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Fijian beauty inks Trump deal

Nasik Swami
Monday, November 25, 2013

THE multi-billion dollar supermodel industry will soon make way for Fijian beauty and newly-contracted Trump supermodel Phillipa Steele.

Miss Steele, 17, signed a three-year contract with Trump Model Management this year and will farewell her family to make her way to the city that never sleeps — New York — on the second week of January nest year.

"I am feeling excited. It's a really good opportunity — once in a life time so I am feeling really happy," the Sigatoka teenager said in an interview yesterday.

Miss Steele, who was given time this year by the Trump Model Management to complete her Form Six studies before taking up her supermodel role, said she gave her all to completing her education.

"It was hectic but I didn't let it affect my studies. Apart from the weekends I did modelling, I focused on studies and once everything was done, I focused on preparing for New York."

She said as school was coming to an end, she had been doing small prep work to improve her modelling quality.

"I am practicing the basics like improving my walk, my confidence, trying to be more upfront because I am normally quiet and hardly socialise. Plus, I heard it's going to be really cold so we have to do some clothes shopping too," Miss Steele added.

Proud mother Coleen Steele said now, her days consisted of watching a number of modelling clips to be able to relate to the industry better.

"I am getting her prepared, telling her about time and watching all those modelling shows and telling her remember you will have less hours of sleep and we won't be their to wake you up," Mrs Steele said in an interview.

"I'm getting her ready and training her because her life will be like move, move, and move and no one will be there because when we are around her she tends to depend on us.

"I have been told that she will be staying alone, but it will be a good thing because she will be independent, I know she will do it."

When asked about a message to other young aspiring models who could only dream of an opportunity like hers, Miss Steele said being yourself was the most important thing to do.

"Don't think about other people and what they think or how they bring you down because in life everyone judges you and talks, so just don't care about it.

"Listen to your parents and have faith in yourself. I go to church every Sunday so I really put my faith in God. Believe in yourself and have confidence because once you do your best in something there is no time for regret."

The Sigatoka Methodist College student was chosen from over 50 potential local candidates by Trump Model Management's head scout Duane Gazi-White in June this year.

On the financial side, estimates that on average, a fashion model at Trump Model Management receives about $US163,000 ($F300,000) annually.

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