Emily Triggs – Image/ The Ones2Watch
If we’re to believe seminal new faces website The Ones2Watch, New Zealand could just be the great white hope of the international modelling world. Overnight, two more Kiwis made it onto their homepage – both girls, both from 62 Models:
“It’s called the Land of the Long White Cloud, but New Zealand could be renamed the Land of Incredible Beauty! We’re loving Emily Triggs, 15 years old, who is garnering lots of international agency interest. And we are equally enamoured by Chloe Graham, another young star in the making. Both girls are with 62 Models & Talent in Auckland, and both have worked for top NZ talent like Black Magazine, Helen Cherry and Zambesi. New Zealand, we are feeling the love!”
The two girls join NZ boys Michael Whittaker and Felix Terpstra who were featured on the website last week. Could this be the dawning of a new era in New Zealand modelling?
The one problem that I can foresee for NZ girls is that we don’t have a culture where it’s acceptable to send our 15 year olds (or sometimes younger) overseas to start their careers. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is very wise, but it does come as a disadvantage when they’re competing with the likes of Tanya Dziahileva who left her native Belarus at 13 or 14 to start working internationally. She’s now 18 and in the prime of her career – by the time our girls are 18 and going overseas for the first time they’ll have missed three or so years of real world experience.
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