sweetness and smarts: the new gen of home-grown models charming their way to the top

MBFWA is more than an opportunity for designers to share their resort collections, it’s our introduction to the faces making their first season debut. We brought our favourite new models in for a day in the studio to talk music, friendship, and the...

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31 May 2017, 6:45am

Joey, 25

Star sign? Aries. Where are you from, and what's it like there? Byron bay. Amazing. Who's giving you hope for the future of fashion in Australia? Gadir Rajab. Who's that one person you know that always has on the freshest outfit, no matter when you run into them? Isaiah is the freshest kid! He's got a really interesting story too. Who's the best friend you've made on set? On set, sheet. Gadir, Yannick, Yohanis, Jimmy, Cain Ireland, Alex Tracey, Charlotte. So many great people. I think we connect because we all like to have fun! And get the job done. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? Magnolia, Playboi Carti and The Gallows Pole, Odetta.

Akiima, 21

Star sign? Aquarius. Where are you from, and what's it like there? I'm from Adelaide, it's beautiful and quiet there. Who's giving you hope for the future of fashion in Australia? Alannah Hill. Who's that one person you know that always has on the freshest outfit no matter when you run into them? Diana Bullen. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? Get Mine, Bryson Triller ft Young Thug.

Roberta Pecoraro, 22

Star sign? Pisces. Where are you from, and what's it like there? I was born in Sicily, the south of Italy! It's beautiful down there, your surrounded by mountains, beaches and the most delicious food! Who's giving you hope for the future of fashion in Australia? We are lucky to have some really talented Australian designers like Ellery and Dion lee who pushing the boundaries with their designs and successfully putting their mark in the industry overseas. Who's that one person you know that always has on the freshest outfit no matter when you run into them? I can always count on my friend Evelina to have the best vintage finds on! Who's the best friend you've made on set? Ever since that very first Hermes showing job we did together two years ago, Charlotte (anther model) and I have become super close! Our birthdays are a day apart so we are pretty much the same when it comes to the food we like, the wine we drink and our overall interests in life. She gets me! What song do you have on repeat at the moment? Money Trees, Kendrick Lamar.

Yohanis Alejandro Diaz Morgan, 18

Star sign? Gemini Where are you from, and what's it like there? I'm from Auckland, New Zealand. It's a cool place but not a lot goes on there to be honest! Who's giving you hope for the future of fashion in Australia? I can't really give a proper answer to that because I don't really know what fashion in Australia is like, but I can say the things Double Rainbouu are doing are sick. Who's the best friend you've made on set? Gotta be Joey, he's just a legend, and Byron Spencer is also a legend. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? Chronic Sunshine, Cosmo Pyke.

Luca Kiripun, 21

Star sign? Scorpio. Where are you from, and what's it like there? I live in this town called Bangalow, it's nice. Pretty slow and laid back but I kinda like it; being able to relax and do nothing is beautiful. I couldn't do it for ever though, fuck that! Who's that one person you know that always has on the freshest outfit no matter when you run into them? Oh damn! This guy I met in Seoul, South Korea. His name is Jong Min, he's most probably the freshest guy I know. I haven't run into him in awhile, but I know he's looking good. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? I Love Livin' In The City, Fear.

Indiah Lavers, 19

Star sign? Pisces Where are you from, and what's it like there? I'm from Western Australia... I'm keeping it broad because growing up my family and I never spent more than three years max in one place. WA is epically beautiful, it's where the desert/wheat-fields/rainforest meet the sea. Who's giving you hope for the future of fashion in Australia? Romance Was Born, Discount Universe, Garbage TV, and Millie Savage. Who's that one person you know that always has on the freshest outfit no matter when you run into them? Jess Pearl! She's a fellow West Australian! She wears her heels with these bright red trackies and just doesn't give a fuck no matter how many looks of confusion she receives. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? Don't Believe the Hype, Public Enemy.

Elizabeth Lee McPherson, 25

Star sign? Taurus. Where are you from, and what's it like there? Auckland New Zealand. It's pretty cool there — the temperature and the people. Who's giving you hope for the future of fashion in Australia? Smaller designers are really inspiring me, Ellery is a forever favourite, also my NZ friends Wynn Hamlyn, Paris Georgia basics, Zambesi — I'll always support the Kiwis.Who's that one person you know that always has on the freshest outfit no matter when you run into them? Ana Piteria!!! Major. Who's the best friend you've made on set? Charlotte Agnew, the best stylist. Jack Grayson, photographer shot me for well made clothes in my Bondi abode, a very very cool shoot. Lara Bingle on a Base shoot, literally the nicest person EVER. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean.

Credits


Photography Isabelle Hellyer
Creative Direction & Casting Charlotte Agnew
Models Joey @ IMG, Luca @Neverland, Yohanis @ IMG, Indiah @ Vivien's, Akiima @ IMG, Roberta @ Chic, Liz.