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A ballerina/author, an actress from a popular TV series, an aesthetician and a budding veterinarian, the Van Camp sisters are a bunch of driven, successful women. We love their passion, grit and how they thrive in whichever industry they are in. Naturally, we invited them to be our Fieldtesters – inspiring people whose stories we share and who fieldtest our pants in their work and travels.
Katie VanCamp (Ballerina and Author), Emily VanCamp (Actress), Alison VanCamp (Aesthetician) and Molly VanCamp (Veterinary Medicine Student).
What was the VanCamp household like growing up?
ALISON: Life in our house changed a lot for me as a young girl. It went from being the second of three. To the second of four then to just being me and the fourth at home. My youngest years seemed to be so busy and chaotic with juggling everyone’s hobbies and school and three girls close in age just gets a little crazy. When Katie, then Emily moved away things seemed to calm down a lot around home. (Accept of course my crazy driving schedule for Molly’s dance!).
MOLLY: For me, being the youngest, it was relatively quiet as it was only Alison and I living at home and then only myself after grade 6. The phone rang a lot, that double ring that meant long distance, which meant one of my sisters was calling. And then, when we would all get together it was manic. But I remember thinking how fun it was to have such chaos in the house!
KATIE: It was interesting. We are a family of five girls (including my mom), so my Dad was quite outnumbered. That should give you a sense of the dynamic. It was a girl-power household. We lived in a small town in Ontario, Canada and things were quite normal for the first nine years of my life.
Best thing about being a band of four sisters?
KATIE: Each sister has their own perspective, characteristics and set of incredible talents. There’s always someone able to lend a hand, an ear, or offer a hug (even if it’s a virtual hug from afar). Combining our skills, it’s rare one of us won’t be able to help the other with something challenging that might come up in our lives.
EMILY: This has been coming up a lot for me recently. As I’m thinking about starting my own family soon I find myself reflecting on my childhood all the time. The laughter, the secrets, the love, the sisterhood. I can’t imagine not having that. I can’t imagine not having the support that only my siblings could offer as I embarked on the many exciting and yet frightening adventures this life has taken me on. There truly is nothing like it.
ALISON: Having 3 sisters has to be one of the most special things to have in life. We all have such unique relationships with one another but there has never been a time that I felt like I didn’t have someone there for me when I needed them.
MOLLY: I had 3 big sisters which was the greatest thing in the world. There has never been a time where someone hasn’t been through what I’m going through or when no one has had advice for me. At least one (usually all) would have words of wisdom, which I well and truly lived by. Even living so far away, I carried my sister’s words with me. They were all so successful, classy, and fun that I figured they must know a thing or two about maneuvering through this world!
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