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.
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!
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 changed 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!
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 2020 has in store.