Local girl Stevie Breese (and April Cover Girl) has been successful in a well known Sydney competition on the Northern Beaches.
Hi Stevie, tell us about your background and interests.
I grew up in Forster and have lived here my whole 17 years and 10 months of existence. My family has a lot of history in the Forster-Tuncurry area. It is an amazing feeling to be growing up in the same place as my great grandparents, grandparents and parents did.
Forster is my main inspiration for my art. I take a lot of photographs of the beach and little ocean gifts scattered around the water’s edge. It’s so incredible through its natural beauty and relaxed style of living. The tranquillity of the knowing we are surrounded by water is so calming and harmonious. It is definitely somewhere I will come back to raise my own children.
How has your modelling progressed?
I’ve always been interested in modelling and did little bits and pieces when I was young, but never really got anywhere.
My very first experience of modelling was when I was three years old, for Billycart Clothing. My mum likes to remind me of when I’d walk down the catwalk, trying to do somersaults and throwing my hat out to the audience. I was a real crowd pleaser. At the age of 11, I was accepted into Polkadots Modelling.
In 2008, I auditioned for ‘Australia Next Top Model’, but was too young and didn’t get through to the next stage … however Alex Perry admired my walk, which I am completely claiming.
Last year, I answered a casting call for Forever Young Management and was taken on board as a model by Michelle Young and her team. It’s a great agency.
What types of modelling do you do?
Since being with the agency, I have made the finals of Model for Life – Adult category and won Runner Up in the Grand Finals held in Newcastle. I was also successful in a hair show held at Port Macquarie, representing a local salon and receiving first place in the catwalk category. I’ve also done runway shows, photographic modelling and modelling workshops.
You have just walked away with second place for the Miss Northern Beaches competition held in Wollongong. How was that experience?
Early February, I travelled down to Wollongong to compete in Miss Northern Beaches Heat 1. There were several heats held throughout the month, where four judges selected the finalists, based not only on looks, but also personality, style, catwalk technique and deportment.
The competition was judged throughout two sections, ‘Hot Summer Nights’ which was the model’s interpretation of a hot summer night and ‘Swimwear’, followed by two questions which were asked and answered on stage. After much deliberation, the judges returned to announce their final decision, which included myself as a finalist.
The finals were held on the last weekend of February, and I came away with second place. It was such an incredible experience. It was like nothing I have ever done before.
Where do you hope your modelling career takes you?
Not only would I love to become well known and successful in the modelling world, but within the wider world as a positive role model and influence on the younger generations.
I can just see myself on either the Victoria’s Secret catwalk along side Adriana Lima, or in the pages of Vogue or Oyster representing high fashion labels such as Dolce and Gabbana.
Modelling is my passion and is a profession I would love to pursue. I am convinced that if you strongly believe in yourself, the sky’s the limit.
Who inspires you in the modelling world?
I am a big fan of Australian talent. Models like Abbey-Lee Kershaw, Elyse Taylor, Gemma Ward, Jennifer Hawkins, and of course Miranda Kerr are all influential to me. All these girls seem so focused and know where they are heading. They all portray a positive image and are naturally beautiful.
My favourite model is Jess Hart. She is so natural and that shines through into her work.
Thank you Stevie.