Charlie Hunter Paille is the ultimate Montreal bombshell with ambition. First and foremost, can we all agree on how badass her name sounds? Like, the baddest girl out there - Charlie.
Now, let's talk about things that really matter. Charlie has been a successful model who's worked with huge brands, designers and photographers worldwide. Despite her innocent looks, she has already launched a lingerie company that has a strong potential to make it big. She both designs and models her own sexy pieces. I can't handle the amount of greatness within this post. I also can't wait to pick Charlie's brain, so let's get right to it.
When and how did you start your lingerie line?
I started in December last year. I studied fashion design in 2007, and always wanted to do Lingerie, but I started modeling and moved to NYC. When I came back, it was my big motivation, [so I did it.]
How do you create your designs and what’s the manufacturing process like? Are the pieces hand-made?
I do everything myself, from ideas to patterns and even the production part. And the modeling!
What do you like the most about Montreal?
People and food.
What makes your lingerie line different from the other ones available on the market right now?
I want to bring something a little more sexy to Montreal. I mean, Victoria's Secret is pretty sexy, but [our city] needs more 'Agent Provocateur' vibe. This is what I want for my brand.
Describe your modelling career path.
I started in 2009, [when I] moved to New York city. I worked in Paris, London and lived in Singapore for a little bit. I was the Rocker Edgy girl, did a lot of magazines but wasn't a commercial girl at all. I worked for a very long time as a fitting model for Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. It was a great experience as a fashion design lover.
You shot with many famous photographers, including Terry Richardson. What was the experience like?
I loved shooting with Terry, he was probably the nicest photographer I [ever] worked with. Super sweet and funny. I don't really care about rumours. It's funny how we hear so much about photographers, in a bad way. But I never had a bad experience. Of course, some are nicer than other, but nothing bad. Maybe because I'm a little older and no one [can] tell me what to do if I don't want to.
What future do you envision for your business?
Ohhh, I love to dream big! Hopefully, instead of #mycalvin soon it will be #MyCharlie . Who knows!!!
How do you deal with rejection and failure whether it is in modelling or your own business?
You have a lot of rejection in modeling, at first it's hard but it makes you stronger and I learned a lot about myself. I'm pretty sensitive still, but way stronger and I [can] take criticism. We can't be perfect for everyone.
How do you stay in shape?
I eat well, I love cooking! And I've been boxing for couple of years now. Makes me stay in shape and out of trouble. Hehe!
Having lived in New York, can you say that Montreal is better than New York in some ways? Why or why not?
I lived longer in NYC than [in] Montreal. I love both. People are so real and nice in Quebec. I always said that if Paris and New York had a baby together, it would be Montreal.