Marie-Josée Trempe

President SPECS MODELS | Agent | Coach | Speaker

Marie-Josée Trempe.

Marie Josée Trempe worked for more than 10 years as a professional makeup artist, working with the best renowned fashion photographers and for the most important fashion magazine editors. She was also the beauty spokesperson across Canada for Dove soap for over 3 years.

Building on her strong business ties with the industry, Marie Josée Trempe set up her model agency in 1990 which succeeded in building an enviable reputation in the fashion world. In its beginnings, the SPECS agency represented makeup artists and hairdressers as well as runway models and the change naturally took place towards the representation of models only.

Marie Josée Trempe was the very first to advocate for varied representation within her agency – she is notably a signatory of the Quebec Charter for a Healthy and Diverse Body Image (CHIC). She is often asked by the media to comment on issues and phenomena in the industry such as body diversity and thanks to her career as a spokesperson, she and her agency have become sought after references and the most media cited in Montreal.

A respected figure in the fashion world, she served on the jury for the Télio pan-Canadian design competition, an annual event that she sponsored for 10 years and which helped emerging designers break into the industry. She sat on various committees including that of the CHIC and that of the Image in awards from the Équilibre organization which reward companies that have had created initiatives encouraging body diversity through their messages OR through healthy and realistic images of the body that she presents.

In 2018 she created The Beauty Experience, workshops targeting women aged 50 and over to teach them how to apply makeup to enhance their individual beauty with the products they already have and how to best navigate the many changes women go thru during those years using positive and caring language.

Marie Josée Trempe has also held, since 2006, a life coach certification from the CQPNL, which allows her to offer her clients a global approach to well-being and beauty that is respectful and caring. This pioneer of the fashion and beauty industry has more than one string to her bow and still many projects to accomplish!