You like models. We like models. And we especially love the home-grown Australian models who are ruling the runway and owning the pages of major publications. And why wouldn’t they? This great country is home to some of the most beautiful women on the planet, and clearly the fashion world has taken notice. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Australian Model #1 – Jessica Hart
Jessica Hart is a 27-year-old model who hails from Melbourne. Her famous gap-toothed smile has been seen in Victoria’s Secret, various ELLE magazines, Vogue Australia, and in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also appeared in ads for H&M, Gap, Target, Guess, John Frieda, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Moschino, and L’Oréal.
Australian Model #2 – Bambi Northwood-Blyth
Born Stephanie Northwood-Blyth in 1991 in Melbourne, the model now known as “Bambi” debuted in Spring 2010. She closed the 2010 spring Diesel show in New York, and walked for rag & bone, Giles, Topshop Unique, Kenzo, Chanel, and Balenciaga. More recently, she appeared in editorials for Harper’s Bazaar, V magazine, and Self Service.
Australian Model #3 – Jessica Gomes
What’s not to love about a Perth-born lady who appeared in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue? Jessica Gomes’ impressive track record also includes acting on Bush Patrol, advertisements for the Hyundai Sonata, a reality TV show, a yoga video, and a stint on the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars.
Australian Model #4 – Ashley Hart
Why limit yourself to one Hart, when you could have two? Meet Ashley Hart, Jessica’s younger sister (there’s definitely a fantasy in there somewhere). Following in the footsteps of Big Sis, Ashley can be seen this year modelling swimwear with Victoria’s Secret beauty Barbara Palvin in Mambo’s spring/summer 2013 campaign.
Australian Model #5 – Abbey Lee Kershaw
Melbourne-born Abbey Lee Kershaw is one of the biggest models of the moment. She was discovered by the Girlfriend CoverGirl Model Search as a teen, and went on to be dubbed “the biggest fashion export from Down Under since Elle Macpherson” by V magazine. She’s worked with many of fashion’s elite, including Chanel, McQueen, Prada and Balmain.
Australian Model #6 – Catherine McNeil
Catherine McNeil may be just as famous for her work on the runway as she is for her former relationship with fellow model, DJ, and television presenter Ruby Rose. At the peak of her career she was ranked 12th on the Top 50 Models Women list by models.com, was declared one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris, and appeared in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar.
Australian Model #7 – Nicole Trunfio
Originally hailing from Merredin in Western Australia, Nicole Trunfio was the winner of the Australian version of the television series Search for a Supermodel and came second in the international version. Now based in NYC, she has been featured in British Vogue, ELLE, and Harper’s Bazaar and launched her own jewellery collection.
Australian Model #8 – Samantha Harris
Once seen, Samantha Harris’ face is not easily forgotten. Born to an Aboriginal mother and a German-English father in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Samantha appeared in a record number of shows during Australian Fashion Week 2010. She also has the distinction of being only the second Aboriginal model to be a Vogue covergirl.
Australian Model #9 – Shanina Shaik
I don’t know which is a bigger claim to fame for Shanina Shaik – coming in second on Make Me a Supermodel Australia, or dating Tyson Beckford. The Melbourne native got her start at just 8 years old, doing catalogue work for Target and K-Mart. She’s since moved up in the world, now working with the likes of Jason Wu, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood.
Australian Model #10 – Miranda Kerr
A list of Australian models would not be complete without this Sydney native (I can picture all the complaint letters now!). Miranda Kerr has taken the world by storm as the first Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel, co-creator of the Kora Organics line of organic skincare products, and wife of actor Orlando Bloom. The sky’s the limit for this famous Australian export.