Arts Urban Male Magazine

UMM – Erin English

Erin English, UMM Fall 2011

For the alluring Erin English, the ability to change her appearance when modelling is second nature.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Timmins, Ontario, the animal lover describes herself as a chameleon.

“I can pull off pretty much anything,” she says. “Even people that meet me, they’ll see me again and I’ll look completely different and they won’t recognize me.”

It’s all about adapting to the environment; whether it’s for glamour, fashion or fitness modelling, she blends right in, which is an asset in the urban jungle of Toronto, where she now resides.

Her ability to acclimatize is due to an arts background. A dancer since six-years-old, she recalls performing for her parents.

With little opportunity to perform in After a rough year and a half in La Belle Province, English says she designated Toronto as her ‘make-it-or-break-it city’.

It was in the T-Dot where she sparked her acting and modelling career. On screen she’s appeared in music videos ‘Ice’ by Lights, Green Velvet’s ‘Shake and Pop’ and ‘Poor Boy’ by Shaun White, while stints on Much Music’s on Demand Spring Break, Hot or Not, MTV’s Live Hacked and Keys to the VIP add to her television résumé.

As for modelling, a list of print, Internet and promotions would span the distance from Toronto to Timmins, including Harlequin novel covers, Maximum Fitness, American Curves, Coors Light, Bud Camp, Playboy Golf tournaments, Brahma, and Labatt.

After a busy six-year schedule, with such success, English is parlaying her experience into her go-go dancing company, Kharizma Entertainment.

With her attention on her business, she’s hush-hush about what’s next for her, save for the pulsing sounds of house that keep her moving.

“You just have to listen to the music and connect with it,” she says. “Depending on the music that’s playing, you want to let your body do its thing.”

Like the change in beats in a Deadmau5 groove, English will kick off her dancing shoes and apply her philosophy to modelling.

“I find when you think about it too much, that’s when it just doesn’t work,” she says. “I like having a theme when I do a photo shoot, or something to think about because it comes out in your eyes and it comes out in your body language.

“You can tell a story with your eyes,” she adds. “I mean if your eyes are doing something then I feel your body will sort of follow.”

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