These celebrated faces are in hot demand, appearing on the pages of fashion magazines globally and fronting campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands.
She’s fashion’s hottest new commodity, with premium labels vying to have her as the fresh face of their brands. The New Delhii-born beauty moved to Adelaide at the age of seven. Before that she spent time in Mauritius and London. Since her 2018 debut the 18-year-old has appeared in a long list of Australian fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and has worked for iconic Australian labels including Viktoria & Woods, Aje and Nobody Denim.
It’s been a speedy rise to the top since you were signed with Finesse back in 2018. What has that been like for you?
It’s been so surreal and incredible. I honestly can’t believe all the opportunities I’ve received so far. As I am still new to the industry it can get daunting. But I can say that I have definitely met some of the most humble creatives along the way. It has been quite the journey so far.
You’re doing well nationally and have had some interest from international agents, tell me about this.
One day I received a call from my agent at Finesse informing me that I had a big international agency, Elite Worldwide, interested in me. That same night I did a conference call with three Paris agents, including the director of the Worldwide Women Division. Long story short, after my slightly nervous rambling and background conversations in French (which I couldn’t understand!), the agency decided they wanted me in Paris immediately. I was set to make my debut there at the end of 2020, however due to COVID my travel plans have been stalled.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I have worked on so many amazing projects so far, it’s really hard to pick a single favourite moment. But I will never forget what started it all – walking for Paolo Sebastian at the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. It is definitely a career highlight for me, working with such a renowned Australian designer. I am very proud of that achievement.
Holly’s career kicked off when she was named as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. She appeared in the Spring issue of South Australian Style that same month. Since then she has shot for some of the country’s biggest brands, gaining the attention of UK-based agents along the way.
Describe the moment you were announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018.
Being announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival was the most memorable moment in my career so far. I was so grateful and lucky to have been a part of such a great event, connecting with amazing South Australian creators and everyone that made the festival happen.
We worked with you on a fashion shoot for South Australian Style during that same year (our Athletica shoot!), what have you learnt about the fashion industry globally since that time?
I have learnt so much. I have travelled to many different countries, [experiencing] different cultures and styles [while on] different shoots.
You were supposed to be in the UK this year but have remained in Australia due to COVID…
Yes, my plan was to travel to the UK to visit my family. I was also hoping to explore more opportunities in London with IMG Models.
She was hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue, has walked for Louis Vuitton, Gucci and YSL, and has been named as one of the top 50 models on the planet.
You started modelling at the age of 14 after winning a model search, describe what that was like.
Definitely unexpected. I went from being this shy year 10 who’d never caught Adelaide public transport by myself to suddenly being in Tokyo on my own, navigating my way around this new, busy city and shooting for magazines and fashion brands. It was a whirlwind and a major learning experience.
You have now been in the industry for nearly 10 years and have been on the cover of some of the world’s biggest magazines and walked on international runways for some of the world’s most iconic labels. What has been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment?
Yes, almost 10 years now, it’s pretty crazy! To pick that one favourite job or moment is difficult, because they all mean so much to me, but up there would definitely be my Gucci campaign. Seeing it on the side of the Fifth Avenue Gucci store in New York City and in airports all around the world – so surreal.
Tell us about being hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue.
What a highlight that was! The story featured redheads of the moment and to be considered with the likes of Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Florence Welch and Julianne Moore was pretty crazy. Just a 16-year-old from Adelaide, picked by Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington to shoot with Annie Leibovitz (who has not only done portraits of the royal family, but almost every celebrity, too). This was one of the moments that really kick-started my career, so I’m extremely grateful.