East Corrimal teen signs up for career on catwalk

Teenager Danielle Kampers has been signed to an indigenous modelling agency. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Teenager Danielle Kampers has been signed to an indigenous modelling agency. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

East Corrimal teen Danielle Kampers wants to transform more than her appearance after signing on with an all-Aboriginal modelling agency.

The 172-centimetre Irish-Aboriginal beauty is eager to see more brown girls and women crack Australia's fashion industry, so its catwalks and catalogues are more representative of different kinds of beauty.

"It's a really slow process to make any sort of change to the mainstream look but I believe we can get there," Danielle said.

The Holy Spirit College graduate signed a contract earlier this month with Sydney-based Aboriginal Model Management.

She said she got a taste for working in the industry when she was one of 18 finalists selected in an Australia-wide model search, and walked the catwalk at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week in April.

The opportunity included workshops to help prepare for a modelling career and mentoring tips from an idol, Samantha Harris.

"She's really shy - especially for a model - but when you got her talking, she was really down to earth and lovely."

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