The 2014 Chris Carrino Foundation Scholarship Recipient – Kristina McMullin

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Kristina McMullin (Right) pictured with past scholarship recpient Kristin Duquette.

Hailing from Canada, Kristina is a passionate and determined young woman living courageously with FSHD. She is a recent university graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Communications from Ryerson University in Toronto. Some of her greatest achievements during her four years include winning a faculty wide product development competition focusing on the design, branding and marketing of a technology and lifestyle brand of socks with three others students. Their project was also selected to represent Ryerson’s Fashion Communication program at the 2013 International Fashion and Technology Institutes Conference in Los Angeles where it took home first prize. Kristina was the Assistant Producer for Mass Exodus 2013, the world’s largest student run fashion event. The event featured 57 Fashion Design collections showcased on nearly 300 models and nearly 80 Fashion Communication Capstone projects and was held in the Mattamy Athletic Centre (Formerly Maple Leaf Gardens.)

Her final year of university was the most rewarding an enjoyable. She focused her work on her two passions, fashion and politics. While it took her years to find the balance of these two opposite entities, her senior Capstone researched into how politicians use their dress as a form of communication. She encapsulated her research into the production of a short documentary Ad(dressing) the Public, which can be found on her website, kristinamcmullin.com. This research sparked an interest in Image consulting and image management, something Kristina hopes to call her career in a few years.

Kristina is currently interning at an Image Management firm, hoping her summer position turns into a full on job come fall. With a lot of life behind her, and a lot of life ahead of her, Kristina is excited to continue her journey, to face the good days with passion and ferocity, and on the bad days, well she’ll have her lipstick, of course.