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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
Adrian Mesko/DLM style a certain GUCCI, GAULTIER AND GALLIANO ARE ALL BOOKING THE NEW BREED OF AUSSIE MODELS. By Melissa Pearce ICONIC BEAUTY Samantha Harris models Chanel for a Grazia Australia Day spread. Samantha Harris is on her way to becoming Australia's rst indigenous supermodel, a journey that has already taken her from the suburbs of Tweed Heads, in far north New South Wales, to the catwalks of Milan. e 180-centimetre-tall ( ve-foot 11-inch) 19-year-old, whose mother is Aboriginal and father is German, was 13 when she embarked on her plan to bring her fashion dream alive, becoming a nalist in Girl iend magazine Model Search, a national competition for teenage aspirants that also launched the careers of Abbey Lee Kershaw, Catherine McNeil and Alyssa Sutherland. By 14, she'd been own to New York by US Glamour magazine to be shot by famed international photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Fi ingly, the editorial was on the world's iconic beauties. While Harris has been less comfortable positioning herself as a spokesperson for indigenous youth, indigenous media outlets like National Indigenous TV and ABC TV's Message 118 Arriving in Australia from Korea as a five-year-old, Yeojin Bae established herself as an innovative fashion designer from a young age. While other Korean-born children were being encouraged towards academic pursuits, Bae's parents recognised and encouraged her interest in fashion. After all, her grandfather had been a well-known fashion designer, catering to Korean TV and film stars with flamboyant evening wear. Clearly Yeojin showed the same flair from an early age. She joined the Melbourne Whitehouse Institute of Design at the prodigious age of 15, graduated in 1992 and launched her eponymous label in 2006. By the end of that year she had scored an account with Barneys, one of New York's leading department stores known for its knack of sniffing out nascent international labels. The astute 35-year-old has a hands-on role across every section of her label, from the drawing board to the shop floor. "Fashion is a line of decisions and logistics," she says. "Anything can happen at any stage in the chain. It took me several years to feel like I'd ironed out the production line, and when I got Barneys I knew I was on my way." Bae also counts London's Liberty and Matches, along with Dubai's Sauces, as international stockists. It made sense that Barneys' buying department took her on board. Bae lived in New York for close to three years, undertaking internships at Marc Jacobs and WEAVING A TAPESTRY OF