Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Models
You’d think we’d be able to pick out the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stars of Australian Fashion Week. But in reality, there are actually too many to mention. With apologies for singling out just a few of the many absolute legends that graced the runway at Fashion Week in May, here are SOME of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models who starred on the runway.
She walks international runways for the likes of Alexander Wang, Prada, Dior, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Chanel, Mulberry, Céline, Stella McCartney and Tom Ford, to name a few. Alongside that Awabakal woman Fraser proudly mentors emerging Aboriginal models and walked alongside a number of them in the First Nations Fashion and Design Runway that spectacularly debuted this year at Australian Fashion Week.
Rising actor and model Perry Mooney is from Queensland, of Aboriginal, South Sea Islander and Irish descent. One of the leading models in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Perry is also a model mentor and featured alongside Charlee Fraser in the Walking in Two World’s fashion, art and cultural exhibition staged by First Nations Fashion and Design in December last year.
Lisa Fatnowna is an outstanding hockey player and youth advocate who has mentored young Indigenous players through “Aspire to be Deadly”, an outreach and empowerment program. Described as an “empowering beauty” by Grazia magazine, Lisa has modelled for Tommy Hilfiger amongst others and was named by Afterpay Australian Fashion Week as a Change Maker.
Sixteen-year old Savannah Kruger walked the runways at Australian Fashion Week for First Nations Fashion and Design, Indigenous Fashion Projects, Karla Spectic and newcomer Jordan Dalah. Arrernte woman, Savannah also performed in the official opening of Fashion Week, Welcome to Country.
She’s a star on the drag circuit and she almost stole the show singlehandedly when first-time model Felicia Foxx strode the runway in an inspired gown by Paul McCann. She’s previously led the First Nations float in Sydney’s Mardi Gras. A natural when it comes to the runway, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of this much-loved Kamilaroi and Dunghutti sister girl, who modelled for a number of designers in the First Nations Fashion and Design runway.
Bundjalung man Pierce Jones was a champion high-jumper and Touch Rugby League player before trading his sports gear for more sartorial outfits gracing Australia’s biggest fashion runway. Along with Lisa Fatnowna he modelled First Nations Fashion and Design garments during the official and first ever Welcome to Country at Australian Fashion week, before gracing the runway a few days later for FNF+D.
Former Bangarra dancer who toured internationally with the accclaimed dance troupe, Luke Currie-Richardson’s face dominated the digital backdrop of the First Nations Fashion and Design runway at Fashion Week. Luke is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji and Djabugay peoples, the Munaldjali Clan of South East Queensland and the Meriam people of the Eastern Torres Strait Islands. He performed the official opening, the Welcome to Country, with members of Muggera Cultural Enterprise.
Before he became a model and an actor, Nathan McGuire played for the Perth Thundersticks and was in the Australian hockey team’s development squad. Named by GQ magazine as the “Face of the Future”, Noongar-Whadjuk man Nathan walked the runway at Fashion Week for Bassike. During the festival, he was also spotted in the front row, particularly showing his support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designer runways. Nathan is the one that started it all for Blak male models and was involved in “Walking in Two Worlds”, the first mentoring, fashion, design and cultural showcase by First Nations Fashion and Design in 2020. Nathan is an ambassador for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, and was named by Afterpay Australian Fashion week as a Change Maker.