Australian top model Samantha Harris couldn't be prouder to be a role model to fellow young indigenous girls.
After entering her first beauty pageant aged five, she was discovered in the Girlfriend Model Search at 13 and landed a contract with Chic Model Management, which still looks after her career.
Over the past decade, Harris has graced the covers of leading fashion publications such as Vogue Australia, is in demand to walk at every major Australian fashion show and has scored the lucrative role as an ambassador for David Jones.
But the 23-year-old says she never could have imagined how her career has panned out.
"When I was younger I used to do beauty pageants. Mum and I did it together because I was the only girl and it was our bonding time," Harris told AAA Weekend.
"But I never thought it would turn out like this.
"I always thought when I was younger that I would be happy if I got a Kmart or Big W catalogue - I never thought covers of magazines or anything like that."
The NSW-born-and-raised beauty had no illusions growing up that she was going to be a top model because there had only been a handful of successful indigenous models in Australia in the past, with none of them managing to have a lasting impact.
"I am really proud to be indigenous and do all this amazing work," she said.
"You think about it, many years ago, no one was a fan of indigenous culture and things like that. So who would have thought back in the day?
"My mum even goes to me, in regards to (Australian) Indigenous Fashion Week 'Who would have thought this could happen in Australia after what has gone on in the past?'"
Harris has now developed a big following of other young indigenous girls, who rush to tell her what an inspiration she has been to them.
"I am really lucky because girls will message me on my Facebook account and tell me that they love me and that I am an inspiration," she said.
"It is really nice to hear those comments and know that I am making a difference to young girls' lives."
During her visit to Perth next week as a star guest at the Perth Fashion Festival, she will also mentor two young WA indigenous models, Lisa Marie Rodd and Jahlana Roe. They will also walk alongside her in her only catwalk appearance in Perth at the free SKYE and Staghorn swimwear show at Fashion Central in Forrest Place, next Saturday at 4pm.
"I am really excited to meet the two girls. I think it is really important to have a mentor," Harris said.
"Being in the fashion industry, when you are quite young it can be quite daunting and overwhelming, so it is important to have somebody that is experienced and help to make them realise that it is not as scary as they might think.
"I am so happy to be an indigenous role model so I can show them how to survive in the fashion industry."
Off the catwalk, Harris will sit front row at a number of PFF shows where she will tweet her thoughts on the local fashion industry for The West Australian.
"I am really excited to tell all my fans about what I am doing and they will get a sneak peek behind the scenes of Perth Fashion Festival and get to see what is going on, and all the amazing fashion," she said.
"This is my first time doing something like this and I can't wait to get over there.
"I don't know a lot of the up- and-coming designers but I am really excited about getting to know a lot more about what is coming out of WA.
"I hear some amazing things."