Hunter is all the fashion
Ebony Hunter. Picture: Tom Harfield

She may have narrowly missed out on a *WA * Fashion Award earlier this month but burgeoning *Perth * model *Ebony Hunter *'s profile is only set to rise with news she has been booked for the entire schedule of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

After heading to Melbourne in January for a showcase with WA designer *Aurelio Costarella *, the 16-year-old Chadwick stunner, right, caught the eye of casting directors over east and was snapped up for every show on the festival's program, which began on Monday and runs to Sunday.

This unique method of direct booking meant Hunter, of *Mandurah *, did not have to audition or attend any castings for the event, with watchers reportedly so keen to lock the blonde beauty in they called the *Perth * branch of Chadwick to secure her appearances.

Considering Hunter only signed with the agency last year, Chadwick's Perth manager *Tanya Muia *told _AAA _it was unusual for a new model to make such a splash this early in their career.

"Melbourne Fashion Festival usually books high-profile and pretty established models," Muia said.

Hunter, who signed with prestigious international agency Storm Models in London last year, has also been locked in to walk in several shows for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney next month, with both events representing a platform for the schoolgirl to increase her profile and future client base.

Muia said the teen had the ideal look to succeed in the notoriously challenging world of fashion modelling, citing Hunter's nomination for runway model of the year at the recent *WAFAs *.

"Ebony embodies what the industry is craving right now - very tall, beautiful, striking features with a leggy and lean physique," she said.

Muia added that, despite Hunter's growing status as a face to watch, she was still focused on finishing her Year 12 studies.

"Although Ebony is in her last year of high school, the school schedule has allowed for her to take up this great opportunity with not too much disruption to her schooling," Muia said.

JESSIE PAPAIN

'Ebony

embodies what

the industry is craving right now - very tall, beautiful, striking features with a leggy and lean physique.'

The West Australian

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