One of Canada’s biggest Supermodels is Belleville’s own, international star, Liisa Winkler! Mode Elle Owner/Agent Audra Anderson has exclusively represented Liisa worldwide as her Mother Agent for the past 20+ years. Audra is Liisa’s exclusive Canadian agent. Audra manages Liisa’s career, appearances and bookings including SIX Fashion Magazine Covers, Flare, Elle, Glow, Wedding Bells, Canadian Family, S Magazine and clients such as Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Winners, Le Chateau, Sears, Joe Fresh as well as exclusive appearances in designer fashion shows for Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week.
Mode Elle Model & Graduate Liisa Winkler can be seen in prestigious advertising campaigns for Gucci, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, BCBG, Max Mara, Longchamp, Gap, Banana Republic as well as a prestigious cosmetic campaign for Guerlin Paris! Liisa is a mainstay in fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Fashion & Flare!
Liisa took the modelling world by storm when she became the Gucci “It” Girl landing three consecutive contracts in 1999 & 2000. Liisa started at Mode Elle in 1993 at the age of 15, and since then has traveled the world. Described as “breathtakingly beautiful” by Tom Ford, Gucci’s former designer & creative director, Liisa entered the world of the supermodel, modelling side by side with Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Gisele, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow & Kate Moss. Liisa was discovered by Mode Elle owner Audra Anderson while she was back to school shopping at the Quinte Mall with her mother and best friend. Although hesitant at first, Liisa was encouraged to enter Mode Elle’s Model Search where she placed as a finalist, but did not win overall. The following year, Liisa completed a modelling course and attended the prestigious Canadian Model & Talent Convention….and the rest is history! Liisa’s modelling career has taken her to locations such as Australia, South Africa, Paris, Milan, London, Bali & Thailand to name just a few.
Besides the coveted Gucci campaign, Liisa has graced the runways and appeared in campaigns for other celebrated fashion icons such as Prada,Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Versace, Armani, BCBG & Valentino. Liisa known as “Legendary Liisa” in a Models Resource article, is credited on an international platform as being a “big deal Supermodel when Canadian models weren’t”. Click here to read the article. Liisa contributes much of her success to her ability to stay focused, by remaining grounded and being herself. She maintains that you must treat modelling like a business to be successful. The era of the diva is out! “The key to success is to remain grounded, professional and most important staying true to yourself. When a model starts in the industry, the going can be very tough when doors are shut, you must possess the confidence to take the good with the bad and continue to keep your eyes set on your goals.” Liisa has stayed true to her roots and always remembers where she came from. Liisa still has the same best friend and friends she had at Centennial Secondary School in Belleville and Quinte Ballet School. Liisa will forever be known in the modelling world as “the ballerina” and a model that moves like no other in front of the camera and on the runway. Liisa Winkler
Mode Elle owner Audra Anderson credits Liisa’s professionalism and personality to her strong family ties and support of her parents, Anita & Bill Winkler. When first starting out at the young age of 15, Liisa was quite shy & quiet so the business was extremely good for her. Modelling is a very social business which has helped her to open up and this she believes has allowed her to become much more outgoing and to grow as an individual. In New York Liisa is placed with One Model Management, and in Paris with Elite Model Management. We are all very proud of you Liisa not just because you are Canada’s Legendary Supermodel but also because you are both Mode Elle’s and Belleville’s Supermodel!