Thursday, May 27, 2010

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris at the Phos Phoro show, RAFW 2010

In 2004, at the age of 13, Samantha Harris entered and became a finalist in the Girlfriend Model Search conpetition, the same year today's most popular Australian-export, Abbey Lee Kershaw, won - but it's now Harris' turn to take to the spotlight. After debuting as the second Aboriginal model to ever feature on the cover of Vogue Australia (the first being Elaine George) and being undeniably the most recognised face of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, walking 18 shows in total, Samantha Harris has a bright future to look forward to. But it was not always easy.

Her mother, Myrna Sussye, recalls "It was a bit sad, because we would go to competitions and we'd hear other girls with their parents spending $500 on outfits, and we just go to the op shop... Beauty is from within, anyway, and so I would always say to Samantha, you've got to be beautiful on the inside before it becomes visual."
It is people like Samantha Harris, who work so hard, that when they achieve their goals, we can't help but feel an inner happinness and excitement, as if we knew them ourselves. Her story and work is an exciting tale which is only just beginning - who can barely wait for the next chapter?!

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