet, 11 inches] and was taller than all my teachers in high school.
You’re from Edmonton. What’s it like there?
It’s a nice place to grow up and my family is still there. The only problem is that it’s so cold in the wintertime. I never want to live there again just because the winters are bone-chilling cold. The other thing is there are no direct flights there from New York, so it ends up taking 10 hours to get home after all the connections. When I first started, I was back and forth between home and New York and that got old really fast. It’s difficult to manage two cell phones, two apartments, two lives, basically.
You must be a good packer.
I’m a pro — it’s all about the rolls instead of folding. You can get so much stuff into the tiniest suitcase. I went to Japan for three and a half weeks one time with just a carry-on.