"I celebrate my curves and believe strongly with regards to body positivity and diversity within the industry."
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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I am a 17 yo student, currently studying year 12. I have been modelling since I was 14 and have been fortunate to travel to New York twice Feb 2016 and Feb 2017, I was chosen to walk runway for Couture Fashion Week. I have done quite a few photo shoots here in Australia and in New York. I have been involved in Fashion Shows, Bridal Expo and have done a few charity events. In Jan 2017 I was one of 11 entrants in World Supermodel South Pacific, this was held in Fiji. This year I am an entrant in Australian Supermodel of the Year (ASOTY), where I am required to gain sponsorship and complete other requirements to hopefully make it to the Grand Final. I am representing the Curve division of the contest and am excited to be taking part in this years events. I am a huge advocate for body positivity and diversity within the modelling industry. I celebrate my curves. To quote Iskra Lawrence "Every BODY is beautiful" You can find out more about ASOTY at http://www.supermodeloftheyear.com/ I live by these two motto's. "Follow your dreams, be inspiring to others" "Be yourself and love life" What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? My goal is to become an established model here in Australia and overseas. Having had the opportunity to travel to New York, it has given me a taste of the industry and I have the drive and commitment to work hard. A country girl from Australia walking New York Fashion Week, there is a dream come true right there. While in New York I got to meet Gary Kirk Brown New York Photographer and work with him, I look forward to having the opportunity to work with Gary in the future. I celebrate my curves and believe strongly with regards to body positivity and diversity within the industry. I would like to help stamp out straight size, in-between size, curve size and plus size labels within the industry we are all "Models" and we all bring something unique to the industry. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I am a little shy when I meet someone for the first time, but it doesn't take me long to warm up and then my playful, bubbly personality comes out. I am always professional when I am needed to be and have been told by many photographers that I have worked with that I play to the camera very well and take direction easily. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I would not change anything, everything I have done has lead me to this point and where I am right now. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? Although it sounds corny. My parents are my hero's. I am the youngest of 5 children and mum and dad have always told us, to follow our dreams, work hard to make them a reality, always remember your manners and remain humble. Mum is my taxi driver, travel companion and number one supporter. Dad is my sounding board and rock when things get a little tough. Mum and Dad have always told us, it doesn't matter what you do for work as long as you are happy doing it. They have worked hard for us all and would give up everything for us. They are awesome and I am very lucky to have their unconditional love and support. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? In 2014/2015 I did a modelling development course. It was great as it gave me more confidence to work towards my dreams. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? You need to have a tough skin. Turn the negatives into positives and remember agencies have a certain look they want. A no does not mean you can not be a successful model, you are just not what that agency is looking for. Work hard and always remain humble.
Photo Credits: Photos 1, 2 & 3 taken by Gary Kirk Brown while I was in New York you can find Gary on IG @gphotob Photos 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 Photos taken by Dean from Great Southern Image. These photo's were taken on our family farm. Dean on IG is @greatsouthernimage Photo 9 was taken by Amy from LR Photographic Studios. This photo was taken near Flinders St Station, Melbourne. Amy @lrphotographicstudios Photo 10 was taken by long from Long Shot Photography, during my photo shoot as a entrant in Miss Country Girl Australia. You can find Miss Country Girl Australia at @countrygirlmanagement Contact Details: Instagram: @kartia.k Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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