South Australian Style Magazine : South Australian Style 35 Spring
20 SA STYLE SPRING 2O18 / SASTYLE #PEOPLE / You were discovered at AFF in 2013 – describe that moment. I didn’t know a lot about the fashion world before I started modelling. I was incredibly shy and somehow even more awkward than I am now, so I had never seriously considered being a model before Brigette [from Finesse] found me. Being scouted was terrifying and exciting all at once. I remember Brigette pointing at me from the other side of the fashion show that was happening along The Parade and it took a long minute for me to realise she was gesturing at me (not someone behind me). My cheeks were two burning circles ofred,butmymumandIagreedtogoto a proper meeting with her at the agency. I still have the countdowns on an app on my phone that I made leading up to my meeting with Finesse, and the meeting with IMG a few weeks later. You seemed to catapult onto the international runway at incredible speed – what was that like for a you? I was freshly 16 when I officially signed to Finesse and I decided that I wanted to finish high school before anything major were to happen. I had never been on a plane before and suddenly I was going to model in Tokyo during the school holidays. Brigette flew with me to Tokyo and I can’t thank her enough for that, I'm not sure I could have managed my first international flight by myself. I was roommates with another Finesse model, Georgia Bess – she was amazing and really took me under her wing. My stints in Japan did take their toll on my school work but my school [Norwood Morialta] were incredibly understanding. My teachers were so helpful – they’re the reason I managed to graduate! Your first international fashion week show was for Gucci – not a bad place to start! How did this come about? The whole lead up to the show and the show itself was a complete out of body experience! I had been told I was an option for the show, but I never believed it would actually happen until I was walking the runway. I danced around my hotel room (then watched an episode of Spongebob!) when I found out I was confirmed. I did still spend most of the backstage time waiting for someone to tell me I was cancelled, [but] somehow I've done seven more Gucci shows since. You’ve now modelled in London, Paris, Venice, Milan... what has been the stand-out experience for you so far? Picking a favourite show feels like picking my favourite non-existent child, but I think it would have to be when I opened the FW17 Miu Miu show. I was so completely in shock that I was opening that I didn’t feel the excitement until after it was all done. I was so insanely happy, I walked along the river Seine listening to Year 3000 by Busted and I couldn’t wipe the grinoffmyface!TotopitoffIgotto hang out with Maisie Williams at the after party. Another moment that stands out is the Gucci 2017 resort show, which was in Westminster Abbey in London. The music was hauntingly beautiful, a young children's choir whose singing echoed throughout the Abbey – I had goosebumps running up and down my arms. Who is your muse? I really admire Gemma Ward. She helped me realise looking different isn’t a bad thing and helped me embrace my tiny alien head! From an artistic standpoint, I just think she’s wistfully beautiful and all of her pictures really tell a story.
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