Diversity was celebrated at this 12 months's model casting for New Zealand Fashion Week.
And among the many round 400 lining up at Auckland's Aotea Centre yesterday for a shot at runway glory was transgender model Manahou Mackay.
The 18-year-outdated from Mt Albert was found by an agent final December who had visited the house of her male model good friend. She has already been a part of a trend marketing campaign.
Mackay had lately joined 62 Fashions & Expertise, and Andrea Plowright from the company anticipated Fashion Week to be the teenager's "second to interrupt into the trade large time".
Mackay wished to make use of modelling as a option to journey and wished to assist pubic notion of transgender folks.
Fairly than stereotyped views as both overly-sexualised or "drag queen", she wished others to see transgender folks as no totally different to different folks .
"Simply since you're trans, doesn't suggest you are one sort of means - you will be no matter you need."
Mackay stated household and pals had been supportive.
She was delighted to have met New York-based mostly Australian transgender supermodel Andreja Pejic, who walked for Smith & Caughey's in Auckland earlier this 12 months.
"She was... a very pretty particular person," Mackay stated. "Actually confirmed you... the alternatives on the market... the chances of life... [A] true icon."
An array of ethnicities and physique varieties figured within the queues of fashions at Aotea Centre, ranging in age from 16 to late-60s.
Additionally among the many line-ups was Sophie Nathan from Greenlane.
Nathan, 20, with Crimson 11, had been modelling for 4 years and had been on assignments on each side of the Tasman.
She additionally had an appearing background, showing on homegrown TV exhibits Go Women and Nothing Trivial.
At 183cm, Nathan stated she had "obtained tall and obtained into runway and actually cherished it".
Nathan was additionally learning worldwide enterprise and advertising at Auckland College.
She wished to journey additional together with her modelling profession as soon as she accomplished her diploma.
About half the casting fashions had been anticipated to be chosen for NZ Fashion Week, which runs from August 28-31 for commerce earlier than NZ Fashion Weekend, from September -three, for the general public.
Expertise for the casting got here from Clyne Fashions, 62 Fashions & Expertise, Bintang Fashions, Distinctive Fashions, Self-importance Stroll, New Face Fashions, Monarch, Kirsty Bunny, RPD Fashions, Crimson 11, Silverfox and Icarus.
They strutted their stuff earlier than round 90 designers.
NZ Fashion Week, now in its 17th 12 months, has confirmed a global launching pad for rising expertise. Fashions who've gone on to worldwide acclaim following their appearances at the occasion together with Ashleigh Goode, Maia Cotton and Georgia Fowler.