Testimonials

Bella Fernandes

My ASOTY experience was filled with love, support, happiness and self-growth challenges.

Being a part of ASOTY felt like having a second family thanks to the constant support from Kal, Carla and the other girls within the sisterhood.

My whole experience was extremely professional, especially the initial stages of applying and the conduction of interviews. From the very beginning I felt ASOTY to be more than just a pageant or a modelling competition. Each mentoring session every Sunday, I learnt new techniques and tips from international models, advocates, mental health professionals and life coaches.

I have had the pleasure of applying advice from people such as Olivia Arezzolo, the Australian No.1 Sleep Expert, into my personal life as a student during stressful HSC exams. As well as professional modelling guidance from people such as Former Miss World, Esma Voloder.

Even though ASOTY was conducted online during 2021 due to Covid-19, I still felt the strength of sisterhood reiterated through the passionate Director, Kal Kalim, which inspired me to promote the message of acceptance, diversity, gratitude, kindness, love and support. ASOTY further encouraged me to utilise my platform as a model to advocate and support those who don’t have as strong of a voice, such as the homeless.

ASOTY has given me the ability to push myself out of my comfort zone, from public speaking via social media content creation, to self-reflection, resulting in much needed personal self-growth.

Kal and Carla were extraordinary during the program and I really do hope I will be able to continue working and growing alongside them, as well as the new girls every year!

Conclusively, ASOTY was a unique, valuable and special experience in every aspect, which I will no doubt cherish forever. If you want to push yourself to the next level both professionally and personally, whilst making incredible, lifelong friendships, unforgettable memories and learning along the way, then ASOTY is for you.

Kidist Begashaw

My experience with ASOTY was incredibly empowering, exhilarating and educational.

It stands out as one of the most impactful programs I’ve ever participated in. I had the privilege of joining a remarkable group of girls who taught me a lot. The mentors who guided us were instrumental in helping us become the best versions of ourselves and I couldn’t have asked for a better team.

Right from the start, I realized that ASOTY was more than just a modeling competition. Even during the initial interview stages, it was evident that the program had deep values & integrity. While modelling and training were integral parts, there were additional components focused specifically on personal growth, mental health, self-care workshops and much more.

The emphasis on purpose and advocacy was consistently emphasized throughout the program. It became clear to us that we needed to have a purpose, a cause to advocate for. This awareness became immensely important because it provided a powerful platform to express our advocacy extending beyond our modelling & other chosen careers.

I felt a deep sense of belonging and sisterhood with everyone involved. I was truly able to be my authentic self and gained the confidence to express myself openly. ASOTY helped me realize my unrecognised potential showing me that I was capable of more than I ever thought. Through public speaking on social media and self-reflection, the program transformed me into a more confident individual, both personally and professionally

Witnessing the growth of all the girls, from the initial online sessions to our final night in Bali, was a beautiful experience.

Izabella

ASOTY- Fitness Winner

Australian Supermodel of the Year included some of the craziest experiences of my life to date. 

Australian Supermodel of the Year 2019 included some of the craziest experiences of my life to date. Over the week of the competition, we practiced communication and initiative by organising shoots with the accompanying photographers, received tutoring from ASOTY’s life-coach, and we had an amazing time creating friendships and industry networks. During the final’s week, the judges acted as our mentors while analysing our professionalism, actions and personalities to determine the final scores.

On the day of the Grand Final, there was so much anticipation in the air. Having a particularly petite stature – 5 feet flat, this was my first time walking a runway as a model. I was out of my comfort zone but excited by the challenge, and the positive feedback I received afterwards from the judges was very insightful. When I was announced as the 2019 Fitness Australian Supermodel of the Year, I was humbled but also proud to demonstrate that diversity and modelling can complement each other.

I would 100% recommend ASOTY to any aspiring models and creatives, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

Nakita Williams

ASOTY 2019- Teen Winner

I decided to step out of my comfort zone and sign up for ASOTY not knowing that this competition will change my life forever.

My experience with ASOTY started at the end of 2018. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and sign up for ASOTY not knowing that this competition will change my life forever. Being selected as the top 20 in Australia I felt nothing but joy. I was beyond exciting to be flown to Bali to show the world what I had. Meeting new people from all around Australia made my trip the best I have ever been on. People who were genuine people who cared and honestly just making friendships of a life time. Finding out on grand finale day I was the teen winner quite possibly made me the happiest girl ever. I have never felt so much happiness in my life. To be crowned the winner meant it was a step up on the industry and all I wanted to was to make my family and friends proud and I did that by even making into the top 20. I’m so incredibly thankful for all that were involved and to all that have made me who I am today. ASOTY has gained my confidence so much and I couldn’t be more thankful. I’m very excited to see what ASOTY 2020 brings. I can’t wait to meet everybody and share bonds with people. I wish everybody luck and I can’t wait to see you all shine bright!

Carla Conlin

ASOTY- Curve Winner

I had come to realise that if I wanted to see more size diversity in the industry I had to stand up and be part of that change. ASOTY gave me the opportunity, confidence and tools to do so much more with my career and actually make a difference.

Being part of ASOTY was a real game changer for me. I never even imagined modeling was an option for someone like me so was very passive about it. I came to realise that if I wanted to see more size diversity in the industry I had to stand up and be part of that change. ASOTY gave me the opportunity, confidence and tools to do so much more with my career and actually make a difference. I’ve been able to spread the message of body diversity in media interviews, on podcasts and at special events. It’s also helped me become more proactive about getting and creating modeling opportunities and given me the self belief to deliver.

Going to Bali for the finals was one of the best and most intense weeks of my life! I gained amazing friendships and mentors, got loads of professional images & content, had a once in a lifetime experiences, all in a summer paradise! Walking the final runway I actually discovered another side to myself and what I'm capable of. That week made me feel like an actual supermodel and was surrounded with the genuine support to embrace and own that. If you want to take your work seriously and reach new heights, all while hanging with awesome people in amazing locations, then ASOTY is for you!

Sophie Ludbrook

ASOTY 2019- Mainstream Winner

My time spent in Bali with my ASOTY family showed me incredible opportunities to learn, network and gain incredible friends. I learnt skills as a model that I wouldn’t have developed nearly as quickly in a different environment.

Australian supermodel of the year was a life changing experience. I say this without doubt. My time spent in Bali with my ASOTY family showed me incredible opportunities to learn, network and gain incredible friends. I learnt skills as a model that I wouldn’t have developed nearly as quickly in a different environment. Learning from other developing models and more experienced ones was a unique and rewarding situation to be in. I not only learnt from models but from stylists, professionals in business, photographers, designers, makeup artists - all of the members of a multi-faceted fashion team. Not only learning from these incredible people but developing life long relationships with them that are dear to me. My time in Bali motivated me and prepared me for my career in the industry but also for my life external to modelling. I am currently studying medicine and surgery, and to enter this intense degree with the determination and resilience I learnt whilst modelling has given me a leg up regarding my approach and ability to thrive in my studies. I cannot wait to return to Bali in 2020. To be a part of other models’ ASOTY journey, is a special opportunity. It is as always an absolute privilege to work with my dear friend Kal. He is a professional, fair and incredibly kind international professional that the competition is lucky to be run by. I look forward to seeing the new developments in the competition and direction it is going in.

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