Home is where Tilleke s heart is
Sarah Tilleke. Picture: Carlo Fernandes

She may be one of the most in-demand models in the country but Sarah Tilleke just can't pass up a trip home to Perth.

Having made the move to Sydney at the end of high school in late 2012, the leggy brunette rose to prominence as a fan favourite on reality modelling quest The Face Australia under celebrity mentor Naomi Campbell.

Although Tilleke didn't take out the title, jobs have continued to fly in for the 18-year-old since the Foxtel series wrapped up earlier this year and some of her most coveted projects have led her back to WA.

Already this month she has returned to her native city to walk in an exclusive catwalk event for edgy label The Butcher and the Crow and just last week was in town again to shoot a campaign for local cosmetics brand Savoir Faire's new hairstyling tool, Thredlox Link Kink.

Tilleke told AAA Perth had such a "homely" feeling that coming back did not feel like work.

"It's so good being back in Perth with the people I've known and worked with since the start of my modelling career," she said.

"I also just love the way Perth people operate on set. There is such a good team spirit over here and everyone really puts in 100 per cent to produce the best result, especially the Savoir Faire team."

Tilleke admitted she was ready for the exposure The Face would give her but not necessarily prepared for the attention from the public, which she said ranged from people giving her compliments on the street to others taking sneaky photos of her with their phones.

And the international modelling circuit is beckoning, too, thanks to the show, with the Vivien's stunner already signed to agencies in New York, London, Germany and Asia.

"I think it's high time I hop over to the other side of the pond and give it a shot," Tilleke said.

"Right now London looks like my next stop."

The West Australian

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