by Tiffany Kennedy
From my own personal growth, to the growth of our industry (including the talent within it).
Recently, it’s been the time of year where people talk about what they’re thankful for, give lots of gifts, hopefully receive even more, over eat, of course and try to commit to those new high heels that have been bought purely for the holiday season. For me, it’s been about running around from one place to another, hoping onto a plane, running around another country and then hoping back on the plane, all while editing and capturing new things. I’ve been to a lot of events, shoots, castings etc throughout December and I know that that’s exactly how 2016 is going to start off. But, as I’ve been running around, I’ve noticed a few things. Like the plants that are indigenous to our country, the models are the same. From Australian models to American models, you can almost see the difference, which is crazy, and the atmosphere in which I’ve seen a lot of models and people in this industry is also quite different (though I haven’t has as much experience with American models as I would like to believe, unless you can’t watching over twenty seasons of America’s Next Top Model).
From Samantha Harris to Brittany Beattie, our models have an interesting story that goes along with more than just an interesting face, and it’s great to see that in the modern day, model’s aren’t just thought of as a pretty face. Personality comes into it a lot more now, especially with the use of social media, which can launch or break a career. This is something I’ve been able to see recently at pageants/shows such as Glamour For All. Glamour For All was a recent charity fashion show that I was able to go to, created by makeup artist Simone Smith. Here, nine finalists were chosen by fans through social media, as people voted on a Facebook competition, which actually created a lot more variety than we usually see in a massive industry. It is a lot harder these days to come upon a big brand show with more than just three people of different ethnicities, or sizes, majority of the time, the show comes with a specific method of choosing the look of the model. I get that sometimes a creative person wants a show to be succinct and thinks that perhaps using people that look similar will make the clothes stand out more (or something like that), but it just doesn’t really cut it anymore.
The show was partnered with Kidzucate, a non-profit organisation which helps with the education and prevention of bullying, along with other elements that effect kids. Bullying is a major issue, and will continue to be a major issue as people continue to ignore the whole situation, but a gold coin donation from each person at this fashion show will go towards the anti-bullying campaign, so every bit helps.
Although I had to leave after one run of the catwalk, featuring clothing from Daughter of Capulet, to go to another event, I was thrilled to be apart of everything. Created by Lynnette Morley, this clothing line has created elements with names such as Othello and Cleopatra which were shown in this charity show. A fun twist on different designs, with a quote accompanying each item. It was awesome to see Lynnette’s work on the runway, and Simone’s show come to life, all while Teniele Arnold photographs the show. A big thank you must be given to Teniele for inviting me along tot his particular show, which was awesome to experience and her images should be up soon. While winners from shows such as Miss Teen Galaxy Australia were there to bring their royalty to the show, a winner was crowned for the night, which was the beautiful Caitlin Paroczai. This event was a nice way to prepare the decent from December into January and it was great to see our home grown talent.