After posing for fashion magazines around the world at the age of 16, the young ‘cat-eyed’ Quebecer is preparing to run three marathons in 22 days for the Eye Disease Foundation.
Gabrielle Ouellet is no ordinary girl. Behind her cat eyes and that penetrating look that allowed her to travel to Paris, London, Tokyo and New York at the age of 16, hides a young girl who has suffered a lot.
Born in Saint-Nicolas, she suffers from “cat’s eye” syndrome, a rare genetic condition, and is forced to live with impaired peripheral vision and high myopia at a very young age, a situation that leaves her vulnerable.
“When I was a little girl, I saw my eyes as something very negative. My self-esteem was very bad,” she reveals Protocol.
The former international model had two dreams: to have normal eyes and to become the next Canadian goalkeeper.
“In every city [du monde]I always had my Carey Price vest for good luck,” laughs the man who has performed well on the men’s small hockey teams.
Now 26, the veteran woman credits her vision problems for shaping her character and the woman she has become.
Her struggle also helped her in a crazy world, that of fashion.
A full-time model for about three years, she decided in 2016 to continue her studies.
She will pursue a bachelor’s degree from York University in Toronto and a master’s degree in management from the Schulich School of Business.
Today she works for Glendon College at York University. She also accepts a few jobs as a model.
In autumn, Gabrielle Ouellet will take part in the GO Challenge. The goal is to raise $50,000 for the Eye Disease Foundation and the goal is to run three marathons in three weeks.
the old top model kicks off September 25 in Montreal, October 2 in Quebec City and October 16 in Toronto.
“Research is the foundation of technological advancement and I wanted to give something back,” explains the inspirational woman who wears scleral lenses, new advanced contact lenses. “It allows me to see almost normally.”
According to an article published in The newspaper In 2014, Gabrielle Ouellet received several messages from people with visual impairments. That’s when she realized how she could make a difference by getting involved with the Eye Disease Foundation.