WA country girl turned international supermodel Nicole Trunfio has returned to Australia in style.
The leggy brunette, who has lived in New York for nine years and has walked for fashion heavyweights such as Chanel, Gucci and Christian Dior, took the stage last night at the Sydney Opera House to headline Kookai's 20th anniversary runway show.
Tonight, the 26-year-old beauty will be the official "insider" for the Australian leg of Vogue Fashion's Night Out to interview celebrities, style commentators and designers.
Add to the mix a newly launched jewellery line, an upcoming album for her band Henry Blak and acting aspirations, and it is clear Trunfio has come a long way since winning reality TV talent show Search for a Supermodel in 2002.
The Merredin-raised model said she could not have predicted how her career would turn out when she started in the industry.
"I wasn't planning on being a model," Trunfio said yesterday. "I was planning on being a lawyer.
"It just came out of left field and at first I just went on the ride and did what I was told. Now I am kind of making it my own. It's my rules and my way now."
Trunfio recently became a permanent US resident but said the experience made her feel more Australian.
"I am just planted in the US," she said. "You can take the girl away from the country but you can't take the country away from the girl."
She said being back in Australia for this week's events was amazing.
"I just feel really full of energy and life again," she said.
"I really want to spend more time here."