Now a rising star, model Tiwi Cassie Puruntatameri’s fashion debut was Melbourne’s peak

She was first noticed on a Melbourne tram by a fashion scout who inspired her to take up modeling.

After receiving a business card, Tiwi woman Cassie Puruntatameri took the plunge and decided to pursue a modeling career.

Now Puruntatameri recently appeared in three Australian Fashion Week shows, signed with Chadwick models and strutted the European runway.

Puruntatameri said her journey to becoming a model was not something she would have ever considered had she not been scouted.

“Before, I didn’t really think about modeling as a career,” she said.

“Like it comes to mind because sometimes my family or my friends say ‘oh, you should try modeling’.

Cassie Puruntatameri in Dublin. Image; Insta/@CassieBlack_

“So I kind of had this idea in my head, and then I fell into it.”

Having been a model in the industry for a few years, Puruntatameri said she loves that every day is a different challenge for her.

“I like to do different things, like I like that you can do parades or campaigns,” she said.

“I love being able to model Indigenous fashion designs, that’s probably my favorite thing to model.

“And I love meeting new people, meeting other models and becoming good friends with other people in the fashion industry.”

Puruntatameri said the best part of walking at AAFW was the ability to be part of two Indigenous tracks.

“I felt really happy to be there just to be with other indigenous models who were also part of the indigenous fashion projects track and the first nations fashion and design track,” she said. declared.

“It was really exciting to be in this space and I’m so glad I was able to make it to Australian Fashion Week.”

Signing to a professional modeling agency, Puruntatameri said she couldn’t believe the opportunity.

“A week before I went to Australian Fashion Week, my agent, Rhys Ripper, a Yorta Yorta man, arranged a meeting with models from Chadwick to Melbourne,” she said.

“And I met them on a Friday and the following Monday Rhys called me back and told me the exciting news and I was crying.

“I was crying tears of joy, because I was really excited. It’s been a long time since I was kind of independent and managing myself… it was really good to hear that Chadwicks wanted to sign me in Melbourne.

Puruntatameri said she wants to use her platform as a role model to be a role model for indigenous youth in her community.

“As a Tiwi woman and passionate about our youth, I want to be a good role model,” she said.

“I want young women in my community to see me and see me on the catwalks or in big campaigns.

“And I want them to see me and like to see themselves and be proud and chase their dreams.

“I just want them to feel beautiful.”

Puruntatameri currently travels with the indigenous fashion delegates who tour Europe.

Upon her return to Melbourne, she hopes to continue to undertake further modeling work.

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