Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dreamgirl




Is the world ready for the first Aboriginal supermodel? Samantha Harris certainly hopes so. It has been a childhood dream for this 19 year-old Aboriginal Australian, one that started at the tender age of five when her mother entered her in the first of many beauty pageants. Harris says she spent the rest of her childhood “wondering why you had to have blonde hair and blue eyes to do well in modelling competitions”. Although beaten to the 2004 Girlfriend Model Search crown by (blonde-haired, blue-eyed) Abbey Lee Kershaw, making the final round of that high profile Oz modelling competition – which has springboarded Catherine McNeil and Alyssa Sutherland, among others – was enough to put Harris in orbit. It’s been a slow burn since then, involving lots of Australian Fashion Week and David Jones runway shows, with her biggest get a 2006 shoot with Patrick Demarchelier for US Glamour. But things could be about to change. Harris has just wrapped up a go-see fortnight in New York, where these new test shots were taken.

Harris has five years modelling experience in the low-stress local market under her belt. Her mother agency Chic Management is now grooming her for the Fall/Winter 2010/2011 runway season which kicks off in four months’ time. So let’s wait and see.

Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks. I recently rejoined Channel Seven’s news and current affairs unit here in Sydney after a long hiatus, for a short producing stint and have much less time.

Thanks for continuing to support the blog (the traffic keeps ticking over). I will blog as often as I can. I’m currently working on some fashion and modelling stories, which I also hope to bring to the blog in some form.






all photos: courtesy chic management

20 comments:

thalialouise said...

she is so beautiful i think everyone would be so happy to see her go far! fingers crossed

Liv Lundelius said...

i really like her look!
i would book her, in case i could afford it!

S.A.A. said...

Well it is about bloody time! I have been waiting to see Sam go international ever since that issue of Girlfriend magazine along with Abbey, and if Abbey can do it then so can Sam cause in all honesty I thought that Sam was going to go for it first until she started to slow down for a bit! Good on her, I say go get em! The girl's got what it takes.

xo saa

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Look forward to more story posts... especially in the modelling front. PS what on earth has happened to Alice Burdeu's career. On Hold. Over? Sticking to local Aussie markets?

Avid Reader in Canada.

Nathy said...

Finally!!! I hope she does book shows next season, Sam is stunning. Too good for Australian fashion weeks i say. cant wait! :)

Emma said...

So good to see her poised on the edge of international success (fingers crossed) - I remember her from way back in that Girlfriend mag comp. The girl is stunning.

Amber said...

Thats amazing news! She really is the most lovely laid-back girl to work with (not to mention the fact that she has skin of an angel) and deserves huge success!

White Tea & Wild Horses said...

I've seen her in a lot of Sportsgirl stuff over the past couple of months. Gorgeous! Hope she does well!

PS. Congrats on the new producing role! I hope you find some time soon to keep blogging as I LOVE your writing. But then, I know how time consuming and stressful producing can be :)

Anonymous said...

good to have another post patty... been checking daily hahah good luck with your ventures

Alyx said...

Sam Harris is one of the most beautiful girls in the country, just breathtaking. I sincerely hope her career supernovas. I think in the past she was held back a bit by her somewhat awkward gate, but her recent runway appearances have been much more elegant. Here's to her becoming Australia's first Indigenous supermodel.

Alyx said...

*Gait not gate. Ooph!

jan said...

It may seem a long time coming but Abbey-Lee was in fact 20 when she was launched in NYC 2 years ago. She's 3 years older than Sam.

Anonymous said...

There are many blonde, blue eyed girls who have worked hard,for a long time and put their time in in Australia, waited for their supermodel days to happen but it didn't happen for many reasons,

for instance, Cassie Gardner, too commercial perhaps, the lovely Shanay Hall, height reasons possibly etc etc, there are other reasons girls don't make it,

(maybe these girls still will also, they are just examples)

reasons can be personality, drive, homesickness etc,

i don't think it's the color of her skin personally, there are so many other variables involved in the success of any model, and to be honest very few ever make the top level

Anonymous said...

Can you please clarify what too commercial means? my daughter was told she was too commercial to join a particular modelling agency.Thanks.

average children said...

i'm so happy to see this. I LOVE samantha. one of my favourite australian models. ( i did a post on her a little while back)

Anastasia said...

Does nobody else think her pout is a little bit too large for a model?

x
http://anastasia-duck.blogspot.com

beckyxoxo said...

she's amazing , and she has such a unique face we can never find in other models . i think it's a good point . thanks for sharing ! :D

ifoundpablo said...

She is stunning and unique. I personally think that her individuality and point of difference will take her far - she is interesting to look at - which, let's face it, is the best possible start to a modelling career.

Good luck to her - I hope everything works out.

M I A N N said...

Great to see her using a bit of variety in these shots. I'm so used to seeing the same look from here, but these show her true beauty. I think it's a case of her growing into herself

twocoathangers said...

She's beautiful! Good luck to her!

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