Kalgoorlie teen's journey from outback Australia to the catwalks of New York – ABC Online

A teen model wearing a hat, black and white striped skirt, and mesh top walks down the runway, in front of a dark background.

The pink grime and goldmines of her hometown are a world away from the glitz and glamour of New York Vogue Week, however teenager Chloe Grace will take a bit of house together with her when she walks the catwalk later this yr.

The 15-year-previous, who has by no means left Australia, has been plucked from relative obscurity to mannequin for Kalgoorlie style label Bel Cappello, which is able to make its American debut in September.

"I haven't got a passport. It is a scary thought I will be going to New York … I nonetheless cannot consider it," Chloe stated.

A school student stands next to a row of lockers while holding her books.

"I used to be nervous earlier than the Bel Cappello catwalk, however I assume going to New York can be much more nerve-wracking … I can also't wait."

The 12 months 10 pupil is the daughter of Kalgoorlie electrician and horse coach Ashley Grace, who's heading to New York with Chloe's mom Serena and 17-year-previous brother Ben.

Chloe stated their presence would calm her nerves.

"At any time when I'm going to Perth I am like 'Whoa, have a look at all these outlets'. I am undoubtedly a rustic lady at coronary heart," Chloe stated.

"My household could be very supportive, and so they're very blissful for me irrespective of how I do, and so they're doing the greatest they will to assist me obtain my dream."

Ms Grace stated her daughter had at all times been an extrovert.

"She's hilarious. She's acquired an excellent sense of humour, very outgoing — she will get that from her father," she stated.

"She's been strolling up and down our hallway since she was about three or 4 in my heels, so she's a born mannequin I feel. She's eternally practising."

A front-on shot of a teen model wearing a black hat, mesh top and black and white striped skirt.

Belles from the bush discover style calling

Based by Kalgoorlie mining engineer Holly Kiely, her mom Jennine and greatest good friend Jesica Mckenzie, Bel Capello was invited to New York by Oxford Vogue Studio.

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The label's development continues the creative industry boom in the WA mining city, which is best identified for its blokey picture.

Ms Mckenzie stated the regional designer was punching above its weight, having showcased at London Vogue Week earlier this yr.

"I feel the mentality the place you want to depart the nation to obtain something is simply unsuitable," Ms Mckenzie stated.

"Holly and I each grew up in Kalgoorlie and we have began a style label right here in the coronary heart of the desert which goes to be showcasing at New York Vogue Week.

"New York is certainly the hub of style, and Paris is on the agenda for us as properly.

"For somebody like Chloe who's trying to progress in a profession in modelling, [New York] permits her an opportunity to talk with different fashions and businesses and scout out who to discuss to."

Former mannequin takes teen underneath her wing

Former London-primarily based mannequin Fifi Robinson started working with Chloe when she was 13.

In that point, Chloe has been printed in 5 magazines, together with W Journal.

She has additionally been named a finalist in the 13- to 18-year-previous class for Miss Vogue Week Australia, with the finals to be held in Melbourne in October.

Models pose at the end of a fashion show in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Ms Robinson, who has a younger daughter, stated she understood parental issues about youngsters wanting a modelling profession.

She stated the New York journey was the alternative of a lifetime for Chloe.

"It is simply so thrilling and I simply inform her 'Go for it'. It is an enormous factor for a younger lady to soak up, not to mention an grownup," she stated.

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