Singer Shawn Mendes can add modelling to his resumé after signing a contract with top agency Wilhelmina Models. According to a press release, the 17-year-old singer will work closely with the company on a variety of projects, including "modelling, endorsement and product deals in the fashion arena and editorial opportunities." The "Life of the Party" singer reacted to the news on Monday, saying in a statement, "I'm so excited to be working with Wilhelmina. I can't wait for everyone to see what we have planned for this year!" The Wilhelmina roster includes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas.
The new year has started on a positive note for the native of Pickering, Ont., who in addition to landing the modelling contract also made Forbes's list of 30 stars under the age of 30 who made a splash over the course of the past year. Other notable names on the list include Star Wars breakout actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, as well as Dakota Johnson, Alicia Vikander, Zendaya, Selena Gomez and Canadian director Xavier Dolan.
In 2015, the pop star was honoured with the Allan Slaight award from Canada’s Walk of Fame, won two MTV Europe Music Awards, a trophy at both the MuchMusic Video Awards and Teen Choice Awards and toured with Taylor Swift. His hit single "Stiches" is still in the top 10 on Billboard after more than 30 weeks on the chart and his recently released duet featuring Camilla Cabello "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is making its way up to the number one spot.