Plus size model Sunday Omony wears many hats. When she’s not gracing the pages of Elle Magazine and the Toronto Sun, this media personality is using her voice to advocate for positive by images internationally.
Recently, Sunday was named the new face of Swimco, a leading Canadian swimwear retailer.
As our December cover model, DailyVenusDiva.com got a chance to chat with the inspirational talk show host about her journey as a model and a philanthropist.
DailyVenusDiva.com: As a model, you’ve worked with several companies. When did you start modeling and what types of challenges have you faced along the way?
Sunday Omony: I started modeling when I was 16 years old. I was a size 4 straight-sized model doing mostly commercial editorial then runway. At the time, I felt great pressure to lose weight in order to maintain my thin frame. I was trying to achieve an unrealistic body that was unattainable for me.
DailyVenusDiva.com: When faced with those challenges, how do you overcome them? What do you do to unwind?
Sunday Omony: In 2004, I was introduced to the plus-size modeling division. I learned that I did not have to change myself to succeed in the modeling industry. I started to love my body and feel comfortable with my natural size. I feel that the plus size division is right for me because I know I’ll never be a size 4 again nor do I desire to be anymore.
When I feel like unwinding, I enjoy traveling, practicing hot yoga, have a massage and listen to spa instrumentals in front of lit candles.
DailyVenusDiva.com: Tell us about your first modeling job. Who was it with and what did you learn from that experience?
Sunday Omony: My first paid modeling assignment was for a book called All Kids Have Dreams by Aspen. I was hired to model as a deviant youth. It was a fun and inspiring experience. The editor also gave me the opportunity to write in the book. What I learned working on this assignment was that everyone’s stories matter and sharing our experiences is vital.
DailyVenusDiva.com: You also have your own talk show. When and why did you decide to go in that direction?
Sunday Omony: In 2012, ShawTV gave me the opportunity to have my own talk-show on their network. I chose to challenge myself and learn a new skill. I am honored for the gift to share empowering and inspirational stories. I work with an amazing team of people who push me and teach me lots every time I am in the studio.
DailyVenusDiva.com: What is your personal mission as a model, talk show host and woman?
Sunday Omony: My mission as a model is to continue pushing the boundaries of fashion and showcasing the beauty of diversity. As a talk-show host my goal is to give a voice to young people and share uplifting stories. I am a woman who believes that women should support each other, complement one another and celebrate our accomplishments together.
DailyVenusDiva.com: The Calgary Herald newspaper referred to you as a “fiercely real role model.” What does being a role model mean to you?
Sunday Omony: A role model to me is someone whose actions and influence inspires others to become better. If I can inspire one person just by being me and doing what I love, then I know I have done something amazing. I have many positive role models in my life who continue to mentor me. We should all aspire to be your best and to inspire others.
DailyVenusDiva.com: Earlier this year you were named the new 2015 campaign face of Western Canada’s leading swimwear retailer, Swimco. In August of this year you were photographed for your first campaign with them. Tell us about that experience.
Sunday Omony: I am honored to be one of the new faces for the Swimco 2015 Campaign. It was a wonderful experience working with a leading Canadian swimwear company that showcases diverse body shapes and sizes in their campaigns. I find that Swimco swimwear is confidence that you can wear regardless of your size.
DailyVenusDiva.com: I read that you have a nonprofit as well. What led to you to start the Immigrant Youth Empowerment Society? What are the goals of your nonprofit? Who does the organization serve and how can others assist in your efforts? You wear many hats.
Sunday Omony: In 2004, I founded a non-profit organization called Immigrant Youth Empowerment Society a partnership with The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. My goal was to provide a safe learning environment where diverse youth could connect, become more familiar with their new home and receive homework help. That was the first time in my life that I believed as a young person I could make a difference and impact my community. It was through this experience that I felt a sense of purpose in my life. I encourage everyone to volunteer and give back to their communities – your help is needed and valued.
DailyVenusDiva.com: What else are you working on?
Sunday Omony: I am publishing a book called, More Than Good Enough: Secrets to Achieving Real Confidence. In this book, I shares secrets to achieving confidence and living your ultimate life. Whether it is self-esteem, body-image, discrimination, relationships or any other challenges, we can conquer them all and achieve meaningful, long-lasting success. Growing up I was not always confident in myself or my abilities this severely affected my self-esteem. Then one day I decided to fake it until I became it. I have been writing this book for over two years and excited for the launch.