Our ‘Role Models’ share their career advice with Vogue.com.au!


Cheyenne Tozzi
What it’s really like to work with Naomi Campbell on The Face Australia: 
“I went in thinking that she has every right to act any way she wants because she’s a legend. But she was lovely to me. She was doing yoga, drinking tea and chilling out. She treated me like a really great friend.” 
Naomi’s advice to her: 
“She was very supportive. She said ‘keep your back covered and if you don’t like something, say it’.” 

Jessica Gomes
Tips for aspiring models: 
1. “It’s important to have a great support network. Surround yourself with good people. Make sure you’re communicating with your agents.” 
2. “Take your time. There’s no rush to go overseas or do things.” 
3. “Being professional, healthy and well-mannered goes a long way. Work ethic is a big part of it.”
What Megan Gale said when she was appointed a David Jones ambassador: 
“Megan was really sweet. She sent me a bunch of flowers and said ‘if you ever have any worries or you want to ask me any questions, here’s my number’.” 
Her model icons: 
Lara Stone, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Gisele Bündchen and Megan Gale. 

Montana Cox
On the reality of the industry: 
“It’s hours of castings, staying up to four am at fittings, getting cut out 20 minutes before a show. It’s a lot more brutal than people think it is… the best thing is getting free stuff!” 
Tips for being mentally prepared: 
“You just need to think ‘it’s out of my hands’. It’s not personal. If you’re not what they wanted, someone else will think you are. Take it seriously, but not too seriously.”
How to make a career out of reality TV:
“You just need to be yourself throughout the whole process. Don’t pretend to be anything you’re not or try to make a big deal out of yourself. Don’t let all the lights and cameras get to you.” 
source: Vogue.com.au

Despatch: Jemma Baines from Paris Haute Couture

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South Australian model Jemma Baines reveals what goes on during the Paris couture shows.
Following a stellar week in Paris walking for Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Valentino couture, Jemma Baines is on the fast track to fashion fame. Here, the 18- year-old South Australian model and daughter of artist Andrew Baines shares her experience of working with Karl Lagerfeld, her ready-to-wear hopes of walking for Mrs Miuccia Prada, and the creature comforts she’ll be missing this Australia Day …
What do you love about haute couture?
I love the personalisation and the extra detail that is put into the garments. The houses source the highest quality materials for these beautiful dresses. It’s nice to be a part of the creative process as they fit, and often design the pieces for certain models to wear, particularly if it’s with Chanel or Valentino.
How was the experience of walking for Chanel?
Working with Chanel for my third time is no less special than the first. I have a closer relationship with the house and it’s amazing when a particular couture dress comes and it fits you perfectly and Karl gives a nod of approval. The shows are always fashion forward and I love being a part of creating fashion history.
Can you tell us more about your blog, Cheddar’s Cruel World?
I began my blog at the beginning of the year with a lot of pressure from my mum. Originally, it was for her to keep up with my adventures but lately I have gathered a following of interested fashion people and friends. I just write, from my perspective, what happens during my travels. The name of my blog comes from my nickname, Cheddar.
You’ve been travelling a lot in the past year. What has been your highlight? 
My favourite place I have travelled so far for modelling is London. I love the cool vibe and the culture. I can never feel homesick when I am there; it just has everything. However, I have the essentials that I need with me, like Hamilton Everyday Face Sunscreen, my computer, camera and my Oreos.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen on a plane recently?
Pitch Perfect. I love Rebel Wilson!
What are you looking forward to about the upcoming ready-to-wear shows?
I am excited to be going back for my third season but I am not looking forward to the cold weather. I love the heat of the Australian sun so it’s unbearable. My ultimate goal this season is to book Prada or Miu Miu, so it will be all worth it.
What creature comforts do you miss most about home?
Being able to talk to my mum, her all-year-round fruitcake and holding my Italian greyhounds.
Have you made any major fashion purchases lately? 
I haven’t made any major purchases yet but I do have my eye on those Prada spring collection platforms.
Where are you headed next?
I am heading to New York for the ready-to-wear shows.
source: vogue.com.au

Spy Style: Jessica Gomes

Jessica Gomes took time out to talk style with Liam McKessar for vogue.com.au during her most recent trip to Sydney.
Describe your style in three words.
Clean, chic, relaxed.
What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
Over accessorising.
One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
My Rolex.
We will never see you wearing?
Frilly things!
The most stylish person you have ever seen/met …
Kanye West.
What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
Rag & Bone jeans, Balmain velvet boots, Céline heels.
Do you have any shopping rituals?
Colette Paris. Barneys in NYC. Opening Ceremony when in LA!
The best words of advice you have ever heard?
Sometimes it’s better to be silent than speak.
source: vogue.com.au

Spy Style: Montana Cox in Paris

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Montana Cox talks walking, shopping and Breaking Bad with Liam McKessar
LK: Run me through the shows you walked in this season. 
MC: Carven, Chanel, Tom Ford, Dion Lee, Les Copains, See by Chloé, Antonio Berardi, Antonio Marras, Dsquared2, Vionnet, A.F. Vandevorst and Alexis Mabille.
 LK: Your favourite fashion week moment?
 MC: The buzz backstage at shows is always the best; it’s intense and manic but always exciting. 
 LK: How do you unwind after fashion week?
 MC: I’ll turn into the biggest hermit and won’t get out of bed until I catch up on the last season of Breaking Bad. 
LK: What was your first job in Paris? How many times have you visited since? 
MC: First job would be on Top Model! Since that time last year I’ve been back there around six or seven times. 
LK: In Montana’s guide to Paris, what are your favourite places to eat, shop and play?
MC: The Marais is my favourite to shop; to eat go to Le Loir dans la Théière – it’s amazing for a rainy day with tea and cakes. Also a little loft called Le Copmtoir Général is a cool place to hang out. 
 LK: Your ultimate Paris purchase? 
MC: I just bought myself some Isabel Marant sneakers – finally!
LK: Your mum’s visiting from Melbourne – where in Paris are you taking her? 
MC: We are doing the old tourists sights – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre – and I’m sure there will be a couple of shopping stops along the way. 
LK: Where to next? 
MC: Off to New York and hopefully squeeze in a bit of summer back home.

Model moment: Montana Cox



With a turn on Valentino’s couture runway, a starring role in Lanvin’s recent resort presentation, and several Vogue editorials under her belt, Melbourne-born model Montana Cox is reveling in the adventure.

 What do you love about your job?  The travel, the creativity, and being able to meet and collaborate with brilliant people.

Describe your style in a sentence.
My style is pretty nonchalant, simple and depends on my mood. I hardly stray from black and white. I’m a pretty classic girl. 

 What fashion item are you coveting this season?
I’m still trying to find myself a Givenchy rottweiler sweater!
 
What nail polish shades are on rotation right now?
Not the biggest nail polish fan, but there appear to be brights and neons everywhere I look. 
 What is the first website you go to in the morning?
Pitchfork.com or Arborphilosophica.tumblr.com 
App you can’t get enough of?
Spotify! 
What songs are topping your playlist?
Too many, but if I had to narrow it down…Frank Ocean’s Thinking about you, Grimes’ Oblivion and The XX’s Angels. 
 What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz taught me that, “a heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others.” 
Favourite destination you have travelled to so far?
The Greek Islands are beyond incredible, but New York will always be my favourite. 
 What do you always take with you on a trip?
Without a doubt, a camera.

If you weren’t modelling, what would you be doing?
Something in film or cinematography, but most likely trying my best to save money to venture overseas.