Model to debut internationally
Tuesday, 1st January, 2013
By Gayle Ball
Local teenager Hannah Thompson has been offered an international modelling contract.
The 17-year-old will take to the catwalk next month in Tokyo during Fashion Week, joining other models from across the globe.
The 174-centimetre-tall beauty was ‘spotted’ whilst working at the local Woolworths supermarket and given a card containing the information of the locally based talent agency, ProTalent Australia.
ProTalent Australia General Manager Sloane Howard said Hannah and a group of other promising aspiring models have been working hard over the last 12 months to perfect their deportment, catwalk, interview and modelling skills.
“There’s been a lot of hard work that’s gone into getting Hannah to that stage,” Ms Howard said.
It was ProTalent’s connections with Chic Management - who look after the likes of Megan Gale and Samantha Harris and previously managed Miranda Kerr - that helped Hannah win the job.
“They look after the cream of the crop with fashion models,” Ms Howard said.
While there is no denying Hannah’s stunning looks, Ms Howard said it took much more than beauty to make it in the modelling world.
“Hannah has one of the most amazing faces that I’ve ever come across.
“She has that natural beauty that this industry wants at the moment. She is very beautiful,” Ms Howard said.
“There’s a certain look factor that we look for but you really do have to be more than a pretty face to have a career in this industry.”
Ms Howard said it was unique that Hannah had been offered an international contract without having worked in her own country.
“Hopefully we’ll see Hannah on our magazine stands and on our runways.”
Hannah said the three-month modelling job in Japan means she will have to complete her HSC year via distance education.
It will also mean being alone in a foreign country for some of the time, a concept she said was both “scary and exciting.”
Whilst she now hopes to pursue a career as a model, Hannah said she would never have considered it had she not met Ms Howard.
“It’s just pretty exciting for me because living in Broken Hill there’s not really many chances for anything like that.”
Ms Howard said she was eager to see other locals make it in the modelling world.
“Hannah is going to open doors and pave the way for regional girls,” Ms Howard said.
ProTalent Australia has been operating in Broken Hill for the past 18 months and Ms Howard has taken on the role of Regional Manager for Miss Teen Australia which she said would further expose rural girls to modelling opportunities like Hannah’s.
“As we continue to grow and develop, hopefully there’ll be a lot more of these results.”
“We’re going to stay out here and provide these opportunities for regional girls.”