Emma Surmon

She’s so Nous! Meet, Emma ~

Name?:

Emma Surmon

Where are you from?:

Calgary, Canada (… and yes I love maple syrup).

Do you have a book that changed your life?

It’s hard to say what books have changed my life, but I’m currently making my way through reading all of Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies and they are some of my favorite books of all time. They really opened my eyes to a different life experience than my own by telling the story of such an amazing and inspiring woman.  I highly recommend her first novel, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” to everyone.

Emma x H&M, featured in Times Square, New York City.

What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)? 

One of the things I am most proud of in terms of modeling achievements was being on a Billboard in Times Square for a job I did with H&M! I had no idea that it was going to happen, which made it such a surreal experience. It was so crazy seeing myself 20 feet tall and in the center of New York City. That is an image I will never forget and I am so grateful for the opportunities afforded to me.

Which superpower would you want to have? 

Teleportation — without a doubt. Sometimes modeling requires SO much traveling. It would be amazing to just teleport to my job and not have to take a red-eye halfway across the world! That being said, I LOVE traveling, but teleporting would make always having any luggage exceed 50 lbs. much less stressful.

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why? 

One of the most beautiful places on earth is Bermuda. Little known fact — I lived in Bermuda for 6 years of my childhood and have the most amazing and beautiful memories of the beaches there. The island is right in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and is so isolated and beautiful. If you ever get the opportunity I would highly recommend a trip there, the pink sand beaches are beyond compare.

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat? 

Meat!! I’ve been a vegetarian for around 5 years now, and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There are so many amazing foods you can now indulge in that are completely cruelty-free, especially in LA! If you haven’t been to Cafe Gratitude yet, you have to go! It is some of the best food I have ever eaten. I guarantee that meat lovers and veggies alike will love it.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I have overcome some of my fears, the biggest one being moving away from home and starting a life in career modeling by myself in a new country. It was very nerve-wracking for me to leave behind my tight-knit family and move to New York a couple of years ago, however, the opportunities that I have been able to experience because of it have been some of my most cherished memories. Nevertheless, some fears are harder to overcome. I’m still deathly afraid of spiders and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

Who was your childhood crush?

I was a big nerd growing up and my brother and I watched a LOT of Lord of the Rings. My first crush was Legolas, (played by Orlando Bloom) from the series. I thought I was going to marry him and continued to crush on him well into my teens.

If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

If I were an animated character I think I would be Tina from Bobs Burgers. She is so hilarious and awkward and is definitely still finding her place in the world. Something I definitely relate to.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

Hiking! I absolutely love exploring nature and going on walks. Back home, in Calgary, I live near the Rocky Mountains so there are really amazing hikes you can do… when it’s warm enough that is! I’ve checked out a couple spectacular hikes in LA already and am so happy that there are great natural spaces nearby to the city.

How do you kick back and relax?

In an ideal world, I would kick back and relax on the beach every day and read a good book….. but normally I end up snuggled up in bed watching Shameless instead.


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