A Woman You Should Meet: Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid’s moment—which has essentially been going on for two decades now—seems extra momentous at the moment. So, we’d like to take a moment to give it up for her. It’ll only take a moment. In all seriousness, though, the woman is everywhere! She’s on runways, at parties, at the gym, on covers, still in Guess ads and in this year’s Pirelli Calendar. Busy as she is, we stole a few minutes of her time to get the lowdown on what it was like to work with Steven Meisel on the Pirelli Calendar.
A Woman You Should Meet: Elizabeth Ostrander
Elizabeth Ostrander is a hard woman to nail down. As one half of the sailing duo behind Sailing is Sexy (the important half, if we’re being frank), she’s making good on a childhood promise to sail around the world and, lucky for us, she’s documenting it. Somewhere between Hawaii and Bora Bora, Elizabeth found time to become Playboy’s December 2014 Playmate and cover model. We caught her between a tropical trip and a photo shoot to ask about her exciting life at sea.
A Woman You Should Meet: Kyra Zagorsky
Kyra Zagorsky can roll with the punches. Literally. As Dr. Julia Walker on the SyFy series Helix, she engaged in a bloody fight with her father in the last episode. Those kind of punches. In real life, the rough-and-tumble actress is happiest in the mountains of Colorado, climbing, hiking and camping. We trapped her inside for a half hour to find out more about her love for the great outdoors, her character and the weirdest storyline she’s ever had. Spoiler alert: it’s bloody.
A Woman You Should Meet: Allison McAtee
Actress Allison McAtee is great under pressure. Sure, she had to submit an audition tape for her role on OWN’s The Have and the Have Nots in under a day and audition again on stage in front of the show’s creator, writer and producer Tyler Perry. But those facts only seem intimidating before you find out that she shoots an episode A DAY! We talked to the beautiful McAtee about her crazy shooting schedule, finally ageing into her characters and soap operas. Sorry, we couldn’t help it.
A Woman You Should Meet: Grace Gealey
It’s no surprise that Empire, a musical drama about record label Empire Enterprise, is a huge hit. The show is a BTS look at a company run by Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyons, a former drug dealer and rapper, and his fresh-out-of-prision ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). What’s not to love? The beautiful Grace Gealey plays Anika Calhoun, head of A&R (artists & repertoire), and Howard’s love interest. We spoke to the actress about her starving artist days, that wardrobe and being a badass woman in a man’s world.
A Woman You Should Meet: Hayley Hasselhoff
You never know what you’re going to get when you interview a model. Fortunately for me, talking with Hayley Hasselhoff (yes, daughter of David) proved to be a joy from the moment she boisterously asked how I was doing. Once we moved her excitement past my wellbeing, Hasselhoff chatted about being a plus-size model, the state of the industry and the best advice she ever got from dear ol’ dad.
A Woman You Should Meet: Elicia MacKenzie
Auditions are tough to begin with. Singing and acting your heart out in front of strangers on an empty stage in a process that might have to be repeated over and over. To stage actress Elicia MacKenzie, that kind of audition is no sweat. In fact, in order to win the role of Maria in The Sound of Music, MacKenzie had to take part in the 2008 CBC reality series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? a reality show aimed at finding the next stage star. Now, she’s preparing for her role in Cannibal! The Musical, another show from the mind of Southpark’s Trey Parker. MacKenzie took a break from rehearsals to talk about winning a reality show, rehearsing for 12 hours a day and a Trey Parker-level of gore.
A Woman You Should Meet: Eden Grinshpan
Full disclosure: I am a Food Network junkie. I can watch that channel for hours, days, months on end. So when Chopped Canada’s newest judge Eden Grinshpan became available for an interview, I jumped at the chance. Plus, she’s a total knockout. Everyone wins. Gearing up for the new season, Grinshpan was able to take a few minutes to talk about her travels, pigs heads and her incredible love of cooking: “I’ve always had an obsession with butter.”