The older I get, the more places I travel to and the more dreams I accomplish, the more I learn that it doesn’t matter so much where you are or what you’re achieving, it matters who‘s by your side whilst it’s happening. I didn’t grow up with a large family, we never sat down for dinners or had huge reunions, so I can’t say family values are something that were instilled in me from a young age. Spending four days with my family in Kaliningrad, Russia, made me realize how literally, any and every complex and problem is demolished when you’re with people who love you.
For those of you who didn’t know, I lived in Kaliningrad for something like four years before I moved to Canada. It’s a little province of Russia that is disconnected from the mainland, it’s on the Baltic Sea to the right of Poland. Visually, it is very similar to other European countries like Germany or Poland so at some points you can barely tell you’re actually in Russia. Basically, it’s beautiful. We spent the days driving out to the sea, picking apples from the trees in the country, filming my new video for Topshop, and eating Russian blinis (crepes). After four days, my dad and I drove to Moscow for my shoot with Elle Girl, but that’s a whole other blog post..