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"Talia Rose’s ultimate dream is to walk for Stolen Girlfriends Club at New Zealand Fashion Week. Growing up, modelling was always an interest for Rose. She was so excited when it became a reality after being scouted by her mother agency, Bintang Models, three years ago. “I was lucky enough to find Bintang who gave me the opportunity,” said Rose. Since then Rose has been featured in magazines such as Debate, Eye, IntElegance, Most Wanted, as well as Undone Journal and New Zealand Bride and Groom. “I have also been lucky enough to have a photo featured on the Vogue Italia website,” said Rose “my goals are simply to continue to develop and grow as a model and to work with many more inspiring creatives!”

In addition to her modelling career, Rose is juggling a conjoint degree in sciences and arts at the University of Auckland, with majors in chemistry, sociology and criminology".

Signed to Bintang Models six months ago, Alice Zhou had started training with another modelling agency in China when she was 14-years-old. “I have had quite a range of experiences within the industry since I was little,” said Zhou. The stylist who discovered Zhou recommended she got in touch with Bintang because it was a culturally diverse agency that is very responsible for their model’s development. “I knew they were the agency for me.”

Now 19-years-old, Zhou’s family have strongly supported her to become a model. Her biggest achievement to date was working with Karen Walker for her latest campaign and walking for Zambesi’s SS18 collection. “Elizabeth was incredibly down to Earth; it was an amazing experience.” As for this New Zealand Fashion Week, Zhou is excited to be involved. “Honestly, I would be honoured to walk for any of the designers showing this year. I would love to learn more about the scene here in Auckland.”

Zhou is looking to establish herself in New Zealand before venturing out and joining international agencies. Aside from modelling, Zhou is a talented lady - “Call me crazy, but I am currently studying at the University of Auckland majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management while managing my modelling career.” Zhou also loves art and painting and is bilingual, with a wealth of understanding of both Western and Eastern cultures, which she would like to merge in some creative way.

From being scouted seven years ago at age 15, Tashi Levett has been in love with the fashion industry. Since then, Levett’s career highlights have included being featured on the Italian Vogue website and wearing Zambesi at New Zealand China Fashion Culture Week.

Growing up in a creative family, Levett draws inspiration from her mother who is a singer-songwriter and healer, her uncle who is a classical composer and her great-uncle who is renowned artist Michael Browne. Levett plans on beginning tertiary study sometime within the next five years - and wants to study something which will allow her to serve people and protect the environment.

Future ambitions also include building a creative platform which will unite and empower other young women and promote self-determination for young creatives within the fashion industry. Still buzzing from the excitement of NZCFCW, Levett is looking forward to the energy of New Zealand Fashion Week and hopes to walk for the big names including Zambezi, Jimmy D and Stolen Girlfriends Club. Levett also reveres Te Kohu; “the fusion of cultural identity and streetwear created by this Māori designer is a breath of fresh air.”

If she were not a model, Megan Pretorius would be indulging her creative side styling shoots and travelling to places with a history of the occult. Having already studied Fashion Design and Fine Arts, Pretorius is now studying a Bachelor of Arts. Her hope is to specialise in Anthropology, “I have a deep interest in people, the past, religion, art, ritual and occult practices in different cultures and would love to explore these in whatever direction or niche I can find for myself.”

Pretorius became a model at 17 when she went to a casting for a designer looking for non-signed models and ended up signing with her agency. Since then, Pretorius has been with a few different agencies, but switched to Bintang saw her career take off. Next on the agenda is going international - Pretorius would like to be signed by an overseas agency so she can work abroad and experience other cultures. Despite her success and ambitions for the future, Pretorius does not sugar coat a life of modelling; ‘There are a lot of hurdles to overcome in the modelling industry. Having dealt with anxiety and self-confidence issues in the past, it's taken a lot to learn to realise my own self-worth. Being involved in this industry has actually given me a platform on which to be who I want to be.’

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