Monday, October 3, 2011

W&G Fashion: Meet The Supermodels Of Australian Fashion

One of the things I always had to laugh about whilst living back in Ireland was how easily the word model was used. Don't get me wrong several of the girls I came across were very beautiful but not worthy to be called models. I'd like to think I know what I am talking about having worked with a few during my time in the magazine business back home and the fact that one of my good friends is a model in the truest sense of the word. Australia to be honest has this same kind of fascination with throwing around the word model, sure some of the AFL wife's are good looking and can afford all the best money can buy but if you want to meet the real faces of Australian fashion check out my little list below.

Samantha Harris is the Australian fashion model born to an Aboriginal mother and German-English father. Harris featured prominently during Australian Fashion Week 2010 where she appeared in a record number of shows and also appeared in a photoshoot for the label Miu Miu in the March edition of Australian Vogue. She also featured on the June cover of the same magazine and is featured heavily within the likes of Harper's Bazaar Australia and InStyle. She now lives in Sydney and will be moving to New York to further her career in America this year. In January 2011, Harris was named a "young women's fashion ambassador" for Australian department store, David Jones. Along with Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale, Samantha is part of the television and print campaign of the Spring/Summer 2011/12 season for the department store.

At age 13, Miranda Kerr entered and won the 1997 annual Dolly Magazine/Impulse Model Competition. She was flown to Sydney a week before her 14th birthday to shoot for the magazine and upon Kerr's win, local media expressed "concerned outrage" at her young age. The controversy raised concerns about the glorification of young girls within the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries but little did it worry Kerr or her family. Kerr signed to Chic Management's Sydney division and received considerable commercial exposure after a series of beachwear ads predominantly for Australian surf chain Billabong, in which Kerr modeled surf brands Tigerlily, Roxy, Billabong Girls, and One Teaspoon. This increased her profile in the Australian and Asian markets, after which Kerr relocated to New York. In 2006, Kerr broke into the United States market when she signed a lucrative cosmetics contract with Maybelline New York. The campaign ran in a series of internationally sold women's beauty magazines, including Cosmopolitan, CLEO, and Elle, and was eventually featured in Victoria's Secret catalogues. Following her modeling success with Victoria's Secret, Kerr made a small guest appearance in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother alongside fellow Angels: Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, and Selita Ebanks.She also became the new face of Clinique Happy and signed a lucrative six-figure deal to be the new face of Australian department store David Jones, replacing model Megan Gale. She is currently signed with IMG Models, Next Model Management Paris, Traffic Models and Chic Management and in March she hit the catwalk for Balenciaga's Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week, this came just two months after giving birth and its reported that her stint on the runways this year at Paris Fashion Week has earned her an estimated $200,000. Along with her skincare line Kora, which I have written about before here, Mrs Orlando Bloom is doing very well for herself.

Abbey Lee Kershaw made her debut in the 2008 New York Fashion Week, managing to walk a total of 29 shows for designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and notably closing for Rodarte .Her first time in Milan Fashion Week, she was booked as a Gucci exclusive and ater that year, in September, she fell in her high heels at the Rodarte show in New York. Then, a month later in Paris, she fainted at the Alexander McQueen show due to a super-tight leather corset yet regardless of these two incidents, it did not affect her booking more runways shows. Kershaw was one of new faces to appear on one of the fourteen covers of V magazine's fall issue. On 15 November 2008, in Miami, she made her international TV appearance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, modeling in the Pink Planet segment. In March 2010, it is announced that she was be the face of Chanel's Fall/Winter 2010/2011 ready-to-wear ad campaign. This news cames after she closed the Chanel Spring 2010 couture show, and opened the Chanel Fall/Winter 2010/2011 ready-to-wear show.


Bambi Northwood-Blythe (real name is Stephanie Northwood-Blythe) was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1991. Her modeling career took off in early 2010, when she was seen in photos with her boyfriend (Ksubi founder Dan Single) on an Australian gossip site, OMFG! At the time, she was already signed with Priscillas Model Management in Sydney, and had been working towards a modeling career for about 3 years. She signed with Elite NY soon after that tabloid fodder and she hit the international fashion scene during the Spring/Summer 2011 shows (during the fall of 2010), booking major shows such as Chanel and Balenciaga. She instantly became an "it" model and in the first half of 2011, Bambi graced five magazine covers, including Oyster and Vogue Nippon. Bambi has been in advertising campaigns for brands such as Maniamania, CK One, Minkpink, and Ksubi Eyewear here in Australia.

More Australian faces coming soon.


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