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WA teen model set for stardom
Runway Model of the Year nominee and Mandurah schoolgirl Ebony Hunter wears a creation from WA label Dyspnea. Picture: Bill Hatto/ The West Australian

Mandurah schoolgirl turned model of the moment Ebony Hunter will be crossing her fingers when she makes her red-carpet debut at the 18th annual WA Fashion Awards next week.

Though she began modelling only last year, the 16-year-old has already been dubbed the next Kate Moss and was recently snapped up by renowned agencies Storm in London and Modelwerk in Hamburg.

But stepping out on the ruby rug for the first time is still an exciting moment for Hunter, who is up for the coveted title of Runway Model of the Year at the event on Thursday night at the State Theatre Centre.

"Everything has happened so fast," the Chadwick's Perth beauty admitted to AAA.

"I feel like I have been doing it forever but really I haven't. I only started last January so it's a year now."

Hunter said she had heard about the comparisons to Moss and was flattered.

"It's pretty crazy because she is just huge," the teen, who will head to London to pursue international opportunities when her Year 12 studies wrap up, said.

"I couldn't image my career going that way but it would be so good."

As one of the most in-demand faces in Perth, Hunter has her pick of garments to wear to the ceremony.

This week, she tried on an embellished dress from edgy local label Dyspnea, which is up for its first gong in the Designer for Tomorrow category after wowing watchers at last year's Perth Fashion Festival.

Rachel Motteram, who started the brand with Aimee Kendall and Jameen Zalfen after the trio met at TAFE in 2012, said the team were happy they were being recognised for their work so early on.

"The nomination is enough but winning would be crazy, it would be very humbling," she said.

Kendall added the trio would be designing their own dresses for the event but hadn't started work on the garments yet.

"We all have really different styles but they work together," she said.