Indigenous beauty Jahlana Roe could soon be joining the likes of Perth’s top modelling exports such as Nicole Trunfio.
Yesterday, the 21-year-old from Broome beat eight other contenders to win Perth Fashion Festival’s Chic Model Search, which offers WA girls and guys over 15 a chance at an international modelling career.
Roe said she was overwhelmed by the win. “I can’t believe I won,” she said. “My aunty encouraged me to come — I wasn’t going to,” she said.
As the new Chic Model Search titleholder, Roe — chosen recently as one of two indigenous girls to be mentored by top model Samantha Harris and walked in the Skye & Staghorn swimwear parade — has won a trip to Sydney, a one-year contract with Chic Model Management and the chance to meet global agency Next Model Management in New York.
The annual modelling contest, which last year saw the festival partner with one of Australia’s leading modelling agencies Chic Management, was yesterday judged by a panel of industry elites that included festival director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan, New York-based model scout Stephen Lee and Chic Management managing director Ursula Hufnagl.
Lee, who is renowned for unearthing the likes of Aussie supermodels Miranda Kerr, Abbey-Lee Kershaw and Catherine McNeil, said Roe had a unique beauty about her.
"She seemed shy on the runway but it’s a beautiful fragile demeanor that’s always becoming, it’s nice to see that," he said.
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