say hello to some exciting, emerging australian talent
Whether they're modelling, writing, acting or dreaming of bright futures, these young creatives are taking on the present with energy and style. Get acquainted as we shoot them for G-Star RAW.
G-Star RAW are well known for their distinctive, high-contrast campaigns featuring interesting talent. From up and coming models to high profile actors and musicians like Vincent Gallo and Pharrell, chess champions like Magnus Carlsen and even their own employees, the brand has a legacy of creating a platform for progressive minds and those helping to define the time. Here we turn our focus to a new crop of Australian talent.
This article was created with G-Star RAW and David Jones.
Billie Anne Smolenaers, Model
How do you fill your days? I like to catch up on YouTube...but then again I love meeting with friends and going shopping.
Are you doing what you thought you'd do when you grew up? No, actually I wanted to be a counsellor.
How would you describe your style? I’m more of a street, urban kinda girl.
Do you believe in ghosts and the spiritual world? No!
What do you think it's most important to fight for right now? If there was anything to fight for it’d be my family. They mean the world to me.
What song do you have on repeat right now? IDGAF by Dua Lipa.
Where do you see yourself in the future? Hopefully walking fashion week in London.
Api Rainima, Writer
How do you fill your days? Daydreaming, talking to myself.
Are you doing what you thought you'd do when you grew up? I never thought I’d be this happy and true, so no...but in a good way.
How would you describe your style? In the words of Cardi B: "A hoe never gets cold".
Do you embrace the digital revolution or long for a more simple life? Digital! The internet has made me feel so connected with my QPOC family in a way I never anticipated. I am so grateful for it.
Do you believe in ghosts and the spiritual world? Yes, but I know not to fuck with ghosts.
What do you think it's most important to fight for right now? Climate change and its impact on Indigenous cultures who have done the least to contribute to it!
What song do you have on repeat right now? Doin’ It by LL Cool J.
Your favourite bar or club? Pink Bubble.
What's an ideal weekend for you? Sea, sex and sun.
Emily Mundzic, Student
How do you fill your days? Work and study.
How would you describe your style? T-shirt collecting dad.
Do you embrace the digital revolution or long for a more simple life? Probably the simple life because I'm bad at replying to texts.
Do you believe in ghosts and the spiritual world? Sure!
Cocktails or cardio? Both.
Which Australian figure who inspires you? Shaun Tan for exploring and illustrating difficult to digest subject matter in the form of children books.
What song do you have on repeat right now? You Can Be A Star by Luther Davis Group :).
What are your favourite books of all time? Dune by Frank Herbert and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
Your favourite bar or club? Lord Wolseley.
Where do you see yourself in the future? All over the place!
Zhoe Trotter, Model
How do you fill your days? I love doing yoga and pilates. I watch a lot of TED talks and Oprah's SuperSoul Sunday. I also journal quite a lot.
Do you embrace the digital revolution or long for a more simple life? I really dislike the digital world. There is a whole world beyond your phone. It’s having such a negative impact on today’s generation in terms of mental health — rates of depression and anxiety have skyrocketed because we’re basing our self-worth on how many likes, views and follows we get. Go outside, take a walk, read a book, TALK to a friend, DO something, GO somewhere because that’s going to make you feel ten times better than scrolling through Instagram wishing you were living someone else's life.
Do you believe in ghosts and the spiritual world? YES! I’m a huge believer. I’m currently learning how to read Tarot cards.
Cocktails or cardio? Both, it’s called balance.
What song do you have on repeat right now? I like It by Cardi B.
What's your favourite book? When I was 15, I found this book called Go Ask Alice, it’s a pretty dark book about a young teenage girl from back in the 70s who kept a diary where you follow her addiction to drugs. It’s based on a true story and brings great awareness on how easy and bad it is to get caught up in all of that stuff.
Zoran Jevtic, Actor
How do you fill your days? Working, hanging out with loved ones and eating...a lot of eating goes on in my life.
How would you describe your style? I’m still discovering that. It’s a mixture of all kinds of things. I love a bit of grunge, a bit of the sporty Slavic look but mostly simple minimalist kinda stuff. Actually mostly I borrow my boyfriend’s clothes.
Do you embrace the digital revolution or long for a more simple life? I like that technology makes information so accessible and that it can connect us but I also think that our connection with nature is so important for our well being. There just needs to be a balance because there's no denying that binge-watching a Netflix original isn’t a damn treat.
Cocktails or cardio? Cardio then cocktails.
What do you think it's most important to fight for right now? Equality. When we have equality all prejudices, unnecessary negativity, anger and violence will disappear and we can all then focus on working together to solve actual issues rather than making our differences the problem.
Is there an Australian figure who inspires you? Cate Blanchett is one of the most inspiring people, Australian or otherwise. She works hard, picks really interesting roles, is grounded and humble — she's just the most graceful human I can imagine.
Where do you see yourself in the future? Hopefully making movies with Cate Blanchett.
This article was created with G-Star RAW, available now at David Jones.
Photography Bart Celestino
Stylist Charlotte Agnew
Hair Cain Ireland
Make up Claire Thomson @ Company1
Stylists assistant Vicki Liang
Talent Billie @ IMG models , Zhoe @ Kult models, Emily, Zoran and Api
Shot at Sunstudios Australia